August 21, 2009

Sonja, Carl, Jung and I went to the Live Rifftrax of Plan 9 from Outer Space tonight. The MST3K guys had a few other things they did too, including trotting JoCo out to play a couple songs. I asked Mrs. Sonja afterword if she knew who Jonathan Coulton was and she did not, so I figured I should probably put up a quick history lesson.

From my perspective, JoCo had 2 big points where he gained widespread fame. The first was his performance of Re: Your Brains at P.A.X. 2007 which was linked on the front page of Penny Arcade. The second was when he wrote the theme song to the computer game Portal. After Portal he’s been the darling child musician of the gaming blogs, and it’s hard to blame them. He has at least 1/2 a dozen songs which are amazingly good, and he’s one of the most idealistic musicians there is, releasing many of his songs under creative commons license and being very understanding to fans who pirate his music. He also sells his music un-DRMed for 1$ a song at a decent quality, which is quite a good deal in this day and age.


August 6, 2009

Happy Birthday

On your birthday I:

  1. Woke up late.
  2. Did some work.
  3. Filled the car with petrol.
  4. Went to Sioux Falls and signed some papers.
  5. Tried to catch you between work and supper to say Happy Birthday and failed.
  6. Went home.
  7. Did some work.
  8. Watched Top Gear.
  9. Forgot to blog on your actual birthday.
  10. Pulled a Mike and pre-dated my blog post to be correct anyway.