It’s January 1, and time for the traditional consultation with the iPod oracle regarding the new year. Drawing ten songs at random and interpreting them as in a Celtic Cross tarot reading (key here), I get,
- The Covering: Belle & Sebastian, “Judy and the Dream of Horses”
- The Crossing: Junior Boys, “In the Morning”
- The Crown: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Fancy”
- The Root: Guided By Voices, “Kicker of Elves”
- The Past: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, “Better Dead Than Lead”
- The Future: Bloc Party, “Pioneers”
- The Questioner: Stars, “Window Bird”
- The House: Bloc Party, “Where Is Home?”
- The Inside: Arcade Fire, “The Well and the Lighthouse”
- The Outcome: The Hold Steady, “How A Resurrection Really Feels”
Wow. I don’t think any commentary is needed here. Sometimes it’s just too obvious…
YARR! It be Talk Like A Pirate Day! Traditionally (ok, just last year), I announce the Pirate Song of the Year today, but I can’t think of any sufficiently piratical songs that have come out this year. However, we are taking nominations in the comments.
Instead, we open a new category: The Pirate Film of the Year.
Gore Verbinski, present yerself at the foredeck!
For the achievement of Pirate Film So Reportedly Lame I Didn’t Bother Seeing It (of the Year), ye are rewarded with a one-way voyage to Davy Jones’ Locker. Feed him to the sharks!
And now, the Pirate Film of the Year: Stardust. An extra share of booty fer Neil Gaiman, Matthew Vaughn, and Robert De Niro! ARRR!
Elsewhere, Chris Bertram warns not to try talking like a pirate in Bristol, where they talk like this all the time.
I really shouldn’t have done this, but once I had the idea, I had to follow through.
Today is Albert Einstein’s birthday. It’s also Pi Day, but like T-Rex I prefer Pi Approximation Day on July 22, not to mention Euler’s Number Day on February 71.
When I was advised to Google “March 14th” I expected something related to the above, but the first result reveals something else entirely.
This post by Mason inspired me to make a Dinosaur Comic:
Noninertial theology (Image is behind the link because it’s too wide for the blog template.)
The thesis in question was by Richard Packard, who is a Berkeley physics professor. I can only hope decades from now somebody will be writing Dinosaur Comics about my thesis.
Over coffee I and another grad student had a brilliant innovation: an electric guitar with SQUID pickups! Due to the high sensitivity and low noise of the SQUID, we expect the sound quality to be extremely good. Of course, the guitar will have to be filled with liquid nitrogen (we’re assuming high-Tc SQUIDs here) or equipped with a cryocooler. The LN2-filled guitar would have the advantage of producing plumes of fog on demand, and would be especially spectacular when smashed against the stage at the end of the show.
I just noticed that I’ve only posted four times in the month of October. Um… here’s a Friday Random 10! (If only I had some cat pictures…)
- Stereolab, “Percolator”
- TV on the Radio, “Ambulance”
- Radiohead, “No Surprises”
- The Decemberists, “The Engine Driver”
- The Arcade Fire, “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
- Nirvana, “Stay Away”
- Radiohead, “Paranoid Android”
- Sleater-Kinney, “The Remainder”
- Pixies, “Where Is My Mind?”
- Franz Ferdinand, “Evil and a Heathen”
This is from the four-and-five-star playlist, which accounts for the very high quality of the selection.
Purify the colors, purify my mind.
Purify the colors, purify my mind,
and spread the ashes of the colors
in this heart of mine.
Via Dynamics of Cats, the “dwarf planet” whose discovery led to Pluto’s demotion has been named Eris, losing its previous informal name of Xena. Steinn responds with an appropriate “Hail Eris!”, but then wonders if dwarf planets should have dwarf names.
As a sometime-admirer of the Goddess (one of the patron deities of Kaos Alley), I am pleased to see her recognized here, even if it is a dinky little dwarf planet. (At least it has an appropriately eccentric orbit.) In her honor, I suggest going bowling, eating hotdogs (especially tomorrow), or generally doing something chaotic. Initiates can go here, and click randomly in the table of contents.
Via Pharyngula, the Bad Astronomy blog finds a wingnut who thinks that this naming choice is… a vicious liberal attack on George W. Bush. His argument is based on the fact that the Caltech is in California and therefore must be a major liberal enclave. I would like to propose a slightly more plausible theory, in which the game Illuminati is an accurate representation of world affairs, and the Discordian Society has just added the IAU to their power structure.
Saturday afternoon a zombie invasion hit San Francisco. Unfortunately I was completely unaware of this, otherwise Josh and I would have gone to see it. I’ll have to get on the mailing list for the next one. Naturally the zombies eventually ended up at the Apple Store. (Via Boing Boing.)
I didn’t watch any of the soccer game today, but Yglesias is right: that headbutt is awesome. Obviously I should have watched the game so I could have seen that moment.
(This is obvious filler while I finish getting the new site ready. I hope to move things over tonight, where “tonight” may technically end up being “tomorrow”. But there have been lots of distractions the last few days.)