Archive for the ‘Video’ Category
And this jaw-dropping video—my god, memes have evolved in some very strange directions of which I had absolutely no notion whatsoever:
Augmented with an annular ring for more efficient forward flight:
More info in this Motherboard report by Madison Margolin.
I think that odd instrument on the left is a nyckelharpa.
A truly great musician. From an email:
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charlie Christian, among the most important guitarists in the history of jazz. Although his only available recordings come from a brief period between 1939 and 1941, Christian was an influence on nearly every modern guitarist well into the 1960s, including Les Paul, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, and George Benson. His pioneering efforts on electric guitar and extraordinary technique helped to bring the guitar to the forefront as a solo instrument.
Christian spent his formative years playing gigs around Oklahoma City. As his talents developed he began jamming with famous musicians traveling through town, including Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, and Mary Lou Williams, who brought him to the attention of producer John Hammond in 1939. It was Hammond who secured an audition for the guitarist with the famous bandleader Benny Goodman. After a somewhat rocky initial meeting, Goodman recognized Christian’s talent, hiring him to be a part of his new sextet. It was the recordings Christian made with this group that would quickly bring him to the attention of the jazz world. Christian eventually traveled to New York with Goodman’s band, where he participated in several jam sessions at famous after hours clubs like Minton’s and Monroe’s in 1941, bringing him into contact with future legends of modern jazz such as Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Kenny Clarke. Sadly, though his influence on the guitar would be felt for decades, Christian passed away at the age of only 25 in 1942 after contracting tuberculosis.
Excellent video via this article:
I recently realized that privilege (whether white privilege, class privilege, economic privilege, whatever) is like good health: when you have it, you’re not really conscious of the benefits, but when you don’t have it, the cost of not having it is painfully evident every day and often every hour. You become totally conscious of the lack, but if you should regain it or acquire it, it soon becomes “natural” and you no longer really notice it.
It deals with assumptions from experience. When you pick up the telephone (I’m still a landline guy), you hear a dial tone. But if that dial tone doesn’t come on within 1 second, it’s jarring, and a three second wait means something is seriously wrong. The thing we’re accustomed to is an instant dial tone, and as white people, or people privileged by class or wealth, the daily experience feels “natural,” and any interruption of that is highly threatening: it feels as though the world is slipping out of control.
Tom Lehrer will never be underappreciated so long as I am around.