Saturday, May 29, 2010

R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

"Don't you fucking look at me."--Frank in Blue Velvet

I haven't seen Blue Velvet in 20+ years, and I remembered his character's name. The movie isn't for everyone, but he was fearless in that performance. The Oscar peeps nominated him for Hoosiers instead of Blue Velvet that year, but it was probably unlikely that he could have beaten Michael Caine's quasi-lifetime achievement win for Hannah and Her Sisters.

He'd been nominated for an Oscar for collaborating on the screenplay for Easy Rider, back in 1970. He also got 1 Emmy nomination.

Oh, and he was in Waterworld. (About which I have a question: why didn't they just make a copy of the map that was tattooed to the girl?)

Rest in peace dude.

A quick make-up birthday post

I missed yesterday's traditional birthday post, so here are some shout outs for an interesting trio of musicians--they are EXACTLY the kind of kooky grouping you always see perform together at the Grammys (along with John Mayer... always John Mayer).

First up, Kylie Minogue (1 Grammy, no Emmys/Oscars/Tonys) performing "Can't Get You Out of My Head" mashed up with New Order's "Blue Monday."

Next up, John Fogerty (1 Grammy, no Emmys/Oscars/Tonys) with his old CCR classic.

And finally, the queen of Atlanta's chicken and waffles scene, 7-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight (no Emmys/Oscars/Tonys). For her, the 1987 hit "Love Overboard" (look at her all dressed like a young Janet Jackson).

Happy (belated) birthday dudes! Rock on!

Happy Birthday Danny Elfman

He's been wronged. He's been wronged by the damn Oscars peeps, since, in his 25+ years of iconic film scores, he's received only 4 Oscar nominations (0 wins; 1 Grammy and 1 Emmy, which also are weak given his contributions). No Oscar love for Batman, possibly the most influential movie score in the last 21 years (okay, that might be a stretch, but I'll let you make your suggestions and we can discuss).

But I think the injustice happened earlier, on Elfman's second film score: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Did it deserve to win over John Barry's score from Out of Africa? Maybe not, but a nomination wouldn't have hurt anyone (okay, possibly the TWELVE co-nominees for the score of The Color Purple which, cough, I find less deserving of that same nomination).

There's so much great stuff in Dolores Claiborne (Taylor Hackford's viscerally moody direction, the acting by Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Judy Parfitt, the cinematography and editing)... we need to make sure Elfman's score is on that list.

His four nominations are for Men in Black, Good Will Hunting, Big Fish and Milk. Can you hum any of them? (Aside from Men in Black?) My recollection of Milk is that it's a solid score, but that's about all I've got.

But if living well is the best revenge, then here's hoping that he has some kind of publishing rights for the scores and television themes he's written. Thanks to The Simpsons, he can probably just buy John Barry and his Oscar.

Oh, and he was in a band. Here's a song I like.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Solitary Gun"

Another track from Rogue Wave. As with yesterday's Band of Horses track, I liked the live versions so much (and in the absence of the "regular" version) that I'm breaking with tradition and using them.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Another well disguised scam

Anything that involves you "processing payments" is a scam.


I am Dr Roland Moore major recruitment officer for WEIQIAO TEXTILE COMPANY LIMITED . A paradigm in commodities, we are a company that deals on Textile and Fabric Materials .WEIQIAO trading company,is an importer/exporter of various kinds of Textiles and Fabrics raw materials we export into states.
We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in the states as well as making payments through you to us. It's easy and will not take a lot of time.No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you No costs, No Investments, Work Part Time or Full Time.Work from Home with a Business Opportunity that no job could ever offer.We are looking for an honest and trustworthy person that will work for our company as a representative in your community so as to be receiving payment on our behalf.If you are willing to work ensure you get back to us via email,

Please forward your response to my private email: You'll have a lot of free time to attend to other endeavours,you'll earn a good income and a regular job. We would be glad to offer you this job position.
Yours faithfully,
Dr Roland Moore

Song of the Day: "Laredo"

New music from Band of Horses. I liked their last album a lot, and I'm LOVING this song.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Inevitably every tool in the box gets used at least once

(image from Joe Acevedo)

Happy Birthday Siouxsie Sioux

I feel a little older now. We met in passing in like 1986 at the radio station, I was coming from an interview for an internship with IBM and she was Siouxsie Sioux and traveling with a Banshee or two. I looked like their accountant. She had the most beautiful black toenail polish (this was about 8 years before black toenail polish became all the rage, at least as far as I knew).

