Monday, March 30, 2009

What To Name The Refrigerator...


As the dishwasher was being unloaded, and the spaghetti and meatball dinner packed away in it's proper Pyrex containers, discussion of the refrigerator came up.
It went something like this:
Mother : My, I love our refrigerator. It's much better than the old one.
Bethany : Well, shall we name it?
M : What shall we name it? How about Reginald?
B : Why not Deaf Ted, or Danoota?"
M : What is that?
END.
(Playwright I'm not.)
This, then, is the explanation of what exactly Deaf Ted, or Danoota might be. I've been itching to get this video on here, and now is the perfect opportunity.

I believe we have settled on Chester for the time being.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

*WARNING* CONTAINS PAUL MCCARTNEY!

This is going to be one helluva spiel, so don't say you weren't warned!
It isn't any secret to the world that I'm a massive Paul McCartney fan. If you stand still long enough, I'm very likely going to talk about all four (yes, FOUR) times our paths have crossed, and how I just about had a heart attack during a strategic point during each of those. I may also show you what I call my Paulie scar, which I got while watching the Main Man sing Let It Be with my very own peepers (I got burned with a lighter... I wear the scar proudly, and I wouldn't want to go anywhere without it!).
Going on a different thread (which I will clear up when the time is right), it also isn't a secret that I'm a huge fan of British cult comedies, singing the praises of the actor's timing, the writer's impeccable skill, and how everything is usually only done in a couple of takes (which, being an American AND a perfectionist, I marvel at). I often mention Matt Berry, the handsome hunk of weirdo best known for such greatness as The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, and, least we forget, Snuff Box. Not only does Mr. Berry act, he's also a musician, and not a bad one at that. His third album, Witchazel, is due out sometime in the future, I don't know when, but by chance this evening, I stumbled upon the authorized free download of this hidden gem.
Now, this is where Paul and Mr. Berry come together, by doing just that... Paul is featured on one the tracks, titled "Rain Came Down".
At first, I was dubious of the whole situation. After doing a check, and listening with my own listening devices, i.e. ears, I can verify it is indeed THAT Paul McCartney.
Here is the download link, feel free to take advantage of the music, especially since Paul is involved!

The guy is old enough to be my granddad, but that doesn't mean I'm blind!
Watch, enjoy, try not to wet yourself.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Weaved From The Yarn Of Rock...

Ever wanted a John Lennon sweater? Perhaps if you found some of this, you could make one! (Not you, Ginger... yep, that's right, I'm kicking you while you're down.)
Yes, there was John Lennon yarn at one point in time, presumably in Japan.
I've seen a lot of random merchandise in my young life, but this is definitely a top contender.

On a slightly related topic, if you aren't following the one, the only, Matthew Lewis III on Twitter (yes, I do... I like reading his Beatles posts), he put up a picture of himself dressed as John for a costume party, and I have to say, it isn't that bad! He says it's a 'post-Beatles '71-'72' look... more like a '70 look, since the People For Peace armband didn't get many outings after his appearance on Top of the Pops to promote Instant Karma.

That's OK, Mr. Lewis probably doesn't have as much time on his hands as I have.
Here, enjoy the clip from Top of the Pops!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Oy Vey! Dick And Jane Go Yiddish!

I learned to read with Dick and Jane, like my sister and parents before me, and even now, we all still love them. I even collect the original primer readers (among other vintage books), and relish the beautiful illustrations and simplicity of a time gone by.
I typed Dick and Jane into my eBay searchbar today, just to see what I could see, and
my favorite find so far is Yiddish With Dick And Jane, what appears to be a hilarious parody of the classic tales... the question now is whether to order just one copy, or two!
Feast your peepers on this preview!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Did She Move To Peru?

Continuing the theme of scary children, set your eyeballs upon this freakish... umm... whatever this is.

Did you hear that kid? "I wish Granma was here!" Oh, what a gas!
My question is where the hell is Granma? To find out, we ask Phoebe Buffay.


And don't ask me why, but this somehow fits into my day.

