Friday, February 11, 2005

Who is Deep Throat?

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We're working on a theme here:  Who is Deep Throat?

Here's my pick:

Mark Felt, FBI Deputy Associate Director

Who is he? Now aged 90, Felt was deputy associate director at the time of Watergate.

When did the speculation begin? Felt was a prime candidate from the outset. He has been named as the most likely suspect in several studies, but has always denied it.

The case for: Felt had the motive. He was one of the J Edgar Hoover "old guard' at the FBI, and hoped to succeed the old man in 1972. Instead, Nixon picked a loyalist, L Patrick Gray, as acting director. Felt was the bureau's point man in dealings with the White House. He would have been fully abreast of the investigation into the break-in and would have known many of the leading actors. He was known to be a rare FBI operative who would return reporters' calls. The President's chief of staff, H R Haldeman, told Nixon that Felt was responsible for "most of" the leaks already plaguing the White House. Much has been made of a rumoured 1999 visit by Woodward to Felt's home in California. In 1999 a newspaper claimed that Carl Bernstein's son had told another boy that Felt was Deep Throat. Bernstein and Bernstein's former wife deny the allegation.

The case against: He has asserted that no single individual could have known everything that Deep Throat purportedly knew.

Go read the list, and pick your own front-runner.

Source:

Andrew Buncombe and Rupert Cornwell report
Independent News & Media, 09 February 2005
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=609187

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Classic porn flick "DEEP THROAT" re-released with R rating

10dt"What is wrong with the world of entertainment and politics today? CNN is reporting in an effort to pre-promote the release of “Inside Deep Throat,” an NC-17-rated documentary about the classic porn flick “Deep Throat,” the original film will be also be re-released. The rub is that the film has been edited from its sleazy yet historically important original version to an R rating.

Look what you have done to us, Janet Jackson and Michael Powell!"

-Jerry Del Colliano


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Sources:
Porn Classic "Deep Throat" Re-Released With an R Rating?
Jerry Del Colliano
February 10, 2005
http://www.avrev.com/news/0205/10.dt.html

'Inside Deep Throat' may surprise you
Mike Clark
USA TODAY, Posted 2/10/2005 11:18 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2005-02-10-inside-deep-throat_x.htm

"Deep Throat" makes comeback
Tue Feb 8, 2005 8:55 AM GMT
Reuters
http://today.reuters.co.uk/News/newsArticle.aspx?type=entertainmentNews&storyID=2005-02-08T085524Z_01_HOL831990_RTRUKOC_0_LEISURE-DEEPTHROAT.xml

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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Career-Builder's Viral Post-Superbowl Ad

The consensus was that most of the tamer Superbowl adverts were not likely the greatest use of corporate dollars. But in a few of the cases, companies managed to squeeze more mileage from their expensive ad buys. Todays NYT reports on Career-Builder's clever extension of their Superbowl ad, which showed a frustrated employee his co-workers are all "monkeys."

To keep the amusement going, however, Career Builder went viral:

Yeknom Industries Rebukes "sham"
http://www.yeknominc.com/news/

Here's an excerpt from the NYT:

"MONKEY DO, MONKEY DON'T If Ameriquest was a stealth marketer during the Super Bowl, some advertisers with larger public presences also indulged in stealthy marketing.

For instance, CareerBuilder, a company owned by three major newspaper publishers that operates a job-search Web site (careerbuilder.com), gained enormous publicity for three commercials it ran during the game featuring chimpanzees as dysfunctional office workers.

The campaign, by Cramer-Krasselt in Chicago, also has an element intended to be discovered by computer users on their own: a Web site supposedly put up by the imaginary company for which the chimps work, Yeknom Industries (yeknominc.com).

"Yeknom" is "monkey" reversed.

"We're going after 20-somethings with a viral campaign," said Peter G. Krivkovich, the president and chief executive of Cramer-Krasselt, "and if they spend time on the site, it eventually bounces them back to careerbuilder.com."

One section of yeknominc.com is devoted to a tongue-in-cheek call to boycott careerbuilder.com because of what the mock site decries as a "slanderous television campaign that uses editing tricks and disinformation to make Yeknom Industries the butt of their jokes."



Source:
Ameriquest Mortgage Spots Are Winners in Super Bowl Competition
STUART ELLIOTT
NYT, February 9, 2005
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/09/business/media/09adco.html

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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Sunrise

Sunrise, 2/08/05, 6:54 am, Greenvale, NY

Had an early meeting on Tuesday, and my early a.m. diligence was rewarded with this spectacular sunrise:

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The colors are not too shabby for a camera phone --
But I must remember to hold the phone perfectly still on these sorts of shots . . .

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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Icy Cars

Ice storm, reputed to be in Belgium Geneva Winter 2005

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If anyone has more information on this, please fill in the details . . .

