Thursday, December 31, 2009

Random thoughts at the end of the decade

It's too much pressure to try to sum up the past decade. At the top of my head, I would say that technology has been the most revolutionary thing about the 00's (I don't even begin to know how to say that); more specifically, the internet. It has changed the way people do business, interact with each other, and even think. For instance, I know that my attention span has been tragically shortened, thanks to the internet.

However, it was thanks to the efficiency of the internet that I was able to Google a random thought that lead to three years of college in the most impractical of studies, plan my wedding, and most recently. search for a house. The internet has made me the vague approximation of a normal adult that I am today.

I look forward to finding out how technology will exert its svengali-like influence over my life in the coming decade (oh please, let it be cyborgs). Happy new year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Friday Night Play List: one week extension

I'm back from Hong Kong and Bangkok, just in time for Christmas madness. We visited a lot of malls, in both cities, where Christmas music and decorations were always in the background, but the festive season never registered with me due in part to the warm temperatures and occasional palm tree. So, Christmas is currently overwhelming, along with the jet lag.

In the coming week, I expect to add another layer to the back fat that I acquired in Asia, so until the next post, I offer this evidence that Madonna can still power a party. It is worth noting that it is great music to exercise to.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Friday Night Play List: 2 week intermission

I will be away from this blog for the next two weeks so here are some songs that will hopefully tie readers over until new content appears.

I thought this song was a parody of hip hop music when I first heard it but it is being taken seriously enough to warrant a Grammy nomination (!). Drake reminds me of Alanis Morissette in that both have gained recognition as serious musicians in the US while Canadians can't fathom how a rich kid who was on "Degrassi: The Next Generation"/"You Can't Do That on Television" can have any credibility.

"Stop Me" - Mark Ronson featuring Daniel Merriweather
I love the original by The Smiths but Ronson's soul-inspired remake is surprisingly good.

"See You on the Moon" - Great Lake Swimmers
This catchy song was included on a children's compilation disc meant to relieve their parents of the homicidal thoughts that can come from listening to the Wiggles for the umpteenth time. It definitely ranks right up there with Raffi's "Bananaphone".

"Just Dance" - Lady Gaga
This song has been overplayed and it is still an instant party maker. Lady Gaga's success is heartening after her gracious response to Christina Aguilera stealing her style then claiming not to know if Lady Gaga was even a woman.

Finally, this is for that special threesome, Bella, Edward and Jacob.