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Another Cool Web Idea I Should Have Thought of First But Didn’t

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

I’m not blogging, but I am all about sharing.

So, check out MediaMaster. Tagline? “Your music. Anywhere.”

Accurate so long as you describe “anywhere” as being someplace that you have a device that can stream audio via a URL (PC, iPhone, whatever).

Short version: it’s like iTunes on the web.

Long version: upload your music files, create playlists, and then tweak the stream however you like (play in order, scramble, change bitrate, mono or stereo, etc).

I would say that I stumbled upon the site while looking to create a radio station to stream into an object in Second Life, but that would sound pretty dorky. So, let’s just say I stumbled upon it AS PART OF A SECRET MILITARY RESEARCH PROJECT. Involving monkeys. As one might expect with this sort of thing.

That’s right. Monkeys.

Anyway, here’s my main music stream if you’re interested:

RMBB 7.5 and More

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

What he said.

Many thanks to the good folks at for the terrific discussion tonight with David and me.

More to come, good people. More to come.

Most Shocking Headline of the Day

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Shocked, I am, indeed!

Paula Abdul gets confused on ‘Idol’

This actually happened sometime back in 2004 and has been a steady-state, status quo of kookery ever since.

No idea why it took CNN so long to pick up on it.

Well, Yeah, But They’re Not Real Jews

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The Anti-Defamation League blasts Ben Stein and the other cretins behind “Expelled.”

The film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed misappropriates the Holocaust and its imagery as a part of its political effort to discredit the scientific community which rejects so-called intelligent design theory.

Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people and Darwin and evolutionary theory cannot explain Hitler’s genocidal madness.

Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry.

God might have resurrected Jesus, but I doubt even He could bring back Ben Stein’s integrity or career.

(found, of course, via PZ Myers)

Update: Over at National Review Online, John Derbyshire – who, when not talking about homosexuals, displays an ability to be rational – also takes Stein to task for the “science leads to killing people” nonsense (see my post below).

He then asks:

And there are NRO readers who are on board with this dreck? I need a drink.

Better get a keg, John – I’m willing to bet that most of the far right is on board with this dreck.

Ben Stein Learns That When You Lie Down With Creationists

Monday, April 28th, 2008

you get up talking lies.

That’s right, he actually said:

“Science leads you to killing people.”



Now go away, Ben, you senile, old, blathering fool.

Review: The Astronaut Farmer

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This past weekend, we watched “The Astronaut Farmer,” starring Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen’s chest. It was harmless enough, a feel-good tale of chasing your dreams despite the fact that you’re very obviously insane and probably a danger to those around you.

Two items of note:

  1. Virginia Madsen is still hot, and I’m as enamored of her today as I was when she first graced my brain (and nether regions) while watching “Electric Dreams” (which was soon supplanted by the shower scene in “Creator”).

  2. What was up with the MLK Jr. assassination conspiracy crap tucked into a throwaway line in a men’s room? Billy Bob’s crazy farmer, after being told by his lawyer that there’s no threat against him from the government, says something like “I don’t know. I hear they’re pretty good at assassinating people with dreams.”

    Pardon me, but WTF? Maybe I’m interpreting that incorrectly.

    Next time let’s just have Alicia Keys jump out and sing a song about how the white man created gangsta rap to keep a poor, black brother down.

    Hell, she can do a duet with Jeremiah Wright while she’s at it.

That said, sure, rent it. Whatever. It’s not going to wow you, might make you smile here and there, and – yes, Santa Claus, there is Virginia.

Awesome! Two More Years…

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

of Larry King’s hard-hitting journalism:

Exclusive: Sources tell TVNewser that CNN and Larry King have agreed to a contract extension, which will keep the anchor with the network through 2010, beyond his 77th birthday.

His brain, which apparently died sometime in early 2000, was upset to have been left out of the negotiations.

So, in our time of war, an economy in a downturn, and with a Presidential election looming, Larry King will continue to bring us the keen insights of psychic frauds like Sylvia Browne.

Way to go, CNN!

American Idol, Live Recap, April 22, 2008

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Hey, welcome back.

