Thursday, December 13, 2012

mullingar duo with an ed sheeran-esque sound & bright future play cork next week

2 lads from Mullingar, relocated to London. Have since signed to Polydor and debut album is out next year. Already this year, they have done Arthurs Day, sold out Dublin shows, toured with The Coronas and were on the Cheerios Childline Concert in the 02 in Dublin a few weeks back (was broadcast on TV3 last weekend) They're playing Cyprus Avenue on Thurs 20th December.

cork tot hearts gangnam style and has the moves to prove it! #toocute

brighton's lights reflecting the true message of, sort of!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

limerick girl's camogie skills work wonders on hockey pitch in states!

now that's limerick citttttaaaaayyy! @BeccaBa Living the dream in the University of Richmond, VA! What you do in life echoes in eternity. Limerick/Richmond ·

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

fantastic halloween short film...the green ruby pumpkin

An amazing Halloween tale of a magical pumpkin, trick or treat guests, and beautiful costumes. A project created by two senior visual effects artists, Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma. Created and filmed in a living room on a very low budget.

Friday, October 19, 2012

what the freaky freak? NSFW the @jasoncoughlan edition

like i said...what the freaky freak?!? apparantly it's a crucial party anthem (pavilion saturday nights stevie g)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

even capuchin monkeys won't stand for inequality & lack of fairness!! see here & muse...

Frans de Waal shows us a task he gave Capuchin monkeys to see if they responded to a sense of fairness. For the full video see Frans de Waal is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist. He is the Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior in the Emory University psychology department in Atlanta, Georgia, and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and author of numerous books including Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape. His research centers on primate social behavior, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing. He is a Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands

you know that dude that's going to sky dive from space? no? see this now...

wow i know this is just a CGI teaser but it still gave me the heebie jeebies more info here live stream here In October of 2012, Felix Baumgartner will attempt a record-breaking freefall jump from 120,000 feet - 23 miles - above the earth as part of Red Bull Stratos: a mission to the edge of space. The attempt will take place near Roswell, NM, USA, and if successful, Felix Baumgartner could be the first person to break the speed of sound with his own body, protected only by a space suit. As no one has successfully jumped from this height before, it's uncertain what the highest supersonic freefall in history will look or feel like.!/RedBullStratos

OMGWTFLOL top YouTube comments

Monday, October 8, 2012

what would you do if money were no object? what do u truly desire??

Ask yourself. What would you do with your life if money was no object? An amazing lecture from the late Alan Watts.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

infomercials - all of them in one - get the lolz

OCD'rs you will first hate then love this (give it 2 mins)

Each metronome is contributing horizontal force each time it swings, from the momentum of its weight. If two metronomes move opposite directions they will cancel each-other’s force. But if they are not perfectly synchronized, their respective directional force will be translated to the board they are standing on. If several are moving CLOSE to the same direction at the same time, they will influence the board’s motion more. Soon they are influencing other metronomes to move in the same direction.

you have got to be shitting me...

compare & who do u want to be the next president of the free (ahem) world...(bonus wicked two door cinema club remix)

Friday, September 21, 2012

please no throwing of live genades on the pitch thank you

Sepahan midfielder Adel Kolahkaj picked up a small, black object and tossed it away from the pitch. Turns out that object was some kind of mini grenade or firecracker, which exploded upon landing, causing the referee and his assistant to run for their lives.No one was hurt in the incident, and the game was cancelled initially but players came back on field after security inspection was made.

short film about the making of mick flannery's new album red to blue

A short film directed by Myles O'Reilly featuring Mick Flannery about the release of his forthcoming album Red to Blue.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

who knew you could do this shit on a lil scooter yoke...

Experience Scootering with Mitch Baldry from InfinityList on Vimeo.

utterly amazing animated optical illusion...

psy v's lmfao - why? why not...(bonus roots of irish hip-hop vid)

real? fake? either way it's the shots (bonus double rainbow mash-up)

proof that you ain't never too young to learn how to jive baby!

some serious boarding shit here...

some serious bike shit here...

This Is United: Geoff Slattery Full Video Part HD from Channel 4Down on Vimeo.

some serious skate/blade shit here...

wanna freak yrself out? watch these nutjobs climb a ridiculously vertiginous (I know nice word right) hawaiian island ridge...

We started at the Pali Lookout and climbed the rather well traveled trail to the Pali Puka. Joining me was Randy and Francis. We proceeded beyond the Puka and the start of suicide climbs over a razor thin and crumbly ridges. The scariest part was when we reached the "W", a set of 3 notches, while retaining it's razor thin profile, all composed of crumbly rock! On the 3rd notch, we had to descend via a cable that is attached to what is known as "anvil rock", a crumbly mess of "rock" that appears ready to give at any moment (it wiggles when you push it hard)! The final climb to Lanihuli was the slowest climb ever, fighting through tangles of everything all the way to the top. We also got the opportunity to hike with Martyna and Allegra, who just happened to be hiking this same route the same day! They caught up to us just above the Pali Puka Wall. We teamed up and tackled the Lanihuli summit together! These two can really hike! It was a pleasure to hike along side you guys! Once at the summit, we descended the Lanihuli Trail which is no fun at all, considering it's 6 mile (one way) trail! All in all, this hike was the scariest and most difficult hike I've ever done... This gives True Manamana a run for it's money! AND WHILE WE'RE AT IT... AND JUST IN CASE THAT WASN'T ENOUGH FOR YA...

Monday, August 27, 2012

trolling your own footy team! who said the germans don't have a sense of humour...

Last March, fans of German football club FC Magdeburg helped their players find the goal during the match against Berliner AK ’07 by pointing giant arrows towards the net. This happened after Magdeburg remained scoreless for five consecutive matches.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

can they do this at electric picnic 2012 too please? lights fall from the sky during black keys set...

As the Black Keys perform ‘Everlasting Light’ at Osheaga 2012, events company Moment Factory drops hundreds of floating LED lights on the crowd.

Friday, August 3, 2012

so how's the olympics for you so far then?? check pic of the games so far & hurdles fail here.. @corksredfm

Gabby Douglas’s Beam Performance Gives Us The Defining Photo Of The London Olympics Erik Malinowski "I'm just not certain how sports photography gets any better than this. Greg Bull of the Associated Press deserves every Sports Photo of the Year Award coming his way in a few months' time. Gabby Douglas gave a historic performance today in the women's gymnastics all-around, and this is a photo worthy of that accomplishment." AP photo by Gregory Bull
Ethiopia's Birhan Getahun galls at the last hurdle. The LAST hurdle..sheesh...four years of training for that...

