Love is a powerful word, one that you have to use sparingly so as not to diminish its meaning.
So know that when I use the word ‘love’ here in the context of this collection of fleetingly popular viral videos, super distracting desktop games and mildly offensive wordplay, I have considered all possible romantic complications that might occur and the risks involved.
Please don’t get too attached to me though Shake It Off parody video, I will eventually forget about you in seven days time when another Shake it Off parody video comes along.
Take comfort from the knowledge that although our time was fleeting, we burned brightly together and you’ll always be in my heart.
And now if you don’t mind, I’d like to leave you with a song. *clears throat*
“If I should stay, I would only be in your way. So I’ll go but I know, I’ll think of you every step of the way… AND IIIIIIIIIII WILL ALWAYS LOOOOVVE YOOOOOOOOOUUUUooooooh…”
Ahem. Here’s the round-up.
Take a trip around Abbey Road Studios
Thanks to this fully immersive website built by Google, you can wander around and interact with the very studios that Pink Floyd, Radiohead and The Beatles created some of their most famous works.
SEE! George Harrison grumpily doing his own thing surrounded by incense and a bored orchestra.
HEAR! John Lennon taking a break from relentlessly sniping at Paul McCartney by placidly succumbing to a briefcase full of LSD.
FEEL! A sense of mounting distrust from the rest of the band as Paul McCartney begins to write “Magical Mystery Tour’.
BACK OUT OF THE STUDIO QUIETLY! As Ringo Starr attempts the first few bars of ‘Octopus’s Garden’.
Bored Panda has collected more than 24 of the best invented portmanteau words that really should be added to the dictionary, replete with sufficiently winsome stock photography.
Jason Statham’s secret 90s music video career
Here he is spinning in outer space from 2m35s wearing nothing but leopard print underwear and black shoes….
Here’s Statham again in Erasure’s ‘Run to the Sun’ video. He’s naked and painted silver. You can’t miss him.
And disappointingly not oiled up and dancing naked, here is Statham again at 1m37s in Beautiful South’s ‘Dream a Little Dream’ video.
Oh Statham, you enigma of a man you.
More than words
In 50 years only 49 instrumentals have made the Billboard top 10.
In this excellent piece from Cuepoint we take a journey through every wordless hit, taking in such diverse works from Harlem Shake (the first instrumental hit in a decade), to Harold Faltermeyer’s theme to Beverly Hills Cop, to Kenny G’s ‘Songbird’, to ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ (or the theme to 2001: a Space Odyssey to you and me).
New York Magazine joylessly explains the reason for Hodor’s neurological condition in Game of Thrones.
It’s something to do with lesions on the frontal lobe. It’s pretty sick. But then nothing sicker than what happens in any given five minute long segment of the show itself.
Click on Hodor’s lovely face to learn more.
Remember Pacman? Remember Pong? Remember Space Invaders? No? Really? You might be in the wrong place. For the rest of us who did comprehensively misspend our youth (and who are clearly over the age of 35) here’s an extraordinary mash-up of all three in one addictive game.
Optimal tip-to-tip efficiency
Silicon Valley is back! Hooray!
As a taster for season two, here’s a video of the cast reading out their fan mail. Mainly it’s just very specific questions about code. This is safe for work, but only if you have headphones on and you don’t mind swearing.
‘Shake it Off’ parody: NUMBER ONE MILLION AND SIX
This week it’s the turn of Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library to present their parody of the Taylor Swift single. Next week? It’s probably your turn by now I would imagine.
Stressed enough to pop seven meters worth of bubble wrap in an industrial hydraulic press? Here you go then.
Ah, that’s the stuff.
Smells Like Bleep Spirit
Arganalth makes ‘hardware covers’ of various hit songs, but with the Nirvana classic ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ he’s really hit his stride.
You think you’ll want to turn it off after a few seconds, but it just gets more and more compelling.
Can anyone lend me a few thousand pounds? I think I owe the estate of Whitney Houston a lot of money.