Welcome to the recap post from our last meeting. The official Guy Who Plays Mr. Belvedere Fan Club took a vote and it was decided all club members would refer to Mr. Belvedere as Brocktoon. It’s a way for us to identify other club members. Wait, which blog is this? CJS? Oh, well then, welcome to Happy Friday. It has been a long stupid week. If we can just get through this day then we can go home to our wives or girlfriends and start the weekend proper like. To help get to that point we offer a bounty of distractions, like punk rock and MC Hammer and of course the best time waster of the 80s, the Rubik’s Cube. So let’s drop that needle and play the song again.

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First things first: CJS pimpage. We mentioned some of our new friends on our Facebook page this week, but it’s time to reiterate on the mothership. Check out My Dog Ate My Blog for “politics, technology, and pop culture, with an (almost) educational spin.” We like them so much, we’re doing a little cross-promotional thing with them next week. One of their writers will be posting here next Wednesday while Hart and I show up there. It will be most excellent. Something to consider as you prepare for the awesomeness of cross-promotion: While college definitely kicked kettlefuls of ass, what’s something you don’t miss about it? Think about it, and we’ll discuss next week.

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Let’s kick things off with a history lesson. When I was in 9th grade I was given a CD entitled Punk-O-Rama Vol. 2. Little did I know how influential that CD would be to my life. I was new to punk and there were but a few bands on the comp I recognized, one of them was Rancid. I recall transferring that CD to a tape to listen to on my walkman in drawing class (I can’t recall why I didn’t use a Discman. Maybe I didn’t have one, maybe I didn’t want to bring it school. Christ I can’t remember, to hell with it). In art class, my friend Matt Y Cool Guy and I would take turns with the walkman and became well acquainted with all these Epitaph bands, mostly we just kept rewinding in order to listen to Rancid’s “Sidekick” again and again. Suddenly we wanted to hear every band that was signed to this label Epitaph. And just like that punk rock was a part of my life. I was reminded of this when I came across this piece in Spin magazine discussing a brief history of the label from those who were there and responsible for Epitaph. While Epitaph has grown and has but a few bands we still listen to, it still holds a special spot for us and we can’t be sure where we’d be without it. Hell, Hart’s first CJS article probably wouldn’t have been “Why I Love Punk Rock,” but probably “Why I Love Gansta Rap.” And for that, we salute you.

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Dagger has many VHS tapes we don’t see him parting with anytime soon, he’d still be watching Rad on VHS if he hadn’t lost it and wasn’t given a bootleg DVD copy for his birthday; and Hart still listens to music on vinyl. Let’s face it while new technology will come along, there are still those that find value and enjoyment out of the classic technology. Now that the internet is getting older we are starting to find there are those who seek their nostalgic enjoyment from past online formats. The biggest and most recent resurgence are GIFs, a short looping clip. It’s like a meme from yesteryear. For more information we turn you to the link provided to us from none other than CJS regular CassieB. Thanks for the link, and for forcing us to search for GIFs to add to this edition of Happy Friday so we can say we’ve been into GIFs before it was cool.

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This video is pure awesome, or as the subject in the email read, pure nonsense. We can’t even say anything without spoiling any of the greatness. Ok, we’ll say this much, we love that the guy is singing along the whole time.

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The mid-term elections were this past Tuesday, like you needed us to tell you that. We’re sure the politicians and all their advertising made sure you were well aware of that fact. Anyway, we hope you voted, or you know what, we don’t care if you did. We did because we care about having a voice. But if you did, good for you, and we hoped you studied the blue book voter guide and were well informed. But even if you did do that there is a possibility you were unknowingly influenced by some outside force you didn’t even see coming. Cracked.com offers this heads up about what might be brainwashing you come Election Day. It may be too late now, but you’ll be prepared for the next election, as well as when you cast your vote on American Idol, we’re sure this article relates to that voting too.

