Thursday, July 19, 2007

Dual Guitar Simpsons

Zack Kim plays the Simpsons Theme on two guitars simultaneously

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Cadaver Calculator

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Woody Allen Interviews Billy Graham

This is too funny. Why don't we have more things like this today?

Part II

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Money Quotes

"When a person with money meets a person with experience, the person with the experience winds up with the money and the person with the money winds up with the experience."
— Harvey MacKay

"Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures but in the use made of them."
— Napolean Bonaparte

"Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen on the "gotta have it" scale."
— Zig Ziglar

"Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth."
— Margaret Thatcher

"Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping."
— Bo Derek

"I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position."
— Mark Twain

"Money was invented so we could know exactly how much we owe."
— Cullen Hightower

"Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game."
— Donald Trump

"Money is of value for what it buys, and in love it buys time, place, intimacy, comfort, and a private corner alone."
— Mae West

"There are people who have money and people who are rich."
— Coco Chanel

"When a fellow says it ain't about the money but the principle of the thing, it's the money."
— Kin Hubbard

"Money can't buy friends. But you can afford a better class of enemy."
— Lord Mancroft

"Money's only important when you don't have any."
— Sting

"Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons."
— Woody Allen

"A billion here and a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money."
— Everett Dirksen

"True, you can't take it with you, but then, that's not where it comes in handy."
—Brendan Francis

"I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy."
— Steve Martin

"Money is to my social existence what health is to my body."
— Mason Cooley

"We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation."
— Anthony Burgess

"Women prefer men who have something tender about them - especially the legal kind."
— Kay Ingram

"If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars."
— John Paul Getty

"The two most beautiful words in the English language are: "Check enclosed."
—Dorothy Parker

"Money is power, & you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it."
— Russell H. Conwell, Temple Univ, 1877

"Money often cost too much."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly, everything, money is handy."
— Groucho Marx

"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money."
— Pablo Picasso

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
— Yogi Berra

"Inflation hasn't ruined everything. A dime can still be used as a screwdriver"
—Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"Money and women. They're two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn't do for anything else. Same with money."
— Satchel Paige

"People are living longer than ever before, a phenomenon undoubtedly made necessary by the 30-year mortgage."
— Doug Larson

"Adults are just children who earn money."
— Kenneth Branaugh (actor)

"The entire essence of America is the hope to first make money--then make money with money--then make lots of money with lots of money."
— Paul Erdman

"When I was young I thought money was the most important thing in life. Now that I'm old--I know it is."
— Oscar Wilde

"Change is good, but dollars are better."
— Anonymous

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Beatles Girl

The Beatles performing Girl. John Lennon considered this one of his finest.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007


Sadly true:

Does your politician suffer from Chronic Re-Election Paranoia (CREEP)? Do you think our nation has an Incarcerex dependence? Tell your elected officials to give up the quick fix and create a new bottom line for the war on drugs.



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Friday, July 13, 2007

Oscar Peterson

Exclusively_for_my_friends_box_setTonite's guest host for FNJ is a music insider. Although he is known better for many of the newer acts he represents, he is, surprisngly enough, a closet jazz aficionado, and therefore must remain anonymous.

Here's his take on the O-man:

Oscar Peterson has been recording and performing for over half a century. He may also be the most recorded of all piano players. (And he's from Canada).

Oscar bridged the swing and bop eras, rooting himself in a style that was at the same time stunningly complex yet elegant and soulful.  Nobody used more notes to swing! Oscar is sometimes dismissed because he wasn't groundbreaking in the way that many of his contemporaries were. But the range of expression he achieved on the piano, and his technical prowess, is hardly rivaled in mainstream jazz.Trio_2

Many consider his solo recordings of the late 60s and early 70s to be his most outstanding work, but I was always partial to his trio recordings both with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen and later with Joe Pass and Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson. The live album "The Trio" from 1973 (not to be confused with a Verve release of the same title) is a great recording of Oscar with Pass and Pederson and shows Oscar at his most virtuosic. Check out the Brown Thigpen work live here.

Satch_and_joshFor a compendium of his 60s work in both trio and solo settings, the excellent box set "Exclusively for My Friends" will keep you entertained for years. Of course, there are the standard "songbook" albums (George Gershwin, Cole Porter, etc.) and the duets with greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie.

Night_trainBut if I had to pick one place to start, and on a Friday night with your favorite Bordeaux, it would be the 1962 album "Night Train" with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen

It showcases Oscar at his best on both ballads and uptempo numbers and he really shows his blues chops. In particular, note the title track, Bags' Groove (one the great jazz classics), Moten Swing and Elllington's great C-Jam Blues. The bonus tracks added to the reissue aren't particularly special, but don't diminish Peterson's brilliance on this record.

Cole_porter Enjoy!


(videos after the jump)




Oscar Peterson Trio Live at Newport

Soft Winds Oscar Peterson Quartet, featuring Joe Pass



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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Ferrari F430


From last week's NYT:

"Of course, stoking demand with limited production doesn’t make sense unless the demand is there in the first place. With all the hoopla over this car, you’d think it would be nearly impossible for it to live up to expectations. But the F430 manages to deliver, despite the baggage inherent in its status as the It Car of the prancing-horse brand.

This car plays in the realm where performance numbers are everything, and on that front it duly hangs with the Porsche 911 Turbos and Corvette Z06s of the world (as well it should, considering its price).

But the F430 is more than a cold-blooded G-force generator. It’s a total experience, one that dopes every pleasure receptor in your brain with automotive giddiness. Achieving that abstract goal is always trickier than hitting hard performance targets — call it the alchemy of desirability.

You get the impression that in designing the F430, Ferrari’s every decision was framed by the question, “How can we make this more like a Formula One car?”

So the 4.3-liter, 479-horsepower V-8 got a motor with a high-pitched, hard-edged wail that’s unlike anything else you’ll hear from a car with license plates. That high-strung motor is mounted behind the passenger compartment and ahead of the rear axles, just like a Formula One car.

The F1 sequential manual transmission does away with a clutch pedal, instead giving the driver shift paddles on either side of the steering column, just like a Formula One car (although traditionalists can still order a six-speed manual). The steering wheel features Ferrari’s “mannetino,” a small rotary switch with six settings to tailor the car’s electronic aggressiveness, from a snow-and-ice mode (as if!) to race, to the position beyond race that Ferrari’s people politely asked me not to engage, as it disables all traction and stability control . . .

Machine Is a Dream. Wait Is a Nightmare.
NYT, July 1, 2007

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Ads from Days Gone By

These did not withstand the test of time:






(Fag is what the English call cigarettes)



Yes, Women LOVE that!


Hmmmmm, Sanitzed!


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Tuesday, July 10, 2007


"Shallow men believe in luck. Strong me believe in cause and effect."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give."
— William A. Ward

"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however."   
— Richard Bach

"Eighty percent of success is showing up."   
— Woody Allen

"Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success."
— Dr. Joyce Brothers

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."
— Norman Vincent Peale

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'Press on,' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
— Calvin Coolidge

"You cannot motivate the best people with money. Money is just a way to keep score. The best people in any field are motivated by passion."
— Eric S. Raymond

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them."
— George Bernard Shaw

"If you work just for money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours."
— Ray Kroc — Founder McDonalds Corp.

"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it."
— Oprah Winfrey

"To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy."
— Bette Davis

"My formula for success is rise early, work late and strike oil."
— John Paul Getty

"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability."
— Henry Ford

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