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He Has Risen

Best.Movie.Dance Sequence.Ever!

From the 2005 movie House of Flying Daggers, a most excellent movie, comes this acrobatic/dance sequence. Performed by the gorgeous Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang, she plays the role of a blind dancer.

This scene has always kept me enthralled, though it loses a bit of its magic on a small screen and without surround sound.

Now This… Is A Knife!

The day I brought this knife home, I carefully used a cotton t-shirt to wipe a smudge off of the blade. Not carefully enough! It sliced through the shirt, and shaved my fingerprint off, without drawing blood. I shitunot!

So is this.

I have both, along with several other fine products from the good folks at Cold Steel, including some that are discontinued. Be sure and check out the specialty items, such as the blow-gun. Sometimes bringing in small game without letting everyone know you are in the woods, is a good thing.

I bring this up, because of the uncertain times we are facing, and for the need to be prepared. Many people are arming themselves, some for the first time. Also, many are learning old ways of doing things, like gardening, canning and freezing, all because of the economic uncertainties, and the societal problems that usually result during such times.

I have carried a knife, since I was about six years old, when my grandfather gave me my first Uncle Buck pocket folder. While there is merit in so many citizens arming themselves these days, even though they should not have waited until now, the utility in having an edged weapon, should never be underestimated. They don’t need to be reloaded, they never malfunction or misfire, no permit or premises restrictions, and can make the difference in a life and death situation that a firearm would be useless in. An example would be, extracting yourself from a burning car, when the shoulder harness release is jammed. I have witnessed two men burn alive in a car, in separate incidents, and in each, the restraint release was broken, due to the energy of their body weight on the mechanism.

Once again, better to have it and not need it, than to need it, and not have it.

Gingrich the father of Anna Nicole’s Baby? — Fox News Alert

Update #4: “I told you so!”

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby, according to DNA tests, and the late reality TV star’s former boyfriend emerged from a court hearing Tuesday to proclaim that his daughter would soon be home.

Update #3: “The nude photospread at the link on the first Update will prove without a doubt the fact that I am speaking truth to power.” Blogger Nuke Gingrich’s latest comments come amid charges that his “denial” of being Anna Nicole’s Baby-daddy is in fact a cynical attempt to drive up traffic at his award-winning website. “That’s just ridiculous. There is no evidence to support those charges. I cannot imagine anyone using poor Anna Nicole like that. This photospread is proof positive that I am not the father of Danielynn. Do you see me in any of those photos? I rest my case”

Update #2: “Just give me what I want, and I’ll go away.” Right Wing Blogger Nuke Gingrich has reportedly changed his mind….”I want the house in the Bahamas.”

Update: Planck’s constant has a flicker photospread of anna nicole (sans clothing) in his sidebar. [Welcome WordPress Blog of the day — thank you readers. ]


Conservative blogger Nuke Gingrich came forward today and announced that he is not the father of Anna Nicole’s baby, Danielynn Hope.

“There is absolutely no truth to the rumor”, Nuke said, “And I have no idea how the rumor started. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know it was a rumor.”

annanic.jpgAs the looming custody battle heated up, “ Smith’s mother flew to the Bahamas on Saturday to check on the child, but the big question — the identity of the baby’s father — will be decided in a courtroom.” Source

384433538_64963497cc1.jpgNukegingrich, known for his insightful news and comment, and his dry sense of humor, wondered aloud how such a rumor could get started. “Well, after n2l got two straight Top 50 Blog of the day posts, I guess I uhmm, somebody figured they had better do something to attract the search engine bots, this being such a hot story and the cable news networks are all Nicole all the time.”

Thinking about excercise is good for you? Works for me!

True Brit: what was your best pesent this year?

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I just thought I would share with you my ‘bestest’ Christmas present this year! Commando comics are small, black and white, and contain spiffing war stories. The enemy are ‘huns’, ‘nip’s and ‘eeities’ and the Brits always, ALWAYS win in the end.

Blissfully un-P.C. they have been part of British culture since ever i was a kid. I cannot remember walking into a newsagent and not seeing them on sale. This collection of twelve vintage stories is raising their profile again and introducing them to a younger generation who have been brought up on Manga and the like. There is also a companion volume called, perhaps predictably, The Dirty Dozen”

Lucky me hey? What did you have – show and tell time folks.

RIP Godfather of Soul

James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured “Godfather of Soul,” whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, his agent said. He was 73. (AP)

BMW Films Beat the Devil (h/t N2L)

ABC, Post, Youtube, Times, Hollywood Elsewhere, Johnny Bacardi, BBC

A Blessed Christmas Morning to You.

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Revenge of the Artists


“Welcome Danish Readers!”

You gotta love the Danes. From last year’s cartoon extravaganza to this year’s smuggling of a special message to Ahmadinejad.

A group of Danish artists known from their website as Surrend, has slipped one by the editors of the Tehran Times, and given a great big razzberry to El Dinnerjacket. From Spiegel (h/t in the bullpen):

A Danish art group that specializes in targeting world leaders has succeeded in offending its latest victim — right on his home territory. They managed to smuggle an advert insulting the Iranian president into a Tehran newspaper.

Support his fight against Bush

We are also tired of Bush

Iran has the right to produce nuclear energy

No US aggression against any country

Evil US military stay home

What the editors thought they were seeing was a message of solidarity with the Iranian president. But taking a closer look at the first letters of each line, (S-W-I-N-E) the insult was revealed. Heh. I love it.

Bulldozin’ Bluesman

3_john-horton2.jpgJohn Horton III is sitting in the cab of his bulldozer on a cool early December morning in Swift Water, Miss. As the Aqua Farms crew rebuilds a catfish pond, he rehearses alone on his harmonica for the upcoming weekend’s performance. Only the harmonica and his name, in neat cursive just above the breast pocket of his dark-blue uniform, indicate that Horton is an accomplished blues musician.

“I’m a hoss,” the 46-year-old Horton tells me. “I would work between 50 and 100 hours a week. I’ve been bulldozing for 15 years, and no one has anything on me. I can brag about my bulldozing now. That’s my thing. To just play music, I’d have to travel, and I’m not too crazy about travelin’. I’m not goin’ to be braggin’ about my music, though. Sometimes I have to hurry out of my uniform and into my suit with my brim. People don’t believe it because of the way I can play. They say, ‘This guy’s good.’ The bulldozing is good because then I don’t have to sit around wondering if somebody’s going to show up or if somebody’s late.”

Influenced by the recordings of Howlin’ Wolf and Albert King, Horton often spends time on Walnut Street, the famed live music street in Greenville, Miss., “takin’ notes very seriously and thinkin’ about any difficulties I ran into.”

In the third month of performing live, when he was in his early twenties, nerves overwhelmed the musician, so he went to the bar and drank several glasses of gin. Horton passed out two songs into the performance. Ever since, he’s tried to stay away from some of the extreme behavior with which other blues artists have struggled.

“When I came back from Louisiana in ‘87,” Horton says, “everybody had a habit: dope, crack, whatever else. It just made me sick so I had to quit the whole scene. After a couple of months, people had told me I had to come back. I was playing at home one night, and I asked myself, ‘Why waste that talent?’ So I started back performing.”

Since the 1980s, he has opened for B.B. King and Willie Milton, toured New Zealand for two-and-a-half months and developed an uncommon 18-year relationship with a Gibson Flying V guitar named Lilly Mae. Overseas, audiences were so amazed by how tight Horton’s three-piece band was, it was bad for business. “They wouldn’t get up to go to the bar,” he says before bursting into laughter.

“John has a good feel for the blues,” Billy Smiley, Horton’s bassist for 15 years, tells me. “He’s good at improvising, and he has a lot of fun. He’s well known for that Flying V. That’s just not something you see a lot in traditional blues.”

“When I took it to a shop,” Horton recounts, “they knew it was Lilly Mae. Nobody plays that. I think I bought it for $180. Once a guy I play with, Tim, heard it. He was using a $2,000 Les Paul. After about two songs, he was asking to use my guitar. Not all the guitars made by this company have this sound. Only one in a hundred.”

read it all at Jackson Free Press

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It’s Times Like These…

Good luck with your Momma’s doctor appointment tomorrow, SwampWoman.

They Called Him…Lead Belly!

This thread began with a friendly discussion of names of cities, towns and villes that we found interesting and in my case, a deep fondness for since my childhood.
Caddo Lake, as the map shows, is almost perfectly divided in half by the Louisiana-Texas border. The natural beauty of the lake and it’s mysterious qualities cast a spell on anyone that visits and I have enjoyed it as a decompression chamber for many years.
On the Louisiana side there is a small town, Mooringsport, La. From this town and later from a small town, Leigh, Texas(nearest town on above map is Karnack, Tx), came a giant in the musical history of the world, Huddie William Ledbetter, or ‘Lead Belly.’
Even if you haven’t heard of him, or only vaguely know of him, you have been shaped by his music through those he influenced and by the songs he wrote or refined.
Here’s a partial list of some of the musicians he has influenced: Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Long John Baldry, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Jerry Garcia, Johnny Cash, Gene Autry, The Beach Boys, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and many, many more.
What were these songs? Here is a list.
Let’s take one song as an example, Black Betty.

Woah, Black Betty
Woah, Black Betty

Black Betty had a baby
Black Betty had a baby

Damn thing gone crazy
Damn thing gone crazy

That one song has been recorded countless times and has been used in many movies, tv shows and is still currently in use as an intro song at major sporting events.
In Lead Belly’s biography, you will find he was no saint, perhaps not even a very nice person. He was promiscuous, violent and a repeat felon(twice for murder), but was without a doubt a historical figure, as his music has shaped our lives and will most likely continue to do so for a very long time.
Other links on his bio follow, as there has been much mythology about the man, as he promoted much of it and there is some dispute on his actual birth, but in the wikepedia link, you will see the correct dates.
The Leadbelly Legend.
The Lead Belly Web.
Lead Belly Foundation.

Friend, did you bring me the silver,
Friend, did you bring me the gold,
What did you bring me my dear friend,
To keep me from the gallow’s pole.
Mother, did you bring me silver?
Mother, did you bring me gold?
What did you bring me mother,
Keep me from the gallows pole?
What did you – what did you –
Keep me from the gallows pole?


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