eruthros: Battlestar Galactica 1978 promo picture, captioned "first fandom" (BSG - first fandom Starbuck Apollo)
Best thing about Battlestar Galactica (1978) that I'd forgotten: dude, Patrick MacNee does the intro voiceover! I get little moments of cognitive "wait, umbrella sword?" dissonance. Apparently he also plays Count Iblis, the Satan-ish guy in "War of the Gods," which I look forward to tremendously. I recalled the ridiculous deus ex machina of that episode, and the bit with Apollo being resurrected, and all of that, which will be tremendously fun, but: I get Patrick MacNee, too?

Also, this show has the kitschiest dialogue EVER. It can't be transcribed accurately, because I would need several exclamation points per word, and a way to indicate "long pause intended to be dramatic that instead highlights the total ridiculosity of the dialogue."

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Horrible Fox News "Reporting," part forty-three: Fox says that Mark Foley, R-FL, is, in fact, a Democrat. Now, sure, this happened a while ago, but still. Fair and balanced my ass.

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Also, I share this link, instructions for finding mp3 indexes using google, with you. Not, of course, because I would ever condone downloading illegal mp3s, but because it's a totally neat search phrase. Right?
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
Also, in the mid-nineties, I knew of the following three bands:

1. Third Eye Blind
2. Three Dog Night
3. Old Blind Dogs

Altogether too many threes, dogs, and blinds in there. I was perpetually confused. I always wanted to call Old Blind Dogs Three Blind Dogs, or Three Dog Blind, or some other mix-and-match of the first two names. Blargh.

Given that the lyrics of Old Blind Dogs tend more toward the "there were fifty thousan Heilend men marchin to Harlaw," and often include bagpipes as well as sax or guitar, this remains rather embarassing.

Meta songs

May. 23rd, 2006 06:05 pm
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
On the drive home, [livejournal.com profile] m_shell and I spent some time trying to come up with a list of meta songs. Because we were talking about weird themes for playlists -- things like "songs about kittens!" And then we'd try to come up with songs for the themes. (Meta songs: easier said than done. Even taking meta to mean self-referential, genre-referential, music industry-referential, and then including context-dependent stuff as well.)

And we came up with the following, but would appreciate input on more of same. Especially on the genre-referential songs. I have all of these as mp3s, so if you're interested in anything let me know in the comments.

Self-referential songs (as far as I'm concerned, the most boring category, and there are tons of songs we didn't think of, since it's a fairly common wink-at-the-audience deal):
  • The Beatles - Only a Northern Song ("if you're listening to this song / you may think the chords are going wrong / but they're not / I just wrote it like that")

  • Weird Al Yankovic - (This Song Is Just) Six Words Long ("I gotta fill time / three minutes worth of time / oh, how will I fill so much time / I'll throw in a solo, a solo, a solo / a solo, a solo here")

  • Built to Spill - Joyride ("this part of the song is called the second verse / sounds just like the first verse but with different words / it only has three chords and they are A, E, and D / they are A and E and D / then it goes to D minor, D, A, E, D")

  • Leonard Cohen, originally, and then every vocal artist EVER - Hallelujah ("well it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth / the minor fall and the major lift")

  • Leon Russell - A Song For You ("But we're alone now and I'm singing this song for you.")

  • Natasha Bedingfield - These Words ("these words are my own / threw some chords together / the combination D-E-F")

  • James Taylor - Song For You ("this is a song for you / far away from me")

  • Sloan - G Turns to D ("these songs are all about you / and I'm telling everyone I'm doing fine without you ... G will turn to D / you will turn to me / and you'll say / you have done me wrong / I wrote these songs about it")

  • Herman's Hermits - Henry The Eighth I Am ("second verse, same as the first")


Genre-referential songs:
  • Da Vinci's Notebook - Title of the Song ("Vain hope that my sins are forgivable / appeal for one more opportunity / drop to my knees to elicit crowd response / prayers to my chosen deity / modulation and I hold a high note / title of the song")

  • The Vestibules - The Grunge Song ("This is the part of the song / that's really quiet / we play very soft / it sounds like a ballad / and this is the part / where we play real hard / it's much louder than at the beginning")

