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Lit Geek 2.3 November 8, 2011

Posted by The Typist in Garden District, meme, odd, Odd Words, oddities, Toulouse Street.
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Tomorrow Odd Words is off to the first day of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Words & Music Festival carting this 7″ Coby Android Tablet doohickey instead of the laptop.
I also have this nifty faux leather stand/case/keyboard thing with a very tiny keyboard, too small for real touchtyping but I think it will work out better than either carting the damned laptop
or last years attempts to post from an Android phone, which nothing for my spelling and made my thumbs ache for a week.

It has an out-of-date touch screen that works best with a stylus isn’t much more responsive than the monster “portable” computer I used back in 1990 with the 7″ green screen and dual floppy drives but I think it will get the job done. And boy was it cheap, as it is clearly last year’s (month’s, you get the idea) model. The only thing its really lacking is that copy of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy text RPG that the monster portable had on its capacious 10 MB (yes, that’s an M) hard drive).

But the Coby and this goofy keyboard were too cheap to resist, for all the infuriating qwerks I had to puzzle through to get the WordPress client installed and this post complete. Did I mention it was super cheap? Ipad users can mockmy little toy but I am getting what I need done for what: a thousand dollars less? More?

504ever May 4, 2009

Posted by The Typist in 504, meme, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
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Because today is 5/04, the 504ward group is asking people who Twitter (where I am @wetbankguy), to write up their best reasons to live in New Orleans, limited of course to 140 characters. I rarely do memes (with one recent exception), but thought I’d tout this one as it sounds like a fun challenge.

Here’s my entry. You can make your own by going to your favorite Twitter client and entering your own with a hashtag (keyword preceeded by a hash or “#”) of #504ward.

@WetBankGuy Food smells and horn swells over the funky shuffle drumming parade in the bright costume of naked joy, down to the river, forever. #504ward

Be He Ploughman or Painter February 27, 2009

Posted by The Typist in 504, cryptical envelopment, Dancing Bear, Facebook, meme, music, Toulouse Street.
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So I stumbled into one of those blogger “memes”, this one on Facebook, where you use random Wikipedia and Flikr searches to create a virtual band. It goes like this:

1 – Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to “Random quotations”
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use Photoshop (or similar) to put it all together.

And so I ended up with a band called Fairborne Ohio, with their debut record Be He Ploughman or Painter. I seem to have transposed the quote by George Bernard Shaw, but I think the sense of it survives..


Looking at the picture, I couldn’t help but think that this would be some sort of dark, folkie music. So I took the meme one step further and went to YouTube and the first likely looking track to come up under “dark folk” turned out to be by New Orleans’ own author, musician (and fellow Humid City blogger) Louis Maistros. It seems to me it could have come from this mythical album, so here it is.

The fact that you are out here reading this gives me some comfort that I haven’t squandered an entire hour of my life in pointless frittery.