Where I'd like to be

This snow and cold has me a bit sleepy and sluggish but I've been sifting through stuff on Hype Machine and Soundcloud and I found this track that is a favorite of mine by Move D. For some reason it makes me think of sun and warmth and relaxing on the beach. Hope it warms you up, too.

Uzuri014-Move-D-Sur-un-Bateau-avec-Eric by uzuri


Music Monday: New Move D set

Just popped up on Soundcloud yesterday. Via Kirkwood West.

move d @ robert johnson 2010-12-11 by Move D

Music Monday: Not unlike Champaign, hell has frozen over.

I finally went to one of the fabulous house concerts of Cynthia and Ernie's (from The Sandwich Life) on Saturday night. I'm sure she'll post some of the the great pics. I managed to get a little video from my seat on the stairs.

If you are interested, they just finished a new Christmas CD.

Thanks so much to Cynthia and Ernie and if you like what you see in the video, you should fan them on Facebook or check out Pulp Country because they have a couple events coming up that you can stream online.

Really great night of fantastic food and drinks and music and people. So great that it prompted the first *ever* post on GG about a country music act.


This is why you're single: Holidaze Edition

Let's hit the ground running. Literally.

Mwm looking for ski a companion - 40 (Champaign)

I'm hoping to meet a lady here in the next couple weeks to get to know and see if we have a connection. If so then plan a ski trip to West Virgina in January. All on me. If you like to ski thats perfect. If you don't, I will treat you to a day at the spa. Dinner, drinks and all the fun we want.

I'm white, decent looking, in great shape, runners body, nice career, and you'll just have to get to know me better to see what else. yes I am married and don't want to change that.

I'm not looking to be a sugar daddy but I will treat you like a queen when we are together.

If I've intrigued you please send me a line. Put "ski Trip" in the subject line.

I'm picturing a cabin on the side of mountain 50 miles outside of armpit of nowhere in the Appalachian Mountains. Maybe a nice patch of land behind it. Where he's buried previous victims. Though...a spa day *would* be nice.



Music Monday: NotGonnaSayNuJazz

Found this via Don-Ray Simmons who does the Midnight Marauderz podcast that I *know* I've blogged about before. Here's a track from the Midnight Marauders Soundcloud:

Dalindeo - Mr J.L. by Marauder Music

And here's one of Don-Ray's Midnight Marauderz podcasts. He moves through a ton of different styles and blends it all so smooth you'll barely notice except when a track reaches out and grabs you.

Midnight Maraudaz Special Samurai Edition by Don-Ray

And all you who dig on reggae, he's got a reggae mix on his Soundcloud so give it a listen.

Don-Ray Version 1 Classic Reggae Mix by Don-Ray

Enjoy! And I'll be blogging more...lots of things going on right now.


Happiness is....

This is why you're single: Wow.

DO YOU FEEL OUT OF PLACE??? - 42 (chambanna)





Wow. Not only CAPS LOCK but also FILLED WITH MISSSSOEPELLIGNS!!!1! Unfortunately, it's *so* misspelled, I can't even understand what he saying about himself. Or...maybe that's fortunate.

Interested in meeting the woman - 27 (Champaign)

Good Day.

I am a good man not from America. I like living here very much for 5 months time. I am interested very much in meeting the woman I can date. I think woman should think and make conversation not just cook the meals and clean the house. I like American woman to be pretty and like to dance. I want the woman to be the young one. I do not like womans to have more years than I. It will be a good time.
Yah, I'm thinking not so much...although this is probably a pretty progressive idea for him. Or...he's just TERRIBLE at translating his needs into Craiglist-speak. :\

Married For Married - 48 (Champaign/Central IL)

I'm a married 40-something professional and successful male looking for a married 30-40-something female. You must be somewhat attractive, girly (like to dress like a woman), and missing passion in your life.

Please send a photo and a what you are looking for. Let's see if we can help each other out.
WTF? I've seen this before. Is wearing a bra and panties enough or is this guy looking for heels, skirts, hose, and pearls? Very odd....

Tired of typical Craigslist guys? - 21 (Champaign, IL)

From what I've seen, most guys on here are pretty boring and creepy, and if you're the kind of person I'm looking for, you're tired of that.

I'm a 21-year-old senior at U of I and I'm looking for interesting girls to be friends with. If we happen to be a match intellectually and physically, I'd love to meet up and learn more about each other. I'm around 5'10 and about 175 lbs, and my interests include Ultimate Frisbee, reading books, old-school Nintendo games, cuddling, and grammar.

If you want to shoot me an e-mail, make the subject of the e-mail your favorite book. Hope to hear from you!
Wow. Grammar? I've never seen that on Craigslist before---both as a like and, you know, in the writing. Nice post, 21-year-old posting a personal on Craigslist. Good luck! You'll prolly need it....


This is why you're single: Dazed and Confused

It's been a while. Here's a few tiny, tasty tidbits to tide you over.

Slave wanted - 22 (Green street)

I am looking for a part time slave who may potentially become full time. I am also willing to hire. Reply with "Oral slave" as the subject
Let's just call this guy confused on the subject of slavery. I think the word he's looking for would be "prostitute."

Student wanted - 20 (Green street)

Helloo !
I am a rich student of Indian origin at the U of I, 5"8 and 140. I just broke up with my girl friend, and I was looking to find a hot girl (preferably a student at the U of I, definately under 28) to make my last semester fun. I am a nice, intelligent guy, perfectly capable of having a normal conversation.
I am in looking for someone who I can spoil with gifts and luxuries and someone who can entertain me come out with friends at night etc. I am in effect looking for a talkitive bimbo to go along with my shy intelligent personailty. I am not into any hard drugs although 420 is a hobby, and neither should you.
Please no fatties (I am perfectly proportional,) or excessively tatooed chicks. You must be UNDER 5"9 and UNDER 140 pounds.
Reply with two different pictures attached with "Girl" as the subject.
So...he's gonna bring a scale to the meetup? Or...is that the maximum size of what will fit in his trunk. Hmmmm....

i do exist. dwm. - 41 (urbana)

im just me im 41 will be 42 next mounth . I have not been happy in a long time. I live alone in my own 2 bedroom house.Im looking for a nice single girl with no kids between the ages of 22-45 with no kids.I like to go out alot .i smoke and drink .I think im a nice guy but Im to shy to meet somewone.Im not perfect I know but I try.I am about 5' 3'' and 199 lbs white male.I got alot of freinds and alot of hobbys i love ridding ATVS, when i have time.Going campingI have the love of my life my dog he is a awsome rat terior..ECT.im shy i will share picts. when you talk to me ....
He REALLY doesn't any crotch fruit. Which is probably for the best since this guy cannot spell at *all.* Homework time would be hell.

