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3,378: Some drawings

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Guten morgen. Another week, eh? They keep on comin’ along, the seven-pronged bastards.

Here’s some drawings. Some made with Procreate, some with watercolour and coloured pencil.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Bow Down by the Housemartins

On this day
Skookum Indian, 26 June 2008

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Professional wrestling aerial techniques

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June 26th, 2017 at 1:10 am

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3,377: Embedding the week

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Take It Slow by Fazerdaze

On this day
Blue square with four legs, 25 June 2007

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Lucha libre

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June 25th, 2017 at 12:08 am

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3,376: Self-promotion Saturday

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Here’s three pixelly drawings that are now available as prints on my Society6 shop page thingy.

First, something that I gave a stupid name originally—CLWNMNTNJNNJNJN—but have edited down to CLWNMNTN on society6. Both of those should be pronounced “clown mountain.”

I really had no idea what to call this one; ended up calling it Silver Xs.

And here’s a drawing of parts of the Oaxaca city centre. I really quite like this drawing.

Those are the new things. There’s already quite a lot of other stuff up there, but if there’s anything of mine you would like as a print, lemme know in the comments, and I’ll endeavour to make it available.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Ship of Fools by Erasure

On this day
How to trim your beard, 24 June 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Arena México

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June 24th, 2017 at 12:59 am

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3,375: Meatwood flack

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Following on from a recent post regarding Fleetwood Mac’s name, one thing I didn’t realise was that when the band started, John McVie wasn’t a member of the band. He was a bandmate of Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, but Fleetwood Mac’s first bass player was Bob Brunning. From Wikipedia:

When Peter Green left the Bluesbreakers in 1967, he decided to form his own group, naming it Fleetwood Mac after the rhythm section he wanted for the band – Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Fleetwood joined up straight away, and slide guitar player Jeremy Spencer was recruited, but McVie preferred to stay with the Bluesbreakers, where he was earning a regular wage. In the meantime, Green hired Brunning on a temporary basis, hoping that McVie would change his mind. During this period, Brunning played with Fleetwood Mac at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival.

After a few weeks McVie did change his mind, claiming that Bluesbreakers leader John Mayall was turning too far in the direction of jazz for his liking. So McVie joined, and Brunning stood down. Brunning did contribute bass guitar to one track on Fleetwood Mac’s debut album Fleetwood Mac, “Long Grey Mare”.

I would assume, seeing as though John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers had about a million members over the years, he wasn’t that arsed about people coming and going, but it’s a pretty clear intention of taking another band member to name a new band after McVie. Maybe Peter Green should’ve full on flipped everyone out by calling the band Fleetwood Mayall, enticing John to leave his own band. Then Peter Green could’ve left Fleetwood Mac, and took over the Bluesbreakers. Peter Green’s Bluebreakers. I assume something like that happens in The Art of War, that book that dudes seem to enjoy (having on their shelves).

When you see a list of former members of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, it’s a pretty impressive bunch of people. The above mentioned Fleetwood Mac bunch, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Andy Fraser, three members of Canned Heat.

There can’t be too many bands that had greater success after a founding pivotal member left. When we talk about Fleetwood Mac nowadays, we aren’t usually thinking of the Peter Green-lead era. Depeche Mode is another. And, at least in terms of sales, Suede after Bernard Butler left. Any others? Can’t think of any right now, but there must be more.

Looking at chart success of the post-Peter Green era and pre-Nicks and Buckingham era Fleetwood Mac, they released six albums, only one of which entered the UK top forty. So seeing how successful they were with Nicks and Buckingham in the band, and the fact that they’d released a (great) album together before joining, could we view it as a merger? Maybe this happens a lot, but off the top of my head I can only think of one other example: Showaddywaddy. But that was a merger of two local bands, before any success. I guess that must happen a fair bit on local music scenes. Indeed, when I was living in Lincoln in the 1990s, every band seemed to have the exact same drummer, and every band member of every band seemed to also be in another band or two.

