I think it was 1997 when we started hearing how cool it was when you watched the Wizard of Oz on TV, turned down the sound, and cranked the album "Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd.
The folks at Triple M even teamed up with the Club Tavern in Middleton to demonstrate the coolness..and we had to turn people away due to capacity restrictions!
Well now you don't have to own a copy of the movie or the album to watch in amazement.
That's because it's now available for your viewing and listening pleasure on youtube!
Don't be surprised if you don't find it that jaw-dropping. The guy who engineered the Pink Floyd album, Alan Parsons, says the whole thing is a coincidence, calling it a "non-starter," and a "bunch of eyewash."
Which I think is Britspeak for "just downright silly."
But I can think of worse ways to spend an hour and 48 minutes.
Apparently Olympic pride is getting some people a little too worked up. There’s a story in the Daily Mail about a guy who was on the beach in the south of France. He was so excited about the Olympics that he wanted to swim to America.
Yes, swim to America.
I know there are really good swimmers out there, but I’d say the only mammals that could go that distance are whales. His friends thought he was kidding and let him jump in the water and start swimming.
He didn’t stop.
Eventually the lifeguards couldn’t see him and a helicopter was sent out to find him. They did find him and he was still swimming. The helicopter crew sent someone down by rope to tell him he had to swim more than 3-thousand miles to get to America. According to the Daily Mail, he was still confident he could make it. After a few more minutes, the rescue crew convinced him to give up and brought him back to safety.
I understand the guy liking the summer games, but perhaps it would be better to buy a few Olympic t-shirts or sweatshirts instead?
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Jul 30 2012 6:13AM
This past weekend I went to see musician James Taylor perform at the Ravinia Festival in the suburbs of Chicago. I’ve been going to James Taylor concerts since I was in high school. I’ve probably seen him 18 to 20 times.
One of the things I always find inspiring about Taylor is his consistency. In fact, his voice seems to be getting better with age. Every time I see him, he sings songs like it’s the first time he’s playing them. The classic example is Fire and Rain. The song is more than 40 years old and I can’t imagine how many times he’s performed it. Every time I hear it, it sounds as if he’s truly putting his heart and soul into the song. I don’t know if he really enjoys singing it or can’t stand it. It doesn’t matter, the point is he delivers.
Some days I don’t feel like going to work and I’m sure you feel the same. I always get a little inspiration thinking of Taylor singing the same songs over and over again and doing it with such passion. If he can do his job so well, so can I.
The Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons has a new album coming out September 4th, called Night Visions.
But in the meantime, the band is trying to catch up new fans on some of their older material, so they're offering a free .mp3 of the song "Cover Up." You just have to sign up for their email list, and they'll send it to you.
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Jul 27 2012 5:32AM
It’s fun to make predictions. Many times when I go to a baseball game with friends, I’ll predict a batter will hit a home run. 99% of the time I’m wrong, but when I’m right it’s so much fun. Of course, when I made that prediction only two or three people hear it and it’s no big deal if I get it wrong.
However, Ryan Kalil is really putting himself in a tough position. Kalil is an NFL player. He’s the starting center for the Carolina Panthers. He recently took out a full page ad in the Charlotte Observer guaranteeing the Panthers would win the Super Bowl this season.
I like his confidence, but I’m not sure I like his common sense. It’s great to be a motivator for your teammates, but this might be a bit much. Yes, a million years ago Joe Namath predicted the Jets would win Super Bowl III. However, he did it three days before the big game and he was drunk.
I guess the one saving grace for Kalil is the sad fact that not many people look at the newspaper anymore. Just imagine if he would have tweeted his prediction.
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Jul 26 2012 5:16AM
As a child my dad would always remind me to think before I would speak. These days we have to tell kids to think before they tweet. A Greek triple jumper named Voula Papachristou is going to miss the Olympics because of something dumb she tweeted.
I guess we can just add her to the list of morons who think of something stupid and then tweet it. Hello, Gilbert Gottfried.
This Olympian made a joke about Africans coming to Greece and West Nile carrying mosquitos. West Nile virus was originally discovered in Uganda. It was dumb and not funny. She also apparently made some comments supporting politicians who have extremely far right views on immigration in Greece.
What a waste.
I can only imagine all the hours, days and even years she put in training to compete in London. It’s all of it gone after typing a few stupid words in an attempt to be funny.
Comedians don’t attempt triple jumps because they’re not athletes and Papachristou shouldn’t have attempted humor because she is not a comedian.
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Jul 25 2012 4:53PM
As Madison Restaurant Week roles on, Lindsay and I went to check out the new Veranda. It’s located on Fish Hatchery Road in the building that used to house Café Continental and before that La Paella.
Former owners of Café Continental just reopened this place a few days ago. The official grand opening is next Monday. As with any restaurant just opening, they are still working out all the kinks.
Even though they’re just getting started, it was still mostly a great meal. I had the shrimp cocktail appetizer. It’s hard to make shrimp cocktail amazing. The shrimp were decent in size and the dipping sauce was okay. Lindsay had a Caesar salad that was fairly plain. It could have used some cheese or maybe a hard-boiled egg or even some anchovies.
However, the main course was fantastic. Lindsay ordered the roasted zucchini. It was lasagna made of zucchini with sweet onions, fresh pasta sheets, and fresh mozzarella and Romano cheese in a light creme sauce. It came with a stuffed grilled tomato. It was amazing!
I had the grilled Mahi Mahi and it reminded me of some fish I had when we went to Hawaii last winter. It had fresh mango, pineapple and avocado salsa and was served on a bed of sweet coconut-cilantro and sticky rice.
For dessert, Lindsay got the flan which was fantastic and I had an ice cream chocolate cake that featured Zanzibarl, which one of my favorite Chocolate Shoppe ice cream and Nutella along with caramel ice cream. I was in heaven.
The service was very friendly and will become even sharper as time goes on. We dinned outside which is surrounded by many trees making it the perfect outdoor spot.
They have an interesting brunch and lunch menu and I know we’ll return soon.
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