Don't drink and drive; it's much safer to drink and dial. And it can be funny too. The St. Patrick's Drunk Dial Challenge is back, put together by my oh-so-Irish friend Dups. Click this link for all the info (but please do read the rules!), or watch the just-launched promo video.
I bought two tickets for one of the Neil Young shows in St. John's in April. Definitely looking forward to it.
Martha said she'll be happy if he plays Harvest Moon during the course of the night. I had to think about which of the many, many songs I like that I would most want to hear. I went with Mr. Soul, in any of the incarnations he's played it.
Here's the video made for Harvest Moon, one of the great tunes for swaying.
As for me, here's a video of Neil playing Mr. Soul just last March in Madrid:
Jaws opened on 409 screens on its first weekend in 1975, which was considered a huge number for what was then a "wide" release. Blockbusters often open on 10 times that number now.
If the Earth were reduced to the size of a billiard ball, it would be just as smooth as what you'd find on a pool table. (How's that, you wonder, given we have Everest and ocean troughs? Read here.)
Apart from being a great wine-growing region, California also produces scores of different types of cheese ... about 250, in fact. The state's cheese producers make about 100 types of flavoured and spiced cheese alone. (And, of course, Monterey Jack, which dates back, in one form or another, about 200 years.)
The wife of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen made medical history in 1895, when she allowed her husband to make the world's first X-ray, using her hand. The experiment revolutionized diagnostic technology.
We were in Disney World earlier this month, and took every opportunity we could to do the Toy Story Midway Mania ride, which has been packing people in since it opened last year. You can't buy this T-shirt at the merch stand nearby; after all, it was made just for opening day. (As seen here.)
Two years ago, Cadbury created an advertising sensation with a viral video that featured a gorilla playing drums to a Phil Collins song. (It was much cooler than that bland description; I posted it here, in September 2007.)
Cadbury has a whole new viral wonder, featuring a boy, a girl, their eyebrows ... and a tune that sticks in their head. Note, again, the use of that particular shade of purple.
From a 1980 performance on Don Kirshner's hokey yet (for those times) essential late-night program, the Police performing one of my favourites. A good performance, but devoid of any of the energy you'll see in other live dates from the period. (There are a good few on YouTube.)
From the BBC magazine, a short British film on sex education, condoms and all that lot. Click through to watch; the film is very much a period piece, from the characters and their apartment to that quintessentially English narration.
There's been a hilarious thread the last few days on Twitter, as various people (me included) have taken part in telling the plot of movies ... if you saw them in reverse. The backflick thread can be be read here.
I chipped one in for Planet of the Apes: NYC tourist meets Simian overlords, has long nap in space.
Here are some others I've liked:
Wizard of Oz: three friends escort girl and dog from fancy dress party in green city so that
she can fly house back to Kansas.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Aliens drop off humans, who act weird for a while but gradually assimilate into Earth society.
Friday the 13th backwards is about a magic hockey player who heals a bunch of injured teens so they can go home from camp.
Jaws: If you watch 'Jaws' backwards, it's a film about a shark that keeps
throwing up people until they open a beach,
Clerks: Twentysomethings open store, discuss films & sex, close store. (That's
'Clerks' forwards, too.).
Bonnie & Clyde: After faking own deaths, couple start economic stimulus program by handing money to insolvent banks.
Godzilla: revived by missiles, giant lizard goes on civil construction spree in downtown Manhattan before retiring to island home
Bambi: A deer abandons his family to
play in the woods with small animals and live with his mother.
Dracula: Kindly old Eastern European gent rises from dead and donates own blood to pallid English people so they can get home.
Wall-E: evil robot exiles humanity
to space, breaks up with his girlfriend, trashes earth in fury. Superman backwards is about a guy who flies around putting people into precarious situations and then hiding.
"I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment.' " - Andy Warhol, who died 22 years ago today (Note the can of soup at the bottom...)
Received Pronunciation, the way that all proper Britons should speak, is the accent used by only two per cent of the British population.
The descendants of Geronimo filed suit this week, the 100th anniversary of the Apache warrior's death, over an accusation that the secret society Skull & Bones stole his remains in 1918.
Remick Ridge Vineyards is owned by Tommy Smothers, in Sonoma Valley, California. The company was founded in the mid-1970s under the Smothers Brothers name, but that was wisely dropped. "I changed the
name to Remick Ridge because when people heard Smothers Brothers wine,
they thought something like Milton Berle Fine Wine or Larry, Curly and Mo
Vineyards," Smothers says on the company's website.
Real estate prices in southern California have fallen almost 40 per cent in the last 12 months, this chart from the Los Angeles Times says. (Check out thischart for a sense of what's happened in the last seven years. Wow.)
One of Conan O'Brien's first attempts to break into high-profile entertainment was Lookwell, a show he helped created that aired just one episode (its pilot) in 1991. It never made another, but remains a cult item.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.