Diana’s challenge to the monarchy was that she took its nickname – The Firm – literally. She had been fired by the firm, and like a true entrepreneur she set up her own business as its competitor, disrupting it by doing exactly the same things – touring the world, visiting the poor or sick or industrious – with less protocol and more agility. The ultimate 80s icon was taking 80s politics to its unthinkable conclusion: privatise the monarchy. To do it, she used things the Royal Family could hardly touch – the media; youth; even pop.
Music journalist Tom Ewing's ongoing coverage of every UK #1 single reaches the biggest seller of them all: Elton John's Candle in the Wind 97.
oublio: most popular stuff on the internet
"I made a site and I thought MeFi might find it interesting: It shows the most popular image on Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr in real time, as well as the most popular videos on YouTube each day: www.oublio.com. Now you can waste time on social media more efficiently!"
[via mefi projects
From the mid 40s to the mid 50s Coronet Instructional Films
were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as dating
, preparing for being drafted
, and shyness
, as well as to children on following the law
, the value of quietness in school
, and appreciating our parents
. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between attitudes and health
, what kind of people live in America
, how to keep a job
, supervising women workers
, the nature of capitalism
, and the plantation System in Southern life
. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the Prelinger Archives
as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right? [more inside]
Hear how popular music has changed from 1940 to today with the Radio Time Machine
. Choose a year and hear samples of songs from the top of the Billboard 100 (or full songs if you're logged in to Rdio
. Alon Olearchik
. Gidi Gov
. Yoni Rechter
. Ephraim Shamir
. Together, they are probably Israel's most famous band Kaveret
. What to hear their most famous song? Yo Ya
. Want to know what it means? Here ya go
. Want more Kaveret?
. [more inside]
Aggregating hot topics on the web.
Cool site of the day times 2006: PopURLs! [via]
While culling my clippings file for the big move, I came across Ragtime: No Longer a Novelty in Sepia
, which led me to the The Rag-Time Ephemeralist
, a labor of love by one Chris Ware
, whose 'The Acme Novelty Library'
and Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Boy In The World
I had long admired. The Ragtime Ephemeralist's mention of Out of Sight - The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895
---here's a review
from Musical Traditions
--and, its very own links page,
as a consequence, led to this post about Ragtime, Cakewalks, Coon Songs and Vaudeville, with a slight nod to Barbershop Quartets. There's more, of course...
has been named the World's Most Influential work of modern art
, according to 500 artists, curators, critics and dealers in a survey conducted by Turner Prize sponsor Gordon's. (more inside)
was to take the top 3 most emailed photos on yahoo
and create a hopefully amusing story about the sequence.
I reserve the right to refuse a disturbing picture, this includes any pictures of celine dion.
It has to stop!
) Someone puts up a website, people like it and come back for more, then they tell their friends - and so on. The problem is, the site becomes popular
and prohibitively expensive and a valuable resource either gets put behind a pay per view gate, disappears, or the site owner has to bite the bullet
and pay a huge hosting fee. (more inside)
Is "Rushmore" the funniest movie of the 90's?
Matthowie thinks so, and kottke
apparently does too. However, Eric Rapp sums up my thoughts exactly
about the movie that may account for 2 hours of "lost time". Seen any other movies that people raved about but were completely lost on you?
"Self-similar syncopations: Fibonacci, L-systems, limericks and ragtime"
Along the lines of the book "Godel, Escher and Bach", an award winning essay looks at the mathmatical roots of popular music. I think I'm going to have to find a way to analyze some of my fave mp3's to see how they fall into the Fibonacci sequence...