Friday, July 30, 2004

Viva Danang!

Song of the Day: Elvis Presley, "Heartbreak Hotel"
Thought of the Day: It's time to rock it from the Delta to the DMZ!


What a unique day. It begins with listening to CBC Radio's "50 Tracks" program, in which there are so-called experts who are trying to assemble through a rigorous process the essential 50 songs of the 20th century, with each decade being represented by five songs (1900-29 was grouped together as one time period). Monday to Wednesday the "experts" present their picks, two each, and on Thursday, the host fills in the gaps with two songs, and then on Friday, those eight possibilities are whittled down to five, which then go somewhere on the list which will be aired on Labour Day. So "Heartbreak Hotel" was one of the two songs today. Now, I'm not saying it's easy to do, to go through so much music and pick the essential, but I was a little disappointed in the 50s. Some of the essentials were represented: Elvis, Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart", Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode", Ray Charles' "What I Say". But no Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, or the first major Billboard hit, "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets. Instead, there was Hank Snow, Sam Cook, and Mel Torme. The Velvet Fog?! Puhleeze. Still, it'll be interesting to see the choices for the 60s. I'll make my predictions on Sunday.

Hmmm...well, the day went by with little fanfare. I started to go through my wardrobe. I think I'm starting to grow up a little bit. The old "it's cool because it's a uniform or brandname" stylin' just doesn't cut it anymore, methinks. Definitely have to do some back to school shopping at ValVil in the next month. C'mon, did you think I wouldn't still go to Value Village? It's a part of me, like "faster than a speeding bullet" is for Superman. I still think the mall is my kryptonite, though.

Some friends came in from Regina, so A and I hung out with them tonight. We watched Good Morning Vietnam on TBS. Two comments on the movie: one, I still laugh, even though I know the jokes as they're coming. I'll be quoting it for days. Robin Williams has so many great lines, and it remains one of the funniest and most poignant movies ever made. Don't believe me? Watch it. Two, the overdubbing was hilarious. I love it when you know exactly what they're saying and the dub says differently. Unfortunately, it ruined several of the key moments of this movie. And how do they decide what goes and what stays? We watched the last half of "Another Stakeout" - proof that movie-making has changed so much over the last two decades, mostly for the better - and several words were left in that normally would be bleeped or changed. I don't understand it. Meh.

It's late, and A's dad leaves in about five hours for Taiwan, so I have to be at the airport. That's future in-laws for you, I guess. Anyhoo, catch y'all tomorrow. Faith, hope, and love.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Addicted to Schmo

Song of the Day: "Blue Comb '78", Five Iron Frenzy
Thought of the Day: Beware the Groove!


For those of you who have not yet experienced the glory that is Joe Schmo 2, you're missing out. The basic premise of the show is that everyone is an actor...except for two people who think it's all real. The characters are great, especially Jonathan Torrens (of Street Cents fame!) as "Gerald the Gotta-be-Gay Guy" and Bryce the stalker. Pure genius television. A bit raunchy at times, but it's just ridiculously over the top funny. Check it out.

Did some pawning today, found some Veggie Tales DVDs. I was stoked. I've also been playing through some ancient DOS games. I found a great website with a whole lot of classics for free download. I'm working through God of Thunder, and I think I'm going to tackle Commander Keen next. Who knows what can happen next in crazy DOS world?!

Take care of yourselves. Until we meet again.

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