The SOAO Weekly Roundup September 7th – September 13th, 2014

If you had a busy week, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Every Sunday we go through all the content from the previous seven days and pick out the ten most popular posts, as well as a few others you might have missed. So sit back, relax, and catch up on this past week in Socks.


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What’s Really Inside An iPhone Or Any Smartphone?

Apple recently announced last week, the iPhone 6, iPhone 6+ will be coming out. Smartphones today are like mini-computers, so what’s really inside these devices?

Reactions latest video discusses that topic today. They explain that a smartphone is usually made up of 300mg of silver and 30mg of gold and covers the elements of a smartphone such as the battery, colors of the screen and all the goodness inside your phone that make it work.

Missed Apple’s announcement last week? Get a quick summary by TIME summarizing Apple’s new products in 2 minutes.

Source: Reactions
H/T: SOAO Submissions

National Geographic’s Photo Of The Day: Spirits Of Westminster


From Nat Geo:

Photograph by Valerios Theofanidis, National Geographic Your Shot

“I remember that cold, foggy February morning—it was 7 a.m. when I arrived at London’s Westminster Bridge,” writes Valerios Theofanidis, a member of our Your Shot community. “In modern times, the thick fog in Britain is less frequent, so when it comes many photographers try to catch the moment.” Theofanidis did a series of shots and walked along the north and south embankments of the Thames before returning to the bridge when the sun had risen higher. “Its ambient light created fantastic, surreal views of the bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Walking people looked like spirits.”

Mel Blanc On Letterman, 1981

I should preface this by saying I’m not a fan of David Letterman whatsoever. My long-held suspicion that he is a stuck-up, self-absorbed, condescending asswipe was recently confirmed after I watched his episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld. He’s also just painfully unfunny to me, so that doesn’t bolster my opinion of him either.

Letterman — to no surprise — acts rather disinterested in this interview, but Blanc doesn’t seem to notice or even care as he steals the show with his classic characters and charismatic disposition.

With over 5,000 cartoons under his belt and about 400 unique voices in his repertoire, Mel Blanc was — and still is — unmatched when it comes to voice acting. I can think of a few names that came after him that are undeniably great — John DiMaggio, H. Jon Benjamin and Hank Azaria (most of The Simpsons cast, really) immediately come to mind — but none as iconic or prolific as Mel Blanc.

I’m sure someone with much more than my limited knowledge on the subject could weigh in here and rifle off another 10 or 20 greats from the industry, but those are just a few of my favorite contemporary voice actors.

mel_blancObviously the man was a genius with tremendous talent, but from what I’ve read over the years, he was also a great human being in general. Before his death in 1989, Blanc had created some of the most recognizable characters in the world, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn, I say, I say, Foghorn Leghorn — the list goes on and on, as most of you fine folks know.

At one point, in passing, Letterman mentions that Hunter S. Thompson will be on after Blanc. What a time to be alive. Can you imagine? Mel Blanc and a Hunter S. Thompson of 1981 on the same bill for a late night talk show? Man, the only additive to spice-up that amazing cocktail of genius would be to add Rubin Carter and Andy Kaufman to the mix — we rarely get that caliber of quality these days.

But now, with access to the internet being commonplace, we have the ability to sort the content we want to watch — keeping the gems of yesteryear and filtering the new stuff we are constantly bombarded with. So I guess now is really the time to be alive.

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The SOAO Daily Ditty: The Tearjerkers (U.K.) – ‘I’m Sorry’

While doing a little background research on these guys, I learned that the voice actor who plays SpongeBob, Tom Kenny, was (still is?) in a Syracuse, New York-based band called The Tearjerkers. They’re pretty good, too — very Beach Boys-esque pop-type stuff. Sorry to disappoint, but this is not SpongeBob’s band, although I will post some stuff by them soon.

These guys are from Ireland and their style is more late ’70s/early ’80s power pop. Even though they toured with some big acts at the time like Rachel Sweet, Dexys Midnight Runners, and even the legendary Irish rockers, Thin Lizzy, they never really gained much success here across the pond.

Power pop bands were a dime a dozen at that time, so to really make it, you needed to stand out and have some decent label support. A lot of great bands got lost in the mix along with crappier groups that big labels were essentially just manufacturing and pumping out with little to no marketing or promotion. Lack of this kills the band.

DB Cooper is a great example of this and were a criminally overlooked Santa Barbara, California-based band in the ’80s. Signed and then just basically forgotten about — no marketing, promotion, nothing — by Warner, they never had a chance really. If there ever was a power pop masterpiece, their first album from 1980, Buy American is it. Their second effort, Dangerous Curves was good as well, but Buy American is where it’s at, folks.

Funny how this whole thing turned into an article that has little to do with the band it’s supposed to be about… Oh well, I’ll post some stuff by DB Cooper soon, but for now, enjoy “I’m Sorry” by the Tearjerkers (U.K.). If you’re diggin’ it, you can learn more about them by hitting the Wikipedia link below.

From Wikipedia:

The Tearjerkers are a five piece power pop band from Northern Ireland. Formed at the height of the punk rock boom in Ulster in the late 1970s, the band were composed of members from other Northern Irish groups namely Cobra, Midnight Cruiser and The Detonators…[read more]

Funny Gif Of The Day: Here We Gooooo!

About week or so ago, a friend sent me the video that this gif is from. Apparently it went viral in the last few days because it now has over 500k views. And deservedly so — it is hilarious! It’s not only funny, but the video editing is also super impressive — check out Mario’s shadow, that’s some attention to detail right there.

I’ll post the source video as well, so if you’re viewing this on the homepage, be sure to take the plunge if you want to see it in full and all its glory.



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TED Talks With Hans & Ola Rosling: How Not To Be Ignorant About The World

From TED Salon, 2014.

From the TED YouTube channel:

How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: 62 Kilometers Above Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko


From NASA:

Explanation: Spacecraft Rosetta continues to approach, circle, and map Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Crossing the inner Solar System for ten years to reach the vicinity of the comet last month, the robotic spacecraft continues to image the unusual double-lobed comet nucleus. The reconstructed-color image featured, taken about 10 days ago, indicates how dark this comet nucleus is. On the average, the comet’s surface reflects only about four percent of impinging visible light, making it as dark as coal. Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko spans about four kilometers in length and has a surface gravity so low that an astronaut could jump off of it. In about two months, Rosetta is scheduled to release the first probe ever to attempt a controlled landing on a comet’s nucleus.

Additional Processing & Copyright: Elisabetta Bonora & Marco Faccin (Alive Universe Images)

How The Milky Way Got Its Stars

The Milky Way galaxy is such a beauty to see with thousands of stars circling around. The stars didn’t just show up one day. What created it and how did it grow?

The Science Channel answers that by taking you on a trip to the past of the early universe and explains how the Milky Way and its stars were formed.

There’s a problem though. There’s too much gravity. Something other than just the stars must be holding them together, but what is it?

So what is it that stars orbit around that’s not there?

Source: Science Channel

National Geographic’s Photo Of The Day: Red Fish, Blue Fish


From Nat Geo:

Photograph by Tracey Jennings, National Geographic Your Shot

While traveling in Central America, Your Shot member Tracey Jennings dove in the waters off Costa Rica’s Cocos Island, a 36-hour sail from the mainland. “On this particular dive, at a site called Dirty Rock, I was mesmerized both by how remote and how beautiful the volcanic scenery was,” Jennings writes. “As we swam along, I looked up and noticed a school of horse-eye jacks spilling over the rock like a waterfall.”