Site re-design, new music playlists up, and more…

Hiya folks,

It’s been awhile since I poked at my website, though here we are with a nice update to the theme of the site, the layout (a bit), and most importantly, all of the music pages for my published albums¬†and unpublished works now have in-page playlists, so you can just listen to them from your web browser, or preview tunes quickly before downloading. I’m pretty excited about that. If you find any broken links anywhere (it happens!) let me know, and I’ll fix em.

You’ll notice the front page has a little slideshow showing album covers, a taste of my drawings, a sample of virtual world images, and mentions writings… I’ll be posting up some poems, song lyrics, and short stories to the site soon, along with links to art (well, more specifically, to flickr and deviant art sites where I’ll be posting more scanned images and what not)

For you social media folks, I’ve signed up to more social networks, and you can link to those directly from the front page, if you feel so inclined to check out what I’m doing elsewhere ūüėČ

All the best,

Christopher / StarLord / ChrCal

Music getting posted to SoundCloud

Hi folks,

Well, figured the tunes on this web server (with many broken links, even though the files are there, they have moved about)…

It was time I posted stuff somewhere where people can enjoy them in the spirit of creative commons, so they are now on SoundCloud — and yes, I am using the newer name that people are getting to know me by the past few years, “chrcal” (take the first 3 letters from my name and surname, there you have it).

Hope you enjoy!

Oh, before I forget, the link:

https://soundcloud.com/chrcal

 

 

Japan Tempura Island – Ballroom songlist

Yeah, I was the recipient of lots of free time one day and went about grabbing a sort of playlist of the songs used at Japan Tempura Island’s ballroom area (this is a parcel within the main sim that uses a different mp3 stream of tunes than the rest!) I got all but a few songs whose artists or songs I just couldn’t figure out… and here they are:

Tempura Ballroom Song List

  1. Kelly Sweet¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“We Are One”
  2. Sting¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“Shape of My Heart”
  3. Kelly Sweet¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“Ready for Love”
  4. Backstreet Boys¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“Drowning”
  5. Harry Nilsson¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“Without You” (by Badfinger)
  6. Kelly Sweet “Giorno dopo giorno”
  7. ?¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“Angel” (Sarah McLachlan cover)
  8. Il Divo¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“I believe in you” (with Celine Dion)
  9. Enrique Iglesias¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“Hero”
  10. Celine Dion¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“The Prayer” (with Andrea Bocelli)
  11. ?¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“Your Song” (Elton John cover)
  12. Faith Hill¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“There You’ll Be”
  13. Keith Urban¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“Tonight I Wanna Cry”
  14. Ewan MacGregor¬†¬† ¬†“Come What May”
  15. Shania Twain¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“From This Moment”
  16. ?¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“You’re Beautiful” (James Blunt cover)
  17. Josh Groban¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“To Where You Are”
  18. Kelly Sweet¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“Love Song”
  19. Josh Groban¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†” You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)”
  20. Carpenters¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†“I Need To Be In Love”
  21. Christina Aguilera¬†¬† ¬†“The Voice Within”

Anyone know who these missing artists are, or in fact, know the songs for their main theme (the stream that starts when you first enter the sim..)? I could only recognize a few of the tracks… Some are from Narnia soundtrack, some Final Fantasy VII soundtrack, some from Lord of the Rings soundtrack, and there’s all kinds of good songs in there I recognize but long since forgot where they came from LOL … Ah well! All good music at the main area, I think it is about 4 hours then it restarts itself, so it’s a predictable playlist/stream, like the Ballroom songs are… which I think is just cool hehe.. anyway… there ya go.

For those who have no idea what Japan Tempura Island is, it’s a virtual island in the metaverse, on the linden (Second Life) grid. Here is a URL to their main blog site, which gives some more background info and has a few cool pics (more pics in my flickr albums heh)

Japan Tempura Island in Second Life

I think it would be just awesome if the creators of Japan Tempura Island recreated the sim in some of the other OpenSimulator grids, that would rock.. just an idea heh, if anyone out there from Japan Tempura Island ever reads this and takes me up on the idea, would love to see it!

Misheard Lyrics, mondegreens and what nots..

Oh yes, those songs we love to sing and have no idea what the real words may be…

May I present a collection of misheard lyrics (by no means exhaustive) that I have researched and found out what the “real” words are..

Artist: Randy Travis
Song: Forever and Ever Amen

misheard lyrics:
“I’m gonna love you forever, endeavor”

actual lyrics:
“I’m gonna love you forever and ever”

Ok, that’s just not funny, what I am doing, making fun of country music? Let’s move along, but we’ll get back to more country western misheard lyrics soon enough..

Artist: Mister Mister
Song: Kyrie

misheard lyrics:
“carrying a laser down the road that I must travel”

actual lyrics:
“Kyrie eleison down the road that I must travel”

The phrase is taken from a Greek religious  song apparently, which the weary traveler asks the gods for mercy on their journey..

