Links for 2012-02-22

  • Astro-Physical Calculator

    A JavaScript calculator with all manner of physical constants already programmed in, in different systems of units.

  • College Misery: I’m Baffled At My Students And Their Inability to Conquer “Some” Technology.

    My students are whiz bang on all their electronic gear, flashing their digits and emails wirelessly from phone to phone, downloading first run feature films on Bit Torrent, running blogs, tweeting their whereabouts, bowel movement times, and of course the Facebook, oh my God, the Facebook. Video, photos, uploading, resized, printed out on t-shirts, etc. But they can’t add a page number header to a document. Or figure out what 12 point font means. Or – GOOD GRIEF – double space an essay.

  • Great songs, terrible bands | Music | AVQ&A; | The A.V. Club

    I subscribe to the theory that every band or artist, no matter how terrible, has at least one genuinely good song in them. Blink-182 has “I Miss You,” Peter Frampton has “Baby I Love Your Way,” Ice Cube has “It Was A Good Day.” What are your favorite good songs by terrible bands?


  1. #1 Eric Lund
    February 22, 2012

    I’ll play the “great songs by terrible bands” game.

    I never got into Guns ‘n Roses for several reasons, not the least of which is that I would rather listen to a wailing banshee than Axl Rose’s singing. YMMV, but to me Rose had one of the worst singing voices of any popular front man from that era. Nonetheless, I think “Paradise City” is a great song.

  2. #2 Moopheus
    February 22, 2012

    For as long as there’s been recorded pop music, producers have been gathering groups of mediocre musicians, feeding them material by professional Tin Pan Alley songwriters, polishing it up in the studio, making hits, then kicking the band to the curb when they were used up. “One hit wonder” bands were a deliberate creation of the system.

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