Music

08
Mar

Save The Rich

Just discovered Garfunkel and Oates. Wonderful stuff. When you're done here, check them out on Garfunkel's YouTube page.

04
Feb

Fashion Monster

I have no idea what to make of this, but it made me smile, scratch my head, and pinch myself to make sure I wasn't having some kind of bizarre psychotic dream. So I'm sharing it.

01
Aug

Music was better in the sixties, man.

I have personally argued that the 1970s represents the most important decade in music history, specifically rock music, but music in general.

I will argue that topic passionately but, unlike this article from Discover Magazine, I don't have the science to back me up. 

28
Jun

Canadian Anthem by NARIA

July 1st is Canada Day, our national holiday. In honour of this day, enjoy this rendition of the national anthem as presented by NARIA. The location for this video is atop the La Cloche canyon, in Killarney Provincial Park. NARIA (North Aria) is a Canadian ensemble made up of  opera singers Katya Tchoubar, Anna Bateman, and Michelle Danese, and pop sensation Annaliese Jelilian.

Happy Canada Day!

04
May

May the 4th be with you!

On this, Star Wars day (May the 4th, in case you need an explanation), take a moment to enjoy this great parady video called the Stormtrooper Shuffle. It's a video project created by students from the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta.

01
May

Beautiful Beltaine!

Beautiful Beltaine, everyone! 'Tis the (ancient) traditional beginning of the summer season, of flowers popping up, and that whole fertility thing. Put up the Maypole and let's do a little dance. And, in honour of Beltaine, I bring you Men Without Hats and "Safety Dance"!

19
Apr

CTA-102 - Getting The Science Wrong Musically

Is anybody out there?

That's a question, I wager, that humans have been asking (in some form) for as long as they've looked up into the night sky.

In 1963, a Soviet astrophysicist by the name of Nikolai Semenovich Kardashev, then the deputy director of the Russian Space Research Institute was doing research as part of the Soviet's first ever search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He directed the search in a part of the sky where his team picked up what a signal from a strong radio source in the heavens. They named it CTA-102. Kardashev was convinced they had discovered transmissions from an incredibly advanced extraterrestrial civilization. He was so convinced, in fact, that he called a press conference to let the world know about his findings.

Unfortunately, CTA-102 was not a signal from an advanced civilization but the electromagnetic signature of what we now call a quasar, a so-called quasi-stellar object. CTA-102 was the first quasar ever discovered. Sure, it wasn't an alien radio signal, but it was extremely cool nonetheless, one of the wondrous discoveries awaiting us in the far reaches of space.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, while the excitement of this discovery was yet to be dampened, The American rock band known as The Byrds recorded a song calling to the non-existent civilization purportedly transmitting from CTA-102. Enjoy!

11
Feb

Whitney Houston - 1963-2012

Wow . . . Whitney Houston dies at 48 years of age.

19
Aug

Avril Lavigne is too sexy . . . for Malaysia

Commenting on this story in the Globe and Mail, I feel like it's just too easy to make fun of some people. You know, fish-in-a-barrel easy. Apparently, the Canadian pop superstar was to perform in a concert in Malaysia later this month, but the concert was canceled amid complaints. What kind of complaints? Well, it seems that Avril Lavigne is just too darn sexy for Malaysia. Say what? Could these people, the ones complaining, possibly even remotely be Islamic Fundamentalists? Let's check the Globe for clues.

The Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry said it had decided not to permit Lavigne's planned Aug. 29 performance because it is unsuitable for Malaysian culture. The decision came after complaints by the youth wing of a fundamentalist opposition party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic party.

Odd, how fundamentalists are never any fun. In the end, you must judge for yourself.

Decide for yourself. Maybe they're right. Maybe Avril Lavigne is just too sexy . . . for Malaysia.

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