I don't believe in "i before e except after c". It's been disproved by science.
Monday, May 17, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Peter finds the Fed.Gov offering advice to stupid people ("Don't put gasoline in grocery bags.") He is (naturally) horrified. But he's a Man Of The Cloth, and you would expect that charitable reaction from him.
Me, not so much ...
hundreds of readers who didn't get the reference in the last post. It's from a post-apocalyptic movie called Mad Max:Fury Road. There's an evolving religion that has some interesting beliefs. Here, from a chase scene that comprises most of the movie, is the quote.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Remember this from 7 years ago? Ukranian priests are badass.
It looks like they're now matched in badassitude by Canadian priests who need a SWAT team to take them down for holding church services:
This post tagged "fascists" because, well, you know, eh?
But He knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
My feet have closely followed his steps;
I have kept to his way without turning aside.- Job 23:10-11
Saturday, May 8, 2021
A friend turned me on to this hilarious song about the virus lockdown. I can't figure out what my favorite line is; probably this:
I used to crack a beer and throw on CMT But now I'm sipping vodka with the CDC
Made. Of. Win.
No Time To Be Sober (Songwriter: ?)
Friday, May 7, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
May 5th is the anniversary of two strange battles.
1862 saw the French defeated by the Mexicans at Puebla. What's strange is that the French went on to defeat the Mexicans, with "Emperor" Maximilian seizing control of most of that country for the next several years. For some (strange) reason, Americans (not Mexicans) celebrate this day. Me, I think it's the marketing department at Corona Brewing that's behind it all.
In 1945, the Battle of Castle Itter saw US GIs and Wehrmacht soldiers fighting on the same side - the only time this happened in the entire war. All in all, I expect the GIs would rather have had a frosty Corona ...
There's something skewed in the perspective of this photo of these two elderly Presidents and their wives. Lens choice, too much flash, bad Photoshop, I dunno, but it sure looks odd.
But leaving that aside for a moment. Where are the masks? Pr. Biden wore one on a video conference call with world leaders when there was no contact. We keep hearing about masks from Dr. Fauci. Now we have this visit, no one is masked, they are touching and well within six feet.
Are masks important? Are they political theater? Virtue signaling? Are they less important once we are vaccinated?
Maybe someone should look at the science.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Monday, May 3, 2021
There's very little argument to the proposition that Michelangelo was the greatest Renaissance artist of all time (and not much argument that he was the greatest artist who ever lived, period). Not only did he set the standard for sculpture (Pieta, David, etc), but he painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
So how come he didn't get the job to paint The Last Supper, which is Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous painting (along with the Mona Lisa)? Monty Python explains it all for you.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
The composer who has won the most Academy Awards for original songs is someone who you might not expect. Alan Menken has several unusual stats to his name: he has won eight Oscars, more than any other composer.* He won the Oscar for this in 1991; two of the songs nominated that this one beat were also by him and Howard Ashburn, from this same film. Lastly, the Academy of Motion Pictures changed the rules of the game. Since Menken had won the Oscar in 1989 (The Little Mermaid), 1992 (Beauty and the Beast). and 1992 (Aladdin), they added an award for "Best Original Musical or Comedy Score" which was won by (wait for it) - Alan Menken in 1996 for Pocahontas.
Oh, yeah - he also has 11 Grammys, a Tony, and an Emmy. The's one of only 16 people to have collected each of the Big Four awards: Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy.
You might recognize some of this other music as well, notably Little Shop Of Horrors.
I'm not a fan of the recent Disney releases, but their films from the early 1990s were pretty spectacular.
* Alfred Newman, Twentieth Century Fox' music director won nine Oscars, but these were not for compositions.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Artists like singer-songwriter Carter Sampson who is a breath of fresh air in a genre of over-produced cooky cutter sounds. (*cough* Bro-country *cough)
Making a living as an independent act is hard work, and for a long time she would bartend in the evenings and write songs during the day. Gigs first came slowly and then more frequent. She recounted on a radio interview how she got a call one day from the restaurant where she worked. She hadn't had a shift in 2 months and they wanted to take her off the rotation. She realized that she was a full time singer.
Her voice is distinctive, in some ways reminiscent of Elle King, only country. Real country, not Nashville Country-Pop. With seven albums to her credit, there's a lot to like. This is perhaps her signature number.