Saturday, December 09, 2006

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Oh, but this song is lovely....

Oh, Lord

The medical professional consulted for this Savage Love column? My cousin's Republican husband, who has an fantastic sense of humor. Seriously. He once said to me, at his wife's grandmother's wake-directly after the Rosary, mind you, "I didn't know they were letting prostitutes in here tonight."

This would have been mildly amusing, but for the fact that the priest who just conducted the service was standing directly behind him, and made some comment that we should watch what we said, blah, blah, blah.... Also, Jeff said that with a live microphone in his vocal range. My family? Still hasn't recovered. I have not laughed that hard in many a year..... My parents laughed until they cried.

Medical and legal risks

Dan Savage discussed the subject in his October 25, 2006 "Savage Love" newspaper column. Savage wrote, "attempting a Donkey Punch can lead to ... unpleasant outcomes", including "injury, death, or incarceration"; he also pointed out that it "doesn't even work". He quoted Dr. Jeffrey Bahr, a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin,

Donkey punch
To the best of my knowledge, there is no definitive reflex in the human neurophysiology that induces involuntary tightening of the anal sphincter after receiving blunt-force trauma to the occiput, or back of the head.... Trauma to any part of the skull can have serious ramifications. Pain, intracranial hemorrhage, memory loss, neck injury, and possibly some related sensory deficits in the arms and legs. A strong enough blow to the back of an unsuspecting person's head could result in a vertebral fracture which, I hope most people know, could cause paralysis or even death.
Donkey punch

Savage concludes, "Attempt a Donkey Punch and it's likely that your asshole will wind up constricting spasmodically — around your cellmate's cock."[6]

A Festivus For the Rest Of Us

Dear God, Festivus has it's own Wikipedia entry.....

Festivus is a nondenominational holiday featured in "The Strike" episode of Seinfeld, a popular United States based television sitcom of the 1990s. The holiday was a plot device in the episode, which first aired on December 18, 1997. Many people, influenced or inspired by Seinfeld, now celebrate the holiday, in varying degrees of seriousness. Some do it religiously; others do it with good tidings in their respect to Seinfeld.

According to Seinfeld, Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23, but many people celebrate it other times, often in early December. Its slogan is "A Festivus for the rest of us!!" An aluminium pole is generally used in lieu of a Christmas tree or other holiday decoration, shedding holiday materialism. Those attending participate in the "Airing of Grievances" in which each person tells each and everyone else all the ways they've disappointed him/her over the past year, and after a Festivus dinner, The "Feats of Strength" are performed. Traditionally, Festivus is not over until the head of the household is wrestled to the floor and pinned.

Fairytale of New York

Speaking of the Pogues... Shane McGowan and Kirsty McColl's voices are absolutely fantastic together. And yes, that is Matt Dillon in the video.

Friday, December 08, 2006

This made my day

From Stuff On My Cat. Totally sweet.

Heather, will you marry me? Love, Jeff.
(McMinnville, Oregon)

Christmas #1

Most of us in the US were introduced to the concept of the 'importance' of the Christmas #1 music single in the UK through the movie, "Love, Actually." This article is quite interesting, but I found this bit particularly true for all music, at holiday time or otherwise....

For all their rabble-rousing punk swagger, meanwhile, The Pogues are best remembered for "Fairy Tale of New York". Held at No 2 in 1987 by the Pet Shop Boys' "Always On My Mind", it has grown into a perennial. Challenged by Elvis Costello to write a Christmas classic, Shane MacGowan's lyrics, finding the remaining sparks of love between a boozing, ageing Irish couple, one possibly dying of alcoholism, allied to Jem Finer's redemptive melody, make a heartbreaking record. It was intended to combat "the torture of packaged party time", Finer told Uncut, and every year its mix of harsh Christmas realism and transcendent romance does just that.

The Pogues proved beyond doubt that Christmas is as rich a time as any to write about, once you fight past clich├ęs; and that you can enter the rhythm of people's lives if you succeed.

(War is Over ) Happy Christmas

Lennon died 26 years ago today. His plea for peace? Still quite relevant.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I'm so smart sometimes

When I first heard about Liam loving 'X-Factor,' I thought to myself, "There is not a chance in hell that Big Brother is going to let Our Kid on that show." Guess what? I was right!

Winter Wonderland

Looking through the gallery of pictures in UK Vogue from the Garrard party, I had the following questions flash through my head.....

1. THAT'S Lisa Moorish? (Mother of both Liam Gallagher AND Pete Doherty's children)

2. THAT'S Jemima French? (fashion designer)

3. THAT'S a woman? (Designer Selina Blow)

Top Ten

1. Come Pick Me Up- Ryan Adams
2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- Diana Krall
3. Higher Ground- RHCP
4. Welcome To the Black Parade- MCR
5. Nobody Does It Better- Carly Simon
6. 20th Century Boy- T.Rex
7. Hips Don't Lie- Shakira
8. Peacock Suit- Paul Weller
9. Strange Town- The Jam
10. The Eton Rifles- The Jam

*I swear I didn't screw around with the shuffle function to get 8-10... (former) Girl Scout's Honor.

11. Strict Machine- Goldfrapp
12. Thriller- Ian Brown

Darlene Love on Letterman (2005)

To paraphrase a comment from YouTube, it isn't Christmas until the Divine Darlene Love performs this song on Letterman.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Lab overload

Too cute...... So tie-tie....


When I saw this on RS's website, I thought, "Holy fuck, why is there a picture of my darling Mani on Rolling Stone online? Did some writer get religion?" Then I realized that the aforementioned website/magazine is 'getting ideas' from, again.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

You know My Name

I'd like to write something eloquent about how much I enjoyed Casino Royale today, but I seem to be only capable of laughing ala Beavis and Butthead, while visions of Daniel Craig's perfectly formed pecs dance through my head. Like visions of sugarplums, only sexy. Grrrr......

So here's the theme song from the movie.