Hubcaps & Celebrities

Hubcap Dog SculptureI was on my way home from work Thursday and the front drivers side hubcap came off my car. It wasn’t just a minor thing either. The hubcap leaped from my wheel, crashed into my side mirror, and then proceeded to roll along beside me where it mercilessly got ran over by a truck and two cars. I didn’t stick around either. I hauled ass outta there as quick as I could. The last thing I need is to have some asshole yelling at me for something that was beyond my control, and I know one of the three would have been. I don’t know what it is about my wheels and hubcaps, but they won’t stay on. I have went through no less than 16 hubcaps in the past 7 years. Have you ever had a vehicle that the hubcaps won’t stay on, or have you ever been hit by a run away hubcap?

That reminds me of another story. I was riding along route 19 with my uncle several years ago, when the minivan in front of us suddenly lost it’s wheel, tire and all. I don’t know if I was more impressed with the shower of sparks that were spewing from the axle that was schlepping along the asphalt, or with the tire that continued along its merry way another mile or so up the interstate, across the median, and into incoming traffic. I got a laugh out of the people who were honking their horn at the rogue tire, as if it were going to move itself out of the way. Sure, it was a little dangerous, but it was funny.

Fortunately, no one got hurt, in either incident. Except for the axle of the minivan.

I’m not a person that is too much into celebrity gossip, but I heard Ellen was going to be replacing Paula Abdul as a judge on American Idol. Ellen? What can she bring to table? She can be funny, at times,  but a judge on Idol? I just don’t see her fitting in there. Somewhere in the near future I expect to see Paula on the Ellen show and Ellen offer her the position back or something like that. I see it as a marketing ploy, but time will tell.

Did anyone else see Kanye West take the microphone from Taylor Swift during her MTV award speech?  What a douche! Glad to see her put it behind her quickly and put on a great performance only moments later. From the subway to directly in front of Radio City Music Hall, she had the whole place screaming for her.

And that is gonna have to do it for this update folks. I hope to get back to doing this on a regular basis again.  🙂

MTV, Pumpkins, And WASSSUP!

MTV appears to be going back to its roots. Somewhat. MTV Music is a website that is new, clean, and has piles of music videos. All of which are embeddable in your favorite website or blog. I will prove this point by embedding one of my favorite videos of all time. “Warning” by Green Day. This video makes me laugh every time I see it.

I found these paper mache pumpkins, and they are awesome. When the kids get a little older, we are going to have to try this.

Let me take you back a few years now. Remember the famous WASSSSUP video? If you were alive and on the internet about 8 years ago, you probably couldn’t have missed it. It was one of the first big internet hits that I can personally remember. (That and something about some golf balls.) For those of you that have no idea what I am talking about, you can watch the original video here.

The new updated for 2008 version is embedded below. The boys have been through a lot over the years.

And that is all I’ve got for today.

Have a great weekend everyone, and Happy Halloween!

Why Am I Just Finding Out About Pandora?

I recently was told about Pandora. I have since registered at the site, and quickly became addicted to it. Why wasn’t I told about this earlier? How could I not know?

For those of you that don’t know, Pandora is a website where all you have to do is type your favorite artist in the box and hit enter. Music from your artist of choice, and artists that are very similar, will begin streaming in. It’s a great way to discover new songs. There may even be a way to play over your unlocked cell phones.

Tim Westergren explains:

On January 6, 2000 a group of musicians and music-loving technologists came together with the idea of creating the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.

Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or “genes” into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song – everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It’s not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records – it’s about what each individual song sounds like.

Since we started back in 2000, we’ve carefully listened to the songs of tens of thousands of different artists – ranging from popular to obscure – and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world.

It has been quite an adventure, you could say a little crazy – but now that we’ve created this extraordinary collection of music analysis, we think we can help be your guide as you explore your favorite parts of the music universe.

We hope you enjoy the journey.

Tim Westergren
The Music Genome Project

If a certain artist or song plays that you don’t like, just hit the thumbs down button and that artist or song won’t be played on your station any more. It’s great, free, and I highly suggest that you try it out. You won’t be disappointed.