Kind, fun local couple needs to find a responsible surrogate (Urbana)

Hello! We're a couple in Urbana who needs to find a kind, sweet, easy-going yet responsible younger woman for a gestational surrogate. Please understand up front we are not rich, and not able to pay a fee greater than $7000 at this time. We need you to have your own health insurance. We are a fun, funny, caring, well-educated couple with one young daughter. We do not wish her to be an only child. If you're still reading this, and think you can help us, or know of anyone who might, please let us know, tell us a little about yourself and, if you feel comfortable, please send a photo as well. Thank you so much, we hope to hear from you soon!
I'm not sure what would make *anyone* think they could find a "responsible surrogate" in the Men Seeking Women personal ads on Craigslist. Unless, like the first entry, surrogate really means prostitute.



Getting You Hot by kirkwoodwest

New track from KirkwoodWest that I'm really digging right now. If you click through to Soundcloud, you can download the track, too.

And...since it's hysterical:


Is it just me...

...or are the comments on the WCIA News Facebook page a hot mess or what?

Have you *seen* any of the comments lately? Go look...I think the ones where they solicit events from the public are bad but some of the questions get some truly bizarre answers.

Honestly, it makes me feel lucky to know such great people in real life....


Music Monday: Pygmalion Music Fest

This Music Monday is a bit different than those in the past. Instead of simply sharing a couple of videos, I'm also sharing an opportunity to hear great music locally at Pygmalion Music Fest. This year it is September 22-25 and the schedule is up.

Peruse the links, listen to some of the music, and make plans to catch at least *one* show this year. There are shows at bars, at coffeehouses, at the IMC, at art galleries, at Krannert, at the Art Theater. There are live acts and DJ sets and combinations in between. I've only partially made my way through the line-up of bands but I thought I'd put this out there early because so many folks I know always regret that they missed X *after* Pygmalion is over.

I'll try to throw up some of tasty tidbits between now and then but make sure you chime in with a comment if there's an act you really think people should see or if there's a particular show that might be overlooked. So far, I'm kinda intrigued by Cut Chemist, Caribou, and Roky Erickson and Okkervil River.

Also, you can follow Pygmalion Music Fest on Twitter or Facebook. 

Cut Chemist - The Garden

Caribou - Odessa

Roky Erickson and Okkervil River - Goodbye Sweet Dreams


An Open Letter: Stop it

Dear MTV,

No one wants to watch those two douchebags, Sammie and Ronnie, play out their stupid ass back-and-forth. I mean really, I know people who do this in real life. I find it just as annoying when it happens at a bar on a Friday night as when it happens on Jersey Shore. Stop it. Now.

What do I want to see?
  • More of Pauly D playing out at clubs
  • More of the boys picking up hand grenades and landmines
  • More of the girls picking up hand grenades and landmines
  • Some GTL with the boys
  • Some beach/spa/shopping with the girls
Sammie and Ronnie are as interesting as two goldfish in a bowl. You know this. Are you just in Spencer-Heidi withdrawal or something? Cuz I'm not....



This is why you're single: Misogyny.com

We have some real...well...you'll see....

Read this ad. You will be VERY tempted to respond. Seriously (not spam)

...Blah blah blah...looking for a submissive...blah blah blah...defining submissive for you...

Perhaps the following scene sums it up. Let's say we are at a formal event for your work. It's your firm's Christmas party and we're all decked out in suits and dresses at the reception hall. I am charming and fun all night long. I speak highly of you to your boss. I make good conversation. The first time I excuse myself to go to the bathroom or get a drink, all of your female co-workers, most of whom are in volatile relationships with men they are constantly trying to compete with and outdo, will turn to you and say "Wow. Good catch! He's handsome...AND charming! He's so nice to you." Here you are, getting all of these compliments on your man from other women (and won't that make you feel like quite the vixen!). As you say your thank yous, a smile appears on your face and you feel yourself getting wet between your legs, as you start thinking about what you're going to be doing for me later. What these women don't "get" and you DO (or WILL) is that my treating you this way makes you WANT to be on your knees later. This treatment makes you WANT to be my devoted girl in public and my submissive whore in the bedroom. To the world we look like the loving, happy "normal" couple. If they only knew the secret world we share together!
My friends don't date losers. But nice assumption, asshole. And not really tempted. Not even a little. Click on the link for the full spiel. Maybe someone out there is this guy's perfect match. But make sure you are ready to move cuz he's in Chicago---but you don't have a life worth anything anyways, right?

Not Sure - 37 (champaign)

I am white 37 have a young child not sure what im looking for friends ltr must like kids outdoors no drugs and not a bitch send me a pix and we might see where we end up
If you haven't seen Idiocracy yet, we can't really be friends anymore until you do. Scurry off now...go watch it so you get this one:

real woman wanted - 50 (champaign/danville/tuscola )
i am a 50plus guy looking for a long term relationship with a woman who understands values like loyalty empathy. not interested in the its all about me women out there. what you have done in the past is not as important.as where your heart and head is today. most men understand that woman are more emotion oriented. why cant women understand men are visually oriented. i am a non drinking or drug taking person. i am a homeowner and retired not tired. have been told by friends that i give too much and i tend to spoil the one i am with. you should be between 40-50. intelligent loyal and a bit quirky. divorce should be a word that you do not believe in. you should have a basic knowledge of what a skirt or dress is. actually possessing them and wearing them is a major plus. the desire to turn a house into a home should be a priority. not looking for a beauty queen but i don't want a drama queen either. tell me about yourself and how to contact . please put loyal in the subject line so i know that you aren't a spam bot. also those who answer this ad with directions that require me to open an account on some website forget it, i dont do that. im not into hookers.
More assumptions. Some women are visually stimulated as well---you are reading the blog of such a female. And a dress? Maybe that's code for "feminine"? Or maybe this guy just doesn't know how to ask for a submissive outright like the first guy.

