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Archive for December, 2008

Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal

Posted by Anne on December 31st, 2008

Good indie music: The Fleet Foxes (die flotten Füchse) who debuted this year with an album that sounds like the Beach Boys jamming with Neil Young and Bill Withers in a trance. “To me, the most enjoyable thing in the world is to sing harmony with people,” Robin Pecknold told NPR. Stunning private session at […]

Engrish forever

Posted by Anne on December 30th, 2008

I love www.engrish.com.

Wijng

Posted by Anne on December 29th, 2008

Wijng is an emerging online platform for learning English, and currently it’s free. I’ve looked at a few of the units, including one on skiffle, that nice music of the 50s, and here are a few thoughts: The makers of this platform are taking existing videos, e.g. on YouTube. These are not skripted or specifically […]

Janelle Monae

Posted by Anne on December 28th, 2008

Hot stuff. Beautiful jazz voice. Quirky imagination. Playing a robot in love and singing about “the walking dead”, Janelle Monae is anything but robotic. She comes from a family that suffered from crack addiction, so she’s got a good attitude about keeping her head straight. Coming from the underground scene, she counts Prince among her […]

2000 year old computer attributed to Archimedes

Posted by Anne on December 28th, 2008

The Ancient Greeks were even more technologically advanced than previously thought. The Antikythera mechanism, a geared device found in a shipwreck a century ago, has been recreated. Gears turn hands (or pointers) on dials, and the device is driven by a hand knob. The computer predicts the movement of the planets and is now being […]

French and Saunders: The Lord of the Rings

Posted by Anne on December 27th, 2008

Oldie but goodie: My favorite parody of Lord of the Rings. Brilliant French and Saunders are Bilbo Baggins aka Dildo Daggins (and later she is Frodo/ Dodo) and Grandalf aka Grand Alf.  It’s a long feature, 19 minutes, so get yourself cozy. I think every minute is worth it, but particularly love minute 2:30-3:00. Dawn […]

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Up Above My Head

Posted by Anne on December 25th, 2008

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the first great recording star of Gospel music in the late 1930s. Merry Christmas! Up above my head I hear music in the air I really do believe there’s a heaven somewhere All in my room there is music everywhere I really do believe there’s a heaven somewhere Variations I really do […]