There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who sort of geek out over Eurovision, and those who somehow remain completely oblivious to the international song competition. Given that MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow has publicly declared herself to be one of the former, we consider ourselves to be in good company.
For the uninitiated, Eurovision features several dozen countries performing songs which are often wildly over the top. How far? Well, last year’s winner was Conchita Wurst, a bearded drag queen who belted out the tune “Rise Like a Phoenix.” (In the name of full disclosure, it should be noted that “Phoenix” was co-written by this site’s co-founder, Charlie Mason!) Over the years, the festival has featured singing pirates, crooning grannies and even, in 2008, a ginormous warbling turkey named Dustin.
But every now and then, some truly awesome music emerges, including this year’s entry from Britain, “Still In Love With You” by the pop duo Electro Velvet. The catchy song will have you tapping your toes and comparing it to 1983’s version of the Irving Berlin classic “Puttin’ On The Ritz.” Not that everyone is thrilled with the selection. Writing for Britain’s The Telegraph, Neil McCormick slammed the selection as “a trumped up cabaret duo featuring the frontman for a Rolling Stones tribute act and a girl who failed the blind audition for the last series of The Voice performing an ersatz music hall jazz triffle written to order by a veteran professional jingle writer.”
Then again, trashing Eurovision entries is traditionally half the fun and, where England is concerned, practically a national pastime. Eurovision 2015 will be broadcast from Vienna beginning on May 19, at which point the world will be able to judge the United Kingdom’s entry for themselves. Want to get a jump start on the judging? That’s why we’re here! Ready? Set? Dance!
So… does England have a hit or a miss on its hands? Sound-off in the comment section below!
A while back, Walt Disney World introduced Magic Bands, a piece of technology which completely changed the game for park visitors. In essence, the high-tech bracelet allows guests to do everything from accessing their hotel rooms to paying for souvenirs.
But at least one woman says that the company has taken this whole thing a step too far.
According to the West Virginia Record, Julie Lynne Hooker is suing the House of Mouse for having implanted her with a rubber chip. Not only that, but she apparently has an inside source who is willing to blow the whistle on the “d-chip” plot, which we can only assume is part of Disney’s Pinky & The Brain style attempt at world domination!
The paper reports that Hooker “is seeking monetary damages and for the chip to be removed from her body.”
This probably will not come as a surprise to anyone, but Hooker is representing herself. Rest assured, we’ll be keeping an eye on this story, so file it under “awesome updates to come.”
Previously, we thought the coolest thing to come out of Norway would be the threesome that sang “Take On Me” in the ’80s. But that was before we heard the Scandinavian country’s entry in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest (it’s sorta like American Idol, only a million times bigger and with a greater variety of accents).
Not only is the duo of “A Monster Like Me” music to our ears, its video is as gorgeous as it is wicked. Savor it!
If you’re looking for a reason to sign-up for Amazon’s new Dash button, let me say six little words to you: Never run out of coffee again.
So what is the Amazon Dash button? Basically, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can request a Dash button for one of 18 popular products. Say, for example, Tide laundry detergent. You program the button so that when pushed, it automatically places an Amazon order for the item you’re running low on. (Worried about someone accidentally pushing the button? Don’t… you get a text on your phone whenever an order is placed, making it easy to cancel!) This video might help explain it better than we can…
While some critics are calling the Dash button a rather blatant attempt to boost the number of people signing up for Amazon Prime — which it undoubtedly is — this is also one of those inventions that is so useful and so simple, it’s hard to believe nobody thought of it sooner.
Will you get a Dash button? What product would you use it to order most often?