Randall Monroe, author of xkcd, What If? and Thing Explainer, came to Oxford last weekend to talk about his books, and the logistics of devoting a sizeable portion of your living space to creating a ball pit.
I videoed a little bit of it.
And probably shouldn’t have, because the video is shit. But there we go. For some reason I thought I could use some basic audio effects like speech enhancement in YouTube. But if you can, I don’t know how to do it.
Anyway, the talk was brilliant, and Mr Monroe seems like a genuinely lovely guy. And the video was only really for me to show off that I was there. Continue reading
The first recommendation of the month is the Gjermund Larsen Trio from Norway teaming up with his Swedish neighbours Nordic for this rather wonderful… well, kind of polska, I suppose.
A friend, Charlotte Robinson, recommended it to Hannah, who recommended it to me, and I’ve been listening to it on loop since then.
Current Favourite Aspect:
How comically nordic they all look – particularly the guy on the harmonium (piano-type thing), who I’m sure was in A-Ha. My brother and sister-in-law live in Sweden, and every once in a while I’ll get a YouTube link to a Swedish comedy show, and the first time I was watching this I was sort of expecting to see the camera pan to one of them with a viking helmet and big blonde pigtails.
Also the tune.