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star wars work

I make important things for work (Star Wars Edition)

My students are shooting a film that includes a light saber battle, so I found a tutorial to help them figure out the effects. This is my rough test footage.

George Lucas named Luke Skywalker after me.

Some things:

  • Rotoscoping is annoying and tedious.
  • Rotoscoping is even more annoying and tedious when you realize halfway through it that you haven’t been setting keyframes.
  • It’s easier to to animate large movements.
  • It’s hard to match up prerecorded light saber sounds to new video. None of the sounds in this clip are timed properly, and most of them are the wrong sound altogether. I would have faked it with mouth noises, but Katherine is asleep and doesn’t need to wake up to me making buzzes and space burps.
  • Square ended light sabers look weird.

I also made this opening for the morning bulletin. A few nerds on campus will get it.

And all of them will be annoyed by it.

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Bike Music ridesfv

Some Bike Ridin’ Stuff

Managed to get in a nice 26ish mile ride today at (for me) a good pace. If I get back to riding more than once a week, I might get okay at this again!

I should get back to my “ride every street in the San Fernando Valley” project. I’ve got the Southeast corner pretty well sewn up. The hard part about the rest of it is I have to either drive my bike somewhere else (which I hate), or I have to re-ride for a while on streets I’ve already done (which will take longer).

The map so far. I might be ten percent done. Maybe.

Also, completely by accident, I found a great old bike song. This is a “new” (circa 1978) version by R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders.

Weird comics AND old music. What a renaissance man.
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Photoshop

New Star Wars Shows

Disney+ just debuted with a new Star Wars show, The Mandalorian. Using my incredible sleuthing skills I have discovered promotional images from a few other Star Wars-based series now in development.

The Mandymorian!

The Mandelbortian!

I’m pretty sure this was already a movie.
Produced in association with the World Wildlife Fund.
Ah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah

She spends every show whining that Boba Fett gets more attention.
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50ish Recent Songs

50ish Recent Songs

Mostly picked by the Music app, with some assistance from Dan.

Checkout Blues – Eels

Creeque Alley – The Mamas & The Papas

Life’s What you Make it – Talk Talk

For Your Love  – The Yardbirds

Dream Forever – Bumblebees

absolute lithops effect – The Mountain Goats

Hope Street – Stiff Little Fingers

Strangers – A.O. Gerber

Mother Nature’s Son (Take 15) – The Beatles

Love Like Laughter – Beth Orton

Canoe – John Lurie

12 Elliot In Your Cup – The Blanks

Back in the Saddle – Aerosmith

California – Liz Phair

Time Out For Fun – Devo– there are definitely other Devo records that are more revolutionary and/or iconic, but “Oh, no! It’s Devo” was the first record of theirs I owned, so it’s the one that brings out the most nostalgia.

SUNLIGHT – BESOS

Time Heals Nothing – Danko Jones

King Midas In Reverse – The Hollies

Love of My Life – Louis Prima

Riot – Childish Gambino

St. Louis Blues – Louis Prima

Dancing In The Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Israel – Miles Davis

Crepuscolo Sul Mare – Piero Umiliani

Daydream Believer – The Monkees

I Got Life (James Rado & Company) – Original Broadway Cast

Never Give You Up – The Black Keys

The Negotiation Limerick File – Beastie Boys

Godless Heathens – Skin Mag

Get Bummed Out – SPORTS

Don’t Pull Away (Feat. Milosh) – J.Viewz

The Perfect Drug – Nine Inch Nails – I’m not a huge NIN fan, but this is an awesome bike song. Check out the “deep” visuals in the video.

In The Hanging Gardens – Pinkshinyultrablast

BLEACHÉ – yuko yokio

Everything Borrowed – Jerry Paper

Company Calls – Death Cab For Cutie

Unknown Legend – Neil Young – very different from NIN, but also an awesome bike song. And if you’re thinking that the song is about someone riding a Harley Davidson and that that’s a very different kind of bike, I have some news for you.
There’s a real video for this song, but no high quality versions are on Youtube, probably because Neil Young only wants his music played in 6000 bit hyper dense magic quality.

Popeye Theme – Face to Face – the most important song of this or any other time.

Fool, Fool, Fool – The Clovers

SOKA – Sister Bliss

Giving It All – 20/20

Sailor and widow – Keren Ann

The Man In Me – The Clash

The Power Of The Heart – Peter Gabriel

Evil Angel – Rufus Wainwright

Can’t Stop The World – Ginger Sling

Donuts (Outro) – J Dilla

L.S.D. Partie – Roland Vincent

Grand Illusions – Joan Osborne

Fade To Grey – Anteros – this is not a cover of Visage. This song is generic alternapop. No need to seek it out.

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Bike

Today I named a Bridge

I decided it was time to load up my lungs with smoke while there was still some around, so I went for a longish bike ride. Along the way I came to the new bike/horse bridge over the LA River. I decided it can only be called The Finger.

The Los Angeles River bridge to Glendale.
I give you The Finger.

The bridge isn’t quite open yet, so I didn’t get to finger The Finger. I look forward to future Finger fingerings. Maybe they’ll build four more and we can get the whole hand.

This was my wacky ride, in case you’re curious. It features lots of overlap and crisscrossing.

If you want to follow me on Strava, this is me: https://www.strava.com/athletes/1133075

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Beatles Anagrams Music Photoshop

A Reasonable Magnet – One Beatles Anagram

Only one? Yup, but this one took a while. I knew it would.

