Ear Worm

December 4, 2016

It’s a song about waiting around for a completely unspecified timeframe hoping that some long-for person will make a different choice. And if they do make that different choice, there’s going to be some sort of evaluation, a test which maybe the singer will pass, and maybe they won’t.

As a model for life, this is so disempowering. And it is such a crummy strategy for pursuing a successful relationship.

Also, welcome to my current ear worm.

If you change your mind, I’m the first in line
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you’ve got no place to go, if you’re feeling down
If you’re all alone when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
Gonna do my very best and it ain’t no lie
If you put me to the test, if you let me try.

Classic video game endings animated

July 24, 2016

If you dig classic video games, you’ll enjoy this animation.

“…but still did Internet Explorer 6 not load The Google”


…but still did Internet Explorer 6 not load The Google” from McSweeny’s.

YouTube Mashup of That Gotye Song

Gotye posted a mashup of covers of his big hit. The result: Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra. Interesting how many covers he’s pulled from, including some quite famous ones. I think it is lovely.

Update: in his description on YouTube, Gotye directly credits this video for inspiration:

Originally found on Freedom to Dither.

Rita Hayworth is Staying Alive

This is fun: Rita Hayworth dancing mashed up with the Bee Gee’s Staying Alive.

Originally found on Screen Hub.

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Darth Vader In A Kilt On A Unicycle Playing Bagpipes

“Wait, I’ve got an idea for a YouTube video.”

“Ach, what?”


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Bird Enjoys Bluegrass

At about 1:30 in this video, a bird lands on the lead singer’s guitar strap. Hats off to the guy who takes it in his stride, keeps singing, and is both amused by and tender with the bird. The crowd clearly approves.


If you go full screen, it is easier to see the bird.

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The Star Wars that I Used to Know

One for the Star Wars nerds, a parody of that Gotye song. It amazes me how much effort people put into a parody video. All that stop motion would have taken hours.

Here it is on YouTube.

It goes well with this classic from Weird Al Yankovic.

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Typing with the Masters

OK, here’s one for your amusement. Go to this page, and start typing text in the document. Note who your collaborators are.


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Who? A History of Vice Presidents


Vice President Dan Quayle

The Smithsonian magazine has an article on vice presidents called The Vice Presidents That History Forgot. Funny, and tragic. The takeaway seems to be that being the veep is not exactly a path to glory.

This road to vice-presidential respectability has, of course, hit bumps. Lyndon Johnson feuded with the Kennedys and their aides, who called him “Uncle Cornpone.” Agnew took kickbacks in his White House office. Nelson Rockefeller, given little but ceremonial duties by President Ford, said of his job: “I go to funerals. I go to earthquakes.” Dick Cheney shot a friend in the face.

Veeps have also struggled to shed their image as lightweights, bench warmers and easy targets of derision. Dan Quayle’s frequent gaffes gave endless fodder to late-night TV hosts, and one of his malapropisms entered Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations: “What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful.” Quayle’s troubles even feature at the learning center named for him in Indiana. The director, Johns, says the museum began as a small “hometown rah-rah exhibit” at a local library. But with Quayle’s encouragement, it grew into a two-story collection focused on the office rather than Huntington’s favorite son. Though Quayle occupies more space than any other VP, the exhibits on him refer to the “potatoe” incident and include a political cartoon of a reporter with a bat, enjoying “Quayle season.”

Originally found on Boing Boing.

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