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Long Slow Rainy Day June 30, 2010

Posted by Michael in Family.
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I took a vacation day today.  I was whipped.

See, SkyliaEmber and Mr. Ember arrived yesterday and stayed overnight with us, on their way from Louisiana to Nevada.  I kinda figured they would go to bed early and hit the road early.

Boy, was I wrong.  Cathy hit the sack around midnight.  Mr. Ember quit around 1:00 a.m.  Sky and I were still yakking out by the pool at 1:45 a.m., listening to the Puking Lions, when we both realized the Meaning Of Life.

It was one of those epiphanic moments that don’t happen very often.

We finally crashed around 2:00 a.m.  This morning, neither of us could remember the Meaning Of Life, but we both recalled having solved this issue the night before.  Go figure.  Alcohol may have been involved.  Cathy made a nice breakfast and we yakked some more.

So, I’ve been whipped all day.  In order to get a post up, here are some random videos suggested by others.

ScottW sends an intriguing vid that combines a home made bassoforte, a computer, some hand-banging percussion, and a lot of ingenuity:

Doug was charmed, as was I, by a robot Michael Jackson tribute.  This little guy really starts rockin’ at around 1:54:

Happy Hump Day!

“I can’t just sit here and do nothing.” June 29, 2010

Posted by harrison in Art, Crime, Family, Heroes, History, Honor, Nature Shit, News, Personal Experiences, Philosophy, Politics, Science, Technology.
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My good friend Frank, a photographer for the National Park Service, is selling some of his prints on Facebook.

All of the profits are going to the International Bird Rescue Team.

I am raising money for the International Bird Rescue Team now working in the gulf. I am selling select prints , 8×10 matted and signed for $50.00 each, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the IBRT. Hoping to raise $1000.00 in the next 2 weeks. please share with your friends. I just can’t stand seeing all the oil covered birds, I don’t know what else to do but to try to raise money for the folks who can save them.

Get over there and do some good.

The Most Covered Rock Songs Ever June 29, 2010

Posted by Michael in Music.
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There are a few songs that challenge rock bands.  If they want cred, they try stand up to the original version of these songs and do their own rendition and make it their own statement.  This is rock band macho at its best.

In other words, they do a cover.

I figure, two songs have withstood the test of time as the ultimate challenge for bands attempting to cover a classic.

So, turn the volume way up on your speakers.

By my reckoning, I think the best song to cover is either this one (even Clapton and Bob Marley did it):

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Or this one (even Hendrix and Stevie Ray did it):

See, both of those songs were written by Bob Dylan, and I can’t stand listening to Bob Dylan’s nasally whiny voice.  Sorry, but I would not spend a nickel on a Dylan CD.  But, Dylan is some kinda frickin’ icon when it comes to doing covers.

And you have to admit, there are great covers of his songs.

What do you think?

Good Advice For Aging Rock Stars June 28, 2010

Posted by Michael in Art.
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Vodpod videos no longer available.

Thanks to Pendejo Grande at The Hostages.

New Rule for the IBTSFP™ — NO GROUP SEX June 28, 2010

Posted by Michael in Ducks.
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Go ahead, call me a prude.  I don’t care.   And don’t even bother telling me that this could drastically reduce attendance at this event.  I don’t care.

The health and safety of my guests is paramount.  Only discreet random couplings, with appropriate prophylactic measures deployed, will be tolerated at the Innocent Bystanders Texas State Fair Party™ on Saturday, October 2nd, at my home in the Dallas area.  Group orgies are strictly verboten.

In other words, this sort of thing will not be tolerated in the future, even though it may have been permissible at past IB gatherings:

seriously NSFW lame (BrewFan).


The Finger In Chief Directs The First Lady June 28, 2010

Posted by Michael in Entertainment.
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This is priceless.

This way, Michelle, and step lively!

Found at Knowledge is Power.

Foreign Policy Woes June 27, 2010

Posted by geoff in News.
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Found a few things to depress you on a Monday morning. “Like that’s a change,” you say. Hey – at least this post is all about foreign policy, which I think has been getting shortshrift in the depression department. Domestic issues can’t have all the fun. So enjoy…or despair…or something…

  • The Chinese are getting awfully good at electronics. So good, in fact, that their defense electronics are “rapidly advancing to First World standards.” Yay.

    In other news, China’s been preparing to take Taiwan by force, but now it probably won’t have to. Absorbing Taiwan via economic integration is far more lucrative, and keeps the US out of the picture.

    But don’t fret: there’s always the prospect for military action in the South China Sea. China’s added it to the list of places it just can’t do without.

  • You all already know this, but it’s clear that we’ve lost our way economically, and as usual, the Obama administration will be the last to figure it out (well, I suppose there’s Japan). If they figure it out. And now we’ve lost our hallowed position of economic leadership. Note that all the other countries, while they’re on the right track, are only talking about halving their deficits by 2013. It’s not enough, and it’s not soon enough, but it’s better than digging a deeper hole.
  • And of course those sanctions against Iran aren’t going to do anything. At least somebody in the Obama administration looks like they’re starting to clue into long-obvious reality. Don’t worry though, they only have enough uranium for two bombs. So far.
  • North Korea, watching Iran have all the fun, decides to get in on the act, doubling down on their nuclear programs. It’s great to live in a world of smart diplomacy.

Let’s GO. (Spelled GOOOH!) June 26, 2010

Posted by Cathy in Economics, Heroes, News, Personal Experiences, Philosophy, Politics, Technology.
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Spent 4 hours with Tim Cox, (and some Tea Party buds) today.

I’m blown away and ready to GO   (It’s spelled GOOOH).

GOOOH!  …meaning Get Out Of Our House!

Tim Cox is no whacko… Well-edumicated. Computer science degree. MBA. Not some elitist.  Tim actually accomplished stuff… like developing software for a spy satellite, the FIRST guy to put credit card readers in gas pumps, and development work at Dell Computers here in Texas.

Back in 2007 Tim had enough of the way government was messin’ with us. He  quit his job and took the plunge investing all he and his wife have into GOOOH.

Highly gifted and successful in computers and processing. NOW he takes his process intellect and puts all he has into organizing a Revolution.

Tim Cox is the genuine article.

IBTSFP Rule #2: ALWAYS use a Coaster in the Persimmon Room. June 26, 2010

Posted by wintersetruss in Crime, Gardening, Movies, Women Ranting.
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  And don’t even THINK about tossing those towels on the floor.  That’s why the hamper is there, bub.

  Cathy is a gracious host, but getting on her Crap List is Not.  A.  Good.  Idea.  I’m just saying.

Remember This Come November June 25, 2010

Posted by Edward von Bear in Ballistics, Commenting Tips, Politics.
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IBTSFP Safety Rule #1: Always Practice Trigger Discipline. June 24, 2010

Posted by wintersetruss in News.
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  When shooters don’t practice proper trigger discipline, bad things can happen.  Here’s an “artist’s rendering” of what the IBTSFP could turn into if proper safety procedures are not followed to the letter:

  Remember, the life you save may be your own.  Or maybe  the lives of Lyle & Tector Gorch.  Either way, trigger discipline will help avoid AWK-WARD situations.

Spirited Debate In Wisconsin About Illegal Immigration June 23, 2010

Posted by Michael in News.
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By “spirited” I mean, of course, “retarded.”

According to the YouTube notes, the first speaker is Democrat County Supervisor Peggy West of Milwaukee — an ardent advocate for the City of Milwaukee to boycott Arizona over SB1070.

She does not know that Arizona borders Mexico.

Brewfan, my heart bleeds for you.

Thanks to a tip from Cathy.