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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 #240 -- Overdone

Tweet The Funk/R&B/Disco group Parliament has built thier image on over-the-top costumes and stage settings. Parliament’s 1976 LP “The Clones of Dr Funkenstein” is no exception. George Clinton seems to be saying “Hey! Who put boobs on this clone?!?” Manowar, if you have read my last entry on them, were noted for their independent business practices, a more […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #239 -- More Exotica (or how does the chick keep her bra on?)

Tweet More exotica, yet, due to the surfeit of strapless gowns, strapless brassieres, and strapless halters, we return to the same eternal questions. How do they stay on? Why aren’t the chicks modelling for WonderBra instead of propping up the Exotica industry? In this phot lies part of the answer. The chick couldn’t keep hers on. […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #238 -- Extreme Exotica

Tweet Juanita Banana appears to be a major musical comedy act in the French-speaking world. She appears to have been doing this for quite a while. Below is a YouTube video with Juanita Banana. It is completely in French, but I think the visual humor survives translation. It appears that it is someone else lip-synching her, but […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #237 -- Lamers!

Tweet There’s Lennon, McCartney; Elton John, Bernie Taupin; There’s Bacharach, David; and Holland/Dozier/Holland; But do you recall the most earth-shat’ring duo of all I’m talking about – Nimoy and Billy Shatner; Singin’ with their shiny prose And like a moss infection You would even say it grows People who were non-Trekkies Used to laugh and call them names You’d wonder why they’d still make records ‘Cause most of what they […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #236 -- More family Bands

Tweet The previous version of this posting was accidentally deleted. This was God’s way of telling me that my soul will burn in hell for eternity for making CAC entries, especially those mocking Christian-oriented family bands. Oh well… in for a penny, in for a dollar… In this photo, the father is illiterate but can sing. So […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #232 -- Judgement Issues

Tweet The jumpsuit was never a big hit as a fashion item, being more of a centerpiece in prison haute couture instead. Here are the four escape convicts of the lavender and sky-blue wings of a co-ed maximum security prison who call themselves ABBA: Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, and Anni-Frid, with a Spanish rendition of the 1977 […] […]

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Crappy ALbum Covers #233 -- Men with Chronic Shyness

Tweet Look at the guy in the foreground. Now let’s see if I got this right: there’s a lady both in front and behind him; there are nothing but ladies elsewhere in the photo; and all this guy can think about doing is fiddling with the knobs on his sound equipment. I think these girls must […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #232 -- Puppets and other non-humans

Tweet Weela Galez (1913-1995) will apparently be remembered for this album cover, where she is wearing brightly-colored clothes and yelling about the death of her turtle. However, The turtle only died because she hugged it too hard over the death of her dog. Not having learned her lesson, she will now proceed to crush the monkey […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #231 -- Chicks as Marketeers

Tweet A staple of CAC blogs is this 1955 record, entitled “Music to Remember Her”, whose cover features the disembodied heads of attractive women. It is a concept we’ve seen before on this journal, with similar creepy results. Jackie Gleason (1916-1987) was best known for his role as Ralph Kramden in the sitcom The Honeymooners, as well […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #230 -- Don't Let Go The Coat-Tails

Tweet Naked or semi-nude women on album covers by tribute bands are over-used. So, why not have a sexy woman sitting on a pile of money? Sex and money! What’s not to like? The Nashville Fiddles at least had the decency to put their band name in something a tad larger than fine print this time. In […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #229 -- Dummies and their Ventriloquists

Tweet No pertinent info seems to exist on Harry and Terry, except from other CAC blogs who want to make fun of them. I am not even sure which is Harry and which is Terry. This is not the first ventriloquist album I’ve featured on my CAC series, and it must be stated: A record about a […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #228 -- Music for fitness and recreation

Tweet Jack La Lanne is still going strong with his fitness business. If you check his website, you will be assaulted by a patritotic call to arms to get off your lard ass and start excercising. I’m not sure of his public speaking skills, but he seems to think he has it. And hey, thinking you have […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #227 — Songs about being s**t out of luck

Tweet Porter Wayne Wagoner (1927-2007) seems to be well-known for his hard luck songs, like the one that makes the title to this LP. “The Cold, Hard Facts Of Life” is exactly about what is depicted on the photo. Hubby comes home earlier than expected, and finds his wife fooling around with another guy. Nowadays, it […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #226 -- The Demon Alcohol

Tweet Gertrude Behanna bears witness of the healing power of God to her admirers at an AA meeting. The recorded speech made some time after 1970 is reportedly quite memorable and witty. Reportedly, she is a a very human personality that emerged from “a miasma of glamour, sex, liquor, and irresponsibility.” It’s always the good […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #225 -- Generic music for generic people

Tweet As Show and Tell Music tell us, this cover is for real. It was pressed some time in the 1980s, and has addresses of the performers in the Northern Alabama area for you to call if you want one of them to perform for you in person, which they would do as part of their […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #224 -- No-Name Album Covers

Tweet The Band’s 1968 LP “Music From Big Pink” shows artwork from the Marketing Department at Bob Dylan Enterprises. Actually, Dylan painted this himself, just to give it that “out there” feel. And to be really out there, make sure you don’t put the name on the record. Figerpainting meets Putumayo. That’s how it looks to me. […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #223 — More Bodily Functions

Tweet FYI, this was an album cover released, according to my reliable informants, during the fifties, and was meant to be a gag album cover with no actual vinyl LP inside. If it did have an LP inside, you would hear the tunes listed on the back cover, which consisted of titles such as “Just Sittin’ […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #222 -- CAC Makers with a Few Fries Short of a Happy Meal

Tweet Go to Rhino Records(Live) on Westwood Boulevard! Go to Rhino Records on Westwood Boulevard! If you sing the above lines multiple times in a music-less, out-of-tune voice while clapping your hands, you have a good idea of the “music” that lay within this 1969 double LP. Rhino didn’t exist in 1969 you say? No problemo! We […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #221 -- Unique Reiligious Concepts

Tweet “I stood at Calvary in a business suit, but no one told me that they were gonna have a toga party” is how I paraphrase one MSN blogger who discussed this album. But this could also be one of the earliest depictions of Supply-Side Jesus in a business suit. No one would crucify Supply-side Jesus, according […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #220 — Poorly thought-out concepts

Tweet This is an awfully dry album cover for the former members of The New Pornographers and Wolf Parade. I mean, a courtroom? In their 2009 album “Enemy Mine”, it is not clear if there is any connection at all between this cover and the album’s contents. Apart from that, this kind of art might be OK […] […]

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