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10 Songs That Shaped The Decade

It dawned on me that, decades from now, when we get nostalgic about the 2000’s, it won’t be whatever songs were playing on the radio that will instantly transport us to that era. But these.

Part I - The Originals

1. “Bed Intruder” - Gregory Brothers feat. Anthony Dodgson

The Gregory Brothers were the redemption to auto-tune. 95 million views.

2. “Chocolate Rain” - Tay Zonday

This song is perhaps the symbol of the golden era user-generated content on Youtube, circa 2006, before Vevo and design changes that moved the focus away from communities and into corporate content. 74 million views.

3. “What What (In The Butt)” - Samwell

What can I say. 44 million views and even a South Park parody.

Part II - The Loopers

4. Nyan cat

Ah, the loopers. The internet is not complete without them. Nyan cat got over 50 million views.

5. “The Llama Song” - Burton Earny

After “Hampsterdance” in the late 90s, I think this was one of the earliest major loopers. Originally from the Albino Blacksheep website, I’m posting here a Youtube upload for your convenience.

6. “Ievan Polkka” - Loituma

Made popular by leekspin.com, this is actually part of a Finnish song performed by a folk local group. Here’s a link to a full performance (it’s quite good!), but the one we’ll remember most is this:

Part III - The Subversions

7. “Dragostea tin dei” - O-Zone

Sometimes one fan can make the fame of one song. In 2004 a guy posted a video of himself… oh boy, Wikipedia can describe it better than I ever could: …”wearing headphones and lipsyncing to the audio of the original O-Zone track whilst moving his head, shoulders and arms gesticulating to the music in an animated and earnest manner.”

And thus was born “Numa Numa“, the second most watched viral video of all time: over seven hundred million views.

8. “Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой” (”I Am Glad, Cause I’m Finally Returning Back Home”) - Eduard Khil

It all started with this website: http://trololololololololololo.com/. Perhaps the most appropriate domain name in history.

9. “Tunak Tunak Tun” - Daler Mehndi

The song was originally released in 1998, but the video made waves through the internet during the 2000s. The first of many Indian music videos and snippets from Bollywood movies that amused the world:

10. “Never Gonna Give You Up” - Rick Astley

And finally, of course, the song that left a mark in two separate decades, and for very different reasons. Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only:


Cool talk: StackOverflow.com and building an online community

Following @gbedin’s suggestion, I will try to post here links to cool talks I watch and often tell him about, so the links can remain on a more “permanent” place than Twitter.

In this talk, Joel Spolsky describes some practical aspects related to community-building that went into the design of StackOverflow.com.


Books I’ve read

Books I’ve read, by year, with language. Since 2007 I’ve been trying to average a book a month, but I rarely succeed.

Livros que li, por ano, com idioma. Desde 2007 eu venho tentando manter uma média de um livro por mês, mas eu raramente consigo.

pre-2005:

pt_BR Capitães da areia - Jorge Amado
pt_BR As mil e uma noites - vários autores
pt_BR Assassinato no Expresso do Oriente - Agatha Christie
pt_BR Convite para um homicídio - Agatha Christie
pt_BR 2001: uma odisséia no espaço - Arthur C. Clarke
pt_BR O mundo de Sofia - Jostein Gaarder
pt_BR Conversações - Gilles Deleuze
pt_BR Espinosa: filosofia prática - Gilles Deleuze
pt_BR A gaia ciência - Friedrich Nietzsche
pt_BR A prosa do mundo - Maurice Merleau-Ponty

2005:

fr_FR L’existentialisme est un humanisme - Jean-Paul Sartre
en_US The Bourne identity - Robert Ludlum
en_GB The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy - Douglas Adams

2006:

pt_BR O mundo como vontade e representação (Livros 1 e 2) - Arthur Schopenhauer
pt_BR A cura de Schopenhauer - Irvin Yalom
pt_BR Alice no país das maravilhas - Lewis Carroll
pt_BR Antologia poética - Mário Quintana
pt_BR A insustentável leveza do ser - Milan Kundera

2007:

pt_PT As intermitências da morte - José Saramago
pt_PT As pequenas memórias - José Saramago
fr_FR Le petit prince - Antoine de Saint Exupéry
pt_BR O texto, ou: a vida - Moacyr Scliar
pt_BR No que acredito - Bertrand Russell
pt_BR O processo - Franz Kafka
fr_FR L’ordre du discours - Michel Foucault
pt_BR Antígona - Sófocles
pt_BR O universo em uma casca de noz - Stephen Hawking
es_CO Cien años de soledad - Gabriel García Márquez

