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Heineken Can Ad

I have not been able to find a better version of this commercial online.  I have only seen it aired on television once (I think on Versus).  But, I love the concept of the commercial.

However, they are the folks that released the “keg can” to the world.

I hope to find a better version of the commercial.  And, I hope to see it again.

But, the beer still sucks.

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Beer

 

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Silliness

20110530-080748.jpgSometimes, I try on people’s sunglasses (in this case, my Aunt Linda’s) that I know will look ridiculous on me.

Success.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in People

 

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Guitars

The kids have all mentioned they would like to play guitar (Brady in particular). I think we may all try to learn to play.

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2 of My OLD guitars & the one Brady received from Santa

This could be fun…

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in Music

 

The Boston Bruins Advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals!!!

John Buccigross posted this great video the afternoon before Game 6 of the Conference Finals. I thought of posting it earlier, but I feel it is more poignent now that the Bruins have advanced to the finals!

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in Sports

 

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RAPTURE!

© Duncan Long

So, according to some evangelist, the world is going to begin to end on Saturday. And a bunch of believers are going to ascend into heaven, leaving us here to slowly die off over the next 6 months or so. I have been looking at this with much amusement having seen some of the bilboards, wrapped mobile homes, and some of the jokes about this.  Hell (pun intended), even last weekend we all decided to live this week to our debauched hearts content all in the name of Rapture!

But, over the last few days some of the articles about the people that hold this belief, are amazingly sad;

Imagine being these poor kids, whose parents believe this shit and are spending their life’s savings advocating it.  And, telling the kids that they won’t make it into heaven with them.  How fucked do you have to be to do that to your own children?

You have to look beyond the negative characterizations of just about everyone in this Phoenix article, but think about this quote:

Behind the wheel is Dan, a Wilford Brimley doppelganger in his early sixties, who recently shuttered his New Jersey construction business to ride the Rapture route full-time. Dan used to enjoy cognac, cigars, and prostitutes. But not anymore. He’s bracing to ascend into Heaven this Saturday… His wife and son cut off contact with him weeks ago, when he began pestering them about earthquakes that will shake the planet from May 21 until the Earth implodes five months later.

Are you fucking kidding me?!? You closed your business for this? You have caused your family to stop talking with you? I suppose on some level you have to admire someone to have such strong convictions for anything, let alone their faith in a higher power. Well, that is until you read that Dan “in the past, has proselytized as a Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist, and member of the Worldwide Church of Christ. He also knows downtown; before climbing onto the Rapture wagon, Dan spent his Saturdays at Ground Zero, telling strangers that 9/11 was perpetrated by Zionist congressmen.” So, no. No admiration necessary. The guy is as crazy as I suspected all these people are.

I love the fact that these people have completely bought into this rapture scenario despite the fact that, Harold Camping, the guy making the predictions has made this same exact prediction previously.  But, it was supposed to happen in 1994… and didn’t (just in case there was any confusion).  Also, I suspect that these are the same people who believe in creationism over evolution.  Why am I surprised by this, Dan believes 9/11 was an inside job?!

So, although I feel bad for the families of these people.  I am going to look forward to Sunday.  I expect news of either mass suicides (best possible scenario – they become a paradox of their beliefs as their deaths become an example of survival of the fittest) or mass depression among their ranks.  And, I will mock them just as I have been all along.

Some funny tweets in relation to the rapture:

@gruber – “We believe what we want to believe, which means these crazy rapture fuckers want the world to end and for us to suffer and die. Cheers!”

@craigary – “Rapture prank: On Saturday, take some of your unwanted clothes and shoes and leave sets of them arranged on sidewalks and lawns around town.”

@Mike_Doughty_ – “I hope people who suspect they’ll suddenly vanish and get sucked up to heaven have the courtesy to not operate a motor vehicle this weekend.”

@JezebelTheGreat – “So there are people who believe they’re shooting into space like Boba Fett tomorrow, yet consider evolution to be too far-fetched. Huh.”

@elmorse – “I’ll make you a deal: if you’re wrong on the Rapture, we get gay marriage.”

@henryrollins – “During the Rapture, I will be on a plane. Do people in First Class get raptured before those in the economy section? What if you upgraded to First Class from Economy with miles? Does God know you didn’t pay full fare and give priority to those who did?  Should I bother to fill out the landing card?”

And… related?  @ebertchicago – “Zombie warning issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What you should do now. http://bit.ly/kKzK6F ”

I have a stronger belief that a Zombie Apocalypse is more likely than rapture, or heaven for that matter.  See you May 22nd, and beyond, mother fuckers.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Random

 

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Tyler Seguin Promo Video

Even though the Bruins don’t have Joe Thronton, they do have some great players, including the rookie Tyler Seguin who has incredible offensive skills, & is a large reason the B’s are up 2-1 over the Lightning right now.  The NHL realizing that they have a star-in-the-making used Seguin’s Game 2 highlights for their History Will Be Made campaign.

Go, Go, Black and Gold!

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Sports

 

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Social Distortion & Chuck Ragan @ Lupos

So, despite having been up with Brian until 5am Sunday morning, the plan was to hit Lupo’s on Sunday night for another Social D show with Mike & Scott. After rolling into town at 7:30, and trying to freshen up at the house, I felt the exhaustion overtaking my body. I got to Lupo’s about 8:30 when the Sharks were scheduled to hit the stage. Having not heard of the band, my first concern was not to see them, it was to get my body a jolt. So, first it was to the bar where I ordered my first ever Vodka Red Bull.  (I’ve tried it before, just never ordered it.)  While standing at the bar, waiting for my drink, I noticed that the band sounded really good (rare for an opener).  They sounded tight.  So, I started getting interested.

With drink in hand, I made my way down to the front of the stage, found Mike & Scott, and began to watch the Sharks.  My first impression while at the bar, was affirmed.  They sounded really good.  And their youth only served to make me feel old.  But, it was a really good set.  I should have picked up an album or two that night, but I am absolutely planning on purchasing soon.  Also, by the end of their set, I had purchased my second Vodka Red Bull, and a beer.  And, realized the truth in their marketing as I definitely felt like Red Wings had given me wings.  I felt alive again, thankfully.

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Chuck Ragan

Next up, Chuck Ragan.  I was really looking forward to his set.  I’ve listened to his solo stuff quite a bit and have liked it.  And, I was curious how his brand of folk rock would be live (always the ultimate test for me.)

As you can see from the horrid iphone pic to the left, he was playing as part of a three piece.   Ragan had the guitar & harmonica, Joe Ginsberg on stand-up bass, & Jon Gaunt on fiddle.  You can’t particularly tell from the pic to the left, but Ginsberg kind of looks a bit like W.B. Mason to me.

Anyway, he brought some major energy to his live set and sounded great!  And, his band mates, most notably Gaunt’s fiddle play, could slay.  Additionally, Ragan expresses thoughts between songs that convey he is a truly nice guy.  I was really impressed with the entire set & was left wanting more.  And, although he is about to tour with another of my favorite bands, DKM, it is only in Canada.  However, this tweet mentions the prospects of the Revival Tour potentially coming to PVD.  I hope that comes to fruition.

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Mike Ness

Finally, Mike Ness & Co hit the stage.  It is the third time I have seen Social Distortion in the last year and a half or so.  Each time, the band has had a slightly different line up.  Given Social D’s history, that seems apt.

Mike, got a great shot  of Mike Ness during the set, with guitarist John Wickersham & Jon Gaunt flanking him in the background.  I converted the original image to b&w on the right.  This was taken while Gaunt had joined them on stage for That’s the Way it Goes.

At some point during the set, Ness mentioned that they have been playing Providence since 1982.  It always amazes me how long he has been doing this & how good he has been for 30 plus years.

As usual, they played a great set & the crowd was terrific. And, I slept really freaking well that night.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Music

 

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