Friday, December 26, 2008

Here's What I got 4 Christmas

Love,
Respect,
Understanding,
& Support.

I'll bet you got the same thing.
No really, take a very close look.

Peace!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

The only love there is, is the love we make.

- Prince

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Get Up For The Down Stroke - America Torn

Sure, Obama is president but that hasn't changed a thing in the National Funk Congress. The battle over Get Up vs. Get Down rages on.
"The bitter "get up/get down" battle, which has polarized the nation's funk community, is part of a long-running battle between the two factions, rooted in more than 35 years of conflict over the direction in which the American people should shake it..."

Read the full conflict.

 

The Obama Pages...Again


Found this picture on the net. It relates to an earlier blog post, but it's a bit more artistic. Click the image for a larger version.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Very Good Question

The subject matter maybe a little bit dated but the point remains valid today.
Click the picture for the full comic strip.

For additional information, please see my old post, "So Who Wants To Be A Rock Star?".

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Like Hockey Too!


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The Obama Papers

I fund this blog very interesting. I didn't happen to get the paper on Nov. 5th and I feel like I should have. I guess I didn't need to as The Obama Papers has many front pages from Nov. 5th, both domestic and foreign. Below is one from Iran.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's Alright To Cry...and well err, um, Needlepoint

Yup, that's right men. It's alright to needlepoint. Why? Because NLF Pro Bowler, Rosey Grier says so. Let's not forget that this man also sang the 70's hit "It's Alright To Cry" in the TV special, "Free To Be You and Me". Something you may not know about Grier is...

"Retiring from football in 1968, Grier became a bodyguard for Senator Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 presidential election. It was Grier who wrestled alleged assassin Sirhan Sirhan to the ground after the younger Kennedy was shot." - Answers.com
Check out more picture from his book at Extreme Craft's photostream on Flickr.com

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Just A Little Music Today


Prototypes
Originally uploaded by Dan McPharlin
Here are a bunch of pictures of miniature sound recording equipment. Kind of cool. Check out the rest of them, if you like.

I Like Star Wars Too!


Here are some more.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Star Wars - Behind the Scenes Photos

Just ran across these while surfing. Some cool pics and funny faces from a Galaxy, far, far away.

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Happy Friday


Kelli Ali & Bootsy Collins
Originally uploaded by mets0
I wish you the Funkiest Friday ev'a! Today I get to have a huge, home cooked Turkey lunch here at work. Then we all try to work but end up sneaking out early.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Designers 4 Barack Obama


Let's take a quick trip over to Alana Taylor's blog and check out some designs made to celebrate the "black" candidate, and now president elect. I chose the most controversial design do display here, not because black is the new president but because most American's seem to ignore the fact that Barack is mixed, that is Bi-Racial, ethnically diverse, like many of us. Ain't that right Fashion Snob? My friends always say that I'm not black. I wonder if I ran for President, what would the media and it's followers call me?

But I digress. The point of this post is to highlight the cool posters from Designers for Obama. Dig?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Gnarls Barkley - "Who's Gonna Save My Soul?"

I found this on one of my favorite blogs, Bits and Pieces. I think it's very deep and soulful. I like the man's honesty. Check it out and let me know what you think...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

i was dreamin when i wrote this!

"don't worry, I won't hurt you,
i only want you 2 have some fun"

"you might say, what 'chu you mad about,
well you still got u're family name"

"when will we be paid
for the work we've done?"

Friday, October 24, 2008

Who Doesn't Love Crayons?


How do you pronounce it cray-ons or crans? Just curious. Any way, here's a site with 120 crayon names, codes and many fun facts. Check out the colourlovers.com

The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun


I can't agree with these more. If you don't have fun in your life, you're not living. Fun is about the most important thing. Be happy.

Digger

my latest choice in Funk.

some shit's going on up in here

 

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I Like To Get Both Sides Of The Story Before I Decide...

Mayor In Russia Says He Can See Sarah Palin Showering From His House

(Provideniya, Russia) Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, has said that she can see Russia from her house. Across the Bering Strait in Provideniya Bay sits the town of Provideniya, Russia and its mayor Dimitri Andropov. He says that he can see Palin showering from HIS house. “And it is very nice.”

Here's the rest of the story...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats

So most of us know what LOL Cats are, some of us are even annoyed by them, but I won't get into that now. Did you know that there once was a syndicated comic strip called The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats. Here's a bit of what Ape Lad on Flickr had to say about his great grandfather's comic strip.

