Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Scary Journey

This is a walking path up El camino del ray, an infamous hiking path in Spain. The walk is intense and often mind-boggling and unfortunately set to adult top 40 spiritual techno (but somehow it works.) This is comparable to- but not nearly as bad as- the french crane-pull-up video we posted

Interesting note, that is the first thing I've ever posted here that was actually FWDed to me! All my bitching about worthless FWDs and this one and actually delivers.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

80% accurate infidelity test

We post lots of youtube videos, however this one could not go unposted. It somehow seems like the ne plus ultra of all the female "say my name"/"is my man faithful" R&B songs. I can't spoil the catchphrase here so just watch.

Also, have you ever noticed that seemingly all pro-female rap/r&b songs feature a guest male rap verse that undermines the entire message of the song?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Nalgene and Internet memes

Where do those forwards you get about toxic lemon slices and assault-prevention come from? We're about to find out as I give you this expose on Nalgene bottles. Apparently the plastic they use (Bisphenol A) has some serious health side effects!
With more than 6 million pounds produced in the United States each year, bisphenol A is found in dental sealants, baby bottles, the liners of food cans, CDs and DVDs, eyeglasses and hundreds of household goods. The chemical has been linked to neurological and behavioral problems in infants and babies, along with certain cancers, diabetes and obesity.
I feel a special sort of schadenfreude as I read this because I've been a tireless crusader against Nalgene bottle simply because they're dumb. I would always ask people why they were willing to pay 15 bucks for a bottle of water and basically the only reason I was ever given was "they're practically unbreakable, man!" Yeah, that's my major problem with water bottles; I'm ALWAYS breaking them. My Dasani (made from tap water, btw) 20oz nearly broke in my hands the other day!

MZ and I even wrote a song called Dark Logic (named after a machete of ours) featuring the lyrics "where's my Nalgene." The lyrics (all 3 words of it) mercilessly lampooned those adventurers with their $1000 polypropylene socks and synthetic fleece overlays that apparently "wick" the sweat from your body via sheer magic. If the Nalgenes don't kill them I will.

Watch it here right now

So you can roll your eyes in 7 days when your friend sends it to you.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Most Unwanted Song

In the 90s 2 Russian conceptual artists got together to discover the most hated aspects of songs (instruments, lyrical content, singing style) and then create that song. The results are amazing and I expect noone to appreciate it more than my own co-blogger, Nhoj. Here's the result:

The most unwanted music is over 25 minutes long, veers wildly between loud and quiet sections, between fast and slow tempos, and features timbres of extremely high and low pitch, with each dichotomy presented in abrupt transition. The most unwanted orchestra was determined to be large, and features the accordion and bagpipe (which tie at 13% as the most unwanted instrument), banjo, flute, tuba, harp, organ, synthesizer (the only instrument that appears in both the most wanted and most unwanted ensembles). An operatic soprano raps and sings atonal music, advertising jingles, political slogans, and "elevator" music, and a children's choir sings jingles and holiday songs. The most unwanted subjects for lyrics are cowboys and holidays, and the most unwanted listening circumstances are involuntary exposure to commercials and elevator music. Therefore, it can be shown that if there is no covariance--someone who dislikes bagpipes is as likely to hate elevator music as someone who despises the organ, for example--fewer than 200 individuals of the world's total population would enjoy this piece.

The operatic rapping about cowboys is the most obvious feature, and the most immediately awesome but the children's choir singing about the holidays is pretty awesome too. So, there's an mp3 at this site but I've also upped it here if that link goes down. I'm just waiting for the first band to cover it in full.