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Music that you can dance to

Van She

The band Van She has been pronounced the "Next Big Thing."

Definately a "Get the Knack" feeling about the songs I have heard so far. The Knack also got the NEXT BIG THING label a lot. I get the chorus of "Good Girls Don't" running through my brain when I watch the video for their song "Kelly." Oh, and if you are over 30, you will probably feel like a dirty old man for watching it.

In other music news, Metafilter has launched "Mefi Music," where registered users of that community can upload their own music. Mefi only has less than 40,000 members, but it is a really talented bunch of folks - dozens of original compositions have already been uploaded.

I have also been horribly remiss in not mentioning the brilliant Top Ten project over at "The Wisdom of the Illiterati." There is a weekly post comparing the top ten singles now vs. 1966. It is always entertaining and insightful. One of the CD's I regularly have in rotation is the 1966 Superhits collection from Time/Life. I have always been a big fan of album/singles charts and tried to read the chart sections of Billboard for as long as I can remember. One of the books I look at occassionally is a copy of all the top 40 charts by Joel Whitburn (albeit an older edition.) Anyway, if you are a music chart geek, give them a visit.

Go 12!

Dale Jr. and Steve Park crashing horribly at Pocono.

I'm standing behind a short chain-link fence at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., when my friend Paul yells in my ear. "All five senses!" he shouts. "What?" I reply, barely able to hear him over the intermittent roar of stock cars passing in front of us. "It's the only sport that arouses all five senses!" he yells, and he's right. I can't escape the sight of the cars' shimmering paint schemes, the deafening sounds of their engines, the stink of melting tires, or the rattling of the grandstands. And taste? Cold beer from a can. This is NASCAR, after all.

NASCAR goes upscale. Good article - it's in the latest Business Week.

I am one of those upscale folks that enjoys watching racing. It is amazing how people can have the freakiest hobbies and bring some trace of it to work with them and it doesn't affect their image or reputation. Try putting a die-case race car on your cubicle. Suddenly your perceived IQ drops 25 points.

This is a good racing weekend, too. NASCAR is in Daytona Friday and Saturday night and F1 is at Indy.

So, who are you pulling for?


An employment agency specifically for the disabled is profiled at Unusual Businesses Ideas That Work.

(Found via steel white table.)

It's over there

The logs have suggested that some of you are interested in seeing the Crocheted Master Shake.

Inconvenient Truth Interview

My buddy got to work on this great video from the "Artist on Artist" series. This one features Al Gore and Mos Def discussing "An Inconvenient Truth." I am in no shape to go to the movies for a few months, so this is as close as I will get to the flick for a bit. For those interested, my bud is the one shaking Al's hand before he sits down.

Viewers of Futurama may remember that Al Gore was featured on the show. The producers of that fine show have made "A Terrifying Message from Al Gore." His daughter, Kristin, was a writer on the show.

As I said, I haven't been able to get out to see the film, but the best writeup on it I have read is over at Gumption.

Prolonged contact with your body could cause discomfort and potentially a burn

Yep, that is an actual Apple warning.

Those of you with the new macbooks have probably experienced a certain burning sensation when using it on your lap. To avoid sterilizing yourself, please consider the iLap.

(Thanks for the tip, Bal)


Blogs for products/services or fans thereof

Because he spammed me nicely

The person who runs the Eichler For Sale site sent me an email about their site. The site suffers from a needless use of flash (in fact, you can't even see the goddamn thing if you have flash disabled,) but is otherwise a good Modern (mid-20th century) home resource for your Northern California Eichler needs.

I like Eichlers, own the book and have had the good fortune to tour one of the homes down here in Orange. The one thing we noticed was that the homes, while looking totally awesome, suffer from a lot of functional obsolescence. The rooms are too small and the "flow" from room to room in some of the plans is just not practical.


See Day of the Fight, Stanley Kubrick's first short film and other cinematic related items.