The final six will be taking on selected works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, famous for his grills (and who knew he wrote music too?).

Syesha Mercado is singing “One Rock n’ Roll Too Many,” a song I don’t think I have ever heard, and quite possibly have misspelled in some fashion.

Wow, who knew those yabos and twisty hips were hiding under there all this time? Listen, dog, that’s hot. And the singing wasn’t half-bad either; a very solid performance.

The judges agreed, and Paula almost got cut off in mid-sentence, but the cruel fates decided to go back to her so she could finish.

Aside: Why is Johnny-5 playing a cartoon robot named Wall*E in that new Disney movie?

Up next is Jason Castro, who thought really hard about washing his hair for tonight’s show, but then decided against it, singing “Memory.”

Well, it was… uh… a sickly sweet performance, and not enough to top Syesha at all. Randy didn’t dig it, y’all. Paula at least started out without saying he looked nice, but then Randy did. Simon calls it.

Aside 2: Netflix confirms that “Cloverfield” shipped to us today. Nifty!

Contestant number three of the night is Brooke White singing “You Must Love Me.” But not before getting ripped a second anus by Webber for not understanding the motivation behind the song. And, uh, not before screwing up the start of the song. Probably that second anus was kind of itchy or something.

All of that out of the way, not a terribly shabby performance for a chick with two hiney holes. I agree with Simon that stopping and then starting was the right thing to do… so does Randy, once again proving that Paula is a schlub.

David Archuleta will be taking on “Think of Me.” Andrew Lloyd Webber (named after Christopher Lloyd), indicates this was a song written for a woman, a diva, and – well – it sure seems like the right girl chose it tonight. Huzzah.

Now, for the performance… first observation: how quickly he forgot the two lessons he was taught (one for each eye). Second observation: this kid is so gonna win this thing. Somebody put on some Spice Girls, ’cause we need some girl power, y’all!

Third observation: wow, Paul Stanley looks… uh…. hmmm. Um, yeah, OK.

After the break, Carly Smithson. Did Andrew Lloyd Webber say she had a big chest? And does anyone else notice how her accent goes between Dubliner and Valley Girl on a whim? And does this song start off like the theme for “The Rockford Files” or what?

And, uh, that dress? Sure, it’s short, but what good is that when I’ve gouged out my eyes to avoid looking at it?

The performance was big and loud and generally good.

David Cook, who had some MP3s available on until he got the AI smackdown put on him, is singing “The Music of the Night.”

OK, fine, maybe he beats little Ms. Archuleta after all. And Paula loves his beautiful instrument. Which would be hot, if it weren’t Paula.

But now it’s time for some Ramsay action in the kitchen. See ya!

Make Your Fortune in the Music Industry

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Dogs Die in Hot Cars, a band I discovered by randomly checking out CDs from the library, is looking for help in completing their second album:

Wherever your creativity lies, we want you to finish the second album. Whether you are a Singer, Guitarist, Pianist, Poet, DJ, Producer, Dancer or Shoemaker – we want to hear how you think the second album should sound.

From here you can download the album two demos and also all the individual tracks that made up the songs (vocals, guitars, synths etc.) to make with them whatever you wish. Completely free.

We will give 50% of all our royalty incomes that come from the final second album to those who have contributed towards the making of it.

I really liked their first album, and it sucks that they’ve gone the way of the Dinosaurs (and the TV show, “Dinosaurs”).

However, I will take them up on getting the demos for album two.

All Dogs Go to Heaven?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

…well, except for Martha Stewart’s:

Martha Stewart’s dog Paw Paw, who was a familiar face on her television show and in her magazine, has died of renal failure.
Paw Paw and Stewart

The 60-pound chow, whose full name was Kublai Khan Paw Paw Chow Chow Chow, was almost 13. Stewart had owned him since he was born, and had named him Paw Paw for his large paws, a spokeswoman said.

Speaking from the canine afterlife (I was kidding about him not going to doggy Heaven, see), he admitted no greater shame in life than being named Kublai Khan Paw Paw Chow Chow Chow, wishing he had instead been named Peter.