The Missing Links: A One Man Tour of Rock Guitar History

Riffing on Rock History
In this video Alex Chadwick of the Chicago Music Exchange flies through 100 iconic guitar riffs in just over 12 minutes. It’s amazing that he can do that. And it’s amazing how many of them I knew.

100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll) from Chicago Music Exchange on Vimeo.


Now, I’m No Social Media Guru, But I Think Crowdsourcing Synergy Will Send This Thing Viral on the Information Superhighway Blogosphere
I agree with most of these 15 tech terms and phrases that have run their course.


In Some Places This Would Be A HUGE Compliment to the Chef

I’m not sure where I'd find those mythical places where belching is high praise. All I know is that they aren’t anywhere I’ve ever been. But if you happen to travel to one of them, or your 4th of July cookout is just entirely too classy and needs to be brought down a peg, this video could help.

I’m not sure this classifies as NSFW. But it certainly qualifies as STWIMNOAAYWWPCPTLTOOY (Something That, While It May Not Offend Anyone At Your Work, Will Probably Cause People To Lower Their Opinion Of You).


Scientists Use Sound to Project Images on Screens Made of Soap Bubbles
That’s the headline of this article. I had to read it 11 times just to understand what it was saying and how and why. That’s the kind of concept that seems so incredibly confusing to figure out that typically if someone told me about that happening, I would just think they were stringing a bunch of words together to make up a nonsensical scientific concept to see if I would buy it, so they could run off and make fun of me to other people.

Guy #1: “Did you hear what we told Perkins? We actually got him to believe you could use sound waves to project images! Sound waves! What an idiot!”

Guy #2: “And tell them what you said that these “scientists” projected these sound wave images onto.”

Guy #1: “Oh yeah, it gets even better. We told him they projected them onto, wait for it, a screen made of soap bubbles.

Guy #2: “And he totally went for it!”

Crowd: “What an idiot!”

Yeah, well guess what, Group-Of-People-I-Just-Made-Up, this is real.


Getting All Tuned Up For the Olympics. The Choral Music Olympics, That Is.
If you hate swimming and floor routines and javelins, but love the show Glee, you’ll want to skip London and head straight for Cincinnati.

Also: I know I’d be much more likely to watch the Olympics if some of these discontinued events were brought back.


Rest in Peace, Sheriff Taylor
As you know by now, the great Andy Griffith has passed away. The AV Club rounded up 20 wonderfully irrelevant Andy Griffith Show conversations.

Tips For Baking Perfect Cookies

Perfect cookies are within your grasp. Just grab your measuring cups and get started. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education.

Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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