'Cause I just gotta...

Of the few of you who might read this post, most of you know of this already. But today, I just have to post a little snatch of dialogue penned by our buddy bdar. I'm not sure when it was authored, but I first read it...what? Has to be at least 3 years before this day. Anyway:

"This is a hopeful America. This America will want to be right, it will want to be just, and it will want to be better than itself."

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    relieved relieved


Yes we f***ing did! And I only voted and contributed a bit of money. I know there are those of you reading this who can feel even more ownership in this.

I had a bit of a hard time getting into it today. I was hearing skepticism from many angles, and it was hard to tune that out.

But my country just put an intelligent, eloquent, liberal black guy in the White House. And even Rev. Wright has to sing "God Bless America" tonight.

My friend marshalaw had a saying that she quoted roughly 97 times this year before the Unfortunate Collapse: "When the Cubs win, anything is possible."

I'm not sure about that, but I think we all know something else, and I'm certain she'll agree with the paraphrase: "When Barack Obama wins, anything is possible."

Morning's coming, America. Get ready to wake up.
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    jubilant jubilant

Essential listening

I wanted to plug my most recent podcast discovery, NPR's "Planet Money". This is a podcast that was spawned from a wonderful and well-received co-production between NPR News and This American Life on the housing mortgage crisis and a concept they called the "global pool of money". It distilled big, global economic concerns in a way that was easy to understand, and it was such a popular This American Life episode that the show gave a CD of it away tote bag-like as an incentive for contributing to the Chicago Public Radio station.

Anyway, Adam Davidson and his colleagues went on to start Planet Money, the podcast and the blog. It is thorough, it is insightful, it is easy to understand. It is remarkably non-partisan. It is entertaining (at least to a nerd like me). It also feels like something thrown together in a crisis, which it is, and that is part of its charm. Even the way that they announce the date and time at the beginning of each episode hints at the remarkable and fast-changing events of the last couple of weeks.

Anyway, it's awesome. Listen to it!
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    "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley

Code Red On Ice

In the world of sports, I just read this article about the court proceedings in former Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore's lawsuit against NHL semi-star Todd Bertuzzi. In a Canucks/Avs game on March 8, 2004, Bertuzzi maliciously punched Moore (an agitator himself) in the back of the head, sending Moore, unconscious, face-first to the ice. The resulting "severe head and neck injuries" Moore sustained in the incident have prevented him from playing professional hockey since.

It's also worth noting that, following the incident, Bertuzzi was charged with assault (to which he pleaded guilty) and was "indefinitely suspended" by the NHL (he was reinstated in time for the 2005-2006 season - he was suspended throughout the NHL's lockout, but it did keep him from playing in the World Cup of Hockey and some other championships). I'd also note that, before this incident, Bertuzzi was thought of as an ultimate power-forward, a rising superstar. Ever since, his reputation as a semi-goon with scoring talent has kept him from ever achieving those heights.

Anyway, he has apparently tried to add former Canucks coach Marc Crawford as a co-defendant, claiming that Crawford "ordered the hit". Crawford has come out and said that Bertuzzi acted in "direct disobedience" of his directives before attacking Moore.

Is it just me, or does anyone want to see Crawford cross-examined on the stand by Lt. Daniel Kaffee? "Did you order the code red?!" "You're God damned right I did!"

That would be awesome.
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    cheerful cheerful

Musical Alphabet

Joining in on bdar's and hannibalv's fun:

Sort your iTunes Library by album title. Select one album for each letter, A-Z, (ignore "a," "and," and "the") to create a list of 26 albums that you consider indispensable. Do not repeat artists on your list.

I'm also going to refrain from doing greatest hits albums or anything like that. Except for one compilation, which will be discussed:
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    "A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend

Ooh! Me too! Me too!

From bdar:

1 - Go to Wikipedia Random Article.
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Random Quotations.
The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album. (If you want to do this again, you'll hit refresh to generate new quotes, because clicking the quotes link again will just give you the same quotes over and over again.)

3 - Go to flickr's "explore the last seven days".
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Use this method to list the albums of 5 new bands.

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    "Go, You Gotta Go" by Alynx

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Taking this exercise from hannibalv's blog. He actually made CDs out of it, and for his birthday, which is way cooler. But I couldn't resist doing my own version.

The exercise: List one song for each year of your life. The rules:
1. No covers.
2. Limit one song per artist.
3. All songs are to be selected sincerely, with neither irony or sarcasm intended.

Also, for the most part, I'm going by the year the Billboard Hot 100 lists for each song, not necessarily when the album was released.

And, go:

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    nostalgic nostalgic

Can of Worms

Oh, man, this is ridiculous. Have you ever wasted time obsessing about some really, totally meaningless question of pop culture? For example, my friend Richard brought up the "Desert Island Disc" question the other day. We were talking and somehow got on the subject of Radiohead, and he mentioned that "The Bends" would almost be the album he'd have on the desert island if not for some Kate Bush album that I don't know. And I came up with the one I'd want, but it was really hard, and I'm still not certain of the choice. Like it matters at all. I picked Barenaked Ladies' "Gordon", by the way, because they're my favorite band and all of the songs on that album are good. But then you lose all their other great songs. And what about Ben Folds and Aimee Mann and Indigo Girls and...see, it's a fool's game.

Anyway, now what I'm obsessing over is the idea of expanding my "Top 5 All-Time Movies" to a top 10. I was thinking about it the other day and realized I probably had enough films to expand on my top 5, which I've had for a while:
1. It's A Wonderful Life
2. When Harry Met Sally...
3. Jerry Maguire
4. American Beauty
5. Almost Famous

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    quixotic quixotic


Strange things are afoot in this election cycle. I won't reveal this person's identity, to protect the sanctity of the voting booth, but I just found out that a person I know very well who has become quite conservative over the last several years (turning into pretty much a pro-life/anti-gay marriage voter) voted for Barack Obama in their primary today.

I also read (and this is somewhat more believable, but still hard to understand) that Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh have been attacking John McCain. Coulter even suggested that if the general election came to a choice between McCain and Hilary Clinton, she would vote for Clinton.

Politics are odd.

Update: Can I do an update before I've even posted this once? Oh, well, I'm doing it anyway. Just found out the aforementioned conservative Obama voter, who by the rules of their state can vote across party lines in the primary, figured that the Republican nominee was already basically decided and wanted to influence the Democratic choice. I'm not sure that their assumption is true, though. Hmm...
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    "Electioneering" by Radiohead