The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century Joey deVilla's Personal Blog Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:20:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “Terminator 2″ in the age of Snapchat Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:20:23 +0000

terminator 2 in the age of snapchat

Thanks to Dare Obasanjo for the find!

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Music video of the day: “Common People”, starring William Shatner and the cast of Star Trek Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:45:35 +0000

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Here’s one from the “How’d I miss this?” file: a fan-made video of the cover of Pulp’s 1995 hit Common People, as performed by William Shatner on his first good album, the 2004 alt-rock surprise Has Been. It takes the song and adds cuts from the original Star Trek series, syncing lips and lyrics whenever possible (the “I’ll see what I can do” lyrics lines up perfectly with a scene where Kirk utters the exact same words). It was posted in 2011, and has been making the online rounds after getting some press on Slate by way of Dangerous Minds.

If you go back another three years, you’ll find a similar treatment using scenes from the animated Star Trek series arranged in a Kirk/Spock slash fiction manner:

If you’re not familiar with the original version by Pulp, here it is:

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“Moms guessing what porn terms mean” is uncomfortably adorable Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:04:06 +0000

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Distractify’s set of videos in which some very sweet, white-bread moms are presented with terminology commonly used in porn (and in my private life, hur, hur, hur!) and guess what they mean is nothing short of adorable.

Here’s the first one, where they’re asked to suss out the definitions of: BBW, DP, money shot, and glory hole:

In the follow-up video, they’re asked to ratiocinate the meanings of MILF, BBC, golden shower, and Japan’s gift to adult cinematography, bukakke:

I love the definition for MILF that one mom came up with: “Mother In Lactating Fits”.

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Photo of the day: Billy Corgan at Disneyland Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:45:26 +0000

Despite all his rage, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan is trapped in the world’s most powerful rat’s cage.

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Photo from Consequence of Sound. Click to see the source.

And now, music:

Thanks to David Janes for the find!

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I like my coffee how I like my Death Stars… Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:00:18 +0000

death star coffee

Found via Death Wish Coffee’s Google+ account. Click to see the source.

Today started with an early wake-up to make the 40-mile drive from Westford to Logan Airport to catch a 7:20 a.m. flight. Damn right coffee was involved.

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The accidental all-American bathroom Fri, 24 Jul 2015 02:05:39 +0000

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I placed my swim trunks on the shower curtain rack in my hotel room’s bathroom and voila: ‘MURICA!

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Life’s too short for plain gray duct tape… Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:42:34 +0000

bacon duct tape

…which is why I went with bacon-themed duct tape.

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Unexploded WWII bomb washes ashore close to my wedding site Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:33:16 +0000


St. Pete Beach, where Anitra and I got married nearly five months ago, had a little excitement this weekend when an unexploded WWII-era bomb washed ashore and was discovered by beachgoer just before 9 on Sunday morning. Over decades of being submerged in the gulf water, the bomb had accumulated a thick covering of barnacles and looked like a log from a distance. Only after taking a closer look did the beachgoer call the police.

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The device was identified as an M122 photo flash bomb. It’s essentially a giant flash bulb used for nighttime aerial photography. If you wanted to get a photo of enemy territory at night back then, you’d drop one of these over the desired area, where it would explode in mid-air and provide enough light — 45 million candlepower — for you to get a decent picture.

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M122 flash bomb diagram. Click the diagram to see the bomb’s specifications.

The bomb was found on the beach not far from 22nd Avenue. That’s about two miles south of our wedding venue, the Grand Plaza Hotel and Resort. You can find out more about the location on our wedding site:


The situation was resolved in true chain-of-command fashion:

  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call, set up a 900-foot “no-go” zone on either side of the beach around the bomb, evacuated a couple dozen nearby homes, and called neighboring Hillsborough County’s bomb squad.
  • Hillsborough County’s bomb squad took a look at the bomb and determined it was military ordnance, and called nearby MacDill Air Force base.
  • MacDill Air Force base sent their ordnance disposal team to detonate the bomb.

