I find your lack of faith disturbing.

April 18th, 2014 @ 5:26 am
Friday Five: Lennon

John LennonThere are ninety-three tracks from John Lennon’s solo career in my iTunes library. Here are my five favorites:

  1. How Do You Sleep?
  2. God
  3. Watching the Wheels
  4. (Just Like) Starting Over
  5. Tie: Mother
    Tie: Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

The other eighty-seven are pretty awesome, too. You should listen to them all.

April 11th, 2014 @ 6:53 am
Friday Five: Superman

Truth, Justice, and the American Way

  1. Superman – The Movie — 1978
  2. Superman II — 1981
  3. Superman Returns — 2006

That’s it. Those are the only three that matter.

I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t include III or IV or 2013′s Man of Steel (which I never saw).

March 28th, 2014 @ 6:56 am
Friday Five: Favorite Country Music

This one was tough, but here are my five favorite country songs:

  1. You Don’t Have to Call Me Darlin’, Darlin’Haggard, Merle
  2. Thank God I’m a Country BoyDenver, John
  3. She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)Reed, Jerry
  4. DallasJackson, Alan
  5. Always On My MindNelson, Willie
March 21st, 2014 @ 7:50 am
Friday Five: Favorite Animated Disney Movies

DumboMy five favorite (animated) Disney movies:

  1. Dumbo
  2. The Jungle Book
  3. Robin Hood
  4. The Rescuers
  5. Toy Story
March 14th, 2014 @ 7:13 am
Friday Five: The Cosby Show

The Cosby ShowMy five favorite characters from The Cosby Show:

  1. Heathcliff
  2. Theo
  3. Rudy
  4. Clair
  5. Vanessa
March 7th, 2014 @ 5:59 am
Friday Five: Favorite Crayola Colors
  1. Brick Red
  2. Blue Gray
  3. Burnt Sienna
  4. Goldenrod
  5. Tie: Orange Red / Red Orange
February 21st, 2014 @ 5:34 am
Friday Five: Best Pixies

PixiesMy five favorite Pixies songs:

  1. Wave of Mutilation [UK Surf]Pump Up the Volume
  2. Where Is My Mind?Surfer Rosa
  3. GiganticSurfer Rosa
  4. Here Comes Your ManDoolittle
  5. U-MassTrompe le Monde
January 31st, 2014 @ 5:54 am
Friday Five: Ducks

DonaldMy five favorite ducks:

  1. Donald Fauntleroy Duck
  2. Daffy Duck
  3. Scrooge McDuck
  4. Ludwig Von Drake
  5. (tie) Huey, Dewey, and Louie

So Money: An Oral History of Swingers

January 13th, 2014 @ 10:01 am
Live at Folsom Prison

One of my favorite albums — Johnny Cash’s Live at Folsom Prison — was released on this date in 1968. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have […]

January 10th, 2014 @ 4:29 am
Friday Five: Disney Characters

GoofyMy five favorite Disney characters:

  1. Goofy
    Goofy will always be my favorite cartoon character of all time. When I was a very little boy, I had a stuffed Goofy that was my constant companion. I hugged him so long and so often that his nose fell off. My mom stitched him a new one from an old beige sock and he became known as “Sock-Nose Goofy”. I still have him.
  2. Mickey Mouse
  3. Donald Duck
  4. Jiminy Cricket
  5. Dumbo
January 3rd, 2014 @ 7:18 am
Friday Five: Fave Floyd

The WallIt’s difficult to choose or rank your five favorite songs by an artist that you love so much, but here’s a shot. I have quite a collection of Pink Floyd albums in iTunes, but all five of these are from The Wall.
I can’t tell you how many times as a teenager I laid on my bed, wearing my bright yellow Sony Sports Walkman headphones, and blasting this album into my brain from start to finish.

  1. Young Lust
  2. One of My Turns
  3. Mother
  4. In the Flesh?
  5. The Thin Ice
December 31st, 2013 @ 7:26 am
iTunes Tuesday: My Beatles Smart Playlist

If you include solo albums by John, Paul, and George, and things like Wings and the Plastic Ono Band, I’ve got over five hundred tracks in my iTunes library that I consider the work of The Beatles. I love The White Album indescribably, but even I don’t want to hear Rocky Raccoon ten times in […]

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“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”
Caroline Gordon

December 27th, 2013 @ 8:56 am
Friday Five: Raiders of the Lost Ark Tibetan Bar Showdowns I’d Like to See

Raiders / Marion

  1. Raylan Givens vs. Eric Taylor
  2. Homer Simpson vs. Ernest Hemingway
  3. Marion vs. Lois Lane
  4. Ron Burgandy vs. Richard Branson
  5. Hunter S. Thompson vs. Johnny Depp
December 25th, 2013 @ 6:15 am
Baby, It’s Cold Outside

My wife is pretty awesome. Baby It's Cold Outside – watch more funny videos

December 24th, 2013 @ 7:06 am
iTunes Tuesday: Building a Smart Christmas Playlist

The only really annoying thing about the holidays is that most radio stations play the same ten or so songs over and over and over again. No matter how much you love the song, nobody wants to hear Baby, It’s Cold Outside five times in the same day. You’ve got plenty of Christmas music in […]

December 23rd, 2013 @ 7:55 am
Jingle Bells in LA

At my son’s winter sing-a-long this year they added a great verse I’d never heard to Jingle Bells: We’re going to the beach And playing in the sun. We haven’t seen an icicle since 1921! We cannot build a snow man, or go dashing in a sleigh. But we will never freeze because We live […]

Oh, man. If you haven’t already seen them yet, pause for three minutes, break out the Kleenex, and watch these ads from Apple and Coca-Cola. They’re two of the best commercials I’ve ever seen.

December 17th, 2013 @ 6:18 am
iTunes Tuesday: Giant Files

If your hard drive is low on space, a good place to look for things to jettison is your iTunes library. Lots of music files are large because the songs they contain are very long — Alice’s Restaurant Massacree clocks in at over eighteen minutes! — or because they’re encoded using AAC or the Apple […]