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"LOL" or "lol" (IPA pronunciation: /lɑl/, /loʊl/), derived from an acronym for laugh(ing) out loud, a popular element of Internet slang, was first documented in the Oxford English Dictionary in March of 2011. Those of you who feel that this is a corruption of the language should remember that the common English word "goodbye" derives from the Middle English abbreviation "godbwye" ("God Be With Ye"), which started being fully pronounced during the Early Modern period and eventually arrived at its modern spelling.
During an early 1960 tour, several members of The Silver Beetles (later known simply as The Beatles), adopted pseudonyms: singer/guitarist John Lennon became Long John; lead guitarist George Harrison became Carl Harrison (after "Blue Suede Shoes" singer Carl Perkins), bassist Stuart Sutcliffe became Stuart de Staël (after painter Nicolas de Staël), and singer/guitarist Paul McCartney became Paul Ramón (note that The Silver Beetles did not at this point have a drummer.
In 1974, musician Douglas Colvin began calling himself "Dee Dee Ramone," in homage to McCartney, and his new as-of-yet-unnamed band (composed of ex-members of Tangerine Puppets and Sniper) decided to take "Ramone" as both a pseudonymous surname and band name. Over the years, the Ramones have included numerous members, including bassist/singer Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin), guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings), singer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman), drummer/producer Tommy Ramone (Tamás Erdélyi), drummer Marky Ramone (Marc Bell), drummer/singer Richie Ramone (Richard Reinhardt), drummer Elvis Ramone (Clement Bozewski), and bassist/singer C.J. Ramone (Christopher Ward).
Current top 10 tracks from my "at work" playlist (AKA all of the songs that will fit on a 3.5 GB .mp3 player):
Mastodon - "Tread Lightly"
The album cover art to Canadian rock band Rush's 1981 album Moving Pictures is a visual pun on the title, and a triple entendre. The first meaning is represented by the movers carrying pictures, with the second by the people watching them who are emotionally moved by the pictures. The third meaning is shown on the back cover, where the entire scene is revealed to be a set for a motion picture.
The film crew shown on the back cover actually shot the scene with motion picture film, and the album's front cover is a single frame from this film. This was revealed to Rush concertgoers several years after the album's release, when the still image was projected on a large screen behind the band, and then suddenly came to life as a full-motion film sequence.
Though originally released in 1981, Moving Pictures was played live in its entirety for the first time to open the second set of each show during Rush's 2010–11 Time Machine Tour.
The role of Andre "The Puppetmaster" Toulon in Charles Band's 1999 direct-to-video prequel film Retro Puppet Master was apparently difficult to cast. Though numerous actors tried out for the role (including a pre-fame James Franco), the role eventually went out to 20-year-old Greg Sestero (in his earliest credited film appearance), who was hired on the spot due to his ability to speak with a French accent.
captain yesterday wrote:
I've only ever gotten blackout drunk twice in my life.
The second time was at a friend's wedding, where I remember nothing past the band finishing their first song, but I apparently stayed after the reception to help take out the trash and stack all the tables and chairs.
The first time, though, involved me face-planting into the floor in the middle of a conversation with some girl that a friend introduced me to, then a trip to the hospital, after which said friend picked me up, drove to the dry cleaner's to pick up a suit, and then dumped me off at his step-brother's place in a strange town while he went off to officiate a wedding. I woke up on a stranger's couch in an empty house with the front door open. Ever seen 28 Days Later? It was kind of like that.
captain yesterday wrote:
Dude, I spent 15 years in the Scouts, from Cub Scouts as a kid all the way up through Explorers in my twenties. Name a large object or physical feature, and I've probably crashed on it.
I almost gave one of the foremen at work a heart attack after I fell asleep on a pile of rocks using a piece of faced insulation as a blanket. Everyone came back from their lunch break, and they didn't notice I was there until I woke up.
Patrick Curtin wrote:
If need be, you could take the train to somewhere outside the city, and I could pick you up on the way down.
During pre-production for Boaz Davidson's 1987 film Going Bananas (written by Menahem Golan and released by the Cannon Group), Davidson and Golan originally intended to have the character of Bonzo the Ape be portrayed by an orangutan named Manis (best known for portaying the character Clyde in 1978's Every Which Way But Loose, opposite Clint Eastwood). Golan eventually went so far as to schedule a boardroom meeting with Manis in which Golan pitched the script to the orangutan. According to Golan and Davidson, the orangutan declined, and the role of Bonzo ended up going to the human actor/stuntman Deep Roy (Blake's 7, Big Fish, Star Trek) dressed in an ape costume.
