The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century Joey deVilla's Personal Blog Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:24:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The bitter truth about labor day Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:24:23 +0000

the truth about labor day

…and I think there was also some workers’ rights thingy, too.

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Rejected wedding theme #3: “Asses of Fire!” Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:08:32 +0000

asses of fire

Actual wedding photo from an actual wedding photographer’s portfolio.
Click the photo to see the source.

Remember, this is Florida, where there’s no such thing as a bad idea.

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Feeling bored and evil at an airport? Try this prank. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:32:56 +0000

power outlet sticker at jfk

Found via Joe Martinez. Click the picture to see the source.

Of course, if you’re caught doing this, it’s likely that a number of business travellers and people looking to charge their tablets for a long trip will draw and quarter you, and no court in the land will convict them.

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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How d’you like them pineapples? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:27:22 +0000

pineapple slicing

Watch this guy at a fruit stall in Davao City in the Philippines peel, core, slice and bag a pineapple in under a minute with a very sharp knife and skilled hands:

Found via Laughing Squid.

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes the ice bucket challenge Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:40:08 +0000

stephen harper ice bucket challenge

FRANK magazine did the original; I added the caption in the last panel.
Click the photo to see it at full size.

For my American readers who aren’t familiar with Canada’s glorious leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has two settings: control-freak asshole and emotionless robot.

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How I’d like to make my entrance at my wedding Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:22:55 +0000

We’ve signed the contract for our wedding ceremony and reception venue! Here’s a photo that I took of the location a couple of Saturdays ago…

beach wedding setting

Actual photo of the site. Click to see at full size.

Since it’s going to be a beach wedding, why should we be content to take the land route and merely walk down the aisle when we could come in by sea on these?

My thanks to Best Man Eldon for the suggestion!

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Office setup of the day Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:28:33 +0000

office setup of the day

It’s an Archer reference:

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R2-D2 takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:10:56 +0000

r2d2 takes the ice bucket challenge

We’ve seen all sorts of people, famous and not, take up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Why not a droid, especially one who’s just fine with working on extremely cold planets?

c-3p0 and r2-d2 on hoth

Here’s RD-D2′s answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge. Be careful, R2 — the sandpeople are easily amused, but they will be back…with bigger ice buckets:

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Public service announcement: Don’t tuck in your Aloha (a.k.a. “Hawaiian”) shirt Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:36:22 +0000

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Florida needs a public service announcement like this one very, very badly. For more on the topic, see these articles by The Art of Manliness and Wave Shoppe.

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YouTab: My new favorite way to look up chords and lyrics for songs Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:45:35 +0000

Where was YouTab back when I was busking and needed to not just look up song chords and lyrics, but also practice regularly?

Point your browser at and enter the name of a song. In this case, I picked a relatively popular, relatively simple little ditty: I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones…

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A quick search later, I got this screen. YouTab had the song, so I clicked on it…

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YouTab then displays a player for the song that shows the chords as the song plays. If it has the lyrics in its database, it also displays them:

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Click the screenshot to see it at full size.

There’s also a facility for users to enter and correct chords and lyrics for songs.

This is still a pretty new site, so it’s not going to have every song you might want to look up. The more popular a song is, the more likely it’ll appear in YouTab’s database, and the more likely that data will be correct and complete.

Give it a try, and if you can, help complete its database, which has many gaps. For starters, as of this writing, the karaoke ’80s favorite Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield is missing lyrics!

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Help fix this. Do it for Rick Springfield. Do it for the common good. Do it for “Dang” (Ken Leung) from the movie Keeping the Faith:

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Rejected wedding theme #2: Faking my own death Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:56:31 +0000

rejected wedding theme 2

In my last “Rejected Wedding Themes” post, I wrote about the hunting camouflage-themed wedding goodies that you can get through Oriental Trading Company, which the Future Missus vetoed. I vetoed today’s theme.

When Tucker Blandford (a name so appropriate that it’s downright Dickensian) got cold feet about his impending marriage to Alex Lancaster, he felt that his only option was to fake his own death.

alex and tucker

The couple met in August 2012 while Alex, a British national, was studying in Connecticut. It was one of those whirlwind romances that seemed doomed to end when she was scheduled to return to the UK, which is likely what prompted Tucker to propose marriage before she left. The combination of some time apart, how quickly the relationship had escalated, and what was probably some feeling that he was throwing away his twenties as a single man (both Alex and Tucker are 23 now) must’ve scared him. While she was busy planning the wedding, he was busy coming up with a desperate, harebrained plan.

He placed a call to Alex, posing as his dad:

I picked up my phone and there was a man saying he was Tucker’s dad. He told me Tucker had been deeply depressed and wanted to die, so had thrown himself in front of a car,” Lanchester, 23, told the Daily Mail. “The man explained that they had been trying to send Tucker off to a psychiatric unit for help. But it was too late. I couldn’t breathe. It was absolutely devastating.”

Tucker failed to account for the fact that Alex had bonded with his parents while they were together in the U.S.. He probably expected her to simply move on, forgetting that she might call them to commiserate and offer her condolences. She phoned his mother, and this happened:

“His parents didn’t even know we were getting married. They thought we had broken up when I left America,” she told the Daily Mirror. “Then it hit me, that voice on the other end of the phone had sounded eerily familiar. I realised it was Tucker pretending to be his dad. My whole world crumbled.”

“She said Tucker was absolutely fine –- but she also thought we’d split up. She knew nothing about the wedding.”

It also turned out that the wedding venue in Connecticut also didn’t know about the wedding, since he’d never reserved it.

death to avoid marriage

Even the anchor on Tucker’s local news station seems unimpressed.

“I’m a terrible, awful person. I know I shouldn’t have told her I was dead, but I didn’t know what else to do,” Tucker said in a statement to the Daily Mail.

