Thursday, April 30, 2009

Blog Talk

From Blogizdat LJ:

I was thinking just now about when I started blogging, on Livejournal, and I remember exactly how it all happened, what prompted me to dip my toe into the water, as it were, and who my first readers were.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Random Blather

From Blogizdat Livejournal:

Okay, I keep promising to post more here - both clippings and writing - and I really do mean it, but something keeps coming up, either I get really busy, or I find myself feeling mute, or I end up mired in the swamps & quicksands of The Dark Place, or something - there's always something - but I'm determined to try, even if nothing ambitious, I'll aim for something weekly, and maybe go from there.

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No, really. WTH?

From Amazon:

"The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has joined forces with Hidden Beach Recordings to release CHANGE IS NOW: RENEWING AMERICA'S PROMISE the exclusive official presidential inauguration collection commemorative CD-DVD set. The official inauguration collection celebrates President-elect BARACK OBAMA'S historic election by including eight of his landmark campaign speeches together on one DVD and an impressive 18-track CD with inspired music from some of America's top recording artists."

Disc: 1

1. It's A New Day (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) -
2. The Dream Is Real - The Tony Rich Project
3. All About The Love Again (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - Stevie Wonder
4. Can't Stop - Ozomatli
5. Peace Be Upon Us - Sheryl Crow
6. There's Hope - India.Arie
7. God Is In The People (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - Melissa Etheridge
8. Change - Lenny Kravitz
9. Dreamworld - Robin Thicke
10. Pure Imagination (2009 Version) (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - Maroon 5
11. Hush (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - Usher
12. Born For This - BeBe Winans
13. What Light - Wilco
14. Shed A Little Light - James Taylor
15. The Star Spangled Banner - Jennifer Hudson
16. Eternity (David Foster Live Strings Mix) (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - Lionel Richie
17. Grapevine Fires - Death Cab For Cutie
18. Changes - Common

Disc: 2

1. "Announcement for President" February 10, 2007 - Springfield, IL
2. "Iowa Jefferson Jackson Dinner" November 10, 2007 - Des Moines, IA
3. "Iowa Caucus Victory Speech" January 3, 2008 - Des Moines, IA
4. "New Hampshire Primary Speech" January 8, 2008 - Nashua, NH
5. "A More Perfect Union" March 18, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA
6. "A World That Stands As One" July 24, 2008 - Berlin, Germany
7. "The American Promise" August 28, 2008 - Denver, CO
8. "Election Night Victory Speech" November 4, 2008 - Chicago, IL

Laugh or cry? Your pick.

Monday, April 27, 2009


I want to write more here - no really, stop snickering, I mean it - or rather, I *need* to write more, cause I miss the larger canvas that Blogger offers compared to, say, other places online where people got to be seen and heard, and see, for the longest time I think was AWOL here cause I was spending so much time on those other services, but after a while it got tired, and you know, it's fine to point the finger at others for posting all the textual blips and farts that constitute the average FaceSpace, and anyways, I've posted my share of such things, too, but I always feel like something's missing, and it's hard to put my finger on just what it is, but WTH, does no one have the time to be bothered with writing out a proper meme anymore, I mean, for real, when I was a lad back in the thirties we might have been using kerosene-powered 'puters, but at least we knew better than to post little blips of useless information like 'Muzzy is standing in the breadline,' and 'Mrs Muzzy is planting a Victory Garden,' and 'Kilroy Was Here,' but actually, maybe I'm onto something, cause the way I see it, FaceSpace - and its meth-fueled cousin Twitter - is just graffiti for the electronic post-modern age, and yes, I'm serious, cause think about it: kids used to have to climb over the edge of a bridge to spray-tag some pointless bit of nonsense for the amusement of the next day's commuters, but now they don't need to do that, they can just post it online, but hey, I didn't intend to post yet another Online Social Networking bashing treatise, and I'll try to stay away from all that, I promise, but the fact remains, I do intend to write more, and on that note, I'm off to sleep.

5 Things You Think Will Make You Happy (But Won't)


If 80s movies taught us anything, it's that at some point you're going to run into a mysterious relic that lets you switch bodies with other people.

Would you use it? Would you choose to switch lives with, say, Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie or Dale DeBone? Most people would.

But let's say the artifact doesn't let you choose, but will instead switch you randomly with one of the other six billion people on the planet. Virtually nobody will take that deal, for fear they'd switch with some poor villager in Nigeria.

So what does that say about us? Well, according to experts, it says almost everything we think about what would make us happy is dead wrong. Let's look at the five things we're most wrong about, with some pictures of adorable animals for good measure.

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Friday, April 17, 2009


It's really late, Friday night, and I'm in a simmering state about a host of things, but I just don't have the energy to write it all down tonight, still, I can't not write, like my fingers are possessed by some other-worldly presence, some kind of elan vital of their own, and even though I write and write and write, it seems there's far more there, waiting to get out, so I suppose I'll have to do that, maybe tomorrow, but not tonight...

Friday Night Videos - Mad World

This song still makes me tear up:

'Mad World'
Gary Jules


'Mad World'
Adam Lambert
American Idol Top 8


'Mad World'
Corey Nance and James Parker


'Mad World'
Tears For Fears