Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lyrics Quiz: We Are...

  1. "We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving."
  2. "We are young. Heartache to heartache, we stand. No promises, no demands."
  3. "We are young, we run green. Keep our teeth nice and clean."
  4. "We are two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl."
  5. "We are the goon squad and we're coming to town. Beep-beep. Beep-beep."
  6. "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden."
  7. "We are agents of the free. I've had my fun and now it's time to serve your conscience overseas."
  8. "We are ugly but we have the music."
  9. "We are, we are, we are but your children, finding our way around indecision. We are, we are, we are ever helpless. Take us forever."
  10. "We're one, but we're not the same. Well, we hurt each other, then we do it again."
  11. "We are flying down to Rio."
  12. "We are the pretty petty thieves. And you're standing on our street."

Monday, May 25, 2009

Advertising: Stock Photo Models

Funny/cute story about how a simple trip to the park when she was 19 resulted in this woman seeing her face all over the world. (Forgive her the spelling of "Spainard".) (And don't bother downloading the accompanying MP3 files. Wet Hair sucks.)

There is another ubiquitous model, the "Everywhere Girl", but she is an actress/model, so I don't think it's quite as interesting.

But that story does link to a search engine called TinEye, which allows you to search for websites that use an image - and it doesn't have to be an exact match. For example, I input the address of one version of the infamous Ruby shoots Oswald photo, and it found 7 others that were cropped differently. It also allows you to compare images, by toggling back and forth between overlays. A search with the James Brown mugshot found a version in black & white (that impressed me) and a version with Tom DeLay's face.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bicycling: Boris Johnson Near-Miss

This is an amazing accident caught on CCTV, never mind that the Mayor of London was almost killed.

Lyrics Quiz: Machines

In honor of the new "Terminator" film, a lyrics quiz about Machines. Songs 10-12 have "Machine" in the title.

  1. "Oh, can't you see me standing here? I've got my back against the record machine. I ain't the worst that you've seen."
  2. "He likes to keep his fire engine clean, it’s a clean machine."
  3. "I saw him dancing there by the record machine. I knew he must have been about seventeen."
  4. "The Telex machine is kept so clean, and it types to a waiting world."
  5. "She was a fast machine. She kept her motor clean."
  6. "Here comes Johnny Yen again, with the liquor and drugs and the flesh machine."
  7. "Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground."
  8. "The Rangers had a homecoming in Harlem late last night. And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine over the Jersey state line."
  9. "We got a thousand points of light for the homeless man. We got a kinder, gentler, machine gun hand."
  10. "Get up (get on up). Get up (get on up). Stay on the scene (get on up)."
  11. "You've been in the pipeline, filling in time, provided with toys and Scouting For Boys."
  12. "I - I just took a ride in a ------ -------. And I'm still feeling mean."

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Music: Saturday Mix

Friday, May 15, 2009

Music: In Bb 2.0

Very clever - in Bb 2.0, an array of 16 YouTube videos of various musicians playing in B flat. Start and stop each randomly. It's like the greatest Sigur Ros song ever!