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Vintage Video: Gay Edition May 4, 2008

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These are songs with a gay sensibility, be they the song lyrics or one or more of the group members being gay.

1) The Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin (Come on, a nun dancing in a rest room with a hunky boy, you figure it out.)

2) The Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (East, west – here in Providence East is the ritzy side, west is the poor side)

3) The Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done to Deserve This (Probably the gayest one of the bunch. and includes a solo by Dusty Springfield)

4) Erasure – Lay All Your Love On Me (This is a synth number that tries to be high NRG but misses it a little)

5) Erasure – A Little Respect (The line being “What reason reason would drive a man to posses his lover…)

6) Erasure – Chains of Love (This one is a gay anthem for sure.)

Special note about Erasure. My first exposure to them happened in the late 80’s. I was just beginning my coming out process and had met Ron and Mike. Ron ended up being one of my BFF except in my lexicon, BFF doesn’t mean Best Friends Forever though part of it works, Best Fucking Friend is more to my liking though not in the sexual sense. You get it right?

Anyhow we used to do afternoon drinks at a little gay bar called Galaxy and Erasure would frequently be playing.

Anyhow Ron was my confidant, he new my inner freak. He also knew my taste in men and well, he actually helped me find them. I’d be home and I’d get a phone call to come over to his apartment, there was someone he wanted me to meet.

Ron died back in 1994 of complications of AIDS. I still miss him to this day.

Continuing on…

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (The unedited version none the less.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The Power of Love

ABC – The Look of Love (I don’t know why but ABC always screamed gay to me.)

ABC – Poison Arrow

And Onanite, you have to know at least a couple of these. You too were a creature from the 80’s like me.


Hating Windows September 3, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Apple, Dell, Microsoft, NBC, YouTube.
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I’ve been using XP for a long time now on a Dell XPS M140. The machine is an improvement over my last machine which was a Windows 2000 box but some things annoy me.

First is the wireless performance. We have two of these XPS boxes, one with the Intel wireless the other with the Dell wireless. The Dell wireless card is based on a Broadcomm chipset and I can tell you from experience that it sucks ass.

My Intel card is no picnic either. Well, maybe it’s not the card itself but the absolutely fucked DHCP implementation of Windows. If you read the details regarding DHCP and then contrast it to the implementation that MS used for Windows you’ll see what I mean. It’s fucked.

The other day I got the chance to play with a co-workers new MacBook Pro. First off the machine is light as a feather and has cool features that my Dell lacks, like built in camera, illuminated keyboard, anti-shock disk parking, etc. The one thing it doesn’t have that my XPS does is a card reader that’ll use SD, xD and mMC cards. Oh well.

But what really floored me is that using VMWare my co-worker was able to run a full install of Windows Vista on it. Virtualization rocks.

And don’t tell me that Vista will solve my woes since it won’t. It’s a bloated piece of shit.

So come tax time I think I’ll be ditching my PC and going Mac. Can’t say I didn’t warn you.

Now playing: Zapp & Roger – So Ruff, so Tuff
via FoxyTunes

I'm Leaving Blogger February 12, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Bad manners, Nick Gisburne, Ron Paul, YouTube.
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I’m leaving Blogger. You might ask why so I’ll explain.

A well known British atheist by the name of Nick Gisburne had his YouTube account deleted and all his videos wiped because someone objected to his slide show of quotes from the Muslim holy book. It wasn’t the fact that he quoted it, but the fact that the quotes all showed Islam to be a not so peaceful religion. For that YouTube hosed his account.

Many of you might be aware that Blogger is now owned by Google, as is YouTube. In protest I deleted all my YouTube videos, and I’m closing this blog in few weeks. Maybe I’ll change my mind if someone from Google wants to answer this post. If not I won’t be posting anything new here anymore. It’s sad it had to come to this, but Google used to have the motto ‘do no harm’. Now they’re becoming much to corporate and I think we all need to re-evaluate our relationship with Google.

Here’s the link to my new blog. Please update your bookmarks/favorites. While you’re at it, why not yank your blog away from Blogger and head on over to WordPress.

And did I mention, you can import all your blogger posts to WordPress.

A great U2 and Bush Mashup on YouTube February 10, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Error 10048, George W. Bush, mashups, politics, Ron Paul, Tony Blair, YouTube.
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Check this out.

And there’s more, as Bush does Lou Reed’s “The Wild Side”

George W. Bush and Tony Blair (No no, not Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder in a tennis match) singing “Endless Love”

And then Tony Blair by himself singing that 1981 Clash hit “Should I Stay or Should I Go”. This pre rock-the-casbah.

Unfortunately this one is for real. Colin Powell singing the Village People’s “YMCA”

So there really is some humor in politics.

The Bud ad that didn't make it to the Superbowl February 6, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Budweiser, Ron Paul, YouTube.
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Let me first state that I consider Budweiser, the self named King of Beers to be very much like water. I normally drink Heineken or Bass Ale (I picked up the Bass Ale habit from my former network guy who is now the IT director at the AG’s office).

