Monday, February 28, 2011

Radiohead - "House of Cards" (2008)

The album, In Rainbows, won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and their production team won for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. They also received a nomination for Album of the Year.

The song was nominated for three Grammys: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Best Rock Song and Best Short Form Music Video.

The music video, made by James Frost and Aaron Koblin, features rendered images made with lidar technology which detects the proximity of objects from the sensor. Sheets of acrylic glass and mirrors are passed in front of the lasers to create scenes in which the image appears distorted, partially disappears, or begins to disintegrate as if being carried by wind.

P.S. Special Bonus Video!

Video for Radiohead's "Reckoner" by Clement Picon, one of the winners of the Aniboom Animation Contest for In Rainbows.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

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The Glitch Mob - "Between Two Points" (2011)

Between Two Points from motiphe on Vimeo.

motiphe is a four-person animation team founded in 2010.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Virginia Tech Stuns Duke

“I promised them I was going to get them one,” Malcolm Delaney said. “I couldn’t hit a shot. I was still confident. I’ve had plenty of chances to ice games. The Purdue game, I could have won the game. I went to the line at Boston College and missed. Today, I couldn’t let it happen. I wanted to hit one shot and I was confident with that one.”
The Hokies used a late 15-4 run over a span of 4 1/2 minutes to take a 5-point lead last night and held off top-ranked Duke, 64-60, in Blacksburg, Va., getting the signature victory that could boost their NCAA credentials significantly.

Duke had won four consecutive games and 14 of the last 16 in the series.

The win marked Tech’s fourth over a #1 team in school history – three since joining the ACC. Tech moved to 19-8 overall, 9-5 in the ACC, and the Hokies have now won 15 of their past 19 games. Duke, which saw its seven-game winning streak snapped, fell to 26-3, 12-2.

The day may go down as the greatest in Tech basketball history. On Saturday morning, ESPN’s College GameDay came to Blacksburg for the first time and broadcast from Cassell Coliseum in front of more than 3,100 students.

Then the basketball team polished off the day by rallying in the final seven minutes to beat the Blue Devils. Following the game, Tech fans stormed the floor, much as they did in the 2007 victory over then-#1 North Carolina.

“It was a great day for Virginia Tech, not just Virginia Tech basketball,” said Tech coach Seth Greenberg, who recorded his fourth career victory over a No. 1 team – three while at Tech. “It was a two-hour infomercial on our university, and people saw the best of Virginia Tech. This evening, it was one of those magical moments. There’s no doubt about it.”

"It feels great,” Tech guard Malcolm Delaney said. “We’ve beaten No. 1 before, but beating No. 1 at home, with College GameDay here … this is probably the biggest game in our school history.”

“The feeling is unbelievable,” Tech guard Erick Green said. “I can’t explain it. I’ve got so much going through my mind now and so much excitement going through me … it’s just a dream come true. To pick off No. 1 Duke, I just can’t explain it right now.”

All five starters scored in double-figures for the Hokies, who won despite 8-of-19 free throw shooting and a second half field goal hitting just 30% of their shots in the seconds half after shooting 50% first half. 

Jeff Allen came up big and scored 18 points with 15 rebounds, connecting on 7-of-18 from the floor, including both 3-point attempts. It marked his 15th double-double of the season and the 43rd of his career.

Terrell Bell scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, including five straight to give Tech the lead with 4:19 to play. Erick Green added 12 points, while Delaney and Victor Davila finished with 11. Davila grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

Duke forward Kyle Singler, who made just 6-of-19 from the floor, paced the Blue Devils with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Nolan Smith added 18. Smith is currently averaging an ACC-best 21.4 points and 5.2 assists per game. Duke shot just 39.7% from the floor (4/20 from three-point range) and got out-rebounded by the smaller Hokies 44-38.

The game marked the first appearance at Cassell Coliseum for Duke guard Seth Curry, whose father, Dell, is the second-leading scorer in Hokies history. Curry was recruited by the Hokies but wound up at Liberty and transferred to Duke after one season seeking a bigger challenge.

Curry did not score and fouled out, playing just 15 minutes.

“No regrets, no excuses,” Seth Greenberg said. “That’s what we talked about before the game. This group, to see them grow, as a coach, you feel really good for them.”

More information:
» #20 Syracuse takes down rival #11 Hoyas 58-51
» Colorado comes back from 22-point deficit to upset #5 Texas
» Dwight Hardy scores career-high 34, #25 St. John's tops #14 Villanova

The Elmore Index

Len Elmore graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 1974 where he was a three-time All-ACC player and an All-American in 1974. He is still Maryland's all-time leading rebounder, in both total rebounds and rebounding average. In 2002, Elmore was selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team, honoring him as one of the 50 greatest players in ACC history.

