December 10, 2008

“Technology is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other…”

Filed under: Books, music, Words/Language, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 7:00 am

Sorry for the delay – I’ve been at a conference, and until they come up with a mobile-friendly version of WordPress for iTouch there’ll be no conference-blogging for me!

Anyway, when I haven’t been learning about weird and wonderful Apple stuff, I’ve been staying out of the heat and finding some links (let me tell you, one’s much easier than the other!) Here’s this week’s serve. Enjoy!

1) Satisfying my love of lists (in case you didn’t get enough last week!) get out your pen and start adding to your Christmas list if you haven’t got them – it’s the NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2008… (Actually, I think this is a bit America-centric, this list, as I haven’t read many at all! Or is it another case of ‘Shame on Me’?)

2) A bit of nerdy fun – sing your favourite Christmas carols in the best language in the world – Latin! At Gaudium Mundo, you’ll find everything from the obvious “Silens Nox” to the slightly more obscure “Dum Servant Pecus Pastores” (AKA “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”) . They’ve even got “Rudolphus Rubrinasus” on there – see if you can guess that!

3) Last, a pretty cool YouTube video – actually, everything on their channel’s pretty cool, and highly recommended. This group, Topology, performed at this conference I’m at and pretty much blew everyone away. What they do shouldn’t even ATTEMPT to be explained by a music-less person like me, but basically they look at the musical inflection within voices, particularly in powerful emotive pieces of oration, and build their music around it. Here’s a particularly famous one…


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