Arts and entertainment were the focus of the forum this week. Forons waxed poetic about the ongoing string of celebrity deaths, while others lamented the postponed Concerts on the Square and the state of Rhythm and Booms. A sprinkling of local politics provided a welcome reprieve from our star-studded grief.
Funny and absurd
Re: John Birch Society
Post by buckyor Sun Jun 28, 2009 6:56 am
Stuart Mackenzie: Well, it's a well known fact, Sonny Jim, that there's a secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world, known as The Pentavirate, who run everything in the world, including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows.
Tony Giardino: So who's in this Pentavirate?
Stuart Mackenzie: The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, *and* Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee *beady* eyes, and that smug look on his face. "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!"
Re: Billy Mays Found Dead
Post by Dairylander Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:46 pm
Now who's going to convince bankrupt, sedentary Americans to buy useless infomercial crap in a vain attempt to fill the void in their empty lives?
Billy, you will be missed.
Re: White people just don't know what they're dealing with
Post by boston_jeff Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:33 am
When Bill Cosby starts donating Jello Pudding Pops to the impoverished, I'll start listening to his theories on race.
Re: Too cold for a concert? Get real
Post by mrak Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:48 pm
A chilly evening never stopped us in high school marching band.
But then again, we only wish we could have blamed the weather for how shitty we sounded.
Re: Rollover Ads.
Post by Kyle Motor Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:50 pm
I'm trying to be an ass on a few threads now, and this thing is really getting in my way. Can't do an ad-blocker as I can't install things on the ol' work computer.
Maybe I should do some work.
Smart and sharp
Post by kicksville Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:06 pm
Howdy fellow forumites-
I don't know if this is the most appropriate place to post this, but I thought it might be worth a shot.
Here's the setup: We (Kicksville) are in the midst of recording and releasing our 4th album for Ropeadope Records, and our go-to female vocalist has gotten stuck in the UK without a visa to get back (thank you very much, stoopid post-9/11 immigration laws). That leaves us stuck with a number of unfinished songs that were supposed to be released in this cycle, which brings me to the point:
Kicksville needs a female vocalist(s) to help us finish some tracks. We've been flying folks in from all over, but it would be nice to find someone local. There's no long-term obligation - we're not asking anyone to join a "band" because Kicksville isn't really a band at all in the normal sense. We are an extended "artist collective" (for lack of a better word), intended to be a place for people to write/play/draw/etc. without a specific agenda beyond simply being creative and having fun. Also, because we're pinko commie bastards, there's no pay up front, but we split the writers' share equally among all the players on a given song. As for the music, I'll put it this way: genre-defying is a lame cliche and doesn't even come close to describing what we do.
Just an FYI: Kicksville has citizens from all over the world, but some of the Madison-area folks who have played in our sandbox with us include Andy Ewen, The Biff-meister, Anna Purnell, Geoff Brady, Aaron Konkol, Tim Gruber, Tani Diakite, and Djam Vivie, among others. Visit It's too bad Doyle already signed the budget.
Re: Bicyclist Hit on East Side
Post by snoqueen Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:31 pm
Maybe they ought to bring back the bike cops, with stricter supervision and more defined goals. The program at the time was pretty loose. Some bike cops actually went on to become regular cops or joined other public safety programs, so that in itself was worthwhile.
I do think cops in patrol cars either don't see what goes on along the bike path or have other priorities, and if we intend to take bikes seriously as transportation vehicles we need some way of enforcing the regulations that govern them. So it might be time for bike cops again. They could also be part of a park patrol, since many Madison parks are on the bike paths.
And I would like to see other people's comments on the idea (offered earlier in this thread) that bike regulations ought to be different from car regulations. Bikes and cars really ARE totally different. What specific changes do people think would work and still enhance everybody's safety?
Personally, I think one key to safety is predictability. If everyone did pretty much the same thing, it would be easier to avoid crashing into each other.
Re: Why does Madison love Rhythm & Booms?
Post by Walter Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:08 pm
Everyone doesn't go gaga over RnB.
I fucking hate the event. The traffic, the crowds, the morons. It ties up the city for most of the night and part of the next day and leaves a huge mess behind.
Militaristic? There's an Air National Guard unit based here. You think a fireworks show commemorating Independence Day (though not on it) would exclude the military?
I think it's hilarious how many people want to save the planet and wring their hands over pollution of any kind but all the "particulates" that go into the air and all the debris from the shells fall into the water at Warner Park aren't that big of a deal, at least one day a year.
Why do we do it? Because fireworks are awesome. We celebrate our independence and freedom. That's right, I just used those words and they weren't a punchline. Just because I hate the event doesn't mean I don't love the idea. I can live with the part I don't like. I put out my American flag today too. US of A, mister. I hope that's not too oppressive for you.
Sometimes you have to put up with stuff you don't like and enjoy the stuff you do the rest of the time. There's other places to live in this world if you'd like to see how it's done elsewhere.
I'm totally serious.
Re: Farmer's Markets and crime
Post by Thusnelda Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:43 pm
All good points. I know several people who have been forced into inspiration after a particularly odd CSA box, but you're right that experimentation usually works best with some flexibility.
I wonder if it might be helpful to come up with some recipe cards (particularly if they list some range of prices) or have a cooking/meal planning workshop at the library or something? Everybody's trying to save money without making boring dinners these days, so it would probably appeal to a variety of people. Maybe some of the REAP folks could get involved.
Post by Jazznews Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:00 am
Gay couples will be able to register because of the law signed by Gov. Doyle recognizing domestic partnerships. This will make Wisconsin the first state with a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to also legally recognize domestic partnerships. Yay!
Applying for the registry is the same as applying for a marriage license. Couples must provide proof of residence, certified copies of their birth certificates and their Social Security numbers. For those who have been previously married, a certified death certificate or divorce judgment is required. The fee is also the same as a marriage license, $115 per couple in Dane County.
Of course the woman that led the campaign for the anti-gay amendment, Julianne Appling, says her lawyers are scrutinizing the bill and expect to file a legal challenge.