Song of the Month: Aurora, Apple Tree

Thinking back on my Songs of the Month for this year, I was surprised to realize I’d never linked Apple Tree from Aurora’s latest album. This is surprising because it is quite possibly the song I’ve listened to most often in 2019.

I definitely wasn’t expecting Aurora to take a foray into quasi-hip hop, and I certainly didn’t expect such a foray to actually be good, but here we are.

So if you ever wanted to hear a strange magical Norwegian girl try to rap and somehow actually kinda pull it off… today is your lucky day.

Serious Nelly Furtado vibes here.

Meeting My IntPiPoMo Quota

The month is nearly at an end, and despite my best efforts, I find myself ten images short of my fifty picture quota for IntPiPoMo.

Rather than post my usual video game screenshots, I decided to take the opportunity to share an interest of mine that usually doesn’t come up on this blog: Simpsons memes.

It’s amazing the entire subculture that has sprung up around editing Simpsons captures into new gags, abstract art, or bizarre self-referencing in-jokes that no one outside the community could possibly get. I am far less talented than many of the more accomplished members of the community, but I have cobbled together a few memes of my own over the past year or so.

Let’s start with something all my MMO playing readers can appreciate:

I'm in alpha, Marge!A lot of my memes have been on a single theme. I spent a long time trying unsuccessfully to make Homer taunting the dolphin a meme trend, mainly because I think his face in that scene is hilarious.

One of my Simpsons memes.

None of those ever got much attention. I feel like the popularity of a meme is directly inverse to the amount of effort you put in. I spent nearly an hour painstakingly turning Moe into a dolphin, and it only got about twenty reacts, but this half-assed two panel that took me thirty seconds was my first meme to break 1,000 reactions:

One of my Simpsons memes, featuring a Futurama crossover.And then of course there’s the inevitable pop culture cross-overs:

I have other memes, but this is enough to meet my obligations for the month, and I think you’ve all suffered enough now.