Thursday, December 22, 2005

Friday Random Ten - The Happy Saturnalia Edition

  1. White From Here - Holly Figueroa
  2. Dancing with the Women at the Bar - Ryan Adams and Gillian Welch (from a live show in 1999)
  3. Juicy Lucy - Stefan Grossman
  4. New Amsterdam - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
  5. Fear - Sarah McLachlan
  6. Small Swift Birds - Cowboy Junkies (from a live show at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens)
  7. Love You Madly - Ella Fitzgerald
  8. Blue Light Boogie - Louis Jordan
  9. Plenty More - Squirrel Nut Zippers
  10. Cold Winter Day - Blind Willie McTell
  11. Red Door Blues - Indigo Swing

Wednesday, December 07, 2005


My Congressional Representative, David Scott has called for the withdrawl of U.S. troops from Iraq.
U.S. Rep. David Scott has changed his mind about Iraq. After supporting the war, the Georgia congressman is calling for a removal of U.S. troops from the country. Scott said in an interview Thursday on Atlanta radio station WAOK-AM that he believes the job that the U.S. military was sent to do is finished and "a sizable number of troops" should start coming home. "We cannot go the course we've been going on because we are being viewed as an occupier," said Scott, a two-term conservative Democrat who represents the southern suburbs of Atlanta. "I still support our troops, but I do not support our policy." Scott, who sits on the House National Security Committee, said he changed his stance after the Bush administration "kicked Colin Powell out of the saddle." Scott said a pullout of troops should start by February.
I sent him my thanks this morning.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Friday Random Ten and my home of eternal repose

  1. Live Free - Son Volt
  2. Vox (Extended Remix) - Sarah McLachlan
  3. Highway 90 - Jane Jensen
  4. All the Pretty Little Horses - Holly Cole
  5. Anna Lee - Elmore James
  6. Alley Flowers - Jolie Holland
  7. You Stepped Out of a Dream - Tal Farlow
  8. Breezin' Along with the Breeze - Josephine Baker
  9. What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again) - Louis Jordan
  10. Hit That Jive Jack - Diana Krall
  11. Take It With Me - Tom Waits
The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to the First Level of Hell - Limbo!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Extreme
Level 2 (Lustful)Moderate
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Low
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Friday Random Ten

  1. Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple
  2. Out of this World - Ella Fitzgerald
  3. Them There Eyes - Django Reinhardt
  4. Al Di's Dream Theme - Al Di Meola
  5. Drummin' Man - Gene Krupa
  6. Katmandu - Cat Stevens
  7. Devil Doll - X
  8. Watching the Moonlight - Vigilantes of Love
  9. Bronze - Joshua Redman Quartet
  10. He Never Mentioned Love - Kirsty MacColl
  11. Blue and Sentimental - Count Basie
The book is going well. I've had to back up and throw out some of the stuff that I'd written (well not literally) then go back and do more research, more in depth character studies, and more plotting; but I've greater confidence with what I have and where I'm going with it.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Yep, I'm pretty f*^ked

Pretty fucked
12 is your Fuckedness Number! Crazy!
You're pretty fucked for the next four years. Why? I don't know, maybe it's because you're actually smart and have real actual morals, and not just the fake Christian kind. Maybe you're a minority. Whatever the reason, you've got fairly high levels of fuckedness. Prepare yourself. It's gonna be a rough 4 years.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 59% on Fuckedness
Link: The How Fucked by Bush You Are Test written by leelander on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Hark the Harelipped Angels Sing

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Per instructions from The General, here is a card wishing everyone joy and eggnog for the holidays christmas.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Friday Random Ten

  1. Tracy Chapman - She's Got Her Ticket
  2. Aimee Mann - Dear John
  3. Larry Coryell - Lotus Revelation
  4. Paris Combo - Aléas
  5. Smokey Robinson - Being with You
  6. Jesus Christ Superstar - What's the Buzz/Strange Thing
  7. Bonnie Raitt - One Part Be My Lover
  8. Van Morrison - The Smile You Smile
  9. Buddy Rich Big Band - Goodbye Yesterday
  10. Royal Crown Revue - Swingin' All Day
  11. Absa Gueye - Mane Kouma Khol Thi Yao

Friday, November 04, 2005

It's that time again

  1. Stefan Grossman - Concrete Parachute
  2. Squirrel Nut Zippers - It's Over
  3. John Fahey - Some Summer Day
  4. Jane Jensen - Candy & Razor Blades
  5. Erin McKeown - Cinematic
  6. The Police - Miss Gradenko
  7. Kelly Hogan and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts - Gone
  8. Melissa Ferick - Fearless
  9. Diana Krall - Pick Yourself Up
  10. Ton Van Bergyk - Light and Bitter
  11. Rev. Gary Davis - Goin' Sit Down on the Banks of the River

Friday, October 28, 2005

Friday Random

  1. Arrabal Amargo - Carlos Gardel
  2. Spanish Rose - Van Morrison
  3. Yalla Yalla - Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
  4. Anything but Love - Squirrel Nut Zippers
  5. Togetherness - Tuck & Patti
  6. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Leo Kotte
  7. Quiet Night of Quiet Stars - Ella Fitzgerald
  8. Raspberry Swirl - Tori Amos
  9. Sitting on Top of the World - Howlin' Wolf
  10. Playing Policy Blues - Blind Blake
  11. Grandpa's Spells - Jelly Roll Morton
FYI, the reason I'm not posting very often is that I'm writing a book. I'll talk more about it when I'm further along.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Friday Random Ten (and my latest covet)

  1. Frevo Rasgado - Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco DeLucia
  2. Go On Ahead - Liz Phair
  3. My Way Home - Kirsty McColl
  4. Beneath the Balcony - Iron & Wine
  5. Here's That Rainy Day - Nancy Wilson
  6. Boll Weevil - Blind Willie McTell
  7. Doin' It - Professor Longhair
  8. Suits are Picking Up the Bill - Squirrel Nut Zippers
  9. Cabin in the Sky - Ella Fitzgerald
  10. Ready - John Doe with Kristin Hersh
  11. Come By Me - Harry Connick, Jr

I just learned that Mary Roach has just published her sequal to Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. It's called Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife.

Me want.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Friday Random Ten and a game

  1. Blind Willie McTell - Cold Winter Day
  2. X - My Soul Cries Your Name
  3. George Gershwin - Idle Dreams
  4. Leah Andreone - It's Alright, It's Okay
  5. Tom Waits - Lost in the Harbour
  6. Exene Cervenka - Famous Barmaid
  7. Erin McKeown - Civilians
  8. Albert Ammons - Boogie Woogie Stomp
  9. Alien Fashion Show - Hollywood Bungalow
  10. Peggy Lee - I'm a Woman
  11. Winton Marsalis Big Band - Tattooed Bride
And now go play the game Homeless or Jesus. Via Majikthise

Friday, October 07, 2005

Friday Random Ten

I know, I know, it's been a week since I last posted. My apologies. I promise to do better in the near future.

Anyway, here's this week's random ten (bu' i' goes to eleven).

  1. 'Tain't What You Do ( It's The Way That Cha Do It ) - Ella Fitzgerald
  2. Here We Go Again - Ray Charles and Nora Jones
  3. April in Paris - Count Basie
  4. Caldonia - Lee Press-On and the Nails
  5. Death Don't Have No Mercy - Hot Tuna
  6. Where Did My Baby Go - Howard Tate
  7. They Can't Take That Away From Me - Diana Krall
  8. Monkey Man Blues - Big Bill Broonzy with Clarence Lofton
  9. The Assassination of John Fahey - Stefan Grossman
  10. Rockabilly Show - Blacktop Rockets
  11. On Your Wings - Iron & Wine

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Friday random ten

  1. I Mean You - Thelonious Monk
  2. Grapefruit Moon - Tom Waits
  3. Right or Wrong - Kelly Hogan
  4. It Always Rains On A Picnic - Modest Mouse
  5. She's Not - John Doe
  6. Hymn for the Exiled - Anaïs Mitchell
  7. Someday the Waves - Iron & Wine
  8. Search My Heart - Hot Tuna
  9. Chains - Carole King
  10. Please, Please, Please - Fiona Apple
  11. Bug - Kristin Hersh