I just watched the film and it has some amazing shots (The hand/brother shot at around the 10:26 mark is really a good one.) After you watch it, you can learn more about boxer Walter Cartier and what became of him.

ogo water

OGO Water. It has an oxygen concentration that is 35 times higher than regular water!

Odds of Gain x Value of Gain = Expected Happiness

The formula in the subject is true, but it turns out that we are not really that good at figuring out odds and value. This causes issues with your happiness. Comparison and contrasting things further impacts this decision making.

How To Do Precisely the Right Thing At All Possible Times is a brilliant 49 minute presentation by Daniel Gilbert that will give you a case for paying $25 for a Big Mac. This is from the SXSW conference. The audio quality is poor, but worth it.

Scot Hacker has a much better writeup on this talk.

Daniel Gilbert also has a new book out called "Stumbling on Happiness."

Housekeeping Notes

our kitten hiding under rug

I have shifted a few things around on the sidebar and made the front page a little less long. It will show around 12 days of recent posts. The archives have been put into a monthly format, as the weekly one was getting unwieldy.

Going back through the archives and repairing the broken picture links is about 20% done. The images should be good from May, 2004 forward. I just used to post so much more around that time and before, so I still have about 1,000 to go through. Old, dead links and "Found at's" are being slowly pulled as well.

I actually had the #1 site on YAHOO for sciatica last week (now I am #12), so the traffic has gone back down to those looking for my "not gay porn" page and my four loyal readers. I really like it that you stuck with me.

I have added comments to most posts from 2004 forward, please leave one if the spirit moves you. It is always nice to know if you liked something. If any of you older readers that used to link here wander back by - please add me back to your blogrolls/link lists. If you have a feed reader, I do have an RSS feed.

Thanks for reading - Feel free to pass the site along to your friends. I don't mind the company.


If you have read this blog since the old days, you know my political leanings (Hardcore Lefty.) I scored 100%*. Can you?

Could you pass the US Citizenship test?. It would be so awesome if we gave out these kind of questions during presidential debates.

*85-100%: Welcome to the United States! (And, truth be told, you know more about this great land than most Americans.)

(Thanks to Vares Solvang over at the Second Life Forums.)

Preference will be given to models who actually are goth.

Apply now!

(Found via TFD LJ Feed.)

Been home for three weeks now

Yet another surgery update:

I am taking less of the pain pills (darvocet.) I have gone from 2 every 4 hours to 1 every 5-6 hours.

Sleeping the whole night through now, which is good. Even able to sleep on my side, which is far more comfortable after spending the day on my back.

Before the operation, I was "listing" severely to the left and my right leg wasn't really working too well. Now, I am standing perfectly straight up and my right leg is dominant again.

I have noticed that after just walking for about ten minutes, I start to feel some sharp muscle pain in the left buttock. I am thinking this is due to the piriformis muscle putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. Since I have been pretty immobile since the beginning of May, I am sure that as I start using those muscles again, the pain will lessen. I should be starting physical therapy after the 10th of July, so I will definately update you about that then.

I have also been considering taking up yoga (of all things!) after I get the clearance for it. I am sure that stress has caused some of my issues and getting my mind and body in shape can't be a bad thing. They even have a pose that takes care of the piriformis.

Anyway, I am going to take it a little bit easier on the walks and take two shorter ones, instead of one long (if you can call 20 minutes long) walk.

Since I have talked about my butt, let me venture into another delicate area of that I (and I am sure some of you) are suffering through. Bending to pick up things off the floor or even something as mundane as lifting the toilet seat is a literal pain. When I was discharged from the hospital, I was given a "reacher," like this one here. It is amazing how that little piece sticking out at the end can help lift the toilet seats and the grabber piece helps to put on clothing. I would be helpless (or totally drive my wife nuts with requests) if I did not have this handy device. Amazon sells the one I have called the "Sammons Preston Rolyan 32" Reacher." If you are having issues bending, this is not a bad thing to get. I also found some other neat devices from a company called Standers. They have things like bed and couch canes to help you stand and so forth. I know it may seem odd for some of the younger people with sciatica to use these things, but you will find that your comfort level will improve.