A non-desperate guy desperately seeking a date! - 30 (Urbana)

Please hurry before I die of boredom! Intelligent, handsome, and recently got out of a relationship, I am in URGENT need some romantic time with a female that doesn't end with plates being thrown at me :). Hoping to go see the ten or eleven fifteen showing of the movie Inception TONIGHT. I'm not picky, I just want someone who's in the mood to smile and laugh, and maybe let me hold their hand. I won't be checking email often, so please call or text me ~only~ if you are up for a spontaneous evening with a charming respectful guy! Hope to hear...
This one is a bit odd. Not desperate but desperately seeking and urgent and near death. This entry was post at 8pm. By 11pm, he'd already given up. Perhaps a little patience would transmit non-desperation better.

Do you still like to neck? - 59 (Danville)

Does anyone over 40 still get a kick out of necking on the couch while watching a movie on TV? A little cuddling, caressing, maybe a foot massage for her. I am a very passionate man who loves to kiss and cuddle. Unfortunately, I live with someone who has lost all interest in necking. My best trait is my oral skills and it is a total shame to waste them. Especially with me being alone all week, sitting home watching movies by myself and wishing someone who enjoys kissing was sitting next to me sharing my popcorn and my talent. You don't have to be naked with someone from the opposite sex to have a great time. Conversation, kissing, and cuddling is also great fun. I will be sitting home alone again Wed and Thur wishing I had someone to kiss. If you are in the same position, we should meet at Wendy's or Arbys' on Vermillion and see if there is enough of a connection to share time together. You only live once and no sense both of being along at night wishing for a little kissing and cuddling when we can share it together. You can even pick the chick flick you want to watch and I will enjoy it right there beside you. Just pick a time between 5:15PM and 8PM and the location to meet in Danville and lets enjoy each other's company while we can.
My mate, who puts up with my viagra-addled ass, is out of town and I need to fill the endless vacuum that is my soul with strangers to mack on. So...you know...if you are free during the three hours a day I'm not busy with other shit, meet me in a skeevy fast food parking lot. I'll be the guy with the dodgy van and the industrial roll of hefty bags.

Lookin 2 give u the best 23 seconds of ur life! - m4w - 23 (Urbana, Ill)

Tall white and sexy. Jp about my title btw. I go to u of I. Txt pix to area code sex for nyne nyne ate ero ero.
I think we *all* know that 23 seconds is still probably too generous.

Wanted: Haircut +++ - m4w - 50 (chambana)

Looking for lady who can give me a haircut and also a happy ending $$$ why not do both please reply with haircut in subject.
This one made me scratch my head at first. I was thinking perhaps this was an attempt to skirt the word massage? But...upon further reflection, I think this guy just really wants a haircut and a handjob. Cuz hairdressers are basically prostitutes, right? *sigh*

Join me for some fun and excitement before Summer fades away! (C/U)

You MUST be;
1) a real caucasion Female age 35- 50 (flexible)
2) Any weight from skinny to needing to lose 20 pounds(but NO more than that).
3) good stamina and a high sex drive
4) Independant, attractive, sexy woman in her own right.

If you can say yes to ALL items #1-4, then you just might be the lady I am looking for.
I am a true gentleman and will treat you with kindness politeness and respect that a lady deserves.
My height is 5 foot seven and I weight almost 200 pounds.
Although I am 55, I am told I look much younger. (I know I can act it. HA!)
I have been blessed with a full head of hair. (see pics)
I have a good sense of humor and am a very passionate & hopeless romantic.
No games, be serious and send along PICTURES, INFO and anything to help expedite this meeting.
To cut down on Spambots and hel assure you are as real as I, put "LEO" in your reply in the subject line
Please conform to my rigid standard based on what makes me horny---but hopefully spelling isn't a turn-on for you. In addition, I'll treat you according to rigid gender roles where you are the submissive. My physical appearance, however, has been stunted in the 70s.

Click through for the real Magnum PI pics included with the ad. I swear...they just pop up like this. Variations on a theme.... And a big thanks to moongrrl for these entries.



Unfortunately, funnier than the movie they did together...

Some bad language so it may be NSFW if you don't have headphones.

Music Monday: Blast from the Past

All these were apparently shot at the same time---ONJ has the same outfit on in all of them. Those headbands...esh. For some unknown reason, A line from A Little More Love popped into my head on Sunday and I had to hear it.

Also...what the hell is that keyboardist on?

A Little More Love - Olivia Newton John (1978)

Magic - Olivia Newton John (1980)

Make a Move on Me - Olivia Newton John (1981)

Is it just me or does this last one sound like background music for a hit 80s movie? Can't place it....


Music Monday: Crave

This song has been rolling around in my head for a couple days. This is the remix that's got me hooked.

Aeroplane vs. Friendly Fires vs. Flight Facilities ft. Giselle Rosselli - I Crave Paris

Here's the original.

Flight Facilities - Crave You ft. Giselle [OFFICIAL]

This is why you're single: Desperation isn't flattering

Today's edition is sort of a "what not to do" if you are trying not to smell of desperation.

world is spiralling into death - 28 (champaign)

world is spiralling into death
why would you wish to procreate
for only selfish reasons of course

yes i am depressed
why wouldnt you be if you give a damn about the best interest of the world
and by world i dont meant any more people.
i mean what god created
yes we can be beautiful too but we are in his image
we have control over this world
and it is obviously headed past shit
been depressed for a long time
need a woman to pull me out

i just want to learn to live of the land and live in the wilderness, wait for everyone else to die
Cheer up, Emo boy. While I might agree with you on the state of things in the world today, you don't show your despair right away. Scares away the food.

