I did this quick self-portrait the other day. I seem to have truncated my chin, but other than that it’s a decent likeness.
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, “Toccata”
An instrumental from their album Brain Salad Surgery with album artwork by H. R. Giger! A confluence of kickass.
Dave Brubeck - Blue Rondo à la Turk
When I was little, my mom used to play this to get me to hurry up with my chores.
On the street with George Melly
Renowned jazz man George Melly once scared off some would-be muggers by reciting Dadaist sound poetry at them.
Of course, they probably didn’t know what they were hearing; they just suddenly found themselves faced with a man in a brightly colored suit and hat shouting “Ooooooooooooo dllllll rrrrrrrrrrrr beeeeee buh dddsnnnrrrrrr eeeeeeeee” and figured it would be best to run away.
This song is 20 years old this month. A long-standing favorite of mine. Trouble really does melt like lemon drops whenever I hear it playing.
Source: SoundCloud / Chanond.K
I love Ambassadors so much already, even though it’s only been two episodes. There are many strings on the Mitchell and Webb fiddle. Here is some info about the show!!
David Mitchell plays Keith Davis, the British ambassador to Tazbekistan. Robert Webb plays Neil Tilly, his deputy. Their job consists of cozying up to the nation’s authoritarian president and plugging for British industry, while trying to avert diplomatic disasters. The show is apparently quite realistic, sort of like Getting On.
The Tazbek language is alternatively Russian, Uzbek, or Kazakh, or a mixture of these. The writing is almost all Russian, though. (Thanks Aleks)
Matthew MacFadyen has a bit part as Keith’s superior, a screen-bound minister of state who is called the Prince of Darkness (POD) but who is basically just a Prick in a Position of Power (PPP). He reports to the Permanent Under-Secretary (PUS).
A sample exchange:
Keith: “We did the right thing.”
Also, in the title cards, Italy is shown to be full of pasta trees. An allusion to the 1957 April Fool’s edition of Panorama, I think.
In conclusion, Ambassadors is great and you should watch it.
I am taking the GRE this Saturday
And I made up this list of backronyms to explain how that’s going to go down.
Actually, the test isn’t all that bad, but Griping is Rather Enjoyable.
TO THE SURGEON KEVIN LIN
Besides these words that are made of
breath and memory with features
of both and are only mine as
I address them to you
what do I owe to that steady
fire I watched burning behind your
glasses through the dire spelling-out
when we met that first day
and to the passion of the boy
from Taiwan and the sharp knowledge
it burned a way to until it
stood before the open
red cavern and between pulses
was sure how to do what came next
had it not been for that would I
have been here this morning
at home after a night’s rain as
the first sunlight touches the drops
at the tips of the leaves I owe
you the sight of morning
By W. S. Merwin, United States Poet Laureate