Thursday, 6 September 2012

Postcard #1 From Nowhere

So I am kinda a fan of Kickstarter and the idea behind it, which if you're living under a rock is basically that you can raise funds in advance for some creative endeavour, and the funds are only taken if the goal is reached and/or surpassed. The only thing still going that I'm backing is this homestuck game, which has (obviously) already raised its $700 000 minimum within 2 days. But other things I've backed included various other games, some books, a CD, some videos, and ignoring the bizarre Goodwill Penny Arcade campaign to remove advertisements, perhaps the simplest project I've donated to was a photography project.

The basic setup for it was that two friends were going on a trip around the USA, and they'd take pictures in each state and make postcards out of them and mail them to strangers. It was $3 a postcard to Canada, so I figured I'd splurge $6 for two of them, and the first has come in.

This is apparently from Pennsylvania, which is nothing like I remember Pennsylvania from all the car trips through there. It makes me really want to go there now, because this looks pretty amazing.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

On Pop Music In The 2000s

So this was one of the more interesting analyses I did on the old blog, but it only went until the then-current early 2011. So I updated it, and here we have a genre analysis of #1 songs in the USA over the past 12 years. There's one long bar for each year, and each week is represented by a vertical notch in a year running left to right--each has two "slots" for genre (ie, it can be a mix of hip hop/pop, synth/pop, or it can just be straight r&b, etc). If a song lasted more than 7 weeks (with at least 5 weeks sequentially), its name is listed. List of interesting facts:

 -Soulja Boy's "Crank That" would have been at #1 for 8 weeks straight, but Kanye West's "Stronger" "cover" interrupted it. This is not so much interesting as an awful statement about the last 6 years.

 -I had originally concluded that pop music had shifted from the preppy bubblegum stuff of the late 90s into an R&B/Soul starting around 2001, which lasted until about 2005 where synth and more standard "pop" took over.

 -Hip Hop, however, remained relatively persistent into 2010, where synth/electro finally seemed to have taken the reins from it.

 -The absence of rock was noted by some people, to which the retort is obviously that rock is almost defined by its opposition to popular music--it was created as a rebellion, and it doesn't really have a place in the theatre it "opposes". So most rock is either a very bubbly sort, or the alt-rock that we've been getting recently with your Funs and your Gotyes. It's too early to call, but if that is where pop music is going, I'd be PRETTY OKAY WITH THAT.

 -Black Eyed Peas still hold a record with 26 weeks in a row at #1, with only 2 singles. I am a little surprised they've failed to repeat that success, but it's hard to follow up such lyrical brilliance as "Tonight’s the night night/ Let’s live it up I got my fuckin' money/ Let’s spend it up"

-Lady Gaga keeps failing to get 7 weeks in a row at #1. Her "Just Dance" was only at #1 for 2 weeks (Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" dethroning her),  "Poker Face" was there for a single week before bowing to the almighty Black Eyed Peas machine, "Bad Romance" peaked at #2 (failing to beat past "Tik Tok" and "Empire State of Mind"), and "Born This Way" lasted 6 weeks before being usurped by "E.T." She's since failed to reach #1, and her latest single "Marry The Night" topped at #29. I'm going to go ahead and say "she had a nice run" and "I'll always miss her from the Paparazzi era".

-There's one bizarre point in 2008 where artist TI was at #1 for 10 of 12 sequential weeks, but with 2 songs that kept replacing each other to the effect that neither fit the "at #1 for 7 weeks, at least 5 sequentially" rule. I thought he should still get an honourable mention, but not a place on the graph because that isn't how the rules work!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Post-it Poem #16

I do not discriminate, all corvids are great. Except blue jays.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Post-it Poem #15

What do you mean Easter was 2 days ago, this is still relevant. Also the rule is that spiders can live unless they're near the bed or in the washroom.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Post-it Poem #12

Last one about Montreal (probably).

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Post-it Poem #11

I promise there will not be too many of these about my night in Montreal.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Post-it Poem #10

So I did not in fact die, and the concert was basically awesome. This one is about being on a bus. Too many of these are actually about being on a bus.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Post-it Poem #9

Posting, from beyond the graaaaave, oooo! Haha, no, at least probably not.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Post-it Poem #8

Post-it Poem #7

Finding out how minimalist the second line can be and still convey emotion/meaning.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Monday, 26 March 2012

Post-it Poem #4

This occurred last Friday during the friekishly hot heat wave. Ottawa had 3 days in a row that were the hottest for those calendar days on record (~70 years).

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Post-it Poem #3

Might do this for a week or so while thinking of what I'm doing re: blog, life.

From work. I really need to find a new place to work.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Post-it Poem #2

a thing that happened; possibly a metaphor too?

Friday, 23 March 2012

Post-it Poem #1

So I've got all these post-it notes, I figured I'd make some short largely-observational poems. The only rule is that it has to be two "lines". Rather than shoehorn in shitty rhymes I'm mostly going to try to focus on pacing and mood and such.