31 March, 2006
Chances are you have seen these guys. On their blog, they seem like two ordinary Chinese roommates, and they are. But if you dig deeper, you'll find out they are the amateur stars of some of the funny pretend-singing web videos circulating the web these days.
The first video I saw of them had them singing the Backstreet Boys' "Tell Me Why". it cracked me up. They put in all this energy and emotion into the "performance" while there's this other immovable kid in the background (I think, playing games). You've got to check it out.
Today, I found out they've put out a lot more videos. On YouTube.com you can view all their other hits. I still feel "Tell Me Why" is a stand out, but here you go...
I just found out about this amazing gadget. It saves you all the upset stomachs and potential for ulcers that result from drinking tons of coffee while it wakes you up in the same way that a cup of java or two do. Buzzaire it is called, and it saells only for $12.99. It includes 1 inhaler and 2 cartridges, each of which has 100 doses, so you will even be saving money, while you are saving your liver. How's that?
Happy April Fool's Day!
This is a pretty sick guitar solo. Enjoy!
(the name of the band is Dragonforce, and the guy on the guitar is Herman -don't know his last name)
30 March, 2006
¿Quién no se acuerda de Julian Zerpa? Todos diríamos: "Por supuesto, vale: yo me acuerdo de ese tipo!"
Bueno, para demostrarles lo difícil que es acordarse de los detalles de este personaje y el actor Venezolano que lo llevó a la pantalla en los años ochenta, ahí les van estas preguntas para que se fajen a buscar en Google en un momento de ladilla en la oficina...
1) ¿Cuál fue la frase que lo hizo mas famoso?
2) ¿En cuál de estas telenovelas apareció Julián Zerpa?
A. Las Amazonas
B. El Sol Sale Para Todos
C. Los Donatti
3) ¿Cuál de estas actrices era la esposa de Julián Zerpa en la novela?
A. Hilda Carrero
B. Corina Azopardo
C. Alba Roversi
Agradecimiento: El autor de este blog quiere agradecer al Morocho Luis Rafael por asistir con la obtencion de algunos de los datos que hicieron posible este post, en particular la legendaria frase que hizo famoso a Julian Zerpa.
29 March, 2006
2006 has been off to a slow start, as far as music goes (for me, at least). But the sweet voice from The New Pornographers, Neko Case, has taken care of things, pushing her new Fox Confessor Brings The Flood into stratosphere. Her fantastic voice and engaging work draw you in like few other artists (somehow Natalie Merchant and Annie DiFranco come to mind -and not necessarily because they sound alike).
To call her music country would be too limiting, but it is true that there's a definite country feel to the overall album. However, her voice lends so much more to all 12 songs that you are all of a sudden faced with an album that that spells out a happy surprise every step of the way. Though the entire album is a jewel, she seems to leave the best for last, with "Dirty Knife", "Maybe Sparrow" and "At Last" among the greatest songs I've heard in quite a while.
So far, this is the best album to have been released so far in 2006.
27 March, 2006
I can't believe that it passed by me (I need to slow down a bit in my life), and I didn't notice it...
Twenty days ago, after 22 years of not having recorded any solo albums, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd's lead guitar) released On An Island, a magnificent album I'm beginning to explore. I just got it on iTunes, and I am loving it!
I am a huge fan of Pink Floyd, and just as he admits on the video showing part of the recording process that's presented in the Amazon.com product page, there's a definite PF sound to it, specially kindred to the sound of the Momentary Lapse of Reason "period".
tags: music, reviews
26 March, 2006
What can I say? Do I love shopping at Walmart? Well, the experience I hate. The crowds make it one of the most annoying places to be at any time. But the prices, THE PRICES! What's to say that hasn't been said before? We shopped at Walmart today. Not having brought my calculator with me (I never do), I estimated we had well over $150 worth of groceries in our cart today. What would be my surprise when the girl was done ringing our items and said "$111.24". I almost yell back at her "You must be wrong!" but didn't. The fact is that I am also guilty of shopping at Walmart. Their prices are so competitive, that it wouldn't surprise me seeing some day soon a living room set selling there not for $389, but for $3.89...
