The Daily F Bomb, Sunday 2/10/13

by: Floja Roja

Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 07:35:01 AM EST



Good morning!  Sunday already. Some Sunday music, first.

What is the best adventure you ever had (even if it wasn't fun at the time)? Have you won any awards? What imaginary award are you deserving of? Do you use baby talk with your pets (or children or grandchildren)? Do you have rhythm? Do you play any musical instruments? Well?

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On This Day

In 1763, France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War.

In 1840, Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha (who must have come out of the can for this occasion).

In 1846, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) began an exodus west from Illinois.

In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against United States intervention in Vietnam. (You notice nobody ever listened to his warnings?)

In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified.

In 1989, Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African-American to head a major U.S. political party.

In 1998, voters in Maine repealed a gay rights law passed in 1997. The law was reinstated by popular vote in 2012.

Born on This Day

1744 - William Cornwallis, English Royal Navy admiral (d.1819)

1783 - Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (d. 1873)

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1785 - Claude-Louis Navier, French physicist (d. 1836)

1791- Francesco Hayez, Italian painter (d. 1881)

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1795 - Ary Scheffer, French painter (d. 1858)

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1848 - Anna Boch, Belgian painter (d. 1936)

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1850 - Fyodor Vasilyev, Russian landscape painter who died way too young (d. 1873)

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1881 - Pauline Brunius, Swedish stage and film actress, theatre and film director (d. 1954)

1890 - Boris Pasternak, Russian writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1960)

1892 - Alan Hale Sr., American actor (d. 1950)

1893 - Jimmy Durante, American actor and comedian (d. 1980)

1897 - Dame Judith Anderson, Australian actress (d. 1992)

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1898 - Bertolt Brecht, German author (d. 1956)

1901 - Stella Adler, American actress (d. 1992)

1905 - Chick Webb (William Henry), American drummer and band leader (d. 1939)

1906 - Lon Chaney Jr., American actor (d. 1973)

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1906 - Erik Rhodes, American actor (d. 1990)

1927 - Leontyne Price, American soprano

1928 - Jos De Mey, Belgian painter (d. 2007)

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1930 - E. L. Konigsburg, American author and illustrator

1930 - Robert Wagner, American actor

1937 - Roberta Flack, American singer

1940 - Kenny Rankin, American singer and songwriter (d. 2009)

1944 - Vernor Vinge, American novelist

1949 - Nigel Olsson, English drummer

1961 - George Stephanopoulos, American political noisemaker

1962 - Cliff Burton, American bass player (Metallica) (d. 1986)

1964 - Glenn Beck, deranged lunatic American author, radio and TV host

1967 - Laura Dern, American actress

1979 - Daryl Palumbo, American musician (Glassjaw, Head Automatica)

1983 - Vic Fuentes Musician, lead singer of Pierce the Veil

Died on This Day

1657 - Sebastian Stosskopf, German painter (b. 1597)

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1722 - Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (b. 1682)

1755 - Montesquieu, French writer (b. 1689)

1837 - Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet and novelist (b. 1799)

1917 - John William Waterhouse, English painter (b. 1849)

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1923 - Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1845)

1932 - Edgar Wallace, English novelist and screenwriter (b. 1875)

1957 - Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (b. 1867)

1966 - Billy Rose, American composer and band leader (b. 1899)

1986 - Brian Aherne, British actor (b. 1902)

1992 - Alex Haley, American author (b. 1921)

2002 - Dave Van Ronk, American singer and songwriter (b. 1936)

2008 - Roy Scheider, American actor (b. 1932)

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Good morning! (2.00 / 17)
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One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

Answers for Feb 10 (1.80 / 10)
What is the best adventure you ever had (even if it wasn't fun at the time)?

Nothing comes to mind.

Have you won any awards?

Yes.

What imaginary award are you deserving of?

Since this reminds me of a joke, I guess I should get the "ability to remember jokes at apropos moments" award.

