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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Politics: 2016 Lame Duck and 2017 New Administration on: Yesterday at 09:47:48 PM
I am so proud of our children for standing up and doing what the grownups refuse to do, namely, seriously discuss the gun issue.
And I'm disgusted by the behavior of many grownups, particularly legislators who refuse to meet with the teens, or belittle them. "They aren't old enough to understand the issues." Bunk! Plus, they are the ones who are the victims of these shootings; why shouldn't they have a voice?
 and we have so many idiots in the US, believing any conspiracy theory that rolls around.

I've been thinking about how children have helped out before, in the Civil Rights movement. All those kids leaving school in Birmingham, Alabama, in May 1963, facing arrest one day, firehoses the next. Can just imagine how the right wing folks would have reacted to that if internet and cable TV were available. "Those kids are being disrespectful of the laws. Don't they know their place?"

One day those "adults" will realize that there comes a time when people, no matter their age, decide that enough is enough, We're Mad As Hell And We're Not Going To Take It Anymore!
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: February 20, 2018, 07:20:12 PM
I must say, the scene where Dorothy is a prisoner, slowly watching the sands of the hourglass, is very unsettling. Dorothy/Judy Garland looks truly terrified. I sometimes wonder if the director said something to make her upset.
I have read that this was done to child actors such as Jackie Coogan, who co-starred in Chaplin's The Kid. To make him cry they'd say stuff like his Mother was in the hospital or his dog died. Truly vile stuff.
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: February 20, 2018, 04:09:55 PM
"The Wizard Of Oz" - expected entertaining adventurous family film. Instead, it's disappointingly dull. The "Judy meets stranger" scenes get by rather slowly. Skipped thru the film till its ending which could be the best thing. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is nice song sung very well by young Judy Garland. At the same time, it lacks sth. to dub it "great" imo
The

Wow, sorry you think this movie is dull.
It's such an iconic movie in America. Millions of us grew up looking forward to its being on TV every year.
I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too; Follow the yellow brick road; Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! There's no place like home...
The songs by the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion bring a smile and never grow old to me.
Judy Garland is amazing. And Toto too!
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: WIBN in final (?) Nancy comic strip on: February 20, 2018, 05:48:58 AM
I've never read Nancy before, but if the humour has consistently been of this calibre  then why are they ending it?

Surely there are at least another 85  years of side splitting gags like the one show cased above.


I used to read the Nancy comic strip when I was a kid (60s). The strip hasn't been in our local daily newspaper for many years. I checked once again this past Sunday with the comics sections of our two local papers - nope.
I remember Nancy giving me a chuckle now and then but not that great. Perhaps it changed in the last decade or so.
Anyway, this particular strip brought me tears of joy.
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: February 19, 2018, 07:40:43 PM
I'm glad you have been able to see "Kedi." It's a sweet film.

 I'll set aside some time tomorrow to see the crazy cat lady video. I and two of my sisters are crazy cat ladies - I have 5 cats and each sister has even more. People look at me and laugh when every now and then, out of the blue, I blurt out Mee-ow  or make a purring sound.  Grin
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 17, 2018, 01:18:15 PM
I was feeling really anxious, then turned on the radio. Zorba the Greek by Herb Alpert was on, which pepped me up. This was followed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' Going to a Go Go, and Mr Fuzzy jumped onto my lap and started playing with me, purring away.
Doubt if any drug or booze could have made me feel better than great music and some playtime with my little buddy. :-)
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 16, 2018, 09:59:27 AM
2NOLA BB Fan: Speaking of pests, is roach big issue in the U.S. houses/ blocks of flats? F.ex. yours?

It's a big issue down where I live. They are huge!
People joke about them. There's a sign in one of the "hipper" parts of town; along with the watch out for ducks signs, someone put up a "cockroach crossroads" sign.

I can take mice, spiders, snakes, wild boars...but am reduced to being a blubbering baby at the sight of a flying cockroach, especially as they always fly towards me. Eww!
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 16, 2018, 08:05:39 AM
As for the gun ownership issue, the McVeighs of this world will always find a way but gun ownership restrictions would make it very difficult for the socially and mentally challenged to act out what are often spur-of-the-moment fantasies. My two eurocents.

Exactly. We can at least reduce some of the carnage.

XXXXX

On another topic, I woke up to a scurrying noise in my bedroom. Eek, a mouse must be about.

Before hearing about the shooting, I was watching a show called The Talk, mainly because Carnie Wilson was on and she is always very engaging. She talked about having a "rat problem" while living in Bel Air. This would have been after Marilyn and Brian broke up. They had cats who would dispatch the rats - Marilyn would cry about seeing another rat carcass. One time Wendy starting screaming upon seeing a rat, which then ran into the bathroom while Carnie was sitting on "the throne." The rat ran past her legs and jumped into a vent.
 Carnie said that rats (the animal kind!) are common in Bel Air. Seems strange considering all those expensive homes.
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 15, 2018, 01:19:10 PM
I'm not against having one gun for protection, but it needs to be registered, the owner needs to take a safety course, and can't have unlimited amounts of ammo. And why does anyone need an AR-15?
Reading the comments in social media from people today makes me so upset. Suggest anything more than "thoughts and prayers" and they all but call you the devil incarnate.
So, nothing will change.

On another subject, hope the Dutch did okay with their skating. Maybe I should watch the Olympics.
To add, just turned on the TV and caught the end of the 10,000 meters replay. Sorry!
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 15, 2018, 04:44:28 AM
A guy went to a school, shot to death 17 people and injured a bunch more.

This has happened before many times. But nothing's ever done about it.
A guy actually told me that these deaths are "acceptable losses" - I mean, you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than dying in a mass shooting, so why worry! Better that kids die than anyone try to take away any of his precious guns or even make it just a little bit harder to get semi-automatic guns. (The AR-15 is the weapon of choice for most of the mass shootings).

And this will happen again, and again, and again.

So as the expression here goes, "lather, rinse, repeat"
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 14, 2018, 09:32:01 PM
Watched the news.

Lather, rinse, repeat...
 Angry Cry Angry
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: February 11, 2018, 08:46:02 PM
I'm reading Timekeepers by Simon Garfield. It's a book about the concept of time, which fascinates me.
One chapter is about calendars. Like Mike Love, my first job in the real world was in the "oil and gas business" LOL. I had to deal with some foreign businesses, and was the only job I had that required the use of a telex (are they around anymore?) Anyway, one of the companies was in Iran. This was in 1979, a turbulent year there to say the least. We had to date correspondence to them using their calendar. Can't remember the year, maybe around 2500? But sometime late in 1979 the calendar was changed; it was then 1358.
The book mentioned about how a calendar was changed back in the 18th century, knocking off 8 days. Can you imagine what a headache it would have been if there were payroll departments back then?

Another discussion is how have musical terms such as Andante or Allegro changed over time. And how the available space on a CD was determined - possibly to be long enough to have Beethoven 's Ninth fit on one disc.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Pet Peeves on: February 11, 2018, 02:01:06 PM
In U.S. movies, it's really annoying to see people given brown paper bags in food shop. It's handle-free, i.e. difficult to carry AND it's paper which can tear fast. Here, it's plastic bags.

I don't remember many movies that had scenes in grocery stores or supermarkets - only one I can think of off the top of my head is Shawshank Redemption, which took place before plastic bags were used. But again, you have seen a lot more movies than I have.
In a growing number of US cities, plastic bags have been banned for environmental reasons. They can't be recycled easily. They haven't been banned in my city yet. The southern US (with the exception of Austin, Texas), has been very "backward" on anything dealing with the environment.
I sometimes go to stores that use plastic bags. I reuse them to get rid of cat poop from the litter pan. I've noticed that the plastic bags are rather flimsy, often with tiny holes in the bottom, so have to stick an extra bag inside to keep the used cat litter from leaking out.
I do get paper bags at some stores and these bags have handles. For heavier groceries the clerk double bags it (puts one bag inside another). However the handles sometimes fail, so I am very careful if the bag contains eggs or an item made of glass.
I do have some canvas tote bags that can be used to put groceries in, and really should use those more.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1967: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 09, 2018, 07:17:37 AM
Woo hoo! Love this stuff!
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1970: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 08, 2018, 08:37:25 AM
Let it Be is a good album, better than I had remembered it hearing it many years ago. It could have been a great album IMO but there were too many misfires. I Me Mine is a good song but the chorus seems to have been an afterthought. The Long and Winding Road is one of Paul's greatest compositions but, holy moly, is way too overproduced on this album.
I don't know how some of the other songs got on except to take up space.
I really do like Get Back and Across the Universe. The version of Let it Be is okay.

