Sunday, March 30, 2008

MUSIC: Stuff White People Like - #93 Music Piracy

This is from the blog, Stuff White People Like, a funny blog that I suggest everyone check out! - OlderMusicGeek

#93 Music Piracy
March 30, 2008 by clander

White people have always been renowned for having ridiculously large music collections. So when file sharing gave white people a chance to acquire all the music they ever wanted, it felt as though it was an earned right and not a privilege.

When (not if) you see a white male with a full iPod, ask him if all of his music is legal. If he does not immediately launch into a diatribe about his right to pirate music, you might have to nudge him a bit by saying “do you think that’s right?” The response will be immediate and uniform.

He will likely rattle off statistics about how most musicians don’t make any money from albums, it all comes from touring and merchandise. So by attending shows, he is able to support the musicians while simultaneously striking a blow against multinational corporations. He will proceed to walk you through the process of how record labels are set up to reward the corporation and fundamentally rob the artist of their rights, royalties and creativity. Prepare to hear the name Steve Albini a lot.

Advanced white people will also talk about how their constant downloading of music makes them an expert who can properly recommend bands to friends and co-workers, thus increasing revenues and exposure. So in fact, their “illegal” activities are the new lifeblood of the industry.

When they have finished talking, you must choose your next words wisely. It is considered rude to point out the simple fact that they are still getting music for free. Instead you should say: “Wow, I never thought of it like that. You know a lot about the music industry. What bands are you listening to right now? Who is good?”

This sentence serves two functions: it helps to reassure the white person that they are your local “music expert,” something they prize. Also, it lets them feel as though they have convinced you that their activities are part of a greater social cause and not simple piracy.

If you bring up this issue with white person who says “nah bro, I don’t give a shit, Dave Matthews has enough money as it is.” You are likely dealing with wrong kind of white person.

In the even more rare situation where someone says “it’s all paid for, and it’s all transferred from vinyl.” You have found an expert level white person and must treat the situation carefully.

Because of the availability of music online, a very strict social hierarchy has been created within white culture whereby someone with a large MP3 collection is considered “normal,” a large CD collection is considered to be “better,” and a person with a large vinyl collection is recognized as “elite.”

These elite white people abhor the fact that music piracy has made their B-sides, live performances, and bootlegs available to the masses. Their entire life’s work has been stripped of it’s rarity in terms of both object and sound on the record. The best thing you can say to them is: “vinyl still sounds better.”

However, it is recommended that you do not let this conversation drag much longer. If you let them continue talking to you they are likely to spend hours talking to you about bands you’ve never heard of and providing you with a weekly mix CD of rarities that you do not want.

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Some of the more interesting comments... - OlderMusicGeek

Gustavo Arellano on March 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm
Great blog, but Mexicans made music piracy socially acceptable long before the Internet could only support MIDI. Indeed, lore has it that copies of Edison’s “Mary Has a Little Lamb” were on the streets of Mexico City before his tinfoil could cool.
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David Diego Rodriguez on March 30, 2008 at 5:55 pm
Hey, Gustavo, I bought your book, ¡Ask a Mexican!, and I lend it out to everyone I know so that they don’t have to buy it! :) But that’s not bootlegging, right?
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Ana on March 30, 2008 at 6:02 pm
There’s a weekly tiangi mercado in Oaxaca city that’s unreal. In addition to the expected collections of narcocorridos, Juan Gabriel, Led Zeppelin, and Jean Claude Van Damme, some stands have selections of CDs and DVDs that would rival any white person’s favorite college town record store or art house cinema. Another one would qualify as the best classical music store I’ve ever seen.

For whatever reason I rarely saw American expats shopping there, but most are older than the white people this blog is about. They buy all their food at the Soriana, Gigante is just a little too Mexican.
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lguerrrr on March 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm
Well, it is true that Mexicans are more likely to be into piracy (also Chinese, Russians and all non-white people). What makes illegal downloading of mp3s unique is that it has crossed over to what white people like. White people are known for their respect of property rights. The fact that they are willing to forgo this in the name of music is remarkable.
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asad123 on March 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm
Mix CD’s are sooooo 1998.
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demirep on March 30, 2008 at 6:45 pm
However, mixtapes never go out of style.
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deesigner on March 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm
umm… where does one find this so called “free” music?