Freakish Children Or Cute 80's Ad...

YOU be the judge.


My comment on the subject...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Popcorn, Tony, And His Paper Castle...

The Mighty Boosh is FINALLY set to air in the States! Life is good.
My only question is why they've started with season three... as long as they play Boosh, I don't care, it just doesn't seem logical. Hopefully, they'll play the first two seasons once they've done the whole third one (especially since series two was my favorite).
To be perfectly honest, the only other thing I've ever watched on Adult Swim (the station that'll be showing Boosh, in case you didn't check out the link) was Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (another British staple featuring two brilliant comedic minds, Richard Ayoade and Matt Berry... I have no idea why they haven't done some oddball project together, but they need to), so I don't know if they're advertising this wonderful fact or not. I can only hope that they are, and that they use the same advertisement BBC3 used...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Jaunt About A Thinkbox...

And I thought I had too much time on my hands...
Somebody's comprised a list of Beatles songs (185, to be precise) into their top-favorite order. Not only that, but they've written several paragraphs explaining their bloody life story in song, and why each track means so much to them... you know, all that stuff you get tired of reading after the first paragraph.
The list itself is intriguing, having a fair idea of what my own list might look like. We don't agree (on several levels), and yet every Beatles fan would most likely keep #185 the same (if not to replace it with the slightly less avant garde track 'What's the New Mary Jane', one of those fabulous ditties that you can't stand, but sing it for three weeks anyway... and is missing from this list).
Speaking of songs that stick in your head (even though it was spoken of in parenthesis), I've been singing this one for the past couple of days, and I haven't any idea why.


In other news, I finally got hold of some Bleeding Heart bulbs, so I shall be planting them as soon as I'm over this (according to the Dr.) acute sinus infection. Sounds a real drag, doesn't it?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

For All Your Golly Needs...

Ricky Gervais updates his blog often, which is something I'm very grateful of (what else should the young set be looking at, if not foreign comedian's webpages?).
The latest bit from him included his usual batch of pictures, but one in particular stood out.
As a fan of the British culture, I am very familiar with the Golliwog (although, I have not yet gotten ahold of the original stories... I know, I know, I'm working on it), and even have my own happy little Golly, Mr. Maurice Merrifeather (aka, Moss).
You can go to Ricky's blog for the story (because we're on a first name basis, apparently), but my blog is just going to feature the picture, which is slightly scary, due to the fact that this Golly has highly detailed eyes.

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Didn't I tell you this was one freakish Golly?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring Is Here!

It is officially the first day of Spring!

Hoorah! We're that much closer to Autumn!
Until that happy day, enjoy a springy song!

Hmmm... now, how many more geraniums can I fit in our courtyards this year?

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Ballad Of John And Yoko...

On this day in 1969, John and Yoko were married!
I wasn't going to mention it, but I saw on Yoko's Twitter that they had up a lovely bit from The Wedding Album (part of the avant garde series by the Lennons), and I thought somebody might find it interesting. It runs about 25 minutes, and was (I'm assuming) the B-Side to the album, and it's called, simply, 'Amsterdam'.
Make sure you have your volume up!
And now, here's this...


In slightly related news, we watched episode three of the Mike Douglas show with John and Yoko last night... boy was it a laugh riot! This is the only clip I could find on YouTube, but John was really fanboying Chuck Berry when he made it onto the set to be interviewed, even going so far as to say 'I know everything you've ever done!'


Later on in the show, they did an improvisational set featuring their alpha brainwaves, and sliced cabbage for a macrobiotic dish (but not before John tied himself to Mr. Berry with an apron!). Oh yeah, now you want to see it...

...With A Side Of Nostalgia...

Ginger isn't the only one here that watched DTV (although, by that time they were already called The Disney Channel), OR the VHS tapes... which are still in our video cabinet to this day.
I just thought I'd chime in with my favorite from the collection, At The Hop!


(I enjoyed the blog very much, dahlink! Thanks for the memories!)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Another Day Older And Deeper In Debt...

