Monday, December 20, 2010

R. Kelly: The World's Most Interesting Man

I put this up on my Facebook wall and I'd put it up again. If you had to ask me who is the most interesting person of the 20th & 21st century? Was it Hitler? Was it Gandhi? Was it JFK? No. No. No. It's R. Kelly. How he sings lyrics like "you remind me a jeep, I wanna ride you" and then puts out other songs like this is beyond me...

I just can't stop watching this video. The crowd fucking loses it at the end when he sings his new single "When A Woman Loves"

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Why are all Brits English, but all Englishmen aren't Brits? And who are the British Isles?

Apart from having jacked up teeth, Brits are really weird. They went from having an empire where the sun never set to being an association of countries and territories that no one fucking understands. I mean simple facts like every English person is British but not every Brit is English baffle most people. Furthermore what makes Great Britain great and not just Britain? And the United Kingdom, what the hell is that?

My curiosity with sorting all this out peaked when I started thinking about the 2012 Olympics and the soccer team. In regular international football England competes as its own team, but for the Olympics the host country (Great Britain) automatically qualifies for the tournament. Not a big deal, except for some reason people keep on talking about how this was a super big issue for them. Apparently a ton of work was done for the creation of a Great Britain team, but what was the issue here? What the hell does that mean? How is that different than the normal English team? Why was it so hard?

So for that reason I figured a graphical depiction of all things concerning England would be helpful. As you will see, my devastating combination of having an enthusiasm for making pictures, a dash of intellectual curiosity, and a love of colors can only lead to...well.... colorful pictures.

So here's a topographical view:

...and here's a Ven diagram....

... and if you don't like pictures, here's a mathematical version of it:

British Isles = A+B+C+D+E+F
UK = A+B+C+D
Great Britain = A+B+C
Britain= A+B

A = England
B = Wales
C = Scotland
D = Northern Ireland
E = Ireland
F = Other Islands

(Great Britain) - (Britain) = Scotland
(UK) - (Great Britain) = Northern Ireland
(UK) - (Britain) = (Scotland) + (Ireland)

There. Does that help? Good.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bono vs. Cross-dressing Robert De Niro

On last week's episode of SNL Robert De Niro dressed up like a woman ....and oddly looked like Bono. Now I love Bono but sometimes you gotta call a spade a spade. You be the judge.

Click the pic to enlarge...

...and yes that's Puffy kissing De Niro's hand. I suppose he's hoping that some talent rubs off.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

PODCAST: DJ Shakes_2009-12-07 (All Over The Place)

Simply drag the orange podcast icon on the left column of this page (under "Podcast Me!") into your iTunes. Or:

1. goto iTunes
2. click on Advanced
3. click on Subscribe to Podcast:
4. paste this URL

T R A C K L IS T I N G (approx 55min)
theme: all over the place

[0:00] Taylor Swift - Love Story
[0:44] U2 - With Or Without You
[1:44] U2 vs. Taylor Swift - Without A Love Story
[4:58] Daft Punk - Derezzed (Tron)
[6:46] Groove Armada - History
[10:40] Panda Bear - I'm Not
[12:00] Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane
[14:30] Petula Clark - Don't Sleep in the Subway
[15:34] Mark Knight - Devil Walking
[21:30] Fela Kuti - Water Get No Enemy
[25:30] Issa Dagayogo - Ciew Mawele (Dusty Foot Remix)
[30:24] Banco De Gaia - Drippy
[34:55] Leif Garrett - When I Think Of You
[36:00] AZ - The Come Up (Memphis Sessions)
[39:10] Jay-Z vs. The Wailers - Small Problems
[43:00] The Heptones - Old Time
[45:35] The Rolling Stones - Shake Your Hips
[47:55] Smashing Pumpkins - Rocket
[50:52] Deerhunter - Desire Lines
[54:00] Karen O & The Kids - Sailing Home (Where The Wild Things Are)

There, I hope you're satisfied and can figure out using a podcast... or you can download HERE.

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