Friday, August 31, 2012

Crazy Old Guy Talks to Empty Chair

Pic of the Day

Dali and the unhappiest cat in the world, "Ocelot"

Movie of the Day

Title: Winter's Bone
Director: Debra Granik
Writers: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini (based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Lauren Sweetser, Garret Dillahunt, Dale Dickey, Shelley Waggener

Song of the Day

Title: Flavor of the Month
Artist: Black Sheep
Album: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing



[Intro]
Van Damme
Let's see what kind of flavor I want
Do I want, vanilla?
Or do I want a taste of chocolate?
Hmm, I want something different
I want somethin' slammin
What's the slamminest flavor out this month, let's see
Yo black, hmm, what flavor are you?


Listen, for a second, I'm wreckin', I got ya double checkin'
Then again, went to you knees did you beckon
Hold me only if you wanna get naked
Play before a crowd only if you wanna wreck it
The name is Dres, like silk I get slick
Drop rhymes like a base head Bic flicks
Constantly, yes it's me, D R E S
So yes, I guess, unless, confess
You can get down, yo serious business, with this
I never boned a honey that I didn't like
I never saw a mile that I couldn't hike
I never had a spliff to make me choke
I never had a pocket that was broke
Hate no one but love only a few
Franklin, Grant and yeah, mom too
I run Buckwild for self or with the crew
But then again, huh I thought you knew
Now I hear the voice
Is it what you want?
I hope it is kid
You're the flavor of the month

[Chorus]

I heard you got the fever for the flavor
I heard you got the fever for the flavor
I heard you got the fever for the flavor
Somebody said you had it goin' on
I heard you got the fever for the flavor
I heard you got the fever for the flavor
I heard you got the fever for the flavor
Hurry up and get a scoop before it's gone

So you got the fever for the flavor of the other
Chocolate, sasspirilla, or is it you like another
Flavor in my socks, to the curly locks
Black Sheep rollin' hard and knockin' peons out the box
Never have I ever never, ever felt much better
Did the whole nine, on the tenth I was no wetter
Ready and I'm eager, eager as a beaver
On the radio and good to go, says your receiver
Not to be the baddest or the oldest nor the wackest
Neither am I needest or the newest or the blackest
Just a brown fellow, who's not afraid of Jello
To the people of the world, I would like to say G'day
Had to wait a while, but the while has been waited
Never gave up hope, in myself, nor debated
Didn't shed a tear when I wasn't picked
'Cause I got a cone now, want a lick?

[Chorus]
Now I catch a number, when before I caught a glare
Now I give a pound, when before I got a stare
Now I guess I kinda got it goin' on
I get a wake-up call on the lawn
I used to try and push a demo, now I have a Coupe
That's a bit more than a little, but then not quite a few
Funny how they find you, when they told you get lost
Tell me why you're grittin', when you have no dental floss
Wasn't my loss, thought you were the boss?
You never knew how much the Sherbert cost
Forget it, I never sweat it, your girl will give me play I'll wet it
It only happens just because you let it
Now everybody wants to play my phone
I see 'em with a spoon, I see 'em with a cone
You never knew I knew it, but I knew you would pursue it
Hurry up and get a scoop before it's gone

[Chorus]

Artist of the Day

Manolo Valdes, 1942-present, Spanish painter and sculptor

Thought of the Day

Criminal investigation is a game of itches.

Quote of the Day

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand. - Neil Armstrong

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pic of the Day

NS Yamal, a nuclear powered Russian icebreaker ship

Movie of the Day

Title: Underworld
Director: Len Wiseman
Writer: Danny McBride
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen, Shane Brolly, Erwin Leder, Bill Nighy

Song of the Day

Title: White Rabbit
Artist: Jefferson Airplane
Album: Surrealistic Pillow



One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall
And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call to
Call Alice
When she was just small

When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's, "Off with her head!"
Remember what the doormouse said,
"Feed your...feed your head."

Artist of the Day

Arnold Newman, 1918-2006, American photographer

Thought of the Day

Other people's problems are the source of most of my stress. If it weren't for other people's lives being generally chaotic, and me inexplicably giving a hoot, I would be a near stress-free man. Empathy is a good thing, but not in excess.

Quote of the Day

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pic of the Day

Gone muddin'

Movie of the Day

Title: The Darjeeling Limited
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman
Starring: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston, Waris Ahluwalia, Amara Karan, Natalie Portman

Song of the Day

Title: Life's a Bitch
Artist: Nas feat. AZ
Album: Illmatic




[AZ] Aiyyo, wassup wassup let's keep it real son
Count this money, yaknowhatI'msayin?
[Nas] Yea yea
[AZ] Aiyyo, put the Grant's over there in the safe yaknowhatI'msayin?
[Nas] Yea yea
[AZ] Cause we spendin these Jackson's
The Washington's go to wifey, you know how that go
[Nas] I'm sayin, that's what this is all about right?
Clothes, bankrolls, and hoes yaknowhatI'msayin?
Yo then what man, what?? *echoes*

[AZ]
Visualizin the realism of life and actuality
Fuck who's the baddest a person's status depends on salary
And my mentality is, money orientated
I'm destined to live the dream for all my peeps who never made it
cause yeah, we were beginners in the hood as five percenters
But somethin must of got in us cause all of us turned to sinners
Now some, restin in peace and some are sittin in San Quentin
Others such as myself are tryin to carry on tradition
Keepin the schwepervesence street ghetto essence inside us
Cause it provides us with the proper insight to guide us
Even though, we know somehow we all gotta go
But as long as we leavin thievin we'll be leavin with some kind of dough
So, and to that day we expire and turn to vapors
Me and my capers-ll be somewhere stackin plenty papers
Keepin it real, packin steel, gettin high
Cause life's a bitch and then you die

[Chorus: AZ]
Life's a bitch and then you die; that's why we get high
Cause you never know when you're gonna go
Life's a bitch and then you die; that's why we puff lye
Cause you never know when you're gonna go
Life's a bitch and then you die; that's why we get high
Cause you never know when you're gonna go
Life's a bitch and then you die; that's why we puff lye

[Nas]
I woke up early on my born day, I'm twenty years of blessing
The essence of adolescent leaves my body now I'm fresh in
My physical frame is celebrated cause I made it
One quarter through life some God-ly like thing created
Got rhymes 365 days annual plus some
Load up the mic and bust one, cuss while I puffs from
My skull cause it's pain in my brain vein money maintain
Don't go against the grain simple and plain
When I was young at this I used to do my thing hard
Droppin foreigners take they wallets they jewels and rip they green cards
Dipped to the projects flashin my quick cash
And got my first piece of ass smokin blunts with hash
Now it's all about cash in abundance, niggaz I used to run with
Is rich or doin years in the hundreds
I switched my motto -- instead of sayin fuck tommorrow
That buck that bought a bottle could've struck the lotto
Once I stood on the block, loose cracks produce stacks
I cooked up and cut small pieces to get my loot back
Time is Illmatic keep static like wool fabric
Pack a four-matic that crack your whole cabbage

[Chorus]

*Olu Dara plays trumpet until fade*

Artist of the Day

Lucio Fontana, 1899-1968, Argentine-Italian painter and sculptor

Thought of the Day

It baffles me every time I encounter an immigrant with a tenuous grasp of the English language. Not because I'm xenophobic or anti-immigration, but because I'm pragmatic. I can't imagine living in another country and not speaking the native tongue. Do some immigrants think it's more inconvenient and time-consuming to learn English than it is to face a daunting, ubiquitous language barrier? I need to ask a Spanish-speaking immigrant about his thought process regarding this decision.

Quote of the Day

Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend. - Ludwig van Beethoven

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pic of the Day

Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii

Movie of the Day

Title: The Patriot
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer: Robert Rodat
Starring: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Joely Richardson, Chris Cooper, Tom Wilkinson

Song of the Day

Title: She Don't Use Jelly
Artist: The Flaming Lips
Album: Transmissions from the Satellite Heart



I know a girl who thinks of ghosts
She'll make ya breakfast
She'll make ya toast
But she don't use butter
She don't use cheese
She don't use jelly
Or any of these
She uses vaseline (x3)

I know a guy who goes to shows
When he's at home and he blows his nose
He don't use tissues or his sleeve
He don't use napkins or any of these
He uses magazines (x4)

I know a girl who reminds me of Cher
(reminds me of Cher)
She's always changing
(she's always changing)
The color of her hair
(color of her hair)
She don't use nothing
That ya buy at the store
She likes her hair to be real orange
She uses tangerines (x6)

Artist of the Day

Jaume Huguet, 1412-1492, Spanish-Catalan painter

Thought of the Day

Since people are willing to pay for bottled water, I'm going to start selling bottled air, "From the pristine, CO2-free skies of the Himalayas." It will be a hot item in New York and Los Angeles and wherever smog resides.

