Saturday, July 16, 2011

Saturday Night Videos

Until recently, I never really was a big fan of AC/DC. Quite seemingly, in the last couple of years I've finally accepted AC/DC's classic rock status and even embraced them a little bit. Since then, I've picked up a couple of CD's from them in hopes to compile a best of collection from them. One of them, their third release High Voltage, offers up a plate of primal sleaze. The opening track "It's a Long Way to the Top (if You Wanna Rock n Roll)", really got me rockin'! I remembered hearing it for the first time in the Jack Black's movie School of Rock and became intrigued. Even more intriguing was the bagpipe solo on the tune. That's something you don't hear in rock and roll too often...

As I was digging through my collection looking for some lost classics that I haven't heard in awhile, I stumbled across Judas Priest's forth album, Stained Class. Released in 1978, before the days of the headbanging leather, Stained Class offers up streamlined, melodic metal reaching often new heights of power, speed, musicality, and malevolence. Never in your face like their more famous later day hits, Stained Class is focused with knife like precision. The songs pack an enormous visceral impact, jacked up to punk-level speed-leaving listeners with an all-out adrenaline rush.

Then there is the David Bowie led Tin Machine, a forgotten band from the '80's. Though Bowie is the lead singer, Tin Machine is a band with a band attitude. Their music is hard-edged guitar rock with an intelligence missing from much of the work of that genre at the time. Stunt guitarist Reeves Gabrels provides much in the way of ambient guitar solos. The album is a nice piece of artistry...

I loved the crooners.

Mom would yell at me to turn that nigger shit down. Kind of funny how all these years later she has become a lot more liberal and unbiased. I guess age does mellow some. George Benton.

Edwyn Collins - "A Girl Like You"

This is the one that has been rattling around in my head for the last few days. As far as I know, I haven't heard it in years.

"Residents contact your local aldermen about the Dickert lawsuit"

From Racine Uncovered:

"It’s time for residents to say enough is enough, these are our tax dollars being used to run this city into the ground. The Executive Committee made up of Mayor John Dickert, Gregory Helding, Q.A. Shakoor, Sandy Weidner (Ald. Mike Shields sat in for Sandy), Aron Wisneski (Alderman Jim Kaplan sat in for Aron), Ron Hart made the decision that “We the city” and “We the people” should cover all legal fees and any awards regarding the slander suit of Bielefeldt v. Dickert v. Racine.

"Ald. Mike Shields was the only one who voted that the City of Racine SHOULD NOT pay for this lawsuit. We need to contact our aldermen and voice our concerns about paying for Mayor John Dickert’s personal lawsuit. This is not the responsibility of the City of Racine or the hard working people of Racine. Call, email, write and let the elected officials we are not going to stand for this.

"Here’s the link to the City of Racine to locate who your alderman is

Sorry I'm putinng this up late.

I agree with the above article. I believe the City Council may vote on this this coming Tuesday. I've contacted my alderman. Please let yours know how you feel about this, no matter which side you are on.

Only made it to #6 on the charts

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Baby Boomers.

People born before 1946 were called The Silent generation..

People born between 1946 and 1964 are called The Baby Boomers.

People born between 1965 and 1979 are called Generation X.

And people born between 1980 and 2010 are called GenerationY.

Why do we call the last group Generation Y?

Y should I get a job?
Y should I leave home and find my own place?
Y should I get a car when I can borrow yours?
Y should I clean my room?
Y should I wash and iron my own clothes?
Y should I buy any food?
Y are you always picking on me?

But a cartoonist explained it very eloquently below:

Four for Fridays

Hello everybody! Welcome back to Four for Fridays! Vacation is over and it's back to the daily grind of things...Anyways, here's some random questions for ya!

1) Do you think kids are growing up to fast these days or not fast enough.

2) If you were to write a novel, what would it be about?

3) Do you take the main streets or the back roads to get to your destination?

4) Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

Enjoy your weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Wi-Fi-hacking neighbor sentenced to 18 years"

"(Wired) -- A Minnesota hacker that prosecutors described as a 'depraved criminal' was handed an 18-year prison term Tuesday for unleashing a vendetta of cyberterror that turned his neighbors' lives into a living nightmare.