And this is why John wrote most of the Beatles' lyrics. You can see this level of lyricism pop up again during Paul's solo career.
Bip bop, bip bip bop / Bip bop, bip bip band / Dig your bottom dollar / Put it in your hand
Or, even better:
I'm gonna do it to you, gonna do it / Sweet banana, you'll never give up / We're gettin' hi hi hi in the midday sun
Paul McCartney should stick to playing bass and occasionally fronting a Nirvana reunion show (this actually happened).
Modern Baseball - "Your Graduation"
Bridge Under Fire - "Brendan Won't Let Me Call This Song 'Endless Mike'"
Director Sammo Hung wanted to name his 1984 martial arts comedy (filmed on location in Barcelona, Spain, and starring Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao) "Meals On Wheels," but the title was changed to "Wheels On Meals" by superstitious executives at Golden Harvest Studios due to their previous two "M"-titled films (Megaforce and Menage A Trois) being box office failures.
Wheels on Meals was the first of two films which paired star Jackie Chan against kickboxer Benny "The Jet" Urquidez (the other being the 1988 film Dragons Forever). At one point in the final battle between the pair, a spin-kick performed by Urquidez is so quick that the resulting airflow extinguishes a row of candles. This is shown on-screen, with no cuts or trick photography.
By 1984, shooting in Hong Kong had become practically impossible – firstly, because the stars had become so famous that they could not walk through the streets with impunity, and secondly due to the mounting difficulties in obtaining a permit from the government in order to film in Hong Kong. When Hung took his cast and crew to Barcelona, he wanted to strongly establish the locations in Barcelona as real, and to avoid shooting interiors at Golden Harvest. In comparison to Hong Kong, the Spanish authorities were very cooperative in allowing the use of locations for filming, even for car chases and fight scenes.
I just realized that my reasons for liking two of my favorite bands are quite similar, despite the bands' outward dissimilarity.
3-piece NoCal punk band Jawbreaker features a tight rhythm section comprising bassist Chris Bauermeister and drummer Adam Pfahler. Singer/guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach sounds OK at singing and guitar, but writes amazing lyrics that drive the songs home.
3-piece Canadian prog rock band Rush features a tight rhythm section comprising singer/bassist Geddy Lee and drummer Neil Peart. Guitarist Alex Lifeson is very good, but pales in comparison to his bandmates, and Peart's lyrics shine through it all.
After the release of director Anthony Page's 1979 comedic mystery film The Lady Vanishes, the once prolific Hammer Film Productions did not have a single release until 29 years later with 2008's web serial Beyond the Rave. Hammer's next film didn't come until 2010, with director Matt Reeves' critically-acclaimed Let Me In, a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let The Right One In. Since then, Hammer Film Productions has released several more horror films, though not nearly as many as were released during the 1955-1972 "golden era," including The Resident (2011), The Woman In Black (2012), and The Quiet Ones (2014).
Since its introduction in the 1993 video game Doom, the "Doom door" stock sound effect has achieved memetic status, making its way into numerous other media. For example:
In addition, the sound effect was also used for the character Rey's speeder transport in J.J. Abrams' 2015 film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
In the Star Fox series of video games, the character Peppy Hare often suggests to Fox McCloud that he "do a barrel roll" to get himself out of trouble. However, the aeronautical move executed by Fox McCloud's ship in nearly all of the games is actually an aileron roll.
Director Troy Duffy's 1999 film The Boondock Saints went through a long and difficult casting process before finally settling on the final lineup of actors. Only one of Duffy's first-choice actors (comedian Billy Connolly, playing the character of Noah "Il Duce" McManus) made it into the film.
For the protagonists, twin brothers Connor and Murphy McManus, (played in the film by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus, respectively) Duffy wanted actors Stephen Dorff and Mark Wahlberg, and when they both declined, Brendan Fraser, Nicky Katt, and Ewan McGregor were considered. For the character of FBI agent Paul Smecker (eventually played by Willem Dafoe), Duffy sought both Kenneth Branagh and Patrick Swayze. Sylvester Stallone, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Kevin Spacey, and Robert DeNiro were also considered for the part.
Actors Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, and Ethan Hawke expressed interest in roles in The Boondock Saints, but were rejected by Duffy for various reasons.
Freehold DM wrote:
I successfully distracted myself from having a panic attack, so I'd call that a win.
Cole Deschain wrote:
Up where I'm originally from (New York's eastern Adirondacks), they're "sleds," or, less commonly "rigs" or "skids." They don't much go for multi-syllable words in the Champlain Valley.