  • Tom Lehrer - Folk Song Army ("and it don't matter if you get a couple extra syllables into a line / it sounds more ethnic if it ain't good English / and it don't even hafta rhyme")

  • Sondheim - Agony and Agony, Reprise (only as a set, but it's clearly a commentary on melodramatic love songs - "Agony, that can cut like a knife / ah well, back to my wife")

  • Sondheim - Little Things You Do Together ("It's the little things you share together / Swear together / Wear together / That make perfect relationships. / The concerts you enjoy together / Neighbors you annoy together / Children you destroy together / That keep marriage intact ... It's things like using force together / Shouting till you're hoarse together / Getting a divorce together / That make perfect relationships.")

  • Beautiful South - Song For Whoever (I don't know what the intent of the song is, but lines like "Oh Shirley, oh Deborah, oh Julie, oh Jane / I wrote so many songs about you / I forget your name" read to me as a commentary on love songs)

  • ETA from [livejournal.com profile] m_shell: Three Dog Night - An Old Fashioned Love Song (You'll swear you've heard it before /As it slowly rambles on and on./No need in bringing 'em back/'Cause they've never really gone./ Just an old fashioned love song/One I'm sure they wrote for you and me/Just an old fashioned love song/Coming down in three part harmony.)


Meta songs that require context:
  • Sondheim - Unworthy of Your Love (this could be a sorta standard love song if you didn't know that John Hinkley and Squeaky Fromme were the voices in the duet)

  • Tom Lehrer - The Old Dope Peddler (dependent on knowing that there's a genre of sentimental songs about quaint figures. Like all the Tom Lehrer songs in this category, if you happen to have the live version, he makes the meta explicit in the intros.)

  • Tom Lehrer - I Wanna Go Back to Dixie (dependent on awareness of the Let's Go Back South genre and of the 60s in the South)

  • Tom Lehrer - The Irish Ballad (um, Irish ballads)

  • Tom Lehrer - In My Hometown (hometown songs a la "Penny Lane")

Dubious:
Undertones - More Songs About Chocolate and Girls (this might be meta, but it makes almost no sense, so it's hard to say. I mean: "here's more songs about chocolate and girls / it's not so easy but it will be heard / a lot less time but a lot more care / so here's more songs about chocolate and girls.")

We also recall at least two b-sides in which the song basically says "no one will ever play this song because it is a b-side." Also a Three Dog Night (?) song about love song tropes, but I can't remember what it's called.
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
Query: what happens when a babelfish eats an ear worm?

I had "Something's Coming" (from West Side Story, which I haven't seen since I was about twelve, so this is totally unfair) stuck in my head, and when [livejournal.com profile] m_shell and I started joking about babelfish and ear worms, I promptly started attempting it in Spanish, though I can't really decide what to use for "cannonballing."

***

Today I was nearly run over in a crosswalk by a left-turner in a 1970s black muscle car, who a) didn't have the right of way b) was making an illegal left turn anyway and c) speeded up instead of slowing down. In process of hustling out of his way to avoid getting hit by a fast-moving vehicle, I tripped on the curb and fell. At which point the left-turning bastard paused (then he paused) and started honking his horn, pointing, and laughing. As did his passengers. So. Bitter. Wah. Now my thumb and shoulder hurt from being jammed, and of course I thumped my knee but good.

