Understanding the Large Hadron Collider (through rap)

May 5, 2009

If you’d like to understand just what exactly those CERN physicists are planning with the Large Hadron Collider but are having trouble making sense of it, this wonderful 5 minute Large Hadron Rap by Alpinekat will explain it to you with a funky beat. Long live geek rap!

I came across this in the comments of a post on Bad Astronomy about a great segment on the Daily Show about the LHC and the nutjob who is claiming it could cause a black hole (the man actually claims there is a 50/50 chance of a black hole forming because it will either happen or it won’t).

What a fun weekend

May 5, 2009

I have had a really awesome fun weekend.
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Currently on high rotation…

April 25, 2009

I have been listening to death to Aussie hip-hop group the Herd’s song 2020 (and watching their great filmclip – see below) and also watching Susan Boyle’s fantastic audition for Britain’s Got Talent – what a voice. Yay for Youtube!

Fagette by Athens Boys Choir

July 31, 2008

Fagette is a trans-fabulous Sunday in the park. It’s croquet gone gay, drag-tastic cheerleaders, and synchronized dance, all in an Astroturf wonderland.

New Amazon purchases and cool sites

June 10, 2008

I am currently enjoying a couple of albums I bought from Amazon last week: Ta-Dah by the Scissor Sisters and Saul Williams by Saul Williams. They are both really good.

I’m also two-thirds through Spud by John van de Ruit, which is about a boy at an elite, all-boy private school in South Africa in 1990 (the year Nelson Mandela was released from prison). It’s quite funny. We’re discussing it at the next bookclub in July. When I’ve finished I will get onto my two recent purchases of Luce Irigaray books: An Ethics of Sexual Difference and the Way of Love.

This morning I read about an amateur astronomer in Australia who has been contacted by NASA to work with them on a Saturn project. The guy has taken a very cool photo of Saturn.

Nasa have a very cool picture of the Earth and the Moon from Mars. What struck me about the photo was that I thought the moon was much closer to the Earth!

Check out HM Revenue and Customs page on what to do if you suspect or discover fraud with National Insurance Numbers.
The page looks a little something like this:

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Whitechapel Gallery, Craze Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum

May 18, 2008

On Friday night Paul and I went to the Whitechapel gallery and saw a little bit of video art and we saw two bands play: An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (see clip above) and No Bra. I hadn’t seen No Bra play before but I’d been wanting to for ages. I think I’d describe her as electro-punk. She came onto the stage in very small pants (possibly just underwear) and a leather jacket and stood there speaking/singing into the microphone along to the backing electo music. After the first song she took off the jacket and she was standing there, topless! Needless to say, without a bra! I find it kinda cool to see ladies with saggy bosoms (kinda similar to mine) putting them out in public, not restricting them in some tight, ridiculous bra, pushing them up, but letting them be in all their natural glory. She also has really long hair – past her waist – which was actually covering one of her breasts for the whole performance; she didn’t move about much. I really like her song Munchausen and we laughed when she sang it, it’s very funny. Check it out on Youtube (the sound’s not that great) or listen to it on her Myspace page.

On Saturday we went to the Craze Gallery on Portobello Road and saw a bunch of guns and grenades made out of paper, then we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum and saw three exhibitions: China Design Now, Thomas Hope: Regency Designer, and Blood on Paper: the Art of the Book. We also had lunch in some nice rooms and Paul took some photos.

Paul recently shaved his head. Here he is, with new haircut, after a long day of London site-seeing.
Paul looking tired after a long day of walking and looking at art in London
He might be tired but he still has enough energy to play World of Warcraft!

head cold, Spaced and Saul Williams

April 24, 2008

I’ve spent most of this week home with a head cold. I think it’s a viral infection – which is certainly better than all the nasty bacterial infections I had over winter (all the tonsilitis, chest infections, etc). I don’t feel as bad but am still miserable.

I have been reading the Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson. I don’t think it’s her best book but I am only two thirds through it. I’ve also been watching Spaced episodes and films from Wholphin 3.

I have bought tickets for Paul and I to see Saul Williams in May. I’m really looking forward to it. He is a poet and spoken word performer as well as a singer and his stuff is amazing! I had been meaning to check him out for ages and then when Lucy came to stay she recommended I go see him so the other day I watched a bunch of clips of him on Youtube and was very impressed. Check it out below!

Above is Not In Our Name (the Pledge of Resistance) which (I’m pretty sure) was on a CD I once got with New Internationalist.
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Beth Ditto and the Gossip rock my world

February 3, 2008

So tonight I’ve been watching some great Gossip film clips on youtube and watched some films of the Gossip performing at Perez Hilton’s 29th birthday party. In part 1 they sing Listen Up but part 2 was even cooler when lead singer Beth strips down to her underwear and moves around the crowd, singing Standing in the Way of Control and calling the too-cool people at the Hollywood party motherfuckers. She also says Paris Hilton needs to see what cellulite looks like (Beth is no small woman!) and what poor people look like. See below:

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Baby Got Back (Gilbert and Sullivan style)

April 24, 2007

I saw this mentioned on boingboing and its pure genius.

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Whose punk rock? Don't think it's mine!

April 16, 2007

On Saturday night Paul and I went to This Is Our Punk Rock. If I had to describe it in one word, I would say: disappointing.
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