Coolness abounds.

Palisades Toys is now selling the long-rumored Jim Henson Muppet action figure:

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Coolest. Toy. Ever.

The only problem is, they're $20 a pop, and then you pay another $5 for shipping. I have a baby on the way in less than a month; no way can I justify spending $25 bucks on an action figure. Sigh... Oh well, maybe they'll have a sale or something down the line, or at least have 'em up for grabs at Wiz World Boston in October, where at least I won't have to pay shipping. If you'd like to pick one up, though, for yourself or, and this is just me thinking out loud here, me maybe, go here.

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Because no one demanded it, the Music Meme, as copied from Lefty Brown and Shane at Near Mint Heroes, among others:

1. Of all the bands/artists in your CD/record collection, which one do you own the most albums by?

Juliana Hatfield (her solo stuff alone would probably give her the title; include her stuff with Blake Babies, Some Girls and The Lemonheads and she’s a shoo-in)

2. What was the last song you listened to?

"Octopus’s Garden” by the Beatles

3. What's in your CD player right now?

Actually, the audio book of "The Kid Stays in the Picture" by Robert Evans (as read by the man himself). But before that, The Beatles' "Abbey Road."

4. What song would you say sums you up?

I don’t think there’s a specific song that sums me up as a whole, but there are plenty of songs that definitely equate to different aspects of my life. “Saturday Morning” by the Eels takes me back to life in footie pajamas. “Feelin’ Massachusetts” by the Juliana Hatfield Three reminds me of growing up in what I felt was the middle of nowhere. “Save Tonight” by Eagle Eye Cherry takes me back to having to say goodbye to Erin when she went to Austria for a year in college. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds says exactly what I’ve always wanted to say to Erin about how I feel about her. “The Great Provider” by Barenaked Ladies reminds me of leaving home for good. And there’s many more, I’m sure.

5. What's your favorite local band?

I don’t know many Rhode Island bands, but Piebald is based out of Massachusetts, and they’re amazingly great, so that’s good enough for me.

6. What was the last show you attended?

I don’t know if I’ve been to a show since the WARPED Tour 10th Anniversary Show at Foxboro Stadium last year. Good times, but way too hot to be in the sun all day.

7. What artist do you consider to be very underrated?

Juliana Hatfield. Her last album, “In Exile Deo,” was one of her best ever.

8. What's the shittiest band you've ever seen in concert?

Blink 182. No question about it.

9. What band do you love musically but hate the members of?

If I don’t like a given band’s or performer’s attitude, I can’t like their music. I just can’t support someone I think is an asshole.

10. What is the most musically involved you have ever been?

I played the clarinet from 5th through 9th grade, and hated every stinking moment.

11. What show are you looking forward to?

My son is due to be born in a little over a month. Concerts are not in my future for some time, I expect.

12. What is your favorite band shirt?

I like my Less Than Jake shirt with an airplane that’s dropping Pez like bombs, and the They Might Be Giants shirt Erin bought me for my birthday.

13. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?

Either Ben Folds or Weird Al Yankovic (odd combo, I know).

14. Metal question- Jeans and Leather vs. Cracker Jack clothes?

Jeans and Leather. What the hell are Cracker Jack clothes? Do they have a prize inside?

15. Sabbath or solo Ozzy?

Sabbath, I guess, if only for “Iron Man.”

16. Commodores or solo Lionel Ritchie?

Hmm… “Brick House” or “Hello.” Do I even need to answer that?

17. Blackjack or solo Michael Bolton?

Death first.

18. The Eagles or solo Don Henley?

Eagles, I suppose. Wider variety of hits to choose from.

19. The Police or solo Sting?

The Police all the way.

20. Doesn't emo suck?

As Sturgeon’s Law states, 90% of everything is crud. So yes, a lot of emo does indeed suck, because a lot of whiny, screamy, moody, “no one loves me” music sucks. But there’s plenty of good stuff, too, like early Piebald, The Get Up Kids, Six Going On Seven and a bunch of other bands Erin could name (when we met in ’96, she was the first emo fan I ever met; I had no idea what she was talking about). Hell, if you like the first two Weezer albums, what you’re grooving to is essentially emo!

21. Name 4 flawless albums.

1. The Beatles – Rubber Soul
2. The Juliana Hatfield Three – Become What You Are
3. Weezer – Pinkerton
4. Barenaked Ladies – Gordon

22. Did you know that filling out this survey makes you a music geek?

I am already several kinds of geek. One more won’t hurt.

23. What was the greatest decade for music?

Historically, the 60s, hands down. For me specifically, the years 1993-1996 (Junior year of high school through Sophomore year of college) were probably the very best.

24. How many music-related videos/DVDs do you own?

Between 5 and 10.

25. Do you like Journey?

Not so much.

26. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?

Either About A Boy, Angus or High Fidelity

27. What was your last musical "phase" before you wised up?

Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever really followed many of the musical trends over the years.

28. What's the crappiest CD/record/etc you've ever bought?

That first Jewel CD. I needed a third selection to get that month’s discount from BMG. For reasons I don’t get to this day, I chose that.

29. Do you prefer vinyl or Cd's?

Records are great, but you can’t play ‘em in the car, so CDs for me, thanks.

30. What is your guilty pleasure CD, that being the CD you love but would be ashamed to admit you have in your collection?

By conventional definitions, either my K-Tel ABBA greatest hits record (“The Magic of ABBA,” IIRC) or the new Emma “Please Stop Calling Me Baby Spice” Bunton CD, “Free Me.” But I feel no shame in owning these albums, so maybe they don’t qualify.

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