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12 January, 2022

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M Is FOR MASHUP - January 12th, 2022

Mega Mega Mashups!

By DJ Useo

For years now, highly skilled DJ’s have posted year end mega mashups, meaning bootleg tracks with large numbers of songs included. People love them by the millions, so of course 2021 brought out many of them. You may have seen my “ M Is For Mashup” article last week, & know just what I’m talking about.
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Now comes the latest Institute Of Bootleggers
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In this one file, you get the audio tracks, plus links to all the awesome videos, & many related jpg’s & gif’s. The album is called “Institute Of Bootleggers Presents Mega Mashups 2021
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The mirror links to obtain this gratis collection are here
( ) It’s astonishing to hear an audio producer scrambling 10’s of songs smoothly into one seamless listen, & with this package you hear 21 versions of this phenomena. The pop styles vary some, but the genius of the source artists & the home producers yield the highest possible entertainment value.

Listen for incredible works by the likes of Adamusic, Mashup-Germany, DJ’s From Mars, & many more. Here’s the sublime video for DJ Earworms’ “United State of Pop 2021 ( Strawberry Ice Cream )
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With three & a half hours of mixes included, “Institute Of Bootleggers Presents Mega Mashups 2021” will be a cherished memory in your upcoming life. Or your money back! lol

Later - DJ Konrad Useo



from Bruce



• In 1955, Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson had dinner with Princess Margaret. As he talked to her, he noticed that he had gravy on his hand, so he reached under the table for a napkin and began to wipe away the gravy. Princess Margaret (who had a sense of humor) stared at him, then said, “Governor Stevenson, will you kindly remove your filthy hand from my scarf?”


• When Hurricane Irene hit the American east coast in August 2011, some people responded with wit. For example, the Hieronymous Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Wilmington, NC has an outdoor sign on which it can post messages by using individual, physical letters rather than letters formed by light bulbs or light-emitting diodes. This is the message that the restaurant posted: “We are open until the letters fly off this sign.” Another restaurant posted this sign: “Irene, You Have No Reservation.”

• Harry Ackerman used to display this sign in his restaurant: “COURTEOUS, EFFICIENT SELF-SERVICE.”


• Some people are driven to be successful because they were unpopular in school — especially, I think, in high school. Mike Nichols, of course, was a successful comedian with Elaine May, and he became a successful director. Once, someone came up to him and said, “You don’t remember me, but — .” Mr. Nichols replied, “I remember you very well. You’re Eddie Pompadour. You’re a prick.” Eddie had bullied Mr. Nichols when they were kids. Mr. Nichols asked Eddie, “So, what are you doing now?” Eddie said, “I’m selling used cars.” Mr. Nichols said, “I’m so glad.”

• Soccer superstar Julie Foudy has worn No. 11 ever since she was in the 6th grade, when she chose it because, “I figured it meant I was double No. 1.”


• Tom Danehy, columnist for Tucson Weekly in Tucson, Arizona, is also a coach in many sports. For example, he coaches middle school six-man flag football during the late summer and early fall. In 2011, his star player was Hope, a left-handed Asian girl. About Hope, Mr. Danehy says, “In probably half the games this season, she was clearly the best athlete on the field for either team.” Having a girl on the team doesn’t bother the other players, but some adults are puzzled and one asked Mr. Danehy, “So, what are you trying to prove? Is this some kind of social experiment?” He replied, “Dude, your kid’s team just got whupped, and that ‘social experiment’ accounted for four touchdowns.” (Hope returned an interception for a touchdown, passed for a touchdown, and ran for two touchdowns.)

• Goalies in professional ice hockey often wear No. 1 on their uniforms. The custom goes back to the days when teams traveled by train to play away games. Because the teams had to travel so far, the players slept in berths — small sleeping compartments stacked one on top of another. The lower berths were more comfortable for sleeping (and more convenient to get in and out of), so they were greatly desired. Teams decided to award sleeping berths on the basis of the numbers the players wore, because in those days the players with the most seniority had the lowest numbers. However, teams gave the lowest number of all — No. 1 — to goalies because being a goalie is rugged work and goalies are usually exhausted after a game.