Anyway, here’s Minipop No. 1,343: Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood, a pairing that may not be obvious if you’ve never seen the 1989 Brit Awards.

A wee bit of artwork
I drew a curve. Copied it, pasted it. Again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and carried on until there are about 700 curves.

Other business
And here we are. The first shitiversary of the referendum.
Going well, innit? All going swimmingly.
The future looks absolutely peachy.
Rule Britannia, gallons of nice cups of tea, and as much Arctic Roll as you can eat.
What misguided fools us Remainers were, eh?

Here’s a couple of drawings from around this time last year. First, an angry drawing done in the hours immediately following the result:

Second, a drawing I’m actually quite proud of. The water could’ve done with a bit more attention, but on the whole it would’ve made a good editorial illustration, I think:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Ship of Fools by Erasure

On this day
Drawings in a bar, 23 June 2010

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
1985 Mexico City earthquake

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June 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am

3,374: Women on QI

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Recently, I listened to an episode of Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces podcast in which he was talking to British comedian Josie Long. The topic came up of “quotas” with regard to panel shows having a female comedian on every episode. It’s worth a listen. That particular segment of their conversation begins around the 26 minute mark.

In 2014, the BBC’s director of TV said that there would no longer be all-male line-ups on BBC panel shows. So I thought it would be interesting to do some research, and have a look at who appeared on every episode of QI.

I like QI. It’s the only British panel show that I try to watch every episode of. I wanted to point that out only because I don’t want to be misunderstood. I’m not picking on one show in particular. I chose to look at this show because I like it, and because it’s on the BBC.

In the analysis below, I’ve not included the unscreened pilot, compilation episodes, or the special Comic Relief and Sport Relief episodes. I’ve included the show’s host (Stephen Fry for the first 13 series, Sandi Toksvig for the most recent one) and regular guest Alan Davies in the numbers, as it seems to me that this is about the amount of men and women on the screen at any time, not just about the people who appear as guests.

Bigger here

The BBC decision occurred before Series L, but as you can see, they’d already begun a process on QI of upping the female presence in the two previous series.

We are getting closer to a truer representation of the UK population. The most recent series’s 40% female participation is a vast improvement on the third series’s low point of just 6.7% of people being women.

What would it take to have a 50-50 male-female split? Well, if in the next series, there were just eight more women than the 16 guests and 16 Toksvig appearances, we’d be there. That’s just one more women every other episode. Or another way of looking at it: an equal number of male and female panelists half the time.

One interesting thing, though, about the one (so far) Toksvig-hosted series: there’s never been more than one female guest in any of her episodes. When Stephen Fry was host, that occurred 13 times, ten of which were in the four series immediately before this Toksvig-hosted series.

Looking at the numbers a bit deeper, aside from her 16 episodes as host, Sandi Toksvig was also a guest 16 times. Of the total 152 female guest appearances, the four women who’ve been on the show the most make up half of that number: Jo Brand (37), Sandi Toksvig (16), Sue Perkins (15), Sarah Millican (8).

On the 13 episodes with more than one female guest, all but one of those shows included Jo Brand, Sandi Toksvig, or Sue Perkins as one of the female guests.

And while we’re here, it’d be wrong not to mention people of colour. This is an area where QI is a lot weaker. According to the 2011 census, people of colour make up 12.1% of the UK population. On QI, only 1.19% of participants have been people of colour. 12 total appearances from nine people. Only three of those nine were women of colour.

Sources:
https://www.acast.com/distractionpieces/josie-long-distraction-pieces-podcast-with-scroobius-pip-14
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-26107011
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_QI_episodes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_the_United_Kingdom
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/articles/overviewoftheukpopulation/february2016

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Misread by Fazerdaze

On this day
World Cup, part 9, 22 June 2014

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Megathrust earthquake

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June 22nd, 2017 at 1:36 am

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3,373: More Illustrator

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After posting my first Adobe Illustrator drawing the other day, I figured it might be interesting to document the progress.

