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5 things to love about candy corn
There are two types of people in this world.

Those who love candy corn, and those who hate it.

While I admit I'm not as big of a candy corn freak as I was as a child, I still like it. If I see a bowl, I will dip my hand in and enjoy a handful. And although they don't taste all that delicious, there are plenty of good things to say about them.

1. They are geometrically pleasing.

2. They are just the right size for hiding inside a Bugle.

3. They have less sugar than a raisin!

4 They taste better than candy lipstick.

5. In order to make candy corn, sugar, corn syrup and other ingredients are cooked into a slurry in large kettles. "Slurry" is fun to say. (Have you heard the song "Slurry with the fringe on top"?)

If you've still not ready to join the Candy Corn Lovers of America just yet, the folks at Buzzfeed have come up with a few more reasons. Caution--this video just might bring a tear to your eye.



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5 Great Lou Reed quotes; + one amazing interview
Rock music has lost one of its darkest poets. Lou Reed died yesterday at the age of 71. His wife Laurie Anderson says he underwent a liver transplant in May and had been in ill health for several months.

Reed, who formed the Velvet Underground in the '60s, has always been known for having a way with words, most often brief and to-the-point. Here are five of my favorite Lou Reed quotes:

“Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.”

"The most important part of my religion is to play guitar."

"I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine."

"My bullsh** is worth more than other people's diamonds."

"These are really terribly rough times, and we really should try to be as nice to each other as possible."
 

There aren't any terribly pithy quotes contained in this 1974 interview, but it's enjoyable to watch how much fun Lou is having with these clueless journalists.

 

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Jack o'lanterns can be a blast
Is it bad that I haven't carved a pumpkin in years--maybe decades?

I used to love it! But then somewhere along the line, I got very tired of the preparation part--digging out all the goop and seeds so you can carve away. And my pleas for someone to pre-scoop a pumpkin for me have gone unanswered.

But my love of jack o'lanterns has been re-ignited, so to speak, after seeing this video.

My lawyers, if I had any, insist that I reprint the little disclaimer that they posted on youtube:

WARNING: This project is for demonstrational, educational, and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be duplicated. CaC2 mixed with water produces acetylene gas which, when mixed with oxygen, creates an extremely flammable gas. Use of video content is at own risk.


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Donald Driver is coming to Madison!
When I heard that former Green Bay Packer Donald Driver's memoir was coming out, I was keeping my fingers crossed that his book tour would bring him to Madison. I got my wish!

Donald will be signing copies of his book, Driven, this Friday at Barnes and Noble on the west side of Madison.

Here's how it works: starting at 9am Friday you can get a number indicating where you'll be in line when Donald starts signing books at noon. The nice gentleman at Barnes and Noble tells me they will have 600 copies of the book to sell, so they will give out 600 numbers. It will be interesting to see what time people start lining up.

Why am I so obsessed with Donald Driver? Well, there's his smile (that's a biggie), his performance as a Packer, his charity work, but mostly I think it's the respect and gratitude he has always shown his fans.

(Pictured above: That's me worshipping at the Driver statue in Green Bay outside Titletown Brewery.)

I'm hoping we can get an interview with Donald..and I think the fact that I inspired Madisonian Peter Leidy to come up with this song should do the trick. Again, fingers crossed. It has more than 56,000 views on youtube!



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Over the top Halloween house
Doesn't anybody just carve pumpkins anymore?

It seems Halloween decorations are getting more and more involved every year. Now I don't mind a scarecrow on the porch, a few fake gravestones, or witches flying into trees.

But I think I would have to leave town every October if I lived next door to this guy. The display features more than 8500 lights and a thousand channels of computer animation.

And it features the most popular horrible song of 2013.

Enjoy!  Or not.

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Five reasons to embrace fall
What? The temperature isn't going to get out of the 40s in Madison for at least a week? 

I guess I have to face the fact that summer is indeed over. So I've come up with three reasons to embrace fall.

1. The crunch of leaves under my feet. (Especially if they're leaves I don't have to rake.)

2. You can stop being so conscientious about shaving your legs.

3. Hayrides!  Okay, I don't really go on hayrides. But I like the idea of them.

4. New fall TV shows!  It's fun to see which of the new sitcomes gets canceled first.

5. Pumpkin flavored foods and beverages. This has really exploded in recent years. You can get pumpkin flavored M & M's, pop tarts, English muffins, even pumpkin flavored marshamallows!  I haven't tried any of those, but I have sampled a few pumpkin flavored beers, and some qre quite good. Great Dane has a good one, as does Moosejaw in the Dells! 
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VOTE: who's next for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its newest batch of nominees for the Rock Hall, and some omissions may annoy you.

I guess I'm going to have to wait a while longer for Gram Parsons, Cheap Trick, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Al Kooper to be nominated.

This year's nominees are The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, LL Cool J, The Meters, Nirvana, N.W.A, The Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Link Wray, and The Zombies.

Not all of those artists will make it in this time around, and the Rock Hall says the list of inductees will be announced "in the coming weeks." They say they usually induct five to seven artists per year.

