We'll let you know tomorrow how the Banana Hot Buttered Rum and Snappy Chai Eggnog turn out. While you're out shopping, though, remember: not only does Admiral Nelson outrank Captain Morgan, he's also about 30% cheaper which makes him the one you want to sail with. Unless you've got something against cheap imitations.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
The Great Space Coater was probably the coolest kids show ever made by human beings (with the one possible exception being "The Letter People"). This show was so phat: the puppets were awesome (how can you get any cooler than a stained-glass robot elephant named Edison?), the human characters were really laid back and didn't get in everyone's face all the time like they do on Sesame Street (and they had this mini personal video player they used to show clips on that was 30 years ahead of its time -- check it out at the end of this clip here). Sadly, only a handful of clips from this show exist on YouTube today.
Friday, December 08, 2006
I hadn't realized until today that the James Kim who had died in the Oregon wilderness saving his wife and two daughters was the same James Kim whom I'd been watching and reading on CNET for the past two or three years. I'd really come to appreciate his enthusiastic style in the little video bits he did for the CNET website (be sure to check out the video tribute they have linked from that article), and now learned that he was a really decent man to boot. He will be missed. There is no better way for a man to die than protecting his family. May we all live and die just as well.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Darth Elmo makes his appearance. Senior Calabaza Blanca looks on in shock and horror.
Darth Elmo encounters resistance early on in the neighbor's front yard.
His conquest of Sesame Street complete, Darth Elmo sojourns into other children's programming, here claiming victory over the defeated emissary of The House of Blue.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
After many years, I guess the NPR dissing has to stop, now that they've played one of my songs on one of their nationally syndicated talk shows). While doing some research online (okay, I was googling myself -- but I was trying to find one weird page in particular, not ego fishing), I came across a broken link to the Studio360.org website. In a segment interviewing Robot author Daniel Wilson about the iRobot Roomba, they used "Robot Love" (from the Robot Love CD) as background music.
It's only a few seconds (mostly the bit of me singing about giving the Robots your love, and then the Robot receiving the most welcome sandwich), but if you're interested it was on the March 24, 2006, show (how come no one tells me these things), about 10 minutes in. I wouldn't recommend installing Audible just to hear it if you don't have it already, though. It was a pain to work with but still, at least for me, worth it.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
One-man, acoustic renditions of classic arcade themes. While I'm partial to his rendering of Mr. Do's castle, probably more impressive from an execution standpoint is his recording of every lick of music in Super Mario World.
Don't forget to rock out to the 720/Moon Patrol medley. Probably THE rockingest videogame cover ever. The Beach Boys version of Zelda II though crosses the line into new territories of demented brilliance. Check it out too.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Only it's completely believable, sadly.
Our bishops and archbishops, who apparently can't be bothered to speak out publically when it might mean saving someone's life (abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, the Plan B abortifacient) come out in droves when it comes to publicly speaking out against equality.
Here is the text added within the last 24 hours to our Official Archdiocese Homepage:
The Michigan Catholic Conference is among the religious organizations coming together to defend affirmative action programs that provide opportunities for women and minorities to secure better jobs and education. Cardinal Maida is among the co-chairs of One United Michigan, the citizens group seeking to defeat Proposal 2 that would amend the State Constitution to eliminate affirmative action programs. Locally, the archdiocese is supporting the efforts of the Interfaith Leaders Council and the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Spouting rhetoric (if you can call it that) Archdiocesean tool, Msgr. Halfpenny, equates "justice" not with "equality" (I guess, somewhat paradoxically given the favor they've found with the hierarchy in this Diocese, all those Haugen jingles were wrong) but with racial and sex-based discrimination (yes, "affirmative action" programs unjustly discriminate. I have very personal experience which bears that out. More on that later).
This isn't the first time the Illustrious Hierarchy in this Diocese has knowingly misled its flock. I guess, though, that when it comes to impressing your secular liberal friends there is no low to which you won't stoop. Note to the Cardinal: the people you're trying to impress aren't even the sort of people who can be bothered to visit your Cultural Center in D.C. (you know, the one you're busy closing Parishes at home to bankroll).
The Monsignor is right when he says "This is not a political issue; this is a spiritual issue," only I don't think he realizes that he's on the wrong side of the issue. Deliberately misleading your flock by misrepresenting the truth of the matter, especially for those in such authority (the only group in our Archdiocese, I might add, with the authority to send thousands of copies of a four-page pamphlet to each Parish urging them to vote No, is... guess who? the Archdiocese!) is a sure-fire way to earn yourself some Eternal Consequences.
