PTX (the awesome group above) are a 5-member vocal band based in Los Angeles that combines pop, soul, R&B, and electronic music who won Season 3 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” last fall. Like a bunch of YouTube artists they were overwhelmed by requests for a Gangnam Style cover and WOW did they deliver!!!
Now while it lacks the crazy over-the-topness that has most of us in love with the confidence PSY oozes I almost prefer the sound to the original (seen below).
Although I have to say my favorite version of the song is probably um…..this one…which uh……mmmm Asian girls.
- Gangnam A Cappella Style! (amp.cbslocal.com)
- PSY Sounds Off On His ‘Gangnam Style’ Success (997now.cbslocal.com)
- Filipino prisoners take on PSY’s Gangnam Style (telegraph.co.uk)
- VIDEO: The Thai Tims do ‘Gangnam Style’ (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- S. Korea’s Gangnam Style tops 200m YouTube views (straitstimes.com)
Most of us experienced the grueling boredom of waiting in a line. Not only are lines boring, they can also be aggravating, and stressful. The New York Times explains why we hate lines, and what we can do about them.
The basic idea is that when you’re unoccupied, the wait in a line feels longer. In fact, research suggests that people overestimate how long they’ve waited in a line by 36 percent. Those estimates are often based on expectation. The New York Times explains:
Our expectations further affect how we feel about lines. Uncertainty magnifies the stress of waiting, while feedback in the form of expected wait times and explanations for delays improves the tenor of the experience.
Oddly, our feelings about a line aren’t just based on expectations. Our perception of a line is often all about that final moment. If a line speeds up at the end, we remember the experience positively. If it slows down, we have a negative memory.
The other problem with waiting in lines is that we’re more likely to make impulse purchases when we’re bored. This is why supermarkets place tabloids, candy, and gum in the checkout lane.
Can you really do anything about lines? Not really, but the New York Times offers one final bit of advice for dealing with them:
The dominant cost of waiting is an emotional one: stress, boredom, that nagging sensation that one’s life is slipping away. The last thing we want to do with our dwindling leisure time is squander it in stasis. We’ll never eliminate lines altogether, but a better understanding of the psychology of waiting can help make those inevitable delays that inject themselves into our daily lives a touch more bearable. And when all else fails, bring a book.
If you find yourself getting peeved when you’re waiting in lines, the New York Times article is worth a read, even though you can rarely do anything about wait times.
Why Waiting Is Torture | New York Times
Photo by David Morris.
- Gray Matter: Why Waiting in Line Is Torture (nytimes.com)
Hundreds of Thousands May Lose Internet in July
By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press
WASHINGTON April 20, 2012 (AP)
For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.
Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international
hackersmalware producers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, http://www.dcwg.org , that will inform them whether they’re infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won’t be able to connect to the Internet.
Most victims don’t even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems.
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