1000 FuMPs – The 1000th Release by The FuMP
The FuMP are one of my favorites. They have helped us much by sharing their music. I am very happy to an awesome announcement about The Funny Music Project. They have just released their 1000th song, 1000 FuMPs.
Disclaimer and Warning – The podcast and music discussed in this post contain explicit lyrics and are NSFW (Not Safe For Work). If this type of freedom of expression might offend you, we suggest you exercise your freedom of choice and navigate to another post.
An Interview with The Great Luke Ski
The Great Luke Ski is a multi-talented man. He is energetic, entertaining, genuine and hilarious. He does stand up, music, cartoons, collects everything, is a member of The FuMP and gave us his time for an interview.
Luke Ski is Dr. Demento’s most requested artist of the 21st century. Replacing the earlier top-requested, Weird Al. He has also won Logan Awards for Snoopy the Dogg and When You Wish Upon a Death Star. He does a podcast, Bad Rapport with fellow FuMP member, Carrie Dahlby. He is a regular convention performer and this year would be his 20th performing the Gen Con in Indianapolis.
You can read more about Luke at his About Page. You can also listen in as Luke and Lumpy discuss:
- His background
- You Might be a Trekie
- How he does his music and collaborates
- How he has shifted on parodies
- His inspirations, both comedy and hip hop
- His thoughts on the new media order
- How he feels about CDs
- Paywutchyalike parody with Devo Spice
- 500+ Comedy Albums, his search for a K-Tel vinyl
- His favorite albums
- Doctor Demento Show still on air
- Cirque du So What
- The Logan Awards
- Art By Luke Ski
- His advice for those who wish to do what he does,
- The Sideshow Page at thefump.com for those just starting
- A Submit Button is also on thefump.com
- His latest album, Fourth Grade Talent Show
You can find out more about The Great Luke Ski at:
The Great Luke is a regular to many cons, according to his website:
San Diego Comic-Con, Star Wars Celebration, Dragon*Con, WorldCon, NASFIC, Creation’s 40th Anniversary Star Trek Convention, GenCon Indy, Origins, Nerdapalooza and many more. He also is the chair of the comedy music track at MarsCon in the Twin Cities (marscondementia.com).
If at all possible, I suggest you catch up with Luke Ski when he is on the road. He also often works with others such as members of the FuMP. This year at Gen Con he did a Friday Night Live show which included many other comedy musicians and had Whitney Avalon perform a few at another show he did at Gen Con this year. Of note, Whitney Avalon and Jonathan Hurley won a Logan award, Outstanding Comedy Music Video, for That Doesn’t Make Sense.
Talking Gen Con 2014 on Tech Net News and Opinion
If you have never been to a Gen Con, Lumpy will spend almost one-quarter of the show playing some of the artists who performed there and talking about his experience. Lumpy had never attended a Gen Con before. There are a few things he knows for sure:
- He had a great time
- He got many interviews
- He learned much
- He has every intention of returning in 2015
We opened the show with a few tracks from some of the artists who were at Gen Con:
Both of the artists above are members of The FuMP. Thanks to Through Gamer Goggles Lumpy got to attend Gen Con and that is what this edited news edition is all about:
Podcaster, Musician, Cartoonist and an Awesome Dude – The Great Luke Ski
Before we even get started, I am not biased… I just have good taste and recognize amazing talent. I have been a fan of this man an his work for as long as I have been a DJ who spins indie music. I don’t think I am exaggerating, below are a few reasons why:
Indie Nation listeners, I am thrilled to announce that Gen Con 2014 has granted our station press passes for what is usually considered the biggest gaming con in the country. We will be there to cover gaming, music and more. I can not tell you how honored and please we all are.
2013.08.16 – The LumpCast
This week’s episode of The LumpCast features the music of Sincerely Iris, Steve Goodie, The Great Luke Ski, TVs Kyle, The Texreys, and more! Listen to it now!
2012.04.16 – Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion
Hello, Indienation listener. Join Brian, Lumpy, OmniDragon, and Cleta as we bring you Tech Net News and Opinion. We have DukeNukem and Knowles joining us in Teamspeak tonight. Tonights news consits of Gaming , Copyright, Science, and Technology News, a show full of informative news and opinion.
We started the show off with some music from: Sick Of Sarah:
- Kiss Me
- Hello, Good Morning (Live – Sent Out to Lumpy)
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Follow-up Rumored to Pack 16 Cpu Cores
Rumors are stating that Xbox 360’s follow-up is to have 16 CPU cores. The next generation of consoles may have a big focus on more CPU cores as Microsoft has rumored to be bringing it for the Xbox 360 follow-up, code named Durango. Sixteen cores seems like a bit over the top for a gaming system. Most current PC games struggle to max out even three cores on current high-end Intel Sandy Bridge processors that are expected to hit store shelves near the end of 2013, but it has been speculated the cores might be needed to drive the next generation of Microsoft’s Kinect 3D camera, which they speculate will be able to track multiple players, “down to their fingertips.” But, again, that’s just speculation on what a 16 core console could do.
