Thursday, November 30, 2006

The NaBloPoMo finish line

When I started this blog a few months ago, my intent was to have one place where I could post lots of the things I found interesting so that I wouldn't have to dig through someone else's archives to try to find that post about, say, the incredibly rediculous modesty suits. I could put a link to the post in my own blog.

I also hoped it would make it easier to tell other people about funny or interesting things I'd found. Rather than having to find and send a link, I could just refer them to my blog.

And so far, I've met my expectations on both of those fronts.

When I first heard about NaBloPoMo, I thought it should be fairly easy for me to met the challenge—at least much easier than NaNoWriMo, which I started, but could not finish, last year. I was NOT happy about missing that finish line.

But in this blog, I haven't been (and don't really intend to be) deeply introspective. I don't write much about my life and experiences, I just post stuff I find that I happen to think is funny or interesting. How hard could it be to find 30 such things in 30 days?

Harder than I expected—although still not as hard as a novel in the same time frame. I am happy I did it, and I'm happy to cross the finish line. I probably won't post on a daily basis until the next NaBloPoMo, but if that's how you've gotten here, I hope you'll check back in every now and then.


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

First reaction

Defective Yeti posted this photo on his blog (apparently after emailing it to everyone he knows.)

What's your first reaction?

His theory was that if you aren't a parent, you feel sad for the kids. If you are a parent, however, you can't help but laugh.

My reaction didn't match his theory exactly—I experienced both reactions, but I'm not sure which was first—but it's an interesting little test.

You can read the complete explanation of his theory in his post Picture Day.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

'Tis the season

I don't usually get to watch "The Late Show", but I saw this Top Ten list on YouTube, and it seemed appropriate for the holiday season—it would have been the perfect Thanksgiving Day post, but it wasn't uploaded until yesterday!

If you think you're family is nuts, see if it earns a spot on Dr. Phil's Top Ten Signs Your Family Is Nuts . . .

Monday, November 27, 2006

Lyle on TV

YouTube helped me find more than just Lyle's music videos. I never saw the show "Dharma and Greg", so I never knew that Lyle had been on the show playing himself, but thanks to YouTube, I've had the chance to see it.

Lyle can stay at my house any time!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

If I had a boat

As I was walking in to one of Lyle's concerts a few years ago, I overheard someone talking about Jimmy Buffett singing "If I Had a Boat" in concert. This person said that Jimmy introduced the song by saying "Some songs you hear and you wish you had written them, and some songs you hear and just think 'Damn.'"—the implication being that there are some songs that you can't even imagine being able to write.

I had no idea that there was a video to this song—thank you YouTube!—but I love the opportunity to see Lyle's 1980s Eraserhead hair in its full glory. I hope you do too.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

She's already made up her mind

As I've already mentioned, I'm a huge Lyle fan. But until YouTube, I'd only managed to see one of his videos—and even that one viewing was by pure luck.

I don't know how long the videos will remain on YouTube, but I'm posting them here so I can watch them daily until they get removed.


Friday, November 24, 2006

Here I am

Yes it's me.

Please, if it's not too late, make it a cheesburger.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

A little modesty

I first saw this picture on Mr. Nice Guy's blog, and I assumed it was a joke until I went to the actual website where they sell this lovely bathing costume and other similarly revealing swimsuits.

Mr. Nice Guy's post about the suit is funnier than mine could ever be because the fact that some company has found a market for this crap just makes me a little sad.

So, if you want to laugh about it, please check out his post. If you just want to be shocked and amazed, head over to the company's website and check out their full line of 1910-era swimwear.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Lazy Monday

Continuing on a theme, this spin-off of the "Lazy Sunday" video does it West Coast style.

Color me mine.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Lazy Sunday

I just read an article about YouTube in this month's GQ (don't ask me why I happened to be looking through it! It's the articles, I swear!), and part of the article talked about the Saturday Night Live short film "Lazy Sunday" that both really helped YouTube grab hold of a large market share and brought a new audience to SNL.

Weeks after the video first appeared on YouTube, however, NBC requested that YouTube remove all of the copies of the video because the unauthorized copies violated NBC's copyright. YouTube complied, and I couldn't find a version of it on the YouTube site today.

