Hard Times & Art – Why Is It Not Happening Now?

Usually, during hard times or depressing events, lots of art gets made. The best art comes from sadness. A friend mentioned that they are not seeing art being made during this “resident” Trump period. With so many people affected by his every tweet, you would imagine a slew of counter-culture art. But, no.

I think I have a theory as to why we aren’t seeing artwork being churned out.


I have written several pieces here that explain why the country is always going to be at odds, and fear has kept me from publishing these. My fear isn’t from the left or right, it is from the government itself. Other people feel this fear as well, and it stifles creativity.

Also, it is usually the younger generation that creates relevant art, and most people under 40 have been served up a Hilton/Kim/Reality show mind-numbing brain ray since they were born. They don’t create art when they consume it. You never see artists slobbering over other people’s artwork. You choose to be an artist or a critic. If young people had not been poisoned by the water supply since the 80s, they would see the craziness of having 70+ year old white men running the government and they would blog/vlog/tweet, etc. about it. Any woman who didn’t vote for a woman is part of the problem. If Hillary had won, you would have seen empowered women creating female-celebratory music just like the women’s movement of the 60s. Jealousy might be an issue. The reason Obama got voted in was because his base is better at standing up for the greater good of their whole community. They express that through music and art.

If people weren’t fearful, there would be a slew of art installations demanding justice.

Stop being an art consumer and become an artist. Make a statement.

Rick And Morty S03E07 Candidate Morty’s Monologue Season 3 Episode 7

Rick’s Question:
“Candidate Morty, the number of displaced Mortys is soaring while Rick satisfaction levels are plummeting and the divide between the two groups has never been wider. Solve that one real quick.”

Morty’s answer:
“I don’t see a divide between Ricks and Morty’s… You guys finished? The division I see is between the Ricks and Mortys that like the citadel divided… And the rest of us. I see it everywhere I go. I see it in our schools, where they teach Mortys that we’re all the same because they’re threatened by what makes us unique. I see it in our streets, where they give guns to Mortys so we’re too busy fighting each other to fight real injustice. I see it in our factories, where Ricks work for a fraction of their boss’ salary, even though they are identical and have the same IQ. The citadel’s problem isn’t homeless Mortys or outraged Ricks. The citadel’s problem is the Ricks and Mortys feeding on the citadel’s death… But I’ve got a message for them from the Ricks and Mortys keeping it alive. A message from the Ricks and Mortys that believe in this citadel to the Ricks and Mortys that don’t: ‘You’re outnumbered!'”

Worst Song I Have Ever Heard – Donna Summer’s Dinner With Gershwin

[update: Brenda Russell wrote this, not DS! But she did think it was good enough to rerecord it! Blech!]
Let me start by saying that I respected Donna Summer’s songwriting ability immensely. She wrote some of the best songs that defined the era of disco. Excellent. While driving today and listening to Sylvester radio on google play music, I heard this song for the first time. It had to be the first time, as I reacted with disdain from the moment she started to sing.

I am used to symbolic poetry-based songs, as I am a product of the 80s- the songs weren’t limited to sex, drinking or dancing. So I was ok with the title. Maybe it wou Continue reading ‘Worst Song I Have Ever Heard – Donna Summer’s Dinner With Gershwin’ »

Terryfold – Chaos Chaos (Justin Roiland) – Was He Taking A Shower When This Came To Him?

As I was watching the ending to the latest Rick And Morty, this song came on that made me LOL. It’s called Terryfold by Chaos Chaos (Justin Roiland), and it should be featured on the next “Show Me What You Got”.

I imagine that he was taking a much-needed shower and saw the folds in his pile of terrycloth towels lying on his bathroom floor. I really hope he wastes his money on things other than a maid so that we will get more of this kind of “out there” entertainment.

Lyrics: (from https://www.exposedlyrics.com/Chaos-Chaos/terryfold-lyrics.html)

[Intro: Justin Roiland]
Okay is it rolling…? Okay…

[Pre-Chorus: Justin Roiland]
Grab my terryfold flaps
Grab my flappy folds
Grab my terry folds
Grab my foldy flaps

[Bridge I: Justin Roiland & Asya Saavedra]
Hey, touch my foldy flaps
Grab my terryfolds
Grab my foldy holds
Grab my terry flaps
In my terryfolds
Grab my terry flaps
You gotta touch ’em… my terryfolds

[Chorus I: Justin Roiland & Asya Saavedra]
Grab my terryfolds
Touch my holdy flaps
Take a big flap
Take my foldy flaps (Aaah)
My terryfolds (Aaah)
My foldy holds (Oooh)
And my terry flaps
Gotta grab my terry flaps

[Chorus II: Justin Roiland & Asya Saavedra]
Grab my terry flaps
Squeeze my holdy folds
Hold my goldy folds
Grab my foldy tolls
Grab my terry flap holds
Grab my terryfolds
Hold my foldy folds
Hold my terryfolds

[Verse I: Justin Roiland]
Hey, did you ever wanna hold a terryfold?
I got one right here (here)
Grab my terry flap
Squeeze it, grab it, squeeze and tug on my terry flap
Hey, I wanna take you to the terryfold dance
Wanna come with me?
You can grab my holdy folds
Squeeze them tight, you son of a bitch!
Suck my holdy flappy folds
Lick my flappy foldy holds
My terry flaps in your mouth
Suck my flaps you piece of shit!

