(As Jon Stewart pointed out, the life stories of the six mostly-random people who were killed in this past weekend's shooting are enough to make you realize that any random person may in fact have a truly amazing life story, and there's a greater likelihood that any given person falls into this category than into the "crazy" category. But the crazies can definitely out-shout the amazings. And out-shoot, too.)
I'm thinking a lot about the basic question "What is a blog?" Someone set out to answer this back in 2003 for an actual scholarly reference work, and this is the definition she came up with. Compare this definition to the sites listed on Regator's Top 50 Blogs of 2010. How many of them fall within the definition from 2003? Can an argument be made that some of these are not, in fact, "blogs?" What is the definition of a blog in 2011, and how has it changed since 2003?
But enough of that nonsense. That's all for another time. I've been playing around with a...thing on Facebook, something I did once before. It's a way of generating imaginary album covers. The rules:
1 - Go to wikipedia and hit random. The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”. Third picture no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 - Use photoshop or similar (picnik.com is a free online photo editor) to put it all together.
5 - Post it with this text in the "caption"
Here are the album covers I've come up with tonight:
NOTE: The original images, taken from Flickr totally without permission:
"Very Little on Office Supplies" : Pericolose curiosità (parte 3) From Fabio Luffarelli
"Health Like a Waterman" : "Look At All The Lonely People" by CantBuyMeLove
"No Guarantee of Maturity" : "1/52" by rockie nolan
"A Year and a Half" : "Humpty Dumpty *Explored*" by Nelson Oliver