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Wednesday, 2013-04-17

Todd Rundgren — Hideaway

Filed under: Music — bblackmoor @ 19:24

I love this Todd Rundgren song. It reminds me a bit of early Rick Springfield.

What do you mean, who is Rick Springfield? He played a vampire in the movie Nick Knight, which was later retooled as the series Forever Knight, with Geraint Wyn Davies playing the vampire detective, but Rich Springfield played the part first. He was also on a soap opera, the name of which escapes me, and yes, he was also a pop star for a while.

P.S. Here’s another great Todd Rundgren song.

Friday, 2012-10-05

Things I hate about amateur singers

Filed under: Music — bblackmoor @ 20:10

I have been suffering through various TV talent show contests such as The Voice and The X Factor and so on. Here is a list of things that I would be happy to never see or hear again:

  • Excessive head-swinging and upper body swaying (almost always female singers)
  • Waving hands around: punching the sky, making wave motions, reaching out, and so on — especially the wave motions
  • Hunching up shoulders and holding elbows in close to the body (almost always male singers)
  • Repeating “uh-huh, yeah” between each verse (almost always male singers)
  • Warbling vibrato-ee-ooo-eee-ooo-eee-ooo
  • Bizarre spasms of the head and/or lower jaw while holding notes (often accompanied with warbling vibrato-ee-ooo-ee-ooo-ee-ooo)
  • Weird twitchy arm movements like the singer is going through drug withdrawal (often accompanied by hunching up shoulders and holding elbows in close to the body)

If you do any of these things, please do the world a favor and stay away from cameras and microphones.

Sunday, 2011-12-25

Merry Christmas 2011

Filed under: Music,Television — bblackmoor @ 10:35

Merry Christmas from the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend

Here are some Christmas songs from the Monarch and his merry band.

Wednesday, 2011-09-14

Ich Bin Ein Auslander

Filed under: Music,Science — bblackmoor @ 18:27

Went to the dentist today and found out two interesting things. First, my left lower wisdom tooth is chipped. I have a rather less pleasant dentist visit scheduled for next week.

Second, I learned that one’s fillings can act as anodes and electrodes, and generate an electric current using one’s saliva as the electrolyte. The hygienist poked my gums up near one of my back teeth, using her pointy tool of dental stabbityness, and it shocked me. Then she did it again! The dentist explained that what I was experiencing was an unusual but not unknown phenomenon caused by the difference in electrical potential between the stainless steel dental pick and my silver filling.


“Well, once again, my friend, we find that science is a two-headed beast. One head is nice, it gives us aspirin and other modern conveniences… But the other head of science is bad. Oh, beware the other head of science, Arthur! It bites!”
— The Tick

Today’s “My favourite song” is “Ich Bin Ein Auslander” by Pop Will Eat Itself.

Tuesday, 2011-09-13

Golden Earring – The Twilight Zone

Filed under: Music — bblackmoor @ 20:07

(Warning: both the video itself and the embedded graphic below are NSFW. It’s subtle, but it’s there. So … there you go.)

Nothing too serious to write about today. Bad people are still bad. Good people are still good. I still think the good outnumber the bad, and I hope it stays that way. I love Susan and my kitten.

Today’s “My favourite song” is Golden Earring’s “The Twilight Zone”. Fun fact: “Twilight Zone” was written by Golden Earring’s lead guitarist George Kooymans. He was inspired not by the famous TV series of the same name, but by the Robert Ludlum novel “The Bourne Identity”.

Golden Earring – Twilight Zone (X) by popefucker

Thursday, 2011-08-11

Ode to Billy Joe

Filed under: Family,Music — bblackmoor @ 09:39

When Herman Raucher met Gentry in preparation for writing a novel and screenplay based on the song, she confessed that she had no idea why Billie Joe killed himself. Gentry has, however, commented on the song, saying that its real theme was indifference:

Those questions are of secondary importance in my mind. The story of Billie Joe has two more interesting underlying themes. First, the illustration of a group of peoples’ reactions to the life and death of Billie Joe, and its subsequent effect on their lives, is made. Second, the obvious gap between the girl and her mother is shown when both women experience a common loss (first Billie Joe, and later, Papa), and yet Mama and the girl are unable to recognize their mutual loss or share their grief.

