Thursday, December 15, 2011

Now, This is Shinny

shin·ny (also shin·ney) noun \ˈshi-nē\
1. Ice, street, or field hockey played informally with a ball, can, or similar object.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The National

Who's got two thumbs and goes to a concert by himself? This guy.

I went to see my favorite band The National last night at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan.

I am not a good critic. I tend to write review that have very few words. Either something was Great or it was not.

Other than the girl who brought her mother**, everything about this show was absolutely fantastic. Theatre was beautiful, opening act was actually very good (The War on Drugs), and the National was excellent.

they play there every night this week. I really want to go back. If anyone wants to take me, let me know.

for your audible enjoyment, here are a few tracks:

**The mother was not a fan, and tried to decifer the lyrics to every song, when she discovered them, she was so happy and proud of herself that shouted them out, so it was a running commentary. She was directly behind me and I was ready to ask her to be quiet. To her daughter's credit, she was trying to shut her up.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bombay Dreams Cast Sings Joy to the World

I've been looking for this song for years, as I've never heard it, but have wanted to. Randomly searched for it today and found that someone posted it to youtube.

The cast of A. R. Rahman's Broadway musical, Bombay Dreams, recorded Joy to the World for Broadways annual fundraiser Carols for a Cure.

Anyway, enjoy. It's never too early for Christmas...after all they're selling Christmas merchandise in the stores already.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cool Card Trick

The card trick is cool, but I'm still trying to figure out how he did that thing with his hands.

Friday, August 19, 2011

"Hanuman" live, by Rodrigo y Gabriela

I have no idea how she's doing what she's doing with her guitar, but it's very cool

Monday, August 1, 2011

Avatar: Legend of Korra (Cartoon)

For any fans of the animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, here's the trailer for the upcoming sequel series, Avatar: Legend of Korra

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Little Sith

This is for anyone who was forced to endure Le Petit Prince in high school french, this is for you. If, by chance, you were as tortured as I was, you had to read it in french class and the translation in english, an extra dose of sympathy for you.

(by Fabian Gonzalez, source)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

No more ocean swimming for me...

The Lions Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. They have been swimming in arctic waters since before the dinosaurs (over 650 million years ago) and are among some of the oldest surviving species in the world.
The largest can come in at about 6 meters and has tentacles over 50 meters long. Pretty amazing when you think these things have been swimming around for so long.
They have hundreds of poisonous tentacles that it used to catch passing by fish. it then slowly drags in it’s prey and eats it.

I am officially terrified.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Advertising Awesomeness: Panda Cream Cheese

4 (or is it 5?) Panda Cream cheese commercials:

edit: Just discovered this is a rip off of a Boston Bruins commercial: Just as funny:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Androids are taking over!

Freaking scary how real this looks.

In other news, Skynet incorporated today

Fists of Legend Sequel

Haven't seen the original with Bruce Lee, but this looks awesome.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Thundercats, Hoooo!

Trailer for upcoming Cartoon Network Series!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Best Soccer Dive Ever!

Movie: E.T. Part 2


(Don't worry, it's fake,but it's a very well done fake).

Also, I should note, for the record, that I have never ever seen the original.

Friday, February 18, 2011

New Thor Trailer

If it's not clear that I'm looking forward to this movie, my fawning over this trailer should make it abundantly so.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Prodigal Son

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Today's slice:

The Father Who Runs
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Jill Carattini

The massive Rembrandt measures over eight and a half feet tall and six and a half feet wide, compelling viewers with a larger than life scene. "The Return of the Prodigal Son" hangs on the walls of the St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum depicting Christian mercy, according to one curator, as if it were Rembrandt's last "spiritual testament to the world." Fittingly, it is one of the last paintings the artist ever completed and remains one of his most loved works.

The painting portrays the reunion of the wayward son and the waiting father as told in the Gospel of Luke. The elderly father is shown leaning in an embrace of his kneeling son in ragged shoes and torn clothes. With his back toward us, the son faces the father, his head bowed in regret. Clearly, it is the father Rembrandt wants us most to see. The aged man reaches out with both hands, his eyes on the son, his entire body inclining toward him.