The joke (it's old)

Two friends in a shtetl (Jewish village) in Poland are talking. One (Yossi) is successful with women, the other (Shmuel) is a total bulvon (clod).

Shmuel: How do you get women to like you?
Yossi: You have to talk about three things. You should talk about food - that shows you value her skills; you should talk about family - because all women want a family and you should talk about philosophy to show you value her mind. (Like I said, it's an old joke)

Next time Shmuel meets a woman he remembers: Food, family, philosophy.

Shmuel: Do you like noodles?
Woman (with a strange look): No.
Shmuel: Do you have a brother?
Woman (with an even stranger look): No.
Shmuel: Well, if you had a brother, would he like noodles?

Do you use baby talk with your pets (or children or grandchildren)?

I don't with my pets. I did a little bit with my kids when they were babies. I still sometimes do with my 10 year old when he initiates it (which he sometimes does).

Do you have rhythm?

No. I'm the one who claps off beat. Sorry

Do you play any musical instruments? Well?

Piano, very badly

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


and the winner is...! (2.00 / 12)
What is the best adventure you ever had (even if it wasn't fun at the time)?

- my life.

Have you won any awards?

- piles, some I care about.

What imaginary award are you deserving of?

- Oscar for Landscaper in a Leading Role.

Do you use baby talk with your pets (or children or grandchildren)?

Do you have rhythm?

- barely.

Do you play any musical instruments?

- guitar.

Well?

- No.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


oops (2.00 / 11)
Do you use baby talk with your pets (or children or grandchildren)?

- yes. It makes them happy, not sing-songing to pets and little ones is selfish.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
The best award of my life. (2.00 / 2)
That one had me thinking. I've got (or had and lost, don't care) lots of lexan stupidity corporate awards of one kind or another. A few notable career-marking things I actually appreciate the motivations for.

But the best award I ever got?

in 2005 I started a company in Toronto, Lofty Perch. It was my first foray into Industrial Cybersecurity. Since I was living in the middle of nowhere north of the city I decided to get a place downtown so I could focus and be in the mix, and ended up renting the first floor of a Victorian house. I would go down Mon-Fri and live and work there.

Turned out to be in a bad neighborhood (Parkdale, corner of King and Dufferin). Crack dealers and aggressive addicts panhandling and intimidating everyone, trash, urine. People behaving badly, and everyone else afraid to go outside. I started picking up trash at night and washing out the sidewalks and corners with buckets of bleach.

At first I felt good for giving the pan handlers a few bucks here and there. But after a while I realized that it was all lies and intimidation. Saw one too many elderly folks being harassed and frightened. Introduced myself to all the crack heads, told them I'd help them find a food kitchen if they were actually hungry, otherwise I would stand next to them whenever I could and tell folks not to give them money.

Ended up getting threatened by some biker crack dealers. Rented another flat for the undercover cops, mounted cameras and 26 of them got arrested including four mafia types.

The award, you ask?

Donna and our kids were down in the city one week. We were at breakfast at the McDonalds next door. An older eastern-european man who swept the floors - had never heard him say a word - came over and said to my kids:

"Your father. Good man."

That's my favorite award.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
That is a very good award. (2.00 / 1)


One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

[ Parent ]
Don't plan on topping that one. (0.00 / 0)
The best awards are ones you aren't trying to get.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

[ Parent ]
North Carolina Morning (2.00 / 10)
What is the best adventure you ever had (even if it wasn't fun at the time)? Skiing at Lake Tahoe on one of the back slopes. Crisp clear weather. Good snow. The first time I had ever done a slalom course.

Have you won any awards? My very first art show I won an award for Best Computer Generated Art

What imaginary award are you deserving of? Best Mom to Spoiled Cats

Do you use baby talk with your pets (or children or grandchildren)? I do to Pixie because she got use to it from Mom.

