TVRoach – find free tv shows to watch online


TVRoach is a new service just launched by Richard Eastes that quickly let’s you find freely available rips of lots of great TV shows which are up on a variety of online video services. TVRoach pulls them together into one spot where you can stream them down to your PC. It’s got a very simple interface and a fairly large collection of TV shows such as South Park, Family Guy, Scrubs, Kenny Vs Spenny, Entourage, etc.

Thanks to Angus Scown for the link!

DIGG IT.

Rare Record Sells on EBay for US$155,401


In 2002, some guy from Montreal, on vacation in NYC, bought an old record at a flea market in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. On Dec 8 2006 he sells it on Ebay for US$155,401.

What was the record? Well as the auction called it “ARGUABLY THE RAREST & MOST IMPORTANT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AND POP-ART ARTIFACT IN THE WORLD”.

According to the IHT:

The recording turned out to be an in-studio acetate made during Velvet Underground’s first recording over four days in April 1966 at New York’s Scepter Studios. The record reportedly is only one of two in existence; the other is privately owned, with rumors circulating around the world about who the owner is.

So, I know many of you kids out there may not even know who the Velvets were or why this record is to important to rock history, so let The Cam do his duty and fill you in.

Let me steal from Wikipedia:

The Velvet Underground (sometimes abbreviated as The Velvets or VU) was an American rock band first active from 1965 to 1973. Its best-known alumni are Lou Reed and John Cale.

Although never commercially successful, The Velvet Underground remains one of the most influential bands of all time: a famous remark, often attributed to Brian Eno, is that while only a few thousand people bought a Velvet Underground record upon their initial release, almost every single one of them was inspired to start a band.

The Velvet Underground was one of the first rock music groups to experiment heavily with the form by incorporating avant-garde influences. The group’s often raw, sometimes difficult sound would influence many later punk, noise rock, and alternative music performers, and singer Lou Reed’s lyrics brought new levels of social realism and sleaze to rock. Critics Scott Isler and Ira Robbins argue that “The Velvet Underground marked a turning point in rock history. After the release of The Velvet Underground and Nico, knowing the power of which it was capable, the music could never be as innocent, as unselfconscious as before.

While many of you probably haven’t heard “The Velvet Underground and Nico”, you will definitely know the cover art by Andy Warhol.

Yes, on the original LP (that stands for “Long Playing” which meant the record played at 33 or 33-1/3 rpm…. see we used to have these things called “records” which were an analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove starting near the periphery and ending near the center of the disc…. aww forget it…) the banana PEELED. It had “Peel Slowly and See” printed near a perforated tab. Those who did remove the banana skin found a pink, phallic, peeled banana beneath. Gay? Yes. Hello???? Andy Warhol was gay. There I said it. Sue me.

The album was recorded in one or two days in late 1966 and released in March 1967, the year of psychedelic music. In the same year the following albums came out:
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
The Doors – The Doors
Mellow Yellow – Donovan
Bee Gees 1st – The Bee Gees
Magical Mystery Tour – The Beatles
Axis: Bold as Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

You get the idea. Then Lou and his VU crew come out with an album full of songs about doing drugs and S&M with lyrics which read like street poetry. Let’s take a quick tour of the album:

“I’m Waiting For The Man”

Lyrics:
I’m waiting for my man
Twenty-six dollars in my hand
Up to Lexington, 125
Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive
I’m waiting for my man

“Heroin”

Lyrics:
I don’t know just where I’m going
But I’m gonna try for the kingdom, if I can
cause it makes me feel like I’m a man
When I put a spike into my vein
And I’ll tell ya, things aren’t quite the same
When I’m rushing on my run
And I feel just like jesus son
And I guess that I just don’t know
And I guess that I just don’t know

“Venus In Furs”

Lyrics:
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girlchild in the dark
Clubs and bells, your servant, don’t forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart

I don’t know how much money Lou and the rest of the surviving members of the VU get from album sales these days, but they deserve your money. However, if you want to check out the album, here’s a link to a torrent.

Science vs Religion battle warming up

I’m listening to the New Scientist Magazine’s podcast interview with Richard Dawkins. It’s really interesting stuff and it looks like a bunch of secular scientists from around the world are getting ready for the latest round in the Great War between Science and Religion for the minds of the human race. I’m personally one who agrees with Dawkins that the battle needs ramping up.

Speaking of religion… Father Bob Maguire wants me to help him set up a webcam in his church to record his Christmas Eve sermon. He’s the one priest I don’t mind helping out. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good webcam which could capture a high-res image inside a church? We need to somehow set up a simple capture system that Bob’s people can operate. They will need to be able to focus, capture, save the file, and then I’ll help them figure out how to upload it to our servers.

Putting Us Into Perspective

Last week, after the very excellent STIRR Sydney event, me old mate Brenton Perry (remember him from our free will cast?) drank beer and discussed how free will doesn’t exist, how we will save Shane from Christianity, why you shouldn’t take your position on global warming from Michael Crichton, and how damn insignificant humans are in the whole scheme of things and arrogant it is of those humans how think the whole universe was created just for them. And then I happened to stumble onto this six-month old post from Dick Hardt which puts our place in the Universe into some perspective. I highly recommend you check it out.

I’m currently reading Ideas: A Brief History by Peter Watson and it’s very enjoyable. Today I was learning about FOXP2 (“forkhead box P2”), a gene that is implicated in the development of language skills. Many scientists believe evolved in humans about 200,000 years ago and which, when mutated, gave early homo sapiens the ability to communicate which of course gave them an enormous survival advantage. The same genes appears in mice and chimps, with only a couple of molecules different from the version that we have.

And I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Richard Dawkins’ new book “The God Delusion”. The preface is here to read in pdf format. Sounds like a brilliant book and I’m going to try to get him on the show. Father Bob should love that.

Superman II podcast

Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut

Tonight Scott Sherman and I recorded a lengthy podcast mostly covering the release of the new Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut DVD. We talk about the original theatrical release of the film, some of the background as to why Donner left the production, and some of the story around the new cut of the film. Check it out here or….

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G’DAY WORLD PODCAST 173 – An Introduction to SEO

A few days ago I recorded an interview with Tom Petryshen, CEO of Amplify, a company that helps Australia’s top brands increase traffic and sales via search engine optimisation (SEO), paid search marketing (SEM), email, and affiliate marketing. I asked Tom to explain SEO to me in the simplest terms he could. We talk some of the basic things you need to do to make sure your site is being found and ranked by the leading search engines.

If you want to be part of a future episode of G’Day World, you can find the schedule on our Google Calendar.

Of course you can also send me a voicemail HERE and we’ll play it and make fun of you for being too lame to actually come on the show.

This episode of the G’Day World podcast is brought to you by:

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and

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What Bush Means

.. when he says (about Iraq)

“If we were to fail, that failed policy will come to hurt generations of Americans in the future.”

is

“If we leave before we have destroyed all opposition to Amerian / British policies and secured the position of our puppet administration, we will never get our hands on their oil and the 2003 invasion won’t pay off.”

Just in case you couldn’t read between the lines.