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Friday, December 15 2017

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Star Wars Marathon Stream of Consciousness

EntertainmentHere are the notes I took during the Star Wars marathon.  I don't think there are any spoilers in here.  In fact, some of it doesn't even make sense to me, in the full light of day.  But you can sense the disappointment I felt in all of George Lucas' movies
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Exploring Gender Expectations in Pop Music

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You've heard Ugly Heart, by now:

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All about that creaky voice?

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I remember when I first heard about the raging epidemic of a trend, "vocal fry".

I had a little trouble identifying examples of it.

But is that what Meghan Trainor is doing in "All About That Bass", on the word "bass", in the chorus?

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What to read

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I have a stack of books on my nightstand, queued up to read.  So I don't really have a problem figuring out what to read.
But I found this tool intriguing, anyway.  It helps you decide what to read, based on your choices between a series of contrasting factors.

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Jedi Training Device

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Has anyone tried one of these out?  It's a toy which you somehow control with your brain.  Do they work?  For how long are they fun?

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Don't See"The Lorax"

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 Say what you want about my expectations for "The Lorax".

Come on, you had to know it'd be cloying!

Surely, you realized it wouldn't be as brilliant as the book.

It's inspired by the book, not a retelling of it, you ninny.

If it's any of the above, you, too, expected more from the movie than it delivers.

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Today's Kids Don't Demand Real Music

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 I listen to the radio, a lot. And every once in a while, I'll hear a song in which the music is tolerable, or cute, or even nice to hear.  But the lyrics piss me off. And that's when I play a game...by changing only one or two phrases, or a title, make the lyrics work for me.

Here are a couple of examples:

1) Train has a new song called "Drive-By", which, in addition to being a tasteless use of gang warfare lingo to describe his romantic modus operandi, seems wrong at it's core.  The protagonist is trying to convince a woman to give him a chance at a long-term relationship, even though he's been a fleety guy with women, in the past.  He attempts to convince her:  "This is not a drive-by".  Baby, that one-night-stand we had?  That was some mind-blowing sex---so good that I didn't leave immediately afterwards.  Do you know how great that is?  Let me compare my love for you to a garbage-liner.  Convinced?  It's not like I'm going on a mobile killing spree!

You can see that this makes no sense.  It's unlikely to be persuasive.  But change the title (and chorus) from "Drive-By" to the (obviously untrue) "Drunk Dial".  Viola...it makes sense now, yes?

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Gamefly-Trust or No Trust

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I will spend the rest of my life ensuring that I can get the word out to every living soul that Gamefly is a big ripoff and greedy company with no ethics what so ever. A couple of years ago they charged a series of games on Gamefly to my wife's credit card. First of all we don't play games outside of the internet.

 

Secondly, we don't own a Playstation, Xbox, Xbox360, Ipod, Ipad, Cell phone or any device that would work with the games Gamefly offers. The bill had gotten to over $350 and I wrote them several times only to get the same answers. I told them there was a definate case of ID theft involved and that two people over 60 would not be playing Gamefly games, and that we requested at least $300 back. We gave them our email addresses, our physical address and we were polite, at first.

 

They chose to ignore our plea and requests and continued to say they would look into the matter, they never did. They will use any credit card that is offered to them without verification of who is the owner of the card. They have no screening of the people who buy their rental games and frankly don't care how they get the money or how it comes to them. They simply are interested in profit and have no regard for their customers and non-customers who never volunteered their credit card be used for the purpose of renting their games.

 

Now after 20 attempts to reason with them, I have chosen to blog on at least 50 sites, including Facebook and warn others of their practices. They are contemptable, insensitive money thieves and their customer support is a joke. Like I said, I will spend my lifetime remaining ensuring that the word gets out that these people cannot be trusted and they will never refund your money if your credit card is stolen. $300 means more to them than respect.

 

They will extort your last cent and laugh at you for participating in their ill-gotten funds. Their commercials are a lie and they are not inexpensive. If in 2 weeks someone could accumulate a $350 debt on a credit card , imagine how much could be lost in a year. Gamefly, I hope you are reading this, because to date I have blogged over 500 times since last May and will continue and will never rest until your company goes belly up or if you return the money you stole from us. Thanks to those who read this. I have no reason to lie, but Gamefly would not hesitate to lie to you and steal your money without blinking an eye!

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Dude, Are You Two Related?

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On the radio comes Springsteen's "Badlands"...not even one of my favorite Springsteen tunes, when suddenly, something feels...familiar.  Did the Bo Deans rip off the Boss? Judge for yourself:

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Mudd Pack III:The Housemartins

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