Two for Tuesday: Rick Astley

You’ve been Rick-rolled!

Rick Astley. What a voice. These are his two big hits in the US. The first, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” was a smash when it came out in 1987. It was everything about the Eighties all rolled into one: a great voice, heavy dance beat, catchy lyrics, attractive dancers (female and male)… is it my imagination, or does he remind you of David Caruso as Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami? That’s what I thought. The second, “Cry For Help,” was recorded after he left his managers and morphed into a soul and adult contemporary singer. He retired in 1993 to be with his wife and young daughter, but came back in 2002 and has been a busy guy, touring all over the world, appearing in Eighties revival concerts and touring with his band The Luddites.



Remarkable Video!

A friend of mine posted this, and I think it’s pretty amazing.

Here’s the description from the video:

On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign “Som Sabadell” (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

You think of classical music, you think of a concert hall, with the orchestra and choir in formal attire and everyone moving with military precision under the strict command of the director. Maybe it would be more popular if orchestras did the music like this.


The Thursday Ten: Ten obsolete technologies

The things that make up this list are in various stages of dying out, leaving them as curiosities sold at flea markets and antique stores. In some cases, people are still using them. So some of these aren’t totally obsolete, just not doing all that well. Continue reading “The Thursday Ten: Ten obsolete technologies”

Quick #ROW80 update

I know I said that I wouldn’t be updating today, but since everyone else is…

Writing: I received my invite to join the Fast Draft group today, and am ready to start this Saturday. In preparation, I managed to write eleven pages on a story that’s been rattling around in my head for a while. It might be the story that I start again for FD, because I got a few good ideas from Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat! Strikes Back that I started reading today. When I finish this update, I have tomorrow’s “Thursday Ten” post to finish. That will make one week out of twelve where I did the two promised posts. So far, so good.

Reading: I finished Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer, a book recommended by Kristen Lamb, today as my non-craft book, and, as mentioned, started Save The Cat! Strikes Back the other day. It’s already been helpful.

And that’s all I have to report.

RIP Andy Griffith

I couldn’t think of a better way to honor Andy Griffith than to share part of my favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show, “Opie the Birdman.” This was the episode in which Opie, played by a young Ron Howard, accidentally kills a mother bird with his slingshot, and feels so guilty that he raises the baby birds left behind. (The whole episode is posted to YouTube; this is the third part.)

This is how I felt when I heard that Andy had died. The roles he played in the movies and on television have stayed with me all this time, from his role as Private Will Stockdale in No Time For Sergeants to Sheriff Andy Taylor, to the evil John Wallace in the made-for-TV movie Murder in Coweta County (which also starred Johnny Cash as the lawman that brought him down), to the cantankerous but generous Old Joe in the magnificent movie Waitress with Keri Russell.

Yes, the world seems awful empty now, but don’t heaven feel full.

Godspeed, Andy Griffith.