Slacktivist has posted (among many very insightful and thought provoking things, but it’s late so we’ll ignore those) a “shuffle meme” with a nice twist: Youtube links for selected tracks. It’s a nice idea, but I’m not exactly on board.
Case in point: Tom Traubert’s Blues by one of my favorite artists, Tom Waits. When I get in a music-listening mood, the very existence of Tom Waits makes me transcendently happy. It’s great that someone that good hasn’t burned themselves out, died, or noodled along in mediocrity after losing their touch. I would like to borrow his muse sometime
Tom Traubert’s Blues is one of his better songs, but even it lost something with the video added. I’m not sure what, perhaps it was just the distraction of video, or a clash with the vivid imagery of his lyrics.
The Hold Steady footage in the list is just the opposite. The lead singer’s voice always sounds a bit strained, and the video just fills in the rest of the picture…
For no particular reason, it reminds me a bit of this little gem I pulled from the BSD fortune file several years back:
“Multiply in your head” (ordered the compassionate Dr. Adams) “365,365,365,365,365,365 by 365,365,365,365,365,365″. He [ten-year-old Truman Henry Safford] flew around the room like a top, pulled his pantaloons over the tops of his boots, bit his hands, rolled his eyes in their sockets, sometimes smiling and talking, and then seeming to be in an agony, until, in not more than one minute, said he, 133,491,850,208,566,925,016,658,299,941,583,225!”
An electronic computer might do the job a little faster but it wouldn’t be as much fun to watch.
– James R. Newman, “The World of Mathematics”
(It’s almost the problem-solving approach I use at work, BTW. Quite effective. At what, I don’t know. I think people throw me the tough ones just to watch me squirm sometimes…)