Thursday, October 18, 2007

The White Stuff

Somebody awhile ago hooked me up with a song called “Code Monkey” by Jonathan Coulton. By hooked up I mean they had it, I listened to it, and that was about it.

Today I was watching the latest Zero Punctuation episode which reviews The Orange Box from Valve – you know the one with Half-life Episode 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2. If you haven’t seen this or other Zero Punctuation reviews I highly suggest you stop reading my prattling and go on and watch something truly funny.

Anyway, at the end of the latest review Yahtzee Croshaw, the English nut job on the loose somewhere in Australia who is the creator of Zero Punctuation, mentions there is a song at the end of Portal by Jonathan Coulton. I hadn’t made the connection of the Code Money song with Jonathan until I looked him up on iTunes. Yahtzee (really now, are we expected to believe that’s the name his mother gave him?) describes Jonathan’s music as upbeat folk rock about robots. In addition to the music, Jonathan also has his own podcast called “Thing a Week”. I am guessing the name was a way to force him to put a new one out each week, good idea.

Now that I’ve gotten all that written down I suppose I should mention that besides the Code Monkey song I haven’t listened to anything else Jonathan has done. None of his songs, none of his podcasts, I haven’t even read his blog.

I just wrote this to remind myself to check them all out later. I was going to just put these links into an email and send it to myself. But I plan on doing another post about Fury’s launch with various press reviews and such once it’s finished rolling out in all the stores. I didn’t want to have two Fury focused posts in a row, disregarding the tangent in the last one about Pancakes and the Sausage versus Bacon jihad. I thought this post would make for a nice bit of filler between the two. It’s the white stuff in the middle of an Oreo if you will. I'm not sure what it is, but it sure makes the cookie taste good. Joseph likes Oreos.


Andrew Herron said...

Jonathan Coulton has some hilarious songs :)

Thing A Week is actually finished now, but you can listen / buy them all from his website. He has many cool songs such as "I Feel Fantastic" but by far my favourite song of his is the Baby Got Back cover.

Someone took it and slowed down the original video to fit... just try and watch it without laughing :D

mickiscoole said...

The song at the end of portal is hilarious. I liked it so much that I downloaded GCFscape just so I could extract the song.

Joseph B. Hewitt IV said...

I finally got a chance to go back and finish Portal. I loved that song! I am really going to have to check out his stuff now.

Failures: 2

Hmmm... I think that if I log into Blogger before leaving a comment I don't have to do the word verification thing.

Joseph B. Hewitt IV said...

I finally got some time to finish Portal. The Jonathan Coultron song at the end was perfect. The whole ending credits with song thing fit so well.

And turns out there was cake after all, but it was some kind of fruitcake with nuts all over it. So no big loss.

And I was right, no word verification if I log into Blogger ahead of time. Now if I had only realized that years ago.