Tuesday, January 31, 2012

LDR - Number One ITunes US / Number Five Amazon US

Lana Del Rey


"Video Games"
Lana Del Rey

"Born To Die"
Lana Del Rey


"Blue Jeans"
Lana Del Rey


Amazing stuff, despite what you've heard from the haters - just sayin'

Monday, January 23, 2012

Gaiman On 'Piracy' And Copyright

From Tech Dirt:

from the epiphanies dept

Public Knowledge points us to a wonderful short clip of Neil Gaiman, being interviewed by the Open Rights Group, explaining how he has completely changed his mind about "piracy" and copyright:

He admits that early on, when he saw his works "pirated" on the web, it made him quite upset. At first, he (totally incorrectly) believed that if he didn't fight online copies, it might mean he'd lose his copyright (a myth based on a weak understanding of trademark law that sometimes people confuse with copyright law). Thankfully, he learned that wasn't true. However, where it gets interesting is when he realized that whenever his works got "pirated," it actually seemed to help his sales.

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Where It All Started :-)

Ten best "Extreme Ironing" stunts from around the world


From Wikipedia:

Extreme Ironing (i.e. EI) is an extreme sport and a performance art in which people take an ironing board to a remote location and iron items of clothing. According to the official website, extreme ironing is "the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt."

Part of the attraction and interest the media has towards extreme ironing seems to centre on the issue of whether it is really a sport or not. It is widely considered to be tongue-in-cheek.[1]

Some locations where such performances have taken place include a mountainside of a difficult climb; a forest; in a canoe; while skiing or snowboarding; on top of large bronze statues; in the middle of a street; underwater; in the middle of the M1 Motorway;[2] during a keirin race;[3] whilst parachuting;[4] and under the ice cover of a lake. The performances have been conducted solo or by groups.

Read the rest here.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Your Pocket Knows

From The WTF Files

From ZDNet:

Get a Facebook girlfriend for just $5

By Emil Protalinski
January 14, 2012
4:45pm PST

Summary: Do you want a Facebook girlfriend? Do you want to risk $5 in the hopes this isn’t a scam or a hoax? If you answered yes to both these questions, then these ads on Fiverr are for you!

Those desperate to be seen with a girlfriend on Facebook will be interested to know that there apparently is a quick-and-easy solution. Aside from actually trying to get a girlfriend, you can head over to Fiverr, a website that allows people to sell various services for just $5. “Women” there want to sell their Facebook relationship status to you.

Read the rest here.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Uma Rosa

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Lana Del Rey On SNL

From The Huffington Post:

Internet phenomenon Lana Del Rey had her U.S. television debut on SNL Saturday night. Del Rey has thus far remained largely within the confines of the internet -- she first gained international attention with her song, "Video Games," and followed up with a series of internet releases in rapid succession, all of which will be featured on her forthcoming album, Born To Die. According to Stereogum, she's the first artist to perform on SNL before the release of a major label album since Natalia Imbruglia.

Her performance Saturday night was under high scrutiny by those who are familiar with her internet videos, and her American debut for those who've never heard her name. For these reasons, it possibly couldn't have gone worse.

Read the rest here - with video of both performances.



My take?

Lana Del Rey wasn't the best last night, but she wasn't that bad, either, I mean 'Video Games' was weak, but 'Blue Jeans' was lovely, it really was, and I know she's capable of alot better cause I've seen her do a number of other live performances, like that Jools Holland gig in October, where she was amazing.

Look, she had a bit of an off-night and it was unfortunate, given that SNL was supposed to effectively be her musical coming-out party, but the show is one of the few places on TV where performers are required to do their thing live, no do-over, no autotune, no lip-synching, no net, and it's not an easy thing to do for a solo performer, not just in front of a live audience, but in front of tens of millions in the viewing audience.

Anyway, I'm convinced she would have been eviscerated in the press no matter how well she'd done, cause hating on LDR has become some kind of national blood sport in the press over the past few weeks.

Her offense?

Sporting a sorta-manufactured image, daring to be different, daring to be glamorous, but hell's bells, that could be said about most entertainment industry performers.

So, I suppose she takes the spear for being the prettiest girl in the room?


In the end, I think she's a beautiful shy and talented girl who has gotten caught up in something bigger than she ever really knew, but I just hope she sticks to her guns and keeps plugging away at her music and doesn't let last night's stumble derail what ought to be a very lucrative and productive year for her.

Chin up, girl, you've still got more fans than haters, just sayin'!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Mais Tulipas Amerelas

1 To 9 Meme

From Blogizdat LJ:

1 Photo

- just because:

2 Secrets

Okay, but if I tell, then they aren't secrets anymore, are they? well, here goes:

- When I was 7 I asked of my mom (and received) an embroidery hoop, and over the next couple of years I got to be pretty good at cross-stitch, till someone let it slip that boys weren't supposed to be into such things, and by the time I was 10 it was all part of my past

- I've never so much as even tried The Chronic, not as a lad or as an adult, but when I was 16 I decided to try something that was about as stupid as it comes, took a sheet of notebook paper and some crushed/dried Eucalyptus leaves, rolled a blunt, lit it and inhaled - I *did* say it was stupid, didn't I?

Read the rest here.