Valve Looking to Hire Hardware Engineers for Unknown Project
According to Arstechnica, Valve is looking to hire some hardware engineers.
The job postings don’t go into any specifics on what kind of hardware Valve is looking for help with exactly, but the company says it wants to “invent whole new gaming experiences” that can “enhance” the kinds of software it’s already making. Some might immediately try to connect the job postings to recent rumors of a PC-based “Steam Box” game console designed to run Valve’s digital distribution service.
Why Are Video Game Sales Looking So Weak Lately? Blame Nintendo
If you keep up with the monthly reports on new video game hardware and software sales, you would have seen that 2012 has looked like a bloodbarg as sales were down 37 percent, 24 percent, and 26 percent for the first three months of the year, respectively, if compared to the same period in 2011. The suffereng is not equal across the industry. If you turned the numbers into a single word, it would be Nintendo. The Wii software segment is trending down 50 percent year over year and has been for the last 12 months. Sales are also down for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but significantly less than Nintendo.
Friendly Pirate Challenges Minecraft Creator to Quake 3 Battle
The Minecraft creator, Markus Persson was challenged a Quake 3 battle by a friendly pirate. Now, what happened is he had contacted this pirate about a website that was having his Minecraft install file available for download. So, he asked them to please take it down. Persson said he emailed the guy handing out Minecraft for free and asked him to take the site down. The pirate challenged Persson to Quake 3, and after he made a comment saying, “What a great guy,” he had already taken down the site and is also suggesting Quake 3 Death Match 17, a Qake 3 battle.
Thousands of New York Sex Offenders Blocked from Online Gaming Networks
They are calling it “Operation: Game Over.” New York state law requires convicted sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses, screen names, and other online aliases with the state. The article sites 3,580 users have been blocked from gaming networks.
Calling the project a first-of-its-kind effort to “ensure online video game systems do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators,” Schneiderman defended the need for the restrictions by highlighting the case of Richard Ketovic, a Monroe County, NY man who last month pled guilty to sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy after first making contact through Xbox Live.
We had a song from Jonathan Coulton:
- Code Monkey (Recorded Live at the Beachland ballroom)
Unfortunate: Appeals Court Revives Misguided Rosetta Stone Lawsuit Against Google
There have been numerous, silly lawsuits against Google for the fact that companies can buy AdWords ads based on trademarked terms.
These lawsuits are problematic on a few different levels. First, using trademarked keywords to trigger ads isn’t infringement. It’s a perfectly reasonable use. In the same way that a supermarket often places coupons for certain brands/products near competing products, advertising competitors is perfectly reasonable. Second, even if there is trademark infringement, it should be limited to the advertiser itself, not to Google, who is merely the platform.
The courts have said this to Rosetta Stone in the past even though they keep pursing this case.
MPAA Just Won’t Quit: Jumps into Legal Dispute to Argue Links & Embeds Are Infringing
This is, to put it mildly, crazy talk from an organization that still seems to have an institutional cluelessness about how the internet works. To be sure, there are a few different issues related to this case, which was really about porn company Flava Works suing the site MyVidster and its owner, Marques Gunter. MyVidster lets people link or embed videos from other sites. It did not host any of the content itself. In accordance with the DMCA’s notice and takedown provisions, Gunter would take down any embeds or links when he received a notice. However, the judge said that the site lost its DMCA safe harbor provisions because he did not take any further action, specifically because he did not cut off repeat infringers:
“It is true that service providers are not required to police their sites for infringement, but they are required to investigate and respond to notices of infringement—with respect to content and repeat infringers.” Now, it is absolutely true the DMCA requires that a site have a policy for terminating repeat infringers. But, it does not go so far as to say that they then need to proactively “investigate” content related to repeat infringers, as the court stated.
Court Says That Copying Code is Not Really Theft Under the Law
From the deprived-of-use dept., they say they’ve been pointing out for awhile that copyright is not property and that infringement is not theft, but people can’t seem to understand and let it go. Still insiting both claims are true, the court specifically cites the Dowling case, which we’ve discussed on many occasions, which makes clear that infringement is a different beast than theft.
The infringement of copyright in Dowling parallels Aleynikov’s theft of computer code. Although “[t]he infringer invades a statutorily defined province guaranteed to the copyright holder alone[,] . . . he does not assume physical control over the copyright; nor does he wholly deprive its owner of its use.” Id. at 217. Because Aleynikov did not “assume physical control” over anything when he took the source code, and because he did not thereby “deprive [Goldman] of its use,” Aleynikov did not violate the NSPA.
