What is a Song?

What is a Song?

Sounds like a simple question at first. The good news? I'm not going to go into music theory. Nevertheless, the question is serious. What exactly is a song? Pick up a score, a set of tabs, but it's not a song. Sure, I could learn to read it, and to some extent then, "hear" the music in my head, but it's not the song. Compare the following: Are they the same song? Why not? Sure, the arrangement is different, the singers are different, and in this case, the styles are radically different, yet there is a commonality there that any…

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Justice vs Law

Justice vs Law

A lot of people conflate "legal" and "moral." This of course was the favorite way for entertainment pedowood types to strawman "conservatives" compleat with phrases like "nothing personal, it's just business," when anyone who actually has done business knows it's all about being personal, and establishing relationships, especially at high level sales. It is also, of course, how cuckservatives will gladly buy into "legal" immigration without asking the question "so what if we made it legal for anyone to come in for any reason and stay." All it takes, after all, is to pass a law. So over at Men…

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An Inadvertent Glimpse of What We Lost

An Inadvertent Glimpse of What We Lost

Not much of a spoiler here, so no real warning. One of the things that caught my attention in the film 1917 was the way that cultural touchstones were shared. Among them, there's a scene at the end where a soldier is synging a hymn, from memory, no songsheets, and everyone is sitting listening. Another is near the beginning where the General Erinmore, sending the Blake and Schofield off, explains his choice with a line of poetry. This of course brought to mind the Copy-Book Headings that Kipling wrote about. More importantly though, there's a point where Schofield, in a…

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The War to End All Wars

The War to End All Wars

The short version? Go see 1917. It's a solid war movie. If I had a quibble it's that they compressed nearly 24 hours into just a few while at the same time, except for a period of unconsciousness, showing you the events in two apparently continuous shots. There was certainly less overt antiwar messaging than I would have expected. The background music, while not Zimmer, is similar to his more recent soundscape-style work. From a technical perspective, it's an amazing achievement of steadicam work.…

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False Depth in Storytelling

False Depth in Storytelling

One thing I often get - most recently regarding the show "Succession" and mostly from people who don't know me that well in my circle of acquaintances - is shock that I don't like [Stephen King | Game of Thrones | Whatever piece of dross that's popular today that involves horrible people being horrible to each other ] "But you should try it out instead of dismissing it right away / after a few minutes" The answer I give echoes Alexandru Constantin's - I don't like it, why should I continue to waste time on that? "But you could…

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On Ink, Powder, and Faith

On Ink, Powder, and Faith

Rolf Nelson shares a few thoughts at MOTW. After starting with exactly how complicated a simple-sounding question like "what is the best gun/ammo/etc to buy" can be, he digresses to the less than obvious complexities of fountain pens, for people who've only written with cheaply available ball-pojnt or gel pens... (and yes, ball point, at least technical pens, also can be a rabbit hole unto themselves): And yet, when we turn to a new thing, we often ask the “how complicated can it be?” idiot inquiry ourselves. “Fountain pen. Ink. Paper. What could possibly go wrong? I mean,…

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Impressions of Europe: Germany

Impressions of Europe: Germany

I spent nearly a week between two households staying with friends and family. There's a lot that could be said, much of it pointless as the normal fluff, but I'll look at overall culture/impressions, energy, driving, and immigration. It may take more than one post. The first shock for a friend who'd been stationed there before was the public transit. Leaving aside that we missed a train because our line was actually, despite sceduling and arrival indicators, not the one that pulled up at the platform, arriving out of order.  This was already unheard of, but then that friend…

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Video Roundup

Video Roundup

First, the silver tongue of the Razorfist, pointing out all of the ways we were supposed to have been knee deep in WW3 by now: Secondly - I can't recommend listening to the Lawstream for everyone, and hearing transcripts are boring as hell, but there is something almost surreal when you do cartoon voices for the different lawyers. The Lemonfuhrer's dry, lungless gasp, and the bit where he has a lawyer voiced as slowpoke Rodriguez (a la speedy Gonzalez) questioning another voiced as Kermit the Frog is worth more than a few laughs, as well as showing exactly why the…

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