Recently for actual work we’ve been doing some planning using the Lean Canvas worksheet. For what it’s worth, our blank template is up in SVG (original source) and PDF form. Although there’s a bunch of such sheets around, many of them either have slight variations on the structure, don’t have margins and thus are less directly printable, and so on. These are essentially direct drawings of Ash Maurya’s worksheets in Running Lean, which were licensed under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 terms. Feel free to do whatever you want with these files under the same license.
One of my true musical highlights this year or so has been Tetra, a late 2012 album from French turntable/beat group C2C. If you’ve raced at all in the ECCC in 2013, you’ve heard them, clearly enjoyed it, and tragically just not known it. Anyway, almost all of Tetra is good, but a number of tracks are excellent. My favorite is Le Banquet. There’s no official video yet, but there are a number of clip compilations on YouTube. Among the better done is a Marvel mashup, but a Snatch extract is actually probably the most compelling of these. Among these options though I find it actually more interesting with just the audio:
In any event, the primary lyrics of the song are actually spoken word sound samples. Some of them are fairly immediately identifiable as actual recordings of speeches from historical figures. Assuming—probably incorrectly—that they were all historical, I went looking to try and figure out all of them. I couldn’t find any list or extensive references online, so below I present most of the sources to Le Banquet, as best as I can assemble.
UPDATE:This blog post, though in French, also has a good rundown of the sources.
First, a minor digression to highlight some of the other excellent tracks from Tetra which have official videos.
I first heard of the group & the album via Down the Road, played at 3am on some college radio station along the I95 corridor. The official video is quite good:
The Beat is also excellent, in both song and video:
Delta is pretty different, and has a cool sci-fi cartoon narrative video:
Taking the range even further, Happy is super different musically and has an accordingly different and great video, probably the best one due to the ongoing dance routine:
The Cell, Because of You, F.U.Y.A, Arcades (another actual video, not just music), and Who are You (another fairly different entry stylistically from the core beat tracks) are also standouts. That’s 10 tracks out of 14 with the others not bad, so it’s a high-value album.
But, back to Le Banquet. First, the full primary lyrics:
We are going to begin to act
To do whatever needs to be done
Let’s get on with the job
World has turned over many times
And it transformed the history of man
Either the will or the skill to fight
We are ready to take part
But now further direction is required
Tonight, the battle has been joined
We will not fail
Regrettably, we now believe that only force will make him leave
I just wanna say this right now
That regardless of what they say about it
There is nothing new, only different
Never forget this
The future is to those who take it
All I say that nothing is easy, and the best things are the hardest
That isn’t enough
It is madness
Some men see things as they are and say why
I dream things that never were and say why not
Epic battle has ended
Thank you, good night, and farewell
Now, a break down of the sources as best I’ve been able to ascertain them:
I’m not confident in this as I couldn’t find a clip or script, but it’s possibly from the 1960 film Sink the Bismarck. It is not from the Johnny Horton song of the same name despite the phrase appearing in there.
I’m skeptical, particularly as I couldn’t run down an audio clip or a transcript, but it’s possible this is either a sample or, much more likely within that possibility, just a reference to a George McGovern quote from a rally in 1969, “We must learn that it is madness, not security, to devote 70% of our controllable federal budget to armaments and only 11% to the quality of life.”
The voice sounds an awful lot like the same as Dulles’ in the line before (or, potentially, whoever is reading his samples), but I couldn’t find it in any transcriptions or clips. However, this is also the closing line of Spiro Agnew’s resignation speech, 1973, so presumably that’s the source.
Any leads on the unknowns would be greatly appreciated, send ’em in!