Monday, February 10, 2020

Which cheery sounding songs are actually disturbing when you listen to the lyrics?

  • The Lights of LA County by Lyle Lovett. After having the CD for 15 years I head a few words that didn’t make sense in context then I realized I was the one who got the context song. Listen to it and you will get caught up in it’s playfulness , optimism and joy. And like me you might not pay attention to the lyrics.
  • Cold Ethyl by Alice Cooper . He doesn’t really try to hide the meaning or anything but it is a subject I doubt anyone of us will be comfortable as a song topic. Hence : shock rock.
  • Everyone’s Gone To The Movies by Steely Dan. Actually I wonder if the infamous Different Strokes episode titled The Bicycle Man was patterned after this song. Mr. LaPage will forever be a code name among those who I define as hip.

Note I never said exactly what was those disturbing topics were and please feel free to listen to the songs and discover yourself.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Never Has A High Profile Beauty Ever Bestowed Such Attention On Me

The original post is here 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

That 50 Million Sure Is A Wacky Number

This was the original post then shared by the attorney.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

My Attempt At A David Letterman Style Joke

You know what I can't stand about teaching English are the people who have bad pronunciation, defective subject / verb agreement, faulty conjugation, using laughter as punctuation. And that is just my fellow teachers. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Why Do People Love To Quote Movies

I gave this answer in Quora. 

Ed Lopez
Ed Lopez, former Credit at Long and McQuade (1988-1994)
Let’s start with some observations.
  1. A lot of work goes into a movie script. A long time ago, movie theaters used to run this particular PSA about keeping quiet during the movie. It was set against some scenes from the Coen brother’s Barton Fink. John Turturro on a typewriter accompanied by stats explaining how much work goes into the script of a movie. Of course their message was to respect the work that goes into the precise words
  2. Who knows how many movies one sees in a lifetime? I am 53 and I have no idea. Of that number , how many of them actually emotionally register with you that you care about reciting lines from them in certain situations?
I was never good enough to write professionally but I write anyway . My goal was to make a connection with the reader the same way other writers make a connection to me when I read them. A movie line though is even more than that. It is a situation, build up music , the way the actor says the line etc. Like the line from a very young Jennifer Connely in Labyrinth .
It is that moment of truth , that realization. A certain line will stick to you. Like this one.
If my memory serves Rhett had enough of the drama and says bye bye. He has reached his tipping point. Haven’t we all been there?
The key word here is resonate. Different things resonate with different people. For some it’s song lines, others it is movie dialogue. For some it is their personal situation when they encounter something . Meryl Streep wrote the creators of the Mamma Mia musical that they were able to provide all this joy in the context of the Sept 11 attack.
I love quoting Spinal Tap , Hans Gruber and Marko Ramius. Doesn’t love make the world go ‘round?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Beware Of Fake or Hoax BDO Emails Claiming Your Account Is Temporarily Unavailable

Just today ( August 8 2019 ) I got this email. 

The exact wording if the picture is too small for you is as follows: 

What caught my eye is the phrase "temporarily unavailable " which will probably catch your eye too if you depend on your ATM card like most of us do. These guys want to scare you into immediate action so bad that you may not take certain precautions. Precautions like using Google or logging into your account independent of the email you just got. 

Please note the email address (  BDO Unibank [ ]

A quick Google search for that address produces the legitimate email address/ url  of BDO ( Banco de Oro) 

As you can see , everything legitimate BDO does online has a '' domain not a just a ".com". Lastly as a  blogger I know that just because something is highlighted , it doesn't mean what you see in the email is the exact link it will go to. For example just because you see    it does not mean you will go to that URL. Try it. 

On the actual email you see the real URL of BDO which is  but it does not go there. In fact when you run your cursor over it ( on a desktop/ laptop)  you can see where your browser  is really going As I show in the illustration above.

Bottom line, the more dire the consequences, the more time you should take to investigate. Google is your friend.  I wish BDO had examples of this kind scam online and even shut down the urls  ( for example\ )   of these people spoofing.