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Friday Random 10: Wisdom Teeth Edition

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teethDon’t look for too much from me today, as I finally submit to my government-mandated extraction of my wisdom teeth (part of Obama’s plan for total redistribution of wisdom).

I apologize in advance for anything I write this afternoon, as I will most definitely be hopped up on Rhinocerus tranquilizers.

I hope to still be zonked Saturday night, on account of Perry Ellis and I have a totally not gay dude date to see Mission of Burma at the awesome Somerville Theater (awesomely located 3 minutes from Pax Manor).

Anyway, let’s have some songs:

Wouldn’t Mama Be Proud — Jeff Trott (Elliott Smith tribute)
Ny Batteri — Sigur Ros
Let the Beat Build — Lil Waybe
Don’t Stop Running — The Fireman
Going Is Song — Shearwater
Gravity – The Notwist
Prenzlauerberg — Beirut
Mexican Wine — Fountains of Wayne
Neighborhood #4 — Arcade Fire
Scarecrow – Beck

Bonus video:

That’s When I Reach For My Revolver — Mission of Burma (Live)

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Friday Random 10: Eyeballs Edition

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More than any other player, Larry Fitzgerald is the reason the Arizona Cardinals are hosting the NFC championship game this weekend. His ability to haul down passes in traffic and turn wildly thrown ducks into touchdowns are the primary force behind the apparent rejuvenation of Kurt Warner.

Fitzgerald is so good, in fact, that even after the Cards lost fellow receiver Anquan Boldin — himself a remarkable talent — Fitzgerald STILL found himself wide open against the heavy favorite Carolina Panthers last week.

But you knew all that. What you didn’t know is why he’s so good.

Fitzgerald isn’t particularly big, fast, or strong compared to other NFL receivers. What he does have, according to this article in the Wall Street Journal, is an optometrist grandfather who worked his eyeballs until they were the best they could be:

Mr. Fitzgerald may have a clear advantage in this area. When he was young, his grandfather, Robert Johnson, the founder of a optometry clinic in Chicago, set out to make sure his grandson had “visual dominance” — at first because he was having trouble in school. From the time Mr. Fitzgerald was in first grade, during summer visits, Mr. Johnson would take him to the clinic and have him stand on balance beams and wobbly boards while doing complicated hand-eye drills. By the time his grandson was 12 and emerging as an athlete, Dr. Johnson tailored many of these exercises to athletics. To improve the boy’s precision, control, spatial judgment and rhythm, for instance, Dr. Johnson would hang a painted ball from the ceiling and have him try to hit the colored dots on the ball with the matching colored stripes on a rolling pin.

My childhood athletic training also involved a rolling pin and colored balls. Unfortunately no one ever wants to play Nutsack Cricket with me anymore.

The songs:

The Spark — The Flaming Lips
I Can’t Help Myself — The Four Tops
Verse Chorus Verse — Nirvana
Sea Go — The Gang
Backwards Walk — Frightened Rabbit
Rhythm and Soul — Spoon
Clean the Clock – Blue Giant
Song for a Winter’s Night — Sarah McLachlan
Resurrection Fern — Iron & Wine
Expecting — The White Stripes

Bonus audio track:

Jerry Springer — The Asskickers

Bonus video:

Second Chance — Liam Finn (Live)

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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Friday Random 10: BOOM! Edition

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As the East Coast buckles down for the annual December edition of OMG IT’S THE BIGGEST STURM EVAR DUCK OH NO ITS SOOOO MUCH SNOOOWWWWWW!!! AAHHHHHHH!!!!, Pax Arcana turns its attention to China — a nation gripped by the tale of an exploding Wang.

Wang Diange lived in inner Mongolia until he was struck by lightning at the funeral of a family member. Except he wasn’t actually struck by lightning at all. Rather he was felled by a “weather rocket” that tore through the roof of his family home and lodged in his body. People just assumed it was lightning because of the noise and whatnot.

Wang’s family members discovered something was awry when Wang’s body freaking EXPLODED during his cremation:

As his body was being put into the cremation chamber, it blew up spectacularly, bursting the doors off the oven.

When the fire had been put out, the only clue as to what had happened was a small twisted piece of metal, which seemed to be the glowing remnants of a screw.

At first, local metallurgists were unable to determine what it was, though they noted it bore a military serial number. After a lengthy investigation, however, it was suggested it might be part of a shell casing.

BOOM!

The songs:

Another Nail in the Coffin — The Mirrors
The Backseat – The Gaslight Anthem
This Place is a Prison — The Postal Service
She’ll Break Your Heart Again — The Loves
What Deaner Was Talkin’ About — Ween
Upward over the Mountain — Iron & Wine
Right Hand on My Heart – The Whigs
Sir Psycho Sexy — Red Hot Chilipeppers
I Thought I Saw Your Face Today — She & Him
Bird Flu — M.I.A.

No audio or video bonus until WordPress can get its shit back together.

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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Friday Random 10: Putz Edition

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It made sense that the Mets, seeking to improve the shaky bullpen that caused yet another late-season collapse, would sign Francisco Rodriguez — who broke the single-season saves record last season in Anaheim.

endy_chavezOf course, to get to K-Rod in the ninth, the Mets needed to fill in the 8th inning gap as well. So they traded Endy Chavez and Aaron Heilman for J.J. Putz and Jeremy Reed (actually the deal was 12 players among three teams, but that’s the gist of it). Apparently, Putz is pronounced “puts,” but I’m going to keep on saying it “Pyootezz.”

It’s a good trade for the Mets, who needed much more than one strong option to fix that bullpen. But as a Mets fan, it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Endy Chavez — if only because he made the single greatest defensive play I have ever seen in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. Goodnight, sweet prince.