The woman has been rocking since 1976. What have you been doing since 1976?

Back in the late mid-80s/early late-80s, when Weekends was still back where Weekends used to be (across from the Cotton Club), you could expect to hear 2 or 3 Siouxsie songs between 1:00 and 4:00 a.m. (Atlanta could be so much fun back then--when they closed at 4:30 a.m. you could still hit 3 other 24-hour dance clubs). Songs like this...

Their 1987 covers album, Through the Looking Glass, was part of my first year at the radio station, and I always loved their cover of Iggy Pop's "The Passenger"--the video is great in its simplicity as well (the paint on the timpani mallets, the strings behind her back like she's a standing bass).

I think there was a Grammy nomination in there once, after the Alternative Rock category was established.  I think it was for this song. Wait, was this on a Batman movie soundtrack?

I don't think any of my college peeps would have put Siouxsie and the Banshees in their personal top 10 essential bands, but I think every one of them had a certain appreciation (well, maybe one exception), but anyone who enjoyed a night out dancing certainly appreciated this.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Happy Birthday Vincent Price

I'm not a huge fan, but I am hugely appreciative of someone who is so indelibly a part of pop culture. If America had titles, he'd be Sir Vincent easily. And rightly.

Here he is speaking out against racism and religious hatred.

And here he is roasting Bette Davis.

Here he is with Kermit the Frog.

And finally, a collaboration with Tim Burton, Vincent.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on in the afterlife... mwahahaha.

Song of the Day: "Tighten Up"

New music from The Black Keys.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

For Your Consideration: Jan Hooks

Guest Actress in a Comedy, 30 Rock
(SIGH: They don't have an embed-able clip with her scenes.) I'm playing favorites here. Julianne Moore and Elizabeth Banks have turned in good work, but Jan is long overdue for recognition, dammit. Long overdue.

The Toyota lottery?! Why yes, I did win!

You know, it seems like just yesterday (it was actually 2 months ago) that I won the BMW lottery. And now Toyota. Gosh, you would think a company with a record of acceleration problems might focus their money and attention there (nearly 100 died in the past decade, from what I read) and not lavishing little old me with another win. I am just so special.

Award Desk Department Affiliate.
China Branch #Room 2904,29floor.Exchange Office


We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the TOYOTA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.

As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the E-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number  523-958-0000, with serial number GM-909-P874E-69CN, lucky numbers 04, 07 29, 44, 42, 30 and Bonus number 39, Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMM, Batch N0:- 538901527-BB67 and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.

You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$500,000. 00 in cash, including a Toyota car which is the winning present /amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$2,650,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category.


Please be informed that your won fund of the sum of US$500,000.00 is now with the payee center. Contact our agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your winning fund under your full names. Together with the port where your winning car should be shipped to. To begin your claim, please call our claim agent or send email immediately to:-Certificate Agent, Toyota Email Lotto

xiang weng
Respond to Email:

Direct line : 0086- 13537024276

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please quote your

1. Full name  :-
2. Address / contact number  :-
3. Country of origin  :-
4.  Age  :-
5. Occupation  :-
6. Tel/fax.  :-

Sincerely ,
Ms Yu Weng

Ha ha ha ha... no.

This afternoon's scam:
"UPS PostBox-Manager, Brett Beckor" 
Add to Contacts

(And there was a zip file I deleted)

Dear customer!
We failed to deliver the postal which was sent on the 9th of April in time because the addressee's is erroneous.
Please print out the invoice copy attached and collect the package at our department.
UPS International Services.

If you're going to NYC this summer

The top 3 Republican solutions for the Gulf oil leak

  1. Give it tax cuts. There is nothing that doesn't benefit from tax cuts.
  2. Call Jack Bauer to torture the oil leak. Torture always works, and it always works in our favor.
  3. Invade Iran.

This makes me so very happy

(h\t to Erin)

Dana Milbank in the Washington Post (here) has a delightful article about Republican efforts to come up with an agenda in time for this Fall's elections. I guess just sitting around and voting "no" on everything Democrats propose isn't actually helping their re-election efforts. Republicans under the brilliant (and orange) mind of John Boehner (R, OH) are reaching out to the masses for ideas.