Need someone to snuggle tonight...and maybe for the rest of my life :) - 29 (Chambana- A date at the Beverly?)
Looking to add all kinds of romance to my life. Could you be the one :)? Let's jump right into it... the holding hands, calling each other 'sweety', picking up the phone and knowing that someone will always be on the other end... I'm open on age, I find all kinds of women attractive. I am intelligent, handsome, and at the start of a good career. I'm fine if our date ends up being just a one-time thing, and also more than happy to continue it. We'll just take everything as it comes together and see how it feels!
I'd also like to see the movie 'Inception'. Want to come with me? I don't see many movies in theaters, but this one is so well-reviewed that I feel like the big screen experience would definitely be worth it. I'll buy you some popcorn if you let me hold your hand :). Actually, I'll even buy the tickets if you can drive tonight... my car is currently sick, but I'm getting it fixed this weekend. Write me back soon so we can figure out a showtime, dear!
Let's see, no car. That smells suspiciously like an excuse to hide a lack of a driver's license. And no driver's license breaks one of the cardinal basics required of a potential dating candidate:

driver's license
don't live with parents

I know, I know...picky, picky.

BLACK FEMALES ONLY!!!!!!!!! - m4ww - 27 (URBANA)

lookin for women who share the same interests as me i love hip hop and r and b some of my favorite artists are gucci mane lil wayne tpain 2pac genuwine neyo dru hill just to name a few i like to find a female who likes the same thangs if you are cool and sexy maybe we can be further than friends im into basketball tattoos drinking smoking i smoke newports 420 friendly i love 2 watch porn and i love sex very oral and i like new positions dont like boring sex hit me up if you like what i put in and we can trade pic 4 pic
This one was posted under "Strictly Platonic." I'm guessing he doesn't know what that means.

Saw you at the mall - m4w - 38 (Champaign)
I saw you at Market Place Mall this past weekend. I think I may have caught your eye.

You - very attractive, fit, well-dressed, sexy married woman.
Me - attractive, fit, white male, 6' 190lbs, brown bedroom eyes, just a bit graying.

Would you like to meet for a discrete cup of coffee or iced tea?
Yes, because there was only one attractive, fit, well-dressed married woman at the mall this weekend. I guess, though, if you cast a wide enough net....

crossdresser kennel pet - m4m - 39 (champaign)

looking to be ones pet girl etc. large crossdresser with desires to be ones collared leashed pet. if you have a male dog and would like to see me be his bitch girl or would like to have me collared leashed as a pet or all above please put kennel pet in subject line.
I don't want to see that. Ever. Also, our first bestiality post! Notice, I didn't say last. I have faith....


Only took a few weeks

When I started blogging again, when I searched for gamera, I was asked "Did you mean camera bag?"



Please show djbozak some bloggy love

DJ Bozak, a local dj who has moved out to San Francisco, needs your support for a mixtape competition. I'm gonna let him explain what he needs you ALL to do before the end of the month---basically before midnight Saturday.
...I'm in a mixtape contest. Tomorrow the 5 DJ's with the most favorites to their BBE Mixtape Contest mixes on mixcloud.com get their mixes sent to BBE records, and I am currently juuust on the outside looking in. I am askin' for a bit of your help in a final push towards winning this thing. This is one of my favorite labels and I would love a chance to work with them.

I'm asking for a vote of support for myself, and for quality music in general, by favoriting my mix. To do so you need to spend 3 minutes creating an account (you give them an email address and a password, then you confirm the email address and your done), then .5 seconds clicking on the "favorite" tab here:

That's it. That's all you need to do to help. And the confirmation email comes quickly. So...can you spare three minutes? In addition, *definitely* give his mix a listen if you like:

Hip-Hop Rap / Soul Funk Disco Boogie / Nu Soul / House

since that's what's in this mix. Here's the tracklisting:

1 Martin L. Dumas - Attitude, Belief, Determination
2 Masters At Work - Justa Lil Dope
3 J Dilla - E=Mc2 Feat. Common
4 Madlib - Disco Dance
5 Visioneers - Funk Box Feat. Capitol A
6 Pete Rock - Get Involved
7 Jay Dee - B.B.E.
8 Ty - Me Feat. Erik Rico
9 King Britt - Transcend Feat. Bahamadia
10 Pete Rock - For The People
11 Aaron Jerome - Way Of Life (Dj Vadim Remix)
12 J Dilla - African Rhythm
13 Roy Ayers - Liquid Love
14 J Dilla - Dime Pieces Remix Feat. Dwele
15 Aquasky - "Images"
16 Jay Dee - Strange & Funky Things
17 Ronnie Dyson - All Over Your Face
18 Ramona Brooks - I Don't Want You Back
19 Class Action - Weekend [Jm After-Session M&M Mix]
20 Fresh Band - Come Back Lover
21 # Pepe Bradock - Deep Burnt
22 Amy Winehouse - My Bed (Bugz In The Attic Remix)
23 Nuyorican Soul - The Nervous Track
24 Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It (Instrumental)

So...go favorite bozak's mix. Comment here when you do.


Tasty Tidbits 18: Snack-sized but still full flavored

First off, there are two pieces of good news. That's right: good news. First, DRM can be broken if you aren't trying to infringe copyright. Via boingboing:
Here's some remarkable news: a judge in a New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Appeals Court has ruled that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ban on breaking DRM only applies if you break DRM in order to violate copyright law. This is a complete reversal of earlier rulings across the country (and completely opposite to the approach that the US Trade Representative has demanded from America's trading partners)....

