Fred Thompson’s in,

or at least it sure looks like it.

Time to brush up on your Fred Thompson facts.

For instance:

“Fred Thompson has a cameo appearance in the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

 He plays the force of nature.”

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May 31st, 2007 by exurbankevin

It’s Memorial Day

take a moment and remember those who have served in our military.

And to our soldiers serving now, do your job, do it well, and return home safe. We’re proud of you.

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May 28th, 2007 by exurbankevin

Happy 100th, Duke.

John Wayne

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May 26th, 2007 by admindude

Twenty-seven years later,

… and the future’s still not as cool as this:

It’s the opening credits for the all-too-short-lived Brit TV series U.F.O., produced in 1970. I am a sucker for all things Gerry Anderson: It’s been that way since kindergarten, when I’d spend recess running around the schoolyard pretending I was one of the Thunderbirds.

And no, I haven’t seen Team America: World Police.


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May 26th, 2007 by exurbankevin

If you say so…

Look at the photo accompanying this story.

The only appropriate response, of course, is this.

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May 26th, 2007 by exurbankevin

Friday Music Blogging: Emiliana Torrini

Last week it was Peruvians playing Brit-pop, this week it’s an Italian singer from Iceland. (…and people call me obscure!)

Said vocalist is Emiliana Torrini, Reykjavik resident and daughter of an Italian émigré. Last year she released the subdued yet sparkling album Fisherman’s Woman to critical acclaim.

In the past, Torrini recorded a poppy style of trip-hop, but here the arrangements are extremely simple. All the better to showcase her breathy, girly voice, which will cause fans of The Innocence Mission, The Sundays or Over the Rhine (hello, Dave?) to swoon.

Lazy critics often compare her to Björk (She’s a female singer from Iceland? Hey, so’s that other chick!) but the two have little in common. I don’t think Torrini even owns a swan dress. For a sample of her sound, follow the link above and listen to the track “Sunny Road”.

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May 25th, 2007 by admindude

Quote Of The Day, May 24th Edition

“I’m all in favor of rearranging and recombining, but sometimes it seems like we’re eating our seed corn. “

James Lileks on “mashups“.

As much as I like mashups (I have a Keane/Paul Simon song by Farside that’s just fantastic), I have to agree with him. When all is said and done, a mashup really doesn’t bring anything new to music: It’s inferior in musicianship to any cover song, and doesn’t allow for new music to spring forth from what it builds. In it’s essence, it’s just re-planting the same fields over and over again, rather than looking for newer, more fertile ground.


Next time you’re in church and are lucky enough to go to one that still has actual hymnals in the pews, take a look at the bottom of the page. Chances are, you’ll see something like “ HAYDN” or similar. This means that you can graft the lyrics and notes for, say, “O Worship The King” on top of “We joy in our God, and we sing of that love“, or any other hymn with a meter.

Think about that the next time your church’s worship director insists that praise music and choruses are the only way to stay relevant in today’s world. Maybe in our haste to match our faith with our culture, we’re overlooking some hidden gems of Christian music.

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May 25th, 2007 by exurbankevin

What’s good for the goose…

From The Politico:

Pelosi had announced earlier that the House would not leave for the
Memorial Day recess without a new funding bill, a signal to some of a
looming defeat.

“When they put out that deadline, people realized that we were going to lose,” said an aide to an anti-war lawmaker.

Gee, isn’t that Bush’s argument for not setting a deadline in Iraq?

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May 24th, 2007 by admindude

Best news you’ll hear all week long

Aside from something like “Robert Horry ejected from the NBA” or the like.

The Democrats have surrendered on surrendering in Iraq.

Thank God.

Support the troops. Let them win.

And how, pray tell, do we win in Iraq? Well, the way to do that was laid out in 1961, and we’re only now listening to the generals like Petreaus who have the knowledge and experience to fight a counter-insurgency war. Let’s hope we have the patience to see the fight through to it’s end.

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May 22nd, 2007 by exurbankevin

Note to self…

Never trust a skinny chef and never trust an ad agency that requires another ad agency to get its message out. Details at Brand Autopsy.

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May 21st, 2007 by admindude