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wonders never cease Wednesday, April 7, 2010

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7th, 2010play list of the week: the birth of the internet. (?)

[caption id="attachment_3660" align="alignleft" width="432" caption="click to listen"]1969_4-node_mapcake[/caption]Did anyone notice last year when various interested parties debated which date was accurate for celebrating the 40th anniversary of the internet? Taped-together glasses all over the blogosphere were steaming up as people debated which date in 1969 should be celebrated. Was the internet started on September 2nd, when data was first passed from one computer to the next via cable in Leonard Kleinrock's UCLA lab? Or did it really begin on October 29th, when Kleinrock sent the first message to a remote location -- Stanford's lab? Rather than choose a side and try to settle this (some might allege trivial...) disagreement, we're going to rattle some pocket protectors even more by claiming this day, April 7th, as the symbolic birthday for the internet. It was on this date in 1969 that the first Request For Comment, written by UCLA's Steve Crocker was published. RFC 1, entitled "Host Software", spelled out the subject matter from a series of meeting between Crocker, University of Utah's Steve Carr, and Stanford's Jeff Rulifson. Those meetings mapped out the inception of the network that became the internet. Thus, we submit, heretofore & forthwith, that this landmark paper's publication date, April 7th, 1969, is the actual birth date of the internet. So, without further ado, we create our weekly play list in honor of our 41 year old host medium. Listen to all the songs and you'll know what it means to be "Rickrolled." Happy Symbolic Birthday, Internet!

1. Everything Touches Everything - These United States
The title track from the terrific third album of these local favorites, this track puts a musical voice to the concept attributed to Jorge Luis Borges that all things are connected. We recommend that you put the internet to work for you and download Everything Touches Everything for yourself. Or better yet, come into Proper Topper and pick up the cd. You won't regret it.

2. Facebook Song - Rhett and Link
Two guys skewer the new social media with lines like "Before the internet friendship was so tough. You actually had to be in people's presence and stuff. Who would've thought that with a point and a click, I could know that Hope Floats is your favorite flick."

3. I Hate My Frickin' ISP - Todd Rundgren and the Liars
Rundgren is not really digging the new technology "And I hate my frickin ISP. He ain't got no bandwidth left for me."

4. Get Off the Internet - Le Tigre
Riot Grrrls employ lo-fi beats as a political call to arms, urging us to "Get off the internet. Destroy the right wing."

5. White and Nerdy - Weird Al Yankovic
Weird Al claims his "MySpace page is all totally pimped out" on this parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire.

6. Now Generation - Black Eyed Peas
Fergie and pals demand the best technology, and it really hits home with the three little girls who seem to have worked very hard to make this video. We don't know whether to be impressed by their tech savvy or depressed by their priorities.

7. Touch My Body - Mariah Carey
Ah, modern love, with its warnings about hidden cameras and YouTube threats. 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer plays a lucky computer repairman in this surprisingly humorous video from Carey's 11th studio album.

8. The Internet Is Made Of Cats - 7 Seconds Of Love
Brought to us by the funny folks at who have this to say about their song: "The Internet Is Made Of Cats. This is FACT and also science. We have written this educational song on the subject. It is wonderful and will also make you clever."

9. Internet Killed the Video Star - The Broad Band
An update on the Buggles song about the downside to technological advances sung by some ladies whose name fits our theme well and accurately describes their gender.

10. The Internet is for Porn - Avenue Q
The least child-friendly muppets on earth perform a track from their hugely successful Broadway musical. If you're still listening at this point, prepare to be Rickrolled.

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