January 8th, 2013


The Onion, as ever, nails it

"Frustrated Wayne LaPierre Thought the Murder of 20 Children By Crazed Gunman Would Have Blown Over By Now."

Money quote:
The longtime NRA head acknowledged that as someone who has followed dozens of mass shootings over the years, he had anticipated roughly a week or so of mourning following the deadly tragedy, but “nothing like this, for God’s sake.”

In addition, LaPierre said he was deeply surprised and even somewhat irritated that discussion concerning the heartbreaking loss of young life and the efficacy of existing gun control laws had continued to persist into the new year “as if people had nothing better to do.”

Thanks to yendi for the link....
  • Current Music
    "Outlaw Band of Thieves" by Boogie Knights

coming soon: Wasted Days, Wasted Knights by Boogie Knights!

We're coming into the home stretch of recording the sixth CD by Boogie Knights (the band for which I serve as percussionist and occasional backup singer). Here's what's gonna be on it:
    "Earth Magic Girls" (parody of "Fat-Bottomed Girls")
    Lead vocals: John Scheeler

    "Hero's Day Off" (parody of "The Lazy Song")
    Lead vocals: Kate Greenberger

    "Crew of the Raven" (original)
    Lead vocals: John Scheeler

    "Face the Inquisition" (parody of "Do the Loco-Motion")
    Lead vocals: Sharon Palmer, Linda Swann, Kate Greenberger, Lynn Cunningham

    "I Wanna Rule France" (parody of "Rockstar")
    Lead vocals: John Scheeler

    "Madagascar (The Lemur Song" (parody of "Leave Her, Johnny")
    Lead vocals: Sharon Palmer, Linda Swann, Kate Greenberger, Lynn Cunningham

    "Last of Your Line" (parody of "I Feel Fine")
    Lead vocals: David Keefer, John Scheeler

    "Outlaw Band of Thieves" (parody of "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves")
    Lead vocals: Sharon Palmer

    "Wanted: Harem Guard" (parody of "Achy-Breaky Heart")
    Lead vocals: David Keefer, John Scheeler, Keith R.A. DeCandido

    "Pooka" (parody of "Luka")
    Lead vocals: Linda Swann

    "No Trousers" (parody of "Donald, Where's Your Trousers?")
    Lead vocals: David Keefer

    "Oh, What a Knight" (parody of "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)")
    Lead vocals: Sharon Palmer

    "Thank You, Scotland" (parody of "It's Hard to be Humble")
    Lead vocals: David Keefer

    "Victor" (parody of "Soldier Boy")
    Lead vocals: David Keefer, Linda Swann

    "Screw the Limit" (original)
    Lead vocals: David Keefer, John Scheeler, Keith R.A. DeCandido

    "Worked Like a Charm" (parody of "Dust in the Wind")
    Lead vocals: Kate Greenberger

    "Sailin' with Captain Morgan" (parody of "Livin' La Vida Loca")
    Lead vocals: John Scheeler

    Bonus track: "Ohio Valley Filk Fest" (original)
    Lead vocals: John Scheeler

I play percussion on all the tracks, I play recorder on "No Trousers," I play kazoo on "Sailin' with Captain Morgan," and in addition to sharing lead vocals with John & Dave on "Wanted: Harem Guard" and "Screw the Limit," I also sing backup vocals on "Earth Magic Girls," "Face the Inquisition," "Outlaw Band of Thieves," "Oh, What a Knight!" "Thank You, Scotland," "Worked Like a Charm," and "Sailin' with Captain Morgan." I'm particularly pleased that I've been doing more vocal work with the band -- I didn't do any vocals at all on Many a Sleepless Knight.

The CD should, if all goes well, be available at Farpoint next month.
  • Current Music
    "Sailin' with Captain Morgan" by Boogie Knights
TNG Rewatch

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: "Interface"

It's a Roots reunion, as Madge Sinclair and Ben Vereen play La Forge's parents! Sadly, stunt casting is about all this episode has going for it. The TNG Rewatch begins an "Interface."

An excerpt:
Sadly, the episode really only goes through the motions. Sir Patrick Stewart did more with a regretful “no” to Riker after seeing the image of his dead mother in “Where No One Has Gone Before” than LeVar Burton is able to scrape up in the entire episode. For that matter, Jonathan Frakes shows more convincing maternal grief in the scene where he tells La Forge about how his five-year-old self was in denial about his mother’s death. Hell, playing an emotionless character, Brent Spiner is able to convey more emotional weight when he tries to comfort La Forge and again when he agrees to disobey orders with him. Adding to the episode’s general “meh” factor is Ben Vereen phoning in his one scene and yet another strange alien species that accidentally harms people but didn’t really mean it (cf. “Lonely Among Us,” “Home Soil,” “Galaxy’s Child,” “Night Terrors,” “Identity Crisis,” “Timescape,” etc. etc.) And everyone gets all skeptical regarding La Forge’s theory on what happened to the Hera, which would be more convincing if the Enterprise didn’t encounter weird-ass crap that’s way more unbelievable than La Forge’s cockamamie theory....
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    "Victor" by Boogie Knights