Only there's been no evidence on the part of anyone at the Archdiocese, ever, to indicate that they care one whit about the consequences to their own or anyone else's soul. Perhaps, then, there is one consequence they do care about: their 501(c)(3)tax-exempt status. If having the Cardinal serve on the board of a Political Action Committee (excuse me: "concerned citizen's group") like the One United Michigan (for me but not for thee), speaking out forcefully (as forcefully as he's spoken about anything, I guess), and using Archdiocese resources to urge Catholics to vote one specific way on a hot-button political issue isn't enough to violate the prohibitions against political speech for 501(c)(3) organizations, I don't know what is.
As the IRS puts it:
To be tax-exempt as an organization described in § 501(c)(3) of the Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for one or more of the purposes set forth in § 501(c)(3) and none of the earnings of the organization may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate at all in campaign activity for or against political candidates.
One may argue that the Archdiocese is attempting to do nothing more than to "educate the public" (which is allowed). I fail to see how this is the case, though, when their spokestool states that this is a "spiritual issue" implying that if you vote Yes for equality, you're going to Hell.
Someone really ought to complain to the IRS (the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities Customer Account Services division at (877) 829-5500) and let them know what's going down here in Detroit.
I'd do it but I'm too busy opressing the poor and marginialized of our society by working for a living I've made by my own merits.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
...was just posted to the podcast (and it's a brand spanking new one!). I'll probably take a break for a week or so and then post less frequently for the rest of the summer. But it bears mentioning that we are now half of the way through our one-hundred song journey.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
And if you email the guy, you get a reply right back. Cannot beat that.
Leviton performs a song not on the CD, "Boring Island".
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Okay, let's talk loot: a cool electric chainsaw ("Groovy!"), an awesome collection of all the Spy vs. Spy cartoons (I didn't know this but Antonio Prohias was from Cuba but left when editorial cartoons he did of Castro led to public rallies calling for his execution), the Michael Leviton CD (probably the awesomest CD for summertime), and a pair of Crocs (Professional) which have to just about be the most perfect pair of shoes ever invented (though probably not great in snow, seeing as how they've got holes in them). Oh, and a Nintendo DS Lite (the brightness! It burns! The sunglasses do nothing!).
All in all, it is a fitting tribute. We are well pleased.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
And (off-topic) what's with NyQuil's new formula? Pseudafed-free?!? What's the point of sleeping through the night if I can't breathe through my nose? Bastards.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Watch the trailer. Make sure you stick around after what you think is the ending for one of the biggest chuckles in gaming history.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
So it's always a little creepy when you find out someone who blogs has died and you go to their 'blog and their last post is about what movie they saw last or something having to do with economics and then there are tons of comments from people saying how sad they are or how sudden this is or how much the 'blogger was loved.
So my idea is for a simple bot which would track your blog for new posts and if their hadn't been any posts in a while (you could set the period: if you blog every day, you may want to set the period to a few days. If you're less dedicated, perhaps a week or two) and if the bot (in this case acting like a dead man's switch) detects no posts in that period, it'll post to your blog a "final blog post" that you've written before hand. You know, the usual "Well, dear friends, if you are reading this is means that I'm dead or have gone on hiatus." and so on.
I think this would give your readers a sense of closure and could really catch on.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
I do kind of agree that Andy Samberg is saving SNL. I have to give props to Fred Armisen and Will Forte (when he's allowed to do his own thing, that is), though. The other two featured player guys, Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader are pretty good, too.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Okay, so like I finished my song for the Pieces of Flair 2006 Robot Song Off and here it is.
I think this track would fall into the realm of self-parody if I hadn't spent so much time on it. If this tune were on the WB it would get a TV-14 DSV rating, so protect your kids from it.
Anyway, I could go into all the production elements of this song (vocals written and sung while I had a sinus infection, which might explain a lot, everything thrown at this track, production-wise, including a Nintendo DS playing Electroplankton, though only for a brief vocal effect) but that might legitimize it too much.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Say, that looks video looks like it was a part of a more developed music video...
Right you are!
The same band teaches us the important lesson: the only thing weirder than singing Japanese food is a singing Japanese finger.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Just because I can, I'm going to be using it in some limited capacity at least on my new song.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Apparently only 1% of the people to take the quiz got Scotty. I feel special.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Link via RAC.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Only gooder. It's like putting your ear up to a mirror, but instead of reflecting light back at you it's reflecting music... only music doesn't come out of your ears, generally (unless you're a conch shell), so that simile isn't very apt. It's eerie to ponder, but I think this is what my music would sound like if I was a girl (but, again, only more good). Seriously, check it out. Now.
She's entered the 2006 Pieces of Flair Robot-Song-Off, too, so it appears that the competition will be every bit as stiff as one of Grandma's vodka tonics.
And, as a result of all this, Mr. Miro has a 'blog. Check out his illustrations.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
How big could this get? Well, zefrank has picked it up.
Already it's raising awareness for Rodney Brooks' program at MIT - and Rodney Brooks' awareness of the contest (POF has received correspondence from Mr. Brooks, himself!).
Needless to say, I'll need to bring my A-game.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
There must be some weird planetary alignment thing going on. Last night, completely by chance, I bumped into Dr. Apostrophe (nee Tugboat). Turns out we dig each other's music.
I dig Mr. Miro's music, too -- a great deal, in fact -- don't get me wrong; I just think there's more to Robots than having them eventually conquer us all someday.
Will there be, in full spirit of professional bonhomie, a 2006 Robot-Song-Off? Only time can tell.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Just an FYI, too: you don't need to subscribe to the podcast with any sort of fancy podcatcher like iTunes or Juice (though both are very good) to hear the tunes. Just head over to the The Cacophonous World of Professor Whimsey and you can download each tune individually.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
You can't get all of the past episodes through iTunes, it looks like, but some are up on YouTube.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Oddly enough, this was found on their Teens page, the name of the HTML file for which, if you look in your browser's location bar, is "sexuality.html". I guess the two are synonymous. Happy New Year, 2005!, indeed.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Link via POF.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
The first time I heard "Sing Of the Lord's Goodness" in Church, I was gobsmacked. I searched the copyright notice at the bottom of the page to see if Dave Brubeck's name was there somewhere. It wasn't. Over time, my sense of outrage at Ernie Sands' act of blatant plagiarism grew and grew until finally something had to be done; something to educate the world at the grave injustice against an icon of American music, who for six decades has done his best to enrich our culture with his own brand of jazz composition and piano stylings, and who deserves a lot better than to have his work ripped off by the toilet-paper factory that is OCP Publications.
Yes, something had to be done to educate people to Sands' crime. And I only had 10 minutes and a slightly overexaggerated sense of righteous indignation to do it. And thus, "Take The Lord's Goodness" (.mp3) was born (and actually reading it now, this build up is a bit more than the clip actually merits, but oh well.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Saturday, February 18, 2006
And, yes, I've given Battlestar Gallactica a fair chance. Try as I might, though, I can't get past the humorless, predictable stories, terrible dialogue (any time you have a supposedly repected military officer saying "It's time to think outside the box, people," you've lost me), and sophomoric camera work. Plus, everything about the humans in that show just makes me want the Cylons to exterminate them all the more quicker (say, there's an idea: how about a Dalek/Cylon alliance? Ronald D. Moore, are you listening?). Maybe that's the point of the show, though.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
So be sure to stick around for the first in a series of Buried Folderol Weeks on The Cacophonous World of Professor Whimsey.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
As for Verizon, I don't know how to load ringtones onto those phones, but apparently my music will be available via their download service at some point.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
RAC alerts me to a potential copyright infringement by Amazon of one of my intellectual properties.
From the Amazon description: "Every person's Plog is different (hence the name)...." What? Does that make any sense? "Plog" stands for an individual person's Amazon homepage? That's quite a stretch. Wheras "Plog" as a "Puppet webLOG" is obviously the only thing "Plog" could mean and Amazon has ripped me off.
As soon as I find someplace online that has generic cease and desist letters, they will hear from me. Actually, this one looks good but instead of asking for $150,000, maybe I'll ask for an XBox or Coldplay CD.
Okay.. let's see what their help-desk in India has to say about this:
It has come to my attention that you have made an unauthorized use of my copyrighted work entitled “Plogging: The Future, Pt. I” (the "Work") in the preparation of a work derived therefrom. I have reserved all rights in the Work, first published in January, 2003. Your work entitled “What is a Plog? http://www.amazon.com/gp/plog/about.html/ref=cm_plog_learn/103-2400552-3399007?%5Fencoding=UTF8&newWin=1) is essentially derivative of the Work and clearly used the Work as its basis: the description of the origin of the term “Plog” on your webpage is utterly fanciful and inadequate and does not reasonably provide enough reason to dissuade one from making the connection to my original Work.
As you neither asked for nor received permission to use the Work as the basis for “What is a Plog?” nor to make or distribute copies, including electronic copies, of same, I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as an Xbox 360 or a Coldplay CD as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) therein.
I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of all infringing works derived from the Work, and all copies, including electronic copies, of same, that you deliver to me, if applicable, all unused, undistributed copies of same, or destroy such copies immediately and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future. If I have not received an affirmative response from you by Ash Wednesday, 2006, indicating that you have fully complied with these requirements, I shall take further action against you.
Very truly yours,
In honor of something, I've made a short ringtone of "Robot Love" and if you have a Sprint phone, you can download it to your phone (most likely) in three easy steps.
1. Right click on this link: Robot_Love.qcp and save the file to your desktop.
2. Go to the Rumkin.com file uploader page and follow the instructions, in the File Name field, browse to and select the Robot_Love.qcp file on your desktop.
3. Finish the rest of the page and wait for the ringtone to be delivered to your phone. It's that easy. Oh, and delete the qcp file off your desktop as you probably don't need it anymore.
Anyway, standard text-messaging fees apply, yadda yadda, whee.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Monday, January 30, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Honestly, I have no idea why you'd want to do this, but if you're looking for a way to kill 30 seconds, there you go.
Oh, and subscribe to the show now (use the links at the right). There'll be a BRAND NEW tune coming out tonight. I'm fairly sure it's like nothing else you've ever heard.
UPDATE: And the tune, "AisFor" is posted on the podcast (see buttons at right). Cry havoc and let slip... a new tune of... mine.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
And go rent "Sky High" while you're at it. It's a far, far better movie than you'd think (and probably the only movie with Bruce Campbell in it where you can also hear They Might Be Giants cover Devo).
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
This week it's Lego Break Dance vs. G.I. Joe Dance.
Winner: G.I. Joe Reggae (not strictly speaking a dance, but it beats both of them put together. Those G.I. Joe PSA videos crack me up -- click the "More Videos" tab).
Now go check out the latest edition ("2A") of the They Might Be Giants podcast.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
I just started setting up my new podcast about 20 minutes ago, but the idea is that twice a week I'll post a tune I made and if you're subscribed, you'll download it and at the end of a year you'll have 104 new tunes.
You can subscribe by clicking this button (I'll add the iTunes link once I enroll my podcast there):
Or if you want to download the songs manually, just visit the The Cacophonous World of Professor Whimsey 'blog page.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Monday, January 09, 2006
"The Asteroid Gaspra" is a prime example of the more than 80,000 known unique melodies and variations thereof within the "Asteroid Songs" genre of Martian folk music -- a genre of music which itself was made extremely popular thanks to frequent airplay on a number of radio variety programs such as "A Volcanic Ash Plane Home Companion".
While the Asteroid Gaspra (aka Asteroid 951) has never actually collided with the planet Mars, it has come close enough on several occasions to earn itself a cherished place in Martian folklore.
(Lyric is embedded in the comments tag of the .mp3, so get yourself MediaMonkey or something similar that can read comment tags if you want the lyric). Written for the KVRAudio.com January, 2006, "Martian Folk" contest.
Friday, January 06, 2006
When your almost-four-year-old's Leap pad plus microphone asks him to record his own voice saying the Chinese word for "Good bye", zai jian, does your almost-four-year-old say (into the microphone):
a) "Zai jian"
b) "Good Bye"
c) "Momma, you're poopy!" and then giggle hysterically.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Back in the early 1990s, I was a legendary teen pop singer, not unlike Hilary Duff, who was 5 at the time. Under the stage name "Victosys" ("I'm the disease, and the rhythm is the cure!") I played all the big venues, including the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, where this particular video (in the revolutionary-at-the-time Windows Media format) was taken. My vocals were a little muffled because I'd just overblown the mic's circuits on "Uptown Girl" and the pre-programmed transition into the next song was so quick the roadies couldn't throw me a new one in time.
"Victosys rocks the Pontiac Silverdome"
In case you couldn't tell, I really love Karaoke Revolution Party with the whole "put your own head on the singer" feature. It's one of the most compelling and creepy reasons to own a PS2.