It's up to the plaintiff, MGE, to appeal to the Supremes, but even if they don't, it's only a matter of time until there are new cases in the Fifth Circuit (or other circuits that follow its lead) that lead to highest court handing down some new law on this. Let's hope they see the sense of Judge Garza: "Merely bypassing a technological protection that restricts a user from viewing or using a work is insufficient to trigger the (Digital Millennium Copyright Act's) anti-circumvention provision."
In another article from boingboing:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation drove three deep wedges into the US prohibition on breaking DRM today. EFF had applied to the Copyright Office to grant exemptions permitting the cracking of DRM in three cases: first, to "jailbreak" a mobile device, such as an iPhone, where DRM is used to prevent phone owners from running software of their own choosing; second, to allow video remix artists to break the DRM on DVDs in order to take short excerpts for mashups posted to YouTube and other sharing sites; finally EFF got the Copyright Office to renew its ruling that made it legal to unlock cellphones so that they can be used with any carrier.

These are major blows against the tradition in US law of protecting DRM, even when DRM wasn't upholding copyright. For example, Apple argued in its Copyright Office filing that it should be illegal under copyright law to install iPhone software unless Apple had approved and supplied it (akin to the principle that you should only be allowed company-approved bread in your toaster, or Folgers-approved milk in your instant coffee).
And...while these two good news items may not last, they are a bright spots.

National Geographic has an article and accompanying photos up showing how oil glows under a black light. I'd make a rave joke but it's just still too sad.

Bluntcard.com has fantastically funny images that you can get made into magnets, t-shirts, mousepads, etc. I'm kinda partial to Dial Tone. Or Old Space.




I have a nephew and since he was 6-ish, I've been watching movies with him. And not just any movies---Sci-Fi movies. It started because he caught Alien Vs. Predator on FX. He started asking me questions about the facehuggers flying through the air and the weapons of the Predators and I realized quite quickly that he just needed to watch all those movies from both franchises and all would be clear.

So...that's where we began. Some movies we watched on TV (where the sexual content or super graphic violence was edited out) and some we rented. After making through all six of those movies, we moved on to other franchises---Terminator, Riddick, and some Star Trek movies.

After a few years, it became clear. Special effects become dated. Many of the original Star Trek movies didn't hold up. I, of course, adore them because I watched Star Trek in reruns as a child. But the boy hadn't seen those reruns. And...a movie from the early 80s...well...it's not that flashy. Electronically animated mannequins, smoke, and shitty special effects...not as compelling 30 years later.

Now...a few movies did hold his interest from that era. The main one that comes to mind is the original Terminator. He was interested in it because he saw the second one---from the early 90s---first. He *wanted* to know the beginning of the story. The story, not the effect, kept him interested. And to me, story is very important in sci-fi. Just a quick sidenote here, but that's why Inception is going to endure better as a sci-fi classic than...oh, Avatar. The Story. Avatar (or Dances with Smurfs) has none. Inception...it's got so much I'm not sure I got all of it in one viewing.

So...I have compiled a list a few years ago and have had friends add suggestions over the years and I thought I'd see if anyone who reads the blog has any suggestions for movies I might have overlooked. I'll publish the entire list included those seen so as to avoid any overlap.

One caveat: I prefer movies that don't have a ton of sexual content. I don't have a problem with sexual content myself, but I don't really wanna watch it with my nephew. For example, when I rented Total Recall, I forgot all about that one scene. And if you are guy, you instantly know what scene I'm talking about. And maybe it's cuz I'm a girl, but *I* remember the rubber fake faces on the side of a hill on Mars gasping for air. However...every man I've told this story to remembers the one scene I forgot all about: the three-boobed mutant. When it popped up, I yelled "Don't look!" and he turned away. But...at the end of the movie...he looked at me and asked, "Do all the mutants have three boobs?"

So...if a suggestion has a lot of sex, howzabout a heads up. Maybe he can watch it on his own. Later. Without his auntie sitting on the couch next to him. Trust me, I went to see Bram Stoker's Dracula with my dad while in college. Talk about uncomfortable.

However, language and violence are not issues and the boy *particularly* loves cool weapons/technology and robots. So...without further ado...here is The List.

Alien 1-4
Predator 1-2
AVP 1-2

Terminator 1-4

Pitch Black
The Chronicles of Riddick

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Personal favorite)
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek (JJ Abrams reboot)

Lord of the Rings trilogy

Resident Evil 1-2

Jurassic Park 1-3

Back to the Future 1-3

The Matrix
Hitchhiker's Guide
Total Recall
Starship Troopers
Independence Day
War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise version)

Fifth Element
The Thing
Escape from NY
Road Warrior (waiting---rape scene)
Three Days of the Condor
Blade Runner
Running Man
12 Monkeys
Minority Report
Logan's Run
Planet of the Apes
The Descent
Forbidden Planet

Any favorites that I missed in this list? Don't bother with Star Wars...that's a given. And...we've only *just* started with zombies. Personally, zombies scare the crap out of *me* so we watched one Resident Evil movie on FX with the gorier stuff removed. Even so...zombies are scary. So that explains the lack of zombie movies.


The ayes have it...

Blog it is. Anyone have any input as to whether drupal or joombla or something else is best? I'm just now researching it. Also, what features would you absolutely want to see in a group blog?

Music Monday: Instrumentals

Here's four videos to start off your week. All instrumental and all will take your mind on a journey. I hope you find at least one that you enjoy.

Clogs - Tides of Washington Bridge

Mount Kimbie - At Least (Instra:mental Remix) - HFRMX006

Caribou - Bowls

William Basinski - Melancholia - #2



Burgers cooking
Fabric softener wafting
Clark Park
Pizza cooking
Fresh mulch baking in the sun
Wet basement drying
Hessel Park
Music playing
People cooking
Kids swinging
Dogs barking
Fermented apples reeking
Fabric softener returning
Cicadas singing
Harris Park
West Side Park
Secret shortcut home


This is why you're single: Humpday!

Summer fun - 40 (Champaign)

I’m a normal mid western guy looking for someone to hangout and have fun with. Go watch a movie, listen to a band, lunches, trips to Indy, maybe someday a weekend getaway and any other things we want to do. ;-) Go do things we’ve always wanted to do. I like to make things happen.

