If you're going to listen to a brass band play a waltz, it might as well be a joyously exuberant one, with a unabashed sense of humor and a firm conviction that notes were made to be bent. Right? Oh, and it might as well be played, by, say, a Texas Czech (yes, a Texas Czech) band. Right? OK then, here's Circling Pigeons Waltz
by the Joe Patek Band
of Shiner, Texas
. [more inside]
Now listen dear children, and you will hear,
A story fantastic, a story so queer,
It's all about Santa, and his helpers three,
there's Hardrock, and Coco, and Joe.
Ooh dee-o laadee I laa-dee I-a,
Donner and Blitzen, away, away
Ooh dee-o laadee I laa-dee I-oh,
It's Hardrock, and Coco, and Joe.
- Frosty the Snowman (original)
Chicago Kids TV
"'If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.' So goes the old saying. Yet conditions in some American facilities are so obscene that they amount to a form of extrajudicial punishment." Mother Jones is profiling "America's 10 Worst Prisons."
Facilities were chosen for the list based on "...three years of research, correspondence with prisoners, and interviews with reform advocates." [more inside]
may remember best about Bazooka
, however, is disappearing. The tiny comic strip
featuring the eyepatch-wearing brand mascot Bazooka Joe
that has been wrapped around each piece of gum
since 1953 is being replaced
Many here are familiar with Joe Arpaio
who wrote a book called "Joe's Law: America's Toughest Sheriff Takes on Illegal Immigration, Drugs and Everything Else That Threatens America
He recently endorsed Ricky Perry for President.
Since 2007 he has also had 400 sex-crime cases "that were inadequately investigated and in some instances were not worked at all, according to current and former police officers familiar with the cases.
In El Mirage alone, where Arpaio's office was providing contract police services, officials discovered at least 32 reported child molestations — with victims as young as 2 years old — where the sheriff's office failed to follow through, even though suspects were known in all but six cases.
Many of the victims, said a retired El Mirage police official who reviewed the files, were children of illegal immigrants." [more inside]
This past weekend was Canadian Football League (CFL)'s title game -- for the Grey Cup. But almost as much as the game itself, a sideshow eruption of an old feud took centre stage this year. 48 years ago, Hamilton Ti-Cats' Angelo Mosca was widely ripped for having levelled BC Lions' running back Willie Fleming with a "questionable"
hit in the 1963 title match that took Fleming out of the game. Hamilton went on to win and BC's quarterback at the time, Joe Kapp, has apparently been fuming about the hit ever since. When he and Mosca appeared on stage together at this year's CFL Alumni Luncheon, it was game on all over again. (Some coverage has since suggested it was staged but a viewing of the video
, which has since gone viral, leaves that an open question. Mosca, who followed his football career with several years on the pro wrestling circuit
, swings a mean cane, while Kapp appears to have kept his right cross in form.)
If you were to ask me "What is the most artistic
drum solo you've ever heard?", I'd say "You mean the one with the most exquisite sense of dynamics? One that doesn't bludgeon you over the head, but instead pulls you in with its subtlety and restraint? Where masterful technique is purely at the service of musicality
? That best conveys a musical vision and a deep understanding of the interrelationships of percussive timbre and tone that make up that remarkable instrument we call the drum set?" You'd say "Yeah." I'd say this
. [more inside]
Funnyman and "All American immigrant" Joe Wong
at this year's RTCA dinner
The Annotated Weekender.
Fun, whimsical doodles all over The Guardian's weekend magazine by Joe List, an illustrator/cartoonist from the uk
, who also does Freak Leap
and I Dream of a World Without You
On a Friday in the waning months of the 20th century, a Macromedia employee was getting ready to meet with the creator of Beavis & Butthead
the next Monday to demonstrate Flash v.4's new feature, synchronized audio tracks – a feature he needed to learn over the weekend. So he put together the simplest model he could: a floating skull sans
lips, tongue or physique. The meeting was postponed, so the employee continued to spitshine the animation and put it on his website. His friends e-mailed their friends, and soon, everyone met a heavy-metal animated floating skull demon and his adorable little devil pal. Sparks had created Radiskull, who will kill you one by one
. (Atom) [more inside]
Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio
is controversial to be sure. He has been accused of using his office to retaliate against critics
, and he has thumbed his nose at the feds
. Are his rank and file officers following his lead? What's up with this
Breakfast at Sulimay's with Bill, Moon, Joe and Ann: 1
featuring reviews of The Thermals, Joanna Newsom, The Decemberists, and Clipse. l
with The Knife, Deerhoof, and Paul Wall featuring 'lil Keke. l
with Asha, TI, Toby Mac.
with the Shins , !!!, and Common. l
with Bjork , Wilco , and Black Reble Motorcycle club. l
with Santogold, Portishead and Death Cab for Cutie!
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"Authored by the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), the Joint Operating Environment (JOE 2008
) outlines a strategic framework and forecasts possible threats and opportunities that will challenge the future joint force." One portion picked out by the media: Mexico and Pakistan are the two countries most likely to undergo "sudden collapse
". [more inside]
For those still wondering what the hell Joe Cocker was singing in 1969 at Woodstock
in his landmark version of "A Little Help From My Friends", this hilarious video"transcription"
(with some visuals added to the footage) should help. For purists, the original unedited version here
The man who's remaking Coney Island, in his own words.
Joe Sitt is a developer "who has spent 20 years trying to lure the nation's top retail chains into inner cities and yuppie downtowns."
Hey Joe -- Hey Joe -- Hey Joe -- Hey Joe -- Hey Joe -- [please see hoverovers for link descriptions] [more inside]
might lead you to learn to play guitar
, to write poems, to sing, or just to watch
more intently. Kelly joe Phelps
, from washington state, is one of the most beautiful musicians I've ever seen. He's got a great way to play traditionals
and his originals
Joe Connelly conked out,
as the Beav might've put it. The "Leave it to Beaver" co-creator had many other credits to his name, but for my money, his most memorable achievement was creating TV's smarmiest character, Eddie Haskell
Joe Strummer Dies at 50.
Not exactly what I was hoping to get for Christmas... I have a feeling that my wife is going to be quite sick of Sandinista! and London Calling after today...
Did any other Metafilter parents (or other grown-up fans of children's television) catch Joe's introduction
on Blue's Clues tonight? I've always made an effort to watch whatever my son's watching, so I'm a little sad to see Steve go, but my four-year-old approves of the new host. I am very happy to see that Steve Burns has already moved on to new, exciting things
(including an upcoming album that features several members of the Flaming Lips
). The whole ordeal reminds me too much of the last time a beloved host