The story in this link is hilarious, and is surely calling out for the attention of zany steampunk novelists everywhere. I’ve also read that explorers and frontier-dwellers in the US and Canada were advised to look out for surviving giant ground sloths into the 19th Century, but I don’t remember the reference.

On that note, it turns out that the ‘ground’ in ‘ground sloth’ is intended to invoke a contrast not only with tree sloths, but also with (giant!) marine sloths.
“The work of moral living is largely preventive – preventing our neurotic fixations or egotism from narrowing our horizons, preventing our loyalties from suppressing independent thinking, or preventing our mental impatience from abandoning the difficult path toward complete understanding. The rest feels less like work and more like allowing a natural exuberance to a moral creativity whose range has not been artificially narrowed by bias.”
As any reader will quickly notice, I’m mostly interested in the music on YouTube as a vast store of oddities, like the Wikipedia pages on marine invertebrates (see e.g. this), or this collection of medieval doodlings, rather than because I’m interested in the music for its own sake.

So, here is another such oddity:



The interesting thing is that this is expressing nostalgia (albeit less-than-straightforward nostalgia) for a group that were themselves peddlers in nostalgia for a yet earlier time. I know it doesn’t really work like this, but you might think there’s a sort of emotional inconsistency in counting among the most golden parts of a particular era a band who expressly would rather have lived 20 years earlier instead.

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