Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Presidents on Parade
President's Day, actually George Washington's Birthday (observed), was yesterday so I'm a little late with this, but I just happened to stumble on it independently, so I'm going ahead with posting it now:
Jonathan Coulton is the nerd poet laureate best known for his ode to unrequited geek love "Code Monkey". He releases all his songs under a non-commercial Creative Commons license which makes all the fan videos for him on YouTube completely kosher as long as they also use public domain or open licensed images. This distinction seems to be lost on a lot of his fans who tend to rely on World of Warcraft animation for source material. This video, for example, uses clips of the Niki Sanders character from Heroes to illustrate Coulton's "Someone Is Crazy" song to hilarious effect.
Coulton makes his money off donations and live performances and frequently gets mentioned as the new paradigm for musicians in a post-Napster world. It doesn't hurt that he is funny and clever and more than a little geeky himself.
BlatantCommentWhoring™: Can you name all 43 presidents without listening to the song?