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While the area had been cordoned off, the announcement of the the bomb would be detonated brought crowds of spectators:


…and Maria Lowe, mayor of St. Pete Beach came to observe and play MC:

“I hope you’ve had a great day at the beach with a little excitement,” Lowe said to beachgoers with a laugh as she announced a time for the explosion. “I don’t know if I’m going to have the opportunity to do a countdown, so please do not be taken off guard if you hear a large boom.”

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Here’s the Tampa Bay Times’ raw video of the detonation:

The Tampa Bay Times reports:

A little after 5 p.m., a bolt of black and gray smoke burst from the ground, followed by a dull cannon thud and the screeching of seagulls wheeling away from the blast. The crowd yipped and clapped and then, as white smoke was still drifting over the dunes, began to scatter. Beachgoers shook out towels, folded up umbrellas and wheeled coolers up the boardwalks to their cars.

The show was over.

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Bill Cosby’s “Talks to Kids About Drugs” album, seen in a new light Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:24:19 +0000

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Bill Cosby’s 1971 album, Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs, won a “Best Recording for Children” Grammy Award the following year. Given what we now know about him and drugging women to have sex with them, I see this album in a whole new light.

Anthony Ruttgaizer, who went to high school with me, imagines the Bill Cosby we now know giving advice to kids about drugs, complete with all the vocal Cosby-isms:

“You see, kids… whatcha wanna do is crush up two or three of the ol’ whamma jamma pills and when she’s not looking, you slip’em into her drink, you see. And five minutes later? Time for the flippity-bippity!”

Here’s a track from Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs. It’s so very 1970s and very Cosby all at once — you might want to turn down the volume on your device before playing it. You’ve probably never heard it before, and in the best pusher tradition: Hey man, the first one’s free!

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Okay, I’m sold! Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:56:17 +0000

live here - walk to walmart or mcdonalds

The funny thing is that in the ‘burbs, nobody walks to Walmart or McDonald’s. As that rarest of creatures in the Tampa ‘burbs — someone who rides a bike for more than just exercise, but to run errands — I practically own the sidewalks on all the major “stroads”.

Thanks to Duarte da Silva for the photo!

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“Bloom County” returns! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:38:57 +0000

Yesterday, this image was posted to Facebook:

berke breathed

Click the photo to see it at full size.

That’s Berke Breathed, the artist and writer behind famed 1980s comic strip Bloom County, working on new Bloom County comics on a Wacom tablet-equipped iMac. He captioned the photo with the line: “A return after 25 years. Feels like going home.”

A day later — a couple of hours ago at the time of this writing — this comic appeared on his Facebook feed:

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Click the comic strip to see it at full size.

Welcome back, Berke, Opus, Milo, and hopefully the rest of the Bloom County crew. I missed you guys.

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A most unusual ’80s/early ’90s concert is coming to St. Pete. Who wants to go? Sun, 12 Jul 2015 18:39:04 +0000

First, take the 80s group Culture Club, the folks behind Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?, Time (Clock of the Heart), and Church of the Poison Mind, and whose members have aged remarkably well:

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then add the “we thought they were Brits, but they’re American” alt-rock band Book of Love, who had a hit with Boy (I own the 12″ maxi-single) and seemed to always open for Depeche Mode in the early to mid-80s:

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Now jump forward a few years and bring in the dance floor crowd-pleasers C + C Music Factory. At this point, this oddball collection of bands is probably making you go hmmm…

c and c music factory

…then stay in the same area but take a sharp left turn and bring in My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (if you saw the film Cool World, you might remember their single, Sex on Wheels):

thrill kill kult

Next, introduce Marc Almond. Perhaps you haven’t heard of him on his own, but you’ve most certainly heard the synthpop group of which he made one-half: Soft Cell, as in Tainted Love:

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And finally, to make sure that the lineup can only get better, add the one and only Howard Jones:

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Then gather them together somewhere on Madeira Beach, one of the barrier island cities just off the coast in St. Petersburg, which isn’t all too far away from where I live now…

madeira beach

…and declare it a concert and “unity festival to promote racial, religious and sexual-orientation tolerance.” It happening on Saturday, August 15th at Madeira Beach Park at 3:00 p.m., and tickets run the range of $30 to $179. 

This lineup’s just a little too delightfully oddball to resist. Who wants to catch this with me in the cheap seats?


