Kokosing Farewell

 

“Kokosing Farewell” sung by Kenyon College alumni and students attending the July 26, 2009, wedding of Karen Singerman and my son Stewart Martin.

Kokosing Farewell

Old Kenyon, we are like Kokosing,
Obedient to some strange spell,
Which urges us from all reposing;
Farewell, Old Kenyon,
Fare thee well.

And yet we are not like Kokosing,
Which beareth naught upon its swell
But foam of motion’s own composing;
Farewell, Old Kenyon,
Fare thee well.

But when we are far from Kokosing,
We still shall hear a calling bell,
When round us evening shades are closing;
Farewell, Old Kenyon,
Fare thee well.

And see a river like Kokosing,
In meadows sweet with asphodel,
Where mem’ry dwells dear past supposing;
Farewell, Old Kenyon,
Fare thee well.

Lyrics from the Kenyon College Student Handbook: http://www.kenyon.edu/x6912.xml

“Two Become One” By Peter Catlin

An original song written and performed by Peter Catlin for my son Stewart and his wife, Karen, on the occasion of their marriage this past Sunday.

 

TWO BECOME ONE
a wedding ballad by Peter Catlin

We are gathered together to witness the union
Of Stewart Martin and Karen Singerman
If anyone here knows a reason why these two should not
Be joined
Into one, then speak now, or forever hold your peace

Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats,
And observe on the flat panel screen,
Our test subjects lie, unconscious, strapped into
My Mixotransmorphic Machine

The subjects are moaning, which shows that the sedative
Is starting to slowly wear off
At this point you may find it helpful to imagine
The subjects are here of their own free will (of course they are!)

Now Karen and Stewart are close, as you know,
But soon they will be even more so,
Two heads! Four arms!
All on one monstrous torso…

We are gathered together to witness the union
Of Stewart Martin and Karen Singerman
If anyone here knows a reason why these two should not
Be joined into one
Hideous monstrosity, then speak now, or forever hold your peace

Some do it for love, some do it for money
Today we do it for science!
They mocked me, they laughed at me, said I was mad (mad, I tell you!)
Now behold my ultimate defiance…

(spoken) Scientific progress goes…. BOINK!!!

Behold my creation! The transfiguration
Leaves you aghast, and transfixed
Now please don’t be frettin’, though they look like an ettin
Their challenge rating is much less than six

We are gathered together to witness the union
Of Stewart Martin and Karen Singerman
If anyone here knows a reason why these two should not
Be joined into one
Grotesque freak of nature, then speak now, or forever hold your peace

It’s double the fun,
Two hearts beat as one,
In this creature that we will call…
Stewen!
Or Karart!

Song copyright Peter Catlin 2009

Gordon Brown at TEDGlobal

TEDGlobal began this morning in Oxford with an extraordinary (which is quite common for TED) line up of speakers. The surprise speaker at today’s session was Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Brown says this is a unique age in history where our modern means of communication has created “a truly global society.” Brown argues that “the power of our moral sense” combined with the modern communication “gives us the first opportunity as a community to fundamentally change the world.”
 

Quote of the Day

From Sir Tom Stoppard:

 “Words are innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across the incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they’re no good anymore. I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem which children will speak for you when you’re dead.”

 Thoughtful words shared today on Twitter by NPR’s Scott Simon (<a href="http://twitter.com/nprscottsimon).http://twitter.com/nprscottsimon).</span>

Stop Action Video Created by Linking Printers

Here’s a quick little video that I saw on the How Blog at http://tinyurl.com/m8o4eh.  According to How,Two currently-seeking-work creatives in London, Tom Wrigglesworth and Matthew Robinson, created this fantastic stop-motion animation by sync’ing HP printers.”
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HP – invent from Tom and Matt on Vimeo.