I’m not really good at talking about music on a technical level the way I discuss movies and literature, so I generally stay away from music reviews. But I just wanted to briefly touch on a couple albums I’ve downloaded recently with an arbitrary rating system.
mc chris – Racewars
When I heard the lyrics ” Youse a dumbmotherfucker, read a book, bitch” on the promo trailer, I knew this was an album for me. It’s funny, catchy, and pleasing to my nerd ears. I love rap songs about puppies in boxes and tiny european cars. My favorite tracks from Racewars include “Where’s my 40?” and “QT” (ode to Quentin Tarantino). A
Jonathan Coulton – Artificial Heart
I paid $15 for the digital + signed copy, because I heart me some JoCo. I hope to see him live one day.
There were no gem tracks like his classic “Code Monkey” and “Re: Your Brains,” but the album was still overall satisfying. He threw in some remixes of his Portal ending credits songs “Still Alive” and “Want you Gone,” which are some goodies. My favorite tracks include the previously mentioned and “Glasses,” “Je Suis Rick Springfield,” and “The Stache.” B+
Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You
Ugh. Awful awful awful. I liked Stadium Arcadium, I really did. But while this album didn’t make my ears bleed, there are no notable songs on this album that I would want to name as singles at all. It played in the background while I cleaned my room like muzak. It’s like all the laziest tracks from all their previous albums on one album. D-
Categories: Pop-culture, Reviews Tags: Artificial Heart, I’m With You, Jonathan Coulton, mc chris, mcchris, nerdcore, racewars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Crystal Pepsi had a short run from 1992-1993. I don’t really remember it because my mother was a health freak and wouldn’t buy soda. Besides the obvious difference of being clear, Crystal Pepsi was also non-caffeinated.
I’m not entirely sure why it never took off; maybe some people found the clear version confusing when it tasted exactly like the original. I do wish they would bring it back with caffeine, because it would be a great mixer.
Another thing I don’t remember too well is Coke II, which was introduced in 1985. Fortunately, someone with too much time made a really long wikipedia entry for New Coke/Coke II.
The story is that the reformulated Coke outperformed its predecessor in blind taste tests. But after replacing the original formula, the public backlash was harsh. According to a psyhiciatrist hired by the company, some customers that called the Coke Hotline “sounded as if they were discussing the death of a family member.”
New Coke ran alone for only 3 months before the company reintroduced Coke Classic. Coke Classic and Coke II were both available on the market until the late 90s, when Coke II was phased out and discontinued entirely by 2002.
3. Oh, childhood television advertisements with creepy mascots. Somebody actually took the time to aggregate all of the Pizza Hut Pizza Head commercials:
I could only watch a couple minutes in before his voice got unbearable.
4. I think I had nightmares about that happy face shirt that ate tye-dyed Fruit by the Foot.
5. Bubble Tape commercial from the early 90s. I distinctly remember the gum rolling passed the detached feet.
I haven’t seen them recently but I was happy to discover that they do still make M&M Minis. Good, because those plastic tubes are the perfect size for storing joints in.
Categories: Pop-culture Tags: 90s commercials, bubble tape, coke II, crystal pepsi, fruit by the food, M&M minis, pizza head
How to Tell a Story
^Video in the link. Matt Stone and Trey Parker know that telling a good story is all about flow. A story is not about things happening right after one another. Things happen and these things affect the subsequent things, keeping the plot flowing the viewer engaged. (Yeah, take that Family Guy.) Some great, classic advice right there.
I might break my cheapskate streak and upgrade my WordPress account soon, because this inability to embed non-youtube videos is pissing me off.
Categories: Knowledge has vagina dentata so don’t you fuck with it Tags: matt stone, storytelling, trey parker, writing
Mitt Romney holding an invisible baby.
Newt Gingrich: “I’m a Democrat tonight!”
Rick Perry: “Fuck Mitt Romney. (And the Mexicans. Execute them all.)”
Mitt Romney: “Don’t listen to Rick Perry. Massachusetts is special.”
Rick Santorum: “I’m sorry. My mouth is too full of fecal matter to make a difference.”
Ron Paul: “The free market will always give it to me better than Rick Santorum.”
Herman Cain: “I would have good talking points, if only the audience didn’t want to lynch me.”
Jon Huntsman: “I’m above these partisan politics. Not.”
Michelle Bachmann: “Stop stealing my thunder!”
Everybody: “Barack Obama is a failure and socialist! Lower taxes! I will suck the embalmed cock of Ronald Reagan!”
For the real debate, watch it on Politico or read the full transcript from NYT.
Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, satire Tags: GOP primary debate, lower taxes, Mitt Romney, Politico, Republican debate, rick perry, Ronald Reagan Library, September 7
Al Gore is disappointed in Barack Obama
Al Gore posted a short blog post today titled “Confronting Disappointment” concerning the recent proposed EPA air standards that the The President recently shot down:
Instead of relying on science, President Obama appears to have bowed to pressure from polluters who did not want to bear the cost of implementing new restrictions on their harmful pollution—even though economists have shown that the US economy would benefit from the job creating investments associated with implementing the new technology.
Oh Obama, I feel like every time you take a step forward with one of your liberal support groups, you walk away from another one. You have two hands; use them to get both jobs done. Please your base.
I still haven’t gotten my closed Guantanamo Bay or my free bumper sticker. Is the bumper sticker part really that hard? Or is it going to take another 4 years like the repeal of DADT?
Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: al gore, EPA, free bumper sticker, liberal disappointment, Obama 2012
Via The Atlantic.
Hey, guess who is glad they dropped out of school? Me! Guess who paid off their loans and has an awesome credit score? Me! Guess who can undercut your salary because I have $0 in extra monthly payments?
If you plan on getting only an undergraduate degree you better have good social skills, good connections, a keen sense for the stock market, and/or studied accounting.
Taunting does not apply to those with full scholarships or rich parents.
Categories: Uncategorized Tags: rich parents, student debt, student loan
Happy Labor Day! I celebrated the economic and social contributions of workers everywhere by playing Facebook games including the Words for Friends (generic Scrabble) and Sims Social.
Let me tell you something about the Sims on Facebook. It’s terrible! It’s technically buggy, functionally limited, they are constantly harassing to spend real money to buy Sim Money, and I can’t stop playing. But you can grow plants! Which I guess makes it kinda like Farmville except you need to pee more. I’m not sure what happens if you sell your toilet and don’t let your Sim pee. Maybe it’ll die. I don’t know.
Sims Social tag line is “Build a home. Build a relationship. Build a life.” Because we’re all incapable of doing that in the real world.
This is Reginald Omar Klein.
He’s a Villain and probably a hipster. He’s dating Tina, but there’s a technical error that’s preventing Reginald and Tina to go from “Dating” to “Going Steady.”
Will Reginald ever get laid? Will he find 3 friends to help him build another room to his insanely tiny house? Will his pumpkins ever not wither and die? Find out next time on… no, this probably not worth blogging about ever again.
Follow-up post: How a Facebook Game Ate my Life
Categories: Autobiographical Stories, Nerd Out Tags: Facebook game, free games, Labor Day, Sims online, Sims Social