Saturday, May 15, 2010

Covers that you might not have known are covers: "Oye Como Va"

Lots of times, the most familiar version of a song isn't the original version. I'll be posting some of these "covers that you might not have known are covers" on Saturdays.

"Oye Como Va"
Familiar version: Santana
Original version: Tito Puente

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (5/11/2010)

A man calling himself K-Strass has been getting himself invited onto Midwestern morning news shows as a yo-yo champion. Only one problem: he can't yo-yo worth a damn. (The first video at the link isn't that great, but the second two are hilarious. This is some great comedy performance art in the tradition of Andy Kaufman and Sacha Baron Cohen.)

A Scholarly Critique of the Style, Symbolism and Sociopolitical Relevance of Gilligan's Island: "Through a thin veil of canned laughter, unpretentious slap-stick, and inexpensive production the complete modern sociopolitical predicament is brought to the light of day."

Ta-Nehisi Coates's greatest fear about growing old: becoming Andy Rooney. "Age turns ignorance into a luxury, and worse, if you don't recognize it as a luxury you start to think everyone is as clueless as you. And of course you're clueless that any of this is even going on. It's just a bad look all around."

Eight websites you need to stop building.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (5/10/2010)

Here's a fascinating discussion of reasons people leave the LDS church and how they continue to relate to it, or at least to Mormons. (The real meat is in the comments.)

The "worst" animal mothers.

"Just because an older Baptist minister takes a young Latino prostitute on a deluxe Mediterranean holiday, that does not make him gay."

Think you're a libertarian? I doubt that you are. Take the Libertarian Purity Test and find out. (Note that this is different from all those "Are you a libertarian?" tests, which are designed to make libertarianism seem attractive to normal people. This is a test to see if you're a for-real libertarian.) I got a 28, which according to the test means "You are a soft-core libertarian. With effort, you may harden and become pure." According to me, though, I'm as libertarian as I want to be.

Video favorites (May 2010)

There's a monster coming to Craig Ferguson's show, John Cleese on the advantages of extremism, simultaneous sock application, high-five etiquette, Neil Gaiman on what to do if you find yourself in a fairy tale, amazing fire illusion, if science worked like religion, the cognitive bias song, and the best baby announcement ever.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Ch-ch-ch-changes...

I'm going to to be modifying this blog's look over the next couple of days. (You can preview what I'm working on here.) Hopefully, I'll be able to improve both function and form, but some things may not work smoothly while I'm working on it. Please bear with me.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Covers that you might not have known are covers: "House of the Rising Sun"

Lots of times, the most familiar version of a song isn't the original version. I'll be posting some of these "covers that you might not have known are covers" on Saturdays.

"House of the Rising Sun"
Familiar version: The Animals
Original version: Because this is an old folk song, there probably is no true "original version." So I'm posting a Woody Guthrie version from 1941, since it's probably a lot like the version the Animals first heard, and a Lead Belly version from 1948, just because it's very cool.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (5/7/2010)

Arizona still sucks. Los Suns don't, though (except when they play the Lakers).

Yet another panel clears the "Climategate" scientists.

Who are the real mavericks in Congress?

The moral life of babies.

The Adventures of Leonard McCoy, Space Doctor (No. 33)

"It's a type of primitive economic database that was in widespread use before the development of networked computers."

Follow the adventures of Leonard McCoy, Space Doctor, as he explores the far reaches of space (and my house... and my backyard... and my kids' toy boxes) with his friends Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Twice a week, right here at ToTryANewSword.com.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Adventures of Leonard McCoy, Space Doctor (No. 32)

"Many consider it the most terrifying species in the known universe."

Follow the adventures of Leonard McCoy, Space Doctor, as he explores the far reaches of space (and my house... and my backyard... and my kids' toy boxes) with his friends Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Twice a week, right here at ToTryANewSword.com.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Here's something special for Arizona (possibly NSFW/C/P).

Monday, May 03, 2010

Boycott Arizona

I was thinking about maybe going to the Grand Canyon. Now I'm thinking about going to Yellowstone. Because there's no way I'm going to Arizona. I'm not taking my wife (a legal immigrant) and kids (natural-born US citizens) to a state where they can be arrested and forced to produce their "papers" at the whim of any cop who decides they look "foreign." Fuck Arizona.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Covers that you might not have known are covers: "Red, Red Wine"

Lots of times, the most familiar version of a song isn't the original version. I'll be posting some of these "covers that you might not have known are covers" on Saturdays.

First up: "Red, Red Wine"
Familiar version: UB40
Original version: Neil Diamond (srsly)