Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Earl Scruggs & Steve Martin - Foggy Mountain Breakdown

That is some insane banjo'ing!

And who knew Steve Martin was such a kick ass banjo'er?

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Timothy Ferris on The 4 Hour Workweek

LeWeb took place in the early part of December and by early indications it was a huge success and on it's way to becoming the premier tech event in Europe. Some very big names in technology and online were there, but some of the biggest buzz was around the announcement of Queen Rania Al Abdullah as one of the Keynote speakers. 

One of the attendees was Timothy Ferris, author of The 4 Hour I've been wanting to read The 4-Hour Workweekfor a while now, and thought this was a nice quick summary.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Bireli Lagrene - Cherokee

This is the only thing preventing me from tying my monitor, mouse and keyboard chords together to make a noose and hang myself from having to work on a Sunday. Hope you enjoy and that whatever you're doing, you're not working on a Sunday.

In case you're like me and had never heard of Bireli Lagrene, here's a little bio on him: He's a French guitarist and bassist specializing in swing, jazz fusion and post bop mediums.  He's played since he was four, performed with many international jazz superstars and has +25 albums to show for it.

Diana Krall, John Clayton & Yo-Yo Ma - You Couldn't Be Cuter

Buy it here: You Couldn't Be Cuter

Checking out Amazon Associates

Just heard that Blogger has integrated Amazon Associates and I'm trying to test it out.

It is good timing I suppose with X'mas around the corner. Here's my wish list:

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

TRAILER: Youth in Revolt

I'm all about alter egos.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Star Wars Gangsta Rap

I'm Yoda, I'm a solja, I'm low to the floja, I thought I told ya!

That's a mighty good gin and tonic, why don't you mix me up another?

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Hey Krystal By gloryforthepeople

Dope new song by gloryforthepeople.


TRAILER: Taxidermia

Cinematography looks incredible, albeit a little disturbed.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Jack Black in Lord of the Rings

Yo - eyebrows? Stay out of this.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Monday, 16 November 2009

The Dead Weather - I Cut Like a Buffalo

TRAILER: World's Greatest Dad

This looks awesome - has anyone seen it?????

Sunday, 15 November 2009

How To Eat a Chicken Wing

This guy should've won the Nobel as far as I'm concerned. This is ground-breaking stuff.

NPR: Roger Deakins' Favorite Scenes: The Shawshank Redemption

Great movie and great scene. Brooks was here.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Chicago's The Weiner Circle

Sobering yet sentimental clip about a place I've been to numerous times - The Weiner Circle in Chicago. I was the "Bruce Lee looking motherf*cker"!

Friday, 13 November 2009

Helicopter Boyz - Nikon Coolpix Advert

Pretty unique way to advertise a new feature of the Nikon COOLPIX S1000pj; the camera doubles as a projector.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Russell Peters African Names

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Wipeout - Big Balls of Fire

Reality TV at it's best.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Lifted - PIXAR

Lauryn Hill - That Thing

Breath-taking. I think if I could see her live, my head would explode and I would wet myself (in that order).

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Starlings on Otmoor

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

BMW SUV has Monster-Truck Feature; KIA Takes Care of Its Customer

Oops! Is this an underground marketing video for BMW? In fact, this is a real life parking FAIL that happened in Ontario Canada. KIA totally came through though and hooked up the hapless owner of the pancaked care with a new set of wheels. Talk about customer service!

But you gotta admit - that is impressive that the BMW SUV was able to go monster-truck style like that - I wonder if that's a special button you have to press?

Monday, 2 November 2009

Rory Sutherland: Life Lessons From an Ad Man

Great and amusing talk that speaks to the subjectivity of value, and the advantages of persuasion over compulsion.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Sell the Vatican, Feed the World

I didn't know the Papacy was into waterslides.

Arby's isn't in Hong Kong either.

NPR Music: Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq plays the Tiny Desk Series with accompanying guitarist Rob Bacon for NPR. He worked with artists like Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z for his 2008 solo album The Way I See It.