Hope all of this helps somebody. Please leave a comment if you have used any of these devices or have any post surgical pointers that can help out.

(Original spinal fusion surgery posting)

Opening the gate for you

Scientology Induction Film. The ending is garbled, but is well worth watching.

That was video 10 of 10. The whole set can be found here.

(Found at Mike Daisey.)

Bal, you still reading?

Pass this one on to the old gang, if they haven't seen it already.

Apple Switch commercial parody done up in World of Warcraft.

Any MMO player will understand this. Thankfully, I am only addicted to EVE Online and never got into WoW.

Make ice cream anywhere!

With the unique Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker, you can make ice cream anywhere! You dont need electricity, just add ice and rock salt in one end and ice cream mix in the other endthen have a ball as you shake it, pass it or roll it! The ice cream mix can be as simple as cream, sugar and vanilla. Try flavors from our recipe list included or make up your own. Made of durable polycarbonate, its lightweight, portable and easy to clean.

The Ice Cream Ball

Eris, can you hear me?

See more mysterious pictures of 23 at the link below.


(Found at TFD LJ Pics.)

I enjoy giving credit/attribution. That LJ feed is pure gold.


Over at the Internet Cello Society Forums, there is an interesting thread asking the following:

"Turns out I have collected over a dozen CDs of the Dvorák Cello Concerto over the years (and who knows how many LPs). So I thought it would be fun to make a compilation of a number of well-known cellists playing a good portion of the exposition of the first movement.

My hope is we can make comments on the actual playing, without our judgements being filtered by our preconceptions about a particular player.

So my gentle request is that if you recognize a performance (as many will), don't post the identify the cellist--yet. After we've had a while to discuss the performances, we can play "guess the cellist" and I'll post the identifying information.

What do you like, what don't you like about each performance? (Some things we might want to focus on: tempo, rubato, phrasing, tone, use of vibrato, articulations, overall effect.) Do you like one better than the others? Why?"

If you are into classical music, this is a very compelling discussion.

(Thanks to my cellist wife for the tip)


Skate Sectional Waiting System

Exceptional design work by Alberto Häbieri.

(Found at vvork via The Cartoonist.)


Woody Allen and Scarlett Johansson

Nice little article, And God Created Scarlett, about the new Woody Allen movie, Scoop. Like his previous film, Match Point, this one stars Scarlett Johansson. As a bonus, this time we get Woody as well. It looks promising.

(Found at robot wisdom.)

nice shot

Click for larger view at photo.net

All of the photos of giorgio marinelli are fantastic.

(Found via Photo.net recent)


supper club

Sample the fine work of Marion Peck.

(Found at Art MoCo.)


A photo series of Liv and Sol in the Park.

(Also found at TFD LJ Feed.)

The Clouds Must Be Crazy

Odd Clouds over Iowa (with an explanation.)

(Found via TFD LJ Feed.)

Why should you be the only one in pain?

Using your sciatica to stop telemarketers.

If they start out with, "How are you today?" say, "Why do you want to know?" Or you can say, "I'm so glad you asked, because no one seems to care these days and I have all these problems, my sciatica is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog just died...." When they try to get back to the sales process, just continue on with telling about your problems.

(Classic post from February, 2004 - Check out the archives in the right sidebar over there.)

The more you know

How to Run up a Wall and Flip

(Found at grow a brain.)

I ask myself this every time I fly

I couldn't find a good picture of a can of motts

Why do so many people order tomato juice when they're flying?

I just figured they were all from Ohio.


Watch a comedy bit from a fellow named Ross Noble.

Seriously, muffins have not been this funny since Seinfeld.

How about we just talk to each other outside of meetings?

Click for bigger version you can actually read.

(cartoon from The Business Innovation Insider)

brainstorming - bullshit or not?