A little about me. I’m white, early 40s, decent looking, in great shape, love music, easygoing, professional job, and open minded to whatever. Btw yes, I am married with kids and not wanting to change that.

What I’m looking for. A lady in her 30s or early 40s that is flirty, fun and sensual. I’m not looking for a super model but at least someone who is in good shape. I am active. Someone who can get away to be with me. For drinks after work or to go out at night. If you’re married or single that’s fine. I’m not wanting to be a sugar Daddy but I do want to spoil you. ,Someone with the mindset to have amazing sex. The kind you say “WOW” afterwards.

I want honest, upfront conversations about life, the world and sex. Oh, the amazing sex!
This is not all about sex. It’s about a friendship of flirting, fun and being alive.

I’m an open book so if I’ve intrigued you. Ask and I will tell all.

I'm already saying WOW and it's because you are a douchebag. Speaking of....

yooo you wanna kick it? =] - 19

yooooo wutupp mahhh ninjahhhhhhhss, so heres the dwn low, im just lookin for someone to hangout with ya knw n just to have fun with, not really lookin for sex or anything of the matter, im a pretty chilled guy dont really get bothered much, dont really want drama or any of that shit cuz i could use that time to have fun with my life but instead stuck there arguing over some stupid shit thats finna get ppl hurt n i dont really wanna deal with it. i speak my mind if something bothers me ill let ya knw n we could work it out im a patience person i would be willing to work things out for the girl i love. i would love nothing more then to make her happy. so bout me, im currently a student at parkland , im 19 im 5'9 slim kina active ya knw been going to the gym to keep in shape n stay healthy um im a friendly guy once u get to knw me. i like meeting new ppl n make new friends, if shit doesnt work out we could always be friends i wouldnt mind, um im funny i like to make ppl laugh when shit gets kinda awkward lol. im outgoing down for anything that catches my interest. my interests are music any kind really cept for country or that opera shit lol if its good ill check it out, kickin it with mahhhh homiesss from time to time, im more of an outside kinda person, dont really like to sit a home doing nothing ya knwww? but if u wanna kick it at home n watch a movie or something then im down it should be SWEEETTTT!!! =] but most importantly i dont discriminate against other ppl, i see every race as equal, if ur fun n cute then ur fun n cute to me that all that matters u really dont need to prove anything to me, im just a normal human being like urself n i believe that u should be treated the way u wanna be treated. but cheaaaaa hit me up if ur interested ive been knwn to be cute ;] feel free to ask anything n ill hit ya up in a hot sec. i would give u an honest n straight forward answer. Cheaaa hope to hear from u soon n thnx for reading beautifullllllllll =] n oh plz send a pic with ur reply so i knw who im talkn to n ill give u mine thnks agian

Stay in skooooooooooool there ninja! And the answer to your headline is no. I can't even read that block of text you crapped out. Try hitting enter a couple times every so often. Eh, fuck it. I probably wouldn't read it then either.

And finally, we close out with one that will make you go "awww...."

help me get revenge on my ex - 20 (champaign)

hi boys. i'm a normal cute 20yo who just got cheated on by the biggest doche on the planet. i really just want to release some tension and have some fun. i live in champaign and go to parkland and i'm normal and not a slut but i def want to try this out and see if it works. not looking for a date and def not looking for older guys. say hi and we can trade pictures and maybe meet somewhere public first just to be safe. put jim is a bastard in the subject so i know you're real, lol

First off, awwww.... And second, you should be hooking up with his best friend. Not strangers. How will your ex find out otherwise?


Heads up!

Just an FYI: I'm updating and renovating the site. I'll continue with full feeds so those who don't actually visit the site won't see much of a difference but I may continue to change things over the next couple of weeks as I update the blogroll, tweak the layout, and add more widgets.

I've already re-added the Twitter updates and Google Reader items in the sidebar. If you use Twitter or Google Reader, you can follow me here or there for both. I use both a lot. However, I've dropped Last.fm. It interferes with Illustrator so that makes it impossible to run while working which is when I listen to a ton of music/podcasts/etc.

Let me know if you see anything wonky. You should still be able to comment without logging in. Let me know if that craps out on anyone. Moongrrl had a problem with it recently.

My goal is to have everything updated and running smoothly before my five-year blogiversary. Can you believe it's been five years since I started this blog? I think my initial description of "a meandering mix of serious and not" has held up well over the years.

Tragic BP Photoshop Disaster

Go...read this article at AmericaBlog about how BP has *horrendously* botched a photo of their crisis command center on their website. They basically took a photo from 2001 that had blank screens and sloppily tried to put in current images. Only...who ever did it cut out the images with a pair of rusty garden shears. And then didn't blur, smudge, and clone as any good photoshopper should do.

If you like Photoshop disasters that are funnier than this one, check out PhotoshopDisaster blog for regular doses of poor graphic judgment. I swear, sometimes these images by committee must be made by blind folks.


A quick poll: Blog or Forum?

What do you prefer to visit? A very active:

blog where you can post your own articles for comment by all


internet forum with many different discussion forums (music, politics, current events, etc.)

This is sorta related to my post about Illinipundit/ChampaignPundit, but it's also out of curiosity. I'm a forum person myself but I know others who prefer blogs. I can't seem to make a poll with the Blogger tools, so just chime in with a comment.

Music Monday: See Line Woman

Found this version from Don-Ray's Midnight Maraudaz podcast. And even though I know folks who *hate* the term nu-jazz, that is how I found this podcast: searching for nu-jazz podcasts. Don-Ray's is one of the only ones I still avidly listen to---Soul Sanctuary is the other.

Here's Nina Simone's version.


I sense a disturbance in the force.

So...I've removed IlliniPundit (now ChampaignPundit) from my blog roll. First, a little background. IlliniPundit was a local, conservative, Daily Kos-style group blog initially run by an anonymous owner, IlliniPundit. After a while, IlliniPundit outed himself because he began to work on Republican political campaigns and wanted to make full and complete disclosure. Recently, Gordy was appointed to the Champaign City Council and he took down IlliniPundit. After a time, he apparently sold or gave it to unknown individual(s).

