If you remember Tom Lehrer, you'll love this Flash version of The Elements![Via The Shifted Librarian]
Very cool Flash animation that reminds me of a story.
As an undergraduate I took a team taught honors class on Democracy and Capitalism. The role I played as the only conservative student in the class will remain a story for another day. One day during class one of the instructors, to make a point, broke out in song, in particular "Wernher Von Braun" from Tom Lehrer's That Was The Year That Was. Now I was oddly prepared for such an occasion. We had a record player when I grew up but not many albums. Until I was old enough to get a job and start buying music myself, we only had a handful of records, mostly polka music and a smattering of show tunes. And then there was the Tom Lehrer album, which as a kid, I listened to over and over, memorizing the lyrics, which are very funny and easy to sing along to. This, by the way, is nothing you want to hear, as I positively can not sing. Anyway, I was eminently prepared for that day in class and immediately joined in in singing "Wernher Von Braun", which led to the professor stopping the class and us having a long discussion, on how I came to know such an obscure song, the rest of the songs on the album, and the politics behind the songs. Meanwhile the rest of the class, and the other instructor, just sat there silently watching our discussion. Just one of the many surreal moments in my undergraduate education.
Posted by evan on 2003-04-14