Friday, April 28, 2006

Do you want New Wave or do you want the truth?

Remember the oppressive boredom and the rising tide of conservatism that was the early '80s? Me neither. If I did, I'm pretty sure my coping strategy would have involved Hot Wheels cars, the Dukes of Hazzard and the Sesame Street Capital I song. But if I was a teen or twentysomething back then, it definitely would have required some sort of punk rock treatment. Thus, today's video schnippetry:
The Clash on NBC doing "The Magnificent Seven" and "This Is Radio Clash". Missing in action: Spiky '77 punk hair. Present and correct: Dive-bomber sound effects, real-time live graffiti.
Devo on the David Letterman show. Missing: Flower pot hats. Present and correct: Keytar!

Oh, and the post title? A reference to awe-inspiring West Coast punk oddballs, the Minutemen, here seen singing "Politcal Song For Michael Jackson to Sing":

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

It came from beyond the blue box!

Ever wonder exactly what happens to your recyclables after the homeless guy picks 'em out of the dumpster and parks his severely overloaded 1988 Sears mountain bike at the bottle depot? The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a neat infographic-type thingamy explaining the process. Hey, anything that involves both saving the planet andshooting aluminum through the air with oscillating magnetic currents gets my vote. (You're only shooting it three or four feet, though, guys? You've gotta do waaaaay better than that if we're gonna repel the invading armies of evil with a stack of crushed beer cans and some Tesla-grade mad science.)

Thursday, April 6, 2006

Long time ago when they was fab

The Beatles:

Only partially The Beatles:

Definitely not The Beatles: