[ExI] weird al's new album

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 19 00:34:05 UTC 2014

When the lead singer of Devo worked with Al on a project, he later stated
that he had never seen someone so perceptive about music, and one step
ahead of everyone else.

>From Wikipedia:

"Yankovic began kindergarten a year earlier than most children, and he
skipped the second grade. "My classmates seemed to think I was some kind of
rocket scientist so I was labeled a nerd early on", he recalls.[9]
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic#cite_note-booklet-9> As
his unusual schooling left him two years younger than most of his
classmates, Yankovic was not interested in sports or social events at
school. He was valedictorian <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valedictorian> of
his senior class.[9]
was active in his school's extracurricular programs, including the National
Forensic League <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Forensic_League>, a
play based upon *Rebel Without a Cause
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebel_Without_a_Cause>*, the yearbook (for
which he wrote most of the captions), and the Volcano Worshippers club,
"which did absolutely nothing. We started the club just to get an extra
picture of ourselves in the yearbook."[9]

Yankovic attended California Polytechnic State University
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Polytechnic_State_University> in San
Luis Obispo <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Luis_Obispo,_California> where
he earned a degree in architecture.[8]

"Yankovic married Suzanne Krajewski in 2001; their daughter, Nina, was born
in 2003.[38]
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic#cite_note-NCT-38> They
also have a pet cockatiel <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatiel> named Bo
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic#cite_note-faq-7> and
dog named Bambu. They used to have a pet poodle
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poodle>, named Bela (pictured atop Yankovic's
head on the cover of his album, *Poodle Hat
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poodle_Hat>*). Yankovic identifies as
Christian and has stated that a couple from his church appeared on the
cover of *Poodle Hat*.[39]

Yankovic changed his diet to become a vegan
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism> in 1992, after a former girlfriend
gave him the book *Diet for a New America
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diet_for_a_New_America>* and he felt "it made
[...] a very compelling argument for a strict vegetarian diet."[41]
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic#cite_note-41> When
asked how he can "rationalize" performing at events such as the *Great
American Rib Cook-Off* when he is a vegan, he replied, "The same way I can
rationalize playing at a college even though I’m not a student anymore."[42]

On April 9, 2004, Yankovic's parents were found dead in their Fallbrook,
California <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallbrook,_California>, home,
apparently the victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_monoxide_poisoning> from their
fireplace that had been recently lit. The flue
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flue> was closed, which trapped the carbon
monoxide gas inside the house, suffocating them.[38]
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic#cite_note-NCT-38> Several
hours after his wife notified him of his parents' death, Yankovic went on
with his concert in Mankato, Minnesota
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic#cite_note-43> [44]
that "since my music had helped many of my fans through tough times, maybe
it would work for me as well" and that it would "at least ... give me a
break from sobbing all the time." Although Yankovic played the concert as
planned, a scheduled meet and greet following the concert was canceled.[45]


On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:58 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> Weird Al Yankovic has released a new album, Mandatory Fun.  Life is good!
> This is  a screen grab from one of his older works, White & Nerdy.  I had
> seen this one before and love it, but I noticed something new this time: on
> the screen in the background Yankovic took the time and effort to write out
> Schroedinger’s wave equation with expanded Hamiltonian operator, and did it
> right.  His attention to detail was such that he wrote it out correctly
> instead of just writing some garbage.
> The man is brilliant.
> Excellent!
> spike
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