Ran into some new music in Europe, including this "Eurovision" winning track.
Volker and Veronika mentioned this entry was kind of promoted by Stefan Raab...
that's the same guy who did that
odd "wire mesh fence" song I kisrael'd a while back. He thought Germany needed a better showing in the contest, and I guess it worked! This year he promoted a song by the same artist, which led to him doing a rockabilly version of the same song live (since Lena won but couldn't perform to start the next year's show...)
Now I have 4 songs titled "Satellite"...this, Elvis Costello's, Smash Mouth's, and Dave Matthews'.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3JCESdFNyw You know, the farce of contemporary art is that cyriak wasn't in any gallery I saw in Europe. (Still wish http://b3ta.com had an archive of their front page entries.)
"Rule number one: the most important thing about you is your date of birth. Which puts you inside history. Rule number two: sooner or later, each human life is a tragedy, sometimes sooner, always later." --Martin Amis, "The Pregnant Widow"
Another quarter gone by, another 40-odd songs discovered, or rediscovered...
FWIW, I slightly modified how I listen to this music. For a long while I've been building resetting my seasonal playlist at the start of each season. But that led to songs added late in the season not getting as much play, which in turn led to stuff like me holding off on downloading a song 'til the beginning of the next quarter, which kind of missed the point of an ongoing "new music in my life" playlist. So, now I mostly listen to a rolling playlist of the last 25 songs added. I also added a "last 25 songs, 4 stars or higher", which makes my the ranking a little more meaningful...
One five star track last season:
If You Kiss Jesus - Robin Skouteris. The "My Little Pony" video put to this mashup was played at a Pax East panel on "Playing to Win" (For no particularly good reason, except it rocks.)
A few 4 star songs:
Something Bigger, Something Better - Amanda Blank, used on some youtube video or other. Love the line "my ladies who got their own cash / know how to swing they hips fast"
Make Some Noise - The Beastie Boys. I'm on their email list. "here we go again / give you more, nothin' less-a / back on the mic is the anti-depress-a"
S&M - Rihanna. Amber digs this tune - there should be more videos this playfully sexy. "I may be bad / but I'm perfectly good / at it" ... "sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and wips excite me"
King Creole (Viva Elvis) - Elvis Presley. Played during the final days of the Copley Square Borders (sigh) "He lay downs a beat / like a ton of coal"
Peppyrock - BTK. I remembered writing down this title in the 90s, forgeting about it, looking it up, realizing it was a song and video, forgetting about it, then remembering it again for no good reason. Catchy song.
"We laugh at death because we know death will have the last laugh on us." --Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust"did they just say you can now use the volume buttons to snap iPhone photos? All that fuss! ..wonder if photo gallery gets folder management?
ALL YOUR DATA ARE BELONG TO ICLOUD. ALL YOUR DATA ARE BELONG TO ICLOUD. ALL YOUR DATA ARE BELONG TO ICLOUD.
From Apple keynote:"App manages presentation of its own documents." Reminds me of the old Mac days:"the application program that created it could not be found". It seems like such an odd vision of the future, all these islands of piles of files, each app using whatever metadata it sees fit. if the existing iPhone camera roll is any indication, "no sorting" is it.
I'd say Apple vs Microsoft is done. Next: Apple vs the Web (and then Apple vs Owning Files?) I'm worried about the rise of monoculture.
@dianebrat I liked trusting gmail et al w/ server data, but knowing i could control my own files. Apple seeks to blur the distinction...
Hate the device lock-in implied by iMessage. The goal is Apple's world, we just live in it. Hope it's the next "Ping".
Realize that I have two non-overlapping camps of followees tweeting keynotes: E3 games and Apple. Mixed feelings not being in former group.
Every time I copy and paste an HTML attribute in Eclipse, it hourglasses for about 20 seconds. Rage building.
"Ain't no party like a Turing party, 'cause a Turing party may or may not stop." --http://twitter.com/loresjoberg
--via 22 words, posted here for Amber because even though she doesn't like youtube videos she sometimes likes this kind of stuff...
Makes you wonder if NYPD is just looking to get the revenue or what...