(For research sake of course……..)
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Gustavo Arellano on March 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm
White people respect property rights, lguerrrr? You obviously never heard of Manifest Destiny.
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Chantal on March 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm
but it’s true..vinyl DOES sound better.
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Amy on March 30, 2008 at 4:30 pm
Rock on! I never realized I could be considered elite, but the thousands of CDs and hundreds of vintage vinyl attest otherwise. (I always thought I was just a music nerd.)

This blog is the bomb.
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teeveebee on March 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm
What’s vinyl?
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OlderMusicGeek on March 30, 2008 at 7:24 pm
i fear for the day when they start asking what’s a cd!

god, i’m getting old!
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Reid on March 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm
Don’t forget that everyone’s taste in music is proudly self-considered to be “eclectic”, even if it merely includes both country AND western.
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Cato on March 30, 2008 at 5:31 pm
You’re close, but not quite there…
It’s not just “vinyl still sounds better”

it’s “analog recording with tube amplifiers/preamps gives you the most accurate recreation of the natural sound”

– this brings you into the rarefied world of not just vinyl, but direct to disc vinyl recordings and the serious audiophile world of finding (and often rebuilding) tube (as opposed to transistor) amplifiers. That’s elite!
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MONO is the Great White Hope on March 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm
Vinyl is cool if you like snap, crackle, pop with your tunes. Many’s the time I’d break out a bowl of the old Rice Krispies and munch while jamming on my MP3 player just for old time’s sake.

But anyone that says the sound quality of vinyl, the virtues of analog notwithstanding, is superior to CD is just nuts.

I’m talking about mass produced LPs & 45s. It was not uncommon to see bits of lint or paper embedded in the record. Surface blemishes that were visual to the naked eye were very common and blemishes that manifest themselves to your ear on the very first needle drop were par for the course.

Most true audiophiles I know got the record onto tape– preferably reel-to-reel– first time out of the album sleeve.
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God, this was ME before cd's and mp3's! - OlderMusicGeek

Will Entrekin on March 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm
“providing you with a weekly mix CD of rarities that you do not want.”
Oh, but who doesn’t want that?
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whitekidfromwhiteplains on March 30, 2008 at 6:45 pm
White people like moby
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OlderMusicGeek cringes at this remark. :)

A link to the original blog post
A link to the blog, Stuff White People Like

Saturday, March 22, 2008

MOVIES/VIDEOS and COMICS: Jesus Christ - Vampire Hunter?

WARNING: If you don't like Jesus being used in jokes, you better not check out this post. - OlderMusicGeek

BadMovies.org's entry for Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter
The Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter website from the people who made the movie
The Internet Movie Database's entry for Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter
Allmovie.com's entry for Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter

A comicbook review for a REAL comic...
Loaded Bible: Jesus vs. Vampires One-Shot
Writer: Tim Seeley
Pencils: Nate Bellegarde
Finishes: Mark Englert

“In the near future, the United States is ruled by bloodsucking vampire hordes and only one man can end their reign of terror.”

“What would Jesus do?”

“He’d kick Vampire ass.”

Plot: After 9/11, Americans who fear Muslim extremists vote in a president that they feel will allow Christianity to rule the day over these “heathens”. This president attacks foreign countries in the name of God and puts down these devil hordes. When people begin to realize that vampires are among us the government creates a special council to defeat them.

When the vampires attempt to assassinate the council, all hell breaks loose and they nuke everything. In the future, Jesus comes down to save the human race from these vampires (who survived because they are immune to radiation) in the form of a sword wielding action hero with a message.

*48 Christ-tacular pages*

Review: (sarcasm alert) Thank God. It is about time that a comic book, television show, news story, etc. comes out that denigrates our government and attempts to reduce Christianity to a bunch of catchy slogans and bumper stickers. I was starting to wonder if someone would ever be courageous and “edgy” enough to attempt it. Kudos…

Now that I got that out of my system, let’s actually review the book. The above rant notwithstanding, I actually enjoyed the book. Very well rounded characters, beautiful artwork by Nate Bellegarde and Mark Englert, and as an action story I was turning the pages at a pretty quick pace. The bad puns and heavy-handed anti-establishment panels were a little much. The only thing missing was a reference to “kicking ass for the lord”. But that would have just been silly.

