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Bowie’s “Space Oddity” Now a Children’s Book

August 30, 2011 2 comments

One of the greatest songs of all time, David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity‘ is, for some reason, being turned into a children’s book!

One page from Andrew Kolb's 'Space Oddity'.

The book is currently available as a free download on the website of the illustrator, Andrew Kolb. 

I love the song, and as an adult I think the illustrations are kinda cool. But the whole story might be a little traumatic as a kid.

Then again, so is “The Land Before Time“. (seriously, who DIDN’T cry when Littlefoot’s mom got killed by the T-Rex?)

The song, of course, is awesome. So give it a listen if you’ve never heard it. And if you have heard it…well, still give it a listen!

Happy Canada Day!!!

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Wow. Soooooo busy lately! Don’t worry, I’m still alive. New posts coming soon.

But in the meantime, here is a great Canada Day song that I guarantee you will watch more than once!

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Zelda 25th Anniversary Orchestra Montage!

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

From E3 2011 in Los Angeles. Sweeeeeeeeeet! (via @velveteenfrog)

 

Shock wave from a Trombone Caught on Film

May 29, 2011 Leave a comment

The weak shock wave emanating from a trombone was captured on film and presented at the 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society for America in Seattle.

The researchers used schlieren photography to capture the images. This method is able to image fluids through the changes in their refractive index and is used largely in aeronautical engineering to study air flow around airplanes.

It’s also wicked-cool :)

Albert Einstein v. Stephen Hawking: A Rap Battle

April 1, 2011 3 comments

What else needs to be said? The awesome is incalculable!

It’s the Juno Awards!

March 27, 2011 2 comments

I love music; almost as much as science!

Yes, the Canadian version of the Grammys is being broadcast tonight. The Junos celebrate excellence in Canadian music, though “excellence” is defined very loosely.

Generally the award categories are dominated by the likes of Nickelback, Michael Buble and Justin Bieber. But thankfully, there is a lot more to Canadian music than these guys.

Nickelback at the 2009 Juno Awards.

The Arcade Fire was awarded “Best Alternative Album” last night at the awards gala (they also won the Grammy for Best Album this year) which was great.

Said the Whale was awarded “Best New Group” who have some really catchy tunes like “Black Day in December” and “Camilo”.

There are a couple of categories I will be watching closely: “Best New Artist” and “Songwriter of the Year”. Hannah Georgas has been nominated for both, and I think she deserves to win. Seriously, you can’t listen to “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” without getting it stuck in your head. (The video is pure low-budget gold!)

So even though some of the awards are clearly based on record sales and not talent (Katy Perry won for ‘Best International Album’. Seriously??) I hope some talented songwriters and singers get the recognition they deserve.

Rock on!

‘Alice In Chains’ Bassist Dies at 44

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

I grew up in the 90s, and as result I have an affinity for grunge music.

Alice in Chains was one of my favourite groups back when I was an angsty teen. Unfortunately, their original lead singer, Layne Staley passed away in 2002 from a drug overdose, and now their original bassist Mike Starr has died, also likely due to a drug overdose.

This is my favourite song, ‘Down in a Hole’. Starr left the band in 1992 so he isn’t in this video, but damn if it isn’t a great rendition. Enjoy!