Friday, March 29, 2019

Frida Kahlo in Coco

I recently saw the movie Coco which I liked a lot. One of my favorite parts was the portrayal of Frida Kahlo. I couldn't find an English language version to post so had to go with this Spanish version. It's still pretty amusing and the movie pokes a little fun at Kahlo's tendency to put her own image in virtually all her paintings. We later see her ideas fully realized as part of a stage show. 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Will this Canadian lawlessness never end?

Canada is a country so lacking in real scandals that their news media has to get its scandals anywhere it can. It's especially a problem since Canadian media looks south and sees that Donald Trump probably breaks the law more in a typical week than Justin Trudeau has done in his lifetime.

I really think that the press holds good people who are politicians - like Trudeau and Hillary Clinton and Obama and Macron - to a much higher standard than assholes like Trump. 

Anyway, so the Canadian media takes any little thing they can and blows it up into a scandal.

Just stop, Canada. Count your blessings and stop.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Nancy's Best Beatles

My Youtube collection of Beatles favorites. Not many considered part of their greatest hits.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Velvet Beatles

There is a treasure trove of Beatles music on Youtube now posted by the Beatles company itself. Not only all the official albums but a ton of outtakes and alternative takes.

This acoustic version of "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me and My Monkey" sounds like the Velvet Underground.

Monday, March 18, 2019

New Jersey represent

I didn't know about this video until somebody on Twitter posted a link to some band covering "Because the Night" and I went Googling to see if Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith had ever performed their only co-written song together. 

I was born in Philadelphia and I've lived in NYC for ten years now, but I spent my young adulthood in New Jersey and most of that time Springsteen and Smith were rock and roll icons - Springsteen from North Jersey, Smith from South Jersey.

There's something so cool about seeing them together.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

I miss this guy

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Back to Sheplers

About twelve years ago I realized that the online seller I was buying my cowgirl boots from, Sheplers, was selling merchandise with Confederate flags as "rebel wear."

I am pleased to say that I've just been through their web site and no longer find any hint of treason, so I can now shop at Sheplers again.

Things can change for the better.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

RIP Miss Willow

RIP Miss Willow.

I knew she didn't have much longer to live, she had hyperthyroidism and the medicine didn't seem to be working anymore, but the vet told me to give her twice as much and see if that helped. 

Her hyperthyroidism made her always want food and she loved to drink from the dripping faucet in the bathroom and she would wake me up to be fed.

She had such regular habits and I was so invested in her well-being in the past year, buying her special foods and baby foods. At the end I had to wipe her face after eating since she stopped grooming. 

But still, it was a shock to find her dead under the bed this morning.

She was semi-feral and did not like to be held, but she had the heart of a lion - if there was ever a threatening noise outside the door she would always run *towards* it, growling. 

Rest in peace brave little soul.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Kathy Griffin, American hero

My opinion of Kathy Griffin has gone up and down over the years - mostly up but every now and then... although I have been defending her for years.

No matter what though, I think there's no denying she is a true blue American hero.

In this video, for what appears to be a venture capital company, she seems disappointed and frustrated with the audience response. But I think she's expecting the kind of adulation she gets from her stand-up audience - but this isn't her stand-up audience. I think they like her though, they are just quieter than what she is used to.

The letter she reads towards the end of this clip, written for her by a board member of CBS to send to Trump (she names him in a different interview as Arnie Cobolson) is so groveling it reminded me of something out of "I, Claudius," of the way people would speak to Tiberius or Caligula.

That's the kind of tyrant that Trump would be if given a chance, his personality is exactly suited to being a Roman emperor. And the disgusting sleaze-bag Republican party and all the filthy monstrous MAGAs would love to give him that chance.

Watch the video. Griffin has been through some serious shit.

Funny story about me and Kathy Griffin, sort of. Years ago I had a huge crush on a guy, an actor, who didn't care for me but for whatever reason my feelings for him hung on for a long time in spite of that. I wrote poems about it and all. (Most of them are not good, but I think a few hold up.)

Kathy Griffin on
Law and Order SVU
This image forced her
character to come out
as a bisexual.
During the tail end of the crush, the actor played Kathy Griffin's boyfriend in an episode of Law and Order SVU. He got very little screen time - in fact most of his exposure in the episode was a still image - a selfie from his character's cellphone, kissing Kathy's character. In the plot this was a big deal because Kathy's character was an outspoken lesbian.

At the time the SVU episode was made, Kathy, although clearly a liberal with strong political opinions, mostly steered clear of politics to talk about celebrities. But she's become much more political thanks to being harassed by Trump and by MAGAs - so that she seems now much more like her SVU character than before.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Sprinter is here 2019

Sprinter is our shortest season - sometimes lasting only a day or two.

This year Sprinter was delayed thanks to the cold snap in the past week or so. But today it was just warm enough for Sprinter.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

We meet again Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

Seven and a half years ago I blogged about the significance of the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in my life. Little did I dream when I was getting arrested for civil disobedience at an anti-nukes demonstration that one day I would be working right next door.

I also finally discovered that I was pronouncing the name of the second Secretary-General of the UN wrong - I was saying it like "dag hammer-shold" when apparently it's pronounced "dog hammarhwehlld."


Friday, March 01, 2019

Mon anniversaire

I admit I've asked Siri several times when my birthday is, just so she will wish me a joyeux anniversaire.