Havard Business Review: Navigating Major Career Transitions

Michael D. Watkins discusses discusses how to handle the next move, and how the current economic climate is making this much more prevalent and crucial to short-term and long-term success.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Friday, 23 October 2009

Aziz Ansari on the Late Show with David Letterman

Harvard Business Review: Keeping Top Talent Engaged in Tight Times

Very important topic for all companies, big and small. Shortly into the interview, Sylvia Ann Hewlett of the Center for Work-Life Policy, explains why and shares that recent studies suggest that 56% of time is spent looking for the next job! I guess I'm behind the curve on that one.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Friday, 16 October 2009

A (Bored) Day At the Office

I'm speechless.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

TRAILER: Creation

Starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Tina Fey's Emmy nomination notification - Jimmy Kimmel

Tamatha's been animated for a nanny.

Tamatha's bean casserole is nasty.

Casserole gay robots - get high.

There's honey in my fireplace.

Karate monkey baby teeth!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Collective Soul Live in Morocco - Shine

Takes me back to high school - great song and band.

Monday, 5 October 2009

JIMMY KIMMEL: Guillermo in Bourne Ultimatum

Absolutely brilliant.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

U of Andy: Holding Your Liquor

Kevin Nealon's diagram is the best.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Billion Dollar Gram (Information is Beautiful)

Check out when you have a chance - very cool site with graphical art to illustrate interesting stastics, factoids, things.

This particular piece was the artist's attempt to try and give greater meaning to the "billion" unit, as the artist observed, and rightfully so, that this a phenomenally common number in our daily discourse for how large a number it actually is.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe So Maybe No

Great video and excellent tribute to SoCal's beach and skate culture. Definitely gets me thinking 'bout LA....

07 MTV Awards: Star Wars Parody

I must warn you - I'm very good at backflips!

Friday, 25 September 2009


Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Blind Melon - For My Friends

Kick-ass live set.

Frank Caliendo - Impressions

His Best Ones:
Clinton (0:15)
Kramer (2:48)
Robert De Niro (3:27)

Monday, 21 September 2009

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Project Natal Xbox 360 Announcement

Pretty slick stuff - I think Nostrodamus predicted this...

TRAILER: Brief Interview with Hideous Men

Directed by John Krasinski.

MATT COSTA - Never Looking Back Live

Beautiful song - hope I can learn to play this. I need to replace the E string first though. Maybe this weekend.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Guy Kawasaki on Great Pitches

Going to see this guy in Guy Kawasaki tonight at Volar and am very excited as I've heard a lot of good things. I found this video and thought it made a lot of sense.

Key Take-away:
10 slides in 20 minutes using 30 font.

Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc.

Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc. from Chris Cairns on Vimeo.

AdAge: People Magazine's Mobile Strategy

Fran Hauser, president of the digital side of Time Inc.'s Style and Entertainment Group, also offers some interesting insight into how they're leveraging social platforms like Twitter in order to better understand what their target audiences are interested in.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Dynamite Hack Boyz In The Hood

This song reminds me of Summer of '99 and selling books door to door in Northern California. Crazy that that was 10 years ago - a friggin decade!

Seinfeld on Blackberries and iPhones

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney on HBO's JOHN ADAMS

I was really looking forward to seeing this and I finally saw the first part of the HBO miniseries JOHN ADAMS yesterday. I was not disappointed; phenomenal actors portraying an incredible time in American and human history. Who could've predicted that the efforts, debates, squabbles and ultimately agreements could've had such a long-lasting impact on governance the world over?

Here's another clip of produce Tom Hanks discussing the project.

Timelapse - Los Angeles Wildfire

Timelapse - Los Angeles Wildfire from Dan Blank on Vimeo.

Hazards of living in SoCal - what can you do.

Conan O'Brien Guest DJ Spot KCRW

Friday, 11 September 2009

Marketing Through a Recession

Lori Sobel of Google and Siva Ganeshanandan of Interwoven offer some quick tips on approaching online marketing in the recession.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Nokia CEO Says iPhone A "Wakeup Call"

Interesting interview with Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo discussing how the iPhone changed the mobile marketplace, as well as the transition from being a company focused only on hardware manufacturing to one that also provides services. He observes that Apple has done the mobile industry a great service by illuminating the possibilities of communication and information retrieval via mobile device, thereby dramatically increasing users' proclivity to engage in the mobile experience and super-charging adoption.

For Q4, Nokia grabbed approximately 41% of the worldwide market, compared to RIM at 19.5, followed by Apple at 10.7 (source).

