Saturday, June 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Mark Wahlberg

Aka Marky Mark.

I almost ran into Mark, literally, at the Toronto Film Festival back in 2000. He was there promoting The Yards (I think). He was surrounded by a perimeter of bodyguards walking down the street. And with what couldn't have been better timing, 5 of us came out a side exit from a different movie and ended up inside the perimeter of guards. Unfortunately I didn't realize it was him, I just saw a good looking dude in a suit (surrounded by other good looking dudes in suits).

I was torn as to whether to celebrate Laurie Anderson or Marky, err, Mark Wahlberg as today's birthday. Anderson has created so much... um... pretension. Yeah, sorry. I'm listening to "Language is a Virus From Outer Space" as I type this, and I will take "Good Vibrations" any day.

 Wahlberg has been nominated for an Oscar (Supporting Actor, The Departed) and 3 Emmys (all as a producer of Entourage). Anderson may have been nominated for a Grammy for a video something, but I can't find any record of it. The Grammys continue to annoy me by not providing a list of their nominations.

Wahlberg is a perfectly likable movie star. His range is greater than Keanu Reeves's. That being said, since I haven't seen The Departed (still), I'll post this as a representation of his work.


Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Oh what the hell...

Song of the Day: "Month of May"

New from the Arcade Fire.

Friday, June 4, 2010

A little more Rush

If you didn't see this earlier, start there.

Wait, James Madison? Why James Madison. Dude, James Madison didn't think women should be able to vote or own property, and he was okay with slavery, and he thought that a black person counted as 3/5s of a white person. You're gonna dig up James Madison to ask his opinion on something related to a civil right? Rock on dude!

I wonder if the reception will feature surf & turf & Rx pain killers. (Of course they will.)

Here's my beloved Nona Hendryx.

Happy Birthday Rosalind Russell

She didn't win any of her 4 Oscar nominations, but she did pick up the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in the 70s. She may not have been a great, complex actress, but as a movie star she made some great movies. All-time classics.

His Girl Friday


The Women


Gypsy


And Auntie Mame


And she won a Tony back in the 50s.

Happy birthday dude! We salute you!

Rush Limbaugh on my marriage rights, me on Rush's

"For how many years were they talking about gay marriage? How many years were they talking about demonizing the SUV? That started in 1995. Here it is 14 years later, and they're on the verge of doing it. Liberals don't stop. It's like the Soviets. They didn't have four-year plans based on the service of term of their leader. They had forever plans, and if you had to take a year off, maybe a step back before you took two steps forward, then fine. But they had the objective, it was there, and whenever it got done was fine, as long as you're always working for it. Same thing with Hugo Chavez. Hugo Chavez is taking over the banks now. Hugo Chavez is nationalizing the oil industry. Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, we're getting, you know, an early sign of what Chavez did by watching things happen here. But they don't stop.

This is why an electoral majority needs to happen in order to defeat these people, and even after they're defeated, they try to go around it in other ways, getting judges, like unanimous decision in Iowa today, with the Supreme Court, unanimous, that a ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Now, I guarantee you, if we could go dig up James Madison and say, "Mr. Madison, did you intend for the Constitution to say people of the same sex could get married?" And I guarantee you he would have the reaction, "What are you talking about? Are you sure you're asking me about the Constitution?" But then the four judges, whatever the number, they're unanimous in the Iowa Supreme Court, have just said what they think the Constitution says."--Rush Limbaugh on his radio show, April 3, 2009 
Rush Limbaugh is getting married this weekend. He's enjoying his rights to his FOURTH wedding, which, we all know, is the TRUE LOVE FOREVER wedding. At 59, I'm sure he's finally figured out how to make it work with his, oh, 33-year old fiance SLASH professional party planner.

BTW, according to the math of the "how young can I date" formula, she's too young. Way too young.

But that's okay, because if you could dig up James Madison I'm sure he'd say "why the fuck are you digging up a dead man, moron?"

And then he'd say "I don't know what 'gay' means, but dudes totally messed around with each other in my time."

And THEN he'd say "I totally want drugged up old men to marry inappropriately young women for their FOURTH FUCKING MARRIAGES because, you know, white guys rule!"

And then he'd say "leave me the fuck alone, I'm dead, dumbass."

I'm sure of it.

So congratulations to the happy couple. Remember, true love means never signing a prenup.

