Saturday, October 25, 2014

What my robot name means...

Biomechanical Artificial Xenomorph Optimized for Justified Assassination and Yearly Zoology


B.A.X.O.J.A.Y.Z.:
Biomechanical Artificial Xenomorph Optimized for Justified Assassination and Yearly Zoology


My sexy name decoded 

B.A.X.O.J.A.Y.Z.:
Beguiling Adonis Xploring Overwhelming Joy and Arousing, Yummy Zeniths

Beguiling Adonis Xploring Overwhelming Joy and Arousing, Yummy Zeniths

Saturday, October 25, 2014

flapdoodle \ FLAP-dood-l \ , noun;
  • Informal . nonsense; bosh. 
Origin: Flapdoodle came to English in the 1800s and is of uncertain origin.

ratfuck
  • Politics: Formerly known as "the double-cross," it refers to infiltration and sabotage of the opposition party, particuarly during (but not limited to) an election campaign. The second half of "All the President's Men" describes ratfucking done to 1972 Democratic presidential candidates by employees of the Committee to Re-Elect Nixon. A typical ratfuck is to falsely claim there's a political rally for the opposition party, order 300 pizzas for delivery in the name of the party, and then nobody shows up.
Ken Clawson, Nixon's communications director, confessed to a ratfuck when he told how he forged a letter making it look like a Democratic candidate was a racist.
History
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade: the British assaulted Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava, which was commemorated in a poem by Tennyson (1854)
  • Battle of Leyte Gulf: one of the largest naval battles in history took place between the US and Japan as the US invaded the Philippines (1944)
  • United Nations: voted mainland China in, Taiwan out (1971)
  • Operation Urgent Fury: the US invaded Grenada in response to the execution of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop (1983)
Birthdays
  • Georges Bizet 1838
  • Pablo Picasso 1881
  • Richard Byrd 1888
  • Leo G. Carroll 1892
  • Whit Bissell 1909
  • Minnie Pearl (Sarah Ophelia Colley) 1912
  • Lee MacPhail 1917
  • Chubby Jackson 1918
  • Buddy Thomson (MLB) 1923
  • Earl Palmer 1924
  • Billy Barty 1924
  • Jimmy Heath (Heath Brothers) 1926
  • Barbara Cook 1927
  • Marion Ross 1928
  • Jeanne Cooper 1928
  • Tony Franciosca 1928
  • Earl Ingarfield 1934
  • Jeanne Black 1937
  • Bobby Knight 1940
  • Ann Tyler 1941
  • Helen Reddy 1942
  • Jon Anderson (Yes) 1944
  • Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) 1944
  • Glen Tipton (Judas Priest) 1948 
  • Brian Kerwin 1949
  • Matthais Jabs (The Scorpions) 1955
  • Nancy Cartwright 1957
  • Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) 1958
  • Nick Thorp (Curiosity Killed the Cat) 1958
  • Christina Amphlett (Divinyls) 1960
  • Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 1962
  • Tracy Nelson 1963
  • Michael Boatman 1964
  • Speech 1968
  • Chely Wright 1970
  • Adam Goldberg 1970
  • Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) 1970
  • Midori 1971
  • Pedro Martinez (MLB) 1971
  • Lamont Bentley 1973
  • Ben Gould 1980
  • Young Rome 1981
  • Jerome Jones (Immature) 1981
  • Katy Perry (Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) 1984

   


Friday, October 24, 2014

Rock out with the ANCIENT MARINER

This week we marked the birthday of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). How does he rock? you might ask. He was author of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner that was put to music scores of years after his death. And here it is:


Iron Maiden
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Hear the rime of the ancient mariner
See his eye as he stops one of three
Mesmerises one of the wedding guests
Stay here and listen to the nightmares of the sea.

And the music plays on, as the bride passes by
Caught by his spell and the mariner tells his tale.

Driven south to the land of the snow and ice
To a place where nobody's been
Through the snow fog flies on the albatross
Hailed in God's name, hoping good luck it brings.

And the ship sails on, back to the North
Through the fog and ice and the albatross follows on.

The mariner kills the bird of good omen
His shipmates cry against what he's done
But when the fog clears, they justify him
And make themselves a part of the crime.

Sailing on and on and north across the sea
Sailing on and on and north 'til all is calm.

The albatross begins with its vengeance
A terrible curse a thirst has begun
His shipmates blame bad luck on the mariner
About his neck, the dead bird is hung.

And the curse goes on and on AND ON at sea
And the thirst goes on and on for them and me.

"Day after day, day after day,
we stuck nor breath nor motion
as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean
Water, water everywhere and
all the boards did shrink
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink."

There calls the mariner
There comes a ship over the line
But how can she sail with no wind in her sails and no tide.

See...onward she comes
Onward she nears out of the sun
See, she has no crew
She has no life, wait but there's two.

Death and she Life in Death,
They throw their dice for the crew
She wins the mariner and he belongs to her now.
Then...crew one by one
they drop down dead, two hundred men
She...she, Life in Death.
She lets him live, her chosen one.

"One after one by the star dogged moon,
too quick for groan or sigh
each turned his face with a ghastly pang
and cursed me with his eye
four times fifty living men
(and I heard nor sigh nor groan)
with heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
they dropped down one by one."

The curse it lives on in their eyes
The mariner he wished he'd die
Along with the sea creatures
But they lived on, so did he.

And by the light of the moon
He prays for their beauty not doom
With heart he blesses them
God's creatures all of them too.

Then the spell starts to break
The albatross falls from his neck
Sinks down like lead into the sea
Then down in falls comes the rain.

Hear the groans of the long dead seamen
See them stir and they start to rise
Bodies lifted by good spirits
None of them speak and they're lifeless in their eyes

And revenge is still sought, penance starts again
Cast into a trance and the nightmare carries on.

Now the curse is finally lifted
And the mariner sights his home
spirits go from the long dead bodies
Form their own light and the mariner's left alone.

And then a boat came sailing towards him
It was a joy he could not believe
The pilot's boat, his son and the hermit,
Penance of life will fall onto him.

And the ship it sinks like lead into the sea
And the hermit shrieves the mariner of his sins.

The mariner's bound to tell of his story
To tell this tale wherever he goes
To teach God's word by his own example
That we must love all things that God made.

And the wedding guest's a sad and wiser man
And the tale goes on and on and on.

WTF Friday: Assault


Not sure what this is, but I bet the left wants it banned!

Martin Tungevaag Releases WICKED WONDERLAND

Norwegian-based producer, songwriter, & DJ Martin Tungevaag has released his new hit single "Wicked Wonderland" in the U.S., officially available on iTunes as of October 21st via Ultra Records. The track has already seen much success in Europe - reaching as high as #4 on Norway and France's iTunes Dance chart, #10 overall in France, #1 in the Austrian general iTunes charts for 4 weeks in a row, and certified platinum in Norway and gold in Germany. Additionally, "Wicked Wonderland" landed in the Top 10 and have the "Smash Hit of The Week" on Sweden's key radio station, NRJ.

Born in Aalesund, Norway in 1993, Tungevaag was inspired by DJs like Remady and Klaas, and started producing his own tracks at the young age of 17. His productions and remixes spread like wildfire through blogs and streaming platforms across the web. In hopes of creating his own unique place in the DJ & songwriting world, Martin's style evolved into a mix of pop, house, and electro - augmented by standard instruments. The rising songwriter has already released roughly twenty tracks in his home country of Norway, but the international breakthrough arrived when "Wicked Wonderland" emerged and saw immediate success at radio and iTunes.

"Wicked Wonderland" can be purchased on iTunes in the U.S. HERE. For more information on Martin Tungevaag and "Wicked Wonderland," be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

"Wicked Wonderland" on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TungevaagWonderland

Official Video: http://youtu.be/egtI2xqg75E

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TGIF! Friday, October 24, 2014

samovar \ SAM-uh-vahr, sam-uh-VAHR \ , noun; 
  • a metal urn, used especially by Russians for heating water for making tea. 
Origin: Samovar entered English in the 1800s from the Russian samovár , which means "self-boiler."

neverendum
  • The act of putting a referendum initiative on the ballot over and over, on the theory that voters will eventually support the proposition because they don't want to hear about it anymore.
"A referendum on banning ice cream again? This is the third time they've tried to get this passed in four years."
"I'm voting in favor this time, just to be done with this neverendum."

History
  • Peace of Westphalia: marked the end of the Thirty Years' War, a series of European conflicts (1648)
  • Annie Edson Taylor: seeking fame and fortune, the former schoolteacher became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel; she used a pickle barrel (1901)
  • George Washington Bridge: upper level of the NY-NJ span opened; the lower level opened 31 years later (1931)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act: the 1938 act that established the 40-hour work week in the US went into effect (1940)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: became the first non-US team to win the World Series, downing the Atlanta Braves in 6 (1992)
Birthdays
  • Sarah J. Hale 1788 - She wrote the poem "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
  • Belva Lockwood 1830
  • James Sherman 1855
  • Molina Trujillo 1891
  • Preston Foster 1900
  • Moss Hart 1904
  • Sonny Terry 1911
  • Bob Kane 1915 (creator of Batman)
  • Y.A. Tittle (NFL) 1926
  • J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) 1930
  • Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) 1936 
  • Santo Farina 1937
  • F. Murray Abraham 1939
  • J.P. Richardson 1930
  • David Nelson 1936
  • Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf) 1946
  • Kevin Kline 1947
  • Kweisi Mfume 1948
  • B.D. Wong 1962
  • Ben Gillies (Silverchair) 1979
  • Monica 1980

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Turtle Thursday - Random Pics

Mrs. Baxojayz sent me three random turtle pics:

Above: Randall, an adult male red belly cooter
Above: Silent Bob, a dark phased Texas diamondback terrapin when he was a hatchling.
Above: Snappy, an adult female red ear slider.