Category Archives: entertainment

La Roux

a really cool band I’ve been listening to lately, based in the UK, I first noticed them when I saw the singer, Elly Jackson, on the front page of The Guardian a couple summers ago in association with an article about a music festival going on at the time, & as it turns out the other main member, Ben Langmaid, is musically linked to Rollo Armstrong of Faithless, who I also love, I finally got around to buying their self-titled album, La Roux, this spring, & since then I’ve been happy to learn they won a Grammy earlier at this year’s awards ceremony for Best Electronic/Dance Album

you can check them out here: LaRoux.co.uk

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Sita Sings The Blues

I’m auditing a Flash class this semester at SFCC, which is sorta exciting,
& it became a good reason to finally watch this entertaining 2D animation, which I’m glad I did.

This is an amazing movie made in Flash by Nina Paley, loosely retelling the Ramayana (an old Indian legend), while paralleling a modern day break-up story, & featuring the 1920s music of jazz singer Annette Hanshaw.  

The visuals are so beautiful, & Sita Sings The Blues was awarded “Best Animation” at the 2008 Santa Fe Film Festival.

You can watch it here at Reel 13. More Info About The Movie Here.


Free Rice

food for thought turns into thought for food as well

“FreeRice is a sister site of the world poverty site, Poverty.com.

FreeRice has two goals:

  1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
  2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.”

http://www.freerice.com/

I’ve been at the website today, got to 1300 grains of rice, with my highest & current vocab level at 36


AmusingFacts.com

a site I have frequented for quite some time, though sporadically on occassion, a little mine for trivial bits of info, I’ve subscribed to the newsletter in a sorta off & then on again manner, & that (the newsletter) itself can be a little sporadic, going a little while in between send-outs, but it is, as the title suggests amusing stuff, I’ve been a member of the discussion forums there at the site for over 4 and a half years, though the forums have crashed now & then, & lapsed into periods of practical non-existence, but when they’re up & running, I regularly check-in, read & post: http://www.amusingfacts.com/forums


Jib Jab

http://www.jibjab.com


x k c d

http://xkcd.com

“a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language”