A helpful suggestion

September 10th, 2008

This is a stupid thing, but it's something that always comes back to bite me in the ass: Whenever you create an illustration/graphic that uses text, record the font and size that you used. Otherwise, you'll have to waste a huge amount of time trying to recreate it when you need to update the graphic, or create a new one in a similar format.

You'd think I would have learned by now. But since this came up again today, it's pretty damned obvious that I have not. Learn from my mistakes!

Yo Gabba Gabba!

September 10th, 2008

Yo Gabba Gabba is teh awesome!

Every little bit helps when you’re trying to raise your kids as true music snobs aficionados:

The Roots, Jimmy Eat World, Ladytron, MGMT, Mates Of State, Datarock, Mixmaster Mike and the Ting Tings are among the musical guests confirmed for the new season of Nick Jr.'s award-winning kids show "Yo Gabba Gabba," which premieres Sept. 22.

Rapper Biz Markie will return with his "Biz's Beat of the Day" segment, while Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh will reprise "Mark's Magic Pictures," a drawing segment. Film/TV stars Jack Black, Jack McBrayer, Rachel Dratch and Amy Sedaris will also appear throughout the new season.

RanMuRec: School of Seven Bells

September 9th, 2008

Or SVIIB, as they abbreviate their name.

I like the harmonies, but I'm not a huge fan of trance music. Although I really liked this initially, after a few listens I'm starting to think that it would just be background music. Nice background music, but not something that I could get hugely excited about. Which is not to say that it's bad at all, because it's not. It's just "something that I would not at all object to listening to" rather than "Holy crap! Must buy now!"

Free political advice

September 5th, 2008

(And worth every penny, too!)

I don't understand why this presidential race is even close. If Bush is in the 20-30% approval range, then shouldn't that mean that only 20-30% of voters are going to vote for McCain?

It struck me (and I suppose it's fairly obvious) that what Obama needs now is simple: He needs Hillary to campaign for him. Go on, GOP talking heads, call Hillary sexist for attacking Palin's record as a hard-right crazy. You guys certainly had no problem attacking Hillary before. But now, I mean, calling a woman "inexperienced," "unprepared," and "bat-shit crazy" is just wrong, obviously, but if another woman is doing it...well, I just want to see them spin like mad.

Of course, the good gentlemen at Fox will say that Hillary is "bitter." Which, of course, means "really bitchy about losing. Because she's a bitch."

Anyway, I think it would help with those "independent" (i.e., "can't bloody well make a perfectly obvious decision") voters.

(Sure, Hillary can't run in 2012 if Obama is elected, but I'm not getting into that sort of tactical-/psychoanalysis.)

Apparently, I'm utterly wrong:

The question is, will Mrs. Clinton fight Ms. Palin to help her former rival, Mr. Obama? Clinton advisers say that Mrs. Clinton wants to do everything she can to elect Mr. Obama, so that she cannot be blamed if he loses — yet she also does not want to be too closely associated with him if he does lose, nor to tarnish her own image by taking on a rookie national politician like Ms. Palin and possibly coming up short.

"Possibly coming up short"? Really? That seems ridiculously implausible.

Random Music Recommendation

September 4th, 2008

Fleet Foxes

I recommend them with a bit of a caveat: I'm not sure that I'll stick with them for long. I like the music, but it's a bit more folky than what I tend to listen to.

That said, their harmonies are damned good.

The quintet describe their music as "baroque harmonic pop jams".

Sure, that's probably as good a description as any.