Nike SB - Today Was a Good Day - Extended Version

SAI - Chart of the Day (1H 2009 US Ad Declines)

Interesting chart from SAI. All forms declined in 1H2009 with the exception of Cable TV so get your late-night 4am Public Access spot now. Internet did ok all things considered - super big OUCH for paper advertisers.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

LETTERMAN: Justin Timberlake ft Timbaland - SexyBack

JT is the man - nothing else to say about that.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Filter - Take a Picture (Acoustic)

One of my favorite songs of all time I think. I was very happy to find this acoustic version where he hits the high notes perfectly.

THE ONION: Minotaur Debate

Is Using A Minotaur To Gore Detainees A Form Of Torture?

"We could use Griffins, but we don't use Griffins and I think that's what separates us from them."

I changed my tune on minotaurs after Obama took office.

Monday, 7 September 2009

TRAILER: Zombieland (Oct 2009)

Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson.

On the topic of zombies, one of the most entertaining works I've read in past few years is World War Z by Max Brooks. Great read that is more a statement/expose on the nature of man than the walking dead.

This Kid has Skills.

This kid has some moves - I really credit the cameraman (or woman) with not laughing while holding the camera. I would be convulsing I'm pretty sure, rendering the act unfilmable.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Friday, 4 September 2009

TRAILER: District 9

I'm going to see anything with Peter Jackson's name on it.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

That's So Gay

BBC Interview: Stephen King on Reading

"Reading is an addiction that you try to give to children early."

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

NPR interview: Eric Cartman


Sunday, 30 August 2009

TRAILER: Carriers

Is it just me or does it seem like there's an inordinate amount of doomsday movies coming out recently? I'm curious if everything happening with the the War on Terror, the financial crisis, swine flue and everything else is increasing our desire for escapeism, which Hollywood is cashing in on?

Saturday, 29 August 2009


Pretty bad ass. Terminator, but with Angels.

Starring Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Kate Walsh, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton and Willa Holland. Directed by Scott Stewart.

Friday, 28 August 2009

How to Encourage More Online Spend: Ken Mandel

Ken Mandel, MD & VP Yahoo SE Asia on how more marketers in the region can be encouraged to pump more money in online spend with specific consideration for the SEA marketplace.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Weeds: Masturbation Lesson

Excellent writing, unique characters, and a super-hot leading lady. WEEDS is my new favorite show.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Monday, 24 August 2009

Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Comedy: Monkeys Talk About Religion

Well go party somewhere else, Dude!

TRAILER: A Serious Man

Most enjoyable trailer I've seen in a while.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

TRAILER: Hot Tub Time Machine

Clearly this script was developed with the use of narcotics and alcohol.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Hong Kong Social Media Discussion

I'm participating in a panel discussion on social media today in Hong Kong, sponsored by MRM Worldwide. I've been doing quite a bit of research to understand the risks, rewards and strategies for brands considering social media as part of their marketing mix. Ultimately, I think the discussion is very similar to that of how campaigns become viral. Social media isn't worth much if impressions remain low; but it definitely becomes worth something (good, bad, unsure) once an element of it becomes viral.

My recommendation to brands is to get on Facebook, YouTube and Answers first and see where that takes you. And contrary to others, I do believe it's possible to dip your toe in the water with these platforms if you have the right person in charge of the campaigns. Social media is NOT the end-all-be-all; it's simply another part of the online marketing equation. So take it slow and steady and learn to walk before you consider running.

Below are some interesting clips for those interested in this topic:

Educated discussion on what went wrong with this campaign.

Another user submitted Tahoe commercial.

Facebook and Politicians

Social media's impact on Iranian election

Lauryn Hill + Wyclef performing Sweetest Thing plus Freestyle

Lauryn Hill - one of my favorite voices from the late 90s and really from all time. Her voice was something out-of-worldly, with incredible range and texture. This is a great rendition with a little freestyle in the middle. Enjoy!

Barney Frank Takes On Protesters At His Town Hall

There be some crazies in the US right now! I really don't know enough about Obama's health care policy to argue yay or nay for it, but regardless I do know that we need to pass some kind of health care to get some serious medication to people who very clearly need it, as this video will highlight.

I really think there should be some sort of test to be able to attend a public debate - sort of an intelligence test but not necessarily an academic one. Maybe a test of rationale to be able to tell the crazies apart.

