I like the weekend…modern DaVinci edition

Okay, so this guy’s probably not as much of a genius as DaVinci, but his artwork is amazing. Here’s a 10-minute video from Make Magazine about Reuben Margolin, a guy who creates “totally singular techno-kinetic wave sculptures.” They are amazing.

If you’ve got some spare time, check out some of the other videos from Make Magazine. There’s some pretty great stuff.


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I like new(ish) music…mountain music edition

rsz_mountain-musicThis weekend I’m back in South Carolina, and although I’m still a good ways away from anything that could be called a mountain, being back here makes me want to listen to some good old down south mountain music. So today I’ve picked out two bands that I think all of you should listen to so you can go ahead and be prepared for what the radios will be playing exclusively after the inevitable rise of the South.

First off, here’s a great band called Carolina Chocolate Drops. They’re out of North Carolina and they’re the only all black old time band I’ve ever seen.

Carolina Chocolate Drops – (if you know the name of this song, post it in the comments)

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Hit Em Up Style (not exactly mountain music, but it’s fun to listen to)

Next up is a more well-known band, Old Crow Medicine Show. They’ve got a more full sound than the Chocolate Drops, and I love the harmonica. The second song I’ve got of theirs, Wagon Wheel, is their most popular and is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Old Crow Medicine Show – Down Home Girl

Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel

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I like news

Yeah, I gave into the massive amounts of peer pressure being constantly heaped upon my head from the likes of Mark Traphagen, Randy Goff, and Dave Libbon. I joined Twitter. Here’s my profile; follow me. I’d suggest you give it a shot if you haven’t already started using it. Like most schedule 1 narcotics it takes some getting used to, but it’s worth it to have yet another way for the internet to suck away your time and motivation.
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What is greatness? It is Lex. She is the winner of the first ever What Chris Likes online game competition. She’s the only person who beat me. As for the rest of you: lay off the caffein and get some new glasses. This goes out to Lex (take a look at the chompers on Freddie):

Stay tuned for more competitions with actual prizes next time.

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I like reminders of why we dumped England

Brits are filthy pagans.

I feel no shame for speaking with such harsh words. If you’re a thinking man (sorry women, this one might be a bit above your pay grade) I’m sure you agree with me. In the history of this beautiful planet given to us by God above, there has not existed a breed of men so entrenched in their devious ways as those limey redcoats.

How has their reprehensible character been ascertained? Um, how hasn’t it been ascertained is the better question (zing!). In fact, if you can’t list out five reasons to despise the British right now then you yourself may be a Tory (you might not know it; Tories are similar to Cylons in that sense). Let me give you a few:

Number One: Boston Tea Party – I love tea and look at what they made us do.

Number Two: Cricket – Dumbest sport of all time. I can’t even watch it without getting a nosebleed from trying to figure out what in the world a wicket is.

Number Three: Amy Winehouse

Those should be enough to condemn any civilization.

But wait, there’s more. A few days ago I was enjoying my afternoon stroll around the interwebs when I came across a seemingly harmless educational series from the 70s entitled Look Around You. I began to watch an episode called “Music.”

Okay, I can’t really keep up the “I hate Brits” thing anymore because this thing is freaking hilarious. When I first stumbled across it, I thought it was real. My reaction was someting akin to how most of us (probably just guys) reacted the first time you saw pornographic material when you were way too young to know what was going on: a glazed over stare with intermittent “hur hur”s and confused head scratchings.

Yeah, it’s that good.

So watch at least one of these Look Around You videos in its entirety. Below, for your viewing pleasure, is the episode called “Music.”

PS – The guys who did this series are also in the process of inventing a religion, Tarvuism. Click the link to check it out.

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I like being honest about your shortcomings

You are lazy. It’s okay to admit it. Really, there’s nothing wrong with it.

Now that we’ve established that, stop whatever you’re doing right now and play this online game. It’s called The Eyeballing Game, and it’s delightfully addictive. Sorry that all I’ve got for you today is a little game, but I want to sleep more than six hours tonight so I’m not going to stay up late writing.

Also, I’d like to do a little experiment. I want to see how many people will actually comment if I ask them to. I want y’all to go play this game and leave a comment with your high score. My high score was 3.34. I’ll be surprised if more than five people comment on this, and I would guess that three will have a higher score than me.

There you go. The gauntlet has been thrown down.

Just as a parting gift to spur you on to Eyeballing excellence, I give you this picture: the creepiest doll ever created by humans.

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I like basking in the glory of America

chuck-norrisI’m working on a crossword puzzle and I could use some help. What’s a seven-letter word that means “something beautiful, to be sought after, to die for; something that makes us human and makes us happy; something for which even the tiniest little fetus yearns; that which gives me the mandate to carry a shotgun in my truck?”

The answer, my friends, is “f-r-e-e-d-o-m.” Freedom.

It’s what defines us as Americans. The lack of this precious commodity is what defines the rest of the world (and America, if Barack Obama gets his way) as eighth-world countries. It’s the smell that’s in the air in places like Texas, South Dakota, and all the other states that voted for John ‘Colonel Tigh‘ McCain. Freedom.

“But surely there must be freedom somewhere else besides America!” you say.

You think so? Well, it’s a commonly known fact that aside from Australia, the rest of the world is controlled either actively or passively by the Soviets. And what kind of people are Soviets?

See for yourself. Check out the new blog Яolcats: English Translations of Eastern-Bloc Lolcats to see exactly what you can look forward to if Barack Obama isn’t impeached immediately. Read closely and learn to fear.

Mother, if my constitution is unfit for gymnast… The grist mill shall become my pommel horse and daily labor my reward!

Mother, if my constitution is unfit for gymnast… The grist mill shall become my pommel horse and daily labor my reward!

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I like the weekend…it’s okay, go ahead and cut my face edition

Here’s a wonderful video from the guys over at Everything is Terrible (I wrote about them here). In this video, we are told everything we need to know about the joys of plastic surgery. Here’s a few things to watch for:

Scene 1: “…with plastic surgery on the cutting edge [no pun intended, I’m sure] of medical science, you no longer have to be content with what you have.”

Scene 2: Don’t even look at the speaker here, just check out the creepy ceramic wall art on the left.

Scene 3: Are these really the people you want on your video about the wonders of plastic surgery?

Scene 4: After a few minutes, I remembered where I had seen that haircut.

And now, with no further ado…

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