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Cloning made possible by the Internet

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Well, musically, at least.

In this modern age we live in, cloning is finally here. No, you can't create your own Mini-Me yet, but it's a lot easier to at least simulate being an identical twin/triplet/quadruplet and so on.

I was hanging out with friends on Saturday night, and my friend Collin asked me if I'd gotten his e-mail about the video with the guy singing all the parts to some Michael Jackson music himself. I told him that I hadn't received his e-mail yet, but that yes, I'd seen that video with the guy singing "Thriller." (I was thinking of the following video.)

However, I later discovered that my friend was referring to another video involving Michael Jackson music and cloning.

This reminded me of this John Williams/Star Wars tribute I'd seen a few months prior:

As equipment gets cheaper and distribution becomes easier, the one-person recording phenomenon has become increasingly huge, and the idea of having an actual group/band increasingly unnecessary. That's not to say that there's not still magic in collaboration that can't necessarily be duplicated on your own, but the loner now has options.

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Connecticut politics may involve more bodyslams

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Linda McMahon, wife of pro wrestling promoter Vince McMahon and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), officially entered the race for Chris Dodd's U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut. She'll be entering the ring of the Republican primary, hoping to move to the next round of that particular political tournament to compete against Chris Dodd as he attempts to win his sixth Senate term. For someone from a business full of colorful personalities, bombastic attitudes, and interviews hyping up a fight, politics seems like a natural fit for Mrs. McMahon.

If Jesse Ventura could get elected governor of Minnesota, who's to say Linda McMahon can't make it to the Senate? She's been politically active for years, including being appointed to the Connecticut Board of Education earlier this year, as well as spearheading WWE's voter registration campaign. Her appointment to the Board of Education followed debate about her company's often lewd, more often violent programming, despite efforts in recent years to make the product more kid-friendly. She'll also likely push her business experience heading the industry leader in the world's favorite fake sport.

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The Joe Wilson/Kanye West connection

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Our political and pop culture worlds converged this week in a rather unique way. During President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last week on health care, Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina yelled "You lie!" after Obama stated that the health care reforms he was proposing wouldn't apply to illegal immigrants. It was a remarkable outburst in a chamber that doesn't get as raucous as foreign bodies like the United Kingdom's House of Commons, where this wouldn't likely result in raised eyebrows.

The trend of major public outbursts continued Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards when, as country/pop singer Taylor Swift accepted her award for Best Female Video, Kanye West stormed the stage and said that, while he was happy for Swift, Beyonce had one of the best videos ever (with her hit song "Single Ladies"). Beyonce would go on to win best video later in the night, making Kanye's comments seem even less classy. Kanye left the stage to boos and has been apologizing ever since, on his blog, on the Tonight Show, to Taylor Swift, and probably wherever you see him next.

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