Friday, April 25, 2008

Donuts in a Vacant Cubicle

Photo by halloweve

We have donuts at work today! Here's a poem I wrote.

Donuts in a vacant cubicle,
They ponder their new-found home.
And while they’re together in a box,
They still feel quite alone.

They hope to soon be part of you,
Maybe just for a while,
And if they like you, and you like them,
Maybe they’ll make you smile.

As you ponder your extra pounds,
Think of your new found friends.
That yummy donut, if you don’t exercise,
Will be with you till the end.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

An Interesting Combination

What am I doing tonight?

Reading this article on someone getting a tattoo (not that I would want one, myself), while listening to Judy Collins.

Both Sides Now

From: AJMusicgirl

Send in the Clowns


Since You've Asked

From: 2old2Rock

In other words, a typical night.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Nothing Lasts Forever, Especially on the Internet

I like reading web comics. Every week, a new episode to read. Unfortunately, they do not last forever. Here are some I used to read all of the time.

Radiskull & Devil Doll

Back in 2003, Joe Sparks created Radiskull & Devil Doll. There was eight episodes, and then it ended. We never found out what happened to Devil Doll, and his girlfriend, Candy Angel. You can find all eight episodes at


Loonscape was a web comic about the MMORPG RuneScape. It was created by Garrett Morrison in July 2006, and had 43 episodes before ending.

Fr33 St0ff Plz!

This was another web comic about RuneScape. It was created by Fnaa in October 2005, and had 73 episodes before stopping, never to be updated again.

Gone With the Blastwave

This web comic is about soldiers in a post apocalyptic world. It was created by Kimmo Lemetti in 2005. It had 38 episodes before it, too, gave up the ghost.

Why don’t these sites get updated? Unless they are making money at their creations, they probably get tired of updating it. People move on, to other projects. So, if you see a web comic you like, give them some money. Maybe they will keep updating it.

Science Fiction Music

There are a certain number of songs that have a definite SF theme to them. The obvious ones are from SF movies. But there are other songs that will pop up from time to time.

Mr. Spaceman – The Byrds

From the sixties. Another way to take a trip: hitch a ride with a spaceman!

Hey, Mr. Spaceman
Won't you please take me along
I won't do anything wrong
Hey, Mr. Spaceman
Won't you please take me along for a ride

From: Slingblade11

And here’s a comic for the same song:

Come Sail Away – Styx

Styx had a similar idea in the seventies.

I thought that they were angels, but to my surprise
They climbed aboard their starship and headed for the skies

From: OzzyOsbourne

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – John Williams

Contact with extraterrestrials was the whole point of the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

From: DarkLordSealskin

Meco did a disco version of the song:

‘39 – Queen

I love this song. It deals with the time differential between people on Earth and people on a space ship traveling close to the speed of light. Time on the spaceship would slow down compared to time on Earth.

Don't you hear my call
Though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand
For the day I'll take your hand
In the land that our grand-children knew

The sad reunion of the spaceman and his wife, who is much older than him now.

Don't you hear my call
Though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
All your letters in the sand
Cannot heal me like your hand
For my life, still ahead, pity me.

From: erkr4th

Flash Gordon – Queen

A happier song is this one. Here’s the trailer for the movie from 1980.

From: wildone

And here’s Queen performing the song.

Star Wars – Meco

And we can’t forget Star Wars. The original movie came out during the Disco age of the late 70’s.

From: mtanner47

You Got Lucky – Tom Petty

Not a SF song, but a video about a future like the Mad Max movies.

Monday, April 14, 2008

The 30-Second Video

I just don't have much time tonight. How about a video? Well, only if it is short.

From: ArtieTSMITW

I heard somewhere that nowadays, people won't pay attention to most videos that are longer than 30 seconds.

Nah, that took too much time. How about the 2-Second Video?

From: GBart

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Gordon Freeman calls Coast to Coast AM

This is funny. I don't play Half-Life, but Gordon Freeman is a character from that game.

Coast to Coast AM covers all sorts of conspiracies. To be a good talk show host in that case, you must allow people to talk about all sorts of things, without making judgments about the people calling.

George Noory does a good job of that. Did he realize that the call was a joke? Probably not, but it sounded good, so he ran with it. It is fun to listen to his radio show.

From: Clownblood

From Saturday morning, January 19, 2008. Someone posing as Freeman calls in on open lines. George Noory is apparently oblivious.

NOTE: To eliminate any confusion, I was not the one to call in. God bless the person that did though.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Powell’s Poetry Contest

poem for elze
Originally uploaded by kokjebalder

Are you a poet? Know something about Portland, Oregon? Then, here is the contest for you! Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon is having a poetry contest. You have until the end of April to write a poem about Portland. What do you win? Books, of course! 26 books of poetry, to be exact.

For more information, go to:

Journey Has a New Lead Singer

I prefer bands to tour with the lead singer they were famous with, but Arnel Pineda is a good replacement for Steve Perry. Listen, and decide for yourself.

From: ndgomez777

HERE ARE THE LINKS TO ARNEL/JOURNEY'S DEBUT CONCERT IN CHILE (FEBRUARY 21, 2008) This is the whole concert, divided in 3 parts.

NOTE: After the short commercial the video will load. It may take some time, depending on your bandwidth. Just be patient waiting. Enjoy!

Arnel Pineda with his band The Zoo, belts with one of their best pieces "Faithfully". The best ever local version of Journey's hit song. Check out their album here:


Don't Stop Believing

Open Arms

And here’s the news about Journey's discovery of Arnel Pineda.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Leningrad Cowboys and The Red Army Choir

Something fun for April Fools Day.

From: lmj22

The Leningrad Cowboys is a Finnish rock and roll band famous for its humorous songs and concerts featuring the Soviet Red Army Choir.

Currently, the band has eleven Cowboys and two Leningrad Ladies. The songs, all somewhat influenced by polka and progressive rock, and performed in English, have themes such as 'vodka', 'tractors', 'rockets', and 'Genghis Khan', as well as folkloric Russian songs, rock and roll ballads and covers from bands as diverse as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, all with lots of humour.


The Red Army Choir (Choir Aleksandrov) is a performing ensemble that served as the official army choir of the former Soviet Union's Red Army. The choir consists of a male choir, an orchestra, and a dance ensemble. The songs they perform range from Russian folk tunes to Church hymns, operatic arias and popular music.

In 1991, The Red Army Choir participated in Roger Waters' The Wall concert celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall. They performed an anti-war song "Bring the Boys Back Home."

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Red Army Choir has continued performing, entertaining audiences both inside and outside Russia.

Sweet Home Alabama

Stairway To Heaven

Knocking On Heaven's Door

It´s Only Rock ´n Roll

My Way