Sunday, December 31, 2006

Hussein Buried Alive

In keeping with Bou Nasser custom, Saddam Hussein was buried alive along side his two sons in a cemetery outside Tikrit. Highlights of the screaming are available through your Windows Media Player.

In other news President Ford's funeral is available through Time Warner in High Definition Simulcast, and James Brown's back-from-the-dead-pimp-daddy-shuffle just went viral on YouTube.

Friday, December 29, 2006

The stuff I don't wanna know could fill a book

Browsing through the "Best of" lists that define this time of the year, let me tell you the things I DON'T want to read, see and listen to:


1. Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals . The Botany of Desire was one of the most overhyped books of a few years ago: Fool me once.

2. I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence Amy Sedaris . I received this as an Xmas gift and admit I was curious. But frankly the whole thing creeps me out. I'm stickin' with David.

3. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream Barack Obama : On of the WORST titles I've ever heard, but my wife assures me it's worth reading.

4. Special Topics in Calamity Physics Marisha Pessl : Ok, she's a babe, but the title is oh so precious.

5. Mommy? Maurice Sendak : Sendak's an old Kook and his books scare children. I hate Where the Wild Things Are.

6. This I Believe: Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women Jay Allison : Ugh! The radio spots are bad enough! And I agree with the WSJ editor: these are not philosophies; I can find the same idiot ramblings on the editorial page of my local newspaper.

7. Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel--Why Everything You Know is Wrong John Stossel : John, you've got to get out of your comfort zone. Can someone embed this fella with the Marines in Iraq?

Not that I'm an Iraq junkie, but I have read and can recommend:

1. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright

2. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq Thomas E. Ricks

3. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation Sid Jacobson


Ya, here's some more stuff I have no interest in:

1. Continuum , John Mayer : No question, he's a great guitarist, but I don't want to listen to his music.

2. Pearl Jam , Pearl Jam : zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

3. Highway Companion , Tom Petty : Huh? Did you say something? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

4. The Road to Escondido, J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton: Detour: Take the Road to Encenada

5. I'm Not Dead, Pink : No, but your career is.

6. Sam's Town , The Killers : "Somebody told me, you had a CD, that sounds like the eighties, that I listened February of last year...."


I'm limiting my comments to kids movies, since I have three daughters and these are the only movies I see any more. Movies my kids and me had no interest in seeing in 2006:

1. Ant Bully: Tom Hanks: you're golden, but we won't watch anything you produce - like The Polar Express, The Da Vinci Code and this thing that makes us think of Ants, which is a really bad movie. No, no, no... nevermind that it's not the same movie, it's still got the foul association with that other movie. Pass.

2. Barnyard The Original Party Animals: It's like Toy Story on a Farm!

3. Benchwarmers: Wait! It's got Rob Schneider, David Spade and the guy from Napoleon Dyno...

4. ...mite! And on the topic, nothing with Jack Black; no Nacho Libre, no Tenacious D, no The Holiday . We don't wanna see his big, muggy face fowl up another movie, 'stand?

5. Click: O boy, nothin spells funny like Adam Sandler!

6. Doogal: Ya, my kids weren't fooled by this sack of wet pooh. Few movies boast a cast including Jimmy Falloon, John Stewart, William Macy and Sir Ian McKellen (Sir Ian, I do believe you're phoning-it-in.)

7. Night at the Museum: Please, kill the comic wonder that is Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in movies together.

8. The Shaggy Dog: Holy timewarp, Tim Allen still has a film career? Yes, and his worst offering this year was not The Santa Claus III: Escape Claus, but this Disney Re-do Doggy Doo-doo.

9. The Wild: Animals escape the NY zoo and stowaway to Africa. Madagascar: Animals escape the NY zoo and stowaway to Madagascar. Folks, I really don't give a shit which movie was "conceived" first. They're both derivative of any number of Pixar movies (think Nemo without the jokes). But neither can be worse than...

10. Happy Feet! Why? Cause I actually had to sit through this misery biscuit this afternoon at the cineplex.

(easy stomach)

Where do I begin? A penguin named Memphis that sings like Elvis (don't laugh, someone got paid millions to think that up). Nicole Kidman channeling Madonna as Breathless Mahoney (someone take back her Oscar). Robin Williams... robin williams... he does ALL voices; the Barry White smooth talking Lovelace, the Tony Montana chicano penguin, he even does the narration (no, it's not Morgan Freeman, but some bizarre riffing on Uncle Remus).