"Not many people know this, but my great grandfather Aloysius "Gorilla" Koford, was also a cartoonist... From 1912-1913 he produced a comic strip which was featured in 17 newspapers... The strip was entitled "the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats" and featured the exploits of one Meowlin Q. Kitteh (a sort of cat hobo-raconteur) and his young hapless kitten friend, Pip..."


You can find out more in Ape Lad's photostream.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

This Is Just So Sad


Funk is dead
Originally uploaded by RobertFrancis
Don't worry folks, it's just a hoax. Funk is not dead!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

It's 11:46

Time 2 play 319...

No, really, go play 319 in the phones.

nOw!!!





now it's 11:54...[Ahhhhhh]Pussy Control.[Owwwwa]!

Friday, October 3, 2008

I Loved The Animaniacs!

And now I know why. Watch all the way to #1.

11 Naughtiest Moments in Animaniacs

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Insane in the McCain Brain [100 Years in Iraq]

I love the fact that this was taped at a large demonstration rather than just a funny animated or scripted piece. The cut out faces, especially Bush's, are great.


 


Here's another one, not as much to look at but the sound quality is better, if you want to hear the lyrics better.

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Beauty Of A Clash Song

So simple, direct and to the point.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Funk-A-Sketch

so hOw waS the 319? u plade it rite?



That right folks, Prince & the Revolution Etch A Sketch style. Here is a bigger version, and here you can find many, many more famous Etch A Sketch portraits from etchasketchist's Flicker Photostream.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nachos as big as your ass??




Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Now That's The Right Message


Yeah Man! Funk the War!
Check out rootbeercrunk's photostream on Flickr.com

Monday, September 15, 2008

Political Bickering Well After Bedtime

So here we have the Leftist Jackass vs. a Right-Wing Elephant's Ass fighting over "who's the better candidate", meanwhile their mom's are preparing their pj's and pasting up their superhero toothbrushes. Now I'm all for kid's being interested in politics. I just think it's hilarious when on kid make's wild accusations and the other kid rebuts with "no he's not". Take a look at these two videos and you'll see what I mean. Oh, and by the way, the writer of this blog thinks all republican presidential candidates have been poo-poo heads.

This kid calls himself Sexman, by the way.



And here we have the Elephant Effect.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Funk Ass Science

The twain shall meet...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Dance of the Flight Attendant

I am a big fan of cartoon/comic/line art. Here is one panel from a very graceful description of the flight attendant's ballet during the safety lecture that takes place all the time, all around the world. There are probably thousands happening right now.

Click the picture below to view the entire performance.


By Jen Wang
Here is another one that I like from Wang, Touch Food

1960's Batman Special Effects

Like many of my generation, we grew up loving the old 60's Batman series. As a kid, I never realized how tongue-in-cheek it was. I just thought it was really cool. The one thing they never got by me was the fact that they shot the climbing scenes with the camera tilted on its side. I did always wonder, "...why just one rope?".

A few years ago I bout the 60's series movie for my then 4 year-old daughter. You know, the one where while on the Bat-copter ladder over the ocean, a shark grabs onto Batman's leg. He can't shake it off until Robin puts the Bat-copter on automatic pilot, hangs upside-down and hands Batman the Bat-Shark-Repellent. I asked my daughter if that was a real shark. She said "No!", like I was stupid. Maybe I am, because I could see my child self arguing with the school yard kids that it was real. I don't know if I thought it was real but I am sure I wanted it to be.

See the full photo.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Funk Water Tower


funk
Originally uploaded by phoenix firestarter
I think I might like living in this town.

Funk Ambigram

For those who may not know, an ambigram is a graphical representation of a word that is exactly the same when viewed right-side-up and up-side-down.
I found this one spelling Funk, one of my favorite words.

Reference.com defines ambigrams as such:

"An ambigram, also sometimes known as an inversion, is a graphical figure that spells out a word not only in its form as presented, but also in another direction or orientation. The text can also consist of a few words, and the the text spelled out in the other direction or orientation is often the same, but can also be a different text. Douglas R. Hofstadter describes an ambigram as a "calligraphic design that manages to squeeze two different readings into the selfsame set of curves."..."

Check out NastyBasty's Flickr Photostream for more.

