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Through the Filters: Jeremy Lin on How to Get Into Harvard

Monday, February 13th, 2012

This just goes to show you, even when you’re the biggest star in the NBA, the stupid crap you did as a college student stays around to haunt you:

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Through the Filters: The Ferris Bueller Superbowl Ad

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

This has been floating around the Internet for a while now, but when it aired on the Superbowl, it was cut down to a much shorter version of the original, which I thought was a crying shame. So, in case you missed it, I’m posting it here in all its glory:

In looking it up on YouTube, I also found this, which is a rather clever side-by-side comparison of the commercial and the scenes from the original movie that it parodies:

Enjoy, folks. And remember – the question isn’t what videos you’re going to watch today, it’s what videos you aren’t going to watch today… ;-)

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Through the Filters: If All the Debates Were Like This, I’d Watch Them…

Monday, January 30th, 2012

See, it still wouldn’t matter what they were saying, but at least it’d be funny:

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Through the Filters: Obama Sings!

Friday, January 20th, 2012

I was very impressed with this:

This makes Obama only the second politician I can remember (after Bill Clinton) to do something musical in public and not come off looking foolish. I also love that he basically did it on a dare from whoever he’s talking to offstage.

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Through the Filters – George Harrison & Friends

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Someone in my Facebook feed sent a link to this classic video. It’s entitled “George Harrison & Friends,” but I’m 99% sure it’s the jam session for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that year. I saw a TV special years ago, hosted by Paul Shaffer, in which he described the impromptu performance. Apparently, Shaffer wanted everyone at the event on stage at once, and Billy Joel suggested I Saw Her Standing There, which he had performed on piano in the past. The resulting jam not only had Ringo Starr and George Harrison re-creating their original tune, but also some fantastic combinations (like Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen singing into the same mic).

Today’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame jams are much more rehearsed (and tame) by comparison, probably due to the various electronic requirements that many of today’s musicians have before they can go on stage and make music. That, or their inflated egos. Or perhaps today’s crop of musicians just aren’t as talented as the older folks? Maybe all three…

Anyway, whatever the reason(s), enjoy the good ol’ days:

One last comment: this video is a great jumping off point for some serious YouTube surfing, if you’re into that sort of thing. The “related videos” list that YouTube provides includes several live collaborations as well as some classic Beatles performances, and I’m sure each of those videos has some great related videos as well. Happy surfing!

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