1. Open up the music player on your computer.
2. Set it to play your entire music collection.
3. Hit the shuffle command.
4. Tell us the title of the next twenty songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That's right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It's time for total musical honesty.
5. If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third, or etc.) occurrences. You don't have to, but since randomness could mean you end up with a list of ten songs with five artists, you can if you'd like.
1- "Talking Bout' a Revolution" - Tracy Chapman
2- "Mexico" - Cake
3- "Seven Years" - Norah Jones
4- "I Wanna Be Your Lover" - Bob Dylan
5- "Kryptonite" - 3 Doors Down
6- "Motorcycle Mama" - Sailcat (so much for hip cred)
7- "Peach, Plum, Pear" - Joanna Newsom (WEIRD song)
8- "Mulligan Goes to War" - Something Corporate
9- "Bitches Ain't Shit" - Ben Folds
10- "For What It's Worth" - Buffalo Springfield
11- "Singing in the Rain" - Gene Kelly
12- "box of Rain" - Grateful Dead
13- "Schmoozedance" - Bongwater
14- "Effigy" - Natalie Merchant
15- "Your Mama Don't Dance" - Loggins & Messina
16- "I'm Only Sleeping" - The Vines
17- "King Without a Crown" - Matisyahu
18- "Summertime" - Janis Joplin
19- "Doug" Theme
20- "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" - The Rolling Stones
There it is, warts and all. You?
Hurricane Katrina showed us that the emperor had no clothes. Whether said emperor was President Bush, Michael Brown, Gov. Kathleen Blanco or Mayor Ray Nagin, we were exposed. As a nation, it was mercilessly shown that we were not prepared. New Orleans relied on a “good Samaritan” evacuation plan; one that required citizens visiting their elderly and infirm neighbors and, if need be, driving them out of the city. Never mind the fact that more than 50,000 of New Orleans’ residents who lived below the poverty line did not own a car. Never mind that they were never informed of the evacuation plan, even after New Orleans’ newspaper, The Times-Picayune, documented a Hurricane Katrina-like scenario in wrenching detail two years ago.
Let’s play hot-potato, shall we? Once we pass the blame from Nagin, who’s next? It seems as if we should move on to Michael D. Brown now, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The man ran FEMA for two years before resigning on September 12, 2005, and what a tenure it was. During the relief efforts for 2004’s Hurricane Frances, Brown “accidentally” gave over $30 million to Miami, a city completely unaffected by the hurricane, but it was “a computer glitch.” During the aftermath of Katrina, he admitted in a televised interview that he only knew evacuees were being housed at the Convention Center after seeing it on CNN. Ok, so the man has made a few mistakes. Surely, he’s outdone himself in emergency management before, right? Actually, Brown’s resume lists two notable chairmanships prior to that of FEMA: that of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and the International Arabian Horse Association. Hmm… but we can’t fault an under-qualified appointee, can we? It’s someone else’s fault.
It seems as if we should examine Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a likely target. Constitutionally, only she could have called in the National Guard, and their presence certainly did ease tension and generate hope on Friday of the first, seemingly interminable week. I don’t buy it, though. Gov. Blanco has said on national television that she tried to get in touch with President Bush both Monday and Tuesday nights. Only after making her televised plea did she hear from the President, rather than from a low-level advisor. But let’s say she lied; after all, President Bush has mentioned similar inaction on Blanco’s end. Still, it’s an understood fact that no state should be ready to handle a widespread natural disaster. That’s why they call them disasters, catastrophes, chaos. Kathleen Blanco did wait 24 hours to make decisions crucial to the relief efforts. She also turned away the Red Cross and other relief agencies, saying she didn’t want the Superdome or the Convention Center to become a “relief magnet.” It’s the kind of ‘let-them-eat-cake’ remark that makes people lose faith in their government, and I feel it’s time to toss the potato once again.
And so we move on. Who’s next? Is it Condoleezza Rice, who went shoe shopping on Fifth Ave. that first Wednesday and then saw Spamalot? While finding your meal is a tad more important than finding your grail, it’s actually Rice’s boss, President Bush. Who could have called in the National Guard under the Insurrection Act? The act states, “The President shall take such measures as he sees necessary to suppress violence.” Even if the Guard were only called in because of the snipers and looting, President Bush would still be justified in calling them in to relieve the NOPD, which has suffered from suicides and resignations within its ranks. Even those constitutional scholars who dwell in the gray areas of the law would not protest if it was for as recognizably a good outcome as it would have been in this situation. Who relied on patronage, the political theory of rewarding those who supported your campaign with high-profile appointments, to elevate Michael Brown? The same President Bush who merged FEMA with the Department of Homeland Security in bureaucracy masquerading as strength.