The story involves penguins finding their "inner song", and something tagged on about global warming. Rest assured, there's more singing and preaching than Dreamgirls. It starts with a medley of Heartbreak Hotel and Prince's Kiss and never lets go from there!

Can you hear the pitch? It's like March of the Penguins with animation and songs!

Bring me the head of the exec. that greenlighted this guano.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Take it to the bridge

James Brown dead at 73.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

The 24 Days of YouTube - December 24th, 2006

One of these babies better be under my tree tonight:

Johnny West by Marx! And Jane comes with her own makeup kit!

Kenner SSP Smash Up Derby (everything you see "rah-chere"):

Ice Bird! You're such a nice bird:

GI Joe with Kung-Fu grip! Way ta' go Hasbro!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

The 24 Days of YouTube - December 23rd, 2006

From 1973... Wizzard's I wish it could be Christmas every day

(I am deeply sorry for introducing you to this):

Friday, December 22, 2006

Canada's entertainment workers ready to strike!!!

Zounds people, do you know what this means?

No 25 Years of Skinnamarink , No Anne Murray: The Music Of My Life? No Coronation Street?...

The 2 hour live prime time broadcast of the The Federal Budget ? Gone.

Kurt Browning: Gotta Skate V ? Outahere.

The Queen's Christmas Message 2006? Nada...

Yer darn tootin' I'm startin'a petition! And call your MLAs!
The 24 Days of YouTube - December 22nd, 2006

Christmas Tweety and Sylvester:

Thursday, December 21, 2006

24 Days of YouTube - December 21st, 2006

Skeletor Finds His Christmas Spirit:

From the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special. Skeletor sets aside his evil ways - if for only one day. With a story line more convoluted than Frank Herbert's Dune, thank the geek at Wikipedia for breaking it down for us:

"While everybody else is preparing for his and Princess Adora's birthday, Prince Adam is helping Man-At-Arms finish up the Sky Spy, a space shuttle intended to spy on Skeletor. The moment they head back to the castle, though, Orko gets inside the ship and messes around with the controls, causing the ship to blast off into the sky with him in it. Skeletor catches sight of the aircraft and, despite not knowing what it is or who's flying it, gives chase after it in the Kleptor. But before he can take it down, He-Man and She-Ra, who are also unaware that Orko's in the Sky Spy, show up and punch a hole in the Kleptor, throwing it off course.

Orko, meanwhile, tries to get the Sky Spy to land by way of a magic spell, which causes the shuttle to disappear from
Eternia's atmosphere and crash-land somewhere on Earth. Immediately following this, he meets two children named Miguel and Alisha, who had gone out to get their family's Christmas tree and got lost in doing so. Orko brings them into the crashed Sky Spy, where they explain Christmas to him.

Back on Eternia, everyone discovers that Orko is missing when they find his magic spellbook, which he supposedly is never without (he dropped it while getting into the Sky Spy). Man-At-Arms manages to pull up the coordinates for the Sky Spy's location, which
Queen Marlena recognizes as Earth's coordinates (back at the beginning of the special, she mentions that she used to celebrate Christmas back on Earth).

Unfortunately, Man-At-Arms' Transport Beam needs a Carium Water Crystal, of which there are none on Eternia, in order to gain enough power to bring Orko back. Adora suggests that there might be one on Etheria, and, after secretly transforming into She-Ra, rides off on Swift Wind.

Once on Etheria, She-Ra enlists the help of
Mermista to help attain the crystal, which is guarded by a fierce creature known as the Beast Monster. They manage to do just that, but just as She-Ra and Swift Wind prepare to leave, they're halted by a group of huge android menaces who trap them in a plastic bubble. She-Ra recognizes these robots as the Monstroids, having been told about them by some friends of hers known as the Manchines. The Monstroids then leave for their headquarters, leaving She-Ra and Swift Wind to escape.
Upon Adora's return with the crystal, Man-At-Arms gets the Transport Beam working, and sure enough, Orko and the Sky Spy are transported back in, but Orko has brought Miguel, Alisha and their Christmas tree with them. After explanations of where they came from, the kids are told that it may take a few days for the crystal to recharge before they can return to their homeworld, and they're quite distressed that they might miss Christmas. Queen Marlena, sympathizing with these kids from her own homeworld, decides to combine Adam and Adora's birthday party into a Christmas party. Meanwhile, Skeletor and
Hordak are summoned by their supreme master, Horde Prime, who believes that the Christmas spirit that is now being brought to Eternia is the only thing that could possibly stop his rise to power. He orders them to go capture the two Earth children, saying that whoever brings them to him will be well-rewarded.