(Found at BrainLog along with a really funny post about how not to cheat on college assignments.)

Latch Hooked Softcore

"(Made With Sweet Love is) part of a larger dialogue about feminism, pornography, and beauty. I started Made With Sweet Love as a way to make my art accessible to a large audience while also giving each viewer a more personal connection to the art."

(Found at diminished responsibility.)

Can flying cars be far behind?

Your pet, your way — Genpets Series 01 are mass produced Bio-engineered pets implemented today. Each pet comes pre-packaged as a fully self-contained unit. Genpets learn and adapt. They are fully living pets, but better, modified to be as reliable, dependable and efficient as any other 'technology' we use in our busy lives.

In their store habitat, being fed through tubes, their health monitored.

Get your spawn one today!

(I think this gag is really popular right now, their site is getting hammered. A tip of the hat to Linda B. for pointing this one out.)

I'd buy that for a dollar

(Found at cherryflava.)

Have to go, Have to go, Have to go right now

Is there really a brown note?

(Found at this enchanting question about the sonic equivalent of goatse.)

Another book recommendation

Healing Back Pain Naturally: The Mind-Body Program Proven to Work

Dr. Art Brownstein suffered back pain for twenty agonizing years. Now he shares the cure that worked for him and thousands of others: his revolutionary Back to Life Program. Sharing his own story of surgery, painkiller dependency, and severe depression, Dr. Brownstein guides you through the recovery program that gave him his life back. Today, he runs a medical practice, bikes, surfboards, teaches yoga, and leads an active life -- free of pain!

I am re-reading this book now and have already stopped ingesting caffeine, which has greatly reduced my back spasms.

What is that smell?


A review gives it a 7 of 10 and says it's like the Matrix and 1984. I have seen 1984, and this is no 1984. It goes on to say "You have to be rather patient for the action scenes. There's a brief opening gun battle in the dark at the beginning, then a couple of short gunfights in the middle. Things don't really kick in until the finale. If you're patient enough to sit through the quiet, dramatic, emotional scenes, you may find yourself rewarded."

What the review neglects to say is that the special effects in the battles consists of what appears to be stop motion photography on par with Sinbad fighting the skeleton in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad from 1958. The reward you will find is delivered by the icepick you will shove through your temple in an attempt to make this piece of crap leave your mind. I still cannot reconcile the fact that he kills a whole bunch of people, rescues a puppy (at great personal risk) then kills a whole bunch more people without remorse. I guess the moral of the story is that puppies are cute.

Please, save yourself the time and expense, don't see this movie. Read the synopsis of the film over at The Movie Spoiler. If you still want to see it, then I feel for you.

I am a big fan of good, and sometimes not so good, sci-fi movies and cannot comprehend why anyone likes this thing. What makes this a real shame is that a lot of quality actors are totally wasted. Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs and Christian Bale, who was brilliant in American Psycho.

(Rerun from 6/1/2003 - I have been reading the archives lately, and I must say that I used to run a pretty tight little blog. I am working on making the pictures come up again on the old entries. I changed hosts a lot in the past 4 years.)

Now We're Getting Somewhere

A friend sent me an email today saying that he enjoyed my blog, especially the link to that Moving to New Zealand site.

Well, I certainly don't remember linking to anything like that, but I am on a lot of drugs. So, I went back through all of my posts for the last month and sure enough, I have to apologize to Hanan over at Grow a Brain. Even though I link to him a lot, I never noticed the Moving to New Zealand site he put up. It is really fascinating to watch someone's dream while it is happening.

everything old is new again

My first post on this blog back on July 13, 2002 was full of links to songs on epitonic.

Things Magazine pointed out the other day that the site has had a complete facelift. Very nice looking site with great free music.


This is a conversion of a B&O radio/amplifier from ca 1964 to a portable, battery powered boombox.

i wish i could afford these

The paintings and drawings of Josh Keyes.

(Found at MoCo Loco.)

