Category: Just for Fun


Shame on the Brits!

By temperament, I am not a particularly passionate person. Every so often, however, the world throws up an event of such mindless horror that even phlegmatic me is roused to ire. Chris Lund points out such a horror in this post over at Prawfs. All I can say is, “What the hell are their Lordships thinking over at the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom?” Shame! Shame on you! Read More


A Little Los Lobos and Early Halloween

One of my best friends gave me the album Kiko by Los Lobos as a college graduation gift. I love the album to this day. The title track, Kiko and the Lavender Moon, is great. It always reminds me of old spooky cartoons from the Bugs Bunny era with the sheet-like ghosts drifting, floating, bobbing down the hall and inexorably coming towards your room. Enjoy.

Kiko And The Lavender Moon – Los Lobos

As general matter, although I cannot say I know all Los Lobos’s work, I love almost everything I do know. If you like the film, Bull Durham, the song during the fabricated rain out is “I Got Loaded” performed by Los Lobos. You may also want to check out an odd and, to me, creepy Sesame Street version of the song, Elmo and the Lavender Moon.


Because Sometimes You Need a Little Mental Vacation

As a way to get ready for the Brazil Olympics and as a little throw back for hipsters and neo-hipsters, enjoy:

The Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz

I urge folks to discover or re-discover, Jobim, Getz, and Gilberto. Great stuff to get into another world of jazz and far away lands while staying right where you are.

For those into pop culture history, the song has tended to be an elevator music favorite. That version loses the magic of the original. That being said, The Blues Brothers juxtaposed the elevator version, which played as the heroes went up to pay off the tax debt, with complete mayhem descending on Chicago city government in great way. Mr. and Mrs. Smith riffed on this scene as those heroes also heard the song in an elevator before a final standoff. That standoff is an ode of sorts to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid right down to a small shack for cover against horrible odds. One was made recently; one in the 1970s. Guess which one has the more poignant ending?