Macromedia Flashback!!

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All Flashy Things Must Come to an End…

Back in 2010, Apple co-founder & then-chief executive officer Steve Jobs announced that Adobe Systems’ Flash would not be supported by any future iOS products, citing a number of issues including the platform’s horrendously inefficient energy consumption, poor performance on mobile devices as well as the technology’s numerous security holes, just to name a few.

That announcement was pretty much all it took — not long after that, the popularity that Flash had once enjoyed seemed to evaporate overnight. Then, the arrival of HTML 5 sealed it’s fate — destined for the scrap-heap of obsolescence.

Of course, ol’ Steve basically hit the nail on the head — Flash was/is/will forever be a pretty crappy technology in terms of delivering content over the Web.

At the same time, I can’t help feeling a wee bit of nostalgia when it comes to Flash — it was, simply put, a real blast to work with.

Be that as it may, it would seem that Adobe has plans to discontinue the product by the year 2020. Kind of a shame if you ask me — for all it’s deficiencies, it was IMO a pretty decent 2-D animation program.

Looking through an old hard disk the other day & happened upon an assignment I did for a course I took ages ago — a Flash-animated intro/landing page for a imaginary Led Zeppelin fan site. Hot stuff back in 2005!

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April 17, 1975: The NHL Playoffs!!

Vancouver Canucks - Playoffs April 17, 1975

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The Playoffs? Hell, Yeah!

At the end of the 1974-75 regular season, the Vancouver Canucks finished #1 in their division with 86 points, earning their first ever berth in the NHL Playoffs.

As luck would have it, their opponents turned out to be none other than the powerhouse Montreal Canadiens. Although the Canucks surprised everyone by winning game 2 in Montreal, the Habs eventually took the series in 5 games.

April 17, 1975: The NHL Playoffs

CKLG Top 30 – Oct. 7, 1975

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October 7, 1975 — Hi-Lites:

  1. Fame — David Bowie
  2. Bad Blood — Neil Sedaka & Elton John
  3. Mr. Jaws — Dickie Goodman
  4. Rocky — Austin Roberts
  5. Could It Be Magic — Barry Manilow
  6. Ballroom Blitz — Sweet
  7. Get Down Tonight — KC & The Sunshine Band
  8. I'm Sorry — John Denver
  9. New Orleans — Stampeders
  10. Rhinestone Cowboy — Glen Campbell

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday October 7, 1975.

Canucks Program Covers

Vancouver Canucks Program Covers

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Still more Old-Time Hockey Stuff...

Part Two: Vancouver Canucks Program Covers thru the Ages.

Yes, used to be a fairly big hockey fan, but, in all honesty, I've pretty much lost interest over the years.

Let's see how the team does this season - if all goes well, perhaps you'll see me jumping back on the band-wagon at some point.

Vancouver Canucks Program Covers.

CKLG Top 30 – Aug. 15, 1975

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August 15, 1975 — Hi-Lites:

  1. Jive Talkin' — Bee Gees
  2. One Of These Nights — Eagles
  3. The Rockford Files — Mike Post
  4. The Hustle — Van McCoy
  5. Midnight Blue — Melissa Manchester
  6. How Sweet It Is — James Taylor
  7. I'm Not In Love — 10cc
  8. Love Will Keep Us Together — Captain & Tennille
  9. Rhinestone Cowboy — Glen Campbell
  10. Rockin' Chair — Gwen McCrae

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday August 15, 1975.

CKLG Top 30 – July 25, 1975

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July 25, 1975 — Hi-Lites:

  1. Love Will Keep Us Together — Captain & Tennille
  2. Magic — Pilot
  3. Someone Saved My Life Tonight — Elton John
  4. The Hustle — Van McCoy
  5. I'm Not In Love — 10cc
  6. Listen To What The Man Said — Paul McCartney
  7. Jive Talkin' — Bee Gees
  8. I'm Not Lisa — Jessi Colter
  9. Magic Man — Heart
  10. One Of These Nights — Eagles

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday July 25, 1975.

