Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fictional Girls - Integr8d Soul (with demo)


“Fictional Girls” Lyrics by Lue Lyron and the Marc Kane Music by Lyron I know a girl named Tiffany Thomas she left me a note and made me a promise to be a pen pal while she's far away Got her postcard in my mail box today She made it herself-- red shirt Star Trek dudes it's Captain Picard –is that Dr. Who? -from cardboard and thread, with googly eyes. Now how could I thank her? She loves a surprise...

I love every crazy thing that she does I'm writing this song just becuz....
Fictional girls make the very best girl
friends Marcileen, Sailor Moon, & Leia in one You don't have to own her, and you'll never know her Drawn into her pictures, we have lots of fun 2.She makes her name she makes silly faces she makes up her self and then switches places Tattoo 91, she colors her hair She cartoons a creature-is she really there? She finds her cute glasses, her hair is bright blue I'll make her a postcard when I have me some glue
I love all those crazy things that she does I'm writing this song just becuz....
Fictional girls make the very best girl friends Marcileen, Sailor Moon, & Leia in one You don't have to own her, and you'll never know her Drawn into her pictures, we have lots of fun! We have lots of fun, we have lots of fun (outro)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Water spirals: a cool video


Today we're going to go back to the function of this column as it was for a while in 2012: to show something cool from the realm of science.
Now what they're saying is that, were you present, the phenomenon wouldn't be apparent...only when you play it back. It's compared to watching wheels seem to spin backwards as you watch them rotate forward. That's because your eyes process information at about 30 frames per second, and you're watching something faster. The shadows I'm seeing suggest you'd detect it, yet the effect seems to require a camera filming at 24 frames per second, slower than the eyes process sight. If it's just a physical oscillation, a mechanical motion causing the effect, we agreed here at Integr8d Soul that it's so uniform that, from our experience, that just doesn't happen. But then, sound is a mechanical effect. We're seeing a change of amplitude rather than frequency. The debate about whether electromagneticism is responsible for the oscillation is beyond my training. Any thoughts? One commenter laughs because sound is about pressure changes...purely mechanical, and nothing to do with electomagneticism. Meanwhile, it's simple and beautiful, and it gets you to think about principles of sound, fluids, optical illusions...the kinds of simple experiments that remind you science, and home experiments, are just plain cool.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kirby Krackle!


I just found these cats via "Ring Capacity" on another blog when you type in "Superhero-themed songs." I have a show July 25th so I checked around for some...er...nerd rock. It's Killer Comics, with an emphasis on visual artists, but we happen to be musicians, too, as Integr8d Soul. Along with some Labyrinth songs, "Ballad of Barry Allen," "Spider-Man" ala the Ramones, "Evangeline" by Matthew Sweet, some Crow soundtrack, some originals, I thought we'd play some comic book/ game-flavored tunes (like "Greatest American Hero"!). If you enjoy that sort of thing...check out Kirby Krackle! They just might be at a convention near you. The rock is occasionally so cool on its own that tunes like "Rainbow Bridge" require no knowledge of Thor to just savor the guitar solos or imagery. My friend Autumn particularly loves this Mario Bros. inspired song above, with quirky lyrics bringing a particular love-lorn attitude to the game's recurrent challenge. It's nicely sung; I rather imagine her hubbie, my pal Michael, could nail this melody :-D The ukelele in this case really preserves the light-heartedness of its source, too. If you're a really hardcore comics fan...and many who've frequented this blog over the past five years would qualify!---"Great Lakes Avengers" is one hilarious pay-off. Just check it out, and laugh! But make no mistake: they put some real feeling into these songs, too...you can fight alongside your imaginary hero, feel their sense of loss, or explore the wonder and urgency of their worlds. They have a new single out, "Yellow Kingdom." Tell'em Our Ba-Doom Guy sent ya!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Elfquest


I'm a late-comer to the Pini's fantasy party, but it's my duty as an old-school comics fan to talk to you about Elfquest. I plan to tell you in the next installment about Wendy's Red Sonja show with Frank Thorne, and the original thirty issue run produced by Wendy with her husband Richard. Their independent comic was a tabloid-size magazine in its original guise. Their success at self-distribution (through Bud Plant Comics in New Jersey) was funded by a ten thousand dollar loan from Richard's parents.