Double Standards Quote

“Double standards are fine as long as the one you hold yourself to is tougher”

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How Would “Fine Brown Frame” Do Today as a Song?

Recently, I heard this fantastic song called “Fine Brown Frame”, written by Guadalupe Cartiero and J. Mayo Williams.

The song refers to a fine body of someone with brown skin. Not just a fine body, but specifically a fine body of someone with brown skin. It’s the last part, which distinguishes this song from other songs about fine bodies, because the skin colour obviously makes a difference to add a racy tinge to a sexy song.

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No-no Song, Covered by Ringo Starr (Lyrics and Video)

I heard the No-no Song for the first time this morning when I woke up and thought it was hilarious. I heard the Jimmy Buffet version, but this cover version by a character like Ringo Starr is a perfect match. Ringo’s cover version went to No. 3 on the charts in 1974, off his Goodnight Vienna album.

I liked the song instantly so much I decided instantly to add it to my Best Songs Heard for the First Time in 2010 list. Some of the previous songs I added to my list can be found through links in these posts.

I also think the song is a fine example of simple, efficient and effective songwriting.

A fan video and lyrics are below. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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Huh-huh! Huh-huh
(Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah)
(Aye-aye-aye-aye)

A lady that I know just came from Columbia,
She smiled because I did not understand.
Then she held out some marijuana, ha ha!
She said it was the best in all the land.

And I said,
“No, no, no, no, I don’t smoke it no more,
I’m tired of waking up on the floor.
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.”

(ah-ah-aye-aye)

A woman that I know just came from Majorca, Spain,
She smiled because I did not understand. (parazzi! Parazzi!) (ole!)
Then she held out a ten pound bag of cocaine,
She said it was the finest in the land.

And I said,
“No, no, no, no, I don’t (sniff) it no more,
I’m tired of waking up on the floor.
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.”

(aye-aye-aye-aye)
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
(aye-aye-aye)

A man that I know just came from Nashville, Tennessee, oo, (oh no!)
He smiled because I did not understand.
Then he held out some moonshine whiskey, oh ho,
He said it was the best in all the land. (and he wasn’t joking!!!)

And I said,
“No, no, no, no, I don’t drink it no more,
I’m tired of waking up on the floor.
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.”

Well, I said,
“No, no, no, no, I can’t take it no more,
I’m tired of waking up on the floor.
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.”

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The State and Buzz of the Internet Today, Literally!

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Jonathan Harris (courtesy of TED.com)

Jonathan Harris (courtesy of TED.com)

Jonathan Harris is an artist, computer scientist and anthropologist. It’s an interesting combination that yields fascinating results. In the inspirational and funny talk below, he shows how he combines these interests and professions into a website that constantly tracks what is being said online. Then he maps and groups them in all kinds of way, with all kinds of other information like your age, gender, weather in your city, etc. on a site called We Feel Fine. Never mind what people are tracking about you online and who can harness it, without your permission, but look at what it tells you about the world as is being expressed in text on the Internet.

In another application, he converts what is being said into word constellations in the stars. The history of constellations was that they told what was important in life and to the culture naming the constellations via the stories told at the time. The Universe site shows what our constellations would look like if we created them today objectively based on what is said.

Then after the talk, you can go to try the webware itself. That is, you can try the program on the Internet without downloading anything. But whether you care to try or not, just listening to the talk gives you a very different perspective of what’s going on over the Internet, and what people can do with it that you likely don’t know if you’re like most people I know. There are also a few big picture insights into humanity.

This could be a huge time killer if you love this big picture stuff, with ability to mine down into the smallest details of your interest. I’m trying to get therapy not to waste my life away on it! 🙂

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 9.6

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Jonathan Harris: The Web’s Secret Stories (Mar 2007)


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Jonathan Harris: The Art of Collecting Stories (Dec 2007)