Category Archives: Life

Walter Becker Of Steely Dan Dead At 67

Walter Becker, co-founder of the legendary band Steely Dan, died Sunday September 3, 2017.

Anyone who has read this site for more than five minutes knows how respected the Dan is around here.

His bandmate and collaborator Donald Fagen wrote a tribute, posted on Rolling Stone’s website. Read it here, or listen with brief commentary.

One awaits the inevitable “Steely Dead” tour.
– Night Sky Radio, “Reaching The Music Singularity

Thanks to wdydfae of “What Do You Do For An Encore?“, who informed me of this. Read his post about the news here.

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If I Were 25, I Would Totes Buy…. This Product Or Whatever

Dissolve creates the Generic Millenial Ad –

It’s so eclectic and surprising.

H/T Bookworm Room

They Shouldn’t Have Cut Those Music Classes

My wife: Do you not like Queen, or just “Don’t Stop Believin'”? (pause) or, is that…?

Me:  That’s Journey. I don’t know how you got those two mixed up.

My wife: I don’t either!

The Dark Time Is Nigh

Eclipse tomorrow.

'Hey! Put her down!' 'No, it's ok! The next chance for me to be carried to a blood cauldron isn't until 2024!'

 

Reaching The Music Singularity

“Better keep it real –
Or whatever”

– Steely Dan, “Pixeleen”

Steely Dan quit touring in 1974, saying they hated it.  In 1993, they starting touring again, and now Donald Fagen is announcing a new tour at the age of 69. So, if they don’t like touring, why go back to Annandale, as it were? The Don tells the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall, unfortunately) –

When the bottom fell out of the record business a bunch of years ago, it deprived me of the luxury of earning a living from records. I don’t sell enough albums to cover the cost of recording them the way I like to. For me, touring is the only way to make a living.

Turns out The Dan is not the only band touring to make some cash. Guns ‘n’ Roses is hitting the circuit to make some pay as well. The fact that the band hasn’t released a new album since 2008 is no obstacle. Proving that a band does not need to be creating new stuff to make money.

Or even alive. Ronnie James Dio is going on tour despite being currently dead. A hologram of Dio will perform with a live band.

No word on whether Jem will be the opening act.

 

One awaits the inevitable “Steely Dead” tour.

H/T to Ace of Spades HQ and Quartz

What The Hell Did I Just Watch?

 

Attempted murder, at least. Vehicular assault and possible homicide at worst. No idea how the riders in the truck fared.

And this is one of the lesser examples of road rage found online.

Notice how the guy on the bike, who should have been crushed, crashed, or slammed, just sailed right through it all like a boss.

4/20

It’s dangerous work, but somebody has to do it.

The Private Man’s Going Away Party

One of the first people I discovered on the manosphere was The Private Man.

He has terminal cancer. He’s having a going away party and livestreaming it. There may still be time to catch some the party online here.

I doubt he will ever see this, but if he does… Andrew, thank you for helping me figure some things out during a strange time in my life.

“My Trumps”

So it started with this post by Heartiste, in which we see a proggie lose its mind…

That just begs for a song (in the style of “My Humps” by the Black Eyed Peas)…

What you gonna do with all that Trump?
All that Trump they couldn’t stump?

He drives these libtards crazy
He does it on the daily
He makes them really trigg’ry
‘Specially that Puff Triggly

My Trumps, my Trumps
He grabs their lady lumps

You can cry but you can’t touch him
Can’t touch him, he’s-a start some MAGA
Some MAGA, you don’t want no MAGA?

They say he’s evil, bigly
They go and do a Triggly
All the manjaws and the low-Ts
Trigg’ring every zhir and xe

My Trumps, my Trumps
He grabs them by their rumps
My Trumps, my Trumps
He grabs their lady lumps

Catchy, innit? Someone should record it.

Trump’s presidency is gonna be highly entertaining.

You Never Know Someone

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, one of my favorite comics writers was Gerard Jones. At the time, he was writing some really fun – and sometimes really different – stuff in the trio of Green Lantern-related books. He did some Batman work, which I could take or leave, and he worked on a Justice League comic (at first with a co-writer and later solo) that was pretty funny. He was clearly liberal, but he was a lot more intelligent than most lightweight armchair libs writing comics, and even went against the liberal line at times. Mostly, his work was just smarter than the usual by-the-numbers crap that was and still is being published.

His work seemed to take a dip around 1993, though, and in a few years he didn’t seem to be writing much for comics anymore, if at all. I believe part of that had to do with clashes with editorial, which was undergoing changes at the time. I saw his name again in the local newspaper’s comics page around 2000 – he was writing a Pokemon strip.

He wrote a few non-fiction books in the 2000s, but I didn’t keep up with those. I heard very little about him after that until today, when I discovered he was arrested about a week ago for possessing kiddie porn and uploading it to YouTube.

I’ve long learned to separate the art from the artist. And he hasn’t been proven guilty yet. But there are limits. I doubt I’ll ever really enjoy his work again.