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(Bloomberg)   Something interesting about Van Halen and M&Ms, then some drivel about salmon and the US government. But hey, Van Halen and M&Ms   (bloomberg.com ) divider line
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2013-05-01 11:20:16 AM  
I had to stop reading because all I could think about was the bread being too small and no pimentos in the olives...
 
2013-05-01 11:30:15 AM  
FTFA: Right there on Page 40, in the "Munchies" section, nestled between "pretzels" and "twelve (12) Reese's Peanut Butter Cups," is a parenthetical alert so adamant you can't miss it: "M&M's,"

That's where I had to stop reading.
/Fat.
 
2013-05-01 11:31:25 AM  
'dribble', subby.

/sorry
//pet peeve
 
2013-05-01 11:31:43 AM  
The article isn't drivel.  It correctly points out that some of what is derisively referred to as "government waste" is actually there for good, solid logical reasons.  I guess mods are bored today and felt subby's trolly headline was clever or something.
 
2013-05-01 11:36:02 AM  

Close2TheEdge: The article isn't drivel.  It correctly points out that some of what is derisively referred to as "government waste" is actually there for good, solid logical reasons.  I guess mods are bored today and felt subby's trolly headline was clever or something.


Its like things are put into law to see if people are actually reading what they are voting for.
 
2013-05-01 11:36:33 AM  
David Lee Roth, what a prick.
 
2013-05-01 11:36:55 AM  

Close2TheEdge: The article isn't drivel.  It correctly points out that some of what is derisively referred to as "government waste" is actually there for good, solid logical reasons.



Well, they say it's kinda frightening.
 
2013-05-01 11:37:07 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: 'dribble', subby.

/sorry
//pet peeve


No, drivel does work here as dribble is a synonym.
 
2013-05-01 11:38:12 AM  
Ezra

Pair-o-Dice: David Lee Roth, what a prick.


Yeah but he looks cool compared to a tool like Ezra Klein
 
2013-05-01 11:38:24 AM  

Enormous-Schwanstucker: AverageAmericanGuy: 'dribble', subby.

/sorry
//pet peeve

No, drivel does work here as dribble is a synonym.


Maybe if we were speaking. Proper english, motherfarker, do you write it?
 
2013-05-01 11:39:04 AM  
Guess I am not seeing the connection between the Van Halen rider and the rest of the article...
 
2013-05-01 11:39:44 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: 'dribble', subby.

/sorry
//pet peeve


Nice troll +1

CSB:  Worked production/local crew at a VH show in their prime.  If I buy the M&M story, what about the tube of KY jelly they also demanded in the same rider?  What was the purpose of that? ;-)  They put a lot of wacky crap on their rider for this reason: because we are rock stars and we can.

BTW, they left the tube of KY unopened.

Also, for the record, the same rider also demanded the local crews get treated exactly the same as road crew (good food, etc, which was RARE) and we all ate together.  And they invited us all to the BBQ later that week in MD where Eddie famously broke his hand.  They were nicer than any other act I worked with during that time, and they sure didn't have to be.  They could have pissed on us like most did (I'm looking at you, Sting).
 
2013-05-01 11:40:12 AM  
It is proof that if republicans believe that government can't govern well, then it will fail because it is designed that way.

/And there is actual content in this article, unlike the drivel in most RNC shill pieces.
 
2013-05-01 11:40:19 AM  

Vangor: Guess I am not seeing the connection between the Van Halen rider and the rest of the article...


I got the IDEA but you are correct, there is no connection.
 
2013-05-01 11:40:48 AM  

UberDave: I had to stop reading because all I could think about was the bread being too small and no pimentos in the olives...


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-01 11:43:55 AM  
So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door, and mentions there's a little sweets shop on the edge of town. So - we go. And - it's closed. So there's me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweets shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopowner and his son... that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really. But, sure enough, I got the M&Ms, and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.
 
2013-05-01 11:44:12 AM  

Close2TheEdge: The article isn't drivel.  It correctly points out that some of what is derisively referred to as "government waste" is actually there for good, solid logical reasons.  I guess mods are bored today and felt subby's trolly headline was clever or something.


"Today"?
 
2013-05-01 11:46:08 AM  
The Dynamite Monkey ,
CSB:  Worked production/local crew at a VH show in their prime.  If I buy the M&M story, what about the tube of KY jelly they also demanded in the same rider?  What was the purpose of that? ;-)  They put a lot of wacky crap on their rider for this reason: because we are rock stars and we can.

I always read that because their shows were cutting edge at that time, because they had to worry about blowing power supplies and floors warping, the brown m&m's were little warnings that someone ignored the contract and they needed to doublecheck.
 
2013-05-01 11:48:45 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Enormous-Schwanstucker: AverageAmericanGuy: 'dribble', subby.

/sorry
//pet peeve

No, drivel does work here as dribble is a synonym.

Maybe if we were speaking. Proper english, motherfarker, do you write it?


Yep. GFY.
 
2013-05-01 11:50:02 AM  

Vangor: Guess I am not seeing the connection between the Van Halen rider and the rest of the article...


Basically, that something isn't stupid and wasteful, just because it defies common and financial sense.
 
2013-05-01 11:51:20 AM  

jayphat: Close2TheEdge: The article isn't drivel.  It correctly points out that some of what is derisively referred to as "government waste" is actually there for good, solid logical reasons.  I guess mods are bored today and felt subby's trolly headline was clever or something.

Its like things are put into law to see if people are actually reading what they are voting for.


