A Million Bands…

Is it just me, or are there like a million bands out there that have reached a high level of recognition, i.e. some mainstream appeal? I don’t remember it being like this 15-20 years ago. But hey, what do I know. I’ve been thinking about what I would do if I were in a band, and I think that if I were to get interviewed and someone asked what my influences were, I’d give them a bunch of random or one-hit-wonder bands… It’d be like….

“So, DJSpicerack – what kind of musical influences do you have that make your band, Chimpanzee Cherry, sound the way they do?”

“Well Kurt, bands like EMF and Kajagoogoo were definitely influential. We also really like Thomas Dolby and Falco.”

I don’t think I could do it with a straight face. Though I do really like Falco.

And while we’re on the topic of music, I still have a problem with the name “Less than Jake”. Because of “Better than Ezra”. I just think one of them is spoofing the other, and it really bothers me. Does anyone else feel that way, or am I here on my own island?

Here’s a good post over on The Agitator by Radley Balko regarding what will happen to our beloved Kobe Bryant should be be found guilty. Starts an interesting debate on laws in our country. Do people out there think our laws for rape and other sexual offenses are harsh enough, too harsh, or what? Does the punishment always fit the crime? In the USA, we all watch enough episodes of “Law & Order” to probably know a thing or two about precedents, and I’ve found that it all depends on where you are, state-wise. Perhaps I really should go for restarting the Whig party. Anyone else want to be for cutting down on state’s rights? Wait, did I just say that out loud?

Microsoft is again thinking about automatically making software updates to your computer unless you specifically “opt out”. Interesting to see where this goes.

Remember those cameras that were being put in various cities for “facial recognition” – well it looks like Tampa is taking theirs out after “two years, zero arrests, zero positive identifications.” Perhaps a snag in Big Brother’s plans, and perhaps a smack to those of you who aren’t big fans of Mr. Patriot Act.

And I think I’m just about ready to add a “sports” section to the lingosphere. I have enough to rant about in that topic as well, so you might see it in the next week or so.

[update] dj propaganda just informed me that I have to post the following link to the Detroit Free Press. Feel free to check it out – he, like myself, realized that the most important thing in the article wasn’t the overall topic, but the fact that the stripper had “recently had a child and was lactating”. Like – how recently? Dancer accused of squirting man with breast milk won’t face charges.

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