Wednesday, October 31, 2007

This One's for Robert Goulet

I think I stumbled upon Robert Goulet's then-critical condition (as he is no longer alive) through BlogRush. Or was it the midday broadcast news? I don't remember.

Anyhow, a friend of mine threw a Halloween party last Saturday night, and one of the conversations revolved around Will Ferrell's impression of the late Mr. Goulet. Check out this video:



Anyway, Mr. Goulet, you had a great voice and we'll miss you...also, on one occasion during my childhood, I think I confused you with the guy who played Benson (Robert Guillaume). It must be the Francophone surnames.

And here's one for the road: A mash up of Billy Corgan's guitar solo in the Smashing Pumpkins' "Cherub Rock" and Ferrell's Goulet warming up:



Okay, one more: Here's the actual Robert Goulet in a funny commercial for Emerald Nuts:

Nutty Goulet

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Technology Tuesday: Podcast, PageRank, and Providing Video on Demand

As I am preparing to record another episode of my company Mutiny Universe's podcast (after what seems to be a month-long hiatus), I have a few technology-related topics to briefly gloss over:

After months of wondering, Google has finally gifted DeRamos.org a PageRank (PR) of 2! Hooray! On the other hand, several of the biggest bloggers in the Blogosphere are beginning to downplay the overall usefulness of the PageRank system, etc., etc. I suppose their general rationale is that their high volume of traffic still keeps growing in spite of any downward change of their PR. That sounds fair, but being near the bottom of the blog food chain, it's good to know that the indicators of Internet presence and web traffic - PR, Alexa, Technorati, etc. - are showing that this site is slowly rising in the ranks.

Speaking of the other PR - public relations - that disaster of a disaster management bureaucracy, FEMA, has made a PR blunder by holding a fake press conference regarding their aid to the recent California state of emergency. While they could have issued a press release in video form just stating the facts, they foolishly dramatized a press conference, complete with FEMA staffers posing as journalists.



Thanks to YouTube for providing so many choices of video clips to provide an example of the aforesaid FEMA pseudo-conference. Speaking of YouTube, an alliance of broadcasters, fed up with YouTube's alleged copyright infringing environment, have created a site called Hulu.com, which will provide TV shows and other entertainment industry-made videos on demand. Those given access to the site, as it's currently a closed beta, say that Hulu.com is more of a competition to cable/satellite than it is to user-generated video sites like YouTube because of the television shows, movies, etc. that Hulu.com is reported to provide. Anyway, I signed up in the hope that I'll get a little sneak peak at the site before it goes live in a couple of months. So I guess I'll see it in a couple of months.

Mrs. Paige Page, aka Paige Davis, photo credit: DallasSummerMusicals.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Free Taco on Tuesday

It's not quite J. Wellington Wimpy's quote of "I'd gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today." However, since there was a stolen base sometime during this year's World Series, Taco Bell will offer one free hard-shell, ground beef taco per person on Tuesday, October 30, between 2 PM and 5 PM. Check out Taco Bell's webpage on the Major League Baseball website for more info.

By the way, congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for preventing the Curse of the Bambino from returning to Fenway Park. Oh yeah, and for winning the World Series, too.

One more thing: Taco Bell tacos are roughly 59 cents - give or take a few cents - so if it means you'll spend more than that amount in gas to reach a Taco Bell, and if it means you'll need to go out of your way on Tuesday afternoon to get a free taco, just don't. It's not worth it to go out of your way for something less than a dollar, unless of course, you either buy more food from Taco Bell and/or it's going to be part of a more productive day.

That's just some friendly (and painfully obvious) advice from me to you. Welcome to DeRamos.org's Money Monday.

Taco photo courtesy of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Survey Sunday: Religion

In honor of the week of Halloween / All Hallows' Eve, All Hallows' Day / All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day / Día de los Muertos, we've created a survey on a touchy subject: Religion. This ten question, multiple choice survey contains questions that are pretty vague, but at the same time, they reveal information needed by DeRamos.org. Again, we'll adhere to our privacy policy, and we thank you in advance for taking our little survey.

