Monthly Archives: May 2014

Yo, Ding Dong, Man, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Yo

While “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Polka Party! didn’t sell all that well, Al came back onto the scene with 1988’s Even Worse, with its lead single again parodying Michael Jackson with a food-related theme. This was the first time the album … Continue reading

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Psycho Killers

Stop Making Sense – This Talking Heads concert film from 1982 is a lot of fun to watch, and I already liked the music, so I’d say it’s a winner. David Byrne’s jerky movements are pretty entertainingly weird, as when … Continue reading

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Needs More Oz

Here are thoughts on a few of the Oz books I’ve recently read online: The Silver Tower of Oz, by Margaret Baum – This author has admitted she’s not related to L. Frank Baum, although it’s been pretty well proven … Continue reading

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Lend Me Your Coat

The selkies of Irish and Scottish folklore, as mentioned in songs by Frank Black and Tori Amos, are part of a larger tradition of shape-shifting animals marrying humans. The selkies are seal-people who live in the water but occasionally shed … Continue reading

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All the Girls Are Complicated

It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to any new music. I just got my late anniversary present from my wife, however, and it included three albums that came out this year. All by artists I already knew, mind … Continue reading

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It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding

Hey, isn’t this funny? See, the groom doesn’t really want to go through with the wedding, so the bride has to drag him down the aisle! Um, but he apparently agreed to get married, right? All I can figure is … Continue reading

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Where’s My Liquid Paper?

I believe “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 1986 release Polka Party! remains his worst-selling album. It does seem to have been somewhat rushed out after his last record, and lacks a big hit parody. At the time I was getting Al’s albums … Continue reading

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The Island That Wasn’t There

While looking up information on the Fortunate Isles for a previous post, I came across the Wikipedia page on phantom islands, which is pretty interesting. Some of these islands turned out to actually be parts of other lands, or something … Continue reading

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Wii Fat

When Dueling Analogs featured this comic, they pointed out how weird it is when Mario is in running competitions with Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s the fastest thing alive against an overweight Italian plumber. Shigeru Miyamoto once commented on why Mario … Continue reading

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Return to Philmland

Oh, I see. Legends of Oz was a flop because of a vast Hollywood conspiracy to take it down. “Here’s to the failure of another movie promoting those Magic Belt thieves!” You know how I know that isn’t true? Because … Continue reading

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