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02:58 am - Marks for technical merit... marks for artistic impression...
December: acid jazz. Yesterday: big bands. Today: The Carpenters. The Larch Carpenters.

Thinking about singing a lot at the moment. One of the low points of MacT00bage was feeling unable to join along with some of the singing, but work to remedy this for future t00bage is slowly ongoing. A friend recently posted that they had a similar crisis of confidence about their own singing voice. On the day after return from MacT00bage, I was thinking about this and a particular song came into my head, which has been bouncing about from time to time. Today it's been at the forefront. It's "Sing", originally by the aforementioned Carpenters. Specifically, an edited version of it I heard which goes like this:

Sing
Sing a song
Sing out loud
Sing out strong
Don't worry that it's not good enough
For anyone else to hear
Sing
Sing a song

(insert the kiddy la-la-la-la chorus at this point, repeat ad lib)

Now admittedly this is rather an edited version, but it came from Last Chance Lottery, a one-season entertainment show on Channel 4.

Crikey. This part within the lj-cut has taken all day to write just because my mind hasn't been on it and it wasn't going to be very interesting anyway. Aww, skip it. I'll just give you the links: a page with audio files, Last Chance Lottery at ukgameshows, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush at ukgameshows (had its moments, though Chris Evans has worked his way onto my Don't Like list) and let you know that "Sing" is a song I like a lot. There. Bah. Grumble. Meta.

addedentry points to a BBC article about smart mobs and massively co-operative games, which in turn points to Collective Detective, "The world's only complete Collective Gaming and Immersive Entertainment community". Exciting, exciting! I haven't looked into this deeply yet, but it could be very cool indeed. Perhaps jiggery_pokery is a co-operative weird games blog already, perhaps this Collective Detective is one in practice. I'd like something which deliberately sets out for that goal already. Next question: is anyone interested enough in weblogs rather than games to help out on the technical side? I'm thinking possibly of a Moveable Type solution, largely inspired by Gameblog, though I know many good alternatives exist.

(Incidentally, the experts have already pointed out the inaccuracies in that BBC article.)

Plans unveiled for the first billion dollar game show - well, the first since the Pinball Fantasies table. Yahoo! have more info, including an interview with an infamous name. Can't get much past the knee-jerk reaction stage yet, but the "Willy Wonka" set-up sounds promising. WWTBAM? in the UK is now over four years old - I perceive that it's worked best in the countries where it's been produced really well and where it's had a truly paradigm-breaking prize. The prize of a shot at a billion certainly fulfils the latter, but I'm much more concerned as to whether the essential game involved will be interesting or not. Still, we can live in hope.

gamesvariant is a community version of Schmittberger's New Rules for Classic Games (evil amazon.com link). Unforunately www.samegamenewrules.com has nothing to do with it and is far more dull than the URL would suggest.

Life has good parts and bad parts, but some of the good parts feel a lot better right now than they have done for a long time. :-)
Current Mood: some ace bits, some hohum bits
Current Music: "Sing" - The Carpenters, la lalalalala

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From:tromboneborges
Date:February 10th, 2003 07:16 pm (UTC)
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Mr. Pokery, if you're around, your presence is requested in some chatting medium with Mr. Black Dog and I.
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From:leiabelle
Date:February 10th, 2003 07:17 pm (UTC)

sing, sing a song

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The only place I've ever heard this song was on Sesame Street when I was very ickle. I think someone named Crystal Gayle (?) sang it -- a woman with very very long hair. Funny the stuff you remember from when you're 5 or so.

*looks at the page with audio files*

SING sing a song. Would you sing along when you hear this song? This song was originally taken from the Sesame Street Children's TV programme sung by Big BIRD. It was really entertaining listening to Big Bird sing when it brings back memories of the child within us.

See, what did I tell you?

Can't get the Big Bird version to download though. *pout*
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From:ringbark
Date:February 10th, 2003 09:59 pm (UTC)

Re: sing, sing a song

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That would be the person who later became famous with "Don't it make my brown eyes blue". I could tell you a relevant local New Zealand joke here, but I won't because it would lower the tone of Chris's journal even further.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 14th, 2003 06:17 pm (UTC)

Re: sing, sing a song

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I could tell you a relevant local New Zealand joke here, but I won't because it would lower the tone of Chris's journal even further.

Aw, you can't say that and then not tell the joke in this famously high-brow (parp) seat of learning.

C'mon, c'mon, c'mon... :-)
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From:ringbark
Date:February 14th, 2003 09:39 pm (UTC)

Re: sing, sing a song

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It's very short:

In the words of the famous song, "Don't it make my browneye blue?"

Supporting illustration, providing illustration of key word: http://www.rudefood.co.nz/images/browneye.jpg
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From:hermorrine
Date:February 10th, 2003 09:46 pm (UTC)
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*warbles*
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 14th, 2003 06:32 pm (UTC)
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I do like the word "warble" very much.

The second duck from the left here makes a distinct warbling noise when you shake him up and down. Technically I think he's a "chirpy pram duck" but he's always been a warbling duck to me. I tried to make him into a ducky usericon at one point but it turns out that he's a bit tricky to photograph because he's so small.

As discussed elsewhere, my Frank The Goat goes "warble" too.

Warble, warble.
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From:hermorrine
Date:February 15th, 2003 01:32 pm (UTC)

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Cute duckies! My niece's favorite thing is ducks. It was her first word. :)

And I figure I warble a lot these days.
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From:ringbark
Date:February 10th, 2003 10:02 pm (UTC)

Too many in-jokes

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You could easily miss the comment about the larch unless you were familiar with larch jokes already.

Just think, if Mama Cass had given that sandwich to Karen Carpenter, maybe they'd both still be alive.
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From:addedentry
Date:February 11th, 2003 04:37 am (UTC)

Re: Too many in-jokes

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*choke*

There doesn't seem to be a correlation in my office between age and understanding that joke.
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From:leiabelle
Date:February 11th, 2003 09:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Too many in-jokes

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*smirk*

Now that's funny.
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From:ericklendl
Date:February 11th, 2003 01:31 am (UTC)

Where are you all coming from? From Smurfland where we belong!

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(insert the kiddy la-la-la-la chorus at this point, repeat ad lib)

I believe that's supposed to be the same melody as the basic tune. I somehow can't stop it from being The Smurf Song. I can at least distribute the pain.

Earworms ahoy!

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