Another Surgery Update

It's been 17 days since I got cut open. The muscle bruising on my back is gone. For a while there, it looked like I got kidney punched by Mike Tyson.

I am taking short walks with my wife. I can do about 20 minutes before the pain returns. I am trying to put longer periods of time between the pills I am taking. Otherwise, life is just sleeping and laying in bed surfing the net and posting the weird stuff I find here.

Since most of you are reading this because the search engine sent you here looking for information about sciatica, I can give you some advice so you don't end up in my position. Read up on the subject, the book at the top of this page is a good one.

Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.

As sexy as getting a six inch gash in your lower back sounds, it is not something that you want. Do anything you can to avoid surgery. I had a chance back in 2004 to possibly stave this off, but I wasn't serious about the exercises and other lifestyle changes you need to make to keep a healthy back.

I hope you find some relief for your pain and, please, keep visiting this site. I promise to keep finding shiny things to distract you with.

You can read my prior update here.

Original post explaining the PLIF procedure here.

How do you even measure ROI on this?

In April, Toyota quietly began an unusual virtual promotion of its small, boxy Scion: it paid for the car's product placement in Whyville.net, an online interactive community populated almost entirely by 8- to 15-year-olds.

Never mind that they cannot actually buy the car. Toyota is counting on Whyvillians to do two things - influence their parents' car purchases and maybe grow up with some Toyota brand loyalty

(Found at cherryflava.)


Drugs firm blocks cheap blindness cure

Ophthalmologists around the world, on their own initiative, are injecting tiny quantities of a colon cancer drug called Avastin into the eyes of patients with wet macular degeneration, a common condition of older age that can lead to severely impaired eyesight and blindness. They report remarkable success at very low cost because one phial can be split and used for dozens of patients.

But Genentech, the company that invented Avastin, does not want it used in this way. Instead it is applying to license a fragment of Avastin, called Lucentis, which is packaged in the tiny quantities suitable for eyes at a higher cost. Speculation in the US suggests it could cost £1,000 per dose instead of less than £10. The company says Lucentis is specifically designed for eyes, with modifications over Avastin, and has been through 10 years of testing to prove it is safe.

Off label uses for drugs happens all the time, but the cost differential here just seems too much.

The Review of Ophthalmology has an in depth article about off label drug usage.

Like Chris Rock said in Bigger and Blacker about AIDS:

"They ain't curing it, 'cause there ain't no money in the cure. The money's in the medicine. That's how you get paid, on the comeback. That's how a drug dealer makes his money, on the comeback."

(Original Guardian link found at digg.)


Detailed pics on how to make a homemade flamethrower. (Slow loading pics, worth the wait, though.)

(found via TFD LJ Pic Feed.)

I really should follow through on my ideas

Google targets GPS-based in-car personalized advertising.

I had a plan for this all worked out back in 1999. Just lazy, I guess.

(Found at digg.)

For the dads in the room

46. There is only one reason for a teenager to burn incense, and we think you remember what it is.

From Things a man should know: about fatherhood.

(Found at fark.)

It looks like the future

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium of nearly 200 leading colleges, universities, museums, corporations, and other learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. NMC member institutions are found in almost every state in the US, across Canada, and in Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Among the membership are an elite list of the most highly regarded colleges and universities in the world, as well as a growing list of innovative museums, research centers, foundations, and forward-thinking companies.

They have set themselves up in the virtual world of Second Life. Here is a link to their blog with their brilliant promotional video.

Vermont was the last state to get a Wal-Mart

Excellent bridge photo

Everything you always wanted to know about Vermont (but were afraid to ask.)

I have always wanted to live in the NorthEast, with Vermont being the main target. Seriously, these guys kicked double ass in maple syrup production, humiliating Maine.

(Indicators site found at plep.)

My inner 12 year old is pleased

Toilet sign

Very creative bathroom fixtures.

(found via TFD LJ Pic Feed.)

