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June 8, 2013

The best birthday present EVER

It's above.

FunFact: The Joe & Cary Show, featuring me and my best friend (since 1964!) Cary being ourselves, is coming soon.

You will not believe what you will see.

It's not gonna be a cartoon but, rather, the real McCoy.

For the sake of our relationships with our children, we both hope those delicate sensibilities never have the misfortune to stumble upon what we are about to unleash on the world.

But if things go as we think they just might, they won't have any choice.


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What is it?


Answer here this tomorrow.

Hint: Smaller than a bread box.

Another: Not an alien artifact (nor a fridge magnet).

A third: Inedible.

June 8, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

"He is moving like a tremendous machine!" — Epic: Secretariat at Belmont 40 years ago this week

Chic Anderson's call [excerpted below] was one for the ages, as was the race.


I watched it live, toward the end of my third year of medical school at U.C.L.A. in May of 1973.

It is still exciting, seeing it again today. 

Almost incomprehensible.

Secretariat was nearly a sixteenth of a mile ahead coming into the final turn and jockey Ron Turcotte never touched the whip, hand riding his magnificent horse, shattering the Belmont record by two full seconds as he crossed at 2:24.

I gotta watch it again.

Perfect prep for today's Orb v Oxbow Belmont throwdown coming up at 5 p.m.

Gary Stevens!

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Yes, Paste.

Remember in kindergarten, that white stuff in a jar you stuck your fingers into and then smeared on stuff to make it stick?

It's back.

Reviewed as follows by Lynn Nadeau in Cool Tools:


For pasting paper to paper (or other materials to paper or cloth) Yes! Paste is economical and does a good job. A plastic pot of this will last most of us for years. It's water soluble so clean-up is easy, and if, over the years, it gets thicker than you want, it can be thinned with water. Spread with a finger or brush.

I've used it for mounting paper items for public display, and appreciate that it doesn't wrinkle even on large items. Glue sticks are handy, but one pot of this has as much goo as 57 glue sticks at 0.28 oz. apiece, and saves all the plastic waste of the sticks.


All-Purpose Paste, 1-Pint: $11.49.

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Who Drummer Keith Moon passes out at 1973 concert — 19 year-old fan steps and takes over without missing a beat

From Open Culture:


In November 1973, Scot Halpin, a 19-year-old kid, scalped tickets to The Who concert in San Francisco, California. Little did he know that he'd wind up playing drums for the band that night — that his name would end up etched in the annals of rock 'n' roll.

The Who came to California with its album Quadrophenia topping the charts. But despite that, Keith Moon, the band's drummer, had a case of the nerves. It was, after all, their first show on American soil in two years. When Moon vomited before the concert, he ended up taking some tranquillizers to calm down. The drugs worked all too well, not least because the tranquilizers actually ended up being PCP. During the show, Moon's drumming became sloppy and slow, writes his biographer Tony Fletcher. Then, halfway through "Won’t Get Fooled Again," he slumped onto his drums. Moon was out cold. (See it all happen above.) As the roadies tried to bring him back to form, The Who played as a trio. The drummer returned, but only briefly and collapsed again, this time heading off to the hospital to get his stomach pumped.

Scot Halpin watched the action from near the stage. Years later, he told an NPR interviewer, "my friend got real excited when he saw that [Moon was going to pass out again]. And he started telling the security guy, you know, this guy can help out. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere comes Bill Graham,” the great concert promoter. Graham asked Halpin straight up, "Can you do it?," and Halpin shot back "yes."

When Pete Townshend asked the crowd, "Can anybody play the drums?” Halpin mounted the stage, settled into Moon's drum kit, and began confidently playing the blues jam "Smokestack Lighting" that soon segued into "Spoonful."  It was a way of testing the kid out.  Then came a nine minute version of "Naked Eye." By the time it was over, Halpin was physically spent.

The show ended with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Scot Halpin taking a bow center stage. And, to thank him for his efforts, The Who gave him a concert jacket that was promptly stolen.

As a sad footnote to an otherwise great story, Halpin died in 2008. The cause, a brain tumor. He was only 54 years old.


[via Jad Abumrad]

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