Workin’ For The Weekend (Tuesday Edition): Hello Hamilton “She Blinded Me With Science”

Thomas Dolby
What’s this? Blind me with science?!

Thomas Dolby is a strange fella. Yes, I’m talking about the guy that wrote, recorded, and produced the kitschy 80’s classic, “She Blinded Me With Science”. A session musician still to this day, Dobly (actually last named Robertson) released one of the most unusual but instantly recognizable synth-pop tracks of the very early 1980’s. Not originally on his debut album, Dolby would retweak and remix this particular song no more than ten times before finding the right mix of odd and accessibility.

The British interpretation of the phrasing, to blind someone with science means to deliberately distract someone with verbal gymnastics. Speaking over your head is the layman explanation. And that’s quite a turn of the word. But not lost is the actual science references in this song, which all point to the genius of it all. It’s as equally as confusing as it is fun to listen to. Sound familiar?

Really, all we want is less blinding with science and more poetry in motion. Thanks Sir Dolby.

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4, 4, +6 In 3 – Anton Lander Named AHL Player Of The Week

Lander Looks ON
Anton Lander, what a week it’s been. Photo by Steven Christy.

What a remarkable transformation Anton Lander has undergone in one years time. So much so that I legitimately found it odd that he was used in the minors moreso than the majors in a post-lockout hockey world. And he continues to prove he’s an above level AHL player. Evidence is found within the three game span of insanity he played this week. Three games, four goals (including one hat trick), four assists, a +6. That’s a crazy good pace.

What’s interesting is that he seems to clearly benefit from really good linemates – Teemu Hartikainen and Toni Rajala in particular. But there’s also the time he spent with Kristians Pelss, whom prior to injury, was a dandy of a prospect much as Rajala has been in 2012-13.

Nonetheless, great news for Anton who had a dynamite week, and helped put the Barons back in the playoff conversation which had only days before been a pipe dream.

Congrats, Mr. Lander

Official Release:

Oklahoma City Barons center Anton Lander was named the CCM / American Hockey League Player of the Week for the period ending March 31, the league’s front office announced today.

Lander, a 6-0, 194-pounder from Sundsvall, Sweden racked up eight points and a plus-6 rating in three games last week, including a record-setting performance on Saturday night.

Entering the week with 11 points in 42 AHL games this season, Lander scored a goal on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City’s 3-2 shootout loss at Chicago. He notched an assist on Friday to help the Barons to a 4-2 win at Peoria, then had a career night on Saturday in Rockford. Lander posted his first hat trick as a professional and also added three assists, setting both a franchise record and an AHL season high for points in a game (six) as Oklahoma City defeated the IceHogs, 7-3.