Monthly Archives: December 2010

My top 10 favorite Black Eyed Peas Songs

December 29, 2010

Here is my list of the top 10 Black Eyed Peas songs IMHO. i also think that the video at #4 of I got a Feeling where 21.000 dancers perform a flash mob is probably the coolest thing I have ever seen.

#10 Missing You

"Missing You" began to have heavy airplay in France[10] and in Australia.[11] The song was released on June 7, 2010.[2] It has reached 10 on the official French Airplay Chart[12] and 19 on the French Digital Chart.[13] It is also being used in many adverts in the UK, causing it to rise on UK iTunes. A remix single was released to the Australian iTunes store on June 13.[14]

#9 My Humps

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it reached number three in the U.S., becoming the Black Eyed Peas’ third top ten single in the U.S. The single also reached number three on the UK Singles Chart, their sixth top ten single on the chart. The song was not initially released as a single; "Don’t Lie" was intended to be the lead-off release for the album. The song won the 2007 Grammy Award for "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal". On an interview with ITV1 showThis Morning in the UK, will.i.am claims that he originally wrote the song for the Pussycat Dolls.[1]

#8 Hey Mama

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The single was played in the original television commercial for the iPod, and was also played in the movie Garfield : The Movie. "Hey Mama" has reached #3 in Switzerland, #4 in Australia, Austria and New Zealand. It has also reached #6 in the UK becoming their third top ten hit. "Hey Mama" also reached #9 in Canada and #23 in the US becoming another success for the group. The song was also featured in 2007 in Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 on the Xbox gaming system.

#7 Pump it Up

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‎"Pump It" is a song by the Black Eyed Peas that heavily incorporates music from the Dick Dale version of the song "Misirlou" (known by many for being featured in the Quentin Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction). "Misirlou" is a popular folk song of Greek origin, originally performed by the Michalis Patrinos rebetiko band in Athens, Greece 1927; The song was used as the soundtrack for the opening credits of the 2007 French film Taxi 4 and was also included in the film’s soundtrack album. The instrumentals for the song were used as the theme song for Gordon Ramsay’s American reality show Kitchen Nightmares.

#6 Let’s get retarded / let’s get it started

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The song was included on the soundtrack for the 2006 romantic comedy It’s a Boy Girl Thing. The song was also STAR World’s first SID. It gained popularity as the theme song for the 2004 NBA Playoffs on ABC and was performed live at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. It was also featured in the film White Chicks. It was used in UK advertisements for the game The Urbz: Sims in the City. This song was remixed for The Black Eyed Peas’ fifth studio album The E.N.D. as "Let’s Get Re-Started."
"Let’s Get it Started" won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2005 Grammy Awards, and was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Song.

#5 Don’t phunk with my heart

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The melodies used in the song were taken from two Indian songs from two 1970s Bollywood/Indian movies: "Ye Mera Dil Pyaar Ka Diwana" from Don (1978)[1] and "Ae Naujawan Hai Sub" from Apradh (1972).[2] Both songs were originally composed by Kalyanji Anandji and sung by Asha Bhosle.[3] This song was remixed for The Black Eyed Peas’ fifth studio album The E.N.D. as "Don’t Phunk Around."

#4 I got a feeling

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On September 8, 2009, the group performed live for Oprah Winfrey’s 24th Season Kickoff Party, on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. An estimated 21,000 dancers in the streets performed a flash mob to the live performance of "I Gotta Feeling".

t debuted at number two on both the Canadian and Billboard Hot 100 behind the group’s "Boom Boom Pow" on the week of June 27, 2009, making the group one of only eleven artists who have occupied the top two positions at the same time on the Billboard Hot 100.

#3 Shut Up

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The single has become an international success reaching #1 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland. The single also reached #2 in the UK and the Netherlands, and also peaked at #3 in Finland. "Shut Up" has become one of the Black Eyed Peas’ most successful singles to date and was only slightly weaker than the preceding single.

