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Sunday, April 30, 2021

Well, I gave it an extra week, but I guess the second edition of the Guess That Song game didn’t inspire as many guesses. It’s a fickle blogosphere.

For the sake of closure, here are the answers to the two remaining lyrics:

1. The voice of reason is one I left so far behind. - The Go Go’s, “Head Over Heels”

5. This is the game that moves as you play. - X, “The Have-Nots”

I’m a little surprised the first one wasn’t detected, as it’s an old pop standard. Both bands are fixtures from the Los Angeles scene of the ’80s, so there’s that linkage.

Anyway, in the spirit of further linking, I now present the third go-round of Guess That Song, with a twist: A theme.

In this case, the common thread will be the question mark. Each of the following lyrics are in the form of a query, as they were originally posed in song. Maybe that helps your recall, maybe it doesn’t. We’ll see. Personally, the presentation of said questions, stripped of their melodic context, gives them something of an ironic/comical edge; so I’m already amused.

On to it. Same rules apply as before: Provide the name of the song and the artist to any or all of the lyrics, and I’ll post your answer(s), along with a link to your website/blog.

1. The Doors, “Hello, I Love You” [David]
Do you think you’ll be the guy to make the queen of the angels sigh?

2. Gloria Gaynor, “I Will Survive” [Tim in Tampa]
Weren’t you the one who tried to break me with goodbye?

3. Beastie Boys, “So Whatcha Want” [Andrew]
You think that you can front when revelation comes?

4. The Beatles, “With a Little Help From My Friends” [Thud]
What do you see when you turn out the light?

5. New Order, “Bizarre Love Triangle” [Joel]
Why can’t we be ourselves like we were yesterday?

I’m hoping to see each one of these blanks filled in within a week! If not, I think I’ll bag this series.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/30/2006 11:37:42 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Question Time!
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The wide-area wireless concept recently announced for New York’s Suffolk County is jumping Long Island Sound (the long way) into Rhode Island, where officials hope to set up the nation’s first statewide wi-fi hotspot.

Well, if your aim is to cover a whole state, better to pick the smallest one (Rhode Island) than the largest (Alaska).

Unlike Suffolk, Rhode Island’s effort won’t be a free service. Led by Rhode Island Wireless Innovation Networks (RIWINs), the idea is to use the border-to-border Internet access as a business recruitment tool, chiefly aimed at taxed-out firms in Massachusetts. Toward that end, there’s significant infrastructure muscle in the plans:

The Rhode Island network is a hybrid of WiMax and Wi-Fi technologies that would deliver real-time connections at a minimum speed of 1 megabit per second (Mbps), allowing users to download a typical Hollywood-length film in about 100 minutes. The system will be supported by 120 base antennas placed throughout the state…

The project is being funded by public and private sources, and once fully operational, users would pay $20 per month under one fee structure, said Saul Kaplan, acting executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, a partner in the project.

This means more pressure to make sure the network is up practically 24/7, and is secure — both crucial for business users. Regarding the former concern, I wonder how the access points would work during inclement weather, particularly during winter. Even private connections are prone to going out in adverse conditions, but that doesn’t help sell this big-idea pitch.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/30/2006 03:43:08 PM
Category: Wi-Fi
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Along with plenty of other traditionalists, President Bush doesn’t like the idea behind “Nuestro Himno”, and thinks the National Anthem should be sung only in English.

I guess he needs to get Condoleeza on-message about that. The Spanish-language section of the State Department’s website has multiple versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, generally translated as “La Bandera de las Estrellas”:

Amanece: ¿no veis, a la luz de la aurora,
Lo que tanto aclamamos la noche al caer?
Sus estrellas, sus barras flotaban ayer
En el fiero combate en señal de victoria,
Fulgor de cohetes, de bombas estruendo,
Por la noche decían: “!Se va defendiendo!”

!Oh, decid! ¿Despliega aún su hermosura estrellada,
Sobre tierra de libres, la bandera sagrada?

En la costa lejana que apenas blanquea,
Donde yace nublada la hueste feroz
Sobre aquel precipicio que elévase atroz
¡Oh, decidme! ¿Qué es eso que en la brisa ondea?
Se oculta y flamea, en el alba luciendo,
Reflejada en la mar, donde va resplandeciendo

!Aún allí desplegó su hermosura estrellada,
Sobre tierra de libres, la bandera sagrada!

¡Oh así sea siempre, en lealtad defendamos
Nuestra tierra natal contra el torpe invasor!
A Dios quien nos dio paz, libertad y honor,
Nos mantuvo nación, con fervor bendigamos.
Nuestra causa es el bien, y por eso triunfamos.
Siempre fue nuestro lema “¡En Dios confiamos!”

!Y desplegará su hermosura estrellada,
Sobre tierra de libres, la bandera sagrada!

And this little ditty ain’t new: Francis Haffkine Snow translated it way back in 1919.

I understand “Bandera” was crafted back then specifically for Puerto Rico. When the U.S. picked up a Caribbean island full of non-English speakers, some native-language adaptation was necessary. It’s since been overshadowed by “La Borinqueña”, the island’s local/Commonwealth anthem.

So the notion of the the U.S. National Anthem being English-only seems conveniently new-fangled.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/30/2006 01:43:56 PM
Category: Politics, Society
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Zube Girl’s got a theory about female hair length corresponding to cup size:

Hoot: Well, it seems like girls who can pull off having short hair mostly have big boobs. You know? Like, they can get away with it.

Z-Girl: Huh. Interesting.

Note - Hoot? Has pretty short hair. Mine? Is really long. And she SO obviously inherited her chestal genes from our, uh, Dad’s Mom. While I? So obviously inherited mine? From my, uh, Dad.

This theory definitely doesn’t hold up to observation: You’ll see plenty of women with coiffures that obviously have little or nothing to do with their bra sizes. But for the sake of pondering, it’s an interesting consideration.

Do women use their hair styles as surrogates for their top-heaviness (or lack thereof)? It’s like fashion camouflage: Divert attention to whichever area is more fully-formed.

I guess it’s easier, and cheaper, to grow out the folicles than it is to get implants. And it’s certainly preferable to going the J.Lo route and pumping up the ass.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/30/2006 10:34:11 AM
Category: Fashion, Women
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