Here’s a thing I’m going to try and do from now on: even when it’s difficult to post stuff cos of work and what have you, I will collect what appear to be the stories of the week and put them here.
So. I keep track of a lot of blogs and websites (duh). Over the course of a week or so, there tend to be a few stories or items or whatevers that pop up across several of these. It feels like the internet is collectively getting excited about something. Last week, the following seemed to bubble to the surface:
Paranoid Android, the Youtube edition: in the most astounding feat of sound and video editing since Requiem for a Dream, a Youtube user going by OHADI22 created a version of Paranoid Android using only cover versions uploaded to Youtube. See it here and be amazed.
The left-wing US military: unlike many American companies, the US military provides excellent childcare and single-payer medical coverage that continues into retirement. But I think what caused a lot of blogs to pick up on the story with week were the words of Sgt. Major Micheal (don’t ask me about that e-before-a thing) Barrett on the subject of gay people now being allowed to serve openly in the military:
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution is pretty simple, It says, ‘Raise an army.’ It says absolutely nothing about race, color, creed, sexual orientation. You all joined for a reason: to serve. To protect our nation, right? How dare we, then, exclude a group of people who want to do the same thing you do right now, something that is honorable and noble? … Get over it. We’re magnificent, we’re going to continue to be. … Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines.
Kind of… makes me wanna be a marine.
Andy Baio got sued: Andy is the proprietor of waxy.org, source of many links. He also seems to be an excellent guy. Some time ago he produced Kind of Bloop, an album of chip-tune covers of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. He was fastidious about obtaining permission to do covers of the music, but didn’t think of the cover photograph. Kind of Bloop‘s cover was a pixelised version of the original Kind of Blue album cover, and the photographer responsible for the image, Jay Miesel, wasn’t happy. You need to read the whole story: the outcome, that Mr. Baio – who wasn’t in it for money in the first place (the money went to the artists involved) – has to pay Maisel more than $30K, is bizarre. Obviously there is plenty of support for Andy online.
Martin Freeman as Bilbo: First pictures from the filming of The Hobbit are here. e.g.:
Undocumented migrant journalist: In an article that I haven’t read, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has revealed that he was brought illegally into the United States as a child and has never actually immigrated. He managed to win a Pulitzer though!
There you go then. Those were the things that the internet, as I saw it, was thinking about last week.