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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

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Posted by Sean on July 11, 2008

Thanks Shanoah. Things are actually better today. I got something approximating a decent amount of sleep last night, and I’ve been taking it easy today. If there’s any bright side to this, it’s that it all happened after the hump of the week. I really was living for the weekend the last few days, and now I’ve got some time to regroup and take stock of things.

You’re right, Shanoah. I actually could use a little polka right now. Polka’s a maligned genre in the United States and, for all I know, the world. But I must be crazy (The Peanut Gallery: “Whaddya mean must be!”), because I like it, and I always have. Maybe it’s the German and Polish blood in me. Maybe it’s because polka is made and played for pleasure and nothing else. I mean, I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to make hardcore death polka. Now, I could analyze this peculiar facet of American culture and get all bloggy about it, and there’s a part of me that really wants to. But not right now.

So how about a nice polka?

I was hunting around YouTube for some polka videos for your neat thing today when I discovered two unusual and slightly disturbing facts:

  1. There are a lot of AMVs set to polka on YouTube.
  2. Most of said polka is from Weird Al Yankovic.

Here’s two of them – only two of many, I assure you.

This one is set to Angry White Boy Polka off 2003’s Poodle Hat. Courtesy of AriTheZombie (whom he/she/it/they are quick to point out did NOT make this).

And this is Polka Power! off 1999’s Running with Scissors. Made by ErMaC Studios and put up on YouTube by DivineIntervention18.




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