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Monday, July 31, 2017

Pictures and spam

I didn't realize my spam filter here at Blogger had so much stuff in it.  I thought I might share it with you for the yok value, while showing you yet more bunny pictures from Sunday.

SPAM #1: From the very same Martin World News post (from December 2014) that brought you "Beavers cause global warming" came this bitcoin of advice:

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No, but thank you for asking.  Now tell me what I was supposed to use it FOR...

At the neighbors on the way out

Wait!  Come back, damnit!

SPAM #2:  From a picture post that also told the "radon detector story" back in June (an experience, BTW, that they are making us REPEAT soon for God knows what reason), comes this bit of fun in Polish:

Ale wybudowanie pola to tylko połowa sukcesu. My web page 1szy Łódzki Klub Golfowy, Klub Golfowy, Łódź,golf Łódź 

Or, to put it another way:

But building a field is only half the success. My web page is the 1st Lodz Golf Club, Golf Club, Łódź, golf Łódź

I'm guessing that means someone in Poland would like to build a golf course down by the PFW footbridge across the river.  It'd have to be a Putt-Putt course...

The young Red-Tail was out and about.... likely also looking for bunnies...

SPAM #3:  And on this one- the late Lutheran Health post from a few weeks back- I think him lying to me, or maybe am Bizzarro:

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"Pleasant seems an odd term to me, but in Bizzarro World, perhaps... certainly it doesn't carry the same stigma with those princes at CHS...


...swallow.  See the difference?

SPAM #4 :  From a recent Sunday Message, they CLAIM they got something out of it, but I'm thinking it was just a "butt-in-the-pew" moment:

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Well, if you do stop by once a week, you might actually get something out of it.  Any more regularly you might get posts on spam....

Gamma-irradiated amphibian

SPAM# 5 and 6:  It's nice when they start with a friendly greeting:

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One from the long ago Beach Boys 50th anniversary review, the other from the not so long ago getting to know me bloghop.  Glad to know my posts contain more information near dawn than later in the day.  I ought to be able to work with scheduling to fix that.  That way you won't have to get up so early to get a pleasant here.

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SPAM# 7,8,and 9:  And then you have the people that just wanna use me for a billboard:

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(This was also on the Beach Boys post, although it might have been more timely on the post about the tower that burned in the UK...)

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There ya go, fake spam jerseys from fake china!  They, like me sometimes, really need to get a handle on when to capitalize.

Currently it seems like Expression Engine is the best blogging platform out there right now. (from what I've read) Is that what you're using on your blog?

So Expression engine is a thing, developed by EllisLab out of Bend, Oregon ( which all I know about is that they used to have a Reds rookie league team).  Wiki adds this info:

ExpressionEngine is the company's flagship software product. It is a general purpose content management system written in object-oriented PHP and using MySQL for data storage.
ExpressionEngine is a commercial product, but has a free "core" version available for personal and non-profit websites, albeit with fewer features.[3] Although a license fee is required to use the full version of ExpressionEngine, it does not provide access to EllisLab's support plans, which must be purchased separately.

So you have to buy the full version, and THEN buy support to make it work.  Maybe that's why EE has 46K live users and 48 K former users.  Blogger has in the millions, BTW.

Waiting for us to come home on the front sidewalk...

SPAM # 10:  And from the latest Sunday Message:

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Weekend catch-up

So let's see what I have in the ol' camera today...

Scrappy spots a varmint Tuesday night

And a squirrel pointed this out above our heads

Our favorite swallowtail met us same place, same time.  Gonna name her Mrs Jones.

Thursday, this little guy came up requesting a selfie...

Lots of these guys popping up

Friday night, we spotted in the gloamin' three (possibly 4) deer, as many as 8 bunnies, what I am fairly certain was a weasel, and Mr Bat.

Bunny Summer rolling on:  Bunny #1

Squad car lights on the river

Moon and Jupiter

And then, Saturday....

"I'm going on a PICNIC!!!"

In addition to his own Lunchables, those leaves on the ground are all that he left from about half of a chef salad

Walk it off, walk it off!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Time Machine co-ordinates VIXIII44072869

Today we go to July 28, 1969- and unless you care about the Cubs losing a no-hitter and Juan Marichal of the Giants losing a 10th inning lead- in the SAME game- or you care that the LGBT "community" in NYC rioted when a gay club was shut down for not bothering to get a legal liquor licence (how homophobic of the police!), NOTHING happened.

