Howdy, folks! Y'all ready for a roundup of all the bits that I've found interesting lately thrown together into a mish-mash I lovingly refer to as Snippet Wednesday?
People get pretty fired up when a song is remade or remixed by another artist. Sure, they've typically got permission from the original musician(s), but there's usually something sacred about the original that keeps people from wanting to hear it redone.
However, have you ever had a song that you like all versions of regardless of the artist? I do. That song for me is the Fleetwood Mac classic "Landslide." Sure, I still think the original with Stevie Nicks on the mic is the best, but I've also truly liked the versions recorded by both The Smashing Pumpkins and The Dixie Chicks. I dunno why, but each has its own appeal to me.
That list has been added to with the version sung on last night's episode of Glee by Gwyneth Paltrow. It just... works. I wish I could explain the appeal in less uncertain terms, but I cannot. I just like it.
Am I missing any versions that I need to hear?
Have you ever heard of someone else (or maybe you yourself) referring to the cargo capacity of a car's trunk in terms of the number of human bodies it can hold? This was one of the most fascinating things to come of my car shopping trials and tribulations.
It actually started with Katie and me watching Hawaii Five-0 and seeing the trunk of a new Chevy Cruze loaded with two dead bodies. Then we went to the Chicago Auto Show and started using that as the metric by which we judged trunk space. "Ohhhh, this one could hold three!" "This trunk could easily contain two and a half bodies; we'll just have to dump off the other half corpse alongside the road."
Then I started visiting dealerships and they would do that as well! "Yep, the Sonata can easily hold three or four corpses."
This was without any prompting whatsoever.
Do I just look like the sort of person who would have a need for corpse storage? Perhaps it's time for a makeover so I appear less menacing.
Thanks to a friend who works at Google, I have now regained access to my old kapgar5 Gmail account! Yay! This means I have my old Google Reader and YouTube accounts as well as the 1,650-some-odd messages languishing in my inbox for three and a half months.
No, I'm going to be sticking with kevinwapgar as my primary e-mail address, but at least I'll be able to receive messages sent to the old account.
I can't believe I didn't think to contact her earlier. Thanks, S!
Illinois Governor Quinn is supposed to sign legislation banning the death penalty in the State of Illinois at some point today.
I'm torn on this.
On the one hand, I think the death penalty system is flawed and in need of severe repair work. But, I also believe that given the proper reassessment, the death penalty could work and should be used. I hate the thought that one person can kill another and then be sent to prison for life (if even that long) and just siphon away our tax dollars the whole time. It's not right.
This is one case in which I am pretty firmly Republican. I admit that and hate doing so.
Over the last several weeks, my beloved Chicago Blackhawks had amassed an eight-game winning streak. This streak launched them from 11th place in the NHL's Western Conference and out of playoff contention to fourth place in the division and number one in the playoff pool behind the three division leaders.
However, the Florida Panthers snapped that streak last night with a 3-2 defeat of my Hawks before it could be extended to nine games. Well, it has to end some time, I know. But it was so much fun to experience. Winning streaks are one of the coolest things in sports. The teams and the fans get so jazzed. I love it.
Good job, Hawks! Let's start another one!