November 2012

“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

by Joey deVilla on November 22, 2012

In honour of American Thanksgiving, here are the concluding scenes from WKRP in Cincinnati’s classic Thanksgiving episode, featuring Mr. Carlson’s ill-conceived turkey promotion.

The Classic TV History Blog has an article on WKRP and this episode — it’s worth checking out.

Thanks to Rob “King Floyd” MacDougall for the link to the Classic TV History Blog article!


In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table went about England not on horseback, but running around Gangnam Style, followed closely by their squires who made the sounds of horse hooves by banging two coconut shell halves together:

You can only get so far on foot these days; biking is a far more efficient way to get around town. The problem is that it’s impractical to have your squire follow you around on a unicycle, banging on coconuts as you pedal about from place to place. For those of you who want the sound of horse hooves clop-clopping on hard ground as you two-wheel yourself about, some clever and enterprising people in London have come up with an ingenious solution…

It’s called Trotify, and it’s a bicycle attachment that bangs two coconut shell halves together as you cycle. Here’s their promotional video:

…and here’s a video showing an early prototype in action, complete with sound:

Trotify comes in kit form. It’s been designed so that you punch its pieces out of a single wooden board:

Assembled, it looks like this. You have to provide the coconut:

It attaches to your bike just below the handlebars and is driven by its front wheel.

Trotify’s creators need 1,000 orders to make their product a reality, and they’ve got less than a month to do it. A Trotify device goes for £25 ($39.75 Canadian / $39.90 US). As I write this, they’ve taken only 26 orders and they have 28 days left in their fundraising period. If you’re a cyclist who wants to be accompanied by horsey sound effects (or know someone who does), visit the Trotify site and place an order!

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Happy Thanksgiving to my American Readers!

by Joey deVilla on November 22, 2012

Found on the Shoebox Blog.

We’ve already had Thanksgiving up here in Canada, and now it’s our neighbours’ turn. Happy Thanksgiving, American readers, and have a safe holiday!


My friend Amanda Foubister pointed me to this photo:

While it is a book for ukelele players, I get it. Being someone who plays rock and roll on a marginalized instrument, I get a warm fuzzy feeling seeing that someone has seen fit to produce a book of Black Sabbath tunes transcribed for the ukelele. It’s available from Amazon UK:

…and if you can’t get enough “Devil music” for the uke, there’s also an AC/DC book!


The Petraeus Scandal, Crazy Taiwanese Animation-Style

by Joey deVilla on November 20, 2012

Whenever a news story breaks, I often ask myself: “What’s the crazy Taiwanese animated take on all this?”. The folks at Next Media Animation never disappoint me.

Here’s their new video, explaining the broad strokes (giggity) of the sordid affair, complete with wacky sound effects. I want all my news delivered this way:

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Now THAT’s a Bloody Mary/Caesar Garnish!

by Joey deVilla on November 20, 2012

I thought the giant crab leg served in Garde Manger’s Caesar was impressive, but this wins. I’m going to have to whip up one of these sometime soon.


When the Lady Friend came over for my birthday, I felt like a mix of the guy on the left and the guy on the right.