I’m probably the last one to see it, but I used it’s digital release to watch “The Incredibles 2” with the kids. It’s a fun movie. The kids already watched earlier, but suggested to watch both tomorrow again. I totally agree with that plan 👍
During the last few days (if not week) I ran into a bunch of interesting stuff which I didn’t link to yet. As per usual, here they are:
The other Open Culture had a nice post on The Story of The Pogues ‘Fairytale of New York’. I used to listen to The Pogues back in the days, and totally forgot about them. Suffice to say, the tune was not familiar to me, but I’m glad I did read the post. It’s a great tune and certainly an improvement over most Christmas tunes.
Talking about christmas music: Here’s a Spotify playlist with Heavy Metal versions of finnish traditional Christmas tunes.
Also fun: Sixteenth-Century Flemish Superheroes.
Despite earlier plans to move the blog I renewed my subscription the other day. I’m happy here (on WordPress.com) and from all my previous attempts of moving I already learned (or should have at least), that I usually spent a lot of time during but mostly after the move to get everything just right, and eventually move back here anyway.
Mild guess is, that I have done this at least once (if not twice) a year during the last decade and now, with the advancements of Gutenberg and stuff WordPress is more fun than ever. There is seemingly a lot of critic about the Gutenberg, but I for one, am very happy and satisfied with the editor.
And now from the department of unrelated news: a picture of the snowman we built over the weekend.
While passing through the city of Gävle, Sweden one our return-trip from Denmark last summer my wife told me hilarious story of the Gävle Goat, and now is just the right time to share it here.
The Gävle Goat (Swedish: Gävlebocken) is a traditional Christmas display erected annually at Slottstorget (Castle Square) in central Gävle, Sweden. It is a giant version of a traditional Swedish Yule Goat figure made of straw. It is erected each year at the beginning of Advent over a period of two days by local community groups, and has become famous for being destroyed in arson attacks during December. Despite security measures and the nearby presence of a fire station, the goat has been burned to the ground most years since its first appearance in 1966. As of December 2017, the goat has been damaged 37 times.
According to this article (also linked in the Wikipedia entry) by the time of this writing the goat is up and still standing. I think though I will keep an eye open check in a little later again. Also I find this story adds to the christmas spirit in a peculiar way.
I got lots of reading done during the last few days. First I finished the audiobook of George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers and enjoyed the story and reading a lot. Somehow the story had this “Shining-vibe” to it. Also I started to read (as in actually reading) V.E.Schwab’s first book in the Villians series – Vicious and have a hard time putting it down. What a great and fast read and I guess I will be through it within this week.
My wife has finished this year’s gingerbread house, or castle in fact. My idea of simply wrapping the dough about, say a ready-built Lego house and bake that in the oven, was rejected (my wife naturally much wiser than I am) but it may have inspired curved templates.
Now we just have to wait a while before we can eat it.
For the longest time I have been working on getting my lead-sheet style in the editor of my choice just right, the one thing that I always found the point of failure were the look of the chord-symbols. I really like the style of the “The New Real Book” but neither Finale, Musescore or Sibelius came close. Alas, this seems to have changed now.
As announced in the post Introducing the Norfolk and Pori chord symbol fonts for Sibelius on Scoring Notes the people behind NYC Music Services have ported Dorico’s Petaluma font (no, I’m not going to try Dorico as well, although I’m tempted) to Sibelius and judging by the screenshots it looks just like what I’m looking for.
The one thing I’m wondering is how this font does blend with the other “handwritten” fonts in Sibelius, but I guess I will figure that out once I have given it a thorough try.
The Pori font (amongst others) is available on the NYC Music Services site.
Not much, but at least something.