Soon, just as
Bow finishes writing a song he wrote about Christmas, Hordak shows up and uses a tractor beam to capture Miguel and Alisha, taking Orko with them. He and his minions don't get far, though, before their ship is brought down by the Monstroids, who take the children hostage themselves (they plan on dealing with Horde Prime themselves when he comes for the children) and force Hordak and his men to retreat. Luckily, the Manchines (the Monstroids' aforementioned enemies) show up to rescue Orko and the kids. The Monstroids try to stop them from escaping, but He-Man and She-Ra, having been told of the kids' location by Peekablue, show up just in time to handle them, with help from the other Manchines. But while that's going on, Skeletor comes in and captures Miguel and Alisha, taking with them a Manchine puppy named Relay.

But then Hordak reappears and shoots down Skeletor's sky-scooter, crash-landing him in some snowy mountains; because of this, Skeletor is now forced to bring his prisoners to Horde Prime on foot. During the trek, he finds a sudden urge of kindness that results in him fitting the children with winter jackets to protect them from the cold, bringing Relay along so he doesn't freeze to death, and even protecting the kids from a snowbeast. He also inquires the children about Christmas, all the while trying to reassure them (and himself) that he's still a bad guy. Just as Horde Prime arrives in his ship, He-Man and She-Ra finally catch up, but Hordak arrives as well; he knocks Skeletor out by defecting a laser blast and distracts He-Man and She-Ra by sending out numerous Horde Troopers. But just in the nick of time, Relay licks Skeletor's face; he wakes up and saves his would-be captives by shooting down Horde Prime's ship.

Obviously angry at this, Horde Prime attempts to shoot Skeletor, but He-Man and She-Ra lift his ship up and throw it into space before he has a chance to. The kids thank Skeletor for saving them (a fact that He-Man is surprised at), which he reluctantly admits is true, and Skeletor is relieved to learn that he'll only be overtaken by Christmas spirit once a year.

Back at the castle, as the good guys celebrate their Christmas party, Adam, dressed as
Santa Claus, giving the kids flying belts. Man-At-Arms then uses the Transporter to send Miguel and Alisha back to their home, where they are welcomed back by their parents. "

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Have A Nice Life... Day

On May 25th, 1977 George Lucus let us into one of the most unforgettable and influential cinematic fantasy worlds we would ever witness. Star Wars heralded Lucas as a genius, and it would have stayed that way if a year-and-a-half-later he hadn't unleashed one of the most unforgettable pieces of crap of all time, The Star Wars Holiday Special (Howard The Duck and the Star Wars "prequels" would follow).

This epic (and I do mean epic, it clocks in at 2 hours, but this version condenses the juicy bits down to 5 minutes) tells the story of Chewbacca and his struggles to get back home to... I don't know, Wookieland... to celebrate the holidays with his wife Malla, son "Lumpy", and father "Itchy". A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away from Festivus, there was Life Day, and to hear Princess Leia sing the triumphant Life Day anthem is to know that God is with us during this warm and Ewok-fuzzy time of year.

The Star Wars Holiday Special aired only once, on November 17th, 1978, before some exec brought George to his senses and convinced him that to leave it out there could mean certain ruin for his Sci-Fi franchise. Pirate copies have been out there on the internet for years (at a high price). Now through the power of YouTube it is has been restored to its full glory.

So enjoy George's Folly, starring Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford (did he ever look more awkward - wait... I forgot about Hollywood Homicide), Art Carney, Harvey Korman (you heard me), Beatrice Arthur (I said, you head me), and... AND... The Jefferson Starship:

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

24 Days of Youtube - December 19th, 2006

SCTV - The Dusty Townes Sexy Holiday Special

Catherine O'Hara has never been funnier. John Candy as Devine! "I'll be a homo for Christmas", Marcy Odette and the Solid Gold Dancers!

Monday, December 18, 2006

24 Days of YouTube - December 18, 2006

A trio of French wonders this morning. First, from 1966 it's Christmas with Sheila and Douce France. Sheila knows how to cut a rug. I am learning this jig come next Monday:

And look! It's Dorothee and Henri with Vive Le Vent! Kick it Funky Snowmen!

Finally, the disco inferno from Cambellton, New Brunswick that is Patsy Gallant. Don't let the slow start fool you; this hot mamma kicks it up a notch with her smokin' rendition of Mon Pays.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

December 17th - The 24 Days of YouTube - Eartha Kitt

Ya, ya you've heard her version of Santa Baby, but have you seen it? Classic. And if you don't know, she voiced Ysma in The Emperor's New Groove for which she should have won some kind of a voice award or something.

