Chacarron for Christmas number one?

This is terrible and hilarious at the same time. It's like the Crazy Frog song performed by Vic Reeves' pub singer over a reggaeton beat: [youtube]pE8EZVpjR84[/youtube]

The video says it's by Andy's Val Gourmet but it appears that it's actually by El Chombo.

Ministry of Sound, on whose label the single is released on Monday, says that El Chombo are Rodney Clark and Andy de la Cruz:

Andy’s mumbled vocals were originally laid down as a rough skit with a view to writing "proper" lyrics later but everyone loved what he had recorded (in most cases having people rolling around in fits of laughter) so they decided to keep the original version (after all how could anyone possibly top “Ihni Binni dimi diniwiny ani taime”?)

As MoS says, the song has been around for ages, since at least the middle of 2005 if Ask MeFi is anything to go by. It's inspired numerous YouTube tributes and now it's apparently in with a shout of being the UK's Christmas number thanks to a campaign by Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills.

The weatherman's best friend

Two TV stations in Houston, Texas have adopted dogs to be part of their weather teams. Radar on NBC's KPRC was first and he now has a rival in Stormy, on CBS 19. Stormy clearly has the better agent. While Radar teaches "Houstonians how to become the best pet owners they can be", Stormy actually delivers the weather forecast, through the medium of costume:

If the weather dog is wearing a sweater viewers will know they are in store for a cool weather forecast. If Stormy is dressed in a parka, those tuning in will know it is time to bundle up.

Stormy has also been added to the station's masthead as part of the line-up of anchors.

So who will be the first British broadcaster to bring in a dog for the weather? My money's on Sky. [via Metafilter]

Leary gets lairy

'Comedian' Denis Leary found fame shortly before the death of Bill Hicks with a remarkably similar act. Leary's demeanor, his choice of topics and, according to some, even the jokes themselves all owed an enormous debt to Hicks. The controversy prompted one of my favourite quotes from Hicks:

I have a scoop for you. I stole his act. I camouflaged it with punchlines, and to really throw people off, I did it before he did.

Anyway, a great video clip has been doing the rounds which shows Leary getting slapped down by a comic called Greg Giraldo. It's actually quite old - the show it comes from aired between 2002 and 2004 - but it's still amusing to watch Leary grope around for a smart comeback and failing miserably: [youtube]d_AKZPMwdhE[/youtube]

I love the fact that the best response Leary can think of is to accuse Giraldo of writing his jokes. I guess he finds the idea of a comedian who writes his own material utterly baffling.

Why are they whispering?

Scott Adams, who created Dilbert, has a very funny and insightful blog. In yesterday's post he raged against depressing movies and mumbling actors:

There’s some sort of unwritten rule that the worse a movie makes you feel, the longer it must be. Comedies and animated movies are generally well under two hours. But a movie about well-dressed people drowning in ice water is going to threaten the four hour mark.

Today he asks whether pride is the motivating force for Arabs in the Middle East and, if so, whether Americans can relate to that:

Unfortunately we (in America at least) are poorly equipped to understand that sort of model. Our favorite form of entertainment involves watching people trade pride for money on reality TV shows. You can convince almost any American to humiliate himself in return for cars, money, jewels or real estate. It’s fair to say we don't "get" why anyone else would feel different.

And, of course, for American you can easily substitute Briton and that sentence would still apply.

Software licensing ate my car

From Wired comes a ridiculous story about a robot parking garage in New Jersey, USA, which trapped hundreds of cars inside when the software license expired. It's almost impossible to remove the cars once the robot is shut down, so when the manufacturers and the City of Hoboken fell out it was hapless motorists who suffered.

The dispute was resolved last week but only after the cars had been trapped for several days. I for one welcome our new robot parking overlords.