Thursday, June 21, 2012

Names of the Week Days in English



I'm starting to create stuff again, I'm still recovering from Mom's passing, but I'll try to
keep up with making new Weird stuff for the Blog.  K?  K.  So here we go, these are the origins of the names of the Days of the Week used in English.  Three are from the Romans and older people's, and four are from Norse mythology with an Angle twist.

Sunday is from the Latin for Sun's Day
Monday is from the Latin for Moon's Day
Tuesday is an evolution of Tyr's Day, Tyr was a Norse God, Fearsome one handed Warrior.
Wednesday is from Woden's Day (Odin) Norse God, One Eyed King of the Gods
Thursday is from Thor's Day, Norse God of Thunder and War has hammer Mjolnir.
Friday is from Freya's Day, Norse Goddess of Art and Beauty.
Saturday is from Saturn's Day, Roman God, Father of the Gods and Goddesses, God of Agriculture and the Harvest.

English also gets the names of the Planets mostly from Latin/Romans, and the names of
the Months have quite a few Roman references.
So now you know why we spell Wed-nes-day in that funny way, it's a corruption/change
from Woden/Odin, Wodeneses Day, Wodneses Day, Wodnes' Day, Wednesday.
Every language as it gets older "contracts", shrinks words and runs them together.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

In Memory of my Mom

In Loving Memory of my Mom
Who Joined the Arms of the Lord
She was my Best Friend and my Buddy
I was Lucky to care for her the last ten years.
Thank You Mom

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

COSPLAY

Klingon Admiral

If you have not heard the term, COSPLAY, it's slang for "Costume Play". It means people who enjoy making and wearing costumes in public, usually in the hallways and meeting rooms or public areas around Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comics conventions. These get togethers have formal "costume contests" where people can and do compete in many categories from little kids to amateur to advanced expert or even Master Costumer! There are Guilds and regional and national costume competitions annually for Master Costumers etc. 

 You can enter a competition as a "fun" costume, non competing, sometimes called a "hall costume". Walking around and interacting with people while in such "just for fun" costumes is called "Costume Play" or COSPlay. Recently teams or groups of people get together to represent a Tableau of Costumed Characters from their favorite media, and they might even perform choreographed dance routines or act out skits. It's alot of fun. 
 Twenty years ago I won a few competitions with my Klingon Admiral costume as part of a group, but now if I were to wear costumes at an event I'd only do it for fun, CosPlay, just to amuse myself and perhaps give someone else a smile. So that is why you see me post pictures of myself as a Klingon. :)
Copyright 2012 VROUK
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

BLACK M00N STUDIOS - Videography WOW!

Self Described "Fat, Bald Videographer" living in the U.K.!
and proprietor of Black Moon Studios
the Video Artist behind this channel has uploaded 30 Videos to YouTube so far.
While I've viewed others such as his 13 Planets of our Solar System,
and they are good, the ones I want to tout highly are his
"What Spock Sees in his Scanner" Series.

OH MY GREAT BIRD OF THE GALAXY!
If you are a dyed in the wool Trekker of the First Order
who is steeped in the lore and minutiae of the Original Series
you will be mesmerized by the highly detailed and nuanced humor
exhibited in this series of ST:TOS Video Vignettes.
I don't want to spoil the surprise, let's just say they
are completely different from any Trek Humor you
have ever seen before!  It's well worth every second and minute
you will spend watching them, trust me.
Not for the casual fan, but a motherlode for the True Trekker.
I cannot say enough good things about them.  
What's in Spock's Scanner Part I
What's in Spock's Scanner Part II
What's In Spocks Scanner Part III - Final
I wish I wish I wish I could peruse "SpaceBook"
the hilarious invention of this guy, 
as it appears in this series.  Please Please
Mr. Black Moon Studios, publish SpaceBook
for real up on the Net for us to enjoy.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ether Cigar Disaster! Cassette Catastrophe & Vomit

Here is a True Story that happened to me:

Once Upon a Time, Many Years Ago on a Winter Evening in Kansas City Missouri:
I was driving center lane, in evening rush hour traffic jam, on Interstate 435 highway Northbound on the long straight hill approaching the I-70 cloverleaf. It was sleeting and snowing but traffic was zooming at 45mph.

Back then my poor old Ford Escort already stank inside from age, so I started smoking cigars on the hour commute. I had stopped for a burger and shake before getting on the highway home, and inhaled them. I had a full fast food coke in the center cup holder, and an almost empty pretzel bag on passenger seat, with about a cup of loose salt at the bottom. On the passenger floor was my tall - rubber fur lined - snow boots which I took off to better work the pedals on the drive home.  Also on the passenger floor was my open cassette case with 75 music cassettes, bare in their slots. In the back seat was an aerosol  spray can of ETHER I'd used that morning to spray in my carburetor to get the car started.  OK, I had to set the stage so you'd understand what happened very quickly.

OK! - I had lit a new large Joya de Nicaragua cigar and had puffed it up hard so it had a cherry red big glowing coal on the tip.  I could hold it in my mouth and puff and blow the smoke up and to the side and not need hands until the ash needed tipping.  I was puffin, digesting my meal, cruising home, blasting some tunes super loud. (I'd mounted Jensen Triaxial 6x9's inside some home speaker mini cabinets and had them wedged in hatchback area, with a 50 watt amp which was large at the time.)

