November 29th, 2007

The Residents

CoalClock introduced me to The Residents this evening. A group of anonymous, aging musical (and visual) artists who communicate with the press through an anonymous body called the Cryptic Corporation. They already have about sixty albums to their name, as well as a bunch of films. Their wikipedia article is quite informative.

Here are a couple of their short films:

And here is a video of them performing live in Oslo:

November 29th, 2007

the end of the world

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from bizarro.com

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November 26th, 2007

Tommy’s Assortment of Magic

Tommy made a nifty new animation, check it out.

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November 26th, 2007

English Class

Bizarre.

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November 22nd, 2007

a deipnosophist

i am not

Word of the day. I like it.

November 21st, 2007

Beaton

Today I met with a professor of mine to discuss my evaluation and he, in an unrelated conversation, asked me where my name comes from (‘Beaton’). I had to tell him the truth: I didn’t really know. I told him that I had read contradicting accounts, that it was French Flemish and that it was Scottish.

After the meeting I looked it up again on the internet. The first search result was an article I hadn’t seen before – probably new – which makes sense of it all:

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/hconnors/Beaton/BeatonOrigins.html

So it’s a Gaelic name that later adopted and adapted a French Flemish name for use in English speaking contexts…

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November 18th, 2007

Cloud City

Wow, amazing. Click the link.

November 17th, 2007

Free Rice

Free Rice is a clever website/wordgame that ingeniously gets you to load up advertisements over and over again, raising money, part of which goes to charity.

It’s fun and I’m learning new words. I learnt that there’s an English cognate for the dutch verb praten (to chat[ter]): prate.

November 7th, 2007

Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/187

November 6th, 2007

the universe

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1683

This is a fascinating article theorizing about how a civilisation like ours might advance over the course of millions of years, and eventually be able to harness the power of the universe…

It also features an explanation of the mysterious monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, for which I was grateful.

November 5th, 2007

woolgathering

word of the day? word of my life






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