the tantalizing tune
I used to have a ringtone that, pardon the pun, rang a bell: I was sure it was from some modern string quartet, but couldn’t find it in my collection.
Years go by. Today I get in the car, turn on the radio and hear that musical phrase. I wait for the piece to end, but the title is not announced. Well, maybe the station webs its playlist. I get home, refer to the website and find, for the time in question, some song by Daniel Lanois (surrounded by other songs rather than string quartets). Argh.
I tried to remember the title theme of Dexter and all I could summon was that of The Odd Couple. Hmm.
I’m depraved on account of I’m deprived
Today’s Straight Dope responds to this inquiry:
Everyone is familiar with the song that goes, “There’s a place in France where the naked ladies dance.” What’s the origin of this mysterious song and its seemingly Egyptian melody?
So naturally I’m not familiar with those words; but they do scan to the tune quoted in Divers Ayres on Sundrie Notions: “Ask for P.D.Q., take a tablespoon or two.”
beauty’s where you find it
I mis-heard some trivial question as “What is Hamming music?”
For some of us, the name Hamming is strongly associated with information theory, and so I imagined that “Hamming music” must be algorithmic composition using error-correcting principles.
And that got me thinking vaguely about redundancy in art.
a particular kind of earworm
Does anyone remember a song of thirty years ago that ended with the narration “But now we must descend, for there is another side to this vision”?
wandering the web
Gunnerkrigg Court, a newish cartoon-strip set in a decidedly weird boarding school.
This is too good to leave buried in the comments: Loituma perform “Ievan polkka”
Sheldon Richman: Capitalism vs Capitalism
Something Positive: It’s entirely possible that you’ll appreciate this joke more than I can.
You don’t need me to tell you that MC Escher laid down some killer grooves. It’s high time someone made a movie of his last work: Snakes on a plane!