So, like, I got flooded out of my home on Halloween. At that point, I had many finished tracks ready to post. While spending 6 weeks in a motel, I quickly posted up the finished tracks. I didn't have access to my mac with the large file of unfinished mixes, so I installed programs on the backup pc laptop, & started new mashups. When I finally made it home about two weeks ago, I began finishing this new batch of creations.
Some of the new ones I posted right away, or saved for two other upcoming used projects. Most of the rest ended up on my new album, which I was referring to as my "Next Album". That name got shot down right away by those who heard it, so I studied on it & came up with the title "Exciting Space Adventures". I chose a painting I did of some of my own created characters as the front cover, & that quickly inspired the new title.
All I had left to do was the single track cover art, & the text files. All easily finished. I uploaded the file to mirror links, & now present to you "Exciting Space Adventures", the new mashup album from DJ Useo. :)
I used many tracks I love dearly, & strove to improve, or match the quality. The results are debatable, for sure, but I really like the tracks that made the final cut. Actually, the ones that didn't fit on a single disc are mighty fine, too. I especially like the Stevie Wonder vs Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark track. I'll post that one soon, no doubt.
So, there's stuff like Harry Nilsson vs Talking Heads, The Clash vs The Psychedelic Furs, & Adam Lambert vs Tears For Fears, plus lots more in the way of mashup variety. Find the full playlist, & file links here at
( www.groovytimewithdjuseo.blogspot.com/ )
The entire collection comes at no charge, as is the way with bootlegged mashup albums. Many other useo & useo-related albums are also available here at
my album blog
( djuseomashupalbums.blogspot.com/ )
BARBARA EHRENREICH: The Selfish Side of Gratitude (NY Times)
The real challenge of gratitude lies in figuring out how to express our debt to them, whether through generous tips or, say, by supporting their demands for decent pay and better working conditions. But now we're not talking about gratitude, we're talking about a far more muscular impulse - and this is, to use the old-fashioned term, "solidarity" - which may involve getting up off the yoga mat.
Miss Cellania: The Top 20 Weird News Stories of 2015 (Mental Floss)
David Spargo is a fan of the Australian band Peking Duk. On December 2 in Melbourne, he went to the backstage area of a concert, where he was stopped by a security guard. Spargo told him he was band member Reuben Styles' stepbrother. The guard demanded proof, so Spargo pulled up Peking Duk's Wikipedia page on his phone and pointed out his name. The name he added only a few minutes before. The security guard let him in.
Hilde Krohn Huse: Hanging in the Woods (Vimeo)
In the film 'Hanging in the Woods' the viewer can witness the breakdown between performance and reality as the indented performance goes wrong and the performer is stuck hanging from the tree without being able to free herself or any visible means of help or escape.
Starre Vartan: "Fascinatingly Filthy: How Bad Science Saved Lives in Victorian London" (Mental Floss)
Let's start with the dead bodies, which were buried in churchyards, most of them in the middle of neighborhoods. "Coffins were stacked one atop the other in 20-foot-deep shafts, the topmost mere inches from the surface. Putrefying bodies were frequently disturbed, dismembered or destroyed to make room for newcomers. Disinterred bones, dropped by neglectful gravediggers, lay scattered amidst tombstones; smashed coffins were sold to the poor for firewood," Jackson writes in Dirty Old London.
Natalie Vail: 6 Weird Ways Sexism Is Screwing Up Healthcare (Cracked)
Except for the oddly joyous violence of childbirth, men and women tend to face the same health issues. As such, you probably have the reasonable expectation that all genders receive the same level of care during a doctor visit. Unfortunately, modern medicine firmly believes that all medical problems either affect everyone in exactly the same way or don't affect one gender at all -- neither of which is true, but both of which frequently lead to dangerous (if not outright fatal) mistreatment.
J. Bryan Lowder: Lesbians Touch Penis, Get Erased Yet Again (Slate)
There is a video bouncing around the queer Internet today of a handful of self-identified lesbians grasping a handful (or so) of a gay man's penis. Since the video is on YouTube, the penis-in-question is blurred out (sorry!), but the lesbians-including video creators/singers/real-life couple Bria and Chrissy-and their OMG reactions remain entirely visible.
David Bruce: Wise Up! War (Athens News)
When Spike Milligan was being trained as a British soldier in World War II, the thing he had most trouble adjusting to was getting up at 6 in the morning. He used to envy the bugler who he says was able to stay in bed while blowing "Reveille" by pushing his door open with his foot. After waking up everybody in camp, the bugler then went back to sleep.
Joel David Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Jesse Coen (born September 21, 1957), collectively referred to as the Coen Brothers, are American filmmakers. They have directed over 15 films together that are often characterized as being "genre-bending", having covered comedy, crime, the Western, horror, thriller, gangster, drama, romance,adventure, and features of neo-noir.
The brothers write, direct, and produce their films jointly, although until The Ladykillers (2004), Joel received sole credit for directing and Ethan for producing. They often alternate top billing for their screenplays while sharing film credits for editor under the alias Roderick Jaynes. They have been nominated for twelve Academy Awards together, plus one individual nomination for each, winning Best Original Screenplay for Fargo and Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for No Country for Old Men.
Alan J was first and correct with:
The Coen Brothers.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
Oh, I just know this- Joel & Ethan Coen.
the Coen brothers
Kurt in San Antonio replied:
The plural in filmmakers was a giveaway - the Coen Brothers.
The learning never stops: Roderick Jaynes is actually the Coen Brothers. Man, they are some crazy-talented guys.
Rain! After a dry weekend during with the prognosticators promised rain, we finally have it. If you don't hear from me tomorrow, it's because I've floated away (ha! not bloody likely). Hope SoCal gets rain.
Totally forgot to return and answer Monday's TQ. I loved Rose-Marie on the Dick van Dyke Show; she and Morey were so sharp and funny.
Dale of Diamond Springs, NorwetCali said:
The Coen Brothers often alternate top billing for their screenplays while sharing film credits for editor under the alias Roderick Jaynes. Oh those clever boys! Saw the previews for "HAIL, CAESAR!" which looks like it will be entertaining. By the way, Star Wars is a great flick! Under the weather…gotta go…no a chest cold…not the puke, puke, puke, and more puke shit (Norovirus) that's rampant around here.
Lois Of Oregon answered:
Ha! Trick question! Roderick Jaynes is the imaginary playmate of the Cohen Brothers, maker of many, many fine films that I don't remember except for "The Big Lebowski", oh and maybe "Raising Arizona", and what was that other one with the wood chipper? Anyway. Sadly, can't recall seeing monkeys in any of their films.
DJ Useo replied:
Well, golly damn! You stumped me again. I have a nagging suspicion that I know this answer, but
it ain't coming to my mind in any timely manner, so I admit defeat. Nicely played, my dear.
Roderick Jaynes is actually a pseudonym for the Coen brother's themselves, made up by Joel and Ethan '92.
Joe S responded:
The Coen Brothers. I had no idea, and I love their movies. I love 'em, those that I've seen. I don't see a lot of movies until they get shown on TV. My favorites are "O Brother" and "Fargo." I liked the "Fargo" TV shows too where the Coen Brothers were Executive Producers. And may I add that those who criticized the flying saucer simply did not get it and have no business watching the show. Of course there was a flying saucer, because.
Never-the-less "O Brother Wherefore Art Thou" is the best one.
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Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
It finally rained. Suppposed to rain again today. And tomorrow.
CBS starts the night with a FRESH'2 Broke Girls', followed by a FRESH'Mike & Molly, then the FRESH'The People's Choice Awards 2016'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Jerry Seinfeld, Sen. Rand Paul, and Andra Day.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Kurt Russell and Paul Dano.
NBC opens the night with a FRESH'The Mysteries Of Laura', followed by a FRESH'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Billy Joel and J.K. Simmons.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Christian Slater, Retta, Sam Hunt, and Matt Sorum.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/16/15) are are Judah Friedlander, Heartless Bastards, and John Florence.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'The Middle', followed by a FRESH'The Gldbergs', then a FRESH'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH'black-ish', then a FRESH'American Crime'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Bill Maher, Brie Larson, and the Internet.