DAILY SHOW: Betsy McCaughey Interview

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Friday, 21 August 2009

BMW: "Hostage" 007

Directed by John Woo; Starring Clive Owen

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Best of Big Lebowski

Just had the pleasure to see this again on TV the other day. Thanks to Hong Kong HBO censoring, every F-bomb was edited out. How can it even be the same movie???? Surprisingly, it was still funny, but not nearly the same thing. Anyways, here are some of the best scenes for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

LETTERMAN: Sondre Lerche - To Be Surprised

Sondre Lerche is a critically acclaimed Norwegian musician with a decent fan base, but his big break came when he was asked to score the soundtrack for Dan in Real Life from 2007. I loved the movie and the soundtrack was one of the main reasons. See it if you're a music and/or a Steve Carrell fan. Watch the trailer here.

TRAILER: Lymelife (October 2009)

Directed by Derick Martini; starring Alec Baldwin, Kieran and Rory Culkin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon and Emma Roberts.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Jamiroquai - Love Foolosophy Recorded @ Abbey Road

Still one of my favorite bands to shake a leg to.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Dave Matthews Tim Reynolds Jimi Thing (acoustic)

One of my favorite live albums of all time.

Global News BC - Randene Neill Accosted by Dog

Why is it funny when dogs do it but when I do it, it's assault? Can you say, "double standard"???

Friday, 14 August 2009

Thursday, 13 August 2009

CBS: The World Of Micro-Loans

According do Wikipedia, microlending is defined as the extension of very small loans (microloans) to those in poverty designed to spur entrepreneurship. These individuals lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history and therefore cannot meet even the most minimal qualifications to gain access to traditional credit. Microcredit is a part of microfinance, which is the provision of a wider range of financial services to the very poor.

The site mentioned in this piece is MicroPlace; check it out here.

Radiohead - Blow Out

Wow - this concert was 15 years ago - crazy to think that Radiohead's been around for that long. Thom Yorke seems almost normal when he intros the song in the beginning of the clip.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

COVER: God Bless The Child

"Would you first believe that I first fell in love with this song listening to a tape release of "GREATEST HITS FROM THE SIMPSONS"??? I remember it was a track where Lisa is singing this while jamming on her now famous saxophone. There is something to be said for children/young-adult music that incorporates oldies but goodies into the fold.

Monday, 10 August 2009

TRAILER: Whiteout (September 2009)

Starring Kate Beckinsale as an Arctic police officer. Sounds feasible.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

TIME: Q&A with Comedian Louis C.K.

Funny man Louis CK answers questions from TIME readers - good stuff.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Brüno's 'Terrorist' Speaks Out

I saw Bruno while on vacation (which I enjoyed immensely). One of the now famous scenes is where he supposedly sits down with a "terrorist" to ask to be kidnapped in the hopes that it will make him famous. It is pretty funny the way it appears in the movie but I'm disappointed to think that the entire thing was staged and in fact largely invented/edited. It does not take away from the fact that the movie was much more hilarious and offensive than the trailer lets on.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

TRAILER: Tron Legacy

I have yet to see the original but I think this version looks better.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Bloopers: How I Met Your Mother - Season 2

This is a fantastically underrated and hilarious show. As always, Neil Patrick Harris rocks.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

LETTERMAN: Phoenix peforming 1901

As a tribute to the country where I'll be leaving for (starting tomorrow), enjoy this set by Phoenix.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Beavers: Assholes of the Forest

"Oh yah! I used that wood for my steam room. Now I get to rub my nuts all over your house, biotch!"

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Angus & Julia Stone: The Beast

Cool music video from Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

What Microsoft/Yahoo Deal Means

Will be interesting to get back from vacation and see what things are like....

And I don't usually listen to FOX (though I do watch more of it in Hong Kong curiously), but I found this interview on the deal to be "fair and balanced" and understandable for layman.

LETTERMAN: Regina Spektor performing Laughing With

I first got into Regina Spektor after hearing her duet with Sondre Lerche in the soundtrack for Dan In Real Life (check it out if you haven't seen it). This is a much more somber but equally addictive song. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009


For anyone that knows me, I love this guy and his humor. Check out his site.

Cheese Curry Japanese Ad

I've been looking for a good guy that can give my curry ramen a cheese flavor.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Saturday, 25 July 2009

TRAILER: The Road (September 2009)

Directed by John Hillcoat; starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce

Friday, 24 July 2009

BLOOPERS: 40 Year Old Virgin

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Monday, 20 July 2009

Family Guy: Puke-A-Thon

I was watching this episode on TV one weekend not too long ago and this scene literally had me in tears.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Tim Hanlon on Publicis' Vivaki Re-imagining the Agency

Tim Hanlon addresses the future of agencies at the recent Advertising 2.0 conference. He's the managing director of VivaKi, the year-old Publicis entity that's an investment arm and think tank for new digital marketing strategies.

