Deck Chairs

So the white house has personnel changes. Then you write they’re just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. First of all, that is a terrible metaphor. This ships not sinking. This administration is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg… — Stephen Colbert (White House Correspondent’s Dinner: April 29, … Continue reading “Deck Chairs”

Friday Random Ten: 2006-04-28


NameArtistAlbumGenre
1. Dumb All OverFrank ZappaYou Are What You IsAlternative & Punk
2. Solo in 4 Movements – 3rd Movement – The Circle and the SquareTerry BozzioSolo Drum Music (Disc 1)World
3. ShawneeEd ShaughnessyBurning For Buddy: A Tribute To The Music Of Buddy Rich Jazz
4. She’s Got A ProblemFountains Of WayneFountains Of WayneAlternative & Punk
5. Peace And LoveFountains Of WayneWelcome Interstate ManagersAlternative & Punk
6. The Big HeatStan RidgwayThe Big HeatRock
7. El Congo Valiente (The Valiant Congo)Stan KentonCuban Fire!Jazz
8. Itaipu: I. “Mato Grosso”Atlanta Symphony Orchestra And Chorus: Robert ShawItaipu, The CanyonClassical
9. Nanook Rubs ItFrank ZappaApostrophe (‘)Alternative & Punk
10. Bye-YaThelonious Monk Quartet With John ColtraneAt Carnegie HallJazz

Book Meme

(via Peripetia)

Review the following list of books. Boldface the books you’ve read, italicize those you might read, cross out the ones you won’t, put an asterisk beside the ones on your bookshelves, and place brackets around the ones you’ve never even heard of.

The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
* The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
* His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J. K. Rowling)
The Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
* Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (George Orwell)
* Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
* The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon)
* Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
* 1984 (George Orwell)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J. K. Rowling)
* One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
[The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)]
The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
* Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
[The Secret History (Donna Tartt)]
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
* The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
[Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)]
[Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)]
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
[Atonement (Ian McEwan)]
[The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)]
The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
* The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
* Dune (Frank Herbert)
[Sula (Toni Morrison) ]
Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier)
The Alchemist (Paulo Coehlo)
[White Teeth (Zadie Smith)]
The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)

Adolescent Sex Cults

(via Think Progress) The latest FDA “science” being used to block over-the-counter access to the emergency contraceptive Plan B: one agency researcher said the drug could “lead adolescents to form sex-based cults centered around the use of Plan B.” Back in reality, peer-reviewed studies have debunked this point, and also shown that 1.3 million abortions … Continue reading “Adolescent Sex Cults”

Friday Random Ten: 2006-04-21

Name Artist Album Genre
1.  Dong Work For Yuda Frank Zappa Joe’s Garage (Disc 2) Alternative & Punk
2.  The Calling Yes Talk Rock
3.  Spy World Wall Of Voodoo Call Of The West Alternative & Punk
4.  Take Five (Album Version) Dave Brubeck Dave Brubeck: Time Signatures – A Career Retrospective Jazz
5.  Dickie’s Such An Asshole Frank Zappa Broadway The Hard Way Alternative & Punk
6.  Signal To Noise Peter Gabriel Gangs Of New York Soundtrack
7.  Helpless Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Greatest Hits Rock
8.  The Dance Of Maya Mahavishnu Orchestra Inner Mounting Flame Jazz
9.  A Fine Day For A Parade Fountains Of Wayne Utopia Parkway Alternative & Punk
10.  Onward Yes Tormato Rock