Been on a Kinks binge recently. I’m not sure what it is about this song, but it makes me want to look up when it’s in my headphones, not down at the ground. It captures, all at once, the feelings of being resigned, hopeful, wistful and utterly content. And I sure do like all those feelings, all at once. They’re all present and accounted for, somehow, in that no-frills-other-than-a-touch-of-echo guitar bit starting at 0:08.
Also, I dare you to listen to this more than once and not find yourself singing the harmonies that go “OOOO-ooooo-LA-LA-LAAA…”. It’s physically impossible.
“The American economy is massive - $14.28 trillion, in fact. If you started the day Jesus Christ was born and spent $1 million every day since then, you wouldn’t reach the size of the American economy by the year 10,000. Or 20,000. This is why we don’t measure the size of our economy in Jesus Money, despite the declaration of such in the RNC platform.”—pandagon.net (via moltz)
AMAZING NEW MEME FOR YOUR MEMEBOOK™ PROFILE! DO THIS NOW AND TAG ALL YOUR FRIENDS!
1. In the shower that’s closest to you RIGHT NOW, find and write down the brand name of the first product you find. It doesn’t matter which one, but it has to be the FIRST ONE you see.
2. Pick up the book closest to where you are, whether it’s at home or work. Open up to page 47, and write down the last 4 words on the page.
3. Figure out what the main ingredient (by volume) from the last meal you ate was (you can choose two, if there’s a tie. This is essential). Note the AVERAGE WEB-SAFE COLOR HEXADECIMAL HTML CODE of that ingredient. It doesn’t matter which color it is, as long as it’s the average.
4. Next time you’re in a taxi, write down the driver’s ID number from his or her identification plaque. If you don’t live anywhere near a taxi service, or if you don’t plan on being in one in the next few minutes, you can just use the last 5 digits of your Social Security number. It doesn’t matter what the numbers are, even if they’re slightly embarrassing, but they have to be the LAST FIVE.
5. The name of the first person you ever kissed, plus what you might approximate their current weight to be, even if you haven’t seen them in years and years. This has to be in POUNDS.
6. Convert their weight into kilograms, then BACK into pounds. You have to use Google to find out the conversion equationfor this, but it’s worth it. This is essential, and has to be done JUST like this: pounds —> kilograms —> pounds. IMPORTANT, YOU’LL SEE!
7. Find the subject line of the last email you received from your Best Friend, and pick the FIRST WORD.
8. Write all of this down in one place, on ONE piece of paper. It doesn’t matter where you write it, but you MUST write it down on paper, and it has to be on ONE piece only.
9. Go to THIS RANDOM PHOTO SITE, and save whatever image comes up, no matter what it is. Even if it’s copyrighted under a Creative Commons license and the owner will sue you for any derivation thereof.
10. Open up the image in Adobe Photoshop CS3 or earlier (do NOT use CS4! THIS IS IMPORTANT. You may use MSPaint or the equivalent, if you have to. IMPORTANT!). Type out each item line-by-line on your list in Trebuchet MS, right-justified, on the right half of the photo. If you don’t have Trebuchet MS installed on your system, you can use Arial or anything else. But it has to be the first font you think of. IMPORTANT!
11. Repost this everywhere and tag everyone you know on Memebook™! New meme.
Perfect timing for a couple of projects I’m working on. From Lifehacker’s blurb: “You can upload any PNG, GIF or JPEG that is less than 1MB in size and Colors Palette Generator will extract colors from it. The application creates three basic palettes of the light, medium, and dark colors, as well as a grid of 49 shades from the image if you’re not satisfied with the palettes it has created. Once you’ve got the look you like, you can export it as either a Photoshop swatches file or as a CSS stylesheet.” Alternately, you can give it an image’s URL as well, so it says. So far, that function hasn’t worked for me. Still, I sure do like the Save as a Photoshop Swatch feature.
(Also, keen readers might notice that the creators of this tool have spelled ‘palette’ correct everywhere on their site apart from IN THEIR LOGO.)
From Fontfeed’s kick-ass Stephen Coles: “On the newsstand today there is no better example of elegant typographic restraint than Monocle…. Other than the occassional decorative numeral, only Plantin and Helvetica appear on its pages…. I’m convinced that Monocle has single-handedly given new life to Plantin. The early 20th century relic is suddenly appearing in other magazines and corporate designs after years of relative obscurity. It’s not just a copycat trend. With its solemn tone, paper-conserving width, and large x-height, Plantin has definite merit as an alternative to Times and other magazine text faces. Monotype recently released Pro versions of the fonts with small caps, fractions, and both text and lining figures built in.”