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The Blinking Cursor

The Cursor blinks incessantly. Mocking me. Taunting me.

Blink. Blink. On. Off. On. Off. On.

On and on, marking the blank page.

The blinking Cursor makes me sad because no characters follow it.

Not Today.

Maybe Tomorrow.

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art music

Come Together (on one guitar)!

This is a cool thing I found thanks to The Loop.

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art music

Making Zildjian Cymbals

It’s amazing how many steps Zildjian takes to craft each unique cymbal.

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art culture movies

Star Wars Edited Scene

To quote Darth Vader, “Impressive.”

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art music

Heroes Together

I’ve seen John Prine live and even shaken his hand backstage. I’ve seen Roger Waters live. I’m privileged enough that I’ve seen both more than once, but never together. I found this video a while ago, but it always punches me in the gut. So great!

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art music

Followup: David Gilmour Sells Guitar Collection

Just an amazing collection of classic guitars.

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art music

VK Goes Wild Indeed!

I don’t remember how I first stumbled across the amazing pianist VK Goes Wild. Here is a sample of her work covering Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody on a Bösendorfer concert grand piano.

It’s no ordinary cover though! She not only meticulously plays the music, but accurately includes what would be the vocals as well.

Her music is truly something to behold, especially because of her deep catalog of covers from Queen (obviously) to Pink Floyd to Metallica to Rammstein and more.

When you have the time, check out her YouTube page and visit her website at vkgoeswild.com.

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art culture movies video

Into the Spider-Verse is Art

I have not seen this movie. I will see this movie. What a beautiful thing.

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art video

Amazing Magic by Cousin Andy

My cousin Andy is an amazing magician. Please enjoy his work.

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art culture food

Waffle House Vistas — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER

Micah Cash paired photos with an essay Waffle House Vistas for the Bitter Southerner. It’s excellent.

Waffle House Vistas — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER:

…nearly every Southerner feels a personal connection to Waffle House. How can a cookie-cutter restaurant chain win over the hearts of millions of people? My answer is inclusivity. In my experience, when you walk into a Waffle House, whether it is off a random exit in northern Alabama or downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, you are welcomed. At its best, Waffle House creates a sense of belonging unlike most other places.

Waffle House does not care how much you are worth, what you look like, where you are from, what your political beliefs are, or where you’ve been so long as you respect the unwritten rules of Waffle House: Be kind, be respectful, and don’t overstay when others are waiting for a table.

And I’m with Micah. Hash browns should be scattered and covered by default.

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art culture music video

Cover Performance of Bowie’s “Blackstar”

I’m a huge fan of Amanda Palmer’s work and this collaboration with Anna Calvi is particularly brave. Usually artists choose something with a great hook you can dance to if they’re going to cover a song. Think Twist and Shout or Louie Louie.

Instead, they chose David Bowie’s swan song Blackstar and it’s amazing.

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art general life movies video

Don’t Tailgate

I can relate.

—from David Lynch’s Lost Highway.

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art writing

Mister Rogers, Poet

Drawing a picture badly

I’m not very good at it.
But it doesn’t matter.
It’s the fun of doing it that’s important.
No matter how anybody says it is.
It feels good to have made something.

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art culture music

David Gilmour’s guitar collection comes to auction | Christie’s

David Gilmour’s guitar collection comes to auction | Christie’s:

Christie’s to auction more than 120 guitars from the personal collection of the Pink Floyd singer and songwriter, including the iconic Fender Stratocaster played on The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall
David Gilmour’s 1969 Black Fender Stratocaster has earned its place in rock’n’roll history. Known as ‘The Black Strat’, the guitar was purchased in 1970 at Manny’s on West 48th Street in New York, and has become the Pink Floyd singer and songwriter’s most identified instrument over the course of nearly 50 years.

This is both exciting for those who have the money to buy them and sad that we won’t hear Gilmour play his soul through them again. These guitars are artifacts as precious as anything discovered at Pompeii.

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art

Happy Bartolomé Day!

Let The Oatmeal help you forget about Christopher Columbus and celebrate this federal holiday appropriately.
Celebrate Bartolomé Day!

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art culture video

Lazy

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I miss Leonard Nimoy and this is how I feel these days.

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apple art technology

iPhone Camera Tips

I have two iPhone photography tips for you. They aren’t technical and will improve your photos.

  1. Stop holding your phone like a phone to take pictures. Turn it 90 degrees clockwise and hold it like a camera.
  2. Hold it firmly with both hands and use the “volume up” button as your shutter.

Wasn’t that easy? Now go take beautiful pictures!

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art design nerd writing

Typography for Everyone Makes Texts Much Easier to Read | NOUPE

Typography for Everyone Makes Texts Much Easier to Read | NOUPE:

The starting point for the observation is always the continuous text, which is what we write into the p-tags on the web. This text is the index, meaning it keeps the font size of 100 percent. All other elements are derived from that.
According to this, the first step is getting the text to a comfortably legible size. A lot of this is just a matter of taste. For me, this value is at 18 pixels, I don’t want it to be any lower. Common publications are mostly around 14 pixels. No matter which size you define, it is important that it is the foundation for all other elements.
Headlines (hl) should have 180 to 200 percent of the original size, secondary headings (h2) 130 to 150 percent, and tertiary headings (h3) should only be slightly bigger than the running text. In many cases, you’ll see h3 as a simple bold text. You should be able to go up to 125 percent without problems. Footnotes shouldn’t exceed 75 percent of the size of the continuous text.

This is good advice and reading the entire article is worth your time if you use words. This is also a good time to recommend The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst.

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art

Collection: M. C. Escher (1898-1972). Prints and Drawings / Institution: Boston Public Library – Digital Commonwealth Search Results

Collection: M. C. Escher (1898-1972). Prints and Drawings / Institution: Boston Public Library – Digital Commonwealth Search Results
Cool. via kottke.org

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art culture politics

The Trumps asked to borrow a Van Gogh but the Guggenheim offered a solid gold toilet instead. – The Washington Post

The Trumps asked to borrow a Van Gogh but the Guggenheim offered a solid gold toilet instead. – The Washington Post:

The curator’s alternative: an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet — an interactive work titled “America” that critics have described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in this country.
For a year, the Guggenheim had exhibited “America” — the creation of contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan — in a public restroom on the museum’s fifth floor for visitors to use.
But the exhibit was over and the toilet was available “should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House,” Spector wrote in an email obtained by The Washington Post.

An offer befitting a president with such a foul mouth.