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Sep. 2nd, 2008 @ 12:05 pm So I wrote some Beatles songs...
That's right. I wrote some Beatles songs. I've written a number of them over many a year, actually. And I've never gotten 'round to recording them because, even though I am the 128th Beatle, my actual ability at playing a guitar is... well, maladroit would be kind. I know a crapload of chords, and I can play them enough to say, "yes, that chord is that chord. Yes."

Inspired by the Rutles, the Utopia album Deface the Music, the first album by the Spongetones, the Back Pack's The Grey Album and the long-since litigated away Beaten Path, I've been writing a bunch of Beatle pastiches for years now, with the conceit that I write two tunes per British album (or the American Magical Mystery Tour album) that would essentially be as quintessentially "those albums" as I possibly could make them. Because of my, er, "skill" on the guitar, this project has always just existed in my head. Collectively I call it the Applesauce Project.

And then with my new iMac came Garageband 4, the stripped-down commercial version of Apple's Logic Pro, their professional level recording software.


Here's what I have and what I have planned so far:

"C'mon Little Girl" (a.k.a. "I Saw Her Pleasing Me")
"Love Loving Lover" (a.k.a. "I'll Get To Thank You, Girl")
"By My Side" (a.k.a. "All of This Boy's Loving")
"It's Too Late" (a.k.a. "Don't Bother The Devil In My Heart")
"I'll Get Her Back" (a.k.a. "Anytime I Should Have Known Better At All")
"Now That I Have You" (a.k.a. "I'll Fall Back To Things Said Today")
"Loved By You" (a.k.a. "Eight Little Things A Week")
"When You're Around" (a.k.a. "I'm A Loser Who Spoils The Party")
"Oh! That Girl" (a.k.a. "A Ticket To Help Me The Night Before")
"Time For This" (a.k.a. "It's Only A Love You've Got To Hide Away")
"Same Old Lonely Song" (a.k.a. "You're Looking Through Me, I Won't See You")
"Justin's Lament" (a.k.a. "Nowheregian Woodman")
"Feeling Good Looking" (a.k.a. "Taxrain")
"Now And Then" (a.k.a. "For Here, There, And No One")
"The Ballad of Albert Murray" (a.k.a. "It Gets Better With A Little Help From My Friends")
"Orange And Purple Sunsets" (a.k.a. "A Day in the Sky with Strawberry Diamonds Forever")
"It's All About Love" (a.k.a. "All Magical Mystery The Walrus You Need")
"Peach Blossom Hole" (a.k.a. "Hello Penny, Goodbye Lane")
"What Is The Song The Sirens Sing" (a.k.a. "Happiness Is A Warm Prudence")
"Torture Chamber of My Heart" (a.k.a. "Martha My Ob-la-Dear")
"Frances The Aardvark" (a.k.a. "Don't Pass Me Altogether Now")
"Put Me Down Dog" (a.k.a. "Sexy Revolution No. Sadie")
"Time Goes By" (a.k.a. "Let It Be Long And Winding")
"Oh Well" (a.k.a. "I Dig A Pony Feeling")
"The Joy Pt. 1" (a.k.a. "Because She's So Heavy")
"Miss Daisy Hawkins" (a.k.a. "Mean Maxwell Mustard")
"Every Man" (a.k.a. "Polythene Together")
"Welcome To Suzy's Parlour" (a.k.a. "Carry The Weight Through The Bathroom Window")
"The Joy Pt. 2"
"The Sun Shines For Me" (a.k.a. "Here Comes Something")

rupertofhentzau is, after listening to any of these, thinking, "If he'd had this technology back in '84, think of the horror..."
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Jun. 6th, 2008 @ 01:56 pm A rare political endorsement
Obama loves me
He loves me
He gets down on his knees and hugs me
Yes, he loves me like Barack
He rocks me like Barack, oh baby
He loves me...
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Mar. 25th, 2008 @ 03:03 pm Shatner + The Beatles + YouTube = MAGIC!
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Mar. 20th, 2008 @ 01:38 pm I just did something awesome
What, you may ask?