And the masses are giving them exactly what they deserve. Including valuable input like:
"A 'teacher' told my child in class that dolphins were mammals and not fish! And the same thing about whales! We need TRADITIONAL VALUES in all areas of education. If it swims in the water, it is a FISH. Period! End of Story."
"End Child Labor Laws, We coddle children too much. They need to spend their youth in the factories."
Which of these will make the final Republican agenda remains to be seen, but I'm got $8 in my pocket that says if it has anything to do with a tax cut, it's in. And if it's a suggestion of immigration reform, it's out.

BP and the Three Little Pigs

(h\t Daily Beast)

If you're not feeling thoroughly angry and cynical about the fucking nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico, click to embiggen the BP cost/benefit analysis of keeping its employees safe vs. "safe enough" and ask yourself why the fuck they're still "in charge" of the clean up. Oh, OH, and can we please start working on 8 or 12 different solutions at the same time so we can try one right after the other, instead of waiting on a failure to start putting together the next alternative? Fuck.

Happy Birthday Philip Michael Thomas

He invented the term EGOT (allegedly).

He's been nominated for 0 Emmys, 0 Grammys, 0 Oscars, and 0 Tonys (so far).

But have you even heard this song? Shit!

Happy birthday dude! Rock on?

Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks

I'm a little surprised to find out she only has one Grammy win--I thought for sure one of her solo albums earned her the Rock Female Vocalist Grammy, but not so. Here, cough, she is looking and sounding as good as she has in a while.

Happy Birthday Matt Stone

Evil genius (emphasis on the "genius" part), 4-time Emmy winner, and did I mention the genius part. Here's more Towelie.

Jimmy Olsen has a request for me

Actually, this email comes as the least surprising thing so far today. Yawn.

Intestate Bequest Notification.

I know this email will come to you as a big surprise, since you have not received any communication from me before now and I know this medium is not the best way to communicate a matter of this importance.

My name is Mr. James Olsen and I was privileged to serve as the legal adviser and investment officer of my deceased client who lost his life sometime ago. In the process of review of his bank financial reports it was discovered that he left the sum of 15.8M EURO INTESTATE. Upon inquiry for his kins I discovered that you bear similar last names, hence my contacting you so that I can give you further briefing on my intention and how to go about the facilitation and disbursement of the estate he left behind. I will most appreciate your prompt response, as that would enable us to start something immediately.

kind Regards,
James Olsen.
Tel. +(44)7924 023712

Song of the Day: "Twin Peaks"

Surfer Blood, from Astro Coast--The Shins as a power pop band? Maybe.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

For Your Consideration: Shelley Long

Guest Actress in a Comedy, Modern Family
There's no clip I can embed, but she's perfect for the role, and a delight to watch with the regular cast.

For Your Consideration: Modern Family

Best Comedy Series, and every other category in which it's even remotely eligible. It's far superior to the generally enjoyable Glee, and this homage to The Godfather is a mere hint at that brilliance. The writing, the direction, the casting, the acting, the freaking editing, it's all great (most every week).

For Your Consideration: Neil Patrick Harris

Guest Actor in a Comedy, Glee
This ought to be a slam dunk nomination for the guy who has been front and center for song and dance entertainment for the last year.

For Your Consideration: Rob Lowe

Guest Actor in a Comedy, Parks and Recreation
He's a comedy revelation in this role. Seriously, why hasn't he done comedy sooner?

Happy Towel Day

"A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough."--Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Towel Day is a tribute to Douglas Adams. It began in 2001, 2 weeks to the day after his untimely death, and continues because, dammit, we geeks remember shit like this. His 5-book trilogy is one of the greatest works of science fiction humor that I've actually read. I don't read much.

Unrelated, but also an important part of my life, is Towelie. So I am going to combine them.

Flashback Song: "Chasing Heather Crazy"

I've become a midlife convert to the church of Guided by Voices. This is from 2001's Isolation Drills.

Plan B-Minus

Funny shit.

Now with letterhead!

Scammy scammy scam...

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Anti-Fraud and International Drugs Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
Seattle, Washington.


