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Graphicity: What Makes Van Halen Great?

Graphicity: What Makes Van Halen Great?

Funny Stuff, Music
I've been listening to A Different Kind of Truth regularly since it came out. Despite being an excellent album, I still read a lot of griping from Van Halen fans about how it's not really Van Halen because Michael Anthony's not there. I can see where they're coming from, but I think that's stretching things a bit. But really, people have been arguing about Van Halen for years. If it's not Michael Anthony, it's the vocalists. So I decided to go through the Van Halen catalog and perform a scientific analysis of their sound. I wanted to know -- what really makes Van Halen tick? What, more than anything else, really makes a Van Halen record sound like Van Halen? Is it Mikey's signature background vocals? Eddie's guitar pyrotechnics? Alex Van Halen's thunderous drumming? David Lee Roth's ...
The Best of the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit — 2011

The Best of the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit — 2011

Blogstuff
It's been another fun and challenging year heading up my little internet concern, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. As always, I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who stop by regularly and even share my content with others. This is not a money-making operation for me, so it's gratifying to know that if my site went poof tomorrow there'd at least be a few of you who would notice for a few minutes. The biggest happening around these parts is that I finally launched a more permanent site, of which this blog is now but a section. If you haven't done so yet, please stop by the home site, browse around, and tell your friends and enemies! OK, enough schmaltz and plugs. I wrote a lot of stuff this past year, some of which was actually pretty popular. Here are the ten mo...
Graphicity: What’s next for Harry Potter fans?

Graphicity: What’s next for Harry Potter fans?

Funny Stuff
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Graphicity: The Star Wars Prequels — What Went Wrong?

Graphicity: The Star Wars Prequels — What Went Wrong?

Funny Stuff, Movies
With much respect and admiration for the fine work of Mr. Plinkett over at Red Letter Media. If you haven't seen his brilliant and scathingly funny takedowns of George Lucas's cinematic abominations, watch them now. Start with Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Trust me on this. Related articles YouTube Sensation Mr. Plinkett Branches Out With Weekly Review Show (mtv.com) 'George Lucas Strikes Back' in Hilarious Star Wars Spoof (moviefone.com) All three Star Wars prequels explained by LEGO awesomeness (epicblackcar.wordpress.com)
Graphicity: Sources of antiques in the U.S.

Graphicity: Sources of antiques in the U.S.

TV & Radio
I used to fancy myself an amateur antiques person from watching episodes of Antiques Roadshow on PBS.  But Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from the History Channel's American Pickers put those dusty old coots to shame.  They've also taught me a very informative lesson about the best places to score antiques of my own (and no, I'm not talking about hitting Singles Night mixers at the local senior center). Related articles The Antiques Roadshow's Five Most Valuable Finds (dailyfinance.com) Why I'm Addicted to American Pickers (chicagonow.com) What's That Song From the 'American Pickers' Promo? (spinner.com)