Lewis Black on Religion

I can't be kind about this because these people are watching the Flinstones as if it was a documentary.

Friday, 17 July 2009

TUTORIAL: How to Seduce a Girl

They should teach this in school.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Ethics of Eating Fish: Mark Bittman Interview

I've seen a lot more of Mark Bittman on TV since coming to Hong Kong and watching LOTS of Asian Food Channel. I thought he was annoying at first (and you may also) but am coming to respect him as a a talented journalist and food expert, as he is internationally known. I thought this was a good clip where he discusses some of his ethical views on the seafood he does and does NOT eat.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

TRAILER: Soul Power

Documentary about the Zaire 74 concert held in tandem with the Ali-Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle", featuring James Brown, B.B. King, bill Withers and many more great African American artists.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Try to Pitch a movie

But what if it wasn't?

You bet your ass, hobbit on hobbit.

I want you to stay with me on this one, Darryl, if I can call you Darryl.

Monday, 13 July 2009

NPR: Jazz Pianist Eric Lewis

Eric Lewis (or Elew as he is known o some) has some sick talent, and he demonstrates it in this performance of his original work "Thanksgiving".

Sunday, 12 July 2009

LONELY PLANET: Venice Through My Eyes

My wife will be traveling through Italy with some friends toward the end of this month, stopping off in Rome, Florence and Venice.

This is a cool video by Tony Martin.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

LETTERMAN: St. Vincent - Marrow

Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, knows how to rock, and she should, having cut her teeth with outfits like Polyphonic Spree and Sufjian Stevens.

Best of Wedding Crashers

Best Quotes:

Feel so good when he jokes...

Are they built for speed or for comfort?

That was my first Asian!

If I had any air in my lungs I'd scream at you.

Ma, The Meatloaf! Fuck!

Friday, 10 July 2009

KCRW: Theresa Andersson - Birds Fly Away

This is almost as awesome to watch as it is to listen to. Amazing voice and musical talent.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

TRAILER: Extract (Sept 2009)

Directed by Mike Judge; Starring: Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Kristin Wiig and JK Simmons.

Monday, 6 July 2009

BLOOPERS: Step Brothers

I could watch this all day long.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

'03 MTV Awards: Matrix Reloaded Spoof

I just happened across this - pretty good stuff. Wanda Sykes' cameo as the Oracle and Will Ferrell as The Architect are the best performances.

"C'mon man, no more arigato, Mr. Robot-O."

"Oooh, you hittin' the spot! How big is your fist?"

"Watch the sass, Captain Sassy Pants"


Saturday, 4 July 2009

Commercial: Intel Star

Big Pimpin'.

BLOOMBERG: Lizzie O'Leary on How to Tell a Story with Numbers

I found this to be a very interesting clip where Lizzie O'Leary explains how she tells a story with numbers. Definitely useful for aspiring reporters, but it's certainly applicable to only one that works with data (sorry for sound cut-off in last few seconds).

Here's her advise in a nut-shell:

1.) Find a face that can be associated with the data

2.) Examine how that person's story can be applied/viewed on a much larger and/or Global scale.

3.) Look into other trends/behavior tied to the original data set you started with.

I like her quote at 2:10, that "economics, and telling stories about economics, is a collection of little data points of human behavior."

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Melody Gardot - Worrisome Heart

Melody Gardot was born 1985 and raised in Philadelphia PA. She was disabled at 19 after being struck by a car while riding her bike, and she turned to musical therapy for her recovery. Check out her site here.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Shawshank in 3 Minutes

Fantastic musical summary of a fantastic movie.

TRAILER: Inglorious Basterds (Aug 2009)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Brad Pitt, voice of Samuel L. Jackson, Mike Myers, BJ Novak, Julia Dreyfus.

I'm not typically a fan of his films outside of Pulp Fiction, but this looks excellent.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Ali G - Playoff Rings

TNT and the NBA were brilliant enough to have Ali G star in the adverts promoting the 2008 NBA Championships. Here are some of my favorites that I don't recall seeing at the time.

