It’s a blog article about an experiment, conducted on the website Reddit. For the uninitiated, Reddit is sort of an internet within the internet: a sort of gigantic web forum on pretty much any topic you can think of, with a ‘sub-reddit’ for any conceivable interest group.
What Reddit did was to give its users a space, called simply ‘Place’, where for a limited period of time they could each draw one pixel, and then another, and then another.
Here is a time-lapsed video of what happened:
But really, it doesn’t mean much until you read the article, which tells a great story in a great way.
It’s called When Pixels Collide, and I would add the subtitle: or How I Learnt To Embrace The Void.
A return to my Apropos of Nothing series, in which I feature something in quite a lot of detail, for no particular reason.
This month: Sammy Davis Jr.
“Why?” Because he was one of the greatest entertainers in living memory.
“So what? Why does everyone keep going on about the Rat Pack, and why Sammy Davis Jr particularly?”
Those are three separate questions, and only the last one is interesting. Because he was extraordinarily talented. Because he was a very interesting guy. Because he went through some very hard times and they didn’t defeat him. Because he risked his life on a daily basis to speak out against endemic racism.
But the same could still be said of lots of people.
Basically, I think he was proper bona-fide 24 carat star. Let me try to give some examples why:
Never mind the opening Pete Townsend powerchords and the general Who riffage. Never mind that, after the torch is switched on, everything looks like a scene from Tommy. (You can’t get much more Mod than taking a trip to Cuckoo Land on a helter skelter.) Never mind the fact that the dog Wordsworth is the spitting image of Keith Moon.
When Jamie finally flies out at the bottom of the helter skelter… take a look what he lands on.