24. Judy Garland: Live at Carnegie Hall

Judymania
envelopes the audience
at least the men there.

It gets exciting
Unlike screams for Beatles
doesn’t must the tunes.

There’s great city songs,
“San Francisco” “Chicago”
why not St. Louis?

“On that silver arch,
How you first kissed me that March,
Mississippi sweet,

Gosh i think you’re neat,
St. Louie you are our home!”
Million dollars, please.

22. Radiohead: Moon Shaped Pool

Once my favorite band,
The Bends, OK Computer,
were my obsession.

It’s like King of Limbs,
great and unmemorable,
pretty and morose.

They have found their sound
Johnny’s great orchestrations,
Thom’s great falsetto.

But after one week
only the first and last tracks
have stayed in my mind.

20. The Ramones: The Ramones

Easily dismissed,
If not for such catchy songs,
and punk attitude.

Track by track: Great, shit,
great, great, shit shit shit, shit, great,
good, shit, good, good, great.

Oh I don’t know why,
“Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”
deserves any praise.

You all know what’s good
You’ve heard them. Except maybe
“Havana Affair.”

19. George Michael: Faith

Five songs in I thought
Am I gonna know all these?
Damn me, he was good.

Beautiful voice, sure.
But could craft a great song too,
Damn me, he was good.

Fun picking up clues,
the religious imagery,
nods to Prince and Bo.

“Father Figure” “Faith”
“Kissing a Fool” “One More Try”
No dud on this disk.

15. Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color

Listened to this blind.
Thought, wow, this white guy can sing,
Soul and falsetto.

My apologies,
this lady kicks so much ass,
I am now a fan.

Country shoegazing
White Stripes and Strokes inspired
Soul, heart, sound, color.

Brittany: what a force!
Stereotype destroyer!
Check out “The Greatest.”

14. The Hamilton Mixtape

Nothing bad to say,
Well not true. There’s “You’ll Be Back.”
Lost its sassy-ness.

Most of the covers
Don’t beat the originals
Although “Burn” gets close.

“Immigrants” is great
“America’s ghost writers”
They get the job done.

On the next mixtape
I’d like to hear more from the
original cast!

13. twenty one pilots: Blurryface

Good and terrible.
Alternative/popular.
So honest, so fake.

Fun and melodic,
Genre bending and stealing
What’s with the accents?

Jamaican accents,
your “wanted and on da run”
from simple feeeeelings.

Am I jealous? Sure.
Did I roll my eyes too much?
Sure. Probably. No.

“Polarize”, “Hometown”
Good songs, well done and harmless,
But enough of this.

8. Frank Ocean: Blonde

His beautiful voice,
His lyrics, his melodies
Dancin’, relaxin’

And like Queen Adele,
Ocean mines a broken heart
That long since healed

That’s okay with me,
To get albums this real.
Twenty sixteen’s best.

Check out “Self Control”
Hidden track is bad, but hey
So was Nevermind’s.

Fix the Primaries: Bellweather Sort Order

What if the order of primaries and caucuses were be based on which state’s vote percentage for the winner of the previous election was the closest to the national vote percentage for the winner. Eg. Obama won in 2012 with a national vote of 51.19%. 51.16% of Virginia voted for Obama.

In 2016, Virginia should have voted first.

State / Victory Rank 2012 vote Difference
Winner’s % (Obama) 51.19%
Virginia 51.16% 0.03%
Colorado 51.49% 0.30%
Ohio 50.67% 0.52%
Pennsylvania 51.97% 0.78%
New Hampshire 51.98% 0.79%
Iowa 51.99% 0.80%
Nevada 52.36% 1.17%
Florida 50.01% 1.18%
Minnesota 52.65% 1.46%
Wisconsin 52.83% 1.64%

By this measure, non accounting for any kind of butterfly-effect, Virginia would have been the lead primary in 2012 as well. Here are the top ten for the last six presidential elections. Iowa and New Hampshire are in bold to show that they’d still be early on:

