Monday, January 30, 2006

Oh, in case you didn't know, my CD is available on iTunes (I hear it will also be available from Verizon Mobile's Vcast service, too, but I have to take their word on that).

One of my songs even appears on the "iMix": "Having Sex with a ROBOT".

I know I've arrived.
John Beasley is a good musician. I'm going to have to pick up some of his CDs when I get the chance.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Another new old favorite has been posted to the The Cacophonous World of Professor Whimsey podcast. Don't forget, there'll be another new tune posted Monday.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Wanna do a good deed? Vote for my podcast on PodCastAlley (click the "Vote Now" link on that page).

Honestly, I have no idea why you'd want to do this, but if you're looking for a way to kill 30 seconds, there you go.

Oh, and subscribe to the show now (use the links at the right). There'll be a BRAND NEW tune coming out tonight. I'm fairly sure it's like nothing else you've ever heard.

UPDATE: And the tune, "AisFor" is posted on the podcast (see buttons at right). Cry havoc and let slip... a new tune of... mine.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

If you haven't seen it yet, rent without delay "Millions". In a word, fantastic.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

My new podcast, The Cacophonous World of Professor Whimsey is now available by direct link at iTunes, so look for the little iTunes button at the right.

And go rent "Sky High" while you're at it. It's a far, far better movie than you'd think (and probably the only movie with Bruce Campbell in it where you can also hear They Might Be Giants cover Devo).

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Wednesday-Evening Google-Video Dance-Off

This week it's Lego Break Dance vs. G.I. Joe Dance.

Winner: G.I. Joe Reggae (not strictly speaking a dance, but it beats both of them put together. Those G.I. Joe PSA videos crack me up -- click the "More Videos" tab).

Now go check out the latest edition ("2A") of the They Might Be Giants podcast.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Cacophonous World of Professor Whimsey

I just started setting up my new podcast about 20 minutes ago, but the idea is that twice a week I'll post a tune I made and if you're subscribed, you'll download it and at the end of a year you'll have 104 new tunes.

You can subscribe by clicking this button (I'll add the iTunes link once I enroll my podcast there):

Or if you want to download the songs manually, just visit the The Cacophonous World of Professor Whimsey 'blog page.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Holophonic Recording

Listen to this with headphones. It gets really freaky, especially around the one minute mark. If I had another microphone, I might play around with this a bit.
I've uploaded a few of my videos to Google videos. Now you can watch a few of my videos on Google videos.


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

So I've been poking around the new Google Video store (pros: you can download Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes from it. Cons: only the first 15 episodes so far and you can't do anything with them except watch them in Google's own player on your PC and the quality doesn't look that great) and while this video looks interesting, I'm not sure I'd buy it on the strength of it's 30-second-preview, arguably the most pointless 30-second preview ever.
Wednesday-Morning Google-Video Dance-Off

This week it's Carolina Shag vs. Soul Train.

Winner: Soul Train.

Monday, January 09, 2006

I guess I've been living in a bubble because I'm very saddened to learn just now of Lou Rawls' death. He was one of my favorite singers and will be missed. Fortunately he left a wealth of music behind and I'm sure will continue to be discovered by future generations of listeners.
"The Asteroid Gaspra (Old 951)" (2:00, 128kbps .mp3 format, 1.9MB).

"The Asteroid Gaspra" is a prime example of the more than 80,000 known unique melodies and variations thereof within the "Asteroid Songs" genre of Martian folk music -- a genre of music which itself was made extremely popular thanks to frequent airplay on a number of radio variety programs such as "A Volcanic Ash Plane Home Companion".

While the Asteroid Gaspra (aka Asteroid 951) has never actually collided with the planet Mars, it has come close enough on several occasions to earn itself a cherished place in Martian folklore.

(Lyric is embedded in the comments tag of the .mp3, so get yourself MediaMonkey or something similar that can read comment tags if you want the lyric). Written for the January, 2006, "Martian Folk" contest.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Test your almost-four-year-old EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient)

When your almost-four-year-old's Leap pad plus microphone asks him to record his own voice saying the Chinese word for "Good bye", zai jian, does your almost-four-year-old say (into the microphone):

a) "Zai jian"
b) "Good Bye"
c) "Momma, you're poopy!" and then giggle hysterically.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

True Confession Time

Back in the early 1990s, I was a legendary teen pop singer, not unlike Hilary Duff, who was 5 at the time. Under the stage name "Victosys" ("I'm the disease, and the rhythm is the cure!") I played all the big venues, including the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, where this particular video (in the revolutionary-at-the-time Windows Media format) was taken. My vocals were a little muffled because I'd just overblown the mic's circuits on "Uptown Girl" and the pre-programmed transition into the next song was so quick the roadies couldn't throw me a new one in time.

"Victosys rocks the Pontiac Silverdome"

In case you couldn't tell, I really love Karaoke Revolution Party with the whole "put your own head on the singer" feature. It's one of the most compelling and creepy reasons to own a PS2.
It's a two-peat!

Sunday, January 01, 2006