Happy birthday, Victoria!
Shed no tears for erstwhile Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong; he got what he deserved.
But I have two questions: How many defendants go to prison when they shouldn’t because prosecutors withhold exculpatory evidence from the defense and the defense attorneys are too inexperienced, not influential enough or just not lucky enough to find out what’s going on?
And how many people really are sexually assaulted in cases in which DNA evidence isn’t available, a suspect can’t be found, in which no one believes the victim or the victim doesn’t even report the assault to begin with?
April 27, 1930-June 4, 2005
(Footage from WWII; actual war was Korea; song by Carbon Leaf; h/t Chip.)
I’ve never seen “Dr. Who,” but two or three generations of Britons and Americans have — it’s the longest running TV show in history. Something like 736 episodes, in fact. But this music video is far and away the best I’ve seen on YouTube and among the best I’ve seen anywhere, ever. Supposedly it includes all 10 (?) of the actors who played the title character over the years and something like all 43 of his female companions.
Like the best music videos, it takes the song somewhere it wasn’t originally intended to go. Like the best songs, it doesn’t sound hard to sing or play and the lyrics rip your heart out from the first hearing.
This is a work of love. You don’t see many of those these days … even on YouTube.
… or thereabouts, two Atlanta bands were rocking my world: the Swimming Pool Qs and even moreso, The Brains. (The Brains’ “Money Changes Everything” is neck and neck with Graham Parker’s “Discovering Japan” as the song I’d pick to be on a deserted island with.) The Brains rocked my particular neck of the woods on two occasions: opening for Devo in July 1980 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and on the night before my college graduation at the Milestone Club in Charlotte.
Neither band attained the greatness it deserved, although the Brains did win the honor of being covered by Manfred Mann (“Heart in the Street,” from their second album) and Cyndi Lauper (“Money Changes Everything,” from their first) … if you want to call that an honor rather than just a funnel of small royalties. But I digress.
But now, in a recent reunion concert, come the Qs and Brains frontman Tom Gray to do a version of “Money Changes Everything.” And I look and I listen and I remember … and I think, damn, those guys were good.
Caught this one hanging out at my brother’s house last night. (I had to shoot at kind of a weird angle to keep the door light from washing out the frame.) I know nothing about moths. Anyone know what kind this is?
Daddy (reading from list of bad book-related puns): What color is a used book?
OK, at least all my archives are back — at least, all those recoverable from my own files and/or the Wayback Machine.
But I’m still deep in
the salt machines the Harry Potter series, so I won’t be blogging regularly for a while, if at all.