Apr 01

Silver Lining Moment: The Air Conditioner

I always dread the approach of warmer weather because it means (at a particular average temperature threshold) mounting the A/C unit into the bedroom window overlooking the carpark area between the buildings in this apartment complex.

Well, thanks to recent events, that won’t be an issue. At least, it’s staggeringly unlikely that it’ll be an issue since most years I don’t have to put it in place until May, and by the time May rolls around it looks like I’ll be somewhere else.

If I’m really lucky, I’ll be in a new home of some sort, probably an apartment. If I’m not lucky… no telling where I’ll be. Hooboy.

Mar 20

If Skulls Were All

So, it started with a tweet from Jeph Jacques, webcomic demigod.

JephJacquesLoveSkullsAnd I thought to myself, “Self? How many song titles could we mangle like this?” I opened up MediaMonkey and, after some arguing with its search settings so that only titles appeared in the rankings, I found myself looking at a list of 182 songs which include “love” in the title. Now, that’s not precisely what Mr. Jacques instructed; he’s talking about lyrics. I don’t have a lyrics library to search, however, so we’ll have to make do with song titles. And because it’s been that kind of week and I need something to amuse myself during lunch, here’s a list of the highlights out of that search result, skulls-ified for your pleasure.

Note that I’m leaving out duplicates, remixes, and entries where the word replacement just doesn’t scan very well at all. (Which is to say: It didn’t make me laugh, so I chucked it.)

  • All My Skulls – Led Zeppelin
  • Almost Like Skulls – Yes
  • Baby Really Skulls Me – Dada
  • Big Skulls – Robert Plant
  • Break For Skulls – Pet Shop Boys
  • Can’t Refuse Your Skulls – The Sighs
  • Can’t Stop Skulls – Two-Mix
  • Chains Of Skulls – Erasure
  • Church of Logic, Sin and Skulls – The Men
  • City of Skulls – Yes
  • Crazy Skulls Vol II – Paul Simon
  • Digital Skulls – Daft Punk
  • Do You Skulls? – Natalie Imbruglia
  • Don’t Take Your Skulls Away – VAST
  • First Skulls – Cellarful of Noise
  • From Rusholme With Skulls – Mint Royale
  • Get Down, Make Skulls – NIN (Queen cover)
  • Higher Skulls – Depeche Mode
  • I Am In Skulls With You – Imogen Heap
  • I Don’t Believe In Skulls – Queensrÿche
  • I Don’t Want Your Skulls – Duran Duran
  • Interstate Skulls Song – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Skulls Can Kill You – BT
  • Skulls Comes Again – Tiësto
  • Skulls etc – Pet Shop Boys
  • Skulls Is A Battlefield – Pat Benetar
  • Skulls Is Stronger Than Justice – Sting
  • Skulls On Haight Street – BT
  • Skulls Rescue Me – U2
  • Skulls Siren – The Men
  • Skulls Slave – UNDER17
  • Skulls To Blame – Apoptygma Berserk
  • Skulls Voodoo – Duran Duran
  • Skulls Will Find A Way – Yes
  • Skullstown – Peter Gabriel (yes, this one was a reach, I don’t care)
  • Luminous Times (Hold On To Skulls) – U2
  • Make Skulls – Daft Punk
  • Nothing But Skulls – Seabound (also the name of a Jan Hammer track from Beyond The Mind’s Eye)
  • One Year Of Skulls – Queen
  • Only Skulls – Way Out West
  • Outbreak of Skulls – Midnight Oil
  • Power Of Skulls (The Tao Of Skulls) – Rick Springfield
  • Prayer For Skulls – Dolce Triade
  • Pride (In The Name Of Skulls) – U2
  • Prisoner Of Skulls – Tin Machine
  • Real Skulls – Yes
  • Rhythm Of Skulls – Yes
  • Send A Little Skulls – Dream
  • Shine Your Skulls – The Breeze
  • Sign Of Skulls – Immi
  • SOS (Anything But Skulls) – Apocalyptica
  • Soul Skulls – David Bowie
  • Spacy Spicy Skulls – Mejale Pirates (Voice artists from the Vandread anime)
  • Stadium Skulls – Metric
  • Tainted Skulls – Nikolaj Steen (that’s the cover version I have in the library, anyway)
  • The Dumbing Down Of Skulls – Frou Frou
  • The Game Of Skulls – Daft Punk
  • The Skulls Thieves – Depeche Mode
  • The Meaning Of Skulls – Depeche Mode
  • The Night I Fell In Skulls – Pet Shop Boys
  • The Speed Of Skulls – Rush
  • This Is Skulls – Tony Banks (the judges would also have accepted the different song of the same name by The Space Brothers)
  • This Is Not Skulls – Jethro Tull
  • This Must Be Skulls – Phil Collins (thus completing the trilogy…?)
  • True Skulls – Wang Chung
  • When It’s Skulls – Van Halen
  • When Skulls Comes To Town – U2
  • When You Give Your Skulls To Me – Kevin Gilbert
  • Whole Lotta Skulls – Led Zeppelin
  • Wreckless Skulls – Robert Plant
  • You Can’t Hurry Skulls – Phil Collins