Do you have rhythm? Yes

Do you play any musical instruments? Guitar

Well? So-so

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde


There's a trend developing. (1.67 / 3)
Several people here play guitar, but not that well.  I think we need to start a group and call it the Meh String Band.

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
answers (2.00 / 10)
What is the best adventure you ever had (even if it wasn't fun at the time)? going to a guerrilla camp in the Congo and learning about their relationship to Che Guevara

Have you won any awards? only scholarships and fellowships

Do you use baby talk with your pets (or children or grandchildren)? Pets yes, with children no

Do you have rhythm? Mos def' I have won many dance contests

Do you play any musical instruments? Well? Play shekere and claves.  My best instrument is my voice.

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


Answer #1 (2.00 / 3)
going to a guerrilla camp in the Congo and learning about their relationship to Che Guevara

I think you're the only person I wouldn't think was kidding with that answer!  

I'm lucky.


[ Parent ]
what a spectacularray of talent, jaja! (2.00 / 9)
This Morning deal is daily one f the finest galleries that ever.
The Joni played for me! Some day afterwile people might look back and find her next to Laura Nyro and Billie Holiday, Ella, Bessie, creme de la cream and as good as the cats. Parker, Armstrong, Lester, Coleman, Ben, Teddy, Art, Monk, Trane, Miles, Diz, Duke, Hines, Blake, Django and Stephan. I had a friend, a Southern Belle who became from Long Island, who talked as she thought just like Joni Mitchell wrote sang and played.
Genius. Musical. Rhythm.
Uh, for me, words begin to sing when I write them down.
I think not having a piano changed my Art. My writing got more aural cause I missed the sound of notes which would have sung these anecdotes. I was a drummer; which started me right
And even tho I am quite capable of runnin right up the drapes to jump then swing on the chandelier, I can keep track of time and land soft clear.

It has been heartening that a few frenz enjoy these xperiments I take.

Oh. Adventure. The time we delivered hundreds of water beds to ny and the dude said follow me in your car because the money's not here and we gotta drive over to get it at the other store, stay close. He tried to lose us. Clown. On his bumper for half an hour. We got paid. The ride would have made a nice 80 mph travel clip in the neon twists of ny shadows, rushed with pin point lights kept sight. noo yawk. amateurs. our driver (wheel man) from Detroit. shux.


Can't think of answer to first, too BIG, so modified.... (2.00 / 10)
What is your best adventure [with happy consequence] of a weather event, this one or any previous--need not be a major oen--as trivial as sharing an umbrella or apologizing for splashing someone therewith.....or as large as being snowed in during the hurricane of ____[fill in the date]?


Here's a BIG one: Are you down on Downton Abbey? My why not (2.00 / 9)
Many are, here at the Moose and in the Serious media (Guardian, NYR, London Review of Books).

My reasons for sticking with it despite misgivings:
Familial historical: Sunday night Masterpiece viewing family tradition, even with younger generation dispersed....

Utilitarian liberal common good weak argument: Anything that keeps new generations coming to and supporting PBS deserves my attention....remembering that this is the same shop that brought us I Claudius and 1996 Pride and Prejudice..

How I manage: reading very British snark and behind scenes nasty rumours about it script writing and actors on web. Current favorite: imagined story of ITV discovering one of their interns is a Cambridge student in English and bring her in for a save the show story conference...down hill from there...


Good morning (2.00 / 7)
Cream Cheese Brownie Day--That sounds really good! This is Martha Stewart's recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/3...

What is the best adventure you ever had (even if it wasn't fun at the time)? My wedding day!

Have you won any awards? Not really.

What imaginary award are you deserving of? Patient wife of the year.

Do you use baby talk with your pets (or children or grandchildren)? Yep.

Do you have rhythm? A bit.

Do you play any musical instruments? I played flute for years, but no longer. I play with a hand bell group.

Well? And?