At least Tim Seeley seems to have a sense of humor about what he is doing. The action and the message are evenly dispersed throughout the book without ever mixing so it is easy to move past the sermons (irony) and on to Jesus kicking a little ass. You should pick up this book if you agree with the political opinion of its writer or are just a person that really can’t take political messages in a book about a sword wielding Jesus killing vampires very seriously. Because, in context, it is actually a pretty good read.

A link to the review

A link to the original YouTube site for this video

Friday, March 21, 2008

MOVIES/VIDEOS: Jesus Christ, Martial Arts Action Hero?

I found these great videos on YouTube.com. And seeing as Easter is this weekend, it seems a good time to present them. :) - OlderMusicGeek

A link to the YouTube site for this video

A link to the YouTube site for this video

A link to the original YouTube site

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A link to the YouTube site for this video

BOOKS: The End of a Science Fiction Great

Arthur C. Clarke led at least three different, extremely successful lives. As a scientist, his work with satellites led to the coining of the term a "Clarke orbit." As a visionary award-winning science fiction author he influenced several generations of writers, became an icon of the SF subculture, and had an award named after him. And, in his collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Clarke also became part of movie and pop culture history. - from Jeff VanderMeer's Arthur C. Clarke: An Appreciation of a Life Well-Lived on Omnivarious: Hungry for the Next Good Book

Arthur C Clarke died on March 18th.

And being a big science fiction fan, I was a big appreciator of his work. And I will miss him.

To me, Arthur C Clarke was the best of the "hard" science fiction writers. The ones that dealt with strongly with science and technology. Strangely enough, even though he was writing about science and technology, his books could take on a rather mystical bent, as Childhood's End obviously showed.

He was one of the few writers, in my opinion, whose work improved as he got older. Some people will complain about him writing a bunch of sequels and remakes, but the sequels and remakes had some interesting new ideas - and the plot, characterizations, mood and just plain storytelling was much better than in the earlier work. His best ideas for stories may have been in the past, but his best STORIES were the later ones!

Below are some excerpts from remembrances written for him. - OlderMusicGeek

The Science Friday Blog
Thank You, Arthur C. Clarke
posted by Ira Flatow on Tuesday, March 18. 2008

Arthur C. Clarke, author of more than 100 books including the one that made him known to many more millions, "2001: A Space Odyssey," has passed from us.

Thank you for your passion and your prose. Thank you for your vision.
Thank you for speaking out on important issues, for not keeping silent.

We all have favorite scenes, chapters or quotes from his novels or movies.

But my favorite remains this one not published in any novel: Years after missions to the moon had ended, Clarke was asked what he thought was the most amazing part of the whole race to the moon.

What's most amazing to me, he said, was that we could go there...and not go back.

Posted by Ira Flatow on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 3:40 PM | Comment (1)

From BBC News...

British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in his adopted home of Sri Lanka at the age of 90.

"Sir Arthur has left written instructions that his funeral be strictly secular," his secretary, Nalaka Gunawardene, was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.

She said the author had requested "absolutely no religious rites of any kind".

He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, and foresaw the concept of communication satellites.

When asked why he never patented his idea for communication satellites, he said: "I did not get a patent because I never thought it will happen in my lifetime."

In the 1940s, he maintained man would reach the moon by the year 2000, an idea dismissed at the time.

"I have had a diverse career as a writer, underwater explorer and space promoter. Of all these, I would like to be remembered as a writer."

Clarke says goodbye to fans in 2007

From CNN....

David Eicher, editor of Astronomy magazine, told CNN that Clarke's writings were influential in shaping public interest in space exploration during the 1950s and '60s. Video Watch how Clarke stands among sci-fi giants »

"He was very interested in technology and also in humanity's history and what lay out in the cosmos," Eicher said. His works combined those "big-picture" themes with "compelling stories that were more interesting and more complex than other science fiction writers were doing," he said.

