The title speaks for itself:


A good friend of mine recommended an album to me the other day: Ministry of Sound’s Chillout Sessions XI.  Most compilations from the Ministry of Sound tend to be somewhat lackluster, and most electronic music mixes with more than 2 or 3 iterations (forget 11), tend to be subpar.  But I gave this album a shot, and I’ve been listening to it constantly for the last few days.  It’s two cd’s full of catchy, ridiculous summer tunes that all fall somewhere between 80’s rock and house music.  A few highlights:

Winter is over.  Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner.  This is the perfect soundtrack for the season.  Stupid happy music FTW!

I just stumbled across this method to infuse vodka with skittles.  It looks relatively easy, if a little time consuming (there’s some filtering involved).  The results look delicious, and may be the next replacement for jello shots at parties.

I just got the following comment in my spam box.  I don’t know what to think of it, and I’m going to keep it there, but I figure it is worth sharing:

I have to make it public. It’s suppose to be secret, however most people in Austin, Tx knows about it. The police department has machine that can read your mind. It can also change the way you feel. Sexual impulses, anger, and causing you to feel fear paranoia, basically anyway they would like to feel. This means it can cause a girl or boy to feel sexual. So sexual that they will have sex with strangers. This is just like rape. This is just one crime they commit with this machine. A machine that can read someone’s mind will be used to violate everyones civil rights. Ideas and secrets about company will be stolen by their competition with ease. People will be spied on in there homes, without a warrant. (this means someone will be able to watch you during intimacy without your knowledge.) There are a lot of people all over the United States knowing about this machine and the police department being able to use it. Start thinking about how the government has given the police department a weapon to commit not only one of the biggest civil rights violations of all time, but to commit war crimes such as rape and interrogation without the knowledge of the victim. I know it is hard to believe however if you happen to know someone in the police department, just ask if they have this machine. After that, I would also like people to think about how we are able to get the government to stop letting the police department violate civil rights and commit war crimes against there own citizens.

It’s hard to choose which of the many great songs to choose from to showcase the Fantastischen Vier, Germany’s first successful hiphop group.  Der Picknicker is also great, as are many of their older things.  Troy came out a few years ago and was an instant classic, and it has a great beat to match the MC’s.  There is some great and tricky wordplay in the song, but non-German listeners will still be able to appreciate the song for what it is.  Good stuff!

Having just finished an internet flamewar, I am reminded of this internet cartoon.  I am not generally a fan of XKCD, but this frame is and instant classic and summarized what so much internet discourse is really all about.  Link here.

Patriot’s Quill makes an interesting observation:

Ridiculing conservatives’ obsession with gauging the Obama presidency based upon the performance of the DOW Jones index, Nate Silver notes that the market is now above where it was when Obama took office.

Well, two can play that game, of course. So here’s another one for you. How much money would you have today if you’d placed $1000.00 in the DOW when Obama recommended buying stocks, on March 3 of this year?

The answer: $1112.99

Following Obama’s advice you’d have made a 11% return on your investment in just over two weeks. Not bad. I think we’ve found Jim Cramer’s replacement should the Mad Money guru decide to call it a day.