Friday, August 1, 2008

There Is Something Strange Here

I find it strange to see a Hummer with a handicap tag. Nothing really wrong with it, just wierd.

I took this picture myself, it's not Photoshoped except to hide identifying numbers.


Have You Ever Really Listened To Cheese?

Listen closely to the Cheese Master my friends, and he will tell you the aged tale of the Cheese-producing algorithm. Seriously, go check out my friend's interesting site and find out all you didn't know about cheese and it's relationship to sound and music.

"Q: What is this thing you call “CheeseCast?”
A: The CheeseCast is a live stream of random 0’s and 1’s. It is being generated in real time by a home-made Cheese-producing algorithm. It is not pre-packaged Cheese product streaming off some stale server."

Click for the CheeseCast

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Can Tom Green Rap?

Xzibit seems to think so...



Who knew?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Everyday Normal Guy Parts 1 & 2

So these have been on the web for a while but the Funkship Blog would be remiss if they weren't posted here for the few of you that visit. I don't want you to miss what every else is enjoying. Besides, this guy knows how to write intelligently bad lyrics.



And part 2...



Jon Lajoie's Website

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Harvest


You have got to find away to stay creative other wisz you will be left in the dust. Click the picture to find out where all those creative juices come from.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Beat Mixing, With Tape?

Yup, these are tape decks. Well, not decks but boom boxes.

Monday, June 30, 2008

The Kaossilator

I would love to have one of these! It's a small digital Oscillation Module from Korg that's controlled by touch. Hours of entertainment!

Here's what the Korg Website has to say about it:

"The KAOSSILATOR is a new pocket sized instrument that packs Korg's world renowned synth sound along with innovative performance features into an ultra-compact unit. Anyone can instantly play musical phrases by simply tapping or sliding their finger across the KAOSSILATOR’s touch pad..."


Monday, June 23, 2008

Slack Magazine Slack issue #4- SEX in the '90s


My neighbor Mark used to publish Slack Magazine back in the 90's. Recently, he has been putting them online. This particular issue deals with Sex in the '90's which came out right after Prince's Hits/B-side 3 CD set.

"Well this Slack issue came out following the release of the 3-CD Prince collection The Hits/B-sides. So this means, these 3 CDs were all I listened to while I designed this issue (I have 2 Prince songs in my DJ list). For a lot of people, songs remind them of special and memorable moments. Well, a lot of the Prince B-sides remind me of designing this particular issue of Slack. Wierd, huh?... especially She's Always in My Hair and 17 Days."

You can download the magazine on his blog Roam Buffalo.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Project Indigo (working title): Design of a vertical seaside metropolis


I found this very interesting city/graphic design by Jesse van Dijk called Project Indigo. The concept is a metropolis built in a creator in the sea. Not only does Dijk create beautiful art work of the city, but if you read the text you will realize that great though has gone into the infrastructure how such a society would work.

"My principle idea for this city came down to a (somewhat) harmonious society with huge differences in standards of living. Because flat ground is so expensive, only the super-rich can afford to live on top of the pillar, where the climate is nice and sun-hours are plentiful.

As one descends into the pit, the hours the houses are exposed to direct sunlight daily decrease, making house prices lower, which is why the poorest groups of society live at the bottom of the pit. However, people are not neccessarily unhappy at the bottom, there are still children playing in the water, etc. While there is crime (and more of it in the poorer/lower districts) it's a time of peace, not war."


I would love to see this society be the backdrop for a feature film. The society and scenery alone would be reason enough to see the movie.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Audiotool


Here's a fun little flash application called Audiotool where you can use these old school drum machines in combination with some old synth's to create a groove. It loads a little slow but it's worth the wait.

Sex Funk Ambulance

Just a quick note that I pre-released my new song,
Sex Funk Ambulance
, featuring myself, aka Pharaoh, and Jen X. I put it up on SoundClick.com on a whim and in 4 days I went from nuttin' to #15 in the funk charts. That's out of 4,000 + songs in that genre!

Sex Funk Ambulance is about a party that's so intense with funk and beautiful people that you feel as though your heart is going to explode, but don't worry, the Sex Funk Ambulance is on it's way. I recorded it in my attic studio, sometimes known as Funkopolis. Jen X provided the backup vox, which I must admit, are me favorite part of the song.

