Friday, January 30, 2004

"....I got to pee next to Leonard Nimoy and smell Michelle Pfeiffer's perfume. But not at the same time....."

Mystery Science Theater's
Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett mark the end of the show's run on the Sci-Fi Channel.
Oh, Poopie

Mystery Science Theater 3000, the greatest TV show in the history of mankind, will be broadcast for probably the last time tomorrow.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

"is my computer working? i don't know. you tell me."

Shall we tell him?. He's a young Christian blogger/musician type.
Good Lord!

Kevin Michael Grace could use a miracle or two, if you are inclined to help.
There's a swing to the Silly Party here, but how much of a swing I'm not going to tell you...

For coverage and comments on the election that I am most interested in, try the
BlogsCanada : [Canadian] E-Group Election Blog. It's expected that Canada will see an election in 2004 too.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Always good

"Only on The Corner [on National Review Online] can penguins falling over share space with whether it was the Luftwaffe or wet roads held that up the German invasion of Russia. It's kind of like being on a long car trip with some heavily stoned Rhodes Scholars...."
For those needing a laugh

Listen to Abbott and Costello's Who's on First here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Happy B-day

Say, it's Raven's birthday. Look at his often interesting blog, especially when I post to it. :)
"....The eerie piano music in the film is recorded directly from a record player playing the original Exorcist theme from three apartments away...."

Seanbaby strikes again with a funny review of the cheap Turkish version of The Exorcist.

Monday, January 26, 2004

That's Bunny Rabbit amongst the Marines raising the flag.

Did Bob Keeshan, the late and beloved Captain Kangaroo fight at Iwo Jima? Snopes has the answer. Nope
The D.C. skinny

Jeremy Lott reccomends Wonkette, a Washington-based political gossip blog.
Atlas Squealed

The Farm Accident Digest blog's "Ayn Rand's Hog Farming Secrets", on FAD's non-blog welcome page, are nowhere to be seen.

I'll bet Number One is "Erect giant dollar sign at front of pig sty."

Looks like a fine blog despite my kidding.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

I'm stuck in the 50s....1850s :)

what decade does your personality live in?

quiz brought to you by lady interference, ltd

Look at this!

The extreme Catholic blog spots a Reuters story on an alleged baby dragon. Check out the photo!
FYI, which tracks which blogs inspire the birth of other blogs is, happily, back online.

Friday, January 23, 2004


From the fabulous Michael Jenkinson:

It's always nice to see that the quality of my readership is increasing. Got a referral URL today from “DEPTHSOFHELL.” Guess the Edmonton Journal changed servers or something.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Mom says I have this to look forward to

A site lovingly devoted to the Combovers Experience. I'm led to understand that my maternal grandfather had the mother of all I am doomed. :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Canada's Pete Best

You could say that Chad Allan is the unluckiest guy in show business. He left The Guess Who and three years later, they started having huge hits with Burton Cummings as their new lead singer. Then, he joined Brave Belt, a group with Randy Bachman. After he left that group, it renamed itself Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO).

It's too bad because, despite this run of musical bad luck, Mr. Allan is a genuinely nice guy. (He was a friend of my family briefly during my teen years and he would play new songs for me in a futile effort to discover if they would appeal to teenagers. "Futile" because at the time I wasn't listening to much music recorded after 1965.)

In this online interview, Mr. Allan discusses the mystery that stumped record listeners and led to the Guess Who's first big hit, as well as other tales of the earliest days of "The Guess Who?".

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

"King or Byng" and more fun

If you are puzzled by Canadian politics, you would be well served by reading my friend and former colleague Colby Cosh's introduction to the subject.

Monday, January 19, 2004

"I felt the power of the Lord..."

From the Des Moines Register:>"Stapler stymies knife-wielding robber"
Job seeking experiences from heck

A catty DEW line for job seekers to warn each other: Rude Recruiters - Job Seeker Experiences That Make You Want To Share The Love!.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

An excuse not to do real work on your computer, as if you needed it.

Here's a website's history of video games with photos, graphics and such.

Interestingly, I was talking about this at work on Saturday and someone wondered if they ever re-released the B.C. comic game that you could play on the Colecovision computer. Good question.
Stick blog in blender. Press "Puree"

Oh no! The CNN website has been hacked by Rick's Miscellany!

Rather, that's what happens when you combine the layout with my textual content.

That's courtesy the Mixmaster function at which allows you to blend two different websites together. Fun!

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Sorry, Kevin isn't riding a moped, or on a ferris wheel, or....

Meanwhile, my friend and former colleague Kevin Steel has been inspired by fireworks to post a song that you may enjoy. He writes and posts lots of songs that you may listen to.
Teenage fallout queens!
French teens on ferris wheels!
A lip-synching Bobby Vee on a moped!

Filmmaker and movie archivist Dennis Nyback has a fabulous video compilation of Scopitones for sale. He also has a small introduction to these French/American music videos of the 1960s on his website, which will soon be updated.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

The Truth Is Out There

An interesting site about that alleged UFO crash in New Mexico in 1947:The Roswell Files

"A Crashed Flying Saucer? An Alien base at Area 51? The story of the Roswell UFO Incident has it all- the Majestic-12 government conspiracy, alien bodies, cover-ups, a missing nurse... the stuff of legends. But like all popular legends, there are as many versions as there are Storytellers. The Truth about Roswell may be "out there", but is has been shrouded by faulty memories, hoaxes- and sometimes, deliberate lies...."