#2 Where is the love

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"Where Is the Love?" is the first single from the Black Eyed Peas’s third album, Elephunk, released in 2003. It was the first single to feature the band’s new member, Fergie. The song also features Justin Timberlake. The single peaked at #8 in the USA, becoming The Black Eyed Peas’ first Top 10 hit; the single also peaked at #1 in Australia and the UK. "Where Is the Love?" was performed at the 46th Grammy Awards, and received two nominations for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

#1: Meet me Halfway

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"Meet Me Halfway" was released as the third single on September 22, 2009. It was originally released as the third and last digital promotional single for the E.N.D. on June 2. The song is their third consecutive number one in Australia and UK. It also peaked at seven on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, making it the groups third top ten single from The E.N.D.

85 How to tie a tie video’s

December 29, 2010

image When I bought the book “the 85 ways to tie a tie” (13 feb 2005, I love my blog archives) I read about the 85 possible combinations of making a knot, the 4 most used ones (as can be predicted from the mathematical models) and 9 new aesthetic ones. I think this book belongs in every man’s library. It contains essential information on ties, the history and 85 ways including famous people who used these types of knots.

In my todo list I then added an item to make a movie of every possible knot combination and make a seperate section on this blog about it. It stayed on my todo list and I didn’t came to it. However in the meantime many video services started and I noted some tie-a-tie instrucitonal video’s appearing on these sites.

I thought I would share you these movies so they can help you to change once in a while the knot on your tie (or… monday’s the full windsor knot, tuesdays the half windsor knot, etc…).

I will keep the index of possible knots on the sequence from the book (in the book you can find with each knot a long description of the background of the knot and where it is used most and a long range of beautiful pictures, comparisons and descriptions on how to tie each knot):

 

 

THREE MOVE KNOTS (1 centre)

Knot 1: “Oriental” also known as “simple knot“, “red knot“, “petit noeud

Much used in China, it’s the first knot taught to schoolboys. It’s however also handy when you have a tie of very heavy fabric.

The tie, which is placed inverted around the neck, is suitable with wool, and thick silk ties. The “Oriental” knot is symmetric knot which gets bigger as the tie gets thicker.

 

FOUR MOVE KNOTS (1 centre)

Knot 2: “Four-in-hand”

The best known and most used knot today. The name was derived from the 19th century gentlemen’s club of the same name.

This is the knot most fathers pass to their sons nowadays.

 

FIVE MOVE KNOTS (1 centre)

Knot 3: “Kelvin”

An extension of the oriental (1), you might have seen Fred Astaire wearing this one all the time.

 

FIVE MOVE KNOTS (2 centres)

Knot 4: “Nicky”

The advantage over the Pratt/Shelby is that it unties cleanly. It was invented by the Italian tie shop Nicky.


How To Tie A Shelby Knot
Knot 5: “Pratt” also known as “Shelby” and “reverse Half Windsor”

Apart from the four-in-a-hand (2), Windsor (31) and half Windsor (7) the Pratt/Shelby are the only knots which have gained widespread popularity.

It was used as early as WWII. The american inventor Jerry Pratt used it 30 years before don Shelby introduced it on TV in 1989.

 

Six Move Knots (1 centre)

Knot 6: “Victoria”

It’s a knot similar to the four-in-a-hand but with added bulk, which can be handy for thin or well-worn ties.

 

Six Move Knots (2 centres)

Knot 7: Half-Windsor

This is probably the most versatile of most knots and suits most collars.

Knot 8, 9, 10: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 8, Knot 9, Knot 10: I will skip them for this blogposting
 

Seven Move Knots (1 centre)

Knot 11: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 11: I will skip it in this blogposting
 

Seven Move Knots (2 centres)

Knot 12: “St. Andrew”

Lies between the half-Windsor and the Windsor but is more narrowly shaped. “not for an accountant but good for a merchant banker”
Knot 13, 14, 15, 16: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 13, 14, 15, 16 (smaller christensen), knot 17: I will skip them for this blogposting
 

Seven Move Knots (3 centres)

Knot 18: “Platssburgh” or “Dovorian”

For light or medium weight ties with a semi cutaway collar. Most effective in bringing back life to well-worn ties.

