Jan. 23rd, 2009

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Morning all. Today, I bring you one of the best links I've seen on the Intarwebnets in a long time. Via [livejournal.com profile] mistervimes, this website features a pair of teenage brothers who've worked their way out of the inner city to the stage. They call themselves Nuttin' but Stringz, and when you get a look at the two you'd figure "okay, another pair of blinged-out thug rappers" and promptly ignore them. But you would be oh so very wrong. These two are violin players who've studied at Juilliard and the Bloomingdale School of Music, and they play a frighteningly intense brand of classical music fused with jazz, R&B and even some hip-hop influences.

Their debut album is called "Struggle From the Subway to the Charts" and I'll be picking it up as soon as I can grab my wallet. The track that plays when you hit the website, "Broken Sorrow", is hauntingly beautiful. It's like Clint Mansell's "Requiem for a Dream" soundtrack as played by Kronos Quartet, but blended with the brothers' many other influences. Gorgeous stuff. Their other songs are just as excellent; the "Store" link lets you sample them.

The Nuttin' but Stringz website is at http://www.nuttinbutstringz.com/ . Spread the word!

My own filesharing offering is something quite different: an animation short by Dan Bransfield, entitled "Fishman" and featuring a hapless superhero and his sidekick who are...well, rather less effective than most superheroes. Just watch it yourself and see (don't forget to right-click and Save As). It's an .AVI file about 15 MB in size and will play using Windows Media Player or the DivX player.

Thank the fates it's Friday. How's your week going?

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[[The Oracle would like to know your favorite recent discovery of any kind, whether it be book, music, webcomic, graphic novel, website, car, or what have you.]]
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So I gave [livejournal.com profile] datalopez the first season of Battlestar Galactica for Christmas. I wanted to give her something we could discover together.

We watched the miniseries last night. I can TOTALLY see why people love this show. Fantastic story and characters, excellent dialogue, great special effects, good music, and plot twists a-plenty. I'm looking forward to catching up on this one.

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[[The Oracle would like to know if you prefer hardwood floors or carpeted ones.]]

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