Guilty Pleasure Music

Is the best way to describe mash-ups. The Best of Bootie 2006 is out and there’s some fun stuff.

There’s something genius about crossing 80’s hit “You spin me round” with Christina Aguilera.

Other favorites:
Go Home Productions – Don’t Hold Back, Sweet Jane (Chemical Brothers vs. Velvet Underground vs. U2 vs. Sugababes vs. MARRS)

DJ Jay-R – Sweet Sovereign (Lady Sovereign vs. Eurythmics vs. Shiny Grey)



Overheard in New York

Overheard in New York is one of the greatest community supplied blogs ever, if you’re in need of unintentional humor.

It also presents a fun opportunity to make use of Google Blogsearch for narrowing it down a bit.
Here’s all the posts about bimbettes and hipsters ( I can’t get enough of them). For extra points, you can subscribe to a feed of that deliciousness.

Additional coolness = Mihai’s mashup with Google Maps

This all makes me miss New York.

Threadless love

Okay, I don’t know if I necessarily want to wear these– but I think the following threadless tees are high-larious.

ah munna eat chooWatermelon TragedyI also like jelly

Hmm. I guess I love anthropomorphized food. Go figure.

Bunnies are Nostalgic (Rayman Raving Rabbids)


Rayman Raving Rabbids is the funniest game I’ve played in a long time (since Psychonauts?) My favorite game so far is “Bunnies Have a Great Ear for Music”- where you find the bunny that is singing out of tune in a choir and slap him out of it. The shooter-on-rails games are also excellent.

Gabe from Penny Arcade posted some other great bunny situations here.
Some additional excellent bunny fan art.

Crippling Depression is back up.

Alright, after a very long period of downtime due to our computer going down at Caltech, the archive of Crippling Depression (our own breed of crappy comics about life at ‘Tech) is back online. This is thanks to Kevin’s dreamhost account.

Because it was written in godawful php3, I decided to port it over to Ruby on Rails. Fortuitously, the mysql schema was exactly the right format. A lot fewer lines of code now…and this time, I’m going to keep track of the damn static html, so the next move will be painless. As a bonus, I have it on good authority that we’re going to post a new comic soon (the first in over four years).

The simplest motor in the world

We should have done this in class. Found via

Flags of Our Fathers

I watched Flags of our Fathers with the parents the other night. It was quite an impressive movie about the three surviving soldiers from the famous “raising the flag” photograph. It bothered me the entire time, but it turns out the annoying jackass soldier is the guy from Bring it On! — and that horrible Happy Endings movie (I’m not going to bother to link to those.)

I look forward to checking out the companion movie, Letters from Iwo Jima.

Zombies!!!! (World War Z: An Oral History…)

Most everyone I know is quick to jump on the “Let’s make fun of Ben because he likes zombies” bandwagon. Perhaps this is because they see the zombie genre as an excessively campy sub-genre of horror flicks. Well, personally, I hate campy horror movies but I have been powerfully drawn to the wave of zombie revivalism found in 28 Days Later, the new Dawn of the Dead and George Romero’s latest Land of the Dead.

Of the world-ending scenarios, the zombie-apocalypse is one that is terrifying, plausible but also somewhat survivable. The message of most of these tales is that if you’ve got your head on right, through ingenuity and pluck you may be able to stave off the zombies (albeit temporarily). This message does not usually apply to normal horror movies which are fairly arbitrary. Moreover, it seems to me that zombies – unlike Freddie Krueger, vampires, and that girl from the Ring – are not that far-fetched in a science-gone-amok sense.

So, I actually think zombie stories teach us great lessons on how to survive if presented with this plausible… nay! PROBABLE situation. (Much more probable than robot-apocalypse, in my opinion) Clearly, the author of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks, would agree, as his previous book was a basically a zombie HOWTO, The Zombie Survival Guide. World War Z, however, is a completely different beast.

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Justify your existence

Okay… to blog or not to blog?


  1. Become a contributing (non-leech) member of the blogosphere
  2. Another outlet for staving off the boredom
  3. A written record of my whims, musings, rantings


  1. Will start to use the phrase “read about it on my blog” (don’t know if I can say that with a straight face)
  2. Don’t I type enough as it is?
  3. A written record of my whims, musings, rantings

Seriously, though, I’m terrified of not having enough to really blog about. My first instinct is just to blog about the stuff I’ve recently read, watched, heard – either on “teh Internets” or on the TiVo, on the plane (the only time I really read books, in the theater, what have you. Basically, the stuff I normally spam to everyone via IM or talk incessantly about. Anyhow…let’s get started.