“Alex is an amazing girl but I got scared and wanted to get out of the relationship. It was moving extremely fast and with us being in different countries, it was really hard. At the time I just felt like I couldn’t tell the truth and thought if I could just postpone everything it would be better.”

The ironic thing was that the entire Atlantic Ocean was there to help make things easier for him. Although breaking up over the phone is bad and calling off an engagement is worse, it’s a realistic thing to do given the distance and expense involved, and far better than faking your own death because you don’t want to be the bad guy. And as Machiavellian as this sounds, it would’ve spared our coward from having to look her in the eyes and say “it’s over”.

Alex seems to be turning her lemon into lemonade; the Daily Mirror reports that she’s started a successful business making wedding favors. As for Tucker: he’ll be living with this one for some time, and it’s likely he’ll have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do to any woman he gets involved with.


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Even FOX News follows the “know your audience” rule when framing a story Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:29:31 +0000

fox news vs fox news latino

Found via Media Matters’ Twitter account. Click to see the source.

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The first thing that comes to mind when I look at certain LinkedIn profiles Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:42:35 +0000

I’ll admit it: when I see “Self-employed at Professional musician” or “Self employed at Consultant” on your LinkedIn profile, this is the first image that comes to mind:

self employed musician

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” shouldn’t have worked, but it does Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:44:01 +0000

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Image from Review in Haiku. Click the photo to see it at full size.

I finally got around to seeing Guardians of the Galaxy with some friends this weekend, and I’m pleased to see that people behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe are continuing to work their magic with movies, even with a work featuring some of Marvel’s more obscure characters and locales: Thanos! Xandar! The Kyln! The Nova Corps! Knowhere! Even a tip of the hat to Cosmo the dog!

And of course, we can’t forget Rocket, who loves big weaponry in the comics just as much as he does in the movie…

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…gets his share of one-liners…

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…and has his moments of badassery, even when facing off against the biggest bad “Big Bad” in the Marvel Universe:

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Rocket Raccoon was created in 1976 as a not-so-subtle homage to the Beatles’ Rocky Raccoon and was first showcased on the cover of a comic book in 20th anniversary issue of The Incredible Hulk in 1981:

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He’s in good company. You know who else got their first comic book cover appearance via the Hulk? This guy:

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“You said I was allowed to bring one carry-on!” Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:07:42 +0000

one carry-on

Click the photo to see it at full size.

Some people will do anything to avoid paying the checked-in luggage fee.

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You’re thinking of STEVE Perry, not RICK Perry Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:56:33 +0000

that asshole from texas

I found the original via Tina Viligante (click the photo to see it);
I just spruced up the typesetting.

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It’s Friday! Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:59:50 +0000

dinner with kitty

Here’s hoping you’ve made plans.

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Never say this to your sparring partner Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:02:37 +0000

i didnt bring my cup

And with the fateful line “I didn’t bring my cup” begins a video that, if you’re like me — growing up on The Three Stooges and martial arts films — will bring you amusement for years to come:

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Quite possibly the most Florida headline ever: “Woman Crashes Car While Shaving Her Privates” Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:08:59 +0000

overseas highway

definitely floridaPictured above is the beautiful Overseas Highway — “the highway that goes to the sea” – which links the Florida to its island keys over its length of over 100 miles. It’s the route you’d take if you were driving to Key West, recently described in Conde Nast Traveler as one of the 10 best small cities in America.

When driving through one of the most scenic roads on the continent, you could to choose to look around, take in the double beauty of nature and engineering, open the window and breathe in the ocean air, and look at the stunning cloud formations that come as a result of the Gulf Stream.

Or you could shave your pubes.

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Indiana native Megan “Plucky” Barnes, better known on Twitter as “Pubic Enemy Number One” was travelling with her ex-husband Charles Judy to visit her boyfriend in Key West. State Trooper Gary Dunick, the officer who arrested her, said that she “wanted to be ready for the visit” and decided to multitask by shaving her bikini area while driving.

Below-the-belt landscaping requires a certain amount of focus, so Barnes, in an attempt to be a safe driver, enlisted her ex-husband, who was siting in the passenger seat, to hold the wheel steady during the more delicate parts of the procedure. I’ve heard of being on good terms with your ex-spouse, but this a bit extreme.

When a SUV ahead of them slowed down to turn, they plowed right into it. Two of its passengers had minor injuries as a result of the crash.

Barnes was driving with a suspended license and had already been convicted the day before for driving under the influence, so the ex-couple decided to not to stick around. They exchanged seats in order to make it appear as if Charles Judy was driving. The problem was that in the crash, only the passenger-side airbag had fired, and Judy had burns on his chest from its deployment.

When asked why she didn’t brake when she saw the SUV slowing down to turn, Barnes’ response had a very “Florida” quality to it: “I told you, I was shaving.”

She was charged with driving with a revoked license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and driving with no insurance.

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Accordion Monday (a couple of days late): Steve ‘n’ Seagulls cover AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:33:34 +0000

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Work’s and hunting down wedding venues have been keeping me pretty busy lately, and one of the things that fell by the wayside was Accordion Monday, the series of posts where I feature a wonderful accordion tune. Here it is, even if it’s a couple of days late.

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls is a Finnish band who specialize in playing some down-home bluegrassy covers of hard rock tunes. Their latest YouTube release is a cover of AC/DC’s last bona fide anthem, their 1990 single Thunderstruck, complete with what it always needed: an accordion solo (my feeling is that every AC/DC tune needs an accordion solo, however):

If the accordion looks a little odd to you, it’s likely because it’s a Finnish accordion. The Finns have made the accordion their own, having come up with their own button layout, with which I’m not familiar.

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