Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “True Love”

Everly Brothers

Phil and Don have always sounded so great together – just like they do on this Cole Porter standard.


Stevie Wonder

2005 saw the release of yet another Stevie Wonder CD, A Time to Love, and this jazzy love song.


Song of the Day – “Science Fiction” – Divinyls

Last week we lost a truly unique voice in rock, Christina Amphlett of the Divinyls. Thirty years ago they released their debut album which featured her chirruping voice on this ode to love and science fiction.

It wasn’t until 1991 that they released the song for which they’d become deservedly famous: “I Touch Myself”. In between they made a lot of great power pop.

RIP Christina.


NOTE: I had this video picked out and the text written before PZ Myers at Pharyngula posted the same video and sentiments last Wednesday. Believe it or not!

Song of the Day – “Great Houses of New York” – Hem

The “Song of the Day” portion of my blog has a problem. It’s human nature. Human nature is to see the song that’s featured, say “Hey, I love that song!” and click through to listen to something you already know. Then, when something unfamiliar comes along, the tendency is to say “I don’t have time for that right now.” I do it myself sometimes when someone else posts a song.

But I don’t want to post just familiar songs. For every familiar song I’ve got a hundred songs that aren’t as familiar and yet deserving of a listen. Like today’s song from the criminally underrated New York band Hem. Please take some time to listen to this song from 2006’s Funnel Cloud.

Song of the Day – “Smoke on the Water” – Deep Purple

Few introductions are more memorable than the first seven notes of this song, played on a crunching electric guitar.

When I saw that YouTube had a version actually played at Montreaux, I knew that would be the version I featured. The song is about a fire during Frank Zappa’s 1971 performance at the famous jazz festival; here they are 35 years later at the same festival.

Song of the Day – “A Capella in Acapulco” – The Real Group

I haven’t posted any a capella in a long while. Let’s remedy that oversight with this number from Swedish quintet The Real Group. It’s an original by Anders Edenroth, alto for the group, and it’s a lot of fun. From 1994’s Unreal!

Song of the Day – “Streets of Philadelphia” – Richie Havens

I can’t say that I was a big fan of Richie Havens, who passed away this week. I can hear how talented he was, and can see how important he was to music in general and many people in particular, but – I just have to plead that I can’t buy ALL the music.

The one song I have by him is this terrific cover of the Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia”. It comes from the 1995 collection “One Step Up/Two Steps Back”.

Sit back and listen to a major talent who will be missed.

iPhoneography Apps: Lines and Color: ToonPAINT and BlurFX

Remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ad campaign which included the line “Two great tastes that taste great together”? Well, in the world of iPhotography apps, there are some apps that work fine on their own, but work better in conjunction with other apps. Today I’m going to cover two of them.

Note: I find that these tutorials are getting too long to present them entirely on the blog home page. When pulling up all the photography posts, you have to scroll too far to get to the previous week’s tutorial, and getting to the ones from before the New Year is next to impossible. I will be adding “below the fold” marks so that you’ll have to click through from the home page to see the entire post. I think that’s the best choice in the long run.


ToonPAINT by Toon-FX/Insatiable Genius is an app that uses a sketching algorithm to give you a “cartoon” effect on your photos. It starts by allowing you to adjust the grayscale sketch, then allows you to paint in color, either from the original photo or from your imagination.

There are two separate apps, one for iPhone and one for iPad. I find that running the iPhone app on my iPad is sufficient for my needs, even if I miss out on a couple of additional controls. The home screen lists the sources for your photo (camera, photo gallery, or a previous session), allows you to see pictures in their “hall of fame”, and accesses preferences and in-app purchases.

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