• Gymnastics can be dangerous. Indiana State gymnast Kurt Thomas and several other members of his and Oklahoma University’s men’s gymnastics team once watched the women’s gymnastics teams suffer through a very bad meet — with bodies flying everywhere — in Oklahoma City. Mr. Thomas had his jacket stuffed in his mouth as he watched, Bart Conner covered his eyes with his hands, and several men gymnasts left because the scene was so horrific and they were too scared to watch.

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Trivia Question of the Day

The theme song from what 1967 film written and directed by James Clavell was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks and was also the best-selling single of 1967 in the United States?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What musical instrument produces sound by sending a gas, steam or compressed air through large whistles?

       Calliope                                                      Source

A calliope is a musical instrument that produces sound by sending a gas, originally steam or, more recently, compressed air, through large whistles—originally locomotive whistles.

A calliope is typically very loud. Even some small calliopes are audible for miles. There is no way to vary tone or loudness. Musically, the only expression possible is the pitch, rhythm, and duration of the notes.

The steam calliope is also known as a steam organ or steam piano. The air-driven calliope is sometimes called a calliaphone, the name given to it by Norman Baker, but the "Calliaphone" name is registered by the Miner Company for instruments produced under the Tangley name.

The whistles of a calliope are tuned to a chromatic scale, although this process is difficult and must be repeated often to maintain quality sound. Since the pitch of each note is largely affected by the temperature of the steam, accurate tuning is nearly impossible; however, the off-pitch notes (particularly in the upper register) have become something of a trademark of the steam calliope. A calliope may have anywhere from 25 to 67 whistles, but 32 is traditional for a steam calliope.

The pronunciation of the word has long been disputed, and often it is pronounced differently inside and outside the groups that use it. The Greek muse by the same name is pronounced kə-LY-ə-pee, but the instrument was usually pronounced KAL-ee-ohp by people who played it. A nineteenth-century magazine, Reedy's Mirror, attempted to settle the dispute by publishing this rhyme:[6]

     Proud folk stare after me,
     Call me Calliope;
     Tooting joy, tooting hope,
     I am the calliope.       Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:

Randall wrote:

Mac Mac said:

Alan J answered:
   A Calliope.

zorch replied:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

mj wrote:
   Named for
  A musical Muse, I fondly remember the Caliope sound of the Kennywood carousel.

Cal in Vermont said:
   A calliope.

Adam answered:
   A Calliope

Daniel in The City replied:

Dave responded:

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   That's a calliope. Can be ear splitting and not to be confused with a certain Greek muse.

DJ Useo said:
   "Calliope". My experience with instruments once led to me helping repair some calliopes for a traveling carnival.
  The mechanisms are relatively simple, if you don't mind the smell of horn oil.
  But it was even more fun to learn the cheats on the games of chance.

Deborah, the Master Gardener
   Hope I’m not too late; I need redemption after I muffed Monday’s TQ so badly. The answer is calliope. I love the sound of that word. It’s fun to say.

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Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Music: "Night of the Vampire” bound with “Coffin Wheels — Night Cry”


Artist: The Sloptones

Artist Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation


Kahuna Cole, a fan, wrote, “A little vintage sounding cemetery surf on this two-track album! Nice and spooky, dudes! Favorite track: ‘Night Cry.’”

The Sloptones have been around since 2012, and today the St. Petersburg surf scene would have been incomplete without them. Their wavy music sounds suits just fine at wake-stations in the Gulf of Finland, at vintage car shows and in noisy clubs in the heart of the city. The general public got to hear the surf-rock music thanks to Tarantino's PULP FICTION and originally it was the music of Californian youngsters of the 1950s, who loved to ride the Pacific waves to energetic guitar motifs with no lengthy lyrics to interrupt them. The Sloptones take The Ventures’ melody, add some buzzing Dick Dale approved tremolo, and set them into orbit — and beyond! Drifting through the clouds of reverb, their tunes sound as if written for a movie about Martians or an exciting non-fiction story. And what’s more important, The Sloptones’ driving retro-futuristic instrumentals are great to dance to!”

