A Most Beguiling Sound

A Most Beguiling Sound


I’ve been neglecting my blog again, and that’s bad, mmkay?

To make up for it, let me show you a piece of heaven, courtesy of a wikipedia commons file – the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, as performed by  Kimiko Douglass-Ishizak. It’s a lilting, peaceful, graceful piece. It’s the musical equivalent of a lightsaber – an elegant weapon for a more… civilized age.


I hope you enjoy this gorgeous background for whatever you’re doing, be it a nine-course French fusion dining experience,

Elegant food for the elegant soul

working on your novella set in the rennaisance,

The worst part is writing it in spanish

or… or obliterating Kerbals.

Yeah, pretty sure it’s for Kerbals.

Oh my, Gregford, surely we were pointed the other direction only a moment ago…

Anyway, whatever you’re up to, you’ll feel just a bit classier doing it with this in the background. Enjoy!

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, no. 01 Aria


This is just Dean-lightening

So for those of you who don’t know, PBS funds a show on youtube called ideachannel. It features some fantastically out there ideas, usually backed by pretty solid evidence. It’s pretty entertaining to watch, and they just did an episode on Community… so… you know I’m all over that. Anyway, take a look. video after the jump. Continue reading “This is just Dean-lightening”

Everyone needs to hear this. EVERYONE.

This is the most amazing mash-up I’ve ever heard. It’s brilliant, moving, and seamless. And I feel certain that both artists would be proud of the result of their own art  being fused into such a gorgeous reinterpretation. (video after the bump)

You know, I should probably talk about how things like this can’t be created if copyright laws continue to get more stringent, and how fair use needs to expand to include derivative works when those derivative works are substantially different from the original, and so on, but… F**k it. Let’s just sit back and listen to a beautiful song, created individually by three amazing artists.

Continue reading “Everyone needs to hear this. EVERYONE.”

A video I shouldn’t show

I’m posting this video up (even though I probably shouldn’t) for three reasons:

1) It happens to be the funniest review I’ve seen in a loooong time, from one of the best film reviewers on the web. Seriously, I have a huge amount of respect for this guy (Doug Walker, also known as the Nostalgia Critic or That Guy With The Glasses).

Doug Walker, a.k.a. The Nostalgia Critic, Chester A. Bum, That Guy With The Glasses; the only man who could ruin my childhood (and make me enjoy it)
Doug Walker, a.k.a. The Nostalgia Critic, Chester A. Bum, That Guy With The Glasses; the only man who could ruin my childhood (and make me enjoy it)

2) This movie has got to be the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Including made for TV. Including Lifetime channel made for TV. Including Freddie Got Fingered, for Chrissakes. This thing is AWFUL. Which only makes the review that much better.

3) This review has been removed from Doug Walker’s site (http://thatguywiththeglasses.com) due to a copyright infringement claim by the creator of the movie – a claim I believe to be fraudulent and dangerously close to perjury. If this movie goes back up, or if Mr. Walker asks me to remove it, I’ll do so ASAP. Until then, I don’t think I can stand idly by and watch this excellence disappear.

To Mr. Walker: I mean it when I say that if you have any sort of problem with this, I’m more than happy to take it down. This is just my way of protesting the bullshit. I don’t want to add to it. ^^

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Ҥ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include —

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.”

For the Nostalgia Critic’s response to Mr. Wiseau’s tantrum, see this video (http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/26252-the-tommy-wiseau-show for those who like to enter the address themselves) . . . and check out the rest of his site, too! Doug Walker is one of the reasons I get on the net – He’s irresistably funny, clever, and spot-on in his reviews.

In closing: Mr. Wiseau, get a life.