Monday, 29 June 2009

TED: Naturally 7 Beatbox

I want these guys to be my entourage wherever I go so I can have entrance music on command.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

TIME: Michael Jackson's Songs and You

In the above click, Time interviews regular people on the street about their thoughts on MJ's songs and passing.

Nowhere did the news spread faster than in cyberspace; get a load of some of these stats from Yahoo! (borrowed from Silicon Alley Insider):

  1. Y! News reached 16.4m UV's in a day, beating out the previous record of 15.1 from election day.
  2. Hourly record of 4m visitors between 3 and 4pm Fri PST
  3. Y!'s front page story on MJ's passing was highest clicking story in Y! history, generating 800k clicks within 10 minutes

Why all the buzz? Obviously the man was larger than life, not only because of his music but because of his numerous eccentricities. True, there was definitely a time when he went off the deep end a little bit and only a few peopl actually know what he may or may not be guilty of. But if you had the life that he had, it would be a rare thing to come out on the other end without needing some serious counseling, medication, and more likely both. Jackson went went from child to Megastar overnight and was forced to deal with all the pressure, attention and expectation that comes along with it. It's clear he made mistakes along the way, like we all do.

Still unsure how big a deal his career and music was to the world? Check out some of these facts:

  • +300m records sold worldwide
  • Thriller remains the biggest-selling album in history
  • Jackson's is the third most frequent feature in Madame Tussauds museums, being beat out only by Elvis and Madonna (both of whom have six each)
  • Billie Jean was the first video by a black artist to air on MTV.

TRAILER: Hurt Locker

Saturday, 27 June 2009

ONION: Anonymous Hero Donates Hospital 200 Human Kidneys

Best scenes:




Thursday, 25 June 2009

KCRW: The Duke Spirit - Lassoo

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

TRAILER: The Goods (Aug 14th)

Jeremy Piven playing a used car salesman; what else do you need to know?

"They made me breast-feed some old man."

"We have all just participated in a hate crime; let's all get our story straight."

Nam-a-sake: Kal Penn interview with SNL's Andy Samberg

Never actually saw the Nam-e-sake movie starring Kal Penn but I think he got decent reviews for it. Anyways, I thought this was a pretty funny clip.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version

Definitely better than the original in my opinion.

Best lines:

Staring at the swim team gets you killed by a gang of dancing ninja men who know how to twirl. Spin around! Ninjas!

Get out of my way! I've gotta pee! Zombie cult? Never mind, I just went on the floor!

What kind of private school would let in these kind of guys? It started out as Hogwarts, now it's Lord of the Flies! I hated that book!

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Farm Sluts (Chris Parnell)

FoxSearchlight on YouTube describes this as a dark comedy about a successful 30 something who is fired for accidentally visiting a porn site during office hours (we've all been there).

Directed by Collin Friesen

Friday, 19 June 2009

Major Lazer at The Levi's®/FADER Fort

A work friend of mine turned me on to Major Lazer and after listening to this set, I'm hooked.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Bonk Author Mary Roach: On Orgasms

Interesting talk about the history of orgasm research, given by Mary Roach, author of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

TED: Kaki King - Playing with Pink Noise

Someone should teach her that she's playing the guitar upside down. I bet it would be a whole new experience for her.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

DISCOVERY: Doomsday Asteroid

It is mind-boggling thinking about the fact that there are countless projectiles of all shapes and sizes hurtling through space. That's why I always carry an umbrella with me.

TIME: 10 Questions for John Krasinski (Jim from The Office)

Known as the loveable underachiever Jim Halpert in the NBC television series The Office, John Krasinski answers Time reader submitted questions.

As usual, the outtakes are better than the actual interview.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Nite Club - "Good Life" (Kanye West Cover)

The cover is alright but I think it's perfectly matched in theme and feel with the video.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

The Onion: 12-Year-Old Boy Scouts Offer To Give Breast Exams

This would've definitely made my Boy Scouts experience 1000% better.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Guido Beach

Funny, disturbing and brilliant all at the same time. The crazy thing is that they really didn't need to do THAT MUCH editing to make this footage as crazy as it is. No diss to whomever did the editing, but seriously, you didn't need to work that hard on this bad boy.

What's your biggest Pet Peeve? Biggest Pet Peeve - I don't know what the F that means.

I mean, we live in New Jersey which is one of the best states in New Jersey.