Times are hard, so people will do ANYTHING to get a few bucks... like selling their soul!
Now, I knew a feller from La Porte, Indiana, and this listing reminds me a lot of him, that little rascal (except he knows how to spell recession... did you see the seller's username?). Which leads me to ask the question... is it something in the water?

Here, enjoy the inspiration for the title of this blog...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Berry, Berry Odd...

Unwrapped is one of those staple shows in our house. If it's on, one or all three of us will watch, because that's the kind of informative junk we like around here (we're also big on factory tours on vacations).
Well, tonight's episode was on the delectable berry, including various odds and ends, but most importantly, General Mill's Boo Berry Cereal.
Yeah, the one with the ghost on it... the one that none of your friends had, because they already knew how gross it was. Yes, that cereal.
They had this fella... I don't know his name, and I don't care, he just provided entertainment 'o plenty for me, so I thought I'd share (and put my own sick and twisted spin on him, the poor sod).
So, without further ado, the Overzealous Boo Berry Fan! Hoorah!


Personally, I loved the close up on the first line of his letter to General Mill's... what a riot! (I've been caught in the crazy fan thing, too, I know how easy it is to fall into, but even I was never THIS bad!)
For anyone actually interested in his website, this is where you'll want to go.

Now, is it just me, or did that guy remind you of Mincus on Boy Meets World?
He did me! (You can see where this is going, can't you?)


Which brings up a totally unrelated video. Be prepared!

(Once again proving Davina McCall is one of the most annoying British TV presenters to have ever existed.)
No, that wasn't Mincus, it really WAS Simon Amstell!
OK. I'm stopping now, I promise.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Et Tu, Neville?

Don't ask me where my aversion to Twitter stems from, as I haven't the faintest idea. All I know is there's something unsettling about it in my thinkbox (yet, for some odd reason, I like to keep track of people I used to know via Twitter... it's an odd thing).
The newest addition to the Twitter revolution... the one, the only, Matthew Lewis III! Please, save your applause for a later time.
You can read all about the reasons for the account on this blog.

In other news, I've been singing this song for the past few days, and I haven't any idea why.

The Wearin' 'O The Green...



Oh dear, this can only mean one thing...
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!



Enjoy the corned beef and cabbage, everybody!

Friday, March 13, 2009

What's This About?!?!

Today's date is March 13... and it's snowing! I mean, snowing goober globs, huge flakes, really, truly SNOWING. I'm looking at my favorite evergreen on our property... it's getting thoroughly flocked! Even the ivy on the fence is drooping a little with the weight!
The most amazing part about this is that the snow is falling straight. If you're from the area, you know what a magical experience that is.
Unfortunately, I can't work our new camera (I'm trying!), or I'd have a picture here, but that doesn't mean I can't make an interesting blog about this weather phenomenon (does it?). (This is interesting to you, isn't it? Well, it better be!)
I can't just make a post about it snowing. That would put the boring label right on my forehead, a target for all blogging eternity (yeah, right), so here, enjoy this Booshy Bit...


P.S. The snow is slanting again. Well, that was short-lived.

March 4 Is Officially Awesome Now...

Why? Because, March 4 is National Grammar Day! I just found out about this, or we would have celebrated in our own bloggy way.
I also found these two interesting blogs, The Grammar Vandal, and The "Blog" Of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks. I suggest you give them a look if you enjoy pointing out grammar errors... it's a laugh riot! The things some people publish... it just makes you want to shake your head in amazement.

In other news, Paul McCartney is the coolest guy living. Read, enjoy.

Paul texted the Chris Moyles Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning with the following message...

Hi -It's Paul McCartney here. I'm just driving home from the school run. I've just been flagged down by a lady in a Comic Relief t-shirt which I promptly signed for her! I'm also wearing one of the Red Nose Day t-shirts designed by my daughter Stella, with a photo taken by her mum Linda of me and my Beatle buddies featured on the front.

By the way Chris, congratulations on Kylie Manjaro! Keep up the good work. Well done our team.

All the best and cheers,
Paul

Here's a picture of Macca in the Red Nose Day '09 shirt...


