Puddles sings Tom Waits' 'Time'

    Singapore would also be a fine call, buddy. Read the rest

    My mother makes perfect rice in the microwave with this steamer lid

    Mom put this lid over a glass bowl and nuked the shit out of that rice for 20 minutes. I'm pretty sure there was water in there.

    It was effortless and perfect.

    These are easy to clean, amazingly reusable, wonderful in place of plastic wrap over a bowl and all kinds of great as a frisbee.

    Agile-Shop Steam Ship Silicone Steamer Lid Food Covers, Pack of 3 via Amazon Read the rest

    Fare thee well, Tim "Zeke the Sheik" Dundon

    This video perfectly encapsulates everything I remember when first meeting Zeke the Sheik so many, many years ago. Tim Dundon, Altadena's composting vigilante, has passed away at age 77.

    Decades ago I was planting my first home vegetable garden. A large portion of the soil needed to be replaced and my friend David took me to meet Zeke the Sheik. Zeke maintained THE PILE.

    The pile appeared to be a double lot completely covered by a 15' to 40' high mound of compost. Zeke had planted a huge and dense hedge of vegetation around the property to try and act as a firebreak, as the gas the pile would off-put occasionally burst into flame.

    I got soil from Zeke all those years ago. He spoke in rhyme and really entertained. Whenever you were way the heck out near Altadena you could stop by and say hi. I knew he had legal troubles with his neighbors and the place sure seemed odd-ball, but Zeke was dedicated to the pile and worked hard to make it safe and healthy.

    The other day my friend David told me that Tim Dundon had passed away. I apologised and said I did not know who that was. It never occurred to me that he was anyone but Zeke the Sheik. Tim certainly led a colorful life and composted a lot.

    LA Times:

    Dundon, a rhyming whiz known widely by his alter ego “Zeke the Sheik” and whose legendary, mountainous compost pile delighted some and troubled others — and who famously defended himself in court in rhyme — died Monday in West Hills, said his friend Ilham Akraa.

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    Reverse was under first, and raucous hilarity ensued

    You also really wanted to double-clutch my 1955 Speedster.

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    Carburetor cleaning is easier with (some of) the right tools

    You will find cleaning a motorcycle's carbs a lot easier if you have brushes and wires that'll fit through the jets. This set works for me!

    My motorcycle famously has a finicky pair of Dell'orto pumper carbs. They make the bike go really, really fast... when they work right. Today's formulations of California gas really seem to gum things up if left to sit and sit it did. I was barely able to run my bike from November til yesterday.

    My bike was doing something really obvious, after starting the left side float would stick in the up position and gasoline would start to pour out the overflow hole. Most BMW's have Bing carburetors which respond very well to a light tap on the side to free the float. The Dell's do not give a shit. I shut off the fuel and removed the bowl only to find the float stuck. I could pull it down but clearly, the plastic float was binding on its 'knurled' pivot pin.

    Those 'knurled' float pins have been my bane. In my set of carbs they just don't want to come out for me. If I take the carb off the bike I can get them out and replace the floats, but if I want to keep them on the bike, it is a real thing.

    I decided to try blasting the area out with carb cleaner and offering a prayer to whichever Greek God managed fuel systems delivery in their pantheon. The float now swings free. Read the rest

    Keeper of Lost Cities: Exile

    In Exile (Keeper of Lost Cities,) Sophie Foster is back and still being put through the most horrible adventures Shannon Messenger can imagine for a young teen!

    I am in love with the Keeper of Lost Cities series. Sophie Foster is a 13-year-old ripped from the loving arms of her human family and manipulated into saving the world. Kept in the dark about her own mysterious past (that everyone else seems to know,) Sophie is forced to sneak around and break every promise she makes about not doing exactly that! Sophie nearly dies every few chapters, while also putting 'friends' and 'family' at risk, however, it is unclear who is really a friend and who isn't!