Song of the Day: "You Should Start a Band"

The Frontier Brothers from Austin and/or Fort Worth. This is something like a musical buffet--generally average but if you look you'll find something you really like.

Guess from which state this quote emerged

"We already got one raghead in the White House, we don't need a raghead in the governor’s mansion."--Jake Knotts (R, ??)
 Oh come on. This isn't a trick question. This is about my favorite state of ever, EVER.

It rhymes with South Narrow-minda.

(h\t Salon)

BONUS CRAZY: That quote is about the woman who has been accused of adultery by not 1, but 2 (so far) men, and who has declared that she will answer these accusations... after the election.

Hooray for Nikki Haley. Hooray for South Carolina. Hooray for living on the other side of the country.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

More-r speaking, more-r out

I will have to stop this for a while, and let it marinate. But OMG this is fun!

The cake is a lie!!!

Seen on a Westboro Baptist counter-protest sign. Hooray.

More speaking, more out

I got up and went back to America Speaking Out (details here). I think Congressional Republicans are getting the kind of thoughtful discourse they deserve. See my comments below (click to embiggen):

Song of the Day: "Neutron Star Collision"

Muse seem on the verge of "next big thing" status, and teen vampire enthusiasts (which is to say enthusiasts over teen vampires) might help them with this track from the next Twilight movie.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It's my personal version of Rhoda

John is unhappy with all my various inheritances, etc. I think he's jealous. Lt. Sparkie White never contacted him. Boo hoo.

So I've decided to take all my various lottery wins, business deals and inheritances over to a blog just about that. You can find Luckiest Dude in the World here.

This blog will remain focused on politics, dead celebrities, EGOT and music music music. And occasional posts that would make my parents wince. (Sorry mom, sorry dad.)

I'm speaking out

Last week we discussed the Congressional Republicans' attempt to solicit ideas online (here). And since I'm an Ameri-CAN, I'm speaking out too, at America Speaking Out.

It's something of a shitty site, in terms of how slow and unsearchable it is, but my ideas are slowly making it out there. Not all of them, naturally. For example, they found this idea objectionable:

Ugh, really? It let me submit "These pretzels are making me thirsty" but that not? Weird. The pretzels thing got deleted eventually (SIGH!).

But I'm going strong. I recommend you go and peruse what is out there. It's a heady mixture of the snarky, the ironic, and Glenn Beck fans.

You can see my thoughtful ideas here. Both the Constitutional amendment requiring 3 more seasons of Arrested Development AND the idea to tax the producers of Two and a Half Men 200% of their earnings are still on there and getting votes.

Don't open the attachment

It's a scam. Don't open it.

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Happy Birthday Ronnie and Charlie

Ron Wood's birthday was yesterday, Charlie Watts's is today. The Rolling Stones have 2 Grammys (more than Liza, fewer than The Black Eyed Peas) and are fucking icons. And here are some of their songs I like...
(OMG LOLZ, this video is adorable!)




Happy birthday dudes! Rock on! (As if I could stop you....)

Song of the Day: "Andalucia"

The new track from Doves on their "best of" album, The Places Between.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

R.I.P. William Fraker

In the documentary Visions of Light, the subject is cinematographers and their iconic shots. There is a discussion of a scene in Rosemary's Baby, where Mia Farrow struggles to listen in on a phone call Ruth Gordon is having back in a bedroom. Fraker stopped the shot short of where director Roman Polanski wanted him to go--never entering the room, seeing only a part of Gordon past the ajar door--and Fraker said "trust me" (or something, I'm paraphrasing).

That evening, when watching the day's film footage, the entire audience titled their heads to try to look around the door.

Fraker was not one of my favorites, but I have an appreciation for the work he created (he was nominated for 6 Oscars--5 for Cinematography and 1 for Visual Effects). Here he is talking about his work.


Rest in peace dude!

Understanding the European economic meltdown

Another open letter to Sarah Palin

You know, you've got a lot of money now. Maybe you should think about buying that house.

And sheesh, it's not like the guy's a negro, so chill baby. Maybe let him do something before you start you whining.

Oh wait, I forgot it was you. Carry on.

Happy Birthday Jonathan Pryce

You know I love Terry Gilliam's Brazil.


Did you know I love a lot of things about the movie version of Evita?


What about all but the last 8 minutes of Ronin?


