April 23rd, 2009


"Bohemian Rhapsody" as you've never heard it before....

Queen's classic played by a whole mess of old-school computer equipment. Quoth the creator:
This is dedicated to all fans of Queen and hey let's not forget about Mike Myers and Dana Carvey of Wayne's World.
No effects or sampling was used. What you see is what you hear (does that even make sense?)
Atari 800XL was used for the lead piano/organ sound
Texas Instruments TI-99/4a as lead guitar
8 Inch Floppy Disk as Bass
3.5 inch Harddrive as the gong
HP ScanJet 3C was used for all vocals. Please note I had to record the HP scanner 4 seperate times for each voice. I tried to buy 4 HP scanners but for some reason sellers on E-Bay expect you to pay $80-$100, I got mine for $30.
I keep hearing parts of the song are out of tune. Keep in mind the scanner and floppy drive are not musical instruments. These are mechanical devices whose motors tend to drift and can cause some notes to be out of tune.

Thanks to quarkwiz for the link.....
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    "Bohemian Rhapsody" by a bunch of old computer equipment

Schott's Miscellany 22 April 2009

The first steamship to cross the Atlantic nonstop arrived in New York after 18 days and 10 hours (1838)


According to the Greek "father of medicine," Hippocrates (c.460-c.375 BCE), thoese are the 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 16th, 18th, etc., days of a disease, when no "crisis" will occur and medicine may be safely administered. Similarly, medicinal hours are those suitable for taking medicine: apparently, an hour before dinner, four hours after dinner, and bedtime.

Children have never been very good as listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin (1924-87)
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    "Slip Kid" by The Who
OCLT, crazed writer, dark forces, ellie, command & conquer

happy IPSTP day!

Today is the third annual International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day! Click on the phrase for the Wikipedia entry on the day, started by Jo Walton (papersky) a couple years ago.

I just got it in under the wire here on the east coast, but here's my contribution, the short-short "Behold a White Tricycle," a story originally sold to the never-happened 44 Clowns: 11 Stories of the 4 Clowns of the Apocalypse anthology, and which has proven impossible to sell to another market for reasons that should be fairly obvious upon reading the story...

(BTW, the original rant by Howard Hendrix that started this whole mishegoss can be found here.)

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    "The Shade of the Old Apple Tree" by Ramblin' Jack Elliott