Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wud u lik 2 c my veedeeohs?

I'm gonna keep things simple today. Here's a bunch of dumb stuff that made me laugh/cry or go "ooooh" and "aaaah":

Transforminators (YouTube, clicky here)
Somebody made a mashup of Transformers and Terminator and actually did a solid job. I guess the most convincing aspect is that the voice-over guy could actually does a decent Christian Bale impression, which makes lines about "sweet cars" and stolen sand extra funny. And really, this is only slightly more ridiculous than either of those movies anyway.

Ryan Reynolds is Betty White's bitch (Funny or Die, clicky here)
I'd normally have a hard time justifying posting a video that features Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, but it's okay because Betty White is in there too and she hates Ryan Reynolds as much as the next guy/golden girl.

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus trailer (YouTube, clicky here)
A very shitty movie with an awesome trailer. Really, I have little desire to see this, but the trailer is very entertaining. Actually, I'm lying -- I do want to see this, but I already know that it will most likely be super-tedious and boring... Except, of course, for the parts with the shark and/or octopus.

In Bb (clicky here)
This falls in the "ooohs" and "aaaahs" category, because it's actually pretty awesome. I don't really want to spoil the experience for you, but if you like music and creative use of the internet, do yourself a favour and go check this out. It's interactive and pretty and you will like it.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

One for the kids

Like a lot of my stories, this one starts with myself reading Yahoo Answers. So this kid is asking for advice on making electronic music and mentions some Victory Records band I don't know. I'm not normally the type who complains about "what the kids are listening to," but WTF is this shit all about?

Like, seriously, this may be the worst combination of these two genres they could conceivably have come up with. A lot of bands have tried to marry punk rock and electronics in recent years with varying degrees of success, but this particular excursion seems to ignore what I think are the best aspects of both those genres in favour of the stuff I'd rather forget about. My brain hurts.

I don't feel old very often, so congratulations to Dot Dot Curve -- you've done it for me today.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Feeling Lost

So, the season finale of the show Lost is tonight. I'm excited! The show has become a bit of an event in my immediate circle of friends, since we use it as an excuse to get together in the middle of the week and be merry. I believe wings are on the menu tonight. Actually I know they are, because I'm cooking them.

But anyway, some awesome Flickr user made this phenomenal poster that teases at least one of the current storylines people hope to see resolved. Of course, with this show one resolved issue typically results in six new mysteries. But they only have one season left after tonight, so I guess it's possible we may actually see some old questions answered in the near future. So, will we finally see Jacob? Rumors say "yes," but those have been wrong before.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The song that never ends

So, how about that Coldplay song? The story of "Viva La Vida" and how original (or unoriginal) it may be continues to get more hilarious. First, some guy from a band you've never heard of -- The Creaky Boards -- came out and claimed in a YouTube video that the song was a rip-off of one of his songs. Then career guitar-masturbator Joe Satriani came forward and was all, like, "No, actually, I also wrote the same song already," and actually went so far as to sue the band (not yet settled). And now, Cat Stevens also wants a slice of lame-pie and states that in addition to sounding like 2 other songs, "Viva La Vida" also sounds like his song, "Foreigner Suite" from the 5 minute mark onward (it's a 9 minute-long "epic"). However, whether or not he will also sue Coldplay will depend on "how well Satriani does" (Billboard).

Fortunately, Cat Stevens injects a little bit of common sense into the situation: "It has such logical chords and the melody has to be what it is." In other words, nobody worked terribly hard on this song and if they did, they were overlooking the obvious. And let's be honest here -- recycling chords and melodies is not unheard of in pop music. Songs with the same four chord intervals show up all the time. What matters are the details that allow an artist to make a song his/her own. I'm certainly not going to confuse any of these songs for each other, although they do admittedly have a lot in common, melodically speaking. Then again, so do all of these:

Maybe I should be writing lots of generic songs now so that when somebody writes a similar one in 10 years and becomes more popular than I am, I can sue them.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Am I missing something?

I've been using Twitter for a while now. It's fun, I guess, although I haven't found it particularly useful or inspiring just yet. However, I can take comfort in knowing that there are apparently people out there who understand it even less than I do.

Remember MySpace? Basically, everybody wanted to have as many friends as possible and as a result, a lot of people were adding anyone who requested their "friendship". The catch was that if somebody adds you, and you accept their request, they automatically get added to your own friend list as well, opening you to all kinds of useless garbage being posted in your comments, inbox, etc.

In the last couple of weeks, I've received follow-requests on Twitter from numerous individuals I've never met before and who have no idea who I am. Just like on MySpace, they appear to be musicians and website operators trying to spread their crap blindly to anyone who will listen. "Oh, your art-house new wave doom-metal band is playing a CD release show in a cafe in another continent tomorrow? I'll totally be there!" But the thing about Twitter is that even if I give somebody else permission to view my updates, their shit won't clutter my home view unless I in turn also request to follow their updates. Um... That's not going to happen.

So, tell me, am I missing something? Are these people gaining something by seeing all my updates about cats and the weather and chatting with friends about bands who played last night? Do they just like having thousands of different Twitterers cluttering their feed? Or do they just go and add thousands of people, hoping that one or two might add them back? (ha ha! you suck.)

Maybe these people would better spend this time working on new music rather than sending updates to thousands of people who don't give a shit about them and just want the extra internet friends.