Fred Armisen cracks me up in this Over/Under. “Um I had, a buddy of mine knew a couple of cops. And they had, well, their beat was the college area, so um, and I’m sweatin’, I got sweat stains…”

Daft Punk Orchestrated!

I could have joined my high school band back in August of 2000, but I didn’t. Why? Probably because Daft Punk’s Discovery hadn’t been released yet, and wasn’t in the band repertoire. Fortunately, that album came out in 2001, and a few months ago, the Trinity Orchestra played Discovery in its entirety.

I know. You’re scared to watch any videos online that are longer than two minutes. And I was scared too. I was scared that I wouldn’t get enough sleep tonight because I stayed up to watch it.

But this talk from Merlin Mann (from 43 folders) made me a little less scared. It’s called “Scared Shitless” and it’s about being okay with, if not loving, being afraid. Time to do cool things.


Remember: The best way to ensure a safe, solid high-five is to stare at the other person’s elbow and follow through. Friends don’t leave friends hanging.

The Euthanasia Roller Coaster

euthanasia roller coaster

Beautiful. But a bit morbid.

From Julijonas Urbonas and Design Interactions Research: ““Euthanasia Coaster” is a hypothetical euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death. Thanks to the marriage of the advanced cross-disciplinary research in aeronautics/space medicine, mechanical engineering, material technologies and, of course, gravity, the fatal journey is made pleasing, elegant and meaningful. Celebrating the limits of the human body, this ‘kinetic sculpture’ is in fact the ultimate roller coaster: John Allen,former president of the famed Philadelphia Toboggan Company, once said that “the ultimate roller coaster is built when you send out twenty-four people and they all come back dead. This could be done, you know.”

I don't like QR codes.

But I can enjoy a treasure hunt. I’ve always been kind of skeptical about the quick-result barcode. The only way I might scan is if I’m really excited about a brand. I’m not really a “for more info” kind of guy. But Brandflakes for Breakfast posted this blurb about a treasure hunt on a public ad using a slew of QR codes. Now I’m curious enough to scan!

qr treasure hunt

DC Record Store Day Roundup

Record Store Day is tomorrow, April 16th! (It’s also Foursquare Day, FYI…4^2 (four, squared)=4/16) So you can plan on celebrating them all at once by checking into DC’s area record shops and picking up your favorite limited edition, sometimes colored vinyls. I don’t own a colored vinyl, and I don’t know why I want one so badly, but tomorrow might be my day.

Anywho, I’ve done the honors of mapping out the locations of each participating record store in DC (mostly for myself, but I thought it’d be nice to share), and found a few things out about each along the way. See the map below, and after that, see what each store has going on:

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Crooked Beat (2116 18th St NW): “We’ll be opening an hour early on Saturday, April 16th, and the first 75 paying customers will receive a free Crooked Beat tote bag stuffed with posters, CDs, 7-inch records, and more. Five lucky people will find a $20 gift certificate inside their bag.”

Som Records (1843 14th Street NW)

Smash! (2314 18th ST NW 2nd Floor) "Hey, a reminder that Record Store Day is Saturday. We will also be celebrating our anniversary. PBR is sponsoring the event as well!"

Red Onion (1901 18th Street NW) See their offerings here.

Politics & Prose (5015 Conneticut Ave NW)

Melody Records (1623 Connecticut Ave NW)

CD Warehouse (3069 Canal Street Northwest)

Happy hunting.

New-to-me tunes (or specifically, bands) are the best kind of tunes I can ask for, especially if they hook me in the way that sends chills up my spine. It’s the same feeling I get when I get my haircut and they run the clippers on my neck. I think the last time I got that might have been LCD’s “Dance Yrself Clean”, when the track synths out to the maximum. Another pick from recent memory is Panda Bear’s “Last Night At the Jetty” from the upcoming Tomboy, where he says I know, I know, I know, I know, I know I, know I, know I, know…

But LCD and Panda are artists I know well already. For a while there, the whole search and destroy method I had for finding new music was kind of bringing me down. I’d listen to something until I exhausted it, and then I’d move on to a new artist, the best new thing, the Pitchfork BNA’s…whatever. So for the past months I’d recycled some of the older releases I’d appreciated before, without venturing into very much new stuff. But now I think I’m ready to venture out again into the new. I found Oregon Bike Trails on The Hype Machine yesterday, and now I find myself searching for anything I can get my hands on of theirs.

Reminiscent of Beach Boys musically, and so also Panda Bear in the vocals anyway, it definitely has me swooning for the warmer weather that’s obviously missing outside. “Summer’s starting to drift away, but you don’t want to let go.” Thank god it’s only starting.