May 22nd, 2009

chronic rift

two new episodes of The Chronic Rift

Due to a podOmatic snafu, our latest review episode of The Chronic Rift didn't go up until yesterday. "To Go Boldly" has the following:

"Bringing it to the Table." Andrea shares the agony of the Steven Seagal direct-to-DVD film Against the Dark. I borrowed The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes from Andrea and talk about how much fun it is. And John pushes two cool gaming web sites: and Pen and Paper

Reviews. On "A Case for Books," Andrea reviews The Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Victor Pelevin and Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters by John Langan. On "The Comics Curmudgeon," David rips into the Wolverine movie and mentions some comics to keep an eye out for. Derrick's still-title-less movie review segment covers Star Trek. And on "Couch Potato Salad," I review the disappointing new season of Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Then we close out with our last remarks and the "Pop Fiendish" segment, in which the Big O discusses the Star Trek phenomenon (doo doo doo doo doo) in light of the JJ Abrams film.

In addition, today kicks off "The Summer of the Rift," in which we do a new episode every week. We start with a Spotlight episode: "Music from the Rift 2009." Here we present music by fans about the types of topics we like to discuss on the podcast. The song presented include:

"Drop It" by The Element
"Sincerio Sinner" by Fast and Loose
"Stop Your Crying" by Lenny Lee (Lenny also created the music for The Dome, an audio series produced by and starring a bunch of Riftians)
"Concrete" by CrimZin
"Crayola" by Fear Called Living
"Runtime" by David Alexander McDonald (who is not only the Rift's Comics Curmudgeon, but also provides the Rift's musical bumpers)
"House on Pooh Corner" by the Boogie Knights (a band that features me on percussion, as you should all know *grin*)

Check us out on iTunes, or download the podcast from either the Rift web site or podOmatic's Rift page.
  • Current Music
    "Blinded by the Light" by Bruce Springsteen


What a great show. It wasn't the best show ever, partly because Bruce is 60 years old and so doesn't have the same energy he had when I first started going to his shows *whimper* 25 years ago, partly because the sound mix wasn't at its best. (Not sure if that was first-night gremlins or due to our position behind the stage, which is never the optimum place for sound...)

However, in terms of song choices, it's one of the best I've ever seen, and suricattus, vincam, and I had a wonderful wonderful time. Here's what he did, with thanks to Backstreets:

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Some of my favorites are in there -- "Jungleland," "Badlands," "Adam Raised a Cain," "She's the One," "Seeds" (which I've never heard him do live), "Thunder Road," "Rosalita," and especially "American Land." Besides doing an excellent job of showcasing the breadth of his career (pretty much every era was hit, and there was a high percentage of albums hit).

Of particular note: Roy Bittan, the pianist, was on fire last night. I don't know if he was particularly strong because it was a piano-heavy set, or if they made it piano-heavy because he took his Wheaties, but damn was he amazing. The piano work in "Thunder Road" and "Jungleland" in particular were the best I've ever heard them.

And, with Max Weinberg helping Conan O'Brien gear up to take over The Tonight Show, the drum chores fell to his 18-year-old son Jay. I nearly fell over when Bruce said he was only 18, because the kid is good. (I joked to suricattus, "Imagine how good he'll be when his voice changes.") The E Street Band is turning into the next generation -- Jason Federici has replaced his late old man on the keyboards as well.

My favorite part of the show -- which is apparently a staple of this tour -- is that people on the floor seats bring signs displaying songs they want to hear. Bruce collects a bunch of them, and plays them in the middle of the set as requests. The ones he did last night from the signs were "Growin' Up," "I'm Goin' Down," and "Prove It All Night." (That was my only disappointment of the show, actually, as I've never been a big fan of "I'm Goin' Down.")

Finally, they announced that Bruce would be doing a final set of shows at Giants Stadium (which is being torn down) in late September/early October. *big grin*
  • Current Music
    "American Land" by Bruce Springsteen
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caption this!!!!!

I took this picture of vincam and suricattus chatting prior to the concert, and knew it required a "caption this" contest. So here we go!

Actually, let's make a game of it. Folks put your caption in the comments here. I'll pick my five favorites and then put up a poll for you all to vote. Whichever of those five wins the poll will get a free autographed book or comic book of their choice from the ones listed here.

Go to it!
  • Current Music
    "To Kingdom Come" by The Band

Schott's Miscellany 21 May 2009

Amelia Earhart became the first woman to have flown solo over the Atlantic (1932)


Folk-belief: corresponding to the study of religion and philosophy and embracing every form and manifestation of popular faith
Folk-wont: corresponding to the study of law and institutions
Folk-leechdom: corresponding to the study of medicine
Folk-tradition: corresponding to the study of history
Folk-fancy: the study of the folk-tale, the folk-song, the folk-play
Folk-wit: the study of proverbs, riddles, jests, local sayings, and quips
Folk-craft: corresponding to the study of art and industry
Folk-speech: corresponding to the study of philology, grammar, rhetoric, and meter

---Alfred Nutt & G.L. Gomme, The Folk-Lore Journal, 1884

A man is called a good fellow for doing things which, if done by a woman, would land her in a lunatic asylum.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
  • Current Music
    "Southbound Again" by Dire Straits