Monday, August 31, 2009

FreeFest!

Billboard:
Between Blink-182's Tom DeLonge and Flavor Flav guest bartending unannounced in the charity oriented "Karma Bar," the branded skydivers parachuting over the venue and landing on the pavilion roof, and of course the 19 artists playing the three stages, the 12-hour event had the feeling of one big, slick non-stop fair.

Weezer, dressed all in red, followed "War Pigs" with "Hash Pipe," the first of many singalongs during their hit laden set ("Undone," "Say It Ain't So," "Buddy Holly"). They closed with the Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," and the band had the lyrics on a sheet taped next to the setlist at thier feet.

Next, Tom DeLonge launched Blink-182's set with "Dumpweed" and "Feeling This," peppering the set with jocular banter ("My name's so awesome it has it's own cock and balls!"). Blink got lots of singing along and plenty of hoots for drummer Travis Barker; the audience nearly drowned out the band during "What's My Age Again?."


"Ladies and gentlemen, TRAVIS FUCKING BARKER!" introduced guitarist Tom DeLonge of Freefest headliners Blink-182, pointing to the tattooed, ball cap-sporting, and shirtless drummer as the screams of 19,000 fans hit the Pavilion Stage. DeLonge's expletive was appropriate -- aint a damn thing about the sticksman that's restrained. While DeLonge and Hoppus cracked dick jokes, talked about going down on Oprah, and played the snickering, perverted rabble rousers that they are, Barker continuously smashed the kit with abandon and force, never stopping to speaking once during the 90-minute show.

Barker made last summer's plane crash, which left him third degree burns over much of his body, seem like it happened a decade ago. The guy has recovered well -- he hits that snare drum hard. It's no wonder the guy busted his arm in 2006 from simply rocking out.

Friday, August 28, 2009

An American Pastime: Smoking Pot

Time:
This ongoing study, in a journal of the Public Library of Science, surveyed more than 85,000 people in 17 countries and is part of a larger project through the World Health Organization's World Mental Health Survey Initiative:

Despite tougher drug policies in the U.S., Americans were twice as likely to have tried marijuana than the Dutch, according to the survey. In fact, Americans were more likely to have tried marijuana or cocaine than people in any of the 16 other countries, including France, Spain, South Africa, Mexico and Colombia, that the survey covered.

Researchers found that 42% of people surveyed in the U.S. had tried marijuana at least once, and 16% had tried cocaine. About 20% of residents surveyed in the Netherlands, by contrast, reported having tried pot; in Asian countries, such as Japan and China, marijuana use was virtually "non-existent," the study found. New Zealand was the only other country to claim roughly the same percentage of pot smokers as the U.S., but no other nation came close to the proportion of Americans who reported trying cocaine.

The survey also found that more Americans not only experimented with drugs, but also tended to try pot and cocaine for the first time at a younger age compared with people in other countries. Just over 20% of Americans reported trying pot by age 15 and nearly 3% had tried cocaine by the same age. Those percentages jumped to 54% and 16%, respectively, by age 21.

"One of the questions raised by research of this type is whether Americans will want to continue supporting the incarceration of young people who use small amounts of marijuana." -Jim Anthony, chair of the department of epidemiology at Michigan State University and an author of the study

Though current findings may not provide enough context to judge existing drug policy, Anthony says they do highlight some valid issues, especially since stringent laws don't appear to impact whether kids experiment with drugs.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Spotlight: Les Paul


Wikipedia:
Lester William Polsfuss
, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009) was an American innovator, inventor, musician and songwriter. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar, which "made the sound of rock and roll possible". He is credited with many recording innovations, including overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multi-track recording.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s and they sold millions of records. Between 1950 and 1954, the couple had 16 top-ten hits. In 1951 alone they sold six million records.

In 1979, Paul and Ford's 1951 recording of "How High the Moon" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Paul received a Grammy Trustees Award for his lifetime achievements in 1983.

In 1988, Paul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Jeff Beck, who said, "I've copied more licks from Les Paul than I'd like to admit."

In 1991, the Mix Foundation established an annual award in his name; the Les Paul Award which honors "individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio technology". In 2005, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his development of the solid-body electric guitar. In 2006, Paul was inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He was named an honorary member of the Audio Engineering Society.

Paul was the godfather of rock guitarist Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band, to whom Paul gave his first guitar lesson. Miller's father was best man at Paul's 1949 wedding to Ford.
On August 13, 2009, Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York. Paul is survived by his four children and his companion Arlene Palmer.

Upon learning of his death many artists and musicians paid tribute by publicly expressing their sorrow. Among them were Slash, Trey Anastasio, Joe Satriani, Brian "Head" Welch, Tom Morello, Ace Frehley, Tad Kubler, John 5, Keith Richards, Randy Bachman, Brian May, B.B. King and The Edge.

Former Guns N' Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash called him "vibrant and full of positive energy."

