Tuesday, July 19, 2005

I've Got The Brains, You've Got the Looks

In my not-so-humble opinion, this is one of the more slept-on albums of the 21st century. The Majesticons are the funky brainchild of Mike Ladd, who happens to be more eccentric and intelligent than most other Earthlings you will encounter in your lifetime. As a result, he is often underappreciated and/or misunderstood (can you relate?). There is only a very marginalized space in the hip hop industry for an artist like Ladd, who deals more in ethereal abstracts than the formulaic predictability favored by the corporate music machine. For me, words can't properly define the experience of hearing Ladd's music. Plenty of pretentious audiophiles have attempted to describe and review his work, but I've never seen my particular vision of his artistry reflected in another writer's depiction. Anything I could say would probably just mislead you, so if you're interested, you can cop a free mp3 of the track "Brains Party" at MP3 4U: http://www.mp34u.com/index.php. Just in case you become Mike Ladd's 15th fan or whatever (that sounds about right), here's a link where you can listen to this entire album, and read some additional material about him and the concept behind The Majesticons project: http://www.bigdada.com/release.php?id=653.

Since we're already somewhat on the subject of weirdness, did you know scientists are feverishly working on producing artificial meat as a plausible substitute for poultry, fish, pork and beef? There are countless reasons why phony meat could be the wave of the future, but there's something REALLY unappetizing about this whole idea: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8498629/#storyContinued

Are you ever confused about where you stand on certain political issues? Even if you hold strong values and beliefs, are you sure which political party most strongly represents what's important to you? Political Compass may be able to help you figure it all out. After answering a series of questions, you learn your chart position in the political scheme of things. You can also see the placement of other people on the chart (mostly world leaders) relative to yourself. Click here to take the exam: http://www.politicalcompass.org/.

Lastly, there is a site called Zefrank that has a number of games and interactive activities you can screw with when you're mind-numbingly bored. Most of them are pretty dumb, except for the one where you can make virtual flowers. I'm guessing that most of you are too thugged out to even consider making flowers, but have no fear. It's been unscientifically proven that engaging in this exercise will not make you stupid OR gay. Being in a drug or alcohol-induced state may make it a whole lot more impressive though---trust me. Make yo mama a purdy flower here: http://www.zefrank.com/flowers/.

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