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Sarah Palin: Liberals Like AOC Want to ‘Pound, Pound, Pound’ Sex Into People’s Heads | Daily Beast via Yahoo

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Court Upholds Firing of Two LAPD Officers Who Ignored Robbery Call to Play Pokémon Go: ‘Screw It . . . Snorlax Just Popped Up!’ | Law & Crime

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Last Night

Gas holding steady at $4.29/gal at the no-name, cash preferred station ($4.39/gal for credit), still $4.79/gal at the brand name station, cash or credit.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'TPIR At Night', followed by a FRESH 'The Amazing Race', then a FRESH 'Good Sam'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Keanu Reeves and Caitriona Balfe.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 12/13/21) are Katie Couric, Zach Woods, and Dave Gahan & Soulsavers.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Chicago Med', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Fire', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Sarah Silverman, Lewis Black, and Fontaines D.C.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Isla Fisher, James Wolk, and Tucker Rule.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'The Wonder Years', then a FRESH 'The Conners', followed by a FRESH 'Home Ec', then a FRESH 'The Chase'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are David Spade, Alana Haim, and Jay Wheeler.

The CW offers a FRESH 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH 'Batwoman'.

Faux has a FRESH 'I Can See Your Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Next Level Chef'.

MY recycles an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then an old 'King Of Queens', followed by another old 'King Of Queens'.

A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Gone In 60 Seconds', followed by the movie 'Lethal Weapon'.

BBC  -   
 [11:00AM]   FURY
 [2:00PM - 8:00PM]   LAW & ORDER

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', then another FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens: Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah is pre-empted.

FX has the movie 'Daddy's Home', followed by the movie 'Night School'.

History has 'Forged In Fire', another 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00am - 8:30am]   3rd Rock From The Sun
 [9:00am - 9:30pm]   Everybody Loves Raymond
 [10:00pm - 2:30am]   Three's Company
 [3:00am - 5:30am]   Scrubs    (ALL TIMES ET)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00am - 9:30am]   the andy griffith show
 [10:00am - 9:00pm]   criminal minds
 [10:00pm - 2:00am]   perry mason
 [3:00am - 5:30am]   the andy griffith show    (ALL TIMES ET)

SyFy has the movie 'Red', followed by the movie 'The Matrix'.

 [7:30AM]      The Great Waltz (1938)
 [9:30AM]      The Toy Wife (1938)
 [11:15AM]      Big City (1937)
 [12:45PM]      The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)
 [2:30PM]      The Good Earth (1937)
 [5:00PM]      The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
 [8:00PM]      The Great Escape (1963)
 [11:00PM]      The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
 [2:00AM]      King Rat (1965)
 [4:30AM]      The Cross of Lorraine (1943)    (ALL TIMES ET)

Thursday - 01/13/22

 [6:15AM]      Stars over Broadway (1935)
 [8:00AM]      That Midnight Kiss (1949)
 [9:45AM]      Romance (1930) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [11:15AM]      Kiss Me Again (1931) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [12:30PM]      Because You're Mine (1952)
 [2:15PM]      For the First Time (1959)
 [4:00PM]      Grounds for Marriage (1950)
 [5:45PM]      Maytime (1937)
 [8:00PM]      In Cold Blood (1967)
 [10:30PM]      The Boston Strangler (1968)
 [12:45AM]      River's Edge (1986)
 [2:30AM]      The Onion Field (1979)
 [4:45AM]      10 Rillington Place (1971)    (ALL TIMES ET)

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Bringing Back A Host


For the first time since 2018, somebody will actually be hosting the Oscars this year.

ABC Entertainment President Craig Erwich revealed Tuesday the 2022 Academy Awards will have a host, Variety reports. It hasn't been announced who will take the gig, but this will be the first time the Oscars has had a host at all in several years.

The Oscars' recent streak of host-free events began with the 2019 ceremony, which comedian Kevin Hart was originally set to host. But he stepped down from the job after controversy over past tweets and jokes, and no one was hired to replace him. In the end, some argued the lack of a host was for the best, and there was an increase in viewership. So in 2020 and 2021, the Academy stuck with the format.

But the Oscars will now return to having an emcee, possibly in hopes that this person can generate more interest in the ceremony. After all, ratings for the 2021 Oscars were disastrous, with an all-time low audience of about 10 million people tuning in. For comparison, the Oscars drew more than 40 million viewers in 2014. The most recent Oscars host was Jimmy Kimmel, who followed Chris Rock, Neil Patrick Harris, and Ellen DeGeneres.