Is there a moral to our story, besides that the hot-potato of blame tends to scorch the reputation of whomever’s hands it is in? I don’t know, but I do know that we waited. Two weeks later, apologies were given, but they don’t expunge the rising death toll, which has passed 700 as it continues to climb. Hurricane Katrina was devastating not because of the initial damage quite so much as the response. If it weren’t for the courage of first responders like nurses and firemen, we would have waited too long. We waited three days longer to distribute food than it took to distribute food in Indonesia after the tsunami. We let thousands upon thousands of refugees sit in a sports stadium for days on end. I don’t completely buy into the inaction-as-sport theory, but I do know that if it was a sea of white people on television, we wouldn’t have waited quite so long. We as a nation have, in Rev. Jesse Jackson’s words, “a high tolerance for black pain”, and we waited. We waited so long that is was embarrassing. That doesn’t say much for compassionate conservatism. I leave you with a few words about waiting, courtesy of Texas-based folk duo Deadman.
“We must give; we must give to all the others
Those in need, who we fear to call our brothers
If we stand on a hill and do not touch,
How can we do good?
If we wash our hands of all our friends
What change can really come?
If we hide our fear and don’t draw near
Have we really lived?
Or are we all just standing here,
Hoping there is grace?”
- “When the Music’s Not Forgotten”
1- Italian 200H ~ M Cibelli-Carollo (Why did Verdicchio resign?)
2- AP Microeconomics/AP Macroeconomics ~ Non-Kaplan (All my teachers are resigning!?!?)
3- Basic Photo ~ Quinn/Health ~ Sellers
4- Study Hall/PE 11-12 ~ Chiera (?)
5- Math 12H ~ Gavioli
6- Marine Biology ~ Spencer
7- English 11H ~ Gazzola (EEK!)
8- Broadcast Journalism ~ Ferriola (Zambito)
9- Radio Production ~ Large
18- No Lunch (hehe)
Directions: Paste "Your Name is" into Google and list the first 15 responses that work.
- Alex is no ordinary bird brain
- Alex is of the school where he writes what he knows
- Alex is the research
- Alex is dead and has been replaced with a replica
- Alex is on vacation or undergoing surgery or whatever he said he was doing
- Alex is king
- Alex is sidelined
- Alex is – allegedly – a good writer with bright imagination
- Alex is paradoxical, a cultured barbarian
- Alex is a great cook
- Alex is now
- Alex is the yuppie: selfish, greedy and ruthless
- Alex is sure that the murders are not only the work of the same killer but also connected to the unsolved slayings of a Boston ballerina and an L.A. rock singer
- Alex is both a very powerful being, with great strengths
- Alex is not weird, he is wired.
E tu, Brute
1 I ___ Alex.
2 Alex is ___.
3 Alex is my ___.
4 I want to ___ Alex.
5 Alex can ___ my ___.
6 Alex needs ___.
7 Alex can be ___.
8 I think Alex should ___.
9 Without Alex I would ___.
10 Best thing about Akex is ___.
11 Worst thing about Alex is ___.
12 Meeting Alex was ___.
13 Alex reminds me of ___.
14 Someday Alex will ___.
15 I wish Alex would ___.
Worst day ever.
Didn't know it was possible to have your iPod stolen, your TV story disappear and your boss threaten to fire you, saying she should've done so already, all in one day.
Goddamnit. So this is the apocalypse, eh? We've finally pushed aside series with a heart, with a soul, with decent-to-incredible scripts in favor of -- what? DRIVEL. Yea, we need another season of fucking Survivor in damn Guatemala instead of Joan of Arcadia? Jack and Bobby? Committed? SCRUBS? They've cancelled everything but my guilty pleasures. Desperate Housewives is loved, sure, but never to the degree of "Joan." Joan and Jack made you think and Committed made me laugh. The world needs intelligent modes of entertainment. And we've just lost three of our best. SHAME ON YOU, CBS! SHAME ON YOU, NBC! SHAME ON YOU< WB! SHAME ON YOU, FOX for starting this culture war that has forced everyone to be 60 and watch intelligent shows or 15 and be force-fed CRAP. Damn, this sucks.