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Update: February 8, 2005 5:11pm

Its Geneva Switzerland, and you can see many more photos here

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Monday, February 07, 2005

Auto-Mixed Tapes

Tapes_1Here's the deal: You send us a style, genre, word, phrase, emotion, or whatever else, and if one of our mix tape robots fancies your suggestion, that crazy set of circuits might just make a mix tape out of it -- well, at least a tracklisting for a mix tape out of it.

Our robots are on call, well, pretty much never, so please have patience and try not to be disappointed if your request doesn't show up!

If you'd like to help our robots out with the overwhelming number of requests we receive, just e-mail Wolfman (help at tinymixtapes dot com). Make sure the subject reads "Help With Mix Tapes," and you will receive an automatic message with instructions.

Source:
Tiny Tapes
http://www.tinymixtapes.com/amg/

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Sunday, February 06, 2005

Lego Church

Another in our continuing series:  "Way too much spare time"

A marvel done with Legos.

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A few quick facts:

How long to build it? It was about a year and a half of planning, building and photographing.

How many pieces of LEGO to build it? more than 75,000

How big is it? About 7 feet by 5 1/2 feet by 30 inches (2.2 m x 1.7 m x .76 m)

How many lego people does it seat? 1372

How many windows?
3976

It features a balcony, a Narthex, stairs to the balcony, restrooms, coat rooms, several mosaics a nave, a baptistry an alter, a crucifix, a pulpit and an elaborate pipe organ



This gets bonus points for its utter religous irrelevance  . . .

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Saturday, February 05, 2005

Traffic Ranking: 107!

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Here's an interesting tidbit:  The Truth Laid Bear has The Big Picture (I tihnk that stat includes e&e) ranked 107, according to  site meter traffic stats. (That wedges us just under Simply recipes, but on top of ahead of GayPatriot). Around the election, we actually  hit  #53. Amazing!

I find these stats astounding, and wonder how accurate they are. This is hardly a general interest blog, and while I see some serious traffic spikes occasionally (via Carnival of the Capitalists, Altercation or Linkfilter), this is not a Daily Kos, Gizmodo or BoingBoing.

So all of you who keep coming by, thanks -- I try to keep this site interesting . . . and maybe soon I'll even get around to a redesign of the place one of these days.

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Friday, February 04, 2005

Sloopy

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In the sprit of the previous two posts, I present to you,

OSU's Sloopy (just click to play)

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Enjoy!

Be sure to catch the second half, when the "players" change

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Note:   This works best with QT, which you should have installed already -- if not, click here -- its a painless install for Windows or Mac. . . Otherwise, WMP will run it.

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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Who wrote the song “Hang on Sloopy”?

Rob Fraim is a friend who puts out daily market factoids; They are usually rife with unusual and very amusing tidbits. His most recent missive was particularly interesting:

Rob:   "As a Friday Factoid, I noted that “Hang On Sloopy” is the official rock song of the state of Ohio. I then posed these questions for the trivia contest:

· Who wrote the song “Hang on Sloopy”?

· What was his band that had the hit with “Sloopy”?

· He had another minor rock hit. This song was also a modest success for a rock musician who shares an unusual physical characteristic with his also-a-rock-musician brother. What was the song and who are the two brothers?

Here are the answers that I had in mind – and that are correct (this was before the interesting twist):

 

Answers:

1. Rick Derringer wrote the song.

2. His band – out of Akron, Ohio – was The McCoys

3. Later on he wrote and recorded the song “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo.” This song was also a minor hit for Texas rocker and blues guitarist Johnny Winter. Johnny and his brother Edgar (remember “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein” in the 1970’s) are both albinos.

Some  side points. (Stick with me folks. I told you it this was long. And there’s more worth-reading stuff as you continue along – including our “important” section – a chance to do something good. So stand up, get another cup of coffee – or one of the foo-foo latte / cappuccino/ mocha foam spritzers that you big city guys drink, talk amongst yourself, and then crank up the reading again.)

My favorite version of “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” was found on an Edgar Winter live album – “Roadwork – Edgar Winter’s White Trash.” Johnny had been off the music scene for a while due to heroin problems. It went like this on the album as I recall:

Edgar: “uhhh…people keep asking me….where’s your brother?”

<Crowd goes wild.>

Edgar: “Hey Johnny.”

Johnny: “Yea-aaah!”

Then he busted into “Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo.”

Further miscellaneous Johnny/Edgar tidbits:

•  Edgar could really sing his butt off. A huge range and a powerful voice. Anyone who only knows the “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride” radio stuff missed out.

•  I was in the seventh grade and somehow ended up with a Johnny Winter record album. (For all you youngsters, records were these black discs that weren’t compact and you had to put them on this thing with a needle and they sounded scratchy…) The album was mostly rock and roll, but there was one long cut – the old blues classic “It’s My Own Fault.” That was the first time that I had heard the blues – and it knocked…me….out. Thus began my lifelong love of the blues and a discovery of the blues masters who influenced latter-day rock oriented blues players. So I’ve got a soft spot for Johnny Winter for getting me started.

