Archive for the ‘Pop Culture’ Category

Kelly Clarkson Vince Gill – Don’t Rush – CMA Awards 2012

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
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Found some music that I enjoy.  Hope you do too!

- – Leigh AAR

Mix it Up!

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Maggie first talked about Gangnam Style in her September blog. I am not sure who to give credit to for this mashup. David Haglund wrote about it on SLATE but YouTube says it is by FAROFF. Anyway somebody decided that this song would work perfectly with the 1984 Ghostbusters theme song by Ray Parker, Jr. Who thinks of these things? (more…)

Man, I cried, and died, laughing.

Monday, August 27th, 2012
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I know I’m one year late, but I just discovered this video this summer.  Yes, I know it’s highly probable the original eHarmony video is a hoax, but it’s frickin’ hilarious anyway.  After watching this several times (my colleagues this summer were really into it), some things came to mind:

  1. The actual cat footage is super adorable, and genius.
  2. I don’t think I’ll listen to another radio hit without wondering if it has been Songified.  That app is scary good.
  3. Someone has too much time on their hands.  And for that, thanks for some laughs.

- Jean AAR

Celebrity Endorsements

Saturday, August 18th, 2012
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In case you haven’t heard Michael Phelps has possibly put his medals in jeopardy because an ad campaign he did for Louis Vuitton that was leaked early.

Quoting from this YARDBARKER article:

Phelps’ photos break a new IOC regulation called Rule 40, which prohibits athletes from appearing in ads for non-Olympic sponsors during the Games (July 18-Aug. 15). Louis Vuitton, for the record, was not an Olympic sponsor, thus potentially opening Phelps up to punishment. If the IOC determines that Phelps violated the rule, the sanctions could include fines and the stripping of medals, according to”

While I don’t begrudge Michael the fame, I sure hope that his quest for money hasn’t impacted his metals. It would be a shame to have done all that hard work and it be for nothing. (more…)

Escape from Gosselin Island and Trampire

Saturday, August 4th, 2012
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Popular Songs Video Remakes

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
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You Bring Out the Bad Girl in Me!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
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I am not for sure, but I think I just came across this song accidentally on youtube.  Since that time it has become a daily recurring ear worm which has resulted in me watching this scene ten times more than I ever watched the whole movie.


Cartier Ad – Over the top?

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
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A few weeks ago (or maybe more) I saw a 15-second clip of this ad embedded in the NYT.  It intrigued me, because the production value looked exceptionally high – and for what?  Jewelry, apparently.  So I watched the whole thing – all 3 minutes and 30 seconds of it. (more…)

I Want To Be In A Flash Mob Dance

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
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I am slow to discover things, so many of you may have already seen Kelly Clarkson’s video for “Stronger”.  Did you know that she  challenged her fans to submit videos of a predetermined dance routine to be used in her clip for “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”?  Then she picked numerous selections and incorporated them into her video for the song.  It looks like a blast.

After finding the song, I had to look up some of the submissions.  It is so fun watching them.   Here is one that is really professionally done.  The individuals are on a cruise ship and at each port dance to her song.  I don’t think this one is in the video: (more…)

Fear the Boom and Bust

Friday, January 6th, 2012


The Economy. Yep, I’m going there. Right now, unemployment and the economy are the most important issues in the minds of the American voter. But let’s face it. Few of us actually understand economics, especially the kind of big picture economics that make up the finances of a nation.

The fun solution? These truly cool videos from Econstories. Sleek and professional, they are as entertaining to watch as they are educational. For someone like myself, who had no idea that men named Hayek or Keynes ever existed, they put into focus the rather vague picture of just what the term “economics” means and just what a monetary policy is.

My husband Jeff, an accountant, was such a fan of Fear the Boom and Bust that he attended a dinner just to meet the creative mind behind it. As a result, he got to appear in the second! He plays the good looking, dark haired bankster. So without further ado, here they are. The painless way to school yourself in the policies that run our economy. (more…)