Anyhow, in all its glory and watch it while you can because the DMCA bullshit is going on at YouTube:

Too Funny January 17, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Dave Matthews Band, parody, Ron Paul, YouTube.
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As a die-hard flaming liberal I love this little parody video. Young Republican indeed.

The transformation is funny – kind of like An American Werewolf in London.

A couple of new blasphemous video sites January 16, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Dave Matthews Band, doctors, parody, religion, Ron Paul, YouTube.
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The first is Mr. Deity. Some truly funny videos if you have any background reference in Judeo-Christian religions. I mean, come on – am omniscient and omnipotent god needing peoples help? Why that’s ludicrous. BTW, this is also available as a podcast so if you have iTunes installed I strongly suggest you subscribe to it.

The other is God, Inc. This one is a little more about the day to day operations of the company.

It is my sincere hope that Christian fundamentalists somehow find out about these great videos and work themselves into a foaming at the mouth, self destructive frenzy.

On Aliens January 10, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Aliens, F-117, Faraday, Google Video, Ron Paul, UFO, YouTube.
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I’m talking the kind from outer space. Here’s an interesting little video for you to chew on. Supposedly it’s from 1972 but the reference to Close Encounters of the Third Kind indicates that this video was produced sometime after 1977. And around 50 minutes in he mentions the end of the Reagan administration which puts us clearly at 1989. The whole video is a little suspicious to me. But not because I believe, but because much of it sounds too far fetched. Put it this way, this video is the omnibus of crazy.

What’s interesting is the theory that our centimeter RADAR can bring down alien spacecraft. This is highly suspect since wouldn’t it make sense if alien spacecraft are capable of traversing large distances of space at speeds approaching or faster than light, would they not need technology to see whats in front of them, something like our RADAR.

Granted, they seem to have a firmer grasp of physics than we have. For example, in the video its stated that aliens have to be kept in Faraday cages, otherwise they can walk through walls. Interestingly Faraday cages are employed in a common medical scanning technology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) since an MRI machine uses both high magnetic fields and a radio frequency generator to image our insides. That means the room has to be radio frequency (RF) quiet.

Regarding walking through walls, matter as we know it isn’t what we think. For example, pick up a rock. It has weight (due to gravity), and feels solid. In reality the strong and weak nuclear forces interact to make that rock appear so to us, but there’s so much empty space in that rock that it might as well be light years between atoms and particles in said rock.

Based on the above, it would be interesting if we could conquer the strong and weak nuclear forces beyond gross functions like fission and fusion.

Look at the spacecraft drawings in this video, The Roswell Incident. It was produced in 1995.

Doesn’t it look suspiciously like an F-117 stealth aircraft. It certainly does.

This leads me to the point that maybe our alleged visitors aren’t alien per se. Maybe they didn’t travel in space but in time or even space/time.

What is it about these groups? January 8, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Dave Matthews Band, music, Ron Paul, Shirley Phelps-Roper, Squirrel Nut Zippers, They Might Be Giants, YouTube.
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I don’t know why but I like They Might Be Giants (TMBG) and Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Here’s TMBG with “Istanbul”

And Squirrel Nut Zippers “Put a Lid On It”

And after watching Woody Allen’s “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” I think I know where TMBG and SNZ get some of their influence. Come to think of it, the generic music tracks sound an awful lot like SNZ.

So while my mainstream musical tastes are R&B/Soul/Neo-soul my tastes do wiggle out into other things. While I’m thinking about it here’s some more stuff I like:

The Cure

Dave Matthews Band

I think in the case of DMB I love the above track because it builds up layer by layer. And if you saw my iTunes library, you’d see that I love guitar and bass. Oh don’t get me wrong, brass is so cool, and I love synth too. But the main component of my library is guitar.

Animaniacs – Yakko's Universe January 4, 2007

Posted by truthspew in animaniacs, astronomy, cartoons, Monty Python, science, YouTube.
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So the Animaniacs tackle cosmology/astronomy. How very nice – The universe is a mind boggling huge place. So huge in fact that we use a little symbol for infinity.

Even our own Milky Way is huge.

Ok, light travels at 3×10^8 m/sec. Do the conversion to miles yourself.

Anyhow – the nearest galaxy is what, Andromeda 2 million light years away from the Milky Way Galaxy which is about 80,000 to 100,000 light-years in diameter, about 250,000 to 300,000 light-years in circumference, and outside the Galactic core, about 1,000 light-years in thickness.

Even traveling at the speed of light it’d take 80,000-100,000 YEARS to traverse from the middle to edge of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Lets say we manage to get to half the speed of light. To traverse the thickness of the bulge in the Milky Way would take 2,000 years.

Anyways, here’s Yakko giving us a comical but technically accurate rendering of the galaxy and universe.

And then of course that was based on this Monty Python skit: