Posted on 2007-03-13 08:14:00
Tags: dreams music microresolution worldofwarcraft
It's weird leaving the apartment before my daily cron job runs...
So my latest project is taking data from the WoW armory and showing neat stuff with it. I'll probably put the public page up tomorrow. Microresolution: my next project will not be WoW-related.
Weird dream: I dreamt I had made a few friends and then I found out a friend was stealing them away from me (i.e. they weren't going to be my friend anymore). I was very upset about this and was ready to write a scathing LiveJournal post!
I've been listening to a lot of Avenue Q lately. My thoughts, after the cut:
At first, my favorites were the obvious ones - "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist", "The Internet Is For Porn", "Schadenfreude". After a few listens, I think my current favorites are "Mix Tape", "Schadenfreude", and "I Wish I Could Go Back to College". Here's why!
The Avenue Q Theme - cute little ditty. Does a good job of sounding like the Sesame Street without really "borrowing" any melodies.
What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?/It Sucks To Be Me - A nice peppy song. I like the little harmony part when they all start singing. The first "appearance" of Gary Coleman, whose stage representation has a really nice voice. I should take this opportunity to say that the Japanese character (don't know her name) has a really annoying voice. Ugh.
If You Were Gay - Rod's voice is a little bit off at the beginning. ("how can it get any better than this?") I do like the song because the comedy is done well, especially Rod's indignance. :-)
Purpose - I guess this is supposed to drive the plot a little, but this song is more or less boring. The guy's voice is reasonably nice, though.
Everyone's A Little Bit Racist - So I definitely like some of this song. The melody is nice, and I do like the message that perhaps we shoudl relax a little bit about race, and that no one's truly colorblind (a la Stephen Colbert's "I don't see race"). But it goes a little far (needlessly?) in kinda implying because of this, it's OK to tell racist jokes, make fun of people, etc, instead of maybe trying to make things better. See above re Japanese character's voice. Also, Gary Coleman saying "Whatchoo talking 'bout Kate?" is pretty funny.
The Internet Is For Porn - Cute song. I like Trekkie Monster. Kate's indignance is pulled off pretty well, too - her voice fits her character very well.
Mix Tape - I like this song a lot. The melodies going on in the background are very pretty (and catchy!), and the whole premise of the song (that you can tell if someone likes you by the songs they put on your mix tape) is pretty funny. "Fat Bottomed Girls" indeed!
I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today - Huh? Maybe this makes sense in context. At least it's short.
Special - Meh. Don't really like her voice.
You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love) - Funny. Again with liking Gary Coleman's voice. I should add I feel weird listening to this song at work :-)
Fantasies Come True - This song is...OK. It's really more sad than anything. Poor Rod...
My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Canada - Even though it follows the sad song, I can't help laughing. The frantic voice totally makes it! I like the way he says "Canada" too.
There's a Fine, Fine Line - Not bad. Voice is good.
There Is Life Outside Your Apartment - A cute song, but it doesn't quite click with me.
The More You Ruv Someone - hate hate hate skip
Schadenfreude - Funny, upbeat, and lots of Gary Coleman. What's not to love? I can put up with the meanness!
I Wish I Could Go Back to College - Really pretty song, and who hasn't wanted to go back to college at some point? Best song on the album, if just for the a capella section.
The Money Song - Cute song.
School for Monsters/The Money Song - It's OK. I do like Trekkie Monster.
a bunch of reprises - Not bad.
For Now - Good ending song. Everything is temporary!
I honestly forget the point of this. Oh well. The point is, good album.
Comment from omega697:
The "Japanese" (actually played by a Chinese woman) character is named "Christmas Eve".
"I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today" is supposed to be part of Brian's attempt at stand-up comedy.
Comment from wonderjess:
Check out the machinima (the thing where people do short films and stuff with computer games) slideshow here (from Slate) -- the first slide (I think it's actually labeled 2, but it's the first real one after the ad) has warcraft characters singing the internet is for porn. haha.
also, there's a song on the buffy musical episode where a woman is singing to a cop about getting a parking ticket, and if you listen to it on the cd (it cuts off too early on tv) you can hear the end, which goes: I'm asking you please no/ it isn't right it isn't fair/ there was no parking anywhere/ I think that hydrant wasn't there./ why can't you let it go?/ I think I've paid more than my share/ I'm just a poor girl, don't you care?/ hey, I'm not wearing underwear.
I guess it's unrelated, but this made me think of that. haha.
Comment from gregstoll:
Ooh, I love that song on the buffy cd!
(and yeah, that world of warcraft version was our first introduction to the song :-) )
Comment from onefishclappin:
I hate when I start humming/singing The Internet Is For Porn when I'm at work...
And krikwennavd's favorite line from Schadenfreude is "Watching a vegetarian being told she just ate chicken" - can you tell he used to date a militant vegetarian?
And I'm so with you on The More You Ruv Someone.
Oh, and I hadn't see the WoW video before - disturbing and hilarious!
Comment from omega697:
Well, you're both wrong then.
The More You Ruv Someone is awesome.
The more you rrrrrrrrrruv someone, the more you want to kir dem!
Comment from wildrice13:
The thing that really bugs me about "The More You Ruv Someone" is that her voice completely leaves behind the accent at times. Sure, the voice is annoying, and I'm not a huge fan of the song itself either. But for the love of Pete, the voice is part of the character for better or for worse. Don't suddenly go into a full Broadway voice with no trace of an accent! Yeesh!
Comment from wildrice13:
I love "You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want", but also feel odd when my iPod decides to play it at work. I always turn it down just in case my earphones are audible to people other than myself ;)
"There Is Life Outside Your Apartment" does click with me. I think it's an excellent song!
And I'm totally with you on "I Wish I Could Go Back to College". Best song on the album.
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