23 March, 2006
I realized one of the best bands there is had not received the treatment they deserved here, so I figured I'd kick off the official "Radiohead Admiration Post". :)
Just read this piece of news about them: They're working on their new album... though without a label, expecting to post songs on for download "when they are excited about it..." (whatever that means).
What is your favorite Radiohead album? No, no, no... I take that back. That is going to be a hands down winner for OK computer, isn't it? Why not... that is not just my favorite album by them, but also one of my top albums of all times. The production work is out of this world, and most of the songs did something for me that few albums have done.
Favorite songs? Would have to say:
-Motion Picture Soundtrack (Kid A)
-Creep (Pablo Honey)
-Let Down and Subterranean Homesick Alien (OK Computer)
-Fake Plastic Trees (The Bends)
-There There (Hail To The Thief)
"Cristal" fue algo asi como el super-hit de las telenovelas venezolanas. De acuerdo con Terra.com, "La tormentosa historia de amor de Cristina y Luis Alfredo recorrió el continente, dejando huellas en cada país." (alguien puede explicarme por que los galanes de telenovela venezolana SIEMPRE se hacen llamar por sus dos nombres?)
El supertema que nos compete en esta ocasion fue interpretado por Rudy La Scala, que a diferencia de Jorge Rigo, "doesn't suck as bad", asi que el tipo tiene su propio web site (con musica, por supuesto!). SIN HACER TRAMPA, vamos a ver si pueden completar la letra de la cancion. Aqui les van las primeras dos lineas. Si no se acuerdan de las estrofas, al menos tirenle algo al coro...
Perdona es que yo caminaba por aquí y en tu alcoba vi la luz
Perdona mi actitud quizá debí llamar y no presentarme así
tags: funny, venezuela
Queridos fanaticos de la musica de telenovelas venezolanas, llego el momento de la verdad: comienza oficialmente el concurso "COMPLETA LA LETRA DE LA CANCION!"
La cancion del dia de hoy es "Sola", interpretada por el cantante chileno Jorge Rigo. Esta cancion se hizo famosa en los años ochenta, como tema central de la inolvidable telenovela venezolana "Las Amazonas", protagonizada por Hilda Carrero, Eduardo Serrano, Corina Azopardo, Alba Roversi, Miriam Ochoa, Henry Galue y Jose Oliva entre otros...
Aqui estan las primeras dos lineas de la cancion, para que se "den con furia":
Te vas quedando sola...
Hagan click aqui, para seguir añadiendo a la letra de la cancion. Vamos! Juntos podemos!
Para mas recuerdos de una buena epoca (con musica de artistas como Jose Alberto Mugrabi, Daiquiri, Delia y Emmanuel), los invito a que visiten la seccion de la nostalgia.
22 March, 2006
Earlier this month, I was very excited because I had ordered my new Jabra. Well: it finaly arrived. Here's what I think about it now, after almost a week of use:
Awesome, once you can get it to get along with the PPC-6700
Should I blame Microsoft for it? Some friends think I should...
I bought the Jabra BT250V to go with my PocketPC-powered Sprint PCS PPC-6700. Jabra.com indicated that this device would work with all Bluetooth-enabled devices, and after I set it up, it did... for a while. When my Jabra and my phone stopped "seeing" each other, I resorted to "rebooting" the Jabra.
Believe me: this was the weirdest reboot I've ever seen in my life, like "Clap your hands, hit the table, turn around, and bam!" That did it... for a couple of hours. Again, my Jabra and my phone wouldn't come to terms with each other.
Eventually, a couple of reboots of the phone did it, and now the two devices "happily" get along with each other. Who knows for how much longer, though?
Would I get another Jabra? I may, if I had to. But if I had to tell you about getting it for this phone, I am not so sure. Whether it is the Microsoft platform or the device it runs on, the end result is the same. Getting the Jabra to talk to my PPC-6700 phone has been one of the least plug-and-play experiences I've had in a very long time.
This is great news! Let's hope that peace will last for a very long time in Spain.
