Archive for September, 2004

The Zappa’s: A Collaborative Writing Effort

I have 6 gmail invites just waiting to be passed on, and who better to give them to than you, esteemed Hot Poop reader. Of course, you’ll have to do something in return. With that in mind, let’s indulge in a bit of collaborative writing, shall we? We’re going to write a mini “The Zappa’s” and the idea is that each participant in the comments takes the storyline off where the last one left it. First 6 respondants with valid email addresses get the invites. I’ll kick it off, you take it from there:

– Gail Zappa (GZ): Joe! Get your ass over here like, pronto!
– Joe Travers (JT): (stumbles out of the vault, covered in analog tape) Uh yeah?
– GZ: What’s that noise I hear comin’ out of the vault?
– JT: Uh well…

Invoice No. 17548

Got a mail from Barfko-Swill: “Your order has been shipped!” Let the salivating commence! :)

Fast For Bush

People That Have Gone Bonkers, Part 54874367: “God is raising up multitudes of Christians to fast and pray for the holiness of President George W. Bush and our nation. Join us in God’s grassroots movement.”

Earring Semantics

MonkeyFilter: “Earrings on Men – both ears? one ear? What is more ‘preferred’ or ‘accepted’ for men (in the USA) – both ears or single ear piercing?” One commenter about sums it up: “I wear a coat hanger through my trachea. It means I’m cool.”

Don’t forget to register to vote

According to an article in the major U.S. newspaper USA Today, overseas votes could make a big impact on the upcoming election. Only 51% of the potential U.S. voters showed up at the polls in 2000. This year all American voices need to be heard, but there are millions of Americans who live outside the U.S. who are not yet registered to vote. If you’re a U.S. citizen, you can use this URL to easily register to vote. This year, every vote counts!

Stockholm ’79 Syndrome

I was going to keep this a draft post until tomorrow but then I figured what the hey. Presenting what must be the first ever Early Monday Evening Boot (with thanks to Gilles): Stockholm, Sweden, 3/3/79 — you’ll love it, it’s a way of life.

I Missed One?

There are many answers as to why the chicken decided to cross the road. Colonel Sanders’ Answer: “I missed one?”
(via Chicken News)

Brock & Duke

Have a look at these cool concert pictures of Nappy Brock and the George Duke Band, taken somewhere late seventies. Dig them pants!

Biker Sox

Frank is a biker fox. Frank really needs to do something about those biker socks though. (via Kook)

Selling Bootlegs Now Legal

A US federal judge has ruled that it is perfectly legal to make a business of selling bootleg recordings. The decision “stands in marked contrast to existing law and prior decisions that have determined that Congress was well within its constitutional authority to adopt legislation that prevented trafficking in copies of unauthorized recordings of live performances,” said Jonathan Lamy, a spokesman for the RIAA. (thanks SOFA)

The Case Of The Vanishing Release


The Agonizer

“So, like, what makes it more awful? We’ve changed some of the circuit components to add just that little extra smidge of massive, atonal distortion effecto thingy. It’s now fully OPTIMIZED for bad tone and crappy sound.”

Meet Robostrider

A tiny robot that can walk on the surface of the water. Interesting. But, please, check Fig 5. What is this? Is this a censored picture of two water striders, caught in the act..? Notice the euphemism in the text “during rowing or to support the weight of a companion”…oh, yes…duh, rowing! What about the stripes covering the parts, and the shameful faces, it’s like they say “yes, we are very famous porn water striders stars, but we needed the money, and here we are, posing for this supposedly scientific site…”? Do they think we can’t notice? How many more censorship attacks from the government are we going to support? Aing?

Orchestral Subculture

Frank Zappa’s Orchestral Subculture: “Zappa was a hopelessly conflicted practitioner of absolute-music aesthetics in a world that chose to hear him as a rock star–he was a “serious” composer who made it to the top ten and won a Grammy (for the album Jazz from Hell, 1986) at the very point in his career when he found such industry honors most hateful and embarrassing.” (Go read the article and then come back to explain the word “Darmstadtian” to me)

Zappa Torrent

There’s a BitTorrent of Zappa’s band rehearsing on Dec 23 ’87 (without Frank) doing the rounds (mp3 sample track here), but naturally, yours truly finds it impossible to download this thing. If anyone can recommend a good BitTorrent client for Mac OS X (I’m using Tomato Torrent right now), that would be nice.