Here’s a song about people who get on a bus with the promise that they are going to a party with food and other good stuff. They don’t notice that the bus is driving backwards, away from where they think they are going. The bus driver, is so not-taking-care-of business that while the bus drives he shaves and eats spaghetti.
Machel Montano and Angela Hunte both have songs to Ti’ Punch Riddim and the same background track (as far as I can tell). I like both songs and want to hear what they would sound like together at the same time. Today I put the two songs together in Audacity to see. I didn’t do anything to them except synch the start, so the background is too loud, Angela Hunte’s vocals are not load enough, etc. I don’t know anything about mixing and am using the final songs. That said, the songs do work together and would sound good if mixed right.
I am frequently asked to explain my job as a professional Front-End Software Engineer/UI/UX Developer/Designer. If my listeners are still with me and are extremely polite, they request “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Web Design (But Were Afraid to Ask Because it Might Be Boring) [the Mobile Edition, in 2 minutes or less].” Below is a distillation of two crucial topics, Colors and Icons.
Have you ever wondered why so many websites use the same colors? The consortium for web standards Colors Committee defines acceptable colors by working closely with browser makers, popular frameworks, and sports drink manufacturers. Just like other technologies and fashions, a color can get discontinued and become unsupported. Once that happens, the color becomes invisible in all browsers.
It’s important to please everyone. One user abhors amber; another loathes lilac. This brings most sites quite logically to the mathematical middle-of-the-road. At Yodlr we engineered the background color to appear Gray within the USA but Grey elsewhere.
I used the colors and shapes of Yodlr’s existing logo as a base. I was able to convince management to shell out the extra money needed for purple, a particularly expensive license because it uses both red and blue and is associated with royalty.
Creating icons for uncommon buttons is difficult. At Yodlr we needed new icons to show when participants were viewing a presentation and for our “Raise your Hand” feature. Some of the more challenging icons I have created in the past were for “Deodorant”, “Existentialism”, “Hot Pastrami” and “Cold Pastrami”.
A common but little talked about problem with shapes and icons is the dreaded “It Reminds Me Of”, or its acronym IRMO, which I just made up. IRMO occurs when you show someone your work and they say
“It reminds me of
“our competitor’s logo,” or
an icon already in use that means something completely different.
You can’t argue with IRMO. (No, it looks nothing like a chandelier!) Sometimes you’re looking at your work and realize it resembles private body part/s. Experts agree that Body-part IRMO is more widely-spread than previously thought but generally goes unreported because of the stigma. If you experience Body-part IRMO, experts advise, hide your work and go back to the drawing board.
This is the new video for the song Tous Les Mêmes. It is a complicated, conceptual video with dance, lights, and post production effects. Part of the complexity is that Stromae plays both members of a couple at once, by switching which profile is showing. It must be hard to choreograph always walking one direction when it’s the man and the other direction when it’s the woman. There are also red and green lights which show who’s turn it is. Stromae did a good job of switching between roles in the first video when it was a solo. The old video is lighter, but the song is pretty dark.
Here’s a list of songs that I heard and tried to buy on iTunes USA or Amazon and couldn’t. I would like to buy them legally, and some of the sites out there selling them might be legal, but it’s confusing. I’m annoyed that iTunes has different music in the different international stores and won’t let you buy from a store outside your own country. (The last time I looked into it, your credit card address had to match the store’s region.) These are the songs I’m thinking of at the moment, but will add to the list as I remember more.