This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $800,000.0! 0 USD from a Lottery Company outsi an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via a Certified Cashier's Check.
Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local bank. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the United States Of America so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $800,000.00 USD has been deposited with Bank Of America.
We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited at Bank Of America you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Lagos, Nigeria. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following -
(1) Deposit Fee's ( Fee's paid by the company for the deposit into an American Bank which is - Bank Of America )
(2) Cashier's Check Conversion Fee ( Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier's Check )
The total amount for everything is $200.00 (Three Hundred-US Dollars). We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $200.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited at Bank Of America and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram.
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( PETER SMITH ) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:
You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the required $200.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $800,000.00 USD via Certified Cashier's Check drawn from Bank Of America, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910.
This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $200.00 ONLY to Mr. PETER SMITH via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $800,000.00 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).
Please find below an authorized signature which has been signed by the FBI Director- Robert Mueller, also below is the FBI NSB (National Security

FBI Director
Robert Mueller
NSB Seal                                                                 
                                                                        Authorized Signature
NOTE: In order to ensure your check gets delivered to you ASAP, you are advised to immediately contact Mr. Peter Smith via contact information provided above and make the required payment of $200.00 to information in which he shall provide to you.

Somebody give Patrick Warburton an Emmy

Or a Peabody or something. A Nobel Prize for awesome.

He called me a friend!!!

Therefore this MUST be legitimate.

Dear Friend,

I am Wim Taj, Principal Assurance manager for the Agricultural bank of China. I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of Abbot Grams and an investment placed under our banks management 7 years ago.

I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I contact you independently and no one is informed of this communication.

In 2000, the subject matter; Abbot came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of 9.25 million United States dollars, which he wished to have us invest on his behalf.

Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunities and made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the accrued profit and interest stood at this point at over 10 million United States Dollars. In mid 2002, he instructed that the principal sum (9.25M) be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments in Hong Kong and China. We got in touch with a specialist bank in China, the Shenzhen Development Bank (SDB) who agreed to receive this money for a fee and make cash available to Abbot. However Shenzhen Development Bank got in touch with us last year that this money has not been claimed. On further enquiries we found out that Abbot was involved in an accident in Mainland China, which means he died intestate. He has no next of kin.

What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds. My bank will contact you informing you that money has been willed to you. On verification, which will be the details I make available to my bank, my bank will instruct SDB to make payments to you. You do not have to have known him. I know this might be a bit heavy for you but please trust me on this. For all your troubles I propose that we split the money in half. In the banking circle this happens every time. The other option is that the money will revert back to the state. Nobody is getting hurt; this is a lifetime opportunity for us. I hold the KEY to these funds, and as a Chinese National we see so much cash and funds being re-assigned daily. I would want us to keep communication for now strictly by the above email.

Please, again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to t the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. Please pardon my writing mistakes. Please get back to me immediately email.

I await your response.
Wim Taj.

Song of the Day: "Tenderoni"

Kele Okereke of Bloc Party from his solo debut. But, SIGH, this is not a cover of the Bobby Brown classic (technically called "Roni"). Apparently someone is excited about the remake of Tron.

But my last name isn't "Williams"

It's those pesky details that ruin a good scam letter. Stay vague people, specifically vague.

Children & Families Law Firm
1-3 Brixton Rd
London , SW9 6DE , United Kingdom

Attention: Beneficiary,
I am Barrister Paul Maxwell. I have a client Mr WILLAMS, who bears the same last name with you and a national of your Country who used to work with Amaco Associates Company in London , on the 22nd of May 2005 , my client, his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident along Manchester Express Road . All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful Attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist me in repatriating the money left behind by my late client before they got confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Finance House where these huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly, the Finance House where the deceased had a his Funds Twenty Million,Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollar ($20,700,000.00) has issued me a notice to provide the next-of- kin or have the Funds confiscated within the next ten official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over two year (2) Year now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this consignment valued about Twenty Million,Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollar ($20,700,000.00) can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money, 50% to me and 50% for you. I will work out all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up this claim, all I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me by my secured and confidential email address immediately you acknowledge the good receipt of this message, do not forget to send me your direct telephone number, so that I can put a call through to you for an extensive discussion on this deal.
Anticipating your prompt response.
Yours in service,
Barr. Paul Maxwell

Happy Birthday Helen Terry

Talk about the obscure footnotes that cement a friendship, Helen Terry took Culture Club from great to OHMYGODGREAT, and Gunther and I never got a chance to thank her for it. Not for lack of desire, just opportunity.

