Queen of noise

It’s a measure of something, I suppose, that it startled me to find out that Cherie Currie, lead vocalist for the legendary Runaways, is only six years younger than I am. (Then again, in 1975, when their first album appeared, I felt a lot older than 22.)

And this is such a great picture:

Cherie Currie with a chainsaw

That instrument, incidentally, is how she makes her living these days.

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Fark blurb of the week

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DisHardening

You knew which way this was going to go when James Harden missed eight shots in the first half. Out of eight, yet. And it wasn’t even the Finals.

No, that was unkind. Back up. The Beard finished with 17 points in just under 40 minutes, albeit on 3-16 shooting. (He was a creditable 9-11 from the stripe, but he didn’t have Thabo Sefolosha harassing him on the freebies.) I am more amused, frankly, by the fact that Daequan Cook, who went to Houston with Harden, outscored him, with 18 points on 7-17. Patrick Patterson had his best game ever, with 27 points. And with all this going on, the Rockets were crushed 120-98. What a homecoming.

Then again, what would you expect in a game where Hasheem Thabeet is thumbed — and then un-thumbed? The Thunder just kept rolling. Kevin Durant dropped in 37, tying his season high; Serge Ibaka knocked down 11 of 13 for 23 points, missing a double-double by one rebound; Russell Westbrook appeared in the role of the Playmaker tonight and scored 14, missing a double-double by one assist. Kevin Martin led the bench with 17. OKC shot a stirring 54 percent, owned the boards 46-38, pulled off ten steals and 11 blocks (six by Ibaka).

Okay, one more shot at Harden: six of those 11 Thunder blocks were at his expense. “The Rockets offered only intermittent resistance,” said radio guy Matt Pinto. And the Battle of the Jeremys was a draw: Lin 6, Lamb 6. We will not mention that Lin played 41 minutes, Lamb two and a half.

The Jazz will be here Friday, ending the homestand; first road stop is New Orleans on Saturday.

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One foot in the tweetstream

For some reason, Twitter offered me a deal on ad space:

In support of the Shop Small initiative this holiday season, Twitter is giving away up to $1MM in free advertising to businesses, and you’ve been selected to receive $100 in Twitter ad credits. In order to redeem the credit, you must enter valid billing information and begin advertising on Twitter by December 31. Any charges you incur for advertising over the $100 offer will be charged to the payment method entered at the time you set up your Twitter ad campaign.

Other than toss up thirty thousand tweets, I have no idea what I did to deserve this. I know people with greater volume and far more of a following who didn’t receive such an offer.

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Moon over cars

You may remember this from a couple of years ago:

The current official DPRK automaker, Pyeonghwa Motors, is actually partially owned by the Unification Church, from those uncharted lands south of the 38th parallel, and they produce two rebadged Fiats and assemble some Chinese trucks from kits.

North Korea being what it is, things haven’t changed much — except for this:

“Pyeonghwa Motors’ South Korean side is planning to pull out from the joint automaker and donate its 70 percent stake to the North,” said a source familiar with the transaction, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.

This apparently was a provision in the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s will.

In the footer of the company’s Web site, their address in Seoul is given as “Gangnam-Gu Dosandaero 235 Pyeongwha Building.” Even a North Korean enterprise can lay claim to a sliver of Gangnam Style.

(Via The Truth About Cars.)

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Prevent a non-event

This isn’t a double negative, technically, but still:

Is there a way to stop the images from not appearing on Invisionfree forums?

Apparently he does want the images to appear. Maybe. To borrow a phrase, I couldn’t possibly fail to disagree with him less.

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Another voice

The previous post (about the MechBass) wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t been reading 33 avenue Miquelon on a regular basis.

And now Cameron Miquelon has a dream, and I want to help:

I have no idea how GoFundMe compares with Kickstarter, the usual vector for this sort of thing: they seem more “social,” in the sense that they connect to the social networks. I am, however, a firm believer in crowdsourcing, and maybe I can bring in a crowd once in a while.

Cameron runs both 33 avenue Miquelon and a Tumblr edition, and contributes to Louisville.com.

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Bass-O-Matic

Not the famed SNL gag, but a device called MechBass by James McVay, which works like this:

Here it is, playing over the entire song:

And if it misses two rehearsals in a row, who cares?

(With thanks to Cameron Miquelon, who featured the full track earlier this week.)

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Something specail

Now this is a pitch worth repeating:

Your faviorite reporters are they taking the plunge at the Great Falls Christmas storll on December 7th to help raise money for Montana Special Olympics.

We have set a goal to raise over a $1,000 for the Montana Specail Olympics and we cant do it with out your help! All procedds go to the Montana Specail Olympics.

Donate to the Montana Specail Olympics and come cheer on your faviorite reporters as they take the plunge.

It was pretty damned difficult to reproduce that: you have to work really hard to spell that badly.

Good ol’ Dynamo Dave put up a screencap on Flickr, in case you thought I was pulling your chain.

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The cure for the distracted driver

Its name is Porsche, and Jack Baruth explains:

The millions of deaths which occur every year due to the iPhone’s ability to stream the Kim K/Ray-J video in 4G could all be avoided, every last one of them, if the government issued everyone a Seventies 911 and made sure they always left the house five minutes later than they’d wanted to. It would help if it could be made to rain as well. Full attention on the road. Guaranteed. Nothing could go wrong, because in the era before texting and driving the highways of the American continent were a virtual paradise where children could chase errant soccer balls right onto the Chicago freeways at rush hour knowing that alert, aware drivers were standing ready to execute precise avoidance maneuvers with no advance warning whatsoever.