Please check it out on SoundClick.com and help me hit that number 1 spot in the Funk Charts! If you like, stop by my redesigned website, Funkship.com.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

HOW Design Conference: And Why It Rocked

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the HOW Design Conference ‘08 in Boston from Sunday, May 19 – Wednesday, May 21, all paid for by my employer. I have never had an opportunity to do anything like this before, so you can imagine that I was very excited. I say that I was lucky because the money was going to go to a co-worker but at the last minute he was unable to use it...More>>

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pants Optional



I like the swing set one.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Child Hood Fears - Uh, Yeah!

Joshua Hoffine hits the nail on the head when it comes to capturing childhood fears in still photography. He has a great collection of photographs taken on real sets. These pictures aren't Photoshop montages but rather set up with real people and props. Pretty creepy just to view them if you ask me. Not for the easily creeped out, (KJay).

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Real Story About Why 6 Was Afraid Of 7

I'm not going to bore you with the details. The original writer tells the story much better than I can, so suffice it to say...

"There is an old joke that goes like this:

-Why was 6 afraid of seven?
-because 7 ate 9!

Why was 6 afraid of 7? Most people think it had something to do with 7's consumption of 9. This is not true..."


Get the full story here.

Cover Art Comes Alive

Ah, the days of album covers. That used to be the second best thing about buying music, or if the albun sucked, it was the first best thing. Well, now the album covers strike back.



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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Now That's A Funky Guitar


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Papa's Got A Brand New FunkShip

Yup, after a long stint of creating several different mock-ups, both flash and static, I have finally just done it and released this new incarnation of my official site. FunkShip.com has a brand new look and more content than ever! For the past couple years I have been toying with new looks, especially an "all Flash" version. I decided to stick with a static site for now, but don't rule out Flash in the future.

One section of new content is the Productions page where I list out a few CDs I have worked on. Another is the return of the Funkalizer where you can stream my latest hits from SoundClick.com. (Be on the look out for my very latest, "Sex Funk Ambulance", set to be released in the oh-so near future.)

I hope you enjoy the site and please, comment back on what you think.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

WeFunkRadio.com


Yup! For Old School, New School, Rap, Hip Hop fans everywhere, this site is for you. It's a companion site for the WeFunk radio show out of Montreal hosted by Professor Groove and DJ Static. Every Friday night between midnight and 2am, these two bring you all types of Funk. The nice thing is that all their shows are archived on their site and available on iTunes. I strongly recommend putting on the headphones and listening in.

Here's an excerpt from their about page:

"WEFUNK celebrates a lineage of powerful, inspired music. The roots of soul, funk and rapping go back way further than the 70s, but something special began when James Brown gave the drummer some, Larry Graham hit the bass harder, Kool Herc gave the dancers breaks, DJ Hollywood worked the mic... and musicians worldwide found the funk seeping through their walls and into their music. Strong music gave a strong foundation to speak on social problems, relationships, politics and living conditions. And it made one hell of a party groove. Funk gave birth to hip-hop, and as the past grew into the present funk and hip-hop touched every modern music, leaving their mark—a swagger, a groove, mo' bounce... and something to twist your face and nod your head to. You know it when you hear it. And we play it on WEFUNK."

WeFunkRadio.com

The Right Way To Create A Photoshop Tutorial

In my world, I view/read many graphic design and web development tutorials. If you're like me (MW), then you probably know how dry and un-entertaining they can be. They are often voiced by a soft spoken person with their mouth way too close to the mic. Sometimes the instructor thinks they are a comedian and attempt to spice up the doldrums with bad levity. This usually happens in the written tutorials.

Well here's a guy who knows how to take the sometimes pathetic world of online tutorials and make it very pathetic, even smug. I give you, "You Suck At Photoshop".



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Thursday, March 27, 2008

These Ain't Yo Mama's Wheels of Steele


Talk about Funky! I'd love to have one of these tables, as long as it worked accurately. Here's what the inventor had to say:
"My name is Mike Disher, and I have the audio bug. I'm also a hobbyist inventor and all around DIY guy. About 5 years ago I decided to try my hand at building a custom turntable. Turntables and mechanical watch and clock movements fascinate me. I view them as functional pieces of kinetic art. I based my turntable design on the legendary Rega P3, and I created a new, custom acrylic plinth and a set of feet. I also devised a way to hide the motor, and I improved the motor mounting system. The plinth rests on small silicone dots, providing added isolation. The result was a very modern looking table. I called it the P3 Skeleton. Skeleton is a watchmaking term for a movement in which material is removed from the plates and bridges to reveal the inner workings. A fellow audio enthusiast saw this table at my house and offered to buy it on the spot. I did not sell it, but I was happy that others appreciated my work ..."
Take a second and check out his other turntables.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

SoundClick.com Pharaoh Alert! UPDATE!

