Have you ever misheard the lyrics of a song and found yourself singing the wrong words while listening to the song? It turns out there is a word for that. Who knew?
Marina Orlova (aka Hot For Words) is not your typical teacher, she has been teaching viewers word meanings and origins with YouTube videos since mid 2007. In this video she discusses the word mondegreen.
Hot For Words - Nerd Word of the Day: Mondegreen
Music journalist Tom Moon has written what looks to be a great new book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die. Tom has appeared on NPR's All Songs Considered to discuss the book several times and these episodes are well worth listening to. This book will be in my next Amazon.ca order.
NPR - All Songs Considered - 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die
NPR - All Songs Considered - More Recordings To Hear Before You Die
In late 1998 I became interested in poker when I discovered that it was a game of skill. I bought several books on poker strategy and began studying the game. About the same time a movie called Rounders was released, several online poker sites started and the Two Plus Two strategy forum launched, all of which helped spur an increase the level of interest and participation in poker. Poker began growing significantly when Chris Moneymaker, an amateur player, won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, the World Poker Tour (wikipedia) was established and the introduction of the hole card camera to TV poker broadcasts. The subsequent poker boom resulted in many people playing online poker, including a lot of college age (and sometimes younger) kids.
DeucesCracked and 918 Films have produced a good documentary on Greg Lavery (aka CAPTAIN ZEEBO, captZEEbo on 2+2), one of these young poker players. The film provides an interesting look at Greg's life, as well as, a glimpse at some of the other young players involved in the game. However, it should be noted that Greg's story is not representative of all (or even many) of those involved in online poker.
If you have traveled by airplane more than a few times, you probably don't pay close attention to the flight safety instructions (I know I don't). In an effort to grab the attention of passengers, Air New Zealand has created a flight safety instructions video featuring Air New Zealand employees giving the instructions wearing nothing but body paint.
hat tip @guykawasaki
This is a remote control scale model of the Russian Mi-24 helicopter just might be the coolest remote control vehicle ever. Impressive.
hat tip Gizmodo
In the spring of 2008, the band Sons of Maxwell (wikipedia) were on a plane to begin a short tour. While waiting to deplane, United Airlines baggage handlers were seen carelessly throwing the band's instruments around, including a $3,500 Taylor guitar. Despite being enclosed in a hard shell case, the guitar was heavily damaged by United's baggage 'handlers.' Although the guitar was repaired (at a cost of $1,200), it is not the same guitar it once was. United was unwilling to pay band member Dave Carroll for the repairs of his guitar (personally I think they owe him a new guitar) so in response Dave has decided to write 3 songs about the incident. Here is the video of the first song.
Dave Carroll - United Breaks Guitars
hat tip Michael Geist