The Friday Fives

1. What useful unknown website do you wish more people knew about?
I have been obsessed with these two little ditties all week:
Drivenlisten uses an algorithm to grab dashcam video from youtube and matches that up with a radio station from cities and nations all over the globe to create the experience that you are driving around Amsterdam and listening to Dutch radio. It is nice to have it playing in the background while you Google cast your browser to your television. is based on premise that this is what the aliens in space are watching as they observe us – again based on a youtube algorithm that grabs low to no viewer coun short videos and randomly runs through them.

2. What is a commonly held misconception that drives you up the wall every time you hear it?
Most conspiracy theories but the biggest one that really drives me up the wall are the pervasive theory that we didn’t land on the Moon – We landed on the moon, mother fuckers! pull out some binoculars or a telescope – you can see some of the trash that we left behind.

I have discovered a nice piece of Nerd-vana podcast: “I Quit Star Trek” where each week some London grad students micro-parse episodes of the various versions of ‘Trek to decide if based on the highlighted episode is worth quit watching Star Trek. From their episode, I take issue with their theory that Kirk and Spock have a deep homosexual love affair that dates back to their days at the academy.

3. What movie have you watched at least 5 times because it’s so good?
Parsing this down to just one is difficult but I will go with Casablanca, a nearly perfect film that I have written about on this blog several times before.

You got a potato in your hand, what do you do with it?
Peel it and take a nice big bite out of it – I have always liked a bite or two of a raw potato. I can’t eat a ton of them but a few bites are quite earthy, sweet, and yummy.

5. What’s a movie with a great premise but a terrible execution?
Most remakes – the one that immediately comes to mind is the scene-by-scene remake of “Psychic” by Gus Van Zandt. One of my favorite directors, but he missed the boat on this one.

The Friday Fives

1. You’re resurrected in 1000 years. What is the first thing you would say?
“I have risen!” or also – “Wow, we fucking made – not gonna lie, I am very surprised.”

2. What movie is extremely overrated?
“M*A*S*H – the original movie. Filmatically it is great – near-perfect example of a Robert Altman film – but the script – wow, it does not hold up. So sexist and misogynistic.

3. What feels like a cult, and is in fact a cult?
Trumpism – the loyalty and devotion to that man and his acolytes meets all requirements of a cult.

4. What things probably won’t exist in 25 years?
Personal computers and laptops – there is already some pretty good development of eyewear technology that will probably replace the personal computer and smartphones.

5. What would the world be better off without?
Mass-produced corporate agricultural beef, pork, and chicken – there is no need for it and the industries are so terrible for the environment and use of massive natural resources for little return on the investment.

The Friday Fives

1. What is the stupidest way you almost died?

The first thing that comes to mind is a winter road trip over the mountains from Gunnison to Montrose and rounding a corner on a snow-packed road and driving far too fast for the conditions and came upon a couple of elk just standing in the middle of the road. I braked and slide and almost clipped one – these are huge animals and with the icy road, had I hit one of them there was a chance I could have been killed in a terrible car accident.

2. What is a thing that is universally hated by all people?

Universally is the crux of this question- there is someone out there who likes that one thing that no one else does. But generally, that thing that is universally hated is probably Nickelback.

3. What’s the worst song to play at a funeral?

“She Is Having My Baby” by Paul Anka

4. Which TV character influenced your sense of humor the most?

David Letterman

5. What was hugely hyped up but flopped?

“The Hobbit” movie – why did that have to happen? And two movies, really?

So something happened to MySQL database that powers this blog sometime last week and took the whole site down and redirected to some Church’s website – very weird. But my server provider found the issue and fixed it up. As far as I can tell all the content is back and bonus – I spend a lot of time yesterday on The You Tubes learning just an awful lot about WordPress.

The Friday Fives

1. What social customs do we need to retire?
Shaking hands. It is so cold and formal and icy and frankly, after 20 months of a pandemic, it seems quite unsafe.

2. What is one invention that you are 100% sure was only invented to annoy you?
Loud deep subwoofers in cars

(Cars – can we talk about cars? My car got raped this weekend. Overnight on Sunday, someone stole the catalytic converter right off the muffler – just a big ol’ rip right off the manifold. )

3. What food would taste absolutely disgusting if you added canned tuna?
Oh, so many things. I say popcorn – it would totally ruin two of my favorite things.

(Seriously though, the converter ripped right off. $800.00 later old Trogg is back up and running and purring like the kitten he is )

4. What do you think is the biggest animal that you can win in a fight barehanded?

A penguin – I am pretty sure I can take one.

(So, these converters are lined with platinum and palladium, and other rare metals and sold for scrap metal. )

5. How do you fall asleep?
A couple of drops of THC tincture under the tongue. My stepdad makes it and it will kick your ass.

(That’s right, someone tried to send Trogg to the scrap heat but he survives – up off the matt and ready to go – take that you criminals!)

RIP Norm you funny son of a bitch

The Friday Fives

1. What’s your favorite color this week?

I like purple to look at and blue to wear

2. What job would be very unsuitable for you?

I think I would really enjoy computer programming but I am pretty dyslexic and would probably suck really bad at it.

3. What’s your favorite Olympic sport?

I like watching table tennis and badminton.

4. Have you ever found yourself stuck out in the rain?

Not very often. I grew up in the high mountain desert and Denver doesn’t get a lot of rain very often. There have been a few commutes, especially when I worked downtown where i got caught in an afternoon thunderstorm but I never got soaked in the rain.

5. What does the tooth fairy do with our teeth?

They are used to feed the fire that fuels our dreams