I pulled jury duty today, and am posting from a computer lounge in the Orange County courthouse waiting area —
I listened to more Imogen Heap via musicmatch streaming, and one of her better known songs is the heavily vocoded tune Hide and Seek, that was featured in a recent SNL digital short making fun of TV technique in the O.C.,
As a man (Hader) writes a letter to his sister, he is shot by his friend (Samberg), leading to a series of overly-dramatic, slow-motion shootings set to “Hide & Seek” by Imogen Heap, including their roommate (Shia LaBeouf), the sister (Wiig), and two police officers (Sudeikis, Armisen). The short satirizes the final scene of The O.C.‘s second-season finale. The short was originally unofficially known as “Dear Sister” on YouTube when it was first uploaded. (from wikipedia)
The SNL piece (below) spawned numerous emulations and parodies in web viral fashion:
Imogen Heap is a U.K. artist whose work has been featured in a lot of recent movies and tv shows. This video clip here captures her solo a cappella performance where she overdubs and mixes and accompanies herself – on the spot and in real time!! I am in awe.
Fun article in the WSJ, from 2005 I think, about the concert phenomonen. Its happened to Makeshift in performance, and we’ve contemplated trying to learn the phish acappella version. Its sort of the rock and roll version of the old cliche of asking for “Melancholy Baby”, which we DO sing BTW.
Yelling “Freebird!” has been a rock cliché for years, guaranteed to elicit laughs from drunks and scorn from music fans who have long since tired of the joke.
This is very cool. A java utility from the U.K. that will change your ethnicity, your age, it will even interpret a face in different painting styles! You’ll need to upload a reasonably resolved headshot, and start playing. This below is just a sample.
See a few more I transformed here.
I found this link on http://photojojo.com
Gina completed her final learners driving test (online) last night, and her mother took her to the DMV this morning. I just got this text message on my phone:
From: Gina. I just drove from the albertsons parking lot to the bank! And i went on a road with real cars
My work activities run on email. As does a lot of my personal business like working with NPO’s, or with my singing groups. I’ve been noticing that some people don’t pay as much attention to a message on their blackberry as they do to a message on their computer. On a mobile device its easy to scan through a message, dash off a quick reply and then consider the message dealt with.
For a while now I’ve been in the habit of avoiding putting more than one significant issue into a single email message — because of some of my correspondents’ propensity to reply to only one of the issues, inevitably the easier one, and then never getting around to the other issue.
Now when crafting a question, or an appeal, or in communicating a complex issue by email, I think I have to take into consideration if my recipient is likely to read my message on a blackberry in an environment where attention might be distracted. It might be time for a phone call or face to face meeting.
Emails in general are getting lost in clutter. Remember the old days when you sent a memo, and it was a physical artifact that arrived at someones desk and commanded attention?
Its a big week for the Solash-Reeds. Dad aced his opera audition, Mom has her first client in her new practice today, and last night, Gina was awarded a varsity letter for her contributions to the women’s lightweight 8 boat with the Winter Park High School Crew team. geez, my daughter the athlete! I’m about to burst.
Gina is 6th from the left: