Preserving Dying Languages

November 28, 2010

This is a pretty cool project that is underway in NYC.

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If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been hipped to something called the #MinotaurParty, and most likely heard about it from @CurryBear. Still, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, ‘What the fuck is the Minotaur Party? and why should I care?” Well, if you’re interested, read on.

A Minotaur (*Note: No Minotaurs will be at the party)

It all started as a simple meetup in NYC. I’m gonna be back up north around Christmas and I figured the day I flew in would be a good a day as any to get together with some people in the city. After floating the idea around on twitter, there was a bit of positive early response to the idea. Once CB got hold of it, though, he began promoting the shit out of it, which in turn spawned the #MinotaurParty hashtag and resulted in a sharp uptake in the amount of people interested. So, rather than keep it small, it’s been decided to make it as big as possible, open to any and everyone interested, Tri-State and Beyond.

Since this all technically started with me, I’ve been tasked with deciding on a venue for said party. Seeing as how the general consensus is that the club scene is tired (ok, ok there was no real consensus made deciding that, but fuck it, that’s how I feel) I’ve decided it should be held at an awesome Biergarten; Radegast Hall in Williamsburg.

 

Main Entrance

the hall

Beer!

The place is huge, a lot of open space, and is heated so we don’t have to worry about the elements being a pain in the ass. Also, it’ll be easier to talk, mingle, and meet a gang of new people.

And I guess that’s the whole point of this thing. It’s just gonna be a party to try and meet new people, knockback a few and generally just have a good time. Also, Radegast has only been decided on as a starting point. judging by some of the early response received, it seems like a lot of people are interested in doing Karaoke as well. Whatever, we can make anything happen as the night progresses.

And that’s the beauty of this plan. Anyone can come and go as they please. I’m not trying to promote anything, I’m not sponsoring anything, there’s no type of incentive for me to get anyone over there. If you feel like coming, swing through. If not, that’s cool too. If you think it’s wack, bail. It’s a completely no strings attached night that has the potential to be a lot of fun.

The night set for this to go down is December 18th. It’s a Saturday, so most people won’t be working, and I figured it would be close enough to the holidays that most college students would be done with their finals and ready to party. For those of you that aren’t, I’m sorry. We’ll party with you in spirit.

Finally, I just realized, most of you are probably wondering who the fuck I am. Well, the truth is, I’m no one special, but any excuse for a party, right?

 

It’s all gonna go down at 10pm Saturday, December 18th, once again at Radegast Hall.

If there’s any questions or anything just leave a comment or follow me on twitter @NormTheMinotaur.

Just for shits, check out this song. It’s dope and will help you get in the mood to just come out and act a fool:

Thanks for checking this out and hope to see some of y’all out there on the 18th.

I Will Always Love You

April 30, 2010

This is pretty nuts. The singing talent is undeniable, but what really amazes me is how uncannily similar to Whitney Houston he sounds. Check it out:

There’s alot of dope music coming out this year. One of the most eagerly anticipated albums is Lupe Fiasco’s new offering, Lasers. Here’s the video for the song “I’m Beamin” off said album.

What do you think? Share your thoughts!

It’s always interesting to see what people will do just because they can. It is especially interesting when people apply this attitude to technology because it leads to some pretty cool stuff.

Almost everyone knows what jailbreaking an iPhone is. That stuff is child’s play compared to what this dude did. This guy hacked his iPhone to run Android! Do you realize how crazy that is? He got a competitors phone OS to work completely on Apple’s device. That is insanity and it looks like it took a hell of a lot of work. Check out this video of him showing it off. It is highly informative, even if it is a little long:

Dope, right? If you want to try it yourself, you can check out this website (http://www.taranfx.com/android-on-iphone) that gives you a detailed guide as to how to do it.

It currently can only be done on a 2G iPhone and you need to be able to run linux on your computer in order to set it up. Still, if you have the resources, try it out.

Also, check out the dude who did it’s blog (http://linuxoniphone.blogspot.com/). It’s a great read to see how some of these things work.

Does anyone have a 2G iPhone I can borrow?

Raavan OST

April 24, 2010

Being the closet fob that I am, I was eagerly anticipating today because the soundtrack to the movie Raavan was dropping. For those of you not in the know, Raavan is an upcoming Bollywood film directed by Mani Ratnam and starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwariya Rai, among others. It’s supposed to be some kind of modern adaptation of Ramayan and looks interesting:

Forget the movie though, the guy that composed the soundtrack is A.R. Rahman. The man has been on a roll as of late and hopefully, after the success of Slumdog last year, he finds an even bigger audience for his amazing music.

It seems as though Rahman saves all his best songs for Mani Ratnam films (Roja, Bombay, Dil Se… To name a few), and the soundtrack to Raavan looks to continue that trend.

I’ve already listened to it once and already know it’s gonna be on repeat for a long time. Stand out tracks are “Beera Beera” for its rustic charm and oustanding vocals, as well as “Kata Kata”, which sounds like a sequel to “Rukamani” from Roja.

If you enjoy different types of music, give it a chance. Even if you don’t understand Hindi, the musical arrangements are impressive enough to catch your ear.

Download link is below:

http://www.mediafire.com/?znmhmqhmznz

So What’s the Point?

April 16, 2010

It seems like everyone and their mother has a blog nowadays and here I am throwing my hat in to the ring. So what’s the point? Why do I feel the need to add my voice to the ever-growing population of bloggers?

I don’t really know.

I guess I just see it as an optimal format for me to share all the random stuff  I come across every day. If you follow me on twitter you know that  I have a lot of random stuff that I throw out there for the masses. Whether it be music, funny videos, news, or the occasional poignant thought,  I try to share all of the things that are of interest to me. The problem with twitter is that if I’m ever trying to find something again I have to go sifting through a bunch of old messages and it becomes tedious.  So hopefully this is the answer to my problems and I can share everything in one place where it will be kept for as long as I remember to update it.

So if you are interested in any of those previously mentioned things, give this blog a chance.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

P.S. – My name is not really Norm. So why the title? Well it stems from the cartoon Phineas & Ferb, specifically the following episode.  Cut to the 8:30 mark to see where the inspiration came from.

Thanks for checking this blog out and I hope you enjoy the things to come!