Pink Floyd’s Welcome to the Machine — All on guitar

I’m an effect gearhead, and a lover of some fine Pink Floyd. I used to listen to the Wish You Were Here album every night before going to bed, and what Bill Ruppert does here for the song Welcome to the Machine is flippin’ amazing. That song is an effect heavy, synthesizer-laden mind trip, and the dude does it here all on guitar. (I guess this was so cool that even NPR did a piece about it.

Watch it:

Bacon Flavored Breath Mints

Bacon. Flavored. Breath. Mints.

Call me heretical, but I’m pretty sure that this is part of the sign of the Apocalypse:

And I saw, and, look! a pale horse; and the one seated upon it had the name Death. And Hades was closely following him.

The Revelation of John, Chapter 6, Verse 8

If you’re so inclined, you may purchase these on Amazon: Bacon Flavored Mints. Not an affiliate link, BTW.

UGG Boots are stupid

There was a giant ad in my email inbox for UGG boots, and it dawned on me how stupid they were. Not so much the boots themselves, but the fact that the company managed to convince otherwise sane girls to walk around all summer long with WINTER BOOTS ON.

Give credit to their marketing department though. Genius. It must have gone something like this:

“Sales are down Jim, what ya got?”

“Me? Uhh… Convince pretty girls that their feet need to be warmed by our cozy sheepskin boots, not just in the winter, but all year ’round?”

“Jim, you’re a natural.”

That’s how I imagine it must have went, except with an Australian accent.

And their logo is uggly. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Ace Ventura Rhino Birth – Funniest Scene in the History of Ever

I don’t care what anyone says, the “rhino birth” scene from Ace Ventura – When Nature Calls is the funniest scene ever caught on film. Sure, there may be some close contenders, but this takes the cake for Funniest Scene Ever, according to Dan’s Über Best Movie guide.

Rhino Birth – Funniest Scene in the History of Ever

Other Awards

Here are a few other scenes that the Dan’s Über Best Movie guide gives awards to:

The Black Knight – Best Action

The Battle of Wits – Most Thought Provoking

One Out of a Million – Most Romantic

FREE Radiohead OK Computer tribute album

Stereogum.com is giving away as a free download the album OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer, a song-by-song covers compilation of one of the greatest recordings of all time.

First of all, if you’re not intimately acquainted with Radiohead’s OK Computer, you need to drop everything you’re doing and go hide in a closet. Because I’m going to come kick you. Second, download this disc, because it’s pretty good. It’s not Radiohead, but it’s good. (Probably because Radiohead wrote the songs, duh.) The arrangements aren’t too shabby, and the interpretations aren’t annoying at all, which is something of a crap-shoot when it comes to tribute albums.

Download it here: OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer

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Nolan Ryan vs Robin Ventura = Walmart Profiteering!

I was reading a recent article about the Seattle Mariner’s pitcher Cliff Lee getting ejected from a Cactus League spring training game, when someone posted information about a scuffle between Nolan Ryan and Robin Ventura way back in the day.

As a kid, my favorite player was Nolan Ryan. He was like 80 years old, yet still better than most other pitchers. What happened one day was that Ryan beaned Ventura with his first pitch, and Robin didn’t like that so he charged the mound.

Walmart memories

Hilarity ensues, as Nolan Ryan calmly puts him into a headlock and starts whipping him with his fists of fury. It’s so humorous, if sadly violent, that Walmart sells autographed photos of the beating. The fact that they sell that photo is way funnier than the actual fight. Way to go Walmart!

Best tripod for beginning photography

There are a lot of crappy camera tripods out there, made cheaply, that pass themselves off as useable. They’re not.

They are mostly lightweight piles of plastic junk that are a waste your valuable money.

My recommendation? Get a Slik PRO 330 DX. I owned and used for years the previous model until it disappeared to New Mexico with a friend, and I just bought the new updated model. It’s essentially the same tripod, so I’m excited that I can do some night photography again.

The primary reason I love this tripod is because it isn’t a plastic piece of junk. It has a solid metal head, with aluminium alloy legs, and if you take care of it, it will last for years.

The head, although not “pro”, is suitable enough that you’re never going to hate it. It’s sturdy and smooth, and will handle your SLR confindently and securely, without slipping. The quick release plate is very sturdy. It also has a vertical tilt handle in addition to the pan & tilt handle, which makes it easy to adjust.

While I don’t like the fact that this new one is lighter than my old one, which is an issue I think people mostly misunderstand, the potential downfall for that is made up for by the fact that it has quick release legs now instead of the old twisty screw knob-type. This makes the tripod much more user friendly and faster to set up and adjust.

To explain the weight issue, everyone wants light tripods because they have to carry them around. But extra weight means more stability, especially in windy conditions. Stability is the entire purpose of a tripod to begin with, so if you’re not a wussy and want images that are sharper, get a manly one. This tripod, it’s fair to say, straddles that line nicely, providing sufficient stability without being cumbersome.

The Slik tripod here isn’t the cheapest, compared to Wallmart cheap, but it’s not expensive either. At about $100, it’s a significantly better investment than any other tripod in that range.

All things being said, if you’re interested in doing photography, do yourself a favor and don’t skimp on your tripod. The Slick PRO 330DX is in my opinion the best initial investment you can make if you’re a beginner or enthusiast and you want to get serious about your art. This will start you off on a nice foundation, and still give you room to grow.