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Posts Tagged ‘potpourri’

Superbowl XXXXXII Hot Links

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Yeah, I know it’s LII in Roman numerals, but the more Xes in a heading, along with the word “hot,” the more blog traffic. It’s kinda like deliberately posting an innocent descriptive just to see what happens. For example, “Lesbian Amputee Dwarf Porn” is holding steady as our 17th most popular post ever. Go figure. 😀

Things like this make me smile.

It’s all goats and mirrors.

How to make a hand axe to make a celtic axe to build a thatched hut.

Here’s what happens when you have a 70% off Nutella sale in France.

There’s a name for that nocturnal dance. It’s called the Hypnic Jerk.

Young orangutan cracks up at magic trick [via].

This idiot should be arrested for vandalism.

Emerson Quillin.

Get ready to puke. I just discovered that there is a puppy font.

What is the oldest surviving Hollywood film logo? Take a guess before you click. Here’s a big hint.

[Top image: Philadelphia Eagles (1948) & Boston Patriots (1960) logos found here.]

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Saturday Matinee – Going Fishing, Rock & Bluegrass, The Flying Burrito Brothers & 1929 Elders

Saturday, 3 February 2018

This is kinda cool [found here].

1971 – When Rock & Roll Met Bluegrass. It’s part of an Earl Scruggs tribute video. Click on the link to the Utoobage to see the awesome lineuup of players. “Easy Chair” is sappy as hell, and it’s one of my all-time favorite songs.

1969’s Altamont Speedway Concert was to be California’s answer to 1967’s Woodstock, but turned to disaster once the concert promoters thought it was a good idea to hire the Hell’s Angels as security. (It was as stupid as if the promoters of Burning Man had hired M-13 and the Zetas to keep the peace out in the middle of the desert).

Now THAT is important. 90 year old voices from 90 years ago. Just think of what they witnessed in their lifetimes, and think of what your grandchildren will witness in theirs.

Have a great weekend, folks, and it’s not too late to plan for a crockpot full of Bunk’s Chili for your Sunday StuporBlow Party.

 

 

Rightful, Righteous, Indignant & Indigenous Hot Links

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Montreal police stopped to ticket an illegally parked DeLorean – made out of snow.

20 great stories of passive/agressive revenge. More here.

THE INSULT FILE includes such gems as this one:

“You are a fiend and a sniveling coward, and you have bad breath. You are the unholy spawn of a bandy-legged hobo and a syphilitic camel. You wear strangely mismatched clothing with oddly placed stains. You are degenerate, noxious and depraved. I feel debased just knowing that you exist. I despise everything about you, and I wish you would go away. You are jetsam who dreams of becoming flotsam. You won’t make it. I beg for sweet death to come and remove me from a world which became unbearable when the bioterrorists designed you.”

Parrot sounds off after his hated cage is destroyed.  [NSFW, NSFK h/t Octopus]

Ah dinnae ken “air beige” until it was explained in this short video on Scottish slang [via].

Nice collection of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth graphics. More of Roth’s work here.

On sanctuary cities: Los Angeles residents spoke up at a City Board of Supervisors meeting before they were shut down (March 2017). The rude condescension of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to her own constituents is stunning.

The J.C. Whitney Catalogue was the equivalent of a phonebook for amateur and professional auto mechanics. So many things I wanted (like a Klaxon horn) and so many things I couldn’t afford as a teenager. I bought a vinyl black “leather” jacket for $14 and a can of “Smell-Nu” for my ’57 Chevy. Worked so well I made my bedroom, bathroom, hallway, family room and kitchen smell like a new car. Mom was not pleased.

For $4 you can get a rear wheel outer grease seal for your 1928-38 Ford Model A. Presses into hub and keeps dirt out of the roller bearing, but you’re going to need two.

[Top image: 19th century loon-shaped Tsimshian seal grease bowl, found here.]

Gluten-Packed Hot Links

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Dog sleds. [via].

Someone really likes Hot Wheels. Jump to 01:12 for the GoPro experience [via].

Lucy feeds his cats (with commentary).

Mouse poop vs. rat poop. The critter in our garage is not a mouse.

“You could die just trying to get out.” Monster surf tops 60 feet (18 January 2018).

On rogue waves: Sebastian Junger‘s 1997 book “The Perfect Storm” describes how they happen. I read the book twice, it was that good. The movie, well, it took a lot of liberties with Junger’s documentary. It’s still worth a watch.

John Moschitta Jr., aka, The Fastest talking man in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) recites “Ya Got Trouble” from The Music Man.

The Fastest talking woman in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) is Fran Capo.

Wanna play Kim Jong Un? Nuke any city on the planet and see the results.

Blue Suede Schubert.

[Top: Tony Clifton graphic found here.]

You Can Keep Your Doctor Hot Links

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Never heard the term Crip walk until today. Apparently it could get you killed if you did it in some neighborhoods and you’re not a Crip.

Here’s a tutorial on how to Crip walk from the UK. Here’s what it looks like in action.

A McDonald’s Chicken Nugget Commercial (2007?) features Ronald McDonald Crip walking.

The Creighton Family produced many Creightons.

This is what you get if you Google “Dog General Green.

Godzilla stalks, but

Celery Stalks at Midnight.

Alligator nose. “It is very, very abnormal” but “it is not abnormal.” Alligators “know they have to breathe.” Brilliant commentary [via].

The animals are experiencing brumation, a process cold-blooded animals go through that lowers their metabolism so they can survive cold climates, similar to warm-blooded mammals’ hibernation. “It is very, very abnormal for southeastern North Carolina, […] It is not abnormal for the [the alligators] to do this because they know they have to breathe.”

Weathercam photobomb amused me. Related post here.

Home Security for only $1.25. It permits ventilation, too. Guess what it is.

Who’s Your Doppelganger in Museum Portraits?  [UPDATE: Here’s a privacy warning.]

[Top image from here.]

 

Rambling Muskrat Hot Links

Sunday, 7 January 2018

A muskrat is not a rat. It’s more like a small capybara and is a resource of food and fur for humans according to Wiki, so send us your recipes and clothing patterns and we’ll post them with credit.

Muskrat Ramble” was written by Kid Ory and first recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five in 1926.

In 1965, Joseph Allen McDonald, aka Country Joe, shamelessly ripped off Kid Ory’s “Muskrat Ramble” note-for-note for his Vietnam-era protest song “Feelin’ Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag.”

“In 2003 McDonald was sued for copyright infringement over his signature song, specifically the “One, two, three, what are we fighting for?” chorus part, as derived from the 1926 early jazz classic “Muskrat Ramble“, co-written by Kid Ory. The suit was brought by Ory’s daughter Babette, who held the copyright at the time. Since decades had already passed from the time McDonald composed his song in 1965, Ory based her suit on a new version of it recorded by McDonald in 1999. The court however upheld McDonald’s laches defense, noting that Ory and her father were aware of the original version of the song, with the same questionable section, for some three decades without bringing a suit. In 2006, Ory was ordered to pay McDonald $395,000 for attorney fees and had to sell her copyrights to do so.”

[McDonald’s parents were communists and named him after Joseph Stalin according to Wiki. That explains a lot.]

From the This Shall Not Pass Department: A Heinz ketchup packet caused a New York woman to be diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. TRUE.

R.I.P. Dominic Frontiere (17 June 1931- 21 December 2017).

The Football Capital of the World.

What’s the smallest hole a mouse shrew can get through? 16.5mm in diameter according to this.

Trains [via].

Jim Flora (1914-1998) was a graphic commercial artist whose work creeped me out when I was very young.

Mambo For Cats was a 33rpm EP featuring various artists. It’s now a collectors’ item for the album cover designed by Jim Flora, and original copies are worth hundreds. Papa had a copy so when I saw the album cover recently, fireworks went off in my head, and the only song I remembered from the compilation was “Muskrat Ramble Mambo.”

[Top image found here.]

Infrasonic Hot Links

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Couldn’t find anything on snoring cow omens. According to Wiki, whistling on board a sailing ship is bad luck, it’s thought to encourage the wind to increase. On ships where whistling was taboo, the cook was usually excused, because as long as he was heard whistling he wasn’t stealing food.

Goats were more sure-footed on sailing ships than cows, and ancient mariners would leave breeding pairs on remote islands to provide food for future visitors. Oh, and goats snore, too.

Famed mariner Josh Slocum was once advised to purchase carpet tacks by a merchant. He balked until the merchant explained why he needed them. They were to be scattered over the deck after dark in case pirates attempted to board the vessel undetected. The tacks were a burglar alarm, and according to Slocum, they worked.

Tacks were employed in the design of “Turtle Boats,” Korean warships of the late 1500s for similar reasons.

I’d never heard of the Beano Grenade until now.

I read in a USNI publication that 90% of intercontinental communications are via submarine cable. The same was true in 1850.

Infrasound – the frequency of fear? [h/t Carl L.]

A Mumbo Jumbo was not a niceguy.

