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Monday, May 10, 2010

Websites of Interest

I'm currently mid-move folks, and while being fair and judicious in my accumulations (throwing a bunch of crap out) planning where to keep my socks have taken up most of my attention, so I thought I would share some of the stuff out there that caught my eye.

Those of you as old as I am will know Bobby Mcferrin as the multitalented a cappella musician responsible for Don't Worry Be Happy. In this video, he demonstrates that music, specifically the pentatonic scale, is known throughout, regardless of musical knowledge. You really need to see it.

In a similar vein, an Australian band called the Axis of Awesome demonstrate just how easy it is to write a hit song... by using just four chords. Not only that, but the same four chords in the same order. 38 songs are used (yes I counted) and there's some impressive connections. Who would have thought that Journey's Don't Stop Believing, MGMT's Kids and Waltzing Matilda have the same building blocks?

For anyone who has worked in the service or hospitality industry, this is for you. I can't express how good this is. Let's just say that at some point or another, we've all needed a Denny.

Had enough of friends talking about Farmville, Mafia Wars or WoW (World of Warcraft)? Read this and show it to them. With summer coming up, it could be a good way to get them outside. Scary how simple we are, like rats pushing a lever.

On an uplifting note, seems that whole "deadly plastic bags" thing has been solved. Not by a group of scientists, mind. By a freakin' kid. Seriously, he won his High school, and subsequently the Canada wide science fair with it. Essentially, he discovered and isolated the plastic eating bacteria, then put them to work on some plastic powder. Within 6 weeks at optimal breeding conditions, the bacteria consumed 43% of the powder.

Why didn't I open with the plastic problem you ask? Well, it's bound to stay on your mind now isn't it?

By The Way: Redhead alert! Who is this beautiful thing?