2016年8月20日 星期六

skit, parody, motet, hilarious, blackout, piracy legislation, go dark

We know that Proms followers never, ever get hangovers. But just in case... here's some musical medicine.

The Sixteen perform Komm, Jesu, Komm live at the 2016 Proms.

Thomas Tallis’ extraordinary 40-part motet Spem in alium is one of the greatest choral works of early English music.

Spem in alium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Spem in alium (Latin for "Hope in any other") is a 40-part Renaissance motet 經文歌 by Thomas Tallis, composed in c. 1570 for eight choirs of five voices each, widely ...

Russians were nostalgic for the power they used to have. They seem to be getting the economy they used to have too http://econ.st/1wHUmnr…

Back to the lean years

AS THE rouble fell off a cliff over the past two days, a new skit appeared on Russian state television. A popular talk-show host asks his iPhone's voice-recognition...

In a recent advert, GoldieBlox toys used the tune to a Beastie Boys song, "Girls", with newly recorded music and rewritten lyrics. GoldieBlox never got permission to use the tune, and soon received a complaint from the band. But the toymaker said that the song in its ad represented a parody, and was therefore legal. Does parody trump copyright? http://econ.st/1ccH4Ry
Franklin, "Way to Wealth"

Benjamin Franklin's "The Way to Wealth" ..... whose own name has a "solid Biblical resonance" (216) and whose speech is a parody of the Puritan sermon (217).

Twitter CEO Calls SOPA Blackout "Foolish"

Wikipedia and others will go dark for 24 hours in protest of controversial piracy legislation.

Web-Piracy Bill Faces Fiercer Fight
Supporters of antipiracy legislation face a struggle to regain momentum after the White House sided with irate Internet companies and users and complained that the proposal could hurt companies and undermine cybersecurity.

Wikipedia to Go Dark Over Piracy Bill
Wikipedia will black out the English language version of its website Wednesday to protest antipiracy legislation under consideration in Congress.

An Australian variety show host has apologized for a skit in which singers parodying the Jackson Five performed in blackface.

When I told someone that the Shuffle now holds 1,000 songs (in its 4 gigabytes of memory), he laughed. "It's like a 'Saturday Night Live' skit about smaller and smaller iPods," he said. "Or like the micro-cellphone in the movie 'Zoolander.'"

Over a decade ago, I remember seeing a "Saturday Night Live" skit that still stays with me. It was a talk show where all of the guests had one thing in common: they were all jerks or psychopaths whose one-time actions had created lifelong inconvenience for the rest of society.

There was that guy who put poison into a bottle of Tylenol, initiating the era of the childproof (and adult-proof) package. There was the hijacker, whose actions led to the nationwide construction of airport X-ray machines. And so on.


Pronunciation: /məʊˈtɛt/ 


A short piece of sacred choral music.


Late Middle English: from Old French, diminutive of mot 'word'.
Spem in alium (Latin for "Hope in any other") is a 40-part Renaissance motet 經文歌 by Thomas Tallis, composed in c. 1570 for eight choirs of five voices each, widely ...


noun [C] ━━ n
1 (短い)戯文, (…の)風刺文, 寸劇, 小喜劇((on ...)).
2 あざけり.
a short amusing play which makes a joke of something:
I thought the skit on politicians was really funny.n.
  1. A short, usually comic dramatic performance or work; a theatrical sketch.
  2. A short humorous or satirical piece of writing.
[Origin unknown.]

par·o·dy (păr'ə-dē) pronunciation
n., pl., -dies.
    1. A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule. See synonyms at caricature.
    2. The genre of literature comprising such works.
  1. Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty: The trial was a parody of justice.
  2. Music. The practice of reworking an already established composition, especially the incorporation into the Mass of material borrowed from other works, such as motets or madrigals.
tr.v., -died, -dy·ing, -dies.
To make a parody of. See synonyms at imitate.
[Latin parōdia, from Greek parōidiā : para-, subsidiary to; see para-1 + aoidē, ōidē, song.]
parodic pa·rod'ic (pə-rŏd'ĭk) or pa·rod'i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
parodist par'o·dist n.
parodistic par'o·dis'tic adj.

parody Show phonetics
1 [C or U] writing, music, art, speech, etc. which intentionally copies the style of someone famous or copies a particular situation, making the features or qualities of the original more noticeable in a way that is humorous:
He was an eighteenth-century author who wrote parodies of other people's works.
There is a hint of self-parody in his later paintings.
Compare travesty.

2 [C] DISAPPROVING something which so obviously fails to achieve the effect that was intended that it is ridiculous:
"It was a parody of a trial, " said one observer.

parodist Show phonetics
noun [C]
a person who writes parodies

parody Show phonetics
verb [T]
to copy the style of someone or something in a humorous way:
One of the papers is running a competition in which you've got to parody a well-known author.

A short, comic vaudeville skit that ends with lights off.
The brandings, de-brandings and re-brandings have been come at so frenetic a pace that Stephen Colbert mocked the process on a recent segment of his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report."
Mr. Colbert presented a comically complicated chart showing the history of the AT&T brand as well as its offspring like BellSouth and SBC. He made the point that the old AT&T, which the federal government broke up in the 1980s for antitrust reasons, has by now almost reassembled itself. The skit, which is hilarious, can be watched on YouTube.com.

hi·lar·i·ous (hĭ-lâr'ē-əs, -lăr'-, hī-) pronunciation

Characterized by or causing great merriment.

[Latin hilaris, cheerful; see hilarity + -IOUS.]
hilariously hi·lar'i·ous·ly adv.
hilariousness hi·lar'i·ous·ness n.