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The “Lyrical Embarrassment” that is the Sesame Street Theme Song

My 17-month-old daughter is just getting into Sesame Street, and I have to say, I think I’m enjoying it even more than she is. But while I’m totally into the guest appearances by Andy Samberg and Will Arnett, her main thing right now is getting her groove on to the theme song. And who can [...]

Animated Sheet Music

(Video Link) This is a simple but remarkably soothing video. Dan Cohen took the sheet music for Miles Davis’s “So What” and animated it, one note at a time. -via Joe Carter | Dan Cohen’s Website

Dietribes: Chili Weather

• Whether it came from the turn-of-the century prison system, the 1893 World’s Fair or the Chili Queens of San Antonio (or from traditional dishes prepared by Mexicans living in the Southwest), chili’s popularity has never slowed – today it carries the distinction (among many) of being the state dish of Texas, a cook-off classic, the [...]

25 Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Movies

25 days ’til Christmas, 25 facts about your favorite Christmas movies. Makes sense to me! (Wait, there are only 17 days ’til Christmas? Shoot. I’ve got some shopping to do.) Anyway, enjoy these elf-sized tidbits about some of the movies you’ll catch on TV in the next couple weeks. Scrooged 1. It just goes to show you: [...]

Mad Men Theme + Nat “King” Cole’s “Nature Boy” = Beautiful Jazz

What happens when a mini-orchestra performs the Mad Men theme song, gently mashed up with Nat “King” Cole’s classic “Nature Boy”? Awesome jazz fantasticness. Also be aware — it’s performed in a single take, with no cuts or overdubs. BEHOLD: Educational note: the Mad Men theme is actually an edit of “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2. [...]

University Offers Class on Lady Gaga

Mathieu Deflem, a professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina, is offering a class on Lady Gaga: The synopsis for the course reads: “The central objective is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga”. Prof Deflem, 48, who has met the singer, real name Stefani Germanotta, on a [...]