The 17 equations that changed the course of history. Pythagoras of Samos was good, but Leonhard Euler came up with the concept of the square root of negative 1, and much more. Also, Euler is not pronounced “yū’-lər.” It’s a Swiss surname, pronounced “ōē’-dər.”

The Catbird Seat.

Pheeew. Jingle Bells is a racist song because of minstrel shows?

[Top image is a panel from “Ploopy The Ghost” by F.O. Alexander, ca. 1940.  Franklin Osborn Alexander was the cartoonist who provided the classic graphics for the board game Monopoly.]

Semi Polychromatic Hot Links

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Kiviaq is an Greenlandic Inuit treat: auks fermented in a bladder of sealskin. The link includes this DIY video on preparing the auks. The fermentation takes about three months. Enjoy!

One-armed man won a lumberjack competition. TRUE.

Large raccoon” knocked out power to 9,600 in New Mexico.
[h/t Alan U.]

There are four kinds of color blindness: protanopia, dueteranopia, tritanopia and achromatopsia.

The COBLIS Color BLIndness Simulator is kinda cool.

What if a color that you perceive as blue is perceived by your friend as red, yet you both call it purple?  If you were a dog, what would your favorite shade of gray be? Stoner questions are awesome.

Actually dogs can see colors, according to this, just not all colors. Humans can’t see all of them either, and some have told me so.

I just Googled “hybrid freak animal.” Now I won’t to be able to sleep for a month.

[Top image found here.]


RIP Joji Tani (1922-2017).

Born in San Pedro, California, he graduated high school in 1942.  He grew up on Terminal Island, and that same year all people of Japanese ancestry were given 48 hours to evacuate to internment camps. His father was taken to North Dakota and interrogated for six months. Allowed only two suitcases per family, Joji’s family was sent to the Santa Anita racetrack, where they lived in makeshift housing among the horse stables. From 1942 to 1944 Tani’s family lived in various internment camps in California, Arkansas and Texas.

He’s the father of one of my wife’s best friends and unfortunately I never met him.


Some Assembly Required Hot Links

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Here’s a nice collection of jazz artists with short bios.

Singer, songwriter, performer and actress Norah Jones was born Geetali Norah Shankar. Her half-sister is Anoushka Shankar. Their father is Ravi Shankar.

See what I did there? Gonna do it again.

The French term is mèche sur le front (wick in the front) or un épi (an ear of corn); German, it’s ein Werbel (vortex or whirl); in Spanish, chavito, mechon (tuft) or remolino (swirl); In Danish, it’s hvirvel i håret (whirl in the hair); Afrikaans, kuif (crest); Polish kosmyk (strand). The English term for an unruly spiral of hair is “cowlick” and it first appeared in 1538 according to this site.

I’ve had cowlicks all my life, and in recent years the one on the right gave birth to another that migrated to the left side of my forehead. Now I have Dagwood Hair.

Bob McFadden provided the voice for Dagwood Bumstead in a forgettable cartoon, and had a successful career as a voice actor. He also worked with Rod McKuen (credited as “Dor”) to record the classic song “Beat Generation” in 1959, covered in 1980 by Richard Hell & The Voidoids (“Blank Generation“) and re-covered in 1986 by The Beat Farmers.

Tommy Smothers nailed Johnny Carson.

Here’s what’s happening in Japan.

[Top image found here.]

 

 

Employee Of The Month Hot Links

Sunday, 3 December 2017

The Fallacy of the Heap. One hair does not make a beard, therefore a beard doesn’t exist.

Walk like an Egyptian. The Cleverlys cover The Bangles.

Talk like an Architect. Say stuff like this and everyone will go “Wow.”

Bear pants for only $50 here.

Highway 51 BluesCurtis Jones recorded it sometime in the late 1920s or 1930s, and it was covered by Bob Dylan in 1962. (Jones also toured with a minstrel show.)

I have a digital collection of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time that I obtained entirely by accident. Guess what No. 1 is (and it wasn’t recorded by Muddy Waters).
Now guess the name of the band that made No. 2 on that list.
No peeking.In the lyrics of those 500 songs, the words love, I’m, oh, know, baby, got and yeah had the most usage in order of frequency, so if you’re a songwriter, “Know, baby, I’m got love, oh yeah,” is a winning phrase.

Bunkessa just informed me that she was named “Employee of the Month” where she no longer works. AWESOME.

[Top image from here. No idea who she is, but she’s pretty and obviously deserves the Award.]

[Updated top image for privacy reasons. New image found here.]


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