Also nice to see the Mets eyeballing Alex Cora. That guy seems to bring good luck with him.

The songs:

Black Flowers — Yo La Tengo
That’s What My Heart Needs — Otis Redding
This Lullaby — Queens of the Stone Age
Pearls on a String — Ryan Adams
The Sporting Life — The Decemberists
White Riot — The Clash
Jumble, Jumble — The White Stripes
Carousel – Iron & Wine
The Proposition — Lou Reed
Chelsy’s Little Wrists — Pavement

Bonus Video:

Oviedo – Blind Pilot

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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Friday Random 10: Frost/Nixon Edition

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zelnickYou may have heard of the forthcoming film Frost/Nixon, which explores the series of long interviews conducted by British journalist David Frost of the disgraced president in 1976. Turns out I know someone who was heavily involved in the interviews themselves.

Bob Zelnick, formerly of ABC News and about a thousand other places, was the acting head of the journalism department at BU when Perry Ellis, parts of the Beast Lair, and Lucy the Dog were there learning a skill only slightly more marketable than sanskrit. Anyway, according to this article, Zelnick headed up the research team that helped Frost prepare for the interviews themselves.

Zelnick recalls being partially swayed by Nixon’s blame of Congress for screwing up the Vietnam War and appalled at Nixon’s incessant lying about Watergate. The best part, though, is that Nixon was apparently something of a perv:

Did you have much interaction with Nixon beyond the camera?
Occasionally, he’d come out during a break. One time he came out specifically to meet the Frost staff, and we shook hands. He had ridiculed “Frost’s well-paid staff” on camera and had used “well-paid staff” two or three times. When I met him, I said “You know, Mr. President, I found your reference to David’s well-paid staff so offensive that I almost choked on my caviar.” So we had that sort of banter, but it was infrequent. He would, of course, banter with David on the set as they were waiting for the cameras to roll. The classic moment was one time Nixon sat down next to David and after a long silence said, “So, David, did you fornicate much over the weekend?” David just looked at him like he couldn’t believe he’d just been asked that question.

There you have it. David Frost triumphed in a battle of wits over Richard Nixon but missed out on one of the all-time opportunities for a joke about Nixon’s mom.

The songs:

In The Basement — Teenage Bottlerocket (obviously)
Waitin’ for a Superman — The Flaming Lips
I’m a Changed Man — Otis Redding
King of the Gypsies — Johnny Thunders
Single File — Elliott Smith
Hackensack — Fountains of Wayne
Lockdown — Fugazi
The Devil’s Workday — Modest Mouse
Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo — Jens Lekman
Family Tree — TV on the Radio

Bonus Audio Extra (requires Internet Explorer or Safari):

Boob Scotch — Bob Log III

Bonus Video:

Black Woman and Shame and Scandal in the Family — Odetta and Johnny Cash

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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Friday Random 10: Titties

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Remember that time we all saw that one lady’s tit?

janet_jackson_titEverything changed after that, didn’t it? We all realized how inadequately our government protected us from the inadvertent ogling of the horrifying grotesqueries that hang so dangerously from female torsos. And we wept. And we peeked again. And we felt shame. In our pants. And we lost our souls in the process.

The low point was when a court in Philadelphia overruled the Federal Communications Commission’s $500,000 fine against CBS for the incident.

But the federal government — facing the prospect of a long and tit-filled winter under a socialist communist terrorist marxist black president — is not going down quietly. They have asked the Supreme Court to reimpose the fine as a final swipe at the overwhelming tide of evil that threatens to wash titties all over this great nation.

I say God speed, federal government. As a married heterosexual man, I’m already outnumbered two to one in  my own personal war against titties. I need all the help I can get.

The songs:

Roses – Outkast
Why You’d Want to Live Here — Death Cab for Cutie
Down in the Valley — Otis Redding
Good Vibrations — The Beach Boys
My 1st Song — Jay Z and DJ Dangermouse
The Ghost of You Lingers — Spoon
Film Noir – The Gaslight Anthem
How Could I Know — My Morning Jacket
Opie – Beardog
Keep ‘em in a Canyon — Oxford Collapse

Bonus Video:

No Children, The Mountain Goats (Live)

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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Friday Random 10: Food Allergies Edition

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peanutsFood allergies are serious and occasionally deadly. They are also incredibly, ridiculously rare — affecting only about 2% of the population.

Curiously, those who patronize fine dining establishments seem to be victimized by severe food allergies at an alarming rate. Check out this passage from a New York Times article about a 20-course dinner served in tandem by culinary masters Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz:

Now the captains are on the floor, asking the guests about allergies and dietary restrictions, which will be mapped on to a grid showing the no-no’s for each position at each table.

“Table Four, P-Four. She can’t have grapefruit.” (P stands for position.)

“P-Five, no pork product, no spicy chiles.”

“Where are the no fennel guests?”

“Table Seven. One guest is no sweet peppers. Ms. Cowin is allergic to peppers.”

This is Dana Cowin, editor of Food & Wine and one of the members of the Fourth Estate in attendance.

The editor of Food & Wine is allergic to peppers? Isn’t that like being the third baseman on the Yankees and being allergic to women? Wait never mind.

The songs:

Target Heart – Blue Giant
No Speak No Slave — The Black Crowes
La Dame Et La Licorne — Shearwater
Chill Out Tent — The Hold Steady
Turn on the News — Hüsker Dü
Everything Will Be Alright — The Killers
Song #1 — Fugazi
Higher Ground — Stevie Wonder
Black Hole – The Silent Years
Fall From a Height — The Honeydrips

Bonus Video:

My Thin Sides & Saints – Army Navy

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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