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  1. to pay the billz

    April 24, 2009 by jjosh

    Sometimes all you can do is watch with your jaw dropped and say "Skillz."

    [via waxy]

  2. spring harmony

    April 17, 2009 by jjosh

    What a gorgeous day. Wow. Had my final eye appointment today and the doc said my recovery was "a miracle", so that was pretty great. Also the weather was pretty great. Also this clip of old-timey harmonica players that Pat H sent me is pretty great.

  3. Delilah, aww I love ya

    April 3, 2009 by jjosh

    I knew I was going to save this one for Friday. So last semester of my senior year of college I had electives open and I took an Audio Production class. The teacher wasn’t that good, but I got a lot out of it and it was a blast. The projects the prof gave us were good, he just wasn’t very good at explaining things…i.e. performing the role of the teacher. Ask Dan R., he took the class with me. The good thing the prof did though, was make us learn all the analog ways of doing things before bringing us into the digital world. So we were splicing tape with razor blades, making tape loops that were held in place with pencils and so on. It was great. I have this experimental tape loop piece but it’s only on reel-to-reel 1/4 inch tape, so I’ll have to transfer that later.

    Even once we made the move to digital, the system was so crash prone that you couldn’t do a very long piece, you’d have to stitch several short ones together. We used the system to "master" the first Raygun Theatre album (also on cassette) and I can remember it was a glitch-plagued nightmare, increasing Jack’s every distrust of the digital world.

    But what I have for you is my final project for that Audio Production class. I can’t remember what other people did for their final projects, but here’s mine. It’s an 8-minute acoustic guitar rock opera of the story of Samson and Delilah.

    Jjosh – Samson and Delilah

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    My favorite part is the bit in their duet where they start singing at the same time. She’s going "Samson" and he’s going "Delilah, aww I love ya" — I’m still proud of that bit. Delilah was sung by Molly, the girlfriend (now wife) of my pal Pat H. She knocked it out of the park, the piece really comes alive when she enters. She even nails the absurdist ending that I tacked onto the story, she was great.

    For some reason I think my sister is going to love this track.

    It’s been so fun posting these, maybe I’ll continue a little into next week…

  4. Single leg tap dancing

    January 23, 2009 by jjosh

    I love old-timey. I love the transforming power of overcoming adversity. I love tap-dancing. I love youtube. via]

  5. Johnny Rotten has done an advert for butter

    January 22, 2009 by jjosh

    First of all, Johnny Rotten has done a commercial for butter. It’s below, so you can check it out, and yeah, it’s a fine advert I guess, but damn it feels tough to have those sell-out feelings about Johnny Rotten. Granted, I guess the Pistols were a manufactured band to a certain extent, so they were always about selling out, and I guess JR is all about pushing people’s buttons and showing them that they’re never as free-thinking as they think they are, but still, damn, a commercial for butter. [via]

    The youtube comments are as divisive as possible, with people condemning and defending on both sides. My favorite though, is this filmed response. I can really feel what this guy is saying! He means it! I love that filmed responses can happen, and so quickly, and so well done.

  6. you tub roundup

    November 25, 2008 by jjosh

    here are the things I’ve been watching on youtube:

    "viral" bike guitar hero thing – cool but lame, real but marketing

    John Lee Hooker rocks the blues – subtitles?!

    girls flip out over American Idol – amazing and horrifying at the same time

    Miss Bunny – seriously, I don’t remember watching this one

    BBC doc David Lynch made about surrealism – JackW, are you listening?!

    BBC doc about Superman

    1983 interview with Bono & lead singer of Simple Minds – hair

  7. aliens Smith & Jones

    November 24, 2008 by jjosh

    Adding to the list of US celebs who make weird Japanese ads because they don’t think anyone in the Western world will see them: Tommy Lee Jones. According to the synopsis on mefi:

    "Tommy Lee Jones plays extraterrestrial ‘Alien Jones’, who has taken the form of a man to check on the world of humans, all the while drinking a Japanese brand of coffee named BOSS."

    While not as loopy as I want them to be, these ads have kind of a quiet, TLJones intense brand of odd.

    This one takes place in a "host club", a place where young women and pay trendy young men to entertain them. There used to be this great doc about host clubs on google vid, but it looks like it was sold so they’ve pulled it (good for them). Looks like it just aired on Sundance…some info about it here…) Here’s the ad…

    the last shot takes the whole thing to a new level, doesn’t it?

  8. the black president of 1977

    November 7, 2008 by jjosh

    I’m stoked for OB and excited for a black president, but wow I totally forgot we had a black president in 1977…thank goodness for the reminder that is youtube…

