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Story Songs September 3, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Music, Personal, Pop Culture.
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Time for another cross blog post. This time the idea comes from Gedeon who wanted us to come up with songs that tell a story that stand head and shoulders above the rest.

The rules for the group blog post are easy. Choose up to 5 of your favorite songs that weave a story and simply tell us why they made your list. You can be as detailed or generic as you would like, but be sure to keep your picks secret until the group post. Then, on Wednesday, September 3rd, publish your blog post along with with links to the other bloggers who are participating. We’ll get a peek inside your musical tastes and just might discover some new songs to fall in love with in the process.

My song picks involve a pilgrimage to a tourist trap, a retelling of Noah’s Ark, a duel with Lucifer, a pair of shoes, and a poker lesson. Can you guess what they are?

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“The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota” by “Weird Al” Yankovic. This tells the story of one family’s journey to a lesser-known tourist attraction located in Minnesota. If you had two weeks of vacation, where’d you rather go ta? It would be the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota, of course. From the ’53 DeSoto to the diet chocolate soda, “Weird Al” tests the limits of what rhymes with Minnesota. My favorite line comes when he first sees the twineball and he says, “I was just so overwhelmed by its sheer immensity that I had to pop myself a beer.”

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“Rock Steady” by Sting. Imagine a classified ad in the newspaper written by Noah that said, “Volunteers wanted for a very special trip to commune with Mother Nature on a very special trip.” Would you get on board with a crazy old guy with a beard and a boat load of animals for almost a month and a half? Sting weaves his magic in an updated version of Noah’s Ark that’s not so much in your face religiously.

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“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band. Johnny totally kicks the Devil’s butt in a fiddle playing contest. How did that happen? It must have been the Devil’s hubris because I think he would have beaten Johnny in a stand-up fight, but Lucifer was way behind with his soul stealing. So, it sounds like he just got sloppy. Also, is it son of a gun or son of a bitch?

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“The Christmas Shoes” by NewSong. The first time I heard this song, I think I cried my eyes out like I did this morning when I listened to it again. “Sir, I wanna buy these shoes for my Momma please.” Okay, but I’m in line ahead of you. “Daddy says there’s not much time.” Not much time for what? “You see, she’s been sick for quite a while.” That doesn’t sound good. “Want her to look beautiful if Momma meets Jesus tonight.” Oh no…time to open the flood gates.

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“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. I remember singing this song back in elementary school chorus along with the theme from The Duke of Hazzard. Here’s what it sounds like now:

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Here are the other “Story Song” bloggers:

Gedeon Maheux (@gedeon)
gedblog.com

David Schultz (@dvsjr)
The (mis)adventures of a macintosh administrator

Mike Schramm (@mikeschramm)
MikeSchramm.com

Dave Caolo (@panache)
Hardcore Geek

Von Glitschka (@vonster)
Glitschka Studios

Andy Rudkin (@mizaru)
mizaru.me.uk

Christina Warren (@film_girl)
ChristinaWarren.com

Austin Heller (@austinheller)
AustinHeller.com

Mason Sklar (@zargap)
masonsklar.com

Allen Emory
A. Emory

Alain Edouard (@alainedouard)
alainedouard.co.cc

Mark Goody (@marramgrass)
marramgrass

Jamie Parkins
The Sound of Silence

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I Lost My Girl To A Guy Named Jesus August 14, 2008

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I had a random neural firing the other day that led me to recall a short-lived sketch comedy show from the mid-90s.  Exit 57 aired on Comedy Central with only 12 episodes, and it starred both Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris.  I can clearly remember a number of the sketches, and here’s one of my favorites thanks to YouTube:

That toy is named what?!? July 30, 2008

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So, I was in the toy section at Marc’s last night with Lily, and I saw an interesting “action figure” on the bottom of the shelf.  I picked it up to discover it was called Uranus “Yuri”® from the Fisher-Price® Planet Heroes™ line of toys.  Okay, I’m not an adolescent anymore, but here’s the description from the back of the package:

With the powerful, sinister Black Hole (a.k.a. “Professor Darkness”™) intent on destroying the solar system, a day seldom passes without the discovery of some new danger or disaster about to strike at the inhabitants of the peaceful planets. Keeping the Planet Heroes fighting fleet ready for action at all times, Uranus “Yuri” uses his amazing magnetic tail to stash tools during repairs. With his cool suction cup feet, he can fix a solar panel outside a spaceship while streaking across the galaxy on an urgent mission. He can also lob a suction cup from his launcher to shut down enemy weapons in battle. Good guys outnumbered? Don’t worry, we’ve got Uranus “Yuri”!

I could make so many bad innuendos right now, however I won’t.  Discovering Uranus “Yuri” did get me thinking about other questionably named toys that I’ve seen in the past.  Here are a few that I remember:

Pudface from RoboCop: The Series, a live-action television series in 1994.  I hope it referred to putty and not something else.

Moby Lick from Street Sharks, an animated TV show with crime-fighting half-man/half-sharks similar to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I think I still have Mr. Lick, who has a long, prehensile tongue that you could move in circles with a handle on his back.

Fur Berries from Spin Master Ltd., a Toronto based toy company.  From a magical tree in a magical forest comes the adorable Fur Berries.

Happy Birthday, Rosie! June 20, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Family, Parenting, Personal, Pop Culture, Television.
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Our girl Rosie turned seven years old today!  It’s hard to believe that she will be starting 2nd grade in a little over two months.  She’s enjoying swim team this summer with three 1st place finishes and one 2nd place finish in four starts.  Also, Rosie’s entering into the wonderful world of Nintendo DS  as she decided that’s what she wanted over a party with friends.  Game on!

To celebrate, here’s a little Lucky Seven Sampson:

Get the funk up! June 13, 2008

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Another Twitter converstion leads to another cross blog post. This time, we were tasked to come up with a list of songs we couldn’t admit to loving without a great deal of embarrassment. Join us. It’s not too late for some self-induced online humiliation. What’s on your list?

Dave Caolo’s list at Hardcore Geek.
Lisa Hoover’s list at Sharp Corners.
Ged Maheux’s list at gedblog.

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“Batdance” by Prince from Batman soundtrack (1989) – Who wasn’t doing the “Batdance” during the summer of 1989? Prince’s music and Jack Nickolson as the Joker gave a sharp contrast to Tim Burton’s brooding visuals and Danny Elfman’s score. And hey, the soundtrack is not just for killing zombies anymore.

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“Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)” by Waylon Jennings (1980) – Now you know where I was on Friday nights in the early 80s. I tried to find the audio of me singing this from like 3rd grade, but I wasn’t successful or I *just* didn’t search hard enough. In the meantime, here’s a more recent rendition:

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“Reproduction” from Grease 2 soundtrack (1982) – Well, Grease 2 made it on my “Guilty Pleasures” list on the Movies for a deserted island post, so it’s appropriate that I’ve included an embarrassing song from the soundtrack. Just where does the pollen go?

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“Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot (1992) – A song about butts. What else can be said, but…”You can’t just sit here in the dark listening to classical music!” – the lovely Leela to Fry while he’s listening to this song during the first season of Futurama.

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“On Our Own” by Bobby Brown from Ghostsbusters II soundtrack (1989) – This song isn’t quite as memorable as “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr., but some people apparently remember the lyrics.

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YouTube links to the “real” videos of the above songs:

“Batdance”
“Good Ol’ Boys”
“Reproduction”
“Baby Got Back”
“On Our Own”

“Tweeting” from Mars June 6, 2008

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The Mars Phoenix Lander touched down on the red planet almost two weeks ago and announced its arrival there by “tweeting” on Twitter.  Since that time, it has garnered over 18,000 followers on the micro-blogging site and landed in the 12th spot of most followers according to Twitterholic (as of this post).  Not bad since its first tweet was on May 7, 2008.

Phoenix’s tweets are not from a cute, talking robot like Pixar’s upcoming Wall•E.  Instead, its part is being played by Veronica McGregor, the media director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  She said that she would continue to do it as long as people are following and as long as Phoenix is working.  “Eventually we’ll have to sign-off and say good-bye.”  Until then, you can follow the mission via Twitter @MarsPhoenix.

 Note: I did ask a question, but never heard a response.  I’ll keep trying 😉

Pork and Beans June 3, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Music, Pop Culture, Star Wars, Technology.
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Weezer’s new music video “Pork and Beans” premiered on YouTube on May 23rd and had an astounding 5 million views in just 8 days!  Thanks in great part to its featuring of many YouTube stars and memes like the Numa Numa guy, Chris Crocker (the tearful Britney Spears defender), the Diet Coke and Mentos eruptions, Charlie the Unicorn, and the Star Wars kid.  If you haven’t seen it, then now’s your chance.

Their new album entitled The Red Album was released today in the US.

It’s Business Time! May 1, 2008

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About a month ago, Anna and I were introduced to a little band called Flight of the Conchords, who bill themselves as “Formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.”  We watched their clips over and over on YouTube and quickly jumped on the bandwagon by renting the first season of the Flight of the Conchords television show on HBO.

If you haven’t hear of them, then it’s time you did.  If you have, then you know it’s business time!

No one can hear you scream! April 7, 2008

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You’ve seen the movies, read the books, and had hours & hours of discussion about it, but just how long could you survive in space before a passing Vogon ship picked you up?

How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?
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Star Wars gets Spiked April 3, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Movies, Pop Culture, Star Wars, Television.
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Many of you will be watching the Season 4 premiere of Battlestar Galactica on the Sci-Fi Channel this Friday night as legions of Battle Droids lay waste to many Gungans on Spike TV.  All six Star Wars movies will be shown on Spike TV beginning on April 4th at 8:00 pm with The Phantom Menace, followed by Attack of the Clones on Saturday and the broadcast premiere of Revenge of the Sith on Sunday.  The saga will continue Friday April 11th at 8 pm with Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back on Saturday, and Return of the Jedi on Sunday.  Do not underestimate the power of the Force.