(from Ode to Billy Joe, Wikipedia)

My family is from North Carolina, and I had a cousin who committed suicide when I was seven or eight. It was the first funeral I ever attended. I remember that I had a hard time trying to keep from giggling (I didn’t think it was funny: it was nervous laughter, an involuntary response to anxiety).

Monday, 2011-06-27

Cynicism is a bad habit

Filed under: General,Music — bblackmoor @ 10:10
Double Down

I took a brief break from my awesome (but slightly behind schedule) project this morning, and had a conversation about the Kentucky Fried Chicken “Double Down“.

Me: I still say the Double Down is not a new thing. It’s just two perfectly ordinary things eaten simultaneously rather than sequentially. It’s as original and innovative as eating french fries two at a time.

At which point I wondered: Why do I feel the need to mock something someone else likes? Why do I even care? When did I became so negative? Was I always like this? And the thing is, I think I was. I recall thinking this exact thing before: that I don’t want to be bitter. I have resolved to be more upbeat.. how many times?

It would be easy to blame the rest of humanity. There’s no shortage of people who are vapid, grasping, immoral, or irrational (or all four — but I’m not naming names). There’s plenty of ammunition for someone looking to complain.

But complaining about stupidity and evil certainly doesn’t make me any happier. And it doesn’t accomplish much. Complaining about other people’s irrational beliefs is as likely to change their opinion as complaining about other people’s driving is likely to get them to use their turn signals. Sure, it’s fun to read about clowns mocking racists, but there are beliefs every bit as irrational and reprehensible as racism that are far more common, but mock those and you’ll have family members and treasured friends un-friending you on Facebook. So what’s the point? You can’t change anything. It’s like trying to convince the winter to turn to spring. If it happens, arguing and complaining won’t make it happen any faster: it just makes the winter less pleasant while you wait.

And hell, I belief all sorts of nutty things. Who am I to judge?

When I was younger, being cynical made me feel hip and edgy. Now it just makes me feel old. But it’s a hard habit to break.

Thursday, 2011-03-17

Friday. We so excited. Yeah.

Filed under: Music — bblackmoor @ 12:04

I feel a bit bad about putting this in the “Music” category. It does qualify, in a “no accounting for taste” sort of way.

Here I am, trying to wrap up a project that I am, I admit, more than a little behind on. (I have good reasons for that, but it’s gotten ridiculous, and I really need to get this done.) Anyway, so here I am, making a good faith effort to catch up on this, and I get sent this:

It’s a deceptively catchy tune, but not quite catchy enough to conceal the truly awful lyrics.

“Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday
Today is Friday, Friday
Tomorrow is Saturday
And Sunday comes afterwards.”

It’s almost surreal in its sheer awfulness.

“We so excited.”


Friday, 2011-03-04

Be yourself no matter what they say

Filed under: Firearms,Music,Society — bblackmoor @ 11:21

This song played while I was working this morning. Every time I hear this song, I am somewhat chastized, because it reminds me that I don’t live up to my own goals for my behaviour.

Modesty, propriety can lead to notoriety
You could end up as the only one
Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this society
At night a candle’s brighter than the sun

Takes more than combat gear to make a man
Takes more than a license for a gun
Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can
A gentleman will walk but never run

If, “Manners maketh man” as someone said
Then he’s the hero of the day
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
Be yourself no matter what they say

One of the things I like about this song is that it encourages polite behaviour, but doesn’t demonize anything I value. It doesn’t advocate weakness — it advocates strength, guided by wisdom. For example, “Takes more than combat gear to make a man / Takes more than a license for a gun” doesn’t say that someone with a gun is not a man — it says that a gun alone does not make someone a man. And I wholeheartedly agree.

So… note to self. Be a better person today.

Tuesday, 2011-01-25

Robotic pop stars

Filed under: Music — bblackmoor @ 17:53

I am tired of people singing with robot voices. I am ready for that fad to go away.

The only time it’s cool to sing with a robot voice is when a machine is the singer. For example, “Still Alive”, sung by GlaDOS from Portal.

I’ve experiments to run.
There is research to be done.
On the people who are still alive.

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