I should have taken more time. Or less time. Some amount of time other than the amount I took. Whichever it was, it’s not changing now. So let me introduce to you:

Pungent Trolls Bleed By Scrapheaps (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Pungent Trolls Bleed By Scrapheaps
You can see exactly where I went from “Changing all these faces will be fun” to “I’m going to just paste in a Mothers of Invention cover and call it a day.”

I did sneak in a couple of jokes so weak and obscure that no one will get them.

Previously:

Beatles Anagrams
More Beatles Anagrams

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Beatles Anagrams Music Photoshop

A Bee Snorter’s Amalgam – More Beatles Anagrams

Part two of my “remake Beatles album covers with anagrams” project.

Part one.

¡EL HP! (Help!)

Our Burbles (Rubber Soul)

This now looks like a Pearl Jam/Herb Alpert supergroup cover.

Lover Rev (Revolver)

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50ish Recent Songs Beatles Anagrams Music Photoshop

A Manager’s Bleats – Beatles Anagrams

Someone on twitter did an awesome silly thing where they re-titled James Bond movies with their anagrams. I thought it was a great idea, so I stole it to re-do Beatles albums. Here’s the first batch. I’m skipping the early Capitol hacked-up albums.

Peep Lame Easels (Please Please Me)

Peep Lame Easels (Please Please Me) album cover
Featuring 300% more George.

White Slab Teeth (With The Beatles)

White Slab Teeth (With The Beatles) album cover
Now with 50% less Ringo

Aghast, Randy Hid (A Hard Day’s Night)

Aghast, Randy Hid (A Hard Day's Night) album cover
Now with 2400% more back-of-George’s-head.

A Stereo Elf Slab (Beatles For Sale)

A Stereo Elf Slab (Beatles For Sale) album cover
Now with 100% more Ringo (nose only)

The problem with Beatles anagrams is that their album titles are usually pretty short. Some of these would be under ten letters if I didn’t include “Beatles” in the name.

The White Album is probably going to be super lame.

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50ish Recent Songs Music

50ish Recent Tracks

I used to do this thing on Facebook where I’d post the last 50 or so songs I’d played, along with some notes about a few of them. This is pretty much that, except I’m going to throw some Youtube links in along the way.

Charlotte Street – Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

Hold My Hand – The Rutles

I have students who say The Beatles are their favorite band, which seems weird since the band broke up 40 years before the students were born. That would middle school me saying my favorite musician was Cole Porter. I have to remember to play The Rutles for them.

Reptiles and Samurai – Oingo Boingo

Mah-Ná, Mah-Ná – Leroy Holmes – probably the best song to ever come from Swedish softcore that was used by the Muppets and Benny Hill.

Ain’t No Good – Cake
Train in Vain – Annie Lennox
High Fidelity – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
A-Tisket A-Tasket – Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb And His Orchestra
Don’t Let’s Start – This Radiant Boy
Car Horns and Kentucky – Tom Waits
There She Goes Again – The Velvet Underground
Jump, Jive, An’ Wail – Louis Prima
Baby’s on Fire – Brian Eno

Straight To Hell – Chum

I Feel Fine – The Beatles
Sun Gazer – Hideout
Do You Remember the Riots? – Jens Lekman
Freedom for My People – U2
Hawaii 64 – ccc – ill chemist

Cool it Now (New Edition) – Len

Everyone needs a new edition of a song by New Edition.

Golden – My Morning Jacket
Zero Hour – The Plimsouls
The Long Grift – They Might Be Giants
Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
Bedsitter – Soft Cell
Cat’s Blues – Palace Music
Fight – The Kleptones
Staircase to the Soul – Weston Smith
Two Lives – Young Fresh Fellows
Persona – Instupendo
Shark Food – Starsailor
Lonely – Bebel Gilberto

My Funny Valentine – Ella Fitzgerald

Every time I hear this I think “Somebody wrote more lyrics to that Elvis Costello song.” I am dumb.

clairaudients (kill or be killed) – Bright Eyes
No One Else Around – Orchid Mantis
True Romance – Vacation Forever
Blue Fire – Air Waves
Monkey Man – The Maytals

Nice To See You (feat. Floor Cry) – Vansire

A Warning – Thievery Corporation
I’m Not The One – Bye Beneco
Diferente – Gotan Project
Blackbird Chain – Beck
Riding On The Subway – Jesse Malin

Jefferson Starship – – Aug, 5, 1975 – Rock Show Commercial – I don’t care for commercials on the radio, but I love the occasional 40+ year old concert commercial.

the promise – The Cure
Beaten To The Punch – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Cowboy Junkies

You Wouldn’t Like Me – The Beths

Blind Love – Tom Waits
Upfield – Billy Bragg

Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing – The Magnetic Fields

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Bike

I Love My Bike – My Bike Tolerates Me

I’m really good about finding reasons not to ride my bike. Rain, a cold, a thing for work that has to be done by the morning, whatever; if there’s a reason not to ride, I usually take it. And that’s dumb, because I love riding my bike. I love it so much that I set up a special blog just for recording when I ride. Now I’m trying to ride more, and I’m trying to put most of my online self here. So, bike posts get posted here and mixed into everything else. Whee!

Here’s today’s ride: short, hot, and slow. Just like me!

Map of today's bike ride.
18 miles, 13 mph. Like lightning! Like really slow lightning!

Tomorrow, riding gets more difficult. Daylight Saving Time ends, which means sunset shows up around five, and riding in the dark on Los Angeles streets can be spooky. And winter is coming, so cold and rain are on the way.

See? Excuses.

But I do plan to ride more at least until the next Ciclavia. It’s right by my old neighborhood, so I feel obligated to ride it (and ride to it). I hope it doesn’t rain.