Although yummy indeed, Cake (the band) "IS" touring now, but sadly I missed the leg of the tour through this neck of the woods. An alternative band incorporating a variety of styles and influences, they've put out a ton of good stuff that I never get tired of hearing. Too bad that we'll have to wait until this fall for a new studio album.
I'm continually amazed that when I talk to people about the group, many act like they've never heard of them. Although mentioning their hit from the 90's Going The Distance usually gets most people to remember. Either that, or they just want me to shut up. Just in case YOU need a refresher...
Euphemisms are the WD-40 of our daily conversations, the verbal lubricants that allow us to slip right past disturbing or unpleasant words and ideas. Politicians typically employ euphemisms to obscure true meaning, such as the classic "I misspoke" which transforms the harsher "I lied" into a more benign sounding statement. This sort of doublespeak has unfortunately become the backbone of our political discourse.
But more commonly, in everyday life euphemisms are employed to allow us to interject elements of profanity or sex into a conversation while steering clear of those annoying "hostile environment" lawsuits that can result if the real deal is employed in the workplace. Surprisingly the term "Bush Bashing" doesn't fall into either of these categories, but refers to an Australian cross-country trip. Go figure!
So what's the point here? As usual, I've got none. Just a thinly veiled excuse for a euphemism related link-dump:
The mainstreaming of porn takes one more step forward with the "instructional" video How To Pack Like A Stripper. Combining practical advice with cheap titillation never felt so good.
And for yet another "two-fer" combo, this clip combines cheesy magic tricks with stripping. You would think it would be a great idea, but I find myself more of a purist on both subjects, preferring a dedication of purpose to the inevitable compromises that result from combined functionality. The same rationale I used to reject purchasing a coffee maker/toaster oven combination, but at least this Magic Strip Show is a bit easier on the eyes...
Although usually referring to a phallic sex toy, the term dildo originally referenced the peg used to secure a boats' oar in place. Which is probably what they had in mind when they named this Canadian fishing village. But despite having a robust economy (probably based on tourists coming to take pictures standing next to the sign) there are those who argue that they need to change the towns' name, as this YouTube video illustrates. (VIA Neatorama)
And although some signs have the ability to put a smirk on our faces, there are those that provide far more direction and information about the road ahead than originally intended. Sometimes the choice is easy.
Back in the day, before TV weather was delivered by either the cliched jovial fat guy or the buff blow-dried himbo/babe, another formula was present. In local markets on the east coast, many TV stations had their weather segment sponsored by Atlantic Gas, and they delivered the forecast dressed in the uniform of a gas station attendant. For many people, this may require some explanation, since long ago before "Self-Serve" became the norm, the term "service station" was used. It meant that neatly uniformed employees would actually fill the tank, clean the windshield, check the oil, and probably throw in a gift. All this, and at under $1 a gallon. Given the current price of gas, is it any wonder that I'd wax nostalgic?
For some odd reason, I've always had fond memories of The Atlantic Weatherman, but until I this clip I had discovered little on the net to document the phenomena. Unfortunately, this isn't the one I remember, but the production values are the same. An interesting look back at how things used to be before computer generated graphics hit the scene. The odd thing is that I lived in the TV market where this broadcast took place, but never watched this station at the time. Had I learned at a tender age that there was more than one Atlantic weatherman it would have been akin to the discovery that there isn't a Santa Claus.
Since I've been known to obsess about Gas related nostalgia, this seems like the perfect time for a gasoline related link-dump:
Ready to "mislead us from day one", this clip featuring Hillary's version of The Tale of Bosnian Sniper Fire (VIA Hoffmania!) should really give you second thoughts about her character and leadership abilities. And if that isn't enough, along comes Bill making yet another of his despicable remarks implying that Obama isn't patriotic. Ironic that they continue to demonstrate all the tactics of fear and divisiveness employed by the current administration which most of us have grown tired of.
Bill seems hell-bent on ruining the legitimacy of whatever legacy he has left. The more they employ the "say anything/win at all costs" techniques the better Obama looks. This kind of crap really needs to stop before they do serious damage to the Democratic party and its ability to compete in the general election. Then again, perhaps that's their goal since putting McCain in the White House allows her a second shot in another four years?
Maybe I'm being too harsh on Bill, because he didn't used to be such a hack. It wasn't that long ago that he gave some pretty good advice on how to pick a President that seems even more relevant today!
It was nice to see that the actor featured in Hilary's infamous "3 A.M." ad has spoken out in support of Obama and cut her own campaign ad in rebuttal:
A funny thing happened on the way to blogging. It started when I took a few days off and went away in an "unplugged" mode. Choosing to deny myself web access was at first just an exercise to prove that I could do it. Luckily, I passed that test with flying colors. But since then, the dreaded "blogging ambivalence" has returned with a vengeance.
Maybe it's because I've been busy, but little has "wowed me" or motivated me to attempt even the lamest of postings. I've had mood-swings like this before which usually pass. When you're on a snow covered road and your car gets stuck in a rut, a common practice is to shovel sand under the wheels and drive your way out. So far, I'm still looking for that "virtual sand" to jump start things. The closest thing I've found is THIS, which really doesn't cut it. Eventually, something will light a fire under me.
And while I'm not quite ready to go to the extreme of the woman who sat on her toilet for 2 years, I can almost understand the appeal of the can as sanctuary. With a phone, and a wi-fi enabled iPod I could (do?) spend hours there, although I'd have to draw the line at one day, max. There are SO many disturbing elements to this story, but the one I keep coming back to is that they lived in a trailer, which I'm sure has only one bathroom. What the heck did the enabling dude do during this period, hold it in until he got to work?
When all else fails, how can you go wrong with Star Wars humor? This gem shows us how the Death Star Canteen would look, courtesy of the comedic stylings of Eddie Izzard. A nice fix to tide me over until the new season of The Rı¢hes, which starts next week.
A few amusing graphical representations of some rock classics from the oddly addictive Song Chart Flickr Pool (VIA YesButNoButYes). This kept me clicking away for far too long, but a fun and entertaining time waster, to be sure!
As the fall-out from the most recent primary cluster continues, the surprising news is that Hillary has apparently found her voice, once again. Too bad that it's a negative one. She successfully portrayed herself as the victim of media frenzy and was able to shift the tone and focus of the campaign for the moment. Although the newly resurgent Hilary that we've seen recently has been a childish, whining, fear-mongering, race-baiting old school politician. Apparently she's hijacked the Obama "change" message, but her version results in "Republican-lite".
We get it; she's a fighter. But so was Dubya, and just look at how well the "shoot first, ask questions later" foreign policy he offered has worked out. Who really thinks we need more of that? At best, her recent strategy and performance looks like the Republican BS that we've had enough of over the last few years. At worst, she seems to be writing the campaign material for McCain ("And Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002"). And did she really need to give a de facto endorsement of his for his experience level at the same time?
Given the demographics, I'd expect Hillary to carry PA, unless something dramatic takes place. But unless major shenanigans occur with super-deligates and in resolving the Fla./Mich. representation issue, I expect Obama to retain the delegate/popular vote advantage. To carry the boxing metaphor further, a referee needs to step in and stop this fight before permanent damage is done. It's over for the GOP and they have begun to prepare for the upcoming confrontation. The longer Democrats slug it out and allow Hilary to bloody up Obama, who still remains the more viable candidate offering an alternative to "business as usual", the worse off they are. All this diverts attention from the real battle and the real issues.