CKLG Top 30 – June 27, 1975

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June 27, 1975 — Hi-Lites:

  1. Love Will Keep Us Together — Captain & Tennille
  2. Wildfire — Michael Murphy
  3. Sister Golden Hair — America
  4. Listen To What The Man Said — Paul McCartney
  5. When Will I Be Loved — Linda Ronstadt
  6. Magic — Pilot
  7. Hey You — Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  8. The Last Farewell — Roger Whittaker
  9. Only Women — Alice Cooper
  10. I'm Not Lisa — Jessi Colter

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday June 27, 1975.

CKLG Top 30 – June 13, 1975

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June 13, 1975 — Hi-Lites:

  1. Thank God I'm A Country Boy — John Denver
  2. The Last Farewell — Roger Whittaker
  3. Wildfire — Michael Murphy
  4. Sister Golden Hair — America
  5. Pinball Wizard — Elton John
  6. How Long Has This Been Going On — Ace
  7. Love Will Keep Us Together — Captain & Tennille
  8. Hey You — Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  9. When Will I Be Loved — Linda Ronstadt
  10. Listen To What The Man Said — Paul McCartney

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday June 13, 1975.

CKLG Top 30 – May 30, 1975

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May 30, 1975 — Hi-Lites:

  1. Emma — Hot Chocolate
  2. The Last Farewell — Roger Whittaker
  3. Pinball Wizard — Elton John
  4. Thank God I'm A Country Boy — John Denver
  5. Somebody Done Somebody Wrong — B.J. Thomas
  6. How Long Has This Been Going On — Ace
  7. It's A Miracle — Barry Manilow
  8. I Can Dance — Shooter
  9. Sister Golden Hair — America
  10. Jackie Blue — Ozark Mountain Daredevils

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday May 30, 1975.

CKLG Top 30 – May 2, 1975

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May 2, 1975 — Hi-Lites:

  1. Pinball Wizard — Elton John
  2. Shame Shame Shame — Shirley & Company
  3. Somebody Done Somebody Wrong — B.J. Thomas
  4. Philadelphia Freedom — Elton John
  5. Chevy Van — Sammy Johns
  6. Stand By Me — John Lennon
  7. I Don't Like To Sleep Alone — Paul Anka
  8. Don't Call Us/We'll Call You — Sugarloaf
  9. Autobahn — Kraftwerk
  10. The Last Farewell — Roger Whittaker

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday May 2, 1975.

CKLG Top 30 – April 25, 1975

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April 25, 1975 — Hi-Lites:

  1. Shame Shame Shame — Shirley & Company
  2. Philadelphia Freedom — Elton John
  3. Pinball Wizard — Elton John
  4. Lady Marmalade — Labelle
  5. Don't Call Us/We'll Call You — Sugarloaf
  6. Somebody Done Somebody Wrong — B.J. Thomas
  7. Chevy Van — Sammy Johns
  8. He Don't Love You — Tony Orlando & Dawn
  9. I Don't Like To Sleep Alone — Paul Anka
  10. Stand By Me — John Lennon

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday April 25, 1975.

CKLG Top 30 – April 18, 1975

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April 18, 1975 — Hi-Lites:

  1. Philadelphia Freedom — Elton John
  2. Lady Marmalade — Labelle
  3. Shame Shame Shame — Shirley & Company
  4. Don't Call Us/We'll Call You — Sugarloaf
  5. No No Song — Ringo Starr
  6. Dancing On A Saturday Night — Bond
  7. Chevy Van — Sammy Johns
  8. He Don't Love You — Tony Orlando & Dawn
  9. Loving You — Minnie Ripperton
  10. I Don't Like To Sleep Alone — Paul Anka

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday April 18, 1975.

CKLG Top 30 – Mar. 28, 1975

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March 28, 1975 — Hi-Lites:

  1. My Eyes Adored You — Frankie Valli
  2. No No Song — Ringo Starr
  3. Have You Never Been Mellow — Olivia Newton-John
  4. Lady Marmalade — Labelle
  5. Philadelphia Freedom — Elton John
  6. Roll On Down The Highway — Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  7. Don't Call Us/We'll Call You — Sugarloaf
  8. Black Water — Doobie Brothers
  9. You Are So Beautiful — Joe Cocker
  10. Get Dancin' — Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday March 28, 1974.

