Free Weekend Listening

Need something "rad" to listen to this weekend? Well need no more. I give you American Gladiators - The Music, for the first installment of Free Weekend Listening. In all seriousness this soundtrack sort of kicks ass. I've definitely got a weak spot for "Tuff Enuff" and Yello's "Oh Yeah" but what really makes this album unique are the sound clips from the Gladiators themselves mixed over the music, "Get him! Switch switch!" So download this puppy, flip on ESPN Classic, invite the guys over and enjoy.

Album: American Gladiators - The Music
Released: 1993
Tracklist:

  1. American Gladiator Introduction - Mike Adamlee
  2. American Gladiator Theme - Bill Conti
  3. We Will Rock You - Queen
  4. Joust - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  5. Rock and Roll (Part 2) - Gary Glitter
  6. Gauntlet - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  7. Jump - The Movement
  8. Eliminator - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  9. Tuff Enuff - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
  10. Tug-O-War - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  11. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benetar
  12. Whiplash - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  13. Breakthrough and Conquer - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  14. Oh Yeah! - Yello
  15. Assault - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  16. The Warrior - Scandal
  17. Hang Tough - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  18. Atlasphere - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  19. Swingshot - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  20. Powerball - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band
  21. American Gladiators Theme - Dan Miller And The Steele Penny Band

Extra Credit to anyone who can leave a comment and tell me which one of these artists is a convicted pedophile!

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The Gwen Stefani Doll?

Shit like this makes me wonder if newer and younger fans of the heavily-branded solo version of Gwen Stefani even know she used to kick so much ass? I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Stefani back in her No Doubt heyday, right about when "I'm Just a Girl" came out and she was great. Polite, attractive, and knew how get her hands dirty with the boys on stage.

Fast forward a decade and she's synchronize dancing, changing outfits between songs and using a fake pre-teen girly voice. Seeing her in concert these days is about 90% image and 10% music. Sure she's never hidden the fact that she enjoys the girly side of things like free makeup, but one look at her site proves she's just trying too hard. Okay enough of my old man banter, here's more info to help you complete doll collection you've got stashed away in your closet:

"Huckleberry Toys is set to release Series II of the Gwen Stefani doll line this fall. To celebrate the launch Huckleberry Toys will be releasing a limited edition preview doll at this year’s San Diego Comic Convention.

We will only be making 150 of these dolls and they will be sold on a first come, first served basis. To ensure that Gwen’s fans have a chance to own the doll, Huckleberry Toys will take phone orders beginning at 10AM Pacific time on Monday, July 16th.

To order, call 1-818-363-4500. The dolls are $100/each plus shipping and handling and must be paid by credit card. Any remaining dolls will be sold at Huckleberry Toys booth 4151 July 25-29th during the convention."

G-G-G-Gcycle!

So what is Gcycling exactly? Basically it's recycling for your electronics and tech gear. The campaign was developed by a firm called 72andSunny who also did tons of work for the Zune launch. They teamed up with G4 in hopes to get "young guys" to pitch in and do their part. So what can you do? Well, you can start by not throwing away your CDs, tapes, tape players, CD players, and iPods. Then you can continue to kick some green ass by hitting up gcycle.org to find out where you can dump this stuff off. Other tech junk is good to Gcycle too, so make sure to keep this in mind when replacing your old inkjet cartdriges, batteries, VHS tapes and what not.

"More than a billion CDs are dumped in landfills each day. That's enough to make a new CD coaster for everyone in India everyday."

Musical Lightning

Introducing Steve Ward's Singing Tesla Coil video. Trust me, this video is much more exciting with your sound ON. I'm no scientist, so here's a snippet from the website:

"This is a solid-state Tesla coil. The primary runs at its resonant frequency in the 41 KHz range, and is modulated from the control unit in order to generate the tones you hear.

So just to explain a little further, yes, it is the actual high voltage sparks that are making the noise. Every cycle of the music is a burst of sparks at 41 KHz, triggered by digital circuitry at the end of a "long" piece of fiber optics."