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I Love – an animated song inspired by xkcd

KARNATRIIX: Delicately Tuned – is how I rock myself to sleep…

Wonderful to discover this via @venkatananth as I try to find sleep on another insomniac night… now I’m going to have to go get the entire album too.

I’m Dreaming of a Green Planet

Not the most poetic of lyrics to match the evocative images, but you can’t argue with the sentiments!

Will the next year be greener (and not in the greenhouse-gases sense)? Can we work towards that dream?

The Video Rap Guide to Evolution – now being Crowdfunded by me (and you?)

So how many rap albums have ever been peer-reviewed, and reviewed in academic journals like Trends in Ecology and Evolution, before they had accompanying music videos?!

We were lucky to get some of the earliest performances of Baba Brinkman’s sensational Rap Guide to Evolution, right around the Darwin Bicentennial, when he was here in Fresno for the Rogue festival. He has since gone on to garner much well-deserved international acclaim and become quite a superstar of nerds and geeks. Yet, a video version of the “Rap Guide…” has been long in coming. As you can see in the above video, we all now have an opportunity to help make it happen! I’ve already put my tuppence (and then some, so look out for my mugshot on some family tree in the videos!) into the crowdfunding hat that is trying to garner £10,000 to help produce the educational DVD with appropriately flashy videos!

Care to help? After all, this just might be your best chance to add “rap video producer” to your CV!

Come to the Axis of Evo… and Get Your Stickle On!


Hat-tip: Kevin Zelnio at Deep Sea News who got it from Scicurious

Teaching an endangered bird its ancestral migratory pathways: a real life “Fly Away Home”

Here’s an inspiring tale of a crazy/passionate/bizarre/creative/extreme effort to save an endangered species – the Northern Bald Ibis: teaching captive-hatched young ones of the species their ancestral migratory pathways by having them follow human foster parents flying in microlight aircraft! Crazy, right? Or reconciliation ecology at its most inspiring?


Of course, this reminds me of one of our favorite family feel-good movies of all time, the wonderful Fly Away Home. If you haven’t seen it yet – and why not??!! – here’s a trailer:

That film is among my top comfort movies, especially in the company of my daughters.

And, having brought that up, how can I not also share this song, from the loveliest flying sequence in the movie, towards the end when the geese follow their “mama” down to their winter home:


Dueling saxophones as you may never have heard before. Awesome.

Indian classical music (the Carnatic variety being in evidence here) is often compared with Jazz, and I’ve listened to some great attempts at fusion. But I don’t think I’ve ever caught the strains of a saxophone quite like this, in Carnatic mode played by an Indian gent in saffron dhoti-kurta sitting down on a podium. And dueling a jazz sax player standing up clad in black. Mind blowing. As my friend Sukumar put it: “somehow a shared instrument takes this way beyond fusion music.”

Rudresh Mahanthappa, the man in black above, agrees, preferring to call this a hybrid form rather than fusion:

Hello Darwin, my old friend…

How exquisite and energetic, this dance of nimble fingers, on dead skin stretched taut! Wah!!

Tip of the hat to my friend Sukumar Vijayaraghavan for sharing this on Facebook. Follow the link to youtube where you can watch/hear more clips from this concert – fabulous stuff.

Pete Seeger singing about the BP Oil Spill

On July 23th 2010 Pete Seeger performed live at a Gulf Coast Oil Spill fundraiser at The City Winery in New York City. There, he unveiled to the public his new protest song about the BP oil spill entitled “God’s Counting on Me, God’s Counting on You.” Backing up Pete’s singing and banjo picking is the singer/songwriter James Maddock on acoustic guitar. All proceeds of this concert went to the Gulf Restoration Project. The show was produced and hosted by Richard Barone. The video was edited and mixed by Matthew Billy. 

You can find the lyrics of the song on commondreams.org.