Quote of the Day

I would rather be politically dead than hypocritically immortalized. - Davy Crockett

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pic of the Day

Spinosaurus


Movie of the Day

Title: The Program
Director: David S. Ward
Writers: David S. Ward, Aaron Latham
Starring: James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer, Kristy Swanson, Duane Davis, Abraham Benrubi

Song of the Day


Title: Bitch Bad
Artist: Lupe Fiasco
Album: Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album


[Intro]
Yeah
I say bitch bad, woman good, lady better
Hey, hey, hey, hey

[Verse 1]
Now imagine there’s a shawty, maybe five maybe four
Ridin’ ’round with his mama listening to the radio
And a song comes on and a not far off from being born
Doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong
Now I ain’t trying to make it too complex
But let’s just say shawty has an undeveloped context
About the perception of women these days
His mama sings along and this what she says
“Niggas I’m a bad bitch, and I’m bad bitch
far above average”
And maybe other rhyming words like cabbage and savage
And baby carriage and other things that match it
Couple of things that are happenin’ here
First he’s relatin’ the word “bitch” with his mama, comma
And because she’s relatin’ to herself, his most important source of help,
And mental health, he may skew respect for dishonor

[Hook]
Bitch bad, woman good
Lady better, they misunderstood
(I’m killin’ these bitches)
Uh, tell ‘em
Bitch bad, woman good
Lady better, they misunderstood
They misunderstood
(I’m killin’ these bitches)

[Verse 2]
Yeah, now imagine a group of little girls nine through twelve
On the internet watchin’ videos listenin’ to songs by themselves
It doesn’t really matter if they have parental clearance
They understand the internet better than their parents
Now being the interent, the content’s probably uncensored
They’re young, so they’re maleable and probably unmentored
A complicated combination, maybe with no relevance
Until that intelligence meets their favorite singer’s preference
“Bad bitches, bad bitches, bad bitches
That’s all I want and all I like in life is bad bitches, bad bitches”
Now let’s say that they less concerned with him
And more with the video girl acquiescent to his whims
Ah, the plot thickens
High heels, long hair, fat booty, slim
Reality check, I’m not trippin’
They don’t see a paid actress, just what makes a bad bitch

[Hook]

[Verse 3]
Disclaimer: This rhymer, Lupe’s not usin’ bitch as a lesson
But as a psychological weapon
To set in your mind and really mess with your conceptions
Discretions, reflections, it’s clever misdirection
Cause, while I was rappin’ they was growin’ up fast
Nobody stepped in to ever slow ‘em up, gasp
Sure enough, in this little world
The little boy meets one of those little girls
And he thinks she a bad bitch and she thinks she a bad bitch
He thinks disrespectfully, she thinks of that sexually
She got the wrong idea, he don’t wanna fuck her
He thinks she’s bad at being a bitch like his mother
Momma never dress like that, come out the house, hot mess like that
Ass, titties, dress like that
All out to impress like that
Just like that, you see the fruit of the confusion
He caught in a reality, she caught in an illusion
Bad mean good to her, she really nice and smart
But bad mean bad to him, bitch don’t play your part
But bitch still bad to her if you say it the wrong way
But she think she a bitch, what a double entendre

[Hook]

[Outro]
Bitch bad, woman good
Lady better, they misunderstood
You’re misunderstood
(I'm killin' these bitches)
Bitch bad, woman good
Lady better, greatest motherhood
(I’m killin’ these bitches)

Artist of the Day

Stephan Balkenhol, 1957-present, German painter and sculptor

Thought of the Day

Roger Clemens must be broke from paying lawyer's fees. Or he enjoys baseball to an unhealthy degree.

Quote of the Day

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. - Winston Churchill

Friday, August 24, 2012

Movie of the Day

Title: Spanglish
Director: James L. Brooks
Writer: James L. Brooks
Starring: Adam Sandler, Paz Vega, Téa Leoni, Cloris Leachman, Thomas Haden Church