1. My religious beliefs can be vaguely classified as...
[ ] Animist
[ ] Eastern
[ ] Near-eastern
[ ] Parody
[ ] Postmodern
[ ] Western
[ ] Other
[ ] None

2. God?
[ ] Monotheist
[ ] Polytheist
[ ] Pantheist
[ ] Agnostic
[ ] Atheist
[ ] Other

3. Creation?
[ ] Have a story, believe it literally
[ ] Have a story, believe it symbolically
[ ] Have a story, do not believe it
[ ] Do not have a story to believe

4. Evolution?
[ ] Understand it and yes
[ ] Understand it and no
[ ] Do not understand it and yes
[ ] Do not understand it and no

5. Gender
[ ] Female
[ ] Male
[ ] Both
[ ] Other
[ ] None

6. Age range
[ ] Teenager
[ ] Young adult
[ ] Adult
[ ] Middle aged
[ ] Elderly

7. Class identification
[ ] Poor
[ ] Working class
[ ] Middle class
[ ] Upper middle class
[ ] Rich

8. Education level
[ ] No diploma
[ ] High school diploma
[ ] Associate's degree
[ ] Bachelor's degree
[ ] Master's degree
[ ] Doctorate
[ ] Other

9. Social values
[ ] Very liberal
[ ] Liberal
[ ] Moderate
[ ] Conservative
[ ] Very conservative

10. Economic ideology
[ ] Very liberal
[ ] Liberal
[ ] Moderate
[ ] Conservative
[ ] Very conservative

Again, you can access our quick survey by clicking on this link. Thanks!

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Filler: Just to (Not) Update

I'm still out of rant...possibly to return by tomorrow. I do feel a lot healthier, thank you very much.

Friday, October 26, 2007

More Filler

So here's some more filler because, well, I am temporarily out of both rant and hyperbole:

Check out my band The Society of Gloves' blog (and not just for the music). Since I haven't come across any new music worth reviewing (nor do I feeling like reviewing older music as of late), I've been blogging about whatever I've been dreaming about. Lately it's been sandwiches, and before that were talking baby animals (one of whom named Applesauce). Freaky stuff...possibly. I wonder what I'll dream of tonight. (If you know my schedule, I sleep during the early morning, so it's not technically a night dream oftentimes.)

Hmm...apparently they say a healthful lifestyle contains both an appropriate diet AND exercise. I've tried the diet (relatively speaking) part, and I've lost 10 pounds in a month and a half. (Hooray. Yes, I know.) So let me try this exercise part...for the umpteenth time. If I can get used to not eating the weight of the world every meal, then maybe I can get past that awkward, sore stage of exercise. Who knows?

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Not a Post But a Filler Update

This post isn't so much a post but an update of sorts. I'll file this under "filler":

I'm in the process of completing my Halloween costume for this year. I'll post some photos after Halloween, I suppose.

What else?...

I've committed myself...let me finish...I've committed myself to create five new designs per week until Thanksgiving (late November) at my company Mutiny Universe's CafePress store, in preparation for the impending holiday season. If you want an added route of monetizing your site/blog (that is, if you have a site/blog), you might want to consider CafePress as an additional basket to put some of your eggs in, so to speak. (I'll be sure to add my referral link somewhere on this post, as we all need to benefit from such leads, right?)

And that's about it. Be on the lookout for a new short, silly survey this Sunday!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Firefighting Wizards

If you haven't heard already, Southern California has been on fire for the past week. At least around my locality, the air isn't as acrid as yesterday or the day before, so kudos to the firefighters and their heroism. However, all areas of California between (roughly) Santa Barbara and the Mexican Border aren't out of the woods yet.

This is a recently shot video from a YouTube user named Ramidogg. It's hauntingly beautiful and horrifying in the same breath. You'd think it was a CGI rendition of Hell, but it's a sad reality. There are actually more closer-than-comfortable videos from this YouTube user, so check them all out (you can use the "Menu" option on the widget) if you want to see some more:



Again, you have to give the brave firefighters the props they deserve. They are the real-life equivalent of Gandalf-like wizards fighting fire demons (Balrogs) and fire-breathing dragons. And you know what? They often go above and beyond that description.

