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    December 25, 2015
    Have A Patrick Swayze Christmas!

    Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and all that good stuff from all of us in the Shak family to all of you.  As always, I tend to favor an irreverent view of the holiday season, and like me, the boys at Mystery Science Theater 3000 have a great way to celebrate the holidays in a way that only fans of 80’s action movies will appreciate.  And that way, of course, is with a Patrick Swayze Christmas, courtesy of Joel, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot.  (And also the AV Club.)

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    It’s been a very, very busy holiday season for me, so I’m looking forward to a return to normalcy sometime around January 12th or so.  Still, it’s nice to be buy, and it’s nice to actually have things to do at this time of year.  Not everyone is as lucky as I am.  I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating in the way you choose, whether it’s with family or friends or movies or Chinese food or just watching a little more of the Today Show than you usually get to.

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    November 10, 2015
    Apple Music Hits Android

    Apple has long held to its walled garden approach.  iOS devices work with Apple services, and that’s pretty much the best way to do things.  However, a connected universe like that isn’t as good as being open to everyone, if only because adding multiple ways to let people take your money is always a great idea.  Apple has finally picked up on that, and they’re even bowing to pressure on mobile platforms, Apple’s current most lucrative areas.  Apple Music is now on Android platforms, joining the multiple platforms already available.

    Of course, Apple faces kind of an uphill climb.  Their app is only a beta edition, so you can only sign up for an individual subscription if you’re not already a subscriber; family account sign-ups need to be done from an iOS device.  However, as far as functionality is concerned, it appears to be the equal to the iOS editions.  You can still follow artists, listen to Apple’s radio stations, connect your music, make playlists, and all that good stuff.  However, it’s a little difficult to find on the Google Play store, unless you search by Apple and scroll some.

    Of course, if you’re not into Apple, there’s still Beats Music, Amazon Music, and Spotify, among many many others.

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    October 29, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Mix Tape!

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    October 25, 2013
    Fun Friday Video: Moar Ghosts N Stuff

    Okay, so the Halloween light display set to “The Fox” is cute and all, but you want to see something a little creepier.  Still fun, but more Halloween-appropriate.  Well, put down your torches and pitchforks, I can make that happy.  Courtesy once again of Edwards Landing Lights on YouTube, here’s another example of the power of their Halloween light display.

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    The song is the creepy-yet-dance-appropriate “Moar Ghosts N Stuff” by Canadian house music star Deadmau5; it’s on his album For Lack Of A Better Name.  The vocal samples are from The Walking Dead (Hershel) and the 1957 sci-fi flick The Brain From Planet Arous.  The creepy organ sound is Frederic Chopin’s “Piano Sonata Number 2 in B-Flat Minor.”  The end result, obviously, is magical.

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    January 27, 2012
    The Day The LOLcats Died

    In the anti-SOPA/PIPA furor from last week, someone stepped out to become a big star.  That person is YouTube user LaughPong, who produced the best song parody since Weird Al’s last song parody, except this one was for a good cause.  It was called “The Day the LOLcats Died,” and it’s an anti-SOPA rendition of Don McLean’s “American Pie.”  Let’s cue it up, shall we?

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    The song is great, and while it’s no longer right on the cusp, the SOPA/PIPA movement is still alive and still active, and if you think you’ve seen this bill for the last time, think again.  It will be back in some different form; don’t you worry about that.  The media cartels are scared, and since they don’t know how to bring their business back, they’re going to lash out in a public manner.  Since they own so many Congressmembers, it’ll be in law form.  SOPA and PIPA will be back, eventually.  Just wait.

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    January 2, 2012
    The Apple Boogie Mixtape Circa 1984

    Once upon a time, Apple wasn’t at war with the music industry.  Indeed, they weren’t even involved in the music industry at all!  Apple’s only real association with music was with promotions.  Namely, The Apple Boogie.  For those that are just now hearing of it (like me!), the Apple Boogie was a promotional cassette tape given out by Apple for their 1984 International Sales Meeting.  We’re not talking a few songs, either.  This is a full album of 8 songs, released on commemorative cassettes like the one seen above!

    The songs on this album, though I’ve never heard any of them, sound amazing.  There’s  “Power to Be Your Best,” “We’re So Excited,” Apple II Forever,” Building the Future with You,” and even “Blue Busters,” a parody of the Ghostbusters theme wherein Apple takes on Big Blue, BKA IBM.  If this exists, or if you have a copy of it, feel free to let me know, because I’d love to hear just how awesomely bad this thing is.

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    September 30, 2011
    Fun Friday Videos: March of the Floppies
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    How does this work?  I have no idea.  However, it’s a pair of old 3.5-inch floppy disk drives playing the Imperial March from the Star Wars series.  If that’s not worthy of a few views, I don’t know what is.  Thanks to @sarahdobbs on Twitter for posting it, and thanks to me for stealing the video and reposting it here.

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    May 2, 2011
    Musical Monday: Under Fire

    This music isn’t from a video game you’ve ever played.  It’s not from a video game anyone’s ever played.  The song, “Under Fire” is from a cancelled EA video game called Road Rash.  As the title might suggest, it was a racing game.  The song itself was composed by Jesse James Allen, who has composed songs for other video games like Tiger Woods 2011 and Mass Effect 2.

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    Amazingly, this incredible work may not ever see the light of day in any official release, as it is owned by EA Trax and unless EA wants to use it, it’ll never get out.  At least Jesse was able to display it on his YouTube page and share it with the world.  Music this good (and it’s not even a genre I like) should be heard by the world.

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    April 29, 2011
    Fun Friday Videos: Data Is White And Nerdy

    Just because you’re white and nerdy doesn’t mean you can’t also be the coolest cat in the building.  For example, there’s no one on Star Trek nerdier than Data the android, but despite this, he still manages to be the best character on the show and an enduring icon for robots everywhere.  Now, to pay Data his proper respect, some enterprising Star Trek fan has mashed up TNG and Weird Al to pay tribute to Data, everyone’s favorite white and nerdy android.

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    Just when you think the Internet can’t get any better, this happens.

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    March 25, 2011
    Fun Friday Videos: Saw Trek

    There are a lot of versions of the Star Trek theme, as it’s one of the most iconic themes in television history.  In fact, Blastr has pulled together 12 interesting versions of the Star Trek theme, but there’s one that I feel stands out.  It’s from Natalia Paruz, AKA the Saw Lady, a street performer who plays the saw as her instrument of choice.  Say what you want to about the saw, but it’s awesome, and it sounds great when covering the Star Trek theme.  Check it out below, and enjoy!

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