Here are the best college basketball players in the country right now based on Len Elmore's point system (Points/game x5, Rebounds/game x3, Assists/game x2, Steals/game x2, Blocks/game x2, Team wins x5):

1. 244.0 - Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
This 6'1" junior point guard from The Bronx helped the Huskies achieve a number one seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament and get to the Final Four. He currently leads the nation in scoring, is ranked as the #1 point guard in the nation by, and could make a run at player of the year.

2. 228.9 - Marshon Brooks (Providence)
This 6'5" senior from Stone Mountain, Georgia has played as both a guard and small forward. In his junior season, he averaged 14.2 points a game. This year he is averaging 25.1 points per game, first in the Big East Conference. He also leads the conference in rebounding and is first on the team in 3-pointers made. On February 23, 2011, Brooks scored 52 points against Notre Dame, breaking the previous Big East record of 48 points in a game.

3. 225.7 - Rick Jackson (Syracuse)
This 6'9", 240 lb. center from Philadelphia, PA joined the starting lineup in his sophomore season, and as a senior now averages 13.1 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game.

4. 221.4 - Ben Hansbrough (Notre Dame)
This 6'3", 203 lb. shooting guard transfered from Mississippi State after his sophomore year and is now a fifth year senior for the Fighting Irish. He is averaging 18.0 points per game and 42% from three point range.

5. 211.6 - Austin Freeman (Georgetown)
As a junior last season, Freeman led his team in scoring with 16.5 points per game. Prior to this season he was named the Big East Preseason Player of the Year. Now the 6'3", 235 lb. senior shooting guard averages 17.7 points per game and 39.5% from beyond the arc.

6. 193.1 - Dwight Hardy (St. John's)
Hardy's senior season with St. John's is gathering him consideration for the Big East Conference's Player of the Year award. With 17.9 points per game, the 6'2" guard from The Bronx has led his team to wins over Georgetown, Notre Dame, Duke, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, and Villanova. St. John's head coach Steve Lavin has praised Hardy, calling him the best shooter he has ever coached.

GMU Ends Season Undefeated at Home

The George Mason men's basketball team trailed by five in the second half, but as they have done more often recently than any team in the country, the Patriots found a way to win in a 67-61 victory over Northeastern on Thursday night before 9,366 fans in the home finale. The win, Mason's 14th -straight, gives the Patriots sole ownership of the CAA regular season title and ensures the top seed in next week's conference tournament.

The victory also gave Mason (24-5, 15-2 CAA) a perfect 14-0 record at home this season, the second time in school history and second time in the last three seasons the Patriots have done so.

Leading the way with his second-straight double-double was junior Ryan Pearson, who had game highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds. In the first half, Pearson became just the 15th Mason player to register 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career, and is the newest member of Mason's 31-person 1,000-point club. Joining him in double figures was senior Cam Long with 13 points and nine rebounds, including his eight in a row during Mason's 13-2 run in the second half. Redshirt freshman Vertrail Vaughns had 11 points.

Mason captured the CAA regular season crown for the first time since the 2005-06 season when it shared the title with UNC Wilmington, and the Patriots earned their first outright title in 11 seasons. The win was accomplished on the final home game for seniors Long and Isaiah Tate, and they were greeted by the largest weeknight home crowd in program history.

GMU held off a feisty Georgia State squad for the Patriots’ 15th-straight win, 65-58, on Feb. 26 at the GSU Sports Arena.

The Patriots closed out the regular season with a 25-5 record and tied a league record with a 16-2 finish in conference play. GSU fell to 11-18 and 6-12 in the CAA following the loss.

The win extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 straight games, and the Patriots captured their 10th road win, improving upon a new record under head coach Jim Larranaga.

Mason is ranked 25th in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. They have not ranked as high as 25th in the regular season since 2006, the year the team went on to the NCAA Final Four.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Javale McGee, John Wall Light Up All-Star Weekend

As you can see, Javale McGee got robbed of the Dunk Contest title, but at least John Wall got MVP in the Rookie Challenge with a record 22 assists.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Troop 41 - "Do The John Wall" (2010)

Troop 41 is a rap trio created in 2005, based out of John Wall's hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. The group consists of three members: T-Breezy, Lil Lee and Lil Inferno.

They released the single "Do The John Wall" in May 2010, which peaked at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of January 11, 2011, and has received over eleven million views on YouTube.

And here's the lame "Welcome to D.C" video from John Wall Day on June 25, 2010.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Week in Basketball

Friday, February 11
Nearly two months after it started, the Cleveland Cavaliers stopped their NBA-record losing streak at 26 games with a 126-119 win in overtime against the Clippers. Antawn Jamison scored 35 points and made the game's biggest basket, a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in OT for the Cavs. They tied the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the worst streak among the four major sports.