In retrospect, she needed the band more than the band needed her, but apparently she couldn't see George as the train wreck he was becoming, and no one considered the fickle nature of pop music. Oops.

Here they are in their prime.

And here's something from her relatively brief solo career.

Helen now produces the BRIT Awards, and if she had anything to do with pairing Rihanna with The Klaxons 2 years ago, she deserve an award for pure awesomeness!

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Happy Birthday Ian McKellen

He's hysterical in his guest performance in Extras.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Monday, May 24, 2010

No chicken costumes, but here are your loopholes

State election officials in Nevada have banned chicken costumes at state polling places because of this idiot.

But the ruling explicitly bans chicken costumes. So here is a list of poultry costumes that Nevada hasn't actually banned (yet--you're welcome Nevada voters):
  • duck
  • emu
  • goose
  • Indian peafowl (I assume this is what I generalize as "peacocks")
  • mute swan (hunh?)
  • ostrich
  • turkey
  • guineafowl
  • pheasant
  • rhea

Additionally, you might try a uniform from:
  • Chick-fil-A
  • KFC
  • Church's
  • Mrs. Winner's
  • Popeye's
  • Perdue
  • Foster Farms
  • Tyson
  • Pilgrim's Pride
And finally, you can just get an absentee ballot and wear whatever the fuck you want. It's all vote by mail here in Oregon. And I am always in a chicken costume... of sorts.

Flashback Song: "Positively 4th Street"

"You say you lost your faith
But that’s not where it’s at
You had no faith to lose
And you know it"

It's Bob Dylan's birthday. I love this song, so it makes sense that I could do a quick flashback song, mention that he's an Oscar winner, and be done.

But there are no clips of Dylan doing this song that I can embed from a site that doesn't leave me concerned about malware. So here's a bevy of covers, starting with Simply Red.

Lucinda Williams


And I'll wrap this with Bryan Ferry

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Happy Birthday Patti LaBelle

First there was the Bluebells (eventually Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles), a fairly traditional 60s girl group with some doo wop thrown in.

Then member Cindy Birdsong defected to the Supremes to replace Florence Ballard (which is one of the reasons there's a feud between Patti and Diana Ross; also Ross uses Patti's egg salad recipe and claims it as her own).

The band became Labelle. And I don't think a lot of peeps get how fucking awesome they were. These dudes were glam! And funk! And girls! (Seriously, can you name a female glam artist?)

And then Patti went solo.

And then Patti met Michael McDonald (although technically I think they recorded "On My Own" completely separately, and hadn't actually met, but that might just be a rumor, like the Diana Ross/egg salad thing).

And then Patti won some Grammys (2).

And then LaBelle did another record.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Quote of the day

"Deciding to mislead people in a rambling, self-pitying fashion is pretty instinctual for Sarah Palin at this point, but I'm not sure how much credit we can actually give her for these attention-grabbing Facebook missives. As her father revealed to the New York Times, Sarah does not 'make the decisions.'"--Alex Pareene at Salon
There's 2 stories here, the first is that South Carolina (crazy's favorite state!) is back in the spotlight, as a blogger has just come forward and admitted that he had an affair with a married (female) candidate for governor. Naturally she's a "family values" Republican. But at least she's not gay (Andre Bauer). And half of the couple involved in the affair is saying it happened. So Sarah is blaming the media.

The second is that Sarah Palin's dad seems to be suggesting that Palin is just someone's puppet:
“Besides, she doesn’t make the decisions. Let me retract that. I’m sure she thinks them over and she has a lot of say as to yes and no.”--Chuck Heath (Sarah Palin's dad) in the NY Times
This has Karl Rove's name all over it. We are so fucking doomed.

Their first mistake was in using their home address

Here's a great scam email that includes a specific address. And here's a picture of the house that's at that address (a 1,600 sq. foot, 3/1). It's cute although all that grass seems like a waste. They should totally do some raised beds and plant some herbs or vegetables. Urban farming, it's trendy enough that I know about it!
 Oh, and here's the letter.

Re: Urgent Payment Confirmation:.

Attention Beneficiary,

Did You Permit Mr. Jerry Richard To Claim Your Approved $5.5millon Inheritance Payment On Your Behalf?

