November 30th, 2008


I'm SO easily amused

I’m hearing for the first time in years the full-length version of Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (once again, thanks to KINK FM’s themed-days programming right now; today’s is 1984). That version has that robot-voice part (Wonder’s voice put through a processor), so Wonder says in a robot voice “Made up of these three words that I must say to you.”

I replied, “What: Autobots, roll out?”

Geez, I crack myself up.
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These are thoughts I really think.

Odd thought just now, not joking, just came to me:

You think if John Belushi hadn't died in 1982, he would've been in Ghostbusters?

More generally, now that I think about it: what sort of dramatic chops would he have started to show? Would he have had more of a range than he'd gotten to demonstrate before? Would he have settled into comfortable comedy-making later in life? What would the balance of his career have been?

In fact, thinking that led me to Google "John Belushi Ghostbusters" ...and I got these results. Apparently I'm not the only one who's wondered that.

Now I'm flashing on that short film shot for Saturday Night Live of an old John Belushi visiting a cemetary where every other member of the original cast is buried, darkly saying "They all said I'd be the first to go..."

Joseph McGee video

I was meaning to link to this: octoberland linked to a video of Joseph McGee.

His obit (which Jen also put on LJ; thank you, Jen):
Joseph W. McGee, 23, of Worcester [Mass.] died unexpectedly Thursday November 27, 2008 at home. Calling hours will be held from 5-8PM on Tuesday. The MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL 370 Plantation St, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Edit: The video, embedded:

Good Omens

And to make you smile as well,

I'll tell you my Goth name...

Your Goth Name is:

Dark Avarice

That was with my name Chris Walsh. My fuller name, Christopher Walsh, gave me:

Your Goth Name is:

Vladimir Ash

And, hey, if I'd been a girl named Chris, I'd've been:

Your Goth Name is:

Calamity Asylum

All this via tanuki_green! (Is it insufficiently Goth-y to use an exclamation point there? Or to use the word "Goth-y"?)

For those of you who like the terms "Kate Winslet," "Halle Berry," and "naked"

Continuing the lighten-the-mood thing:

Halle Berry recently said "Kate Winslet is always naked, sitting on a toilet, or running buck naked. She's free. I want to be the kind of actress who can really be comfortable with my body like that."

James Kaplan mentioned that quote to Winslet while interviewing her for Parade. She laughed and said "Oh! That's so amazing. That's worth the pain! I am thrilled to hear someone like Halle say something like that. But what I would want to say to her is, 'Well, you can,' because all I do is say, 'I don't give a shit!'"

Anyone else hope both Berry and Winslet keep feeling free?

(By the way, here's the Google Image search for Halle; and here's the one for Kate. You're welcome.)
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Steel TRAP, I tells ya. It's a steel TRAP.

A steel trap that can remember exchanges from 26-year-old issues of Mad Magazine:

"You OK?"
"Yeah! It only hurts when I talk!"
"Gee, you must be in constant pain!"

That's from Mad's parody of The Greatest American Hero, as Parody!William Katt pulls Parody!Robert Culp from wreckage.

Speaking of "it only hurts when I talk," I've been careful with my voice today. Sore throat. Plus my stomach was slightly unsettled (mayhap vaguely unsettled), so the most rigorous stuff I did was walk to the corner store for the Sunday paper, take out garbage and recycling, and do laundry. Turned on the TV and saw the Portland Trail Blazers win a road game, too, which was nice and which lessened the sting of most every NFL team I'd hoped would win this weekend in fact losing.

Today was a good radio day for me. KINK FM 101.9 (only in Portland, Oregon would there be a major radio station named KINK, though for reasons that should be obvious the station's website is not kink DOT com) played nothing but 1984 music. It had been in 1983 in Virginia Beach, VA that I'd finally started really listening to Top 40 radio, not knowing the format was in its death throes at the time but starting to listen to Casey Kasem and noticing the new songs and latching on to certain of those songs. (Before that, when I lived in Camarillo, CA and didn't yet have my own radio, was the one time my family was listening to country radio. I heard "Elvira" a LOT in that town.) So yesterday's 1983-themed sets and today's 1984-themed sets really especially resonated with me. I may have looked a little, um, religiously moved when Prince songs from Purple Rain came on. :-) Did my best not to sing along, though. Sore throat.

Okay. Probably I've posted enough today. This is -- let's see -- Post #8. Good thing I don't need to speak to post!
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