Sunday, September 29, 2013

My goal for 2014. The EP Project. I'm ponderous and need feedback. ;-)

I don't talk much about my other life because, well, it was a long time ago and far, far away.

But once upon a time, I was a professional singer in a band for two years. (well, LA pro, which means I got paid to sing but the venues were teeny and we made money from the door).

Singing is something I do well, and I love it more than anything else in the world. But life happened and any plans I had to continue on in a professional manner, got sidelined and I went back to being someone who sings when she wants to and, if everyone's drunk at a party, when asked. (Or when my mom asks, because how do I tell my mama no? ::grin::)


I realized that, while I don't intend to get back into trying to make a band and music career happen, I've never actually put anything down of myself singing in a way I've been 100% happy with. I'm on other people's recordings and I even have a few tracks I've written that were recorded, but nothing that's been produced on the level that I would like.

So I made a plan for 2014 and my EP project was born. My plan is to record 4 or 5 songs, both covers and originals, and do it in a studio with full production, mixing and mastering. I want to see what I would sound like properly produced and with all the bells and whistles.

Additionally, I've been asked over the years by people who hear me sing if I have a recording and I don't, so this would allow me to have that.

But that'll take money that I don't have, so here's my question.

Do I look to crowdsource it through Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or is there another site I should look into? And, what "rewards" other than a CD would even be feasible?

In the end, I'm going to need to ask people for help and money to make this happen. I'd like to make sure I do it in a way that allows people to contribute in a way that works for them.

Any feedback would be super appreciated ;*


Monday, September 23, 2013

Win 1 of 4 $100 prize packs of handmade, geeky, fun, soap & bath products from Bubble Genius!

So, y'know how I've been working freelance since I left my full time gig at QMx back in April? Well, in addition to picking up work over at Nerd Approved and doing social media to pay for my Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab addiction, I'm now working with the totally sweet peeps at Bubble Genius.

Anyway, here's the real news. I got clearance to give away some Bubble Genius goodies and so, thar be a contest.

This is me asking you to enter. 1) It makes me look good to the new bosses and b) it's geeky, awesome soap! ::grin:: Zero downside.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

p.s. You could share this with your friend. ::wink:: Just sayin'.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Peter Dinklage sang on Sesame Street. Be still my heart!

Peter Dinklage stopped by Sesame Street to explain why we play the game "Simon Says".

And he sang.

With a frikkin' sitar accompaniment.

I love him. I love him so much.

via The Mary Sue

Saturday, September 14, 2013

This multiple kid cosplay from Cincinnati Comic Expo is pretty much the best thing ever.

This tweet by comic artist Tom Zahler from the CincinnatiComicExpo is just too adorable.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Posting this clip of Ewan McGregor in Velvet Goldmine because it's Friday and it rocks.

Found this clip of Ewan McGregor from Velvet Goldmine and watched for the first time since seeing the movie.

There's so much in this clip and performance. So much work and dedication and just...raw, real, brilliance.

The man inspires me.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I want this cardigan more than I can say

I have just discovered ModCloth. I'm in serious trouble.

I mean, come ON. It's awesome. 

Just had to share ;-)

Keanu Reeves Is kind of awesome and I wanted to share why I think that

I've read a few things recently about Keanu Reeves that have made me smile. I've always liked him.

He may not be the best actor on the planet, but he definitely seems to be one of the best people.

Read this article the other day and then spotted this today thanks's to JustJenn on FB.


(via Facebook)

Sometimes you just have to talk about things like this. ;-)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Cool Product Alert - Breaking Bad: The Complete Series

I'm posting this here because I know people who like the show and because, heck, I couldn't figure out how to easily do a pic and a link in one social media post.

I told you my brain wasn't working today ;-)

Want it? You can pre-order it on Amazon: Breaking Bad: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

I need this whisky dispenser.

So this is what they meant by the good old days. 

Stick this next to a old Coca Cola machine and I'd be set.

Friday, September 6, 2013

How did I not know that James Hance has a whole Red Bubble section & that these exist?

I'm a Lost Boys fan from way back. How did I not know about this.

Or this...

Or this....

Consider this your PSA for the day. Get over to Red Bubble and check out the James Hance section if you are as woefully uninformed as I was.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wolverine: A Film By Woody Allen

This just tickled the heck out of my little Jewish girl's heart. But it's funny even if you're not one of us ;-)

::chanting:: One of us! One of us!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The new Kindle Matchbook Program by Amazon sounds pretty frakkin' cool.

Considering my love for hardbacks and my inability to read them in the tub, the new Kindle Matchbook Program by Amazon may well be my new favorite thing ever.

It launches in October and I'm just gonna nab the info from their site because it says it all better than I can.

Introducing Kindle MatchBook
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will soon allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.
Available for thousands of great print books purchased new from Amazon, going all the way back to 1995 when Amazon first opened its online bookstore.
Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or on PC, Mac, iPad, Android tablet, or mobile phone with our free Kindle Reading Apps.

So, yeah. If you bought a book from Amazon, you can get a Kindle version for 3 bucks or less and have a digital version for life.

I can feel my collector's heart fluttering.

via The Consumerist.

Monday, September 2, 2013

This female parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines got pulled off You Tube because why?

Every once in a while, Jezebel will post something that gets me thinking. This one did.

It seems that this parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines by was removed from You Tube for a short time and then put up again after comments were made.

Called Defined Lines, the video was made for the University of Auckland’s Law Revue by Adelaide Dunn, Olivia Lubbock and Zoe Ellwood.

Basically, these ladies took the premise of the original video and flipped it to make some pretty cogent points, IMHO.

What I can't understand is why it got taken down. I'll be honest, I hadn't seen the whole Blurred Lines video, so I went looking. I found two versions. One made for regular airplay and a notably unblocked unrated version (warning, NSFW).

So, what. Is it okay to say naughty, sexual, innuendo filled things to and about women while grabbing your crotch -- but saying naughty, sexual, innuendo filled things to and about men while simulating coming on their face (with whipped cream) is not?

I saw comments to the effect that use of the words "emasculation" and "castration" may have been at issue, but artistic license was used in both cases.

Either way, I'm sharing the video because I found it to be clever and because I believe that, unless you find both videos equally offensive (at their base, it's the same issue of exploitation and sexualizing) you really can't find wither offensive.

Heck, I don't even think the unrated version of Burred Lines is offensive. Well, not in the traditional sense. Seems to me, if you're going to have women running around topless and almost naked in your video, you should do something more interesting thank just make them walk around like models on a catwalk.

Parody video is after the break. Warning. Tune is catchy.


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