Baby I'm Bored cover

Baby I’m Bored

Evan Dando of 90s indie-rock heroes The Lemonheads played yesterday at John Dee, and I went along with Tor to see him. It was a good concert – only Dando himself on stage with a guitar.

He played a set consisting of the good old Lemonheads tunes, a couple from the Baby I’m Bored album, as well as a selection of the Gram Parsons and Big Star covers he does so well.

I had a great time, and people were singing along to the songs, but just sometimes I had a kind of sad feeling that Evan was just another ‘jukebox’ just churning out the hits. I would have liked to hear more new songs (if there are any), and might have preferred a band there like the last time I saw him.

On the other hand, those great indie-pop songs are what everyone (including me) wants to hear so I can’t complain… He’s still an extremely talented songwriter and guitarist and got to show he’s still got what it takes to move an audience.

A parent’s primer to computer slang – unintentionally hilarious guide from Microsoft to help parents Understand how your kids communicate online to help protect them. Ah, those crazy kids today and their on-line lingo.

  • Numbers are often used as letters. The term “leet” could be written as “1337,” with “1” replacing the letter L, “3” posing as a backwards letter E, and “7” resembling the letter T. “0” (zero) will typically replace the letter “O”.
  • pwn“: A typo-deliberate version of own, a slang term that means to dominate. This could also be spelled “0\/\/n3d” or “pwn3d,” among other variations. Online video game bullies or “griefers” often use this term.
  • kewl“: A common derivation of “cool.”
Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague

French musical project Nouvelle Vague takes a selection of New Wave and Punk-Rock classics from the early 1980s, with bands like The Clash and XTC, and gives them a workover in the style of jazzed-up 60s Pop and Bossa Nova. The title is French for New Wave (and Portuguese for Bossa Nova, apparently) and I guess it also refers to the French New Wave film movement of the early sixties.

Surprisingly enough, the result turn out to be very listenable given the sometimes radical style-changes involved. It’s also funny to see how these originally quite angry, noisy, punk rock songs from the Dead Kennedys or Joy Division still sound good in their “easy-listening” versions. Here are a couple of examples, with the originals to compare with:

Jeremy from Pure Pwnage

Jeremy from Pure Pwnage

Pure Pwnage gives a inside look at the world of the Pro Gamer. This Canadian documentary shows that it’s not all about pwning n00bs – there’s also the need to practice your ├╝ber-micro, the conflict between RTS and FPS, and even … girls!

This very funny gamer parody is available for download from the above site and features a lot of classic moments of recognition for those who are, or have at one time been involved in the practice of online gaming.

“You can take a n00b to water but you can’t make a n00b drink” – Teh Pwnerer