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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

There are a ton of people doing this meme, and I’m not one to do memes very often, but I actually kind of like this one.

Think of 20 albums, CDs, LPs (if you’re over 40), that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life. Dug into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the wazoo, literally socked you in the gut, is what I mean. Then when you finish, tag 15 others, including me, make a donation to Any Blogger Can, sit back and drink a brewski, watch your favorite DITL. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill.

Here are mine. Except I did 22 albums.

And I’ll warn you ahead of time that I seriously doubt the existence of any human being out there with even five of the same albums as me. Shoot, I bet there isn’t anybody with even THREE of these on their list. What can I say? I’m very weird awesome in my own way.


Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

There are people who say they like this album, or were “changed” by it, and then there are the rest of us who really were. You know who you are – the kind of fan that lists an album because it’s cool to list an album. If you can’t sing every lyric, every studio-added sound effect or murmur and can’t sing out the rooster parts or actually played the end of the album in the infinite loop, you don’t count.


Yes – Tales from Topographic Oceans

We start the eclectic. This is a double-album with only four (4) songs total. Yes, one song per album side. I told you I was weird awesome.


Mannheim Steamroller – Fresh Aire II

I could list several of the Fresh Aire series because I immersed myself in all of them at one point or another, but I’d have to say Fresh Aire II was my first and most potent.


Mannheim Steamroller – Fresh Aire III

There was this one song, Mere Image, that I played dozens of times per week. Yes, it was that fetching. I still do sometimes. I even dreamed up my own music video to the song and still want to make it come true. It has a wistful nostalgic energetic make-you-cry-after-dancing feel.


Olivia Newton-John and ELO – Xanadu soundtrack

I made my own homemade version from the DVD because the many of the songs had versions on the actual published soundtrack that were different from the movie and that devastated me to no end. I hate it when movie soundtracks do that!


Steve Vai – Passion and Warfare

There’s a song on there that kind of feel like dueling electric guitars and I frequently would daydream about my brother and I performing this on stage. Alas, he is the guitar player and I’m the guitar hero.


Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

So shoot me. Wait, I already shot myself for this one.


The Moody Blues – On The Threshold of a Dream

This is one of many tastes I picked up from my dad, who had this and the next album on vinyl. I would put it on and be amazed. When I discovered headphones it sent me to the next level. This is one of those albums that you put on, close your eyes, and let the sounds take you over. In fact, a lot of my picks are sensual albums – you don’t just put them on in the background or flick on the radio to listen. They are to be enjoyed specifically, not as the soundtrack to your daily life.


The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord

Om.

Tracks 7 through 12 are the ones to get lost in.


Steely Dan – Citizen

I had to put in the “Everything” compilation album because once I discovered the ‘Dan, I consumed every song they had and played this collection on repeat for about a year.


Metallica – Master of Puppets

It was hard to choose between this and Ride the Lightning but I listed to Master of Puppets a tad bit more. Plus, it has Orion on it.


The Statler Brothers – Old Testament and New Testament

I had the double-album set. I can still list all the disciples because of this album.


Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water.

My first CD, ever. I got it for my 15th birthday.


Yes – Going For The One

This is another one of those that will be unique to me, and guess what? Awaken? intense 15-minute long song.


Celtic Woman (custom rip)

This is another one where the released soundtrack differed from the video release (DVD) so I ended up ripping my own MP3’s off of the video so that it would match. I’m linking you to the DVD instead of the CD since it’s the one with the music I love. The CD actually took off a couple of tracks!


Rush – Hemispheres

It’s hard to choose just one because of Grace Under Pressure and Signals and Power Windows and AFTK and 2112 and… and… and… But this is the one I sank into deeply and didn’t come up for air for weeks.


Jon Anderson – Olias of Sunhillow

I don’t expect anyone to understand this one. But, man oh man. I love this album. It’s like the Lord of the Rings put to music but without J R R Tolkein.


Jonathan Coulton – Thing A Week series

Can’t list one of the TaW albums since I got the whole collection and put it on repeat. Definitely changed my view of self-published music in a very positive way. This guy is my hero.


Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

Again, this is an artist that has so much to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one album. I choose it because my dad had it on vinyl and it was my first Zep album. I wore that puppy out once I heard What Is And What Should Never Be. This is the first time I actually made a tape that was just entirely one song repeated over and over from the album. I did this to save on battery life on my knock-off Sony Walkman because rewinding took up too much battery.


Don Harriss – Elevations

As a senior in high school, I’d sometimes put this CD in, lay back, close my eyes and simply float. Especially on track #2. I seriously think I floated a few times while wearing headphones. Too bad they weren’t wireless back then. I think it was the wire that stopped me from hitting the ceiling.


Ozzy Osbourne – The Ultimate Sin

I remember freshman year in High School – as a band geek *and* a computer geek, I wasn’t all that popular, but that was fine with me. In fact, instead of being popular I was more of a target. But there was this one time when my walkman and collection of tapes was “confiscated” by The Current Cool Guy in the gym along with the “let’s see what Dork-Man is listening to, shall we?” verbal introduction to a humiliation assault. As he went through picking out The Ultimate Sin, Black Sabbath’s We Sold Our Souls for Rock and Roll, Van Halen’s 1984, Motley Crue’s Theatre Of Pain, Led Zeppelin and Rush, he said aloud “wow, for a nerd, you listen to some really cool music” and handed me back my stuff and went on to the next nerd. Later that week he borrowed The Ultimate Sin from me and I was left alone the rest of the year.


BONUS ENTRY! The Simpsons – Songs in the Key Of Springfield

Let’s go crazy, Broadway style!


Whew. This was harder than I expected, but I stayed true to the meme.

So.  Did anyone have even more than one that they shared with this list?

