1000 A.D. (Sugar Fix)

June 26, 2008 8:09 AM

Inspired by the Marginal Revolution thread giving advice on what to do if you find yourself suddenly transported back to Europe 1000 years ago with nothing but the clothes on your back.

The suggestions ranged from funny to serious, and ludicrous to ludicrouser. Nonetheless, I spent the next two days worried that I wasn’t prepared for this eventuality. (Yes, I know there’s something wrong with me.) After perusing many of the suggestions on the original thread on Marginal Revolution as well as the side thread on kottke.org, I realized the only way to deal with this was to put this collective intelligence to music.

This song was kind of accidental. I have several others in the works, but this just sort of popped up on the piano as we were about to leave the house. I jotted it down quickly (correct… I’m unable to memorize 4 chords) and I kept obsessing about this thread so the only logical conclusion was to put the music and topic together.

I did my best to capture as many of the best comments as possible but 3:26 isn’t a huge canvas. I’m particularly sad that I never figured out a way to mention how bad the people must have smelled, or my plan to get rich selling soap.

posted by hillelc (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I love what I can hear of this song, but it cuts off at 1:44.

Can't wait to hear the rest of it!
posted by JDHarper at 8:32 AM on June 26, 2008

What JDHarper said... must hear second half of the tune. mathowie has recently said that in cases like this, you should email a good copy of the file to a mod and they'll fix it.
posted by mumkin at 8:43 AM on June 26, 2008

yikes. something's wrong with my encoding. so so sorry.

i'll get a new version up tonight as soon as i get home from work. I'll take mumkin's advice on how to do it.
posted by hillelc at 9:49 AM on June 26, 2008

Props to mathowie for fixing it in a super timely fashion. The song now plays all the way through. thanks for your patience.
posted by hillelc at 11:24 AM on June 26, 2008

Yay! I still love it. Thanks!
posted by JDHarper at 9:15 PM on June 26, 2008

In case anyone else wants insight into the context of this cultural artifact, created back in the dark and distant past of 2008 AD, here are some helpful links for more information.
* the Marginal Revolution post that kicked off the conversation.
* the Kottke thread, with (now closed) comments and discussion.
* the related Metafilter thread - yes, they had Metafilter back then!
posted by Pronoiac at 7:15 PM on April 5, 2012

Oh, also: this song had a Mefi post made about it, at another location, with lyrics.
posted by Pronoiac at 7:27 PM on April 5, 2012

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