RantFever 4

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Posts in August 2007

Overcoming the event horizon...

by: Russell Updike | on: 2007-08-27 00:00:00
This is a question for those without a Y-chromosone. Is it possible to escape from blackhole known as "the friend zone?" For years I have pondered this question. It seems to me that girls are the ultimate deciders of that fate. Each time I try to lead to the transistion, I ultimately fail in spectacular fashion. And yet, I've been "tricked" by many a pretty face to leave the safety of that zone. So what do you all think?

The most attractive thing...

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2007-08-21 00:00:00
It is a fact universally acknowledged that the single most attractive feature in a single and eligible female is intelligence.

At least, that has always been the case for me... What about you?

Célébrité liste de musique en français

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2007-08-15 00:00:00
Whether it’s an American in France, a Parisian singing in English, or a world class import, I’ve been in love with the French sound ever since I was fifteen and picked up the soundtrack to the movie “French Kiss.” The French have always known how to make good music, and I’m often surprised by how many great artists hail from France. Politics aside, give this stuff a fair chance. You may be surprised.

Danse espagnole de “La vida breve” – Laurent Korcia

We’ll begin with some modern classical music (a term that seems contradictory, but nevertheless). The first time I heard this song, I was blown away by Korcia’s sound and ability. He often plays music written for 2 violins, making every song his own.

Pas á pas – Paris Combo

I find that many French songs have a wonderfully Spanish rhythm while maintaining a quintessentially French sound. This song inspires a very close salsa dance with plenty of hip action.

Senegal Fast Food – Manu Chao

What? Can it be? Isn’t Manu Chao on el Seco’s list of top musicians?? Indeed, Manu Chao’s music is wonderfully unique and embodies a cross-cultural sound. If you can figure out the language spoken during the chorus, will you let me know?

Ça plane pour moi – The Presidents of the United States of America

A cover of the Plastic Bertrand classic, The Presidents vamp it up with added harmony and a sense of playfulness as they completely butcher the language.

The á la menthe – Nikkfurie

Remember that scene in “Ocean’s Twelve” when the Night Fox dances through the room with all of the moving lasers? Killer scene – killer song.

Complainte de la butte – Rufus Wainwright

*sigh* I love Rufus Wainwright, and he knows how to make the language sound perfectly melancholy yet hopelessly romantic.

Vois sur ton chemin – Les Choristes

Nominated for an Acadamy Award. One listen and you’ll know why.

Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) – Gotan Project

My favorite Tango group, and their most widely known song. The duo that heads this project are masters of Argentinean music, yet hail from Paris. Just imagine Jennifer Lopez in that flouncy skirt from the movie “Shall We Dance” and you’re set.

Easy Girl (Acoustic Clubbing) – Les Negresses Vertes

I threw this song on one day, and my older brother came knocking on my door doing a funny little dance and asking what I was playing. “Pretty Good” he said, “I like it.” I’ve never once questioned the man’s taste, and I still picture the funny little dance every time I play this.

La Réalité – Amadou & Mariam

Produced by Manu Chao, I just dig the simply cultural yet strangely metropolitan sound.

Dancing Box (feat. TTC) - Modeselektor

Come on, you can’t help but love this the first time you hear it. Just try popping & locking without looking like you’re having a seizure. Go on, I dare ya!

D.A.N.C.E. – Justice

Contemporaries of Daft Punk (Who are also Parisian), these masters of electronica continually come up with the latest sound. Many have a hard time breaking into it, but once I started singing this song to my coworkers, I knew I was hooked.

Face á la mer (remix) – Les Negresses Vertes

This along with the song Leila is all I need in order to convert a new listener into a fan.

Que le mot soit perle – Les Nubians

Unbelievably sexy and smooth. The soulful voices of these girls remind you exactly why French is such a delicate and romantic language.

Hillbilly Motobike – Stereolab

I’ve discovered that Stereolab is the perfect sound to paint your toenails by. This song is for anyone that longs to ride a Vespa through downtown city streets, stopping to meet your fabulously chic friends for a weekend brunch. (Okay, so maybe I’m just talking to the girls on this one).

Sur Le Fil – Karen Ann

Sweet and flirty, not to mention a secret weapon for the guys. Want to know how to make a woman melt? Just play this song, ask her to dance, and she’s yours. You can thank me later.

Demande toi – Saian Supa Crew

Enough of the soft and frilly stuff, here is some loud, ridiculously fast, rocking French rap music. Puts a big fat smile on your face, especially if you attempt to sing along.

For the Mormons in the crowd...

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2007-08-10 00:00:00
President James E. Faust has passed away.


He served in the first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1995. He was a great man, and I will miss him.

Frightening Thought

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2007-08-09 00:00:00
After talking to a friend yesterday, I came across an article that states that Myspace.com has 29,000 registered sex offenders with profiles on the site. Even though these profiles were removed, this was done shortly after 7,000 were discovered and removed, and just before another 22,000.

But the thing that really scares me? How many unregistered sex offenders and soon-to-be sexual predators are out there, using the site? Not only that, but couldn't the removed users go back and create a profile anonymously? My disillusionment with the website has certainly grown over recent months.Read more...

Of Complaints

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2007-08-07 00:00:00
The bathroom at work is not good. It is an old building and everything in it is accordingly aged. Still, this is no excuse. What really bothers me, however, is how there is no paper towel dispenser. What possessed these people to think it was okay to place the stack of paper towels on the urinal? How is this a viable solution to the problem? It is disgusting. The problem is just exacerbated when one is washing one's hands and is relegated to reaching in front of someone else who is using the urinal in order to get a paper towel! Yuck.

Please people, for the love, fix the paper towel dispenser!

Inquiry on the internet

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2007-08-02 00:00:00
Exactly how much Internet is too much Internet? You know, per day.

I'm just asking...