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“I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty… you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.”

— J. D. Salinger

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OK, so take a look at these photos … do you recognize this place? It was used in a major motion picture from the 1980s … It was from a movie that was called “Who’s Day Off?” Anyone? … Anyone?

 Ben Ross Home I  Ben Ross Home II
 Ben Ross Home III  Ben Ross Home IV

Yes, the Ben Ross home—site of a couple of scenes from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” most notably the scene when the Ferrari goes out the garage window—is up for sale. Located in Highland Park, Ill., you can own a little piece of Hollywood history in this four-bedroom, four-bath, 5,300-square-foot home for a mere $2.3 million. The mortgage on this baby is an easy $11,413 a month. Now, who’s interested? Anyone? … Anyone?

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“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.”

— Edgar Allan Poe

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OK, so do you need to vegetate for a little while? Check this out. This guy Andre Michelle created this “simple sinewave synthesizer triggered by an ordinary 16-step sequencer.” I don’t know what that means, but it’s cool.

But be warned… start playing with this thing and you will not get anything else done today…

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“He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.”

— James Huneker

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OK, I vaguely remember Bonnie Tyler, and her one U.S. hit, “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” but I don’t remember what the song was about. I guess I never paid attention to the lyrics. And I was always weirded out by the video that went with it. And in 1983, the video was everything.

Admit it; the video freaked you out, too, didn’t it?

Well, in the interest of nothing in particular, I give you the video, but with better, literal lyrics.

And just for comparison, here is a version of the song by the experimental Norwegian rockers Hurra Torpedo, featuring kitchen appliances as percussion instruments.

And, if for some reason, you really want to see the original version, here it is.

Bonus Trivia: Jim Steinman wrote “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Making Love (Out of Nothing At All)” for Meat Loaf for his Midnight at the Lost and Found album. However, Meat Loaf’s record company refused to pay for Steinman. Steinman’s songs were then given to Bonnie Tyler and Air Supply, respectively. Really wondering just what an artist like Meat Loaf could have done with these two songs.

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“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

— Galileo Galilei

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