With that sentiment in mind, check out this YouTube video of the entire Gandalf-Balrog battle from the first two installments of The Lord of the Rings:



Gothmog the Balrog illustration credit: Tttom.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Technology Tuesday: Alexa

Whether it's TV, film, or the Internet, ratings are important...apparently. Other "people" (well, it's more like search engines that tell people results) want to know which sites have more traffic and therefore would be the "popular" choice of various searches of various topics.

If you are new to blogging, or are an experienced blogger who hasn't entered the realm of audience optimization (not really search engine optimization [SEO] per se but approaching that level), it might be a good idea to download and install Alexa. Alexa is basically a non-spyware (in theory) add-on to your browser that provides ratings for the sites you visit. For instance, the more visitors to DeRamos.org who use Alexa-supplemented web browsers, the higher this site's rating will be.

Currently, we're ranked at #1,296,200. That's not so bad considering that DeRamos.org was in the two million range last week. It is, of course, a long way off from #1 (Yahoo!) and #2 (Google), or even #13 - Blogger, which hosts this blog.

Anyhow, two of the most popular indicators of website viability are Google PageRank (PR) and Amazon.com's Alexa rating system. While PageRank has eluded me for the past four months (we have a PR of zero. nil. zilch. nada.), Alexa is quickly showing results for DeRamos.org - which carries over to the DeRamos.org subdomains (Society of Gloves, Chord du Jour, etc.).

According to Wikipedia, Alexa's "competitors in the internet market research space include Compete, Inc, ComScore, Hitwise, Nielsen//NetRatings, Netcraft, Ranking.com and Quantcast."

If Sunday is reserved for surveys, then Tuesday will be our day for technology blurbs.

Alexa Vega (one of the Spy Kids) photo credit: Imageboy1.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Distraction from All That Smoke...

If you didn't know already, Southern California is pretty much on fire. Half of the state is one big inferno. A friend of mine posted a MySpace bulletin with the video embedded, and I'd like to forward it to you, for your viewing pleasure. It made me forget about the acrid smoke in the air, for a few seconds at least. The video is basically a voice-over parody over a regular Sesame Street toy commercial:



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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Survey Sunday: Pop Culture

We're going to post a link to a new 10 question, multiple-choice survey every Sunday for the foreseeable future. Apologies for the redundancy, but the first survey for Survey Sunday is the Pop Culture one from Thursday. We have received a good amount of responses in the past three days, but it wouldn't hurt to get a larger random sampling of the Internet population...even though the results I post will have some sort of hilarious slant to them.

Again, here's the link: Pop Culture. It's only 10 multiple-choice questions, and we thank you for helping us with a fun pseudo-study!

1. I like the following:
[ ] American Idol
[ ] Britney Spears
[ ] Carlos Mencia
[ ] Dane Cook
[ ] Elvis Presley
[ ] Fox News Channel
[ ] George W. Bush
[ ] Hiro Nakamura
[ ] Inigo Montoya
[ ] Jon Stewart
[ ] Kanye West
[ ] Lindsay Lohan
[ ] Morgoth Bauglir
[ ] Nickelback
[ ] Oprah Winfrey
[ ] Paris Hilton
[ ] Queen Elizabeth II
[ ] Radiohead
[ ] Stephen Colbert
[ ] Toby Keith
[ ] Unicode
[ ] Vlad the Impaler
[ ] Wii
[ ] Xbox 360
[ ] Yahoo Serious
[ ] Zoobilee Zoo
[ ] None of the above

2. I dislike the following:
[ ] American Idol
[ ] Britney Spears
[ ] Carlos Mencia
[ ] Dane Cook
[ ] Elvis Presley
[ ] Fox News Channel
[ ] George W. Bush
[ ] Hiro Nakamura
[ ] Inigo Montoya
[ ] Jon Stewart
[ ] Kanye West
[ ] Lindsay Lohan
[ ] Morgoth Bauglir
[ ] Nickelback
[ ] Oprah Winfrey
[ ] Paris Hilton
[ ] Queen Elizabeth II
[ ] Radiohead
[ ] Stephen Colbert
[ ] Toby Keith
[ ] Unicode
[ ] Vlad the Impaler
[ ] Wii
[ ] Xbox 360
[ ] Yahoo Serious
[ ] Zoobilee Zoo
[ ] None of the above