FYI: Just do a search on YouTube for this song and see all the dreck you have to sift through - no,lady, please... PLEASE don't strip to the Britney Spears version.

I'm doing you a favor, I wade through the crap.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Lost In America

Between Britney's cooter and Son of the Duke Lacrosse Players Scandal it's hard to tell which spells slow news month more across the country.

Oh right, then we have The Great Oregon Mount Hood Rescue. If I have to hear anything more about three idiots who took to hiking in a snow storm I'll hop a plane and go dig them out myself.

Think I'm being uncharitable? Get a load of what locals think in The Oregonian:

Lost climbers: Risk-taking annoys public

"Why are smart, "experienced climbers" lost on this mountain in December?

Is there something in climbers that makes them think they're invincible? And do they ever consider that the risks they take impact the safety of those who might have to come searching for them?


We have a limited pool of searchers qualified to search Mount Hood in these treacherous winter conditions. Now we have a search in play that is taxing the most experienced of our people.

Lost are three climbers described as "very experienced." I cannot understand how climbers of this caliber chose to take a cell phone over a radio locator. Is it weight? Can they only be rented?

I sincerely hope the answer is not "it comes down to choice," because we now have rescue climbers on this mountain in the worst of conditions searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack, and they are all at risk for death or serious injury.


There is a vast difference between the vacationing Kim family, who had no idea of the risk they would be taking on that remote mountain road, and the three experienced climbers lost on Mount Hood who undertook a risky challenge on purpose, knowing full well the problems they might encounter. They made an "informed decision" to go out with minimal gear.

Mountain climbing in winter is, by definition, a high-risk activity. It is unrealistic for those who choose to risk their lives to expect others to come to their rescue if they have difficulties.

A good rule of thumb for the Oregon winter would be: Don't count on being rescued. Stay within your ability and pay attention to the weather that can change quickly. If you have to be rescued, be prepared to pay for the cost of all that equipment and all those man hours.


The plight of the missing climbers on Mount Hood proves, once again, that it doesn't matter how smart, well-prepared or experienced one is. Their route, from Cooper Spur up Eliot Glacier and over the summit, was overly ambitious during most months, but to do so in December is to defy Mother Nature.

Mount Hood demands our respect. Unfortunately, Mother Nature will always get the last word.

P.D. TAIT, Northeast Portland

I'm with Ms. Anderson; rescue them, get them home where they belong - get them off the television 24-hours-a-day - and when it's all over send them an invoice wrapped with a big bow.
Holy Gefilte Fish! It's Chanukah!

Enjoy Sarah Silverman's Give the Jew Girl Toys

(and if you think this is in poor taste you don't wanna be googling A Charlie Brown Kwanzaa)

300 Say They Got Ill at Olive Garden

punchline coming...

(wait for it)

Then they got ill at Bennigan's too

(rim shot)

Friday, December 15, 2006

Dogs of War on Christmas

At the risk of a red state backlash, if I dreamed up a schmaltzy parody of a flag-waving Christmas ballad I couldn't improve on the excruciating teary-eyed hymn which is A Soldier's Silent Night.

You're unfamiliar with this patriotic piece of corn pone? Well it's playing on the hour on every Christmas radio station across the country interrupting perfectly good sets of holiday music cheer.

Originally penned and recorded in 1987 by Blackfive and titled "Merry Christmas, My Friend", it tells the story of dear old Santa who on his Christmas eve ride encounters a weary solidier asleep in his bunk. The sight brings Santa to tears and he is unable to continue with his annual ride. Suddenly, the soldier awakes:

But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
said "Carry on, Santa, it's Christmas Day, all secure."
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.


Unfortunately it appears I need an attitude adjustment. Folks here, and here and especially here fail to see the humor in all this.

And this does not mean I don't support our troops. One trip to Any Soldier can reduce me to tears about the hardships of war (on that topic, please visit the sight and make a donation).

You can be patriotic, but do you have to support such a bad song? Truth is, so many others have done it better. Check out A Fighter Pilot's Christmas from In Country, a recording of Vietnam era songs. And the Reverend Oris Mays' Another Christmas Without My Son is direct and heartbreaking.

To hear this holiday turkey, click here (always faithful indeed)
24 Days of YouTube - December 15th

It's the Mills Brothers! Enjoy.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

24 days of Youtube - December 14th, 2006

Rankin / Bass spoofs are low fruit on the parody tree.