We played a song from Sudden Death featuring the great Luke Ski:
- The Geeks Come Out At Night
The First Universal Quantum Network
German scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) have created the first “universal quantum network” that could be feasibly scaled up to become a quantum internet. So far, their quantum network only spans two labs spaced 21 meters apart, but the scientists stress that longer distances and multiple nodes are possible.
Physicists Create First Long-Distance Quantum Link
For more than a decade, physicists have been developing quantum mechanical methods to pass secret messages without fear that they could be intercepted. But, they still haven’t created a true quantum network — the fully quantum-mechanical analog to an ordinary telecommunications network in which an uncrackable connection can be forged between any two stations or “nodes” in a network. Now, a team of researchers in Germany has built the first true quantum link using two widely separate atoms. A complete network could be constructed by combining many such links, the researchers say.
1.5 Million Pages of Ancient Texts to Be Made Accessible Online
This week the University of Oxford and the Vatican announced a plan to collaborate in digitizing 1.5 million pages of rare and ancient texts, most dating from the 16th century or earlier. The project is expected to span about 4 years and was made possible by a donation of £2 million (approximately $3.1 million) from the Polonsky Foundation—a charitable organization that supports higher education, medical research, and other general matters in the arts and sciences. Specifically, the texts will include pages from Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV)
Cameron Narrates Stunning Titanic Simulation
Just in case his billion-dollar blockbuster wasn’t realistic enough for you, not to mention the new $18 million 3D version, James Cameron has created another film about the Titanic, which presents its final minutes in stunning detail.
“From iceberg to bottom, it’s never been animated so precisely and so dramatically,” the Canadian ubermensch and premier Titanic obsessive says in the trailer to “Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron,” which premieres on the National Geographic Channel on April 8.
We played some music from Sudden Death:
Man Uses Google Earth to Find Long-lost Mother
Sometimes, Google Earth might just help you find your way home. That is just what happened to a man that had been seperated from his family when he was 5 years old. He had went on a train trip with his brother in 1986 when he fell asleep and awoke 14 hours later in the notorious slum of Calcutta…without his brother. As he grew older, he desired to search for his family. After numerous hours searching on the web, he zoomed in on Google Earth and there it was – the place where he grew up. His mother did not believe that was her son at first, after 25 years of him being gone.
Microsoft Job Ads Reveal Html5 Version of Skype Coming to Web Browsers
Skype is already integrated with Facebook, with an app including instant messages, voice, and video calls. But Skype for Browsers won’t be restricted to Facebook.
“Team Rendezvous at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated Developers to help us bring Skype experience on to the Web,” Microsoft writes in the job postings. “You will have a chance to integrate existing Skype solutions on to the web with the support of the backend services built from the ground up using [the] latest Microsoft technologies. [The] result of your work will be used by hundreds millions of thankful users worldwide.”
Iran Moving Ahead with Plans for National Internet
Iran was on the top of a recent list of repressive regimes that most aggressively restrict Internet freedom.
In addition to developing its own Intranet system, Reporters Without Borders says that the Iranian government is also creating its own custom electronic mail service and a national search engine called Ya Haq (Oh Just One) that is intended to replace Google. In order to obtain an account on the state-approved mail service, users will have to register their identity with the government.
We had some music from the great Luke Ski:
- I Love You TIVO
We ended the show with a song from Aluminum Forest:
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Join Lumpy, OmniDragon and Cleta as we bring you Tonights Tech Net news and Opnion. News topics this week include Microsoft and child porn, Google and Facebook security issues, AOL selling off patents, some woman sues Apple and much more! Not to mention some great music.
2012.02.04 – Indie Soup Live with Guests, “Dear You”
This week we are pleased to have musical guest, the members of the band, “Dear You”. Listen as we talk with them and spin some of their most excellent music. Louis Moore (drums), Danny Davis (guitar), and Mason McDonald (vocals/bass), 3 of the bands 4 members, were kewl enough to take some time our their schedule and join us via VOIP for an interview.
Sorry we are so far behind, Shelly and Lump have had too much other stuff going on. We promise to get them all caught up very soon. Remember, you can catch us almost every Friday at Midnight EST on indienation.fm.
For now, enjoy this episode of Indie Soup… where we continue with our “fumploration”, a lumpismic word meaning”exploration of The FuMP. They have so much music to explore, we may stay on this deviation of our normal show format for a good while.
Portal’s Valve to release ‘Steam Box’ console, says report
Valve which is well known for popular products such as Portal, Half-Life, and Left 4 Dead are expected to announce at the Game Developers Conference or at E3 the release of a console to rival the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. The “Steam Box” is expected to ship with a proprietary controller with swappable components to fix different styles of games. The device is expected to rock the console gaming community in the way that Netflix rocked the home movie industry.