Wondering what Red Nose Day is? Go here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ricky Gervais Is A Genius...

You question my authority on this subject?
Watch the video below and tell me the man isn't a comedic genius.

I'd like a hard copy of that exchange...

In other news, have you seen this precious picture of Macca?
And he says he's not technologically advanced!


And here's something slightly on topic! (I know, I know, keep the gasps of horror and shock bottled up for the moment.)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I Cannot Be Held Responsible For Other's Actions...

Feel like losing faith in our fellow humans? Then take a look at this commercial.



They played this during Larry King for heaven's sake! I had to check into it... and unfortunately, it's legit. Isn't there something terribly, terribly, terribly WRONG with these people?
This will hopefully happen to anybody that joins that site...
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Well, enough of this rubbish. Here, watch this, sing along, I'm sure you know the words.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Message From Ol' Russ...

Twitter is invading the minds of the brilliant British comedians.
How do I have authority to say such ludicrous things? Why, because Ol' Russ, AKA Russell Brand, is now on Twitter, and has been since January 26. (Unfortunately, I only just got the email about it, which I'm a little peeved about... why did I sign up for the emails?)
I've really missed Russell's BBC Radio 2 show (does anybody know what happened to Matt Morgan yet?), so I'll at least be able to keep up with him via Twitter now.
I suppose I'll have to change my outlook on this devilish Twitter beast (Twitbeast?) now...

In other news, this is a fascinating story!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Alektorophobia. Oh Yeah, It's A Word.

I was curious about a certain phobia, so I just HAD to look it up.
Ortographobia, or the fear of spelling mistakes, was what I had it in my brainbox to find. While I was doing that, I found this interesting oddity on Yahoo Answers.
Was this sod just trying to be helpful (and stupid), or did he have a good sense of humor? You be the judge.
AND I QUOTE...

Ortographobia - Feer of speling mistakes

You tell me.
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In other news, isn't it kinda funny that Sesquipedalophobia is what they call the fear of long words?

And for those of you who know what Alektorophobia is, you'll think this is hilarious!

(Now you want to look it up, don't you?)

People Are Stupid. Really.

Here's one I just don't get.
A pressed penny on eBay. Seemingly normal, right? Except for the fact that this idiot bidder is paying 98x what the penny is worth!
Common sense just ain't so common, and honestly, it's disturbing.
Sometimes you just can't write this stuff.
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

You Better Be Careful...

Or this little golliwog might just open up a can of whoop-ass on your unsuspecting tushie.
He seems to have some unresolved anger issues... either that, or somebody teased him about his unusually long arms and extremely short legs. Maybe that's it.

What a perfect opportunity to play The Golliwog's Cakewalk!

The only reason I picked that particular video was because of the dog... the kid's hat falling off before the finale was just a cheeky bonus. ;-)

And congratulations to any fellow 60's music buffs if you got the reference in this blog's title!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Don't Talk Back!

What, may I ask, is the purpose of an audio preview of your YouTube comments? (Yes, I only just found out about it...)
Part of me thinks it's a stupid feature, but the other part hopes that folks will take advantage of this little oddity (and that people will wake up and smell the coffee!) so that more events like this may happen...
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Apparently I'm not the only one that's an unofficial member of the "Buy A Vowel" club.

This calls for a song!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Picasso's Last Words...

OK, so I think my Picasso Ivy Geranium has officially bit the dust. The ivy geraniums don't often winter well, but I try my darnedest every year. I seem to have a 1 in 4 success rate, so at least I'm not a total failure!
Either way, the Picasso was my favorite ivy, so I'll definitely be getting me one this spring...


In honor of our fallen friend...


In other news, while I was looking for a picture of the Picasso, I found the Calliope Rose (Zonal, so it's very hardy), new for Spring 2009!

Isn't that beautiful? I want one now.
Ahh, the dangers of Spring.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

All That And A Bag Of Chips...

