Jul. 24th, 2016 12:11 am
nightdog_barks: Painting study of a sparrow in flight against an off-white background (Sparrow Flight)
Just because I never noticed before how the piano notes at the very end sound like a birdsong.

nightdog_barks: Silver robot with a heart pinned to his chest raises one hand to the stars (Heart Robot)
So this was what they played over the end of Person of Interest tonight (Monday night). That was ... a pretty good episode. This series has always had good music.

nightdog_barks: Painting of a white crow or raven with a pomegranate seed in its beak (White Raven)
And stop making sense.

Otherwise known as "David Byrne dances in his Big Suit." After so many years, still so brilliant.
nightdog_barks: (Anton Chekhov)
Some fun power K-pop for a Sunday afternoon.

nightdog_barks: (Thumbelina)
When I was about ten, I thought this was quite possibly one of the greatest movies in the whole world, probably because it had David Niven, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, and Jean-Paul Belmondo (he was French! I'd seen him in That Man from Rio and he was adorable! and hot! before I knew what hot meant!) all in one film.

Well, actually it was a big, sprawling mess of a movie. But it was very silly and a lot of fun, and I remember it fondly. So here you go. Mike Redway (does anyone remember him at all?) and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, with the soundtrack end to the 1967 version of Casino Royale. This is making me very happy tonight. He's got a redhead in his arms! :D

nightdog_barks: Illuminated manuscript head and forequarters of a small blue dragon (Blue dragon)
Two years ago, they manipulated the content that users saw when they logged in. It was part of a mass psych experiment to fuck with peoples' heads and then see if there was a correlation on how many positive and negative words they used afterward, depending on how they'd been fucked with. That is, if I show you nothing but death and accidents and famine and apocalypse, are you more likely to make a post containing negative words a week later?

No, I can't see anything going wrong with this AT ALL.

Everything We Know About Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment (via The Atlantic)
Facebook tinkered with users' feeds for a massive psychology experiment (via the AV Club)

ON THE OTHER HAND, because there must be some saving beauty in the world, have some beautiful, beautiful music. This is soprano Nuria Rial and countertenor Philippe Jaroussky singing the Monteverdi madrigal Zefiro torna (Return, O Zephyr), and it is gorgeous.


Apr. 19th, 2014 03:55 pm
nightdog_barks: (Commandment)
Dog wanted out at three in the morning so I got up to let her out. There was a mockingbird singing. At 3 a.m. :D

In other sounds of joy, this is wonderful:

Sister Rosetta Tharpe at the old Wilbraham Road train station, in Manchester, England, April 1964.
nightdog_barks: An accordian-flex wall lamp extends over the back of a chair (Wall Lamp)
1) Head cold is almost completely gone. It hung on for a while, adding to my general foul mood and crankiness.

2) Read Hilary Mantel's Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir, and by god it is brilliant. Mantel is a writing god.

3) Started Americanah, by a Nigerian writer named Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which is about a Nigerian blogger (bloggess?) who's been living in the U.S. (in Princeton) and who decides to return home. There was a positive review of it in the NY Times and so far it is excellent.

4) And speaking of Nigeria ... this Nigerian-American singer reminds me very much of Adele:

Four things make a post.
nightdog_barks: (Red Devil)
So I finished reading Max Brooks' World War Z last night (and it's a good read!). There's a scene where there are mentions of the old Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music song "Avalon." I remembered the song, but not very well, so off to YouTube I went. Third comment down: "so...who else came looking for this song after reading world war z?" :D

nightdog_barks: An accordian-flex wall lamp extends over the back of a chair (Wall Lamp)
omg so tired after a full day. But anyway. So tonight Mister Nightdog and I watched The Iron Lady on one of the movie channels, and it was okay and Meryl Streep was amazing, and then we were channel-surfing and stopped on Turner Classic Movies for awhile because they were showing Wings, which is a silent 1927 film and the winner of the very first Academy Award (in 1929) for Best Picture. SO ANYWAY, we were watching, and there's a scene where the two heroes (Charles Rogers and Richard Arlen), who are WWI pilots, finally get to the front, and they meet a character called "Cadet White." And Mister Nightdog and I sat straight up, because WOW, this Cadet White had presence. And he was only on-screen for about five minutes! So I looked him up on IMDB, and LOL. The guy on the right? Yeah, that would be Cadet White. I can't believe I didn't recognize him, but then he was only 26 years old. :D :D :D

In other news, Mister Nightdog was watching one of those Warren Miller skiing movies today, and this was on the soundtrack. I think she sounds a bit like Joni Mitchell and Neko Case.

nightdog_barks: (Radio)
Must run some errands, so here's a cool video to enjoy, possibly the only music vid to feature a zoetrope. If you think you've heard the song before, that's because it's from the movie Blast From the Past, which has a really great '90s soundtrack.

nightdog_barks: (Tiger Tiger)
So last night I'm poking around on YouTube and run across this, which I haven't heard in ... well, probably since the late '90s, when it came out.

This afternoon I went out to run a few errands. Guess what was playing on the radio? :D
nightdog_barks: (Tomatoes)
Started seeds for fall tomatoes -- Belgian Giant and Arkansas Traveler. We'll see what happens; I was only going to plant a few, but Mr. Nightdog said no, err on the side of caution. So if we end up with ten plants I'm blaming him.

Also, making a peach pie because we can.

Also also, go read [ profile] alternatealto's new story, Scenic View. House, Wilson, after the series finale. Fun, sweet, tender, and all-around lovely.

AlsoX3, have a video. :D

I was listening to this last night. It makes me happy.


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