    Sophie is an elf. For some reason, still, unbeknownst to the readers, Sophie was placed with a human family as a child and hidden away. When the elves find her they abduct her, brainwash her family into believing she never existed (after Sophie negotiates this fate for them rather than simply DEATH,) and then demand she save the world multiple times. I can not imagine a kid surviving this shit with a shred of self left at the end of the first book -- somehow things got EVEN WORSE for Sophie in book 2.

    After not really coming to grips with her fate from book 1, Sophie is forced into an adventure to save the only adult who seems to have told her anything much useful. Along the way, Sophie repairs her own damaged mind, which was responsible for losing her buddy in the first place. Read the rest

    Bernie will tell you if aliens are real

    US Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders went on some podcast to say that if, once he becomes President of these United States, he learns about aliens his wife will force him to tell us all he knows.


    Rogan: “If you got into the office and you found out something about aliens, if you found out something about UFOs, would you let us know?”

    Sanders: “Well I tell you, my wife would demand I let you know.”

    Rogan: “Is your wife a UFO nut?”

    Sanders: “No, she’s not a UFO nut. She goes, Bernie, ‘What is going on do you know? Do you have any access?’"

    Rogan: “You don’t have any access? You’ll let us know though?”

    Sanders: “Alright, we’ll announce it on the show. How’s that?”

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    Some favorite punk-ish covers of pop tunes

    MxPx plays Aha's classic

    The Downbeat 5 singing 'Dum Dum Ditty' is one of my favorites.

    Me First and the Gimmie Gimmie's cover 'Wild World'

    Riverboat Gamblers play 'Let's Go Crazy'

    The Laundrettes sing 'Nobody but Me'

    NoFX's 'Go Your Own Way'

    MORE! Add more in the comments...

    Photo by Robert Anasch on Unsplash

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    Los Angeles: The Tony Martini Variety Hour

    The Tony Martini Variety Hour is running this Saturday, August 10th at the Three Clubs.

    A desperate variety show clinging to the art, music, and style that worked so well in the late 50s and early 60s takes the stage this Saturday night in the city of fallen angels! Amazing performers put everything they can into an art form we thought went away with the Star Wars Holiday Special! Come and marvel at the madness!

    Tony Martini, your host, and titular lounge singer-y guy is portrayed by global comedy legend Mark Fite. Mark sings, jokes, and frequently falls flat on his face. Luckily, Martini is accompanied by his super talented wife, Bananas Foster. Foster could only be played by international accordion phenomenon Renee Albert. Jim Turner plays their less than kind and understanding manager.

    Produced by Steven Espinosa, the cast is joined by a veritable mob of Los Angeles finest variety acts: Michael Rayner, Pam Severns, Karl Herlinger, April Showers, Olive Oz and the always incredible contortionist Bonnie Morgan.

    I'm gonna be there! Join us Saturday, August 10th at the Three Clubs. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.

    Photos by Safi Alia Shabaik. Read the rest

    This cheap tool roll stores extra tools under my motorcycle's seat

    I keep extra tools in this small tool roll that conveniently fits under my motorcycle's seat.

    My BMW famously came with an under-seat toolkit that can mostly fix any problems from minor to pretty large. It is greatly aided by a few extra bits and pieces that will not fit in the OG tool roll. So I got this one.

    It is cheap. It stores tools. It fits. What else could I want?

    I will spare you a picture of my motorcycle's under-seat storage. It is truly the least interesting part of my bike.

    FASITE 10 Pockets Roll Up Tool Pouch Wrench Pouch Organizer via Amazon Read the rest

    Covers of "I'm A Believer"

    I think Shrek and the innate sweetness of the song have given us unlimited covers of this OG Neil Diamond masterpiece. I am always a fan of this on a Hammond, but away we go...