Suddenly cars in front slammed brakes! A sea of red taillights up ahead!  I tried to the keep car steady but i was going to have to brake hard in a few seconds. I reached the "vee" of my two fingers of my right hand up to remove the cigar and put it in the ashtray quickly, and instead closed my fingers right on the cherry red flaming hot coal tip.

YARGH!!! I Screamed and flung the cigar forward, hard, by reflex. Most of the flaming coal broke off against the dashboard gauge cluster and ricocheted right into my polyester slack's crotch!  The rest of the cigar, still burning, laid against the speedometer plastic window, melting it. I started shrieking as the coal burned through my pants, trying to control the car and not wreck. The coal burned thru just below my zipper bottom, burned thru my underwear and burned my thighs and naughty parts, then sat in the butt hole area of my pants burning a hole in them and the seat.  My fingers were also screaming in pain.

I tried to stand while driving, literally scooting my butt up the back of the driver seat until the steering wheel stopped me, and had to "stand" on the pedals.  I could not sustain that stance and kept sliding back down, sitting on the live coal and jumping back upward, shouting.

Time was up!  This had all happened in two seconds, and now I had to brake Hard to avoid smashing into the slow down ahead.  Three things happened the moment I hit the brakes hard.  The Large cup of Coca Cola dumped forward into the case full of music cassettes, and was quickly followed by all the salt from pretzel bag.  All of the business end of the tapes was now floating in salt and coca cola.

The third thing?  Oh not much.  Just the can of Ether Spray for starting engines shot forward, hit the back of my seat, knocked off it's lid, and bounced/rolled under my driver seat - wedging the can with the spray nozzle in full spray mode.  The Escort quickly filled with ether mist, coating all the windows with an oily slime. Now, I cannot see.

I had to stop shrieking, because I figured if I breathed in the Ether Fog, I was dead.  I steered with my burned hand, trying to keep my a-hole off the fire in the seat, and used my other hand to roll down the window and stick my head out, and somehow I managed to swerve through the cars on the fast left lane and come to a stop in a slush bank.

I figured anything was better than breathing any more of the Ether so I flung open the door and jumped out in my stocking feet into the slush and stood there coughing.  I managed to fish the spray can out, and somewhat air out the car.  I could hardly see my eyes were stinging so.  I used napkins and slush to smear enough of the oily coating off the inside of the windshield to see to finish driving home.  Then I got back in the running car, with frozen wet feet.  The coal had burned all the way thru the seat and I put some slush in the hole and put my coat on it and sat on that, altho I could hardly sit from the burns.

As soon as the adrenaline rush died down as I sat back in the car and shut the door, the fumes hit me with instant nausea and I immediately projectile vomited the entire chocolate milk shake in one big arc which evenly divided itself between my two fur lined snow boots.

That night I discovered the damage to the tapes.  I tried to save them, but they were a total loss.   So I know you are having a bad day and I am sorry what happened to you, but I thought if I shared this true story you might feel better.

Copyright 2012 VROUK

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Live Radio Around the World on the Web








RECEIVING SOFTWARE PROGRAMS:
To successfully listen to "streams" "live" over the internet, you must have a range of "listening" programs installed and always "up to date".  Some Common Players:  RealPlayer (the free version is OK), Windows Media Player, Quicktime (plain), WinAmp.
If the "station" won't play on one, try another.

STILL WON'T PLAY: there will be stations that won't "play". A problem at the broadcasters "server", a problem matching "signal" with receiving program or version, or a channel you successfully get quits working.  Either the sender turned on "security" to limit signal to "members", or they changed "versions" or signal type, or their "server" is simply broken, or they are "off the air", or your receiving program has changed in some way, or the internet pipe between is different at the moment.

IF YOU CAN'T GET A STATION - RELAX!
This is why you should be flexible and just choose something else.
If it's super important, reinstall and update your receiving programs, test them with other broadcasters, and finally contact the broadcaster.

TIMING: In some cases like local Japanese stations, you'll discover they
only broadcast four hours a day, and are closed when you are awake.  

CHURCHES and similar organizations: Even though they all claim to be "live" on the web, they are run mostly by volunteers without a clue what they are doing. Good Luck!  
I've found that 80 percent have nothing working, 10 percent have recorded old programs even though they label them "live", five percent always seem to offer some kind of signal they say is live, but it never works right, and the final five percent play live and on time.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Rabbit In The Moon - Belly Fire Dancer


 
Electronic Music Group Rabbit In The Moon

Red Belly / Fire Dancer Video
This dancer is hypnotic and polished and intense,
she performs with Rabbit in the Moon and other groups,
if you search utube for fire dancers and rabbit in the moon etc. you can find much more footage of her doing various fire dances etc.
Give it a chance, don't dismiss out of hand, watch a couple times, it's one of those things that grows on you, then you wonder why you didn't like it at first.
Here is a bonus video with some more fusion style belly dance:
Alice Deejay Better Off Alone Lorya Bootleg Mix

Fun! Hava Nagila Unusual Versions

A Hard Days Hava Nagila
These unusual versions of Hava Nagila are intended for FUN! 
They are NOT intended to offend! 
If any of them offend you, let me know and I will remove my links.
Anything else, you'll have to take up with the creators and people 
who posted them on utube.
Hava Nagila Texas Style

Meshugah Beach Party Hava Nagila

and finally that old joke:
Hava Nagila, Havtwo Nagila, Havthree Nagila
They are pretty small!
Hey!