Now the day I set sail from (AKA Thursday) was a day in which I was either surrounded or heard enough tales of stupid people that I just once would like to just post pictures and videos and say, "Let THEM figure it out!"  But I know my readers are a cut above, and do not deserve this.  So let's adjourn to the nearest liberal blog where I will just post pictures and videos  So let me stop whining and get on with this week's show which includes a Panel winner that beat the REST of the field 34-27; a 20-month M10 record broken; and the most annoying song of all time- depending on who you ask!  Fun for everyone, and maybe we'll get to land the musical Tardis on some poor deserving idiot!


So last week we started out with a "coin flip" by Laurie to decide the debut at #10.  This week, the loser of that flip comes in at #9.  Ladies and gents, introducing Brooklyn's Amber Coffman:


So this week the winner of the Panel picks lapped the field, outdistancing the second place song by a margin of 55.7% to 8.2%.  Of course, having not done the survey, YOU don't know which tune out of the 19- and I use the term loosely- contestants it was, so you still have to think about who it will be.  So let me bring in POTM Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones to let you in on the list.  Hi, Mick!

'ello, and before we get started here, I think I should mention that you seem to call us "the Stones" an awful lot.  You should call us by the right name.  'RRRRRRRolllling Stones.'

RRRRRRRighhht, Mick, I'll see right to that.  The list, please?

Oh, now, don't be a bollock.  AHEM.  Let us see here...

Johnny Cash sings A Boy Named Sue, which just debuted on the US national charts at #56.  I'd wager there were a few of them at that riot!

The Beatles were at #31 with the Ballad of John and Yoko. Bit of a self-important twit, wasn't 'e?

Tommy James and the Shondells were at #2 with Crystal Blue Persuasion.  They worked for the Mafia, y'know...

John Lennon- sigh, again- with Give Peace A Chance, at its debut at #76.  An' we all know what piece HE was...


Right, sorry.  Me 'n the lads are at #20 this week with Honky Tonk Women, which clearly should be YOUR choice...

"Me 'n the lads"?  You should say, the RRRRRRRRollllling Stohhhhnes...

Cheeky monkey, ain't you?  The Grass Roots were at #23 with I'd Wait A Million Years.

Zager and Evans were In The Year 2525, the #1 tune 'ere in the States... er, the UNITED States...

Speaking of cheeky monkeys, the Monkees were at #98 with Listen To The Band.

An Aussie song, Little Yellow Airplane, got a vote.  This tune was done by a bloke calling himself Leapy Lee.  Considering 'is REAL name was Graham PULLYBLANK, I can see why...

Crosby Stills and Nash were ridin' the bloody Marrakesh Express at #46.\

The Buchanan Brothers were at ... well, actually they fell out two weeks ago, with Medicine Man.

Vik Venus, fake reporter doing a fake interview with song clips, was at #30 with Moon Flight.

Li'l Stevie Wonder was at #4 with My Cherie Amour.  Course, 'e wasn't usin' that "li'l " gig anymore.

The #5 song was Three Dog Night (Keith's usual night on the town, heh heh) with One.

Tony Joe White was at #28 with Polk Salad Annie.

Kenny Rogers an' the First Edition (of what I dunno) were at #16 with Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town.

Neil Diamond and that baseball song, Sweet Caroline, was at #14.

Junior Walker and the All-Stars were at #6 with What Does It Take To Win Your Love.

And bloody finally, Roy Clark was at #22 with Yesterday, When I started this bleedin' list, I MEAN, Yesterday When I Was Young.  Whew!

Wow, darn fine job.  Your the first bloke in I don't know how long to actually make it through the list.

Yeah, well, I'm the best.  DON'T ANY OF YA FORGET!

RRRRRRIghhht.  So anyway to make it fair, let me give you a short list of contestants to choose from.  Choose from Sweet Caroline, My Cherie Amour, In The Year 2525, or... yes, Honky Tonk Women...  to be our new POTM next week.


