Gill Sans

Every time I see this,


I remember this:


An avid artist and explorer, Eric Gill often experimented with all things he found interesting, including all things taboo, too.

Have I ruined Gill Sans for you? I can’t look at that typeface without thinking of Eric Gill in a smock. The shudder is involuntary.

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Eyelids and Oil from The Big Heavy by Dave Wirth
Dave Wirth: The Big Heavy

Two folk songs that include choirs of background vocals, cellos, trombones, pedal steel guitar, and free jazz drums (yes, seriously). This record tells the stories of the self-destruction of a family after a loved one passes away as well as how two people willed the sun not to rise during a night of lovemaking.

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The Kick-Over

I heard some screw got his lemon kicked in in [sic] that mess-hall kick-over.

Hyman Golden in the Dictionary of Underworld Lingo. Kick-Overs are riots in prison

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Keys Have Vibes

I was just thinking about how Hans Zimmer tends to choose a key strategically. In his Masterclass, he uses the key of D minor to make it so the strings have something to land on, aka a deep and dark pedal tone. He chose D minor because that key works to establish a pedal tone as well as be a little dark.

This made me wonder about the vibes of specific keys. So, if D Minor is dark, what about F Major? Or Db Minor? No doubt, I’d like to have a better understanding of this!

The Proviso

One statement I hear from other artists is “I hope I’m not being egotistical, but...” Then, the artist tells me of what they created.

I get it. No one wants to be remembered as a narcissist. But perhaps there’s a better way to frame it.

To accomplish a kinder share of our creative output, include the following proviso:

Hey, I created this [work of art, music, etc] and thought to share it with you. I don’t want you to write me back and tell me how much you like it, especially if you don’t. I require no praise, and besides, I’m so slammed that I won’t remember sending this to you in the first place! I’m only sharing it to make your day a little brighter. That’s all. Take good care!

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Scrimshanker Definition
Via Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, Eric Partidge.

Via Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, Eric Partidge.

I want the book mentioned in this entry: On Feigned and Factitious Diseases, chiefly of Solders and Seamen.

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Twirl In My Bedroom, Make Mommy Mad, from Get Up and SCREAM!!! by The Sidekick
The Sidekick: Get Up and SCREAM!!! (in the middle of the night)

Imagine you are having the most incredible night of dreams. In one, you are whistling a tune on top of a thundercloud. In another, you are speeding far beyond the speed of light in your brand new intergalactic hovercraft. Vivid dreaming is what this Sidekick record is all about.

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It’s been a long, long time since a jingle made me laugh (first five seconds):

Otherwise, the video was solid BTW…

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