Introducing the Fundershirt

It’s a horrible name, but I like it! It has nothing to do with funders, and it’s not really a shirt, but it rhymes with thunder, and that sounds good to me!

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Great Love Songs #8 to #14 for February Facebook Meme

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In late January, I proposed a Facebook meme to share a love song a day for February that contains Valentine’s Day.

The first seven songs I had shared can be found through this link.

Below is the second set of seven great love songs of my list and some short commentary with each.

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What’s the Stupidest Yahoo! Answer Question You’ve Ever Seen?

Warning: This post is intended for immature audiences. Viewer indiscretion is not advised!

Yahoo! Answers has been around since July 5, 2005. It’s a community-driven question-and-answer (Q&A) site that allows users to both submit questions to be answered and answer questions asked by other users. Being open and on the Internet, with some degree of anonymity, there are some pretty stupid questions that get asked. See the video below, for example.

 


Oh, my, God! That was hilarious! I don’t know which was funnier, the song or video, but I died laughing!!!

Oh hey, Jesus! How U doin?

 

Anyway, what is what is the stupidest Yahoo! Answers question you have ever seen?

It’d be nice if you could provide a link with it, sort of as proof, but not necessary. Please answer by clicking the comments link below.

In the meanwhile, here are some more videos with stupid Yahoo! Answers questions… the term sounds stupid on its own (Answers questions).

Kudos for music selection in some of these videos, too!



 

Favourite Songs I Heard for the First Time in 2009

What were your favourite pieces of music that you heard for the first time last year?

I don’t necessarily mean music that came out last year, just that you heard it for the first time last year because it was new to you. If you care to share, you can put it in the comments following the post. I’d love to know to expand my musical horizons.

Below are a list of favourite songs I heard for the first time in 2009, enough that would fit on CD were I to have made one. Most were from musicals as I really got into them in 2009 after my classic jazz year in 2008. A few were one-off takes on television events, though, so I’ll start with one that was both. It was available on YouTube like most of my selections so I have included the videos to have the music right here for you. I also linked the songs to blog posts I did inspired by them, where I did one.

Someone Like You

from Jekyll & Hyde
Linda Eder & Frank Wildhorn on 2000 PBS Special
Linda Eder delivers a loving performance of this gorgeous song with touching lyrics, accompanied by husband Frank Wildhorn, who had composed the song. (blog post)

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If You Were Gay

from Avenue Q
Rick Lyon and John Tartaglia

Love and humour, not just in song but also video spoof. (blog post)

The Internet is for Porn

from Avenue Q
Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Rick Lyon & the Guys
Possibly the funniest song I have ever heard! (blog post)

Mix Tape

from Avenue Q
Stephanie D’Abruzzo and John Tartaglia

A song that dragged my emotions up and down, enhanced by Stephanie’s nuances of acting while singing this song. (blog post)

As Long as You’re Mine

from Wicked
Idina Menzel and Norbert Leo Butz
An often overlooked song from Wicked that I only heard once I saw the musical, rather than hearing the more popular songs from it. However, I loved it immediately, especially the soft-spoken ending.

Academy Awards 2009 Introduction

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway
This number was both brilliant and unexpected in being clever, funny and spectacularly performed. My intro to the full talents of Hugh Jackman. (blog post)

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Monologue Song

from Saturday Night Live November 7, 2009
Taylor Swift

How to trash everybody you want to with class and humour while being really cute about it. (blog post)

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Dark Eyes

by Bob Dylan
Judy Collins
Judy Collins gives this sad Dylan song a haunting rendition. (blog post)

Better Angels

Lesley Gore
The original It’s My Party girl seriously grows up with this beautiful tune I first heard on CSI Miami (compilation video of episode shown below).

I Got a Feeling

Black Eyed Peas
Just an awesome dance song, ’nuff said cause I’m getting dancing! Best 2009 song in my opinion. (I chose the flash mob version shown on Oprah for the video cause it’s also so awesome!)

Wake-up

The Arcade Fire
I heard this song via the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are and thought they had made a pretty good choice for a theme song.

The Closest Thing to Crazy

by Mike Batt
Katie Melua
Pretty much describes what feeling in love feels like to me. (blog post)

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Gayla Peevey
I heard it on a Telus commercial and loved it immediately, a bit surprised I had never heard this 1950s seasonal classic until now. (blog post)

You’ve Gotta Have a Gimmick

from There’s No Business Like Show Business
Bernadette Peters, Julia McKenzie, Ruthie Henshall
This is probably the ultimate example of my claim that girls have all the fun songs in musicals, and the video only emphasizes the point.

Married

from Cabaret
Ron Rifkin, Michelle Pawk
A charming little song about marriage. A compact version is shown below.

