Saturday, February 27, 2010

Paul's Boutique

A good read over at Big Hollywood on the Beastie Boys second album 'Paul's Boutique' by Cam Cannon.

As many of you know, and as many can guess (hint, my web site address,, I am a big B-boys fan. This is the album that started it all for me.

Way back, when I was in the ninth grade, the Beasties first album, 'License to Ill' was all the rage. "Fight for Your Right", "No Sleep 'till Brooklyn", "Paul Revere". Guys walking around with stolen VW logos around their neck. I hated it, thought it was sillyness. Since, I have learned to like it, but it isn't even in the top five of my favorite Bboy albums.

Then I saw this video...

Oh yeah, that's the stuff! The album was all over the place, and I mean that in a good way. You had '5-Piece Chicken Dinner' to 'Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun' to the 'Shake Your Rump' and everything in between.

My favorite was 'B-Boy Bouillabaisse', a collection of a bunch of shorts at the end. Here is a taste, 'A Year and a Day'

Nice time lapse by the YouTube poster BTW.

Many hours have been spent with this on eleven, and I see no end in sight.

Now, I'm off to mix the Bass Ale with the Guinness Stout out with the guys. Later!

500th post!!


Friday, February 19, 2010

What a Joke!

Here we go again, the racist tag thrown around to belittle someone that you don't agree with. Yay journalism!

CPAC Speaker Bashes Obama, in Racial Tones by KATE ZERNIKE

How can conservatives win the youth vote that overwhelmingly went for Barack Obama in 2008? At the Conservative Political Action Conference, apparently, some are betting on using racial stereotypes.

In a panel appealing to conservatives under 30, Jason Mattera, author of a forthcoming book called “Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation,” likened the gathering to “our Woodstock.”

“Except that unlike the last gathering, our women are beautiful, we speak in complete sentences and our notion of freedom doesn’t consist of snorting cocaine,” he said, “which is certainly one thing that separates us from Barack Obama.”


He then mocked what he described, with a Chris Rock voice, as “diversity,” including, he said, college classes on “cyber feminism” and “what it means to be a feminist new black man.”

Now that you have read that, listen to Jason Mattera's speech... Go ahead and skip to 3:30 where he does his 'Chris Rock' voice. Did you hear it? No? Try again...

Here how I see it, first of all, if he is doing a Chris Rock impression, it is the the worst I have ever heard.

Second, the guy is from Brooklyn, and like a few people from around there, he has a bit of an accent... I could tell no difference from how he talked at the beginning to how he talked at the end. That is, as far as I can tell, how he talks.

Third, if he was doing a 'voice', I would have called it more of a Christopher Walken. But since Christopher Walken is a white guy, it is harder to label him as 'racist' for doing that.

Of course in the comments, the liberal lemmings take the bait like sharks to chum.

What can I say? This is almost as disgusting as Sarah Palin's VP campaign rallies.


Let's face it, there's no way around it,. the Republican Party is the old southern dixie-crat, un-repentent, segrationists in a new suit.


i know who rupaul and barney frank, but who's jason mattera? (i can safely guess i can continue not knowing who he is.)

[or what the shift-key is... Sorry, back to the comments]

These folks have no ideas, no policy proposals, no solutions, and they are left with all that they are good at - name calling - disgraceful!

Woo! we got Palin in the first comment! How many of them do you think heard the guy actually speak? How many of them said like stuff about Bush?

Seriously, there was not one ounce of racism in there. He is just a guy that isn't too happy with the president that is currently in office. There is nothing wrong with that is there?

Can I only dislike the policies and actions of presidents or people that are of the same race as me? I wonder how Kate Zernike feels towards Clarence Thomas? What 'voice' does she use when discussing his rulings...

BTW, here is a link to Jason Mattera's book, Obama Zombies: How the Obama Machine Brainwashed My Generation.

I just pre-ordered one. He can thank Kate Zernike for pointing me his way.

[h/t Ace of Spades]


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Turn yourself into a cartoon with Vin Diesel...

Ad seen while mowing through my reader today -

I can't tell which one is the cartoon and which is real...

Vin, I kid, I kid!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

'Round the World - Faroe Islands

View Round The World in a larger map

I'm still moving forward with my (simulated) flight around the world. It has slowed down a bit as I have been spending more time learning to fly a Cessna 185F Skywagon. That plane is a tail-dragger and I am having a tough time setting her down without bouncing back up a few times. Practice, practice.

Last night I landed in the Faroe Islands, a place that I didn't know about before I set out on this trip. From what I've seen, it looks like a place that I would like to visit in real life. Very beautiful, some amazing geography. Here is a little video to give you a taste...

Next hop will be to Iceland, not sure what airport yet.

BTW, the new map above should give you a little more information on the airports that I have landed at. Clicky.


Americas Cup Coming Back to America

BMW Oracle's USA-17 wins the America's Cup, bringing it back to the United States.

What a great bit of sailing, and a fantastic bit of engineering. Alinghi gave BMWO a good race to the first mark leading for a good part, ending up trailing by 28 seconds. Then BMWO just marched away from them getting a 2km lead and eventually winning by over 5 minutes. In my uneducated opinion, Alinghi's only hope was for BMWO to make a big mistake, break, or have some super-bad luck with the wind. None of those came true.

Congratulations BMW Oracle,


Sunday, February 07, 2010

Super Bowl Halftime (With Bonus Video!)

Why are we still being punished for Janet Jacksons nipple? C'mon, The Who was the oldest halftime show since George Burns and Mickey Rooney in 1987. Mickey Rooney was only a year older than Daltry. I believe George burns was 127 at the time.

Honestly, bringing back Up With People would be better.

Don't get me wrong, I love The Who but that was lame. It would have been better if they played one song than the medley thing. What, no Happy Jack?

This video is from a show two years before I was born, and I'm getting up there... (sidebar - I could watch Keith Moon play all day... )

I can't wait until Super Bowl LXIV when Pearl Jam takes the stage!


Hey Mom, Beer is Good For You

Eat your broccoli, drink your beer!

Over at the Washington Beer Blog I read some good news this morning.

Study Finds Beer is a Rich Source of Silicon, May Help Prevent Osteoporosis

A new study suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. Researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis studied commercial beer production to determine the relationship between beer production methods and the resulting silicon content, concluding that beer is a rich source of dietary silicon.

Based on these findings, some studies suggest moderate beer consumption may help fight osteoporosis, a disease of the skeletal system characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.

The hop samples analyzed showed surprisingly high levels of silicon with as much as four times more silicon than is found in malt. However, hops are invariably used in a much smaller quantity than is grain. Highly hopped beers, however, would be expected to contain higher silicon levels.

IPA's are better for you? More good news for me!

“Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon,” concludes Dr. Bamforth. “Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element. While most of the silicon remains in the husk during brewing, significant quantities of silicon nonetheless are extracted into wort and much of this survives into beer.”

Article: “Silicon in Beer and Brewing.” Troy R. Casey and Charles W. Bamforth. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture Published Online: February 8, 2010 (DOI: 10.1002/JSFA.3884); Print Issue Date: February 2010

Yes Mom, I saw the word 'moderation' in there.

What are they gonna tell us next, that beer is better than milk? Sweet, though it is horrible on cereal.


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