Sunday, May 27, 2007

50 High Street

The other night I took a photo of some odd construction work near Buffalo General Hospital. I quickly took some pictures.

Only today I found out what the heck was going on:

More info by The Buffalo News.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

"The Famous Disappearing Goal Light"


The other day Dave and I were hanging out at the influential SPoT Coffee when we discovered a stack of home-burned CDs. Why pass up a free CD? What we found was a great local artist, part Daniel Johnston, part Wesley Willis, and part Mark Russell. He has no website that I know of. The only information I have says that "John Bartles lives somewhere outside Buffalo, New York, and claims to have put together almost 50 albums between 1985 and 2005." If anyone out there knows who this guy is or has any more of his work, let me know.

In any case he fully encourages free copying. You may not like his voice or think his lyrics are corny, but if you've ever lived in Western New York I guarantee you at least one enjoyable listen.


You can download the entire album or each track individually:

01 Life Without Art
Dedicated to longtime local broadcaster Art Wander

02 Fat Wives and Screaming Kids

03 Roger Crozier
Dedicated to the former Sabres goalie

04 When the Sun Goes Down in Cheektowaga

05 I Met Her At the Bills Game

06 Muskie Heaven

07 Bob Moses Parkway

08 Morton Feldman
I find it hard to believe Bartles was inspired by this guy, but I digress

09 Fat Old Guy Polka

10 As I Walk Down Elmwood Avenue

11 The Place of Great Evil.
In case you're wondering, it looks like this.

Tell me if the links break, and keep circulating the tapes!

Video Rodeo

My Bookmarks menu has become increasingly clogged over the past semester. A lot of these were found via FARK recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of "I'm stuck to my chair. I'm so very scared. Help," the greatest BBS thread in history. Anyway, go to town on YouTube while I clean things out.

Madd Dogg, President, After Dark Events. I once started work on a documentary of this guy but this mockumentary is an awesome idea.

Louis Armstrong duets with Johnny Cash

Tom Waits plays "Chocolate Jesus" live on Letterman

Tech Support in the Middle Ages

Elton John improvises a new song using cooking instructions for an oven

"Weird" Al Yankovic's video for "Bob"

Body Flex II: wrinkle removing exercises

Richard Simmons OUTBURSTS!

The animated script of Pulp Fiction. You'll see.

My favorite of the bunch: "This is a clip from 'Troop of One Hundred', taken from a Japanese comedy/prank show, where a 100 people chase after random strangers and you see their reactions."

So round, so firm, so fully packed!

Proof that Family Guy steals from The Simpsons

The best of Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show


Live Stock Market Updates from Weebl & Bob Investments

Drinking Time at Dartmouth

Here too are some YTMND clips I didn't get sick of.
Breakup Letter, Dramatic Reading
Parents, eh?
United States of the Holy Grail
Snoop Dogg's Pink Floyd Shirt
Roll Fizzlebeef (MST3K fans only)
Back to the Future: Source
Rush: For the Nintendo Entertainment System

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Deus Ex Machina

Grandpa's old Minneapolis-Moline baler was just donated to the Western New York Gas and Steam Engine Association. Jerry brought over a Minneapolis-Moline tractor he's been restoring off and on so Uncle Raymond could take some final pictures. I don't know anything about this stuff (UPDATE: check out Jasson's site for more information) but I showed up anyway.

As long as I'm posting pictures:

The new couch I bought for $30 on Thursday night

. . . to put in the new apartment I'll move into on the 1st. Is it a bad idea to post pictures of your home?