My eventual goal with Illustrator is for it to be just another drawing tool, like using pixels, Procreate, Paper, pencils, watercolours, or acrylic. But right now, I’m focussing on learning, not really that bothered about what style I’m drawing.

First was to try and draw lines and curves, a filled-in outline of a building, specifically La Catedral metropolitana de Panamá.

Then I had a go at drawing a pasty. Then a David Bowie tribute pasty.

It was a good sign (for my own brain) that when I realised I wasn’t happy with what I’d done, I tried again. A good sign that I’d not given up and just settled for what I’d already done. I tried again.

Still not perfect, but time to move onto another subject. All the time while I’ve been doing this, my friend Delme has been a great help: putting up with my dumb basic questions and explaining how things work. Generally being a fine fellow. (He has a great Instagram, especially worth checking out if you dig gulls and squirrels and dogs. Animals, I believe they’re called.)

While he was explaining some stuff, he sent me some of his drawings:

It seemed like a good idea to sidestep a little from doing my own drawings, and try to recreate one of Delme’s. In doing so, there’d be no temptation to ignore things, to find a way to pretend I’d meant things to be the way the are. No temptation to think, “that’s good enough.”

I got close. It’s not perfect. The lines in the hair aren’t as curvy, but it was a useful exercise in highlighting things I need to learn going forward. And by this point I was starting to really quite enjoy using Illustrator. I still have the temptation to close it down and return to the safety of pixels or Procreate, but I want and need to learn this damn program. And I spent all of yesterday doodling, playing around, clicking things to see what happens. I tried to do a self portrait. It doesn’t really look like me, but if someone were required to do a stylised police sketch, this is kinda what I look like.

The real joy of yesterday was a quite simple thing. I learned what happens when you merge two shapes. It makes fairly nice drippy, melty shapes.

(The Fernsehturm drawing is easier to see clearly when viewed bigger.)

There seems to be a glitch in Adobe Illustrator, though. I’m not entirely sure how this drawing drew itself….

The benefits of Adobe Illustrator are becoming clear. The frustrations I’m experiencing are shifting, I’m getting faster. One useful thing regarding Bezier curves—that I’m still trying to get my head around—was mentioned by David Galletly, (a wonderful artist), in the comments the other day:

If you’re fighting with the pen tool, I found this little game thing useful, if difficult: http://bezier.method.ac

At the moment, I still feel like I might fall off the bicycle, that I’m a bit wobbly. Once I’ve got my head around the Bezier curves, though, I’m hoping to be able to stop practicing how to use Illustrator and start actually using it. The thing I’m looking forward to most, though, is thinking in Illustrator. At the moment, any idea I have comes out of my brain as an idea for a pixel drawing or a Procreate drawing or a painting. All of the drawings above are things that come out of my brain like that. The Cathedral would be pixelly. The Rubik’s cube ice cream, too. The pasty and self portraits would’ve been Procreate drawings. I’m really looking forward to the thrill of an idea (still the best part of any arty endeavour for me) coming out of my brain and Adobe Illustrator being the first method I think of using.

Other business
There is no night today. Something I learned recently is that there are three different types of twilight. Between dawn and sunrise, and between sunset and dusk, there is astronomical twilight, nautical twilight, and civil twilight. And today in Berlin, it only ever gets as dark as astronomical twilight. Sunrise is 04.43, sunset is 21.33. This amount of daylight is something I’m not used to. The last six summers I’ve been in Mexico City. Daylight hours there today are 06.59 ’til 20.17. Six-and-a-half hours less than Berlin. It’s nice, but it kinda weirds me out a bit. It’s still entirely normal daylight at my desk until beyond 9pm, and then I’m suddenly aware that it’s nearly bed time. It makes me feel late for relaxing, if that makes any sense at all.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Misread by Fazerdaze

On this day
How to do a pixel head, 21 June 2006

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
1700 Cascadia earthquake

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June 21st, 2017 at 1:30 am

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3,372: [Name of drummer] + [First syllable of name of bass player]

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Listening to Fleetwood Mac the other day, I got to wondering what other rock bands would be called if they had named themselves in a similar fashion: surname of drummer + first syllable of surname of bass player.

