June 9th, 2011

iAm iSaid

I'll never get used to the Times calling him "Mr. Yankovic"

"Weird Al" Yankovic is interviewed by the New York Times about his career and the long road to his upcoming album Alpocalypse (including more than I'd previously heard about how his Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way" came to be). It ends with a sign of how serious he is about his work and his humor, even when he still jokes about it:

But when he is not dressing up for his concerts as a Jedi knight or a morbidly obese gang member, Mr. Yankovic has reflected on whether, after three decades, the term novelty musician still applies to him.

“It implies here today, gone tomorrow,” he said. “But by definition, any time you’re doing humor in music, it is novelty, because it’s unexpected.”

He thought about the question for another moment, and as a grin spread across his face, he added with mock sincerity: “I prefer alternative. I am the original alternative artist.”

I'd like to imagine that he suddenly grew a beret out of his head when he said that. *grins*
TOS: NCC-1701

Evil is logical

Here in Portland in July? Slather on sunblock and watch this!

Atomic Arts's Trek in the Park presents an in-park performance of the Sixties Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror," where Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura are switched via transporter accident with evil versions of themselves from an alternate universe where Starfleet is evil and Evil Spock has an evil Van Dyke (see above).

Woodlawn Park, NE Portland, July 9-31 (Saturdays and Sundays) at 5:00 p.m., but the viewing area fills up, so get there EARLY. Like now.
Flavored Calories.

This is not a paid endorsement.

You've likely heard how Portland's getting better known for food. At least one Portland company, Secret Aardvark, is getting better known for what gets added to food. Not only am I an increasingly happy user of its habanero sauce, I've made my friend bonnie_rocks on Long Island (as in New York) an increasingly happy user of its habanero sauce, too.

Thanks to the U.S. Mail and Bonnie's camera, I can show you this:

She's now a fan!
She's now a fan!
Long Island's Bonnie Beck with the bottle of Secret Aardvark habanero hot sauce I sent her

I mailed it to her (after buying the bottle from Big-Ass Sandwiches downtown) because I thought she'd like it and because my family's done stuff like that before. In the 1970s we became big enough fans of Johnny's Salad Elegance seasoning (now called Salad & Pasta Elegance) that into the Nineties we'd have family members buy several containers at a time and mail them to us. We were Navy, anywhere from a thousand to three thousand miles away from the Northwest, but by gum we had Northwest seasoning! Well, with enough wrapping, it's safe to mail hot sauce, too. Thus, that.

I like the stuff so much, I bought the company I decided to have fun with the photo. Think this works?