More from
Jeff VanderMeer's Arthur C. Clarke: An Appreciation of a Life Well-Lived on Omnivarious: Hungry for the Next Good Book...

Over his lifetime, Clarke received many honors, including being knighted and having the Apollo 13 Command Module and the Mars Orbiter both named "Odyssey" in appreciation of his work. Clarke remained a vital force up until his death. He authored books, made appearances via videophone from his home in Sri Lanka, and continued to deny the polio that had kept him mostly wheelchair-bound for two decades.

Arthur C. Clarke's fiction embodied a fundamental optimism about the future, tempered by a healthy skepticism about the human condition and an ongoing fascination with certain forms of spirituality. Unlikely to indulge in dystopic visions, but rarely sentimental or unrealistic, Clarke was, quite simply, curious about the world.

From the New York Times....

An Appraisal: For Clarke, Issues of Faith, but Tackled Scientifically
Published: March 20, 2008

Such apocalypse is the bread and butter of science fiction, but sometimes with Mr. Clarke it is also the communion, the sharing of a moment of transcendence in which some destiny is fulfilled, some possibility opened up. Hence the fetus of “2001.” That transformation may also not be something to be desired by current standards. The prospects are just too alien, like the ineffable Overmind in “Childhood’s End” that propels humanity to a new evolutionary stage, inspiring as much horror as awe.

This side of Mr. Clarke’s work may be the most eerie, particularly because his mystical speculations accompany an uncanny ability to envision worlds that are eminently plausible. It is Mr. Clarke who first conceived of the communication satellites that orbit directly over a single spot on Earth and allow the planet to be blanketed in a network of signals. There are many other examples as well.

But acts of reason and scientific speculation are just the beginning of his imaginings. Reason alone is insufficient. Something else is required. For anyone who read Mr. Clarke in the 1960s and ’70s, when space exploration and scientific research had an extraordinary sheen, his science fiction made that enterprise even more thrilling by taking the longest and broadest view, in which the achievements of a few decades fit into a vision of epic proportions reaching millenniums into the future. It is no wonder that two generations of scientists were affected by his work.

For all his acclaimed forecasting ability, though, it is unclear whether Mr. Clarke knew precisely what he saw in that future. There is something cold in his vision, particularly when he imagines the evolutionary transformation of humanity. He leaves behind all the things that we recognize and know, and he doesn’t provide much guidance for how to live within the world we recognize and know. In that sense his work has little to do with religion.

But overall religion is unavoidable. Mr. Clarke famously — and accurately — said that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Perhaps any sufficiently sophisticated science fiction, at least in his case, is nearly indistinguishable from religion.

A remembrance for Arthur C Clarke from NPR's All Things Considered
A remembrance for Arthur C Clarke from NPR's Morning Edition

Monday, March 17, 2008

MOVIES/VIDEOS: Some Videos about St Patrick's Day and the Irish

This is from me, not reprinted from somewhere else. - OlderMusicGeek.

A St Patrick's Day classic from The Muppet Show...

A rap for St Patrick's Day about an important time in Ireland...
A link to the original YouTube sight

I've put this video up before, but it's too good NOT to present for St Patrick's Day...
A link to the original YouTube site

A great video made to Flogging Molly's "Drunken Lullabies"...
A link to the original YouTube site

WARNING: This video makes generous use of profanity!

Mark Day on being Scottish on St Patrick's day and explaining saints and St. Patrick....
WARNING: This one contains religious views some will find offensive.
The website for Mark Day

A link to all my St Patrick's Day posts

MUSIC: How Many Record Executives Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

This is from the book, Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, by Dan Kennedy. I heard about the book on NPR's Fresh Air. - OlderMusicGeek

Q: How many record executives does it take to change a light bulb?

A: First of all, before we change anything, is the light bulb really burned out? Maybe we just need to breathe some life into it; repackage it, maybe the light bulb could do a duet with somebody (Sheryl Crow? Tim McGraw?) in hopes of getting some crossover appeal, maybe it could be in a beer commercial, maybe we could get it out on the road with a brighter light bulb. The other thing to think about is that this summer, Honda is rolling out a 100 Million dollar campaign for a new car aimed at thirty-somethings who consider themselves adventurous/spontaneous but can't really afford something like a luxury S.U.V. and it might be a perfect campaign to tie this light bulb into, at least it would be the perfect demographic, in terms of age.

