Archive for July 30th, 2004

A huge freaking box of potato chips!

Jul 30, 2004 in Personal

My roommate woke me up today, dragging in a large package addressed to me. I wasn’t quite sure what the package might be, but it was addressed from Pennsylvania, where my family lives. I opened the box, and laughed out loud when I discovered that it was full of potato chips.

Middleswarth Bar-B-Q flavored Old Fashioned Ket-L Chips to be exact. Five “Weekender” sized bags, and six 5.5 oz. bags. Plus a bottle of peanut sauce (I live on tofu, stir-fry veggies and ramen coated in peanut sauce).

As anyone from central PA will attest, Middleswarth makes the best barbeque chips in the world. Everytime I go home to visit, I inhale whole bags of these things. I just hope I don’t eat them all in a week.

This was a birthday present, by the way. I remember joking to my mom that she should ship me boxes of these chips. I’ve been noticing lately that my mom has a tendency to take things literally. Thanks Mom! You know you’re going to make me fat! :-P
For those of you who have never been to the Keystone State, Pennsylvania is the potato chip capitol of the world. Many local and regional brands such as Wise, Snyder’s, Utz, Gibble’s, Good’s, Herr’s, Martin’s and others are manufactured here. In fact, I’d wager that Pennsylvania has a better choice of local brands than just about anyplace else.

Middleswarth chips are very popular in central Pennsylvania, and are only available there. Why they haven’t expanded their market throughout the northeast is beyond me. For those of you who’d like to try Middleswarth chips, this website sells 3 lb. boxes for $5.95 + S&H.

This song is your song, this song is my song

Jul 30, 2004 in Current Events

Jibjab, the fine folks who brought you the hilarious “This Land is your Land” flash parody, have received a cease-and-desist order from Ludlow Music, the copyright holders of Woody Guthrie’s work.

As the Wired article states, it’s unlikely that Guthrie would support the actions of the current copyright holders: “This song is copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.”

“This Land is Your Land” is often held in great regard as a patriotic anthem, which indeed it is. But ironically, Guthrie incorporated socialist themes into the song, as illustrated by the original lyrics:

As I was walking, I saw a sign there:
And on the sign there, it said “No Tresspassing”
But on the other side, it didn’t say nothing –
That side was made for you and me.

In the squares of the city, by the shadow of the steeple
By the relief office, I saw my people
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
Is this land still made for you and me?

To add to the irony, the melody to the song (which legal counsel for Ludlow maintains was infringed upon) was lifted from a classic gospel number, “When the World’s on Fire.”