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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 #312 — Hard-lookin’ album covers

Tweet This entry concerns guys whose faces should not have been so prominent as the selling point of a record  album. One thing for sure, you won’t forget this guy’s face, so it does have that going for it. Tominthebox.com discusses albums like this, where, with the advent of shareware graphics packages, along with faster computers, anyone […] […]

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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 #310 — Sin and Debauchery

Tweet Porter Wagoner was at it again with even more whiskey-soaked country tunes, the saddest being the one about the time that he drank from a bottle until there was no whiskey left. It wasn’t the part about the hallucinations that was sad, it was the part about drinking and suddenly there was nothing left to […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #309 — Getting carried away with graphics

Tweet Accused on progulus.com of  being one of many ugly Bryce renderings (or possibly Corel Draw), the cover looks too generic for an artist to base a “public image” on. It is not clear if “anomaly” is the name of the band, the album, or both. Searches turned up tons of albums named “anomaly”, none matching this […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #308 — Sexually Preoccupied

Tweet This is another compilation from that seminal CAC factory, TOPS, where we have had so many of our album covers come from. This 1959 album features the vocal stylings of Cesar Romero and Mel Torme, among several other artists. TOPS records sold mostly cheap cover versions of their records in drug stores, department stores, and advertised […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #307 — So Rockin’ it Hurts

Tweet This is a 1958 compilation on the “Waldorf Music Hall” record label, and was part of a series of cover tunes done by “middle calibre” acts of the time. This album featured The Ink Spots and Vincent Lopez. Congo Mambo Mando & the Chili Peppers “On the Road With Rock and Roll”. Year unknown and not […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #306 — Run Toward the Bore

Tweet Tamara Faye LaValley (1942-2007), known to us adoring admirers as The Zealot Formerly Known As Tammy Faye Baaker (and later the zealot known as Tammy Faye Messner) had no hope growing up. She was the eldest of eight kids in a family where both parents were Pentacostal preachers, so adherence to Christianity was de rigeur. […] […]

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I am not a big Syd Barrett fan …

Tweet … And nor am I a big fan of Pink Floyd. However, I do have a copy of Dark Side of The Moon, an album largely about Pink Floyd’s founding member, but an album made in 1973, long after Syd Barrett (1946-2006) left the band and just before he left the music business. I was reading […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #305 — Some guys know what to do with their trumpets, while …

Tweet Don “Jake” Jacoby (1920-1992) was a session musician for NBC and CBS, and also played solo at Carnegie Hall. He was also apparently for hire for building demolition contracts. Less risky than using dynamite, he would honk out a note that would cause a resonant reinforcement with the building, and down it comes! Ernie Englund’s (1928-2002) […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #304 — A Man’s Man

Tweet Widely recognized in the “so bad it’s good” category of performing, they are still discussed in many Spanish-speaking blogs, not always in the most endearing of terms. The album Vamos a la playa (Spanish for “Go to the Beach”)  is also a staple in the Crappy Album Blogosphere. Very little straight dope exists about this duo, […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #303 — The Other Woman

Tweet I saw Judy in the distance, giving me the eye. I knew this was no ordianry attraction. But after our one-night stand, I went home to my wife Bobbi, explained to her that I had a sale to do out of town, and had to spend the night at a motel, and she didn’t suspect a […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #302 — From Ghetto to Pulpit to Outer Space

Tweet Whether a ghetto gangleader or a fundamentalist preacher, isn’t Rick Ingle always the leader of something? Rick Ingle is still going strong, with his own website, and First Baptist Church in Denton, Texas. Yes. Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (1911-1986). Science fiction writer. Psychotherapist, practitioner of Dianetics. Founder of the Church of Scientology. And now, Jazz musician (Hubbard […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #301 — Pope Banjoboy I

Tweet Tell me something: when you look at this album cover, do you think: “Dixieland”? It may be a depiction of someone’s acid-induced hallucination of Dixieland, but the contents of this 1959 LP consist mainly of Dixieland standards such as “Clementine” and “Oh Suzanna”. The Celestial Monochord offers a psychoanalysis of the album cover. The banjo player […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #300 -- Fitness Revisited

Tweet If your kids are not jumping rope or playing ball, they will grow up to be one of those Internet chat room perverts, and this record isn’t going to help. Note to parents: buy your kids an actual ball or jump rope instead of a record album which discusses it. On the other hand, if your kids […] […]

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[Video] Telemarketer answering machine message

Tweet The ultimate way to deal with telemarketers. The music in the background is Kenny G. Various digitized voices give the dialogue. […]

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Crappy Album Covers #299 -- The Return of Self-help for the Helpless

Tweet One way to reinforce good behaviour in the young is to play them a record about manners. The cartoon drawings likely depict events and situations in the recording. Am I the only one that sees striking resemblances between the kids on this album cover and Peanuts characters? This is something I have a problem with, and likely […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #298 — Do you like circuses?

Tweet Another promo from Texaco, you can see the guy has pulled over in his automobile, presumably, to put a tiger in his tank. But hey, isn’t that the slogan from Esso? The LP has mostly Latin dance tunes, and has recently been re-released on CD. The “con Texaco saco Mas” was replaced simply by “Fragoso”, with […] […]

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[Video Monday] Big cats prefer Obsession for Men

Tweet Great news for big game hunters: Big kitties prefer Obsession. So when you go on the hunt for a tiger or a leopard, don’t forget to slather Obsession all over your body so they’ll be attracted to you from far away. From National Geographic: […]

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Crappy Album Covers #297 — For the kiddies

Tweet Oh, they heard of marketing in the 60s. Back then, kids went to the theatre to see Herbie the Love Bug, laugh at Buddy Hackett’s antics, then they were sold a record that tells a condensed or modified version of the same story. So, they get the kids twice. We all know Disney was into that […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #296 — Music to sell widgets by

Tweet These are both promotional records, not sold to the public. They are presented here as artifacts. Mr. Magoo, a cartoon character created in 1949, but was viewed in short cartoon TV animations well into the 1970s, is seen here shilling for lightbulbs. For those of you who don’t understand the character, Magoo is a wealthy retiree voiced […] […]

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