May 30, 2013

You better think about it, baby! :)

So I was sitting here tranquilly browsing the internet when suddenly it hit me. Weird Song Wednesday. I had forgotten about Weird Song Wednesday. So here's your first weird song- a cover of the Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare" by Of Montreal. The Misfits are an 80s punk band whose songs have lyrics based on horror B-movies and always sound like they were recorded in someone's garage full of junk. Of Montreal, a psychedelic indie band, took probably their most well-known song and made it from a raw, slightly ominous punk song into a jaunty little keyboard-and-drum-machine ditty. I love it so much. You can actually understand Kevin Barnes, which only highlights how ridiculous the lyrics are. Also it's just hilarious to hear a horror punk song sounding so upbeat on a cheesy toy-sounding keyboard.

May 29, 2013

The Computer Master

(I know this post is a bit late, but I spent all day looking at job listings and it took me a while to shake off all the corporate speak and actually get an idea for this post.)

I've always loved using and learning about computers and the internet, but I always heard that one cannot really understand how a computer works unless they can program. However, I never had the opportunity to learn to myself, and so I resigned myself to being insufficient until last semester, when I finally signed up for an intro programming class. I was really excited. I imagined myself learning faster than everyone and making computers my slaves by the end of the semester.

I did not end up making computers my slaves. I ended up making them my resentful assistants at best. 

May 27, 2013

Music Video Monday!!!

This is "Don't Want You" by the Lunachicks, a 90s punk band from New York City. They're completely ridiculous and amazing and they have a very classic-rock-influenced sound. In this video, they go on a game show called Date-O-Rama, where the possibly intoxicated hosts try to pair them up with their Ideal Dates from a bunch of odd people, including a drag queen, a cheesehead, a greaser, a dog, a Michael Jackson lookalike, and a Johnny Rotten lookalike. It's pretty great.

May 24, 2013

First Friday Doodle

On Fridays, I am going to draw something- anything, on my computer or on a piece of paper- and post it. I'm not very good at drawing, but I like it, and hopefully it'll be entertaining to someone. I also might post a photo if I feel like it. However, the photo is optional. The doodle is not. 

For this doodle, I made a passive-aggressive (or maybe just flat out aggressive) greeting card. My cursive doesn't actually look like that, I was trying to imitate a font.

May 23, 2013

The past is a foreign country

My first Cyber Thursday website is YouTube Time Machine. This is a site that will give you random YouTube videos from any year you choose, all the way back to 1860 (even though there aren't many videos to pick from until about 1916, which makes sense, really). 

I spend most of my time hovering around the years with more videos, especially the 70s, 80s, and 90s. I love how the wider selection gives me a cross-section of random stuff I'd probably never look at otherwise- commercials, TV shows, movie snippets, concerts, parts of live news broadcasts, whatever. That gives me an idea of the general look of that year. I know TV isn't an accurate representation of the world, but it's definitely a reflection on the trends and moods of its time. And I feel like it's a better idea than I would get from just watching things that were notable because it includes everything- the shitty sitcoms and forgettable movies, the annoying commercials, the news broadcasts and sporting events no one ever really expects to see more than once. I don't think anyone lives in a bubble of art films and nothing but the smartest TV- we're all surrounded by these stupid bits of ephemera that get dated unbelievably fast. Don't believe me? Go look up a commercial from 2000. I'll wait.

The closest I can come to explaining why I love that is with the quote I used for this post's title, from L.P. Hartley: "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." It's looking into a place that was completely different, somewhere I can never go or go back to myself.

Also, all seriousness aside, it can just be entertainingly tacky sometimes. That's why I stay to the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Stuff from then is too modern to be considered vintage and quirky- it's just savagely hideous in a way I adore. But all that is an angle that I'll probably cover much better whenever I decide to post about Everything is Terrible, one of my favorite websites.

UPDATE 5/29 (as if anyone cares):
I found a fantastic blog post ("Survivorship Bias" by David McRaney) that said what I was trying to get across about how notability messes with people's picture of the past in a way that's actually clear. Here is a quote:
"Your sense of a past era tends to be informed by paintings and literature and drama that are not crap, even though at any given moment pop culture is filled with more crap than masterpieces. Why? It isn’t because people were better artists back in the day. It is because the good stuff survives, and the bad stuff is forgotten. So over time, you end up with skewed ideas of past eras. You think the artists of antiquity were amazing in the same way you associate the music of past decades with the songs that survived long enough to get into your ears."
The whole article is here. You should check it out, it's definitely worth reading. 

May 22, 2013

Hello, cruel world!

I'm Chris. I am 18. I am in college. I like lots of weird stuff. This is my new blog.

Honestly, it's not going to be that different from my old blog. I'll be posting an assortment of music and links and stuff like before. I just want to separate myself from some of the mildly embarrassing things I did on it. I started it when I was eleven, after many more awkward internet exploits on other websites. Yes, I've been on the internet a long time. It's been hard to stop thinking of myself as a net rat now that I'm actually a legal adult (god, it's so weird saying that).

I was inspired to start blogging again by this Rookie article, which reminded me how much I liked having a blog when I was vaguely serious about it. However, do not expect this to be like Rookie. There will not be any fashion, because I'm just not into that. Don't count on many pretty pictures or much serious writing, either. For the most part, this blog will be nerdy and not entirely serious, like myself.

I'm going to make an effort to stay on a 5-days-a-week post schedule here, posting one little thing from a pre-specified category every weekday. I'll be putting that schedule up later. Sticking to it should not be that hard. Hold me to it.

Now I'm off to mod the template and take this from v0.1 to v0.1.1.