"Like Kubodera and Landman, Roper believes Architeuthis hunts by hanging motionless in the inky darkness, 600 to 1,000 meters down. When a fish or smaller squid swims by, they conjecture, the animallashes out with its two long tentacles, dragging its prey within reach of its eight shorter arms and, ultimately, the wicked-looking, parrotlike beak in the center of its thicket of limbs. The beak is sharp as a bolt cutter, its upper jaw scissoring neatly into the prognathous lower one. Shearing off chunks of living flesh, the squid uses a rasping, tongue-like organ called a radula, covered with tiny teeth, to push its food down its gullet."
From BoingBoing’s “The Kraken Wakes”
Bonobo’s (fantastic) new song has a stunning video full of repurposed mid-century film footage. I want to have this running on a loop on every screen in my house.
Kinda sounds like a conclusion, doesn’t it?
“Even in the limited sample interviewed for this project, the songwriters borrowed phrases from technical writing and titles from unproduced films. They included lyrical allusions to works of fiction and musical references to other songs. They re-used song structures, unconsciously borrowed melodies, transposed chord changes and imitated vocal phrasings. They tried to capture a particular atmosphere or energy. They borrowed rhythms and lifted melodies from the public domain. They even found ways to take inspiration from visual art, philosophy, film and political rhetoric, with none of this borrowing striking the songwriters as at all unusual.
If we hope to improve our understanding of the creative process in order to better understand how to legislate creativity, then speaking to artists about these practices is essential. Further study with larger, more disparate groups of musicians—-songwriters working in a wider variety of genres, from broader geographical locations, of different backgrounds and different economic standings—-can only enrich our understanding. Whether the goal is a more accurate theoretical foundation, more practical policy or even just further fodder for philosophical discussion, artists’ own views and voices must take on a more central role in the discussion.”
Yesterday Meat Loaf endorsed Mitt Romney by saying that he couldn’t believe Obama actually said the Cold War was over (fer real: “the other night, when President Barack Obama, God bless him, said to Mitt Romney, ‘The Cold War is over’ – I have never heard such a thing in my life.”). The Loaf also said he’d never had a political agenda in his life, but I think this photo proves that’s a lie.
CJSW launch party playlist
This is more for my own benefit, but if you’re curious, here’s what got played at the CJSW launch party at the observatory. This DJing thing is actually pretty fun.
1. Al Green - Oh Pretty Woman (3:18)
2. Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar (4:03)
3. Dr. John - Big Shot (3:48)
4. James Moody - Good Sense Humour Man (3:29)
5. Albert Smith - Come Together (3:37)
6. Kano - Now Baby Now (5:58)
7. Pat & The Blenders - Hard Workin’ Man (2:31)
8. Marvin Gaye - Hitch Hike (2:32)
9. Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me (4:08)
10. Harry Nilsson - All My Life (3:13)
11. The Kinks - Stop Your Sobbing (2:05)
12. The Human Beinz - Nobody But Me (2:19)
13. Raphael Saadiq - Radio (3:22)
14. William Bell - Eloise (Hang On In There) (2:45)
15. Otis & Carla - Lovey Dovey (2:36)
16. The Temptations - I Can’t Get Next To You (2:56)
17. Dexys Midnight Runners - Seven Days Too Long (2000 Digital Remaster) (2:43)
18. Dolly Parton - Don’t Drop Out (2:31)
19. Wilson Pickett - Time Is On My Side (2:34)
20. Van Morrison - Wild Night (3:34)
21. James Brown - Out Of Sight (2:23)
22. Bruce Springsteen - The E Street Shuffle (4:31)
23. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Got A Thing On My Mind (2:52)
24. St. Maarten’s The Rolling Tones - It´s A Feeling (4:35)
25. Michael Jackson - Burn This Disco Out (3:42)
26. Sly & The Family Stone - M’Lady (2:47)
27. Ohio Players - Trespassin’ (1:53)
28. Ruby & The Party Gang - Ruby’s Surprise Party (3:55)
29. Al Green - Oh Pretty Woman (3:18)
30. Otis & Carla - Knock On Wood (2:52)
31. Fantastic Four - Give Me All the Love You Got (3:38)
32. Junior Walker & The All Stars - Shotgun (3:00)
Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo
This Joseph Gordon Levitt short is either incredible or impossibly overwrought. Given that it’s JGL, I’m leaning towards the former, because god damn is that man charming. Also, because it’s got some nice words in it. Reminds me of something between Unwinese and Nadsat.
"I don’t think we’re here for anything, we’re just products of evolution. You can say ‘Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don’t think there’s a purpose,’ but I’m anticipating a good lunch."
Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA
Final Fantasy · Nun or a Bawd
And why not make it a two-fer? I haven’t been posting too many of these. Favourite track from Final Fantasy’s Plays to Please, a tribute to Toronto’s Deep Dark United. No comments on the sentiment contained within.