Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Someone near and dear to my sense of humor. Remember him on TV doing his 'hippy-dippy weatherman' routine; later in college 1971/72 got to see him live, at the height of his '7 words' (in)famousness. What a guy, always enjoyed him on his HBO specials, still own many of his early vinyl albums. Sorry to see him go, he was such an ornery cuss I figured he'd live forever...INFO BELOW PILFERED FROM REUTERS: (For those of you who don't know him)
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs, dirty words and the demise of humanity, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday. He was 71. Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.
Known for his edgy, provocative material developed over 50 years, the bald, bearded Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine called "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television." A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court. In the 1978 case, Federal Communications Commission vs. Pacifica Foundation, the top U.S. court ruled that the words cited in Carlin's routine were indecent, and that the government's broadcast regulator could ban them from being aired at times when children might be listening.
The Grammy-winning Carlin remained an active presence on the comedy circuit. Carlin was scheduled to receive the John F. Kennedy Center's prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in November and his publicist said Carlin performed in Las Vegas this month.
His comedic sensibility revolved around a central theme: humanity is a cursed, doomed species.
"I don't have any beliefs or allegiances. I don't believe in this country, I don't believe in religion, or a god, and I don't believe in all these man-made institutional ideas," he told Reuters in a 2001 interview. Carlin told Playboy in 2005 that he looked forward to an afterlife where he could watch the decline of civilization on a "heavenly CNN."
"The world is a big theater-in-the round as far as I'm concerned, and I'd love to watch it spin itself into oblivion," he said. "Tune in and watch the human adventure."
Friday, June 20, 2008
Starting out with the trip to the airport, from driveway to parking space was exactly 53.6 miles. Oddly enough, I pulled intop said parking space at exactly 5:36. Weird, huh?
So now they load planes by something called 'zones' (a great Hawkwind album by the way) which apparently are just random groups of people seated in random seats all through the plane, which backs up the line into the entry tunnel. Makes no sense, compared to the old way of loading the plane from the back to the front, which caused less trouble since people had a smaller chance of being in each others way, and I'd bet was faster.
So then they give you pre-flight instructions on seatbelts, as if it was a 21st century invention!
Now, I can remember riding in cars as a kid where there were no seatbelts in the back, so back in the day, seatbelt instructions were probably helpful. But I should think in this day and age that anybody who can afford to fly probably at least knows what seatbelts are and how to use them.
Which reminds me of another old tradition (like getting actual food on the plane) that seems to have fallen by the wayside. I remember when flying as a kid, whenever the pilot would land the plane smoothly, the passengers would clap. Yeah, really. Of course, judging by my last trip, out of 4 landings, there was only one I would have clapped for, and one was downright crappy!
Though as my Dad used to say, "Any landing you walk away from is a good landing", and since hew was in the R.C.A.F. (though not a pilot)during WWII, I guess he'd know.
As for me, you couldn't pay me enough to fly U.S. Airways, no matter how patriotic-sounding their name is...
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Looking at valuation, says the Financial Times.
The Anheuser-Busch board is meeting in person this week for the first time since InBev made its unsolicited, $65-per-share bid for the company last week, reports the Financial Times.
From the story:
The directors will weigh a variety of options for Anheuser, the 150-year-old brewer of Budweiser beer. But in a sign that Anheuser may not unequivocally reject InBev's advances, insiders say its advisers will focus the board's attention on the valuation of InBev's bid. At $65 per Anheuser share, they may argue that the bid is too low for a brand that InBev has called "iconic".
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
jams & jellies, and strawberry flavored coffee. You may think that's funny(or maybe not), but you know if they can figure out how to market it, people will find they can't live without them! (Sorta like cell phones IMO).
So in the spirit of innovation, here's samples of the new packaging...
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
With his trademark "hambone" rhythm that characterised so many of his songs and was adopted by Buddy Holly on Not Fade Away, Bruce Springsteen on She's the One and The Who on Magic Bus, Bo Diddley was a lasting influence on rhythm and blues.
"I play the guitar like I'm playin' the drums", he once said.
He was born Ellas Otha Bates in Mississppi in 1928, changing his name to McDaniel when he was adopted by his mother's cousin.
He moved with his new family to the South Side of Chicago where he acquired his Bo Diddley nickname at school. A "Diddley Bow" is a one-stringed African guitar.
Though his songs influenced Buddy Holly in the 1950s, it was in the following decade that his songs permeated the repertoires of the so-called British invasion bands like The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Who, Pretty Things and The Animals.
Bo Diddley toured extensively throughout the 1960s and 70s. By supporting The Clash in 1979, he introduced his sound to a new generation.
He made cameo appearances in George Thorogood's video Bad to the Bone, and played a pawnbroker in the Eddie Murphy film Trading Places. In 1998 he appeared in Blues Brothers 2000.
I n the late 1980s, he toured with Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood as The Gunslingers and released the album Live at the Ritz.
In 1989, he raised his profile further with younger audiences when he appeared with baseball star Bo Jackson in a TV commercial for sports shoes.
In 1996, he released his first major album in two decades, A Man Amongst Men, with guest artists that included Ron Wood, Keith Richards and The Shirelles.
Three years later, he received a lifetime achievement honour at the Grammy Awards, in recognition of the influence he had cast over the history of popular music.
A true innovator in music, he actually lived here in Florida for quite a while, but sorry to say I was never able to see him.
Though at least once a day, somewhere, someone will play a song that has that "Bo Diddley Beat".