21 March, 2006
Seguramente no es noticia para quien lee esto que se derrumbo el "asno, demente, cobarde y borracho" viaducto que comunicaba Caracas con la ciudad de La Guaira hasta el mes de Enero del 2006. En esta foto ven el aspecto que tiene el gran vacio que dejo, luego que finalmente colapsó, al cabo de mas de 5 decadas de democracia y descuido.
Sin embargo, el venezolano no se desplomo. Por el contrario, el desplome de la estructura sirvio de inmediato para que varias personas aprovecharan la oportunidad de echarle pichon a los restos, para poder extraer materiales de construccion para sus casas. Que tal?
20 March, 2006
Though it's something that happened a couple of weeks ago, I thought this was worth mentioning (just found out about it).
Apple sure is striking a deep chord when even the Pope is getting an iPod! No disrespect meant, honestly. I just thought it was kinda interesting and funny at the same time.
I found this nice tool that helps you pick the countries you've visited from a bunch of checkboxes, and then generates a map that colors them in red.
Since I am a sucker for adding useless things to my blog, and also love travelling, here it goes:
I wish I could say it's accurate, but the truth is that I've only been to certain cities in the countries shown. If I knew so much of Canada, for instance, I'd be on the mounted police, hey! ;)
Como dirian por ahi, quedaron 'esnuos y en pelotas!
Asi posaron 1,500 compatriotas en la Avenida Bolivar para el fotografo Spencer Tunick. Quien es ese, preguntan algunos? Pues un caballero que se ha hecho famoso porque escogio no como nicho para desarrollar su arte las fotos de bebes "cute" como Anne Guedes, o los grandes paisajes de America del Norte, como Ansel Adams. Spencer Tunick, le toma fotos a gente desnuda. "Y cual es la gran vaina?" aun se preguntaran algunos. El tipo en cuestion le toma fotos a un verguero de gente desnuda al mismo tiempo.
Su mas reciente escapada la tuvo en Caracas, donde le tomo una foto a 1,500 panitas que posaron sin ningun problema para el. Quienes modelan para el no reciben remuneracion alguna, sino una foto autografiada. Me pregunto si sera un closeup, y de quien? ;)
16 March, 2006
Estabamos Andreina y yo buscando modelos de computadora para ver si nos metemos en un segundo sistema al que le ronquen los motores, para que ella pueda tener tres archivos de 1 GB abiertos al mismo tiempo y todo eso...
Entonces a mi se ocurrio hacer una busqueda en Google: "computadora vergataria". Por que no? ;)
Al tope de los resultados, Google comentaba: "Did you mean: computadora vegetarian". A lo cual respondi enfaticamente que no! Nos gusta que coma carne la condenada.
Entonces me tope con el primer resultado, el cual queria compartir con ustedes, por lo folklorico del mismo. La pagina original ya no existe, pero afortunadamente Google mantiene una copia de todo lo que consigue por ahi "mal estacionado" (ya saben, no hablen paja si no tienen que hacerlo, porque "Google is watching you!"). La pagina era un tema de discusion en el web site OidosSucios.com (el cual es muy recomendable para temas de musica, por cierto): aqui les va.
Me parecio que la mejor respuesta fue la que dio el usuario "fran66". Pueden ver su comentario resaltado en amarillo y azul.
tags: funny, venezuela
Posted by manny hernandez @ 10:40
Otherwise, insurance companies wouldn't be obligated to provide coverage for diabetes supplies, medication, equipment and education, potentially making much more costly for us diabetics to manage our condition.
15 March, 2006
I highly dislike McDonald's. No, wait. I really find McDonald's disgusting! I used to feel that way before I saw "Super Size Me". But the movie actually super-sized my feelings about the world's biggest chain of bad food there is.
As strongly as I feel about them, when the lawsuits against them came out I couldn't help but feel that they were a bit frivolous, by not acknowledging the level of responsibility that we all have as individuals for what we put into our bodies. But worse than the lawsuit was the way it was dismissed, which was beyond laughable, putting the burden of proof on the people who sued McD, by partly saying that they had failed to demonstrate that the food McDonald's served was unhealthy.... Just see the movie, and you will be able to decide for yourself if this makes sense or not.