Artist: Manfriend Man
Song: Blinded by the light

misheard lyrics:
“wrapped up like a douche another roamer in the night”

actual lyrics:
“wrapped up like a deuce, another runner in the night”

There just is no good reason for that line to be in the song, wtf is wrapped up like a deuce mean anyway? Well since Bruce Springsteen originally wrote it as “Cut loose like a deuce” we can assume he was talking about a Ford Deuce Coupe, maybe.. who knows.. Next up!

Artist: Michael Jackson
Song: Wanna be starting something

misheard lyrics:
“Mama said mama sell my moccasins”

actual lyrics:
Ma Ma Se, Ma Ma Sa, Ma Ma Coo Sa

Well sheesh, no wonder we all got it wrong! The phrase comes from a play on words by “Soul Makossa,” a 1972 single by Cameroonian makossa saxophonist Manu Dibango, and apparently was adapted by a number of other artists because it sounded like a catchy soundbyte or what-not. Gosh, and I thought it was something important quoted in some ancient African dialect <shrug>

Artist: (Rooster in a) Henhouse
Song: Girls Have Fun Too

misheard lyrics:
“sink that eight ball, aww, fuck you”

actual lyrics:
“sink that eight ball off the cue”

It didn’t dawn on me originally, but this line in the catchy country-western tune was even talked about one of the band members in a small bar located in Creamona, Alberta. She (a guitarist) quoted the misheard lyrics to Linda (the singer) who promptly rolled her eyes at the thought, though it did seem funny at the time to me and everyone in earshot.

Artist: George Strait
Song: One night at a time

misheard lyrics:
I think about chew all day long, it feels so good it can’t be wrong, I’ve got my fingers crossed that this goes on and on.

Really, I thought he was talking about his love for a big wad of tobacco in his mouth, wishing the flavor would last and last..

actual lyrics:
Oh I think about you all day long, it feels so good it can’t be wrong, I’ve got my fingers crossed that this goes on and on.

I guess it’s just his accent or lack of annunciation skills mixing bad with the lyrics <shrug>

Artist: Loreena McKennitt
Song: The bonny swans

misheard lyrics:
ee hee ho when we bonnie go?¬† (verse)¬†the swan swoops upon ‘e home

actual lyrics:
a hey ho bonny o (verse) the swans swim so bonny o

Yeah, it’s just a shame, Loreena has some awesome lyrics about potentially magickal tales and legends, and vocals to warble them out with flourishes most would associate with Irish or Scottish music, but it seems the production sometimes makes the end result¬†barely intellegible, for me at least– yeah really I may just be too¬†jaded to look past the trouble I have personally hearing it clearly, the good news is she posts complete and downloadable lyrics and backstories on all the songs on her website, so kudos to that! I’ll just shut up now and move along to the next one..

Artist: Pearl Jam
Song: Yellow ledbetter

misheard lyrics
. . .

Can I just call it quits on this one? I mishear the whole song. I’m not posting the complete lyrics here, but yes they are deep as most Pearl Jam tunes, the song is about a friend who went off to war and they are waiting to see if the notice of their return is a box or a bag (meaning dead or alive..)

Artist: Daler Mehndi
Song: Tunak Tunak Tun

misheard lyrics:

This one has been circulating the internet for some time because much of the original lyrics (in Hindi) sound remarkably like other English words, making for a very strange, erm, lyric. On YouTube or some other site watch the “English lyric version” of the video and you will see what I mean. Other songs have gotten the same treatment, like¬†Mere Mehboob Tujhe Mere which has a English “translation” no where near the original 1963 lyric.

Artist: (Various)
Song: Oh, Canada (National Anthem)

misheard lyrics:
we stand on cars and freeze

actual lyrics:
we stand on guard for thee

I didn’t know people misheard this, but in fact after hearing it I temporarily forgot the actual words trying to figure out where they misheard it.. LOL..

Artist: Jack Johnson
Song: Better Together

misheard lyrics:
Like Chewbacca’s photograph and C3PO’s loving

actual lyrics:
Like a shoebox of photographs with sepia-toned lovin’

Hehehe… Oh, uhm, what am I supposed to say to that? I think I like the misheard lyrics better ūüėČ

Artist: Jimmy Hendrix
Song: Purple Haze

misheard lyrics:
excuse me, while I kiss this guy

actual lyrics:
excuse me, while I kiss the sky

Hey, when you’re on drugs or listening to someone who is (or both) misheard lyrics are bound to happen. Long live the memory of Jimmy, a most awesome guitarist who was way ahead of his time and died way before his time.

Artist: Britney Spears
Song: If You Seek Amy

misheard lyrics:
but all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to F-U-C-K me

actual lyrics:
but all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek Amy

Well, in this case I think it’s a mondegreen (like mairzy doats, a song with intentionally obfuscated lyrics) and I never really thought about it either way, the lyrics are about the same with or without the mondegreen.

Ah, thus ends the blog for tonight, if you have other misheard lyrics and want to add, please comment, share, etc ūüôā

Top hits of today..

#1 – Bruno Mars “Just the way you are” — ooh, whoops, I thought this was a Billy Joel cover, but it’s a totally different song. Not a bad one of course, just your normal formula pop tune.

