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It’s story time — with Bobby Jindal!

Pardon me, but I thought I'd at least get come cookies and milk with this wasted 12 minutes of my life. If the GOP thinks that this is their answer to Barack Obama, then they might have to get up a little earlier in the morning. This, simply stated, is a joke.


Worth Sharing: Josh Freese's new album Since 1972 ... and um ... more

Welcome to Worth Sharing. This is where we'll share what we think is some of the best of what is out there on the internets beyond C-U.

Up first, your chance to buy the new record by Josh Freese, session drummer extraodinaire and current member of A Perfect Circle, Devo, and The Vandals. He has also performed with Sting, Nine Inch Nails, Paul Westerberg, Ween, and more.

Needless to say, he is a rockstar.

But check out your options for buying his new album entitled, Since 1972. This is worth sharing.

Watch the video here:


Some “Tesla” music I am down with

How did I miss this? These two Tesla coils are being controlled using something called a "Lippold Haken Continuum Fingerboard," some sort of Midi device under the control of local musician/engineer Mark Smart. This March 7, 2008, performance was part of an open house for the university's College of Engineering. The next time someone tries something this crazy on campus, please let Smile Politely know so that we can publicize it.

Here's a lengthier cut of the song, if interested.

Here's the full breakdown on the musical side of things, taken from the YouTube page. "Tesla coils were used to create musical pitches via a control system designed by university student Steve Ward. Two coils were used. The right coil is playing a prerecorded Midi track, acting as the bass, and the left one is performed live as a lead sound via the Continuum fingerboard. The Midi track as well as additional audio backing tracks were played via Cubase running on a Open Labs Neko workstation."


Braid plays to a lame crowd

Here's an old video of Braid playing on the University of Illinois campus, but we can't tell where. (Can you?) Our guess is this footage is from 1998, when the "Please Drive Faster" single came out on Polyvinyl. What's up with the crowd ... sitting down?

See a couple more from this set here.


On this day in 1982 ...

U2 played at the "University of Illinois Auditorium" (a.k.a. Foellinger Auditorium). In his typical interactive nature, Bono grabbed a camera from a photographer in the front row and took a picture of the audience, then danced with a fan during "11 O'Clock Tick Tock." Here is U2 performing live in 1982, when Bono still climbed on scaffolding and Adam was sporting what would become the infamous blond 'fro.

U2 is streaming their twelth studio album, No Line on the Horizon (which drops March 3) on their MySpace page.