Friday Fives – the Bearded Men of Space Station 11

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Who is your favorite Muppet/Jim Henson character and why?

Beaker.  He is utterly pointless.  He doesn’t talk, just reacts.  He is pure id and absurdist dada nonsense.  If Salvador Dali were to be asked to design a Muppet (and trust me, do NOT make that offer) he would come up with Beaker.  But Dali was nuts.  Should I capitalize the word ‘Muppet’.  I think if I am using it as the familiar generic term – a la kool aid, kleenex, mac and cheese, crescent wrench, Philips screwdriver – I could leave it lower case.  But since I am referring to the intellectual property of a titled and trademarked title… I should capitalize.  Lord knows how much respect I have for trademark here.

Beaker from The Muppet Show wins

Ernie or Burt?

Is this fuck, marry, kill?  Fuck Ernie, Kill Burt, Marry Beaker.  Der der der.  Or, and we can use this guy for the gritty AMC reboot.  Look closely at those black eyes.  That is a serial killer.

Piggy or the Swedish Chef?

What are we asking?  Who I prefer?  I’ll imagine the offer is I am stuck on an island with one of these folks, who do I choose?   The chef, because I am hungry.  Wait, doesn’t he destroy or blow up everything he works on?  I vaguely remember something like that.  That that was his ‘hook’, besides the silly vocalizations.  I still choose him, as the explosions will send smoke signals to Kermie and Gonzo to come rescue us.  And yes… I plan to apologize to Gonzo.  Lets just drop that whole thing!

Battlestar Gallactica or Pigs in Space?

For me, when I want high brow science fiction, I head right for the State***The Bearded Men of Space Station 11.

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Correction.  Didn’t the Battlestar reboot have a super hot principle star?  I never watched the original series, but I did watch the first season of the reboot – about ten years ago.  It was really good.  I think the piece hooked me was I know the old bad guys used to be robots… the Silons.  It was a super obvious bad guy.  Now, the silons can be human… or look human.  That is a game changer, my friend.

If Kermit was a famous fiction character, how would he be?

But… he is a famous fictional character.  I guess if we can jump from Marvel to DC, I would make him a Sesame St character.  Did the Muppets and Sesame St ever cross paths?  I mean, they are both puppet shows, right?  And they both integrate real humans.  Good thing I am not the only one kept up at night with this.  So, here is Kermit’s famous fictional character.  He went all gritty.  This is from the great minds at SNL.  I give you ‘Grouch’.

*** the state is a sketch comedy show from the 90s that ran on Mtv.  It ran only for about two years, but it remains the best sketch comedy show and troupe ever.  You will recognize half of them, as they have gone on to success sense then.  If you know Reno 911, that is also from the State.  And bonus, did you know ALL of reno 911 is improvised?

Friday Fives – rock music… and chlorine… are polluting the world

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What single ingredient will spoil an entire meal for you if it’s included?

i have flavors I don’t love, but can’t think of anything that repels me. I don’t like dill, but that is rarely present outside of fish dishes.  I also don’t like coconut… partly.  Like, cononut milk is the bomb!  Ever had coconut milk right out of the coconut, it is yummy and sweet.   BUT, on deserts people put this dry white flakey stuff that is gross.  I guess that is the dehydrated pulp that is shredded, but that stuff is gross.

What is a lot more dangerous than most people think?

Bleach.  It IS great for cleaning, it is also super duper toxic.  Crazy bad for the environment.  Free tip, vinegar is also is super effective cleaner. Also, to demonstrate, its all a shitty and wildly overrated Nirvana album. I am a big fan of debut albums – Ten from PJ, Gish from the Pumpkins, XXX live from Jane’s Addiction, Live like a suicide by Guns & Roses, Opiate from Tool. But real early Nirvana isn’t great. Neither is early Grateful Dead. Neither is early Chili Peppers.

Know why bleach is such a great cleaner? Because it kills everything.  That is also what makes it so dangerous.  We are talking about hole in the ozone type serious concern.  Do you guys remember that, hole in the ozone?  It’s back, and was caused by Chlorofluorocarbons.;  Those are carbon chains with chlorine.  That is what the beginning of the word is.  Chlorine (aka bleach) is the beginning part of that word.  CFCs.   CFCs are bad.  How to avoid using CFCs?  Stay away from bleach, Styrofoam, and spray cans that use propellent (a la hair spray).  These are easy things to avoid in your life.

Why do I know all the science of this stuff?  In high school and college I worked at Greenpeace, and this was one of our campaigns.  CFCs are bad.  And you will still see Styrofoam, and spray cans with propellent… but why?  Weren’t these things banned?  Yes.  Don’t these packages say proudly ‘made with no CFCs’?  yes, they do… and NEVER believe that.  Here is the work around – they added an inert molecule to the chain, a hydrogen bond.  So, now they aren’t CFCs, technically.  They are now HCFCs.  Still just as dangerous, though.  It’s like if I put a sign up that said ‘no cars’, and you parked there anyway.   Hey man, the sign say no cars!   Right, but it doesn’t say no ‘green’ cars.  My car is green.  Its not a car, it’s a green car.