#2 – “Love the way you Lie” with Rhianna and Emminem. Uh, I still haven’t gotten over all the needless swearing in 8 Mile and all his songs sound the same, like he is pissed off at someone and yelling more than actually singing.. but then that’s what rap is usually, songs full of hate and negative crap people complaining how wrong the world is to them, ahh boring. I’d rather fill my ears and soul with something uplifting and positive.

#3 – Rhianna with “Only Girl in the World” – At first I thought this song was skipping but it’s just the way it’s written. All of Rhianna’s songs are starting to sound the same too, which is a shame because she has a half way decent voice now, less monotone, her range has increased over the years

#4 – Katy Perry “Teenage Dream” – Well I just like anything Katy Perry does, and this one is fun too. Probably not as fun as some of her earlier stuff but it’s nice she is still out there doing songs eh?

#5 – Usher feat PitBull “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” – this so sounds like a late 1980’s/early 90’s song to me. I don’t normally care for artists who have strange names like a theatre attendant or a dog, but what can I say, my name is the lord of the stars so can’t say anything…

What’s the purpose of this blog post? I dunno LOL I am off for now … see ya ! ūüôā

Where to sell stuff online?

Everyone knows about eBay, great place to buy stuff online, and okay place to sell stuff too (if you don’t mind the fees).

Fees? what fees? LOL of course there are fees, as you may have read in my earlier post “why I don’t sell my car on eBay” — my wife sells stuff on eBay and pays up the YinYang in fees fees fees… why there are posting fees (just to list an ad, for example it costs somewhere around 75c for a 7-day listing) and a fee when the sale ends (when someone buys or bids highest and wins your item, YOU the seller get to pay a eBay a percentage of that amount.) Let’s say your item sold for $22.95, that’s an eBay fee of 8% or $1.83. Add 75c to that for listing fee. That’s $2.58, actually, more than 10% of what your item sold for when all is said and done, not to mention shipping and paypal fees if that’s what the person paid you with (which, since it’s owned by eBay as well, most people do).

Moving on.. what if you don’t want all that fee stuff and just want to list the item locally online? Well, there are popular places like http://craigslist.org and http://kijiji.com to sell stuff online, for free, about the same time period, without all that fee nonsense. But, that kind of limits your options to a certain demographic or geographic area eh? Yes, it does. And the other thing about classifieds like Craigslist, well, you normally have to deal with people face-to-face and if that isn’t your thing (if you’d rather be secure in your ivory tower answering only for the postal service and parcel delivery/pickup people, then, the free classifieds route isn’t for you).

What else? How about, run your own dang online store?

Well, of course, if you have a website, you can do it yourself. Install a shopping cart, set it all up, and somehow drive people to your site. If you have some sort of store front or good advertising/marketing folks, then, you should do fine with that. If you just setup a store and wait for the millions of people to come knocking down your door to buy stuff, well, don’t hold your breath, it’s a big Internet and metaverse out there, so you may be waiting quite awhile before anyone finds you, let alone purchases something from your new, unheard of private little website.

People tend to trust the big boys like eBay, that’s one reason why they continue to do well in cyberspace.

What about less expensive alternatives to sites like eBay?

Well, you are in luck. A lot of sites out there have popped up (or have been around awhile, go pick..) who also think that eBay is skimming too much off their prized sellers and buyers, so have started their own shopping sites. Of course, a few of the search engine companies have shopping (or have had shopping) sites for awhile, there’s Yahoo, MSN, Google, ah yes let’s not forget AOL .. they all have shopping..

Got ideas? Well, certain sites like http://cafepress.com/ can take your art or photo and make tshirts, coffee cups, or other swag for a modest fee and ship them out to the world for you.. and then there’s sites like Flickr or ZenPhoto which can sell your photos themselves online, but you probably already knew that …

There’s also specialized sites, like http://etsy.com, which caters to DIY folks who are selling their stuff online. Specifically, handmade items that YOU have made (not your grandma or BFF, but, you), or supplies to make said items, or even vintage stuff (a sort of broad category for anything 20 years or older. And the fees at Etsy are better than eBay. They only charge you 20c per listing, and take a modest 3.5% fee — and the best part is, you have FOUR MONTHS to sell your item! Surely that vintage outfit is going to get sold in 4 months.. no more rushing about and re-listing your item on eBay, Kijiji, or Craigslist every week. Nice nice..

It’s nice to have options ^^

Let’s say you are a programmer and want to create programs or mobile phone apps and sell them online, there are sites like Apple’s iTunes/App store, or Blackberry‘s or Motorola‘s versions of the same thing, though of course you are limited to the devices they support, but then most people only code for so many different platforms or devices.. Surely whatever devices you can script things on, there is a site to sell your scripts..¬† same goes for music, or videos, or desktop wallpapers, whatever! It’s all there if you just google for it (and that goes beyond the scope of this blog post.. as would HOW or WHY or any of the other major questions a good article would go into describing… LOL..) anyway, there’s some thoughts on where to sell stuff online.. Next time you want to sell something online, remember to check all those places out ūüėČ

And uh, sorry if some of those links don’t work, I pulled them all out of my arse LOL .. but they should all end up somewhere ūüėČ