I bet you they won’t put this song on the Internet …

November 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm (interesting, music) (, , , )

Funny what things trigger memories .. a chance overheard comment about ‘song on the radio’ reminded me of a song that used to be a regular feature on school and band coaches whilst growing up – ‘I bet you they won’t play this song on the radio‘, so had to google it, and yes, YouTube provides (doesn’t it always).  I’d forgotten it was a Monty Python one.  Still just a funny today mind …

Well, this started several minutes of mirth and merriment whilst I looked up the other Python songs I could remember … Eventually I found the official Python channel on YouTube and pythonline.com.

Never did find a copy of the version of ‘here comes another one’ I remember though … (“ya-ca-da-dow”)

Kevin.

 

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Taking all the fun out of technology …

November 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm (computers) ()

Not much you can say about this, except nod sadly and acknowledge that techy things aren’t as much fun as they once were …

Kevin

Some engineer out there has solved P=NP and it's locked up in an electric eggbeater calibration routine.  For every 0x5f375a86 we learn about, there are thousands we never see.

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Why doesn’t Cornelia Parker like Brass instruments?

November 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm (art) (, , , )

I’m pottering about on my laptop whilst the TV is on, and there is a programme about the future of modern art on one of the digital BBC channels.  Its very interesting.

One of the artists interviewed is Cornelia Parker.  She has some really interesting works of art, many of which are available for viewing in some of the famous galleries, like the Tate.

Of particular interest, and the thing that made me look up, was a work on display in the V&A, that has essentially created a large ceiling rose out of a set of squashed brass band instruments!  She had them squashed in the large hydraulic presses at work within Tower Bridge. It looks great!  Its called ‘breathless’ – you can read about it here.  If you are in any way squeamish about your brass instruments, you should maybe look away now 🙂

Another interesting one, is ‘Cold, Dark Matter: An Exploded View‘.  This appears to be a shed, that was blown up and put together in the exploded form in the Tate.

She has some very interesting work.

Kevin.

 

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Alternative Gifts …

November 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm (odds) (, , )

Whilst thinking about what people are buying for each other, and seeing all the usual Christmas tat in the shops (why, oh why, do they start filling up the shops with rubbish from October …), it was interesting to receive a catalogue of ‘alternative gifts‘ through the post.

Fancy buying some chickens for a family in Uganda?  What about water for school children in Ethiopia or even just ensure that children are correctly registered with the state, so they get what they are entitled to?  And how often could one consider training a teacher for £180?

When you think of the destination of most of the tat we’ll end up buying over the next few months, how long those cheap plastic things will last, its interesting to consider how long the legacy of one of these alternative gifts could last.  For some, it may be life changing.

A curious thought.

Kevin.

 

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