Some people like Nancy Pelosi want to pass bills so they know what's in them.
 
2013-05-01 11:52:57 AM  
A lot of truth. How much bullcrap gets voted in because it was buried in a overstuffed bill...
 
2013-05-01 11:55:54 AM  

Vangor: Guess I am not seeing the connection between the Van Halen rider and the rest of the article...


I think the idea is something can seem picky, bizarre, arrogant or weird if you look at it without knowing the full context of why it is being done, whether that is the brown M&M removal, or why scientists might be running shrimp on a treadmill, or why salmon pass through multiple different government departments purview, etc.
 
2013-05-01 11:56:14 AM  

UberDave: I had to stop reading because all I could think about was the bread being too small and no pimentos in the olives...


LOL
 
2013-05-01 12:00:31 PM  

xria: Vangor: Guess I am not seeing the connection between the Van Halen rider and the rest of the article...

I think the idea is something can seem picky, bizarre, arrogant or weird if you look at it without knowing the full context of why it is being done, whether that is the brown M&M removal, or why scientists might be running shrimp on a treadmill, or why salmon pass through multiple different government departments purview, etc.


Speaking of treadmills...  This is really awesome if you have a little spare time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7GN_FXgmaE
 
2013-05-01 12:21:56 PM  

Enormous-Schwanstucker: AverageAmericanGuy: Enormous-Schwanstucker: AverageAmericanGuy: 'dribble', subby.

/sorry
//pet peeve

No, drivel does work here as dribble is a synonym.

Maybe if we were speaking. Proper english, motherfarker, do you write it?

Yep. GFY.


encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-05-01 12:27:29 PM  

Langdon Alger: So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door, and mentions there's a little sweets shop on the edge of town. So - we go. And - it's closed. So there's me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweets shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopowner and his son... that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really. But, sure enough, I got the M&Ms, and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.


Now. It take two people to run a stage. One out front, and one backstage. Now Garth will be out her in the front with his team, and Wayne will be backstage with his team. To the left and right will be the machine gun nests. Now these babies tend to heat up, so shoot in three second bursts. In the event of capture, I will personally be issuing cyanide pills to be placed under the tongue, as so.

Any questions?
 
2013-05-01 12:35:34 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Langdon Alger: So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door, and mentions there's a little sweets shop on the edge of town. So - we go. And - it's closed. So there's me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweets shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopowner and his son... that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really. But, sure enough, I got the M&Ms, and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.

Now. It take two people to run a stage. One out front, and one backstage. Now Garth will be out her in the front with his team, and Wayne will be backstage with his team. To the left and right will be the machine gun nests. Now these babies tend to heat up, so shoot in three second bursts. In the event of capture, I will personally be issuing cyanide pills to be placed under the tongue, as so.

Any questions?


The best bit from the movie, that I use to this day.

While he's hanging from the doorway "Keith Richards taught me this. Sleeping like this will add ten years to your life. Which is why Keith cannot be killed by conventional weaponry."
 
2013-05-01 01:11:58 PM  

Begoggle: Enormous-Schwanstucker: AverageAmericanGuy: Enormous-Schwanstucker: AverageAmericanGuy: 'dribble', subby.

/sorry
//pet peeve

No, drivel does work here as dribble is a synonym.

Maybe if we were speaking. Proper english, motherfarker, do you write it?

Yep. GFY.

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Dunno....having a shiat-tastic day here so I retract my earlier GFY comment.

Don't get the abject bitterness though. I guess people are happy with being like that.
 
2013-05-01 01:12:39 PM  
David Lee Roth's book is a great read.  The story he tells about the M&Ms is that they were not only doing this huge production, but they were taking it to towns that never got big shows.  The one show that he says had brown M&Ms also had a brand new rubberized basketball court in their arena.  The stage was so heavy that it dug into the floor and ruined the floor.  Sure, they trashed the dressing room, doing maybe $5,000 worth of damage, because they're rock stars and that's what they do when they don't get their way.  But the headline the next day read, "Van Halen does $100,000 of damage to arena after getting brown M&Ms." because they included the cost of having to replace the basketball court.

How much of that is true is anybody's guess, but like Dave says, "Meep a lotta peep a lotta lookin pora newbie" often gets to the point better than, "Meet a lot of people, they're just looking for a moonbeam."  They may not know what he's saying, but they understand him perfectly.
 
2013-05-01 02:18:17 PM  
Enemabag Jones:I always read that because their shows were cutting edge at that time, because they had to worry about blowing power supplies and floors warping, the brown m&m's were little warnings that someone ignored the contract and they needed to doublecheck.

Or else someone read the clause and made sure that the M&Ms where not in a brown bowl, as specified.
 
2013-05-01 02:43:07 PM  
The Dynamite Monkey:

Also, for the record, the same rider also demanded the local crews get treated exactly the same as road crew (good food, etc, which was RARE) and we all ate together.  And they invited us all to the BBQ later that week in MD where Eddie famously broke his hand.  They were nicer than any other act I worked with during that time, and they sure didn't have to be.  They could have pissed on us like most did (I'm looking at you, Sting).

Awesome, I heard they were fun to work with.
 
2013-05-01 04:22:32 PM  

Eponymous: Yeah but he looks cool compared to a tool like Ezra Klein


This. Ezra Klein looks like a tool and a half.
 
2013-05-01 06:06:22 PM  

jpat: Sure, they trashed the dressing room, doing maybe $5,000 worth of damage, because they're rock stars and that's what they do when they don't get their way.


So he openly admits they were assholes?
 
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