8-bit Weezer El Scorcho plus an iPhone ringtone

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Heard this a few days ago and thought it was brilliant. It’s El Scorcho redone as 8-bit Nintendo styled music. There’s an entire album as done by the Pterodactyl Squad netlable. I’ve provided a link below where you can download the entire album of 8-bit remakes including songs like “Hash Pipe” and “Buddy Holly”.

I to turn El Scorcho into an iPhone ringtone – which if you’re interested, it can be downloaded below.

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Pterodactyl Squad – Weezer the 8-bit album
El Scorcho iPhone Ringtone (right click and download as – add it to your iTunes library and sync your iPhone)

The end of a decade

I had my “holy shit” moment a few days ago when I realized that this is the end of the decade we’re coming up on. Where have the last 10 years gone? It seems like yesterday we were celebrating a millennium. I started compiling a list of the best albums of the decade – really Radiohead’s Hail to the Thief is six years old? It’s scary when time flies in six year chunks.

Share your favorite albums of the past decade in the comment section. I’ll be publishing a list soon.

Michael Vick divides a city

vickprotestersThe old saying goes that you don’t discuss politics or religion in polite company – you can add Michael Vick to that list.

As soon as the Philadelphia Eagles signed Michael Vick, Philadelphia lit up. Tweets, Facebook statues, blog postings, radio talk shows, etc. People who didn’t even care about football were moved to take sides. There are bars that have pledged to turn off the Eagles games on Sundays – that’s like a bar saying it will stop selling alcohol on Fridays. That’s how passionate people feel about this issue, and can you blame them? Here’s a man that beat, tortured, maimed, and killed dogs in the name of sport; he is the Hitler of dogs. How do you redeem yourself for that behavior? If Hitler hadn’t committed suicide, could he have redeemed himself to Jews? No.

This past Thursday I responded to a  a friend’s Facebook  status update, more than 50 comments later, after that friend told me to buzz off (ok, he didn’t say that, but that’s what he wanted). Philadelphia has found its abortion issue. This issue has so divided the city, that it pits friends and family against each other. Sides are entrenched and both sides are getting testy. There are protesters on each side outside the Novacare Center in South Philly. Philly.com ran a poll this week simply asking if fans were for or against the Vick signing – the results were 51% against to 49% for the signing; the city wasn’t that divided over the Presidential election this past year.

This of course is not the most important issue in the world. It’s amazing that at a time when we’re trying to figure out how to fix our flawed healthcare system, that this issue has taken the headlines in this city.

It’s only football, and this doesn’t reflect on a whole city, just on the people that run the Philadelphia Eagles. Even though people will continue to discuss Vick, the games will go on and I am going to go out on a limb and say Michael Vick won’t be dog fighting ever again, so at the end of the proverbial day, all Vick’s signing will do is strain relationships for a few days before we move on to something else.

Can’t wait.

SlyMiser is coming soon

6460_116235288020_110577403020_2329193_3798532_nIn this economy…

A few months ago some friends and I decided there needed to be a place for people who wanted to live their lives in the fashion they were accustomed to without breaking the bank. We couldn’t find one that we liked, so we decided to create one.

Coming this fall our new website, SlyMiser.com will offer tips, reviews, and articles on how to live your life in style without breaking the bank.

Visit our site and become our fan on Facebook – we’ll be offering tips and breaking news there until the site is up and running this fall.

Eagles sign Vick. Fans revolt.

Michael Vick signed with the Eagles. Why? Let me start here – if I were an NFL owner, I would not have hired Michael Vick to my team. That would be my right. I think what he did was reprehensible, and I wouldn’t want to associate him with my team and my brand. It seems that year after year the Eagles give me more reasons to like them less and less. They don’t seem to like their fans and and they treat their employees like shit (see Brian Dawkins).

Thank goodness the Phillies have come back to their rightful spot as #1 in my sports heart.

That said.

There’s a lot of talk about how he shouldn’t be allowed back in the NFL, that he was given his chance and he blew it. Well that isn’t how this country works. I can see preventing him from taking jobs that are related to his offense – so he can’t work at a kennel or at a pet store, but the NFL is a sports league, and I think a lot of people forget that. Each NFL team is their own company and makes the decision on their own. It seems somehow un-American for people to be saying that the NFL should have prevented the teams from making this hiring decision. I don’t know if that is a country I want to be part of.

People want him to pay and pay and pay again. That again is not how this country works. If you want that type of legal system, move to Iran – I think we all see how people are treated there.

I do wish someone else had signed him – I don’t want my team associated with a thug like him. We now have the most hated man in all of sports. It kind of sickens me, but that said – he’s done his time, I see no need to punish him further.

Reposted from Orangeliners.com

Ticketmaster is out of control

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This week I’ll be headed into town to buy Ra Ra Riot tickets at the Trocadero. You might ask why I don’t just buy the tickets online or over the phone? Well on top of the $15 ticket price, Ticketmaster adds $6.90 per ticket; that’s a 46% surcharge. That’s near $28 for the 4 tickets I need to buy, but if I buy the tickets at the box office, no surcharge.

Here’s something that has always bothered me about ticket prices: why can’t the ticket prices include all of the surcharges? I would have been fine with them telling me the price is $22 with no service charge. Once you tell me the price of the ticket is $15, I expect to pay $15. Of course since Ticketmaster has concert goers over a barrel, they don’t care. According to  artists want to be able to advertise inexpensive tickets, even if the ticket price doesn’t cover the cost of doing business.

So Ticketmaster won’t be getting my money this week. A small victory since they get my money 90% of the time. Must be nice to do business without caring what your customers think – although I can’t imagine why you’d want to.

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