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Ryan Shaw, This is Ryan Shaw

Ryan Shaw started out singing in his hometown church in Decatur, Georgia when he was just 3 years old. Performing in The Fabulous Soul Shakers gave him experience and depth in the doo-wop and soul sound of the 50′s and 60′s. The influences are distilled in a classic but unique sound. Check it out in the video below.

Video: Ryan Shaw, This Is Ryan Shaw

Video: Ryan Shaw on Amateur Hour at the Apollo

Video: Performing “Nobody” on Martha Stewart

Video: Performing on BET

Annals of Gadget Testing: New and Improved LCD Monitor Repels 100% More Crossbow

Ukrainian technophiles apparently inhabit a somewhat more demanding computing environment. They put this new Asus monitor throught its paces to make sure it has a good picture and can hold up to standard wear and tear, like, you know, cross-bow attacks. Eat your heart out consumer reports.

Familjen, Det snurrar i min skalle

I’m not even going to hazard a guess at the who, what, why and where of this one, but the filmmaking is fascinating. A second video by the same band… I think.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Robert Plant (ahem, Led Zeppelin, for you kids too young to care) and Alison Krauss. I don’t know how the hell it happened but it’s brilliant.

Slice of Houston, Expats Fuel Thriving Amateur Cricket League


A visiting professor remarked that Houston was not quite what he expected as I was driving back to the airport after one of our conferences. The image projected is a bastion of oil-rich, good-ole boy, SUV-driving, God-fearing, Bush-loving conservatism, and like most images, the reality is a lot more complex.

Case in point, the Houston Chronicle profiles an amateur cricket league driven by the part of Houston’s massive immigrant population hailing from those parts of the world where football is played with your feet and takes a backseat to the more gentlemanly sport of cricket.

Houston Chronicle: Bringing passion to the field: As immigrants with various backgrounds make Houston home, many are finding common ground through a love of cricket

AQYNKYDKBNM – When the world record holder for race walk is in danger, will he run or walk?

This video has inspired me to coin a new acronym “AQYNKYDKBNM” for what I believe is a severely underappreciated species of internet meme – “Answers to Questions You Never Knew You Didn’t Know But Now Must”

Video: When the world record holder for race walk is in danger, will he run or walk? (via

Dwight Yoakam Sings Buck Owens

Video: Dwight Yoakam, Dwight Yoakam – Close Up The Honky Tonks

From Dwight Sings Buck, a tribute album to the late, great, inestimable Buck Owens.