"The most daring thing to do with your life is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured." --http://twitter.com/Kurt_Vonnegut"Sorry suckers. Being an adult isn't being a joyless bitch. Eat cupcakes, wear sneakers, read comics and FUCK THE WORLD. RT THAT" --http://twitter.com/darrylayo"If you watch NASA backwards, it's about a space agency that has no spaceflight capability, then does low-orbit flights, then lands on moon." --http://twitter.com/thomasfuchs
"aw big ol sneeze all over my computer screen WELL AT LEAST THE COLORS ARE PRETTY" --http://twitter.com/daphaknee"If 90% of everything is crap, it's not the same 90% for everyone! We need more EVERYTHING!" --http://twitter.com/ExciteMikeThe razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.
"Power corrupts: this is not a metaphor. And writers were instantly corrupted by the mad power of choice." --Martin Amis, The Pregnant Widow. This is why I have trouble writing.The muscular little charcoal birds, thirteen of them, were working, climbing, far above the mountaintops. Nearer the ground, the yellow canarini (they were actually much bigger than canaries) gave a sudden unanimous cackle. They weren't laughing at him, he realised, or not at him in particular. They were laughing at human beings. What was it about us that they found so funny? We're birds! they were saying. And we fly! All day we do what you do in your dreams. We fly! --Martin Amis "The Pregnant Widow"
"If you don't have time to drink 8 glasses of water a day, at least leave your mouth open during rain storms." --http://twitter.com/FakeScienceIs it Penny Arcade's mention of "El Shaddai" or the "lord of lords" idea leading to Duke Nuke'em "Hail to the King" ads on the Amy Grant song video?
"Margaritas taste a whole lot better when you're not pregnant."
"Internet Explorer is the most chav of all the browsers." --revelation in a dream last night"Kindness now interests me more than intelligence. Knowledge and cleverness have their allure. But a supple heart is worth far more than a quick and educated mind." --Marta Flanaganhttp://factlets.info/Placebo - "Studies show placebos are twice as effective as they were 25 years ago."
Man, 28 Great Movies From the Perspective of Minor Characters really resonated with me...
"Kids: God's little awkward moments machines." --Linda on Better Off TedYeah, "Better Off Ted"'s Veridian Dynamics + Portia de Rossi really holds its own against Portal's Aperture Science and GLaDOS... now I really wanna see more of Andy Richter Controls the Universe.
CONGRATS BRUINS! (self-deprecating thought, all the Boston fans going, wait, what about the fourth quarter?) Yay Boston Sports!
Man, Chara is 6'9"?? When he picked up the Stanley Cup from that official guy it looked like an optical illusion.
via SpindleyQ: Thank you, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, for these lovely jokes http://t.co/KRpse5KFWIW, digging the "QVS" stylus for iPad... like $8 at Microcenter (at the impulse item section)- has a clip and great smooth round end.
Coworker sent this one around... one of the most amazing "looks like it's moving but it's not" I've ever seen. (I also like the Madelbrot Set shout out) Click it for the full size version, around 4 times as large and a lot more effective.
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
14. Ernest Hemingway on William Faulkner
"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?" --The 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults In HistoryMixed feelings on the Solstice... a little sad to know it's all downdark from here.
"No one earns $100 million. You steal $100 million." --Fran Lebowitz
"You’re too young to remember this, but to someone my age, it was shocking that Ronald Reagan would be the president of the United States. Why not Dana Andrews, who was a better actor? Ronald Reagan was the president of the United States. Anything that follows that is understandable." --Fran Lebowitz interviewed by the AV Club
"Tyche [chance] is as relentless a mistress as Ananke [necessity]" --Norbert Wiener"You know you’re in trouble when even the main villain in your story is complaining about the plot and wishing he were a character in a more interesting book." --The slacktivist on "Tribulation Force" ("Left Behind" sequel)Reassuring AND discouraging when googling up some development how-to and seeing a bunch of links colored "already seen" from way back when.
Maybe I could foster more equanimity and tranquility about the frustrations of MBTA if I saw it as a force of nature, like the weather, not as a product of human incompetence.
"*Coconut* Twix?? What does that even MEAN???" --Amber