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Neil Young has admitted he once bought thousands of copies of his own album and used them as shingles on the roof of his house.

Young, who recently launched his high quality digital Pono music player and service at South By South West in Austin, Texas revealed that a “mastering error” on the 1978 album Comes A Time left him dissatisfied with the release and forced him to take the existing copies off the market.

Asked if the story was true by Rolling Stone, Young replied: “The tape got damaged when it went through the airport or something. I had to go back and use a copy of the master — it was a copy, but it had better-sounding playback than the other one. No, no, I made a barn roof out of them. I used them as shingles.”

This is a cool item for the country music fan – its Canadian Country Artist Chad Brownlee’s custom-made guitar of over 20 SherWood hockey sticks, including hockey puck trim and took over 40 hours to make. Chad will be playing this guitar during his When The Lights Go Down Tour (March 4 – April 4).

The guitar body is made of over a dozen wooden shafts glued together, and various hockey items, such as parts of a puck have been used to create this one of a kind item.  Inspired by the name of Chad’s latest album, the guitar is aptly titled “The Fighters” as a symbol of confidence and strength the Foundation’s camps instill in children to overcome adversity in their lives.

The proceeds of the auction will benefit the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, and you can bid on it here.

THIS is how you can be creative in the CD format. And the Hundred Dollar Sandwich is a new album by Brooklyn-based hip-hop duo Junk Science that is built like a sandwich. Designed by Queens-based rapper Cool Calm Pete, the album’s two CDs serve as the bread while the lyrics sheets and other liner notes make up the filling.

BY the way, track 7? A cover of Oh, Canada! written by Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.

The band writes on their Bandcamp page, “The whole ‘sandwich’ comes inside a gorgeous, custom-printed freezer-safe bag (in case you keep your music in the freezer).”

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From Canva:

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, and the same rule should probably apply for music.

We all know that we should probably pay more attention to what’s inside the box rather than outside, but it’s just a matter of fact that a beautiful exterior design can make the interior just that little bit better.

01. Colour Me Cohesive

Design: Tycho
Design: Tycho

This sleek album cover was actually designed by the musician himself, Tycho, also known as Scott Hansen. The design is built on a strong colour scheme, showcased in sharp geometric shapes, and each colour has been made to correspond to a track. Creating a strong palette that can be used cohesively with the content can make for a pretty effective design.

02. Explore Die Cutting

Design: David Marsh
Design: David Marsh

Die cutting is used to create cut-out areas in your design, and when used correctly it can create a unique depth to your design. Check out the geometric die cutting done in this album sleeve from David Marsh, that allows for the two-tone cover to peek through, adding a sophisticated extra layer to the design.

03. Why Not Pop-Up?

Design: Tyler Stout
Design: Tyler Stout

Who said pop-up pictures were just for childrens’ books? This example fromTyler Stout pairs fully illustrated cover art with a pop-up picture of the artists, just quirky enough to capture the comedic tone and genre of the music.

04. Use The Whole Canvas

Design: Kamil Borowski
Design: Kamil Borowski

When it comes to album cover design, it is easy to consider the design from the standpoint of each panel being separate. But another option is to embrace the entire length of the case, just as Kamil Borowski has done in the example. Instead of limiting your artwork to just the front panel, consider extending it to expand over the width of the case, and perhaps even across the disc, just as has been done in this example, to create a larger image.

05. Get Creative With Packaging

Design: inCentea
Design: inCentea

Why is it that round albums have to come in perfectly square boxes? Being a bit creative with the shape of your packaging can really help highlight your design and give it a unique physical presence on the CD rack. Check out this angular album cover packaging by inCentea, that goes against almost everything you thought you knew about album cases.

06. Get Interactive

Design: Modo
Design: Modo

Consider how your audience will interact with your design, and how this interaction can be enhanced upon. Bonus points if this interactive element ties directly into the album title, as this heat-sensitive cover designed by Modo ties into the title “The Second Law”, referencing the second law of thermodynamics.

Check out lots more here.

You’ve likely been in a job interview when a strange question was asked by the employers, seemingly having nothing to do with the occupation. It’s designed for gauge interest, strip a layer or two off your canned answers to the usual questions, and for the company to find out a little bit more about you.

Thomas Edison, the genius of American technological innovation, however, had other plans. He gave possible future workers with him a 146-question test on subjects of general knowledge from geography to history to physics to the price of gold. I’m not going to tell you how many I got right, but that I’m happy to work in the music industry.

“Americans obsessed over the test following [the] publication of many questions in the May 11, 1921 New York Times,” writes Paleofuture’s Matt Novak. “From there the test was debated, copied, and parodied in newspapers and magazines around the country.” Once you’ve made your guesses, you can check your answers over at Paleofuture.

1. What countries bound France?

2. What city and country produce the finest china?

3. Where is the River Volga?

4. What is the finest cotton grown?

5. What country consumed the most tea before the war?

6. What city in the United States leads in making laundry machines?

7. What city is the fur centre of the United States?

8. What country is the greatest textile producer?

9. Is Australia greater than Greenland in area?

10. Where is Copenhagen?

11. Where is Spitzbergen?

12. In what country other than Australia are kangaroos found?

13. What telescope is the largest in the world?

14. Who was Bessemer and what did he do?

15. How many states in the Union?

16. Where do we get prunes from?

17. Who was Paul Revere?

18. Who was John Hancock?

19. Who was Plutarch?

20. Who was Hannibal?

21. Who was Danton?

22. Who was Solon?

23. Who was Francis Marion?

24. Who was Leonidas?

25. Where did we get Louisiana from?

26. Who was Pizarro?

27. Who was Bolivar?

28. What war material did Chile export to the Allies during the war?

29. Where does most of the coffee come from?

30. Where is Korea?

31. Where is Manchuria?

32. Where was Napoleon born?

33. What is the highest rise of tide on the North American Coast?

34. Who invented logarithms?

35. Who was the Emperor of Mexico when Cortez landed?

36. Where is the Imperial Valley and what is it noted for?

37. What and where is the Sargasso Sea?

38. What is the greatest known depth of the ocean?

39. What is the name of a large inland body of water that has no outlet?

40. What is the capital of Pennsylvania?

41. What state is the largest? Next?

42. Rhode Island is the smallest state. What is the next and the next?

43. How far is it from New York to Buffalo?

44. How far is it from New York to San Francisco?

45. How far is it from New York to Liverpool?

46. Of what state is Helena the capital?

47. Of what state is Tallahassee the capital?

48. What state has the largest copper mines?

49. What state has the largest amethyst mines?

50. What is the name of a famous violin maker?

51. Who invented the modern paper-making machine?

52. Who invented the typesetting machine?

53. Who invented printing?

54. How is leather tanned?

55. What is artificial silk made from?

56. What is a caisson?

57. What is shellac?

58. What is celluloid made from?

59. What causes the tides?

60. To what is the change of the seasons due?

61. What is coke?

62. From what part of the North Atlantic do we get codfish?

63. Who reached the South Pole?

64. What is a monsoon?

65. Where is the Magdalena Bay?

66. From where do we import figs?

67. From where do we get dates?

68. Where do we get our domestic sardines?

69. What is the longest railroad in the world?

70. Where is Kenosha?

71. What is the speed of sound?

72. What is the speed of light?

73. Who was Cleopatra and how did she die?

74. Where are condors found?

75, Who discovered the law of gravitation?

76. What is the distance between the earth and sun?

77. Who invented photography?

78. What country produces the most wool?

79. What is felt?

80. What cereal is used in all parts of the world?

81. What states produce phosphates?

82. Why is cast iron called pig iron?

83. Name three principal acids?

84. Name three powerful poisons.

85. Who discovered radium?

86. Who discovered the X-ray?

87. Name three principal alkalis.

88. What part of Germany do toys come from?

89. What States bound West Virginia?

90. Where do we get peanuts from?

91. What is the capital of Alabama?

92. Who composed “Il Trovatore”?

93. What is the weight of air in a room 20 by 30 by 10?

94. Where is platinum found?

95. With what metal is platinum associated when found?

96. How is sulphuric acid made?

97. Where do we get sulphur from?

98. Who discovered how to vulcanize rubber?

99. Where do we import rubber from?

100. What is vulcanite and how is it made?

101. Who invented the cotton gin?

102. What is the price of 12 grains of gold?

103. What is the difference between anthracite and bituminous coal?

104. Where do we get benzol from?

105. Of what is glass made?

106. How is window glass made?

107. What is porcelain?

108. What country makes the best optical lenses and what city?

109. What kind of a machine is used to cut the facets of diamonds?

110. What is a foot pound?

111. Where do we get borax from?

112. Where is the Assuan Dam?

113. What star is it that has been recently measured and found to be of enormous size?

114. What large river in the United States flows from south to north?

115. What are the Straits of Messina?

116. What is the highest mountain in the world?

117. Where do we import cork from?

118. Where is the St. Gothard tunnel?

119. What is the Taj Mahal?

120. Where is Labrador?

121. Who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner”?

122. Who wrote “Home, Sweet Home”?

123. Who was Martin Luther?

124. What is the chief acid in vinegar?

125. Who wrote “Don Quixote”?

126. Who wrote “Les Miserables”?

127. What place is the greatest distance below sea level?

128. What are axe handles made of?

129. Who made “The Thinker”?

130. Why is a Fahrenheit thermometer called Fahrenheit?

131. Who owned and ran the New York Herald for a long time?

132. What is copra?

133. What insect carries malaria?

134. Who discovered the Pacific Ocean?

135. What country has the largest output of nickel in the world?

136. What ingredients are in the best white paint?

137. What is glucose and how made?

138. In what part of the world does it never rain?

139. What was the approximate population of England, France, Germany and Russia before the war?

140. Where is the city of Mecca?

141. Where do we get quicksilver from?

142. Of what are violin strings made?

143. What city on the Atlantic seaboard is the greatest pottery centre?

144. Who is called the “father of railroads” in the United States?

145. What is the heaviest kind of wood?

146. What is the lightest wood?

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield sat down with Peter Mansbridge on CBC’s The National to discuss his experience aboard the International Space Station.

Two thoughts stand out – his words on success and his version of the meaning of life:

If you view crossing the finish line as the measure of your life, you’re setting yourself up for a personal disaster. … Commanding a spaceship or doing a spacewalk is a very rare, singular moment-in-time event in the continuum of life. You need to honor the highs and the peaks in the moments — you need to prepare your life for them — but recognize the fact that the preparation for those moments is your life and, in fact, that’s the richness of your life. … The challenge that we set for each other, and the way that we shape ourselves to rise to that challenge, is life.

I’ve had a tremendous privilege of perspective that almost nobody has had. When you talk about the meaning of life, we tend to think about it as life on Earth. To be away from the planet for a long time and to be able to see it constantly out the window allows you a reflection on it that is really hard to get just in regular day-to-day. So I think if there is any sort of meaning of life, it’s got to be very personal. How does the life that you lead affect your own conclusions about what’s important to you?

From ABC News:

Please, no more unwanted pizza deliveries to Walter White’s home.

That’s the message from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, who says some fans of the AMC drama have been throwing pizzas on the roof of the Albuquerque, New Mexico, residence that stood in for the fictional meth dealer’s home.

For those of you who didn’t watch the show, there was a memorable scene in which Bryan Cranston’s Walter, frustrated with his wife, tossed a pizza into the air, and it landed on the roof of his house.

Speaking on the official podcast for the “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul,” Gilligan said the woman who owns the home in real life has mentioned the pizza-tossing incidents, and that some fans have been rude to her.

He warned, “There is nothing original or funny or cool about throwing a pizza on this lady’s roof. It’s just not funny, it’s been done before, you’re not the first.”