08-19-2012 PBS Remixes

PBS has begun an interesting project. Their PBS Digital Studios partnered with Melody Sheep have begun to produce throw-back videos where popular hosts from PBS years gone-by are auto-tuned and re-mixed, in a very similar manner to the Carl Sagan remix ‘A Glorious Dawn’ from a few years ago. Now, I have to say I loved the Carl Sagan remix, and I think it’s incredibly awesome PBS is trying to replicate that feel with these videos.

I also think it is amazing that PBS is reinventing itself from the sleepy public channel (with shows like Sesame Street) to a hipper cooler channel that remixes Mister Rogers, Bob Ross and Julia Childs (that’s just to date). The videos they have released so far are fun, catchy and entertaining. PBS Digital Studios is definitely a channel/stream I’m going to follow on YouTube to see what else they have planned for the future.

Of the three videos out so far, the Mister Rogers Remix is my personal favorite. Here it is in it’s entirety below:

Mister Rogers Remixed

08-18-12 PSY

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the site, so I think I’ll leave this right here…

Psy – Gangnam Style

Psy’s video for Gangnam Style is pretty much incredible. The last big Korean ‘KPOP” export that I can recall was the Wonder Girls back in 2008, with this So Hot. Luckily, ‘Gangnam Style’ is very different. Tell me what you think in the comments below!

UPDATE: Appears this ‘Gangnam Style’ has gone viral with many remixes, mashups, and redo’s popping up everywhere. Psy has even become somewhat of a celebrity here in the US. Send me links of all the videos you find that remix, mashup or re-do ‘Gangnam Style’ and I’ll post them here!

05-30-12 – Groupon Father’s Day Email?

Celebrate the man who gave birth to you...

A co-worker forwarded this email from Groupon to me. At first it seemed Groupon, had just re-used edit from a Mother’s Day promo and replaced all of the pronouns. But if you look at the picture of the man in the promo, you’ll see he is holding his belly and looks pregnant. What a bizarre promo email from Groupon.

Besides being utterly confusing, what was Groupon thinking? Was it some sort of joke, that maybe my co-worker and I missed? Is it a tongue in check sort of deal? Can anyone explain this to me? Am I missing something that is so plainly obvious, that this would make sense for a Father’s day ad campaign?

05-27-12 Loooooong Weekend!

We plan to spend most of this weekend at Galveston, on the beach. Cold Beer. Fishing rod. Grilling burgers. Music blaring. No one in sight.

That’s what is nice about Texas, there are a ton of people here, but the state is truly massive. So even on Memorial Day weekend, when you go to the beach, there is still plenty of room. My (our) favorite spot is south of Galveston, in Brazoria county. Right past the San Luis Pass, heading into what the map calls ‘Christmas Tree Bay’. You just turn left right onto the beach, literally, just turn left, drive on the sand and then park wherever you want.

You could never do that up north. Going to the beach in Delaware or Maryland is sort of a hassle. First, there are too many people and too little beach. So it’s crowded, and parking is a hassle. Once you do get parked, it’s normally blocks from the beach, so you have to walk all of your shit to the beach.

If you’ve forgotten something, well you better not forget anything. It’s too much of a hassle to get back to the car or house.. Then once you actually get to the beach, you have to find a spot to put everything. If you get there early, you’re fine for a bit. Fine, until a group of forty people set up right next to you and decide they want to play beach football across all of your stuff..

In Texas, and specifically Galveston, it’s not like that. There are probably hundreds of miles of coast here. The water is almost always warm, because it’s the gulf (something that can only be said maybe in late August for the Atlantic). Next, if get away from Galveston proper, where all the tourists like to be on top of each other (presumably because they don’t know better) by driving south, the beach is wide open. We actually drive 20+ miles south to get to our secret spot.

It’s worth the extra few miles too. Not only is the drive beautiful (the Texas Gulf Coast truly is beautiful), but you get to see all of these amazing beach houses built on stilts. Just imagine what those houses have been through – it seems every ten-twenty years Galveston Island is swallowed by the Gulf, only to be spit back up. Want to burn a fire or grill at the beach, go for it. Want to drink on the beach, no worries. Want to camp and stay the nights, absolutely.

Being a native Marylander, it was tough to start admitting this, but Texas truly is awesome. Texans don’t just do the beach right, they do Memorial day right too. I mean most states have flags and banners out. Other places BBQ and remember what the day is all about, sort of. Texans go all out. I mean there are already American flags everywhere here. Just a normal day in Texas would probably trump the patriotism shown in many other parts of the country. But for these big remembrance days, there are flags everywhere.

And it’s not just a few flags, on my way home to work they had flags set out every few feet on everything on my way home, for close to several miles. Then every town around has some parade where local veterans march. Then there are fireworks, and community barbeques, and just about everything you can imagine, but bigger (this IS Texas).

Anyways, lets stop my diatribe, here are the tracks. Also, don’t forget to thank a veteran. And if your military service member didn’t make it back, remember them in a way they would have wanted. Happy Memorial day!

Flosstradamus – Totally Recalled (D.veloped Vocal Edit)
Bad Pop – Useless
WEKEED – Wild Child
YLUV – Never Touch The Ground (Gazzo OFFICIAL Remix)
Filip Filipi Filips – Revolutionary Etude In D Minor

05-22-12 Solar Eclipse

I believe there was a solar eclipse yesterday and there are a ton of amazing photos being posted. I snagged a few of the eclipse photos that have been posted on Imgur and uploaded them here for you all to enjoy! Earthporn is pretty amazing stuff. Even more amazing is how people were able to capture some of this photos. Send me links or twit me photos of other amazing eclipse photos (@downtroddenindc)