Joins ‘The Flight Attendant’

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone has joined HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant” for Season 2, playing the mother of star Kaley Cuoco’s Cassie Bowden, Variety has learned.

“The Flight Attendant” Season 2 will see Academy Award-nominee Stone join in the recurring role of Lisa Bowden , Cassie’s estranged mother who would prefer to stay estranged. After a lifetime of dealing with Cassie’s alcoholism, she no longer has any patience or goodwill to spare.

Along with Cuoco and Stone, the cast for “The Flight Attendant” Season 2 includes returning series regulars Zosia Mamet, Griffin Matthews, Deniz Akdeniz and Rosie Perez, as well as new series regulars Mo McRae, Callie Hernandez and JJ Soria, along with returning recurring guest stars Knight and Audrey Grace Marshall, and new recurring cast members Alanna Ubach, Cheryl Hines, Jessie Ennis, Mae Martin, Margaret Cho, Santiago Cabrera and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

In the first season of “The Flight Attendant,” Cassie, a flight attendant who drinks too much, wakes up after a night of partying with a rich passenger (Michiel Huisman), only to find him murdered in his hotel bed. She sets about trying to solve his murder — and exonerating herself — but gets entangled in a murderous web of high-tech, high-finance shenanigans. She nearly gets killed in the process (many times), but along the way works through her tumultuous childhood, and begins to see the value in making different choices for herself, her friends and her brother (T.R. Knight).

Sharon Stone


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‘Snoop Doggs’

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg has filed a trademark application to use his name for a hot dog company.

The 50-year-old rapper is planning to expand his business endeavours by reportedly “intending” to open up a hot dog brand named “Snoop Doggs.”

Over the years, the “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper has launched a cannabis company called Leafs by Snoop, as well as a line of liquor called Indoggo Gin.

Recently, Snoop Dogg also teamed up with The Sandbox, an Ethereum-based platform, to build an interactive Metaverse universe called the Snoopverse, where residents can be called Snoopites or Snoopers.

Just like Sims, Snoopites can build their avatars, dress up in designer clothes, drive luxurious cars, and build their homes.

Snoop Dogg



Retires ‘Oliver’s Army’

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello is saying that fans may have heard “Oliver’s Army,” one of his biggest hits, in concert for the last time. He’s “done singing it,” rather than continuing to censor or alter the original lyrics, as he had when he’d performed the song on tour as recently as two years ago.

Costello has said he would also prefer that radio stations halt playing the original recording — which went to No. 2 in the U.K. in 1979, and had been an enduring favorite in America — rather than play a bleeped version, which he maintains only calls more attention to the lyric in question.

An arch anti-war song with lyrics that remain cryptic to the average U.S. listener, “Oliver’s Army” was written about the conflict in Northern Ireland, and includes the historical use of a racial slur in England and Ireland. The line: “Only takes one itchy trigger/ One more widow, one less white [N-word].” The use of the word, while still shocking then, caused far less of a stir in the 1970s — at least as a synonym for non-racially based prejudices (John Lennon also used it in a feminist anthem’s title earlier in the decade) — than it does in the modern day.

“I believe I was wide awake when I wrote the song about career opportunities” leading to lives as career soldiers, he told the newspaper, “but sadly that two-word slang is a historical fact. It was a derogatory term for Irish Catholics, which I sang to make the point. One dreads to think how the officer class spoke about people of color. Perhaps I’d express the same idea differently now. I’ve tried changing that verse, but after 44 years I’m done singing it. I’ll sing ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding’ instead.”

In 2013, the BBC began bleeping the lyric when it was aired, which didn’t sit well with Costello. That “is a mistake,” he told the Telegraph. “They’re making it worse by bleeping it, for sure. Because they’re highlighting it then. Just don’t play the record!”

Elvis Costello


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Record Warming In 2021

World's Oceans

Thanks to the relentless pace at which humans are adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, ocean temperatures in 2021 were “the hottest ever recorded by humans,” according to a report published Tuesday in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences.

Since 1958, the researchers found, the world’s oceans have warmed at a steady pace. But that rate sharply accelerated in the late 1980s, warming eight times as fast as in the decades prior.