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R.I.P. Omar Sharif Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:56:51 +0000

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Let other people remember Michel Demitri Chaloub — better known as Omar Sharif — for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and Funny Girl, or for being a top-ranked bridge player:

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That’s right, he even had bridge-playing software named after him!

I’ll remember him for him as Agent Cedric, the hapless secret agent in the Elvis movies-meets-spy films parody Top Secret!

For more about how Omar Sharif ended up in a comedy made by the same people who made Airplane!, check out this Entertainment Weekly article, where he’s fondly remembered by David Zucker.

Requiescat in pace, Mr. Sharif.

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Florida of the day: Socks, crocs, and ankle locks Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:14:22 +0000

Pictured below: evidence of two fashion crimes and one real one:

three signs

Found via @RedditCFB. Click the photo to see the source.

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4th monthaversary Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:46:28 +0000

Yesterday, while fetching the dead trees from our snail-mailbox, I noticed that the little label inside had been updated:

now its official

What a lovely gift for our fourth monthaversary! Thank you, US Postal Service or our homeowner’s association (I figure it had to be one of them)!

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The happy couple, on their honeymoon at Walt Disney World.

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Meanwhile, in Greece… Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:10:19 +0000

new greek finance minister

Thanks to Alex Downie and Jill Nurse for the find!

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Tampa Bay deal of the day: The maximum ‘Murica F-16 fighter motorbike Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:41:19 +0000

f-16 fighter motorcycle

The photo from the Craigslist article. Click it to see the source.

If you’ve got $25,000 burning a hole in your pocket — maybe less if you negotiate — you might want to head up to Spring Hill to get this one-of-a-kind motorbike. It’s featured in a Tampa Bay Craigslist ad, which has this text (and yup, the all caps is theirs):


Want this ride? Go visit the Craigslist ad and give its owner a call!

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lean machine

Shane Parsons pointed out that the fighter bike is reminiscent of the “Lean Machine”, an early eighties GM concept vehicle.

Thanks to Mondo Lulu for the find!

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Today’s forecast Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:22:07 +0000

936 F

Click the photo to see it at full size.

Those numbers are in Herr Fahrenheit’s antiquated system, but even so, that 5 p.m. temperature forecast’s a little high.

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Recent sword mishaps that seemed like a good idea at the time Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:25:00 +0000

it seemed like a good idea at the time

He’s no fruit ninja

As a YouTube watcher, you can already sense the impending FAIL, but as far as “Ali” was concerned, there were no possible bad outcomes when he placed a watermelon on a glass patio table and attempted to cleave it in twain with a scimitar:

To add insult to patio table injury, the watermelon came out of the experience intact.

There ain’t nose party like a sausage party

Ali’s loss is minor compared to Ethan Schneider’s. He and a buddy were trying to impress friends at a party with a trick where he’d hold a kielbasa in his mouth while his buddy sliced it with a katana. You already know where this is going…

Here’s what TMZ reports about the aftermath:

repaired nose

4 hours of surgery and a slew of stitches later, Ethan got his sniffer back. He can smell but has no feeling  … and doctors aren’t sure if it will ever come back.

That’s called a good result.

If you’re the morbidly curious type, feel free to mosey on down to TMZ’s story, where you can see the pre-surgery pictures (after clicking on a “Warning! Graphic photos!” link first). You might not want to do this if you’re eating or easily nauseated.

Recommended viewing

Back in 2013, YouTube video personality Ryan Higa tried a real-life version of Fruit Ninja, but apparently forgot that unlike the game, everything in the real world comes with mass and Newton’s Third Law built-in:

A key difference between Ryan Higa’s video and the first two in this article is that Higa shot his video properly. The others fell victim to Vertical Video Syndrome, a common problem with videos shot using phones:

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I’m surprised this isn’t abused more often Mon, 06 Jul 2015 03:42:40 +0000

amc self serve butter flavor

Photo taken last night by Yours Truly. I finally got to see Mad Max: Fury Road.

Giving away free butter — or even free imitation butter — anywhere in the Sun Belt seems like a bad, bad idea. Down here, that’s just an invitation to “weez the juice”, Pauly Shore-style.

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