The Legend of Zelda Theme on a Theremin

I’m not even sure there’s a word that can sufficiently describe the level of geekiness that this video displays.

Oh, and what’s a theremin:

The theremin (originally pronounced [ˈteremin] but often anglicized as [ˈθɛɹəmɪn] [1]), or thereminvox, is one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments. It was invented by Russian inventor Léon Theremin in 1919, and it is unique in that it was the first musical instrument designed to be played without being touched. It generally consists of two pitch and one volume radio frequency oscillators and two metal antennas. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.

To play the theremin, the player moves his hands around the two metal antennas, which control the instrument’s frequency (pitch) and amplitude (volume). The theremin is widely associated with “alien,” surreal, and eerie-sounding portamento, glissando, tremolo, and vibrato sounds, due to its use in film soundtracks such as Spellbound, The Lost Weekend, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks! and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Theremins are also used in art music (especially avant-garde and 20th century “new music”) and in popular music genres such as rock and pop.

Have You Ever Bought a Book Because of Its Cover?

I’ve never read a Harry Turtledove book before, although I did know that he wrote a lot of alternate history fiction. But I was browsing the used section of the Harvard Book store last week (The Harvard Book store isn’t as big as The Harvard Coop but if you go downstairs they have a terrific used section which is perfect for browsing when you’re not sure what to get) when I came across this cover:

Robert E. Lee with an AK-47? (“It is well that war is so terrible, so we will cap a yankee’s ass with our AKs”) The story is about a white supremacist group who uses a time machine to supply the confederacy with AK-47s to give them the advantage in the Civil War. Giddy up.

So Cynics, have you ever bought a book because of its cover?