 The purpose of the Rock Hall is to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll.

With that in mind, I'm sure Nirvana will be picked for induction on their first year of eligibility.  Peter Gabriel also seems like an obvious choice. Personally, I'm rooting for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Linda Ronstadt, and the Zombies.

I saw what's left of the Zombies at Summerfest this year and they were amazing! Unfortunately that doesn't exactly come through in the fuzzy photograph I took. (The British invasion band is known for their hits including "She's Not There," "Tell Her No," and "Time of the Season.")

There is a fan element to the selection process this year. You can vote here.

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For the love of old crappy cars
We had a great time this morning waxing philosophical about the old crappy cars we had in our younger days. My first car was a 1979 Ford Pinto that burned so much oil I had to stop midway between Madison and Stevens Point and add a a quart (or two). The car picture  above looks very similar to mine.

All the stories of cars with no reverse, that had to be hot-wired to start, or that shot flames out of the exhaust (not on purpose) reminded me of this classic song from  the Bottle Rockets. It probably needs to be updated for inflation.

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Finally! Moondance is being remastered!
I love Van Morrison's Moondance album. It has so many great songs! It's definitely an album that can be played all the way through without a clunker to be heard.

When I upgraded my vinyl copy and bought the CD, more than 20 years ago, I was super bummed. The CD sounded muddy and horrible.  Such a poor mastering job!  What a disappointment.

Then around ten years ago, Van Morrison started releasing remasters of some of his most popular releases. But until now, Moondance was not among them.

I was thrilled when Triple M Music Director Gabby Parsons told me that the remastered version of this classic album is finally being released October 22nd.  She already received a sampler from the Deluxe Edition, and I'm happy to report, it sounds GREAT!! Even over the crappy speakers on my computer!

It's coming out in three different versions. The Deluxe edition will include the completely remastered album, plus four additional CD's with previously unreleased music from the Moondance sessions, and a Blu-ray audio disc of the album in 5.1 surround. You better be a big fan to grab this one. The retail price is $69.98.

The Expanded edition will include the remastered album plus 11 bonus tracks. You can also buy the standard edition which will be the original album, remastered.

You can find out more here.
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Reasons I Can't Hate Yoko
On the occasion of John Lennon's 73rd birthday, I have a confession.

I don't hate Yoko.

Yeah, she may have been a catalyst that led to the break-up of the Beatles. But she's done some pretty cool things along the way that I feel deserve recognition.

1. She donates all the royalties from "Imagine" to Amnesty International.

2. Yoko never stopped working for peace. Every year she lights the John Lennon Imagine Peace Tower on John's birthday. She calls it a Tower of Light which emanates wisdom, healing and joy, and communicates awareness to the whole world that peace & love is what connects all lives on Earth.

3. She's taken a hard-line stand against frac sand mining.

4. She inspired some pretty cool songs, like "Woman," "Real Love," and "Ballad of John & Yoko."  Not to mention Barenaked Ladies "Be My Yoko Ono."

5. Hey, if John liked her, she can't all bad.

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New names for the Government Shutdown
This whole government shutdown thing has gone on entirely too long. At the beginning of week 2, I've grown sick of saying it, and even more sick of hearing it.

Would it somehow be more bearable if we called it something else?

I have a few ideas.

Government interruption.(Gov-eruption for short)

Government discontinuance

Government abeyance

Government snag

Government downtime

Then there's my favorite:

Government See Ya Wouldn't Want to Be Ya

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How to get Miley Cyrus out of your head

It seems all anybody's talking about lately is Miley Cyrus.

She's no Hannah Montana, that's for sure. She twerks, she takes over Saturday Night Live...what's next?

She'll probably become a judge on American Idol, or marry a Kardashian. Perhaps she'll shave her head and get arrested.

Whatever happens, I'm sure you would be happy to stop all those Miley thoughts from swirling around in your head.

This video oughta do the trick. (I love what somebody said, commenting on this video on youtube--"Remember when this was the worst thing Billy Ray Cyrus made?")

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5 things you didn't know about Sting
Happy 62nd birthday Gordon Sumner, aka Sting!

Most people probably know that Sting got his nickname from a yellow and black striped soccer shirt he used to wear, and that he used to be a schoolteacher (thus all the literary references in his songs.)

But here are five things that you probably didn't know about the former Police frontman.


1. His bass is named Brian.

2. Early on, he performed on cruise ships, playing music for strippers.

3. In addition to bass guitar, Sting plays bass, saxophone, harmonica, piano and pan flute.

4. He is the godfather to Madonna's son, Rocco.

5. He doesn't like rock and roll music. Here's a surprising quote:  "I'm bored with music between 1955 and 1980. I'm completely bored. I can't listen to a rock and roll record. I can't do it. I would rather listen to hogs screwing." (Thanks for the image there, Sting).

 Sting's new album is called "The Last Ship," and he and his band performed a song from it recently on Letterman. If you enjoy Irish pirate music, you will probably like it a lot.

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