U2 guitarist The Edge said, "His legacy as a musician and inventor will live on and his influence on rock and roll will never be forgotten."



More information:
Les Paul's Hit Singles
Multi-Track Recording Innovations

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blue Whales!

Don't piss these dudes off...

video

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NFL Fantasy Is Back!

The Best From 2008:


My friend Chad tells me Jason Campbell's trick is real, and took him about 50 takes. Feel free to comment and tell me what you think.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Starcraft II Now Out... In 2010

Destructoid:
Activision:

Today we announced that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will not be ready for release by the end of 2009. Over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear that it will take longer than expected to prepare the new Battle.net for the launch of the game. The upgraded Battle.net is an integral part of the StarCraft II experience and will be an essential part of all of our games moving forward. This extra development time will be critical to help us realize our vision for the service.

Our mission is to develop games that deliver an epic entertainment experience. As part of that commitment, we will always take as much time as needed to ensure that our games and services meet the expectations of our players and the standard for quality that we set for ourselves as developers. As we work to make Battle.net the premier online gaming destination, we’ll also continue to polish and refine StarCraft II, and we look forward to delivering a real-time strategy gaming experience worthy of the series’ legacy in the first half of 2010.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fantasy Football Top 100

Rankings for the coming season are based on a consensus of ESPN analysts. Click here for the Scoring Leaders from last season.

1. Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2. Michael Turner, RB, ATL
3. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
4. Matt Forte, RB, CHI
5. Steven Jackson, RB, STL
6. Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
7. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, SD
8. DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
9. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
10. Frank Gore, RB, SF
11. Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
12. Drew Brees, QB, NO
13. Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG
14. Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
15. Steve Slaton, RB, HOU
16. Tom Brady, QB, NE
17. Randy Moss, WR, NE
18. Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
19. Steve Smith, WR, CAR
20. Marion Barber, RB, DAL
21. Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI
22. Peyton Manning, QB, IND
23. Greg Jennings, WR, GB
24. Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
25. Kevin Smith, RB, DET
26. Roddy White, WR, ATL
27. Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA
28. Anquan Boldin, WR, ARI
29. Thomas Jones, RB, NYJ
30. Terrell Owens, WR, BUF
31. Marshawn Lynch, RB, BUF
32. Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
33. Marques Colston, WR, NO
34. Kurt Warner, QB, ARI
35. Ryan Grant, RB, GB
36. Brandon Marshall, WR, DEN
37. Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
38. Wes Welker, WR, NE
39. Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
40. Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
41. Roy Williams, WR, DAL
42. Philip Rivers, QB, SD
43. Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
44. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, SEA
45. Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
46. Derrick Ward, RB, TB
47. Tony Romo, QB, DAL
48. Braylon Edwards, WR, CLE
49. Joseph Addai, RB, IND
50. Jason Witten, TE, DAL
51. Willie Parker, RB, PIT
52. Antonio Gates, TE, SD
53. Larry Johnson, RB, KC
54. Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
55. Vincent Jackson, WR, SD
56. LenDale White, RB, TEN
57. Antonio Bryant, WR, TB
58. Dallas Clark, TE, IND
59. Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
60. Reggie Bush, RB, NO
61. Chad Ochocinco, WR, CIN
62. Donovan McNabb, QB, PHI
63. Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN
64. Lee Evans, WR, BUF
65. DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
66. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
67. Jamal Lewis, RB, CLE
68. Hines Ward, WR, PIT
69. Cedric Benson, RB, CIN
70. Matt Cassel, QB, KC
71. Bernard Berrian, WR, MIN
72. Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
73. Santana Moss, WR, WAS
74. Eddie Royal, WR, DEN
75. Ray Rice, RB, BAL
76. Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
77. Santonio Holmes, WR, PIT
78. Darren Sproles, RB, SD
79. Chris Cooley, TE, WAS
80. Kevin Walter, WR, HOU
81. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
82. Chris Wells, RB, ARI
83. Anthony Gonzalez, WR, IND
84. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, NYJ
85. Earnest Graham, RB, TB
86. Carson Palmer, QB, CIN
87. Pittsburgh Steelers, D/ST, PIT
88. Donald Driver, WR, GB
89. Fred Taylor, RB, NE
90. Torry Holt, WR, JAC
91. Laveranues Coles, WR, CIN
92. Donald Brown, RB, IND
93. Lance Moore, WR, NO
94. New York Giants, D/ST, NYG
95. Eli Manning, QB, NYG
96. Felix Jones, RB, DAL
97. Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
98. Greg Olsen, TE, CHI
99. Le'Ron McClain, RB, BAL
100. Julius Jones, RB, SEA

Friday, August 7, 2009

"Video Computer System" by Golden Shower



Golden Shower is an electronic music duo from São Paulo, Brazil, consisting of Markus Karlus and Kevin Rodgers.

Their 2000 music video, "Video Computer System", was the winner of the MTV Brasil Video Music Awards, in the category of Best Electronic Music Video.