Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: video

friday mixed tape: make out music

Hope you had a good Valentine’s Day. Here’s some tunes to make the moments last: Sade: Smooth Operator (1984) Another song I loved as a kid, got embarrassed by as a teen. But now I think Sade was on to something. Smooth Operator indeed. Barry White: Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe (1974) I […]

friday mixed tape: fela

I might be wrong, but I don’t think ever in the next couple of generations will we see someone like Fela Kuti, afrobeat legend, rebel, dissident, and one-time Nigerian Presidential candidate. Fela seemed to straddle the harsh present of the sixties/seventies, with something ancient … in a way that no one now would be able […]

the making of footloose

Footloose is surely one of the great cinematic achievements of the 1980s, but these years later it’s not Kevin Bacon “dancing away oppression” that we remember most, but rather the searing sounds of Kenny Loggins’ unforgettable theme song, Footloose, which surely was the soundtrack of a generation of youth who were “yearning burning for some/ […]

wednesday guest tape: cheese metal from mitch

I know Mitch has a youtube music video problem, just like me (in fact, I may have given him his first taste of the sweet sonic tonic of nostalgia). Anyway, a while back I asked if Mitch wanted to guest curate a youtube mixed tape session. He said: hells ya. Took me a while to […]

oooh, science vids!

Sweet. From New Scientist magazine and Honeywell … comes some fantastic vids of Nobel laureates describing all sorts of yummy scientific stuffs, eg: John C. Mather describing the Big Bang; U of T’s John Polanyi talking about freedom, creativity and science ; and Richard Schrock talking Green Chemistry. Good for you New Scientist, and good […]

friday mixed tape: war, what is it good for?

As we head into the 2008 US Presidential race, here are a few videos to inform the foreign policy debates. Edwin Starr: War (1969) The song inspired by the original title of Tolstoy’s War & Peace. Bruce Cockburn – If I Had A Rocket Launcher (1983) Apparently, someone once asked Eddie Van Halen: “How does […]

friday mixed tape: university days

Some tunes from my days at university. Rheostatics: Christopher (1990) I loved these modern Canadian artrock progsters. I’ve seen them live more than any other band, and I guess I have most of their albums too. Skydiggers: I’m Wondering (1993) My roommate Matty used to say, “I don’t get why everyone likes this band, it […]

friday mixed tape: TV Theme Songs

This week, TV theme songs. Greatest American Hero I can’t really remember this show all that well, but I sure remember the song. The Littlest Hobo To meet my cancon requirements. [Also: another shower favourite] … for my international readers, Littlest Hobo was a Lassie-esque show about a dog that wandered around Southern Ontario, solved […]

are you a teacher?

if you are a teacher, you should watch this. if you are not a teacher, you should watch it too.

Ron Paul

I doubt if I’d like most of Ron Paul’s fiscal policies, but he sure as hell talks a good line. Check out his response when a very smarmy-looking debate moderator asks him about his: “electability … do you have any, sir?” (which spurred laughter from his opponents). In the video he gets a huge cheer […]