Barry Manilow

sounds like: "crushed bugs" curious buddies

Noise Violators in Fort Lupton Sentence to Listen to Barry Mannilow

FORT LUPTON — Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs" may begin with the line, "I've been alive forever,'" but for noise ordinance violators, listening to Manilow may feel like forever.

Fort Lupton Municipal Judge Paul Sacco says his novel punishment of forcing noise violators to listen to music they don't like for one hour has cut down on the number of repeat offenders in this northwestern Colorado prairie town. About four times a year, those guilty of noise ordinance violations are required to sit in a room and listen to music from the likes of Manilow, Barney the Dinosaur, and The Platters' crooning "Only You"

"These people should have to listen to music they don't like," said Judge Paul Sacco for a segment about the program that aired Friday on Denver's KUSA-TV. Sacco began the program years ago when he noticed that many of the repeat offenders simply showed up at his courtroom to pay their fine with cash.

"Most kids don't want to hear somebody like Glenn Close trying to sing opera," he said. Video of a recent class showed teenagers with long faces shifting in their seats or looking up at the ceiling. "You can't fall asleep," said teenager Rueben Fuentes right before letting out a bit of a sigh. Members of a garage band were at the class after playing music late at night in their backyard. "The cop station was two blocks away," said band member Robert Mort. "People who were at the party loved it. I'm not sure the cops did." "Too much music, too loud, too late," added band member Harrison DeRuiter.

So what does Sacco think of Barry Manilow? "I actually don't think Manilow's too bad," he said.



sounds like: "love and love again" jesca hoop

buried underground

sounds like: "going mobile" the who

The first of my new Afflicted series: Carrie ~ Sweet,Sweet

Pending designs for Zombie-Romance.com:


no. no. NO.

sounds like: law & order

Keith Olbermann
in a minute.


dragons of eden

sounds like: "four women (live in montreaux)" nina simone

I just finished Carl Sagan's Dragons of Eden. I don't think I've ever had so many epiphanies while reading a text as I did while reading this! It is magical, truly scientific. Here are my favorite bits:

The Cosmic Calendar

This is Carl Sagan's Cosmic Calendar. Sagan wanted to present the life of the universe in a format that would really represent how old it really is. Most people know it's billions of years old (cough*palin*cough), but still don't really grasp the enormity of it's existance. I know I didn't! So Sagan scaled down the time line to one Earth calendar year. So, 12:00am on January 1st would be the Big Bang and 11:59pm December 31st would be right now. All of human history takes place solely on December 31st! Holy Shit!

"Man is probably the only organism on Earth with a relatively clear view of the inevitability of his own end."

"Patients who have had prefrontal lobotomies have been described as losing a "continuing sense of self"- the feeling that I am a particular individual with some control over my life and circumstances, the "me-ness" of me, the uniqueness of the individual. It is possible that lower mammals and reptiles, lacking extensive frontal lobes, also lack this sense, real or illusory, of individuality and free will, which is so characteristically human and which may first have been experienced dimly by Proconsul."

"In other words, genital display is a ritual derived from sexual behavior, but serving social and not reproductive purposes."

"It is precisely our plasticity, our long childhood, that prevents a slavish adherence to genetically preprogrammed behavior in human beings more than any other species."

"The price we pay for anticipation of the future is anxiety about it."

"[Robert] Ornstein offers an interesting analogy to explain why, in the West at least, we have made some much contact with left-hemisphere functions and so little with right. He suggests that our awareness to right hemisphere function is like our ability to see stars in the daytime. The sun is so bright that the stars are invisible, despite the fact that they are just as present in our sky in the daytime as at night. When the sun sets, we are able to perceive the stars. In the same way, the brilliance of our most recent evolutionary accretion, the verbal abilities of the left hemisphere, obscures our awareness of the functions of the intuitive right hemisphere, which in our ancestors must have been the principal means of perceiving the world.*"

Sagan litters the bottom of his pages with personal footnote theories on whatever the current topic of the book happens to be on...

"* Marijuana is often described as improving our appreciation of and abilities in music, dance, art, pattern and sign recognition and our sensitivity to nonverbal communication. To the best of my knowledge, it is never reported as improving our ability to read and comprehend Ludwig Wittgenstein or Immanuel Kant; to calculate the stresses on bridges: or to compute Laplace transformations. Often the subject has difficulty even writing down his thoughts coherently. I wonder if, rather than enhancing anything, the cannabinols (the active ingredients in marijuana) simply supress the left hemisphere and permit the stars to come out. This may also be the objective of the meditative states of many [Asian] religions."

"Some evidence suggests the left-handers are more likely to have problems with such left-hemisphere functions as reading, writing, speaking and arithmetic; and to be more adept at such right-hemisphere functions as imagination, pattern recognition and general creativity."

"As a consequence of the enormous social and technological changes of the last few centuries, the world is not working well. We do not live in traditional and static societies. But our governments, in resisting change, act as if we did. Unless we destroy ourselves utterly, the future belongs to those societies that, while not ignoring the reptilian and mammalian parts of our being, enable the characteristically human components of our nature to flourish; to those societies that encourage diversity rather than conformity; to those societies willing to invest resources in a variety of social, political, economic and cultural experiments, and prepared to sacrifice short-term advantage for long-term benefit; to thoe societies that treat new ideas as delicate, fragile and immensely valuable pathways to the future."

livin' like a bug ain't easy

My most sweet and darling co-worker Maia made me the best mix cd I've gotten in a while. She put the home movie's Franz Kafka Rock Opera in with the mix. It's hysterical! Don't want no one steppin' on me, now I'm sympathizing with fleas! Livin' like a bug ain't easy!



Gong Li, branded 'traitor' by Chinese
By Jane Macartney, Beijing
A decision by one of China’s most famous film stars to take Singaporean nationality has set off an online furore with many ardent nationalists branding her a traitor and a shame to her native country. Gong Li, the 43-year-old star of such Hollywood movies as Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice and Farewell My Concubine took the oath of citizenship at the weekend along with 149 other new citizens. Her husband, the Singaporean tobacco tycoon Ooi Hoe Soeng, accompanied her.

Beijing does not allow its people to hold double nationality and the star will be obliged to give up her Chinese citizenship. This means she will no longer be eligible for membership of an advisory body to the Chinese parliament – a largely honorary position that the government confers on many celebrities, successful businessmen and famed academics and scientists.


(On a lighter not, I'm relieved to confirm that Singapore is a country. I was ridiculed in a game of Scattergories last summer for listing it as a country, but it seems the joke is on them.)

nina simone

sounds like: "mississippi goddam to moon over alabama (live)" nina simone

I love Nina Simone. I have since I was fourteen years old. :)

Ain't Got No (I Got Life)

Four Women


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sounds like: "memphis in june" nina simone

rumors hurt

sounds like: "nobody's fault, but mine" nina simone


thank you, mr. president

sounds like: Rachel Maddow Show
From President Obama last night, a mass mailing to supporters of the Obama campaign:

kristilyn --
I'm about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don't want you to forget how we did it.
You made history every single day during this campaign -- every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it's time for change.
I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.
We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I'll be in touch soon about what comes next.
But I want to be very clear about one thing...
All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,



sounds like: MSNBC election coverage


sounds like: MSNBC election coverage


This was my very first time voting in a presidential election. In 2000, I thought Al Gore would win automatically so I didn't bother to register. In 2004, my registration was fucked up and I was denied entry to the polls. I voted in the primary in January.

I am very proud and excited to have been able to be apart of this election!

[EDIT] 9:13pm: Massachusetts is heard... No on 1, Yes on 2, Yes on 3!