Saturday, January 31, 2009

SFTW: The Daddy

Who is the greatest western musical artist of the 20th century? For my money, it boils down to a choice between John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix. This week, Jimi gets the nod:

Tchaikovsky on a fretboard.

Fancy a stab at this yourself? The latest issue of Guitar Techniques (#162/March 2009) -- hot off the press -- headlines with an in-depth guide to 'Jimi's finest ever track'. I know where the rest of my weekend is going. Pity my neighbours...

Friday, January 30, 2009

Promoting diversity

I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read this:

I studied chemistry at university and I loved it. I now work in policy, where one of my main interests is promoting diversity in science and engineering.

Think of it next time you hear a feminist whining about the under-representation of women in technical professions.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Burning questions of our day #367

From The F-Word, fount of 'contemporary UK feminism' in the blogosphere, a question no sane person ever thought of asking:

Can fellating a man, in a mutually consenting situation, be liberating for a woman? Is it an empowered female action, rather than the epitome of misogynistic control? And can we just enjoy it?

I am lost for words.

Midweek Mellow: A thousand miles behind

Enjoy this charming collaboration between Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash:

"One too many mornings, and a thousand miles behind." Don't you just know that feeling...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Supplement: Barry the mentalist, Rufus, Shannon Matthews and more

Recession aside, Britain under ZaNuLabour is a grim place to live, so here are some funnies to take your mind off the slide towards totalitarianism.

Barry gets us off to a flying start:

Click on the image to see the full thing. [story]

Veteran b3taer HappyToast takes a sideways glance at the special relationship between Bush and Blair: [story]

Follow the link to see the animation...

While Giant Squid toys with the P-word: [story]

A short video interlude now. Head over to YouTube and meet Rufus. He's a badass. (h/t b3ta)

You can always count on Anorak News to track the burning issues of our time, and today it's the latest in the Shannon Matthews saga. Wickedly entertaining, and a perfect excuse to reproduce Tattsyrup's marvellous Collector's Plate:

Click to see the full-size image. It's worth it.

It's amusing sometimes to browse the more esoteric titles in the magazine section of my local Borders bookshop, just to see the range of curious and geeky pursuits which are accommodated (nothing smutty: I'm talking Classic Tractor and the like). This, erm, 'specialist' publication, courtesy of Fresh Water Mole, looks like a sure-fire winner:

I'm a sucker for film gags too, and anything Kubrik-related is guaranteed to catch my eye -- especially when it's this good:

If you enjoyed that, then check out the Terry's Clockwork Orange from HappyToast too.

And if this masterpiece doesn't tickle your funny-bone, I don't know what will:

Cracking bit of image editing, Gromit!

And, finally: I cannot even begin to explain the appeal of Hot Chicks With Douchebags, a recent addition to my blogroll (a no-brainer). Just go and see it for yourself. Douchebag1 and his army of co-conspiritors have created a work-in-progress of purest infantile genius.

Friday, January 23, 2009

SFTW: Made in Wales

The fabulous Stereophonics:

And a hot milf on backing vocals to boot... (don't pretend you didn't notice). What more could you ask for?

Friday, January 16, 2009

SFTW: Heard It Through The Grapevine

Classic CCR grooves to kick off the weekend:

An oldie, but a goodie.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Night Ops battle dress: the camo-sole

Click for full-size image:

b3ta explores the funny side of war.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Stephen Baskerville: A hero for our times

Family courts are not simply unfair, or inefficient, or biased. Family courts are crooked.

Stephen Baskerville is probably the most cogent equal parenting advocate anywhere in the world today. Watch this superbly produced little promo for his book Taken Into Custody (subtitle: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family) and you will understand why. Supremely articulate and incisive, he exposes family law for the criminal racket that it is (h/t Christian J):

All of this applies equally to UK Family Law Plc, of course: over 6,000 lawyers alone are engaged in the industry here (I obtained the figures myself directly from the Solicitors' Family Law Association and FLBA when I was doing research for Fathers 4 Justice a few years ago). Factor in the small army of judges, Cafcass workers, mediators, child psychologists, court staff and assorted other ground feeders, and you begin to appreciate the scale of vested interests opposed to reform; a legal presumption of shared residence would put most of them out of work overnight.

If you want to hear Baskerville expand on the themes introduced in the promo video, check out the extended interview with him here:

Compelling stuff (despite the slightly iffy sound quality at the NY end).

You want more? Head on over to YouTube.

Sunday Supplement: Wabash double whammy

Wabash Cannonball has been covered by numerous country artists, and here are two of the very best. First off, the irrepressible Jerry Reed:

Yee-hah! And now for an instrumental version from one of the finest contemporary pickers, Doyle Dykes:

What a ravishing sound. (Okay, so it helps when you have your own signature kit from Taylor and Rivera...).

Not only a stunning musician, Doyle also happens to be a world-class dad: check him out in this double act with son Caleb, and supporting daughter Haley.

Perfect Sunday fare.

Friday, January 02, 2009

SFTW: Texan Flood

What do you get when you marry Stevie Ray with Stevie Wonder? Triple-X guy-on-guy action is what you get. Something to blow away the 'festive' cobwebs: