4.02.2007

it ain't what you do

it's a slow day 'round here, what with obsessively reading recipes in order to make some semblance of a passover-friendly dinner for my nonjew boyfriend and my nonobservant self. with luck there will be some sort of major only-hilarious-in-retrospect kitchen disaster this evening, but for today i would like to give you something so brilliant that when i encountered it (courtesy of the inimitably bitter marcin) i got a little hyperventilatory and hopped up and down in my chair a bit.

song titles (and other things) in the form of venn diagrams might just be my new best friend.



a shiny american dollar to anyone who comes up with a brilliant idea for a new one and posts it in the comments.* and by "the comments" i mean my comments, not his. pshaw.


*hereby marking the beginning of my new personal quest: more comments, plzkthx. of course, dear readers, my success or failure hinges on your participation. i'm looking at you, little miss i-dont-click-out-of-my-rss-reader. do me proud?

21 comments:

ploop said...

'fraid I couldn't see your song title diagram but you're personal heartfelt request for comments caught me in a sympathetic mood. So here's a comment - I regularly read, and enjoy your blog. I even commented on the Bono one!

Kat said...

for the love of god you are a genius. if only I had more cultural capital I would love this even more. my request is for a song that I know.

helen said...

ploop and kat are winning the Best Blog Readers award right now. the rest of y'all are woefully inadequate.

-j. said...

I comment, but that has nothing to do with my woeful inadequacy. Just how are we supposed to post Venn Diagrams?

Failing that, how about REM in set theory:
{People} U {things that do not hurt} = { }

-j. said...

Annnd, I blew it ;) That of course should be an intersect, not a union, but I couldn't do the symbol.

a lady said...

1. how come when you demand comments, people comment, but when I demand comments, people email me with comments? bloody hell.

2. look, I commented! and thank you for commenting!

3. luisa and I are going to Serendipity 3 tomorrow to work on our curves. wanna come?

ljd said...

okay then, I request a venn diagram for the rolling stones' "beast of burden." go!

Matt Carman said...

There isn't enough sexual intercourse and subsequent regret to go around. We're going to have to ration it out, especially for the vulpini.

Matt Carman said...

Let me affect a falsified David Byrne. Bring digits and palms together. Be vocally affirmative.

Matt Carman said...

There are only a few things I have not done. Let me tell you about the canon of these others.

Matt Carman said...

Do you remember when they burned grandfather's body until powder? And then we used those granules of the man we once loved as building blocks for expansive models of urban environments on the smallest of scales? Remember how he had that nickname for me? How he always used to call me his humble little occupant of wall cavities? He was such an asshole.

Marcin said...

Here's the thing Helen: your comment system does not allow the use of images. Instead, here is the URL of one I came up with to shame you:
http://flickr.com/photos/marcin_tustin/444806776/

helen said...

@ljd: three intersecting circles: (a) things you own; (b) beasts of burden; (c) things i am. the area of (c) that has no overlap with the other circles is highlighted.

booyah.

helen said...

matt carman has brought this to a whole 'nother level. well-played.

helen said...

and marcin, my dear, i meant to ask only for verbal descriptions of visual brilliance. but oh my goodness your dylanic chart brings happiness to my sour soul.

Marcin said...

Helen, I am disappointed that your assertion of none-muleness was not done algebraically or visually. I would recapitulate algebraically, but unicode is too hard in the afternoon.

helen said...

AxEi(Ii --> [~Yi & ~Bi])

happy, motherfucker?

helen said...

to clarify:

for all elements there exists a specific element "i" such that if "i" is an element of the set "things that i am," it is not an element of the sets "things that you own" and "things that are beasts of burden."

Marcin said...

Could you provide an interpretation for your symbols, and use standard notation, not some homebrew maths crap?

Once you've done that, could you get blogger to support LaTeX? Thanks!

helen said...

pretend the A is upside-down. pretend the E is backwards. then proceed to attempt procreation with yourself.

Mr Farty said...

I'm here to claim my shiny Merkan dollar.

http://betterootthanin.blogspot.com/2007/04/venn-diagrams-that-illustrate-song.html

*rubs hands in anticipation*