Friday, October 20, 2017

Rock out with your cock out! 10/21/2011

Photobucket Image HostingThis weekend we mark the birthday ofSamuel 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.



Friday, October 20, 2017

tawdry \TAW-dree\, adjective:
1. Gaudy, showy and cheap.
2. Low or mean; base: tawdry motives.
1. Cheap, gaudy apparel.
Tawdry was originally short for (Sain)t Audrey lace, which was a kind of neck lace bought at St. Audrey's Fair in Ely, England named after St. Audrey, Northumbrian queen and patron saint of Ely, who, according to tradition, died of a throat tumor which she considered just punishment of her youthful liking for neck laces.
  • The complete strangers you talk to at a house party who are assembled around the neutral, alcohol friendly zone of the kitchen counter. Like you, they may know only a few people at the party, including the super-mingling host, and are looking for counterfriends.
If it weren't for my counterfriends, I would've been standing next to the wall for two hours!

  • A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person's arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by themselves. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.
myspace face facebook arm twitter instagram snapchat picture Selfie 

Whose portraits hang on either side of the speaker’s rostrum in the U.S. House of Representatives?
  • George Washington’s portrait hangs to the right; the Marquis de Lafayette’s to the left.
  • Louisiana Purchase: acquisition that doubled the territory of the United States was ratified by the Senate (1803)
  • "I shall return": General Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his 1942 promise when he led an Allied army in freeing the Philippines from Japanese control in WWII (1944)
  • HUAC: opened hearings into alleged Communist influence in the movie industry (1947)
  • Saturday Night Massacre: during Watergate, President Richard Nixon got rid of his special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, as well as his AG Elliot Richardson, and deputy AG William Ruckelshaus (1973)
  • Sydney Opera House: distinctive building on Sydney Harbour was opened by Queen Elizabeth II (1973)
  • Sir Christopher Wren 1632
  • Arthur Rimbaud 1854
  • James Mann 1856
  • John Dewey 1859
  • Charles Ives 1874
  • Bela Lugosi (Blasko) 1882
  • Ellery Queen (Frederic Dannay) 1905
  • Arlene Francis 1908
  • Will Rogers, Jr. 1912
  • Granpa Jones (Louis Marshall) 1913
  • Fayard Nicholas 1914
  • Herschel Bernardi 1922
  • Art Buchwald 1925
  • Mickey Mantle (MLB) 1931
  • William Christopher 1932
  • Roosevelt Brown (NFL) 1932
  • Michael Dunn 1934
  • Jerry Orbach 1935
  • Bobby Seale 1936
  • Wanda Jackson 1937
  • Juan "Manito" Marichal (MLB) 1937
  • Jay Siegal (The Tokens) 1939
  • Earl Hindman 1942
  • Ric Lee (Ten Years After) 1945
  • Isaac Curtis (NFL) 1950
  • Al Greenwood (Foreigner) 1951
  • Melanie Mayron 1952
  • Dave Collins (MLB) 1952
  • Tom Petty 1953 
  • Keith Hernandez (MLB) 1953
  • Eric Scott 1958
  • Viggo Mortensen 1958
  • Mark King (Level 42) 1958
  • David Ryan (The Lemonheads) 1964
  • James G. Sonefeld (Hootie & the Blowfish) 1964
  • Fred Coury 1966 - Musician (Cinderella)
  • Dannii Minogue 1971
  • Snoop Doggy Dogg (Calvin Broadus) 1971



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Turtle Thursday: HAT

Thursday, October 19, 2017

harrowing \HAR-oh-ing\, adjective:
  • Extremely disturbing or distressing; grievous.
Harrowing is from the Middle English harwen meaning to harass or annoy. It was also commonly used in the church to mean “descend into hell.”
Human Microphone
  • A tactic protesters can use to circumvent police bans on electronic amplification of speech. One person starts to speak to a large crowd. After a short sentence, everyone within hearing distance repeats whatever was said at the top of their lungs, allowing people outside of hearing distance to hear the speech.
The Human Microphone on Wall Street announced this speech:
"Mic Check."
"The human microphone is slow and cumbersome"
"but it really makes you think through"
"what it is you want"
"to say."
"TO SAY!!"
What classical composer’s music serves as the official anthem of the European Union?
  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s. The anthem is a version of “Ode to Joy,” the final movement of his Ninth Symphony.

  • Yorktown campaign: British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered, effectively ending the land war of the American Revolution (1781)
  • Black Monday: the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points — over 22% — setting a record for percentage decline that still stands (1987)
  • Guildford Four: men wrongly convicted for a deadly IRA bombing were cleared after 15 years in jail (1989)
  • Thomas Browne 1605
  • Annie Peck 1850
  • Charles Merrill 1885
  • Robert Beatty 1909
  • George Cates 1911
  • Lawanda Page 1920
  • Bern Bennett 1921
  • George Nader 1921
  • Jack Anderson 1922
  • John le Carre 1931
  • Robert Reed 1932
  • Peter Max 1937
  • Michael Gambon 1940
  • Simon Ward 1941
  • Peter Tosh 1944
  • Divine 1945
  • John Lithgow 1945
  • Patricia Ireland 1945
  • Jeannie C. Riley 1945
  • Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) 1948
  • Lynn Dickey (NFL) 1949
  • Charlie Chase 1952
  • Nino DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) 1956
  • Karl Wallinger (Waterboys, World Party) 1957
  • Jennifer Holliday 1960
  • Evander Holyfield 1962
  • Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) 1965
  • Jon Favreau 1966
  • Trey Parker 1969
  • Chris Kattan 1970
  • Pras Michel (The Fugees) 1972
  • Omar Gooding 1976
  • Cyndi Thompson 1976
  • Benjamin Salisbury 1980

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hasselhoff Wednesday: Get HOFF!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

moot \moot\, adjective:
1. Open to discussion or debate; doubtful.
2. Of little or no practical value or meaning; purely academic.
3. Chiefly Law Not actual; theoretical; hypothetical.
1. To present or introduce (any point, subject, project, etc.) for discussion.
2. To reduce or remove the practical significance of; make purely theoretical or academic.
3. Archaic To argue (a case), especially in a mock court.
1. An assembly of the people in early England exercising political, administrative, and judicial powers.
2. An argument or discussion, especially of a hypothetical legal case.
3. Obsolete A debate, argument, or discussion.
Moot is derived from the Old English gemot "meeting.” The adj. senses of "debatable" and "not worth considering" arose from moot case, earlier simply moot (n.) "discussion of a hypothetical law case" (1530s), in law student jargon, in reference to students gathering to test their skills in mock cases.
Friend Zone
  • What you attain after you fail to impress a woman you're attracted to. Usually initiated by the woman saying, "You're such a good friend". Usually associated with long days of suffering and watching your love interest hop from one bad relationship to another. Verb tense is "Friend-ed".
"I spent all that money on a date, just to find out she put me in the Friend Zone (said with eerie echo)."

  • Great Basel Earthquake: Swiss city was destroyed, along with parts of France and Germany (1356)
  • Edict of Nantes: law that had granted religious liberties to Protestants was revoked by Louis XIV and replaced with the Edict of Fontainebleau; many Protestants left France as a result (1685)
  • Moby-Dick: Herman Melville's novel about Captain Ahab's quest was published; it was originally entitled The Whale (1851)
  • Alaska: territory known as "Seward's Folly" was purchased by the US from Russia for approximately $7 million in gold bullion (1867)
  • Persons Case: a Judicial Committee of the Privy Council ruling in Edwards v. Canada determined that in Canada women could be defined as persons for political purposes (1929)
  • Giovanni Canaletto 1697
  • Salomon Andree 1854
  • Henri Bergson 1859
  • Lotte Lenya 1898
  • Miriam Hopkins 1902
  • James Brooks 1906
  • Bobby Troup 1918
  • Anita O'Day 1919
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Canada) 1919
  • Melina Mercouri 1923
  • Chuck Berry 1926
  • George C. Scott 1927
  • Keith Jackson 1928
  • Violeta Barrios de Chamorro 1929
  • Forrest Gregg (NFL) 1933
  • Inger Stevens 1934
  • Peter Boyle 1935
  • Mike Ditka (NFL) 1939
  • Lee Harvey Oswald 1939
  • Willie Horton (MLB) 1942
  • Russ Giguere (The Association) 1943
  • Joe Morton 1947
  • Laura Nyro 1947
  • Paulette Williams 1948
  • Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon) 1949
  • Wendy Wasserstein 1950
  • Pam Dawber 1951
  • Terry McMillan 1951
  • Jerry Royster (MLB) 1952
  • Keith Knudsen (The Doobie Brothers) 1952
  • Martina Navratilova 1956
  • Thomas Hearns 1958
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme 1960
  • Erin Moran 1961
  • Wynton Marsalis 1961
  • Vincent Spano 1962
  • Tim Cross (Sponge) 1966
  • Michael Stich 1968
  • Nonchalant 1973
  • Peter Svenson (The Cardigans) 1974
  • Ne-Yo (Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr.) - Singer, rapper
  • Jesse Littleton (Marshall Dyllon) 1981
  • Frieda Selena Pinto 1984
  • Tyler Posey 1991 - Actor