Archive for July, 2010

OK, so I’ve been avoiding the Lottery Garage lately due to my work situation (or lack thereof) rendering the concept either quixotically optimistic or maybe just pathetic and sad, but I just can’t resist Jalopnik’s writeup of a gathering of knockoffs based on the immortal Lotus Seven (mostly by Caterham, but a few others as well).

Taking Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s mantra of “adding lightness” to its logical (albeit ridiculous) conclusion, the Seven weighs about half as much as a Miata, and generally has an engine at least as big (Miata engines are actually quite a popular option). And yes, mine will be in the traditional Lotus livery of British Racing Green and yellow.


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I guess Web humor is over now, since the NYT is doing a story about it being a trend and all. Or maybe it’s just “Taking Web Humor Seriously, Sort Of” that’s over.

But I have to say I’m intrigued by the notion (at the very, very end of the article) that groups like 4Chan are modern-day incarnations of the trickster gods found in many mythologies, who engage in transgressive behavior that sometimes “reveals the hypocrisy of the game he just cheated.”

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Knock Out Eileen is a fantastic mashup of LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” and Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ eternally awesome “Come On Eileen.” I think I might like this (the first 1:45, at least) almost as much as the Girl Talk treatment of DMR (at the 2:55 mark below). BTW, am I the only one who didn’t realize until years later just how much “Come On Eileen” owes to Motown? The chorus sounds like a Four Tops song, and the bridge (where it slows down and then picks up speed) sounds like the Supremes’ “I Hear A Symphony” or “Where Did Our Love Go.”

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At last! Joe Cocker with subtitles reveals what he was REALLY singing at Woodstock!  And it was nice of him to try not to sing on a Kia (I didn’t even know they had those in 1969!). (via Miss C.)

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Cover me

I guess I’ll stop worrying about my standard job-app cover letter being badly written:

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

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Acts as exes

Bands as ex-romances in tweet format has some nice gems, though I admit I’ve never heard of about half the bands on the list.

Probably my favorites (bands as well as snarky remarks) are “The Decemberists are that group of drama kids who never talk to anyone outside their clique and have tons of inside jokes you don’t get” and “Vampire Weekend is a rich kid in a polo shirt OH WAIT”.

(Vampire Weekend pic via theloveisgone)

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Modern world bringing you down? The king of Nerdcore‘s here to remind you things could be worse. A sample of the lyrics:

Your GPS run out of battery (first world problem)
Got to wake up Saturday (first world problem)
You just delayed a honeymoon (first world problem)
Pledge season’s coming soon (first world problem)
Half your friend list is spam accounts (first world problem)
And your center channel speaker’s out (first world problem)

UPDATE: I love it when I beat Boing Boing to something.

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