Also, and this is just an idea: what if we found out what video games are being released in the third quarter and maybe pitched the idea of having our light bulb make an appearance in the video game at some certain level of completion; like, you get to a dark cave, let's say, if it's an adventure game, and if you have enough points you can get the light bulb - and it would be our light bulb, obviously - and then it's easier to see in the cave. The other thing is this: worst-case scenario the light bulb is, in fact, burned out. Is that really the end of the world? I mean, maybe that's actually of more value to us in the long run: Picture this for voice over: "The light bulb is dead. . . but the legend lives on. . . re-released, re-mastered, revealed. . . the light bulb. . . IN STORES NOW." It almost makes more sense than taking the time changing it, plus, if it's dead we can sell it without dealing with it, you know what I mean? No demands from it, no hotels, no road expense, no delays in the project from its end, etc. But, like I said, I'm just thinking off the top of my head here, just brainstorming, and none of this is written in stone. But the first thing we should do is figure out how we want to handle this, because the light bulb's manager is a total nightmare and we're going to have to take a meeting and listen to him sooner or later, and we should know what our plan is before we sit down with him. And let me tell you right now that the first thing out of his mouth is going to be, "This light bulb should be the brightest light bulb in the world, and it could be the brightest light bulb in the world, but you need to support the light bulb, you need to give the light bulb TV ads, you need to be more active in giving the light bulb tour support, we need to have some promotion from your end!" and on and on. And in that meeting, if you're in it, the only answer from our side should be that we're obviously very excited to be working with the light bulb, that we don't think it needs to be changed, that the only problem is people haven't seen how bright the light bulb could be, and our plan is to do everything we can to make this light bulb happen.

I'll send out an email to everyone before the meeting to remind people of our position on this, but the bottom line is we don't have the budgets right now, and basically we need to see something happening with the light bulb before we go throwing good money after bad, but obviously we can't have the light bulb's manager hearing that. I can tell you all that I'm personally very excited to be working with the light bulb, I think it will light up very brightly, and we're not going to stop working the light bulb, in whatever ways budgets will permit, until it does, in fact, light up very brightly. . . the light bulb is a very big priority for us from the top of the company to the bottom. Period. We can talk more about this when I am back from Barbados next week, and I'm going to need everybody's help on this. I know we can do it, but we need everybody working hard.

A link to the Fresh Air show with Dan Kennedy on the book, Rock On

Sunday, March 09, 2008

MUSIC: Workers Reveal Their ‘Head Songs’

This is from my work's newletter. Music videos were added by me! I got most of them from YouTube. :) - OlderMusicGeek

Employees reveal their ‘head songs’

We recently asked employees with “jingle’-itis” to share the songs that enter their minds and don’t always leave. Below are their heads songs. Try singing one of these next time a song you heard 10 minutes ago—or 10 years ago—suddenly pops into your own head and won’t fade.

Woo hoo, woo hoo hoo
“The one song that is always in my head is the Vonage song, ‘Woo hoo, woo hoo hoo,’” says Leslie **** of Management Support-Security at ***. “I replay it in my head to the beat of walking. I’m a people watcher, so it is kind of fun to play it in my head and watch someone carrying stuff or chasing a child around a store,” she says. (This is Song 2 by Blur - OlderMusicGeek)

Last man standing
Jodi ****, correspondence examiner at ***, often hears the lyrics to “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. “Back in 1986, all I listened to was Bon Jovi and ended up joining the fan club,” Jodi says. “I’m still a member, 22 years later.” “Last Man Standing” by Bon Jovi is another Jodi favorite. In 2006, at his Milwaukee concert, Jon Bon Jovi sang this song from a stand at the end of the arena, and “I had very close seats,” Jodi says. “Now, whenever I hear this song it reminds me of that concert.” (I don't like anything by Bon Jovi, but that stupid song of "You Give Love a Bad Name" always sticks in my head too! - OlderMusicGeek)

There’s nothing my God cannot do
The lyrics from “My God Is So Big,” hold intuitive significance for Jackie **** of Montana ***:
“My God is so big, so strong and so mighty,
There’s nothing my God cannot do.”
“Years ago, when we were selling our house, every time something was about to go awry, this song would pop into my head,” Jackie explains. “Sure enough, within a very short period of time, our realtor would call and say, ‘I’ve got some not-so-good news.” She adds, “Now that song pops in my head often, both to remind me who is in control, and often when things might be going awry!”