Similar to McVie’s name being used as Mac not Mc for, I assume, phonetic clarity, I’ve done the same below. And I’ve also gone with the earliest classic line-up members, ignoring drummers or bass players that we wouldn’t automatically associate with the acts in question.

For “fun” I’ve not included the real band names here, I’ve put them in the comments so you it can be a game, should you desire to play it.

1 Starr Mac
2 Adler Mac
3 Bonham Jo
4 Mason War
5 Mullen Clay
6 Wilson Wil
7 Champion Berry
8 Berry Mills
9 Rudd Will
10 Taylor Dee
11 Watts Why
12 Ulrich Burr
13 Copeland Sum
14 Cook Vish
15 Tucker Cay
16 Selway Green
17 Taylor Tay
18 Headon Sim
19 Jones Lane
20 Schock Val
21 Grohl Nov
22 Lovering Deal
23 Ward But
24 Chamberlin Wret
25 Goffey Quinn
26 Van Halen Anth
27 Peterson Stee
28 Weinberg Tal
29 Burke Harr
30 Brzezicki But
31 Porcaro Por
32 Robinson Orr
33 Frantz Wey
34 Kreutzmann Lesh
35 Ramone Ram
36 Ficca Smith
37 Henley Meis
38 Asheton Alex
39 Kramer Ham
40 Peart Lee
41 Paice Glover
42 Wren Moun
43 Hart Nor
44 Gilbert Oz
45 Moon Ent
46 Beard Hill
47 Rowntree James
48 Jansen Karn
49 Withers Ills
50 Keeble Kemp
51 Joyce Roar
52 McCarroll Mac
53 Liebezeit Czu
54 Buckler Fox
55 Welch Holl
56 Baker Bru
57 Cann Cross
58 Whitaker Cook
59 Smith Flea
60 Strode Beggs

I think that’s enough, right?

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Take It Slow by Fazerdaze

On this day
Fuck the rainbow, 20 June 2013

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Space Needle

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June 20th, 2017 at 1:24 am

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3,371: Animated thing

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Take It Slow by Fazerdaze

On this day
Denver, 19 June 2008

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Revolving restaurant

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June 18th, 2017 at 11:49 pm

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3,370: Self-promotion Sunday

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Society6 is doing a two-day promotion. 20% off and free shipping until Monday 11:59 PT (Tuesday 07:59 BST, 08:59 CEST). My stuff is here.

I’m gonna start putting up new stuff from the archives more regularly. So if there’s anything of mine that you like that isn’t up there, get in touch and I’ll do my best to rectify that. I added four drawings to the shop today.

This is a brand new drawing of some houses in Real del Monte, in the state of Hidalgo in Mexico:

Tower City:

A graphic representation of the provinces and territories of Canada:

Parque del Muro, a drawing of Mauerpark, (kind of):

So yes, if you fancy a bit of me on yer wall, clicky here. Thanks!

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I Can’t Put My Finger on It by the Housemartins

On this day
It’s Thingamajig Time!, 18 June 2008

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Western City Gate

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June 18th, 2017 at 2:00 am

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3,369: Embedding the week

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June 17th, 2017 at 11:13 pm

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3,368: A glass of beer

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Adobe Illustrator has been sat virtually unused on my computer for over a decade. I will occasionally open it, intent on finally getting my head around how the hell it works. Every attempt at that has lead to me getting frustrated and closing it down within minutes. But, I have a bit of spare time this week, so I decided now is the time to actually get to know how it works. I mean, it seems like it could be a useful skill, right? So I imported this pencil drawing of a glass of beer –

Noch ein Berliner bitte

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– and had a go. Honestly, I’m not really finding it fun to use. But that’s because I have to stop every couple of minutes to find out how to do a thing on google or youtube. This is the glass of beer drawing done with Illustrator. I put it here so that, hopefully, I can look back at it in a year and laugh at my rubbish skills.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Friends by Fazerdaze. Four days in a row now for Fazerdaze. Only the third time this year that that has happened. (The other two were David Bowie and Stereolab.)

On this day
Flip Flop Fly Ball, 17 June 2009

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Brutalism

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June 17th, 2017 at 1:20 am

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3,367: Argentine Minipops Week

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The fifth and final day of Argentine Minipops Week. I enjoyed it, hope you enjoyed it, too. As we move anti-clockwise around the continents with these Minipops Weeks, we’ve had a European country (Germany), a North American country (Mexico), and now a South American country. Next month, it’ll be an African country. Which African country? You’ll have to wait and see*

* It’s Nigeria.

🇦🇷🎾 Guillermo Vilas 🎾🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Susana Giménez 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Soda Stereo 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Che Guevara 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Jorge Cafrune 🇦🇷 That's the last of the Argentine Minipops. Hope you enjoyed them. At some point next month, the Minipops Week will be 🇳🇬

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 16th, 2017 at 1:37 am

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3,366: Non-Argentine Minipops

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A couple of musicians, James Murphy and DJ Khaled:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Friends by Fazerdaze

On this day
My second Coldplay review, 16 June 2005

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Habitat 67

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June 16th, 2017 at 1:13 am

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3,365: Argentine Minipops Week

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I’m enjoying this project. The first one, the German one, was just me being slightly in love with Berlin again. And the Mexican week was a fairly obvious second attempt at seeing if this idea would work on a regular basis. Both of which, in terms of audience, were for the enjoyment of friends mainly. This is the first one where I’ve not lived in the country in question. And that has made it more fun in a way. To actually sit down and read about people I don’t know much about. It’s like I’m creating a little encyclopaedia for myself in my brain.

Anyway, day four’s Argentine ‘pops:

🇦🇷🎾 Gabriela Sabatini 🎾🇦🇷

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🇦🇷🇳🇱 Queen Máxima of the Netherlands 🇳🇱🇦🇷

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🇦🇷🎤 Carlos Gardel 🎤🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Tato Bores 🇦🇷

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There’s a slight mistake in the above Minipop, that blue pixel near the collar should be light grey. For some reason it was transparent when I imported it into the Argentine Minipops “frame.” I am ashamed, but it’ll be amended on the Minipops page, so not to worry too much, I guess.

🇦🇷 Alberto Olmedo 🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 15th, 2017 at 1:44 am

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3,364: Cry

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People of a similar age to me will likely remember how incredible the video for Cry by Godley and Creme seemed back in 1985. How could they do that!? Well, Wikipedia tells us, it’s called analogue cross-fading.

I took a screenshot of every cross-fade. The above GIF is all of the cross-fades put together in order, which, incidentally, ends with the same person who is at the start of the video. Here are all of those individual screenshots, some of which are really quite interesting:

President Carter:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lucky Girl by Fazerdaze. Two days in a row for this one. I really really like the album, been listening to it a couple of times a day for the last week or so. Worth a listen if you’re in the mood for some indie-ness.

On this day
Pepinster, 15 June 2012

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Expo 67

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June 15th, 2017 at 1:18 am

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3,363: Argentine Minipops Week

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Day three of Argentine Minipops Week is a proper football day.

🇦🇷⚽️ Ossie Ardiles ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Diego Maradona ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Batigol ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Alfredo Di Stéfano ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Juan Pablo Sorín ⚽️🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 14th, 2017 at 12:35 am

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3,362: Star Trekkin’

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Star Trekkin’ by The Firm was number one in the UK thirty years ago. Not the hip hop supergroup, or the rock supergroup of the same name. This Firm were a shitgroup.