3. I have no opinion of the following:
[ ] American Idol
[ ] Britney Spears
[ ] Carlos Mencia
[ ] Dane Cook
[ ] Elvis Presley
[ ] Fox News Channel
[ ] George W. Bush
[ ] Hiro Nakamura
[ ] Inigo Montoya
[ ] Jon Stewart
[ ] Kanye West
[ ] Lindsay Lohan
[ ] Morgoth Bauglir
[ ] Nickelback
[ ] Oprah Winfrey
[ ] Paris Hilton
[ ] Queen Elizabeth II
[ ] Radiohead
[ ] Stephen Colbert
[ ] Toby Keith
[ ] Unicode
[ ] Vlad the Impaler
[ ] Wii
[ ] Xbox 360
[ ] Yahoo Serious
[ ] Zoobilee Zoo
[ ] None of the above

4. Who are these people, and what are these things?
[ ] American Idol
[ ] Britney Spears
[ ] Carlos Mencia
[ ] Dane Cook
[ ] Elvis Presley
[ ] Fox News Channel
[ ] George W. Bush
[ ] Hiro Nakamura
[ ] Inigo Montoya
[ ] Jon Stewart
[ ] Kanye West
[ ] Lindsay Lohan
[ ] Morgoth Bauglir
[ ] Nickelback
[ ] Oprah Winfrey
[ ] Paris Hilton
[ ] Queen Elizabeth II
[ ] Radiohead
[ ] Stephen Colbert
[ ] Toby Keith
[ ] Unicode
[ ] Vlad the Impaler
[ ] Wii
[ ] Xbox 360
[ ] Yahoo Serious
[ ] Zoobilee Zoo
[ ] I know everything on this list.

5. Gender
[ ] Female
[ ] Male
[ ] Both
[ ] Other
[ ] None

6. Age range
[ ] Teenager
[ ] Young adult
[ ] Adult
[ ] Middle aged
[ ] Elderly

7. Class identification
[ ] Poor
[ ] Working class
[ ] Middle class
[ ] Upper middle class
[ ] Rich

8. Education level
[ ] No diploma
[ ] High school diploma
[ ] Associate's degree
[ ] Bachelor's degree
[ ] Master's degree
[ ] Doctorate
[ ] Other

9. Social values
[ ] Very liberal
[ ] Liberal
[ ] Moderate
[ ] Conservative
[ ] Very conservative

10. Economic ideology
[ ] Very liberal
[ ] Liberal
[ ] Moderate
[ ] Conservative
[ ] Very conservative

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Fred Armisen Presents Jens Hannemann "Complicated Drumming Technique"

Fred Armisen, the comedian who perennially plays the role of the foreign guy, dons the persona of Jens Hannemann to show you how to play the drums (as complicated as possible)! Check out this video:



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Friday, October 19, 2007

I Have Fulfilled My Destiny!

I believe I recounted this anecdote before: In high school, my class took some sort of personality test that recommended what career paths we should consider. My result was two fold: (1) acrobat and (2) cake decorator.

Since there are already acrobats named DeRamos, I feel no need (and have no skill) to follow the acrobat route.

As far as cake decorating, I believe I have done my part. To celebrate our mom's birthday, and instead of leaving the job to professionals, my brother baked a cake and I decorated it. So there. I did it. I decorated a cake. The prophecy is half-fulfilled.

Since I'm in the process of getting leaner and meaner (fit, as they say), I just might try to do something acrobatic.

And then the circle will be complete...or something to that effect.