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Recently we came upon a new TV channel meant for, as they put it, children and their families. Not really a channel we would be interested in but they air reruns of “Fraggle Rock” and that’s good enough for Hart, even if it’s only on early morning and he can only half watch while he gets ready for work. The point is it’s Muppets on television, and the other point is Hart watches puppets before going to a grown up job. Now if we look at this fantastic AV Club article we can get an idea of how truly amazing Muppets on TV can be. Noel Murray (a man we want to be friends with) recants arguably the best episode of “The Muppet Show,” the one where Steve Martin hosts, we’re pretty sure they titled their episodes the way “Friends” does. Murray points out just how amazing both the show and Martin are as well as how they were both very successful by doing the same thing (the so bad it’s good ting) in opposite ways. It makes us that much more excited for the new Muppets movie due out 2011. We hope, and have confidence that co-writer and star Jason Segel will meet the high standards set forth by Martin’s appearance on “The Muppet Show.”

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Let’s stay at the AV Club, they’re having the kind of week that appeals to CJS. First the Muppet/Martin thing and now an interview with one of our favorite comedians, Mike Birbigliography, er Birbiglia. Mike just wrote a book, is working on a movie and is generally continuing to make us happy. We’re not here to publish the whole interview, so quit being lazy and just click the link, we did the hard part, we can’t hold your hand all the time. Although we would like to, you have soft hands, do you use a moisturizer?

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Are you like us and find enjoyment in watching cocky, douchey, dickfors get their shit handed to them by professional fighters? You are? Then you’re probably as excited as we are about the new season of “Bully Beatdown.” If you’re not, then just watch the trailer for the new season and you’ll get there. They have made some changes to kick it up a notch, and it looks like Mayhem will be stepping into the cage to beatdown a bully. Plus there appears to be a bully who looks like King Hippo, so that’ll be fun.

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But wait, we have more MMA news. MC Hammer, yes that MC Hammer, has recently gotten into the MMA game, but don’t worry he won’t be fighting, we don’t think, at least not soon. He’s managing and running an apparel company. But the real story is he has started rapping again. Yes! Hammer-Man is back! And if you said his first song back would be a beef track calling out Jay-Z, then you have remarkable abilities to see into a very oddly specific future. Nas had beef with Jay-Z and that went over well, but the big difference here is Nas is a far superior rapper than Hammer. Also Nas has yet to make a joke of his entire life, easy to do when you follow one basic rule: don’t hang out with Emmanuel Lewis. But Hammer must enjoy that aspect because the video is hilarious. Especially the part where Hammer baptizes “Jay-Z.”

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Also making a comeback, but in a more sincere way than one MC Hammer, is Mr. Pee Wee Herman. Yeah that’s right, Paul Rubens is resurrecting his most famous character and doing it the same way it originally started, a live stage show. Starting next week you can see Pee Wee, his kooky friends, and all their zany antics live on Broadway. We wish we were in New York and able to see this. One of our favorite childhood shows and characters, despite the fact that we may have been a bit frightened the first few times we saw Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. But it’s a fun movie now, and was dubbed “Best Bicycling Movie” by Bicycling Magazine (obviously we disagree with that).

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You know who’s not making a comeback? Jake Plummer. Nope, that man is content spending his free time playing handball. We have nothing else to say about that, but really? Turning down $5 million to play handball? To each their own, I guess, but really? Also a week where Randy Moss was dropped after a month with his old team, Yahoo decides to run this long ass story about Plummer playing handball?

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We started this with some punk rock so let’s end it with some ska. While we are stoked for the upcoming Reel Big Fish/Aquabats show, we are pretty sure the entire night can be summed up by this song. We’re sure some of you won’t get it, but believe us it is funny and true.

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 Who needs a drink?

These cup holders are approved and encouraged by CJS. So drink up and let’s set it off!

See ya next week.

lee.s.hart@crujonessociety.com

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