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Cudzoziemiec

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'danceable'. Is that even a word?

According to B.Ferry, The Strand - which he exhorted us to Do way back in 1973 - is a danceable solution to teenage revolution.
I reckon B.Haley got there almost two decades earlier.
An ungovernable laughter, a joyous agitation which makes the summer stretching before you seem like an unrolling canvas on which you might draw those first rude pure strokes that are free. (Capote)

citoyen

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I reckon B.Haley got there almost two decades earlier.

You’d need better knowledge of B.Haley’s oeuvre than I possess to know that.

I did actually google it to see if I could find any examples that predate B.Ferry but didn’t manage to find any - though I’m sure they exist. There are several more recent examples.

T42

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Relies on a rather liberal interpretation of the -able suffix. I've never yet tried to breathe a rain jacket but I know what Gore-Tex are trying to say.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

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I reckon B.Haley got there almost two decades earlier.

You’d need better knowledge of B.Haley’s oeuvre than I possess to know that.

I did actually google it to see if I could find any examples that predate B.Ferry but didn’t manage to find any - though I’m sure they exist. There are several more recent examples.
I just meant he was encouraging teenagers to dance and arguably inventing the whole concept of teenagerhood, rather than the specific song.
An ungovernable laughter, a joyous agitation which makes the summer stretching before you seem like an unrolling canvas on which you might draw those first rude pure strokes that are free. (Capote)

citoyen

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I just meant he was encouraging teenagers to dance and arguably inventing the whole concept of teenagerhood, rather than the specific song.

Ah, I see! I was thinking about specific uses of the word 'danceable' - Do The Strand by Roxy Music has the line 'a danceable solution to teenage revolution'.

But I've actually found a much older citation - it's in Gone With The Wind (the book), where it is used as a noun (in a line about Rhett 'escorting Scarlett to danceables and bazaars').

Cudzoziemiec

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Google claims examples back to 1780.
https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=danceable&year_start=1500&year_end=2018&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cdanceable%3B%2Cc0

Goodness knows what they were, but it's easy to imagine something like "a danceable tune".
An ungovernable laughter, a joyous agitation which makes the summer stretching before you seem like an unrolling canvas on which you might draw those first rude pure strokes that are free. (Capote)

Except, add "tune" to the word mix and you get zero% up to 1940.

Kim

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The BBC have remade Watership Down in a PlayStation 2 cut scene style with CGI rabbits that don't look like rabbits.  I assume the intent[1] is to tone down the explicit gore of the original and use uncanny valley tactics to maintain the general level of unease...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/w3gQ117IKkM&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/w3gQ117IKkM&rel=1</a>
https://youtu.be/w3gQ117IKkM


[1] Either that or the squandered the budget on voice actors.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

They look more like hares.
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Kim

  • 2nd in the world
They look more like hares.

My thoughts exactly.  And they move like, well, neither.  (I accept that natural looking animal movement and body language is a big ask in fantasy animation, but it can be really jarring when they try and then get it wrong.)
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Cudzoziemiec

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Except, add "tune" to the word mix and you get zero% up to 1940.
"Danceable music" found in 1874 but doesn't really take off till the mid 1920s. Shame it can't show you the actual examples.
An ungovernable laughter, a joyous agitation which makes the summer stretching before you seem like an unrolling canvas on which you might draw those first rude pure strokes that are free. (Capote)

The BBC have remade Watership Down in a PlayStation 2 cut scene style with CGI rabbits that don't look like rabbits.  I assume the intent[1] is to tone down the explicit gore of the original and use uncanny valley tactics to maintain the general level of unease...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3gQ117IKkM
https://youtu.be/w3gQ117IKkM


[1] Either that or the squandered the budget on voice actors.

At least it's not Peter Sodding Rabbit...

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At least it's not Peter Sodding Rabbit...

There is one Peter Rabbit book* that's crying out for an adaptation. :demon:

https://flashbak.com/peter-rabbit-tank-killer-when-sven-hassel-met-beatrix-potter-16410/


* May contain traces of LIE.
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare.
Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true. (R. Wilensky)

Torslanda

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That's a bit like 'Bambi Meets Terminator'

A very short but incredibly violent film . . .
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Took my niece and nephew to the panto on ice (Aladin) at the john nike centre today. Think end of term music centre concert but for the ice dancing classes with a voice over recording for the spoken words to let the dancers just dance. I'd say the cast was largely in the 7-17 age range with a few adults thrown in. Some of them could really dance, spins, jumps and lifts all included.

All good fun with some classic panto traits but no freedom from the voice over to ad-lib the it's behind you type scenes.

Basil

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Having come across a CD of 'Tubular Bells '  I thought I'd give it a play.
Ye gods. It's dreadful.

Bin.
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And remember that friends who organise things on Facebook aren't proper friends anyway.

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Oh no it's not!

Basil

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It was certainly good at the time.  I loved it.  But it really hasn't aged well.
I find this a quite common problem when searching YouTube for old stuff I used to love.
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And remember that friends who organise things on Facebook aren't proper friends anyway.

Wowbagger

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I have spent this afternoon attempting to play Mozart piano duets with the guy who conducts our choir. It was very challenging and my brain is now frazzled. The experience underlined what a rank amateur I am compared with a seasoned professional. However, I think we may well have another go. I'll spend some time learning the pieces rather than just sight-reading them.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Wowbagger

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BBC Woman's Hour just played a short section o Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallsi and then said it was Brahms' Requiem.

Twitter is, quite justifiably, giving them what for.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Basil

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BBC Woman's Hour just played a short section o Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallsi and then said it was Brahms' Requiem.

Twitter is, quite justifiably, giving them what for.

Oh thank heavens for that.  Thanks Wow.  I thought it sounded way too English to be Brahms.
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And remember that friends who organise things on Facebook aren't proper friends anyway.

Tim Hall

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xkcd was referenced in a question on Universally Challenged last night.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

citoyen

  • Cat 6 Racer
Radio 4 comedy panel shows are too often rubbish and unfunny but this week's episode of The Unbelievable Truth is well worth catching up with just for David Mitchell's rant about nuts, which had me crying with laughter on the train this morning.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00024pp

Prompted by the apposite nature of lines in the lyrics running through my head (Knowledge is a deadly friend if no one sets the rules / The fate of all mankind I see is in the hands of fools) I went to listen to Epitaph on youtube and found this - Greg Lake's vocal from the King Crim album (possibly? not sure, there are one or two instruments that come in), worth 5 minutes of anyone's time IMO.