I was just checking the SoundClick.com stats for my song Funky Boogaloo and lo and behold, I have made it to #99 on the Funk charts! Woo-hoo! I know it's not the top but at least I show up in their player when you click play all songs in the Funk genre.

Hey, do me a favor and help my stats out by going to my SoundClick page and play the hell out of Funky Boogaloo, (and other tune of mine, if you like). Help me get to #1! Please, please please! (Yes, I'm not above begging).

Thanks for the support.

Pharaoh

UPDATE: Just since last night your help as put me from #99 to #45 of 4,358 songs in the funk charts. Thanks for the support and let's keep it climbing. If you feel so inclined, please check out some of my other tunes as well.

Again, thanks for the attention.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

James, Michael & Prince

So here's the deal. Basically, at a James Brown show, seems to be a telethon, James Brown invites Michael jackson on stage to sing a bit of "It's A Man's World. OK, all good so far. Then Michael "insists" that James invite Prince, who happens to be in the audience, on stage as well. As you may guess, the true funk soldiers will, Prince takes over big time. Please notice that he rides in on Chick's, his bodygaurd at the time, shoulders. Also note that before he hits the stage, he throws a glove into the crowd, and it gets thrown back at him.

Enjoy...



Prince, gotta love him!

P.S. What kind of star studded bash is it when young Michael, (the cool one), and young Prince, (the guitar playin' purple one), are both at a f@*kin' James Brown gig? Lindsay, Paris and Britney NEVER had it so good! And Kanye is the saviour of music today? Sad.

Oh yeah, wait for the big surprise at the end. I guess Prince is used to everything being bolted down.

Thanks M from Ow!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Danger Is Here

I have spent the last year recording and producing a collection of 12 songs for my friend Elliot Scott. The collection is called Danger Is Here. The disc has been released and an associate of Elliot used it as the backing music for her video promoting show (I believe) called Morganville Vampires. Check the video below.


If you like the song, here are some places you can Listen to more and even buy the entire album...

CDBaby.com
Soundclick.com
As I get more info I will share it with you, but for now, listen to the CD!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Life After People - History Channel DVD

I have always been a huge fan of disaster movies. I love to wonder what the world would be like after a cataclysmic event such as an asteroid strike, nuclear holocaust, plague, alien attack, etc. However, in these movies somebody has survived, well you need a star, right? In "I Am Legend", Will Smith has to fight off the evil mutants and find the antidote. On the "The Day After Tomorrow" Jake Gyllenhaal uses his survival skills in an attempt to save himself and a small group of dooms-day storm survivors, (which by the way includes his high school crush). In "The Sound of Music" Julie Andrews fights back the Nazi scourge with song. Anyway, the point is this, there is always some human survivors that the story centers around.

In the History Channel's "Life After People", there aren't. Now I haven't seen the documentary, but from the website it's pretty clear that they are describing a world sans us. What I found most interesting about this website, with video excerpts, was the "Can You Survive" section. It was pack with useful/life saving information such as if you don't have water, don't eat food. Did not know that. There is also small section, "Fate of the Animals". Who do you think will evolve into the role of top dog? I'll give you a hint, it ain't the dogs.

"If you have water, you can eat. Otherwise, don't--the digestion of food can speed up dehydration. To survive a disaster, first look to canned and dehydrated foods for nourishment. As soon as you can, create a garden using seeds found in decaying vegetables and fruit. Other food options include indigenous vegetation, bugs and small wild game like squirrels and rabbits. Don't eat any vegetation or bugs that you can't identify as edible. To avoid a parasitic infection, bugs should be cooked whenever possible..."


It's kind of creepy to imagine how the human race will come to an end. See for yourself.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Jungle Jail



Here is a cool animation. It has a nice plot and cool techniques. I hope you like it.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Pharlon - Another Soundclick.com Funkster

I just found this dude while listening to the Funk charts on SoundClick.com. I really dig his style. He's got a super wet funk mixed with heavy Hip Hop lyrics. The groove reminds me of George Clinton with a rap slant.

I hope you will all visit his music page and let me know what you think in the comments section of this post.