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Slow Commute 1978

Monday, 11 February 2013

Slow Commute 1978 MA

1978 blizzard, south of Boston, Massachusetts.

The February blizzard was the second one to hit that year, the first being The Great Blizzard of January. I remember that one – whiteout and windchill of -60F. Assuming your car could even start there was nowhere to drive, and my 5 minute walk to get bread and bologna was brutal.

[Found in here.]

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Saturday Matinee – The Clarks, Dan Akroyd, Eubie Blake, Tandy & Randy Newman

Saturday, 26 June 2010

The Clarks! Tip o’ the Tarboosh to coldwarrior.

Dan Akroyd plays James Cotton‘s version of Ike Turner‘s Rocket 88.

Eubie Blake was awesome. He was 95 in 1978 when this interview was recorded.

During the break there’s  an advertisement for the troublesome RadioShack TRS-80 computer system, using magenetic tape cassettes for data storage. Only cost $599! That’s about $2,000 in today’s dollars. Later on, after users complained about problems with the cassette drives, Tandy eventually offered an awesome 5MB hard drive accessory, about the same size as a PC today, for $1,500 – a whopping $4,900 today.

Okay, 1978 was probably the peak of the (gag) disco phase, and the birth of R&B pop love anthems. There is absolutely nothing that ranked in the top 20 that I’d post here, except for maybe for the Stone’s “Miss You.” Worst song they ever did IMO.

On the other hand, this song made No. 41, and Randy Newman gets kudos for writing the most misunderstood song of the year:

Have a great weekend, folks, and meet me back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – SCOT TREK, Paris@140mph, 2x (Ol’ 55), Long May You Run.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

The laugh track is unfortunate as this dealie is funny by itself.  I’ve got no idea what they’re saying. [Found here.]

“On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of  Paris early in the morning . The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte  Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

“No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit. The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.

“Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground.”

[Link and description via email. Apparently it's been around for a while, but.  Tip o' the tarboosh to Dan S.]

This was my introduction to Tom Waits, via the Eagles, and I  hated the Eagles from then on.  Looky here:

Ahhh. Yeah. The originals are always the best. Like this one:




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