***

Tomorrow I am making these cupcakes for a party. Except only the lemon curd -- much as I would love to do the lime and grapefruit, Whole Foods lacked organic lime and was charging a ridiculous $3 per grapefruit. Oy.
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
I did make some fabulous blueberry muffins, though, which I called a celebration even though I was planning on baking them anyway -- last weekend I was Iron Chef [livejournal.com profile] eruthros. [livejournal.com profile] m_shell realized, at about nine in the morning, that she had to take food to the choir rehearsal. And that she couldn't stop on the way and get anything, 'cause the car was kablooey, and she was going to be taking the bus. So I did the fastest paging-through-a-cookbook-looking-for-fast-recipes-I-had-all-the-ingredients-for EVER, and we decided on blueberry muffins (frozen blueberries, natch). I should've cut the lemon zest to speed them up, but I still got the muffins made and cooked in about half an hour, and then [livejournal.com profile] m_shell grabbed them and ran off to church, and then her choir ate them all and I didn't get to taste any. So I made some yesterday. Nummy! From Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Cafe, like practically all muffins we cook now. They turned out very well, even though I was an idiot at Trader Joe's and somehow managed to buy lime yoghurt (look, it said "cream lime plain lowfat," and I saw the word "plain," and anyway the container is identical to the one I usually get, and excuses, excuses). Last week's, similarly, were apparently good even though I could swear that I left out the baking soda (never cook a recipe with both baking powder and baking soda at top speed; you'll forget one of the two). Which ... I dunno, maybe it's just a recipe with a lot of flexibility.

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Query: if you were looking for screencaps of SG-1 (original team or with Jonas or with Cam) striding off together to save the world, what episodes would you think of? Other than "Serpent's Grasp?" Sadly, they tend to save the world in little isolate pockets these days. I mean, in Reckoning, Daniel's off being ... brain-whammied by Replicators, and Sam's with Jacob and trying to fix the Ancient Weapon to kill replicators, and Jack's at SGC, and. Hardly the bold stride of the credits, where they all walk though the stargate in unison.

Query (2): has anyone ever studied the internet phenomenon that results in every parody song being attributed to Weird Al? Even, like, songs sung by women? (Anyone who thinks Weird Al sang "What If God Smoked Cannabis?" is clearly smoking the good stuff.)

Also, I am tempted by that song meme -- where you pick a number, or a couple of numbers, and I upload the song corresponding to that number on a complete playlist of mp3s. Problem: this computer is barely five weeks old; I don't really have interesting and weird stuff on it yet. Except the Hindi version of Dancing Queen. And the entirety of the extant Camp Records songs. And most of what I do have is old; it's practically all ripped off CD, and since I haven't purchased those weird round silver things in years, well. If you promise not to mock me for the weird combination of the sixties and the mid-nineties, leave a number (or two or three) between 1 and ... *pokes music folder* ... 1632 in the comments, and I'll upload those songs for everyone's listening pleasure.

Also, new icon. I had one with a much better border, but then photoshop crashed, and I couldn't seem to get the exact same shade of red again. Curses! I have a similar one with strawberries, if anyone wants it.
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
As if I needed another reason to hate DRM:

Mark Russinovich notices that a Sony CD installs a rootkit and doesn't include an uninstall.

Lawsuits in both directions. Fun!

ETA: This is a much more user-friendly article (on cnet, natch) about the Sony problem and DRMs in general.

I refuse to spend money for a music product that is not universally playable -- if I buy a CD-like thing (the Sony music in question is not technically on a CD for reasons of not meeting Phillips redbook standards), I should be able to play it on my computer, my CD player, my (theoretical) mp3 player, my pda, my car stereo. Buying a CD and finding I couldn't put the songs on an iPod? Lame. Buying music from iTunes and finding I couldn't put it on a Rio Karma? Lame. Lame, lame, lame. Plus, of course, I might accidentally break my DRM. (Various DRM systems currently work so poorly that updating your system or adding new hardware may -- surprise! -- mean you can't play those thousands of dollars of music anymore. There's a solution in theory, but in practice... well, this is how that Microsoft Support page puts it: The license issuer, such as the online store where you bought the protected file, determines whether you are permitted to back up a specific license. Therefore, you may not be able to back up all your licenses. If you cannot back up the license for a particular file, you cannot restore that license after you change your hardware component. If you cannot restore a license, you cannot play the protected file.)

Of course, the current rate of DRM spread means that in five years, I'm going to be listening only to my old CDs, anything I ripped from vinyl, and anything I pirate. And I might have to go linux -- Windows is bending over backward for the MPAA and RIAA. And I will be a cranky young coot. Unless they come up with an open standard -- ha! But at least I'll be able to, you know, watch my movies and listen to my music.

Cranky, cranky, cranky.

