Blurred Lines

I heard Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give it Up on the radio today.  I’m still hesitant to say Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines was an intentional copy beyond Pharrell’s “woo!” noises.  However, I’ve been listening to Shawn Mendes (what, it’s surprisingly good!) and think his song Nervous sounds A LOT more like Got to Give it Up (starting around the :33 second mark).

There are also some similarities to the Blurred Lines video, namely the white backdrop with strong pops of red, a slight sepia tone, and women as props (have you seen the uncensored version of Blurred Lines, for sure NSFW!).

What do you think, am I wrong?  Will he be sued by the Gaye estate too?

California Loco

My kids are obsessed with a short film included with “Moana” called “Inner Workings.”  An important part of the movie is a song called “California Loco.”  It’s one of those songs you can’t get out of your head, no matter how hard you try.

Looking into its background, the composer, Ludwig Göransson, is someone you may not know by name, but you’ve certainly heard his music.

I’d first heard of Göransson through his collaboration with Childish Gambino/Donald Glover.  Genius has a great breakdown of their recording process of “Redbone,” which started with Donald playing drums and Ludwig layering many, many instruments to build the sounds they wanted.

Not a Gambino fan?  Well he also scored Black Panther and Ryan Coogler’s other films, “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed.”  Similar to his work with Gambino, much of the music was built by layering contributions from others, in the case of “Black Panther,” Senegalese artist Baaba Maal.

He also scores “New Girl,” contributed to music to “Community,” and many other films and TV shows.

Lastly, I love this and I’m tossing it in for the heck of it (song starts around 1:16)…

Dirty Old Town

The last time I was in Ireland was December 1999 at the end of my study abroad, around my 22nd birthday.  I’ve written a lot (maybe too much) about my time in Ireland, but now I get to go back for the time in nineteen years!

Working at Automattic, we gather with our teammates on a trip or two each year.  Being a distributed company, my particular team has members in Australia, New York, and South Africa.  We’ve decided on London for meetup this year and I’ll extend my trip for a few days in Dublin.

I’ll fly into Dublin on a Wednesday night and sleep in a hotel near the airport.  In the morning I’ll make my way into the city and do some exploring.  Afterwards I’ll stay with a college friend and her husband about 40 minutes south of Dublin.  We’ll spend Friday hiking and exploring Glendalough or other areas nearby.

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That leaves a little time left on Saturday before I fly out that afternoon.

While not exactly the trip I’d envisioned for my return, my hope is that’ll recharge my Ireland batteries for a bit.  Here’s to making it back before another 19 years pass!

House

My wife, two kids, and I recently moved into a newly-built house.  Even though it was built from a pre-drafted plan and we only had to choose the finishes, it was a longer process than we’d imagined.  We sold our house back in June of last year and moved in with my in-laws for about the 9 months it took to build.  We picked the counters, door knobs, sinks, faucets, doors, lights, flooring, and more!  The house is so new that it lacked towel bars and toilet paper holders.

We’ve now been in the house for about a month and couldn’t be happier!  In the springtime, the builder and developer will plant grass.  We’re excited to see the end product, meet neighbors, and settle into our new community.  I’m sure this isn’t the last post about the house, so here’s to many more!

This is not my beautiful house (but it’s the same model)

Signs

The Seeb remix of Mike Posner’s I Took A Pill in Ibiza is one of those ear worms, something you can’t shake – even if you want to.  I’ve attended my fair share of Dylan concerts, own most of his albums, and have seen any movie he’s been a part of (yes, that includes ‘Hearts of Fire’).  Because of this, the inspiration for video for the original version of Mike Posner’s the song was not unfamiliar to me.  In my youth I remember buying INXS’s ‘Kick’, and more than a few ‘Weird’ Al albums on cassette.  This prompted the need to have a little video marathon and I thought I’d share it here, too.  Did I miss any others?

 

 

 

 

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Me, Myself, and I

It’s time for me to speak out.  While my English isn’t aways perfect, there are some grammatical things that drive me nuts.  I’ve tried to document some examples that are an easy fix.

  • me vs I:
    • Correct: Here’s a photo of John and me.
    • Incorrect: Here’s a photo of John and I.
    • Why: The easiest rule here is to pretend the other people don’t exist.  Using the examples above, you’d never say “Here’s a photo of I,” right?  We’ve all had it beaten into our heads that it’s “I” and not “me” in most cases, but it doesn’t work here.
  • myself: If you use ‘myself’ you have to have an ‘I’ in there.
    • Correct: Here’s a photo of John, Sarah, and me, which I photographed myself.
    • Incorrect: Here’s a photo of John, Sarah, and myself.
  • begs the question: Just don’t use it, it doesn’t mean what you think.  You probably mean “raises the question.”
  • puncuation
    • commas and quotation marks: If you live in the US, commas go inside quotation marks.  There can be exceptions if it involves a something like a book or movie title in quotes.
    • ellipses: You know those three periods?  Those are called ellipses (…).  I use them a bit too much myself, but my two issues are more about usage.
      • Never try to accomplish this with three commas.
      • There are shortcuts on keyboards for this, so don’t type out three periods (option + ; on a Mac).
    • spaces: I personally use one space after a comma and two spaces after a period.  The most important part here is consistency.  If you work for a company and are writing public posts, make sure you know their format.
  • less vs. fewer: if you can count it, use fewer.  If it’s more nebulous and intangible and you can’t count it, use less.
    • Correct: We need to buy fewer apples.
    • Incorrect: We need to buy less apples.
    • Correct: We need to buy fewer food.
    • Incorrect: We need to buy less food.
  • “Where’s that at?”
    • Avoiding ending sentences with prepositions can be difficult, I know.  For this example just say “where’s that?” and drop the “at.”
  • Others:
    • you’re/your
    • there/their/they’re
    • it’s/its
    • too/to

Night of the Living Dead

Did you know it’s legal to share the movie “Night of the Living Dead” online because of a mistake with copyright? It’s true!  If you’ve never seen it, give it a watch.  I hear the restored version is even better and I can’t wait to check it out!

Here’s why it’s free to watch, share, etc…

Happy Halloween!