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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 #273 -- The SJ Blind Dating Service

Tweet Jerry Hitt is a do-it-yourselfer (album cover wise) from way back, and it is difficult to pick out the year of this recording. Joyce Drake’s stunt double, Joyce Landorf meets Jerry Hitt and they now are cozy together thanks to the SJ Blind Dating service. […]

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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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Crappy Album Covers #271 -- Smoking Tie-Ins

Tweet I have mentioned tie-ins before. Remeber Squirt? Now we have records by cigarette manufacturers. This brand was popular in Germany. For this posting, we have two records which tie in with tobacco. Now you can die in two languages. … And Chesterfield Club cigarettes were popular in the States. I am not sure how I am supposed […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #270 -- The Overuse of Cadillacs

Tweet After some looking about, I can’t for the life of me remember where I got the record cover from. While the name of the jpeg has the word “coverbrowser” in it, I tried “Coverbrowser.com” and several search strings, to no avail. I recall it was a jazz band, possibly one that was popular in the night […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #269 -- For the Kiddies

Tweet Colby was a TV series that began in the late ’80s, that send a Christian message to children. You can find Colby records and CDs for sale at on-line Christian bookstores everywhere. The title “God Uses Kids!” smacks of this other CAC posting. If I was a child and I wanted to be introduced to jazz, I […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #268 -- Sensitive People

Tweet By some coincidence, both of these album releases are from Cuba, and from the year 1968. Eduardo Davidosn (1929-1994) is a cuban-born musician who released a 1968 album called “Le Chien (The Dog)”, perhaps in an early effort to make himself the darling of animal rights groups. A muted version of The Many Facets of Roger… here, […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #267 -- Can someone hold my pineapples for a minute?

Tweet You have to feel sorry for the model. She must feel pretty tired holding those pineapples, and I wish I could help by holding them for her, … her pineapples that is. No information exists on the album “Go with me to Hawaii” (Fahre mit mir nach Hawaii), except that it is likely from Germany, and […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #279 -- My Hero!

Tweet This is a 1976 LP of a two-part episode of Dr. Who, called “Doctor Who and the Pescatons”. Look! A fish with muscular arms and clawed hands! Are you scared? I’m scared. God, am I scared! What else is in the picture? Castle with clock tower on the shoreline; fishy monster guy jumps out of the water with […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #265 -- Marketeers of Unknown Elpees

Tweet On my blog, I think it has become obvious that when I say “marketeers”, it seems to always relate to depictions of nude or semi-nude women. I am unclear as to how having a digital chastity, uh, panty, would illustrate the cover of an album entitled “Sophisticated Funk”. But actually, isn’t this in line with how […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #264 -- Album covers depicting filthy sex

Tweet Little to no information links Johnny Houston with this LP. Allmusic.com has two listings on him; but no mention of this actual recording, “Makin Bacon” (no apostrophe). I also have no idea about this one. I think I would have noticed a microphone that big before I started to engage in “the act”. And also, it doesn’t […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #262 -- Answered and Un-answered questions

Tweet Timmie Rogers (? – 2007) had more class than Thaddaeus Monk. He wore a suit in his comedy performances, and also composed music for the likes of Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan. He had written for television’s Sanford and Son.The dream that was a comedy routine for black comedians in the 60s and 70s […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #262 -- My Babe Magnet

Tweet How to pick up chicks: Lesson 1: Tell her about your “wheels”, your “dream machine”, your “love bug”. The ladies often are attracted to a guy with a nice car, since it is a symbol of financial stability and a well-maintained car is a sign that you are conscientious, mature, and tend to take care […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #261 -- Metal Annoyances

Tweet It’s one thing to steal a model of a skull from your high school biology lab, but it is quite another to go to auto shop at the other end of your high school, take a photo of a grinder, and then place the two images together in MS Paint. It has been discovered that […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #260 -- The End of the World

Tweet Get ready for the Armageddon Experience! Are you experienced? Notice how tastefully they depict an impression of the end of the world. Notice the lettering, the flaming something-or-other that could just as well be oil soaked up on The Redneck Riviera, set in flame. The United Nations Press?! You couldn’t possibly be talking about this press? If you […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #259 -- Recordings of Enigmatic Individuals

Tweet Lee Harvey Oswald is one of many that lived during the days of the Kennedy assassination. That is, one of many Lee Harvey Oswalds. So at any rate, who the heck knows if this is the real Oswald? Of course, one of these Oswalds were killed days after the assassination by Jack Ruby. The Oswald, […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #258 -- Georgy Porgy Puddn' 'n' Pie

Tweet This is the one-hit wonder  for drummer and bandleader Rob Kuban and his In-Men, called Look Out for The Cheater, which reached #12 in 1966. This song even made it to the Rock-And-Roll Hall of Fame’s permanent exhibit of one-hit wonders. Kuban wasn’t the lead singer on this tune, however. That job was left for Walter Scott […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #257 -- The Gay Life

Tweet Playwright and church minister Al Carmine’s (1936-2005) 1973 “Off-off-Broadway” play “Faggot”, was a play which managed to encompass all facets of gay life. The play was likely a celebration of the declassification of homosexuallity as a mental illness, being the first-ever gay musical, and likely the first-ever gay musical, period. Homosexuality was declassified as a […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #256 -- Why some marketing efforts fail

Tweet This post shows that not all women are chosen to grace an album cover for their “prurient potential” “marketing” ability. I can’t possibly think that this album is serious. Must be a “metal parody” record of some kind, must be. Shock jock and Arizonan native Dave Pratt have been recording goofy musical parodies for KUPD since […] […]

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