Droppin’ science

I’ve got a busy morning. Here are two of my favorite humans, Neil deGrasse Tyson and GZA, discussing science and hip-hop. Tyson has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia and a list of accolades as infinite as the cosmos, so it’s awesome to see how impressed he is with The (other) Genius. But that’s part of what makes Tyson so awesome:

Humanity’s pinnacle achieved

I don’t want to oversell this, but I’m pretty sure this kid who calls himself HandFartMaster on YouTube is the greatest artist since the dawn of human ears and hands. He’s got versions of “The Cave,” “Hallelujah,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Let it Be,” and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” all performed with hand farts. Can this possibly be real?

Via Vulture.

ALERT: McCartney to play with living members of Nirvana

Paul McCartney will fill the role of Kurt Cobain when he plays with the surviving members of Nirvana at the 12.12.12 concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday night….

McCartney said: “I didn’t really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said: ‘Whoa? You guys haven’t played together for all that time?’

“And somebody whispered to me: ‘That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.”

The Guardian

I’ve seen a lot of joking and incredulity about this, but I think it’s actually a pretty logical fit. If you strip them down, a bunch of Kurt Cobain’s melodies sound a hell of a lot like they could be Beatles songs. Exhibit A:

Also, the other thing to consider is that Paul McCartney rules. I think he’s actually underrated among Beatles because of some of the lamer material he put out toward the end of the band’s run, but McCartney had the best voice in the group, wrote some amazing songs, and is a great bass player. Dude’s a treasure, and we should value every opportunity we have to see him perform.

I don’t know how long they’ll play since it’s a benefit concert featuring a variety of acts less exciting than Paul McCartney fronting Nirvana. Supposedly they have a collaborative song, but I hope they’re able to get in some McCartneyed versions of Nirvana songs and Nirvana’d versions of McCartney songs as well. It’ll be on PBS, so I suppose we’ll find out.

Today in things that exist: This video

I tweeted something about how horrible Wham’s “Last Christmas” is — and it’s awful — and the backlash led me down a Wikipedia rabbithole of Christmas songs popular in England. That brought me to this, from the band Wizzard. Good luck. It’s actually pretty catchy:

For what it’s worth, the costumes/outfits in the above video were not out of the ordinary for Wizzard:

With Wood’s distinctive warpaint make-up and colourful costume,[3] not to mention regular appearances on BBC Television‘s Top of the Pops in which members and friends, including Wood’s girl friend, singer Ayshea Brough, variously appeared in pantomime horses, gorilla costumes or as roller-skating angels, often wielding custard pies for good measure, they were one of the most picturesque groups in the British glam rock era.

Here’s Wizzard’s entry into the library of great band photos of the 1970s:

Here's what Wizzard looked like.

Iman Shumpert has incredible hair

In news this site has ignored for far too long, injured Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has incredible hair. You may have spotted him on the Knicks’ bench this season wearing a suit and a high-top fade. I can’t find a great picture of him on the sideline, but this self-portrait from Shumpert’s Instagram will suffice. Apparently he was heading to an 80s party:

Here's what Iman Shumpert looks like.

He’s also responsible for this music video, which features him using sneakers as a phone and a hat, wearing a backwards Carmelo Anthony jersey, and spending paper at the Muni-Meter:

Ichiro has nothing on Tsuyoshi Shinjo except about 2,500 Major League hits

Over at Hardball Talk, Craig Calcaterra passes along video of Ichiro pitching in an NPB All-Star Game in 1996. It’s incredibly impressive, but Ichiro’s got nothing on Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

This is apparently from a pre-game ceremony after Shinjo retired and not actual game action, though anyone who speaks Japanese is welcome to chime in with more details. Most importantly, Shinjo’s uniform number is just a picture of his face. Also, he’s wearing an amazing glove:

TIP: If you’re ever bored at work and there’s not enough on TedQuarters to satisfy you, check out some of the commercials Shinjo has starred in. Actually, just subscribe to YouTube’s Tsuyoshi Shinjo channel. CAMEO APPEARANCE: Benny Agbayani.