A new Web service offers Twitter feeds from dead people. Tweeji offers feeds from famous dead people, and not in a morbid way. These are historical, literary, cultural figures. For instance, Rimbaud: (Although why Chester Arthur?)
Is it Gothic? Mashable finds this distasteful. "a morbid marketing angle that leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth." But we've seen other Twitter feeds from famous writers, like Thoreau, Orwell, and Oscar Wilde. It depends, perhaps, on which dead person. Mashable picks Ian Curtis. Others might be irked at the Jesus or Derrida feeds. (thanks to Todd Bryant)
"HOLBEIN (Hans). Dance of Death, illustrated with Old Borders engraved on wood, with Latin Sentences and English Quatrains selected by Anatole de Montaiglon. Paris, Tross, 1856, PRINTED THROUGHOUT ON CHINA PAPER, post 8vo, appropriately bound in HUMAN SKIN, with a double of maroon morocco, enriched with three MOST WEIRD DESIGNS, executed in MOSAIC COLOURED LEATHERS, the binding specially designed and executed by the celebrated RAPARLIER. £31 10s
...The front cover of the binding, in human skin, is inlaid in orange, red, brown, white, green, yellow, and purple leathers; the back cover, in human skin, is in red, brown, green, white, yellow and pink inlay; and the double in dark brown morocco shews a crimson inlaid Gallic devil, with a ghastly grin on its white skull, dancing and beating a yellow and white tambourine."
Three gorgeous covers, as far as can be made out from the black and white.
What if the recent wave of recklessness amoung bankers was due, in part, to the fact that the younger generation has been brought up in two dimensions – subjected to prolonged time in front of a screen, immersed in the world of computer games.
Then the argument addresses brain effects:
first, reckless behaviour is related to a mindset where the prefrontal cortex under-functions, and a premium consequently shifts to the excitement and thrill of the here and now. Second, our brains are shaped b the environment. Third, if the screen culture creates a world dominated by sensation and process rather than by content, significance and narrative, it may well be that those playing computer games have brains that adjust appropriately.
What a powerful move, knitting together two powerful complexes of fears, gaming and the economic crisis. This can be used in all sorts of ways, from pushing for more game regulation to taking the heat off of other economic actors.
A Guatemalan political dissident accused the government of masterminding a political killing - his own, after the fact. It's one of those post-mortem videos, triggered to be released if certain conditions are met.
WikiNews has the best headline:
Assassinated lawyer accuses Guatemalan president from beyond grave
Post-mortem media have long been uncanny, starting with being able to hear the voices of the dead via wax cylinders.
Five horrible, historical deaths are narrated by the first Memory Palace podcast. While others may dwell on later podcasts, for steampunk appeal, say, the first one hits the real-life Gothic nerve with an energetic, mordant dose of arsenic. Prepare yourself for cringing, and listen well.
My wife reflects that these stories make good arguments for OSHA.
Several weeks ago, we sent you a list of translations of the German markings in the Mahler. We now realize that this list contained many serious errors. These sheets contain the correct versions. So we don't waste valuable rehearsal time on this, copy these corrections into your part immediately.
GERMAN - ENGLISH
Langsam - Slowly
Schleppend - Slowly
Dampfer auf - Slowly
Mit Dampfer - Slowly
Allmahlich in das Hauptzeitmass ubergehen - Do not look at the conductor
Im Anfang sehr gemaechlich - In intense inner torment
Alle Betonungen sehr zart - With more intense inner torment
Getheilt (geth.) - Out of tune
Von hier an in sehr allmaehlicher aber stetiger Steigerung bis zum Zeichen - From this point on, the spit valves should be emptied with ever-increasing emotion
Hier ist ein frisches belebtes Zeitmass eingetreten - Slowly
Haupttempo - Slowly
Noch ein wenig beschleunigend - Slowing down but with a sense of speeding up
Immer noch zurueckhaltend - With steadily decreasing competence
Sehr gemaechlich - With indescribably horrific inner torment
Etwas bewegter, aber immer noch sehr ruhig - Somewhat louder, though still inaudible as before
Alle Betonungen sehr zart - With smallish quantities of fairly mild inner torment
Gemaechlich - Intermission
Ganz unmerklich etwas zurueckhaltend - Slowly
Etwas gemaechlicher als zuvor - Slowly
Von hier ab unmerklich breiter werden - As if wild animals were gnawing on your liver
Ohne cresc. - Without toothpaste
Immer noch etwas zurueckhaltend - Slowly
Vorwaerts draengend - Slowly
Hauptzeitmass - Slowly
Allmaehlich etwas lebhafter - Screaming in agony
Ohne Nachschl(age) - Without milk (sugar)
Kraeftig bewegt - Slowly
Mit dem Holze zu streichen - Like a hole in the head
Mit Parodie - Viola solo
Sehr einfach und schlicht, wie eine Volksweise - Slowly
Daempfer ab - Eyes closed
Ploetzlich viel schneller - Even more ploddingly
Den ersten Ton scharf herausgehoben - Do not play until the buzzer sounds
Am Griffbrett - As if in tune
Aeusserst zart, aber ausdrucksvoll - Radiantly joyful, despite the itching
Wieder zurueckhaltend - Increasingly decreasing
Noch breiter als vorher - Better late than never
Nicht eilen - No eels
Allmaehlich (unmerklich) etwas zurueckhaltend - Much faster (slower) than conductor
Lang gestrichen - Heads up
Lang gezogen - Heads back down
Die werden allmaehlich staerker und staerker bis zum (fp) - In the event of a water landing, your seat cushion may be used as a flotation device.