Saturday, February 12
#4 Pittsburgh escaped with a 57-54 over #9 Villanova. Brad Wanamaker scored 21 points and Nasir Robinson added 15 to snap Villanova's 46-game win streak at the Pavilion, its on-campus arena. The streak dated back to Jan. 17, 2007. Pitt is 6-0 this season on the road and has won seven straight road games overall.

Junior guard Erving Walker hit a go-ahead layup with 14 seconds left to lead Florida to a 61-60 comeback win over Tennessee. The Gators have won 15 of the past 18 games and hit the 20-win mark for the 13th straight season, the longest active streak in the SEC.

#16 Louisville's clinching free throws in the final moments help them to a 73-69 over #12 Syracuse. Kyle Kuric scored 23 points and Preston Knowles added 22, giving the Cardinals a 20-point second-half lead. Brandon Triche led the Orange with a season-high 21 points and Scoop Jardine had 20 points to pull within 3 points but couldn't quite erase the deficit to lose for the sixth time in its last eight games.

Sunday, February 13
Chris Wright's game-high 20 points and Austin Freeman's 17 points helped #11 Georgetown get past Marquette 69-60 Sunday to run the Hoyas' winning streak to eight games. The win streak is Georgetown's longest against Big East opponents since winning 11 in a row during the 2006-07 season.

The Washington Wizards snapped their 25-game road winless streak with a 115-100 win over the Cavaliers, who reverted to their losing ways one game after ending their record skid.

Monday, February 14
Kansas State defeated the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks 84-68, just their third win in 45 games against an in-state rival that has dominated them for decades and beat them by 24 less than a month ago. Jacob Pullen, a 6-foot senior guard, scored a career-high 38 points.

After consecutive losses to Georgetown at home and Louisville on the road, Syracuse (21-6, 8-6 Big East) rallied late to beat West Virginia 63-52. Brandon Triche scored 20 points, his second straight 20-point game. The Orange have won 12 of their last 13 meetings with the Mountaineers.

Wednesday, February 16
Kemba Walker scores game-high 31 points with 10 assists during Connecticut's 78-70 victory over Georgetown in Hartford. The Huskies snapped Georgetown's eight-game win streak and improved to 13-2 at home.

#6 San Diego State Aztecs beat New Mexico 68-62 to tie the school record with their 26th victory of the season.

Saturday, February 19
Dwight Hardy's underhanded flip with 1.2 seconds left gave St. John's a 60-59 victory over #4 Pittsburgh, their fifth this season over a team that spent time in the top 10 -- and all of them have been at Madison Square Garden. St. John's has beat then-#13 Georgetown, #9 Notre Dame, #3 Duke and #10 Connecticut. The Red Storm are looking for their first NCAA tournament bid since 2002.

#20 Syracuse held off Rutgers 84-80 in overtime. Kris Joseph scored six of his 21 points in overtime, and the Orange converted 34 of 47 free throws. Rick Jackson finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and matched his career high with seven blocks.

#14 Villanova grabs a tough 77-75 overtime win over DePaul, the Big East's last-place team. Senior guard Corey Fisher scored a career-high 34 points, nailing the tying 3-pointer near the end of regulation, Maalik Wayns added 17, and Mouphtaou Yarou grabbed 15 rebounds. DePaul had dropped 12 straight overall and 25 in a row against conference opponents before beating Providence on Thursday.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Apophis Asteroid

"The asteroid could land anywhere in a streak that runs from the Middle East through the tip of South America to the west coast of Africa, according to a paper delivered to the 2007 Planetary Defense Conference."
It seems like apocalyptic predictions concerning large asteroids crop up every year or two. In 2011, the latest scare involves an asteroid that has been in the limelight before: Apophis. In a Jan. 26 report that was issued by Russian scientists, a new prediction concerning the asteroid's possible collision with the Earth was featured. The report has renewed concerns among people around the world about the possibility of the end of life as everyone knows it. However, NASA scientists quickly downplayed the Russian report. While they admit it is theoretically possible for the asteroid to hit the planet, they note that the odds are microscopic; in fact, they put the odds at 1 in 250,000, which should put the minds of most people at ease.

In 2004, NASA scientists created a stir when they announced that Apophis, a 900-foot asteroid, could hit Earth. Shortly thereafter, however, those same scientists backtracked and stated that the possibilities were beyond remote. The recent report out of Russia claims that the odds are high once again, thanks to a tiny gravitational keyhole. If Russian scientists' predictions are correct, Apophis could slip through the keyhole -- which is permanently placed -- around April 2029. From there, it will make "landfall" with Earth on April 13, 2036. Not surprisingly, NASA has already conducted a great deal of research concerning Apophis. While they note the asteroid will pass closely around 2012 and 2013, they do not believe it will slip through the keyhole -- which is barely larger -- and hit the planet.