So this week's 6D victim was the #3 song on Cashbox this week, Blood Sweat And tears with Spinning wheel.  While trying to find a suitable storyline, I learned that a website called Radicalwave (dot) com had a list of the most annoying songs of all time on which it ranked #13.  I certainly don't see it that way, and the website has since "assumed room temperature".  However there were some other lists out there.  Some with mainly "ooh I hate that song it's too mellow" contestants, some with nothing but new stuff.  Three that had decent lists IMHO came from the following sources.  One was a spotifier and music blogger named Robert Burke.  Another was from Mental Floss.  and a third came from Whatisthatsong (dot) com.  6 songs made multiples of these lists, but only one was on all three lists.  Before I let you in on them, let's look at some of the notables that got but one vote:

Burke had at least three I would definitely say should have been on all of them:  Billy Ray Cyrus' Achy Breaky Heart, Right Said Fred's I'm Too Sexy, and Peanut Butter Jelly Time.  He also had, though, Afternoon Delight, which I think deserves a better fate.

Mental Floss added two that also should have made the big list- Who Let The Dogs Out and Lou Bega's Mambo #5. added two offbeat choices the theme to Barney, and Disney's It's A Small World After All.  I give a great big yes vote to their #1- The Trashmen's Surfin' Bird- an 'eh, maybe' to Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up, and a not to me for Melanie's Brand New Key and the Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.

And now, the five songs that made 2 lists:

James Blunt- You're Beautiful.  I don't know this song, and don't think I want to.  It was a worldwide top ten that I thankfully missed in 2005, and was #8 on Burke's list and 7 on Mental Floss.

My Humps, the Black Eyed Peas.  Again, I have thus far been spared the pleasure.  Again a worldwide top 5 in 2005, so I'm glad I was listening to the oldies exclusively that year.  It got top billing on Mental Floss and #6 by Burke.

Wannabe, Spice Girls.  Wow, three-for-three in not having had the pleasure.  this was a worldwide #1 in 1996, a year in which I was driving a Hyundai with a broken antenna and listening to lots of cassettes.  #8 on MF, Burke's #4.

Muskrat Love, Captain and Tennille.  Can't say that this annoyed me all that much.  I liked it and the original by America.  But, it was #3 on Burke and #9 on

Barbie Girl, Aqua.  You KNEW this had to be on here somewhere.  Burke's #1 and's #8.

And the one song that got votes from all three- 5 on Burke, 2 on MF, and 4 on

Los Del Rio and the Macarena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, me, I'd have thrown in Don't Worry Be Happy, virtually anything by Whitney Houston,  Andrea by the Sunrays, prolly You Light Up My Life , the Doors' LA Woman, and might just have topped off the annoying sundae with a cherry of Hey Jude.  What about you guys?  Got an annoying we missed, let me know!


Non-annoying zone-  The debut at #10 is the second single on the M10 for Northern Faces:


And now, the next five Top Acts of the Summer!

First off, at number 20...

...John Denver!

Next, an 18th place tie between....

...Bobby Vinton....

  ...and the Supremes!

At number 17, a dude that was an early favorite...

...former POTM Rick Nelson!

And we have a cliffhanger this week, as we have a 15th-place tie!  So you can spoend next week guessing who was tied with...

...the Young (or not so young) Rascals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can I give you a clue?  But you all didn't get the clue I gave for Roy Orbison back when!  Okay, here's your clue...

Tim Rowlison should get THIS clue...


Stat Pack Time!

The #69 in '69 was Glen Campbell with the theme from True Grit.  Like many movie and TV scores, the music was written by Elmer Bernstein.  The words were from lyricist Don Black, who also gave us the words to tunes like Born Free, Ben, and To Sir With Love- and on a bit odder of note, Olivia Newton-John's minor hit Sam.  That reminds me, throw her Physical into the annoying pile!

#101 this week was Dennis Yost and the Classics IV with Change of Heart.  This was after their great run of Spooky(#3), Stormy(#5), and Traces(#2).  It missed the top 40, and they only ever grazed it once again.

And in the jolly ol' UK, Honky Tonk Women was the top song; Give Peace A Chance was #2 there (76 here); and My Cherie Amour, #4 here, was 22 there.

And now, the rest of the M10.

The winner of last week's "coin flip", Bantug's Wine Beeline, moves up a pair to #8.

Moon Taxi falls to #7 with Two High.