Making misogyny hummable

Robot Johnny has a very personal piece about Nick Lowe that is worth a read.

While I am not quite at "man crush" level with Nick Lowe, I have always thought that the best pop song ever is "Cruel to Be Kind," and I enjoyed the one that he links to as well. Additionally, I was not aware that RobotJohnny is also the editor of Drawn, which I read daily. I only knew of him as a fellow poster on Metafilter.

Click to watch on YouTube

It got me to thinking about how I have a similar "relationship" with Richard Thompson. He has two songs from the "Rumor and Sigh" CD, "I Misunderstood" and "I Feel So Good" (Full Videos for both at Capitol Records) that get close to firing the same synapses as "Cruel to the Kind". I have already posted about his cover of "Oops, I did it again," further showing his pop sensibility.

Here is an interview about the making of "Rumor and Sigh" that includes the original song title for "I feel so good."

(Apologies for the long winded posts of late, I am on a lot of medication.)

More about the surgery

I was home after three nights in the hospital and had my staples removed on Monday, the 12th. I am walking okay for short periods, but still can't sit for more than a few minutes without massive pain. The surgeon has advised me not to sit for a month. So, I just lie down popping pills and take short walks. Still, this is head and shoulders above my prior recovery period.

During my lifetime, I have heard the following phrases a lot:

"We have never seen THAT before"

"First time we've seen THAT"

"THAT certainly is unique"

"I think I once read about a guy who had that happen (with astonished look)"

After the surgery, my surgeon told my wife that something really rare happened during my operation. After he put in the screws and the rods to stabilize the L4/L5 vertebrae to a normal spacing, my "destroyed" disc sucked back into that space and resumed looking like a good disc. So, what he did was put a bone graft along the lateral sides of the disc and the posterior part where the hardware is.

So, I technically have had a spinal fusion, but I still have the disc. This should help with the healing process and allow for more normal movement in the future. Next time I see the doctor, I will ask him more about this, as I still don't understand exactly how that all worked.

As for the hospital stay itself, it was mostly uneventful, except for one nurse from hell. The IV port in my wrist was having trouble taking the pain injection without being flushed first with saline. The other nurses knew this and handled it fine. This one did the pain injection first and while I screamed she just looked at me and smiled while saying, "You want your medicine, don't you?" Thankfully, my wife and the CNA (Thanks, Donna!) who was helping me got the nursing supervisor to take over until I was discharged. I cannot wait until I get the customer satisfaction survey from the hospital.

As you can see from my posts, I am having fun surfing the web from my bed. Thanks again to those who wrote with their good thoughts - they worked!

Original post about the surgery.

June 19th Update

a dilemma

I have eleven sombreros.


When I heard that Clear Channel was going to sell one second ad spots, something sounded f-f-f-familiar about it. Brian Kane nails the max headroom connection far better than I can.

I am feeling a little guilty about this

Youtube video of Space Invaders told from their perspective.

(Found at robot wisdom.)

Woo Hoo!

diminished responsibility is back online. He took the site down a while back and I just hit it today and found it back running strong. It's all good, especially the bit on professional cheese racing.


An Eichler Atrium from the Modernist Houses group on flickr.

(Found at things magazine.)

Video games are good for you

Teen uses video games to become racer. Brad Coleman had a decent debut in the Nashville Busch Series race last week. There have been a lot of these 18 year old kids hitting the big three NASCAR leagues in the past couple of years. Not all of them make it, but he is certainly showing some promise with the ability to race in so many different types of cars. I will keep an eye out for him during the ARCA race tomorrow on SPEED channel. He posted the fastest time in today's practice.

UPDATE: The kid did good - he finished 5th in an otherwise uneventful (David Stremme, a NASCAR Cup driver, was slumming and lapped the entire field.)

My second favorite joke ever

Eye See You!

It will most likely not work

Murphy's Law Calculator

(Found at grow-a-brain.)

Set your tivo

cockeyed.com recently ran a great experiment where he took a cut up credit card application and taped it back together and GOT A CREDIT CARD!