Peace, Hope, Faith, Love


Good morning. Good questions this morning. (2.00 / 7)
Adventure:  we moved a lot as a kid, I still love moving.  New town, state, country, whatever.  New house, new peeps, new shops, new places to eat, new schools.   I get antsy after staying in one place for to long.   Did I mention our house is on the market?  So my best adventure is just packing up and moving.

Awards:  not since elementary school.  For math.  

Imaginary award:  lately I think it may be the short fuse award

Baby talk:  nope

Rhythm:  yep

Instrument:  piano

Well:  nope, lack of practice takes its toll.  I am hoping when my daughter starts lessons that I will get back into it.


Raul Malo "You're Only Lonely" (2.00 / 7)

Good morning.....nice music, funny tweets, art appreciation, history to think about, and questions I'm to sleepy to answer. Thanks Floja!

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


Best adventure? (2.00 / 7)
The entire Wyoming phase of my life was an adventure, based on a phone call out of the blue to go work there as a performer, sight unseen, without audition.

Then after getting there in a small commuter plane that dodged and wove through mountain passes (trip paid for by management), every day was another adventure. Rafting the Snake River at flood stage and climbing in the Tetons, in addition to riding in a stagecoach that was "held up by desperadoes" for the benefit of assembled tourists. Every day brought something exciting.

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


mornin' Bombers! (2.00 / 5)
you are quite the inquisitive one Floha, ok i'll bite.

best adventure..a 10 day canoe trip in nortern Maine 25 years ago on the Penobscot River, which runs north to Canada. we got caught in the middle of a giant lake in a thunderstorm, we capsized in some crazy rapids, we were visited by a bear during the night and we bumped into a moose in a slow water, narrow canal. other than that, we had a blast!

awards..chess champion in 7th grade, a few commendations from the police for chasing down bad guys.
imaginary award..none right now
babytalk... always works for pets not for a 12 year old.
rythym..yeah i got rythym, in private and i play a mean air guitar there too
well..hell yeah, maybe that's my imaginary Grammy.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


Hiya! (2.00 / 5)
Ah, spring!  Flocks of robins (although they've never left), new root growth clogging the main drain.  D'oh!

ANSWERS:

What is the best adventure you ever had (even if it wasn't fun at the time)? Have you won any awards? What imaginary award are you deserving of? Do you use baby talk with your pets (or children or grandchildren)? Do you have rhythm? Do you play any musical instruments? Well?

Hiking from Tamarack Flat to the top of El Capitan.  We went with friends of a climber who were going to rappelle over the edge and drop his ashes.  It was a wonderful hike, but I went nowhere near where the top of El Cap slopes down.

A couple of not-too-interesting awards at work.

The "Even More Interesting Than the Most Interesting Man" award.  His beer isn't bad, but mine is better.

Baby talk with pets, of course.  With my children when they were babies, but not much.  As soon as they started talking, I pretty much talked to them in adult.

I think I have rhythm.

I play guitar.  Not at all well!  People assume that I play or teach music because of my tattoo.  I'm not sure how they make that leap.  Just this morning one of the morning regulars at McDonald's approached me in hopes that I was a bluegrass musician (as he is).

I'm lucky.


Thanks for the Joni! (and other comments) (2.00 / 3)
Happy Birthday, Reagan! We're going to rename all those government buildings and airports for Obama, since you hated the government so much.

Am I out of line to be in love with a teenage sleuth?  Some of my favorite tweets.

Cream Cheese Brownie Day

Ooooooh, yes!

I'm lucky.


Questions (2.00 / 4)
What is the best adventure you ever had (even if it wasn't fun at the time)? Parasailing and helicoptering at Club Med in the Bahamas, water skiing at Club Med Turks & Caicos. Took this from the helicopter.

Have you won any awards? Not that I recall

What imaginary award are you deserving of? Best Feme Sole

Do you use baby talk with your pets? Oh yes.

Do you have rhythm? Yes

Do you play any musical instruments? no

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


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