The video is apparently available somewhere on the NBC site, but the site navigation was so awful that I fled screaming. I can't even give you a link—I just couldn't take it anymore.

Fortunately, the video spawned a number of homages to the original, and here's one I really enjoyed. I hope you like it too!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Hooked on a feeling

I saw this on another blog (can't remember which one) several months ago.

Good grief, I hope it's a joke.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

John Stewart on "Crossfire"

I know I liked John Stewart well before he appeared on "Crossfire", but it was his appearance on that show that earned him my undying love. My favorite lines? "I'm not going to be your monkey" and "You're as big a dick on this show."

Saturday, November 18, 2006

From Marks & Spencer, With Love

I saw this ad on, and I love it. It's done in the style of a James Bond film, with a re-styled version of Pink's song "Get The Party Started."

Friday, November 17, 2006

The weather in Hawaii

Most mainlanders probably feel the same way about Hawaiian weather . . .

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bill Maher vs Bill O'Reilly

I almost always hate watching Bill O'Reilly, but in this clip, Bill Maher actually challenges O'Reilly's pronouncements. Hardly ever happens, so it's nice to see it when it does.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Bee Movie

I saw this trailer before a movie last week, and I thought it was one of the funniest trailers I'd ever seen. I have no idea what the movie itself will be like, but the trailer is enjoyable on its own . . .

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

When Germany accuses you of war crimes . . .

I first heard this story on Bill Maher's show, and I thought it was a joke. Apparently it's not.

From the Telegraph:
Germany weighs war crimes case against Rumsfeld

By Colin Freeman, Chief Foreign Correspondent

Donald Rumsfeld, the outgoing American defence secretary, faces the threat of a lawsuit in the German courts accusing him of involvement in prisoner abuses at Guantanamo Bay detention camp and in Iraq.

You can read the full story here:
Germany weighs war crimes case against Rumsfeld

Monday, November 13, 2006

Greg Hits Hollywood

I guess as long as you have a microphone in your hand, you can get away with a lot . . .

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart at the 2006 Emmy Awards

Two of my favorite men working together at a show that is not usually so funny . . .

Saturday, November 11, 2006

MSNBC Post-Election Comedy Roundup

I first saw this on Crooks and Liars—it's MSNBC's collection of post-election comedy highlights from several different shows.


Friday, November 10, 2006

Be Here To Love Me

In searching for more video of Lyle, I found this preview of a documentary—Townes Van Zandt — Be Here to Love Me—about the amazingly talented songwriter Townes Van Zandt, who died in 1997. The documentary was released in 2004, but it came out on DVD earlier this year.

I've already ordered a copy.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The best, if not the brightest

A compilation of some of the best George Bush-isms . . .

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Mirror, mirror

I know I've had some shocks when I've looked in the mirror, but none as bad as this poor monkey.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Lyle's Flying Shoes

I'm a HUGE fan of Lyle Lovett—in fact I named this blog after a line in one of his songs. So it seems only right that I should post about him frequently, but I haven't managed to do that so far. Here's a small start in that direction—it's a brief interview, and he sings "Flying Shoes" at the end.

I love it.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Another version of the Mentos and Diet Coke experiment

You may have seen the original Mentos and Diet Coke experiment shown here.

The Basic version . . .

The Advanced version . . .

And the Alternate version . . .

Sunday, November 05, 2006

So THAT'S the problem

Finally, Bush admits why he's not interested in making the US better for everyone . . .

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Mom said I could

I'm hoping this doesn't become a condom commercial blog, but here's another funny one . . .

Friday, November 03, 2006

Karaoke version of Jessica Simpson "A Public Affair"

I first saw this video on another blog (can't remember which one right now), and I couldn't help but think that if there had been You Tube when I was in high school, my friends and I would have created lots of videos like this one, although I don't know if they would have been this funny.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

What about the other 95% of China?

I was looking for this video because I'd seen the clip of Bush trying to open the door that wouldn't open, but I was amazed to see the full clip. Although I guess he was visiting a Protestant church in Bejing, the message he left in the visitors' book—"God bless the Christians of China."—seemed inappropriate to me.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Just before midnight, I finally decided to participate in NaBloPoMo. And here's my official proof . . .

The Trunk Monkey—Road Rage Edition

The Trunk Monkey can handle those nasty roade rage encounters . . .