Wednesday, October 26, 2005

What he said

I like Michael Jenkinson's idea that the Tories should call for the GST to be cut to 3% in the next election.

(Sorry for the lighter than usual posting. Six-day work weeks will do that to you.)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

"'In fact, we're a Catholic apologist rap group.'"

After reading Kathy's note about a blogger's encounter with some Catholic punks on a New York subway train, I'm just amazed, that's all.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Mystery Neo-con Theatre 3000

The way that Kathy Shaidle describes this conservative blogger video night in Toronto, I thought that they were giving a beloved liberal movie the Mike-and-the-'bots treatment. But no, they were just watching Red Dawn.

I'd be into that. I really like the guy, but I have MST3K moments when listening to my pastor's sermons.

Pastor: [After making a big analogy encouraging us to do our part for God by referring to just watching the film Kingdom of Heaven and learning how all the actors and actresses were almost fighting to get parts in it.]

"Just think, someday in heaven the story of the ages will play out and your role will be seen as really important..."

Rick: [Whispered aside to neighbour] "[The Pastor's] part will play out like a clip from Citizen Kane and my part will be a reel from Plan Nine From Outer Space."

I need to teach someday, so my pastor can get some payback. :)

Sunday, October 16, 2005

What Narnia character are you?

This personality quiz, promoting the upcoming The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe film, says that I would be Puzzle the donkey in the Narnia world.

Oh well, at least I wasn't Queen Jadis.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

She did the chicken in the middle of the floor

In 1960, U.S. rockabilly artist Billy "Crash" Craddock had a number one hit in Australia (of all places) with Boom Boom Baby. It's a great song, but I still wonder what "the chicken" and "the chicken bop" were. They are dances mentioned in the song.

The dance called "the chicken" in Boom Boom Baby would seem not to be the silly disco dance that's best known as "The Bird Dance" in Europe. [The lyrics of Heino's version of "The Bird Dance", by the way, say that he learned the dance while on his "first flight to Canada"!]

The only information that I can find on the "chicken bop", there being no Wikipedia entry on the dance, is that this is a slang term for moving one's head like a chicken to music.

Australians, for their part, liked to put their own spin on dance crazes in the 1960s. "Twistin' USA" was transmogrified into the Johnny O'Keefe cover version "Twistin Australia Way", in which teens in various Australian towns named in the song were even "twistin' to the didgeridoo."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Sunday, October 02, 2005

A chicken in every pot

Jordan Bateman's business blog has been transmogrified into his election website.

I must be a blogger at heart because I'm slightly tempted to give it the MST3K treatment instead of making a positive contribution to politics, myself. But, I will play nicely. Good luck, Jordan.