When David Bowie rocked MTV …

… and not in the fun sense.

Those of us of a certain age remember the days when MTV just played music videos. The one distinctive trait of MTV in its early days was … let’s just say … the lack of pigmentation among its performing artists.

Back in 1983, David Bowie, a true superstar, confronted MTV veejay Mark Goodman on that matter:

Goodman was really stretching to find a legitimate answer and it basically came down to … our audience is full of racists.

And, as diplomatic as Bowie was in this interview, the look on his face says, “Dude, that’s bullshit.”

David Bowie died Sunday at the age of 69. He is one of rock’s greatest performers. So, I’ll leave you with my favorite Bowie song, which I’ve posted many times before:

30% of Republicans would bomb the Magic Kingdom if you let them

The latest from the GOP, the party that is giving us all a bad case of Donald Trump:

Public Policy Poling recently conducted a poll of national Republican primary voters. The poll asked about the candidates, Muslims and gun control. It ended with this question:

  1. Q38  Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?
    Support bombing Agrabah ………………………… 30%
    Oppose bombing Agrabah ………………………… 13%
    Not sure …………………………………………………. 57%

OK, so 30 percent think we should bomb this place with an Arab sounding name.

Would you like an aerial view of Agrabah?

And there you have it. Almost a third of Republicans want to bomb a cartoon kingdom brought to you by Disney the Magic Kingdom.

According to the Disney Wiki:

Agrabah, Arabia (أغربه) is the central location in the popular 1992 Disney film, Aladdin. It is located near the Jordan River (as the narrator tells during the first minutes of the film). Agrabah’s ruler is the Sultan. The kingdom is constantly being rescued by its most famous residents AladdinGenieAbuCarpetIago and its very own Princess Jasmine.

And when you get into the minutiae of the polling data:

Donald Trump voters are pretty blood thirsty. I guess they got their information from this trailer …


The chemistry of an electric guitar

For all you head banging science nerds, the chemical composition of an electric guitar from Compound Interest (click to enlarge):


I don’t mean to get all science geek here, but we’re missing a major chemical compound in this chart: the wood that makes up the neck and the body. I don’t know what specific wood is used here (it varies by guitar), but Wikipedia tells me the main components of wood are approximately 50% carbon, 42% oxygen, 6% hydrogen, 1% nitrogen, and 1% other elements (mainly calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, and manganese).

“It’s the Chemicals,” man! (Here’s some Inspired Flight, along with some electric guitar.)

Ol’ Blue Eyes is 100

Frank Sinatra, who died at 82, would have been 100 years old today. He was the Justin of his time (Timberlake or Bieber in terms of making tween and teen girls first think about the day they’ll go all the way).

Now, this is my favorite Sinatra song. It was orchestrated by Nelson Riddle. There are a couple of impressive live versions, especially one arranged by Quincy Jones. And I’ve heard other studio versions with a slower tempo that just don’t work for me. Who’s idea was that, anyway?

But this version makes me feel like I’m kicking back in a private room backstage in Vegas with Dean, Sammy and Angie. We’ve all have a martini in one hand and a cheroot in the other. But not Angie, because she has class. And we know Pete will show up later, because he brings a few more broads with him. And don’t forget to call Joey, cause he’s always good for a laugh.

Ring a ding ding!


(And while I’m thinking about Nelson Riddle, he had this great earworm back in the early ’60s.)

(I wonder if Tod and Buz ever found the end of the highway?)