Mahna Mahna, do doo be-do-do
Angela **** of Imaging Systems at *** says, “More often than not, I’m walking around
humming ‘Mahna Mahna’ from the Muppets.” The lyrics go like this:
“Mahna Mahna
Do doo be-do-do
Mahna Mahna
Do do-do do
Mahna Mahna
Do doo be-do-do be-do-do be-do-do be-do-do-doodle do do do-doo do!”
(The actual name of the song is "Mah Na Mah Na" - OlderMusicGeek)

If we didn’t eat Cheesy Poofs we’d be lame
Noah **** of System Support Services at *** says the “Cheesy Poofs” song from South Park gets stuck in his head “because it’s so dumb.”
“I love Cheesy Poofs
You love Cheesy Poofs
If we didn’t eat Cheesy Poofs
We’d be lame.”
“So if you see me in the hallways with a big ol’ smile, it’s because I got ‘Cheesy Poofs’ stuck in my head,” Noah says. “I’m hoping to sing it at karaoke one of these days.”

I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date
Elizabeth **** of the NAS Web and Portal Team at *** rushes to the beat of White Rabbit’s song from Alice in Wonderland. She explains, “With back-to-back meetings, I scurry from meeting to meeting,” and her feet step to the beat of:
“I’m late, I’m late,
For a very important date.
No time to say hello, goodbye
I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!”
(I could only find this Spanish version video. - OlderMusicGeek)

If it says Libby’s Libby’s Libby’s on the label label label
Harold **** of Audit in Washington *** says when he moved to Seattle and “experienced the miracle of television reception” there was an ad for Libby’s canned vegetables on TV that worked its way into his psyche:
“If it says Libby’s Libby’s Libby’s
On the label label label
You will like it like it like it
On your table table table.”
“And they say advertising isn’t brainwashing,” Harold adds.
(Sorry, I couldn't find a video for this one. - OlderMusicGeek)

I fell into a ring of fire
Thomas **** of DME Appeals at Grand Forks *** cures jingle-itis by putting a song he loves into his head on purpose. “One song that I listen to every single morning when I get to work is Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire,’” he writes in an e-mail. “I have just about every song Johnny Cash ever recorded, but this one is what gets me going in the morning.”
“Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring.
Bound by wild desire
I fell into a ring of fire.”
Thomas adds, “I have even converted a few of my coworkers to being a lover of Mr. Cash as well. There’s hope for our society after all.”

MOVIES/VIDEOS: Star Wars According to a 3 Year Old

I don't even remember how I found this. I was surfing through the net. But I loved it and am sharing it with you. It's from YouTube. - OlderMusicGeek

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From: fistofblog
Joined: 1 year ago
Videos: 41
About This Video
Added: February 22, 2008
02/26/08 Update: Wow. What was expected to be a short movie that would circulate within a small circle of friends has turned into something much more very quickly. I'm thrilled that so many people have enjoyed this video but also somewhat mortified that I added this without my daughter's knowledge or consent. Maybe someday she will find some humor in it.

To those who have sent positive comments, thank you very much. You've made us appreciate what we have even more than we already do. To those of you who've said you've changed your mind about having children, well, have at it. :)

She has never seen Pokemon so I don't think she's making a reference to the ball on that show. I think she just means pokey ball as in "a ball that is pokey."

Some comments from YouTube. You actually probably don't want to read all the comments on YouTube, because they have a big, long fight in there about whether the 3 year old was reading from cue cards or being coached what to say. All I can say is those people OBVIOUSLY never had any kids! - OlderMusicGeek

superlardbucket (1 week ago)
copy of Star Wars episode VI: $50:00
Worth of Star Wars as a movie franchise: $1.2 billion
A little girl saying "Don't talk back to Darth Vader 'cause he'll get ya...": Priceless...

dgm4ever (1 week ago)
"Don't talk back to Darth Vader!" -- 3 years old and she already knows more than 90% of the high ranking Imperial Officers.

