The Rhythm of Life is one of those songs that sort of embeds itself in your brain. Originally fromSweet Charity, it's a powerful beat that is able to transcend meaning, transformed by the medium... The original intent was a bit of a bohemian/hippie chant.
The song sometimes was voiced by a congregation that appeared somewhat more innocent.
Yin and yang, backwards.... it's meaning became something different altogether.
Or, there's this... posted by HuronBob at 8:31 PM PST - 19 comments
It's All Games Now: The Convergence of Games and Social Media (video, 61 minutes), is a talk given by Raph Koster, one of the lead designers of the MMO Ultima Online, at the 2011 Game Developers Conference Online in Austin Texas. In it he looks at how digital games have changed as a social experience from MUDs to World of Warcraft, where they are going in the future, and the bleed between games and the real world. Koster has posted a summary here on his site. [more inside] posted by codacorolla at 6:47 PM PST - 15 comments
What should you drink? Take your cues from the tunes. That's the premise behind Drinkify, a scrappy little webapp that recommends drinks based on what you're listening to. Their motto? "Never listen to music alone again." [more inside] posted by Diagonalize at 2:22 PM PST - 112 comments
Two weeks ago, Google disabled the + operator for searches, requiring quotation marks to force inclusion of a word.
Today, Google Plus rolled out a new feature - Pages for companies and brands, so you can "build relationships with all the things you care about".
Included is Direct Connect - go straight to Pepsi's Google+ page by searching for +Pepsi. posted by dragoon at 1:29 PM PST - 205 comments
A Year of New York in 5 minutes. Cameraman Andrew Clancy lives in New York City, and was in the habit of shooting footage of what was going on around him whenever he was out. This is a compilation of life in the city, from the point of view of a New Yorker. posted by Phire at 10:47 AM PST - 21 comments
"Every day in the U.S., about 500 people lose a limb. About 1,800 amputation surgeries are performed each year in Oklahoma. More than 1,600 of those — about 90 percent — are lower body amputations. So every day in Oklahoma, four people lose part or all of a leg." (Nationally, the most common procedure is toe amputation.) "These are the stories of four people living in Oklahoma — a mother, a senior, a Marine and a student — all living life on at least one prosthetic leg": Standing Tall[more inside] posted by zarq at 8:13 AM PST - 21 comments
The Codex Seraphinianus. This rare art book with text written in a still-unbroken code has been out of print for years. Now the whole thing is now available to read online. posted by empath at 6:23 AM PST - 68 comments
When we first heard it, it sounded like it came from outer space… Douglas Hart There are just, every few years, the sound from a guitar, from someone who is channeling something that is so bone chilling, so blood healing, something that twists your molecular structure… Lydia Lunch It was extraordinary really. As soon as he played two notes you knew it was Rowland Howard… Nick Cave Autoluminescent, a documentary about the late great guitarist, has been released (along with the bats). [more inside] posted by Kerasia at 1:58 AM PST - 12 comments