Friday, August 08, 2008

Recent Amusements

I seem to have entered another of my periodic blogging lulls -- as usual, this doesn't mean much of anything: I'm working on other stuff and haven't had anything particular to say, is all. I'll be back soon enough (FSM willing).

In the meantime, here are a few diversions you might find entertaining.

Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor visualized -- this is truly stunning stuff, well worth watching. (via). If you like it, the same guy has done a bunch of other videos too -- try his visualization of Bach's Little Fugue. Now if he'd just get to work on the Well-Tempered Clavier and Goldberg Variations, I'd be a happy man....

• Speaking of Bach, if anyone hasn't seen 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, it's a great film. Just sayin'.

Two comics about Gricean conversational maxims. How can you not love that? (via Zompist.)

• Who knew that there was a list of the Forbes Fictional 15 -- the wealthiest fictional characters? Highly amusing, although I am curious where they go the various numbers (if, indeed, they were not just randomly generated, as seems reasonably likely....)

• Someone made a short film out of Terry Bisson's classic short story, "They're Made of Meat" (which I've linked to several times before.) The story's much better (and, in my head, very different in tone and overall atmosphere), so if you haven't read the story, do yourself a favor and read it. But if you have read the story, the film's kind of fun. (Bisson himself seems to have made it into a play -- which, given that the original is entirely in dialogue, seems to mean primarily that he changed the formatting. Unlike the film, the play is virtually indistinguishable from the story...)

Three Quarks Daily reposts a terrific Yehuda Amichai poem (in translation).

Andrew Sullivan unearths a gem from Craigslist.

• If you've seen McCain's various attack ads against Obama, you might find this parody amusing.

And that's all for now, folks.

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