Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83. Should I Be Sad?

I just heard that Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek fame among other things, had passed away at 83 (NY Times).

I am very, very sad upon hearing this. Spock was the first TV character I remembered as a child, even if I knew no English. Those pointed ears and that firm, noble look, as well as calmness of the character, endeared me to him.

It would be ironic to be sad about Mr Nimoy’s death considering the generally emotionally controlled Vulcan character with which I associate with him as one. But sad I am. Actually, I’m feeling something far worse than sadness could convey, though I will try to control it. This is going to be a long, drawn out, sadness, though, because he is synonymous with Star Trek to me so Star Trek will never be the same again. I will always think of him any time I see, hear or think of Star Trek.

As I struggle for what to write regarding Mr Nimoy’s death, a quote from Kirk in Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan, that is among my favourite movies, seems appropriate.

“Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”

Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. Your soul and spirit will live and prosper forever.

Guitar and Ukulele Tabs for Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

Hallelujah is one of the truly great Canadian songs of all time, written by one of Canada’s best songwriters ever, Leonard Cohen. It is generally simple to play in terms of chords, and simple to hard to perform pending how much diva you want to put into your performance.

I’ve tabbed a version reasonably similar to the one sung by kd lang in the video below, though I’ve included the notes of the melody by which I sing it. Best version I could find out there, in my opinion.

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Leonard Cohen

The nice thing about robust tunes such as this is that you can put all kinds of little variations in the phrasing and it wouldn’t matter much so long as you hit the right notes for the chord changes. So feel free to stray from my tabbed notes and just do it the way you feel it.

This is also a pretty long song so I’ve created several formats and sizes. Choose the one that works well for you.

Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF [1 pg]
(small, but use to enlarge to tabloid size on photocopier)

Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF [2 pgs]
(2 sheets means page turn or used spread out)

Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen Guitar Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF
(for printing directly onto tabloid sized paper)

Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF [1 pg]
(small, but use to enlarge to tabloid size on photocopier)

Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF [2 pgs]
(2 sheets means page turn or used spread out)

Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen Ukulele Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF
(for printing directly onto tabloid sized paper)

If the letter size tabs (8.5″ x 11″) are too small for your eyes, you can either enlarge to tabloid size (11″ x 17″) using an automatic enlarge feature on many photocopiers, or download the tabloid sized versions for printing. The tabloid size tabs can be inserted into a typical letter sized binder on the 11″ size, and folded almost in half to fit. You just open each tab to use it.

Please click here for guitar and ukulele tabs and chords to other songs on this blog.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 9.0

Simpsons Profile Pics for Facebook and Other Applications

From having created the Simpsons Facebook tagging meme that’s been stolen so many times over, I have converted the pieces into graphics 256 pixels wide that are ideal for Facebook profile pictures. I’m sure they are useful for some other applications as well, though these are not meant for the square avatars and buddy icons some applications require. If you want to use it as such, you’ll be asked to crop the picture and you can then decide if you still like it.

The pictures in the gallery below are all the same width, unlike how the thumbnails are show. To get the icons, please:

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