Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Spongebob has finally become a trending topic on Twitter! I've been watching the fantastic Spongebob Squarepants for over nine years. And for over nine years, I have been ridiculed mercilessly by friends, family, and acquaintances (including being called "some kinda queer" by a friend's dad for showing up on Halloween in an SBSP costume). Well, who's the laughing non-queer now?
To be honest, you all are probably still laughing, and I'm sure my friend's dad will still find me to be "some kinda queer". I mean, an unemployed 26 year-old man (and I use the word "man" in the loosest sense of the word) getting excited that a cartoon (about an overly-excitable sea sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea and a day job as a fry cook) has become a trending topic on a social networking site dominated by pre-teens...well, when it's laid out like that, it does sound a little pathetic. But I'll take my wins where I can get them, and I consider today a big 'ol "W" for me.
And to Mr. Squarepants: for the past nine years, no matter how down on my luck I was, or how down on myself I was being, you were always able to brighten my day with your guttural laughs. Your incorrigible optimism, your unbridled passion for life, and your uncanny ability to appreciate everything and everyone, no matter how colossal their flaws may have seemed to others, has truly been an inspiration to me, teaching me how to be a better person and a better friend (I mean that without the slightest bit of sarcasm). And for that, I'd just like to say thanks. I hope you're around for another nine years.
You sure do, big guy. You sure do.
P.S. For any of the uninitiated, I suggest you to watch THIS 11 MINUTE EPISODE, ENTITLED "SAILOR MOUTH." As far as I'm aware, it's the only episode of a cartoon (which, remember, is primarily aimed at young children) that is entirely based on a sponge, a starfish, and their uncontrollable use of profane language. Classic
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
An obscure city ordinance outlaws publicly shaking your groove thing in Iowa's biggest city after 2 a.m.
Few even were aware of the ban until members of the nonprofit Des Moines Social Club sought to hold an after-hours dance at their downtown building. They were told no-go on the tango.
Officials and boosters in the city of 200,000 who have fought for years to liven up Des Moines' sleepy image agree the ordinance should be repealed. A proposal to do just that was tentatively approved by the City Council on Monday, though a final decision won't come until mid-August.
The ordinance, which dates to at least 1942, bans public dancing between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Residents must suppress the urge to Macarena in public until 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Fender is reissuing its 1957 Champ amp. And I don't mean that some Fender factory is making a plastic case that looks like the Champ amp and putting it on top of current/recent amp models. These suckers are legit. Hand-wired and replicated to the T (five-watts, one-speaker, vacuum tubes, etc.). Johnny Cash, Keith Richards, and Eric Clapton have all channeled their musical greatness through one of these at some point (Clapton having recorded "Layla" on one). It'll set you back about a grand. Won't necessarily make you a better axe-wielder, but whatever noise your making will sound about as good as any noise can.