Thursday, August 2, 2012

hey did ya miss world middle finger day? me too...

World Middle Finger Day on August 1 What a wonderful freedom we have: the freedom to object. Protests brought down the iron curtain. Protests brought about the Arab Spring. Technology has enabled us. We share our annoyance and our outrage with everybody, everywhere. It is an effective vehicle for change. Locally and globally. It's a freedom we should cherish. That's why we are initiating World Middle Finger Day, using as our symbol the universal gesture for discontent, for protest. Let us celebrate this freedom: whatever it is, big or small, on August 1, give'em the finger. No Hate-policy: We distance our efforts from any such behavior and will eliminate any comment or contribution which we deem to be hate-mongering. Monies from sales will go to a fund to support peaceful protesters. Spread the word and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see the unique ways people all over give the middle finger. Also have a look at our official anthem, the World Middle Finger Song, on youtube.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

around the earth through day and night in timelapse from space...daycent!

Earth Time Lapse from richardwaghorn on Vimeo.

Earth Time Lapse by richardwaghorn A time lapse journey round the Earth, first during the day and then through the night - day time passes over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and California / Mexico, and night time passes over the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, the USA, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. Several night sequences feature the fabulous Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and watch out for the Milky Way, and thunderstorms at night over mid-West USA. Photograph sequences were taken by the crews of Expedition 30 and Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station (ISS) between December 2011 and June 2012. Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center,

Thursday, July 26, 2012

what's that sound's a freakin walrus of all things @corksredfm

go E.T. who just turned 30 in june :)

so just how bad are the spanish national team olympic uniforms? you decide... @corksredfm

Taken from Few Australian athletes liked the green, white and grey Olympic opening ceremony uniforms in Athens eight years ago. But no one dared voice that opinion in public. The Spaniards in London are a smidge ballsier.
Either that, or their 2012 uniforms are on such a level of sartorial awkwardness that the athletes were compelled to voice their displeasure. Because, while the Jamaicans are being lauded for their laid-back urban threads - designed, no less, by Bob Marley's granddaughter - and the French will at least look dignified, if a little staid, in cropped midnight-blue jackets and white trousers, the Spanish have been roundly condemned for putting their athletes in red and yellow concoctions of flame motifs and filigree-patterned polos. And the condemnation has come from within, as a number of athletes hinted heavily at their displeasure on social media. "At home trying on my Olympics outfit. It is best if I don't voice an opinion, I will leave it up to you ..." Beijing sprint canoe gold medallist Saúl Craviotto said on Twitter a week ago. It was the accompanying picture Craviotto uploaded that told the full story. The 27-year-old resembled a miserable mid-90s fast-food restaurant employee in a polo shirt and Espana cap, clutching a red and yellow backpack in his hands. Hockey player Alex Fàbregas, a silver medallist in Beijing, was rendered speechless on the issue of the Russian-designed Spanish kit. "Olympic equipment, there are no adjectives ..," he said. But it was former world No.1 tennis player Carlos Moya who put the bluntest point on it, saying in a Tweet republished more than 200 times: "Looking forward to seeing [tennis player] Feliciano Lopez wearing the official Olympic uniform. He'll never have worn anything so ugly in his life."
"The outfits are what we have, we cannot change them now, and were decided upon more than a year-and-a-half ago," Blanco told Spanish media last week. "When you measure the difference between paying one and a half million euros of public money and free clothes, there is no discussion."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

10 lesser-known natural wonders & hand-feeding a dragonfly...double blog post win @corksredfm

batman fan? you might like this...all the gadgets & gear of the nolan batman universe @corksredfm

In honor of this week's arrival of The Dark Knight Rises, we present the gadgets and gear of the Nolan-universe Batman--in order, and in HD. This is compiled from Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and four trailers for The Dark Knight Rises--oh, and one behind-the-scenes featurette. Rules: Leave in Batman's gear and gadgets in action, with helpful labels. Cut everything else. We didn't include the Batmobile more than once or twice when it was simply driving, but we did try to include all the tricks it does. Also, some of the clips (and labels) move pretty quickly, especially the stuff from the trailers, but there's not much we could do about that.

snow patrol home movie of best irish gig ever @phoenix park @corksredfm

“We’ve had some amazing gigs in Ireland. But this…This is the best.” Gary Lightbody Cinematographer and Editor ~ Robin Morgan Production Associate ~ Bradley Quinn

escape the ireland ad goes viral & with good reason! voiced by chris o'dowd @corksredfm

Escape the madness, Tourism Ireland's video advertisement targeting Londoners, has enjoyed viral success since its launch yesterday. The video is part of Tourism Ireland’s campaign to attract harassed London commuters to Ireland during the upcoming Olympic Games. Mark Henry of Tourism Ireland said it was the “most viral campaign in the past two years” and they were targeting 200,000 views of the video over the next three weeks. The video shows two London friends compete in a race to see whether one can get to Ireland as fast as the other can get to his office in London city centre, with voice-over by actor Chris O’Dowd. The video has had 34,000 views since it went live at 11am yesterday.. Mr Henry said it has reached about 370,000 people on twitter through their twitter-feeds and that 436,000 people in Britain saw the Facebook post yesterday. “All in all it’s reaching a lot of people.” The video finishes with an option to choose whether the viewer would "escape" or "embrace" the "madness" of busy London. So far twice as many people have chosen the escape option. However, Mr Henry said it is too early to gauge if the video had led to an increase in bookings. “I haven’t any evidence to say they have escaped yet but we hope they are making their plans today.” In the first 24-hours the video reached number thirteen in the UK Viral Video Charts. The video comes online as the first Olympic Games Lane was opened this week and Chris O’Dowd has tweeted his cameo in the campaign is his entry in the “heavyweight section of the Olympic traffic games.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

brandalism...ya gots to love it! @corksredfm

Protesting the ridiculously strict branding regulations of the upcoming London Olympics, street artist collective Brandalism (their motto: ‘taking the piss with a point’) has been busy ‘reclaiming’ billboards around the UK. MORE HERE

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

like two door cinema club? taster from new album (sept 3) here... @corksredfm

All this info 'borrowed' from Two Door Cinema Club have announced details of their second album 'Beacon', which will be released on September 3. 'Beacon', which is the follow up to 2010's 'Tourist History', was recorded in LA in April with producer Jacknife Lee (Bloc Party, U2, REM) in his home studios. Speaking about the new album, singer Alex Trimble said: "'Beacon' is a much more intimate record than our first, but at the same time, it's much bigger and more inclusive. Trying to find that balance has been our goal for a long time and this record takes us one step closer to the band we've dreamt of becoming". He added: Working with Jacknife Lee was a joy and a pleasure. He shared our goals and played a huge part in putting the pieces together in the right way. This is an exciting time for us and we can't wait to share the songs with everyone. The tracklisting for 'Beacon' is as follows: 'Next Year' 'Handshake' 'Wake Up' 'Sun' 'Someday' 'Sleep Alone' 'The World Is Watching (with Valentina)' 'Settle' 'Spring' 'Pyramid' 'Beacon'

Friday, June 29, 2012

what have we done...poznanians tribute to the irish the other night...

Before the Spain-Portugal Euro 2012 semifinal, people in the Poznan fanzone sang 'Stand Up For The Boys In Green'. What have we wrought?

graf artist phlegm does some amazing work in bantry...

Phlegm in Bantry from My One Color on Vimeo.

Phlegm doing 2 paintings in Bantry. Music by Caoimhín O'Raghallaigh From his album "Where the one eyed man is king" "The Bright and shining" and "Síochain". see for more music and info. This is all thanks to Conor Mahon Made possible by WCDP Bantry Film by Colm Rooney

from 0 to 130kph on a skateboard (this is the bird's-eye view of what that looks like)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

the @corksredfm @seasessions stand-up paddle challenge with g-town surf school

Red Drive Sea Sessions Stand-Up Paddle Challenge with G-Town Surf School & Cork's it all started like this... Dear Red Fm, Three sad, Cork Leaving Cert students from Clonakilty are searching for motivation to get us through the most boring and worst year of our life. As we are also broke because we are studying flat (hence unemployed) we have no 'Leaving Cert holiday' to look forward too. We would like to express a serious interest in Sea Session in Donegal. Therefore we have an opportunity of a life time for you. We Finn, Sorzy and Cally (Lisa Finn, Sorcha Crowley and Laura O' Callaghan) would life to suggest a proposition..that would get your customers HOPPING in return for a Sea Sessions ticket EACH! We will let ye RedFM, or ye're listeners DARE US TO DO ANYYYYTHING..YES THATS ANYTHING. Standard terms and conditions apply, please read the back of the label for more details.hahah! Would like to hear back from you veeery soon, 100% banter guaranteed. It sounded good to Mac and the Sea Sessions boys up Bundoran way so the wheels were set in motion and the challenge was set and here ladies and gentlemen is the evidence... more on g-town surf school here

woah this is what happens when you throw organic waste into a lava lake...

existential french cat is existential...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

see new bressie video/single here & check red drive now to hear his thoughts on being a sex symbol!

Bressie - Android Heart on MUZU.TV. New Single: Android Heart has just been released – It’s the fourth single from Colourblind Stereo. He is performing the Indiependence festival August 3rd. And he is in the studio writing his new album which will be released early next year.

Friday, June 15, 2012

this is really cool! 'a one-second clip recorded each day on a two-month trip in Asia during April & May 2012'

I took a one-second clip each day on a two-month trip in Asia during April & May 2012. On a few days I just had to do an extra second, so this video is actually 90 seconds long. I was inspired by Ceasar Kuriyama's one-second-per-day life summary. Since it was only one second per day I filmed it on my Lumix still camera; edited on iMovie. This is all the video I took. There is no more; but there are stills. I'll eventually put them on my site at -- Kevin Kelly

damien duff's brother hosts impromptu seisun on streets of gdansk last night...

Side of the road outside PGE Arena

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

skate board tricks in super slo-mo with wicked funky accompanying beats...

Uncommon skateboarding tricks in super slow motion. Filmed at 1,000 frames per second with a Redlake N3 high speed camera. Since skateboarding trick names are defined by common usage and these tricks are not very common, some of them don't have well-established names.

this is well animated history of irish soccer!

James Richardson turns his animated attention to the Republic of Ireland, charting their successes; becoming the first non-UK team to beat England at home, their first appearance at an international finals at Euro '88 (with the addition of Jack Charlton), and meeting the Pope in 1990

this looks brill! riches to rags documentary called queen of versailles...

The official trailer for "The Queen of Versailles" starring Jackie Siegel and David Siegel. A documentary that follows a billionaire couple who live in a 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles, built on the success of the time-share industry.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

get in the euro vibe with this awesome timelapse ire V bos #COYBIG

An atmospheric timelapse video recorded during the Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina match on May 26th 2012. Filmed by Shane Caffrey and Jonathan Lambert and music by Kieran Morley

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

new vid for villains from @fredtheband live @bandonmusicfest this weekend!

Here's another video the Fred gang made whilst on a recent trip to Canada for their new single. The lovely Sammy Ray Welch was on director duties..

Thursday, May 24, 2012

mostly the fiscal treaty is funny but not ha ha this is ha ha

i it or your bunions will boil and u will be taxed for it too

when tv news crews get caught out...

so you see they are sent to cover a sand-storm but when they get there it has gone...does that deter these intrepid newshounds? not a bit of the dude in the top right kicking sand in the air to drift past the camera and magically recreate the effect of a devestating about getting caught out! #lolgasm

in honour of the dictionary roulette word-of-the-day: winning an auto-tune tribute to charlie sheen

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

anyone wanna see the anchorman 2 trailer? thought so...

Anchorman 2 Trailer. Ron Burgundy is back in this sequel of Anchorman : The Legend of Ron Burgundy called Anchorman : The Legend Continues !

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

russian teens with big balls & death-wish climb insanely high vladivostok bridge for shits & giggles...

i'm queasy just looking at this...

adele vogue cover worst selling issue ever...interesting piece from telegraph has more...

Adele’s Vogue cover was a worst seller
British singer Adele's 'Vogue' cover was one of the publication's worst sellers - and will we see the Duchess of Cambridge on the cover soon? Despite Adele's current worldwide fame and newly-appointed national treasure status, it appears she still doesn't have the power to shift magazines. Speaking in London last night, British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman revealed that the October 2011 issue the singer appeared on was actually one of the worst selling. "Music stars haven't sold at all well," report Shulman as saying. "Adele is the most popular woman in the world, but one of the worst sellers we've ever had. I find there has to be a relationship with the person on the cover that goes beyond how they look. Our most successful cover was the millennium issue - which didn't have anyone on it, but acted like a mirror so you could see your own reflection!" Shulman also confirmed that the magazine has approached the Duchess of Cambridge to be a cover star, but she is yet to take them up their offer. Prince William's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, appeared on four of the publication's covers before her death in 1997 - three of which were shot by her favourite photographer Patrick Demarchelier, and the other by Lord Snowdon. We'll have to wait and see if Kate follows in her footsteps, but if she does, we're pretty sure there won't be any problems with selling that issue. By Bibby Sowray Thursday May 17 2012 Read more:

Friday, May 11, 2012

looking for a different sort of festival next year? one with fire?? check, check and check this out...

Ireland's oldest festival kicked off the festival season on Saturday May the 5th 2012 in spectacular fashion. Festival of the Fires, is a rekindling of the ancient Celtic Bealtaine festival at the Hill of Uisneach in Mullingar, County Westmeath.

euro 2012 here we come! rte docu on footy screens next week here's a grab...

Yesterday next month, Ireland will be walking out to play their first game in Euro 2012. -- The countdown begins. Tune in to the first episode of Green is the Colour on RTE Two at 10.25pm on Wednesday May 16, a four part series about the history of Irish soccer.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

wow...ever wondered how an F1 driver sits & steers...wonder no more...

The seating position in a Formula One car is nothing like what we know in road cars. The driver's feet will point upwards and visibility always is critical as they need to be as low as possible in the car not to compromise its centre of gravity. Nico explains how it feels in the car.

stop-motion animation & dub-step toon = major video win

The stop-motion video for ‘Get By’ by UK dubsteppers Delta Heavy, directed, produced and animated by Ian Robertson, with illustrations by Annie Ward. Board game nostalgia wub-wub carnage.

@fredtheband in 'little live sesh' vid shot in totonto in march...go fred go!

Little live video Fred made with Mitch ( in Donald Quans amazing 'Musideum' in Toronto in March. (Thanks Donald, Mitch, Colleen ) and thank you too sheena!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

as featured in this evenings echo (see what i did there) da lodge - the solution see it here! youth rapping project run by GMC

Irish hip hop track by young Cork Rappers "Da Lodge" who are Pepsii, Healy, Shazzer & D. Cotter. Written, produced and recorded in the Lodge (Ógra CorcaÍ) in Farranree, Cork City. Beat produced by GMC & Da Lodge. Video shot by GMC in the Lodge and Touchwood Skate Park. For more info on GMC's music, rap & video workshops check out

Monday, April 30, 2012

brazen politician is brazen...bonus front fell off clip

the below is unbelieveably a genuine clip...the front fell off one is a sketch but so close to potential reality as to be slightly more distressing than funny (kidding it's hilarious)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

be careful what you put out on the washing line...someone is watching...from space...

UrtheCast is launching the world's first ever high definition, streaming video platform of planet Earth. The camera will be installed on the outside of the International Space Station through a joint effort with the Russian Space Agency. The camera will provide a 40 km wide, high resolution, color image down to as close as 1.1 metres.

imagine walking along the pavement, minding your own business and - whoosh - it swallows you up!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

new message from r2d2....tupac style!

lolgasm - oh NSFW viewer discretion advised...

cat alarm-clock...deeply annoying or oh-so decide!

My cat Boo has the terrible habit of messing with the door stop to wake us up early in the morning. He doesn't do it because he's hungry, he does it because he feels lonely. When he flicks the door stop it scares the crap out of us and we wake up right away.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

so how does a blind person use the iphone then??

tupac the hologram at coachella sunday with snoop & hip-hop's glitterati NSFW viewer discretion advised!!
From Hollywood Reporter Dot Com: They don’t call him the Doggfather for nothing. Who else can command such high caliber guests as Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa and… Tupac Shakur?
That’s right, Snoop Dogg’s Sunday night Coachella closer was a monster of a set that featured many of hip-hop’s greatest hits and its biggest stars, one of whom died more than 15 years ago. Tupac arrived via hologram, seamlessly -- and amazingly -- joining Snoop on “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” and performing "Hail Mary."
The late rapper was one of more than a handful of hip-hop luminaries that whipped the crowd into a frenzy from kick-off at 10:35 p.m. to just before midnight. Snoop and Dre were billed from the get-go, and Eminem was expected but throughout the 90-minute set, the names kept on coming. From Tony Yayo to Warren G and Kurupt to 50 Cent, who delivered his hit “In Da Club.” He followed Wiz Khalifa, who arrived to light up the stage with Snoop on their radio smash, “Young, Wild & Free,” while Eminem helped out with “Forgot About Dre,” “I Need a Doctor” and his own “Till I Collapse.”
But the highlight was the spirit of Shakur, who greeted the crowd with a “what up, Coachella!” Bare-chested, buff and rocking what looked like a pair of acid-washed jeans circa 1995, the hologram set Twitter on fire, as hundreds of Coachella attendees along with many thousands more watching a live feed on YouTube, tweeted in awe and disbelief.
Among the comments registered in the moments after: “i can't even begin to imagine what this Tupac hologram is doing to all the people at Coachell that have been on acid for 3 days straight,” wrote @JordanETID
Tweeted @KirillWasHere: "Next year Coachella should just have a HOLOGRAM TENT featuring all the acts that we wish we got to see live...," while @Swagstro offered this thought: "I wonder how many rappers retired from seeing the Tupac hologram on COACHELLA."
Still, some in the crowd found it unsettling. "Was completely freaked out by the Tupac hologram and I'm fairly certain I was one of five people out of 100,000 not on drugs," tweeted @molly_knight.
After Dr. Dre was lowered into the stage as his final bow, eccentric‏ artist @HarMarSuperstar cracked, "Dre and Snoop just got lowered into cryogenic freezing chambers. They'll perform again at Coachella 2025."
In no time, Tupac, Pac, hologram and "Hail Mary" were trending in addition to #snoopndre and Coachella.
A repeat is likely in store for next weekend as the Coachella festival returns to Indio’s Empire Polo Field with three more days of music and identical acts.
As the song goes, “California, knows how to party.”

crosswinds...airplanes don't like them! FACT!

please lord i never want to experience this...ever (also a FACT)

best on-board safety announcement ever! FACT!

Friday, April 13, 2012

cork's world-famous country relish goes literally out-of-this-world!

Many weeks of careful planning came together and made the Ballymaloe space project not only a reality but a great success. The launch took place on Saturday the 24th of March 2012 just outside of Mallow. We tracked the progress to an altitude of 5400 feet where we then lost contact. 2 hours later we received our first location 2 miles off the coast of Youghal. This seemed to be the end of the project as a water landing was our worst fear, Luck sided with us and lower atmospheric winds carried the unit inland where it touched down in a stubble field.
We achieved a maximum altitude of 96,500 feet at which point the jar and its contents were completely frozen as can be seen throughout the video. The low temperatures caused the camera equipment to fail upon its decent but luckily the GPS unit kept running and allowed continued tracking.
Our team was made up of the following.
Alex Musgrave- Producer and cinematographer
Billy Cummings- Editor and motion graphics
Eoin Devlin- Animator
Irial Kennedy- Head of design and engineering
Aisling Ryan- Musician

This Project was only made possible with the input of each of these individuals and their dedication of time.
and of course a big thanks Ballymaloe for allowing us to take on this daring project.
We hope all who see these amazing images enjoy them as much as we do. It truly was a great achievement for all involved.

For any further information on this project please contact us

Thursday, April 12, 2012

10 pretty easy & effective pranks: don't blame me if u get in hot water over 'em!!

some more ideas here

best prank ever? quite possibly...
Since 2006, CollegeHumor employees Amir Blumenfeld and Streeter Seidell have been embarrassing each other with increasingly elaborate pranks. Enjoy their humiliation here!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

now that's what i call an oops moment! borat spoof anthem played for kazak gold-medal winner

Sacha Baron Cohen's spoof 'Kazakh national anthem' from his 2006 film Borat is played at a shooting competition in Kuwait Link to this video
Kazakhstan's shooting team was taken by surprise when a spoof national anthem from the film Borat was used at a medal ceremony in Kuwait.
The team demanded an apology after Maria Dmitrienko was played the obscene song, which features lyrics about prostitutes and potassium exports, as she received her gold medal.
A video posted on YouTube shows Dmitrienko on the podium, her hand on her heart, looking perplexed as the song begins to play. She appears to see the funny side and is smiling by the end.
The blunder apparently occurred after the event's organisers downloaded the parody from the internet by mistake. They also got the Serbian anthem wrong.
An apology was issued and the ceremony staged again.
The spoof song was taken from Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 film, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan", in which Kazakhs are portrayed as inbred racists.
It includes the lines: "Kazakhstan's prostitutes cleanest in the region/Except of course Turkmenistan's."
The incident was the second in the space of a few weeks involving a slip-up over Kazakhstan's anthem at a sporting event.
Earlier this month, stunned officials opening a ski event in northern Kazakhstan were blasted with a few bars of Ricky Martin's Livin' la Vida Loca instead of the national tune.

does a bear get jiggy in the woods?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

cork's echogram brilliantly filmed live by shaun o'connor at cork school of music @echogram_

ECHOGRAM: Live at CSM from Shaun O Connor on Vimeo.

Filmed and recorded at the Cork School of Music, 'ECHOGRAM: Live at CSM' is the perfect showcase for this rising Irish band. Directed by Shaun O'Connor, the man also behind the band's IMTV award-winning video 'Conspiracy', we see ECHOGRAM demonstrate what an awesome live band they truly are. NO overdubs, NO auto-tuning - these 3 songs were performed just as you hear them.

ECHOGRAM - an unsigned band with great songs and a live show that will take them around the world.

seven miles under-the-sea with director james cameron (in a submersible)

Some people have called this preliminary footage underwhelming. That’s up for debate. Sure, there were no deep-sea behemoths waiting to gobble Cameron up the moment he hit the seafloor, but just think for a second about what you’re seeing here: this video was shot almost seven miles below the ocean surface, and reveals a vast alien landscape (located right here on Earth) that we know almost nothing about.

do you like your vegetables? you might after you see this....

The Vegetable Song (tweet @totallyeustus) from Si Bennett on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

will u remember her name? introducing sian brown...

more from her
she's from cork you know...

ho chi minh city traffic in timelapse: t'is a ting o' beauty bai...

Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

spent an evening stuck in traffic? you ain't seen nuthin' yet!!
A timelapse of over 10,000 RAW images and multiple shoots by UK photographer Rob Whitworth who sez:
Everyone who has visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam knows part of the magic (love it or hate it) is in the traffic. Ever since I first set foot in HCMC I have been captivated by the city’s energy. Saigon is a city on the move unlike anything I have experienced before which I wanted to capture and share.

the, eh, kony 2012 saga: original vid, charlie brooker breakdown & footage of: THE MELTDOWN plus explaining story...

so it started with this...


more on which here
and then there were, eh, concerns, best summed up by charlie brooker of tv wipe fame...

and then there was: THE MELTDOWN...(NSFW)

THE director of a wildly popular video about brutal African warlord Joseph Kony has been diagnosed with brief psychosis and is expected to stay in a hospital for weeks, his wife has revealed.
Jason Russell, 33, was hospitalised last week in San Diego after witnesses saw him pacing naked on a sidewalk, screaming incoherently and banging his fists on the pavement.
He was in his underwear when police arrived.
His outburst came after the video's sudden success on the Internet brought heightened scrutiny to Invisible Children, the group he co-founded in 2005 to fight African war atrocities.
Russell's family said that the filmmaker's behavior was not due to drugs or alcohol. He was given a preliminary diagnosis of brief reactive psychosis, in which a person displays sudden psychotic behaviour.
"Doctors say this is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks. Even for us, it's hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attention - both raves and ridicules, in a matter of days," Danica Russell said in a statement.
Researchers don't know how many people suffer from the condition, mainly because symptoms are fleeting, but those with personality disorders are at greater risk for having an episode.
Brief reactive psychosis is triggered by trauma or major stress such as an accident or death of a loved one. Other stressors can include sleep deprivation or dehydration.
Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions and strange speech and behavior. People typically recover within a few weeks without medication.
Others have to take antipsychotic drugs to alleviate symptoms or undergo talk therapy to cope.
The condition causes "temporary debilitation, but in general people have good recoveries," said Dr Stephen Marder, professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In some cases, doctors say brief reactive psychosis can signal the beginning of a more serious mental illness such as schizophrenia.
Danica Russell said it may be months before her husband returns to San Diego-based Invisible Children.
"Jason will get better. He has a long way to go, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery," she said.
Russell narrates the 30-minute video Kony 2012, which has been viewed more than 84 million times on YouTube since it was released this month. In the video, Russell talks to his young son, Gavin, about Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.
The Invisible Children group has been criticised for not spending enough directly on the people it intends to help and for oversimplifying the 26-year-old conflict involving the LRA and its leader, Kony, a bush fighter wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
Invisible Children has acknowledged the video overlooked many nuances but said it was a "first entry point" that puts the conflict "in an easily understandable format." It said money that directly benefits the cause accounted for more than 80 percent of its spending from 2007 to 2011.

into outer space strapped to space shuttle boosters then back down with a splash in 800 secs...

mesmerizing! (then again I am easily amused/amazed/mesmerized)
Spectacular footage from a new special edition of the NASA documentary Ascent: Commemorating Shuttle.

Your hosts: two cameras strapped to the side of the booster rockets on Atlantis and Endeavour as they accelerate to over 4,800kph, re-enter the atmosphere from 66km up and hurtle back down to the ocean.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

fantastic guerilla art exhibition in dublin makes appropriately cutting cultural comment wonderfully soundtracked by @fredtheband

Text taken from post on the tube that's you: 'Romantic Ireland: From The Streets' is an exhibition of art work hung at Anglo Irish HQ, North Wall Quay, Dublin. Anglo Irish Bank was a central player in the madness that went on in this country. This site is an exceptionally appropriate and evocative symbol of the audacity shown in the previous 20 years and the results of that audacity. We own this building through NAMA therefore no permission need be sought to use it. Nobody sought permission to spend our taxes on private debt.
September 1913' is a century old acceptable and relevant comment on the effect of greed on the ideals of a nation. On St. Patrick's Day the world is watching us celebrate artistically. It seems appropriate to display an artistic response on this day that shows we're also capable of a bit of reflection.

This exhibition is an artistic response. It is part of a wider ongoing discussion around ideas of sovereignty and nationhood. Was it always like this? Are ordinary people consistently sold a lie for the benefit of a relatively small group of people? It has the potential to establish a starting point for a different discussion on Ireland. Is there a place for idealism? Is it a romantic notion? Is idealism interchangeable with naivety? What does it mean to be Irish? What is the relationship between the economy and being Irish? Or the economy and sovereignty or being Irish and sovereignty? We were in the exact same place 100 years ago. The exhibition is a statement of a few things, one of which is that there are many people who never lost the run of themselves over the course of the economic 'boom'. These people are still here. While the only discussion about Ireland to be heard is about the economy, this exhibition concerns what's best in being Irish -- Creativity, Self reliance, Community.
It was done for free by all participants.
It is a gift to the state

petrol heads & thrill junkies BIG event masters of dirt in rubblin dubblin this weekend

more here

Thursday, March 15, 2012

yak shemash! polish fans are a little intense...check these fans going bonkers at under-age footy matches...

just a bit of warning if you headed for poland in the summer they like their football and aren't afraid to show it! #nowthatswhaticallpassion #whatthehell

behold the face of terror! A man enjoys the delights of the La Plagne Olympic bobsleigh run...

go conquer!

how to grow your own leprechaun south korean style! very cute...

you will like this! irish guy teaching english to kids in south korea is asked to come up with an irish-themed project to celebrate st patricks day...what he comes up with is nothing short of magical and quite quite perfect...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

see just how good last friday's straight ahead fashion show in silversprings was here...

Straight Ahead - Charity Fashion Show from Paraic English on Vimeo.

Straight Ahead provides free surgery for Irish children who need urgent operations for severe orthopeadic deformities such as scoliosis, developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) and neuromuscular limb deformity and are currently on unacceptable waiting lists.
For some of these the waiting leads to a deterioration of their condition, considerable pain and a huge reduction in their quality of life. Straight Ahead wants to do something about this and are looking to complete 10 such free operations in the next year.
Straight Ahead has a fantastic team of surgeons, nurses and other medical staff at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin waiting to complete these surgeries, many of them providing their time for free. In addition a number of Irish medical device companies have generously provided free surgical implants to ensure that these surgeries are completed for the lowest possible cost.
Normally these 10 operations would cost about €500,000 but Straight Ahead has reduced this cost to €150,000. We have already started doing these life changing operations (see the “before and after X-Rays” on this page from our first operation) but we need your help to reach our target. By giving a donation, running an event or taking on a sponsored challenge you can help us reach our goal to change the lives of at least 10 Irish children in the next 12 months.

walk off the earth gotye cover featuring 4 guys 1 girl & 1 guitar

cork's nollaig o'connor from the voice covering pumped up kicks on red rooster brekkie show...

sounds good nollaig sounds very good!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

i still haven't found what i'm looking for as gaeilge on grafton street... #Bródclub

The Dublin Gospel Choir do U2′s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ on Grafton Street, Dublin. From episode 2 of Bernard Dunne’s Bród Club on RTE.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

missed mac the mannequin? help out @corksredfm childline charity cup bid here

So Mac The Mannequin in Mahon Point was fun and raised an extra 500 on top of the existing 500 another couple of hundred from team and work colleagues and we will just be short 300 so if u could see it in your heart to support us fandabbidozy click the link and get busy oh just so you know it's the entry fee for RedFM team in a childline fundraising 7-a-side footy comp held in Mayfield sunday 11th (yes tomorrow for those who see this immediately and i know i should have set this page up ages ago but there you go charity page setting up fail for the mac) cheers collective ears Dave Mac

click to donate here purlease

Thursday, March 1, 2012

fictitious TED talk from 2023 sets tone for new Ridley Scott movie Prometheus...

In an interview with TED, Luke Scott (Ridley’s son), who directed the clip, explained the thinking behind the teaser. “Prometheus takes place in the future, but it’s a movie about ideas, and I just felt like it would be really cool to have one of the characters from the movie give a TEDTalk. Obviously, since the movie is set in the distant future … wouldn’t it be cool if it was a TED talk from a decade in the future? And what is a TEDTalk going to look like in 10 years?,” he said.

Offering some further clues as to what the world of Prometheus might look like, the TED website offers a bio for Pearce’s character, writing, “… It would be his dynamic break-throughs in generating synthetic atmosphere above the polar ice cap that gained him worldwide recognition and spawned an empire. In less than a decade, Weyland Corporation became a worldwide leader in emerging technologies and launched the first privatized industrial mission to leave the planet Earth.”

The film is due out in June of this year. It was previously teased at Comic Con and already has 100,000 fans on its official Facebook page.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

some things about leap years you probably didn't know...for fact fans!

throwing paper planes in school was never like this...see the new world-record

Joe Ayoob throws a John Collins design, officially breaking the world record by 19 feet, 6 inches. The new world record, once verified by Guinness, will be 226 feet, 10 inches.

when celebrations go a little over the top...'who do you think you are I am'

Peter Weber claims his fifth US Open Bowling Championship in New Jersey on Monday night in some style...

the real life Ernie McCracken from Kingpin??

Friday, February 24, 2012

redfm 24-hour spinathon in aid of motor neuron foundation @studio fitness down the marina fri 24th feb 2012

for those who have never 'spun' before (me) it's, eh, kinda like hell to be honest, certainly pretty freakin hardcore so much so that on top of copious sweating (me) there was also a nosebleed (eh, me) all of which combined for a pretty sight all things considered! Well done to Aoife who contacted me on Red Drive looking for fundraising ideas (her mom Phil is sadly afflicted with the disease & Aoife was inspired by the Colm Murray docu on RTE to do her bit to raise awareness and cash for research), Anita from Studio Fitness offered the Spinathon idea and bada bing many thousands of euro-raised later it happened and here is the gruesome painful evidence! Hats off to Shane McLoughlin & Laurence Hickey both of whom agreed to do the ENTIRE 24-hours spinning, not forgetting Rhona O'Brien doing 12 straight hours of spinning & no I have no idea how either but fair feckin play lads!! Thanks to Lisa our shouty instructor to :p Man was she on my case ;-)

paris hilton drunk text house toon...

Drunk Text Music Video from Craig Raby on Vimeo.

hmmm this disappeared...hang on i might have found it again...

cassette boy v's the news: cassette boy wins!

Cassetteboy are back with another slice of splice mix-up mastery - this time remixing the BBC news.
Veteran news reader George Alagiah's News at Six broadcasts have been ingeniously edited to create a plethora of increasingly improbable and unanimously hilarious news stories.

Cassetteboy, who have previously remixed The One Show, The Apprentice, and BNP leader Nick Griffin's appearance on Question Time, is the work of Brixton-based electronic music maestros Mike Bolton and Steve Warlin.
"We've got pretty good at spotting what will be suitable material," they told The Huffington Post.
"It's quite rare for us to start a piece and not finish it. It does happen occasionally though, and sometimes the pieces end up being much shorter than we'd planned.
"The time it takes can vary enormously depending on the source material. A political speech is probably the easiest thing to cut up, as it is just one person speaking, well recorded, and often we can find a transcript, which helps enormously. So we can turn that around in a few days."

Thursday, February 16, 2012

act against ACTA (ireland's SOPA) daunt square cork city saturday 3.30pm find out more here...
all the below text and more besides here
We live in a world of amazing possibilities, where talent and creativity reign. Unfortunately, we also live in a world gripped with greed and paranoia; fears which have led to the conception of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
Now, whether it was thanks to the online response of groups such as Anonymous, the massive protests in Poland, the resignation of the EU's rapporteur into the issue, or the public apology issued by the Slovenian signatory, the fact that you are here probably means you know something about ACTA already. If more information is needed, you should watch the video above. Once you're done, I'd like you to really sit down and think about what would happen if ACTA were to pass, and the internet as we know it were to die.
I'm sure we've all been bored of the internet at some point or another, but have you ever really thought about how magical it is? How truly brilliant it is to get the answer to almost any question you may have in seconds? To see any film, hear any song, or talk to any one of the 2.5 billion internet users out there?
I admit that it's easy to blow this bill out of proportion, at least to an extent. ACTA probably won't be the killing blow, but it's another step down the road that you can't take back. They've moved on from just monitoring terrorists and sex offenders online, now they're adding 'online pirates' to the watch list. Yes, filesharing is now just as likely to get you monitored. If you're OK with this, you may as well stop reading now.
So the question is, where does it end? Well, you have to remember that the people behind these bills don't tend to be the YouTube-type to say the least, and they really don't understand what we stand to lose here. But if they keep making the laws, then it's only a matter of time before we're left with their view of the perfect internet, and we move from the magical pixie land we know now to an admittedly efficient and clean, but thoroughly grey business platform; LinkedIn: the Only-Option Edition and a few inoffensive lolcats. I'm sure you now understand the gravity of the situation.
Now, there's been a buzzword floating around a lot lately, especially in connection with ACTA's little brother that you may know as the Irish SOPA, and that is 'innovators', so I think it's important we look at this in a bit more detail. Both ACTA and SOPA have been described as 'attempts to encourage innovators' and to remove their apparently crippling fear of putting their innovations online.
Let's get this straight, 'innovators' have not been in hiding since the dawn of the internet, quite the opposite in fact. One of the reasons the internet is worth defending is because of the tremendous creativity that can be seen even from a casual glance at certain websites. Bringing in laws to stop piracy will not suddenly cause a massive influx of people like Steve Jobs to start rushing to the patent office, nor will it cause people who are not already musically inclined to take up an instrument, because in case you haven't noticed, people who are unable to adapt to the way the world is changing generally tend not to be the most creative bunch anyway.
If anything, laws such as these will kill the bulk of modern innovation, as being influenced by a good song is not just suddenly considered a bad thing, the vague definition of 'intellectual property' means that it is now a crime. This is something I haven't been able to get my head around since I left primary school actually. Once we enter the 'real world', we are expected to be motivated by a desire for personal wealth and glory. What happened to doing something for the common good? The idea of charity, or co-operative thinking? Is 'sharing is caring' a concept we're supposed to grow out of at some point?
I can guarantee without the slightest hint of a doubt that the real innovations (and I'm truly starting to despise that word) will come from internet users such as yourself, and not from the financial department of the Recording Industry Association of America.
And so, we come to the end of the rant, and if you've read this wall of text, you have both my respect and admiration, but I must ask you one last favour. Join the March on the 18th of February, and show your support for the cause we're fighting for.
We are here because we believe in the potential of the internet as a tool for the good of the human race, in the insane beauty of the internet as it is, despite its flaws.
We are here because we do not believe in giving such a vague, blank cheque to anyone, least of all to people who saw fit to keep us in the dark.
We are here because we do not believe democracy means letting the greed of a few cut into the freedom of so many.
We are here because we have had enough.

sweet shot...but is it real or not??

rag week waterford..quite possibly the last one ever at that!

i've heard of reclaim the streets but this is ridonculous...

quite pleasing tho that students & traffic cones are still enjoying a life-long love-affair :p

Monday, February 13, 2012

in light of this being 'social-media-week' check out hipsters in the future!

In the year 2062, a bunch of elderly hipsters are interviewed about the good old days of social media. Created for Social Media Week 2012, this video captures interviews with octogenarian hipsters as they take a look back on what social media and digital culture were back in the day.

wow 1-year old kid got serious piano skills!

it's OK I am in on the joke...honestly ;-)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

bourne movies without jason bourne?? yup & the bourne legacy looks amazeballs too plus check out the crazy looking iron sky trailer while yr at it...

The first trailer for The Bourne Legacy.

check this too...

Full Iron Sky trailer pits Sarah Palin against Nazis from the Moon
We saw a glimpse of this indie flick several weeks back — now revel in the full trailer for the lunar Reich picture Iron Sky. As much as I'm loving the spaceship designs, I'm hoping the hamfisted political humor plays second fiddle to the insane orbital Nazi-smashing. Iron Sky opens April 4 in Finland, April 5 in Germany, and will expand to other countries soon after. Hat tip to Mike.

maverick sabre on growing up in ireland...lonely are the brave

can this be real? god bless america indeed NSFW

in need of squee? lil' grizzly bear & lil' wolf cub rollin' and a-playin'...might not sound like much but v.sweet, v.sweet indeed...

Uploaded by denmortube on 27 Jan 2012
'Lil' Bear and Tala playing in the Gift Shop of the Woodland Zoo. Note: In the middle of the clip there are pictures of these guys as they are 6 years later. Also note that in the clip I keep referring to the bear as a "boy", it's actually a girl.'

the pic advertising roscrea cattle mart that made me LOL thanks (again and again and again...)

mystery solved! this is why gotye's tune somebody that i used to know is soooo catchy!!! & yes you have heard it before...

great parody sam!

Monday, February 6, 2012

eminem being sued for ripping off idea for this admittedly shithot superbowl ad for chrysler cars...

US rapper Eminem is being sued for US$9 million in a hand written lawsuit by a homeless man. Pieck, who listed his address as homeless in the lawsuit, claims that Eminem's Crysler commercial which premiered during last year's Super Bowls was indeed his idea. The man states that he was having dinner in a New York restaurant with Jordon Bratman and Christina Aguilera in September 2010, when the pop singer called Eminem. The lawsuit claims that Aguilera handed Pieck the phone and that he then gave Eminem the idea for the Born of Fire commercial. "I want the court to reward me a judgment in the amount of $9 million," Pieck writes in his lawsuit. "I designed every aspect of the commercial and the commercial was stolen from me. In addition, I did not receive compensation in monetary terms for the work I did." The Born of Fire commercial features Eminem and his song Lose Yourself.

hey did ya see madonna's half-time superbowl performance? here it is with scathing LA Times review...

The halftime show? A spectacle by the Cleopatra of the game. It also was a well-planned — and shockingly transparent — ad for her new album, 'MDNA.'

To label the selection of Madonna as a halftime performer at the Super Bowl as curious is to neglect the surreal history of what has become one of the year's most discussed 10 minutes of music on American television. From the high-water mark Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake nip slip to the weird nonsequitur Rolling Stones gig to a children's choir singing "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," the Super Bowl has never been short on ridiculousness.

But all different kinds of musical craziness had nothing on this year's Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show performance. Madonna was defiantly unconcerned with the more conservative red state wing of the football fan base who'd never be caught dead singing along to one of her songs, and her halftime show was pure spectacle by the Cleopatra of the game.

Think about it. In less than 10 minutes, America watched marching warriors pulling a massive chariot; faux trumpeters announcing the arrival of Madonna; a man name Redfoo with a ridiculously large afro fronting a duo called LMFAO; a polyglot British-Sri Lankan rapper slyly flipping the bird at the camera; a cartoonish multiple-personality Nicki Minaj; and a charismatic Buddha of a singer with a golden voice in one of the best bandleader outfits ever created, to say nothing of his stunning black choir robe.

At the center of it all was Madonna in her element, vogueing with a break-dancing lyre player, riding a bejeweled human serpent, slipping into her best single of the '00s, "Music," dancing near a tightrope walker who did a back flip as she passed, and sitting on Redfoo's shoulders during a mash-up with LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem." We saw Madonna looking absolutely silly as a 53-year-old cheerleader with equally noncheerleaders M.I.A. and rapper Minaj, and, perhaps most improbable of all, Madonna in front of a church choir pretending to be chaste.

In fact, if you break down the show, produced by Stuart Davis (known to dance fans under his moniker Les Rhythmes Digitales), the whole thing was arguably more outrageous than the notorious Jackson nipple shot. Madonna's new album, "MDNA," is a sly reference to the drug Ecstasy; M.I.A.'s father was part of a Sri Lankan rebel group called the Tamil Tigers (once listed as a terrorist group by the State Department); LMFAO is an acronym in text slang for "laughing my ... ass off;" and singer Cee Lo Green hit the big time with a song about a middle-finger kiss-off. In this company, Minaj looked positively PG.

But despite its success AND extravagance, this whole halftime package most of all was little more than an ingeniously well planned — and shockingly transparent — advertisement for "MDNA," and not much more. The rollout for the album began with the announcement that she'd be performing at the Super Bowl and was teased by a music video released Friday for her new single, "Give Me All You're Luvin'," featuring Minaj and with a remix also featuring LMFAO, which, of course, she performed. Talk about marketing to a lot of eyeballs.

But then Madonna is Madonna for a reason. And we saw it firsthand Sunday.
Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times

so sorry to interrupt & damn this beastly slurring but i have something important to contribute to this debate on sport...

european parliment earlier this week...we pay these clowns right?
A UKIP MEP has admitted being “drugged up” on a cocktail of alcohol and prescription painkillers while making a speech in the European Parliament. Godfrey Bloom stumped colleagues in Strasbourg last week, interrupting a debate on sport with a bizarre question about a university rugby club. Departing from his usually brisk and coherent delivery, Godfrey slurred his words as Tory MEP Emma McClarkin shook her head.

scroll down a couple of posts to the wonderful irish mep marian harkin who does deserve her money...