The athlete formerly known as Prince

We’re hearing all these stories about how Prince, the musician, was a great athlete. These stories are kind of old, and we didn’t believe them, but everyone swears they were true.

Like Prince and basketball:


Samuel L. Jackson says it’s true:

And Prince and ping pong:

Susan Sarandon says it’s true:

And I didn’t know Prince hung out with Michael Jackson and tormented him:

I would love to have been a fly on the wall for the Prince/Michael Jackson ping-pong match.

But there was respect. Prince wouldn’t have covered this song if he disrespected Michael.

When David Bowie rocked MTV …

… and not in the fun sense.

Those of us of a certain age remember the days when MTV just played music videos. The one distinctive trait of MTV in its early days was … let’s just say … the lack of pigmentation among its performing artists.

Back in 1983, David Bowie, a true superstar, confronted MTV veejay Mark Goodman on that matter:

Goodman was really stretching to find a legitimate answer and it basically came down to … our audience is full of racists.

And, as diplomatic as Bowie was in this interview, the look on his face says, “Dude, that’s bullshit.”

David Bowie died Sunday at the age of 69. He is one of rock’s greatest performers. So, I’ll leave you with my favorite Bowie song, which I’ve posted many times before:

The chemistry of an electric guitar

For all you head banging science nerds, the chemical composition of an electric guitar from Compound Interest (click to enlarge):


I don’t mean to get all science geek here, but we’re missing a major chemical compound in this chart: the wood that makes up the neck and the body. I don’t know what specific wood is used here (it varies by guitar), but Wikipedia tells me the main components of wood are approximately 50% carbon, 42% oxygen, 6% hydrogen, 1% nitrogen, and 1% other elements (mainly calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, and manganese).

“It’s the Chemicals,” man! (Here’s some Inspired Flight, along with some electric guitar.)