    Vanilla Fudge

    Youtuber on Ukelele

    I am sure you guys can add the ones I've missed... Read the rest

    Get Happy

    Shout Hallelujah, come on get happy Read the rest

    Negative, Ghostrider, the pattern is full

    Probably better than their entire new movie. Read the rest

    Cooking Price-Wise

    Cookbooks by Vincent and Mary Price are amongst my very favorite.

    This new edition of Cooking Price-Wise is certainly a family affair. Originally published as a compendium of recipes shared on Price's titular UK television programme 'Cooking Price-Wise,' daughter Victoria and son V.B. have both added memories, stories and personal anecdotes that make this the version to own.

    The Price Family's cookbooks are marvelous. In addition to being an authority on art, cuisine and a wonderful actor, Vincent Price was a master storyteller. Recipes are recollection! They involve tales of their origin or other anecdotes that make the dish more than just delicious as prepared.

    Cooking Price-Wise is no different! This wonderful book is jammed to the brim with recipes and Price family history. Victoria Price included sections of The New Dr. Price Cook Book and shares the story of Dr. Vincent Clarance Price, the grandfather of Vincent Price, who invented Baking Powder and began a long culinary legacy.

    Organized by the types of food Vincent Price was working with during the filming of his UK based TV show, there is a section on Bacon.

    Due to the nature of his programme, all the ingredients were generally available in most UK markets at the time of filming. Price and the writers were absolutely certain they needed to make these dishes accessible to the folks who were watching, so generally, you will not go off on a wild goose chase although internet ordering has made that less an issue in many places. Read the rest

    Jack Black and Rob Zabrecky contact Kurt Cobain

    Boing Boing recently shared Rob Zabrecky's fantastic memoir Strange Cures.

    Jack Black really enjoyed Kurt Cobain's live performances. Zabrecky can contact the undead. What could be more fun?

    Other Side with Zabrecky is a series of seances conducted by magician, comedian, punk bassist, and author Rob Zabrecky. Everything that is so wonderful in his live performances translates beautifully to the little YouTube box.

    Incredible singer and hilarious comedian Kate Flannery also joins Zabrecky, reaching out to Ethel Merman! Frequent Boing Boing readers may be distracted by the banana.

    Check out Mark's review of Rob Zabrecky's memoir. Read the rest

    Some of my favorite movie sword fights

    The greatest of all time. I cry every time I watch Inigo Montoya destroy Count Rugen. I can bring my self to cry by thinking about it.

    Errol Flynn fighting Basil Rathbone in Captain Blood is just wonderful.

    Something about two-handed butchering people with a broadsword always plays! The Governator is most remembered for his role in Twins with Danny De Vito, but this little known film, was wonderful fun.

    Is just a masterpiece.

    ...and of course Doctor Jones shows us how it's done. Every call back they've made to this scene in later movies was a dud. Read the rest

    Nemo has passed away

    This morning I woke up and my Great Pyrenees of six years Nemo was no longer with me.

    We were sleeping in our Volkswagen bus. Apparently, I had missed Nemo ingesting something poisonous on our last walk of the night, last night. Before bed, he threw up and acted less than happy, but then Nemo hopped into our Westy and was not really any more or less comfortable than any other night. He drank a lot of water and went to sleep. When he'd move around I knew because that lower bunk is small. It was a night like any other night.

    I woke up a bit surprised, however, that Nemo'd let Pretzel and I sleep in till 7:30 am. I went over the list of stuff I needed to do today for work in my head, and then I looked back and thought "Is Nemo breathing?"

    Nemo was a very special dog. I loved him very much. He spent 6 years living on a beach and then a few months driving around living on lots of beaches in a VW van. He never wanted for a thing, was always surrounded by love and had no idea that a Great Pyr is supposed to live a lot longer than 6.

    Nemo was rescued by fantastic folks who supported us and loved Nemo his entire life, even after they closed up shop. Randy has been there to answer questions or to help me with Nemo's training at every turn. Living with such a large dog that is bred to be a guardian would not have been possible without that guidance. Read the rest

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