Friday, December 16, 2011

What's on the internet?

I like the internet, because it's where all the things are. Here are some things.

Igor Presnyakov
Igor arranges music of various styles for solo guitar, and plays it on YouTube. He's doing familiar things in an unfamiliar way, and he's very good at it. He's clearly having a lot of fun in all of his videos, which makes them a joy to watch. [He also writes his own music, but that interests me less.]

Igor is planning a tour of the US in 2012, and taking suggestions as to which cities to visit. I would like it very much if he were to come to Seattle, because then I could go and see him play live. As such, I'd be grateful to anyone who votes for Seattle. Not eternally grateful. Just for a few months. Shouldn't that be enough?

While you're on his website, please consider buying his albums. If we want a culture of art and entertainment, we need to pay for it when we can.

Louis C.K.
Louis is a stand-up comedian and writer. He's had a couple of sitcoms of his own, currently Louie on the FX channel. He combines pithy observations on the human condition with grotesque confessions of his own debasedness. He's one of a few people who I've heard able to articulate the gap between what we know is the right thing to do, and what we actually can be bothered to do; and to point out that the opportunity to be so lazy is only granted to a few humans on Earth, who have done nothing to deserve it.

Last week Louis recorded a show at the Beacon Theater, which is available on his website for $5 (via PayPal). The video is DRM-free, so once you have it you can play it anywhere on pretty much any device. The show was an experiment to see whether it would be possible to reach a broad audience without going through traditional channels such as television or DVDs. Within 12 hours of going on sale, the video had made back its costs and started turning a profit.

Louis's humour is often incredibly tasteless, so if you are easily offended, or moderately easily offended, you may want to steer clear. Otherwise, check him out at the above link. You can also see some of his work on Netflix and Hulu, but I'll let you find it yourself there.

Captain Awkward
I followed a link to this advice column, which tackles personal and work problems for the socially inept. As you may recall, I have dabbled in being unable to interact with human beings in my time, so I found the site interesting. There's a perspective that would have been great to see when I was about 15. Who's got the DeLorean keys?

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