“The increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from human activities trap heat within the climate system and result in massive changes in the climate system,” the report states.

The seas that are warming fastest, the report says, are the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. While factors such as El Niño and La Niña weather patterns continue to help determine short-term water temperature conditions, greenhouse gas emissions that trap solar radiation and warm the planet’s atmosphere are the bigger factor for increasing ocean warmth, according to the report.

On Monday, European researchers announced that 2021 was the Earth’s fifth-warmest year on record, with La Niña conditions helping to lower temperatures on land. Still, the pattern of global warming remains crystal clear when one considers that the last seven years represent the seven warmest years for surface temperatures on record. As for ocean warming, 2021 was the third straight year to set a record.

World's Oceans



Smaller Than Modern-Day Ponies

Medieval War Horses

When you picture medieval warfare, there's a good chance you imagine a horde of knights riding massive war horses into battle. Well, you're going to have to make a few size adjustments, because a new study has found that most war horses were no bigger than modern-day ponies.

A team of archaeologists and historians from the University of Exeter analyzed the largest set of English horse bones from 300 to 1650 CE. Horse size was measured in "hands", an old unit equivalent to 10.16 centimeters (4 inches). Rather than the large horses of 17 to 18 hands high, they found that horses were often under the height of 14.2 hands. Modern-day ponies can range from about 14 hands to nearly 14.3 hands tall.

Publishing in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, the researchers say that when breeding war-horses, selection likely focused on other factors important to medieval warfare.

Even when a royal stud network was in place in the 13th and 14th centuries, horses that were 15-16 hands tall were rare – though people at the time would have seen them as incredibly large animals.

The tallest horse from the Norman period (1066 – 1075) researchers found was discovered at Trowbridge Castle, at around 15 hands. During the high medieval period, taller horses emerged, with some reaching 16 hands.

Medieval War Horses



Uranus and Neptune

'Diamond Rain'

The ice giants Uranus and Neptune don't get nearly enough press; all the attention goes to their larger siblings, mighty Jupiter and magnificent Saturn.

At first glance, Uranus and Neptune are just bland, boring balls of uninteresting molecules. But hiding beneath the outer layers of those worlds, there may be something spectacular: a constant rain of diamonds.

"ice giants" may conjure the image of a Tolkien-esque creature, but it's the name astronomers use to categorize the outermost planets of the solar system, Uranus and Neptune.

In contrast, Uranus and Neptune are made mostly of water, ammonia and methane. Astronomers commonly call these molecules "ices," but there really isn't a good reason for it, except that when the planets first formed, those elements were likely in solid form.

The idea of diamond rain was first proposed before the Voyager 2 mission which launched in 1977. The reasoning was pretty simple: We know what Uranus and Neptune are made of, and we know that stuff gets hotter and denser the deeper into a planet you go. The mathematical modeling helps fill in the details, like that the innermost regions of the mantles of these planets likely have temperatures somewhere around 7,000 kelvins (12,140 degrees Fahrenheit, or 6,727 degrees Celsius) and pressures 6 million times that of Earth's atmosphere.

'Diamond Rain'



Unearths Ancient Treasure


A treasure trove of some 200 Roman-era coins was discovered in northwestern Spain thanks to the apparent efforts of a hungry badger hunting for food, archaeologists have said.

Described as "an exceptional find", the coins were discovered in April 2021 in La Cuesta cave in Bercio in the Asturias region, with details outlined in the Journal of Prehistory and Archaeology published last month by Madrid's Autonomous University.

The coins were likely dug up by a badger searching for food during the rare snowstorm which paralyzed Spain in January 2021 — a blizzard officials called "the most intense storm in the last 50 years."

At that time, many creatures struggled to find berries, worms or insects to eat, with this luckless mammal only unearthing a handful of inedible metal discs that were later spotted by a local.

Most of these late Roman era coins "originate from the north and eastern Mediterranean" from Antioch, Constantinople, Thessaloniki which later passed through Rome and Arles and Lyon in southern France, although at least one coin came from London, they wrote. The researchers told El Pais the one minted in London was one of the most well preserved coins and is "bronze, weighing between eight and 10 grams, with an approximate 4% silver."







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