Maybe that’s unfair. It’s not like this Firm set out to create great music. It’s a novelty song based around Star Trek lyrics. I listened to it just before I started typing, and it’s still rubbish, but the thing that stands out is how weak it is. It’s basic as fuck. If you feel the need to listen to it, or watch its video: here it is.

I’m not being snobby about novelty songs. They have their place in the world of music, just as mosquitos have their place in nature. Novelty records aren’t aimed at me, though. But I was their audience at one point. Indeed, while the cool kids were getting into this new band called the Smiths, I was buying the 7″ single of The Birdie Song in 1983. And if people enjoy it, who am I to judge them? (This attitude does not extend to neo-Nazis, paedos, or Muse, though.)

In one way, it’s quite astonishing how Star Trekkin’ got to number one that week with the likes of Whitney, George Michael, and U2 also in the top ten. There was also Johnny Logan, Bruce Willis, and Samantha Fox in the top ten, though, so it’ll hardly go down as a classic top ten, (which I’ve just realised would be quite a good topic for a blog post).

I was never into Star Trek, so I had to check IMDB, which tells me that the fourth film was released in the UK in April 1987, so I guess that must’ve been why people were into a Star Trek-themed novelty record. The guy who made the record went on to do music for the King of the Hill cartoon series.

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/1/2017: Jack Your Body
1/2/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/2/2017: Stand By Me
8/3/2017: Everything I Own
22/3/2017: Respectable
29/3/2017: Let It Be
19/4/2017: La Isla Bonita
3/5/2017: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
31/5/2017: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lucky Girl by Fazerdaze

On this day
Jungle 2, 14 June 2016

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Expo 86

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June 14th, 2017 at 12:19 am

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3,361: Argentine Minipops Week

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Buenos días. Day two of Argentine Minipops Week.

🇦🇷 Eva Perón 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Moria Casán 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Ernesto Sabato 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Florencia De La V 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Juan Manuel Fangio 🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 13th, 2017 at 1:46 am

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3,360: Roses and cilantro

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A couple of digital drawings of plants. A pixelly one of a rose plant which I started in the Pixaki app, finished in Photoshop. (This is no slight on Pixaki, it’s just that I do quite often these days. The beauty of Pixaki is it’s a way to do pixel doodles when I’m not sat at my desk, but finishing them off, changing things, is quicker in Photoshop.) The cilantro plant was done in Procreate.

With regard to the use of the word cilantro, it’s not an americanism. (Not that there’s anything wrong with americanisms, generally, apart from “bangs” instead of “fringe” and the horror of “I could care less.”) It’s just that some words come naturally in the language I’ve said them most. I still naturally say brezel instead of pretzel simply because I rarely said the English word when I lived in English-speaking countries, and I’ve said it way more often in Berlin. Likewise coriander. I can’t say for certain that I never bought it when I lived in the UK or Berlin (where the word is koriander), but I know that I bought cilantro a couple of times a month in Mexico, thus it’s the word that immediately comes to mind.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hasta Que Te Conocí by Juan Gabriel

On this day
Sketches from a road trip, 13 June 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
International Exposition (1867)

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June 13th, 2017 at 1:28 am

3,359: Argentine Minipops Week

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Hola. Today we begin the third in an ongoing series of weeks where we, royal we, put up a load of Minipops from one country. Some old ones, some new ones. As promised a few weeks ago, it’s Argentine Minipops Week this time. A country I very much enjoyed visiting in 2008, and have dreamt about living in ever since. Five Minipops a day until Friday. Six today, though, because I’ve done two versions of Lionel Messi (one from the World Cup in 2006 and one I did of him earlier this year).

Argentine Minipops Week 🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷 Minipop No. 906: José de San Martín

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🇦🇷 Minipop No. 1,329: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Minipop No. 1,326: Astor Piazzolla 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Minipop No. 1,330: Ricardo Fort 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Minipops Nos. 1,111 (2006) and 1,307 (2017): Lionel Messi 🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 12th, 2017 at 1:16 am

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