(Hermie and Rudolph are gay... yup... HE-larious).

But this one about the current world "sitsation" is pretty good:

And now, your feel-good headline of the day:

Parents Sleep As Pup Chews Off Baby's Toes

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Peter Boyle of Everybody Loves Raymond Dies

Or so say the headlines. I never watched the show. And though I loved him in Young Frankenstein, these are not how I will remember Peter Boyle. Peter Boyle drives a movie like The Candidate. In a film overflowing with virtuoso performances, his 5 minutes in Taxi Driver are riveting.

That's how I remember Peter Boyle.
And those who can't teach gym?

Oh Bill Leslie... ha, ha, ha... you wacky, WACKY guy... ha, ha, ha...

Pots and pans for Christmas... ha, ha... you slay me... and toy robots... ha, ha, ha...

Now I know why WRAL keeps you around... you're such a cut up. And your blog... ha, ha, ha... BRILLIANT...

Keep up the good work, buddy... you are so funny. And you play the guitar too! ha, ha, ha... so talented...

I'll add your RSS feed right away...

Slave to the Rythymmmm!!!!

The 24 Days of YouTube - December 13th

Grace Jones was in my dream last night (some might debate that being a dream). Anyway I was talking to someone about her abilities as a couture model or something... but I digress.

Today we have Ms. Jones' rendition of the Little Drummer Boy on the Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special. Globie seems to enjoy it. My favorite bit is when Pee Wee does that little dance:

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tufts Tumult

Forget about the racism, Primary Source's "satire", Oh Come All Ye Black Folk is offensive for two primary reasons:

1. It doesn't scan

2. It isn't funny

In fact, none off their mock carols are funny (this is what an exclusive education gets you? Feeble parody?) Hoover and Greene should apologize for wasting our time:

O Come All Ye Black Folk
Boisterous yet Desirable
O come ye, O come ye to our University
Come and we will admit you,
Born in to oppression;
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
Fifty-two black freshman.

O Sing, gospel choirs,
We will accept your children,
No matter what your grades are, F's, D's, or G's,
Give them all privileged status;
We will welcome all.
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
Fifty-two black freshman.

All come! Blacks, we need you,
Born into the ghetto.
O Jesus! We need you now to fill our racial quotas.
Descendants of Africa, with brown skin arriving:
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
Fifty-two black freshman.

Mean spirited, ignorant, lame

December 12th, 2006 - A Badger Badger Christmas

If you're not acquainted with the "Badger Badger" phenom - with apologies to Osama, are you living in a cave? - here is a primer:

The original Badger Badger is a must for you and your kiddies. You will giggle with delight - your kiddies because they were born silly; you because of the mind-altering drugs you consumed this morning:

Since then, there have been several Badger knockoffs. Most are pathetic, though I do enjoy this live action version:

My favorite is this Harry Potter themed rendition (not on YouTube but this renegade site):

But now, the raison d'etre of this morning's post... yes it's the holiday edition of Badger Badger:

Monday, December 11, 2006

24 days of YouTube - December 11, 2006

I know, it's Monday again - who's got time for this? Enjoy a thirty second message as former Premier of Manitoba, Gary Filmon gives his annual holiday message:

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Orange County - Top Stories of 2006

The Chapel Hill News has asked readers for opinions on the top local stories for 2006.

The story missed is the resignation of Gregg Jarvies after 31 years of police service. The Chapel Hill police chief's departure, coupled with the announced retirement of Durham police chief, Steve Chalmers next year, and recent problems in the Raleigh police department may mean a serious public safety leadership vacuum for the Triangle in 2007.

In no particular order here are my comments on the editors' suggestions at CHN:

Stories worth recapping:

1. The Apple Chill Shootings: So what have we learned from all this? (see Halloween bash and Festifall)

2. Chatham Elections: I don't live in Chatham County, but I would think the accelerated growth in that area is news worthy.

3. Dancing Ban at Carr Mill Mall: Freedom of expression; Ya Baby! Bruce is king! Saw him yesterday at Weaver street, he never looked happier.

4. Town Council approval of Lot 5: While acknowledging this is a tricky issue, it passed and I am not in favor of it. Will Raymond has covered this well.

