Posts Tagged 'humor'

“I got those piggy bug mutation blues…”

The feverish media response to the recent ‘swine flu’ outbreak inspired me to make this little comedy number the other week. After posting it on YouTube, I noticed there were already a few other videos entitled ‘Swine Flu Blues’, so now I’m thinking of changing the title to ‘Piggy Bug  Blues’ instead [edit: done]. If you like it, please rate it on YouTube (you can now sign in with a Google account). Also, it’s up on (here), too – so if it makes you laugh, I’d really appreciate a ‘funny’ vote there as well – thanks. (Geeks among you may also be interested to know I made the backing track using the iPhone app ‘Band’, from MooCowMusic.)


Fancy animating my latest CC-licensed grotesque comic ode?

Just posted a YouTude video of me performing my comic verse “Donna McGonagall”, a freakish, fishy tale about the perils of ill-advised cosmetic surgery (embedded below). I think it lends itself to a narrated animated short, so if there are any budding animators out there who share my sense of the the comedically gory and grotesque but who find themselves lacking in a storyline and audio for their next project, maybe you’d like to have a go at animating it. The ode is licensed under a Creative Commons (noncommercial-attribution-sharealike) license, and I plan to provide a higher-quality audio track (re-recoded on a pro mike) with sound FX if anyone’s interested – let me know if you are.

Twittourette: Profane Outbursts on Twitter

What the f$%~ing c^%$ are you doing? Tracking the most profane tweets… and it turns out the twitterverse can be a very sweary place. As regular readers of this blog will know, I am not averse to a bit of profanity every now and then. Okay, at times swearing is juvenile, unneccessary, abusive and unfunny. But it can often be cathartic, creative, concise and clever, too.  So, I put together a Yahoo Pipe to seek out the sweariest tweets (those using multiple expletives) and set up a Weebly page to display the results (though you can also subscribe to the feed). Turns out it’s also a useful way to see what’s really riling folks right now. Link [Edit, Feb 2011: the site seems to have stopped working due to the fact I was using a third-party Twitter search service that’s no longer active. I may update it someday.]

Uncle Disgusting

Me performing one of my old comic odes, “Uncle Disgusting”. Be warned: it is as tasteless and gross as I could make it, so don’t view if you’re offended by that sort of thing. Apologies for the poor audio quality – dunno what’s up with my webcam mic, but I’ll sort it out as soon as I can and post a higher-quality version.

Incidentally, the poem is licensed under a Creative Commons non-commercial/attribution/sharealike licence. If anyone wants to do something funky like animate/illustrate it, let me know and I’ll make you a high-quality mp3 of the audio to work with.

Next up, I’ll be posting a more recent (and better) ode of mine, “Donna McGonagall” – a dark, grotesque, comic fable on the perils of plastic surgery (again CC-licensed).

“My Perfect Present” – a musical thank-you for Tomy Air Guitar

Well, here’s a Flickr video of me performing a short pastiche song I knocked up last night to say thank you to my friends Stuart and Nadia, who brought me back a Tomy Air Guitar* from Japan for my birthday. It’s quite the best musical toy I’ve had the pleasure of playing since the Stylophone, and really is pretty versatile.

It can handle major and minor chords plus sevenths, arpeggio and capotasto, although the positioning of some of the buttons makes for quite tricky fingering – and it only seems to have one octave, which is also pretty limiting.

As you can see from the video, the instrument does have the disadvantage of stripping the player of all dignity by making it appear one is engaged in a frenetic act of onanism. That said, it could have great potential for live comic performance – although responsiveness seems to be affected by the lighting conditions, so I’m not sure how it would fare on a pub stage.

The video was recorded early this morning before work – hence the blurry-eyed demeanour (I’m not a morning person). Apologies for the shaky “singing” (if you can call it that) and fumbled chord changes. And even bigger apologies to the Undertones, from whose “My Perfect Cousin” I, ahem, ‘liberally borrowed’.

N.B. The out-of-synch audio-video seems to be a problem with the Flickr transcoding – nowt I can do about it, I’m afraid.

* Apparently, these will be on sale in the UK from June, priced at around 15 quid.

[Edit: embedded YouTube version now below]


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