Yes, I've discovered great music recently (and my old stuff remains good.) First 30 shuffled songs on my iPod... lyrics are here. Guesses?
1) There is a city by the sea, a gentle company
I don't suppose you'd want to
And as it tells its sorry tale, in harrowing detail
Its hollowness will haunt you
Los Angeles, I'm Yours - The Decemberists ~ Sophie
2) Did you read about the army officer's plea
For donor's blood? It was given willingly
By boys who took the needles in their veins
And from their bodies every drop of blood was drained
No time to comprehend and there was little pain...
3) And would you want to see
If seeing meant that
You would have to believe
In things like heaven and in Jesus and the saints
And all the prophets
One of Us- Joan Osborne ~ Sarah Eidelson
4) And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
Help! - The Beatles ~ Sophie
5) How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan ~ Mara
6) I'm floating in a black balloon
O.D. on Easter afternooon
My mama told me, "Baby, stay clean,
there's no in between."
7) I got my heart burnt, you know where I hurt
They say the miniskirt is coming back in style
I say it's not fair but what do they care
When you've got power then you use it for a while
8) A home for fleas
A hive for bees
A nest for birds
There ain't no words
For the beauty, the splendor, the wonder
Hair - from "Hair" ~ Mara
9) If you'll walk across my camera,
I will flash the world your story,
I will pay you more than money
10) When I was an angel I would hang out with the other angels
Bbathing in the waters of a sea of self belief.
Now that I am human I can feel my limitations
And I realise I'll never get that clean.
11) But lord knows that this world is cruel
And I ain’t the lord no I’m just a fool
Learning loving somebody
Don’t make them love you
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson ~ Erin
12) I talked for hours to your wallet photograph
And you just listened
You laughed enchanted by my intellect
Or maybe you didn't
The World Has Turned...- Weezer ~ Ben
13) Lying in the long grass
Close beside her
Giving her the name
Of the one the moon loves
14) Eyes wide open
Always hoping for the sun
And she'll sing her song to anyone
That comes along
15) Don't want to discuss it
I think it's time for a change
You may get disgusted
And think I'm strange
In that case I'll go underground
Get some heavy rest
16) Arrive without travelling
See all without looking
Do all without doing
17) Come on, oh my star is fading
And I see no chance of release
And I know I’m dead on the surface
But I am screaming underneath
18) If there's a light leave it on
If there's a way
Some how thin airs taken your place
19) La Lune trop bleme pose un diademe sur tes cheveux roux.
La lune trop rousse de gloire eclabousse ton jupon plein d'trous.
La lune trop pale caresse l'opale de tes yeux blases.
Princesse de la rue soit la bien venue dans mon coeur brise.
Complainte de la Butte - Rufus Wainwright ~ Mara
20) Fifteen years gone now
I still wander this parapet
And shake my rattle bone
Fifteen years gone now
I still cling to the petticoats
Of the girl who died with me
21) One thing I promised Mary, when she was sick
That I would one day tell her story
So, when I answer frontman Richard Pages' call
On a sunny day years later...
22) It was undeniably clear to me, I don't know why
When every other part of life seemed locked behind shutters
I knew what worthless dregs we've always been.
23) Some people say that bowling alleys got big lanes
Some people say that bowling alleys all look the same
There’s not a line that goes here that rhymes with anything
Take the Skinheads Bowling - Camper Van Beethoven ~ Sarah E.
24) Once upon a midnight dearie
I woke with something in my head
I couldn't escape the memory
Of a phone call and of what you said
25) The morning sun when it’s in your face really shows your age
But that don’t worry me none, in my eyes you’re everything
I laughed at all your jokes
My love you didn’t need to coax
26) It won't do
to stir a deep desire,
to fan a hidden fire
that can never burn true.
27) I put on my overcoat and walked into winter - my teeth chattered rhythms
And they were grouped in twos or threes, like a morse code message was sent from me to me.
Cars on slippery slopes, they're stuck... People pushing through their mittens
As i was beginning to feel it soaking through my shoes, getting colder with
Every step i took to your apartment, dear.
28) there's a place your mother goes when everybody else is soundly sleeping
through the lights of beacon street
and if you listen you can hear her weeping, she's weeping,
cause the gentlemen are calling and the snow is softly falling on her petticoats
29) Hey hey
Have you ever danced in the rain
Or thanked the sun
Just for shining- just for shining
Or the sea?
30) Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere
Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit
He took the midnight train goin' anywhere
Don't Stop Believin'- Journey ~ Katrina ?!?!
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