By the way, I did not decorate the cake depicted above, as credit for that photo belongs to Fir0002.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

10 Question Quasi-Scientific Pop Culture Survey

Please help me make some hyperbolic (and possibly hilarious) observations and generalizations by taking this flawed, biased, and unscientific survey. Here are the questions (you may select multiple answers for 1-4, and one answer each for 5-10):

1. I like the following:
[ ] American Idol
[ ] Britney Spears
[ ] Carlos Mencia
[ ] Dane Cook
[ ] Elvis Presley
[ ] Fox News Channel
[ ] George W. Bush
[ ] Hiro Nakamura
[ ] Inigo Montoya
[ ] Jon Stewart
[ ] Kanye West
[ ] Lindsay Lohan
[ ] Morgoth Bauglir
[ ] Nickelback
[ ] Oprah Winfrey
[ ] Paris Hilton
[ ] Queen Elizabeth II
[ ] Radiohead
[ ] Stephen Colbert
[ ] Toby Keith
[ ] Unicode
[ ] Vlad the Impaler
[ ] Wii
[ ] Xbox 360
[ ] Yahoo Serious
[ ] Zoobilee Zoo
[ ] None of the above

2. I dislike the following:
[ ] American Idol
[ ] Britney Spears
[ ] Carlos Mencia
[ ] Dane Cook
[ ] Elvis Presley
[ ] Fox News Channel
[ ] George W. Bush
[ ] Hiro Nakamura
[ ] Inigo Montoya
[ ] Jon Stewart
[ ] Kanye West
[ ] Lindsay Lohan
[ ] Morgoth Bauglir
[ ] Nickelback
[ ] Oprah Winfrey
[ ] Paris Hilton
[ ] Queen Elizabeth II
[ ] Radiohead
[ ] Stephen Colbert
[ ] Toby Keith
[ ] Unicode
[ ] Vlad the Impaler
[ ] Wii
[ ] Xbox 360
[ ] Yahoo Serious
[ ] Zoobilee Zoo
[ ] None of the above

3. I have no opinion of the following:
[ ] American Idol
[ ] Britney Spears
[ ] Carlos Mencia
[ ] Dane Cook
[ ] Elvis Presley
[ ] Fox News Channel
[ ] George W. Bush
[ ] Hiro Nakamura
[ ] Inigo Montoya
[ ] Jon Stewart
[ ] Kanye West
[ ] Lindsay Lohan
[ ] Morgoth Bauglir
[ ] Nickelback
[ ] Oprah Winfrey
[ ] Paris Hilton
[ ] Queen Elizabeth II
[ ] Radiohead
[ ] Stephen Colbert
[ ] Toby Keith
[ ] Unicode
[ ] Vlad the Impaler
[ ] Wii
[ ] Xbox 360
[ ] Yahoo Serious
[ ] Zoobilee Zoo
[ ] None of the above

4. Who are these people, and what are these things?
[ ] American Idol
[ ] Britney Spears
[ ] Carlos Mencia
[ ] Dane Cook
[ ] Elvis Presley
[ ] Fox News Channel
[ ] George W. Bush
[ ] Hiro Nakamura
[ ] Inigo Montoya
[ ] Jon Stewart
[ ] Kanye West
[ ] Lindsay Lohan
[ ] Morgoth Bauglir
[ ] Nickelback
[ ] Oprah Winfrey
[ ] Paris Hilton
[ ] Queen Elizabeth II
[ ] Radiohead
[ ] Stephen Colbert
[ ] Toby Keith
[ ] Unicode
[ ] Vlad the Impaler
[ ] Wii
[ ] Xbox 360
[ ] Yahoo Serious
[ ] Zoobilee Zoo
[ ] I know everything on this list.

5. Gender
[ ] Female
[ ] Male
[ ] Both
[ ] Other
[ ] None

6. Age range
[ ] Teenager
[ ] Young adult
[ ] Adult
[ ] Middle aged
[ ] Elderly

7. Class identification
[ ] Poor
[ ] Working class
[ ] Middle class
[ ] Upper middle class
[ ] Rich

8. Education level
[ ] No diploma
[ ] High school diploma
[ ] Associate's degree
[ ] Bachelor's degree
[ ] Master's degree
[ ] Doctorate
[ ] Other

9. Social values
[ ] Very liberal
[ ] Liberal
[ ] Moderate
[ ] Conservative
[ ] Very conservative

10. Economic ideology
[ ] Very liberal
[ ] Liberal
[ ] Moderate
[ ] Conservative
[ ] Very conservative

To keep the survey anonymous, please use this link to answer the questions. You can also send me an email with your responses. I will abide by DeRamos.org's privacy policy for those types of responses. It's kind of hard to enforce our policy if you comment this entry with your answers, but you can go that route if you want.