I just paid off my student loans, I would reply.

The thunderous applause and extra monthly take home income may now commence.
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Feb. 25th, 2008 @ 08:21 am Don't Talk Back To Darth Vader
Current Mood: amusedamused
This is awesome beyond words.

"The shiny guy always worries."

Yes, he does, sweetie. Yes, he does.
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Feb. 1st, 2008 @ 05:52 am How long has it been?
A while. So. Here's one of those damned memes, meant as a "get to know you" thing. Not that hardly anyone I know uses LiveJournal anymore, but here it is.

1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?

2) What was your dream growing up?

3) What talent do you wish you had?

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?

5) Favorite vegetable?

6) What was the last book you read?

7) What zodiac sign are you?

8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.

9) Worst Habit?

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?

11) What is your favorite sport?

12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.

16) Do you have any pets?

17) What if i showed up at your house unexpectedly?

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?

22) What color eyes do you have?

23) Ever been arrested?

24) Bottle or can soda?

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?

27) What's your favorite place to hang at?

28) Do you believe in ghosts?

29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?

30) Do you swear a lot?

31) Biggest pet peeve?

32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?

33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?

35) Do you believe in God?

36) Will you repost this so I can answer for you?
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Dec. 25th, 2007 @ 01:12 am A Happy Crimble To You All.
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Nov. 21st, 2007 @ 12:54 pm Uncle Twitchy Self-Publishes Some Crap
Current Mood: accomplished
So last year I collected all my Sir Chuck material -- from the earliest rough cartoons from the early '80s all the way to my post-Kubert material -- and put together a book for my friends and family (friends got it last year, family gets it this year) and had them printed by Lulu.com.

And I just now discovered that I can sell these things through "Restricted" links -- that is, the books aren't searchable on Lulu.com, but I can hand out the weblinks to anyone I want. Now, there's some images involving trademarked characters in a few instances, and though they are definitely parodies and should, therefore, fall under fair use, I don't want to step on any toes since these were originally just for family and friends and therefore I didn't list any copyright and trademark comments. This is why I'm going this route -- eventually I may make a "cleaner" version that does not contain this material and sell it generally, but for now, not so much.

Anyway, if people here are interested in checking out some of my early Sir Chuck stuff, I'm happy to provide you with the link -- just PM me and I'll clue you in. The book comes as a $35 hardcover or a $20 softcover, runs about 168 pages (120 or so of which contain really crude but funny drawings), and features a 93-page story that I drew back in the summer of '83 while hopped up on Pepsi and Kit Kats and watching afternoon television, as well as 15 pages worth of single panel gag cartoons I did after a semester at JKS.

There's also a preview of the Sir Chuck webcomic that I still haven't done yet.

Anyway, that's book #1 that I've self-published.

Book #2 is of interest only to die-hard role playing gamers who have played the Amber Diceless Role Playing Game or those fans of Zelazny's Amber chronicles who want to see me and my friends totally destroy that universe.

I ran an Amber campaign from January of 1992 to July of 1993 (well, with a few breaks and other campaigns in-between), and I kept all the journals, campaign logs, drawings, notes, and other campaign materials with the intention of one day providing the players of that campaign a compilation of all the material.

Well, I've finally made that compilation. I'm providing that book to my players and to anyone else who is interested as either a $5 PDF file, a $25 softcover or a $40 hardcover. This one clocks in at nearly 500 pages and features character drawings by me as well as my players, but also contains previously published and copyrighted artwork from the Amber game and a few other sources that were used to illustrate characters and places, so, again, I'm not making this one available to the general public -- if you're interested in that (and I really don't expect anyone to be), PM me about that one as well.

So, if you're interested in either of these, let me know.
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Oct. 29th, 2007 @ 12:45 pm This is bloody brilliant
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Oct. 4th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm Grr. Argh.
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: "Re: Your Brains" - Jonathon Coulton
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