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March 19, 2008

Linkage by Charlton

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

More finds by master websurfer Charlton Griffin:

* "What on earth is going on?" the commuters passing through New York City's Grand Central Station asked each other.

* Corny film but amazingly evocative art. The world really is full of bizarre and wonderful talents, isn't it?

* Is getting a tattoo an edgy thing to do? Or is it maybe a very conservative one?

* John Cleese has an announcement for America. (CORRECTION: Thanks to Julie Brook, who points out that this list wasn't actually composed by John Cleese. Here's a fun explanation of the piece's complicated genesis.)

* Witness the Japanese way of finding the hottest girl in the world.

* Learn a lot about the death of Jayne Mansfield. (Key point: not decapitated.) Interesting to see Mansfield referred to by the person who posted the video as "the mother of actress Mariska Hargitay."

* Take-no-prisoners Vlogger Pat Condell certainly knows how to project a lot of personality, score points, and command the camera.

* Here's a wonderful compilation of "What were they thinking?" vidclips, set to a very cute pop song. One of my own favorite Oops microgenres these days is the "Newsperson gets wiped out" category. Here's an excellent recent example.

* "High-dynamic range" photographs certainly show the world as no photographs ever have before.

* The song isn't a personal fave of mine, but it does seem to inspire and move nearly everyone else.

* Time to relax and enjoy a bit of well-earned genuine popular-culture bliss.

* And a few bonus links from that spirited and talented Communicatrix: You haven't had a real clown nightmare until you've seen this thing. James Finn Garner finds quite the vintage photograph. Humor with pie charts and bar graphs. David Lynch has a message for all of you who want to watch movies on your iPhones ...

Charlton reads and produces some of the most satisfying audiobooks on the market. Go here and type either his name, Charlton Griffin, or the name of his production house -- Audio Connoisseur -- into the Search box, download, and class up your listening life. Here's Charlton's latest production.



posted by Michael at March 19, 2008


Whoa!!! Charlton! Whadda set of pipes you have!

And you're a surfer supreme? My kind of guy!

Posted by: communicatrix on March 19, 2008 10:10 PM

That John Cleese piece was hilarious. God knows the American voter deserves his contempt. I guess that makes it all the funnier.

Posted by: Lester Hunt on March 19, 2008 11:24 PM

great links.

re: the japanese hottest chick algorithm. the second and final women were the hottest. the ones in between were a mixed bag. the algorithm suffers a critical error component if even one of the women has a mean jealous streak and introduces the guy to her uglier friend. but wow are italian women good looking in general.

Posted by: roissy on March 20, 2008 12:25 AM

I'll be the spoilsport - yes the John Cleese piece is very funny. But he didn't write it. Still, can't you just picture and hear him reading it?

Posted by: Julie Brook on March 20, 2008 8:21 AM

The John Cleese piece is utterly predictable and predictably unfunny. The looking down your nose at America from under the American umbrella is jejune, but then I guess Cleese has as much right as anyone else to remain an ungrateful adolescent into old age.

Posted by: ricpic on March 20, 2008 10:28 AM

Here is another link on the John Cleese hoax.

Posted by: Lester Hunt on March 20, 2008 11:23 AM

Those HDR photos in the link are a real mixed bag. I'm sympathetic to the idea of extending the dynamic range that can be handled by cameras, since the human eye is so much better. Digitally combining fast and slow exposures makes a lot of sense (although it's only feasible for still scenes).

But many of the so-called "HDR" shots out there have been additionally processed into a strange artificial look. It's sort of like a Herge (TinTin) comic drawing come to life - interesting, but the biggest feature of such stuff isn't its high dynamic range, it's the tonal mapping, an effect which can go over the top very fast.

Posted by: Derek Lowe on March 20, 2008 10:40 PM

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