I bought Cruel to Be Kind in 1979, and I've been a fan (maybe admirer is the better word) of Nick Lowe since. He's reinvented himself over the years, which I guess you need to do to keep a career going. When I heard he had a Christmas album in the works, I was surprised, but intrigued; I had never thought of him, for instance, as the cynical musician looking for a way to extend his best-before date. At 64, Lowe is hardly expecting to hit the Top 40!
Our son told me about this video, a parody of the Harry Potter movies AND Law & Order. Nick actually was unaware of the TV series, as it went off the air three years ago, but he still found it funny. If you know the show (the doink-doink, the bad puns that the detectives make), it's even more of a smile.
"Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child's love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian 'improving' literature. You'll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant."
This is an excerpt from an essay by Neil Gaiman on why libraries matter and such things; it includes an argument on why parents should avoid interfering too much in the reading preferences of their children, and let them pursue what they want rather than eliminating choices (like comic books) and prescribing what they think is important. You can read the whole of it here.
Paul Weller? Been a fan for more than 30 years. Pete Townshend? Even longer. Phil Lynott? Um... well, I guess I like hearing The Boys Are Back In Town as much as anyone when the sounder goes off at an IceCaps game at Mile One.
But I really like the designs of these three Brit Rock icons that Jamie Hewlett, the animating genius of Gorillaz, came up with a fundraiser for a cancer charity in the U.K.
This is (evidently) some unearthed outtakes from the production of Star Wars in 1976; not the funniest, but it is amusing nonetheless, if only because the scenes are all so familiar. There is no sound in the opening sequence.
Marcia Wallace died earlier this week, prompting The Simpsons immediately to retire Edna Krabappel, the harried, world-weary elementary school teacher that she brought to life. I grew up with the Bob Newhart Show, and evidently watched it enough that by the time The Simpsons went to air, I recognized Marcia Wallace's name when it appeared in the credits.
Here's a roundup of Edna Krabappel and her indelible catchphrase.
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.