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25Sep/070

Kenmore beats Dyson

Apologies for the lack of updates...

Found this snippet from Consumerist interesting:

Dyson is not the Excalibur of upright vacuums, it's the Kenmore Progressive with Direct Drive 35922, according to survey and test results released in the latest issue of Consumer Reports.

The white wizards of product testing rated the Kenmore at 74, soundly trouncing the Dyson's 64.

The Kenmore "Progressive with Direct Drive 35922" garnered "excellent" ratings for cleaning carpet, emissions, pet hair, and cleaning bare floors.

The Dyson "DC17 Absolute Animal" only got got "excellent" for emissions and cleaning bare floors.

The Dyson is $250 more expensive, in-store. However, you you can get both for over $100 cheaper by searching on Amazon for slightly used or refurbished versions.

We wonder, if Consumer Reports neglected form factor, the glory of bagless, and swivel appeal (with a Dyson, you don't need to retract the vacuum to your body and then pivot to change directions). Then again, one doesn't go to Consumer Reports looking for soul, but cost-efficacy.

I always had a suspicion that Dyson is overhyped...anyone spending $400+ on a vacuum is usually going to defend their purchase. I know I do since I spent five bones on a Kenmore Progressive canister vacuum.

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24Sep/072

The Opposites

My friend Tom found this awesome Dutch hip-hop duo on youtube. The Opposites rap in Dutch and I have no idea what they're saying - but it sounds fun and energetic. Their songs "Oew Oew" and "Dom, Lomp & Famous" keep me going at the gym. Their official site

I was even more surprised to see them on Rhapsody; incorrectly classified under the rock/pop genre though.

Oew Oew Remix
[audio:oew.mp3]

Geen Klasse, Geen Style
[audio:geen.mp3]

After listening to Oew Oew for the umpteeth time, I realize it sounds a lot like a Japanese song I was really into a few years ago:
Zeebra - Mr. Dynamite. I gotta try and find my Zeebra cd.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBALvMquhUU

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13Sep/070

Muskabeatz

Another song I've been searching for high and low (ok, only a few days really). Tony Hawk 4 had some of the best hip-hop songs of the series. Particularly Chad Muska's musical project Muskabeatz. The Muskabeatz songs in the game weren't part of the official OST, but were on the now rare Muskabeatz album, which can be found on Amazon (a new copy will cost you $59!).

So here's my two favorite tracks from the game:

Muskabeatz featuring Melle Mel - I'm a Star
[audio:star.mp3]

Muskabeatz featuring Jeru the Damaja - Verses of Doom
[audio:doom.mp3]

Thanks to my friend Tim to helping me attain the songs

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7Sep/070

Viking Skull kicks my ass

What perfect timing on my part to discover an ass-kicking band to kick my ass back into shape. First heard of Viking Skull during a Bam Margera promotion interview on the Howard Stern show, turns out Bam's taste in heavy rock is similar to mine: face-melting, dumb heavy riffs with shallow fun lyrics. Unfortunately they are currently disbanded according to wiki.

Went to the gym tonight and discovered to my horror how much weight I had gained during the past 2-3 months of inactivity. With the help of Viking Skull I was able to lift a dumbbell again.

Check them out on Rhapsody, but here's some sample songs:

Rock and Roll Suicide
[audio:rrs.mp3]

Beers, Drugs, and Bitches
[audio:bdb.mp3]

Rape, Pillage and Burn
[audio:rpb.mp3]

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