Archive for January, 2009

Morningwood – The Nth Degree

I must admit that half the reason I like this band stems from my amusement at their name, but this song is catchy and fun. I love what they do with the music video. Clever concep to use album covers in that fashion. It makes a good “introduction” to the band, both of their music and the individual members’ musical preferences. Today makes the official last day of the week of videos. I hope that you enjoyed them!

Morningwood – The Nth Degree:

Posted on 22nd January 2009
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Muse – Knights of Cydonia

I would be remiss were I to spend a week posting music videos and leave out the Most Epic Music Video Out There (in my not so humble opinion): Muse’s Knights of Cydonia. See if you can spot the 15 major motion picture references. (list here)

Muse – Knights of Cydonia:

Posted on 21st January 2009
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Qntal – Von den Elben (Brian Froud)

My laptop is acting up again. It keeps freezing up! Sigh. Oh, well. I’m on Koshvader’s computer in the front room to give the laptop a rest.

Anyway, here’s today’s video post. I may have posted this one before on this blog, but it is always worth a second look. The main thing your should know is that the “video” part of the video comes from the Frouds. You know, the folks who were partly responsible for the look of The Dark Crystal? Them. Suffice to say, this video is a visual delight. Of course, I first encountered it over on the Frouds’ website. Enjoy!

[tag]Qntal[/tag] – [tag]Von den Elben[/tag] (Brian Froud):

Posted on 20th January 2009
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Vienna Teng Live – “Blue Caravan”

This is the closest to a music video that I could find for this one, but I think it stands on its own quite nicely. It’s just Vienna Teng playing and singing her song on stage, but she does it so well. Seriously. I first encountered this song in a fan music video (that actually happens a lot) which has since been taken down. But, enjoy the song and the video below.

Vienna Teng Live – “Blue Caravan”:

Posted on 19th January 2009
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Katy Perry – Hot N Cold

Not only do I like the song here, but I also adore all of the 80s influences that you can see in the video. This one will get stuck in your head, I warn you now. I first heard this one on the radio. No big story this time around. (Pssst! Watch for the bit with all of the ladies in wedding attire holding baseball bats and see if it doesn’t remind you of Pat Benetar’s Love is a Battlefield.)

Katy Perry – Hot N Cold:

Posted on 18th January 2009
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a-ha – Hunting High And Low

Today’s music video is one of my favorites from all of the 1980s. I think I even have my A-ha poster somewhere still. In any case, enjoy this blast from the past…and possible insight into my formative years.

a-ha – Hunting High And Low:

Posted on 17th January 2009
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Juanes – la camisa negra

This week I’m going to totally copy emma of Treehouse Jukebox (go check out her site…you know you want to.) She recently did a week’s worth of posts containing interesting music videos (not too surprising considering that I met her back when she was doing a music blog.) Anyway, this week you can look forward to some random music videos. You can discover for yourself exactly how eclectic my taste in music is, and perhaps discover some new songs you’ll like. Too bad that some of the music I went looking for doesn’t have proper music videos, but I think I can still come up with a nice variety.


This song I totally blame on fanfic. No, seriously. There a Doctor Who fanfic saga that I enjoy (found here) and in one of the longer story segments, the author kept referring to this “Juanes” fellow. Finally I went over to YouTube and this is what I found. If you are interested in the lyrics, go here.

Juanes – la camisa negra:

Posted on 16th January 2009
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I have a Fabulous Blog?


Wow. Thanks JM!

Here are the three steps involved with this one:
1. Pass it on to five fellow bloggers (right, then…).

*Susan from West of Mars
*Emma of Treehouse Jukebox
*Amy from Less Ordinary
*Gillian from Food History
*JM of The Book Stacks

2. Tell you about 5 of my addictions:

*Doctor Who

3. Link back to the person who gave me this award. Thank you kindly, JM!

Posted on 13th January 2009
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And then I set the kitchen on fire…

So, today has been full of ups and downs. Really quite the roller coaster if you ask me. Let’s see if I can set it all down in order.

Right then. This morning I woke up about every fifteen minutes from about seven am on and looked at the clock. The new Doctor was supposed to be announced at 9:35am my time, you see. (You know that I have two Doctor Who-related blogs, right? Darn good thing, too, as was down this morning. was there to sail nobly into the breach…or something like that.) I was awakened by my friend The Vig (who is the other person doing with me. We’re even planning a podcast at some point soon.) calling with the news that the new Doctor was…Matt Smith. We chatted for a while, then went about our various pursuits. In my case writing a blog post about the new Doctor-to-be. (I’m quite keen to see how he does.)

And then my Mother called to say that my 93 year-old Grandmother was in the hospital. She had fallen and broken her hip. She didn’t fall on the side that had already been replaced. Nope. All I can say is that if she makes it through this okay, she’s going to be bionic. I can’t bear to think about any alternatives. So, if you could please pray for/send good thoughts/etc. to Eleanor, it would be much appreciated. She’s the only grandparent I have left. She’s the matriarch of a huge family, and I haven’t managed to give her any great-grandchildren yet.

A couple of hours later, round about lunchtime, I thought that I should probably eat something. So I delved into the freezer and came up with my frozen Honey Roasted Parsnips. Why do you care what I had for lunch? Apart from the fact that said parsnips are quite tasty? Did I mention that I set the kitchen on fire? Yeah. It turns out that If you try to bake parsnips on a cookie sheet in your gas oven, the resulting grease might sizzle its way off of said cookie sheet and drip down into a convenient roasting pan that lives at the bottom of the oven. Add enough grease and what do you have? A grease fire! …And smoke. Lots of smoke.

Koshvader: “What’s burning?”
Me: “What?”
*cue smoke billowing out of the oven*

Let it be known that I saved the parsnips. (And ate the ones that were already done. Yum!) Koshvader finally managed to transport the roasting pan out back to the concrete patio, where I smothered it with baking soda. The fire was mostly out by then, but I thought it best to be thorough. Also? I needed to change the baking soda in the fridge. This way I got two uses out of it.

As you might imagine, I went out for lunch.

I followed that up with attempting to spend my Macy’s gift card. I walked all around all four floors, and what did I find? I wasn’t really interested in the clothing available. (I obviously need to win the lottery and hire my own seamstress.) Everything was either too expensive, ugly, or both. So, of course, i lingered in the jewelry section. I saw many things that would have loved to get for my friend Deb. (Honestly, Deb. You’d love them.) And finally, one beautiful necklace for me. I bought it. I even got money back from my gift card. (A terribly out of focus photo of the necklace can be found here.)

When we arrived home I was exhausted (as per usual) and the house was still standing. As for the thing you (and I) are awaiting the answer to. I should know by Wednesday.

Posted on 4th January 2009
Under: Rambling | 6 Comments »