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January 1: Donna Douglas: Played daughter Elly May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies. (Age 82). 1: Mario Cuomo: Governor of New York (1983 to 1994) (Age 82). 2: James Cecil Dickens: Known as Little Jimmy Dickens, best known for his song May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up ...

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The disappearance of misc.activism.progressive and the emergence of Thought Crime Radio

Almost four years ago, the articles in the USENET newsgroup misc.activism.progressive ground to a halt, and moderator Rich Winkel has all but disappeared from the USENET, whom I learn resided in Harrisburg (up until 2010, at least), a half hour or so drive from his ...

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Sounding off on the end of CanCon and the CRTC

I guess with the recent decision to axe all cancon requirements for daytime programming in Canada, the CRTC is crawling toward its own irrelevance. Let's not be naive, Canadian culture is that much more weakened without the protection it partially enjoyed from American influence. With ...

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Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map … barely

Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map ... barely

I've written about obscure Saskatchewan communities before. Here is another community far to the north of Unity. My ancestors from France settled here. Many of my ancestors were pioneers that broke new farming ground nearest to a community called Eldred, Saskatchewan. Eldred was about 10 km ...

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Zero

Once upon a time, around the year 525 during the reign of Pope John I, a monk named Dionysius invented the idea of Anno Domini by producing a calendar which marked the time since the birth of Christ. The numbering of the years was adopted ...

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Fortune Cookies for Human Rights

Fortune Cookies for Human Rights

You know, I was minding my own business in this classy Chinese restaurant, engorging myself on their copious buffet, had my fill, and was handed the bill with an accompanying fortune cookie. This fortune cookie (the one to the left) really existed, and I never saw ...

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Getting f(x) notation to work in Maple

Getting f(x) notation to work in Maple

Maple is a robust math environment which can graph, solve equations, and solve for the unknown with the aid of its computer algebra solver (CAS), which is capable of computing exact roots of cubic functions, for example. I wanted to demonstrate for myself that Maple could ...

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Kudos to the 1050 CHUM Memorial Blog

Kudos to the 1050 CHUM Memorial Blog

Recently, I've been hit (my website that is) by someone possibly checking his plethora of links from his/her website, and when I back-traced it, I find this cool blog which acts as a convincing historical shrine to the late great 1050 CHUM Radio in Toronto. ...

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The Obfuscation of Electronics: The Behringer Xenyx 502

The Obfuscation of Electronics: The Behringer Xenyx 502

This is more like a meta-review. I have gone to Canada Computes where nearly the entire Behringer line is sold, and was impressed by the specs. But does it do what I want, the way I want it? I face a number of obstacles, being a ...

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Crappy Album Covers #327 — Already knowing your cover is crappy

Tweet I don’t know about you, but this album, by El Tadeo, is being sold by everybody from Napster to Amazon to websites as far-removed as Japan. The reason I am sure it sells so well, is because this is a comedy album with explicit content, which is dull if all you know is English. As […] […]

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[Media Monday] Collision of cultures

Tweet Another in a series of highly-circulated videos. Somewhere off the coast of Ireland in the North Atlantic, a large, fully-armed ship tries to avoid a collision with something on its radar which it thinks is another ship. They make radio contact, and find this smart-alecky Irish dude on the other end. American bravado versus Irish […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #325 — Christmas Messages you probably don’t want to hear

Tweet One knows that Yoko must have been going though a creative slump back in 1991 when Ryko released this EP. It’s hard to fathom who would spend their Christmas putting this one in their CD player. … Unless, of course, this 2006 Billy Idol album was their only alternative. He should have released this under his […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #324 — The Horror, the horror …

Tweet Some covers are ugly for a reason. This one’s ugly because it’s a bootleg of a live concert in Philadelphia by the Danish heavy metallers Mercyful Fate. Bootlegs normally have substandard covers done by someone who did not understand the fine line between scary and ugly. You can listen to this bootleg for free here. […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #323 — And remember this Christmas season, Don’t stink and drive

Tweet Antonio Fargas‘s claim to fame was his work as police informant Huggy Bear in the 1970s police drama Starsky and Hutch. He also acted in a string of so-called “blaxploitation” movies such as Foxy Brown. He has appeared in many movies and even had a role as Doc in the now-defunct series “Everbody Hates Chris” as […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #322 — Pretentious Prog

Tweet On a faraway planet, children crawl out of their homes inside of outdoor toilets to greet the Sun God. They call their place the “Houses of the Holey.” Led Zeppelin’s 1973 classic “Houses of the Holy” yielded a minor single, D’yer Maker, but it did end up as one of the top 200 albums of all […] […]

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[Adult Content] Crappy Album Covers #319 — Giant Chix Attack Manhattan!!!!

