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Friday, June 09, 2006

MP Ching

Blogger seems to be working just fine today, which of course meant that my computer decided to stop connecting to the internet this afternoon.

I realized that the only way I was going to get a handle on what's been happening lately was to consult the modern version of the I Ching, which of course means putting your mp3 player on "shuffle" or "random" (whatever your brand uses) and, using as your guiding principle the notion that nothing in this universe is truly random, trying to discern the message being given to you by the order the songs are played in. As I'm sure you remember, it was the German philospher Leibnitz who first noted that the I Ching hexagrams correspond to the binary numbers from 0 to 111111. Indeed, who among us can't recall when he or she first came across this great discovery in Leibnitz's 1703 article Explication de l'Arithmétique Binaire? And who among us hasn't tried to figure out why a German wrote in French? (Leibnitz also believed that we lived in the best of all possible worlds, a belief which was sorely tried when he was accosted by a filet of sole named Ned who proceeded to repeatedly beat him with a green umbrella for reasons he was never able to satisfactorily determine. Later in life, Leibnitz could often be found eating alone in some of Rome's finest restaurants, ordering dish after dish of seafood just to ask them if they knew "that jerk Ned." This tended to frighten the other customers, particularly since Leibnitz was actually in Berlin.)

The key to MP Ching is figuring out which six-song cluster is important. (I would caution against trying this at home unless you're very sure of yourself.) After some study, it became clear that this the cluster I was looking for:

Kung Fu - Curtis Mayfield
Larks Tongue in Aspic, Part II - King Crimson
Now I Gotta Wet Cha - Ice Cube
The National Anthem - Radiohead
Rosetta Stoned - Tool
The Bunker - Beirut

As you can imagine from the obvious message inherent in the interrelationships between these songs, I feel much better now.

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