We now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast day.

Mar 15

The Great Way trilogy – by Harry Connolly

Chalk this one up to word-of-mouth (well, social-media mostly-Twitter) marketing, but I purchased an entire trilogy from this fellow Harry Connolly, someone I’d not heard of before, over the past couple weeks. I saw the series billed as “fantasy adventure without the dull bits” and “non-grimdark” and at that point I perked right up because, lemme tell ya, I’m more than done with the grimdark in current fantasy novels nowadays.

(Joe Abercrombie’s first trilogy was “hurled with great force,” in the Dorothy Parker parlance.)

So. “The Way Into Chaos,” “The Way Into Magic,” and “The Way Into Darkness” make up a single, self-contained, it-begins-and-it-ends story. No plot hooks dangle for interminable sequels, what you read is what you get. It’s not that Mr. Connolly couldn’t write more in this world, but there’s no sense of urgency to have this happen. And I’m okay with that. It’s nice to get a complete story with no dangly bits hanging on at the end. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

I Quack To Believe


This is what happens when I have a few minutes at work, access to FireWorks, and someone posts an action shot of a rubber duck on Tumblr.

Feb 23

House of Clubs

You have a weekend to burn, and you’re planning a viewing marathon of a TV show on Netflix. If that’s your thing, who am I to judge? Perhaps I can help you make a decision, however, on what show to watch.

The first season of Netflix’s version of the show, “House of Cards,” totals 13 episodes at just under an hour per episode, give or take. The only existing season of the anime, “Ouran High School Host Club,” totals 26 episodes at about twenty three minutes per episode, if you don’t skip the theme songs and previews. The run lengths balance out, more-or-less, for each show’s initial season outing.

“But Karel,” I hear you asking, “what is it about either of these shows which would make me choose one over the other?” Well, let’s put it this way:

One show centers on a group of rich and powerful people who use their money and influence to shape the world according to their whims, leverage the media to fashion narratives of their choosing, trample the fourth wall, shamelessly exploit taboo behaviors, and engage in complex schemes which would never actually come to fruition in the real world.

The other show, of course, stars Kevin Spacey.

Feb 08

Soon No Longer To Be The Ultimate Answer

Four weeks from now, I cease to be the Ultimate Answer To Life, The Universe, And Everything.

I don’t know what the number 43 is. Wikipedia doesn’t give me anything interesting to go on. I guess we’ll find out, won’t we?

Enjoy it while it lasts, eh? Oh, and if you’re considering buying me things to ease the passing of this most momentous time in my life, I’m okay with that. Totally not required, mind you. It’s not like I have spent a lot of money on anybody outside my immediate circle in a while. (Hey, maybe my finances will settle down a bit more so I can change that…)

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