Here's some far more interesting comments to this video from the A.V. Club website. - OlderMusicGeek

I got no snark on this
by bee man caught in sting
My evil, evil black heart just melted.
12:38 PM Mon February 25, 2008

RE: I got no snark on this
by Fred Garvin
Next week she will break down Hamlet.
12:35 PM Tues February 26, 2008

RE: I got no snark on this
by Plastic Mag
I don't get the appeal... her analysis lacked depth, historical insight, and comparative gravity. A more detailed look into the socio-mythic implications of the "shiny guy" motif may have instituted said heart-melting, but as is, a resounding naught.
And she stole my crayon.
2:34 PM Tues February 26, 2008

RE: I got no snark on this
by Shih Tzu
I like how earnestly and solemnly she explains that it blowed up Princess Leia's planet.
3:45 PM Tues February 26, 2008

RE: I got no snark on this
by shiny guy
Plastic Mag, you would make a great kindergarden teacher.
10:43 AM Wed February 27, 2008

by rigozzi
I love the bit where a notepad appears and she seems to be reading her notes on star wars.
12:41 PM Mon February 25, 2008

by ---wipe Johnson
"Obi Kenobi's teaching Luke how to learn how to do his little light-up sword."
Kid's these days are so condescending towards the Force.
1:06 PM Mon February 25, 2008

The force
by infallible
I know! It's like they think it's some hokey religion.
1:32 PM Mon February 25, 2008

by Some kid these days
Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.
1:39 PM Mon February 25, 2008

by SouthofHeaven
And it's not like their sad devotion to that ancient religion has helped them conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given them clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fort-aaaacck-AAAACCCKKK!!!
2:06 PM Mon February 25, 2008

---- Yo Couch, N----.
by Global Warming1
The little girl didn't even get hit in the crotch or fall out of a car or anything. What a sucky video.
1:26 PM Mon February 25, 2008

good job
by alright
This is way more entertaining than any of the prequels.
4:15 PM Mon February 25, 2008

by leia
maybe she could make sense of the three prequels. Now THAT would be an achievement!
11:28 PM Mon February 25, 2008

Here's a couple of videos related to the video up above. - OlderMusicGeek

The site of the original video
The A.V. Club site with the video and the comments
The site of the parody video - with comments from people who OBVIOUSLY never had a sense of humor!
The site of the video with clips

Sunday, March 02, 2008

MOVIES/VIDEOS: Looney Tunes and The War on Terror

This is a conversation I ever heard in a virtual world. - OlderMusicGeek

woman: don't make me drop anvils on your head
man: hehe
man: I wish we could do that in real life
man: that and ride acme rockets
woman: me too
woman: and imprint your face in shovels and frying pans :)
man: omg yes
man: I wouldn't have a working frying pan in the house
woman: and survive dynamite explosions :)
woman: i wish i had a beak that would spin around when shot :)
man: don't forget atomic wedgies
woman: lol
man: and you can stop a gun just by putting your finger in the barrel
woman: and not fall if you don't look down :)
man: man
man: the war on terror would be screwed if we were all looney tunes
woman: lol
woman: whatcha looking for sheik?
woman: evil satanic rabbit is in this hole!
man: gates to bush: they keep putting their fingers in our guns!
woman: shhhh - be vewy vewy quiet, we're hunting osama!

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This is a fairly good sampling of some of the music I listen to. It's missing a few genres I like - such as cajun. I'll work on that later. But it does contain most of my favorite artists. I tried to steer away from the better known songs to give you a better idea of what kind of music the artists play, but I was limited by the songs the website - Project Playlist - had available. But if you want to get an idea of what I listen to, just hit the play or arrow button. - OlderMusicGeek

The internet station that does the best of playing my music is Last.fm. Here's my station if you're interested.

This website, OlderMusicGeek Radio on Pandora.com, does a fairly decent job of playing what I like, although they do occasionally play stuff I don't care for, but overall they're pretty good.