Thursday, July 30, 2009

I've never been to...

...a comic-con, and San Diego's the biggest. This year is the 40th edition, and here's some of the stuff from there.

Here's the clip of Johhny Depp's surprise appearance with Tim Burton - watch the crowd go crazy.

And here's a Time magazine slide show


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Flash Mobs...

...have become common enough, but this has to be one of the better videos that I've seen recently. And I'm not saying that because MJ just passed on, or anything.

I had no idea how many people would join in - impressive smoothness, this.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Week of...

...interesting questions on crime fiction await registered quizzers on the KQA daily question blog.

I'm doing the next seven days, on crime/spy fiction. Do sign up by e-mailing Arul if you're into this sort of thing.


Friday, July 10, 2009

United Breaks...

...Guitars. But what's worse is, they don't compensate. That's not going to bring them much positive word-of-mouth, is it?

Hilarious. Pathetic (on the part of the airline). Brilliant (on the part of Sons of Maxwell). Pass the word around - viral un-marketing.

via Quizfan.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

I Just Heard...

...that the office that I spent nearly four years in is now history. That feels a little weird.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Among The Jackson 5...

...songs I've heard, 'I Want You Back' is a clear favourite. It's probably my all-time favourite Motown song too. I love that chord progression followed by the falsetto 'Oooo Baby....'. I'm definitely going to try figuring it out the next time I do something on a guitar.

Anyhoo, here are three covers. I'm a big fan of covers in general, because they often bring out the best parts of the song in a different way.

First up a bluegrass version from Nickel Creek. Sarah Watkins' voice and the strumming kicks serious butt.

Second, KT Tunstall doing her thing with her brilliant acoustic loop thingie, which makes it look like a whole band is backing her, when she's really all alone with her guitar. Go here to read about the loop pedal stuff.

Third, an instrumental with some fingerpicking brilliance that I found on Youtube.

Finally, a Jackson 5 off Soul Train. Outstanding stuff.


I wonder if...'s too early to post a funny video. It's only been like a week or something.

But here's Lajoie's take on the fickle media.

Note: I'm not an MJ hater or anything - I actually like some songs and bought some albums growing up. But he should have let those kids alone. Seriously.


It's not often...

...that I come up with an original one-liner. I leave that to the experts, usually.

But here's one I thought up while procrastinating early in the morning.

"Exercise converts mental strength into physical energy".

Cheesy, eh?

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

I hate it when...

...I feel like a fool early in the morning. Take this box of cereal, for instance.

I open it, and look inside. HALF the frikkin box is just thin air. Seriously, guys. The cereal tastes nice. Why'd you have to make me take a photograph and put it in my blog, eh?

Not criticism, just some consumer feedback.

Update: I can't argue with Neeraj, in the comments: "It says Light and Tasty. You admit it is tasty, they're just following through on the other half of the promise." Brilliant observation. I need to look at the LABEL carefully, hence.