Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sumimasen!

As usual, long stretches of time have passed since my last offering...but really, is anybody reading this?

This month I offer you a glimpse at Japanese society. A glimpse mind you, and one I personally did not experience while visiting.

I'm sure you've all heard about the amazing train system in Japan. You can go everywhere and anywhere and know when your train will arrive and depart down to the minute. And yes, sometimes they do get crowded.






Isn't that insane?! I will say that one evening, at around 11:30 pm, we left Shibuya station and because the trains end rather early there we were amongst a lot of people. We crammed into our train. And then more people got on. And then, when I thought it impossible to get any more people on uniformed station employees wearing white gloves gave one last good push to get everybody inside the doors! Everybody was squeezed together, touching, and somehow being polite.

One day, while suffering Toronto's rush hour, I decided that there was room for me on a crowded subway at St. George station. I did the Tokyo push--this involves approaching packed train car, turning around and pushing butt first into the train. I managed to get on and was quite proud too. I could feel everybody resisting me and at the next station a rather flustered lady got off, turned around and just scowled at me! Scowled at me as the train left the station and I got to work on time! Toronto don't know crowded transit!

But I digress. Somehow, I think the Japanese crave this type of closeness. Take a look and tell me what you think........







You kind of have to see it to believe it right?

Well, that's all I have time for. I gotta scarf a bowl of cereal, squeeze on a subway train and light a glory hole.

ciao for now!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Vids from the Fringe!

It is surprising how much time can just fly by! My last post was a month ago!

In that time I had a birthday, and one of my presents was a new phone. A Blackberry Pearl. I love it--email in your pocket! It is quite the upgrade from my old dinosaur, as my sibling said "1990 called, they want their phone back!".

This new acquisition has led me to search out things I've never needed before, such as wallpapers and ringtones. One site I've visited is www.crackberry.com. I found this great throw-back ring tone: Super Mario Bros. Theme


Of course this sparked some interesting conversation and inevitable YouTubing with my good buddy Fringe Boy Hoy. He showed me this gem:



Did you recognize all of those classics? The group is pretty good, and the animation is funny. Geeks meet choir!


Somehow, this led Fringe Boy along a path of discovery and lo-and-behold here is evidence that some people have too much time on their hands. Literally!





Seriously though, this is good right?

Anyhoo, I don't have much to say, I just wanted to share those vids with you.

Take care.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Sayre!

As a birthday present / thank you for the selection of fine videos I dedicate the following compilation of crazy Pac Mania to our friend Sayre! I hope you're having fun in Chicago.








PAC MAN!!!






Or you can go full screen at www.freepacman.org



Here's a couple more gems.....






And finally




That's about all the Pac Man I can handle. Just think, he's like 28 years old! Wait, is that the same as Sayre? That is not a polite question is it? Let's just leave it there.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Video Hits

A week or so ago, our friend Sayre sent us a link to the unbelievable. The inconceivable. George Michael rapping. Raise your hands if you remember this one...Come on, it's okay to admit it. I mean, you don't have to like it. But you will. Actually, you will love it! It is that good. I can't say that I remember hearing this one, but like me, you will no doubt be singing along by the end!






Inconceivable, no?


Well this was soon followed by another email from our buddy Sayre containing what he assured were three more videos he thought we might like. His taste proves to be impeccable, as the chosen videos both entertain and delight!



And so, without further adieu, here they are, as selected and introduced by Sayre:


1. This is actually even more gay than Wham Rap (if you can believe that) but funny:







2. You have the watch the whole video because the ending is the best part:







3. I really like this song but the video is really funny/ridiculous:






So there it is.

Four videos, with a combined age of 71 years.

I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.

Many thanks to Sayre--keep 'em comin'!

Friday, February 8, 2008

JuMp Walrus JuMp!

Right now I am listening to a crazy mix of House of Pain's Jump Around. It is insane.

Two versions of this song in a row are a bit much though. But I digress....

First things first; this all started with the Blue Walrus and a glass of Shandy. I don't remember how I found this website called the Blue Walrus, but it is a music blog and it contains a few albums of good, solid electronic music. I know it's not for everybody, but some of you will like it. There are even a few pop/rock (?) albums called Snazzy as Fuck which may be more to your liking. Each is downloadable via a zip file. I've just downloaded Clap to the Electricity Vol. 7.

This discovery of the music blog got me to reinvestigate the Hype Machine (thanx Doom) and music online. I feel like I've made some sort of internet breakthrough--there is all this stuff out there, music that I didn't really know existed. It is like an internet rebirth. It's a similar feeling to that when I first saw graphics on the web instead of just text! Through my surfing I came across a podcast by a band I discovered on The Blue Walrus called The Young Punx. So far this has been a good listen. The Young Punx are a live dance music group and the podcast is a good mix of their stuff, stuff they've remixed and stuff they like. Which for the most part I like.

For those of you who are on more of a hip-hop bend I just found a podcast out of Britain called Ejectorseat that is quite good. Phat beats, british accents and (sadly?) no Fiddy.

Other podcasts that are in my regular listening line-up are Ninja Tunes' Solid Steel, Cookiehead Jenkins' show Solid State Deluxe out of Hawaii and The Sound Culture All of which offer a good mix of genres and always provide a good groove that will suit any day's soundtrack. Podcasts are brilliant. Free music delivered to iTunes (or whatever you use) every week (or so). Being the Scottish descended spendthrift that I am, this suits me just fine. And as a wise drunken Swedish traveller once told me "Cheep iz goud, Free is tha BEST!"

If you need some help finding podcasts outside the iTunes directory I found this the other day: TruMix.com. I've only browsed a little bit, that's where I found the Ejector Seat one. Let me know if it's any good.

Till next time.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The first post, can you find it?

So I keep mentioning websites to friends, and they always ask me to forward the names and addresses by email as often we are doing something, such as blowing glass, and are unable to write down the information. It would seem that a web log would be an ideal situation for me to jot things down as they are discovered to be shared by like-minded individuals.

First off I am going to mention Hype Machine. It is not necessarily for every taste in music, but I am using it a lot. This website tracks music blogs, and the music being discussed, and allows you to listen to the tracks in your browser or a pop-up music player. I can't say I like all of the tracks, but you are able to skip tracks and move on to something better.

The Hype Machine

I am using an Airport Express and Airfoil to wirelessly transmit audio to my stereo. If you have an Airport Express but are tied to Airtunes for your listening, check out Airfoil at Rogue Amoeba's website (www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil).


This was forwarded to me by my good buddy Doom. Hope you don't find it too offensive!



I don't even know if any of this will work, or if anybody will even see it. Who knows. Who cares?