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Archive for January, 2015

Because why stop now?

I thought that this video was an excellent bit of editing to Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”.

You don’t usually see country music used for fantasy videos, but I liked this particular combination. Music is by Little Big Town.

The suggestion for a Frozen/Hobbit mashup has made the rounds on the Internet. I particularly liked this rendition which sets footage from Frozen to “Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold”.

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So I had a Lord of the Rings-themed dream last night that involved my workplace. First, I dreamed that my co-workers in the University of Arnor Archives were working while singing “Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold.” Since we essentially work in a tunnel/cavern environment, singing dwarf songs made a certain amount of sense. Then I dreamed that the department head insisted upon sharing the psych evaluation of one of the reference librarians with me. That was much more bizarre since a) we don’t have psych evaluations and b) I’m too far down in the chain of command to see those kind of personnel documents. For comparison purposes, that would be like Saruman sharing Grima’s psych evaluation with Merry and Pippin.

As I was pondering if my department head had definitively lost his marbles, I woke up. I’ve been re-reading the Lord of Rings trilogy so maybe that explains it.

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Ranking second only to Vogon poetry readings as a form of torture, the Goblin King’s little compositions absolutely kill. Well, the audience tends to wish they were dead, at any rate …..

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In the book, the dwarves sing several different versions of “Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold” as their fortunes change through the course of the story. This rendition celebrates the return of Thorin and the dwarves to the Lonely Mountain. Once again, Clamavi de Profundis has done a spectacular job with the video and the vocals.

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Art of Asking

I read a ton of books over Christmas break, but the one that really stood out for me was Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help. One part memoir, one part how-I-did-it, and one part meditation on what it means to be an artist, The Art of Asking is a powerful book that really resonated with me. Although the book is geared towards people like Amanda–indie musicians who want to try crowdsourcing–I think it has a great deal to say to anyone who works with the public, especially those of us that solicit and receive donations from people.

Amanda makes several good points about crowdsourcing. First, in order to successfully raise money, you first need a crowd or an audience to source from. Second, you need to keep in touch with your backers. And third, and most importantly, you need to stop regarding your patrons or customers as units of profit and look upon them as friends and partners in your enterprise.

I highly recommend this book for artists, for anyone who works in a non-profit or public service job, and for people in general who have trouble asking for help when they need it.

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Over the Christmas break, I managed to get to the movie theater and see The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. So many feels! Yes, I had read the book and, of course, I knew that Thorin and his nephews didn’t make it, but even so Thorin *sob*, Fili *sob*, Kili *sob*.

I thought that this music video featuring Billy Boyd’s “The Last Goodbye” was a fitting way to say goodbye to these characters that we have journeyed with. The final frame of director Peter Jackson is a nice touch.

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