The Incredible Korla Pandit

23 02 2017

Do you know about Korla Pandit?  Have you even heard of him?

Yeah, neither had we, until we recently caught the better part of a PBS World documentary about this fellow.  A real enigma, but one that was eventually figured out (to a certain extent) by a journalist, shortly after his death.

 

Being as we are nearly at the end of Black History Month in the U.S., I thought it germane to share this incredible story.  Korla, of mixed African-American and French heritage, assumed the identity of an Indian musician in order to be accepted during his time. The documentary suggests that racism and Jim Crow policies would have made it difficult, if not impossible altogether, to perform and pursue a career otherwise.  A contemporary of Liberace’s, he was one of the earliest musicians to be featured on a television broadcast in the U.S.

PBS SoCal has some additional info and links here.  We highly recommend this excellent and entertaining documentary about a very interesting man and persona.  He was an incredible musician as well – play the video above, of Korla performing Miserlou on an electric organ and a piano simultaneously!

By the way, in the documentary, I happened to pause it to refresh my cocktail, and noticed that the frame it froze on included an address on Los Feliz Blvd (an address where he was performing).  I looked it up on Google Maps and looked at the street view, curious as to what was there these days.  It appears to be an apartment building, but next-door to it (or perhaps the correct address?) is a curious institution that seemed to fit right into the allure and mystery of Korla Pandit:

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That website takes you to the University for Philosophical Research. Some interesting info about that institution can be found on Wiki.

More music from Korla Pandit (a solid 35-minute chunk):

 

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A stroll down Imagur the other day yielded some strange results; more to follow:





10 Essential Knots

30 07 2012

We stumbled across this page today, while wondering (on Google), “is carbon fiber conductive?”

(Don’t ask why we were researching that … it’s a long story.  And not a very interesting one.  But yes, it turns out, carbon fiber is quite electrically conductive – who knew?  Well, lots of people probably.  Look at how much space we took up, we could have told you our boring story by now …)

Anyway, this is a bowline knot:

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I love the story she tells, for how to remember the correct way to tie this knot:

My father taught me the knot using the story of the otter. The loop is a pond and the line going towards the top is a tree. The working end of the line is the otter. The otter is swimming underwater and comes out of the pond, walk around the tree and slips back into the water.





Really?

9 11 2011

I defy someone to explain to me how anyone is supposed to use this thing without hurting themselves:

It's sharp and will cut you no matter how you hold it

And what, exactly, one would use this for is beyond me.  It’s a round knife for God’s sake!

Now I understand how to use this product, I just don’t know when, why, or on whom you would use it. It’s evidently called a Tactical Tomahawk, and it will mess you up!

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This seems ... unnecessary

And for the maniac in your life who already has a “Cyclone Knife” AND a Tactical Tomahawk, you could always get them something useful, like a surplus gas mask from Finland.

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get your mask on