The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, and then THINK. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology.
Click here for this year's selection of strange, unusual and obscure research, featuring un-boiled eggs, kissing, chicken walks, speed-bumps and genital torture!
About 1985, I was working as a Telephone Exchange Technician for a Government Department, then called the Post Office (Telecommunications since split off and sold). For a week or two I had a young woman of Indian extraction accompanying me on work experience while she studied for an Engineering Degree in Telecommunications; this would have been on a Post Office Bursary.
In the course of our conversations while driving around, I inevitably mentioned my interest in music. I asked her what her musical interests were. I was astounded when she said her whole musical experience was in the classical world, and she knew hardly anything of Rock, just a bit of radio pop.
I was filled with pity for her having missed out on "Rock's Rich Tapestry", and resolved to rectify this sad lack of experience. Back then with no Internet, and CDs not recordable; the mixtape was the only way to go, so I made this cassette mixtape for her, which Wikipedia informs me belongs to the Didactic genre of mixtapes.
I would still offer it to anyone else if an appropriate occasion presented itself, except it has now been technologically outmoded.
Even music CD's, or discs of .mp3 files are facing the same fate; you could still do a disc with printed insert, or include a text or spreadsheet file on the disc, but many people have abandoned the disc format now as well.
These days I could give someone a USB memory stick with a thousand recordings on it, but this substitute loses the intellectual involvement; I could never hope to give the same individual thought and attention to all those. I guess you could limit it to 20 or so numbers and a commentary and/or picture file, but it would seem a waste of memory. (See below for solution to that problem!)
Thanks to the modern wonder that is YouTube, I can now now direct someone to a playlist such as the one below instead, and no data need change hands at all; but there is no facility for any commentary. You could send or publish a link to a playlist page at your YouTube account, which would show a list with comments fields, but the text is limited to 150 characters, and you can't embed the page as you can the YouTube playlist. I couldn't find anyone's playlist page that used the comment text, except my own!
I had a quick search on the net for "modern version of the mix tape". It would appear that the mixtape concept is beyond some of today's computer "users", judging by this comedic litany of blundering ignorance and stupidity I found at the first result.
Making a Mixtape with iTunes February 11, 2015
These people have no idea what the technology is or does, I fear for the future of mankind!
How can people this ignorant even earn enough money to buy a computer?
Playlist of Items From "Rock Sampler" Mixtape
I wondered if you could get a text listing of your YouTube playlists. Sure enough, someone has written a little utility to do the job.
Once I had a bunch of text files listing the videos in each playlist, I felt a need to demonstrate my eclecticism with this post.
Click here for a page with the relevant list.
I am an extremely intelligent, witty and fascinating guy.