Hackers built the Internet. Most of them don’t break into your computers or send you viruses or spam— cybercriminals do that, and hackers, in general, aren’t malicious. Hackers do neat things, and they like to share what they know with other hackers. Many hackers are programmers, but relatively few programmers are hackers. Hackers are often makers, activists, artists, pranksters, or social engineers. Sometimes hackers are well known, and sometimes they are anonymous. Hackers are passionate.
Experienced hackers are wise.
Hence my latest microblog: Hacker Wisdom
The Arecibo Message was just the start! This humorous design imagines what a message from today’s geeks to alien civilizations might look like. Can you decipher all the references?
My new composition to welcome the New Year: Change Bells. This approximately 8 minute-long piece is based on a harmonic series rhythm of all voices including 9 percussion voices and 7 chimes. The song ends with the entire series coming into sync and beginning anew.
I’ve posted this before, but it bears repeating.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone.
Vienna Teng: The Atheist Christmas Carol
It’s the season of grace coming out of the void
Where a man is saved by a voice in the distance
It’s the season of possible miracle cures
Where hope is currency and death is not the last unknown
Where time begins to fade
And age is welcome home
It’s the season of eyes meeting over the noise
And holding fast with sharp realization
It’s the season of cold making warmth a divine intervention
You are safe here you know now
Don’t forget I love
I love you
It’s the season of scars and of wounds in the heart
Of feeling the full weight of our burdens
It’s the season of bowing our heads in the wind
And knowing we are not alone in fear
Not alone in the dark
Don’t forget I love
I love you
Philip Jeays’ songs are by turns bitter, funny, sad, and touching. His web site has more songs and downloadable MP3s.
All my life I’ve loved and collected songs that have quick, intelligent, and tongue-twisty lyrics. Back in 2005 I even started a thread on Ask Metafilter requesting recommendations for such songs. But I only recently learned that this style of lyricism has a name: the patter song. Here is a selection of patter songs old and new on YouTube. All are safe for work and fun for kids.
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General — Pirates of Penzance
Rock Island — The Music Man
Hardware Store — Weird Al Yankovic
Pinch Me — Barenaked Ladies
• The Name Game — Shirley Ellis
• Mad Dogs and Englishmen — Noel Coward
• One Week — Barenaked Ladies
• The Elements — Tom Lehrer
• Yakko’s World — Animaniacs
• The Presidents — Animaniacs
• State Capitols — Animaniacs
• Be Careful What You Eat — Animaniacs
• Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious — Mary Poppins
• It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) — R.E.M.
• We Didn’t Start the Fire — Billy Joel [official vid] [slide show]
• Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) — Reunion
More? Here is Wikipedia’s list of patter songs.