Katy Perry Too Racy For Sesame Street

September 23rd, 2010 at 11:14 am (Random Stuff)

This reworked version of Hot ‘n Cold is pretty hilarious.  Makes me miss Sesame Street.  The producers decided not to air this segment after bad reactions from parents following its YouTube release.  I agree with the decision: that dress is way too skanky for Sesame Street.  The official statement:

“Sesame Street has a long history of working with celebrities across all genres, including athletes, actors, musicians and artists.  Sesame Street has always been written on two levels, for the child and adult.  We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or care-giver.  We also value our viewer’s opinions and particularly those of parents.  In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on You Tube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers.  Katy Perry fans will still be able to view the video on You Tube.”


I Want A “Big Knob”

September 19th, 2010 at 11:46 pm (Home Recording)

A Mackie “Big Knob” studio controller, that is.  I currently have to re-patch everything whenever  I want to switch between my two pairs of monitors (or mess with the Apogee software) and especially when I want to use my record player.  This controller promises to really streamline one’s workflow in the area of monitoring with multiple monitors and sources, complete with a phono input.  It offers quick switching between sources and between monitors, both for easy routing and for fast comparisons while mixing, and a nice big volume knob for accurate volume control (which is more necessary during mixing than it might sound)  I’m not usually one for luxury equipment (such as one of those large, beautiful Apple computer monitors, which can run you upwards of two killabucks) but this is starting to feel like a necessity, and I am an advocate for efficient workflow (the easier it is to A/B monitors, the more you’ll do it, and that’s a good thing).  And I don’t fire up the turntable as much as I’d like because of the prerequisite wiring.  Have I sold myself yet?  Oh, you’re still wondering about the name.  So funny that zZounds includes this in the “features” section of its sales page:

“Humorous product name ensures years of off-color studio humor.”

Me wants one.


Bed Intruder Song Cover

September 9th, 2010 at 8:00 am (Dan Griping About "The Modern World", Notable Music)

Totally sick cover of the bed intruder song.


Six Days On The Road

September 7th, 2010 at 7:00 am (Notable Music)

I’ve always loved this song.  I think I like Dudley’s performance here better than the studio recording!


Success Stories and the “Quarter Life Crisis”

September 5th, 2010 at 11:49 pm (Dan Griping About "The Modern World", Random Stuff)

Want to give a shout out to my friend Sean for earning a major promotion at the very large and significant company at which he’s employed as an engineer (hint: it’s the largest technology company in the world by revenue) and for thus averting the so-called quarter life crisis that I hear plagues our generation.  Though I understand a successful career is not necessarily enough to avoid this 20-something affliction — there was some discussion last night about Jack’s cousin who, at age 30 with a very successful career in law in the nation’s capital, nonetheless felt something of the crisis, with doubts about what she was doing with her life.  And an author on the subject, recently interviewed on Your Time With Kim Iverson, recounted how it hit him quite suddenly at age 29 — in the form of a panic attack at a routine business meeting.  In other words, this thing isn’t just for the 20-somethings who moved back home.  Not to take any steam out of Sean’s announcement — quite the opposite: I see it as encouraging evidence that our generation isn’t totally messed up.  That is, congrats dude.

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