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Music Monday # 22 – We Come Together

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Published on: May 30, 2011

As a warning – this video is super weird and also contains some cartoon gore. That being said, I think it’s awesome.

I will confess to mostly picking this song for the video, which contains so many geeky references it’s hard to believe. Still, the song is pretty awesome, a super catchy number that keeps getting stuck in my head. And the two combined are pretty awesome.

Photo Phriday #21 – Magritte Shot First

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Published on: May 27, 2011

Maybe I’m the only person who finds this funny, but I find this hilarious.

Have a good weekend.

What's It Like In There?

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Published on: May 25, 2011

So, the other day I was reading an entertainment blog. (Don’t judge me.) Specifically, I had clicked a link in to an article about Lisa Edelstein (who plays Dr. Cuddy) leaving House before the last season. It was just a quick news brief – couldn’t have been more than three paragraphs long, and these are entertainment blog paragraphs we’re talking about here. This unfortunately meant that the comments section was visible without having to scroll down.

Now, comments sections aren’t universally terrible. For instance, I do like our conversations, Minions. Still, a civil comments section is rare enough that I find it to be good policy to just avoid them entirely. As I commented on Twitter that day, that way lies madness, and not the good kind. Whatever terrible alchemy of low barrier to entry and complete anonymity that exists in comment sections is frequently a recipe for the worst sort of near-human discourse. It kind of makes me sad that we have unprecedented access to more of humanity than ever before in all of history, and we, as a species, mostly choose to use it declaring our ordinal superiority and insulting other people in utterly uncreative ways.

That being said, this comment section was not one of the rare civil ones. It was, in fact, one of those terrible breeds of comment section that makes the 12-year old racists that so often lurk YouTube comment sections look like reasonable, logical individuals. It was a comment section full of so much rage and vitriol, that I’m not entirely unsure the pure hate radiating out of the HTML isn’t what’s been causing my computer issues the last couple days. These people were, to sum up, so mad.

I don’t understand how someone gets that mad. It just doesn’t make sense to me. There were people threatening violence and murder on the perpetrators of this terrifying act. (Which, again, is an actress that none of these people have ever met leaving a TV show that they like to watch.) I understand being upset. I understand getting invested in a show and a character and being sad when it changes in to something you don’t like anymore. I’m a Star Wars fan, for Yoda’s sake, I get it. I just don’t understand threatening violence -  threatening to end the existence of another person for ruining (maybe) a thing you like to look at for an hour (44 minutes, sans commercials) every week. I don’t understand, and I can’t understand.

But I kind of want to.

I don’t know. If I could get into the head of somebody at that moment I imagine I wouldn’t like what I found. But, I have this darned desire to understand the world, and I kind of want to know. And really, the thought processes that I don’t fully understand aren’t contained solely in the heads of people who become murderous over television casting decisions. No, I imagine that to be a pretty small slice of the pie chart of thoughts I can’t grasp. The fact remains that I’m trapped over here in my head, and you’re all everybody trapped over there in your heads, and there exists no bridge between us. I’m sorry it has to be this way. Tell you what. I’ll keep trying to describe the weather over here, and if you feel like telling me about the mental-atmospheric conditions up by you, I’d be glad to hear.

Music Monday # 21 – And I Feel Fine

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Published on: May 23, 2011

Cheer up, rapture people. You were wrong, but at least it’s not the end of the world…

(Joke shamelessly stolen from my little sister)

R.E.M.’s original version of “It’s The End of the World As We Know It” can be found here, but I thought I’d highlight a couple covers because there are a freaking million of them.

We open up with Great Big Sea’s rendition. This one’s notable, because, while the original is sung at a pretty quick clip, GBS manages to speed it up to frankly insane levels.

The other version we’ll highlight today is by Julia Nunes (Who we’ve talked about before.) and Lauren O’Connell. (Who we’ll almost certainly talk about in the future.) It’s pretty great.

And, like I said, there are a million covers of this song. If you have some more time, you could listen to versions of this song by The Suicide Machines, No Doubt, and even a string quartet.

Enjoy, and I’ll see you Wenesday.

Photo Phriday #20 – 20

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Published on: May 20, 2011

Naturally.

Milestones

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Published on: May 18, 2011

So, it’s the 20th week of 2011, which means that on Friday I will have maintained the three-a-week update schedule for 20 weeks. Twenty is not generally a very highly regarded milestone in popular number culture. Sure, it’s divisible by 10, but it’s so close to 25, so close to the quarter of 100, which, for some reason is more psychologically significant. You know what? Nuts to that. I’m celebrating Twenties. It’s just a plain better number, at least for our purposes. Twenty has some great geek connections, being the highest possible roll on a twenty-sided die, the best outcome from rolling the king of the polyhedrons. And why is 1/4 of 100 such a big deal, anyways? 1/5 of 100 is just as arbitrarily significant. If nothing else, celebrating the 20′s means that we get to celebrate that much more often.

So, I’m celebrating this week. Twenty weeks without a missed update. (Late, yes, but missed, no.) If you were to look back at the posts from before this year (and I heartily suggest that you don’t, ever) you might notice that three posts a year had been a pretty difficult rate to hit for a while in there. I feel pretty good about keeping the pace as well as I have.

Thanks for keeping me company, Minions.

Music Monday #20 – Airbrushed

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Published on: May 16, 2011

I had a good weekend, and this feels appropriate today. How was your weekend?

Photo Phriday #19 – Propaganza

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Published on: May 13, 2011

There’s a whole series of these here, and they’re incredible. See you Monday.

Buhh

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Published on: May 11, 2011

It’s just so hot here right now. It’s like all the heats are here, and they’re mad. Mad about coolness, I think. It’s a well known fact that when heats get angry they exude stickiness, which there is definitely a lot of to be had. Bolstered by their fresh new coat of stickiness, they swarm around the room, exuding heat and hate, and occasionally other anagrams. (Nag a rams? Could be.) My will to get stuff done enters defensive mode. S-foils are locked in attack positions, shields are raised, cauldrons are filled with boiling oil, etc. The battle is fierce. To hear the talesingers tell it, the mighty mightiness of the combat shook the very earth. My will to do stuff fought like laser-etched titanium space-lions, but alas, it was to no avail. The heats in their swarms could not be stopped even by the mighty beatings of the Fan of Destiny. Woe to all the mes who wanted to get some stuff done today, seriously.

Or another, better, metaphor.

Music Monday #19 – Roll a D6

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Published on: May 9, 2011

I know a lot of my Minions are of the dice-rolling dragon-slaying persuasion, so today’s song is for you.

So this is set to the tune (such as it is) of “Like a G6″ by Far East Movement. You couldn’t imagine more wildly diverging song topics. I mean, G6 is apparently about drugs, alcohol, and airplanes. D6 is about Dungeons and Dragons, which, to be fair, occasionally involves drugs and alcohol, but never airplanes. Airships, griffons, pegasi, flying space boats, and draconic mounts of various descriptions, but never airplanes.

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