Wednesday Videos: New Music from Chris Hadfield

WednesdayVideoChris Hadfield is an astronaut best known for commanding the International Space Station (ISS). While he was up there, he played a and wrote a lot of music, some of which is making it into his new album, “Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can”.

And in case you missed it, here’s his haunting cover of “Space Oddity” set on the ISS. It’s gorgeous!

In an interview with Globe and Mail, Hadfield talked about some of the challenges of playing music in space:

“It’s hard to play guitar on a spaceship, because there’s nothing to hold the guitar stable,” he pointed out. “Almost always, the guitar slips in your hands. If you’re a guitar player, I tell people to try playing while standing on your head.

“The producer who was helping me, Paul Mills, said: ‘Your guitar playing is a little messy,“’ he added with a laugh. “I said, yeah, you come up here and play guitar.”

His singing voice mutated too, he explains, because sinuses don’t drain mechanically like they do on Earth.

“There’s no gravity to pull the fluid out of your head,” he said. “So you always have a full head and swollen tongue and vocal cords.”

Wednesday Videos: How Harry Potter Should Have Ended

WednesdayVideoHey, I was on NPR! You can hear me at NPR.com.

I really busy packing for San Diego Comic Con so I’m turning over today’s post to Guest Blogger Cupcake, who is in sixth grade. Here she is:

Have you seen this? It’s “How Harry Potter Should Have Ended”, and it’s so funny! But there are spoilers. But it’s totally worth it. Try to watch it without laughing!

Wednesday Videos: Tatiana Maslany’s Got Your Back

WednesdayVideoLast weekend we had the season finale of Orphan Black. It left us with some questions, most notably, why can’t I find a fan tribute/parody video set to “Jesse’s Girl?” Make it happen, video people!

One of the great things about the show is how it deals with LGBTQIA issues – mostly by including well-rounded LGBTQIA characters and letting them do stuff. Here’s an interview with Tatiana Maslany, courtesy of GLAAD:

And on a lighter note, the parody video “Too Many Cooks” gets a parody of its own with “Too Many Clones.” Just keep watching the credits, trust me.

Wednesday Videos: Sense8

IWednesdayVideo just started watching Sense 8 and so far I’m not really feeling it. You’d think a show that is all about race and sexuality and gender and class etc would be my catnip but I think I need more plot. However, thanks to this clip from episode 4, I think I might keep watching – I hear this show requires an investment of time and attention, and this scene in which eight people from all over the world who are psychically connected sing the same song is really wonderful. I find it interesting that this four minutes of show makes me more invested than the entire one hour I saw last night – it’s thrilling to see people connect and it’s incredibly heartwarming to see people trying to reach out to each other in times of crisis. I’m not sure if I’ll watch this show or not but if anything breaks up my sweet Nomi and Amanita I’ll be PISSED (they are the couple in the back of the car at the end).

Note – the clip is not spoilery but it IS NSFW because of nudity (one character does her singing in the shower).

Wednesday Videos: Harry Potter and Friends

WednesdayVideoThis video has been posted EVERYWHERE – but it’s so sweet you’ll probably want to see it twice.  So here you go – Harry Potter and Co. set to the opening credits from the TV show “Friends”.  I have something in my eyes…oh right, those are SENTIMENTAL TEARS.  *sniff*

And here’s the Avengers version because OMG AGE OF ULTON I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!