Those damn pigeons

October 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

I will shit on everything you love

Print by the lovely Etsy shop OliverandLyvia via istanbul loves Athens (Athens loves Istanbul back)

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10 more ways to visualize lyrics

October 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our first post on illustrated lyrics is one of our most popular ones, ever. It seems you share our obsession, hurrah! It is due time, then, to share some more visualizations that struck us as interesting and funny. Some interior design there, too. Again this list contains songs we love for the most part. So, for your viewing pleasure, here come 10 more ways to visualize lyrics:

1. The literal interpretation

adele: set fire to the rain

Set fire to the rain by Adele (source)

2. The eye-chart

3 little birds

3 little birds by Bob Marley (source)

3. The equation

every day is like sunday

Every day is like Sunday by Morrissey (source)

4. The upholstered armchair

perfect day

Perfect day by Lou Reed (source)

5. The stencil

maps

Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (source)

6. The cross-stitch

please please please

Please, please, please let me get what I want by The Smiths (source)

7. The street-sign

stop

Stop! In the name of love by Diana Ross & the Supremes (source)

8. The word-match

mambo no 5

Mambo no 5 by Lou Vega (source)

9. The staircase

hello i love you

Hello, I love you by The Doors (source)

10. The door-sign

push it

Push it by Salt-n-Pepa (source)

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A girl with colitis goes by…

March 29, 2012 § 4 Comments

In the early days of the web, Am I Right was one of the funniest sites there was: a database of misheard lyrics. The misunderstanding of the psychedelic Beatles lyrics “A girl with kaleidoscope eyes” with the absurdist “A girl with colitis goes by” is still one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.

The Beatles mondegreen

And now there is a wonderful infograph by direct lyrics, to summarize the most common mistakes. Wasn’t it about time?

Adele mondegreen

By the way, Am I Right has also published a collection of misheard lyrics in Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza: And Other Misheard Lyrics.

See the full infograph after the jump.

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Weapons of mass distraction

March 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

weapons of mass distraction

by Hunter Langston

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Never le’ go…

March 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

I will never lego

Get it?

From the witty Heng Swee Lim and her Etsy shop, ILOVEDOODLE.

via buymodernbaby

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Help the semicolon not to become extinct

June 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

Out of all the punctuation marks the semicolon is my favorite; semicolon is the shit. And here’s how to use it:

semicolon

by the Oatmeal’s grammar series 

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Midcentury furniture growing old

May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

midcentury furniture growing old

by Fueled by coffee via core77

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10 + 1 ways to visualize lyrics

April 18, 2011 § 5 Comments

Really good songs have usually really good lyrics. And good lyrics stay with you. When we were at school we doodled them on our books and carved them into the desks. What do the digital natives do? Here are the best ideas (and, incidentally, really good songs for the most part) we found around the web:

1. Pick a photo, apply a vintage effect and write the lyrics in helvetica

paris by the friendly fires

Paris by the Friendly Fires (the Aeroplane version featuring Au Revoir Simone  kicks major ass, too)
(visual first seen at letlooselove, our title inspired by this)

2. Make a flowchart*

should I stay or should I go by the clash

Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
(visual first seen at Urlesque)
*but be careful not to be trapped on an infinite loop

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What do the oos in google mean?

April 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

gooooooogle

via I love charts

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(You gotta) fight for your right (to party) 2011

April 8, 2011 § 1 Comment

It was the mid 80’s (when parentheses in title songs were the coolest thing ever) and this was the absolute party anthem. Fight for your right by the Beastie Boys gets a remake that’s so full of celebrity cameos (including, to name a few, Seth Rogen, John C. Reilly, Jack Black, Ted Danson, Will Ferrell, and Susan Srandon), you will lose count. Cool, fun, nostalgic. Enjoy.

The video is part of the promotional effort for their new album Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2.

via Thought Catalog

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Know your Middle East

April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m Michael Jordan and I rock because I run to Afghanistan. Coolest geography heuristic ever.

via HolyKaw

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The joke is on Helvetica

April 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

Go to Google. Type “helvetica”. Click Search. The results appear in Comic Sans. Hilarious.type helvetica into google

(I am guessing this is just for today, duh!)

via buzzfeed

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I shot the serif

March 31, 2011 § 5 Comments

And it’s a capital offense.

I shot the serif

by Tom Gabor

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Angry Birds do Libya

March 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Disclaimer: I am annoyed by anything that becomes hugely popular and Angry Birds is no exception. However this video is good.

A mash-up of Angry Birds and the Three Little Pigs, it is the digital natives’ guide to the uprising in Maghreb, in escalating levels from Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, to Egypt and to the last level in Libya. With guest starring roles by the Twitter and the American Eagle Angry Birds.

Peanuts: the existentialist edition

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Whoever is behind 3eanuts had a brilliant idea. First came the observation: “Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters’ expense”. Then the execution: just omit the last panel of the comic strip and sink in a bleak, black and white world, filled with…

…desperation…

3eanuts good grief

…loneliness…

3eanuts snif

…doubt…

3eanuts you're not as happy

A true existentialist masterpiece.

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Tweets say the darnest things

March 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

It’s true. Among tons of trivialities there are some truly witty tweets. Twaggies is a blog that selects and illustrates some of these tweets. Twaggies "I always feel like I am being silently judged by knitter"Twaggies "I just lost a twitter follower...it's just like when Rome started it's decline"

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It started with the occasional profile update and now you are hooked: social media addiction

March 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

Well we already know that social media can be very addictive. But can you recognize the signs of addiction? Do you need a social media detox?

retweet depression

See if you recognize yourself in any of the symptoms after the jump.

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The Wire, the Victorian novel

March 26, 2011 § 3 Comments

In season 5 episode of The Wire – the season focusing on the Media and in particular on the Baltimore Sun – old-school senior editor Gus Haynes worries about the reporting work of junior writer Scott Templeton and its lack of journalistic evidence (in fact, we, the audience, are aware that his writings are pure fiction). He’s overruled though by the chief editor who, ironically, loves the “Dickensian aspect” of Templeton’s articles. This mock mention, The Wire creator David Simon has admitted, was used as a reply to all critics who compared his work to Dickens’ – a comparison he felt was flattering but falling badly on him.

Well, new historic evidence has come up!The Wire as a Victoria Novel

In fact, The Wire was a serialized novel of Dickens’ contemporary Horatio Bucklesby Ogden and illustrated by Baxter “Bubz” Black. An overlooked Victorian masterpiece, The Wire failed to grasp the attention of the reading masses but was praised by literary scholars. In fact, Dickens’ later works, like Bleak House and A Tale of Two Cities, seem to have been influenced by The Wire. The Wire as a Victorian novel

Or so says a thoroughly enjoyable faux literary journal article for The Hooded Utilitarian by Sean Michael Robinson and Joy Delyria. An appropriate homage to the Wire, the article is written with impressive attention to detail, including the amazing illustrations above. It’s high point? The analysis of Omar Little as a gothic hero.

I loved it, and I was reminded of how much I loved The Wire, too.

via Gawker

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Darth Vader is omnipresent

March 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

May the force be with us, indeed.

Darth Vader jelly fishDarth Vader coffee makerDarth Vader pork chopSee more unexpected, Darth-Vader-shaped things after the jump. « Read the rest of this entry »

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