Musical Interlude (and some movies)

January 2nd, 2015 at 9:09 am

One of the most soulful and fundamental bluesmen of all time was the great “harp” player Sonny Boy Williamson. Here he is in a number where he just can’t come with that marginal dollar: “99.” I can’t speak for you, but this stuff just optimizes my cellular activity.

Now, I’ve taken advantage of the holiday break to catch up on some movies. I loved The Imitation Game–just sat there engrossed the whole time and went home to read more about it. The movie–understandably–glosses over the actual way they solved the Enigma code so I’ve been trying to learn a bit more about how they broke it.

Then everyone said, “oh, you’ve got to see Birdman.” Well, all’s I can say is it totally flew over my head. Mostly I didn’t get it, but the parts I thought I got seemed trite (the tortured Ed Norton character who can only be real on stage…gimme a break!). What am I missing? I’m obviously no English major and perhaps all the symbolism eluded me. But I think it’s a hoax.

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3 comments in reply to "Musical Interlude (and some movies)"

  1. Scot Johnson says:

    There’s a wonderful explanation of the flaw in the Enigma machines in two videos at in the “Numberphile” series at Youtube. They actually show a working German Enigma machine. Good stuff. Enjoy.

  2. Horvendile says:

    I love that you make posts like this. It makes me trust you more on economics 🙂