Friday, January 14, 2011

In My Day....

Technology is advancing at an incredible rate. It's difficult to imagine a world without Google, cell phones and debit cards. Seriously, how did people meet up in the 1980s? Now imagine what the kids of today will remember about OUR technology. They won't remember much -- if anything.

Here's a rundown of things babies born in 2011 will never know:

  • Video tape
  • Travel agents
  • Books, magazines and newspapers
  • Movie rental stores
  • Watches
  • Paper maps
  • Wired phones
  • Long distance phone calls
  • Newspaper classifieds
  • Dial-up Internet
  • Encyclopedias
  • The evening news
  • CD's
  • Film cameras
  • Yellow and White Pages
  • Catalogs
  • Fax machines
  • Hand-written letters

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I Want My CBSC....

26 years after the Dire Straits classic hit "Money for Nothing" first hit the airwaves ... the song has been ruled "too offensive" to be broadcast on Canadian radio ... because of a homophobic lyric.

The issue first arose last year, after someone filed a complaint explaining that the song contained the homophobic F-word ... three different times.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled that the word is indeed offensive -- and ordered radio stations to use an edited version of the song.

The CBSC explained that societal values have "shifted" since the song debuted ... and "the broadcast of the song in 2010 must reflect those values, rather than those of 1985."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I Double-Dog Dare You!

In a scene straight from the movie "A Christmas Story," an 8-year-old Oklahoma boy got his tongue stuck to a metal pole after he licked it on a dare. Officials say when rescue crews arrived Tuesday morning, the boy was standing on his tiptoes, trying to wriggle his frozen tongue free from a stop sign pole across the street from Woodward Middle School. Paramedics were able to help the boy by pouring water on his tongue. Once free, the boy told officials he got stuck after his brother dared him to lick the pole. The boy was taken to a Woodward hospital for treatment. The scene was similar to one in "A Christmas Story," a 1983 movie adapted from Jean Shepard's memoir of a boy in the 1940s.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hey ! It's List-time Again Lads and Ladies! has ranked the 10 Greatest Concept Albums of All Time and The Who's Tommy tops the list. The site says, "Thematically speaking, The Who's Quadrophenia is a more fully realized album, but Tommy gets higher marks for its innovative and pioneering status... The storyline about Pete Townshend's deaf, dumb and blind character becomes murky by album's end, but the music and arrangements remain taut and cohesive throughout." Jethro Tull landed at number-two with Thick as a Brick. Also making the list are albums by Rush, The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

1) The Who - Tommy (1969)
2) Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick (1972)
3) Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera (2001)
4) The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
5) Green Day - American Idiot (2004)
6) Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare (1975)
7) Dream Theater - Metropolis Part Two: Scenes from a Memory (1999)
8) David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

9) Rush
- 2112 (1976)
10) Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Stop... Drop... and Party!

A veteran Apopka firefighter resigned recently after he was charged with lighting his co-worker on fire during a Christmas party last month.

Jason Leblanc, 44, is charged with arson and arson resulting in the injury of another, said Apopka police spokesman Officer Steve Popp. Leblanc has been a firefighter for eight years.

Leblanc and the victim, 25-year-old Jack Shumate, were at a Christmas party at a location on S. Binion Road on Dec. 18 with several others when Shumate was burned.

The party was not a gathering organized by the city, Popp said.

The fire occurred around midnight when Leblanc allegedly poured lighter fluid on Shumate's legs and lit him on fire, Popp said.

Shumate was transported to Florida Hospital Apopka with second-degree burns on his legs. He has been unable to work since the fire.

It's unclear if either of the firefighters was drinking at the party, but alcohol was available, Popp said.

Shumate, who has been with the department for one year, declined to press charges against Leblanc.