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January 30th, 2005


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05:09 am - late night acid reflux (made me lipsynch on SNL okay)
So I've woken up thrice now with stomach acid in my throat and a cough in my heart. Fortunately in between each episode there's been at least an hour of sleep, so it's not like I haven't been productive or anything.

I checked the Leper's Colon on the Something Awful forums, which is always good for schadenfreude and a laugh, allowing you easy access to the morons who were recently banned and the reasons for their bannings. This time around I noted the passing, forums account-wise, of one GGAllinThicke. I never met the fellow and I can't say I can recall a single post of his, but I now believe the coolest username ever on the Internet is, yes, GGAllinThicke. It is with great sadness, however, that I report the reason of his banning was for the simple transgression of using one of the three forbidden thread tags; the forums software automatically banned him once he posted, and then automatically bragged about it on an Internet forum. A shame he had to go out on such an ignoble note. Heroin Bob went out with less anti-climax than that. (That last sentence was a grammatical bitch to wrap my typing fingers around, but it's late, I'm woozy, and I'd like my sleep back, please.)

On a lighter note, I'd like to introduce you to the Lucido Felice Quartet. Featuring free MP3s of favorite songs arranged for string quartet. Kinda like the Balanescu Quartet's arrangements of Kraftwerk tunes, only with less Pocket Calculator and more Legend of Zelda. Very interesting, though one fellow SA Forums listener commented "the first violin should be shot" (she doesn't do the Ashokan Farewell melody right, dammit, there's some notes that need to go all bendy, you know, portamentos: the freshmaker or whatever, but it's not a shootin' offense and she more than makes up for it by doing a bang-up job imitating the whistling harmonies on the Andy Griffith theme.) I personally think they are very talented musicians and they all do a very admirable job of, say, playing the theme to MacGyver. Additionally, the first few measures of Don't Stop Believing might well be the finest digital arrangement of zeroes and ones my WinAmp has ever played. I also liked their Enter Sandman arrangement and their nice Iron Chef medley, in which they do reasonable justice to Hans Zimmer's pompy pomp.

Abbie is grumpy because I took over the computer chair, so I am now giving it back to him so he can sleep on it comfortably while I go back to hopefully not having any more stomach acid eruptions. Maybe it was the raw pasta I've been munching on all evening. I dunno.

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From:joenotcharles
Date:January 30th, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
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Oh, god, I don't have much of an ear, but your "fellow SA Forums listener" is right. It sounds like her violin isn't tuned or something. Ok, so on Andy Griffith some stumbling is okay cause as they said she's doing something really hard. But why is Bohemian Rhapsody all squeaky?
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From:joenotcharles
Date:January 30th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Although her work on "The Thong Song" is fabulous. They're right about that song - on the right instruments, and divorced from the lyrics, it's great.
From:archangelsk
Date:January 30th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Still a long way to go before they're as good as the Guckenheimer Sauerkraut Band, at least.
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 31st, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
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And they're certainly no International Silver String Submarine Band, either.
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From:nathanw
Date:January 30th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Have your travels around the net brought you to the Blindfolded Pianist, also best-known for a pretty good Mario-theme performance, on video? http://www.theblindfoldedpianist.com/
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 31st, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
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Yes, we're well acquainted with that fine fellow. When he gets to the "hurry-up" music at the end, jaws tend to drop.
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From:semer
Date:January 30th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
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I am very happy to know of this group, and am highly amused by their music, especially the TMNT theme song. Also quite pleased with the Mario and Zelda treatments, especially since they included the section in the middle of the Zelda one. <3 <3 <3

I also am pretty sure I want that version of Star Wars played at my wedding. ;)
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 31st, 2005 06:50 am (UTC)
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Oh, yes. Love the Prilosec. We're going to be bringing out the big guns soon enough. I do the 14-day thing a few times a year. Someday I'll have medical insurance and can actually talk to doctors about this! And won't that be a beautiful day?
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From:djsunkid
Date:January 31st, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
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Aaand.. the quartet seems to be /.'ed... doh!

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