March 31, 2003
The Saga of the Cooked Ham
No real reason to post this here, but it gave me a chuckle..
There was once a young married couple. The young husband was in the kitchen watching his wife cook. She took a ham, cut the ends off of it and put it in a pan, and stuck it in the oven. The young man asked his wife "why did you cut the ends off of the ham", his charming bride replied "thats the way my mother taught me how to do it". This left the young man curious.
A few weeks later they were at her mother's house and she was cooking. The young husband came out in the kitchen just in time to see his mother in law cut the ends off of a ham and put it in a pan then stick it in the oven. He asked his mother in law why she cut the ends off of the ham and her reply was "thats the way my mother taught me how to cook the ham". The young man was bewildered.
A few weeks later the young man took his wife to see her grandmother, and they got there just in time to see her preparing to cook, you guessed it, a ham. The young man noticed she cut the ends off of the ham and put it in a pan and stuck it in the oven. He asked the kind old lady why she cut the ends off of the ham. Her reply was because the pan is too small to hold the entire ham.
March 27, 2003
Stevie a Wonder
Just bought my first CD in about 6 months (Bobs' Coaster was the last one).
Stevie Wonder's "Talking Book" is a lovely read, my friends. Have you ever seen that movie "High Fidelity"? That very cool film, which has a pretty serious Tenacious D connection— googy goog goong—ends with the same tune that closes Stevie's opus. "I Believe" is my new favorite song, closely followed by "Superstitious" and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life". Play on, Stevie.
Our repertoire's gonna get more Wonderful, I suspect.
P.S. ~8PM. c. April 25th. Somewhere in Santa Clara. OOE. Coming up!
March 25, 2003
Nothing New to Report
Nothing's really going on around here during March, but look out for April. We already have two scheduled recording studio trips, an entire evening of OOE at Mission City, plus we will file our taxes! What more can you ask for.
March 14, 2003
Yes, I Jumped on the Bandwagon
So, I have to admit, I didn't even know who Norah Jones was, but after hearing that she swept the Grammys I went to Amazon, checked out some samples from her Grammy winning recording and heard what I haven't since listening to Ella Fitzgerald...a singer who makes singing seem effortless. Immediately I bought a copy for myself (no I didn't go scour the web for free MP3 dowloads, some of us buy our music). After listening to it for a day I told my parents they'd really like it, and then bought another and had it shipped to them. They love it. So I guess sometimes popuplar opinion is right!
March 13, 2003
Cool VP in chili's commercial
Ok, help me out. I've been trying to find an online clip of John Pointer (from Schroedinger's Cat) doing that cool vocal percussion chili's commercial. You'd think with all the enterprising digital media pirates out there *somebody* would have ripped it from their hacked TiVo and posted it on the web by now. I mean, c'mon.
March 12, 2003
Chunneling, more like.
Actually, bridge...not tunnel.
AWW sod off ya daft one...you'll see!
Taylor is one crazy cat.
Channelling the Beatles. Previously channelling Elvis. Soon to be evoking Brian Wilson. What's next?
jai guru dave-o
Nothing's gonna change my world....
Here, making each day of the year
Changing my life with a wave of her hand
Nobody can deny that there's something there
Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears
Inciting and inviting me
March 03, 2003
this idea will make millions
Pizza crust is the best thing in the world. Sandy and I were sitting around enjoying said delight the other night and got to thinking.. if we could we'd buy a whole box of just pizza crust, we would. If I were the president of a national pizza chain I'd make all my pizzas with *two* crusts - the normal one and then another about an inch and a half further out from the center, with - and this is an important point - with a little tomato sauce between the two. Then when the pizza comes out of the oven you could cut off the outer crust to sell by itself, AND still have the whole inner pizza to sell just like normal. Mmm.
A moment of silence...
For Mr. Fred Rogers who died last Friday. He was the real McCoy, a genuine guy who told it like it is (you won't go down the drain of your bath tub; your toilet is perfectly safe; sometimes life sucks; you are perfect just as you are). When I was five years old, my parents took me to see Mr. Rogers. He was doing his puppet thing, and was King Friday the 13th. Some kid heckler called out, "Aw, you're nothing but a puppet!" Mr. Rogers in his very zen fashion replied, "That's right, I am a puppet. That means there are a lot of decisions I don't have to make." In his words: "I always figured that everything was mentionable and if it was mentionable, it was manageable." He was a gift to early childhood educators, parents and children everywhere!
The Telephone Game
I happened across the AltaVista Babel Fish Translation Service and tried a little game of telephone. I took our paragraph description from the main page and translated it from English to German, then back to English, then to Japanese, then back to English, then to Italian, then finally back to English. This is how it ended up:
Four microphones. 3 people (2 Balding). The person of Balding (is not). The Kaffegeschaeften and July 2002 years in order to transport protection, the happened one? it is one of the methods where is the formation from all of the public, with? of the range of dispersion and the bay the time the time that is carried out. The giraffes in which the in the first place Oswald sopportato, as far as 1 of all the creative things like cocooned, pupated and the appearance and the enormous energy and the others as far as? truth of the strap... as far as the appearance and the justice because of resistance... the present, she flashes frightfully in the light/write ones graduates them of principle. It has been called namelessness, from 1 of the local critic and all who transformi in "in cleaned up drunk it is itself good," stability that is? it seems the sense in order to take the world in the????
Yup. A total waste of time.
March 01, 2003
Mark Hamill as Luke's Waterwalker
" Obi Juan Baptista,...why didst thou not telleth me ??"
Today, at a gas station in the middle of nowhere in California, they had an item on display that almost left me in tears from laughing. It was:
James Earl Jones reading the New Testament on 16 convenient tapes.
Now I just think that alone is hillarious, but then on the way out as I was describing my newfound fodder for jokes to my brother and it hit me. I realized the greatest line Mr. Jones could utter in his big booming voice would be: "Jesus...I am your father."
Blasphemy, I know. But you have to admit it's kinda funny. Plus maybe at the end of the final book he'd say "This is CNN." But that's way too obvious.