hummingwolf: Gold starlike kaleidoscope images. (Gold stars)
Discovered last night that there are still some people who have not seen this one, so there is obviously a need to post the link: political video you must see. If you are not entirely sick of American politics yet (and, gosh, why would you be?*), then do go watch. It could be vitally important to your future.**

* Mommy, what's sarcasm?

** It isn't, but it could have been.

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Saturday, August 9th, 2008 12:23 pm
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Via [ profile] bad_science: Bill Nelson wins the internet. You know, I've put up with doctors who stuck Q-tips up my nose and called it therapeutic, but if anyone ever started singing his career history to the tune of "Simple Gifts," I do believe I would run away screaming.

[Edit: biography. A must-read. (Well, read it for as long as you can stand it, anyway.)]

It seems somehow appropriate that the one other video I've watched today is this one: play Crazy for me.
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
Since I haven't been writing much lately, it seems like a good time to link to things I posted years ago. Summer is for reruns, right? Anyway, I referred to this in a discussion elsewhere last night, so feel free to re-read (or not, as the case may be): Care and feeding of your pet peeve.

Oh, since [ profile] animangel and I talked about being in the path of a hurricane tropical storm a while back, here's What I Did On My Isabel Vacation, by Hummingwolf. And for amusement value, there's an old entry about housemate interviews.

And for people not interested in my old posts, you can take a trip back to the eighties instead: Icehouse, "Street Cafe" video. Or maybe you'd like to watch "Icehouse" by Flowers, the group who renamed themselves to Icehouse, meaning this song is better known as "Icehouse" by Icehouse from the album Icehouse.
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
Is this video gothic?

hummingwolf: (My world is askew!)
Once again, technology is confusing me; and once again, it is certain that people are to blame. However, one has to wonder what, exactly, those people had in mind.

See, I can understand the motive behind most instances of web scraping: money. If you haven't got an original idea in your head, or if you haven't the inclination to put all your original ideas into practice, then it is so much easier to have some webcrawler go out and gather other people's content for you so you can put it up on your site, find out how many people click on links to your site when they do searches for something interesting, and collect the ad revenue. It is not a terribly ethical thing to do, but it certainly is understandable. What I don't get is the motivation for sites that collect the content and then change many of the words to something else so that it's barely recognizable as English--particularly when those sites do not appear to have any advertising on them.

Yesterday I found a prime example of what I'm talking about, and as a child of the '80s, I find it a most amusing one. Back in 2006, somebody posted a list of the songs on a compilation called Hit Mix 86 - continuous mix of 1986 hits. A cute little scraped blog posted a mutilated version of that entry a couple of days ago called "Fetch a blow Reembody 86- durational confound with regard to 1986 hits"--text-only Google cache here. In the new entry, "I" was replaced by oddities like "Psyche" or "Herself;" the band Sly Fox became "Slide Reynard," "Ready Sly dog," and "Privy Charmer;" and Paul Hardcastle's name became both "John Hardcastle" and "Clement of Alexandria Hardcastle."

As a longtime Nik Kershaw fan, I would love to hear him sing his hits "Wouldn’t Subliminal self Come True-spirited" and "Ruach Won’t Hampering the Glim Decline By use of Subliminal self" (formerly known as "Wouldn't It Be Good" and "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"). I was never a fan of Samantha Fox's song "Touch Me, (I want your body)," but hearing Samantha Wolf sing "Touch down You, (Ego neverness your corpulence)" would be a highlight of my life--particularly if she's doing a duet with her twin Samantha Sweet talker, known for her hit "Correspondence Other self (Himself Ullage Your Expansion)." Oh, and it's been a long time since I've heard Kate Howling wilderness singing "Steady Heavenward That Blister." Does anybody else have any opinions on other classic tunes in the mix?


Unrelatedly, [ profile] rialian posted a link to The Nature Institute's site about Nontarget Effects of Genetic Manipulation. At least, I think that's unrelated. Now that I think about it some more, I wonder what would happen if the bot that made the mutant page above were involved in creating transgenic organisms.

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 10:23 pm
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
As we were talking last night, a housemate and I somehow ended up discussing our experiences in middle school and high school, laughing about old classmates we probably hadn't thought of in years. As some of you are aware, I rent a room in a household which consists primarily of grad students and post-college folks in their 20s, making me the oldest person in the house. Anyway, part of the conversation went somewhat like this:

Her: I don't know if there were any of these in your era, but did you ever have girls in class who thought they had better bodies than anyone else and always wore revealing outfits to show them off while everyone else was wearing something more sensible?

Me: Oh yes, we had those.

Her: Well, one day there was one of those girls, wearing a miniskirt and tube top...

and so she went on with another story.

Some time after the conversation was over and we'd gone back to our rooms, I decided that the conversation wasn't really over after all. After knocking on her door and opening it at her invitation:

Me: Excuse me, I just had to set the record straight about something.

Her: Yes?

