Take Five Friday: Friday Song and Dance

Today’s Take Five is my top 5 songs to listen to either

a) pull me out of a funk or

b) get me dancing.

1. Ting Tings – “That’s Not My Name”

2. Yelle – “Je Veux Te Voir”

3. Honeyhoney – “Give Yourself To Me”

4. BPA – “Toe Jam” (NSFW)

5. And the final…

Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” with Gwen Verdon and her Fosse Dancers

What’s your favorite get-up-and-go songs?

Etymology Day, Part Three

Continuing our ongoing “where does this word/phrase come from?,” for some reason this week I was inundated with things I had to know the meaning of.

Putting “English” on something (usually a ball, like billiards or bowling) – is a kind of spin imparted on a ball, coined about 1860, from the French anglé, “angled,” which is similar to the French word for English, “Anglais.”

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I don’t know if either of these methods will help put a little English on your ball, but this is the best bowling movie ever. 🙂


Willy-nilly – First recorded in 1608, it apparently is the contraction of  “will I, nill I” “will ye, nill ye” literally meaning “with or without the will of the person concerned.”

willy nilly electric companyphoto credit (the electric company has it goin’ on!)

Mustard – This one was much harder to track down! Taken from NowPublic:

Here’s how it went.  The old Romans mixed the crushed seeds from
this plant with grape juice.  Of course when grape juice ferments it
becomes wine—a connection to Dijon.  But before grape juice ferments it
isn’t called wine, it’s called must because those Romans again called “new wine” mustum
So now imagine yourself back in Rome in your toga and you take a big
gulp of this must that has a bunch of these crushed seeds in it.  Your
face turns red and you begin to sweat and you remark that this must is
damn spicy.  In fact it’s fiery.

Shifting gears for just a second I want to point out that our English word ardent, as in “I love my wife ardently”, comes from the Latin word for “fire.”

So back to the fiery grape juice.  In Latin fiery grape juice is mustum ardens. Pop those two Latin words into the food processor and squish together in the French manner and out comes our word mustard; mustum ardens … mustard.

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T-shirt Stylings Number One: Homage

Skimming through my to-do list, while happily actually crossing off some of the things I have actually started to finish this summer (when technically it isn’t even summer yet!!), I came across my t-shirt ideas and had a fit I hadn’t started doing some yet. So, I got to work on my Homage to The Beatles and Law & Order SVU in one fell swoop!

Unfortunately I have never had too much luck with t-shirt transfers, but I try my best before resorting to sharpie. (On another note, I made an awesome t-shirt for a YYYs concert several years ago with sharpie that was the bee’s knees, so there.) Anywho, back to the sad tale of the misfit t-shirt transfer material. For some reason this particular material did not feel the need to stay on my t-shirt. Maybe its views were different on where it wanted to end up in life, like on a Community Action t-shirt, or a Family Reunion ’09 Sweatshirt, but only half of it liked my SVU idea and decided to stick around. But something amazing happened. Going through the wash and only coming out halfsie made the transfer looks infinitely more awesome. A bit more worn, like I’ve had the shirt since the show began; waaaay back in 1999.

I was inspired by the Beatles shirt and its fans have since thought of countless other pairings that will work equally well. What are those, you ask? Well, you will just have to stick around and see! For now, here’s my brand new (or is it?) SVU shirt:


IMG_2834this one you can see the “Munch” better.

So, does this inspire you to create your own Homage shirt? If you are interested in seeing a couple other hilarious t’s, visit my old pal’s page, and maybe we can goad him into making another, to try and top this beauty!

So Sorry! Cough Cough

im sick and my tshirt is tooroll over, I can’t read your shirt!

I profusely apologize for not keeping up to date and effervescent the last week. I have been trying to fight a sandpaper strep throat with my bare hands. Although he had been gaining ground the first couple rounds, rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. with a trip to the store for about 7 packages of raspberries (there on sale at Sprouts and Safeway, lucky me!) and a little positive TLC from the beau, I just might make a full recovery! Thanks for your patience! I know you’re all itching to hear the next things I have planned, so I will give you some hints: container/fairy garden, underwater film, pink panther exploits in the desert, postcards, and even a few things put up for sale at my friend’s shop! Toodles! It’s time to head on back under the covers for some blackest of the black tea and watching THS with Charlie Murphy! 🙂

Take Five Friday (on Monday) : Best of Flight of the Conchords Concert

focsxswphoto credit (I had to start out with this picture because if I ever meet celebrities and ask them to take a pic with me like this, but them pointing and laughing at my fallen ice cream cone.)

In no particular order:

1. “Jizzing Manky Music” – Jemaine and Bret, in their fantastic and quick-witted between-song banter, told us a story that included them time-traveling to a party where a young David Bowie happened to be, and Bret proceeded to spit out so much music for David to listen to. Jemaine said it was amazing and just pouring out of him, like he was “jizzing music.”

2. “Take it off!” – A woman in the crowd screamed during a lull in banter, to which the guys replied that they thought she was at the wrong show, but ended up asking a stage hand to bring them jackets so they could put them on, then immediately take them off to her, and everyone’s, pleasure. I think alcohol may have been a factor.

3. “New Zealand National Symphony” – They made a big deal about how lucky they were to have their national symphony on loan to them for their tour, and when they brought them out – it was one man, a cellist. Apparently there were two others, a trumpet player and a guy who danced in the corner – but it seems the economy is rough all over and cuts had to be made. There were other talks about OMC’s song “How Bizarre” being the New Zealand national anthem, to which my friend began the song line for line. It was amazing. And bizarre.

4. “Freebird!” – Despite their band being very lighthearted and hilarious, Flight of the Conchords are great musicians. When “that guy” in the crowd yelled the ubiquitous song request, Jemaine delivered with his own version, questioning why a woman would want to get into a relationship with a bird. Bret would chime in with backup lyrics that added a fantastic comedic effect. But even better was their version of “When Doves Cry,” which (unfortunately for everyone) he stopped early, saying it would become “silly” to do a bunch of covers.

5. “Epileptic Dog REEEEMIIIIIX!” – When all else fails, if you forget the lyrics, always (and this goes for everyone), always have a techno remix in your back pocket.

There were so many great other things – “Business Time” and “Bowie” encore, whales using cell phones to call 9-1-1 (“your emergency is very soothing”), and in a big surprise, Arj Barker is a hilarious stand-up comedian. For serious, his bit about Pluto not being a planet is awesome!