I used to post there and I used to read a lot of the posts there even if I rarely commented. For a while, I posted anonymously and signed my posts "-gamera" because I was locked out. The former owner/administrator (and now city council member) Gordy Hulten saw that I was locked out and fixed the problem for me.

Now...it is unknown at this time who runs ChampaignPundit (as it is now known) and the problems with spam are not just a CP problem. Spam can get through captcha and any other security so keeping out spammers requires some work. In the past few weeks, no person or group stepped forward to state who to contact when problems occur. It is also unknown who can help with login issues or who can delete spam posts.

This is simply a lack of leadership. There was a whiny post about "Gordy kept his identity secret" recently but the *actual* identity of CPs owners isn't the issue. I could care less if the owner used the name Lazlo Toth. (Note to the administrator at CP: the original post stays in the feed reader.) What people wanted was a stated username/admin to contact when there were issues. What we got was attitude.

I also noticed Arvid put up a post to consolidate all the whining and it disappeared. I finally met Arvid at a party last weekend. He said he never deleted that post. Later, another more generic post that contained basically the same thing as Arvid's showed up but it had a reference to Laszlo Toth as a pseudonym for the new admin...and then it was modified to remove the Laszlo Toth reference...and then a bunch of comments from the new post were deleted.

The final straw for me was when no one had stepped forward to take responsibility for the site publicly and spam posts were all over the board, yet the admin was busy removing anonymous posting privileges rather than removing the spam. Way to prioritize. So...since I have no idea who is even at the helm at that site nor do I know what the stated purpose of the site is anymore, I'm just going to stay away and part of that is removing it from my blogroll.

Of course, you all are free to frequent whatever websites you'd like, but just know that at the current incarnation of ChampaignPundit.com, your comments can be deleted without warning, your blog entries can be deleted without warning, and you have no idea who to contact if you are attacked or if you need tech support with login. Did I mention someone posted a generic Yahoo! email address to contact for support? It was promptly removed either because (a) the admin didn't want it out there in the open or (b) it was a fake. Hard to know since there's *no one to ask.* And don't get me started on the rampant homophobia all over the CP. It's disgusting.

At the very least, who ever is running the show is technologically incompetent. And that's the kindest thing I can say. To me, it's kinda pathetic. The latest "big story" on CP is some business-muckity-muck bemoaning a bill that would prevent *potential* employers from obtaining your credit report. Why someone I don't even work for yet should have access to my personal information is beyond me anyway, but hey, my private information is apparently something I should be selling in a job interview. You know, rather than previous work history, competence, skill, education, etc. or other facts that would be pertinent to the job.


This is why you're single: Looking for love locally

So...today we have a bunch of catching up to do with our series This Is Why You're Single. Our doggedly determined correspondent, moongrrl, was on vacay for a while but upon her return to the grind, she discovered these gems from the local Craigslist. First off, we have a gentleman looking to feed his critters. Wink wink nudge nudge.
assistance? - 47 (Champ County)

I live in a farmhouse w outbldgs, peaceful setting, have cats and dogs, dish tv, ac, etc.
Kind of laid up--broken leg, etc.
Difficult feeding critters by myself.
Also, I get kinda bored and could use a little company.
Wife will be gone end of week, unable to assist.
Would someone want to come hang out, maybe help feed critters, etc.?
Maybe develop a friendship, maybe more later...
Kind of an odd post, but thought I'd throw it out there.
If somebody responds, it will be better than hobbling around trying to get things done--lol.
BTW--if it matters, I'm easy on the eyes, and not overweight
Want 2 B my skinlamp?

Well Ladies i am fresh market after 9 long years!!!! - 30 (Rantoul Il)

Well ok ladies my name is Mike. I am thirty yrs old and i just got out of a 9 yr relationship and i have no idea where to begin. i am looking for someone to show me that there is still happyiness out there. Well i guess other than that if you have question just ask. sorry about the pic yes it is my x and we are not together anymore. i have lost wieght since then but it is the only pic i currently have.

Hi Mike! You should meet the crop tool. Also, I note you didn't say *divorced* so...where are your wife and kids? Hmmm....

Sexy interracial couple at church (church in champaign)

I shook your hands at church this morning, but don't recall seeing you before. You appeared to be a couple and are a nice looking black man and a white BBW. If there's any possibility you two are open to a threesome, write back. We can exchange more information to find out if we are the ones who met. I'm a fit attractive white guy who is great at massage and straight but orally bi. We could have a lot of fun together if you're up for it.
Uh...scoping threesome material at *church* seems like a huge FAIL but that's probably just me. And wtf is "orally bi"? You give blowjobs but aren't gay? Or...you let guys blow you?

into nudism seeking female - m4w - 41 (central IL)

I enjoy clothes free lifestyle on weekends visiting nudist resorts across Midwest. One thing is missing and that I would like to have a female companion go with me. If you want a perfect all body tan and fun in the sun the come with me to various places in IL, IN, MI, MO, or WI to be a nudist.

I am divorced and not seeking sexual relationships.
OMG SCORE! Also, bringing a female with you to the nudist resorts will probably help cut down on the creeper factor. At least...a little.


This is why you're single: Keep it off Facebook.

The names have been *slightly* changed to protect the innocent. Don't post your personal dating drama on Facebook. Or you deserve to be made fun of for like...ever.

Music Monday: Multiple Mentions

I've been working a lot lately on a big project and since I'm tied to my computer a lot, I've been catching up on podcasts, Soundcloud, Hypem, and other music stuff. The first two tracks are sorta broken beatish, the third is from The Roots newest album, and the last is a haunting, folky song. Hopefully something here will help get you going this Monday....

Ratatat - Bilar

Alex B - Talk It Out

The Roots ft. Joanna Newsom - Right On

Clogs - Last Song


Why are they always full of shit?