Are You Valid? Are You Void?

Well, this certainly ranks up there as one of the frikkin’ weirdest music videos I’ve ever seen… Remember watching this on the old "Nite Dreems" show back in the day.
Artist: Shrink 
Song: "Valid or Void" 
Year: circa 1979  Been hunting around for this one for a couple of years now, and finally it has surfaced! YouTube – gotta love it! PS: Thanks to Avex Design for their Responsive Youtube Embed Tutorial!

Bad 70s Technology (part 1)

Led Zeppelin IV Eight-Track

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The Much-Maligned Eight-Track Tape

Doomed to the scrap heap of obsolescence, this one easily falls into the category of "Well... It seemed like a good idea at the time..." Of our fairly substantial eight-track library, which at one time included such classics as KISS ALIVE! and the first BOSTON album, only three tapes survive.

From Wikipedia: "... some of the inherent deficiencies of the Stereo 8 format that contributed to its decline:

  • High wow and flutter due to the constantly changing load presented by the sliding tape pack
  • Tendency to jam as the tape got dirty, the lubricant wore away, and the tape was exposed to heat
  • Flattening of the pinch roller, over time, when a cartridge was left plugged in, causing increased wow and flutter
  • Inability to attain and maintain head alignment due to the movable head design.

"... by the late 1970s, when sales of eight-tracks slipped, (record companies) were quick to abandon the format..."

There were, of course, other factors that contributed to the demise of the eight-track — not the least of which was the fact that record companies often had to resort to outright butchery in order to fit an entire album on a tape: note that "Rock and Roll" on the Zeppelin eight-track has been split into two parts — it just fades out in the middle of the song, then clicks over to part two. As if no one would notice!

Then again, pulling apart and removing the guts out of a busted 8-track cartridge often provided a jim-dandy place to hide your stash. Yeah, kinda miss the 70's.

Ink & Colouring Process

Ink & Colouring Process

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My Process for Inking & Colouring

Yes, people do ask me about this from time to time, so I thought I’d give a brief description of how I do the inking and colouring for my illustrations, just in case there’s anyone out there who may be interested. Now, the process may vary depending on the situation, but generally speaking here’s what I usually do:

  1. Find a photo reference image of something you’d like to to draw (Pinterest is a good place to start).
  2. Do a pencil sketch of your subject — either freehand or use the grid technique if accuracy is what you’re after (I did this one freehand).
  3. Trace your pencil drawing onto Bristol board using a light table (or, hold it up to your window during daylight hours — that works too).
  4. Ink over your bristol board pencils — Staedtler pigment liners or Pigma Micron pens are probably your best bet for this.
  5. After the ink dries, erase any unwanted pencil lines then paint ‘er over with your trusty watercolors!

Now, you’ll notice that I’ve included one additional step at the end here, due to the fact that my useless old scanner doesn’t handle watercolor pics very well. In order to get a half-decent digital version of the art, I usually have to resort to importing the scan into Photoshop, then using multiply & color dodge layers to help restore the color values that the scanner doesn’t pick up.

By the way, if you’d like to see more of my drawings & stuff, you’re more than welcome to visit my gallery!

CKLG Top 30 – Dec. 13, 1974

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December 13, 1974 — Hi-Lites:

  1. I Can Help — Billy Swan
  2. So You Are A Star — Hudson Brothers
  3. I Got The Music In Me — Kiki Dee Band
  4. Angie Baby — Helen Reddy
  5. Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) — Reunion
  6. Laughter In The Rain — Neil Sedaka
  7. Longfellow Seranade — Neil Diamond
  8. Kung Fu Fighting — Carl Douglas
  9. Cats In The Cradle — Harry Chapin
  10. Junior's Farm — Paul McCartney

CKLG AM Vancouver — Top Thirty Singles for Saturday December 13, 1974.