Photos by David Yow

David Yow was kind enough to allow me to post these photos he took during his recent travels in Europe.

Photo by David Yow; May, 2009
Photo by David Yow; May, 2009
Photo by David Yow; May, 2009
Photo by David Yow; May, 2009
Photo by David Yow; May, 2009
Photo by David Yow; May, 2009
Photo by David Yow; May, 2009
Photo by David Yow; May, 2009
Photo by David Yow; May, 2009
Photo by David Yow; May, 2009

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I Heard a Joke

A little boy comes home from his first bass lesson and his father asks, “So, how was your first lesson?” The little boy replies, “Oh, it was good. I learned that the top string is the E string and the next down is the A string.”  His father is pleased.

The next day, when the boy comes home again, his father asks, “How was your lesson today?”  The boy says, “Skipped it. I had a gig.”

(hat tip: Whevs)

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50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice

Elements Of Style - 50th Anniversary Edition

I admit, there is something endearing about Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.  It’s written in that Waspy New England egghead style that people who read the New Yorker enjoy.   Unfortunately, much of the advice is just plain wrong.  There is a new fiftieth anniversary edition, but Geoffrey Pullum won’t be celebrating:

After Strunk’s death, White published a New Yorker article reminiscing about him and was asked by Macmillan to revise and expand Elements for commercial publication. It took off like a rocket (in 1959) and has sold millions.

This was most unfortunate for the field of English grammar, because both authors were grammatical incompetents. Strunk had very little analytical understanding of syntax, White even less.

Some of the recommendations are vapid, like “Be clear” (how could one disagree?). Some are tautologous, like “Do not explain too much.” (Explaining too much means explaining more than you should, so of course you shouldn’t.) Many are useless, like “Omit needless words.” (The students who know which words are needless don’t need the instruction.) Even so, it doesn’t hurt to lay such well-meant maxims before novice writers.

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I Heard a Joke

A little boy goes up to his father and says, “Daddy, when I grow up, I want to be a bass player.”

Father says, “Son, you can’t do both.”

(hat tip: Todd Trainer)

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No. 904: Barcelona, ES

2009 Primavera Festival

May 28, 2009

Barcelona, Spain

Parc del Forum
Primavera Festival
ATP stage

Dr. Kiko
Wooden Shjips
Dead Meadow
the Jesus Lizard
Lightning Bolt
Magik Marker

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No. 903: Paris, FR

Ville Sonique Festival

May 27, 2009

Paris, France

Villete Sonique Festival
Parc La Villette

the Jesus Lizard
Sunn O))
Men Without Pants

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I Am a Chain Reaction

Very nice animation from Presstube.  It starts a little slow and gets going at around 1:15:

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(hat tip: The Daily Dish)

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For the love of God, I can’t take any more of this harsh treatment which does not rise to the level of torture!

One word, sounds like "torture."  Oh, wait.  Let's start over.

Jonathon Bines at the New York Observer speculates on the information gleaned from the 83 waterboardings of Abu Zubaydah:

5. You can’t do this! Show me the authorization for you to do this!

6. Wow. O.K., technically, you can do this. Although the quality of the legal work in these memos is shoddy at …

7. Enough! I beg of you! Stop the torture!

8. O.K., fine. Then stop the “enhanced technique!”

Read the whole piece here.

(hat tip: The Daily Dish)

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I Heard a Joke

Zimne Piwo

A woman walks into a bar and the bartender asks what she’d like to drink.  She says “I’ll have a double entendre.”  So, he gives it to her.

It’s good, right?  I never hear people tell jokes anymore, and I miss it.

(hat tip: Carrie Weston)

(photo: Mark 2400)

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We'll Aways Have Cheney

CheneyFace

Dick Cheney, in his speech today on terrorism and security:

And when [our enemies] see the American government caught up in arguments about interrogations, or whether foreign terrorists have constitutional rights, they don’t stand back in awe of our legal system and wonder whether they had misjudged us all along. Instead the terrorists see just what they were hoping for – our unity gone, our resolve shaken, our leaders distracted. In short, they see weakness and opportunity.

Can’t you see, if we allow ourselves to indulge in thoughtful discussion and debate about the moral and Constitutional ramifications of our actions, the terrorists have already won?!  Wake up, people!

(hat tip: The Daily Dish)

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Dangerpuss: "Forward, Navigatrix"

Steve Stawn - Scratch

Another song from Dangerpuss:

Click the link to play a song or right-click and select “Save Link As…” to download: Forward, Navigatrix (10.3 MB MP3)

The guests:

Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard, Legendary Shack Shakers, Tomahawk)

James Sardone (Brickbat, Jimmy Nations Combo, Clawhammer Quartette)

Frank Heer (Melomane, Bingo Palace)

Click here or the Dangerpuss link at the top of the page for the MP3 archive.

(photo: Steve Strawn)

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War of the Worlds Art Archive

Continuing the recent Great Britain theme, Dr. Zeus has a great archive of artwork related to “War of the Worlds.”  You wouldn’t know it from the Hollywood adaptations, but the story was originally set in Victorian England and London was the first city to get torched.

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waroftheworldsrussian

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I’m pretty sure there’s a perfectly preserved Martian Tripod in the basement of the Imperial War Museum.

Chez Zeus: War of the Worlds

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Statebook

“Big Brother is watching you.” – George Orwell

The web site Statebook, a parody of Facebook developed by the Open Rights Group, details the astonishing amount of data the British government collects about its citizens.

1984

Statebook

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Chillin' with My Pepys

At PepysDiary.com, you can check what diarist Samuel Pepys was doing on any given day from 1660 to 1666.  His accounts of the Great Plague, the Great Fire of London, and the Second Dutch War are fascinating.  Or, you can just search out the bits where he’s chasing skirt.

Samuel Pepys

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Posters for the London Forum Show

These limited edition posters by Angryblue, signed by the band, will be available for sale at our show at the Forum in London on May 11.  These are amazing posters, and we all totally need to buy one.

The Jesus Lizard - London Forum Poster

Okay, you know and I know that I’ll be getting mine free, but still.

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London Murder Map – 1888

Was lurking about Piccadilly Circus, the Times Square of Great Britain, and saw the movie “Let the Right One In,” which was jaw-droppingly great.  Then David Yow and I had a couple Stellas at Henry’s and farted ideas about starting a new band.  I’m up for it.  I’ve started bands with that guy before, and they tend to work out.

Speaking of London, The London Times has an interactive map detailing the murders in 1888, the height of Jack the Ripper’s rampage.  The map has links to scans of the original Times stories reporting the murders.

Finding the Mutilated Body in Mitre Square

Jack the Ripper Letter

London Times 1888 Murder Map

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Back to Blighty

The Jesus Lizard spent the weekend rehearsing in Nashville.  We’ll fly to London today, rehearse Thursday and Friday, and head out to ATP for shows Saturday and Sunday.  Monday, we play the Forum in London with the Grails and Harvey Milk.  Man, I hope this works.

The Fans Strike Back

After the Forum show, Hasi and I are going to stay in London a few days for touristy stuff like, oh, I don’t know, the Viz Comics exhibit at the Tate Modern.

As a public service, I am attaching a list of actual nicknames of members of the Jesus Lizard:

David Yow

  • Hatchethead
  • Constant Comment
  • Moldilocks
  • The Monitor
  • Sawed-Off Alcoholic Midget
  • Brainiac
  • Great One
  • Weirdie

David Wm. Sims

  • The Little General
  • Diablo
  • Old Man Sims
  • Four-String Napoleon
  • Simsy (variant: Simsy Baby)

Mac McNeilly

  • The Tallest Elf (variant: Laffy the Tallest Elf)
  • The Mystical One
  • Daddy Mac (variant: Mac Daddy)
  • Merrimac
  • Mackles

Duane Denison:

  • The Silver Fox
  • Half a Woman
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Saturn Photos from the Cassini Spacecraft

The Boston Globe has a gorgeous spread of photos from the Cassini Equinox mission.  Love this kind of stuff.

Saturn from the Cassini Spacecraft

(hat tip: Daily Dish)

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Disturbing Strokes

A perfect illustration of how music can change everything in television and film:

Disturbing Strokes

This reminds me of Chris Rule’s Mary Poppins trailer.  It’s different in that he’s made a completely new trailer, but the music is what closes the deal:

And then, there’s this.  Brilliant choice of music:

(hat tip: Reason)

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The Endtimes are Upon Us

I just saw a clip of a Fox News host, speaking on a Fox News program, saying something that made me pump my fist and say “Hell fucking yes!”   No doubt about it, this is the End of Days.

Shep Smith drops the F-bomb.

(hat tip: The Daily Dish)

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