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Impervious to kryptonite since 1974. Bragging about it since 1974.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

He Says 'Yar' And Everything

Meet North Carolina State University's student body president. His name on the ballot was "The Pirate Captain." His platform, or "plank" as he described it, was "expanding the bus lines to haul thar peopled cargo to and fro from ACC bouts at the yonder RBC Center" and "holding meetin's open to all yae landlubbers." At the debates, of course he was dressed as the pirate that he is. The student scurvy dogs responded by electing him with a 58% majority in a run-off election.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I'm About To Blow Your Mind!!!

This is a little trick I modelled after many chain e-mails floating around the web. Get out a paper and something to write with (or a calculator if you're too stupid to do simple math).

1. Start with the number in your street address.
2. Add 500.
3. Multiply by 4.
4. Square the result.
5. Subtract 13.
6. Add 422.
7. Subtract 409.
8. Take the square root of the result.
9. Divide by 4.
10. Subtract 500.
11. Finally, subtract the number in your street address.
12. Now this is going to blow your mind.... the answer is.....

Your age when you were born!!!

Since you were so impressed with this little trick, send this link to 10 people in the next 10 seconds or your head will implode and your brains will seep into your lower abdomen causing your spleen to explode.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Another Monkey

Thursday, December 01, 2005

A Music Primer: Don Caballero

As I have mentioned before on this site, the greatest drummer alive, Damon Che, headlined Don Caballero until the band's demise in 2001. An instrumental outfit from Pittsburgh, Don Cab is widely considered by music geeks to be the quintessential math rock band. Math rock is distinguished by its peculiar and complex rhythms and tempos and de-emphasized (or, in this case, complete lack of) vocals. Additionally, many math rock bands, including Don Caballero, pull from jazz as well as rock influences. Like its namesake school subject, music from this genre could also be classified as cold, calculating, and soulless.

It is impossible to put Don Cab's sound into words without being paradoxical: complex yet repetitive, highly structured yet chaotic. In addition to Che, guitarist Ian Williams garners individual attention for his unusual style and intricate melodies. Also of note are the weird song titles Don Caballero chose (e.g. "Details On How To Get ICEMAN On Your License Plate," "In The Abscence Of Strong Evidence To The Contrary-One May Step Out Of The Way Of The Charging Bull," "Let's Face It Pal, You Didn't Need That Eye Surgery").

Topping the Don Caballero catalog are American Don, their last and most jazz-influenced album, Don Caballero 2, and What Burns Never Returns. Don Caballero 3, linked below, is the first track from What Burns Never Returns. It exhibits most of the qualities that make Don Caballero unique.

Don Caballero - Don Caballero 3