• The finalists in the Diagram Prize for the year's oddest book title:
Baboon Metaphysics by Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth
The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais by Philip M. Parker
Curbside Consultation of the Colon by Brooks D. Cash.
The Large Sieve and its Applications by Emmanuel Kowalskiis
Strip and Knit with Style by Mark Hordyszynski (Alas, not naked knitting)
Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring by Lietai Yang.
From AP : Philip Stone, a sales analyst at The Bookseller, said choosing the finalists had been particularly difficult this year. "Six seems such a cruelly low number given titles such as 'Excrement in the Late Middle Ages' and 'All Dogs Have ADHD' were rejected," he said. Previous winners of the prize include The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification and People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It.
So to today's enthusiams:
• Cover Lay Down is a folk blog, which concentrates on two things: folk covers of familiar songs and new versions of folk songs. It's kept by someone who is a true enthusiast and the links are terrific. These are my four favourites of the songs I've downloaded from it.
Go Your Own Way Snow and Voices (originally Fleetwood Mac)
Reimagines the radio-friendly hit as a spooky, slow spectral ballad. it's more broken and less defiant than the original
Learn To Fly Brianna Lane (originally Foo Fighters)
A simple acoustic cover which works surprisingly well
Love Will Tear Us Apart José Gonzalez (originally Joy Division)
There's a danger that this might be a bit twee, but the way Gonzalez retains the echoed coldness of the original vocals and rips into his guitar saves it.
You Are A Runner And I Am My Father's SonJason Bajarda
This is the only one of these where I didn't know the original, but I am going to have to check it out.
• Jon Hopkins makes tuneful ambient music. I came across him because he produced part of King Creosote's wonderful album Bombshell. He's also supporting Coldplay on their world tour. Opalescent is his most well-known album, which is to say it's not very well-known at all. It's a little bit middle-class dinner party but I love it because you can disappear into it. I've uploaded three tracks
Private Universe | Lost In Thought | Fading Glow
All music is here
• A meme, which I like: comment on this post and I'll tell you five subjects/things I associate with you. Then you post them in your lj and elaborate.
dine gave me the following:
1. football/soccer matches I went to my first football match when I was about seven or so, back in the 1970s, when football was a working class game and hooligan-ridden. He stopped taking me when I was 12 and I never really knew why. I always loved football and watched it become hugely popular but the only match I went to after university was an England game. Then last year I started going to matches with my dad again, and it's the one thing we can talk about and guarantee to make each other laugh. I love away matches. I love the atmosphere and the singing, the way the fans are so funny and self-deprecating. I do not love the aggression or racism one occasionally encounters.
2. adventures in home renovation Oh, this makes me want to kill someone. Possibly myself. My house is a shed. Everything is knackered and it's going to cost a lot to put it right. At least I have one and I own it, bank permitting, and I am very lucky etc etc but still. Kill me now.
3. Blackadder My love for Blackadder cannot be textually rendered, but I'll have a go. This show I used to know almost by heart. My friend and I used to quote long scenes of it at each other during Physics GSCE classes when we were bored. It changed the English language, it's very, very funny and nothing became it like its end.
4. interesting music Depends how you define interesting music. I like a lot of music that other people might consider mind-numbingly boring, music with a strong element of repetition and no words. Ulrich Schnauss, Boards of Canada, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins. I like that you can disappear into it and do thinky stuff because it blocks out the outside world without imposing strong ideas of its own (once you know it well, that is)
5. the 80s The indie music was fantastic, the comedy was brilliant.
The older I get, the more I appreciate the 80s. It was a divided, nasty and hostile decade but for me it was very simple. The bad guys were easy to spot in politics and easy to hate. I was anti-Thatcher, anti-Stock, Aitken and Waterman and leftwing. I was pretty miserable but had a lot of hope for the future. That sort of thing makes life easy