    some of it still seems so relevant…some hopelessly (thankfully) dated…

  9. we r doomed

    October 29, 2008 by jjosh

    <<Friday, Oct. 24, 1:44pm>>
    jjosh:              can’t believe it’s only 1.5 weeks til vote
    Ethan:            I’m really worried
    jjosh:              everything’ll be cool, OB’s got it
    Ethan:            I want to believe Kenobi’s got it
    Ethan:            but Palin et al really scare me
    Ethan:            I don’t trust the American people
    Ethan:            I think this vote is going to come down
    Ethan:            to populist vs intellectualist
    Ethan:            and that populist “base” is
    Ethan:            huge and scary
    Ethan:            we got New York but they got Kansas, you know?
    jjosh:              have some faith
    jjosh:              + Kansas is cool
    Ethan:             only thing I have faith in
    Ethan:            is the stupidity of the American people
    jjosh:              yr kind of a “glass half empty” kind of guy, aren’t you?
    Ethan:            we’re all doomed
    <<Friday, Oct. 24, 4:17pm>>
    jjosh:            people are sick of that populist crap
    jjosh:            they know that’s what got us in the mess we’re in
    jjosh:            you gotta stay positive yo
    jjosh:            believe that people can change
    jjosh:            put positive vibes out there
    jjosh:            only good can come of it
    Ethan:          doomed
    jjosh:            no way, it’s like a pendulum swiminging
    jjosh:            it’ll go our way this time
    jjosh:            humanity is getting better through time
    Ethan:          name me one way things are getting better
    jjosh:            eg in the 1600s
    jjosh:            torture was sponsored by the state
    jjosh:            actually sanctioned!
    jjosh:            people used to go to executions for fun!
    Ethan:          rly? you choose torture as an eg?
    jjosh:            bad example
    Ethan:          we are doomed
    <<Friday, Oct. 24, 5:53pm>>
    Ethan:            hey, I just txtd you “we are doomed! have a great weekend”
    Ethan:            except I sent it to the wrong person
    Ethan:            in my contact list! to this girl
    Ethan:            I had this big falling out with her 2 years ago
    Ethan:            haven’t spoken to her since!
    Ethan:            wouldn’t that be a great txt to get out of the blue? like
    Ethan:            “hey, haven’t spoken to you in 2 years
    Ethan:            you prob hate me
    Ethan:            just wanted you to know that we’re doomed!
    Ethan:            have a great weekend!”
    <<Friday, Oct. 24, 6:02pm>>
    Ethan:            you there?
    <<Monday, Oct. 27, 10:57am>>
    jjosh:            so wha happened re that girl?
    Ethan:          we ended up hooking up
    jjosh:            meeting up?
    Ethan:          hooking up! totally weird
    Ethan:          I’ll tell you later
    Ethan:          sex was the best ever
    jjosh:            this makes me think we are all doomed
    Ethan:          yr a glass half empty kind of guy
    jjosh:            DOOOOOOMED!
    Ethan:          big time

  10. cheburashka

    October 24, 2008 by jjosh

    Of all the birthday songs in the world, the Russian one is pretty amazing. So what a treat today to receive this gem of a translation found on yt by Mashka! I will take issue with one part of the translation though — while this woman claims it is a "magician" who shows up in the blue helicopter with the ice cream and "gratuitous film", I have always heard that it is a "wizard" who shows up. A subtle distinction, but a critical one I think.


  11. man in home-made jetpack crosses English channel

    September 26, 2008 by jjosh

    I think the post title says it all. He was going approx 120 mph.

  12. trick shot b-ball

    September 22, 2008 by jjosh

    So LeBron James challenges this trick shot maestro to a game of horse. This is actually a bad move on James’s part, I mean, horse uses a totally different set of skills than regular basketball, right? In fact, one could even argue that a pro player is *more* ill-equipped to play horse because he has spent so much time training his muscle memory to perform certain exact shots from exact positions. To try and make them perform more random ones? Tough stuff.

    This brings up the whole phenomenon of trick shot youtube videos. have you seen these? Some guys are doing some amazing things. Things that they must have spent a bit of time practicing. And before youtube there wasn’t as much of an incentive, right? Like parkour or that 17 year time-lapse thing that’s going round the internets…as always, the biggest resource is time.

  13. a political meeting of memes

    September 9, 2008 by jjosh

    McCain gets Barackrolled. I haven’t been too political on this blog, but this is so good. A blending of memes (have we talked about rickrolling here before?), this has amassed half a million hits in 2 days…the bit where McCain raises his eyebrows is priceless…

  14. time for a food party

    August 25, 2008 by jjosh

    Today is a good day for a party. But in this case, I’m talking about a food party.

    It’s so weird how in the beginning, she sings about picking donuts "for you and for me", but then in the next shot, she says she got the donuts for her and her alone! Wha? It makes me want one of those donuts. 

    via the blog of Wiley Wiggins! Yes, Mitch Kramer has a blog!

  15. centaur vs snake

    August 22, 2008 by jjosh

    small article in the NYT about a bike thief in Toronto (apparently the city known as the most bike friendly) who stole over 2300 bikes!…that’s a lot, but then this paragraph also caught my eye:

    That was just the beginning. An additional 200 bikes were seized in Mr. Kenk’s home. Ten landlords around the city reported that their garages had been rented by Mr. Kenk and were bulging with bicycles. As the police gathered the mounds of bikes, they also found cocaine, crack cocaine, about 15 pounds of marijuana and a stolen bronze sculpture of a centaur and a snake in battle.

    15 POUNDS of mj! And how about that sculpture! It sounds so great. Obviously, when he saw it he just had to have it. If only it had been a centaur with a crossbow fighting a minotaur with a trident. Amazingly when you type "centaur and snake in battle", you get this, which is really creepy and probably not what the statue was like at all: