• Whisht replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant – that video of the descent you posted was incredible.
    Do you know if Aldrin and Armstrong heard all the chatter?

    Also what is the time delay between Earth and Moon for radio??
    Whatever – piloting that craft down to the surface was as extraordinary an achievement as bouncing around on the surface afterwards.
    So much could go wrong yet…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant – I share your amazement at the calm of Armstrong and Aldrin.
    The heartbeats that were monitored were also amazing (especially Armstrong’s in the music @thane16 shared).

    I think I mentioned after the article from @blenkinsopthebrave shared about Ed Dwight, that actually, the decision to use test pilots was probably the right decision…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    So, this day 50 years ago, the astronauts are on the surface getting final bits and pieces done, back to the Eagle and reconnecting to Columbia on the far side of the moon (itself an amazing manoeuvre of flying!).
    That’s a helluva few hours these guys have spent!

    So, lets have something monumental about giant…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be your captain for this section of the flight….

    … no, not Beefheart, why do you ask?

    I’m Captain Obvious.

    fwiw when I was growing up, I never gave the Police enough credit for just how avant garde they were.
    I guess they fall under the category of Post Punk (ie…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    Hi @thane16 – Syzy (sorry but I will just use that if yous don’t mind)

    That is a fantastic video of someone learning the Theremin from an expert (who even developed her own technique that others now use!).
    I really enjoyed it as he is obviously a decent musician, but is confounded by the precision that Karolina(?) shows you need.

    Which is why…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 – ah cheers. I think you did remember my birthday (end of Feb) but thanks again!
    oh – and (even) I remember Callan. More the film they did later which itself was probably a rerun on TV that I saw and then re-runs. Recently (last year) a channel hidden in the depths of the somethinghundreds had all the seasons from B&W to colour.
    Hit and…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    @thane16 – Syzy! That Louise Gold piece was amazing!
    Never heard that before (nor do I think I’ve heard of Louise Gold).
    Wonderful!

    For tonight’s music I think I’ll try these two (both similar and very very different).

    From Neil Armstrong’s tape that he brought.
    I would be surprised if Aldrin and Collins didn’t think about throttling him with it…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    ha ha @thane16 – only Bowie could mime la-la’s.

    @pedant will be wanting me to post Starman.

    So I’ll post this

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    So, still in space.

    Basically the crew are… highly involved passengers.

    though only Iggy had a certain starman la-la-ing in the background
    {cough}

    ;¬)

  • Whisht replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    oh wow – thanks @mudlark @winston @thane16 @pedant @blenkinsop and @ everyone I’ve forgotten or who is yet to jump in with a memory. I’m gonna ask my brothers and sister what they remember (I’ll let you know!).

    Unfortunately I just wasn’t quite yet alive when this happened so my main ‘space’ memories are either Challenger or Star Wars when I was…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    So its a 3 day(?) flight to the moon.

    I should have paced my “space” and “flight” songs!

    ;¬)

    erm, well pop-pickers, this apparently was number 1 in the Billboard charts which is kinda futuristic (if you want a better version but sadly without the crevates…)

    But for something that I actually like(!)…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave – wow both those posts of yours were wonderful (though that’s no surprise).

    Like many perhaps I’d not seen the Superman ‘poster’ nor its history as something on the front of notebooks, many American kids may have had.

    Although I remember the slightly corny Superman “don’t smoke” adverts, the fact is they did it and doing a…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hi @thane16 still trying to figure out how to give sense to the cleaner thang.

    But, wanting to say something positive to the universe (after my Music thread postngs tonight) I just wanted to say….

    James Burke is still alive.

    Anyone with any particular memories of him?
    I remember watching one of his Connections docs and it mainly going over…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    something a bit more positive(?) maybe

    we’re all floating in space after all (ooh there’s a Flaming Lips song that mentions that…)

    Anything else from people’s memories or thoughts of space and hope and strivng for something better?

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    @blenkinsopthebrave – I looooove Minnie the Moocher so here is a slightly clearer version (I’ll leave the Blues Brothers one to anyone who wants to do the obvious ones {cough} ;¬)

    Now, the astronauts fifty years ago are (I guess) in space at this point, sooo…. I found a song with an obvious title…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    So, 50 years ago today, Apollo 11 launched.
    An obvious choice perhaps but lovely (and from memory Eno had to play what he had written backwards for it to become this).

    Now to listen to the Moocher!

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    oh – and @doctor-levina I’ve been trying to figure out a way of describing what I thought of your selections and…. I keep coming up a blank!

    “Its a unique voice etc” is a bit… rubbish as a comment from me!

    But thanks for posting as its great to hear new things and great for newer people to the forum posting things
    Looking forward to hearing more!

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    Now as most here will know, this week is the 50th anniversary of landing people on the Moon.
    I’d love to hear any childhood memories of people who actually remember it (I wasn’t alive yet!).

    In terms of music, I’ll add obvious bits of Bowie, some Eno and anything else I can think of, but has anyone got any musical memories or connections to…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    *hey @thane16 – is that a Stranger Things inspired blast from the 80’s?
    (I’ll sadly admit to not having binged on ST yet – but I will!!)

    Its not something I heard at the time – but I like it!

    And “svelte” is a great description @Arbutus !
    that’s another lovely piece of mellow sound from Gilberto

  • Whisht replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    not sure where to post this so I’ll try here.

    Freddie Jones, great character actor has died.
    This is from a BBC TV thing he did – Jackanory ghost stories played around 5.30pm/ just before the 6pm news.

    I was 9.

    It won’t have the same effect now to anyone else that it did on me at the time, but I distinctly remember sitting enthralled, my mum…[Read more]

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