There probably aren’t enough Seventies 911s left, but I am happy to endorse this proposal.

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Fruit trace

About five years ago, I started buying organic bananas, which seemed to keep a lot better, though I never keep them more than five or six days.

The latest batch has a label I hadn’t noticed before. Apparently Dole, who buys these up from Central and South America, is now labeling the product with a three-digit code to indicate a specific source, and this is the source: Asociación Bananeros Orgánicos Señor de Chocán San Vicente Piedra Rodada, on Peru’s northwestern plain. Planting began in 2007; export began in 2009.

This, of course, flies in the face of our current (and mostly laudable) tendency toward locavoraciousness, but it’s going to be 26 degrees tonight. Nobody is going to grow bananas anywhere nearby.

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Doone Messiah removed

A query came down the tweetstream Sunday night: did Nabisco still make Lorna Doone shortbread cookies?

A few Web storefronts still list them, but quantities are apparently always limited. And more to the point, NabiscoWorld has taken them off the brand list. Since the cookie has a history going back to 1912, you’d think there’d have been some sort of hundredth-anniversary promotion, and, well, there wasn’t.

I blame Edric.

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Kittehs toyed with

Last year’s Charlotte Bobcats won only seven games all season, nailing down the Worst. Record. Ever. This year’s Bobcats won seven games before the end of November. It was apparently last year’s team who showed up, though, as the Thunder got out to a 54-point lead at one point and pocketed one of the easiest wins in NBA history, 114-69.

Seriously. The ‘Cats got 12 points in the first quarter, 12 in the second, and one in the third before garbage time began, inside the seven-minute mark. Imagine that for a moment: eighteen and a half minutes of garbage time. Rose Mary Woods couldn’t have topped this.

And nothing was working for Charlotte. They shot 29 percent for the night, lost the battle for the boards 54-37, were outdimed 31-12, and had exactly one player in double figures: Jeffery Taylor, with ten. The high point of their evening was seeing Thunder expat Byron Mullens hoist seven treys, two of which actually went in.

With this kind of mismatch, Eric Maynor and Hasheem Thabeet got the most minutes for OKC, and Thabeet even turned in a double-double: 13 points, ten boards. Russell Westbrook racked up 12 points and 11 assists; Kevin Durant had a game-high 18; Kevin Martin’s road to redemption was festooned with a dozen; and the treys fell like petals on Petaluma, 13 out of 27. (OKC shot a worthy 51 percent against what was almost a Charlotte defense.)

Reminder: It’s Houston on Wednesday. They’re beatable, but probably not 45-point beatable.

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To say nothing of IE 8

While I was working up that earlier Internet Explorer-related piece, this bit of weirdness from the Casey Anthony case popped up:

The Florida sheriff’s office that investigated the disappearance of Casey Anthony’s 2-year-old daughter overlooked evidence that someone in their home did a Google search for “fool-proof” suffocation methods on the day the girl was last seen alive… WKMG reports that sheriff’s investigators pulled 17 vague entries only from the computer’s Internet Explorer browser, not the Mozilla Firefox browser commonly used by Casey Anthony. More than 1,200 Firefox entries, including the suffocation search, were overlooked.

Sadly, there is a punchline:

Whoever conducted the Google search looked for the term “fool-proof suffication,” misspelling “suffocation,” and then clicked on an article about suicide that discussed taking poison and putting a bag over one’s head.

Moral of the story: if you’re planning to do something heinous in Florida, you might as well use Bing.

(Via Fark.)

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The original radio dial

In the January Automobile, Jamie Kitman bewails the current (sub)standard for AM radio in cars:

I have to be careful lest I start sounding like the guy who rhapsodizes on the wonders of vacuum tubes over solid-state circuits and vinyl versus streamed MP3 files, but AM car radios in their heyday sounded pretty good, and — counterintuitively — their reception was much, much better than in most new cars today. New cars all seem to retain an AM radio function — presumably for the day the nuclear weapons go off — but almost all of them suck. I kid you not. I get dramatically better reception in my 1962 MGA and my 1963 Jaguar Mark II than in the $127,000 BMW M6 convertible I drove last week. The BMW is not alone.

We will stipulate that vinyl is by design better than streamed MP3 files, but it’s hard to get vinyl to work in the center stack of a car.

The manufacturers, OEM and aftermarket, have pretty much decided that AM is a talk-only medium now, and they provide only enough frequency response to reproduce something resembling voice. There are only two AM stations I’d bother with for music around here, and one of them, a daytimer, has a 24-hour FM translator with 99 watts.

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To say nothing of IE 6

I still strive to avoid reading comments at NewsOK.com, but I also still get a kick out of this statement that precedes them:

We’ve upgraded Comments. The upgraded Comments do not work on Internet Explorer 7. If you are using Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9 and do not see comments, turn off Compatibility View by clicking the “broken page” icon at the right of the address bar.

It occurs to me that I never actually had IE 7; I installed IE 8 over 6. I still keep it around in case Firefox does something heinous to me, and given their absurd push-out-new-versions-like-Octomom schedule, I can reasonably expect that it will.

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