Archive for March 2008

Episode 120: Skeptoid Presents Fast-Food Phobia

March 27, 2008

With a big thanks and a plug to the Skeptoid Podcast


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Loituma * Levan Polka
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The Nordic Rhythm Boys * Johan Pa Snippen
Smokey Harless * A Place for them called Hell
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Young Holt Unlimited * Soulful Strut
Hank Snow * I’ve Got a Troubled Mind
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Mort Garson * Rhapsody in Green
Something Weird Video * The Other Side of Bonnie and Clyde
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Enoch Light * Lovers’ Concerto
The Liverpools * Hey, Quiet Down There
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Midas Touch * Making Free
The Tempos * Monkey Doo
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T Elerth * Keepin’ It
Vegetable Soup Theme
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Roger Bourdin * Seduction
Willie Nelson * Time After Time
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Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett * Home Run
RIAA * Down at Mississippi
Excuse Me, Ricky
Johnny Hawksworth * Cuddley Bear
Be Your Own Pet * Becky
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Brigitte Bardot * Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas
Timer * Eat Breakfast, Damnit!
Mala Fe * Beat It
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Protest against Mohammed Cartoons, Christian-Style

March 23, 2008

I’ve been having yet another interesting discussion with a teenager on my blog. (I might point out that she threatened me with the fact that she was a teenager. You’ll see what I said.)

She was complaining about the Jesus image I posted on last years’ Easter podcast. Here it is:

Whoops, wrong Jesus. I meant this:

This illustrates, in a humorous way, that Jesus and his story really was partly born out of the original easter story. The real “reason for the season,” as it were.

History of the Easter Bunny


Feeling guilty about arriving late one spring, the Goddess Ostara saved the life of a poor bird whose wings had been frozen by the snow. She made him her pet or, as some versions have it, her lover. Filled with compassion for him since he could no longer fly (in some versions, it was because she wished to amuse a group of young children), Ostara turned him into a snow hare and gave him the gift of being able to run with incredible speed so he could protect himself from hunters. In remembrance of his earlier form as a bird, she also gave him the ability to lay eggs (in all the colors of the rainbow, no less), but only on one day out of each year.

Eventually the hare managed to anger the goddess Ostara, and she cast him into the skies where he would remain as the constellation Lepus (The Hare) forever positioned under the feet of the constellation Orion (the Hunter). He was allowed to return to earth once each year, but only to give away his eggs to the children attending the Ostara festivals that were held each spring. The tradition of the Easter Bunny had begun.

The Hare was sacred in many ancient traditions and was associated with the moon goddesses and the various deities of the hunt. In ancient times eating the Hare was prohibited except at Beltane (Celts) and the festival of Ostara (Anglo-Saxons), when a ritual hare-hunt would take place.

Read the conversation here.

Yes, I am speaking to a kid. But nothing I said was anything I wouldn’t say to a kid’s face. I feel really bad for kids who are caught up in occult practices like christianity, and I feel bad that she has been taught by a society of fretful parents and an overbearing school system that it is “wrong” to mock beliefs. It isn’t wrong. It is essential, and I will continue to say it.

I don’t know if any kid will comprehend what I say. But I know that it has happened. Kids are not so stupid that they cannot stop and think about their beliefs, if they are right, and why they believe them. Even kids in believer families, like mine.