2012 2008 2004 2000 1996 1992
1 Virginia Virginia Ohio New Mexico New Mexico New Jersey
2 Colorado Colorado Nevada New Hampshire Pennsylvania Iowa
3 Ohio Iowa Iowa Wisconsin New Hampshire North Carolina
4 Pennsylvania Minnesota New Mexico Iowa Wisconsin Washington
5 New Hampshire New Hampshire Colorado Florida Washington Georgia
6 Iowa Ohio Florida Oregon Iowa Minnesota
7 Nevada Pennsylvania Wisconsin Pennsylvania Florida Delaware
8 Florida Florida New Hampshire Nevada Tennessee Oregon
9 Minnesota Nevada Pennsylvania Michigan Missouri Michigan
10 Wisconsin Indiana Missouri Ohio Ohio Connecticut

South Carolina, on the other hand, would fall tremendously. Here are the first four states in 2016 and their ranking (out of 50 + DC)

2012 2008 2004 2000 1996 1992 Average
Iowa 6 3 3 4 6 2 4.0
New Hampshire 5 5 8 2 3 28 8.5
Nevada 7 9 2 8 32 35 15.5
South Carolina 22 24 30 33 33 24 27.7

Proposed Retroactive 2016 Schedule 

Date Winner percentage Diff from 51.19%
1/5/2016 Virginia 0.03%
1/9/2016 Colorado 0.30%
1/12/2016 Ohio 0.52%
1/16/2016 Pennsylvania 0.78%
1/19/2016 New Hampshire 0.79%
1/23/2016 Iowa 0.80%
1/26/2016 Nevada 1.17%
1/30/2016 Florida 1.18%
2/2/2016 Minnesota 1.46%
2/6/2016 Wisconsin 1.64%
2/9/2016 New Mexico 1.80%
2/13/2016 North Carolina 2.84%
2/16/2016 Michigan 3.02%
2/20/2016 Oregon 3.05%
2/23/2016 Washington 4.97%
2/27/2016 Maine 5.08%
3/1/2016 Georgia 5.71%
3/5/2016 Illinois 6.41%
3/8/2016 Arizona 6.60%
3/12/2016 Missouri 6.81%
3/15/2016 Connecticut 6.87%
3/19/2016 South Carolina 7.10%
3/22/2016 New Jersey 7.19%
3/26/2016 Indiana 7.26%
3/29/2016 Mississippi 7.40%
4/2/2016 Delaware 7.42%
4/5/2016 California 9.05%
4/9/2016 Massachusetts 9.46%
4/12/2016 Montana 9.49%
4/16/2016 Texas 9.81%
4/19/2016 Alaska 10.38%
4/23/2016 Louisiana 10.61%
4/26/2016 Maryland 10.78%
4/30/2016 South Dakota 11.32%
5/3/2016 Rhode Island 11.51%
5/7/2016 Tennessee 12.11%
5/10/2016 New York 12.16%
5/14/2016 North Dakota 12.50%
5/17/2016 Alabama 12.83%
5/21/2016 Nebraska 13.16%
5/24/2016 Kansas 13.20%
5/28/2016 Kentucky 13.39%
5/31/2016 Arkansas 14.31%
6/4/2016 Vermont 15.38%
6/7/2016 West Virginia 15.65%
6/11/2016 Oklahoma 17.96%
6/14/2016 Idaho 18.57%
6/18/2016 Hawaii 19.36%
6/21/2016 Wyoming 23.37%
6/25/2016 Utah 26.44%
6/28/2016 D.C. 39.72%

Fun fact: DC is the least-bellweathery of all, ranking 51st in the last six cycles.

I Spy

In the vein of 20 questions.

Player 1 picks an object that is visible to all players, and says “I spy [with my little eye] something” and then give the object’s color.

Pretty simple.