[Bridge II: Justin Roiland]
Fuck you (fuck you)
You stupid dumb motherfucking bitch (Aaah Aaah)
Hey, grab my terry flaps
Gonna eat those toldy folds

[Verse II: Justin Roiland]
I gotta couple of terryfold flaps
I got a flappy foldy flap
I’m gonna go take you to food
Gonna eat, then we’re going to the terryfold dance (dance)
You and me
We’re gonna go to the terryfold place
It’s gonna be a night out
Gonna have a real fancy time

[Outro: Justin Roiland]
Um, I don’t know, should I do it again?

Dieting And Feeling Full – Low Calorie

[This post is in progress, but wanted to get some of the information “out there”]

Recently, I started dieting and have lost 40+ pounds in 5 months without exercise. My one issue all along has been trying to feel full and having snack options to eat like I usually do. Which is A LOT.

I have a dry erase board on my fridge that I use to keep track of calories. Trying to keep it under 1500/day. Here’s a helpful trick – if something is under 50 calories, round up to 50. If under 100, round up to 100, if under 150, round up. You get it? Once it gets above 300, I round up to 500. This helps you out if you slip up.

So, because everyone loves diet advice, LOL, here’s my two cents:
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Rick And Morty Season 3 Episode 5 Rick’s Monologue S03E05

“I took your family? Who do you think had more taken from them when you shot 20cc’s of liquid dream killer into my daughter? She was Rick’s daughter, Jerry. She had options! That all ended because she felt sorry for you. You act like prey, but you’re a predator. You use pity to lure in your victims. That’s how you survive. I survive because I know everything. That snake survives because children wander off, and you survive because people think, ‘Oh, this poor piece of shit – he never gets a break. I can’t stand the deafening silent wails of his wilting soul, I guess I’ll hire him or marry him.'”

Liza Minnelli Review On Facebook

“Someone” (heh heh) left this review of Liza Minnelli on Facebook. Who could have written such a glowing review? Wink Wink

In a world of pre-programmed entertainment, Liza Minnelli is a shining example of raw talent. Not only an actress, singer, dancer and model, but an entrepreneurial force as well. When not preparing for the next “Sock ’em” performance, she is branding herself.
While Liza was making a name for herself from underneath her mother’s shadow, she was also empowering an entire generation of fans, who, like her, were trying to break away from what was expected of them. The 60s was a tumultuous time for young people. The stoic 50s created a backlash of freedom at any cost. Drugs became a way to escape for some, and for others, it was Liza. They not only saw the successor to their Queen, but they saw themselves reflected in the gritty roles she played, on screen and off.
One of the reasons that Liza appealed to a generation was that voice. Always referred to as “belting”, it was also a cry for visibility. People who had no voice at all in the world, people who had to keep their feelings hidden and people behind a “mask” could all sing along with Liza and have the world hear their plea for love, understanding and tolerance. They felt as if they had someone holding their hands and guiding them through the struggles they faced.
Liza has always appreciated the people who assisted her through life’s journey and has given back to those in need. Whether it is a charity event or a kiss on the cheek, one positive gesture leads to others. Always smiling, even when faced with heartbreak, she is a strong woman with a legacy that will last forever.

Rick & Morty S03E03 Susan Sarandon’s Monologue

Dr. Wong (Susan Sarandon) gave this bit of advice to Pickle Rick on season 3, episode 3:

“Rick, the only connection between your unquestionable intelligence and the sickness destroying your family is that everyone in your family-you included-use intelligence to justify sickness.

You seem to alternate between viewing your own mind as an unstoppable force and as an inescapable curse and I think it’s because the only truly unapproachable concept for you is that it’s your mind within your control.

You chose to come here.

You chose to talk, to belittle my vocation just as you choose to become a pickle.

You are the Master of your universe and yet, you are dripping with rat blood and feces, your enormous mind literally vegetating by your own hand.

I have no doubt that you would be bored senseless by therapy the same way I am bored when I brush my teeth and wipe my ass. Because the thing about repairing, maintaining and cleaning is it’s not an adventure. There’s no way to do it so wrong you might die. It’s just work.

And the bottom line is some people are ok going to work and some people… Well, some people would rather die. Each of us gets to choose.”

July 12 2017 Windows Update Killed Firefox. How I got FF to work.

I woke up to an update from Windows on July 12th, 2017. It happened in the background while working and it restarted by itself. I usually let these happen, so no big deal. When it restarted, I was in an endless loop of firefox crashing. Uninstalled, reinstalled, lost all bookmarks, etc. Very frustrated.

I was only able to get firefox working by going back 2 major versions (52). Here’s how:

  1. Went to FF older versions page: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/install-older-version-of-firefox
  2. Chose the older versions directory: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/
  3. Went to 52 directory: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/52.0.2/
  4. Then choose the OS (Win64 in my case) and then your language. Then downloaded exe.
  5. Uninstalled FF
  6. Installed downloaded 52 version
  7. UNCHECKED install maintenance part (so it wouldn’t auto upgrade the browser)
  8. Crashed on startup and asked about going into safe mode. Chose safe mode. (This actually crashed in newer versions as well.) This time, it stayed open.
  9. Closed safe mode.
  10. Opened browser as usual. Worked!
  11. Did some browsing to check, then wrote this article.
  12. Tested updating to newest FF (update history showed it had been updated, but the version was 52.)
  13. Press the ALT key to show menu at the top of the screen. HELP | ABOUT FIREFOX
  14. Click the update button. Finished. Asked to restart FF. Restarted and still works.
  15. Back to FF 54