Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Subservient Chicken!


Check this out:


I found out about this somewhere around four years ago on a geocaching forum board, and promptly forgot about it. I remembered it the other day after watching a VHI program on the 40 most popular things on the net. I went to the site again, and I was glad to see the same guy standing in his living room, wearing a chicken costume, following your every order.

Apparently, it's a promotional thing for Burger King, but that doesn't change how cool it is. The general idea is that you go to the site and type in a command, and a pre-recorded video of the guy doing what you told him will appear. Obviously, he won't do anything risque, or anything so odd the people filming it wouldn't think to have him do it, but he will do a lot of different things.

Just felt like you all needed to know.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Joys of Getting a New CD and a Review


Guess what! i just got a new CD through the mail via Amazon. Well, really I got two CD's, but there's only one I really care about. It's called Radio K.A.O.S., and it's by Roger Waters, Pink Floyd's bassist. it's pretty awesome.




The concept is based around a 23-year-old disabled man from Wales named Billy.
Billy is confined to a wheelchair and is thought to be mentally a vegetable. However, Billy is highly intelligent but has no way of expressing himself. Billy has a twin brother Benny who is a coal miner. Billy lives with Benny, Molly his wife, and their children. Unfortunately, Benny has lost his job in the mines due to the "market forces". One night, Benny and Billy are out on a pub crawl when they pass a shop full of TV screens broadcasting Margaret Thatcher's "mocking condescension". Benny vents his anger on this shop and steals a cordless phone. Next, in theatrical fashion, Benny poses on a footbridge in protest to the closures; the same night, a taxi driver is killed by a concrete block dropped from a similar bridge. The police question Benny, who hides the phone in Billy's wheelchair. Benny is taken to prison, and Molly, unable to cope, sends Billy to live with his uncle David in L.A.. Billy is gifted and can hear radio waves in his head, so he begins to explore the cordless phone, recognising its similarity to a radio. He experiments with the phone and is able to access computers and speech synthesisers, he learns to speak through them. He calls a radio station in L.A. named Radio KAOS and tells them of his life story about his brother being in jail, about his sister-in-law not being able to cope and sending him to L.A. to live with his uncle Dave, and about the closures of the mines. Billy eventually hacks in to a military satellite and fools the world in to thinking nuclear ICBMs are about to be detonated at major cities all over the world whilst deactivating the military's power to retaliate. The album concludes with a song about how everyone, in thinking they were about to die, realises that the fear and competitiveness peddled by the mass media is much less important than their love for family and the larger community.




I'd like to say I wrote that summary, but I really just cut and pasted it from Wikipedia. I did this for two reasons. The first is that I would have written the exact same thing, just not as well, and the second is I don't have time to write an entire summary at the moment. I can, however, give you a review of the actual music that's 100 percent my own.


The CD is a very vibrant album, although slightly generic sounding. It's got that electronic 80's techno sound, and is pretty upbeat. I'm not sure if the CD should be as upbeat as it is, but that doesn't mean I like it any less. It uses a lot of dialogue to convey the story, as well as sound effects. It's basically set up as a story being conveyed over by the radio through songs and calls made by Billy (using a voice synthesiser), as well as sound effects that probably aren't actually being broadcast by the station but are thrown in just for your enjoyment. It fits together well, and even if the plot was typed up inside the insert (which annoyed me) you'd be able to get the general idea. I'm not sure why I didn't like the plot being typed up in the insert, because I'd just go on the Internet and find it anyway.

Well, overall I give it a . . .

four out of five

The reason I didn't give it full marks is because the bar is set impossibly high for Roger Waters after he wrote The Wall, and he didn't clear it with this album. However, it's got a good plot and a strong musical back, so I like it anyway.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Good Morning, Mr. President

Guess what? I just got elected class president! I'm the only non-popular person to have been elected this year, so I'm in charge of a meeting of preps. For the past few years, the preps have been getting all the good breaks, because they made up the class officers. This year, those of us who aren't willing to sell emotions for popularity will be getting some good deals because I'll be representing them. I think part of my victory may be the fact I handed out campaign buttons and had good posters, but it could be more than that. I like to think this is the year when popularity will not prevail.

Preps, jocks, and the untouchable popular people annoy me. At summer camp, I was talking to a prep in my troop who said that his group wouldn't hang out with a kid just because he was fat. I now view that person in a totally different light, and not a good one. How conceited can you possibly be? I would rather be universally hated than become that way.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Another Review - The Wall


I know it was more than three months ago that I told you I would review Pink Floyd's The Wall, but I've been busy. Deal with it.

Anyway, I should start this review by stating that this is my favourite CD. I own three different versions of it, as well as the movie and a VHS tape of the live concert. Now, let's get down to business. I like this CD because of the story it tells. It is the perfect example of a concept album, with all of the songs telling the tale of the life of Pink, a fictional character. He is scarred by the loss of his father in the war, the cruelty of his teachers, the over-protectiveness of his mother, and his wife's' cheating on him. To protect himself, he builds a mental wall to keep from getting hurt. After an OD, he starts hallucinating he is a dictator much like the one responsible for his father's death. After getting tired or afraid of that particular idea, he puts on a mental trial for himself to determine whether blocking out those who loved him was justified. After having his teacher, wife, and mother appear to testify against him, the judge of the mental court rules that he was in error, and should tear down the wall. After a short song about how everyone puts up their own version of a wall, the CD ends. Does Pink live happily ever after, go back to his old ways, or even survive the tearing down of the wall? I don't know. I do know, however, that it's not exactly a happy album, so why would it have a happy ending? The next album by Pink Floyd, The Final Cut, may offer some insight. During the song the album's titled after, it has a gunshot sound effect covering up the lyrics, "I'll tell you what's behind the Wall." Did Pink end it all for good? I like to think not.

So , all in all i give this album a...

Five out of five

I think it's pretty awesome, and so do a lot of people.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Allergies

Allergies suck. School just started, and instead of impressing all of my new teachers automatically like I should be, I just give the impression of disease. plus, I accidentally skipped taking my allergy meds for two days, and was riding a four wheeler through the fields near my friend's house while not on the medicine. I suffered for that for about a day, and it sucked. I had to basically sit in a recliner with a damp washcloth on my face all day. I'm getting allergy testing soon, but I'm pretty sure that the testing takes place right at the end of allergy season, so it won't help too much.