As the Miller Told His Tale

One of my good friends sent this to me last night. I enjoyed it. I thought maybe you would too?

Written by the English rock band Procol Harum in the “Summer of Love”, the original is one of fewer than 30 singles to have sold more than 10 million copies. It’s also beloved critically: many regard it as one of (if not) the greatest rock song(s) ever written.

“Many” as in John Lennon. And Tony Soprano.

But, as the saying that goes something like “amateurs imitate, professionals steal”, so is true for this tune (and we haven’t even gotten to Alton Ellis). Continue reading

The Oakland A’s Are the Best Team in Baseball

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 “Moneyball” has returned its paltry investment. The Oakland Athletics have the best record in Major League Baseball.

They also have an elephant as a mascot, which I never understood. So I looked it up on Wikipedia:

They are also known as “the White Elephants” or simply “the Elephants“, in reference to then New York Giants‘ manager John McGraw‘s calling the team a “white elephant“. This was embraced by the team, who then made a white elephant the team’s mascot, and often incorporated it into the logo or sleeve patches.

There you go.

[Yahoo Sports]

Just a Reminder

But you will anyway.

Because it’s fun. Because it’s dangerous. Because it’s cheap. Because it’s carnal. Because it’s entertaining. Because it’s funny. Because it’s sad. Because it’s luminous. Because it makes smoke. Humans love smoke. Humans love smoke more than air.

It’s also the entire basis of The Jungle Book (not playing with Mick Jagger, rather, playing with fire).