Monday, April 14, 2008

Links To Cool Stuff!

I'm back again, after gathering up a bunch of cool things to share over the last month. Here goes:

Snopes - http://snopes.com Snopes is an online urban legend-busting site, kind of like unto MythBusters, but with all of its information readily available online. You can find anything you want, from urban legends to virus scares to presidential candidate myths to forward emails debunked. It's amazing, and anything I read anything suspicious or receive a false-sounding email, I immediately check Snopes. It hasn't let me down yet.

FreeRice.com - http://freerice.com I was very suspicious about this one, until Snopes backed it up! FreeRice.com is an actual charity site that really does donate twenty grains of rice for every words problem you get right. The rice is paid for through the advertising at the bottom of the site, and it really does go to starving children. Try it out! It's good for your vocabulary and it's good for those who are less fortunate than yourself.

Twitter - http://twitter.com This is like a mini-blog that only lets you post 140 characters per post, maximum. It's great for little updates on projects that you're working on. Mine is http://twitter.com/poojalooba_cow

The White Stripes - This band is absolutely wonderful. Jack White on vocals, guitar, and piano, and Meg White on drums and backing vocals. Their sound is simple, stripped-down and raw, but it's amazing. Everyone and their dog has heard "Seven Nation Army" but you should try out their other stuff, such as "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)" or "Icky Thump" or "Blue Orchid" or "My Doorbell" or "The Hardest Button To Button". Heck, just buy all of their albums and you can thank me later. http://www.whitestripes.com

Dave Barry's Blog - Dave Barry was a humorous column writer for the Miami Herald for a number of years (alas, he no longer is), as well as a pulitzer-prize winner for his books. He's quite possibly the funniest guy in the history of the universe, and he's got a blog, which he updates about eight times a day. Most of his updates are links to bizarre news items, but quite a few of them are hilarious little tidbits that he has written or thought about, or et cetera. http://blogs.herald.com/dave_barrys_blog

Bathtime In Clerkenwell - http://poojaloobacow.googlepages.com/bathtimeinclerkenwell.wmv None of the videos on YouTube had decent sound quality, so that's a link to my own site's upload of it, which has much better sound quality. I know I've mentioned this before, but if you liked the song, you can download the music video from my site, for your own personal enjoyment, without having to be tethered to the Internet to watch it. All credit for this movie and the music behind it goes, of course, to Alex Budovsky (animator) and Stephen Coates (composer).

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Both Familiar And New

First off, you'll have to go to http://www.urbanfonts.com and download this font here if you want to read this blog post in the right font. It's in weezerFont in honor of them. It's an awesome font! I guess if you don't download that font, it'll just appear in the regular Blogger font, but how can you resist a font based on the weezer typeset? (Hey, that's a cool question mark! ?????)

There has been lots of information concerning weezer's sixth studio album recently, and I thought I'd add my two cents to the bank of thousands of people blogging about it.

According to weezer.com, the new weezer album will "very likely" be released on June 17th, 2008. It will "very likely" be self-titled "weezer", just like their 1994 "Blue Album" and their 2001 "Green Album". It will "very likely" be a red color theme, thus the "Red Album" (hence the red-ified past weezer albums above [yes, I was the Photoshopper. Yes, I didn't to very well. Yes, they look cool anyway]). The album's first single is "confirmed" as "Pork And Beans". Other songs "possibly" on the album include "Everybody Get Dangerous", "Automatic", "Ms. Sweeney", a "12 letter word starting with T and ending with R" (my money's on "Troublemaker"), "I'm the Greatest Man That Ever Lived", and "Daydreamer".

I can't wait for this album. I've been an all-out weezer junkie for about a year now, and I own their Blue Album, Maladroit, and Make Believe, as well as selected songs from the Green Album and Pinkerton (such as "Hash Pipe", "Island In The Sun", and "El Scorcho"). I fully plan on buying the rest of Pinkerton and Green, as well as buying the "Red Album" the very day it comes out.

If you haven't heard of weezer, or haven't liked their singles very much, you really should give them a chance. Their clever lyrics, their amazingly catchy riffs, and their energetic power pop style has totally endeared them to me in just a few short months. Good thing they're signed with Geffen for at least two more albums!

If "Beverly Hills" is too repetitive and lame for your style, if "Buddy Holly" is getting old, you should dig deeper into weezer's albums and discover some of their other gems. Honestly, the best weezer songs were never even considered as singles. Songs like My Name Is Jonas, Surf Wax America, Across The Sea, Butterfly, Don't Let Go, Slob, Burndt Jamb, Hold Me, The Other Way, and Freak Me Out are way better than the singles on their respective albums. Try some weezer. Grow to love them. Get hyped for their next album. It's gonna be great!

If you're afraid that weezer's new album is going to be too safe and unoriginal, like unto their 2005 album Make Believe, have no fear. Rivers Cuomo (weezer's frontman, duh!) has said that the Red Album will be entirely different from anything weezer has done before, containing "longer songs, non-traditional song forms, different people writing and singing, instrument switching, TR-808s, synths, Southern rap, and baroque counterpoint." There's a sample of Patrick Wilson (the drummer) singing lead on a song called "Automatic (LA Riots Remix) for a trailer of Gran Turismo 5 here. I can't wait to hear other weezer members stepping up and taking lead. Come to think of it, I can't wait regardless! Track-by-track review to come on June 17th, if I haven't died of excess anticipation before then.