questionable topic – uneasy matters since 2008

Allison Harvard AKA Creepy-chan

Posted in anthropology, culture, entertainment by questionabletopic on Sunday, January 17, 2010

Creepy Chan — фото, меметичность, вики 1, вики 2, резонанс.

I’m James Ellroy, the demon dog, the foul owl with the death grow.

Posted in amazing, books, entertainment, facts, literature, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Saturday, January 16, 2010

Русские чирлидеры на высоте. Буквально.

Posted in amazing, contest, entertainment, sport by questionabletopic on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

звідси: http://englishrussia.com

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BBC Sound of 2010: The longlist

Posted in culture, entertainment, facts, music, opinions, review by questionabletopic on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

BBC представила список перспективных новых исполнителей на 2010 год

Daisy Dares You (новая итерация софт–гррл)
Delphic (нью нью–вейв, хм)
Devlin (кокни реп, но норзерн)
The Drums (нью–вейв и серф, а голова не будет пухнуть?)
Everything Everything (не слышал)
Giggs (работал с Streets)
Gold Panda (не слышал)
Ellie Goulding (ривайвал 80 аз син фром 2009)
Hurts (“Интерпол” минус гитары)
Joy Orbison (надежда вонки, нид ай сей мор?)
Marina and the Diamonds (не прет, но ротация будет)
Owl City (тут, наверное, пролет)
Rox (голосистый соул/рнб, куда же без него!)
Stornoway (хуйня вроде АнКо, тоталли ретардед энд концепчуал (биографии доставляют, да!))
Two Door Cinema Club (Жиль и Масая, как всегда, держат хипстеров за яйца)

точность их прогнозов на 2009 поражает!
Sound of 2009 top 10: One year on

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MVPuppets: Dunking On Reindeer

Posted in amazing, entertainment by questionabletopic on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sha la la la la la Dunk!

1, 2, 1, 2. King James and Kobe too.

more: on YouTube

Stephen Colbert против к тезауруса

Posted in books, culture, debate, entertainment, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Thursday, December 17, 2009

Вредные привычки — самые верные друзья. Даже у талантливейших сатирических политобозревателей.
Дискуссия между Jon Stewart и Stephen Colbert о смертельном пристрастии к тезаурусу. (английский язык, непереводимо, да и нужно ли?)

Rymdreglage — 8–bit trip

Posted in amazing, entertainment, music video by questionabletopic on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Квадриллион кусочков Lego, трудноедетствовосьмибитныеигрушки©, группа “Rymdreglage“

© – автор контента

Lady Gaga – Bad Romance (video)

Posted in alcohol, consumerism, entertainment, music video, PR by questionabletopic on Friday, November 13, 2009

Сразу оговорюсь, мне стыдно, что я такое прослушал. Но увидеть стоит. Водка “Lex” от Nemiroff, звуковая система “Parrot” от Phillip Stark, ноутбуки “Beat” от HP и Dr Dre, знак рубля от Лебедева. Это что, символы Нового Мирового Порядка? (и да, там много рекламы!)

How Jewish is Hollywood?

Posted in amazing, conspiracy, entertainment, industry by questionabletopic on Monday, October 19, 2009

A poll finds more Americans disagree with the statement that ‘Jews control Hollywood.’ But here’s one Jew who doesn’t.

by Joel Stein

I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe “the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews,” down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.

How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish). If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed, this group would have not only the power to shut down all film production but to form a minyan with enough Fiji water on hand to fill a mikvah.

The person they were yelling at in that ad was SAG President Alan Rosenberg (take a guess). The scathing rebuttal to the ad was written by entertainment super-agent Ari Emanuel (Jew with Israeli parents) on the Huffington Post, which is owned by Arianna Huffington (not Jewish and has never worked in Hollywood.)

The Jews are so dominant, I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies. When I called them to talk about their incredible advancement, five of them refused to talk to me, apparently out of fear of insulting Jews. The sixth, AMC President Charlie Collier, turned out to be Jewish.

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GORBACHOV: THE MUSIC VIDEO – BIGGER AND RUSSIANER

Posted in entertainment, music, music video by questionabletopic on Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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Demotivational Poster – Aphex Twin’s Tabs

Posted in amazing, entertainment, joke, music, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Англичанин изобрёл новый способ употребления алкоголя

Posted in alcohol, amazing, consumerism, culture, entertainment, event management, gadgets, health by questionabletopic on Monday, July 7, 2008

“Ох, и здорово же мы надышались вчера! — А чем дышали? — Сначала подышали пивом, потом вдохнули по бутылке вина! — Голова не болит? — Нет, приходи вечерком, водкой подышим”.
Такой странный диалог вскоре можно будет услышать в Великобритании, где принимать спиртное научились по-новому. Без похмелья.

