Are you sick of the pleasant hum of jazz and coffee grinders in Espwesso? Does the dull roar of Olin’s main room make you want to peel your skin off? Has the humping of thesis writers in adjacent carrels gotten to you yet? Throw on a pair of headphones (or get ready to annoy your neighbors), because we have a sonic treat for you.
Oye, if you want to skip past the extensive discussion of experimental music borne out of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and get straight to a hands-on procrastination tool, click here and get your experimental music on, ese.
Founded in 1958 in London, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was much more than a Raygun Gothic name and a studio. In the late 1950s, the BBC Third Program—which was eventually folded into BBC Radio 3—was ramping up their dramatic output. Seeking atmospheric, ethereal sounds that couldn’t be produced through traditional sound design or instrumental techniques, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was created in service of exploring then-cutting edge production methods to accompany the BBC’s radio productions. The resulting soundscapes resembled musique concrète and were prescient in the development of the electronic and experimental music that we have come to know and love today.
Click through to see more about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s creative output from the ’50s to today.
First, let us marvel at the premise of this website. I can handle the fact that there are places on the internet devoted entirely to children’s jokes. This much was inevitable. What is crazy is that there is an adult somewhere who reads the jokes for a living. I don’t really know how to feel about this.
Second, it should be noted that I take issue with the basic premise of this website. These jokes are not bad. They should not be derided as cute examples of childish attempts at humor. These kids are the real deal. Displaying comic sensibilities far beyond their purportedly tender years, these children are not afraid to lay down some raw material. Click past the jump for a few of my personal favorites …
I now present to you Micro Maniac: because the best kind of procrastination is the pointless kind.
Despite the fact that this glorious web display was originally created as an advertisement for one of the many corporate conglomerates overtaking our nation, and that it dates back to 2007 [that’s like, what, the jurassic age of the internet (and it’s not even #tbt— since when is that a thing anyways?)], I’ve chosen to share this website with you because I’m sure you’ve always been wondering things like what exactly happens when you microwave a football?
If you, like my hallmates, enjoy microwaving the unexpected (fruitsnacks, anyone?), then this website is for you. Including both food items and various non-edible objects one might find in a college dorm room, Micro Maniac will unveil to you the many mysteries of the microwave you’ve always been intent on solving. And you can make these wonderful discoveries without even leaving the comfort of your
study space. The more exciting items appear toward the bottom of the page; shout-out to the crayons, the ketchup packets, and, my personal favorite, the christmas lights.
Tip: If you don’t want to sit through the whole microwaving period you can fast forward to the meltdown point of each item and beyond…
As we enter the “I’m still hungover, but really need to start my work” period of Reading Week, fear not! Have I got the existential escape for you.
This oft-updates blog brings to light some of the life’s deepest mysteries, starring Garfield’s Jon Arbuckle.
From the site description:
Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.
This site removes Garfield and leaves the ever-questioning Jon, who appears to have taken The Modern and the Post-Modern, starring Michael Roth.