Category Archives: Entertainment

“Edward and Bella” — A Bad Lip Reading of Twilight

I don’t care what you’re doing – STOP… and watch this piece of magic. Seriously, I don’t care WHAT you’re doing… whatever it is it’s stupid and this is more important (scientifically speaking). My friend, Beryl, sent me another gem of a YouTube vid and it’s easily the best thing I’ve seen since this or this. It’s easily Kristen Stewart at her finest!

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YouTube Awards: 5 Guys Burgers and Fries

So if you love bacon, 5 Guys, and appreciate the subtleties of the perfect burger experience… you gots ta watch dis!

DAYUM!!! And then it was autotuned… YEP. AUTOTUNED TO PERFECTION AND I CAN’T STOP LISTENING!!

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Internet win: Chat Roulette + Call Me Maybe

Yessss we’re all tired of these “Call Me Maybe” videos but YOU MUST WATCH THIS ONE. Don’t watch the Olympic swim team video, don’t watch the Abercrombie model video, watch THIS one!

[via Huffington Post]

It’s been done by the Harvard baseball team, “President Obama” and even Cookie Monster. It’s been done in so many ways by so many people that we thought — surely— it’d be categorically impossible to make a “Call Me Maybe” parody that was still funny.

But Steve Kardynal (of shake weight fame) has proved us wrong.

In this cringe-worthy YouTube video, Kardynal — lipsticked, bearded and scantily clad in women’s garb — shimmies and shakes in front of a Chatroulette crowd that alternates between delighted reactions and those of utter disgust.

Kardynal, known for his outlandish antics, is in top form as he lip-syncs and gyrates his way through Carly Rae Jepson’s hit song, but the priceless reactions of the other users on the online chat website are the true stars of the clip.

And though we know that the world probably doesn’t need any more “Call Me Maybes,” the grimaces of all those shirtless men sitting in half-dark rooms makes this one well worth it.

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The Doors Sing “Reading Rainbow” Theme

My lurvely friend, Beryl, tipped me off to this amazing little nugget. It’s Jimmy Fallon Jim Morrison singing the theme to “Reading Rainbow” and it’s GOLD. I’m really hoping this starts a trend of awesome childhood show theme-song covers. My list of songs I’d like to see cover include:

  • The theme to “Wishbone
  • The theme to “My Little Pony
  • The theme to “Arthur
  • The theme to “Fraggle Rock
  • Really any of these – Rainbow Brite, Muppet Babies, Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Ducktales, Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers, Talespin, Darkwing Duck, Snorks, Tiny Toon Adventures, Inspector Gadget, A Pup named Scooby-Doo, Garfield and Friends, Welcome to Pooh Corner,  Eureeka’s Castle, Babar

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all pop music sounds the same says the study of uhh no shit

So now what everyone knows is… official I guess?

(Reuters) – Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same.

Researchers in everywhere ever Spain used a huge archive known as ears the Million Song Dataset, which breaks down audio and lyrical content into data that can be crunched, to study pop songs from 1955 to 2010.

A team led by everyone with ears artificial intelligence specialist Joan Serra at the Institute of Duh Spanish National Research Council ran music from the last 50 years through some complex algorithms and found that pop songs have become intrinsically louder and more bland in terms of the chords, melodies and types of sound used.

“We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse,” Serra told Reuters. “In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations – roughly speaking chords plus melodies – has consistently diminished in the last 50 years.”

They also found the so-called timbre palette has become poorer. The same note played at the same volume on, say, a piano and a guitar is said to have a different timbre, so the researchers found modern pop has a more limited variety of sounds.

Intrinsic loudness is the volume baked into a song when it is recorded, which can make it sound louder than others even at the same volume setting on an amplifier.

The music industry has long been accused of ramping up the volume at which songs are recorded in a ‘loudness war’ but Serra says this is the first time it has been properly measured using a large database.

The study, which appears in the journal Scientific Nondiscoveries Scientific Reports, offers a handy recipe for musicians in a creative drought.

Old tunes re-recorded with increased loudness, simpler chord progressions and different instruments could sound new and fashionable. The Rolling Stones in their 50th anniversary year should take note.

 

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