Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Music Video: "Chiron Beta Prime" (Jonathan Coulton, w/ ASL interpretation from Stephen Torrence)



Is today the solstice? I know it's around now, at least.

So hi. How are y'all doing? I'm okay. Sorry if I worried anybody. I really wasn't having a nervous breakdown, whatever rumors you've heard. There are much longer, whinier, more personal, and somewhat abstract (in places) explanations for the abrupt hiatus, but it really does basically condense down to, I was burned out on blogging and wanted to have time to play Sims, which I never had time to do previously. I am now seeing signs that I'm burned out on Sims, or at least approaching burn-out, so regular blogging will probably be resuming at some point in the next couple weeks. It may take me a while to work back up to daily posting, though. Like, don't expect posts in the next couple days, is what I'm saying. Among other things.

This is a video I had previously scheduled for this week, because it's holidayey without being one of the standard Christmas songs. I pretty much hate all the usual Christmas music, since 2005 or so, because of having been forced to listen to it during a retail job (and then again in 2006, in a similar but different retail job), and basically never want to hear any of those songs again in my entire life and I'm not even exaggerating. But nobody writes light jazz versions of "Chiron Beta Prime" for supermarkets, or uses it to sell toilet paper -- at least not yet -- so I approve of it.

Also I would be remiss if I neglected to mention the one semi-exception to the Christmas music hatred, this mashup of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" with The Police's "Roxanne." (And even it's not something I'd want to listen to very often.) I'm not sure the video actually improves the experience of hearing the mashup, but embedding a video is the easiest way I have of sharing music, so:



The next post will happen when it happens.


18 comments:

Ginny Burton said...

That rush of wind that you just heard was your loyal followers simultaneously sighing with relief that you're okay. It's good to have you back!

Anonymous said...

I am happy about your post, that you are OK. I have checked your site daily hopeing that you return. Reading your posts was/is part of my daily routine. Please carry on and take care.

CelticRose said...

Glad to hear that you're doing well and that there was nothing more serious than blogger burnout and video game addiction going on.

Take care and have a happy holiday. :)

P.S. Jonathan Coulton ROCKS!!

Ivynettle said...

According to Wikipedia, the solstice is actually tomorrow, but happy solstice anyway!
Considering how long you've been posting every day, I think you have every "right" to feel burned out - I wouldn't have managed it nearly as long! But it's great to "see" you back - I hope you'll continue to feel better!

Kenneth Moore said...

Glad to have you back-ish! I usually listen to all the mashups you post, but in this instance, I will decline that honour. Maybe in July, I'll be okay to listen to anything holiday-related....

Liza said...

Hello! Welcome back mr_s!

Tom said...

There is some sort of subliminal messaging going on the Sims or something...that game is like crack. It's a good thing my cd drive is dead otherwise I think I'd never stop playing. Glad to hear you're still alive!

Pat said...

Job before last, just before my first Christmas, I found a tape labelled "Christmas Songs". I immediately *ahem* re-filed it. That didn't stop them making us wear the hats.

There is a Christmas advert on British telly using an instrumental version of "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. I can't get beyond a monosyllabic "How?", "Why?", "What?".

Glad to hear it was just a healthy life-Sims-blogging balance being adjusted. Three weeks continuous gaming? Where I come from that is a start, not an addiction.

May your sun stice well and many times more.

Pat said...

And what a talented cutie that Stephen is.

Jordan in Oregon said...

Just wanted to say welcome back, you were missed, and also that 'Rudolf don't turn on the red light' song is a hit at work. No one expects Sting on a Christmas mix CD.

Anonymous said...

I wrote some stuff, it was heartfelt and sincere. I was a little drunk and fucked it up . I said basically I was glad you're back and stuff. Sonething about sims and Postal 3? Bedt wishes to you and yours. yat!

Mr. Homegrown said...

Glad you are back! Best wishes for the New Year.

Paul said...

Hope you had an enjoyable Christmas! Nice to see you're back -- well kinda "back" at any rate.

Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ said...

Take your time! As long as we know you are okay is what matters. Burnout happens to everybody, especially creating a blog most every day. If you feel like posting, do and, if not, just don't. It really is that simple!

Anonymous said...

:o) Howdy again from dreich Scotland! You're at both ends of the spectrum, ain't ya... living with the magic of real, natural growing things, and er.... computer magic Sims...!!
Glad to see you back. Once again, have a great Hogmanay, and all the best to you and yours.

Emily said...

Wow, I've never seen an ASL rendition of music before. (Words/normal speech, yes.) It's amazing how you can see the music, even sometimes in the chorus.

Sasha Dreamer said...

We're just glad you're ok. That you're back and posting is just bonus! You don't owe anybody an explanation much less the random flotsom of the interwebs. You may have been gone a month or so but in the timeline of your blog it's just a blip on the radar.

mr_subjunctive said...

Emily:

My favorite, I think, is his version of "Party in the U.S.A." I greatly dislike the song, but he just seems to be having so much damn fun with it that he makes it okay.

Sasha Dreamer:

No, I know, but I kind of want to explain.