What’s a What What?

This is a game where you take turns creating definitions, creating clever similarities and working cooperatively.

Player 1 says a statement, like “I pet a cow today.”

Player 2 asks for a definition for one of the words, like “what’s a cow?”

Player 1 answers with a correct definition that is not so exact as to mean just that word, like “a cow is black and white.”

Player 2 then asks confirmation that the answer fits the definition of a different word, like “oh, you mean like an Oreo?”

Player 1 then asks what that new word means, like “what’s an Oreo?”

Player 2 defines the word in a new way, like “an Oreo is a layered food item”

Player 1 then asks the confirmation question, like “oh you mean like a sandwich”

And then it goes on and on until exhaustion (or joy).

I’m thinking of something

This is a pretty simple game in the vein of 20 Questions, first person who guesses a secret word correctly wins.

For two players:

Player 1 thinks of a noun.  Player 2 tries to guess what Player 1 is thinking of.  Each question has to be answered with either “yes” or “no” until the answer is guessed.

How to play courteously:

The noun should be something everyone playing knows exists. Unless you want to sabotage friendships, best to stay away from concepts. Yes: Statue of Liberty. No: The Theory of Relativity. If the driver is playing, don’t pick an object that is dangerous to look for.

For more than two players:

Player 2 guesses. If Player 2 gets an answer of “yes” then can continue guessing. Once Player 2 get an answer of “no”, it is Player 3’s turn. The winner of the game then becomes Player 1 for the next round.

National Author Promotion

The local coffeehouse I work for was happy to host a booksigning for acclaimed author Lee Child. There was a ton of information I had to fit into a poster (including debating and deciding to mention the date twice) with only a week until the event to promote it. The booksigning was a huge success.

Photo used with permission.
Photo used with permission.

Library website search function

Our library site needs to work many patrons, searching for many things, many who may have limited knowledge of the web.  The library site features many original articles and information, but is also a jumping off point to other websites and resources. I created this search function to assist patrons in finding what they need.
NOPL-searchOur original search function featured only the catalog (it is still our most popular search, so it’s the default function). This still searches the catalog, as well as library events (an external site), our library site, as well as Google for those who are searching anywhere else (this is especially useful for our library computers for patron use, which is bookmarked to open to our website).

Design website producing

Complicated here. I helped curate the website of a national design company. They already had a great design, and used Squarespace to set it up. I learned how to use Squarespace’s method of web curation and editing (which were finicky at times) which leaves the user with a clean and professional website. I was mainly involved in adding in the product pages and galleries, minor site adjustments, and making the footer section editable in a single area (instead of on each page). Here’s an example of a product page:

brownlie-screenshot

Coffeehouse Menu

In November of 2012 I used my Photoshop and photography skills to create a Menu for a local coffeehouse I work at. Some of the images used were free stock photos used with permission, some (including the cover) were my own creation. Photoshop is great for designing, but the local coffeeshop only had Microsoft Publisher, so in the Summer of 2013 I went about transferring the whole menu to Publisher so it can be edited by employees in the future.

View the full menu (in pdf form) or view page 4:

creekside_menu_web_Page_3

Library website

I’ve worked at the local library for a year now. Here’s what’s been done on the website so far.

NOPL.org website
NOPL.org website circa May 2013

Some changes since May 2012 include:

  1. Embedded Facebook “like” widget
  2. Improved webpages for LibraryFarm, NOPL Knitters, and more.
  3. Created a “Sign up for events” widget on the right nav, which uses a schedule plug-in to keep users up-to-date on upcoming events with links to sign up.
  4. Shrunk the header to take up 50% of the vertical space it had previously used, allowing more content to move “above the fold.”
  5. Made the “six colorful boxes” into css/html code (they were originally images), improving SEO.
  6. Created separate event pages and home page promotions for the “slider” (slideshow with image).
  7. Improved catalog search function to submit on hitting enter.
  8. Reduced reliance on Flickr by using image gallery plugins available for Word Press CMS webpages.