LYRICS to Merry Something To You by DEVO

 
Merry Something, To You  by DEVO
Images by Mark Mothersbaugh

LYRICS - SING A LONG!
(I could not find the lyrics anywhere on the Net, hence...)

Whether You're Christian, Muslim or Jew
Happy Holidays

Any Old Dance That You Like To Do
Happy Holidays

Eat Bite Drink Up Nibble Gobble Chew
Happy Holidays

Believe What You Want To Nothing's Really True
Happy Holidays

Merry Something!  To You!
Merry Something!  To You!
Merry Something!  To You!
Merry Something!  To You!

Deedle Deedle Deet Deet, Deedle Deedle Deet Deet
Doodly Doodly Doo!

Deedle Deedle Deet Deet, Deedle Deedle Deet Deet
Doodly Doodly Doo!
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Disco Trekkin with Grace Lee Whitney!


video 
Grace Lee sings Disco Trekkin!!!

This is a subclip of a mix put on utube by TSOP,
I do not own any of it, I'm using it for criticism only fair use.
GLW, Yeoman Rand of Trek TOS, made this song in the late seventies.
She brought a copy to Star Trekon 1980 in KCMO
and KC Stangel DJ played it at the dance.
I remember her saying "we're going to redo it with a hotter band."
Grace Lee was one of the most stunningly hot and beautiful women in the world as she roller skated around the 
plaza in a slinky hot pant outfit that weekend.
See what you think of her foray into the world of Disco!

What's The News Across The Nation? Lyrics

video
This is a short compilation of clip fragments from my
Favorite 60's Comedy Show - Laugh In. 
I do not own any of this, it's Fair Use for criticism only.

 This covers the regular skit called Laugh In Looks At The News only.
I grew up watching this show, and I love the News Song.
See if you can sing along!

"What's The News, Across The Nation?
We Have Got, The Information
In a Way, We Hope Will Amuse, You
We Just Love, To Give You Our Views
La Da Dee Da!
Ladies and Gents
Laugh In Looks at The News!
and here's Dan!"

Sunday, January 1, 2012

VROUK's TOP 25 VIDEOS

Here is a list of my current favorite Top 25 videos not necessarily in order or ranking. Enjoy.  I highly recommend you use good speakers, turn them up loud, and play the video at the highest resolution offered on the youtube menu, play them from youtube and full screen.  Some may not be suitable for business environments.
 
1. Denki Groove - Flashback Disco music video HD - Japan
 
2. Amii Stewart - Knock on Wood music video USA
 
3a. How To Dance When You're High On Life - comedy USA

 
3b. Tunak Tunak Tun (bhangra video they are dancing to) India

 
4. Fast Food Song by Fast Food Rockers music video UK
5. Sun Kings Carrier Squadron  Pump It - music video USA
6. May He Poop? Fake Subtitles - music video India
7. Yazima Beauty Salon - Sing Like an Idol music video Japan
8. Bloodhound Gang -  The Bad Touch music video USA
9. What American English Sounds Like to Non English Speakers
comedy music video Italy
10a. Black Lodge Singers - Ask Your Mom For Fifty Cents
Powwow Song no video, see next for video
10b. Black Lodge Singers
Elmos World Old McDonald  Powwow video USA
They specialize in making Powwow songs fun for Kids!
11. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Looking Out My Back Door -
music video USA
12. DJ Swamp - Worship The Robots music video USA

13. Cowsills - Hair - music video by fans USA
14. The Neanderthals w/Pontani Sisters on Ghoul a Go Go
music video USA
15. Black Sheep You Can Go With This KIA Comm'l USA
16. Alice Deejay - The Lonely One music video Dutch/Russian
17. Pikachunes - Just a Boy - music video USA
18. Chopper Air Hostess skit - Australian
19. Come Fly With Me - Martin Clune Song skit - UK
BBC WORLDWIDE REMOVED THIS COME FLY WITH ME VIDEO
FROM YOUTUBE- FOR COPYRIGHT VIOLATION
SORRY, IT WASN'T MY VIDEO, I JUST LINKED TO IT
20. Roseanne Show: Jackie phone call - Dad's Dead clip USA
21. Projections / Quixotic Fusion -
video/music/laser/performance/outside building opening night
Kaufman Center Performing Arts Kansas City USA
22. Wiggles Puppets - Point Your Finger music video Australia


23.The Zombies - She's Not There music video UK
24.  Joan Baez - The NIght They Drove Old Dixie Down
music video USA


25. Acid Washed - Apply  - DJ Duo from Paris, FRANCE