It is now Friday and I will be off on vacation around noon tomorrow. Next weeks weather is looking perfect, which just two weeks ago seemed like too much to hope for.
Friday Night Entertainment
I saw some good items today, but to be honest I have one foot out the vacation door and feel unable to write any thought provoking blurbs. Instead I will do an extended entertainment section. If you hate this section, just tune back in on August 24th for the regular write ups. I stand by the blogroll to the left as the best collection of content on the web, so there is always plenty to read.
FED Chairman Game
Saw this game over at Clusterstock and it is an amusing time waster! The FED Chairman Game allows you to set interest rates for 4 years and monitor unemployment and inflation based on your inputs. Of course this game is just silly, I played anyway!
I pegged the FED funds rate at 10% and kept it there for 8 quarters (2 years). My result? Unemployment after 2 years of 10% and inflation clocking in a -3.0%! I caused deflation! Funny that we are in reality at ZIRP and we have 10% unemployment and deflation anyways. Go figure.
Play the game here.
Last post I referenced the classic film "They Live". Below is the relevant clip when the hero puts the magic sunglasses on for the first time and what he sees (skip to 1:30 mark):
Love what the cash has printed on it!
While not a film, my favorite cinema over the past couple of years was HBO's series "Rome". The progression of Octavian to Emperor Augustus was amazing, and there were many plot lines which were a nice take on history. Of course the action was great, and in this scene (warning very violent) we see one of the lead characters have to face his death in the arena. Great acting, great action, great music, what else is there?:
I was very upset when I read that a remake of the classic film "Red Dawn" is in the works. I have no idea how you can redo such an iconic (to my generation anyway) film, nor how to change the story line to fit today's landscape. Rumor is Russia uses China to invade the US, but China could just buy the US, so why fight for it? (Kidding)
Anyways, the most chilling scene in Red Dawn is when the colonel tells the tale of what happened to America. The line that scared me when I was younger:
"Last I heard there were a Billion screaming China men?"
Enjoy, but skip ahead to the 5:15 mark for the big scene:
So you want to make some noise? You want to feel the bass vibrate your sternum? Ok, no problem.
I will lead off the night with a song that features a bass line that is thunderous, vocals that will blow you away, and a rhythm section that fills in nicely. On a second note, for all the guys and gals, some advice:
Buy some flowers (men) or beer (women), dim the lights, be nice for a day, load this song, and then see the results. 60% of the time, it works every time! Enjoy Garbage with "#1 Crush":
You can thank me after I get back from vacation.
I love the film "Walk the Line" and I still cannot believe Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon sang their own lyrics for the film. Please enjoy a personal favorite, with "It Ain't Me Babe":
Now I had played the above tune before, over a year ago, and while I was looking for it, I saw the following song, which I really love as well. I played it the same night! As there were no comments on that post that night I will offer Sha Na Na and "Those Magic Changes" once again for your review:
Up front, I hate metal that features screaming. I hate metal that vibes nasty. That said, I can tolerate such things for a start to a song that features the guitar method known as "rolling chords" that is just plain wild. Listen, maybe, just to the first 30 seconds of Pantera with "Mouth for a War":
1 more or 2 more? Ok, 2 more!
Any song that starts off with the lyrics "Silver Coins..." is bound to get my attention. Add to that, it is Don Williams, and you get "Gypsy Woman":
Sadly, it is time to close the show. I think you, the readers, may not realize just how much fun I have on Friday night adding this kind of content. I would hope there is something here for everyone to enjoy.
So what to close with? Very little in the requests.
“Hey, do you like ‘Flock of Seagulls?’
“I can see you do!”
-the film “The Wedding Singer”
This song by the Gulls is hacked on as an 80’s music relic, but I love relic’s!! Enjoy “I Ran”:
Have a good night, and a good week.