I just prefer Sunflower. This Whole World and All I Wanna Do are on my nightly music listening before bed list. I just ignore Tears in the Morning.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1967: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 06, 2018, 04:02:04 PM
Conversely, do a random internet read sometime on the "Devil's Tritone"- diabolus en musica- augmented 4th- it has many names - if you aren't already aware.  It was supposedly (contentious) a banned harmony within Catholic music in the early modern era- because this harmony is so unsettling (unspiritual!) it was seen as the work of the devil.  It came back into normal use in mid-century American Jazz (irregular use in lots of classical music before that), and you can pick it out from Purple Haze through a lot of metal music ever since.  Can anyone think of Brian ever purposefully trying to utilize the augmented 4th in any of his compositions?  It wouldn't surprise me if Transcedental Meditation does, but I am not good enough at theory to know for sure.

Oh, the dreaded tritone! Now I'll have to go through all the songs in his catalog. Went through a few songs that had weird harmonies but hadn't found any in the vocals.
It does indeed sound like one of the instruments in Transcendental Meditation is doing an augmented 4th. I find that hilarious as Brian wanted his music to be prayed to LOL.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Remembering Carl on: February 06, 2018, 08:42:55 AM
Guess it's a cultural thing. Where I live the dead are honored. All Saints Day, November 1, is a city holiday. On that day and the following, All Souls Day, people go and visit the graves of their departed loved ones, bringing flowers, sprucing up the grave sites. It's often not a sorrowful occasion but when family share memories.
And we believe that our loved ones' spirits are still around, laughing with the rest of us.
There can be a tinge of sadness particularly if the person died at a relatively young age, as Carl did.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Remembering Carl on: February 06, 2018, 05:15:20 AM
Mari, we are commemorating, not celebrating. Big difference.
The 20th anniversary of Carl's death is a milestone and we wish to honor his memory. It's sad but we also remember the happy things, the joy Carl gave and continues to give to us.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1967: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 05, 2018, 08:27:01 PM
(Decided to delete. Sorry(
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Remembering Carl on: February 05, 2018, 06:31:33 PM
I remember reading about it in our local newspaper and being deeply saddened. I was a fan of the Beach Boys but hadn't known that Carl was sick. Remembering that Dennis had died earlier I felt badly for Brian as he was now the only Wilson left.
I'll be going on a Carl binge tomorrow, listening to as many of the songs he wrote or sang lead on as possible.
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #14: Let It Be on: February 05, 2018, 04:35:27 PM
Getting harder.
Have to go with Two of Us.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1969: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 03, 2018, 03:40:46 PM
Not very stunning, not very conceited.  Why even do this if there is zero objectivity?  

I dunno. Maybe to have fun?

There are people from all over the world in this forum who have different experiences as to how they learned of the music from the Beach Boys and the Beatles. I enjoy hearing their respective perspectives.
And haven't the Beatles won most of these polls?
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1969: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 03, 2018, 11:50:31 AM
To those that somehow voted 1967/1968/1969 for the BBs, is there any year at all where the Beatles somehow, miraculously eke out a win over the Beach Boys?  Or were the BBs somehow the best band every single year, even when they had legendary failures that had (up to that point) never been seen at such a magnitude in the music industry? 

Although I didn't vote BBs for those years they were all close votes for me, particularly 1968. In that year the Beatles in my opinion either were getting tired of the routine, or just figuring that they could "phone it in" and people would still consider the dreck to be masterpieces.
This is a preference poll. If someone prefers more "pop" than "rock" then they might lean more towards the Beach Boys.
I really like the instrumentation the Beach Boys used on the late 1960s albums, the banjo, bass harmonica, and the piano that sounds sort of like the ones played in saloons in the Old West. Preferred that to all of the studio tricks the Beatles were employing. It was great when the Beatles went back more to their roots on Abbey Road.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #14: Let It Be on: February 02, 2018, 07:23:02 PM
I Me Mine.

I like the song but the chorus is boring
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1969: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 02, 2018, 10:49:06 AM
I really like Break Away and Celebrate the News.
Don't care much for Don't Let Me Down or Ballad of John and Yoko. However I love Get Back and Old Brown Shoe.

20/20 is up and down. Some great songs but can't get into All I Want To Do, Nearest Faraway Place or Never Learn Not to Love.

Abbey Road, with the exception of Maxwell's Silver Hammer, is an absolutely great album .

My vote is Beatles
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