This is the first of several surveys, which will try to be funny and will possibly be informative and enlightening. I'll make flawed, biased, and unscientific observations regarding this and other surveys at DeRamos.org.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mitch Hedberg Was Funny

I remember the first time I saw Mitch Hedberg's stand-up routine. It was on TV, and he ended the routine with an observation about pancakes. The dude was funny, and it's a shame he's dead. Kids, don't do drugs...or at the very least, don't do speedballs.

Here's one of Hedberg's late night talkshow routines; this one's from Letterman:



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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Happy Birthday to Jason Loya!!!

Today is my friend and business associate Jason Loya's birthday. He is an artist and a filmmaker. While Jason is currently hard at work perfecting a vision called Elan Vital, check out his artwork at his personal website: JasonLoyaCreations.

The painting to the left is one of Jason's self-portraits, appropriately titled Self Portrait 2002. Incidentally, 2002 was the same year I met Jason, as we took a television production course and randomly met while discussing a midterm or something.

If you have seventeen minutes to spare, check out a student film of his (that Mutiny Universe will revisit in the near future). It's a film called Noise Scene 7: Inside, also produced in 2002:



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Monday, October 15, 2007

Spider, Man. Man, Spider.

So I was on the toilet a while ago (and that's one of the very few times I'll mention that in this post...we swears!)...

I noticed a little brown spider spinning and seemingly testing her silk. I couldn't tell if she was building a home, a fly trap, or just spelunking. Anyway, I was in a awe of what she was doing, and I had a conversation (of sorts) with my temporary friend.

I was talking about web weaving with the spider, as well as other things too esoteric to write about in this blog entry. And at the moment, I didn't feel like I was being patronizing to the spider. I didn't feel like I was a behemoth of a god, acting bemused at a human being building a skyscraper. No, at that moment, we were two living things...doing our business, respectively...and I was glad to have the company. Keep in mind what my particular business was at the time, and that's as much company as I prefer to have doing that particular line of business.

And so my friend and I parted ways. Maybe one of her web threads contains a non-anthropomorphic document of our encounter; probably not. Either way, the matrix she started to weave is likely doomed, since bathrooms need to be cleaned. I don't know how long my little brown spider friend will last in that environment. She might be stepped on accidentally, killed as we sometimes kill arthropods and insects, or eaten by a cricket. Anyway, I do wish her luck...maybe next time (or next life) I'll be creating something and she'll be taking a crap.

Check out this video of a spider creating a web:



American house spider photo credit: Patrick Edwin Moran.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Society of Gloves "Who Are Your Friends?"

Check out The Society of Gloves' latest song "Who Are Your Friends?" (the Society being my band). We wrote the song three years ago, performed it at a gig once, and officially recorded it two months ago. There are several places to find, stream, and/or download this song:

1. Scroll down this page until you see a heart-shaped guitar pick on a guitar fretboard that says "Society of Gloves" (a formation I call a "heartcage"). This image will be on the right-hand column. If your browser is up-to-date, you will see a music player widget below the picture. "Friends?" is the topmost song on the list (for the time being), so click on that title to stream the song.

2. Right-click on this link, and choose the "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..." option to download the song.

3. Go to the Society's de facto website/blog. At the top left is the same streaming music widget. To the right of the widget are a bunch of "album covers," where you can download "Friends?" and other Society songs.

4. Go to the Society's MySpace Music profile to stream the song. Be sure to add the Society as a friend if you are a MySpace member.

5. This link leads to our PayPal donation page. Rest assured, the downloads are free, and I'm just adding that link to this list in case you're feeling generous.

Well, are you?

P.S. Maybe I should have entitled the song with a contraction: "Who're Your Friends?" so it could double as "Whore Your Friends," which would have been funny. Actually, calling it "Who're You're Friends" ("Who Are You Are Friends") would have been funnier. Maybe we should write a sequel song called "How Are Your Friends?" Then again, maybe not.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

So This Is What Happened to Joey Tribbiani...

