Ukulele covers of Jonathan Coulton's "Still Alive" from Portal

Check out these awesome ukulele covers of Jonathan Coulton's Still Alive, the closing song from Portal, one of the most original and genuinely witty games I've seen since Katamari Damacy. I'm especially fond of the mop-haired kid in the Cyberdog tee, and the lady below is no slouch, either, she's the Angus from AC/DC of…

Geek troubador Jonathan Coulton profiled in NYTs

Aaron Hertzmann says: There's a long article in today's New York Times Magazine (and video) about geeky folk-rock singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton, who distributes all his music online, and spends six hours a day communicating with his fans. The article discusses the state of music promotion and distribution for the "B-list" musicians who use online forums…

Jonathan Coulton mashed up with Sir Mix a Lot on youtube

A Boing Boing reader says: "Remember Jonathan Coulton's cover of 'Baby's Got Back' you posted last year? Some genius has taken it to it's natural extension and synced Sir Mix a Lot's original video with the new version. The results are hilarious." Link BONUS: Gilbert & Sullivan style version of "Baby Got Back" (Thanks, Jim!)

Bubble, a new dystopian podcast sitcom!

The Maximum Fun podcast network (home to such shows as Judge John Hodgman (previously), Oh No Ross and Carrie (previously), and Sawbones) has just launched its most ambitious project to date: a science fiction sitcom about life in a domed city in a monster-haunted wasteland called Bubble, and it's hilarious.

Tenzi dice game and variation deck

I'm excited to be going on Jonathan Coulton's JoCo Cruise this year. We've been asked to bring some games with us, so I'm bringing the Tenzi dice game plus the variation deck. The basic rules are simple – everyone starts out with 10 dice and the goal is to roll your dice as fast as…

Nerd heroes read "There's a Zombie in My Treehouse"

Len Peralta writes, "Ken Plume, John Robinson and I have been releasing different celebrity readings of our book There's A Zombie In My Treehouse just in time for Halloween. We've been releasing one track a day for the past week and a half up until Halloween. Some of the readers include Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants/Adventure…

What creeps us out and why?

Knox College psychologist Frank T McAndrew was curious about the nature of creepiness so he and student Sara Koehnke surveyed 1,300 people to identify "the building blocks of creepiness."

A kids book about princesses who save themselves

If there's a kid in your life who loves princesses, consider getting them a very different sort of children's book: The Princess Who Saved Herself. As per the book description, it is "the story of an awesome kid who lives with her pet snake and plays rock 'n' roll all day to the huge annoyance…

Talking CASH Music with Maggie Vail and Jesse von Doom (New Disruptors Episode 73)

Maggie Vail and Jesse von Doom are the co-executive directors of CASH Music (Coalition of Artists and Stakeholders) a non-profit organization that brings an open-source approach to music distribution and production. CASH focuses on educating around those ideas through online resources, stakeholder events, and face-to-face workshops, as well as offering a software platform. The New…

New Disruptors 47: Marian Call, Alaskan Indie Chanteuse

Marian Call is an Alaskan chanteuse who found an audience after winning a Firefly-related song contest in 2007. She has run her music career as an independent grassroots effort ever since. She connects with her fans constantly and directly, both through social media and crowdfunding, and sleeping on their floors during tours and house concerts.…