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Top Ten (Benign) Stalker Songs of All Time (from my iTunes library)

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Well, okay, maybe not of all time, but at least of the selection that lives in my library of music.

Anchor & Braille — Wedding / Funeral

It’s a song written from the perspective of a guy who is feeling remorseful of letting go of an old friend. It’s for her funeral or wedding ’cause, you know, that’s not creepy.

“I’m a great burning lament to this day
But I realize now you’re in a better place
Hands will tremble
As you’re lowered down the aisle
But you won’t look at me
Not so much as smile
I want to stand up and speak my peace
And let your hollow pieces walk away.”

Dude, you’ve got some emotional issues. I’m seriously considering setting up an eHarmony account for you.

Cascada — Everytime We Touch

Ok, I don’t  think it’s meant to be a stalker song, but this lady is just a bit obsessive… Strangely enough, this video reminds me of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit video, but I prefer this version. 

“I still hear your voice, when you sleep next to me.
I still feel your touch in my dream.
Forgive me my weakness, but I don’t know why
Without you it’s hard to survive.”

If you’re hearing voices, you should seek professional help.

GLaDOS — Still Alive

A song written just for me by a megalomaniacal  supercomputer who wanted to kill me. So sweet.

“I’m not even angry.
I’m being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart.
And killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you!”

…anyway, you should play Portal if this makes no sense.

Stellar Kart — Kiss the Girl

Yes, this is a cover of a song from The Little Mermaid. Yes, I have this song in my iTunes library. LISTEN TO THOSE STALKER LYRICS, THOUGH.

“Yes, you want her
Look at her, you know you do
It’s possible she wants you too
There’s one way to ask her
It don’t take a word, not a single word
Go on and kiss the girl”

Death Cab for Cutie — I Will Possess Your Heart

The title says it all. Also, 4 minute guitar intro.

“You reject my… advances… and desperate pleas…
I won’t let you… let me down… so easily.”

I’m sorry, but, um, I’m calling the cops…

The Afters — Myspace Girl

“You asked me what I wanted… I want you!”

Would you like fries with that?

Needtobreathe — Girl Named Tennessee

This one’s just kind of like a failed stalker song…

“Oh, she danced away with my heart and soul
Who she was, I will never know
Danced away with my hopes and dreams
My sweet girl from Tennessee”

In one night, you placed all of your hopes and dreams in a girl? Overconfident, much?

Fall Out Boy — My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark

I’m really not even sure. Certainly sounds stalkerish to me…

Owl City — Deer In the Headlights

This was a free download from iTunes. I promise I didn’t buy this…

“Met a girl with a graceful charm,
But when beauty met the beast he froze.
Got the sense I was not her type
By black eye and bloody nose,
But I guess that’s the way it goes.”

No… I’m pretty sure you’re doing it wrong.

Relient K — Faking My Own Suicide

“To get your attention, I’m faking my own suicide…”

Yeah, yeah… that’ll do it.

And those are the stalker songs from my music library. What’s your favorite stalker song?

~XK

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The Top 10 (clean) YouTubers

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Just as much as the next college kid, I really like funny YouTube videos. I happen, however, to be quite picky with my humor. I hate all of the videos that too-often glorify human anatomy, use words that make old ladies blush, or just generally fail to keep their content clean. I’ve listed my favorite clean YouTube video makers below.

1. Rhett and Link (RhettandLink)
My favorite YouTube video makers are two guys from my home state of North Carolina. They make incredibly random videos, but they are extremely funny. They also have a daily morning video podcast on their secondary channel that’s quite amusing.

2. Julian Smith (juliansmith87)
In a very close second to Rhett and Link is Julian Smith. Julian has produced some of my favorite videos. He has a unique sense of humor, and his film style is fantastic. This video even features Rhett and Link.

3. Mystery Guitar Man (MysteryGuitarMan)
This fellow is a new addition to my favorites list, but his videos are really entertaining. In addition to guitars, he often takes ordinary objects and makes music with them. He uses stop motion techniques quite often.

4. Mike Tompkins (pbpproductions)
This guy makes some of the best voice and mouth music you will ever see. All of the music that he makes is made entirely by sounds he makes with his mouth (with a fair amount of autotuning). Quite impressive!

5. The Slow Mo Guys (theslowmoguys)
As the name implies, this channel consists of two guys who shoot slow motion video. They have a super nice camera with which they film, so their videos are top-notch (slight language is very occasionally used.)

6. AndrewMFilms (andrewmfilms)
This guy really likes to play with special effects, and I enjoy watching his videos. He has a good sense of humor, and his effects are getting ever-better.

7.The Piano Guys (ThePianoGuys)
Some of the best music on YouTube. Period. The videography is great, as well.