Mr. Jerry Richard Told Mr. Jaiye Ebinisi That You Appointed Him To Represent You On The Claiming Of Your $5.5millon Inheritance Payment, Mr. Jaiye Ebinisi Is About Releasing Your $5.5millon Inheritance Payment To Mr. Jerry Richard As Soon As He Complies With The Mandatory $198.00 Courier Fee For The Delivery Of Your $5.5million ATM Card To His Address At 100 Eggerding Dr.Cincinnati,OH 45215.USA As Your Representative.
Urgently Confirm To Mr Jaiye Ebinisi Whether Yes You Permitted Mr. Jerry Richard To Pay The Courier Fee Inorder To Claim Your $5.5millon ATM Card Payment On Your Behalf Or No You Shall Be Paying The Courier Fee Yourself Inorder To Claim Your $5.5millon ATM Card Payment As The Legal Beneficiary.

Send Your Confirmation To Mr. Jaiye Ebinisi (Debt Settlement Officer)
His Email:

Do Also Reconfirm Your Full Names, Address And Telephone To Mr. Jaiye Ebinisi For Verification.
Your Immediate Confirmation Is Highly Needed.
Jenet E. Michael.
Payment Confirmation Dept.

Happy Birthday Rosanne Cash

"I'm not looking for the answers
Oh darling don't you see
Just to know the questions
Is good enough for me"--Rosanne Cash
Singer, songwriter, author, and now Twitter maven, Rosanne has long been a favorite of mine, going back as far as 1981 with "Seven Year Ache." It's amazing that there was a time when "pop" radio stations played "country" music and no one seemed phased.

Rosanne was nominated for a Grammy for "Seven Year Ache" but lost to, I don't know, let's say Juice Newton. This loss prompted her to write "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me" for which she won a Grammy (I love that story--it's on par with Maggie Smith's hysterical performance as an Oscar loser in California Suite, for which she won an Oscar). Oh, here she is telling the story with the enigmatic "Mr. L" (John Leventhal) on guitar (well, he seems enigmatic in her tweets--I probably should follow him to get his side of the story, but something tells me it will be a lot of sports). Apologies for the sound quality here, and "my friend Rodney Crowell"  is an interesting description for an ex-husband (one of their daughters, Chelsea, has just released an album, so look for a possible song of the day from her band soon).

King's Record Shop is a great album, and a rare artistic and commercial success. I think "Runaway Train" inspired Chris Wilson to host a "Songs About Trains" special at the radio station.

The album picked up the Grammy for Best Album Package. It's a beautiful photograph (taken by one of her guitar players, I think) but she was added later.

KRC produced 4 #1 country singles, including this beautiful John Hiatt tune.

Then she got divorced. And while I don't actually root for people to break up, I am a fan of the music they produce when they do (see also: Billy Bragg's Worker's Playtime, Richard & Linda Thompson Shoot Out the Lights, Fleetwood Mac Rumors). I never took to Interiors the way I did to The Wheel, but both albums represent a change in who she is as an artist. She left Nashville, and the country music "industry" and headed to New York City, and became the primary songwriter of most of her subsequent albums.

She released a collection of short stories, Bodies of Water, in 1996. I'm hazy on the timing, but I'm pretty sure I saw her live late that year (touring in support of 10 Song Demo), somewhere in Portland. I remember she did a little reading and talked about how most of the stories have a musical cohort but she didn't realize it until someone (let's say her sister) pointed that out. She was forced to take a break from music because of polyps, so she focused more on writing. I loved Bodies of Water (and have given it as gifts more than a few times), and when taken together with Ben Watt's Patient (released the same year) I think there's a certain economy of prose that songwriters bring to longer-form writing. Or I have ADD really bad and short chapters are more likely to be finished before SQUIRREL!

Her most recent album, The List, is her interpretation of a dozen songs from a list of 100 essential country songs given to her by her dad (and I've just discovered there's a 13th track, featuring Neko Case, via iTunes only... sheesh). She and Bruce Springsteen picked up a Grammy nomination for "Sea of Heartbreak" and thanks to the vagaries of the Grammy eligibility year, the album as a whole isn't eligible until this year. I actually spent time during my morning shower trying to figure out why it wasn't an Album of the Year nominee, so now I know. The Grammy peeps have a pre-nomination process that narrows the field for Record, Song, and Album of the Year (which is how Herbie Hancock, Vince Gill and Maxwell have gotten nominations without having big sales), so maybe that will work in her favor. It's a solid record, with great guest artists (Costello sounds better than he has in a while), crisp production, and a solid pedigree (see also: Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock).

