A National Anthem Melody, Radical Reinterpretation Challenge

I heard this beautiful, creative and inspirational recent rendition of the Star Spangled Banner just now.

 

And I thought to myself afterward, what if more songwriters and/or performers did more radical reinterpretations of their national anthems’ melodies? Many, if not most, who perform a national anthem put some “interpretation” into the often sung songs. However, most aren’t all that original.

So who out there might want to try? Being Canadian, I’d love to hear some more original interpretations of O Canada. I’d try myself, having been a songwriter, but I have too many things going on right now that can’t wait. I did stop songwriting for times when I’d be less active and mobile, after all, given my inefficiency at it. 🙂

Who’s up for the challenge?

84 Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends Facebook Timeline Cover Photos

From the collection of Hello Kitty / Sanrio wallpapers I had assembled on my site, I have created Facebook Timeline cover photos from them. These are 1700 x 630 pixels, or twice as long and wide to give more graphic resolution than Facebook requires so the graphic can turn out as nice as possible, even on widescreen monitors. Continue reading

Which Were the Most Popular and Interesting Cartoons You Saw for the Facebook Campaign Against Child Abuse?

Snoopy

Last weekend, the first weekend in December, there was a global campaign on Facebook where people replace their profile pictures with their favourite cartoon character/s.

I was happy to see a lot of my Facebook friends took part. It was really interesting to see what everybody chose for their characters.

Being the curious type, the two most obvious question I had were which characters were the most popular, and which were interesting?

For the most interesting, I would have to give that to my friend Dan, who chose Banana Man.

For the most popular, that’s a much harder question to answer with any confidence. I don’t have enough Facebook friends to get a statistically significant result. Fortunately, I have this site which I estimate provided about 20,000 cartoon pictures to people looking for them over the weekend. Talk about suffocating from smog from the traffic from my blog! OMG!!!

Of course, I don’t have all the comic book characters out there, but I probably have about 500, of which 250 were here. That’s a decent sample size variety for me. I also have visitors from around the world.

From stats on this website, from what I could tell, Snoopy from the Peanuts strip was the most popular character (sometimes with Charlie Brown and Woodstock so hard to separate them out.

Comic book heroine Wonder Woman was a close second.

My Melody from the Hello Kitty strip was third.

Wilma Flintsone was fourth.

Homer Simpson was fifth.

Cinnamoroll from Hello Kitty was sixth.

Catwoman was seventh.

Love-a-lot Bear from the Care Bears was eighth.

Pebbles Flintstone was ninth.

Finally, Lucky Bear from the Care Bears was tenth.

I haven’t seen any articles yet which gives a large sample size for the most popular character, but if you do, please do share.

What about among your Facebook friends? Who was the most popular character or most popular cartoon strip?

And don’t forget about the most interesting character you saw.

Hello Kitty / Sanrio Wallpapers (1280×1024 pixels)

This is a collection of 1280×1024 pixel Hello Kitty / Sanrio wallpapers.

Some wallpapers may be a bit bright for some people, but I didn’t like looking at these images either darkened or faded. There is a nice range of intensity among these wallpapers so hopefully, you’ll be able to find at least a few you like. You can either get one as a desktop wallpaper, or a set to use as your own Hello Kitty screensavers via instructions below.

If you’re using Windows XP, you can learn how to create your own customized Windows XP screen saver with instructions via this link.

I also have instructions for how to use Windows 7′s nice rotating background feature to rotate many of these wallpapers on your computer if you didn’t know how to enable it.

I hope you will enjoy these wallpapers!

Other Hello Kitty / Sanrio posts on this site:

  • 1024 x 768 pixel wallpapers (also good for 800 x 600 and 640 x 480 monitors)
  • 1280 x 960 pixel wallpapers (also good for 1152 x 864 monitors)
  • 1440 x 960 pixel wallpapers
  • 1600 x 1200 pixel wallpapers
  • 1920 x 1080 pixel wallpapers
  • 1920 x 1200 pixel wallpapers (also good for 1680 x 1050, 1440 x 900, 1280 x 800 and 960 x 600 pixel monitors)

Please click here to get wallpapers of other themes on this site.

Hello Kitty / Sanrio Wallpapers (1280×960 pixels)

This is a collection of Hello Kitty / Sanrio wallpapers 1280 x 960 pixels in size. For some reason, there aren’t a lot of these around as you might think. I made a lot of these from larger wallpapers, most of which I created, or smaller wallpapers, without losing noticeable quality because I threw out those that didn’t make the cut. I also don’t put advertising on my wallpapers.

Some wallpapers may be a bit bright for some people, but I didn’t like looking at these images either darkened or faded. There is a nice range of intensity among these wallpapers so hopefully, you’ll be able to find at least a few you like. You can either get one as a desktop wallpaper, or a set to use as your own Hello Kitty screensavers via instructions below.

If you’re using Windows XP, you can learn how to create your own customized Windows XP screen saver with instructions via this link.

I also have instructions for how to use Windows 7′s nice rotating background feature to rotate many of these wallpapers on your computer if you didn’t know how to enable it.

I hope you will enjoy these wallpapers!

Other Hello Kitty / Sanrio posts on this site:

Please click here to get wallpapers of other themes on this site.