Published April 19, 2013
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Corinne Newbegin

STREAM OF FACTS

In 1998, a group of students at MIT hacked the university’s homepage to show that the school was bought by Disney. The PRANK unraveled because the asking price of $6.9 billion was found to be too cheap for the school.

The inclusion of Mew in the first Pokemon games was a PRANK by Game Freak programmer Shigeki Morimoto. Removing the debug features from the game, Morimoto was able to fit the mystery Pokemon in the remaining 300 BYTES of space.

BYTES are made up of EIGHT bits. A single byte can be broken into two smaller four bit halves called nibbles or nybles. The nybles can be broken down further into two bit semi-nybles.

The average American does not in fact swallow EIGHT spiders every year. This urban LEGEND originates from the internet rumors and chain mails from the 90’s. The statistical probability of someone unwillingly swallowing a spider is close to none.

The word clue originates from the Greek word clew, which translates to “a ball of yarn.” In the LEGEND of Theseus, the hero used a ball of yarn to navigate through the labyrinth of the Minotaur.


WORD OF THE WEEK

Metagrobolized (adj.): Perplexed or mixed up.

Jeremy was metagrobolized while looking over his professor’s written corrections on his exam.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I wasn’t born a fool. It took work to get this way.”

-Danny Kaye


HAIKU

Late to the party.

If you were a student, spring

You would be failing.

REPORTER RECOMMENDS

If there’s something about the modern state of music, it’s the dominance of individualized listening. iPods, earbuds, and the like have made the practice of listening to music as a group less and less appealing. This is where Earport comes in. A cross between an evolving DJ setlist and AIM, Earport allows people to log-on with others and continually add to a music playlist.

Over the course of two and half hours, I created a room and tested the service with two other people in order to replicate what the experience is supposed to be like. Compared to sitting down and listening to an LP front-to-back, Earport playlists are sporadic and often filled with songs that are at odds with each other musically. This odd spontaneity is one of the best aspects of Earport. It forces users to kick your playlist perfectionism to the curb in order to enjoy it.

The impromptu song choice coupled with the chat bar is ideal for music diffusion to take place amongst your friends as well. As the session went on, I was able to expose myself to a variety of great tunes I wouldn’t have otherwise considered. The chat bar helped to facilitate great discussion on the music we were playing and definitely enhanced my appreciation for the chosen tracks.

While the videos Earport brings up can sometimes be recordings with varying quality from YouTube, it was a real treat to get music videos brought into the playlist every once and awhile. It just served as a reminder to how conceptually weird music video interpretations of your favorite songs can be. Faulty recordings brought to the playlist can easily be removed and replaced with a direct YouTube link of your choice into the search bar.

Overall, it was a really enjoyable and great for those nights when you feel listless and have some time to kill. Who knows? Your next favorite track might be discovered with your friends.

Earport Highlight Tracks:

Over a 40 song session, spanning about two and a half hours, I was exposed to a variety of tracks. Here were some of my favorites:

“Gang of Rhythm” by Walk off the Earth
Well known for their wild guitar covers of “Somebody I Used To Know” by Gotye and more, this was a track off their latest EP, R.E.V.O. Having an almost tribal sound supplemented by fantastic vocal harmonies, guitar and uke, this is a great song that’s a good benchmark for their lyrical and musical prowess.

“Fel del av gården” by Movits!
A Swedish hiphop swing band, this track combines superb delivery of the lyrics with upbeat guitar, horns and accordion. The mix of music style and instrumentation is just too unique to pass up a listen!

”Clash” by Caravan Palace
An electro-swing band from France, “Clash” has a very assembly line-type progression and sound, similar to Beck’s song “The New Pollution.” Filled with random snippets of barbor quarter harmonies, female vocals and bouncy saw wave synth, the tune is a quirky yet addicting hodgepodge of the above.

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