Archive for November, 2013
Long before there was CSI, there was The Who. The were a later part of the British Invasion, and in some sense they could be seen as a little more daring. With projects like Quadrophenia and Tommy, I think they were stretching a little more than many of there contemporaries (even the Beatles… I think Tommy goes a bit further than Sgt. Pepper’s, but then they are also two years apart).
This one is from a little later in their career, in 1978, and is from the last album that Keith Moon performed on.
I just realized it’s been quite a while since I’ve had any Dave Matthews as a selection for the week. Let’s fix that, shall we? This week’s pick is one that I hadn’t actually seen the video for (prior to discovering it for sharing here). My initial reaction was that the visuals feel very similar to how Eh Hee was done. Not a bad thing, but a little jarring on first viewing.
It’s been a while since I last had a Mumford & Sons selection. This week’s pick, from the same album as before (Babel) is actually the first track on the album. Even now, all these months after first listening to the entire album, it still all works for me. I don’t find myself skipping through songs. Usually, if I do anything, I’m starting a track over so I can play it louder. Like this one.
So there’s this thing that I just saw on Scalzi’s website, where he points to this… which features this image:
Now, here’s what has me tickled. The (marketing) synopsis that’s on the website:
Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four per cent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to Stimulus.
One per cent doesn’t seem like a lot. But in the United States, that’s 1.7 million people “locked in” …including the President’s wife and daughter. Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore to the “locked in” the ability to control their own bodies. But two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.
This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse…