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Given my erratic posting schedule lately no one would probably notice the hole, but I'm going where the internet doesn't reach for a few days so there won't be anyThe Sounds of Silence

What is wrong with parents? Today, my wife and I went to see two vastly different films, Wall-E and The Dark Knight (reviews to follow). In both films, there were familiesKids in the movie theater

[Note: recent events in my life have conspired to prevent me from putting together the vote scheduled for this week. I'll get back to it. It's not like you allTuesday TubeWatch: MacGyvering Star Wars

Just saw this and had to share it. I hear it's been around for a while, but it's really cool that we can track where on a computer screen the"Gaze Tracking"

I heard about a Tron sequel a long time ago, but haven't heard much about it since and forgot that it was in the works. I'm not sure how ITron: Legacy trailer from Comic-Con - Tuesday TubeWatch

[UPDATE: as you can see below, I'm having some problems with CoolPlayer - like it doesn't work anymore. I've switched to the Anarchy player.] As you can see from the previousCoolPlayer - WordPress media plugin

I enjoyed the original Cheaper by the Dozen. [tag]Steve Martin[/tag] is one of my favorite comedic actors, and [tag]Bonnie Hunt[/tag] combines sweet and funny better than almost anyone. Adding [tag]EugeneReview: Cheaper by the Dozen 2

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Create a blog post on a subject I’ve never blogged about here before. Maybe this one is cheating. I don't know. It depends onPlastic People - 7 day challenge

I'll be jotting down my initial thoughts of the shows I watch that premiere this week. Tonight, I intended to watch the NBC shows Chuck, Heroes, and Journeyman. I missed Chuck,Initial thoughts - Premiere week pt 1

Created on Toonlet.comCartoon Caddick

First, sorry about the absence of new posts lately. Plenty has been going on, I've just been too tired to write about it. Anyway... on to the review! The Rocky seriesReview: Rocky II

SCI-FI to SCI-FACT: A Working “Spider Man” Suit - Slice of Scifi A “Spider-man” suit that enables its wearer to scale vertical walls like the comic and movie superhero couldWho's that wall-crawler?!

Driven to Distraction I absolutely love it when I find research that backs up my position. HANG UP YOUR CELL PHONES, DRIVERS!!! Psychological research is showing that when drivers use cell phones, whethercell phones + driving = drunk driving

For all you dad's out there, and mine specifically, Happy Father's Day. Thanks for all you've taught us, thanks for all the fun we've had. Thanks for the trips to theHappy Father's Day

People need to learn how to drive. I was in a traffic jam this morning in the right lane of the highway. Dead stop. I was not happy. Meanwhile, in the leftTraffic jams

Drum roll, please!

I’ve always loved drums. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t “drumming.” I put that in quotes because I’ve rarely actually had a drum at my disposal. I’ve beat rhythms out with wooden spoons, sticks, pencils, pens, toilet paper tubes, pipe insulation, toy drumsticks, my hands… anything at my disposal. (I actually had to stop doing it so much in my car; the head of my gear shift came off once while driving because I had loosened the screws by beating on it.)

So, can you guess who my favorite Muppet was?

Yep. Animal was the quintessential drummer in my young eyes. Totally uninhibited and always wanting to let loose with everything he had. Then one day another drummer was on the Muppet Show as the guest star. And he had a drum battle with Animal! Best. Show. Ever. (Yes, even better than the Star Wars episode.)

Anybody who could leave Animal wide-eyed with his jaw on the floor was worth some attention, in my book. I asked my Dad about him and learned that Buddy Rich was a drummer from the Big Bands era, and was possibly the best drummer alive. I don’t think there’s been anyone since who’s taken the lead in that race.

Here he is in a 1978 solo in The Hague. This isn’t even his best work, IMO, but it’s one of the rare clips I’ve found that has a wider range of “tricks” in it.

The only other drummer I’d put in the same breath with Buddy Rich is Gene Krupa, another great from the Big Band era. Gene was the drummer for Benny Goodman and is the beat behind one of the best swing numbers of all time, Sing, Sing, Sing:

Krupa and Rich got together for their own “drum battle” on Sammy Davis Jr.’s show in the 1966. Nice stuff. It shows the difference in their styles, as well. Krupa has those cross-overs nailed, but I think Buddy is a bit cleaner.

There are some far-and-away excellent drummers today, but those two are the gold standard in my book.

And in case you’re wondering… no, I don’t play the drums myself. I did, long ago, and was pretty good for my age – at least in my school, but due to stupidity it didn’t last. That’s a story for another time, though.

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