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If you see this logo, or anything like it, you can be positive it has CFCs.

Plus, if they are so eco, why put ‘no CFCs on the label’ unless you are hiding something?  Like, if you mom walks in and says ‘whatcha doing?”.  You don’t say “I am NOT planning a surprise party for you.  That much is certain.”

What movie did you see at way too young of an age?

I recall going to see ‘an Officer and a Gentleman’ at the movies when I was a kid.  I remember it being scandalous, as it was an R movie.  I recall nothing R about it, but odds are in this era it would be a PG-13.  I don’t even remember the movie, just that I saw, and it was R.  and, it has this legendary scmaltzy soundtrack masterpiece ‘Love Lift Us up Where We Belong’ with Joe Cocker.

What is a lot more dangerous than most people think?

Asking the same question twice.  Not paying attention to detail.  Maybe you didn’t notice we hit this in question #2?  Why are you wasting my time with this mindfuckery?  Is this all some kind of joke to you?  You some kinda cop?  You know, legally if I ask you that you have to tell me.  I will kill you, I will kill you dead.  Do you remember what Michael Scott said about Toby?  That is what I would do to you.

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If I had a gun with two bullets, and I was in a room with Hitler, bin-Laden, and Toby, I would shoot Toby twice. Michael Scott  – Michael Scott

What is your go to song to test a headphone or earbud’s quality?

Wow.  odd.  100% story, just tonight i did a 3x ear bud test.  Wifey got a new phone today (Pixel 6a) and some new fancy earbuds.  Previously, she was using Airpods, and I am using a fantastic cheapy ear bud – $30, MPow.  Since she was upgrading away from her Air pods, I asked if I could try them.  So, we tried her earbuds that debuted on the market today – pixel buds 6a and compared them to my cheapy mpow ear buds and her air pods.  What did I like?  The air pods had superior top end, but no bass.  They sat loosely in my ear, so they didn’t create bass or any kind of ear protection/noise canceling.  This is important to me, as I use these on my loud ass diesel tractor.  You know how most ear buds have a super soft squishy rubbery latexy cover that helps seal the ear?  The air pods don’t.  It’s all hard plastic, so there is no seal.  So, I was most happy with mpows.

To answer your question, i started with something that would have a lot of crisp top end.  Mandolin, acoustic guitars, flute… Jethro Tull’s ‘Cheap Day Return’.  You know Aqualung, Locomotive Breath, Cross Eyed Mary…  the heavy stuff of side one.  Side two of Aqualung is all these beautiful delicate acoustic melodies, just as good and catchy as the side one rockers.

Ok, other song i tested… to test the balls of sound – Judith from a Perfect Circle.  Also works is anything from Tool’s first album, Opiate.


Friday Fives – back to the future, Newt

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What was normal in the 1990s but rare or nonexistent now?

The Coreys

What food do most people think is healthy but is actually unhealthy?

I like that every few years coffee goes from hero to zero.  I am aggressively pro-coffee and caffeine.  They do the same with eggs.

What is something that is “not a cult” but seems like a cult?

Conservative politics, and how that side will no longer compromise on anything, and it makes me furious.  This isn’t new, it goes back to around Newt Gingrich era.  In the days before then, there was compromise.  It looked like this “I know you two hate each other, but we have a budget to put out.  No one leaves this room until a deal reached.  This means both of you will have to give in to concessions to the other.   To me, that defines politics.  You give a little, I give a little.  But let’s walk away with something that helps people that we both can live with.  That has been gone for about 20 to 30 years and I 100% blame the Republican party.

What is something that is “not a cult” but seems like a cult?

Didn’t you just ask me this?  Is this you ‘programming’ me?  Its starts with love bombing, right?  Then goes into isolation, and control?  That is all fine.  I just want new Nike’s out of it.

What modern-day practice/ belief is most likely to be considered barbaric and outdated in the future?

Oh man, I have been talking about this a lot lately.  Medicine.  When we look back at medicine a 100 years ago, it looks barbaric.  Trepanation, shock therapy, leaches, etc.  Did you know in WW1 far more people died from infection than guns?  In some cultures, medicine is a guy doing a dance.  Look at my knee.  I have a 4 inch scar from an ACL surgery from 20 years ago.   I have a friend who is about 15 years older than me.  He had the same surgery, but had it about 15 years before me.  His scar is a foot long.  I know someone who had their knee surgery about 5 years ago and it was arthroscopic.  What that means is super tiny pin points is all the scarring that is left.  Its invisible, and even though its surgery, you are never cut open.

I tell you that to tell you this – I think in a 100 years, we will surely look back and anything we are doing now and just laugh at how barbaric it is.