2008:

pt_MZ O outro pé da sereia - Mia Couto
pt_BR Náugrafos, traficantes e degredados - Eduardo Bueno
pt_BR Introdução à metafísica - Martin Heidegger
pt_BR A revolução dos bichos - George Orwell
pt_BR Admirável mundo novo - Aldous Huxley
pt_BR Dias na Birmânia - George Orwell
en_US Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas Hofstaedter
pt_PT Ensaio sobre a cegueira - José Saramago
en_US The hacker ethic - Pekka Himanen
fr_FR Qu’est-ce que la philosophie ? - Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari
pt_BR A noite das asas vermelhas - Emanuel Neves
pt_BR Paulo Leminski: o bandido que sabia latim - Toninho Vaz
pt_BR A desobediência civil - Henry David Thoreau

2009:

pt_BR A arte de escrever - Arthur Schopenhauer
pt_BR Sobre a televisão - Pierre Bourdieu
pt_BR Além do bem e do mal - Friedrich Nietzsche
en_IE A portrait of the artist as a young man - James Joyce
pt_BR A metamorfose - Franz Kafka
es_AR El Aleph - Jorge Luis Borges
pt_BR Os ratos - Dyonélio Machado
en_IE The picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
pt_BR Um lugar azul - Sérgio Medeiros
en_US The long tail - Chris Anderson

2010:

pt_BR Contra o método - Paul Feyerabend
pt_BR Memórias póstumas de Brás Cubas - Machado de Assis
pt_BR Eu, robô - Isaac Asimov
es_UY Las venas abiertas de América Latina - Eduardo Galeano
pt_BR Preconceito lingüístico: o que é, como se faz - Marcos Bagno
pt_PT Mondrian - Susanne Deicher
pt_BR A linguagem das coisas - Deyan Sudjic
pt_BR Uma aprendizagem ou O livro dos prazeres - Clarice Lispector
pt_BR O banquete - Platão
pt_BR Cartas a um jovem poeta - Rainer Maria Rilke

2011:

pt_BR Manifesto do Partido Comunista - Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
pt_PT Simulacros e simulação - Jean Baudrillard
en_GB Nineteen eighty-four - George Orwell

2012:

en_GB Through the looking-glass - Lewis Carroll
pt_BR Eu sou o mensageiro - Markus Zusak
pt_BR A morte de Ivan Ilitch - Leo Tolstoy
pt_BR Metafísica do belo - Arthur Schopenhauer
pt_BR Poemas para ler na chuva - Sérgio Medeiros

2013:

en_US Coding places: software practice in a South American city - Yuri Takhteyev
fr_FR L’Étranger - Albert Camus
es_AR Ficciones - Jorge Luis Borges
pt_BR O crepúsculo dos ídolos, ou Como filosofar com o martelo - Friedrich Nietzsche
pt_BR Notas do subsolo - Fiódor Dostoiévski
pt_BR Toda poesia - Paulo Leminski
en_US The mythical man-month - Frederick Brooks

2014:

pt_BR Sistemas de poder - Noam Chomsky
pt_BR Não-violência - Mark Kurlansky
pt_BR O ano em que sonhamos perigosamente - Slavoj Žižek

Comics / Quadrinhos:

19XX pt_BR Batman: ano um - Frank Miller
19XX pt_BR Batman: a piada mortal - Alan Moore, Brian Bolland
19XX pt_BR O cavaleiro das trevas - Frank Miller
19XX pt_BR Batman: digital justice - Pepe Moreno
19XX pt_BR Surfista Prateado: parábola - Stan Lee, Moebius
2010 en_US Watchmen - Alan Moore, David Gibbons
2011 en_US Logicomix: an epic search for truth - Apostolos Doxiadis & Christos Papadimitriou
2012 en_US Life in another planet - Will Eisner
2013 en_US One Page Movie - Bruno Seelig et al.


I hate plagiarism

Cover of an album by Sorriso Maroto, a Brazilian “pagode” group (a crappy commercial byproduct of samba) blatantly rips off the cover of Linkin Park’s Minutes to Midnight:


90s nostalgia

After all the 80s nostalgia of the past decade, with synth-driven music and pixelized graphics everywhere, this year we started to see 90s nostalgia — yes, right at the beginning of the decade. It’s amazing how well “timed” these things happen (or maybe it’s gradual but we’re inclined to think in “round numbers”).

Today, #why90srocked is a trending topic on Twitter. These days, I saw this tribute to the 16-bit era of videogames. Yes, all this makes me feel somewhat old, but at least I can still get the references. I will really feel old when tributes to the Playstation 1, Nintendo 64 and the like start to pop up.

In the mean time, let’s enjoy the upcoming wave of 256-color graphics in all their glory…