Rodney Mullen – In Japan, 1984

18 09 2008

This video was recently made popular on Digg.com but I figured what the hell I’ll post it here too in case anybody missed it. Mullen used to be one of my idols by in my skating days. The guy is just sick. Here he is in somewhere in Japan freestyling.

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Lucas With The Lid Off

18 09 2008

I was reminded about this song by a recent episode of The Mediocre Show. It’s a little corny, but I still love it.





Let’s Fighting Love

18 09 2008

I saw this awhile ago but it’s even better after learning a bit of Japanese. I’ve had the song stuck in my head for a couple days now so I figured I’d post it.





Not Giving A Fuck!

18 09 2008

It’s messed up…the more I watch this the more it seems to make sense. It’s a video by Jon Lajoie, now semi-Internet famous for his recent rap video “Show Me Your Genitals.”





Miro

18 09 2008

Miro is an extremely versatile media player that I discovered about a year ago. It has a very web 2.0 feel to it and besides being to read virtually any file type, it also has a podcast feed reader, a built-in Bit Torrent client, and an extensive directory of downloadable videos. Even if you’re happy with using Windows Media Player or Quicktime, I still recommend using Miro as a backup.

The main reason that I keep Miro installed on my computer is because of it’s versatility. In rare cases, video that I download from torrents won’t play properly on WMP. Somehow however, Miro always seems to be able to play it perfectly without fail where every other media players distort the video into random minuscule sizes every time the file is opened.

Miro’s additional features, although pretty cool, are just icing on the cake for me. Despite being an all-in-one program equipped with podcast and torrenting support, I prefer to run iTunes and Azureus respectively. However, I do rather like the downloadable video selection. Without a music store like iTunes, they seem to be able to focus more building an intuitive browsing interface and as well as a deeper free video catalog. The videos are essentially RSS feeds that you can subscribe to, much like podcasts, except that they seem to be marketed more as home viewing.

Miro is available for both PC and Mac and the site is here.





Faces Of WoW

18 09 2008

The concept behind the site Faces Of WoW is quite simple. Players upload pictures of themselves along with their character’s name, which are then searchable by realm (server). Much to my surprise there were several hundred people from my server, Echo Isles, that had uploaded pictures, many of which I had even played with several times before.

There may be a few similar sites around but this is the first of it’s kind that I’ve seen. Although seeing pictures of fellow players from your server is pretty cool, perhaps they could take it another step further by adding some social networking to the site.

The site is here and the link to my profile is here.





Emmet Swimming – Arlington To Boston

18 09 2008

Virginia’s Emmet Swimming is one band that I found out about only through sheer luck. Around 1996 or so my Mom decided to buy me a few random records from the cutout bin at Sam Goody and one of them was Emmet Swimming’s first album entitled Wake. I listened to it extensively and soon after they released their first major label album on Sony called Arlington To Boston.

Emmet Swimming is the epitome of a band without a gimmick, and not in the Nirvana way where not having a gimmick is the gimmick itself. They’re simply a band that tries to write good songs because they love doing it. Upon first listen, vocalist Todd Watts’ bellowing moan can be a bit overwhelming, but after some time it becomes enjoyable. E.S.’s true strength lies in writing relateable songs about everyday people, relationships, and situations. On Arlington To Boston they perfect this art with songs about bartenders, the struggles of being a musician, and coping with divorce as a child.

Arlington To Boston is an album that has stuck with me for 12 years now and still remains interesting with each listen. Although no longer with Sony, the band still performs live regularly around the D.C. metro area and east coast. The album is available in iTunes their website is here, and the Wiki link is here.