Mystery

performed on the show Inside the Actor’s Studio
Hugh Laurie
A hilarious and charming example of how lyric writing sometimes feels like to me, trying to find desperate rhymes and more desperate words that conform with desperate rhymes. (blog post)

Love, Look in my Window

from Hello Dolly!
Ethel Merman

There isn’t a video for this one but the piece was written for Ethel Merman when she joined Hello Dolly! If you hear her perform it with the emotions she does, you’ll know why it was written for her. I can hardly keep from crying at points in it. Probably good I don’t have the music for that reason!

Transformers G1 and Movie Facebook Friends Tagging Meme Posters

At the bottom are four Facebook friends tagging memes of the Transformers.

The top one is from the movie Revenge of the Fallen, while the others are from the old so-called Transformers G1 (Generation 1) cartoons. I grew up with the G1 set, but that is not why I like it more. There is just way too much detail in the new robots. There aren’t easy faces to recognize and all their parts are so detailed it looks like one good punch and the whole robot would fall apart.

The middle one is of G1 Transformers, Autobots and Decepticons.

The third one is of G1 Autobots.

The bottom one is of G1 Decepticons, to tag your BAD friends with.

The graphics used for the G1 tagging poster is from Botch’s Transformers Box Art Archive, probably the greatest collection of Transformers cartoons out there! Wow! I can spend days on that site! The detail and completeness of the collection is phenomenal, although I’d have added a bit more punch to many of the scans (i.e. a tad more contrast and saturation). However, if you’re thinking of introducing this site to your kids, just be warned that there is at least a smattering of expletives there which I have come across. That’s not so much my criticism as something to take note since I am directing people to the site.

If you would like to use the poster below for tagging your Facebook friends, please:

  • Click on the Transformers poster you want below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile.
  • Tag your friends.

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

Please click here to see all the Transformers products (Generation One and Movie) on this site, which include:

  • Avatars, buddy icons and Facebook profile pictures
  • Collectible Trading Cards (print like regular 6″ x 4″ photo)
  • Facebook tagging pictures
  • Posters (18″ x 24″)
  • Wallpapers of many sizes


Movie Transformers

from left to right…

Top row:
Sideswipe (wild), Starscream (wannabe), Megatron (powerful), Ravage (sneaky)

Bottom row:
Skids (hyper), Mudflap (southpaw), Ironhide (tough), Fallen (evil)

Generation One (G1) Cartoon Transformers

from left to right, alternating between Autobots and Decepticons…

Top row:
Prowl (good), Bruticus (brutal), Wheeljack (reliable), Thundercracker (noisy), Sideswipe (risky), Soundwave (shady)

Second row:
Shockwave (power hungry), Bumblebee (feisty), Galvatron (powerful), Jazz (cool), Cyclonus (nasty), Optimus Prime (mighty)

Third row:
Jetfire (fast), Bombshell (crazy), Mirage (sneaky), Predaking (mean), Ultra-magnus (tough), Starscream (annoying)

Bottom row:
Ravage (unpredictable), Metroplex (big), Devastator (destructive), Hound (observant), Megatron (evil), Trailbreaker (smart).

I left out Ironhide and Ratchet, two popular G1 and new movie characters, because their old robot forms were just ugly! If you want to know more about any of these characters, Adam Botch, on his site, has the box scans. Wikipedia even has lots more information and a Google search, sometimes with the word “transformers” added to the name, should get you the page as the first or second search result.

Generation One (G1) Cartoon Autobots

from left to right…

Top row:
Prowl (good), Inferno (fearless), Wheeljack (reliable), Tracks (vain), Sideswipe (risky), Ultra-magnus (tough)

Second row:
Ramhorn (bad-tempered), Bumblebee (feisty), Sludge (slow), Blaster (groovy), Smokescreen (deceptive), Optimus Prime (mighty)

Third row:
Jetfire (fast), Omega Supreme (brave), Mirage (sneaky), Jazz (cool), Sunstreaker (self-centered), Topspin (determined)

Bottom row:
Hound (observant), Metroplex (big), Bluestreak (chatty), Skids (dreamer), Rodimus Prime (impatient), Trailbreaker (smart)

Generation One (G1) Cartoon Decepticons

from left to right…

Top row:
Bombshell (crazy), Bruticus (brutal), Thrust (aggressive), Predaking (tough), Thundercracker (noisy), Blitzwing (cruel)

Second row:
Shockwave (power hungry), Laserbeak (feisty), Galvatron (powerful), Ramjet (stubborn), Cyclonus (nasty), Soundwave (shady)

Third row:
Skywarp (sneaky), Octane (mean), Kickback (dirty), Astrotrain (confusing), Frenzy (tiny), Starscream (annoying)

Bottom row:
Ravage (unpredictable), Menasor (intimidating), Dirge (creepy), Devastator (destructive), Megatron (evil), Shrapnel (sadistic).

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