Yeah. Didn’t think so.

(Bonus topic: I spent more than an hour on this post.  It meant a lot to me.  However, I anticipate a very low comment turnout.  I’m finding that the more important (ie, personal) a blog post is to me, the less other people will care about it.  Sometimes the stupidest shortest post generates the most interest.  There seems to be a direct inversely proportional relationship between the amount of effort I put into a post and how interesting it is.  However, I will post it anyway because I’m one of those “this blog is about ME” people.  At least for now I am.)

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2008
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Saw this at Jester’s via Twitter with the IE7 web browser on a Dell computer running Vista SP1 with the eyes my mom and dad gave me, sitting on an Office Depot chair eating a Rudy’s breakfast taco and drinking Pepsi (how much credit is good ‘netiquette?)

cuss-o-meter 1%

According to the web site, this is 89% less than all other websites who took the test.

Of course, by linking to Jester’s site with the URL he used, I think I just went up to 2%.  But I have to wonder – how does it do this so fast?  Is it just scanning the first page?

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2008
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reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated…
                          – LOLcats

I’ll be upfront.  I want your vote.  I want to go to Vegas.

Sure, the Presidential Primaries are going on right now and people are tired of hearing about change, hope, promises, campaigns, and mudslinging.  Well, instead of worrying about which scumbag (or scumbagette) to vote into office, VOTE FOR THE FUNNIEST POKER-RELATED LOLCAT!  Even more importantly – VOTE FOR MINE!

i can has vote

The great folks over at icanhascheezeburger are running a Poker Cats contest, and I want everyone to pull for me.  The contest is – submit a funny poker-related LOLcat and the person with the most votes wins a trip to vegas (air, hotel and some cash).

Here’s what you do: I want you to click on one or all of the following submissions and VOTE for my submissions.  And then I want you to tell your friends to vote for me.  Consider putting a link for this post in your weekly summary if you have one.  Rent me one of those banner airplanes over LA.  Let’s ROCK this vote.

Below please find the ones *I* submitted – click on the picture to go vote on your favorites, or go all out and be my best friend by voting for all of them.  Then tell your friends.   Then go dig up some dead people and have THEM vote (hey, it works for the politicians…)

And if you’re feeling a little spunky, tell me if you like any of them.  If you decide to enter the contest, let me know in the comments and I’ll vote for you too.

UPDATE: How to vote:

  • Click on one or as many photos as you like – you can only vote once PER PHOTO, but you’re free to vote once PER PHOTO; in fact, that’s my preference!
  • When you see the photo at the icanhascheezeburger site, there will be five (5) cheeseburgers just above the photo.  This is how you “rate” the photo from one to five cheeseburgers (long story, don’t ask).  Just click once on the right-most cheeseburger to vote and rate it a “5”.  It should increment the total number of votes that photo has.
    how to vote

Here you go!

tree stax fo hai society - i has dem

 

what happens in vegas stays in vegas lolcats

 

poker face, I has it

 

lissen here da ting, if u can't spot da suxor...

 

chek i says

 

lays down a monster

 

 

 

oh noes aa loses to 23

 

I did some Pay It Forward craziness this past week.  I combined a Guess The Movie theme with the PiF theme and then threw in some astrology, numerology, 11:11 phenomenon (unintentionally), Mr T-ology (unintentionally, Fool!) and comicbookology, all in one post!  I’m like the alchemist of the blogging era.  A blogchemist, if you will.

So here’s how it went down.  I asked the Universe a question, and that question was

Who should win the prizes from my Pay It Forward post?

And the winners are…. well, you’ll have to read it and scroll down (evil grin).

I’ve put all the interesting details below in the extended entry – click to read it all!  You know you want to!  (hint: there are pretty colors, fancy pictures and words that sound funny).

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Slap mah fro!

Avi said he unabashedly stole this “Guess the movie” idea from Dan.  However, that leaves me with two questions: 1) if this is unabashedly, what would happen if he abashedly stole it?  Would he still have mistakenly called Babel Fish a product of Google if there were less bashedness? 2) Why is Dan using Bable Fish instead of Babel Fish?  Or did he run the phrase “Babel Fish” through the translator a couple of times as well? (I keed, I keed!)

Dan’s method was to take a film’s synopsis and put it through Babel Fish translator to convert it from English to some other foreign language, and then take that result and translate it back to English.  Then people could guess which film is being described.  Avi’s tweak was to use AOLer Translator instead of Babel Fish, so he could have AOL-style (for example “OMG LOL TEH MOVEI SI 3XACTLEY DA LENGTH OF A DV TAEP”)  descriptions.

*My* tweak  is to use my all-time favorite translator, the Dialectizer.  I’ve used this tool since the mid-90’s.  I’m so glad it’s still up.  I’ve always loved translating things to Jive.  So that’s what I’ve chosen to do with some of my favorite movies.

Your job: Guess the movie.  I’ve translated the film’s synopsisses into Jive. 
My job: Pay It Forward.  You can win fabulous prizes just by leaving a comment on this post by Friday! 

To save space, I’ve put both of these wonderful pieces in the extended entry, below.

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Note: This concept was inspired by a post on Avitable’s blog, who referenced the start of a story on RW’s blog.  Family note: Avitables’ blog is *not* family friendly, but it is somewhat funny.

General rules:

In order for this to work, please follow these simple rules:

  1. Read the entire story.
  2. Add a comment to the post, continuing the story where the last author left off.  Don’t just start off wherever you want; pick up from where the last comment left off. 
  3. In the case where two comments are published at the same time, the next commenter can follow one or both/all of the comments, perhaps tying them together.
  4. I may also add more comments or story lines until I decide the story is done.

The story starts below.

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