"I need some fucking friends." -- Peter Klaven (I Love You, Man)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
There's a lot to argue about on this list. Satoshi Kon relegated to the last 50? No where near the top? Please, have you seen Millennium Actress? The Incredibles should be in the top three. They didn't even rank The Wind Rises, but put Totoro and Spirited Away in the top three. Pinnochio? I'm still steamed about Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress...


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This is the best acoustic version of the great Sabbath song, War Pigs. I looked through 4 pages on a YouTube search. Most of them were okay, but hard to hear and hard to see how to play it. This is the best I can come up with.

Dressed as witches at black masses!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Not too big a fan of the French in this, but I have to post a music break with it because the musics sounds better with you.


Monday, April 14, 2014
The Turner Classic Movies channel is celebrating 20 years. In honor of this you should take some time to watch a few classic movies that will be showing on the channel today. You should also spend some time watching it for the next month, because there will always be something good on.

It's one of my favorite channels. I would get rid of my television except for this channel.


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Mio has the best songs.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
It's been a long time since I 'pedaled in anger' as Phil Liggett would say. I got on the bike in the cool of the morning and rode for thirty minutes putting 8.5 miles on this year's cycling log. I looked at my historical cycling logs and see that I really stopped biking in 2009. In 2009, I put in 500 miles. In 2010, it was just 22 miles. In 2011, only 32 miles. Mileage went up to 65 miles for 2012, but last year it was just 13 miles. So far, 8.5 miles is a start. Hopefully, those will be only the beginning and not the end.

I'm riding my bike, because rowing has caused some issues with my shoulder and elbow. Lately, I can't row as hard or my elbow begins to ache with overuse, and my shoulder feels funny. Lifting my left arm up feels awkward. So, I need to give rowing a rest. Although, I thought that it would help in my cycling, but as much as I can tell, I still feel slow on the bike. I do feel that my cardiovascular system is functioning better than it would as I wasn't too much out of breath. I currently don't have the cycling legs. They need another 100 miles to feel right.

But I looked the part. The weather was about mid-50s, so I dug out the knickers and the jacket. Because I am now under 200 lbs, they fit better like they used to back in 2009. One thing I noticed which I had forgot is that these knickers don't fit me well. When I am in the saddle, the padding rids up in front of my crotch barely doing its job which is to pad my buttocks in the saddle. I have to pull the back up just to get the padding to slide onto the saddle. The jacket fits except for the neck being tight, but that's because I am still 10 lbs too heavy for it.

My prescription eyewear is the safety glasses I bought several years ago. The shoes fit perfect although I wish I had toe covers on. They don't fit perfect to the pedals as my left foot feels too far forward on the pedal. I'll make an adjustment to get a better fitment.

The bike rides okay. I feel too low in the saddle. Might adjust the height although I know that if it is too tall then my knees begin to ache. The stem I put on it is now too long, because I dropped it down 2 notches in height. I may revert to the old stem or bring it up a notch.

The route was short and the roads were brutal. Winter messed things up.

I'm looking forward to more cycling.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Paolo Conte's version is not as swinging as this one is, and his is plenty swinging. I think it's the hip hop in the drummer that makes it so.

Every time I hear this song, I want to snap my fingers, tap my feet, and nod my head like a Sinatra wannabe. Surprisingly, there's several covers of this on youtube.com even though I'm sure you've never ever heard it. I'm surprised I've even heard of it, but I have. Check out French Kiss, my favorite Meg Ryan movie...


Thursday, April 10, 2014
What's amazing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that the less you know about the superhero, the better the movies turn out to be. Because you don't know the story lines, your expectations are much lower. You're also not so worried about the plot lines of the movie diverging horribly from the comics that you can enjoy and be surprised by the movie. The Avengers kind of works that way, but so does Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

This Captain America movie takes place in the present as opposed to the first one taken place during World War II. It finds Captain America in an America he doesn't understand. He can't compromise his principles even for his country, and he can't understand how his country had compromised its principles.

The Captain finds himself embroiled in S.H.I.E.L.D. intrigue. Can he trust S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect the country without compromising the American principles? It reminds me of Agent Mulder and the mantra Mr. X told him, "Trust no one." Alternatively, "The Truth is out there." And it is spelled HYDRA!

This is a better movie than the first Captain America. It didn't get slow towards the end. It actually picked up with all those revelations. And it made Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a much better television show this past week.

Because I was never a big Captain America reader, I liked this movie.

4 of 5 stars.

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Remember that viral video at the dawn of the last internet boom? Yeah this is the song in it. You'll sing it out loud too, because it's catchy as hell.

I'm not sick, but I'm not well...


Wednesday, April 09, 2014


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