It is understandable that viewers have spent hours looking at this solemn reflection of mercy and homecoming. The artist slows unstill minds to a scene where the parable's characters are powerfully still. The kneeling son leans silently toward the father; the father calmly and tenderly leans toward the son. All is at rest. But in fact, this is far from the scene Jesus portrays in the parable itself.

The parable of the prodigal son is a long way from restful, and the father within it is anything but solemn and docile in his embrace of the wayward son. In the story Jesus tells, while the son was "still a long way off," the father saw him and "was filled with compassion for him" (Luke 15:20). This father was literally moved by his compassion. The Greek word conveys an inward movement of concern and mercy, but this man was also clearly moved outwardly. The text is full of dramatic action. The father runs to the son, embraces him (literally, "falls upon his neck"), and kisses him. Unlike the depiction of Rembrandt, Jesus describes a scene far more abrupt and shocking. It is not the son who we find kneeling in this picture, but the father. The characters are not at rest but in radical motion. The father who runs to his wayward son runs without any assurance of repentance; he runs without any promise that the son is even home to stay.

There is a line in Jewish tradition that would likely have entered the minds of the first hearers of this parable. According to ancient thought, the manner of a man's walk "shows what he is."(1) Dignified men in this ancient culture simply did not run. In order to do so, long robes would have had to be lifted up, exposing the legs, which was inherently shameful. And yet, this father runs to the son who blatantly disrespected him, and hurriedly embraces the one who once disowned him. This man's "walk" shows a substance that is nothing less than staggering. All measures of decorum, all levels of expectation, all rules of honor and shame are simply shattered by this father's love. It would no doubt have been a disruptive picture for the audience who first heard the parable; it remains a disruptive picture today.

The portrait Jesus offers of the Father is one of action and immediacy. The image of any father running to meet the child who had made a mess of her life is compelling. But that it was so outlandish in this ancient context makes this depiction of his love all the more stirring. It brings to the forefront an image of God as one who is willing to embrace shame on our account. It brings to mind the image of a Son who endured the cross, scorning its shame, that we would not grow weary and lose heart.

God is moving toward us with a walk that thoroughly counters any thought of a distant and absent Father and boldly confronts any move away from Him. In his radical approach of our hearts, the Father reveals who He is. However far we wander, the God who laments even one lost soul is waiting and ready for our return. More than this, He is the Father who runs to close the distance.

Jill Carattini is managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) Arland Hultgren, The Parables of Jesus (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 2000), 78.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Who is Esperenza Spalding?

Who is this woman that came out of nowhere to win the Artist of the Year Grammy. Who is this woman that angered Beiberites so much that they trashed her wiki page?

I dunno. But I'm still trying to find out. Via this guy, who called her the artist of the year in December, here's a couple videos of her work.

So far, me likey.


In May of 2009, she performed at the White House:

NPR Concert:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Koala Bear Rocks the Air Guitar

These Guys Should Have Done Superbowl Halftime!

Quote of the day:
"If Mubarak was smart he would have used the Black Eyed Peas to empty out Tahir Square 2 weeks ago."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Greytown - My Life as an Office Clerk

Saw this band at Camp Mini-Yo-We in 1991. Wow. that's almost 20 years ago. I still have their 4 song demo cassette.

This song either won or was a finalist in the Q107.9 (Toronto) Homegrown contest.

Love this song.

Friday, February 4, 2011

A Masterpiece

From today's RZIM's Slice of Infinity (well worth subscribing to, if you haven't already).

In Multi-Dimension
By Jill Carratini
Friday, February 4, 2011

An important manuscript long thought lost was rediscovered hiding in a Pennsylvania seminary on a forgotten archival shelf. The recovered manuscript was a working score for a piano version of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Grosse Fuge," or grand fugue. Apparently, grand is an understatement. The work is known as a monument of classical music and described by historians as a "symphonic poem" or a "leviathan"—an achievement on the scale of the finale of his Ninth Symphony. The work is one of the last pieces Beethoven composed, during the period when he was completely deaf. The markings throughout the manuscript are in the composer's own hand.