Episode 119: Fundies are Frightening

March 22, 2008

Thanks to Fundies Say the Darndest Things

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Lord Radio and the Bimshire Boys * I Wanna be a Puppy
2-Guy4God, RaptureReady
Les Humphries * Up, Up and Away
Big Blue Marble Theme
3-Anonymous, comments
The Mervyn Wright Orchestra * Blue Velvet
ELO * I’m Alive
4-Texas Tommy Two-Shoes, FireSociety
Soul Bossa Nova
Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar * Janu Meri Jaan
5-Kasaova, Able 2 Know boards
Bernard Estardy * Sports Et Jazz
Leoncie * Killer in the Park
6-Melik, Pioneer Thinking Discussion Boards
Torero Band * Onward Christian Soldiers
Leslie Hall and the Lys * This is How We Go
7-Dr Shelton
El Sonido Magico de Waldo de los Rios * No Me Quiero Enamorar
Meatus Murder * El Garfield
8-Tim Baldi -Llamaboy, Facebook-I Bet I Can Find 1,000,000 Christians
Mort Garson * Good Morning Starshine
Paper Airplane * Four Trucks Sitting in the Snow
9-ebief76, Youtube comment
Nils Tibor * Puppy Love A Whiter Shade of Pale
Nina Simone * The Desperate Ones
10-KOIfriend (aka whiterider), The Resistance Manifesto
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Episode 118: You Dirty French Frog!

March 18, 2008

Watch “But Names Will Never Hurt Me?”

PBS Theme-French Frog 1
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Fissunix vs IV my People * IV my Breton
All About You-French Frog 2
Electric Concept Orchestra * Witchita Lineman
Malajube * Pate Filo
Parlez-Moi-French Frog 3
Fred Lowry * Happy Hobo
Anita Bryant * This is My Country
French Frog 4
Herve Roy * Percussions A Gogo
DJ Jujube * Passe Partout Megamix
French Frog 5
Moog Cookbook * Rockin’ in the Free World
Czerwone Gitary * Pieciu Nas Jest
Self-Incorporated-French Frog 6
Bert Kaempfert * Strangers in the Night
Marianne Faithful * Ne Me Quitte Pas
Telefrancais-French Frog 7
Larry Nored * She Works Hard for the Money
Evan Dando * How Will I Know?
The Bureau of Mass Communication-French Frog 8
Les Sequelles * Roller Girl
The Most Important Person-French Frog 9
Swing Family * Musical Stars
Thinkabout-French Frog 10
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Manos: The Hands of Fate-A You Tube by Me

March 18, 2008

Xanadu: A Tribute to the Lesser Characters

March 16, 2008

I loved Xanadu from the first time I saw the videocassette. Yes, I was exactly at the right age to appreciate such a movie–about 13 at the time. But I was kind of an anti-conformist, so I assumed everything about it, and everything most 13 year-old girls liked was stupid.

But not now. Now, not only am I an avid fan, but I’m the would-be stalker of one of the dancers, who shall, from now on, be known as “Dark Eyes.” I don’t know who he is, or what he’s doing, or how old he is (probably no more than 5 or 6 years), but somehow, I’ve focused on him.

Now for the tribute.

The Muses

The greek muses seem to al be included, including Uranta, the Celestial, who is played by the Asian girl, of course. What I want to know is, why is it that Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance, played by Newton-John, is the only one who can’t dance?

Erato, the Muse of Love

Urania, the “Celestial One”

Polyhymnia, the Muse of Sacred Song and Crotch

The sisters live, laugh and love together.

The 9 Sisters create neon light-energy through the power of dance, and love.

The Unsung Heroes of Xanadu

Saggy-Boob Farrah has no need for a bra!

Farrah, whose bike was that you just “lent?” Oh well, no girl can resist Sonny Malone!

These are rock album artistes.

This is a rubber duckie, ostensibly owned by the world-famous rock band, Breaking Ground.

Actress Lise Lang had a speaking role, and a credit, as “Popcorn Girl.” She would do anything for Sonny Malone!

Like I always say: dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

The Ground-Breaking party with the foreman, Gene Jelley, and a guy enjoying nuts. It’s just not a party without Party Peanuts!

The bird who wears legwarmers.

I think, though, if you hardly have any blood in your legs, they don’t really get cold, so they don’t require legwarmers.
The Fashion Creatures

My theory is that the Fashion Creatures were newly-created 80’s mannequins that came to life the moment Terpsichore and her sisters stepped out of the Venice wall and into the hearts of Hollywoodians.

First they got great jobs as fashion models for Quebecois Photographes posing as Parisians.

A tribute to the later performance by The Tubes.

Things to Come. Scary.

Here we see the acting technique of choosing an animal to represent your character a la Commedia dell’Arte.