8. Corridor Digital (CorridorDigital)
These guys, aside from FreddieW, are some of the best special effects artists on YouTube. It’s easy to forget that these are YouTube videos and not mainstream productions.  (Warning: can be quite gory and occasionally use language.)

9. Freddie Wong (freddiew)
I hesitated to put Freddie’s channel on this list, as his videos sometimes are not “clean,” and I said this was a list of clean YouTubers. Overall, his videos are really sweet. He has very nice special effects, and a good sense of humor. (Warning: His videos are often gory and sometimes have foul language.)

10. Tessa Violet (MEEKAKITTY) & NANALEW (NANALEW)
These two are really funny, and their channels provide great light entertainment. Tessa has a really random video blog that she occasionally updates. When these two get together to make music videos, the results are really entertaining.

11. JeffChrisJosh (JeffChrisJosh)
Ok, maybe I’m cheating a little bit here, but I have to throw this channel in. This is my friends and my channel, and we really don’t know what we’re doing. Expect some much better videos this summer, though, most likely to be inspired by Julian Smith/Rhett and Link.

There you have it! Twelve of the best YouTube channels out there! (In my opinion, anyway.) Keep in mind that I had a really hard time deciding which videos to post to represent the channels. A lot of these guys post in many different styles, so I encourage you to check out their other videos. Who did I miss? Do you make videos? Feel free to leave your favorite channels in the comments.
~XK

The 10 Most Awesome Things to Do With Legos

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I had three things that I really loved when I was a kid: my sock monkey, my Lab, and my Legos. As I got older, the sock monkey fell apart and the Lab got lazy. My Legos, though,  never failed me. Needless to say, I really like Legos. Even now that I’m in college, I have Legos sitting on my dorm room’s windowsill, and I’m super-excited about the upcoming release of the Lord of the Rings Legos. I must say that I’m proud of Lego for bringing back the old-style sets like City and Space. Here’s a list of the top ten things to do with Legos.

  1. Crasher Cars — This was one of my favorite games that I used to play with my friends (Jeff and Josh). The first step is for each player to build a vehicle of some sort. A Lego minifigure is placed in the car, but he has to be visible. The cars are then propelled towards each other with great force. The goal is to have your minifigure still attached to the largest chuck of Lego pieces, you get a bonus if your car doesn’t break. You get parent bonuses if you don’t break anything in the house.
  2. Ships/Boats — Lego has always had some really cool nautical sets with boats that actually float. Legos always improved any childhood bathing experience. I don’t recommend this for older children; college-aged student playing with Legos in the shower is a bit strange.
  3. Flying Devices — I must admit, the aerodynamics of the spaceships, planes, and other flying devices that I built were not always the greatest, but I had some cool looking spaceships! With guns. Lots and lots of guns. 
  4. Cranes — I had a thing for winches, pulleys, and rope. I really liked those little hand-cranked Lego winches; they have to be one of my favorite pieces. I was always making and improving crane designs.
  5. Minifigure Armies — Like any boy, I really loved playing war. My Legos didn’t often escape the conflicts that raged through my room and house. The minifigures were often conscripted into armies made up of all sorts of toys, imaginary and real. Unfortunately for me, my parents frowned upon the use of explosives–a rule my minifigures were most thankful for. 
  6. Star Wars — Star Wars Legos have to be some of the best Legos ever produced. From the tiny lightsaber duel sets to the massive “collector” level models of Blockade Runners and Star Destroyers, Lego really put a lot of effort into the plastic re-creations of the cult-classic film series. Join the dark side, we have awesome plastic stormtroopers. 
  7. Movie Reenactment — I never actually filmed any of the movies that we reenacted, but I know that we did recreate a lot of movie scenes with Legos. Sure, they might have featured divers as soldiers and police minifigures as shop owners, but I’m sure the critics over-looked those minor details.
  8. Castles/Buildings — I really like castles and medieval times, so castles were always a favorite construction project. Of course, the best part of building any castle is the destruction. Many different demolition methods were used, often consisting of catapults and rampant time-traveling motor vehicles.
  9. Lightsabers — I know I already mentioned Star Wars, but I think lightsabers are important enough to be in a category of their own. The multi-colored translucent rods are some of the simplest and best Lego weapons.
  10. Robotics — Finally, I have to mention Lego Mindstorms. Used even today in high schools and college engineering programs, these kits are really cool. My school uses them along with a professional data analysis program for introductory programming and data acquisition projects.

That’s just a taste of some of the things that you can do with Legos. I’d love to hear some of your favorite Lego-related stories. I’ll leave you with this video of an awesome Lego Rube-Goldberg machine.

May the Force Be With You,
~XK