From Sunday's N-G:

Brady's company stalled on project near interchange in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Even before the Curtis Road interchange opened in May 2008, city planners were working with a developer to build a residential subdivision west of the interstate.

read more

I don't know what's more aggravating. The fact that yet again a developer doesn't want to pay for the services needed to build a neighborhood or that someone is looking for state money to build this shit for them. Reminds me of Garden Hills where this are no sidewalks or streetlights. Or how sidewalks begin and end at random because previous developers were allowed to develop without putting them in.

Why are we supposed to keep paying for developers to make a profit? Why is someone who is running for governor of this broke-ass state balking at providing the necessary infrastructure in his private business? Is this how he is going to run the state as governor? Cutting corners and expecting use to pay for his personal gain? Not that Quinn is much better. I'd like to kick his dumb ass up and down the street for giving his staff raises while other state workers who have taken on extra responsibility don't get squat except furloughs, benefit cuts, and hiring freezes.



A little blog love

I want you *all* to head over to D-Mom Blog where my friend, Leighann, blogs about diabetes and congratulate her for making HuffPost today.

Music, music, and music

Check out this animation combining font and folk. There are other videos on that same site, but I like that one best.

Speaking of music, there are two events I wanna show some love. First, there is dub/reggae/roots/ska night that debuts at Boltini tonight:

and the on-going Thursday Is the New Friday techno goodness at the Zombie Mall:


Say goodbye to life as we knew it

I know, I know...I'm a Debbie Downer. I saw this video on io9 today. It's a animation of projected oil spread over 360 days. See more details in the video description.

In addition, seafood consumption is over. Crab larvae are already contaminated which means it's already in the food chain. Just wait til the entire eastern coast is soaking in crude oil.

"I think we will see this enter the food chain in a lot of ways — for plankton feeders, like menhaden, they are going to just actively take it in," said Harriet Perry, director of the Center for Fisheries Research and Development at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. "Fish are going to feed on (crab larvae). We have also just started seeing it on the fins of small, larval fish — their fins were encased in oil. That limits their mobility, so that makes them easy prey for other species. The oil's going to get into the food chain in a lot of ways."

Perry said researchers have not yet linked the hydrocarbons found in the crab larvae to the BP disaster, but she has little doubt it's the source. She said she has never seen such contamination in her 42 years of studying blue crab.

Hope you all enjoyed having fish as a source of reliable protein. Sure glad BP fixed that.

There was *one* possible bright spot: there could be a way to stem this spread. From the YouTube animation link above:

The animations furthermore suggest that the narrow, deep Straits of Florida force the Florida Current into a narrow channel, creating a tight bottleneck for the spreading of oil into the Atlantic. After one year, about 20% of the particles initially released at the Deepwater Horizon location had been transported through the Straits of Florida into the open Atlantic according to an averaging over the 5 different years of typical ocean surface current data. The animations suggest that a filtering system in the narrowest spot of the Florida Current could mitigate the spreading of the oil film into the North Atlantic.

Good news?


Music Monday: Ani DiFranco - Hearse

Caught a UStream of an Ani Difranco concert last week and this song jumped out at me. I heart Ani anyway and she could sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat and I'd probably be in awe, but this one just kinda felt bare to me. Especially this part....
I will always be your lover
even after our atoms are dispersed
we'll be pushing up daisies
and my crush will just be getting worse
And I will follow you into the next life
like a dog chasing after a hearse

You can view the entire concert here at UStream sponsored by CreativeAllies.com and recorded on June 24, 2010.

New Gamera Gabs Feature: This is why you're single

I've been threatening to start another blog entitled "This is why you're single" in which I shall share crazy personal ads. However, since I haven't even bothered to update this blog, we'll just roll it into this blog.

Now..."This is why you're single" can be taken two ways. One: these posts are examples of why someone might be single---they share too much, ask for bizarre things (trust me, you'll see), or they are just too out there. Two: these posts are examples of the options for single people to date, hence an excuse to remain single. I'm sure there are more ways to interpret "This is why you are single" but I just wanted to point out that we aren't simply making fun of people on Craigslist. Though...that is a huge part of it. Thank heaven for the internet.

I can't claim credit for finding all these gems. I have a crack team (read: twisted friends) who will be helping me scour the Craiglist to find you only the *best* in personal ads. Now...for this first one. This one isn't that shocking it's just funny and comes to us from our very own local Craigslist Casual Encounters section. I have to give moongrrl credit for this find. She finds some real treasures for sure.
2 hornie bitches - ww4m - 29

wse are kind a drunk an VERY hory!!!



we wanna dance have fun than FUCKK YA!!!

if you are HOT AND FUN and likes to enjoy the night give us ya number!!!

we are waitihg

we will leave tha house in 1 hour if you contac us before that we mingh hang out!


Timestamp: 7:34PM CDT last Wednesday night

Just a tiny morsel to whet your appetite. Not sure how regular this feature will be since it depends on popularity here but also on available material. Your submissions are always welcome. :)


I've known for a while that we were heading in this direction...

...and in case you haven't heard, I quit smoking 8 months ago after having sinus surgery.

Should Parents Be Fined for Smoking with a Kid in the Car

Now, part of me doesn't see how this could be enforced very well. I also see this as yet another instance of criminalizing addiction rather than treating the real issue.

However...I never smoked with the kids in the car. Never. And I am, I mean, was a damn chain smoker. I've even parked to get out of the car and smoke a cigarette on a long car trip. So...that's my personal beliefs. But I don't believe my personal opinions should be codified into law.

How about you? Where do you fall on this issue? Should smoking in a hot box with children be something that law enforcement should be delving into?


Anger always brings me back

Not sure how many people still subscribe to my feed or bother to check my blog on a regular basis, but two stories in the N-G today made me *want* to blog.

A 54-year-old man got 16 years in pound-you-in-the-ass prison for cannabis trafficking. He had 17 and then 18 lbs of cannabis shipped to his start up business, "Seeds of Life."

A 59-year-old Urbana man got 4 years probation for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He molested a 10-year-old girl five years ago. He said the touching was "a misunderstanding."

Perhaps if the 54-year-old man had claimed the pot shipments were "accidents," he'd be on mere probation as well.