What do they have in common? Probably more than I realize. But also, duh, Jonathan Pryce. John and I saw him in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on Broadway, he was pleasant but rushed at the stage door (and we walked Lucy Arnaz to the the subway afterward though--love her). In addition to an Emmy nomination, Pryce won 2 Tonys (including one for Miss Saigon).


And that's all I have to say about that.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Flashback Song: "Sailors and Animals"

"He got away and now he's never coming back
He found the blues and now he's gonna find the black"
You know how, when you first start dating someone, you want to share things that you think are special, are important? Music, especially. Mix tapes are archaic now, but that general idea.

Here's a little hint: don't share an album that includes the name of their deceased ex-. It makes the sad songs even sadder. And not in the way you'd want.

Here's a 20-year old Miracle Legion song I love.

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The same, but different

This scam uses the same basic structure as one from a few weeks ago (here), but isn't as lucrative. Fuckers.

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Happy Birthday Morgan Freeman

Back in the 80s, Cannon Films (produced by Golan and Globus) produced an array of low budget movies, generally of the B-grade or lower. And they produced a taut little drama called Street Smart, about a wannabe reporter (Christopher Reeve) who fakes an interview, and an opportunistic pimp (Morgan Freeman) who figures it out and takes advantage of him. It's a great movie, and aside from helping Freeman movie into A-list acting, it also introduced the world to the fabulous Kathy Baker.


"People die every day, Frankie."--Eddie, Million Dollar Baby
I was really moved by Million Dollar Baby when I saw it in the theater, and I never want to see it again. I know that her family are 2-dimension caricatures and that people would never act that way in those circumstances, but there's a certain magic that I recall, and I want the movie to keep that. This speech by Freeman has stayed in my mind since I saw the movie (click here to see it).

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Let's hear what Sarah Palin has to say

(Again, Sideshow Mel's voice.)
Sarah is stalling for time after Israel attacked an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip, killing 10 aid workers. Details here and here. Sarah is using her troops-given right for free speech, which is awesome. And now I will do the same in an open letter to Sarah Palin, Quitter:

Hey girl, how's it going? You're really keeping busy, I see you traveling all over the place, making fun of the President, mocking the President, accusing the President of sedition. You're a girl of many talents.

Hey, since you brought up media coverage of the Israeli flotilla attack (oh, wait, you said incident), I have some questions for you.
1. What do you find lacking in the "mainstream media" coverage of the incident? I'm very interested, so use specifics.
2. Your suggestion is that only the 2 most fiercely pro-Israeli writers around can give a real accounting? Really?
3. Wait, why did you say "other side" instead of the truth? Are you thinking this is a he said/she said kind of fight?
4. Is there any circumstance in which you would consider Israel to be in the wrong? Even just 1?
Anyway, have fun with your grandbabies (plural!) this summer. And get some curtains for Piper's room--I can't believe you went this long without any.

Let's hear what Robert Reich has to say

(You have to read the title in your best Sideshow Mel voice, and imagine an angry mob of Springfieldians.)

"The President should temporarily take over BP's Gulf operations. We have a national emergency on our hands. No president would allow a nuclear reactor owned by a private for-profit company to melt down in the United States while remaining under the direct control of that company. The meltdown in the Gulf is the environmental equivalent."--Robert Reich at Salon
Of course, we all know this is Socialism, and I, for one, welcome our Boleshevik overlords.

Song of the Day: "All the Lovers"

New Kylie, end of message.

Monday, May 31, 2010

R.I.P. Ali-Ollie Woodson

Woodson took over lead vocals for The Temptations during the 80s, including this, their biggest R&B hit of that decade.


He passed away today from cancer. He was 58.

Rest in peace dude.

Happy Birthday Kelly


Also belated. Holiday weekends are busy, yadda yadda. But Kelly is a people person, so hopefully another of her people took her out and showed her a good time. The best you get from me is a moderate time, and that's if I stop drinking early enough to avoid offending the server and the people near my table.

Here's a little melange of music for her:



And I'd never realized how much Hedwig looks like Rachel Griffiths.


Happy birthday dude! Rock on! I'll buy you an adult beverage soon.

Notes on Exit Through the Gift Shop

An engaging, somewhat surrealistic take on street art, and the commodification of art. I'd heard about Banksy from Leland; his work is audacious and snarky. Gotta love that.