Girlyman

Jun. 13th, 2005 10:29 am
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
I can't help but want to vid Girlyman's new "On the Air." It's narrative, it's got a gorgeous intro, it's about change, and I can listen to it over and over. Plus, how often do you hear a song that would work best for Willow season 6, but also has potential for Fraser's move to Chicago? Or even Jack's transition to general in season 8? ("I walked out when we were live / Cause I knew I was made for bigger screens than just / That small time comedy, just a half hour parody / It was cinema marquees for me or bust...)
'Cause there was a time you know
When I had my own live show
It was improvised for the camera's eye
It was made up in the ring
Back when Bob Hope was king
Back when every choice felt right
Back when life was black and white

Now there's one thing I regret
How I wish I didn't care
How I wish I could forget
That I was someone then when we were on the air...

Random

May. 25th, 2005 01:09 pm
eruthros: blurry lilac shot, text "how do they rise?" (TP lilacs 25 May)
Tonight we have to go pick up the CSA and see Girlyman at the World Cafe. In a perfect world, these two things would fit together perfectly; from where I'm sitting, though, it looks like they're going to be two separate trips.

On the other hand, the CSA will have rhubarb this week, and we have organic concentrated orange juice, which means I can make the rhubarb pie I love. Basically no added sugar, just the juice, and it comes out thick and pink and so tart you practically have to eat it with ice cream, unless you're having it for breakfast. Mmmmmm.

We still haven't eaten all the greens from last week, either. We have a whole bag of bitter greens left, despite best efforts AND the baking of a quiche. (As we get more interesting food, my lj gets foodier.)

Also, we have here my contribution to the Glorious 25th of May iconage. I can read the text on [livejournal.com profile] m_shell's laptop, but it may not be as readable on macs -- let me know so I can fiddle. (If you want it, you can take it, but please credit.)

The icon is currently reminding me that by the first weekend of June I'll be reading Thud. Wheeeeee!
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
We netflix'd Phantom of the Opera for amusement value, and watched it last night. Swooping cloaks! Melodrama! Candles lighting as they come out of the lake! More melodrama! Too much exposition! As you can imagine, it was ... pretty ridiculous.

Anyway, this means a) that I'm rereading Maskerade and b) that I've had ALW songs stuck in my head all day. Yeuch. Especially "Stranger Than You Dreamt It." But I've connected it mentally with one of the Tom Lehrer educational kids songs, so that in my head the dramatic revelation goes something like this:

Tenor, slow:
Stranger than you dreamt it,
can you even dare to look or bear to think of me?
This loathsome gargoyle, who
burns in hell, but secretly yearns for heaven,
secretly... secretly...
Tom Lehrer, uptempo with more fiddle and WAY more fun:
secret- L! Y!
You enter a very dark room
and sitting there in the gloom
is Dracula! Now how do you say goodbye?
Immediately... immediately ... immediate- L! Y!
You should sing along! It's great fun. Imagine poor Christine's reaction as you do. There she is, sitting by the underground lake with the Phantom's mask in her hand, and off he goes on the subject of ... adverbs.

Also, I was proud of myself, because I kept thinking that wosshername, the prima donna, La Carlotta, looked familiar, and finally I turned to [livejournal.com profile] m_shell and said "doesn't she look like Minnie Driver?" And then it turned out she was Minnie Driver, with ridiculous wigs and someone else doing the singing, so go me. ([livejournal.com profile] m_shell said "I was thinking she looked like a drag queen...")
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
I watched X2 again last night, so now I have "I Am What I Am" (Gloria Gaynor) stuck in my head.

Sung by Mystique, natch. In a big stage number. Possibly while wearing feathers. "Life's not worth a damn till you can shout out 'I am what I am.'"

I wonder if the X-Men movie metaphors are cumulative? First movie, Jewish. Second movie, Jewish and gay. Third movie, Jewish and gay and ... ?

I am what I am
And what I am needs no excuses
I deal my own deck
Sometimes the aces
Sometimes the deuces
It's one life and there's no return and no deposit
One life so it's time to open up your closet
Life's not worth a damn
Till you can shout out
I am what I am

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