Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Sunday Drive

Back during my childhood, our parents would often load up my brother and me after Sunday morning church services for a leisurely drive around where we lived.  Even though we were seeing mostly familiar sights, it was still good to see them, and this is why “A Sunday Drive” sounded about right for the name of a weekly series revisiting familiar sites that are well worth seeing again and again.  The link below the image is to the site itself, and the image is linked to the post it was first included in here.



















 Link: [LLM Calling]











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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday Morning Cartoons (+)

No, it is not that I am in the midst of experiencing a second or third childhood.  For it is arguable that I have never really grown up because of my march toward maturity being interrupted by some episodes of arrested development along the way.  So, instead of thinking that this series is meant as a wistful look back upon a simpler time, think of it as being a rather simplistic mind remaining in a moment for an extended period of time.  In any event, I hope you find it enjoyable.


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday's Sites To See

The SOLE purpose of this weekly series is to help call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Just to be clear, inclusion in this series is not necessarily meant as a recommendation, and I have included sites that are rather disturbing to me.  The link below each image is to the site itself, and each image is linked to the particular post from which it was taken when applicable.  Please, go see for yourself.  Oh, and as of August 10, 2012, I will be no longer including sites that have auto-play and word verification engaged.






























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Thursday, April 17, 2014

ATF: SoCal Dreams and Nightmares

This weekly series will include as many of my all-time favorite tunes as I can get my grubby little hands on (so to speak).  Now, each one included in each edition will have some connection with the other—albeit only as a figment of my imagination, but they will not be numbered.  For I just cannot bring myself to rate some higher than others.  So, this will not be a countdown, but if you are enjoying them as much as I do, it won’t matter.  Besides, with no countdown, this could go on forever and ever!  Oh, and despite the fact that there is absolutely no way that your musical tastes can be as exquisite as mine, I welcome any suggestions that you might dare to make.  I am, after all, quite magnanimous by nature.



California Dreamin’
The Mamas and The Papas
All the leaves are brown
All the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey
And the sky is grey
I've been for a walk
I've been for a walk
On a winter's day
On a winter's day
I'd be safe and warm
I'd be safe and warm
If I was in L.A.
If I was in L.A.
California dreamin'
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day

Stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Well I got down on my knees
Got down on my knees
And I pretend to pray
I pretend to pray
You know the preacher liked the cold
Preacher liked the cold
He knows I'm gonna stay
Knows I'm gonna stay
California dreamin'
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day

All the leaves are brown
All the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey
And the sky is grey
I've been for a walk
I've been for a walk
On a winter's day
On a winter's day
If I didn't tell her
If I didn't tell her
I could leave today
I could leave today
California dreamin'
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day
California dreamin'
On such a winter's day



Hotel California
The Eagles
On a dark desert highway
Cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas
Risin’ up through the air
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy
And my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway
I heard the mission bell
Then I was thinkin’ to myself
This could be Heaven
Or this could be Hell
Then she lit up a candle
And she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year
Any time of year
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany twisted
She got the Mercedes bends
She’s got a lot of pretty pretty boys
That she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard
Sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember
Some dance to forget
So I called up the captain
Please bring me my wine
He said
We haven't had that spirit here
Since 1969
And still those voices are callin’
From far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
They're living it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise
What a nice surprise
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceilin’
The pink champagne on ice
And she said
We are all just prisoners here
Of our own device
And in the master's chambers
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives
But they just can't kill the beast
Last thing I remember
I was
Runnin’ for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
Relax
Said the night man
We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave

Lyrics From: [elyrics.net]

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HoF Ads: Gutbomb

This weekly series will feature ads that I consider to be the very best (in one way or another).  Please do not hesitate to tell me about your favorite ads, and if you have some (good) taste, I just might add yours to the list.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday's Sites To See

The SOLE purpose of this weekly series is to help call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Just to be clear, inclusion in this series is not necessarily meant as a recommendation, and I have included sites that are rather disturbing to me.  The link below each image is to the site itself, and each image is linked to the particular post from which it was taken when applicable.  Please, go see for yourself.  Oh, and as of August 10, 2012, I will be no longer including sites that have auto-play and word verification engaged.













 Link: [Taryterre]

















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Monday, April 14, 2014

Come Monday...The Pretender

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).


What is the first thing you think of when you hear (or read) of someone being a pretender?  Is it not that they are just going through the motions at best, and being a fake (or a fraud) at worst?  That is, except for cases of small children pretending to be someone else as a matter of play, of course.


Hence, the one thing that really bothers me about [The Pretender] television series.  For it is about [Jarod], who has the abilities to actually become a pathologist, or a FBI agent, or a chemical engineer, or a pool shark, or a Formula One race car driver, or a pilot of any-sized airplane (or helicopter) by just reading some manuals.  In fact, the only thing he appeared to have some trouble with was becoming a competent golfer, which was surely included to appease the frustrations of those high up on the network food chain, whom have spent countless hours trying to perfect their swing without realizing all that much success.

In other words, when Jarod showed up as an internist in a hospital, he was not faking anything but the necessary credentials, which he had manufactured beforehand—complete with records filed at the appropriate schools and licensing agencies.  As a running joke throughout the series, he would not lie when asked if he was a doctor or whatever he was presenting himself to be by answering, “I am today,” or when asked how long he had been this or that when first met by someone in the profession, he would typically answer with, “Oh, around 12 hours” (or less).

There really is something for everyone to The Pretender.  For aside from having Jarod traveling around righting wrongs, the series plays upon the paranoia of those who honestly believe that such shadowy organizations as the [Illuminati], [Trilateral Commission] and [Bilderberg Group] really are making realistic plans to take full control over this world in the not too distant future.  For Jarod was stolen from his parents by The Center, and raised to participate in real simulations of certain situations in order to come up with solutions to problems for the purpose of overcoming such to help The Triumvirate achieve their goal of world-domination.

Oh no, Jarod was not a willing participant in The Triumvirate’s evil plans, and as soon as he discovered that they were using his solutions to successfully assassinate people and destroy good institutions, he escaped The Center.  It is soon after his escape where the series begins, and each episode has The Center desperately trying to recapture Jarod in the hope of surviving the wraith of The Triumvirate, with him always getting away just in time.  Okay, they do manage to get him back toward the end of the series, but it does not take him long to slip away again.

You can watch the entire (as far as I know) first season of The Prentender on [Hulu], and if you hunger and thirst for more, the other three seasons are available on Hulu+.  Be assured that the show is well worth the price of admission.


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