"Barry Ardolf, 46, repeatedly hacked into his next-door neighbors' Wi-Fi network in 2009, and used it to try and frame them for child pornography, sexual harassment, various kinds of professional misconduct and to send threatening e-mail to politicians, including Vice President Joe Biden.

"His motive was to get back at his new neighbors after they told the police he'd kissed their 4-year-old son on the lips.

"'Barry Ardolf has demonstrated by his conduct that he is a dangerous man. When he became angry at his neighbors, he vented his anger in a bizarre and calculated campaign of terror against them,' prosecutor Timothy Rank said in a court filing. 'And he did not wage this campaign in the light of day, but rather used his computer hacking skills to strike at his victims while hiding in the shadows.

"'Over months and months, he inflicted unfathomable psychic damage, making the victims feel vulnerable in their own home, while avoiding detection.'

"Ardolf's attorney, Kevin O'Brien, said in a telephone interview that 'it was a lengthy sentence for a first-time offender.' The defendant also forfeited his house and computer gear.

"Ardolf had no criminal record, but an investigation revealed that he'd also hijacked the Wi-Fi of other neighbors, and terrorized them as well.

"A father of two, Ardolf had turned down a 2-year plea agreement last year to charges related to the Biden e-mail. After that, the authorities piled on more charges, including identity theft and two kiddie-porn accusations carrying lifetime sex-offender registration requirements. He pleaded guilty to them all last year."

This guy is the neighbor from hell. Can you imagine someone like that trying to destroy your life? Ah, the wonders of the Information Age.

Paranoia strikes deep

Suit and tie... What was he thinking?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my luscious peaches! How are you? Are you enjoying our wonderful summer weather? As usual, there are lots of things to do in and around Racine this week. We may be in a recession and out of work, but that doesn’t stop Racine from having a good time. At right is a screenshot of upcoming events from the usual source, the Journal Times, Click to enlarge.

That Ironman competition on Sunday sounds interesting. I like to watch a lot of buff men competing against each other. The sun, the sweat, the bulging muscles, oh my! I have Senor Zanza, but he is not exactly what I would call an iron man. Or maybe it’s just some rust . . . hmm, I had the same problem with my ex. Anyway, don’t be surprised if you see me checking out the beefcake in Racine this weekend.

I was a little sad to read that the Zoo beach was recently closed because of E. coli. I know that this happens occasionally, and much less than it used to, but our lake and beaches once were such pristine places. Do you suppose it could have anything to do with the poop that Milwaukee sometimes pumps into Lake Michigan? Oh dear! How disgusting. It’s miraculous that we have award-winning drinking water.

Finally, here’s a joke that Junior told me:

“Debbie visited a psychic of some local repute. In a dark and gloomy room, gazing at the crystal ball before her, the fortuneteller delivered the bad news:

“‘There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just be blunt – prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year.’

“Visibly shaken, Debbie stared at the woman’s lined face, then at the single flickering candle, then down at her hands. She took a few deep breaths to compose herself.

“She simply had to know. She met the psychic’s gaze, steadied her voice, and asked:

"'Will I get away with it?’”

Oh my! Thank you for reading my blog this week, my dears. Regular or Irregular, I love you all. Our time together is wondrous and uplifting. Whee!

Who will win the Ironman? Find out here:

Enjoy the summer, my lovelies. This is why we tolerate winter’s wrath. Have fun, be safe, be happy. Hircismus!

Open Blog - Wednesday

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How To Deactivate A Cat

Is this true? All you need is a big clip? Does it work on humans, too?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Can't Hug Every Cat

A few weeks ago, we saw the crazy cat lady's viral e Harmony video. Now it has been remixed and set to music.

This is really an ad for Songify, an app that will run your speech through autotune, add some music and pump out vacuous pop music. Still a good way to take the joke a step further!

Open Blog - Monday

Click the picture if you want to see the flashy version.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Do I Need an Umbrella

Had to post something for Sunday.........

This is kinda neat, type in your zip code and it will tell you if you need an umbrella.

Do I Need an Umbrella