After 3 weeks at the top, courtship. tumbles to #6 with Sunroof.

Alkonost holds at 5 with Mouth.  Quiet Hollers gets the bum's rush, slipping one to #4 with Funny Ways.

A big move from 8 to 3 for Cotton Mather and Girl With A Blue Guitar.

Monaco holds at 2 for Public Access TV.  Which means that in the last 9 weeks, four songs have held the runner up spot, and only Messin' With Me, ever got to the top...

And the new number one, a song which breaks a record set on Nov. 25th, 2015 when Sunset Pickups jumped to the top from #6....

...Foster The People go from 7 to 1 in one bound with Sit Next To Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And the Panel's runaway winner?  Why it was....

...Denny Zager and Rick Evans, with In The Year 2525!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next time, we enter the 70's!  If man is still alive, that is....

Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekend catch up

So many of you who know us through FB know we had a birthday party for Miss Lilly Saturday (in the park... I think it was the 22nd of July...)

Alas, due to the fact that a: it's been to hot outside to use it, and b: I was in forget-my-head mode all day, my camera batteries were dead.  So Laurie took a few, but after she dropped a frosting-heavy cupcake on her phone, her pics got a bit "ghosty":

But my daughter Shenan captured the winner as Peanut kept trying for my blueberry caffeine juicer:

I have to tell the story of a little neighbor of the kids' who is a bit... well, clingy.  She's 8 years old, and makes like everyone she meets is the love of her life, which gets her chased away by a lot of people.  But I figure I have some karma to work off from the way I was with my brother in law as a little brat, so I generally don't mind.  We were a few yards away from what would later be the main event- the park's splash pad- and she was in a hurry to get someone, ANYONE, interested in moving up the proceedings.  Unfortunately for her, we adults were content in the shade, ice cream, cupcakes, and presents had yet to be divvied up, so no one was particularly interested, including myself.

I was sitting at a picnic table with KC, casually jawing about stuff the rest of the assembled multitude cared little about, when little blondie throws her arms around my neck from behind and innocently says, "I want you."

I sputtered out an "EXCUSE me???", KC laughs and says, "I'll bet you haven't heard that for a while!"  She continued to try to dislodge me from my seat in her little kung fu grip, and say's "You're too strong!"  To which one of us- I forget whether KC or me- said, "That one, either!!"


Later that night as the air cooled to within breathable limits, Scrappy and I made a 10 PM walk.  Without light there was no need to bring the charged but still-useless camera, so let me tell you the fun.

On hitting the Plex grounds, Mr Groundhog runs past.

Down the road, Mr Bat circled overhead, keeping us bug free.

Three quarters of the way to California Road, at least two deer silhouetted in the lights of the new barn.

At the point where the swamp spills over California Road, a bullfrog- I am not exaggerating, fully the size of Scrappy's head- takes three hops in front of us, splashing down right in front of Scrappy.  Boofus casually sniffed the huge amphibian, who then decided he'd stopped in better joints and took two more hops into the swamp.

On the way back, one deer runs across the Plex's south lot.  Later, at the edge of the new soccer fields, three more looked at us in the darkness.


Monday though, it was nice enough for a daylight walk.  So we set out, curious at what we'd find after a Sunday afternoon t-storm that flooded the back yard for several minutes.

The Bunny Summer continues...

We ended up walking past him from about 5 feet away.  Scrappy was oblivious, so Bugs didn't care.

This one, though, Boofus saw him take off- which was interesting enough to run after him for about 5 feet.

And while we got some wind, we got a lot more rain.  In the woods, apparently, things were reversed.

Actually got a swallowtail to pose...

Not near the water damage I was expecting.  Lots of tie-dyed mud, no ruts.

Coming to where Dead Tree Road exits the woods, a whole herd of deer!

two does, two fawns- who posed...

...and a young buck, who did not.

Mr Indigo Bunting followed us around

Lotsa frogs at the swamp- but the turtles cleared out when the algae got thick

In case you ever wondered how thick high-tension wire was...

Which leads me to a quick work update:  They aren't doing much during soccer season.  This means the gates are still closed (except the ones I keep leaving open) and the road needs fixed back up, and three or four old towers and most of the platforms still need removed.  However, intrepid walkers can make it down quite easily through open gates and shredded fencing.