August 4th, 2005

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Party All The Time

Man, the eighties were soooo cool!

I was recently reminded of how cool they were when someone on ljover30 posted a link to the Party All The Time music video. It's like Eddie Murphy and Rick James called all their friends over to just hang out and be in the video.

Of course, a quick search on the the web for the song produces some interesting analysis. Take for example, this insight from "Alternative Reel":
Eddie's failed singing career also marked the decline of his brilliant early film career. Pre-Album? Classics like 48 Hours, Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop. Post-album? Crap like The Golden Child, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, Another 48 Hours, Boomerang and Beverly Hills Cop III. The strange, early-morning encounter with that transsexual prostitute in 1997 didn't help Murphy's career at all (even though he claimed he was just being a "good Samaritan" by "giving her a ride home"). Fortunately, Eddie has made somewhat of a comeback in recent years, providing the voice of Donkey in Shrek [2001]. However, there have been setbacks as well. Just think The Adventures of Pluto Nash.
If that's not enough, web pundit "Viper" declares that Party All The Time is the greatest song ever made:
Yes my friends, the thespian Eddie Murphy sang the most wonderful notes I've ever heard. See in the mid 80's Eddie had a successful movie career…but wanted more. So he teamed up with musical sensation Rick James, and together they created Party All The Time. If you've never heard this song, you must do so immediately.
My friends, I tell you it's not enough to just listen to the song, you must see the video. Rick James' hair alone is worth the several minutes of your life it will take.
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LJ Brain Trust: NP-Complete

stevenredux is working on an article that deals with an NP-complete problem and is having difficulty wrapping his head around it:
I've been trying to understand the concept of an NP-complete problem. I've read about it but I cannot wrap my head around it.

At. All.

Is anyone interested in explaining this to me in English? This is in connection with an article I'm working on, so if you want to take a crack at the explanation please let me know if we're on or off the record.

Thanks.
I know some of my readers probably have enough of an understanding of complexity theory to help him out. If you're so inclined, give him a hand.