Archive for August, 2002

a cow don’t make ham

Barry: He thought he was, but he wasn’t. Now he is.
SOFA: Do you know what he was? He was what he is…

As The Turd Whirls

“I was at the park with loads of mates and we really needed the toilet so on the way down we tried to find a tree to crap under finally we found one so we all untied our trousers and crouched but as I did I fell over.”
This, and more touching slices of—erh—life at


Some thoughts on The REAL Frank Zappa Website as I’ve been able to explore it more thoroughly. One: it’s funny as hell. Cursors turning into rubber chickens, toilets flying out of Colloseums (forum), soundbytes at virtually every click or mouseOver. Two: Zappa Radio—genious! Now why didn’t I think of that ;-) Three: interactivity. You can get lost in this site just checking out all the TD and TG. The chatbox is great, although I’ve already read reports of the first trolls showing up. The messageboard is cool, but has some glitches still (the “Last Message on” column is stuck in February, doesn’t update). Nice screensavers/wallpapers; more please! Four: BS—let’s hope this new site-format marks the start of an abundance of new releases…

One Hit Wonders

VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders. I know just about every one of them, which is a little creepy actually!

Banned Music

"Censorship is the height of vanity." – Martha Graham
A Brief History of Banned Music in the United States. Use the drop down menu to jump from decade to decade.

Banned Books

A list of (U.S.) frequently banned books, in 2001 and over the period of 1990-2000. Incredibly, “Catcher In The Rye” and “Of Mice and Men” are still in there.

Iowa Corn Cam

(repost for Dr S.) Nothing’s quite as soothing as to gaze upon The Iowa Corn Cam. Right now, at 9PM local time, there’s a wonderful palette of vibrating black, with a couple of mysterious specks of blue. Must see TV!

Guerrilla tactics

“In recent weeks, scads of “spoof” files have been anonymously posted to the hugely popular sites where music fans illegally trade songs online. Labels are racing to develop uncopyable CDs and employing guerrilla tactics that complicate the unlawful uploading and downloading of the songs.” I’ve heard rumours this was occurring since a couple months ago…

FZ:OZ reviews?

Since I haven’t got a copy of FZ:OZ yet, I’ll just ask any of you reading this who already got their sweaty little hands on the much anticipated album, to post their reviews in the comments. If you need me I’ll be over there in the corner, drooling enviously.

Little Green Petulant Frenzy

Amen to this post from Anil Dash. See also here.

Dear America

Open Letter to America from a Canadian: “And so it has come to this. Your once-great nation has fallen into madness, an affliction of mass denial that brings shivers up the spines of millions outside your borders. Yours is a sick nation. But most of you carry on as though nothing at all is the matter. (…) America, you are a goddamn shame.”
Well he does have more than a couple of points…

The Big LeBlogski

Jeff Bridges – The Big Lebowski! – has a weblog. Sort of.

I’m with the band

Who cares if you can’t play an instrument, put your band together online.

Beer-goggle effect

In our ongoing series of completely silly scientific studies: British scientists have found even modest amounts of alcohol will make the opposite sex appear better-looking. How very surprising.

Lyrics & Links

Most peculiar: a big collection of song lyrics, with every word of every song linked to a list of other songs using that word. Get it?