At the end of the day, the disappointing thing that becomes patently obvious after you see "Super Size Me" is that the consumer's health and best interests are not typically at the top of the agenda of the food industry as a whole, and social responsibility is a concept that seems to elude them when the interests of the shareholders and Wall Street expectations start to knock on the door.
What do I think about "Super Size Me"? It is a great documentary that puts the facts about this critical issue on the table, in a balanced way (actually attempting to incorporate McDonald's comments into the movie, without success). Hopefully a heads up and a call to action: watch what you eat and don't entrust your health to the food places. They owe allegiance to their owners, not to consumers.
13 March, 2006
Ayer, Dia de La Bandera, Hugo Chavez decreto el cambio de la bandera de Venezuela. Le agrego una estrella, la de Bolivar. De la misma manera, modifico el escudo de armas, invirtiendo la direccion en que corre Y camina el caballo blanco (ahora corre y camina en direccion a la izquierda; antes corria hacia la derecha viendo a la izquierda... sutil, no?
11 March, 2006
Ever since I installed version 2 of Google Desktop Download in my office a few months ago, I had become a fanatic of the tool. Well, today that changed... a bit. My home computer started turning VERY slow in recent weeks and today it halted in a very scary way: I got the blue screen of death, which I don't like a bit.
I started cleaning up applications (that I don't use) and decided to give a shot to uninstalling Google Desktop, to find that the indexes it had built in my machine amounted to almost 1GB. No wonder it takes up so much juice while it's nicely sitting on your desktop.
I may keep it in the office, since I have an actual desktop there (here we got a laptop). But as far as home, I think I will forego the nice things of Google Desktop. At least until the time comes for a machine upgrade...
10 March, 2006
08 March, 2006
Few times do you get a chance to see such a gorgeous ad as this European commercial for a new SONY LCD TV. I saw it several times today... It features the music of Argentinian/Swedish folk artist Jose Gonzalez and together, the music and the visuals spell out zen perfection. I guess the image should look pretty hot on a new Bravia set, but I won't find out. I am happy to rejoice myself with the ad! :)
Natalie Portman like you've never seen her... No, you dirty mind! Not naked. I meant, singing gansta rap.
07 March, 2006
This weekend two different people told me about this. Since I don't watch that much TV, I hadn't heard of it. But finally I got a chance to view the videos yesterday. Here they are: VW's series of videos titled "Un-Pimp My Ride"! Don't let the guy who played the Russian cosmonaut in Armageddon that appears in them freak you out. :)
05 March, 2006
Tuvimos un RUMBON en la casa. Vinieron casi treinta personas, y Ed (un compañero del trabajo de Andre, que ven tocando al fondo a la derecha) trajo un poco 'e equipos para tocar junto a Luis (a quien ven al fondo a la izquierda). Por alguna razon que no entiendo, en las dos ocasiones que se me ocurrio cantar (The Police y La Bamba), se fueron grupos importantes de gente. Sera que los espante? :)
tags: personal, photos
04 March, 2006
Been there, done that. I highly recommend doing the projector thing, as opposed to buying a large plasma or LCD set. My two cents...
Just avoid Optoma projectors, if you can. The customer service has to be one of the most inefficient things there is. They end up meeting their end of the deal, but after blood, sweat and tears.
Al final, termine cediendo bajo el peso del enredo de los cables. Me canse del manos libres con cables. Me arreche con perder llamadas tratando de desenredar los cables a tiempo, antes de dar con el extremo del cable para meterlo en mi oido, mientras trato de no chocar.
Me decidi a comprarme un Jabra. Siguiendo recomendaciones del pana Christian, alto guru en materia de gadgets, escogi el Jabra BT250v, que parece ser el que ofrece la mejor relacion precio valor en este momento (digo "en este momento" porque con la tecnologia, el dia de mañana sale otra vaina mejor, siempre).
03 March, 2006
Hadn't posted in a while, but couldn't pass this up. There's only so many times you will be able to get free stuff from Microsoft, and
this is one. Enjoy:
-When you land on the page, click on "valuble information" on the right hand side. Answers for the survey are 2 and true for the rest.
Posted by manny hernandez @ 11:07