All right then. Back to business. Winner Number 1 in the trivia contest was Cody Willard of CL Willard Capital in New York City – an excellent fund manager and telecom expert who also writes for RealMoney.com. Cody was spot on the money with his answers and right in synch with way I had the answers reasoned out.

Now as noted though, an alternate approach to the questions came up and I’m awarding First Prize Number 2 to Thomas Neuhaus – top notch value manager at Investment Management of Virginia in
Richmond, VA. He took us down this path.

1. Bert Berns wrote “Hang on Sloopy.” (You see, as it turns out, Rick Derringer and Bert Berns co-wrote it. So this was correct.)

2. He had The McCoys right.

3. Berns also wrote “Twist and Shout”

4. And with all due respect to “Ferris Bueller” fans everywhere, “Twist and Shout” was a hit for the Isley Brothers long before the Beatles did it. Thus the “brothers” connection.

Although I’m not aware of any special physical characteristic that the Isleys had that would rival the Winter Brothers albinism (unless you count the evidently uncontrollable urge to “Shout!” or even “Twist and Shout” a lot) I was too fascinated by the route of this alternate answer train to quibble over that. Plus Thomas’ mention of Bert Berns lets me get on a soapbox and talk about Berns’ unheralded talent. Most people don’t know the name, but check out this small sampling of the songs he wrote:

•  “Cry Baby” and “Piece of My Heart” - made famous by Janis Joplin but recorded much  earlier in the R&B world as well.

•  “Under the Boardwalk” by the Drifters.

•  “Everybody Needs Somebody” -- the old R&B song, which many know best from the Blues Brothers re-make.

•  “Cry to Me” (in my top 5 songs of all time) – by Solomon Burke

•  “A Little Bit of Soap”

•  “Here Comes the Night” – Them (Van Morrison)

As a producer at his Bang Records, he did some great work also – including producing my very favorite song of all time: Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl” along with many others.

“On a breakneck, seven-year run beginning in 1960, he created some of the most soulful and honest music of his generation - songs that made you shiver the first time you heard them, songs that are just as fresh and moving today. He is truly the lost titan of the American music business, an important figure the world knows little about. It's long past time his brilliance was recognized."  - Doug Morris, from the liner notes to The Heart And Soul Of Bert Berns

Now, here’s something both fun and worthwhile for all of us who would like to participate. When I gave Cody his choice of prizes (a Bert Berns-related CD,  or a Johnny or Edgar Winter CD) he suggested something else. He said “Why don’t you just donate the $15 prize value to Big Brothers & Big Sisters?”   I said sure. Thomas Neuhaus thought it was a great idea and threw his hard earned prize value into the pot.  So we’re at $30 already – and the day’s just kicking off. Some further brainstorming ensued and we thought: “Why not give anybody who’s feeling like starting off the week with some good deeds and good vibes a way to do it too – and make it a group effort?”

So, if you want to contribute to this worthy cause you can simply go to this site and do so. https://www.kintera.org/site/apps/ka/sd/donorcustom.asp?c=iuJ3JgO2F&b=186611
(It is the Big Brothers and Big Sisters website although the address looks goofy – you can reach this page by starting at the www.bbbsa.org homepage if you want to verify.)

Now you will see that there is a notation for an “in honor of” notation. It would be fun to see what we do cumulatively, but be assured – I will not know who gave nor how much. Notating it with the code word, if you choose to, will simply  allow me to check in a few days and see how we did as a group. There will be no knowledge of personal participation or amount – unless you yourself told me.

Use notation word “Fraim” in the “in honor of” box  if you want to. But you may relax -- you are not “honoring” me. Heck, think of it as slamming me, vilifying me, smacking me around, whatever you like. It’s just a way to see if we collectively can accomplish something..

Now, back to the thing that first started this discussion, the song “Hang On Sloopy.” A few items of note:

•  Jordan Kahn, first-class hedge fund and individual portfolio manager at Berger and Associates in Beverly Hills, California – and a Cleveland, Ohio native – notes that in his neck of Ohio’s woods “Sloopy” was not highly regarded and that no one from Cleveland ever sang it.  (Capulets/Montagues, Hatfields/McCoys, Cleveland/Akron maybe?) Much preferred was “Cleveland Rocks” by the group The Presidents of the U.S.A.

• Michael Friesen at TD Securities shared this, which made me laugh: “I don’t know the answers to your ‘Hang on Sloopy’ questions yet, but I do remember that when I and my sister were young, my parents had an “oldies” tape we used to play in the car that had that song. However, in the way that kids hear lyrics, my sister and I thought it hilarious that there was a song where the chorus was: ‘’Hang on Stupid!’ ”

One more thing on “Sloopy”  -- and you need to read this because it shows that on rare occasion politicians do display a sense of humor.

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