Thursday, March 29, 2012

I was all right for a while

I was all right for a while
I could smile for a while

But I saw you last night
You held my hand so tight
As you stopped to say, "Hello"

Oh, you wished me well
You couldn't tell

That I'd been crying over you
Crying over you
When you said, "So long"
Left me standing all alone
Alone and crying, crying
Crying, crying

It's hard to understand
But the touch of your hand
Can start me crying

I thought that I was over you
But it's true, so true

I love you even more
Than I did before
But, darling, what can I do?

For you don't love me
And I'll always be crying over you
Crying over you

Yes, now you're gone
And, from this moment on
I'll be crying, crying
Crying, crying
Yeah, crying, crying
Over you


What the Homeland Begins? and other works of genius by Mr. Trololo

For your enlightenment, I will expound upon a subject that has quickly evolved into a passion. Seldom do I make such a find: an artist unequalled in this century or any other.

I give you. . . Mr. Trololo!

Q: Who is Mr. Trololo?
A: He is Eduard Anatolyevich Khil, born 4 September 1934, Smolensk, Western Oblast, Russia. He is a Soviet-Russian baritone singer. He was a recipient of the People's Artist Award of the RSFSR.

The family name Khil is not derived from Hill. The singer stated in an interview that he probably has a Spanish ancestor with the surname Gil, which is pronounced similar to hill.

He studied at the Leningrad Conservatory and graduated in 1960. He initially began performing as a soloist. Khil currently lives in St. Petersburg.

He was the first artist to sing such songs as:


Moon Stone

Song about Friend

Blue Cities
And People Go To the Sea by Andrey Petrov
What the Homeland Begins?

How the Steamers Are Seen Off

Birch Sap
We Need Only the Victory

In 1977-1979, Khil taught solo singing at the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.

His singing career faded in the 1990s and Khil took a job at a cafe in Paris. Since 1997, Khil has been involved with his son in a joint project with the rock group Prepinaki.

After retiring from singing, he faded into obscurity in his later years. In 2010, Khil reclaimed the spotlight when he became the subject of the viral "Trololo" internet meme on YouTube.

Q: What is the Trololo song?
A: It became an internet meme in 2009. It is a 1976 video recording of Khil singing a wordless version of the song "I Am Glad To Finally Be Home".

This gave Mr. Khil the nickname "Mr. Trololo" or "Trololo Man". The song itself was written by Arkady Ostrovsky, but the name "trololo" comes from the way Khil vocalises throughout the song.

It was featured during a segment on The Colbert Report and was also parodied on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Many internet fans consider the "trololo" meme may the new Rick Roll.

Oddly enough, the "trololo" song has created an interest in Khil's singing career and there exists a petition for Khil to come out of retirement to perform on a world tour.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Betty Boop Cartoon Banned For Drug Use 1934

This is all a little unbelievable, like most early cartoons. Not to mention a little nightmarish. At least Betty looks like a girl: in her first couple of appearances she was a dog with long ears and a snout that popped out from time to time. The animators didn't quite know what to do with her.

After a few episodes she became a sexpot. It's interesting to watch the evolution of her costumes: here, in pre-code Hollywood, she was so scantily clad that you occasionally caught flickers of bare breasts (a wardrobe malfunction, perhaps) and, in her saucily flipped-up hemline, the delta of Venus. By the mid-30s the censors had clamped down, and by wartime she looked like a no-nonsense Army nurse with twill jackets and skirts below the knee.

These were Max Fleischer cartoons, some of the strangest things ever made, and they evolved into Popeye which ran forever but also ran out of steam around the time of the war. Then they became patriotic bullshit and propaganda, and never quite recovered. I like the fact that these characters are all a little hideous, a little smudgy, and almost psychotic in their unpredictable behaviour. By the end they all get stoned, sucking up nitrous oxide like a dentist who has fallen off the rails.

Were cartoons really made for children? I don't think so. They were shown along with movies (there'd be a newsreel, a cartoon, a short subject, and the main feature: or perhaps two), later sent overseas to bolster the morale of the troops. The studios cranked out hundreds and even thousands of them: Disney and Warner Brothers were the big guns, but then you had weirdball Fleischer and, a little later, Bob Clampett with his bizarre puppets-brought-to-animated-life, Beany and Cecil.

This just gets more unbelievable as you watch. Maybe the animators WERE on something.

"Oh my God - the pilot's going crazy!"

High Flight (an Airman's Ecstasy)

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee


Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book
    It took me years to write, will you take a look

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

So who's flying the plane?

'We're all going down. Say your prayers': Berserk JetBlue captain has to be restrained by PASSENGERS after being ejected from cockpit in mid-flight and running up and down screaming

Unruly pilot identified as Clayton Osbon, 49, who has been a JetBlue captain for 12 years

Captain screamed 'Iraq, al-Qaeda, terrorism, we're all going down' after coming out of the toilet telling passengers 'say your prayers, say your prayers'

Passengers looked on in horror as the married captain tried to break into the cockpit after being locked out

Flight attendant urged passengers to restrain the increasingly erratic captain

Four passengers, including a retired NYPD sergeant, jumped the man

Former prison guard David Gonzalez, 50, put the captain in a choke hold until he passed out

The flight was packed with people heading to the 2012 International Security Conference in Las Vegas

Flight 191 from JFK to Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing in Amarillo

JetBlue said the captain had a 'medical situation' and was taken to an Amarillo hospital

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