Life Sentences, Day 122: Random Rock Star Meme

January 30th, 2011

So I’m taking a mini-vacation with this piece and essentially passing something on.

Psychologist Carl Jung was enamored of the I Ching, the venerable Chinese divination tool, not because he believed it accurately predicted anything but because he thought it allowed those who consulted it to see new connections.  The supplicant framed a question and drew the yarrow stalks or tossed the coins until they formed a hexagram of broken and unbroken lines, such as:

The hexagrams and certain lines within them carry messages: “Perseverance furthers” and “Seek the great man,” for example.  Definitely not specific, and as Jung saw it, the seeker reframed his or her approach to the question by reconsidering it in light of these cryptic pronouncements.

This is an incredibly pretentious introduction to a cute little meme I lifted off Tumblr.  Tumblr is, of course, Facebook for those of us who still have faces, which is to say mostly teenagers, and I discovered it in tracking down Allen Chiu, who designs the covers for my e-books.

The meme gives you a method to name your personal rock group and then design and title its CD.  I was sort of amazed when I did it.  First, let’s look again (and a little larger) at that top image.

Okay, got it?  Band name, cover art, and CD title.

Here’s how you do it.

1.  Go to, click on English (if that’s what you speak) and when an article pops up on your screen look to the left and click on Random article.  The title of your article is the name of your band.

2.  Go to and click on Random Quotes over on the left.  Look at the last quotation on the page.  The final 3-6 words of that quotation are the title of the album.

3.  Go to, drop down to the bottom of the page, and click on images from the last 7 days. If this takes you to a single image, look to the right and click again on Interesting photos from the last 7 days.  The third photo from the left is your album cover.  (If you get an image that can’t be saved – many are protected — go to the next and the next, in order, until you find one that can be saved.)

4.  Use any image-processing software to put the type and image together.  If you don’t have one, go to the Photoscape download page and download the program.  It’s free and it’s virus-free and it’s easy.  (Mac people are out of luck, but then you already have everything a computer user could ever need, don’t you?)

Put it all together.  If it really doesn’t work, start over — no fair tweaking what chance delivers.  E-mail your final to me.  If I get a few, I’ll put them all up in a later blog.

I was astonished that this came out as it did.  I think the image, the band name, and the title work out great.  The old I Ching phenomenon at work.

I have a really crappy set of fonts, but of course you Mac users have a much broader selection.

By the way, Photoscape really is cool.  Get it.  Oh, and Everett?  This time I really am one-third of the way through.

7 Responses to “Life Sentences, Day 122: Random Rock Star Meme”

  1. EverettK Says:

    ROFLMAO – Yes, Tim, I was beginning to wonder if you’d noticed. 🙂

  2. Bonnie Says:

    Okay, you have mine. I was a bit unlucky in my quotations, but the Flickr photo more than made up for it.

  3. EverettK Says:

    Okay, I give up. Flickr has defeated me. I went through 6 pages of 9 pictures each, and they’re ALL copyrighted, all rights reserved. Some GREAT pictures, and I could do a screen capture and use one anyway, but then you’d be in violation of copyright if you reposted it on your blog…. sigh. Are you sure you found some uncopyrighted pictures on Flickr???

    Okay, after trying another three pages of “last 7 days” photos and still finding them all copyrighted, all rights reserved, I gave up and clicked on the link for Commons, and grabbed one from there. Album cover is on its way…

  4. Bonnie Says:

    You can still download them–I think if I created a private, password-protected folder we could show them to each other without being in violation of the photographer’s rights. Just let me know…

  5. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    I have a mac, and I tried to play with it. No go, but I got a cool album title-It’s Just a Good Idea. Play is good for the soul.

  6. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    Hey, everybody. Just read on 4MA that it looks like Tim has found (possibly) a home for Poke, Rose, Miaow and Arthit. Sounds very promising. Great news!

  7. Bonnie Says:

    Wow, that is great news, Lil! Well deserved, too, and about time!

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