Monday, August 10

Music Monday: Rock Flute

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! It’s Music Monday! Today's the birthday of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson! He's well known for being one of the few rock flautists. But guess what? There are at least five! And Scott's celebrating the flaut with this list of flute hits.

Jethro Tull - Living In The Past

 

When you think flute rock, you think Tull, one of the few bands to out-metal Metallica. Seriously. They got an award and everything. FLUTE OF THUNDERRRRRR

More flute to come after the jump. Tune it up! Bring the noise!

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Tuesday, August 04

The Debunker: Is the Sun Yellow?

by Ken Jennings

Take a break from your fun in the August sun to ask yourself: what do I really know about this giant glowing globe of plasma shining down on my picnic/game of Ultimate Frisbee/clothing-optional beach right now? Given that the Sun is what makes life on Earth possible, it's appalling how much misinformation we've been fed about our nearest star. Speaking of our nearest stars: Ken Jennings, that one guy from Jeopardy!, may not be as bright as the Sun, but he's an expert on debunking myths and misconceptions. All month, he'll be lighting up our stellar misconceptions regarding the sun.

The Debunker: Is the Sun Yellow?

You'd think you'd be on pretty safe ground calling the Sun yellow, wouldn't you? It certainly looks yellow. Scientists call it a "yellow dwarf." Even Superman says he gets his super-powers from Earth's yellow sun—so much brighter than the red sun of his native Krypton.

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Monday, August 03

Music Monday: Songs About The Elements

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! What are we, deep deep down? Why, we're nothing but piles of elements! So by saluting the Periodic Table, we're really just saluting ourselves. Which is good. Because we deserve it. So let's get started with Scott's tribute to... The Elements!

Coven - One Tin Soldier

 

Tin's atomic number is 50, and it's one of the vital parts of Bronze. That means Tin helped us get to where we are today as a species! Thanks, Tin!

More after the jump.

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Friday, July 31

 

Tuesday, July 28

Windows 10 for FREE

by The Robin Hood Of Windows

Hey Computer Wooter (Wooter who recently purchased a computer)! Feeling left out because the new Windows 10 made your Windows 7 or 8 old? Good news: Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a FREE UPGRADE for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

You read that right. FREE. UPGRADE. WINDOWS 10. (NOT a trial!)

This FREE UPGRADE will be available starting July 29, 2015. You can reserve your free upgrade now. Like NOW now.

You have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of this offer. 3GB download required; standard data rates apply. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device. Here’s how to do it. So do it NOW while we all watch awkwardly.

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The Debunker: Does Searing Meat "Seal In the Juices"?

by Ken Jennings

Ah, July, season of the backyard barbecue. If you're a vegetarian, we'll throw some kind of veggie burger on the grill and quietly pity you, but for most of us in the summer, meat is where it's at. But how much do you actually know about the flesh of the dead animals that you're consuming? Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings is here all month to chew the fat with us about some particularly stubborn meat misconceptions. Are you ready to work on your protein proficiency? Let's see what Ken's cooked up today.

The Debunker: Does Searing Meat "Seal In the Juices"?

The German chemist Justus von Liebig was the Alton Brown of his day. In 1847, he published his landmark Researches on the Chemistry of Food to great international acclaim, influencing chefs like Auguste Escoffier and cookbook pioneers like Britain's Eliza Acton. One of Baron Liebig's most successful innovations: the idea that meat should be quickly seared, so as to form "a crust, or shell, which no longer permits the external water to penetrate into the interior of the mass of flesh. . . . The flesh retains its juiciness, and is quite as agreeable to the taste as it can be made by roasting."

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Monday, July 27

Music Monday: R.I.P. Moebius

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! This week Heaven's prog band got a little bigger, as Chris Squire was joined by the grand Dieter Moebius. It's very possibly you've never heard of Moebius because he spent more time in electronic music than in rock. But today, aren't they one and the same? The answer is yes. And you're going to enjoy his music very much. OR ELSE.

Harmonia - Walky Talky

 

I'm starting with this because it's my favorite Harmonia song from my favorite Harmonia album. This album from 1975 still sounds astonishingly current, even if the synths have that retro/dated feel. Bits from this record pop up all over Brian Eno's career and even as late as 2004 some bands were still paying tribute to the record. And that's just ONE of the things Moebius had his hand in.

More good good music to come, after the jump.

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Tuesday, July 21

The Debunker: How Many Pounds of Undigested Red Meat Are There in My Colon?

by Ken Jennings

Ah, July, season of the backyard barbecue. If you're a vegetarian, we'll throw some kind of veggie burger on the grill and quietly pity you, but for most of us in the summer, meat is where it's at. But how much do you actually know about the flesh of the dead animals that you're consuming? Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings is here all month to chew the fat with us about some particularly stubborn meat misconceptions. Are you ready to work on your protein proficiency? Let's see what Ken's cooked up today.

The Debunker: How Many Pounds of Undigested Red Meat Are There in My Colon?

That title sounds like the worst carnival guessing booth of all time, but it's actually an important question. Many otherwise bright people believe the longstanding urban legend that the average human intestine is packed with a delicious meat filling—like a Hot Pocket, I guess. "Five pounds" of meat is the most commonly quoted quantity, thanks in large part to a quote in the movie Beverly Hills Cop, of all places! But this factoid is, if you'll pardon the expression, full of crap.

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Monday, July 20

Music Monday: Happy Birthday To A Bunch Of People

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today is the birthday of five different people who made a contribution to music. Carlos Santana, Kim Carnes, Howard Jones, Chris Cornell & Stone Gossard were all born today. Are you about to say "Who?" to any of those names? Well, good! Because if you knew who they were, you wouldn't need to read the rest of this blog post.

Carlos Santana - Evil Ways

 

I have fond memories of driving around with friends, Santana records playing in the car. I have less than fond memories of what Santana did with Rob Thomas in the late 1990s, but it certainly paid off for him then, didn't it?

One down, four to go! More after the jump.

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Tuesday, July 14

The Debunker: Did Hamburgers Originate in Hamburg?

by Ken Jennings

Ah, July, season of the backyard barbecue. If you're a vegetarian, we'll throw some kind of veggie burger on the grill and quietly pity you, but for most of us in the summer, meat is where it's at. But how much do you actually know about the flesh of the dead animals that you're consuming? Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings is here all month to chew the fat with us about some particularly stubborn meat misconceptions. Are you ready to work on your protein proficiency? Let's see what Ken's cooked up today.

The Debunker: Did Hamburgers Originate in Hamburg?

Here are some things that originated in Hamburg: Christmas wreaths, the Beatles' stage show, the luxury cruise ship, Angela Merkel. And here is one thing that did not originate in Hamburg: the hamburger. That's right: the hamburger was never eaten in the northern German city for which it's named—not until Americans brought it over in the 20th century, that is.

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