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    All We Want to Do is Eat Your Brains

    One of my favorite songs from geek-god singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton called Re: Your Brains performed in sign language by CaptainValor aka Stephen Torrence (probably best known for his ASL rendition of the Myley Cyrus song Party in the USA). Happy Halloween!

    Heya Tom, it’s Bob from the office down the hall
    It’s good to see you buddy, how’ve you been?
    Things have been OK for me except that I’m a zombie now
    I really wish you’d let us in
    I think I speak for all of us when I say I understand
    Why you folks might hesitate to submit to our demand
    But here’s an FYI: you’re all gonna die screaming

    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes
    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re at an impasse here, maybe we should compromise:
    If you open up the doors
    We’ll all come inside and eat your brains

    I don’t want to nitpick, Tom, but is this really your plan?
    Spend your whole life locked inside a mall?
    Maybe that’s OK for now but someday you’ll be out of food and guns
    And you’ll have to make the call
    I’m not surprised to see you haven’t thought it through enough
    You never had the head for all that bigger picture stuff
    But Tom, that’s what I do, and I plan on eating you slowly

    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes
    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re at an impasse here, maybe we should compromise:
    If you open up the doors
    We’ll all come inside and eat your brains

    I’d like to help you Tom, in any way I can
    I sure appreciate the way you’re working with me
    I’m not a monster Tom, well, technically I am
    I guess I am

    I’ve got another meeting Tom, maybe we could wrap it up
    I know we’ll get to common ground somehow
    Meanwhile I’ll report back to my colleagues who were chewing on the doors
    I guess we’ll table this for now
    I’m glad to see you take constructive criticism well
    Thank you for your time I know we’re all busy as hell
    And we’ll put this thing to bed
    When I bash your head open

    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes
    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re at an impasse here, maybe we should compromise:
    If you open up the doors
    We’ll all come inside and eat your brains

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    Still Fighting It by Ben Folds

    “Still Fighting It” is probably my favorite Ben Folds song but I have to admit I like almost everything this guy writes/sings (so no small feat to narrow it down to one). I feel like I’m late to the party, having only recently discovered Ben Folds way of Regina Spektor. She is featured on “You Don’t Know Me  (those are her lips in picture in the music video). Better late then never.

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    Sebastian’s Voodoo

    When I first saw this short by animator, director, and producer Joaquin Baldwin I was blown away. I love this kind of storytelling:  moody, moving, and a bit disturbing. Created at the UCLA Animation Workshop with music by Nick Fevola, Sebastian’s Voodoo has won over 100 film awards internationally since its debut at the YouTube Screening Room in 2008. Give a view (it is only 4 minutes long) and while you’re on Joaquin’s site (beautifully designed BTW) check out a few of his other shorts. I also like The Windmill Farmer.

    By now you have probably seen this Apple ad for the iPod Shuffle. Apple has a pretty good track record for inspired TV commercials.

    You may have seen this spoofed on Whitest Kids U’ Know, a sketch comedy troupe on Fuse TV who are reminiscent of The Kids in the Hall who are reminiscent of Second City who are reminiscent of Monty Python… should I keep going… who are reminiscent of Your Show of Shows

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    The Fear by Lily Allen

    When I first heard Lily Allen it was “LDN” and I thought: Okay, ska punk. It would be a couple of years later, with the release of “The Fear” off her second studio album It’s Not Me, It’s You, that I became a true fan.  The entire album is great and it shows just how much she has grown as an artist.

    Be warn, Lily Allen is not for all earbuds. Some (most) of her lyrics touch upon a variety of sociopolitical, sociosexual themes with irreverence and vulgarity that is the entitlement of the young. Boy, does that make me sound like an ostentatious old dude (depending whom you ask, I’m not).

    Good music is good music but if that sort of thing is too much then consider Adele, another great up-and-coming singer-songwriter breaking out of London’s alternative music scene (I think we’re witnessing a new British invasion) but her lyrics and her style are much more soulful (think Amy Winehouse without the rehab).

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