Идея вдыхать любимые спиртные напитки посетила голову 30-летнего британского предпринимателя Доминика Симлера (Dominic Simler), который и считается изобретателем “алкоголя без жидкости” AWOL (Alcohol With Out Liquid). Новшество ориентировано на клубную молодёжь и, если эксперты не докажут его опасность для здоровья, должно стать настоящей “бомбой”.

Принцип действия довольно прост. Желающий выпить выбирает себе бутылку — судя о всему, дышать можно любым спиртным напитком — но не выпивает её, а выливает внутрь устройства на колёсиках под названием AWOL Machine.

Там алкоголь смешивается с кислородом и превращается в пар, который и нужно вдыхать через трубочку, напоминающую ингалятор.

Алкогольный газ, минуя печень, идёт прямо в кровь, обеспечивая мгновенный эффект, не похожий, по словам создателя, ни на что. Однако это — быстрое и интенсивное опьянение. Говорят, и длится оно не долго — минут 25.

У


У “пользователей” AWOL появляются эйфория и ощущение счастья

Получается своего рода кальян или, если хотите, винокур.

К одному выпарному аппарату могут подключиться несколько пользователей одновременно. Во избежание проблем рекомендуется дышать спиртным не больше 20 минут в час и не чаще 2 сессий в сутки. Тогда никакого похмелья не будет.

AWOL уже продаётся. Машина оценена в $2950, а купить “дозу” за 6 фунтов ($11) пока могут исключительно члены закрытого клуба Il Bordello, расположенного на голландской барже в Бристоле.

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Kanye West – Stronger (Creative process featuring Timbaland revisited)

Posted in entertainment, prominent persons, technology by questionabletopic on Sunday, June 22, 2008

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the best quotation:

Joe Sax 6 months ago

Creativity ? For god’s sake. They just added some random lyrics and a drumtrack over a Daft Punk track that was already good. Timbaland has never been original. Even his name is not original. He samples and steals from everybody else, so i certainly can’t see where the creativity is.

And the video is not original, either. It borrows a lot from Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira.

I know what i’m going to do next: i’ll rap over a Cassius track and i’ll make a video stealing from Dragon Ball Z. I’ll be a millionaire and then the n00bs will talk in the forums about “my” creativity.

the rest of debate is vailable at: http://www.vimeo.com

The Death of High Fidelity

Posted in amazing, culture, entertainment, facts, music, prominent persons, story by questionabletopic on Saturday, May 17, 2008

In the age of MP3s, sound quality is worse than ever

David Bendeth, a producer who works with rock bands like Hawthorne Heights and Paramore, knows that the albums he makes are often played through tiny computer speakers by fans who are busy surfing the Internet. So he’s not surprised when record labels ask the mastering engineers who work on his CDs to crank up the sound levels so high that even the soft parts sound loud.

Over the past decade and a half, a revolution in recording technology has changed the way albums are produced, mixed and mastered — almost always for the worse. “They make it loud to get [listeners’] attention,” Bendeth says. Engineers do that by applying dynamic range compression, which reduces the difference between the loudest and softest sounds in a song. Like many of his peers, Bendeth believes that relying too much on this effect can obscure sonic detail, rob music of its emotional power and leave listeners with what engineers call ear fatigue. “I think most everything is mastered a little too loud,” Bendeth says. “The industry decided that it’s a volume contest.”

Producers and engineers call this “the loudness war,” and it has changed the way almost every new pop and rock album sounds. But volume isn’t the only issue. Computer programs like Pro Tools, which let audio engineers manipulate sound the way a word processor edits text, make musicians sound unnaturally perfect. And today’s listeners consume an increasing amount of music on MP3, which eliminates much of the data from the original CD file and can leave music sounding tinny or hollow. “With all the technical innovation, music sounds worse,” says Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, who has made what are considered some of the best-sounding records of all time. “God is in the details. But there are no details anymore.”

The idea that engineers make albums louder might seem strange: Isn’t volume controlled by that knob on the stereo? Yes, but every setting on that dial delivers a range of loudness, from a hushed vocal to a kick drum — and pushing sounds toward the top of that range makes music seem louder. It’s the same technique used to make television commercials stand out from shows. And it does grab listeners’ attention — but at a price. Last year, Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone that modern albums “have sound all over them. There’s no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like — static.”

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Top 100 living geniuses – Telegraph rating

Posted in amazing, culture, entertainment, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

British geniuses feature heavily in a recent list that notes the greatest living thinkers of our time – proportionately more than any other country.

The top 100 living geniuses was compiled by a panel of six experts in creativity and innovation from Creators Synectics, a global consultants firm.

The company emailed 4,000 Britons this summer and asked them to nominate up to 10 living people who they considered geniuses.

Each genius was then awarded scores out of ten against criteria which included: paradigm shifting; popular acclaim; intellectual power; achievement and cultural importance.

The chart is represented below:

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