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Teh IntarTubeZ are mighty, and never more so than today. If you have not enjoyed the splendor and majesty of the Leningrad Cowboys’ rendition of Stairway to Heaven, complete with the Red Army Chorus, I say you have truly not ENJOYED.

Sweet, sweet, o piercing sweet, o lingering sweet the strain; oh, wait, that’s the Stolen Bride from Howard Pyle’s classic Robin Hood. Still.

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One of the professions near and dear to my hear is that of graphic design. I’m still not sure if it’s Brigadoon lost or a bullet dodged, but either way, I pay attention when I can. I recently encountered a gem of a Laugh Out Loud moment courtesy of Speak Up, namely the long-suffering lament, now a soulful metal ballad: “Make the Logo Bigger”. “I don’t wanna tell you how to do your job, but could you make the logo bigger?.

The comments on this posting are a real humor-drizzled slice of life on their own, leading to places like Von Glitschka’s “Day in the Life”, documenting a “Make this 400% bigger” post-it note, and the inspired nonsense (brilliantly conceived, if gigglingly executed) of The Bauhaus Rap.

SRC art, worldtree, copyright 2007

I’m happily blown away by all the great design tutorials on the web these days, like Illustration Class and Computer Arts. These folks sure know how to teach– they walk you through the workflow from sketch to finished digital product, or tool-by-tool techniques for specific effects. There’s many a happy afternoon here for design dilettantes like myself who are thinking of taking our sketchbook art to the next level.

SRC art, serpent nest, copyright 2007

Just started checking out the pro-mag Design Tools Monthly, especially their great Mac tools section. It’s almost enough to make me go out and get a Design certificate. But I really should upgrade my own website first. Hey, maybe I should make the logo smaller!!

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OK, so you’re a good egg, kinda like me. You can’t do the Eed Pebnista out loud either without using the Schoolhouse Rock riffs.

Let me warn you about something.

There is something worse than being unable to read Tennyson’s Lady of Shalot out loud to oneself without drifting into Loreena McKennitt.

Namely, getting about 3.5 lines into a 5 line stanza and realizing you have actually drifted into “Both Sides, Now” and can’t find your way back.

And then you start to…doubt. Now you’re singing softly to yourself. Did she do the whole poem? Do you remember? It’s all kinda background music until you get to the part you know. Was the song really that long? Don’t you wish you had it digitized, instead of in the closet somewhere in a CD notebook?

Anyway. Don’t every let ’em tell ya that reading science fiction is uncultured. I actually found the poem because 3 lines of it are excerpted in an Eric Frank Russell story (Eustace) that I’d been reading since I was a kid. I put them into either Alta Vista or, heck, I don’t remember the other one at the moment, back in 1993 or so and found it.

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Someone has, of course, posted it already. As they say, the dialog in the background totally enhances it.

Just be sure to buy the Season III soundtrack when it comes out in August, eh? I sure will, and this better be on it!

Oh yeah, the dialog contains spoilers out the wazoo, so if you haven’t watched Season III yet, stay back. Damn. It’s not often a season-ending has me on the edge of my seat, shouting “what the F**K?!?!” during the last couple of moments. Sheesh!!!

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Reading some reality fiction with complex characters dealing with life, thinking about some my own past times, the Life of Buddha manga series, and the fragility of life in general. Today’s playlist brought to you by the incredible mix of happenstance and meniscus that flows through the universe, one cellular wall away from disaster, yet taping into a universe of staggering complexity.

  • Bittersweet Symphony The Verve Copyright Infringement Advisory Illegal Art
  • (I Just) Died in Your Arms Cutting Crew Broadcast
  • Television Man Talking Heads Little Creatures
  • Beautiful Disaster (Live) Kelly Clarkson Breakaway
  • London Tangerine Dream Tyger
  • Some Other Spring Billie Holiday Billie’s Best
  • Novocaine Rhapsody Dean Gray American Edit
  • Follow You Down Gin Blossoms 20th Century Masters – The Millennium
  • Collection: Gin Blossoms
  • One More Kiss, Dear Vangelis Blade Runner
    Mary Saving Jane Girl Next Door
  • Hey There John Raitt The Pajama Game – 1954 Original Broadway Cast Recording
  • Wicked Game Chris Isaak Best of Chris Isaak (Remastered)
  • Man on the Moon R.E.M. In Time – The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003
  • Mad World Michael Andrews & Gary Jules Donnie Darko
  • Drifting Too Far From The Shore Southern Rail Wasting My Time
  • Stop The Time Psypsiq Jicuri A Rain Of Hope In The Galaxy
  • For The Love Of Big Brother Eurythmics 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother)
  • You, The Night And The Music Tones On Tail Night Music
  • Evening The Sun Set (Pinde The Moody Blues Days Of Future Passed
  • Another Night The Hollies All-Time Greatest Hits
  • Wheel In The Sky Journey
  • Overture To The Sun A Clockwork Orange Soundtrack
  • Mr. Blue Sky Electric Light Orchestra Greatest Hits
  • Follow The Sun Nomad Australian Music Special
  • Spanish Castles In Space The Orb Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld (Disc 1)
  • Over And Out System 7 777 Remixes
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