It is going to shown on ABC's 20/20 on Friday night, June 16th.

UPDATE: ABC posted the video on their site (Flash Player). It is part of a six minute segment that also contains a gross out bit about restaurants. Rob's identity theft piece starts at about the two minute mark - you will also have to sit through a 30 second commercial at the beginning.

shut up and drive the car

Great extended Home Depot commercial starring NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and his crew chief, Greg Zipadelli. Tony attributes the luck he had last year winning the Nextel Cup to his many home improvement projects.

Tony is usually a complete asshole nutjob, yet here he is calm and cool. Why? Because superstition rules in sports, especially racing. And when the luck is on your side, it is all good.

The rest of the commercials in the series are at the Home Depot Racing site. The latest has the team fretting because another driver has hired a contractor.

Seriously, even if you aren't a NASCAR fan, these are well done commercials that get their message across.

(Boardsmag found via a metafilter post about a psychedelic coffee ad.)


This is cropped, click for the full pic

Scarce, a longtime reader of this site, has posted a really great set of bird photos. I especially like the one of the cockatoo attempting to destroy streetlight.

As a parrot owner, I know their destructive powers. That streetlight didn't stand a chance.

(Found at There is a boy who never goes out, formerly known as "Tastes like burning.")


See several billboards highlighting awful jobs.

(Found via what do i know.)

Why does Diamond Age come to mind?

Thames Town is a suburb of Shanghai in the manner of a Home Counties market town, with oak panelling and mock Tudor style throughout.

(More details about this project and others like it can be found at the always jam packed full of goodness things magazine.)


What it was, was football

Andy Griffith, at the beginning of his comedy career, created one of the most hilarious bits of all time called "What It Was, Was Football." The single, a tale of a young southern man's first visit to a football game, sold a million copies. This always made me laugh out loud.

The entire bit is archived at NPR (Real or WMA).

The Archive of American Television has a great series of interviews with Andy Griffith over at Google Video. The one I link to discusses his early days of doing standup comedy tellin' Shakespeare and his start on TV. It is a fascinating interview. It is so amazing that this material is available online.

A guy found an old issue of MAD Magazine and scanned their version of the football bit as well.

A CD called Wit & Wisdom of Andy Griffith (including the football and Shakespeare routines) is at Amazon for $6.98.

Way back about 15 odd years ago, I got me a 15 day Greyhound bus pass and got to see a lot of America (or at least the part directly between Oakland, CA and NYC.) I was at the Omaha, Nebraska station you see above at 7am on a clear, bitterly cold Saturday morning. You can see more pics of Greyhound Bus Stations at Roadside Architecture.

A to Z

Alphabet photosets

18 different alphabet sets by LeoL30.

surfing on meds is fun

The illustrators name is Sean Tubridy. These pics are from his excellent flickr set.

Oh, no! Not Pepper Dennis!

This season's list of cancelled TV shows. (Site has annoying popups).

We're having a meat wave

An excellent Salvation Army score, a steak lunch box.



The Making of Sand Carpets

This year, the town of La Orotava, in the north of Tenerife, is holding its traditional Corpus Christi celebration on the 22nd June. On this occasion and to conclude the commemoration of the 500 anniversary of Orotava's foundation, the town is organizing an International Congress of Tapestry Artists (Congreso Internacional de Alfombristas) with participants from other Spanish towns and representatives from Europe, Asia and America.

I just love this kind of site

Make your own <3 shirt at I Love Anything.

(Found at what do i know.)

I have had back surgeries and this site helps to distract me from the pain. When I am finding cool sites and ranting, I feel better.

Would acupuncture help with the symptoms of sciatica or would any other complementary medical solutions be worth considering?

I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.

This book, Back Pain: What You Need to Know (Johns Hopkins), is very good and inexpensive; regardless of what the review on amazon says.

Good luck and try to stay off the pills (unless you really, really need them!)

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