I'm unable to embed a copy of her take on Patsy Cline's "She's Got You" but go find it, listen, you'll enjoy. Here she is with "Motherless Children."

And I just saw from her website (here) that's she's got a memoir (memoirs?) coming out later this year. And a free show on the 4th of July if you're any place near NYC. Which I am not.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Happy Birthday Roger Deakins

It's something of birthday overload today, but let's start with an amazing artist whose work you know, if you don't know you know it (ya know). Deakins is a cinematographer, and he's made some of the most visually compelling movies of my lifetime. I have a few cinematographers I enthuse over, but Deakins is the one who still hasn't won an Oscar (8 nominations) so he's the underdog for whom I find myself rooting. A lot.

For some reason, they won't let me embed this fantastic clip that showcases Deakins and some of his prominent recent work (here) so go there and watch. Also, annoying.

The first time I remember remembering Deakins's name was after seeing Fargo. The way he uses the bleak snow to frame shots; the finale on the frozen lake, played out in a long shot. It was his second Oscar nomination--he lost to John Seale for The English Patient, a movie that I love despite Kristin Scott Thomas).

But it turns out I'd loved his earlier work, and just not realized it. I've written before about my love for Michael Radford's 1984 (here), and I'm willing to bet everyone reading this liked The Shawshank Redemption. Here's another clip I can't embed but it has Deakins discussing a fantastic shot with Clancy Brown holding Tim Robbins over the edge of a building. Shawshank was Deakins's first Oscar nomination (he lost to John Toll for Legends of the Fall, which I've never seen).

Deakins is the go-to cinematographer for the Coen Brothers (half of his Oscar nominations are for their films), beginning with Barton Fink.

The same year as Shawshank, his second Coen Bros. movie was released: The Hudsucker Proxy. That makes 2 strangely-titled movies starring Tim Robbins in a single year! I love them both (all you Lebowski fanatics who haven't seen Hudsucker yet, do it!).

I never saw Kundun, perhaps because I was bored to death with The Age of Innocence (or as I call it, The Age of Anacin, or sometimes SNORE).  Deakins won several critics awards but lost this Oscar to Russell Carpenter for Titanic (and it was the cinematography in the Titanic trailer that got me to go).

I thought for sure The Man Who Wasn't There was going to be his first Oscar win. It wasn't (the first Lord of the Rings movie won).

He's managed a rare feat with 2 nominations in the same year in 2007 for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and No Country for Old Men. He lost both of these to Robert Elswit for There Will be Blood (which cost me my office Oscar pool).

He shares cinematography credit and an Oscar nomination with Chris Menges for The Reader, a fantastic movie. I don't understand what happened but Wikipedia says that Menges replaced Deakins.

Next up for Deakins is The Company Men starring Kevin Costner, Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper (I can't curse it before I've read some reviews from trusted sources--and Ain't it Cool News is not a trusted source).

I think he's pretty much earned a lifetime achievement Oscar if he doesn't pick up a competitive one soon--AMPAS, do my bidding.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Light Love"

By Free Energy, more unabashed power pop. Enjoy those major chords!

And don't open the attachments

This is also a scam. And many attachments contain viruses or other malware. All of a sudden I'm the happy internet coach, but give my coffee a couple of minutes to kick in.



Dear email user,

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Tel: +447031-744-980 +447031-744-944 and email;

Yours truly,
Mrs.Mary E.Chris
[British Microsoft SEC].

At least it's brief

If you found this page because you did a search on "Buck John" or that email address, this is a 419 scam.

Dear Friend,
I am Buck John an American soldier with UN peace keeping force "deployed in Iraq".
I need your help in securing my two trunk boxes I discovered in Iraq which
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Charles Kimbrough

As part of Murphy Brown, Kimbrough got the least flashy role of the initial cast (Jim Dial, the staid anchor man). But Kimbrough turned in solid, understated work during the entire run of the show. He picked up an Emmy nomination in the second season, but it late in the show's run, when Murphy was fighting breast cancer, that Kimbrough finally got a chance to shine. His frustrations are palpable, and when he finally tries to find pot for Murphy, it's hysterical. But that scene isn't here, sigh.

He also received a Tony nomination for Company back in 1971.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Lover of Mine"

Another track from Beach House's Team Dream.