Jun. 26th, 2009 10:29 am
Been watching Michael Jackson videos on YouTube since I heard the news. Looking beyond issues of the music, dancing, and the birth of the music video, there is much to consider. On the one hand, I'm intrigued by how many of his songs had messages of peace and brotherhood, presumably influenced by the Cold War era. On the other hand, the video for "The Way You Make Me Feel" makes me want to punch the patriarchy in the nuts. I also find myself wanting to do an in-depth analysis of how MJ influenced race relations in the US, but I don't know enough about the subject, so if anyone finds a good discussion of it elsewhere, or knows enough themselves to discuss it, please let me know.

Not sure how to direct link, but Cute Overload had it here.
Along the lines of the NPR Podcast on the MIT Mystery Hunt, here's a clip from an upcoming documentary on "Nerdcore" music - rap/electronic music aimed at geeks. The clip features MC Frontalot (a Nerdcore star) in the center, with Tycho and Gabe (from Penny Arcade) and they're deconstructing the lyrics of the MC Frontalot song about Penny Arcade and its readers. You can skip the first 40 seconds or so.

http://view.break.com/354026 - Watch more free videos

It got more and more amusing as it went on, and in the last split-second I finally cracked up. :)

The innuendo part pissed the hell out of me b/c it's true, or at least I fear it is. That's why I don't "advertise" my gender online except in spaces I'm familiar with (like this blog).
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Link via [livejournal.com profile] ethereal. See Will It Blend.com for more videos, and it's all a big ad for Blendtec blenders.
Regarding the "What do teachers make?" video that I posted, [livejournal.com profile] jrtom found a transcription of it on Taylor Mali's website, provided below. [And just because I'm anal, my own corrections/additions (for the version linked, I expect he's done it multiple times) are in brackets.]

What Teachers Make )


May. 13th, 2007 09:37 am
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A new word - Hapa - is the Hawaiian slang that refers to people who are part Asian or Pacific Islander. This video article discusses some of what it's like. It's a really good article, I don't think I realized that my identity issues were common to lots of "mutts." Mentioned about how the 2000 US Census was the first one with the ability to check more than one box, and therefore NOT have to choose one half over the other, people's attempts to guess what I am, being able to "pass" on one side or the other and yet not fitting either...

The main interviewee Kip Fulbeck has a book out called Part Asian, 100% Hapa in which he shows photographs of part-Asian people and each wrote a statement on a slip of paper, in which they were to answer "What are you?" When people ask me that, I usually reply "American," and only once I've seen that it's sunk in do I go on to explain I'm half Chinese and half Jewish.

I still want a "part" ethnicity word that doesn't put the Asian ahead of the Caucasian, but this's definitely a step in the right direction. It used to strike me that words like Nuyorican or Cablinasian were unecessary, but now I feel it's important to affirm all parts of my heritage, so I do think they're needed.

ETA: And here's another CNN video about Hapas.
Prompted by a (locked) post by [livejournal.com profile] meig, here's Pink's "Stupid Girls", a spiritual precursor to Alanis Morissette's "My Humps" (which is itself actually a parody of the original Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps").

So the questions are now... why are some women so stupid and feel they have to dress and act like that? But on the other hand why do (some) men have to be such asses when we do choose to? Shouldn't we be free to dress and act as we wish without harassment?
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sammka I now need to scare me up a Mountain Goats CD.

This Year
Woke Up New
No Children (Lego video)
     No Children (Live, Iowa)
     No Children (Uke cover)
Dance Music (sock-puppet video)

I cannot find a non-live version of No Children.

They're categorized by different people as indie folk rock. I'd call them pop/folk w/ a faint touch of Irish - primarily found in the lead singer's voice, but also in chord progressions of some songs.

Anyone have mp3's they wish to share?

ETA: I found a bunch here.
Found by [livejournal.com profile] jrtom, it's Supermarket 2.0 (in the style of Web 2.0).

I loved "people who buy red wine, cereal, and chocolate also buy..."

Um, and if you don't get Web 2.0, um... I'm only starting to get it myself... Um, wikipedia it?

I never realized her waist was smaller than her hair...

Plus, what's up with all those Disney characters?

Oh, and for a laugh, read all the "Jesus saves" comments on the original page.
Will It Blend.com is my new favorite website due to the glowstick experiment. Apparently they take all sorts of things that you shouldn't stick in a (-n industrial strength) blender, and see what happens.

I'd really like to see what the blades look like afterwards.

(And btw, it turns out to be a marketting gimmick for Blendtec, but that doesn't make it any less cool.)

Link found on [livejournal.com profile] theferret.



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