Stories that - while interesting - still have not played out

1. Gun Violence in Orange County - two isolated incidents do not a trend make.

2. John McCormick - Wake me when they catch the guy.

3. New Hotel on Franklin - It's not open yet, it's a skimpy month behind schedule... what's the story?

And finally, these are not stories

1. Rodney Murray - a tragedy, leave it at that.

2. John Bunting / Butch Davis - Talk about over coverage... Enough already!

3. Elections - Orange changes voting districts! Baddour beats Stein! Paint dries on Wall!

4. Kidzu - A museum the size of a bathroom stall opens downtown... zzzzzzzzz
December 10th, 2006 - the 24 days of YouTube

A real treat this morning, Richard Williams' 1971 animated version of A Christmas Carol. Narrated by Michael Redgrave with Alastair Sim as Scrooge and cartoon work by Chuck Jones, you will not find a more faithful version (in under one hour!) than this academy award winning special. In four parts, so curl up with the children and enjoy:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Itsu Sushi - Coming to America

Now with Polonium-210 Isotope!
December 9th

Hit the office party a little hard last night? Maybe you need Hollywood bail bonds:

(and what's with that guy's teeth?

Friday, December 08, 2006

December 8th - the 24 days of YouTube

I enjoy this 1957 performance of White Christmas by Gisele MacKenzie, but I'm having a little problem with her French. Is she saying,

Oh when the sun of Christmas comes,
Then the wind comes
I see the eyes of my mother,
And I adore Christmas

Huh? What's a Mac singing in French for in the first place?

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Sting and Lute to Wed

According to reports Sting and his lute are getting married in 07.

A "source" has said that the two - who have been inseparable since the release of the former Police front man's Songs From the Labyrinth, a collection of 16th century medieval music - will exchange vows this spring in Naples.

A tender moment in Sting's private chambers

Sting was introduced to his lute by former boyfriend, Edin Karamazov from Sarajevo.

Sting and the lute were first spotted at an appearance on NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Sightings continued at the tribute to James Taylor in Los Angeles. By the time of last week's lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Centre it was obvious that Sting and the lute were more than just friends.

Last week in New York - playing for keeps?

Reps for Sting will not comment on the location of the wedding, members of the wedding party or any of the invited guests. The super-secret ceremony has created a frenzy in Italy as media outlets there search for Sting / lute wedding clues. And the question lingers - will this be the biggest rockstar medival musical instrument wedding of the year?
The 24 Days of YouTube - December 7th

Ok, enough crap. Mr. Bean's Nativity Scene is one of the funniest comedy bits - ever!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas on Acid

Actually I really like Suzy Snowflake. Another fine holiday offering from the 50s:

Monday, December 04, 2006

Nintendo Wii

Can anyone find me a Nintendo Wii gaming system before the 25th? We've looked everywhere, stood in lines... nada.

Seriously, top American dollar and a cup of coffee is in store to the good soul who can scam one and ship it to me before xmas (think of my little ones and their sad faces on Christmas morn without their Wii)

Oh, and here's your December 5th offering: a vintage Sega Saturn Xmas ad from Japan.


Sunday, December 03, 2006

December 4th

Yes, I know it's Monday morning and you're busy, but this will only take 30 seconds.

And it's important... There's still time to order your Carvel holiday cake!

If you're in the New England or Florida area there's a 1-800 number and everything.

Never mind that Santa's just Fudgie the Whale turned on his side, it's the thought that counts:

December 3rd - your Sunday football offering

Ahh, the Eighties. I remember it for two things: bad music videos and the Dallas Cowboys winning nothing.

This next clip brings together both of these favorites. It's 1986 and the Cowboys are a long way off from Superbowl Triple-X. What would you do to revive your slumping franchise?

Why release a holiday video, of course!

We all remember Christmas in Dallas don't we? It was a big hit South of the Brazos!

A Monday morning quarterback might call this a marketing mishap. But then again who knew a bunch of cheerleaders would be so successful:

Saturday, December 02, 2006

December 2nd

Hardrock, Coco and Joe is a sweet little ditty from the 50s.

Joe's the useless one; thank god looks count for something. Pity the child who gets visited by the other three inbreds in the night.

If you grew up in the Chicago area you're probably familiar with this holiday tale:

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Twenty-Four Days of YouTube

In lieu of Christmas cards, this year I'm sending a clip a day of the best (and worst) that's out there for the holidays on Youtube.

December 1st gives us the bountiful gifts of 1985's A John Allan Cameron Christmas!

Those who don't know John Allan: he's a big deal to the old folks back in the Maritimes in Canada.

First things first, is everyone in this show tone deaf?

The only thing that makes this down home turd log the least bid bearable is the knowledge that John Allan died last week and is remembered fondly back home - as he should be, but not for this: