Side Effect of Narela: Missing PoTF and Friends

Note: The photos do not belong to me. They are the work of Animesh Ray. Do check his site out for some fabulous photographs. It is 2 AM in the morning, and I cannot go to sleep. As one PoTF favorite after another rolls off my laptop, I feel an myself retreating into a cocoon of misery. And every time “Carnival of Rust” comes on, … Continue reading Side Effect of Narela: Missing PoTF and Friends

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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

When Chris Rumble, an American Hockey player aged all of 22 years was diagnosed with Leukemia, he was, understandably crushed. But, he brought together the Hemato-Oncology floor of the Seattle Children’s Hospital together for a fantastic remake of the fantastic Kelly Clarkson number, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It has already gone viral, hitting half a million views by the time I reached … Continue reading What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

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Earworms: Kolaveri Di and the Pathogenesis of a Musical Malaise

ResearchBlogging.orgLike the rest of the nation (and some would say, the world), I have been asking myself over and over again why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di. And in addition to that I have been asking myself why the heck does this happen to us in the first place. Now if you are not aware of what an earworm is, then take a look at the Wikipedian definition:

Earworm, a loan translation of the German Ohrwurm, is a portion of a song or other music that repeats compulsively within one’s mind, put colloquially as “music being stuck in one’s head.”

Use of the English translation was popularized by James Kellaris, a marketing researcher at the University of Cincinnati, and American cognitive psychologist Daniel Levitin. Kellaris’ studies demonstrated that different people have varying susceptibilities to earworms, but that almost everybody has been afflicted with one at some time or another.

And in case you have been living under a rock or buried under mountains of MCQs, then, this is the latest viral video on YouTube, an awesome earworm-ey number by Dhanush, called why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di. Take a listen:

Now that you have been enlightened about the comings and goings that set this post off, it is time to muse on the matter of earworms. While you are reading this, I highly recommend turning Kolaveri Di on, because, admit it, it will be playing in your head anyways. You might as well take it one step closer to beat that Bieber chick.

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Death by Youtube: First Bieber Fever, and now the Black Plague!

OK. Maybe its not that bad, but the puns that can be made are just mind numbingly numerous! I must say I am no great fan of music lyrics (be it Bollywood, Hollywood, Indie artists, whatever) going round nowadays but even by my low standards of expectations, the lyrics of the following song has shocked me:   If you clicked to see the video, you … Continue reading Death by Youtube: First Bieber Fever, and now the Black Plague!

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Lady Gaga – House MD Mashup!

Yeah, you don’t usually juxtapose those two characters together quite often, now, do you? So, I unearthed this rather popular Youtube channel managed by NCISMelanie, who makes mashup videos of NCIS and House MD set to tunes of different popular songs. Here is one absolutely thrilling one: I do not intend to promote piracy and copyright infringement or anything like that. But honest to God, … Continue reading Lady Gaga – House MD Mashup!

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