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The Fifth of November, 1955
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The scientist hanging a clock,
Who knew on that date,
That fortune and fate,
Would reveal so much more to the Doc.
Doc Brown, Doc Brown, he did invent
Such objects of folly, with good intent,
He tumbled and fell in his lavatory
But soon after took to his lab’ratory
For though he’d been woefully injur’ed
A vision unfurled in his bruis’ed head
Great Scott! Great Scott! From this disaster
Great Scott! Great Scott! The Flux Capac’tor!
And what did he do with it? Build it!
Archival ink on paper, 6x8”.
The original drawing is now owned by a private collector.
I’ve also done a reading of this poem on YouTube.
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When I was growing up, there was a certain “inspirational” poem most, if not all, of my elderly Christian relatives had framed and displayed somewhere in their home.
I rewrote the poem as inspirational material for a Jedi pursuing the Dark Side of the Force, and set it against a Tatooine version of its standard backdrop. I don’t know about you folks, but I certainly feel more inspired now.
Here’s the poem in text:
One night I dreamed I was walking through the Tatooine desert with Lord Vader. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed bootprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of bootprints, other times there was one set only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow, or rebel defeat, I could see only one set of bootprints, so I said to Lord Vader,
“You promised me Father, that if I joined you, we would rule the galaxy as father and son. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my journey toward the Dark Side, there has only been one set of bootprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
Lord Vader replied, “The times when you have seen only one set of bootprints, my son, that is when I levitated you.”
This Raptor-flavored spoof of The Scream started as a silly doodle, and ended up a full-blown digital painting. This was a lot of fun to do, thanks to all at DADD for the occasion!
I’m rather proud of this. It’s an entirely digital painting, done on a graphics tablet in Jasc Paint Shop Pro with a few original versions of The Scream and a toy velociraptor as reference. This was “painted” using only the Paint Brush and Smudge tools, and the Dropper tool was used to pick up colors from one of the originals.
No filters or anything like that were used, what you see is what I got manually.
Happy (slightly belated) Draw a Dinosaur Day!
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I originally made this for the desktop library on the New York City 2600 website I run with Grey, surprising her with it. It quickly became my favorite thing to cause computers in public places to display. I heartily endorse your doing the same with it, especially if Grey is nearby.
In the rootin’-tootin’ Old Days of the World-Wide Web, it wasn’t uncommon to see websites with notes that they were intended for viewing with one particular web browser or another. ”This site is best viewed on Blah.” ”This site is enhanced for Blah Blah.” Say “Netscape Now!” to any Internet veteran; the longer and more pained their responding groan, the more old-school and worthy of your respect they are.
When I started building my first terrible late-1990s website, I took a different approach. Visitors to my site were greeted with the message “This site is best viewed with a Browser.” Below that appeared the buttons shown here.
First commenter below to correctly name all the browser buttons I spoofed gets a free emoticon! Edit: Tottenkoph got it! I was wondering if anyone would get Lynx. I’ve also wondered exactly why Lynx even had its own graphical button. Even ancient Internets make no damned sense.
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“Bell Odyssey” - This phone-phreaking-themed parody of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was written by RBCP for issue 39 of the Phone Losers of America zine, which was released on July 27, 1996. Thirteen years later to the day, I released my own performance of the song.
The release date was entirely coincidental; I randomly got the urge to record the old track, spent a few days putting it together, and just happened to finish and release it on July 27, 2009. RBCP later informed me that it just happened to be the song’s 13th anniversary. I blame the ghost of David Bowie; he isn’t dead of course, but that’s certainly never stopped him before.
Soon after I posted this, my colleagues at Off the Hook surprised me by using it as the closing song on the July 29, 2009 episode while I was away from the show. RADIO AIRPLAY!
The genuine phone company recordings used in this track came from ThisIsARecording.com.
This song is downloadable as an MP3 from PLA’s songs page.