Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Here Lennon gets on the same track he pursues in much of his solo work, such as "Cold Turkey" and "Mother," stark, dark, and visceral. It's the thing in Lennon we all love, even if we don't care for these songs (I do). It's what distinguished his solo works from McCartney's, to be sure, most of which was commercially successful among the teeny-bopper set, but was a bit too saccharine for those with more adult tastes.
Of course, in the Beatles the balance between Lennon and old Mac was perfect.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This is called "Ode to Divorce":
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Here's "The Long List of Girls" from Paper Television:
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Thanks, Tim. Good luck. Also, I hope you don't get drafted by a team I really dislike. I'm looking at you, Buffalo.
This is a crowd shot of Timmy's last touchdown at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in a beat down of the Florida State Seminoles.
Growing bud at Oaksterdam U., Oakland, Ca.
People in Humboldt County, California, are concerned that their area will go to pot without the marijuana industry, that for four decades has defined the ultimate experience in American cannabis. Should we concern ourselves with the material prosperity of this town and not legalize the sacred herb, because it is more expensive illegal? I think not.
Let them appropriate the term Humboldt, as the Champagne region in France did for its wine. Legalization is coming, and other states will follow. The hegemony of alcohol and tobacco is coming to an end, and prisons can be smaller.
I'm Hector Diego, and that's my opinion.
Read the article.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I'm hoping that Conan retains that awesome red beard when he shows up on TBS in the fall. 11pm Eastern, people. Tough gig going up against the Daily Show, but with re-runs, DVRs and internet clips we should be able to love O'Brien, Stewart and Colbert.
Norlin Quad at the University of Colorado in Boulder
420--National Smoke Marijuana Day? This is becoming an important yearly event around the world, but my local television station and ABC Evening News did not mention it. And the Republicans are always claiming that we have a liberal media! But yesterday, April 20--4/20--saw thousands of smokers in various locations lighting up while police looked on, doing nothing. Now THAT is what I call populism. It is not a question of if marijuana will be legalized, it is only a question of when.
The Walrus Speaks never advocates the use of any substance, including alcohol and nicotine, probably the most destructive drugs used in all history.
Read the article.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
The tea baggers have more dough than the average American, so how can they be "populist?" They are older, wealthier, angrier, and whiter. If you are younger, don't have much money, are not angry at Obama, or not white, chances are you are not a follower of Sarah Palin.
Yes or no?
Read the article.
I can't surf, I can barely swim. But I grew up watching surfers in San Diego, California, and I find it impossible not to admire their grace and athleticism. So when I read an article about a young surfer with the qualities of Carissa Moore, I am fascinated.
This young woman (she's only 17) won a $15,000 prize and donated all of it to the development of a clubhouse for young surfers. What a credit to her parents!
Read the article.
And now, the Beach Boys.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Alright, I'll tell it to you straight. I have flipped out for Pomplamoose. Their version of "Nature Boy" by eden ahbez is second to none.
"eden ahbez (born George Alexander Aberle in Brooklyn, New York on April 15, 1908; died March 4, 1995) was an American songwriter and recording artist from the 1940s-1960s, whose lifestyle in California was influential on the hippie movement."
Of course, most of us are more familiar with Nat King Cole's version of "Nature Boy."
I have complained to the Station Agent that there is not much original stuff these days. I mean really original. He pointed out that there is much room for creativity in covers. I didn't think much of this idea, but now I am coming around. I would not have cared much for this song by Queen, but Dawn's cover has caught my attention.
Is there anyone who doubts that Nataly Dawn hung the moon?
Saturday, April 17, 2010
If you don't believe that Rush and his friends are radical conservatives intent on obstructing the President every step of the way, watch this. They lie, they twist, they obstruct. They admit to obstructing, but they do not believe they are lying and twisting. That's a measure of how twisted they actually are!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
From CNN Entertainment:
Apparently, the Vatican forgave John Lennon in 2008, so has been doubly forgiven? Maybe every time the church as a scandal they can forgive a famous "satanist". Perhaps Wings and the Plastic Ono Band could be included next time.
In a tribute published to mark the 40th anniversary of the breakup of the band, who singer John Lennon once claimed were "more popular than Jesus," the Vatican newspaper "L'Osservatore Romano" said it had forgiven them and called them a "precious jewel."
But Starr told CNN: "Didn't the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic -- and they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles."
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Quite what ABC planned to do with Hitchhiker's is unknown. The script was to be by other people than Douglas, and was being written and put together by various committees:Adams's work was most recently mangled in the 2005 Garth Jennings film version starring Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell and Zooey Deschanel.
"There were terrible stories coming back after meetings with executives, they'd make remarks like `Would an alien be green?' Eventually everything got abandoned because the first episode's budget came to $2.2 million. It would have been the most expensive twenty-two minute show ever made. The script was terrible."
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
Thursday, April 08, 2010
This is a live cover of The Beatles' "I'm Looking Through You" performed in 2009.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
I am always suspicious of any documentary or film that claims it is telling the real truth. But this film contains interviews with people who knew John personally, and we can take their testimonies for what they are worth.
John Lennon was THE artist of the 20th century.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
This is the debate I am missing tonight at the University of Florida. These guys have gone at it many times. They are getting $30,000 for appearing. I don't know if they have to split it. They go around and around with Christianity and a narrow sort of atheism.
Monday, April 05, 2010
The entire family is addicted to Lost. Maybe we never should have started it! We have just finished the fifth season, and now we will have to rearrange the furniture in our living room so that we can view it on the computer.
So far, I see Lost in terms of karma and karmic lessons. Perhaps we can address our past failures by doing the right thing in the present. Maybe, in one sense we can go back in time, because time is only a mental construct!
I don't think we can actually go back in time, but I believe that time is cyclical and we will eventually come to similar points in time that we have already experienced. When this happens, we can be ready to improve our selves. Of course, there is no guarantee that this will be easy.
Lost is as good as The Sopranos, and that is saying a lot. Definitely more spiritual, too. And aren't we all lost, somehow?
Here's Lennon on karma. We should take the initiative, and behave according to dharma.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
In an age where everyone is looking for a way to make everything more brief, it's nice to see someone doing long form, stream of consciousness stuff. Of course, I don't have time for that kind of thing, but good for them. If you want in on it, the fine people at Overthinking It take submissions in case you have some convoluted take on something or other.
They also do a fun, live webcast every Sunday that can be podcast here.
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