The CW offers a RERUN'Arrow', followed by a RERUN'Supernatural'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'American Idol'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', followed by the movie 'Rocky IV', then the movie 'Rocky V'.
[6:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - SEASON 6, Ep 1 - Mayfair
[7:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - SEASON 6, Ep 2 - Le Deck
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 4, Ep 9 - Capri
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2, Ep 10 - Sante La Brea
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8, Ep 8 - Mummy on the Orient Express
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8, Ep 9 - Flatline
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 5 - The Last Outpost
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 6 - Where No One Has Gone Before
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 13 - Time Squared
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 14 - The Icarcus Factor
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 15 - Pen Pals
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 16 - Q Who
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 17 - Samaritan Snare
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 18 - Up the Long Ladder
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 19 - Manhunt
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 20 - The Emissary
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 21 - Peak Performance
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 15 - Pen Pals
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 16 - Q Who
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 17 - Samaritan Snare
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 18 - Up the Long Ladder
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 19 - Manhunt
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 20 - The Emissary
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 21 - Peak Performance (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Newlyweds: The First Year', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by a FRESH'American Horror Story'.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers', then a FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by another FRESH'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] THE JERK
[8:15AM] KISS KISS, BANG BANG
[10:45AM] THE JERK
[3:15PM] DEEP IMPACT
[6:00PM] JURASSIC PARK
[9:00PM] JURASSIC PARK III
[11:00PM] JURASSIC PARK
[2:00AM] JURASSIC PARK III
[4:00AM] PRIMAL (ALL TIMES EST)
[9:30AM] Reservoir Dogs
[11:45AM] American Psycho
[2:00PM] Any Given Sunday
[5:30PM] American Gangster
[9:00PM] Breaking Bad-Gray Matter
[10:04PM] Breaking Bad-Crazy Handful of Nothin'
[11:08PM] Breaking Bad-A No-Rough-Stuff Type Deal
[12:12AM] Breaking Bad-Seven Thirty-Seven
[1:16AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Directors
[2:15AM] Reservoir Dogs
[4:30AM] Slumdog Millionaire (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Underworld: Evolution', followed by the movie 'Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Ray Liotta, Amy Landecker, and Grizfolk.
Actress and stand-up comedian Amy Schumer sits in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, to listen to President Barack Obama speak about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence.
Photo by Jacquelyn Martin
Leave it to Gene Roddenberry to give us Star Trek fans hope for more sci-fi adventures long after he's left this galaxy.
DriveSavers announced Monday that it recovered documents from 200 floppy disks used by the Star Trek creator, though no details of the documents' contents have yet been revealed. Roddenberry created scripts for the futuristic '60s show on a typewriter, but it is interesting to note that the 200 5.25-inch floppy disks paired with a custom-built computer Roddenberry later used to write show ideas and notes.
After Roddenberry died in 1991, his estate discovered the disks. But because the floppy disks were uniquely created for his computer, they couldn't be easily read by ordinary tools. That's where data recovery company DriveSavers came in.
It took over three months for the DriveSavers team to develop software to read the customized disks, and it took over a year to then process all the information.
Ronda Rousey is set to host "Saturday Night Live" one week after Adam Driver takes a turn. The latter participant was announced previously.
The UFC fighter and Olympic gold medalist's musical guest will beSelena Gomez; Jan. 23 will also mark Gomez's first turn in the famed Studio 8H.
The "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star's Jan. 16 musical accompaniment will come from Chris Stapleton.
The popular Rousey famously lost to Holly Holm in November, the former's first professional defeat. At the time of this writing, it is not clear if the Rousey booking came before or after the loss, though the pace of "Saturday Night Live" suggests this appearance was set up purposefully for her public comeback.
To date, only 12 galaxies are known to exist with two black holes in their midst, Comerford said. Normally galaxies have a single supermassive black hole at the center, equivalent to 1 million to 1 billion times the mass of our sun.
But in this newly identified galaxy about 1 billion light-years away, one of the two black holes is significantly smaller than the other and apparently starved of stars. Black holes typically are surrounded by stars; this one appears "naked."
British actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave smiles to a child during a visit at Eleonas refugee camp in Athens, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Redgrave is in Athens to visit refugee and migration facilities around the Greek capital.
Photo by Yorgos Karahalis
Shares of gun manufacturers soared again on Tuesday after President Barack Obama unveiled gun control measures and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp released a more bullish financial outlook.
Smith & Wesson shares were up 12.2 percent to $26.12 in morning trade after touching a record high of $26.54 earlier in the session. Shares of rival Sturm Ruger & Co jumped 7.4 percent to $65.95 after rising to a 1-1/2-year high of $66.93.
Late on Monday, Smith & Wesson boosted its third quarter and full fiscal year sales and earnings outlook. The company said that "the sell-through rate of its products at distribution has been stronger than originally anticipated."
In another boost to the industry, data released on Monday from the FBI's Adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which serves as a proxy to overall consumer demand in the firearms industry, showed a jump of 37.6 percent in December.
Officials of a Christian college in suburban Chicago on Tuesday said they have begun efforts to fire a professor who was placed on leave after asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
Wheaton College announced its action against Larycia Hawkins in a statement on its website, saying Provost Stanton Jones initiated the termination-for-cause proceeding after Hawkins refused to participate in "clarifying conversations" about theological issues.
The private evangelical school west of Chicago said it placed Hawkins on paid administrative leave in December because of theological statements "that seem inconsistent with Wheaton College's doctrinal convictions, which she voluntarily agreed to support and uphold when she entered into an employment agreement with the college." Hawkins also had begun wearing a hijab, the headscarf worn by some Muslim women, but the school has said that is not why she was placed on leave.
Hawkins, who is a Christian and an associate professor of political science, began wearing a hijab to counter what she called the recent "vitriolic" rhetoric against Muslims. She told reporters last month that her actions "were motivated by a desire to live out my faith."
Ice formations are seen at the beach near Fakse Ladeplads, south of Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday Jan. 5. 2016. Daytime temperatures in the area were between zero and minus four degrees Celcius.
Photo by Per Rasmussen
British lawmakers will debate a petition calling for U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) to be banned from the country over his remarks about Muslims - and a rival petition saying he should be allowed in.
More than half a million people signed an online petition calling for Trump to be blocked after he called last month for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Almost 40,000 people backed one saying he should not be barred.
Under British law any petition that gets 100,000 signatures must be considered for parliamentary debate.
Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the remarks by the contender for the Republican presidential nomination as "divisive, stupid and wrong." But he and other senior officials have said they do not think Trump should be banned from Britain, where he owns a Scottish golf course.
Five men associated with a Hong Kong publisher known for books critical of China's leaders have vanished one by one in the last three months, alarming activists and deepening suspicions that mainland authorities are squeezing free expression in the enclave.
The mystery took another turn Tuesday when the wife of the latest man to disappear said she now believes he went to China voluntarily and has canceled a missing person's report for him.
Lee Bo, a British citizen who vanished Dec. 30, purportedly wrote to say he went to mainland China to help with an investigation. His case has sparked fears that he was seized in Hong Kong by security agents from the mainland and taken there in violation of an agreement giving Hong Kong a high degree of control over its own affairs.
"I believe that it was voluntarily written, so that's why I retracted the case," Choi Ka-ping told reporters in brief comments.
The disappearance of the five - all since October - has raised concerns Beijing is eroding the "one country, two systems" principle that's been in place since Britain ceded control of Hong Kong to China in 1997. The principle maintains civil liberties in Hong Kong that are nonexistent on the mainland, including freedom of the press.
A Pennsylvania company that publishes business newsletters will pay about $1.75 million to thousands of employees who had to clock out while going on short breaks, including for the bathroom.
A federal judge has given the U.S. Department of Labor and the Malvern-based company, American Future Systems Inc., until Thursday to submit proposals on how to manage the payment process, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The bill includes back pay and damages to 6,000 employees who worked at offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio between July 2009 and July 2013.
The Department of Labor filed a lawsuit in November 2012, claiming the company violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act because employees weren't earning the minimum wage- $7.25 per hour -when the company required them to clock out for breaks.
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