The PS22 Chorus has done some pretty impressive work.

Here are videos of the PS22 Chorus singing Fleetwood Mac's Landslide and Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over.

and here is the PS22 chorus singing Throw Your Arms Around Me with Crowded House (wikipedia).

Hopefully the RIAA and/or record companies don't send out take down notices.

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A couple days ago Jamendo reached 20,000 Creative Commons licensed albums.

In March of this year Flickr reached 100,000,000 Creative Commons licensed pictures.

Jay Bennett (wikipedia), solo artist and former member of Wilco (wikipedia), died on May 24, 2009.

I couldn't find a good video version of Misunderstood so I'll go with Outtasite (Outta Mind).

You can download Jay's last album whatever happened i apologize for free from rock proper.

Dark Night of the Soul is the new album by Danger Mouse (wikipedia) and Sparklehorse (wikipedia). However, due to Danger Mouse's previous legal issues with EMI it was decided not to release the album by conventional means. You can purchase the 'album' for $10, for which you will receive a poster and a blank CD-R. For $50 you will receive a book of photographs by David Lynch (wikipedia) and a blank CD-R.

see also Wired article

I recently read an interesting article about Solar Botanic's approach to renewable energy. They are attempting to harness wind and solar energy in a way that is also aesthetically pleasing. They are developing fake trees that they hope will be able to capture wind and solar energy through their 'leaves' and 'branches' (Solar Botanic Nanoleaves).

Of course, no discussion of fake plastic trees is complete without reference to Radiohead (wikipedia). Here are four different performances of Fake Plastic Trees.

Here is a very high quality video of a recent performance.

This is a video of Radiohead's performance on Conan O'Brien shortly after the release of the album The Bends. This is a video capture of a video tape of the performance so the video quality is poor. However, the audio is acceptable and the performance is outstanding.

This is an acoustic performance of the song apparently performed around the time The Bends was released.

Finally, here is a link to the original video (the record company doesn't allow embedding of the video).

NeXTStorm created this great piece of theatre using Lego Mindstorms NXT.

You can read more about real pirates in Peter T. Leeson's book The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates. Read Katherine Mangu-Ward's review to find out more about the book.

Listen to Tank Riot's podcast for a general discussion about pirates.

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Some people have crazy talent. Julia Dales from Canada is the winner of the first Beatbox Battle Online World Championship.

Julia's YouTube channel


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This is a fun video. I saw this a while back but had forgotten about it, only to be reminded of it the other day when my parents emailed it to my sister. That probably also means that everyone has already seen it. I'll post it anyway.

A Belgium television station created this event as part of an advertising campaign for Belgium's version of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria.

There are a couple reason I have for posting about this video. It's a great video and it fooled me.

David Armand is a comedian who has created a character named Johann Lippowitz, an Austrian interpretive dance artist. In particular, he is know for his interpretation of Natalie Imbrulia's Torn.

This is the performance he gave at the Secret Policeman's Ball in 2006.

One of the topics that intrigues me is how easily the mind can be fooled, whether by magic, con tricks or optical illusions . Or how sports gamblers consistently repeat the same mistakes or even how coaches and general managers in professional sports leagues can make decisions based on statistics that measure aspects of performance that do not contribute as much to wins as is believed (before he received national attention for his analysis and predictions for the 2008 U.S. Election Nate Silver was known to stats junkies in the baseball community for his research and analysis in that sport).

So what fooled me when I first watched this video? Until Natalie Imbruglia makes her appearance I thought "Johann Lippowitz" was performing to the original recording. And after realizing that Imbruglia was singing live I wondered how I didn't realize it sooner, I'm usually pretty good at hearing the difference between a live or studio performance. In fact, when I watched the video a second time,it was obvious immediately that the vocal performance was live.

So how did I get fooled? A combination of two factors, the music and backing vocals were from the original recording of the song, so I was expecting that the lead vocal would also be from the original recording. But that alone wouldn't have been enough. The other factor was that "Johann Lippowitz" was distracting me, I had not seen him perform before and I was concentrating on his actions. The result was I didn't hear the clues that Imbruglia was performing live, clues that were obvious once "Lippowitz's" performance was no longer new to me.

Apparently some of us have a bit too much time on our hands. Kitchener-Waterloo resident Dave Chatterson created a replica of a Fender Princeton Reverb amp.

Find out more information and pictures at this article.

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