In the event Apophis ends up posing a more serious threat, NASA has the technology to be proactive about the situation. On July 4, 2005, NASA used Deep Impact to impact the Tempel 1 comet. The same type of technology could be used to send Apophis veering off of its intended course. Considering the fact several pairs of eyes are watching the asteroid, everyday citizens should feel safe and secure enough. Additional observations will be even easier to make when Apophis makes its close pass by the planet near the end of the year 2012.

More information:
» 2005: NASA's Plans for Handling the Asteroid
» PhysOrg: "Shining Light on Asteroid Deflection"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wayne Rooney's Best Goal Ever

February 12, 2011
Manchester City at Manchester United

Wayne Rooney used a spectacular bicycle kick with his back to the goal for the 2-1 win over rival Manchester City. Rooney said it was the best goal he's scored and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson called it the greatest strike he's seen in 25 years.

Wale's More About Nothing Mixtape

DC whaddup...
Wale’s follow-up to his 2008 breakthrough Mixtape About Nothing, and major album debut Attention Deficit. Mixed by DJ Omega and special guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa, Drumma Boy and of course Best Kept Secret.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

GMU Tops ODU in Front of Record Crowd

Before a school record-tying crowd of 9,840 on Homecoming Saturday, George Mason pieced together a pair of big runs to blow by Old Dominion, 62-45, in Colonial Athletic Association action. The win is the ninth-straight for Mason (19-5, 11-2 CAA), the Patriots' longest-such streak since the 1998-99 season. Old Dominion dropped to 18-6 and 9-4 in conference play following the loss.

Junior Ryan Pearson recorded his second-straight double-double and fourth of the season with game highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds, and was joined in double figures by 14 points from senior Cam Long and junior Mike Morrison's 10 points. Leading the way for the Monarchs was Chris Cooper and Kent Bazemore as the duo each chipped in 12 points.

With the victory, Mason also improved to 12-0 at home this season and maintained a share of first place in the conference standings after a narrow four-point win by VCU earlier in the afternoon. The 45 points scored by the Monarchs was their lowest total of the season. The Patriots' victory was achieved in front of a sell-out crowd, Mason's first in two seasons and the eighth in program history.

Old Dominion, despite a significant size advantage up front and a 69-65 victory over George Mason four weeks ago, shot 27 percent from the field and made only 5 of its 27 second-half shots. Leading scorer Frank Hassell, who averages 13.5 points per game, was held to three baskets and nine points.

Forest Park High School graduate Chris Cooper scored a career-high 12 points and guard Kent Bazemore also finished with 12 for the Monarchs, who were 1 for 15 from 3-point range.

Monday, February 7, 2011

NFL Super Bowl XLV

Green Bay  31 : 25  Pittsburgh
For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl set the record for American television viewing. An estimated 111 million people watched the game, topping the 106.5 million who watched the 2010 game between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.

With precise passes and cool under pressure, Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions to lead Green Bay to its first NFL title since 1997.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Playing For Change - "Redemption Song"

From Playing for Change's new CD/DVD "Songs Around the World, Part 2". The video is a version of "Redemption Song" performed around the world in honor of Bob Marley's birthday.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

GMU Gets Revenge on Hofstra

February 2, 2011
Patriot Center
Following George Mason's 87-68 victory over Hofstra on Wednesday night, Coach Jim Larranaga didn't want to address his team's eight-game winning streak -- the Patriots' longest since the magical run to the Final Four five years ago - or the fact that his team had steamed into a first-place tie with Virginia Commonwealth in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The first half was played at a furious pace, with the Patriots equaling their season high for points in a half. Charles Jenkins's impact was felt with scoring and passing - he's the nation's sixth-leading scorer and the CAA's assists leader - but as the half unfolded, Mason crowded him and forced difficult shots.

And to the delight of 5,230 fans, Mason improved to 11-0 at home, setting the season mark for points.

Andre Cornelius scored 22 points to lead George Mason to an 87-68 win over Hofstra on Wednesday night. Cornelius had 16 in the first half on just six shots, including four 3-pointers.

Ryan Pearson added 13 of his 19 points and George Mason shot 55 percent from the field (17 of 31). The Patriots led 49-34 at the half.

It was the eighth straight win for the Patriots (18-5, 10-2 CAA), who improved to 11-0 at home this season. The Pride (14-9, 8-4), who won eight of their first nine conference games, dropped their third straight.

Hofstra's Charles Jenkins had 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting and the Pride cut the lead to 72-61 on a layup by Mike Moore (18 points) with 7:15 to play, but could not draw any closer.

Cam Long added 15 points and Isaiah Tate 12 for George Mason, which made 10 3-pointers and held a 45-29 rebounding advantage.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011