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Buy a Banned Book (cheap)

Earlier today, The Punning Pundit created a linked list to help those who wanted to buy books on the American Library Association's list of the 100 most challenged books of the year. His suggested vendors were two of the largest on-line book retailers, while I tend to prefer to shop from independent booksellers. So I've decided to create a list of my own. Most of the books on it can be purchased for $1.00 (plus S&H):

  1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
  2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
  8. Forever by Judy Blume
  9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
  12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
  17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
  18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  19. Sex by Madonna
  20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
  21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
  27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
  29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
  30. The Goats by Brock Cole
  31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
  32. Blubber by Judy Blume
  33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
  34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
  35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
  36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
  37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
  41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
  46. Deenie by Judy Blume
  47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
  49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
  50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
  51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
  55. Cujo by Stephen King
  56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
  58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
  62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
  64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
  65. Fade by Robert Cormier
  66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
  67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
  69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  71. Native Son by Richard Wright
  72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
  73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
  74. Jack by A.M. Homes
  75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
  76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
  77. Carrie by Stephen King
  78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
  80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
  81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
  82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
  83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
  87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
  88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
  89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
  90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
  91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
  93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
  94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
  95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
  98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
  100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Via Amanda at Pandagon

Monday, September 26, 2005

Monkey see...

Sorry about not posting recently.

I've been a funk for the last couple days and not one with a beat you can dance to. Well, I just bought the latest Terry Prachett, as well as the latest Neil Gaiman, and the fourth season of Gilmore Girls is released tomorrow on DVD and since I've been saving for the past month, I can actually afford it.

Anyway, for your reading pleasure, I present the first recent newspaper article about evolution that's actually pretty good.

decoding chimpanzees' DNA allowed scientists to do more than just refine their estimates of how similar humans and chimps are. It let them put the very theory of evolution to some tough new tests.

If Darwin was right, for example, then scientists should be able to perform a neat trick. Using a mathematical formula that emerges from evolutionary theory, they should be able to predict the number of harmful mutations in chimpanzee DNA by knowing the number of mutations in a different species' DNA and the two animals' population sizes.

"That's a very specific prediction," said Eric Lander, a geneticist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., and a leader in the chimp project.

Sure enough, when Lander and his colleagues tallied the harmful mutations in the chimp genome, the number fit perfectly into the range that evolutionary theory had predicted.

The article explains, in non-technical language, why evolution by natural selection is a scientific theory and why, by contrast, ID is not.

Asked to provide examples of non-obvious, testable predictions made by the theory of Intelligent Design, John West, an associate director of the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based ID think tank, offered one: In 1998, he said, an ID theorist, reckoning that an intelligent designer would not fill animals' genomes with DNA that had no use, predicted that much of the "junk" DNA in animals' genomes -- long seen as the detritus of evolutionary processes -- will someday be found to have a function.

(In fact, some "junk" DNA has indeed been found to be functional in recent years, though more than 90 percent of human DNA still appears to be the flotsam of biological history.) In any case, West said, it is up to Darwinists to prove ID wrong.

"Chance and necessity don't seem to be good candidates for explaining the appearance of higher-order complexity, so the best explanation is an intelligent cause," West said. [emphasis added]

No, it is up to the people positing a scientific theory to provide evidence supporting it.

The article then goes into a basic overview of evolution.

Rather than just take the usual newspaper tactic of "he said, she said" pairing off one quote by a biologist with another quote by someone from the Discovery Institute, Weiss and Brown do a good job, given the length constraints of a newspaper article, explaining what evolutionary theory is.

On the geek scale*, I give this one a π.

(*The geek scale was originally created in the Annals of Improbable Research to grade cafeterias in various research institutions. It ranges from an i, good only in your imagination; to π, 'cause everyone knows pie is good.)