Presidents Podcast

I have currently produced and edited four podcasts on the American Presidents, a gossipy audio chat between a few non-historians with little accuracy (and sometimes a bit of willful ignorance).  The latest is on James Madison.

http://presidentspodcast.blogspot.com/

I’m in charge of the audio (using two decent mics, as well as a camera microphone for guests, recording and editing through Adobe Audition). Sometimes our dog or our heater messes up some of the audio, but overall a clear listen.

May 2013 Library promotions

Photo used with permission. Had to extend the background out to make it all fit nicely in the frame.
Photo used with permission. Had to extend the background out to make it all fit nicely in the frame.
Photo and M logo used with permission. I love designing movie posters. I created the logo used in the Movie series, as well as the cropping, the text adding, and the moving things around to look good. :-)
Photo and M logo used with permission. I love designing movie posters. I created the logo used in the Movie series, as well as the cropping, the text adding, and the moving things around to look good. 🙂

April 2013 Library promotions

Photo is in the public domain. This promotion is for a slideshow sign. I'm disappointed to add text over the crisp old photo of downtown Syracuse. In my flyer I made I'm allowed more room to feature both the text and the image.
Photo is in the public domain. This promotion is for a slideshow sign. I’m disappointed to add text over the crisp old photo of downtown Syracuse. In my flyer I made I’m allowed more room to feature both the text and the image.
Photo and clip art used with permission. Usually not a fan of clip art, but I had an idea of an atomic soccer ball. I used a soccer ball image, photoshopped to look like clip-art, and added an actual clip-art of a nucleus. Tada.
Photo and clip art used with permission. Usually not a fan of clip art, but I had an idea of an atomic soccer ball. I used a soccer ball image, photoshopped to look like clip-art, and added an actual clip-art of a nucleus. Tada.

March 2013 Library image promotions

Hooray for more clean and simple promotions!
Hooray for more clean and simple promotions!
Photo and logo used with permission. I really like this, other than the logo in the grass... couldn't decide how to deal with it, so I just glowed it to the max.
Photo and logo used with permission. I really like this, other than the logo in the grass… couldn’t decide how to deal with it, so I just glowed it to the max.
Photo used with permission. I created the logo, which was a lot of fun.
Photo used with permission. I created the logo, which was a lot of fun.
Image used with permission... very 2001, plus I featured a brain trick in the text, which I'm quite proud of.
Image used with permission… very 2001, plus I featured a brain trick in the text, which I’m quite proud of.

February 2013 Library Promotions

Photo used with permission. Had to move the two subjects apart to fit the text in, they had to angle them to keep the eye-line correct.
Photo used with permission. Had to move the two subjects apart to fit the text in, they had to angle them to keep the eye-line correct.
Photos used with permission. Tons of information and three photos.
Photos used with permission. Tons of information and three photos.
Photos used with permission or fair use.
Photos used with permission or fair use.
Photos used with permission or fair use. A lot of information and images to throw into a single promotion seen on a video screen.
Photos used with permission or fair use. A lot of information and images to throw into a single promotion seen on a video screen.
Photo used with permission. Probably one of my favorite flyers, because of how clean it is.
Photo used with permission. Probably one of my favorite flyers, because of how clean it is.
Photo and font used with permission. Actually had to photoshop it: hued it blue, cropped, and changed the dial from slightly cold to awfully chilly.
Photo and font used with permission. Actually had to photoshop it: hued it blue, cropped, and changed the dial from slightly cold to awfully chilly.
Photos used with permission. Actually three different clip arts, a simple brown bag, an easel and a single paint brush merged into this promo for a kids program.
Photos used with permission. Actually three different clip arts, a simple brown bag, an easel and a single paint brush merged into this promo for a kids program.
Photo used with permission.
Photo used with permission.