Me: You know how you asked whether we had those girls wearing miniskirts and tube tops in "my era"?

Her: Yes...

Me: It was the eighties. We had boys wearing leather miniskirts and tube tops.

It's always fun to give someone a good gigglefit before bedtime.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Lately I've been listening to lots of new music, trying to acquaint myself with more of the trends of the 21st century. Last night, the part of my brain responsible for earworms took its revenge by repeating not one, not two, but three songs from the '80s which I almost certainly have not heard since the '80s. I found lyrics for all three songs online, so they must have been real recordings and not the product of my fevered brain, but is there anybody who isn't me who remembers a single one of them?

Here there be lyrics )

While I'm here, I'll post some older lyrics I should've posted yesterday: Ides of March's biggest US hit, from way back in 1970--"Vehicle"!

Hey well, I'm a friendly stranger in a black Sedan
Won't you hop inside my car?
I got pictures, got candy, I'm a lovable man
And I can take you to the nearest star

I'm your vehicle, baby
I'll take you anywhere you wanna go
I'm your vehicle, woman
But I'm not sure that you know
That I love ya (love ya)
I need ya (need ya)
I want ya, got to have you, child
Great God in heaven, you know I love you
Yes, children, the '70s were a scary time )

(If you're terribly interested, the Ides of March lead singer & songwriter (who also co-wrote all of Survivor's hits and a few songs for .38 Special) tells the story of "Vehicle" on his site. It's kind of cute, actually.)
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
You ever hear a song which you adored half the times you listened to it but wanted to wipe off the face of the earth the rest of the time? 20 years ago, WHFS alternately delighted and annoyed me with this song. Yesterday, Launchcast played it for me. With a few breaks for things like doctor's appointments and thunderstorms, it's been running through my head ever since. I hope you all get earworms, though that's probably dependent on you actually having heard the song.

I scan the horizon for you, Mimi
I scan for the both of us
I scan the horizon for you, Mimi
I stand and scan on the strand of sand
stand and scan on the strand of sand

but first I'm sitting over here
see that gaggle of guys and girls
a typical day at the beach
well, typical 'til I make my speech
Jane Siberry--Mimi on the Beach )

What the heck--as long as we're in the category of Singer-Songwriters in the Mid-1980s, let's pit "Mimi on the Beach" up against "Marlene on the Wall."
Suzanne Vega )

Well, Mimi's still beating Marlene for the battle of my brain. Maybe it's time for more '80s music from the I Love It/Please Kill It category.

oh, *please* )

As long as I'm here...

the battle wages on... )

I think this post may have been enough to muck up my synapses for the entire week, and all I did was a bunch of copying & pasting. Yikes.


Sunday, June 29th, 2003 11:20 pm
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Listening to an '80s station on Launchcast, I skipped over a Starship song (even though I have a high tolerance for cheese, I do have standards), and "We Built This City" was immediately followed by Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Cities in Dust."

Maybe I'm too easily amused.

In other news, I'm still tired and hurting and more than a little bit antisocial. Hopefully will be up to updating and responding to e-mails tomorrow or the next day.


Wednesday, June 11th, 2003 08:37 am
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (one)
Woke up with the old Icehouse song "Man of Colours" running through my head. Man, I need to listen to that album today..

He says, "I keep my life in this paintbox
I keep your face in these picture frames
and when I speak to this faded canvas
it tells me
I have no need for words anyway..."

And this combined with seeing eBay ads by [ profile] gurdonark and [ profile] verian reminds me of a former housemate, an artist who used to make good money creating paintings by a variety of different "artists" with whatever names he thought appropriate to each painting and selling them online. He said the paintings he liked best were often the ones that sold for the lowest prices, while the ones he'd dash off in a fraction of an hour would get him gobs of cash. Somehow the fact that he could get paid so well for something that came so easily didn't stop him from moving out in the middle of a day trying to evade paying rent and utilities he owed.

Sunshine this morning, thunderstorms likely.
Pain slightly less than yesterday.
Breakfast required.

Now it's "The Kingdom" running through my brain:

I know a place where I keep the best of things
I'm not gonna wait for my piece of heaven
where there's a road, it leads to the promised land
I just turn the key, the key to the kingdom

I Still Believe

Sunday, January 19th, 2003 08:38 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Default)
Haven't heard this song in a long time. It somehow still has the power to both inspire and annoy me.

Lyrics for those who wonder what I'm talking about. )
This needs to be said: My friends are wonderful. The rest of my life stinks, but my friends are jewels beyond compare.

Once again optimism rears its ugly head. Good grief, what will it take to kill it once and for all?
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Default)
Was looking for something else just now, and found this story I wrote for a school assignment in 7th grade. I don't think it's at all bad for a 12-year-old; in fact, in spite of the subtitle, it strikes me as rather better than any story I've completed in the last decade. See what you think...

Teevy: A Rotten Imitation of a Greek Myth )


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