Tweet This was likely the same cover used for the prog rock group Jo Jo Gunne for their 1972 LP “Jumping the Gunne”, revived here by Rhino Records, who knows album curios when they see them. Yes, as you might guess, this was likely the album cover blamed for ending their one-hit wonder career, precipitating their breakup […] […]

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[Audio] Crappy Album Covers #316 — More Commercial Tie-ins

Tweet This is possibly a record given to Michelin Tire salesmen in order to give the salesmen something to say to their customers by way of promoting the tires. Here is a track from their promotional material, from about 1960, though it may not have come from this particular album. Kudos to Bunk Strutts at Tacky […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #314 — Bruno’s Younger Half-Brother

Tweet Bruno’s younger half-brother Tomas wanted to get into show business too. But unlike Bruno, he went to Spain where he thought there may be more of a market for playing accordion while taking your clothes off. At a certain point, when he has taken all of his clothes off, he plays his accordion down at the […] […]

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[Adult Content] Crappy Album Covers #313 — More people that worry me

Tweet The kind of only definition of romantic that this album conjures up is reminiscent of cheap 70s porn, with the requisite bad acting and bad writing. Since this is an instrumental album, it could very well be the same musicians that performed on the movie.Martin Denny is a well known pinist pianist who should know […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #311 — Dogs and Cats

Tweet Watchtower fans (both of them, I guess) might get annoyed about my honest question, along the lines of: does the title of their 1989 album, “Control and Resistance” refer to the dog or the Rush-influenced lyrics? progarchives.com lists copies of this CD from $15.00 to $40.00, depending on the condition. zoice.com had this album, no idea what […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #272 -- Lone Ranger References

Tweet I’ve heard it all since my childhood… The Lone Drycleaner, and others. But here is “Metal Rap” from a group called Lone Rager, released no later than 1984. This is metal, so while it goes against my no-metal policy, it is not a shocking cover as you can see … Just stupid. A Lone Rager vid appears […] […]

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(Video) Miraculously Good/Bad Luck (La Chance 3)

Tweet Here is the latest instalment: […]

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(Video) Miraculously Good Luck/Bad Luck (La Chance 2)

Tweet I haven’t posted anything related to this since last year. These videos just fascinate me. I can’t get enough. More to come later. […]

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Crappy Album Covers #247 -- Arguing over the death of God

Tweet J. C. Crabtree questions Nietsche’s assertion that God is dead. It is likely that Crabtree didn’t read Frederich Nietsche when he made this record, but who knows? There is no information I could find on this person, although a search turned up this J. C. Crabtree, but makes no mention of a ministry or of making […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #246 -- Non Sequitur Covers

Tweet David Gray’s 1998 CD “White Ladder” did not reach the top of the British album charts until 2001, giving it the record for the longest un-interrupted climb to the top of the British charts. No one in the CAC blogosphere that I have read about can even speculate upon what the artwork is about, and this […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #244 -- Progressive Crock

Tweet Allmusic.com lists at least 100 albums under the name King Crimson. There are their main releases, countless live albums, and a raft of LPs under the label “King Crimson Collector’s Club” released as recently as 2004. And don’t forget the fact that Robert Fripp re-mastered the entire KC catalogue in the late 90s. And then […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #243 -- Seventies' Blockbusters

Tweet Gunning for the first weinie roast in zero gravity, Crosby, Stills and Nash’s 1990 LP “Livin’ It Up” took four years to record, and flopped in the record stores. Disappointing, since this was their first LP recorded as a group since 1977’s “CSN”. Notable appearances on the album which peaked on Billboard at #57 were: Peter […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #242 -- Down and Funky

Tweet Why have album covers of the disembodied heads of women? According to  Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams Jr), all that really matters is their lips. And tongues as well. After that, ol’ Swampie just gets happy with the cut-and-paste tool on Photoshop, and pretty soon, he has himself the album cover he had been salivating over. Roger […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #241 -- Party People

Tweet Pink Martini is a class act, in every sense of the word. While they do jazz and “international” music, their musicians are classically trained, and there are enough band members using traditional orchestral instruments to call them an “orchestra”. I had to include band Pink Martini’s 2007 album “Hey Eugene” into the CAC blog, since it […] […]

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