The movie purports to be a documentary, but I'm skeptical. The story is that an amateur video enthusiast (Thierry Guetta) becomes a documentarian of street artists, eventually developing a friendship with Banksy, the Pope of street art. After seeing the initial product, Banksy turns the tables on Guetta, pushing him into his own street art while finishing a documentary himself. Guetta assumes the persona of Mr. Brain Wash, and his art, produced by subcontractors, sells for thousands of dollars.

Personally, I'm thinking of it as a farce/mockumentary, but a highly engaging one. There doesn't seem to be a history to Guetta before the movie. They discuss him owning a store in the movie, but there are no details online, so everything seemed really easy: there's a guy who's always videotaping, he has a lot of money in savings, when he needs money he refinances his house or sells his store, and ultimately he creates "art" that's received as well as other street artists. Huzzah.

Oh, and Disney security would have footage of the 2 of them on their way into Disneyland together for his 2006 stunt... wouldn't they?

Future awards potential? Probably not much, aside from Original Screenplay, which would require admitting that it was scripted. But the movie is fantastic, and I highly recommend it, regardless of its Oscar potential.

Happy Memorial Day

Earlier (here) I discussed Sarah Palin's tweet about how the troops give all the rights not, you know, the campus radicals and politicians. Which is wrong.

But troops do ensure our rights. Which is awesome. And despite my repeated cynicism, I am appreciative.

And it's a real pity--a war crime even--when they are deployed under false pretenses, as they were in Iraq. It's not their fault they are in a quagmire, it's George W. Bush's and Dick Cheney's.

So hooray for the troops.

Boo for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

And ugh for Sarah Palin, she's not specifically evil (as Bush and Cheney were), she's just ego-maniacal, craven and dumb. And extremely popular with a smaller group of people.

For Your Consideration: Mike O'Malley

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Glee
I've been a fan of O'Malley's for a while now, early with his stand-up, but more since I caught him in some low budget comedy on cable (Above Freezing), and was actually a fan of Yes Dear because of him and Liza Snyder.

I was happy to see him as Kurt's dad, the blue collar single dad trying to relate to his flamboyant son. He's had some pretty great scenes, including the poignant episode where Kurt comes out. But his scene in the season finale, when he tells Finn he can't live there, was amazing. It was a little over the top, but then theatricality was the theme of the episode.

Happy Birthday Randall

This is belated, and I can't recall when his actual birthday is. He was one of my best friends in high school, in college, and, well, until he passed away in 1996. I was reminded of him watching the Glee episode focused on Lady Gaga.

Seeing the little gay boy (sorry, let me be more specific, seeing the character who acknowledges being gay ((didn't mean to confuse you, Corey))) in a powder wig reminded me of Randall. Randall wore a complete colonial-style costume with powder wig to school every now and again. Theatricality was the theme of the episode, and the theme of Randall's live.

There are lots of stories, but I'm not sure what the statue of limitations is on the whole disappearance from the mental institution thing is, so instead I'll just play a clip from Glee.


And since I'm not really a Gaga fan, I'll leave you with the theme from Maude. Why Maude? Because I once ran into him dressed as Maude, with his then boyfriend dressed as Arthur--it was Halloween, but I think that was beside the point.


Happy birthday dude! We miss you!

Todd Haynes, are you available for Sex and the City 3D?

(h\t Dlisted)

"It is 146 minutes long, which means that I entered the theater in the bloom of youth and emerged with a family of field mice living in my long, white mustache. This is an entirely inappropriate length for what is essentially a home video of gay men playing with giant Barbie dolls."--Lindy West, reviewing Sex and the City 2 in The Stranger
Her entire review is worth reading, especially if you didn't have someone tell you how ridiculous it is already.

But the Barbie dolls idea is genius, and if anyone can make a SATC movie worth seeing, Haynes is the man. (There are a few other thoughts that come to mind, but I'm going with Haynes.) Here's a clip from his debut.


Do it man, redeem this franchise. Charlotte's daughter kidnapped into the sex trade, Carrie cuckolds Mr. Big, Samantha does something wacky and outrageous. Oh, and Miranda can be in it too!

Do it!

