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Category: Musings

Hallelujah 2009

I suppose I’m glad that the X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, released Hallelujah as her first single. It’s one of my all-time favorite songs, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard it sung by a woman before. A new generation will get to hear it and appreciate it, for maybe the first time.

But she has no idea what she’s singing. She doesn’t hear the words coming out of her own mouth. She has a lovely voice, but she thinks it’s a gospel song. This song, regardless of the title, has nothing to do with religion, at least not in the literal sense. It’s about how love kicks your ass and breaks you down and destroys you. And how it’s totally worth it.

I’m not going to bother linking the newest version. You’ll be inundated with it soon enough. And the only Leonard Cohen version I can find on youtube has a weird Muppet Show-esque chorus thing going on, that I find strangely uncomfortable. So here’s a live John Cale version, to scrape the poptart version out of your head:

Musings v5.8.2

1. You know what this country needs? More cowbell.

2. After all of my whining about SOx, I got a “gold star” in a meeting last week for being the only one who does it correctly. I still don’t know whether to be ashamed or proud.

3. Make your own flame thrower. This has to be the coolest thing since that dead xmas tree with fireworks for ornaments… (via Charles)

4. I saw this bumper sticker outside Qdoba last week, and actually remembered to use my camera phone. Think she’s a blog reader?

5. Although I never actually lived in Memphis, and only dated someone whose parents lived there for two years, nearly fifteen years ago — to this day, I still refer to these as Bartlett Bangs. (Yes, that is what the B stands for)

6. And you can still give to Charles Austin’s MDA drive. He’s threatening to kill the blog if he doesn’t make his goal. It’s a worthy cause, guys (I gave).

Musings v5.8.1

1. I know this is a banal question, but I’m curious. Is there really foliage like this in Afghanistan?

2. casual sex.” (I don’t agree with all of it, but it’s a very interesting read.)

4. I am the only person in this state who removes her foot from the accelerator, instead of pinning it hysterically to the floorboard, when someone makes a left turn in front of her.

5. Fix-A-Flat has a label on it that says it should not be stored at temperatures above 120°F. Because, you know, no one gets a flat between April and October, unless it’s in their own driveway.

6. Yes, I did have to make this into a Musings. I can’t stand more than one single-line blog entry in a row.

7. The MT 8/9 nightly build fixes that clear_cache error on the comment page, if anyone else is getting it. 6A rocks so fucking hard I can barely stand it.

(2 & 3 via mark)

Musings v5.8.0

1. Look who got her own Day by Day strip! Go, Irk!!

2. I spent Saturday morning shooting trap. And let me tell you, shooting at things that actually explode when you hit them is far more gratifying than shooting paper. Major stress relief.

3. Then I cleaned, put up shelves (in brick. wtf? why are there no studs in my walls?!), hung pictures, and read ‘The Horse and His Boy.’ Lest you think my life is anything but boring.

4. We’ve been on MT 3.2 Beta 3 for several days. I forgot to mention it, which is definitely a good sign. When 3.2 GA comes out, this blog will probably move to a new domain. You have been warned.

5. Benjamin Netanyahu resigns. Discuss.

6. For those keeping score, O’Fallon’s Smoked Porter is good too. But their Blackberry Scottish Ale is still my favorite.

Musings v5.7.1

1. We’re now on MT3.2 beta 2.

2. And I got my first piece of spam here today, so Blacklist is up too. I can’t imagine that 3.2 will be popular with spammers, because it’s impossible for the spam to show up unless you’re smoking crack and publish it.

3. On an almost totally unrelated subject, there is some incredibly funny, clever stuff at Threadless, but this made me laugh so hard I choked.

4. Which is a good thing, because this almost made me cry. Heinlein was right, I just hope he wasn’t too right.

Musings v5.7.0

1. Another brain-beating at work. Ow. But at least I managed to get a few things fixed this time. Sort of.

2. I missed an important phone call this evening because I didn’t recognize my own fucking ringtone.

3. Locals, if you’re looking for a nice teenybatch microbrew, O’Fallon Brewery is consistently good. Their Wheach beer is wonderful.

4. Duh.

5. Tomorrow and Friday should be equally as painful as yesterday and today, so expect less blogging and more comic strips.

Musings v5.4.3

1. Sugar Bush Squirrel: This is the most endearingly creepy thing I’ve seen in ages. The golf and kung fu ones are my favorites. (via daniel)

2. So very wrong, and yet so catchy. Not particulary safe for work.

3. Also quite wrong. Not safe for work, and not catchy, but it still cracked me up. (via Erica)

4. Food, booze, and sexual slang.I have no idea what this is about, but it’s very entertaining. Not sexually oriented, per se, but not safe work work, either. Sorry.

5. My original reason for

Musings v5.4.2

Link dump edition. I have like fifty entries on draft that I want to write about, but can’t find the time. They’re all worth reading. Since I’m obviously not going to make real entries out of most of them, here’s the short versions:

1. Christina at Feisty Repartee discusses old time country lessons.

2. I’ve mentioned my annoyance with the United Way in the past. The Alamance Independent factchecks their filings in NC.

3. Here’s a very interesting article on blogging in Iran, and the stark differences between online and real lives.

4. Spore: The guy that invented SimCity and the Sims has a new plan to suck hours months of your life away. *drool*

5. I know I shouldn’t think this is funny. I know. Police Charge Man for Flashing With Banana.

6. For the geeks: 13 things that do not make sense. Very cool.

7. PawSense helps you catproof your computer. As far as I can tell, this is real.

8. How to have dungeons and dragons themed sex (sorry for the cache. the original at waferbaby has been taken down.)

9. PostSecret. Just go see. It’s really addictive.

10. Him name is Hopkin Green Frog. Keep clicking. Keep clicking. Keep clicking.

11. Daniel at Dreaded Purple Master roasts a helpless teacher. And I don’t mean helpless in a good way.

12. This might be the most amazing, insane blog entry ever. Be sure to read the comments - up til the mefi folks hit, at least. *shudder*

13. i’m alarmingly turned on by this. I can’t believe I just publicly admitted that.

14. “I Is Ain’t, and Will Continue to Ain’t for the Foreseeable Future” I got all of them, but #7 took me forever.

15. For sale by owner - almost makes me wish I had kids…

Musings v5.4.1

1. Please don’t ask me why I was googling for an mp3 of the chicken dance song. The important thing is, it led me to a bizarre story about Al Gore.

2. Since I always find myself mentioning this in other people’s comments: King of the Cage

3. Baby Got Book. I have no idea why that amuses me so much.

4.

Musings v5.4.0

1. I’m sure everyone has heard about this busted plagiarist, but I haven’t been hearing enough about the blogger. I mean, sure, the story is pure poetic justice. But the paper itself is a work of beauty.

You may be demoted to an animal, reallocated within the class structure, or even elevated to a deity. Your actions in each lifetime affect your karma, and if a Shudra watches dharma and greg, it will have a positive effect on his karma.

2. Scientists have found more compelling evidence of water on Mars.

3. My favorite tarot cards ever. If you happen to be into that kind of thing, look around that site - there’s some beautiful artwork.

4. Random but entertaining Amaztype. (click around)

5. A team of paleontologists, apparently affiliated with Jack Horner, have discovered soft tissue in a Tyrannosaurus rex femur found in the Hell Creek in Montana. (In the same area where I volunteered for many years) This is a bigger thing, in more ways, than I can safely put into words, so go read it.