The Weirdness That Is Gangnam Style

If you haven’t heard of Gangnam Style by now, it’s a silly Korean pop song that went spectacularly viral online and has since become tremendously popular. Its music video on YouTube has more than a billion views. Yes, that’s “billion” with a B. It’s also spawned a number of versions and parodies, some of which…
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Some Cheer For A Difficult Day

Tragedies and difficult times are occurring today. There’s not a way for me to help in any meaningful way, but looking back at my grandfather’s funeral, I mostly recall that a cousin’s inadvertent joke made us all laugh–and knowing that my grandfather would have laughed harder than anyone. That made us all feel better, and…
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Review: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw…

Fiona Apple may produce albums with ridiculously long titles, but I wish she would also make longer albums. Don’t get me wrong. Her latest effort, which came out earlier this year, is wonderful. I just wish there were more than 10 songs. “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping…
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Fever: Variations On A Theme

So, in all the Peggy Lee-related hubbub around her hometown of Jamestown, N.D., I learned that she actually wrote two verses of “Fever,” which she never received any royalties from. I love that song, and it’s really stood the test of time, too–everybody who’s anybody seems to have done a cover version of it at…
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Exploding Manure, Insidious Weeds And A Geek In Power

Here are a few things you might find to be of general interest: Microbes may be causing explosions in manure pits in hog farms. Yikes! Apparently, Monsanto was really surprised that Roundup-resistant weeds would evolve. (via BoingBoing) Norway’s new Minister of International Development loves LARPing and roleplaying! I would love to play Dungeons & Dragons…
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