Take the ipod Shuffle Challenge

It's time to take a break from all the bickering. Turn on your ipod, (or zune or whatever),  hit shuffle, and report the first ten songs that play. It's simple, it's fun, and you just might find some new music to groove to. Just follow the simple rules.

Hey. there's gotta be rules!!

Rule number one; Faithfully report the first ten songs that come up on random play. No Cheating! Maybe you forgot there was a copy of "Afternoon Delight" buried in the thousands of tracks on your ipod - well, tough titties, bucko! We all have skeletons in our ipods - embrace them

Rule number two; Obey rule number one.

And now for my 'top ten':

1) Lipstick Vogue, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, This Years Model
    Off to a good start! I have always considered Costello to be my generations Dylan.  
    A brilliant lyricist and a musical chameleon.

2) Ordinary Life, Van Morrison, Hymns to the Silence
    My favorite album by Van, but not my favorite cut.

3) Are Everything, the Buzzcocks, A Different kind of Tension
    I've always felt The Buzzcocks never got the recognition they deserved. I'll
    admit their music hasn't aged well, however.

4) Heartbeat, The Psychedelic Furs, Mirror Moves
    My ipod seems stuck in the '80s today. Well, if you are going to be stuck in
    the '80's, get stuck with the furs... I love Richard Butler's voice. Utterly devoid
    of any subtlety, yet melodic as hell. Great performers, too

5) One to One, Joe Jackson, Beat Crazy
    Really, I do own music from other decades. Really.

6) Triumph, Generation X, Perfect Hits '75 to '81
    When Billy Idol was a teenager, so was I. 'Kiss Me Deadly' is still one of my faves.

7) Green Eyes, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Boatman's Call
    From what maybe my favorite Nick Cave album, this is one of my least favorite
    cuts from anyone, period. Just grating and annoying.

8) I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You, Tom Waits, Closing Time
    One of the most quintessentially American artists of all time. The
    Bukowski of music. I love this song.

9) Comic Strip, Serge Gainsbourg, Comic Strip
    If you don't know who Serge Gainsbourg is, well... he's a little hard to describe.
    Like Tom Waits as a French surrealist who sings duets with Brigette Bardot.
    Unique, challenging, bizarre.

And finally....

10) We Live as We Dream, Alone; Gang of Four, A Brief History of the 20th Century
      Truly the sound track of my youth, Gang of Four's staccato guitars and                      
      introspective, political lyrics perfectly captured, for me, the zeitgeist of the
      Reagan / Thatcher years.

And there it is. Now it's your turn... No Cheating!

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MyDD Guidelines Deluxe

Here are the guidelines for the MyDD community:

  • Users who are bashing or attacking any other user on the site, including authors of diaries and frontpage postings, will be banned. Candidates and politicians are fair game (but that doesn't mean you can use inflammatory language against candidates).

  • Post as many comments as you like, but users that post comments that do nothing but name-call, denigrate the site users, or make inflammatory remarks will either be warned, or outright banned.

  • Titles of diaries should not be inflammatory, call out other users or the site, and will be deleted if not edited out, and the user banned.

  • Post only 1-2 diaries per day. No single or two-line diaries--if it's a comment, put it in a comment thread. Don't clutter the diaries with foolish commentary on MyDD itself. Do not create a diary that attacks another user.

  • Do not troll rate (rating as 0) another user's comment unless it is a comment that is an attack on another user. Abusing this privilege will result in all your ratings being erased and/or getting a warning, or being banned.

  • 'Trusted users' are those users that have 'mojo' and are able to 'review hidden comments' and can rate any of those posts hidden by a '0' ranking. If a trusted user deems the post should not be hidden, they can 'rescue' the post with a '1' rating.

  • Users who are excessively bashing the Democratic Party, or being Republican trolls, will be banned.

  • Users who are spamming the site with unrelated material or the like will be banned.

