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Guest on Japanese game show beats level 1-1 of Super Mario Brothers without looking. (Next up: blindfolded, one-handed sub-ten minute speed run of SMB. It's coming, folks. I guarantee it.)

John Cage performs Water Walk on I've Got A Secret. It's baffling to see Cage perform in this context. His music is so wrapped up in the "contemporary" for me that it seems anachronistic to put him up against a smoking, monochrome talk show host. I love how he maintains the intensity of the performance even when he knows his audience thinks he's a nutbag.

Rap commercial for Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, circa 1994. Peepin' through with an overhead view, 'cause a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. This commercial is great (maybe the only commercial from the shameful "rap sells stuff to kids!" era of marketing that doesn't induce bleeding from the ears and eyes), and so is the game. I picked it up last week for $4.99, plugged into the old SP (how I've missed you!) and haven't been able to put it down. It's like A Link to the Past distilled to its finest essence.
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Coming soon (whether you want it or not): A rather highbrow retelling of my experiences at and around the First Language Creation Conference. In the meantime, here are some interesting things to watch. Apparently video on the Internet is the thing these days.
  • Gaze upon my mighty visage and green goose-down coat in this trailer for an MC Frontalot documentary. I stand by what I said: Nerdcore is fine, but count me out of "dorkcore." (If you want to talk dorkcore, strike up a conversation with that guy who claims to make children's software with metadata. I don't know that guy.)
  • Ze Frank's The Show is a "vlog" (is that pronounced vee-log or just ... vlog?) that I have come to enjoy. Imagine the Daily Show, compressed to a fine powder and cut with cocaine.
  • Those with even the meanest interest in the proceedings of the conference mentioned above should not miss Sally Caves' talk. She's writing a book about Hildegard von Bingen!

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