The first time I heard a psychobilly song was on a Geico commercial of all places. After that, I sent away for a Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers cd and have been in love with that type of music since. I’ve always been a fan of horror movies, Halloween, and creepiness in general, so it was easy to love other aspects of psychobilly subculture as well.
If you’re a fan of zombies, tattoos, and retro fashion, you might fall in love with it as well. Check out what these amazing Etsy sellers have made!
Allure by black-dicefish
A couple of years ago I discovered that I have Synesthesia – a neurological condition that causes different senses to be combined, rather than separate. A common trait of people with Synesthesia (synesthetes) is always perceiving letters, numbers, and words with certain colors attached to them. For example, ‘A’ will always be red to me, ‘B’ is brown, ‘C’ is yellow, ‘D’ is navy blue, etc. I also see colored shapes when I hear certain sounds, and perceive textures when I smell certain things. My sister also has Synesthesia and she is the reason I discovered my own. Up until that point, I thought seeing each letter as a color was normal. There are over 60 known kinds of Synesthesia and my sister has traits that I do not, such as tasting voices and perceiving numbers with personalities.
Synesthesia by ThePathOfDreams
Most people with Synesthesia are creative and artistic by nature. And since this condition involves a lot of color, I thought I’d gather a collection of pieces with beautiful color palettes, and also include art by syesthetes as well. And even if you don’t have this condition, everyone loves color!
The following pieces are filled with many vibrant colors!
League of Legends – Zyra Fanart by alexnegrea
With Bronycon wrapping up a week or so ago, it seems that bronies and My Little Pony are entering the nation’s consciousness like never before, with tons of news articles and other coverage about both the event and the fandom making the rounds. There’s even a documentary being made by John de Lancie (Star Trek’s Q) and Michael Brockhoff about the brony fandom, and why a show originally intended for girls has taken such a hold on an unlikely demographic.
While some people have reacted with suspicion and downright cruelty to adults (specifically adult men) who like the show, as an anime fan, I don’t find it strange that people of any age or gender would be drawn to a show that is cute or innocent. In fact, I think those are two huge draws of many animated shows, the moe genre of anime in particular. In the case of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, it has wonderful characters, quality animation, and great storytelling: the recipe for any good show, never mind the intended age group. Continue reading
As a JoCo Cruise Crazy alum, and huge fan of Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick (of The Long Winters), when I heard that they were going to be performing on a weekend in Philadelphia, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend. I’ve only ever seen these two perform aboard cruise ships, and their land based show did not disappoint.
The show was at 8:00 PM at World Cafe Live, in downtown Philadelphia, with doors opening at 7:00 PM. And though we had a bit of difficulty with Google Maps finding the parking for this event, we made it in plenty of time to be near the front of the line. While we waited, we played a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity, while beside us, a game or two of Zombie Fluxx was played, and delicious cupcakes by Cupcake Friday Project and another baker were consumed. After they completed the sound check, Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick surprised us by walking through the crowd that was patiently waiting on the stairs before the show. Having met these men before, I know that they are both down to earth, and are wonderful toward their fans, but their pleasantness still amazes me every time I interact with them or see them interact with others. They are definitely first class famous people, and if you ever have the opportunity to meet them, please take it. Continue reading
Did you know that June is National (US) Accordion Awareness Month? Well, as I’m a bit of a music geek, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share some great Accordion pieces that I found on Etsy. Also, to better keep the awareness going, I have also found a video of renegadeaccordion (also known for performing in various locations through out NYC, while wearing a Boba Fett helmet) on Youtube, playing “Legend of Zelda Theme Song”:
Many of these pieces brought back even more college memories – this time of a dear friend, who would dance while playing his accordion. He is very talented, and I used to love when he would come into the room carrying his accordion case/accordion. This selection is dedicated to you, John. I hope that you’re doing well, and playing your accordion every chance that you get!
10 - Accordion Magnets/Tacks
Music appreciation can be shown in so many ways, and these magnet or thumb tacks (you choose which you’d like) are a great way to celebrate an accordion, while helping to keep your items organized.
9 – Accordion T-shirt
I’m a huge fan for screen printed t-shirts. There are so many different themes/pictures that can allow you to wear something special to you.
Image Courtesy of Zdenko Zivkovic on Flickr
While many of us here in the West are preparing to celebrate Easter, there are millions of people in Japan and abroad celebrating the season when Japanese cherry trees are in bloom.
Generally blooming sometime between March and April depending on the climate, there are many traditions surrounding the cherry blossom season, the most popular of which is hanami (cherry blossom viewing).
In the United States, Washington, DC is one of the most popular locations to see cherry blossoms and participate in hanami, as the Tidal Basin is lined with Japanese cherry trees which were donated exactly 100 years ago as a gift from the mayor of Tokyo City to the city of Washington. Continue reading