Saturday, December 31, 2005

Two band-related things

So the most important rock band in the world has two pieces of news for you.

1. Show tonight!
We're playing the Blue Moon tavern tonight with Hart and the Hurricane and Sweatband. Hart starts at 9:30, Sweatband at around 10:30, and we hit the stage at 11:45.

2. We've got a MySpace site
We've joined the whatever age it is now where you judge your popularity by how many "friends" you have. So come be our friend so we don't feel so alone in the virtual world. Oh, and you can listen to some really old, really poor recordings of some of our songs there, too, so that's worth something!

And number three is...


'Patrick' Cranshaw. The guy who played "Blue" in "Old School." Not sure he's on a par with Mike Vale or Vince Schiavelli, but what the heck.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Real men of genius

Stole this from John over at Monkey Disaster. Takes a while to load, but it's a thing of beauty.

Flickr movie (video/quicktime)

Just to clarify...

Knitting is a hobby. Collecting stamps is a hobby. Lobbing bottles of your whizz into people's back yards is not a hobby.

"Tobler told police that it was a longtime hobby of his to deliver the bottles. Police searched his vehicle and found several other urine-filled bottles ready for delivery."

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Two now...

Who will be the third to fill the required "three celebrity deaths"? This time it's veteran commercial character actor Michael "It's time to make the donuts" Vale.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Another one bites the dust...


All lightness aside, it's always sad when a "veteran character actor" dies, and I did love Vincent Schiavelli's work, even if I never knew his name. And while he was overshadowed by John Bigboote in "Buckaroo Banzai" his rendition of John O'Conner should have won him an Oscar.

RIP, Vincent!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Moron of the day

The last line says it all: “I don't know what (the amount of copper the man had) is worth,” Anderson said. “I know it's not worth his life.”

Man electrocuted while trying to steal copper wire from electrical station

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Happy Festivus!

In the spirit of Festivus I thought I’d take a moment to air a few of my grievances from 2005. And since the full list would take far too much space I thought I’d limit it to

First up, I am highly disappointed with the Seattle Monorail Board, who took a huge voter mandate last year – you remember 2004, when the Monorail Recall ballot measure was shot down by over 60% of the voters? – and turned it into a complete debacle. Thanks to your incompetence, Monorail Board, the dream of an elevated transit service for the citizens of Seattle will not be realized.

Next, continuing on the theme of the Monorail, I am deeply grieved by the Seattle City Council. While I expected Mayor Gridlock to pull his support of the Monorail – he’s been in bed with Light Rail since the beginning and clearly viewed the Monorail idea as a threat – I had hoped that the Council would show some cojones. But then, I forgot that this was an election year for several of our Council members, and standing up to the mayor in support of an idea that is unpopular yet clearly needed is not the political way. You are all weenies and should be voted out of office.

Next up are the Seattle Voters, for voting down the Monorail. Yes, the board screwed up. Yes, they were secretive and defensive. Yes, the mayor is a putz and pulled his support. Yes, the City Council are a bunch of weasels who caved to pressure from City Hall. But you, you are really to blame for the demise of the Monorail. You could have voted to save it, but you didn’t. Maybe you thought that by voting it down you’d get your car tab money back, but I’m sorry to say that’s not going to happen. Gridlock Greg will find a way to get his grubby hands on that tab money, probably to fund a replacement for the Viaduct or to give more money to the Sonics to rehab Key Arena 10 years after the last time we gave them money to rehab Key Arena, or possibly just to buy more donuts. In any case, don’t expect to see your license tabs drop any time soon.

And finally, turning to the national political situation, I’d like to slap the ultra-liberal left for ruining what was once a great political party. There was a time when the Democratic Party stood for something. Or rather, stood for something other than “Republicans Are Bad”. The Democratic Party is the party of Roosevelt and the New Deal. It’s the party of Kennedy and the idealism behind “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” But those days are far, far behind us and now the Democratic Party is the party of defeat. Howard Dean, party chairman, is on the news saying that it’s impossible to win in Iraq. John Kerry is on the news saying that Bush’s “stay the course” policy is the wrong one. My question to these gentlemen, and anyone else in the Democratic Party, is this: what’s your answer? I hear you complaining about the current situation, but I don’t hear anyone suggesting anything new. Pull out everyone now? Do you REALLY think that’s the best move, leaving Iraq in a complete power vacuum? Withdraw half the troops? What happened to the “Bush and Rumsfeld didn’t send enough troops to do the job” claims from last year and the year before?

I suppose the crux of my grievance against the Democratic Party is that it no longer stands for anything positive, just a huge vat of negatives. And negatives don’t inspire people to work to achieve something good, they don’t inspire people to solve problems, and the most certainly don’t win elections.

With that, I wish you a happy Festivus. I’m off to challenge the wife in the Feats of Strength. Please entertain yourselves by reading these other Festivus-related sites:

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Letterman Lawyers Fight Restraining Order

"Letterman has forced her to go bankrupt and caused her 'mental cruelty' and 'sleep deprivation' since May 1994."

Man, Letterman STILL causes me sleep deprivation, but that doesn't mean I'm taking out a restraining order against the guy! But then, I'm not crazy...

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Judge Rules Against 'Intelligent Design'

Glad to see there are still judges out there who understand the difference between faith and science.

Friday, December 16, 2005

True war crimes

If there was any justice in the world the management at KOMO AM 1000 would be in the Hague facing a tribunal for crimes against humanity.

Things that would suck, #379

Being squished by a tree while kickin' it in your living room. Thanks a lot, ice storm!

"In Kannapolis, North Carolina, just north of Charlotte, authorities say the weight of that ice buckled a 100-foot-tall tree that crushed 58-year-old David Ralph Jones while he reclined on a couch in his living room."

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Sad...

I know, I know, if I was a professional blogger this would have been posted yesterday at 8:03, but I'm a hack. Pathbreaking Comedian Richard Pryor Dies

As you probably know, Richard fought MS for about 20 years, continuing to perform (doing "sit down" comedy once he could no longer stand up) and inspiring others to fight this nasty, nasty disease. So, in honor of his passing and my sister's battle with MS I'd like all y'all to take a nice year-end tax break and donate to the MS Society.

My new favorite super hero:

Banana Boy

It's too bad the local PD hasn't acknowledged Banana Boy's status as a local crime fighter. Few things are sadder than a locked up super hero!

You can find pictures of the caped crusader here.

Friday, December 09, 2005

It's like "My Name is Earl"!

Only with God and Jesus instead of Carson Daly and Karma. Oh, and none of the people involved are criminals. And it's not as funny. Other than that it's just the same.

Man searches fields, trash bins for lottery ticket

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Ah, tolerance...

Now, I'm no Ann Coulter fan or anything, but I had to laugh at this quote:

"We encourage diverse opinion at UConn, but this is blatant hate speech," said Eric Knudsen, a 19-year-old sophomore journalism and social welfare major who heads campus group Students Against Hate.

Uh, yeah...that's right up there with "the only thing I can't tolerate is intollerance." Granted, Coulter is a hater not a lover, but really...if it had been Michael Moore on the stage calling George Bush a moronic monkey who only won in 2000 because his daddy packed the Supreme Court with people who would some day invalidate the votes of Florida's blacks do you think this guy would be saying "this is blatant hate speech"? Or is it defined as hate speech because what she hates is what he believes in?

Ann Coulter to audience: You're stupider than I am

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Nothing says "Merry Christmas"...

...like an Amtrak Hoodie.


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Saturday, December 03, 2005

OK, this is kind of cool...

I especially like hitting "all random" and seeing what comes up. But then I'm geeky like that...

Heromachine