May 30th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 28 May 2009

The Golden Gate Bridge was officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1937)


The stage names of some illustrious rappers:

50 Cent: Curtis James Jackson III
Andre 3000: Andre Benjamin
Busta Rhymes: Trevor Smith
Cee-Lo: Thomas Calloway
Common: Lonnie Rashid Lynn
DMX: Earl Simmons
Eminem: Marshall Mathers III
Foxy Brown: Inga Marchand
The Game: Jayceon Taylor
Ghostface Killah: Dennis Coles
Grandmaster Flash: Joseph Saddler
Ice Cube: O'Shea Jackson
Ice-T: Tracy Morrow
Ja Rule: Jeffrey Atkins
Jay-Z: Shawn Carter
KRS-One: Kris Parker
Lil' Kim: Kimberly Jones
LL Cool J: James Todd Smith
Ludacris: Christopher Bridges
Mos Def: Dante Smith
Notorious BIG: Christopher Wallace
Snoop Dogg: Calvin Broadus
T.I.: Clifford Harris Jr.

(Some spellings are debated.)

Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)
  • Current Music
    "Telegrarph Road" by Dire Straits

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame NYC Annex

Yesterday, after a lovely lunch at the Ginger Man (a midtown pub that I can't recommend highly enough), I went with girasole and the Infomancer to the Rock Hall Annex, which is a small space on Mercer Street in SoHo. It's a wonderful museum that starts you out in a room with a list of all the inductees, in which music by those inductees is played. (Side note: While I share debg's outrage that session pianist Nicky Hopkins hasn't been inducted, I found myself even more outraged that Carole King isn't in the HoF, especially since fellow Tin Pan Alley residents Lieber & Stoeller are, and King was just as important a TPA songwriter as those two and had huge impact as a performer beyond that. This is a travesty. Edited to add: Nemmind -- turns out she is in, but I couldn't find her name because she's listed jointly with her longtime collaborator Gerry Goffin, so I didn't find her under B.B. King where I was expecting to find her. *shamefaced expression*)

Then they bring you into an auditorium where they show a brief history of rock and roll using entirely live performance clips of folks ranging from Muddy Waters to the Beatles to the Clash to U2 and back again.

Then you go into the museum itself, after being handed a pair of headphones attached to an MP3 player with a sensor so that the music you hear matches the exhibit you're standing in front of. They've got clothing, notebooks, guitars (a lot of guitars), records, and stuff. My favorite was the New York City section, which includes an entire shrine to CBGB's: the awning, the sound system, the phone booth, a table and a few chairs, the cash register (complete with a bumper sticker emblazoned across the front that reads: "FUCK YOU, PAY ME"), and other paraphenalia.

Finally, we got to the current special exhibit, which is "John Lennon in New York City." Put together by Yoko Ono, the section celebrates Lennon's time living in the Big Apple, and includes clips, articles of clothing (including his famous "New York City" t-shirt), notes, postcards, and more. (tiggerallyn, you need to see this show if at all possible. Trust me.) For more about the Lennon exhibit check the press release.

Admission isn't cheap, but you get a great show. If rock'n'roll soothes your soul, and you're in the NYC area, check it out.
  • Current Music
    "Baba O'Riley" by Roger Daltry w/orchestra

"the gayest man on Earth would call this over the top"

"Total Eclipse of the Heart," the Literal Video Version.

If you watched music videos in the 1980s, then you will, as ellen_kushner so aptly put it, "laugh til your stomach hurts and tears pour down your face and your wife comes to the other end of the apt to find out if she's now married to a hyena."

And even if you didn't, it's still pretty fucking hilarious......
  • Current Music
    "The Boy with a Moon and a Star on His Head" by Cat Stevens

Schott's Miscellany 29 May 2009

Bob Hope born (1903)


One, two, buckle my shoe;
Three, four, shut the door;
Five, six, pick up sticks;
Seven, eight, lay them straight;
Nine, ten, a good fat hen;
Eleven, twelve, who will delve?
Thirteen, fourteen, maids a-courtin';
Fifteen, sixteen, maids a-kissin';
Seventeen, eighteen, maids a-waitin';
Nineteen, twenty, my stomach's empty.

A man shouldn't fool with booze until he's fifty; then he's a damn fool if he doesn't.
William Faulkner (1897-1962)
  • Current Music
    "When Jesus Came to Play" by Jethro Tull

the Freelancer's Survival Guide continues...

I keep forgetting to post updates on this, but Kristine Kathryn Rusch has been regularly updating her blog with more of her Freelancer's Survival Guide. I can't recommend this highly enough, as Kris has invaluable advice on how to manage life as a freelancer (especially useful right now, given the number of unwilling freelancers the economy has created....). Go. Read.
  • Current Music
    "Photograph" by Ringo Starr

Potato(e) Moon continues....

  • Current Music
    "Pay Me My Money Down" by Bruce Springsteen
d'argo's lament

two D'Argo's Lament #2 reviews

There are two new reviews of Farscape: D'Argo's Lament #2. The first is from Summer Suzuki at Fandomania, who basically liked it. Money quote:
Much like the first issue, it keeps the Farscape pace at an appropriate level (foot firmly planted on the accelerator), every action the characters take turns a mess into a hot mess, then into a really BIG hot mess, and it’s all very satisfying for fans of the series.

The other is from dvandom's latest weekly roundup, in which it is mildly recommended. Money quote:
...speaking of hubris, Jool assumes that HER plans won't wind up as frelled as Crichton's.

The issue also got the "Do You Suppose The Titular Lament Is 'Why Am I Always Surrounded By Idiots?'" Award. *snerk*
  • Current Music
    "Tumbling Dice" by the Rolling Stones
politics, Kerry Edwards

G. Gordon Liddy has no hemorrhoids....

...he is a perfect asshole.

Here's what convicted felon G. Gordon Liddy said on his radio show about Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor:
Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then.

Well, Mr. Liddy, Judge Sotomayor may be PMSed once a month, but you're always going to be an asshole.

(I also have to ask myself how his wife reacted to that particular statement.....)

Thanks to yendi for the link.
  • Current Music
    "5.15" by The Who