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Music Monday #5 -Super Rad

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Published on: January 31, 2011

Another piece from my “Wait, Hold On, What?” collection.

The thing about this music video that you need to know is that the Aquabats legitimately dress like that for their live shows. It’s great.

This song is fantastic. I defy you not to feel pumped up just by listening to it. Even if you couldn’t understand word one of the lyrics (and, seriously, that’s well within the realm of possibility), that opening horn kick hits and the rhythm starts pulsing and you just want to jump around the room. That’s good music. And the lyrics are… weird, to say the least. But they’re peppered with linguistic gems like “Our little army, we were commandos, guerrillas with decoder rings.” That’s just good stuff. (An aside: this is actually one of the Aquabats least weird songs, lyrically speaking. See Lobster Bucket or Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates for stranger examples.)

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Photo Phriday #4 – AT-ICT

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Published on: January 28, 2011

AT-ICT

Building Death Stars is expensive, so the Empire decided to diversify their business holdings.

Early Morning Eureka

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Published on: January 26, 2011

I have a tendency to realize things verrrrry early in the morning. As in, two and three in the morning while I’m trying to sleep. Whatever question has remained unanswered during the day, no matter how small and already forgotten somehow becomes a mystery of Sherlock Holmesian proportions to my sleeping subconscious. Sometimes I even come up with an answer and have to spend a while thinking about what exactly the question was that made me wake up in the middle of the night with the name of that girl from high school that I didn’t really ever see or talk to but was in my graduating class stuck in my head. I’ve gotten pretty well used to it by now, to the point where I deliberately try to answer any questions I have during the day to avoid exactly this situation. Still, I will occasionally wake up and shout “Benford’s Law!” or something.

In a new case, I woke up a week ago or so with the solution to a problem that I’d had months ago. It was a genuinely weird moment, but it lead to me resuming a project I’d let fall by the wayside that had become a real grind to move forward on, and that I’m now having a ton of fun with. Sometimes it seems that it helps to step back from something that just isn’t working, give it a little breathing space and return to it with a fresh perspective. This is something I’m trying to really keep in mind moving forward with all my various strange little projects. I have too much to do to waste time on something I sort of hate doing right now. And hey, if I love it again later, even better.

Music Monday #4 – The Best Tweets of Kanye West

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Published on: January 24, 2011

I never imagined in ancient days of yore (two months ago) when I conceived of these Music Mondays that I would ever have something involving either Josh Groban or Kanye West. And lo, I have been been humbled:

Not much to say about this one, it’s just pretty incredible.

Photo Phriday #3 – Baby, You Can Drive My Car

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Published on: January 21, 2011

VW Beatles

It’s really tempting to just pull all of these images from So Much Pun.

See you Monday, interpeoples.

I Read This Thing

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Published on: January 19, 2011

I really like to learn new things. And not even, necessarily, important or cool or valuable or even particularly interesting new things. If you’ve spent any amount of time around me recently, you’ve probably heard me start at least one sentence with something like “I read an article recently that said…” I really like to read random things on the internet. Often these are relevant to my interests: Blog posts about geeky movies, stories about geeky video games, random geeky trivia, or geeky geek geekle geek. But sometimes I’ll just dig in to a long list of posts and articles about something truly random. I could ( and have) read recipes for hours. I’ve been known to get stuck in tvtropes or Failbooking, or Wikipedia or any of these sorts of information aggregator type sites for hours and hours. Information makes me happy.

Sometimes I know these random bit of trivia, and people ask me where I learned that. I invariably can’t remember. The information just goes in to the big data stew in my head, gets mixed in with the rest, and occasionally I strain out an interesting chunk of beef or vegetable or potato. The metaphor breaks down to some degree, but you get the picture.

I don’t know what any of this has to with anything, honestly. It’s just something I’ve been thinking about today and I thought I’d write about it.

Talk back to me, blog people. Write something in the comments. Tell me things you like to learn. Point me to cool articles. Say hi. I enjoy our time together.

Music Monday #3 – The Shankill Butchers

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Published on: January 17, 2011

Commence complete tone shift from last week. I don’t recommend listening to this one in the dark.

The Decemberists have a bunch of these stories-set-to-song ballady type pieces, and this is a personal favorite. Every part of the music sets up a very creepy vibe, which could have easily made the song kind of cheesy, but it works. The seriousness is probably helped by the fact that the titular Shankill Butchers were a real-world group of murderers in Northern Ireland in the 1970′s. All in all, it’s a wonderful piece that evokes an emotion you don’t often run across in your average music day, with a dash of history thrown in for good measure.

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Photo Phriday #2 – Our Most Helpful Diagram Yet

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Published on: January 14, 2011

I found this on my hard drive. I think I made this once but I don’t know when or why. Still, useful information. Have a good weekend, internet!

Heh?

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Published on: January 12, 2011

I wish there were some sort of international regulatory board to decided when a joke has become officially played out. I need the UN Committee on Joke Retirement to be out there letting the world know that we all found out years ago that PETA can be hilariously misrepresented as People Eating Tasty Animals and that your other car is either a different, more expensive car or some other item that isn’t even a car at all. Maybe I’m just cranky today, or maybe I’m spending too much time on the internet, where a joke can go from brand new (Double Rainbow!) to completely played out (Microsoft Double Rainbow¬©) in a matter of days. Actually, the first two examples of played out jokes that came to mind (You know, the ones I wrote a sentence ago.) are both bumper stickers. So, maybe we just need a UN Committee on Bumper Sticker Retirement.

So, take away point: I am an old man who hates bumper stickers.

 

My lawn is not an acceptable venue for your shenanigans.

Music Monday #2 – Gotta Catch 'Em All

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Published on: January 10, 2011

This is a weird one. But, I like it, so I’m inflicting it on you.

So, I didn’t even really watch that much Pokemon as a kid. I was a bit on the old side when it started, and probably way too on the old side when I saw my last episode, but for some reason I get the theme song stuck in my head more than any other song. And this is a speed metal version of that song. This all seems pretty straightforward to me.

On a related note, this band, Powerglove, does a bunch of other cartoon and video game theme covers. They’re all pretty rad, so check them out.

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