Though never shown on U.S. television, the powers that be gave the character Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) a third-tier ending of sorts, two years after the other five Friends. Apparently having forgotten and never contacting the other five, Joey hangs out with a leftover group of friends, has a not-Rachel/Phoebe/Monica girlfriend, and has a not-Chandler/Ross best friend, ironically played by the same actor that played Joey's psycho, post-Chandler roommate in an earlier Friends story arc (Adam Goldberg).

Yes, they should have done the Guest Star Friends Olympics when they had the chance. Anyway, this is the last episode of Joey, broadcast on what is apparently New Zealand television:



At least the series finale wasn't a cliffhanger. You can watch virtually every episode of this ill-fated series (except the final one posted above and the penultimate episode) at In2TV.

Matt LeBlanc photo credit: Alan Light.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Al Gore's Time Travel Paradox

Congratulations to Al Gore for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. If you think about it, he's made quite the magnanimous name for himself, after being screwed out of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election. Okay, that statement was a bit biased, but seriously...

1. Virtually nobody makes fun of him being a robot. If you do, you're a bit late. He has a great sense of humor, you narrow-minded fundie.

2. He won an Oscar. If I had the choice between the Presidency and an Oscar...I'd pick the Oscar, too. (He also won an Emmy...and a Grammy? Well, not a Grammy, but likely to do so if he records an audiobook...or sings the blues.)

3. He's raised much awareness about global warming and other environmental issues, and by consequence, outed a bunch of pseudoscientists and fundies who are adamant about screwing over the Earth.

4. He's an advisor to Google, probably making sure they stay the course of "Don't Be Evil."

5. He won the Nobel Peace Prize and is going to donate the cash prize to help the environment. Good for him!

Of course, there has been a lot of talk about "drafting" Gore to run for President. That's great and all, but Gore did win seven years ago, so here's another route: Since he's proven himself a worthy leader - and the alternative has become our reality - let's time travel to 2000 and change the past.

Starting...right...now.

Boom. Past changed. Florida's problematic electoral votes have been disqualified. Wow. Do you see the world with the past changed? Fill in the blanks. Which part of the world has our troops deployed? South-central Asia, you say? Word. Less SUVs on the road? Nice. Hmm... The housing market is down like in the previous reality, you say? Well, markets are markets... "Al Gore is a robot" jokes? Really?

Wait. It's all changing back! Why?

If our motivation to change the past rests solely on Al Gore's seven-year track record, then all that good has been erased to make him President. Since we don't have that cool Oscar-winning, Nobel Prize-receiving, self-effacing humor to motivate our need to time travel, we wouldn't change the past. With no one to change the past...well...

Same old, same old. We might need to change the future, then.

Al Gore photo credit: Brett Wilson.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pop Culture Observations

Here are three observations, possibly relevant to this site:

1. We've had a crapload of hits from people looking for MILF Island. That's hilarious! They are either looking for more information about 30 Rock, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front of the southern Philippine Islands, or for porn. Or all of the above...who knows?

Are the same amount of people searching for Are You Stronger than a Dog? Probably not, but here's an advertisement that NBC posted on Youtube with a MILF Island discussion from 30 Rock:



2. We've been lucky to have some non-MILF Island fans check out our review of Radiohead's In Rainbows, at the Society blog. Hopefully it'll be the top selling album this week and for the next few weeks. If more bands can do this (Oasis is rumored to try the same thing in the near future), then maybe the RIAA can stop filing lawsuits against children, single mothers, and the elderly.

3. But we all know, the recording industry will remain happy with the same old, same old. The same old business plan gave them that recent Nickelback album All the Right Reasons, which has been hovering in the top 20 for the past two years or so. Speaking of which, how are that many people buying that album every week?

I suspect that the same 100,000 people have about ten copies of the album, buying a new copy every week or so. That's as much sense I can make concerning pop music. I am happy to not be part of THAT LIST. Whew!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Jimmy Chamberlin Throws a Mean Fastball

Okay, not really, but here's a video of Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer from the Smashing Pumpkins from 1998-1996, from 1999-2000, and from 2007-present) throwing the first pitch at a recent Arizona Diamondbacks game:



In other news, my birthday was loads o' fun, and I'd like to thank everyone who greeted me through real and electronic means.

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