Is XM Rickrolling?

As has been the case since buying my PT Cruiser convertible, I drove home from the train station with the top down. It was a gorgeous day and I was enjoying the 80s tuneage coming from my trusty Pioneer Inno XM receiver. (I do have to admit, however, that driving down the 405 on Friday afternoon with the top down while listening to Steely Dan’s XM Live performance was pretty much nirvana.)

As the radio turned on, XM’s 80s Channel 8 was playing AC/DC’s “Back in Black” so I left it there and enjoyed the end of it. Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” soon followed.

But here’s the rub. As the song played, instead of displaying the usual artist name and song title on the screen, it read “XM Radio” on both lines. It remained this way throughout the entire song until the next song–John Mellencamp’s “Lonely Ol’ Night”–began, which displayed the correct information.

Is this XM’s way of Rickrolling? If you were scanning through the channels and happened to come across Channel 8’s info as being “XM Radio” you might be a little curious, right?

“My goodness, that is peculiar! Perhaps I shall tune in and see what they are playing!”


“Why it’s Rick Astley! How amusing!”

Well, at any rate, it’s something to chew on. I did shoot a phone-cam video of the experience for your perusal but be warned that it is pretty low quality. I was behind the wheel and while I had no time for Spielberg-esque cinematography, it’s plain to see that the display wasn’t right during Astley’s classic tune proclaiming his refusal to disappoint you–or hurt you.

Enjoy the clip and you be the judge!

Can You Still Love

I saw this sign standing off the dirt path beneath the MTA Green Line’s Mariposa Ave. station during my daily walk.

I tried to figure out what it meant or why it was even there, but I later chose not to read into its literal meaning and analyze the philosophical aspect instead: Can you still love?

Things Get Damaged…

Pop Quiz, kiddies! Can any of you tell me how long your ol’ Uncle Dave has had his “new” 2007 PT Cruiser convertible? Here are your choices:

a) One day

b) One week

c) One year

d) One decade

If you answered b) One week, you are correct! You’ve won a Bozo Button!

Ahem. Forgive my sarcasm, but it’s my way of dealing with the new damage my PT Cruiser suffered while parked in the lot of the Long Beach Town Center today.

As told to me by Ann, she parked in a remote space nowhere near the store she intended to shop for singular purpose of avoiding having the car get dirty, scratched, breathed-on wrong, etc. She went to do her shopping and when she returned there was a note on the windshield from the person who inflicted the damaged.

Let’s just say that after talking to Geico and finding out they will take care of everything, I’ve calmed down. But when Ann called me and said “Somebody hit your car,” I weaved a blanket of obscenities (not directed at her, naturally) that is still lingering in space above El Segundo.

So chalk one up for people who can not only drive, but decide to park next to the car that’s all by itself, minding its own business and not bothering nobody. Freaking morans.

Google Search Terms for My Blog

Even if I don’t plan to write a post or have comments awaiting moderation, I often login to WordPress to check out my blog stats.

Part of the fun is checking to see which terms people searched for in Google, which ultimately lead them to my blog. There are the usual “normal” queries mixed in among the terms but lately I’ve noticed some that have been rather…well, you decide.

Here’s a list of some recent and interesting (but not most popular) terms with each term linked to the blog post related to it. Note that most of these terms may already be linked under the Popular Posts widget to the right:

“1-31-07 never forget”: As of this post, that page has the most hits ever (716 views, thanks in part to Fark). It seems people can’t get enough of that story and continue to search for information about it.

rock band add ons (or any variation of those words)”: It’s obvious this game is still popular as that term is still ranked in my daily blog stats. Sure, my post was just an April Fool’s Day joke but hey, people know what they like.

steve perry 2008“: Even in 2008, there’s something about this guy that knocks people off their feet. La do da do day…la doo daaa-aaa-aaa do daaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!

bust a nut, corn nuts jingle/commercial, etc.”: Evidently, people also like busting nuts as these terms have been some of the most popular since I first posted the entry. You people are nuts.

vw sign then drive actor“: Don’t ask me anymore. I have no idea who he is.

holographic meatloaf“: No, you can’t have this domain. Not yours.

And there are some terms that I’d just rather not know more about, such as:

headphones on while driving“: Ironically, the post attached to that search term has nothing to do with driving while wearing headphones. It’s actually my rant about the day my headphones got stuck in the door of the train on a post entitled “This Beats Driving?”

in memory of stickers/decals“: Hopefully nobody took offense to my rant about how ridiculous those stickers are. Not really; I really hope it pissed them off.

And the winner thus far:

what does a guys dick look like“: C’mon now, people! Wouldn’t it be easier to Google “penis” instead? And because guys have weeners and know full well what they look like, it’s safe to assume that the person searching this term (and found my blog) was female.

Really, lady! Have you no shame?

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