Knot 19: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 19: “Self-releasing Platssburgh”
Knot 20,21: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 20. 21: skipped
 

Eight Move Knots (1 centre)

Knot 22: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 22: skipped
 

Eight Move Knots (2 centres)

Knot 23: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 23: “Cavendish”

Its the same size as the Windsor but with two mirrored four-in-hands with the slight asymmetry. “A four-in-hand with  substance”

Knot 25: “Christensen”

This was published in 1917 by the Swedish mail order company Stralin and Persson and republished by Swedish tie make Amanda Christensen.

It was invented for straight ties but works well with narrow ties.

Knot 26-30: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 26,27,28,29,30 : skipped
 

Eight Move Knots (3 centres)

Knot 31: “Windsor”

The Prince of Wales, Duke of Windsor took a liking in large tie knots in 30′s. It is one of the four most used knots.

“fastened with the popular Windsor knot, larger than the usual four-in-hand, to fill the space of the whole spread collar” (Esquire 1940)
 

Knot 32-42: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 32-42, some of which are also known as Windsors : skipped
 

Nine Move Knots (1 centre)

Knot 43: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 43: skipped
 

Nine Move Knots (2 centres)

Knot 44: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 44: “Grantchester”

Among the three principal nine moves ties (44, 54 and 78) the Grantchester is the narrowest and least conspicious.

Knot 45-53: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 45, 46, 47, 48 (non releasing Grantchester), 49, 50,51, 52,53: skipped
 

Nine Move Knots (3 centres)

Knot 54 “Hanover”

The natural extension of the Oriental and the half-windsor. The only knots with perfect symmetry and balance.

Because of the size of the knot to be used with cutaway or semi-cutaway collars.

Knot 55-77: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,
65,66,67,68,69,70,71,72,73,74,75,76,77
: skipped
 

Nive Move Knots (4 centres)

Knot 78: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 78 “Balthus”

The Balthus is the last and broadest of knot classes. It is a direct extension from the Plattsburgh.

Named after the artist Balthus.

Knot 79-85: I have found no video yet, maybe you can send me one Knot 79 to 85: skipped
 

OTHER

The bow tie
A cravat

 

More references / learning resources:

- wikipedia on neckties: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necktie
- references to knots on dmoz: http://www.dmoz.org/Reference/Knots/Neckties//

Read all ElfQuest comics online for FREE (6500 pages!)

December 29, 2010

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I occasionally saw the ElfQuest comics but I never ever even picked one up. Until I came recently to the ElfQuest site and had the opportunity to read a lot of the ElfQuest comics online ….. for free (!!)

Now… if you have some time to experience this cultural phenomenon or just want to check out what it is all about anyway then try to read the first comic series "the original quest" (21 issues) and see if you like it. I definitely absolutely did.

Now I’m a fan :)

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Managing dozens of weblogs with one WordPress Install

December 28, 2010

image I already moved 20 of my websites to one single WordPress Installation. Pretty handy, especially for maintenance. I wrote about the procedure here.

I means that if I install a plugin, the plugin is available on all sites. If I install a theme, the theme is available on all sites, if I change something, the change is available on all sites: saves a lot of time.

So I decided to move edward.de.leau.net (the one you are reading) to there also and well.. as you probably can see… you do not notice any difference.

I do have some issues though, might as well record them to see if they need to be added to lessons learned later:

1. none of the tag pages work (http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/5998/tag-pages-do-not-show)
2. can not save certain settings (
http://swiftthemes.com/forums/bug-report-suggestions-2/ad-checkboxes-do-not-remain-checked-933/#post3211)
3. my delicious – wp sync tool did not sync anything… so I have to doublecheck that the queries run ok (http://wp.leau.co/2010/10/29/sync-delicious-with-wordpress-daily-including-tags-script/)
4. I also had to reconfigure Windows Live Writer again which this time did not pick up the blog automatically

Windows Kills Chrome

December 28, 2010

All of a sudden Windows decided to kill my Chrome by deciding it should be in the DEP.

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(and now each time this happens when I click “options” and press “save” in Chrome…)

(so.. Right click My computer, click properties, click the advanced tab, on the performance section click settings, click the Data Execution Prevention tab, make sure “Turn on DEP for essential Windows Programs and services only” is checked.)

(but I wonder why this happens so suddenly)

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