Question: What do you get when you combine Edward Gorey and Maurice Sendak? Answer: John Kenn. I tweeted a link to John Kenn’s site a few months ago, but he keeps posting more and more amazing artwork. His prolificacy is remarkable (especially considering he writes and directs TV shows for children and has a family).
Every once in a while you discover an artist or musician and realize that you have been missing out on something special. When this happens, for me at least, there is a feeling of embarrassment that goes along with it. I think to myself, “How are you 30 years old and have never heard of ?!!” I had this experience on Wednesday night at Off Broadway when I heard Jonathan Richman for the first time.
Richman made a name for himself when he formed the band “The Modern Lovers” in 1970. The band consisted of Jonathan Richman on guitar, Ernie Brooks on bass, David Robinson (The Cars) on drums, and keyboardist Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads). The Modern Lovers were a punk rock band before the term existed. Some consider Richman one of the godfathers of punk.
You may have noticed some blogs (TechCrunch, Mashable, etc.) are now embedding tweets directly into their posts. By embedding Twitter posts, rather than inserting screenshots or copying and pasting text, the links become clickable, the text becomes searchable and the user’s custom profile styles are added to the embed. Most importantly, it looks cool.
The feature is called Blackbird Pie. It was published by Twitter Media (@twittermedia on Twitter). They provide, “Knowledge and tools to help you use Twitter to transform TV, entertainment, sports and journalism.” Twitter Media has published a variety of Twitter guidelines, metrics tools and API resources. Their blog is a great source for new features and Twitter news.
Working on a few post that aren’t quite ready to be published. In the meantime, why not have some fun? Play the Atari classic, Asteroids, in your browser window.
- Steer with the left and right arrow-keys.
- Activate thrust with the up arrow-key
- Shoot with the space bar.
- Points are displayed in the bottom right corner.
- Press the escape key to exit.
- To see elements that haven’t been destroyed press and hold B
To play Asteroids anywhere create an Asteroids bookmarklet by dragging this button into your bookmarks toolbar. Navigate to your favorite website and click the bookmark to begin playing.
Thanks to Erik Rothoff Andersson of Sweeden for this script.