Phil Collins Gorilla Drummer

Gorilla drums Phil Collins.  Enough said.

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STASIS: A Short Film by Christian Swegal

A surprisingly good cast and excellent directing from Christian Swegal make Stasis a must see.  I would love to see this director get the funding for a feature film.

In the future, an Ex-Soldier is placed in virtual exercises to cure his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the simulations, he sees glimpses of a mysterious girl, presumably someone from his past. When a Stranger appears in his facility offering answers, the Soldier finds himself once again asked to kill, this time for her…”

Starring Reshad Strik, Beau Bridges, Ernie Hudson, and Rachel Specter

Directed by Christian Swegal
Produced by Ian Colhoun
Written by Benjamin Murphy
Executive Produced by Adam Hendricks
Cinematography by Max Goldman
Production Design by Zach Matthews
Costume Design by Marta Villalobos
Sound Design by Jamie Hardt
Edited by Christian Swegal & Tom Muldoon
Music by Cyril Morin

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New Music Monday!

This week’s NMM is going to focus around one of my favorite artists, David Gray.  A song off his new album, one of my favorite older songs of his, and a cover he recently posted on his site of a Johnny Cash Song.  Enjoy.

David Gray – Holding On
Foundling 2010

David Gray – Shine
The EPs 92-94

David Gray – Long, Black Veil
Johnny Cash Cover

If you like these songs, please purchase David’s music on iTunes or Amazon!

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Interesting Look Into Facebook Offices, Process

Hello Shlinkers-  Thought you might all enjoy a trip into the Facebook Corporate offices and a peak into how they manifest some of their ideas.  It’s pretty wild to think how young and talented most of the people that work there are.

Fun fact: Mark Zuckerberg does not have his own office, his computer desk is on the main floor connected with all the other desks.

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Dj Flashard: One Time Girls (Justin Bieber vs. Calvin Harris)

Here’s a great new mashup from Dj Flashard that makes Justin Bieber music a little more tolerable. 🙂  Check out Flashard’s blog at

Dj Flashard – One Time Girls
Justin Bieber – One Time (Acapella)
Calvin Harris – The Girls (Instrumental)

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General David Petraeus Condemns Quran Burnings / Notes on Religious Pluralism

I’m sure most of your have heard of the Quran burnings being conducted by a Florida Church on September 11th.  I wanted to quickly post an article outlining the condemnation of these burnings by a Top U.S. General in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus.  While Petraeus sticks mainly to strategical military explanations for why he does not want the book burnings to happen, there are clearly inter-religious and cultural implications to these burnings as well.

“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort,” Gen. Petraeus said in an interview. “It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.”

Entire Article HERE

While I understand the feelings that many U.S. citizens are having on the memorial of this horrific event in our history, burning Qurans will do nothing but incite more hatred and create a larger divide amongst not only religious groups, but perhaps entire cultural groups as well.  To directly associate the Quran and all of Islam to those extremist actions taken by the terrorists on Sept 11, 2001 does not only show naivety towards the teachings of the Quran but also to the teachings of Islam as a whole.  Some might even go as far as to say that for a Christian religious group to burn Qurans is to completely neglect the core of compassion that Christianity should be based off of as well. Continue reading

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The Beauty of Data Visualization

Excellent Conference lecture given by David McCandless on the beauty of data visualization.  His methodology and results really make you question a lot of the “correlations” and “relationships” we are fed on the news every day.  Definitely check out David’s website at It contains a number of wonderful unbiased visualizations such as this one:

Scientific Evidence for Popular Dietary Supplements - David McCandless and Andy Perkins

If you like this lecture, you will probably also enjoy these lectures from stats guru Hans Rosling:

Hans Rosling – The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen

Hans Rosling – New Insights on Poverty

Hans Rosling – The Truth About HIV

Hans Rosling – Let My Dataset Change Your Mindset

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