I know who the meanest man in the world is...

Here's a small Seattle P-I feature from last year on J.P. Patches if my earlier post piqued your curiosity.

Check out some selected pages from a 1971 Sears catalogue.
Desperate enough for church

Peter MacKay is not known as the most religious of Canada's right-leaning politicians, but one of his offhand remarks when he announced today that he wasn't running for the leadership of Canada's new "unite-the-right" party is worth a brief comment.

The Canadian Press story reads in part:

MacKay, who plans to run in the next election, acknowledged the year has taken its toll.

Widespread consultation with past and present supporters - including an assessment of his ability to raise the cash for another leadership run - led him to a decision that was more head than heart, said MacKay.

"I did a lot of soul-searching. I even went to church last Sunday - and believe me, I still have a soul," he joked. "Some of you may think otherwise."

"I even went to church last Sunday" Well, don't put yourself out Mr. MacKay.

This is evidence that Canadian politics is, for better or worse, much different than American politics. U.S. politicians are comfortable with the idea of faith influencing one's political beliefs. Canadian politicians, like Mr. MacKay, often seem to see church-going as a refuge of the silly or desperate.

From a social conservative perspective, there are many things that need fixing in this country other than our tax rates. However, years of skittish politicians and dinosaur doll wielding pundits have intimidated moral conservatives into political silence.

If Canadian social conservatives are wise, we will start to form think tanks, magazines and newsletters to give our politicians reasons to assume that church going is something wise politicians can consider doing. Namely, that people of faith don't leave their brains at the doors of their houses of worship and can pass on some useful insights based on timeless morality.

Given all that is morally wrong with Canada's politics, perhaps a little desperation is in order.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Bend over. Repeat as necessary

Some internet fellow has discovered an otherwise normal man who has invented The World's Only Ass-Kicking Machine.

Thanks Raven.
"Now I'm wondering if the best music is actually produced by ugly people... used to be the important thing in the music industry. Not so anymore. This is one reason why there is so much bad music out there these days. You don't have to write your own songs or even have a decent voice. Just a great body. Now I'm wondering if the best music is actually produced by ugly people....

--Kelly Jane Torrance notes that even in country music, only the beautiful get to sing.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

The Lord of the Rings ghostwritten by Dr. Seuss?!?.

Thanks to Maripat and Lori.
Well, I guess he does have to eat sometime but it is still a neat story

Guess who Anne met one day while she was getting her car fixed.

Anne's blog is always interesting reading, by the way. Check it out.
Greatest Australian cars ever. Not

The Lightburn Zeta should have won this newspaper poll of Australia's lamest cars, but it did not for some reason...

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Take and read

Kathy Shaidle writes a fave blog of mine that you will enjoy if you don't listen to Ian Paisley records. Good stuff.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

The Canadian Mountain Kangaroo

Fans of the Canadian Wildlife Service's famous Hinterland Who's Who commercials about canadian wildlife will be pleased to know two things.

New commercials are being made. (I've linked to the old commercials, which are now online, but you can go "home" to see the new ones.)

Also, the CWS has a sense of humour and has posted spoofs of the Hinterland Who's Who spots here.
Report replacement update

A message from Ezra Levant that I'm passing on

"Today [January 6] I was interviewed about the Western Standard magazine on Don Newman's national TV show, "Politics".

You can watch the six-minute segment by clicking on the following link, and then clicking on the Tuesday afternoon segment. Scroll ahead 40 minutes.

link "

Monday, January 05, 2004

Red Green has relatives in New Zealand

The jet powered beer cooler
Always good

Australian journalist and blogger Tim Blair.
Nice work if you can get it...

Back in October, some enterprising American sold a new $20 bill on eBay for $29.99!

Dumber than a bag of hammers!

Thanks to :)

Sunday, January 04, 2004

Site of the Day

"Crank Dot Net is devoted to presenting Web sites by and about cranks, crankism, crankishness, and crankosity. All cranks, all the time.

Every day at midnight, a new Crank o' the Day is chosen!"

Almost as fun as BidBoy sometimes. Lots of interesting stuff for fansof crankdom...and as the only person who flipped throught the copy of The Spotlight that was sent by a misguided subscriber to the B.C. Report newsroom, I am a good judge of that sort of thing. :)

Thursday, January 01, 2004

And the football gods smiled

About a third into his column, Tuesday Morning Quarterback theorizes that the "life-after-death" experience implies, logically, that God exists.
The second meanest man in the world

Happy New Year!

My friend Kevin Michael Grace sends the Byfields (our former employer) to Coventry in this post. Let's hope this is a happier year than last for all the Report-niks.

On a happier note...for Christmas, my grandmother gave me a biography of Chris Wedes, also known as J. P. Patches, a much beloved Seattle morning TV childrens show host for many years. Lots of behind the scenes stuff, including notes on Bob Newman, who played the 17 other characters on the show. Oddly enough, I remember thinking as a little kid that Boris S. Wort--the "second meanest man in the world" was the second funniest character on the show.

Due to the many years I spent faithfully watching the show on the family TV set before hopping the back fence to go to school, my mother remembers more about the J.P Patches program than I do.

The book's author helpfully includes links to other kids shows that ran on Seattle TV stations from the 1950s to 1970's:

Brakeman Bill
Stan Boreson, who wielded a mean accordion.
and Don McCune, aka Captain Puget.

He also reccomends this online guide to Seattle pop culture.