In fact, such markings are a particular trademark of Beethoven, who was known for near obsessive editing. Unlike Mozart, who typically produced large scores in nearly finished form, Beethoven's mind was so full of ideas that it was never made up. Never satisfied, he honed his ideas brutally.

And a look at the recovered score portrays exactly that. Groups of measures throughout the 80-page manuscript are furiously canceled out with cross-marks. Remnants of red sealing wax, used to adhere long corrections to an already scuffed up page, remain like scars. There are smudges where he rubbed away ink while it was still wet and abrasions where he erased notes with a needle. Dated changes and omissions are scattered throughout the score, many of these markings dating to the final months before his death in 1827.

I find there is something inspiring about the labored work of a genius. Beethoven wrestled notes onto the page. For him composing music was a messy, physical process. Ink was splattered, wax burned, erasers wore holes in the paper. What started as a clean page became a muddled, textured mess of a masterpiece ever in progress.

At times when I consider the Christian notion of myself as a creation I am jarred by the finality of it: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." Upon calling on Christ as Lord, the Christian holds that she has been made into something new. Before we have even tried to live well, before we have even labored as disciples, the marred and muddied scene of our hearts has been shaped into something else. The Father sees the masterpiece of the Son.

Though I stand amazed at this grace, it is also easy for me to stumble at the thought of it. I imagine God handing me a clean paper and asking me to hold it in a world full of ink and dirt. And I immediately wish I would have been more careful. I picture the white page given to me and think of all of the smudges and eraser marks I've added to it, some of them from lessons learned the hard way, others merely from bumping into life as I walk along.

If truth be told, life is far messier than we would like it to be. People get angry and depressed and sick. We struggle with remaining hopeful in the dark and seeing through bouts of self-deception. Our lives don't turn out how we planned them, and the roads we choose aren't as straight as we would like them to be. Even so, the Christian claims God is faithful through the mess. More than this, the Christian claims the mess to be the masterpiece. "For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

To an unknowing eye, Beethoven's scores would appear muddled disasters. But mindful observers have called his masterpieces works of "three-dimensional" art. There is a texture and a character to his manuscripts that display an artist who went beyond merely writing the notes, but compelled himself upon the page, in order to make a symphony. All the more, a life in Christ is fleshed out of us. Scuffs and blotches are wrought with the work of one who descends into the mess of life to shape us. Like a composer willing to labor over his pages, the potter's hands are not afraid to get dirty. Our lives, in multi-dimensional beauty, are marked with the signs of the master ever at work.

Jill Carattini is managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

Guns N' Roses Covers

Check out my post on the Northern Review, showcasing an electropop cover of Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction Album

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cello Smooth Criminal

Cover of Alien Ant Farm...I mean Michael Jackson. Skip the first 25-30 seconds or so.

Most Insane Movie Action Scene Ever

From Bollywood too!

No idea why it's dubbed in Russian, though

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Be very scared

World's biggest insects!

Check out the tomato in the background for context.

It eats birds. Birds! If I ever see that, I'm going to need one huge shoe. More like a shotgun.

See this link for the rest (mostly beetles).

Monday, January 24, 2011

Excel Art

I use Excel every day, almost 8 hrs a day...but this is incredible.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

From BBC

Watch this full screen:

Very cool:

Monday, January 10, 2011


Musical Discoveries of the day: Jan 10, 2011

Janelle Monae - Cold War (See )

Ryan Adams - Desire (Yeah, I know--old song. But new to me)

The Daylights - Rogue Machines

The Northern Review--Janelle Monae

Check out my post on the Northern Review on Janelle Monae.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Advertising Awesomeness

The origin of Riverdance

The origins of Irish step dancing.

Apologies for the insertion of the original riverdance video in the corner. It's there in the original...