Song of the Day: "The Cave"

I like to fall asleep with the TV on. I generally fall asleep in well under 5 minutes, but that's with my electronic pacifier. Without, it's more like an ungodly 10 or 12 minutes. Regardless, I woke up around 3:00 a.m. the other night and when I couldn't fall right back to sleep I turned on the TV and caught a rerun of Jimmy Fallon's show. And that's how I first heard Mumford & Sons. I actually faced the TV and opened my eyes. Their debut album, Sigh No More, was released last October and hit #1 in Australia (I know).

And, OMG, I literally just found out that they are playing here in Portland, tonight, at the Aladdin. And, AND, it's sold out. So apparently, I'm the only one who hasn't heard of them. Well, that venue on holds a few hundred people, so I might not be the only one.

Enjoy.

Someone's learning basic HTML

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Is "fraudsters" an actual word?

And I could stop every email transaction immediately, I totally would. Scam of the morning below:

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Volcano monitoring dammit

(h\t Towleroad)

Volcanoes are erupting in Guatemala and Ecuador. And there's still that thing in Iceland.

Your move Piyush Jindal.

Sarah Palin wants a military dictatorship

"VETERANS,not reporters,give freedom of the press.VETS,not politicians,give freedom to vote.VETS,not campus radicals,give freedom to assemble"--Sarah Palin via Twitter (here)
Oh Sarah, your quest to prove yourself dumber than my expectations is amazing. It doesn't take a liberal media elite to know that, sometimes, you don't need to say anything (how about "remember our troops"?).

Or, if you're going to be antagonistic, like you are here, maybe have someone else read it, you know, to help you out. Veterans don't give anything, but they do ensure all of it. The Constitution gives it. Why do you hate the Constitution?

Sarah Palin hates the Constitution. And she wants a military dictatorship.

And Trig isn't really her kid.

And pets are huge on Twitter.

News you can use(?)

I follow Roger Ebert on Twitter (@ebertchicago) because, well, it's Twitter and pets are huge on Twitter. (That's what's called a non-sequitur, Sarah Palin.)

And today Roger tweeted the breaking (ish) news (ish) that after 3 years of protests, Subway (the sandwich shops) will start tessellating its cheese.

Which causes me to ask the following question: What protests? I live in Portland OR, the home of the motherfucking whopper protest and I do not believe I have seen a single sign. In fact, I haven't even seen anyone request tessellated cheese when I've waited in line for lunch.

The tweet caught my attention because I know the word "tessellate" from a Tokyo Police Club song, but never bothered to investigate further (it's a busy song with lots of clever lyrics--normally that's perfect for me, but I think I was busy and forgot, and here we are).

I'm sure my architect and design engineer peeps already knew this, but it's basically putting things together without a gap (here).

Enjoy the song.

A scam from beyond the grave

The letter lists this as the instruction of President Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria, but, HELLO, he died weeks ago (here). And I know this for 2 reasons: first, I have a gmail account faking his wife's name (the former first lady of Nigeria, for use when chatting with scammers), and Rachel Maddow, well, watch:

And now, back to our scam:

ATM INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATION
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY


ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY,

THIS IS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE VERIFIED YOUR CONTRACT/INHERITANCE FILE AND FOUND OUT THAT WHY YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR PAYMENT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT FULFILLED THE OBLIGATIONS GIVEN TO YOU IN RESPECT OF YOUR CONTRACT/INHERITANCE PAYMENT.

SECONDLY, WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT YOU ARE STILL DEALING WITH THE NONE OFFICIALS IN THE BANK,ALL YOUR ATTEMPT TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF THE FUND TO YOU. WE WISH TO ADVISE YOU THAT SUCH AN ILLEGAL ACT LIKE THIS HAVE TO STOP IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT SINCE WE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING A SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT THROUGH OUR SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER ASIA PACIFIC, THAT IS THE LATEST INSTRUCTION FROM MR. PRESIDENT,UMARU MUSA YAR'ADUA (GCFR) PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE.

THIS CARD CENTER WILL SEND YOU AN ATM CARD WHICH YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR MONEY IN ANY ATM MACHINE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD,BUT THE MAXIMUM IS ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER DAY, SO IF YOU LIKE TO RECIEVE YOUR FUND THIS WAY PLEASE LET US KNOW BY CONTACTING THE CARD PAYMENT CENTER AND ALSO SEND THE FOLLOWING
INFORMATION TO HIM IN ORDER TO PROCEED IMMEDIATELY:
1. FULL NAME
2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
3. ADDRESS WERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND
THE ATM CARD TO(P.O BOX NOT ACCEPTABLE)
4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION
5. A COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION

HOWEVER, KINDLY FIND BELOW THE CONTACT PERSON:
MR. PHIL MORRIS DIRECTOR, ATM PAYMENT CENTRE,
EMAIL: dr.philmorris_atmcardpay@hotmail.com

THE ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT (8,300,000.00) AS PART PAYMENT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR 2008. ALSO FOR YOUR INFORMATION, YOU HAVE TO STOP ANY FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(s) TO AVOID ANY HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR ATM PAYMENT.FOR ORAL DISCUSSION, I CAN BE REACHED ON OR EMAIL ME BACK AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR FURTHER DIRECTION AND ALSO UPDATE ME ON ANY DEVELOPMENT FROM THE ABOVE MENTIONED OFFICE.

NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUED YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH IS (ATM-811) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD CENTER BY USING IT AS YOUR SUBJECT.

BEST REGARDS,
DR.ATIKU BELLO
CHIEF AUDITOR TO MR PRESIDENT

Happy Birthday Ted McGinley


Poor guy. He ought to be remembered for shouting "nerds" in like a dozen Revenge of the Nerds movies (by the way, why didn't the non-nerds ever get to strike back? that seems unfair).

Instead, he's the poster child for jumping the shark (here and here). There is a section focused on McGinley specifically. But I am telling you, after studying the data, that Ted McGinley did not kill Happy Days, The Love Boat, Dynasty, Hotel, Married with Children, Sports Night, and West Wing.

He does have a crappy agent who only got him gigs on shows in the sunsets of their run (with the exception of Married with Children which he was on for eight years--what job have you had for eight years?). I think West Wing and Sports Night were short story arcs written specifically for him (so Aaron Sorkin doesn't think he's a curse either), and I thought for sure he had an Emmy nomination for West Wing, but I guess I'm confusing him with Allison Janney again.

I mean, he appeared on an episode of 'Til Death back in 2007, and that flaming piece of crap show is still on the air (I believe it will not be back next year and FOX is merely burning off the already filmed episodes, but... UGH... also, Brad Garrett has 3 Emmys and Patrick Warburton doesn't even have a nomination? how is that right? I know this is McGinley's birthday post, but, um, I think he's doing just fine being an incredibly handsome, constantly working actor in America).

Happy birthday dude! Avoid those nerds!

Happy Birthday Mel Blanc

It's estimated that tens of millions of people hear his voice every day. Last week I did a post about June Foray, just because, and while her contributions are vast, Blanc's are vaster (more vast?). He was the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, and Sylvester the cat (not the disco singer).

I say, I say, he was also the voice of Foghorn Leghorn.

And Pepe LePew. And Sylvester Jr. (you know, maybe it wasn't so much that Mel was a genius, but that Warner Bros. was really cheap).

And Marvin the Martian, and that little chicken hawk thingy that was always smack talking (Henery the Hawk ((that's how it's spelled))).

Did I mention Tweetie Bird?

Elmer Fudd?

He's the "meep meep" of the Road Runner.

Speedy Gonzales, the Tazmanian Devil and Wile E. Coyote (I'd forgotten he spoke in later cartoons).

And others.

And then? Then he started working for Hanna-Barbera. So he's also the voice of Barney Rubble, Dino, and Captain Caveman, among dozens of others.

It's a testament to the love and respect fans from all over the world had for him that a tribute for him after he passed away in 1989--"Speechless" (below)--is the best selling piece of animation art Warner Bros. has ever created:

But the man has no EGOT. No nominations. He passed away before the Emmys created a category for voice work.

And, AND, he grew up in Portland, Oregon! Here's what appears to be a local high school students report on him, via youtube. Most of the buildings and infrastructure were not in place when Blanc lived here, but that high school is still around.


Happy birthday dude! We totally salute you!

Song of the Day: "Always"

BT (Brian Transeau) and I share the same birthday. I learned that, just now, reading his Wikipedia entry. I hadn't heard of BT before last week, but apparently he's been around a while as a DJ and an electronic music artist. These Hopeful Machines is his sixth album (there are dozens of singles and remixes as well), so I've got a back catalog to request from the library.

This track features Rob Dickinson from Catherine Wheel (squeal, I love her!). Formerly of Catherine Wheel as they are no more(?). Anyway, enjoy.