The administrating of MyDD is a group effort, and unfortunately we will fail to have the time to notice every case of abuse of the guidelines.

Having said that, I'd like to add my own two cents. Below are a few of my pet peeves that, if they don't get you banned, may get your diary deleted or a stern warning (cuz I'm a bad ass.)

  • Two line diaries? Really? If you have a quick comment to make and there's no open thread, go ahead and make a diary out of it but give it some thought and give us more than a couple lines. Have some respect for the blog and its readers by taking the time to flesh out your thoughts to make it worth the time to read. And no, adding a video doesn't make it substantive. 1 or 2 line drive-by diaries are just lame.
  • Obama supporters who say they want unity but only breed division. I'm truly amazed at the lack of self-awareness of some Obama supporters who evangelize for their candidate by tearing down his opponent and/or her supporters. If you are an Obama supporter and you intend to bash a Hillary supporter or Hillary herself, think for a second "What would Barack do?" If your actions betray the very rationale of the candidacy of your candidate, try selling your BS elsewhere.
  • Clinton supporters who parrot right-wing talking points to go after Obama. You want to know why there's a double standard? Because the talking points some Clinton supporters use to go after Obama are so blatantly from the pages of RedState and the airwaves of Hannity and Rush and by most standards have no place on a Democratic blog. You simply will not make friends here if you intend to be an amplifier of the anti-Obama crap spewing from those outlets. Yes, I understand that the Obama campaign attacked Hillary from the right on issue after issue and the pro-Obama elements in the blogosphere closed their eyes and ears to it, I realize that. But we are where we are now and the rightwing smear shit simply will not be tolerated.
  • Obama supporters who think Clinton is mean and her attacks were unfair and she should have gotten out in March and...well, to borrow a phrase, if you can't stand the heat...
  • Cut the retaliatory ratings wars. Let me repeat: the ratings system is only to be used to punish people who've broken the rules, not to downrate a comment with which you simply disagree. That's called being a baby. We can't stop every instance of this crap, we simply can't. Civility around here depends on good faith among its users and some maturity and sometimes, yes, sometimes even some turning of the other cheek and being the bigger person.

OK, I think that's the end of my rant. I'd like the community here to be a balanced one, full of supporters of both candidates, but I'm going to need your help. Do me a favor and try writing something constructive rather than destructive today. Just as Barack and Hillary have cooled the attacks on one another, I hope during this transition period to the general we begin to see their supporters do the same.

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Dog Speaks: Kittens Will Die & I Will Pee in Your Bushes

Behold I am Dog, God of dogs. I have chosen this puny monkey-vessel again to relay this important message to you: Democrats better vote for the Democratic nominee or else!

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Stop hitting our diarists (Alegre Part 2)

Stop hitting our diarists (Alegre Part 2)
by Pete Rock

 I am going to share two items with you, one is my corrected reply to why I am doing what I am doing and extending an invitation (in the unity spirit) for Alegre to come back and post.

It may well be a bit early, but I don't think so. The door is open.  I want those exacerbating the splits among our Democrats to be marginalized or reined in. So that means I don't want yet another list of transgressions and excuses why we can't be allies posted to this . If you can't accept what I am trying to do, or simply don't want to hear it please just say "No" and move on. I heard plenty yesterday. (more)

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Stop hitting our diarists (Alegre Part 2)

Stop hitting our diarists (Alegre Part 2)
by Pete Rock

(Cross posted from Daily Kos)

 I am going to share two items with you, one is my corrected reply to why I am doing what I am doing and extending an invitation (in the unity spirit) for Alegre to come back and post.

It may well be a bit early, but I don't think so. The door is open.  I want those exacerbating the splits among our Democrats to be marginalized or reined in. So that means I don't want yet another list of transgressions and excuses why we can't be allies posted to this . If you can't accept what I am trying to do, or simply don't want to hear it please just say "No" and move on. I heard plenty yesterday. (more)

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