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Tiger, Not Taiga

Posted by evankessler on November 23, 2010

Tiger, Tiger, Burning bright....

That Kind of Tyga– (Image by law_keven via Flickr)

I’ve always prided myself on having a wealth of pop culture knowledge, but I can’t pretend to know everything about the current lay of the music industry land. Every few days I hear the name of a new artist and am either intrigued or confused  as to how and when they got popular beneath my ever-so-perceptive nose. Furthering my confusion is the pronunciation of some of these artist monikers that revel in misspellings and nicknamery. Not that I have an issue with what they call themselves, but rather just that they fail to elicit any sort of linguistic base for me to even consider their name. Such was the case while working for OneRiot and reading that someone named Waka Flocka had been shot? Not only did I think “who?” but also what kind of name is Waka Flocka?

The same issue plagues me when people bring up the names of popular new Indie groups and overpronounce their monikers to appear more worldly and in the know. For the last few weeks one of my friends has been talking about the group Das Racist, pronouncing it as if it were a Rammstein song title; but the more I looked at the name, the more I decided it sounded like a slangier incarnation of “That’s racist.” Not that I’m right, it just seemed to make sense.

My powers of moniker interpretation took a bit of a hit today though. At some point I was looking through music articles and came across the name Tyga. While the articulation of the artist’s name wasn’t lost on me, the meaning of it went somewhere completely different in my head. I started to think of elementary social studies and different climate regions. I remembered how below the treeless plain of the frozen tundra lie the Taiga in the northern areas of Canada and Eurasia. It wasn’t ’til later in the evening while waiting for a slice of pizza, I heard a radio DJ announce a song featuring Tyga, where it dawned on me that the rapper in question most certainly named himself after the animal or golfer- like a Tiger.

I don’t mean to sound old and out of touch like Andy Rooney, but I certainly feel like it today.

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Posted by evankessler on November 17, 2010

There are certain situations that cause adults to revert to childlike behavior. The most obvious of these conditional influencers is the act of spending time with one’s family. The process of maturation is immediately put in reverse and kicked into high gear when one goes home for a holiday and assumes their original role  within the nuclear family. Another situation for infantile behavior, a kinder atmospheric mechanism, is triggered when instruments of childhood are placed in front of a grown up human being. Such triggers include, but are not limited to: a favorite movie from youth, chocolate milk, and last but not least– legos.

The latter element was present a few weeks back at a friend’s house where several of my adult friends and I gathered for game night. Very few games were played –save for a few matches of Wii tennis that resulted in a broken lamp– but the presence of Legos kept us largely occupied. The following are a few of the wondrous creations made:

Avatar-esque Lego Battle Suit

5 Steering Wheels, A Crossbow and Darth Vader: Lego Version of the Drunk Tourist Bike

Modern Art by Rich M.

Chewbacca on the Pole by Jason S.

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People I May Know?

Posted by evankessler on November 9, 2010

There’s a weird feeling of invasion of privacy every time I’m on certain Social Networking sites. It doesn’t stem from the fact that people can see what I’m up to or who I’m hanging out with. I like to think I do a pretty good job of keeping the things I want to keep private under wraps. The specific thing that crawls under my skin is when the social networks in question feel the need to suggest who I might want to be friends with or connected to. It’s as if this program is digging through the annals of my personal correspondence to exert influence on my life. I belong to certain social networks because I don’t find them too intrusive and they allow me certain controls, but once they start nudging me with friendship suggestions for people I once tried to buy a Wii from via Craigslist, they’ve ceased to be effective. Then there are those other suggestions where you don’t know where they come from, as evidenced by the screenshot below. Can you guess which one doesn’t belong?

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Birthday Face Montage!

Posted by evankessler on November 4, 2010

Special thanks to my friend Lorenzo Tijerina for putting together this wonderful birthday montage from the raw footage of the two videos we’ve worked on together.

Also, I’d like to credit the musical stylings of Andrenzello for their rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday to You (Evan)”. I’m sure you’ll be hearing from Michael Jackson’s estate. Sorry in advance to anyone this frightens.

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Evan Kessler’s Astrological Forecast for Year #32

Posted by evankessler on November 4, 2010

Sally Brompton of the New York Post has never been this optimistic about my yearly prospects. I can’t say I’m not excited. Things are looking up. Bring it on November 4, 2010 to November or 2011. I’m ready.

Also according to my Google horoscope, my lucky number is 6. Hmm. I always thought it was 7. I guess that would explain several failures to win the lottery.  Glad that got cleared up.

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