Category Archives: Music

“Power Surge” (Preliminary)

Well, I was going to post a teaser for a new video project I’m working on, but YouTube doesn’t like the music I used, so I’m left without anything interesting to show for my next ambitious endeavour.  If you’ve been to Disney’s ElecTRONica dance party either at California Adventure or Hollywood Studios, you might be familiar with the Power Surge stage show before the official opening of the party.  I’m at present working on recreating a version of the show to enjoy at home.  More details as they come, but for now, please enjoy my other offerings at my YouTube channel!


A novelty piece in the old “break in” style where song clips replace soundbytes from interviews or dialogue. I downloaded this from AOL in the mid-1990’s, and I don’t recall who uploaded it originally. If you or someone you know created this, please let me know so that I may give proper credit. Thanks!

Independence Day 2012

I just wanted to get back on track today with a quick roundup of the “best of the web” that I could find celebrating US Independence Day.  I figure a nice little meme gallery might be interesting to come back to in the future.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson comments on the state of American education in light of the early-morning Higgs boson announcement.

“It’s a salute to all nations, but mostly America.” –Sam the Eagle

“Richard Hammond is secretly an American.” –Jeremy Clarkson

An SMG-wielding Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor into battle. Your argument is invalid.

Another vintage warning. This one is sure to capture some attention.

Definitely a win.

Seriously, what could be more patriotic?

Bruce Springsteen Cat will conquer Communism with Cuteness.

Ah, Philosoraptor, you are full of wisdom.

Just remember, giving up your freedom means you love freedom.


It would be nice, wouldn’t it?

That’s it for this year’s ID4 round-up, kiddies!  Hope everyone who celebrated had a safe celebration.  If you didn’t, I wish your eyebrows a speedy regrowth and hope you make the most of that prosthetic hand!

Crashing Las Vegas (Surge’s Birthday in Las Vegas Part 1)

Part 2: A Room With A View/Dinner With Schmucks

View on YouTube

New TMNT Theme Song

Since Michael Bay announced his plans to reboot the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as aliens, I figured we’d need a new theme song for the franchise.  Forgive me, as the production quality isn’t fantastic, but it was a quick parody I threw together in about 2 hours.  If anyone would like to contribute an original video for the song, please feel free to contact me!  Let’s all band together and get this affront to decency thrown off the project!

Happy Pi Day!

It’s Pi day!  Celebrate!  Also, happy birthday, Albert Einstein!

“Star Wars (John Williams Is The Man)”

I know every Star Wars and music geek out there has probably seen this (and memorised it), but I thought it might be fun to include a little bonus for those of you who read Zen And The Art.  Okay, so this a capella “Star Wars” track gained notoriety when Corey Vidal uploaded his split-screen lip-synch video to YouTube.  Yeah, it’s a lip-synch.  The actual recording is a vocal group out of Provo, Utah called moosebutter [sic], and they’re pretty spectacular.  I mean, they’re not Rockapella, but they are pretty fantastic.  So go, watch the video, check out the moosebutter website, and oh, what’s this…?Click Me!

The Cabler

Waiting for the cable guy is certainly one of the most annoying things I have ever had the displeasure of undertaking.  Some dude with dirty boots comes into your house, snoops around, then has to run his grubby hands all over your keyboard to connect to the central switch.  The worst part is that some companies still charge you to have to experience this!  I know not everyone knows how to run cable through their house, or how to connect to the branch line, or even how to program the remote, but dammit I do!  I don’t want to pay for a service that I would enjoy doing myself!  That being said, enjoy some more break-in nonsense with “The Cabler.”

Jason Derülo’s Future History Could Use Refinement, Talent

If one hears bad music, it is one’s duty to drown it by one’s conversation.

Oscar Wilde

The second album by Miami native Jason Derülo features 12 tracks of derivative trite that I probably shouldn’t have even tried in the first place, but, for the sake of fair play and journalism, I took a listen on Spotify.

How this kid got to be so popular is a mystery to me.  His songs are essentially the same R&B moans and beats that have been rushing to the DJ stands since someone decided that “R&B” no longer had to mean “Rhythm and Blues.”  He sounds like R. Kelly, dresses like Prince, and looks like the bastard love child of Wayne Brady and P. Diddy (no offense to Wayne Brady for he’s a man with more talent than I could ever hope to describe).  One thing I did notice was that several of his songs (the contractually-obligatory “break up” songs) were more about codependency and a lack of closure than good “break up” songs about acknowledging your hurt, picking yourself up, moving on, and maybe getting revenge on that cheating bitch that broke your heart in the first place.

Largely, it seems that Derülo’s tracks suffer from overproduction with too many unnecessary ad-libs, lyrical interludes, or other distractions.  Case in point is “Breathing,” which would actually be a good dance track if it weren’t for the unnecessary, annoying “AYYIYIYIYIYIYO!!!!!!” during the breakdown section.  There is also the (again, I’m sure, contractually) obligatory “I’m going to sing about us having sex” track that makes Derülo sound like he was competing with R. Kelly for the “freakiest sex lyrics” prize including an entire verse about “watersports” and a hook that sounds like “grabin’ and bitin’ all up on my boner.”

I did manage to find one track that I enjoyed:  “Fight For You” is a nod to another song that I have loved for years, Toto’s “Africa.”  It has a great interpretation of the music and chorus vocals that’s mixed with a driving beat and uplifting lyrics.  I did consider this the “least insipid” track on the album, but I think it has to do with the fact that somewhere it is written that artists are not allowed to do terrible covers of that song.

Bottom-line:  The final track, “Dumb” can effectively sum up the album; besides the chorus singing “I’m so dumb,” the song doesn’t actually pick up until thirty seconds from the end, leaving too little too late.  There’s potential with this guy, but he’s not there yet.

Apollo 13.5

Our mission was called “a successful failure,” in that we returned safely but never made it to the Moon. In the following months, it was determined that a damaged coil built inside the oxygen tank sparked during our cryo stir and caused the explosion that crippled the Odyssey. It was a minor defect that occured two years before I was even named the flight’s commander. Fred Haise was going back to the moon on Apollo 18, but his mission was cancelled because of budget cuts; he never flew in space again. Nor did Jack Swigert, who left the astronaut corps and was elected to Congress from the state of Colorado. But he died of cancer before he was able to take office. Ken Mattingly orbited the moon as Command Module Pilot of Apollo 16, and flew the Space Shuttle, having never gotten the measles. Gene Kranz retired as Director of Flight Operations just not long ago. And many other members of Mission Control have gone on to other things, but some are still there. As for me, the seven extraordinary days of Apollo 13 were my last in space. I watched other men walk on the Moon, and return safely, all from the confines of Mission Control and our house in Houston. I sometimes catch myself looking up at the Moon, remembering the changes of fortune in our long voyage, thinking of the thousands of people who worked to bring the three of us home. I look up at the Moon and wonder, when will we be going back, and who will that be?

Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Apollo 13

A novelty piece in the old “break in” style where song clips replace soundbytes from interviews or dialogue. I downloaded this from AOL in the mid-1990’s, and I don’t recall who uploaded it originally. If you or someone you know created this, please let me know so that I may give proper credit. Thanks!