Ahh, the 90's. I get all nostalgic thinking about my only decade of reference... the coveted Nintendo 64, grunge, Mmm-Bop... and who can forget the first time they were beaten up by a slap bracelet? (Mine was the neighbor kid, the brat.)
I thought the slap bracelet went out with Kurt Cobain... why then, you may well ask, did Hot Topic come out with a Twilight slap bracelet? Am I missing something?
It's like they're trying to bring two decades together, almost. It reminds me of a song...


Still feeling nostalgic? Once you've beaten your all-time record on the Skip-It, have a peep at this...

The Twitter Revolution...

Personally, I don't see what the big deal is with Twitter. I like to read the little posts, sure, but I don't know what the fun is of actually DOING Twitter. But I miss quite a lot of 'fun', according to some people (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!), so maybe I'm just being daft again. It seems like everybody is on Twitter these days... FOX News, MuggleNet, even Yoko Ono!
The latest addition... Tom Felton! Go figure, right? I'm really enjoying his posts so far, and I hope he keeps it going.

In other news, THE IT CROWD SEASON 3 DVD SET IS REGION FREE!

WOOOOOO!

Don't Call Robin Page!

Squirrels. Those fuzz covered rodents. A bit of me just loves 'em, and the other bit thinks they'd kill you if you made the wrong move, rather like the Mafia.
Appealing to the part of myself that thinks those hairy rats are cute and cuddly, go have a look at this webcam, The Bad Manor's Squirrel Diner. Don't forget to watch the slideshow! (My personal favorites were the 'No On Prop 8', and the voting booth... genius!)
Now, enjoy the wonderment of Russell Brand and Noel Fielding in the same room (so much hair!)... and yes, it is relevant to squirrels!

I do SO miss the weekly radio show!

In other news, I received one of my Simon Amstell email alerts today, which was hilarious. It was a rather sterile message, stating that tickets for a stand-up gig in July go on sale tomorrow... seemingly normal. I, of course, noticed the typographical error, mentally changed it to the right word, moved on, life was fine.
About an hour later, I get another alert from Mr. Amstell, subject line 'Oh Dear', stating this:

hello.

quite recently an email was sent to you containing the word 'formally' which was unfortunately spelt, 'formerly'.
we would like to apologise for any distress this may have caused and promise that it will not occur again.
of course, ultimately we will all be dead and these things won't seem so important but while we are here, we may as well spell words correctly.

sorry.
thank you.
goodbye.

I think this calls for a Simon Amstell 'Best Of' montage!

Hey, Ginger... LILY ALLEN!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Monkey Balls, DONE!

I let it slip at lunch today (where the title for this blog came from) that I would be taking pictures of the pretty flowers coming out all around our property (and hey, it's an excuse to play with our new camera!), so here is a small sampling of the Springtime beauty all around!
(Due to technical difficulties having nothing to do with the camera, there are only two photos. That doesn't mean there isn't Springtime beauty, though!)

Our Mystery Bush...


The Rampant Purple Weeds...

(These things grow like, well, weeds... in our neighborhood park, and our yard, oddly enough. It's such a pity those little purple flowers don't get recognition as natural beauty, but instead are just called plain ol' weeds.)

In other news, you know those random things that pop into your head when you don't have anything else to occupy that space? (I live it quite often.) Earlier on today, I started thinking of this album I used to have, The Brady Bunch Sunshine Day, some such affair... and I wondered what happened to it. I used to really enjoy that album, but it got lost in the shuffle back when we moved in '01. I used to put it on in my room, background music, you know, so it didn't bother anybody... it was during the time when my sister would play Tabitha's Secret with Dear Joan on repeat (just because she knew it drove me up the wall!), and I'd be in my room with that wacky Brady Bunch (later I came to hate Barry Williams, but that's a personal thing).
Apparently I can get the album on iTunes, so I might have to do that sometime.
In the meantime, have fun with Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, Cindy, and Tabitha (no, not from Bewitched).





Can you tell which kid went to public school, and the other didn't?
And it was at this very moment that I realized I've always been an unbearable sap.

Ricky The K's Solid Gold Time Machine

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