Month: December 2006

It isn’t looking good for the Republicans

I’ve read a few things today that lifted my heart. First, of the ten Republicans serving in the RI House, things are starting to get interesting. They’re getting interesting because of leadership struggles and party defections.

Then of course Jeb Bush uttered “No tengo futuro.” Of course Jeb doesn’t have a future, what little chance he might have was driven into the ground by Dubya.

Don’t let the naysayers fool you. Jeb is no prize for Florida, same as Mitt Romney being no prize for Massachusetts. That either would even consider a presidential run is ludicrous to me.

Of course don’t count the Bush family out just yet. There are still up and coming members of that family that in 20 or 30 years might return to haunt us. After all, most Americans have short memories. They forgot that under Bush 41 we were in a political war, Daddy Bush didn’t deliver on his no new taxes mantra, and the economy was basically in the shitter.

Now Bush 43 cuts taxes to starve government, ruins the economy with deficit spending, and somehow manages to spin our shitty economy into a good economy. It’s the ultimate in political chicanery.

And Romney does an artful job of hiding is Mormon background. Yes folks, the Church of Latter Day Saints is a cult, plain and simple. It’s just that you don’t want to call it that in polite company and you certainly don’t want to emphasize that central control is a big deal in LDS circles.

Look at the fact that Romney is an excellent waffler.

All this tells me is that the Republican party will have a spectacular primary. McCain isn’t too far along the sanity chain either. So when you have two crazy people and a nitwit running, things get interesting.

The Age Project

So I stumbled upon this Age Project thing. Very interesting, it asks you to look at a picture and determine the age. Then it shows their actual age, the average guess, and what you guessed.

I find I can more easily tell the age of younger than older. After 45 it gets really difficult to tell the age of people.

A discovery

So I’ve been keying everyone I like into TuneGlue and then expanding selections. I stumbled upon Leon Ware, very interesting stuff. I like that he lists his religion as sensualism which in essence feeds into hedonism, something I heartily endorse.

Why the hell not enjoy life? Once you discover that it’s mostly absurd it becomes much easier. Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and the world laughs at you.

Other new oldies I picked up include Patrice Rushen’s jazzier works. She’s a very talented musician. You might remember her best for “Forget Me Nots” but her body of work is expansive. Same with Philip Bailey, he has a nice solo career doing some jazz work and I particularly like the track “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”. I also snagged The Gibson Brothers “Cuba” and Eric Sermon’s “Music”.

It’s funny – my last.fm recommendations are getting more and more interesting. Why? because I also like Dave Matthews Band, Squirrel Nut Zippers, 10,000 Maniacs, etc. So it tends to bring some stuff I like and some stuff I don’t like into my recommendations.

For example, my banned list includes Overise, Cake, Daft Punk, Chingy and E.S.G.
I think with Chingy its the damned ridiculous name.

Echos from the past

Watch Eric B. and Rakim’s Casulties of War (1990)

I wonder if they realized in 1990 that we’d be back in Iraq some 13 years later. And right now we’re only 44 from 3,000 U.S. servicemen dead in Iraq.

NBC puts its more objectionable stuff on the web

Ok – so NBC understands that you can’t broadcast this but if you put it on YouTube it’s all right.

The reason it’s ok to do this is because one has to actively decide to watch on the web, whereas on TV well, just anyone might come across such trash. You see the nonsense of that, don’t you? I mean there are a couple hundred TV channels. If you don’t like it, you have to the choice to actively flip away from it or shut the damned box off.

Anyhow, pretty funny song from the SNL crew titled “My Dick in a Box”.

my-tuneglue-map

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my-tuneglue-map, originally uploaded by kd1s.

So I happened upon this little online experimental site called TuneGlue. Key in an artist then click on the record and select the Expand option.

What you see in this image (1280×800 – sorry but it just had to be widescreen) is just my lower left quadrant based upon a search on “Change”.

So now you know how last.fm’s ‘tune by artist’ works. It connects relationships between artists. Oh and if you download and install iTunes and last.fm it’ll scrobble the tracks you play in your iTunes library. In essence, it looks and sees what might be related to what is in your library which explains how David Bowie ended up in my suggestions.