A Fashion Monkey creeps through the Fashion Jungle.

The Fashion Creature reacts on Fashion Instinct alone.

One of the Fashion Creatures’ main defenses is Glitz, demonstrated here.

A Fashion Predator is thwarted in her hunt by the blinding Glitz.

Watch out! They hang from clothes racks.

The call of Fashion creatures in heat.

Fashion Creatures are known to practice homosexuality. Here is Gay Spidey.

A Retro Fashion Creature, on loan from John Waters.

Contempt for the sixties?

They aren’t Dancers. They are The Tubes!

And they come with their own 14 year-old groupie!

Mothers, do you know where your daughters are?

That old devil, rock ‘n’ roll

Meet “Mighty Eighties.” He has a short haircut. In 1979, only the most fashion-forward, or actual punk rockers, had hair like this. No one in my school would be caught dead like this. He is Mighty Eighties. Fear his keyboard!

Mighty Eighties caught one for himself. He is very gallant about it.

I believe this is Vince Welnick, nee of the Grateful Dead. He’s awesome.

Go, Vince! Go! Will this be Floyd from the Muppet Show?

The Dancers, and The Dancer

This Apache dancer has achieved maximum splittage.

She’s a little bruised, but I think she’s okay.

The pain feels so good. I think this is the main theme of the film.

The eyebrows are scary. But they got credits.

Who is this eye-candy?

Maybe a young Raul Julia? Wait, no…

The Zoot Suits

Up in the air, Zoot Suit!

Hey, there’s Dark Eyes!

Is that skirt slit military regulation?

This woman is the pinnacle of eighties fashion. Batwings, high-waisted lame spandex pants, and do I see a headband?

Can you find Dark Eyes in this picture?

Heil! Xanadu!

That’s the “Fonzie” dance move. You’ll see it throughout the picture.

Evidence of cruel, cruel hair abuse. And I don’t mean the cornrows.

I see Dark Eyes is back!

…and he’s wearing synthetic velour! Nice.

Is that Criss Angel, or Doug Henning?

Look! Over there! It’s…

Yes, it’s Dark Eyes again. I think the explanation for the hair is that he needed a pompadour for the 1945 bit. Dreamy, anyway.

So now, they’ve been honored. If I could get more names, perhaps they would be properly honored. Especially Dark Eyes. Anyone?

Video: How I Met My Husband

March 13, 2008

This is from the kids’ show Inside/Out, from 1973. I watched this in school sometime between 3rd and 5th grade. None of us knew there was a French-Canada before this; much less a Hull, Quebec.

But Names Will Never Hurt Me?

Episode 117: Hey, Folks! It’s Intermission Time!

March 11, 2008


Intermission 1
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Camerata with the Mike Sammes Singers * Talk to the Animals
Intermission 2
Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett * Mon Amour
Sri Darwin Gross * At the Grassroots
Intermission 3
S Sklair & G. Galbriath * People and Places
Serge Gainsbourg * Ah! Melody
Intermission 4
Stefano Torossi * Flying High
The Fonz Song
Intermission 5
Dick Schory & The Percussive Art Ensemble * Cymbalation
WAX Audio * Dissolved by Water All These Years
Intermission 6
Nino Nardini & Roger Roger * Mowgli
Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee * A Little Bird Told Me
Intermission 7
Bernie Green * Ragging the Scale Green
Avalanches-Crazy Mashup
Intermission 8
Yan Tregger * Love Dolls
Sammy Davis Jr * French Fried Potatoes
Intermission 9
Gershon Kinsley * Pop Corn
Hi Yo Silver * Bennie Green
Intermission 10
Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops * Fool on the Hill
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Xanadu Re-Mix on You Tube

March 9, 2008

Get it before it disappears!

Is This the “Airstream Guy?”

March 4, 2008

OK, I may have been had.

Remember “Best. Call. Ever?” I played clips from the Bob Lassiter program with an irate elderly caller from a trailer park.

If Lloyd Bonafide isn’t Airstream guy, I’m a Scientologist.