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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Princess Who Saved Herself

If Jonathan Coulton and Greg Pak‘s Kickstarter gets $7k more dollars, they’ll make a comic for kids based on Coulton’s song “The Princess Who Saved Herself,” which is about a princess who convinces all the monsters that threaten her to join her rock band, as a stretch goal. I’ll just leave a link to it here. (MTV Geek, Youtube, Kickstarter)

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Things We Saw Today: Empire Magazine‘s Man of Steel Cover

Please tell me I’m not the only one reminded of Rob Liefeld‘s bulbous-chested Captain America here. Just a little bit, for just a second. It’s the angle! You can see two more pics—one of Jor-El, one of General Zod—at /Film.

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Things We Saw Today: Jonathan Coulton Sticking It To Glee

The saga that is musician Jonathan Coulton vs. FOX/Glee continues (read up if you’re not familiar). Coulton has released his original cover version on iTunes, Google, and Amazon under the name, “Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee).” He’s going split the proceeds between The VH1 Save the Music Foundation and The It Gets Better Project and even joked Glee should do the same. As of publishing this post, Coulton’s song has surpassed all the other songs from that episode of Glee on the charts. (via Geekosystem)

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Things We Saw Today: How to Make a Lockpick Out of Your Underwire

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Glee Says Coulton Should Be Happy for the Exposure They’re Giving Him by Not Mentioning Him At All

Well, they aired it, seemingly unchanged. And it’s now for sale in the US iTunes store. They also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they’re within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s my version – so you know, it’s kind of SECRET exposure). While they appear not to be legally obligated to do any of these things, they did not apologize, offer to credit me, or offer to pay me, and indicated that this was their general policy in regards to covers of covers. It does not appear that I have a copyright claim, but I’m still investigating the possibility (which I consider likely) that they used some or all of my audio. I’ll write something longer and more detailed about this when I can get my head together about it probably in a couple of days. Thanks for your support, but please continue not to burn anything down.Jonathan Coulton, in a recent update to his blog.

Last night Glee returned after a holiday hiatus with the episode “Sadie Hawkins” and a soft-rock version of “Baby Got Back,” that is unmistakably nerd-rocker Jonathan Coulton’s soft-rock version of “Baby Got Back.” The musician updated fans and readers of his blog this morning with this information on Fox and Glee’s really absurd notion that “exposure” is his payment despite the fact that they have so far refused to publicly credit him with the arrangement. If Coulton hadn’t already had a strong, connected fanbase, nobody might have noticed that he’d been ripped off.

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It Looks Like Glee Did A Jonathan Coulton Song Without Request or Credit

Though the story is still developing, there isn’t really another way to put this: it looks an awful lot like one of the songs Glee is planning to include in its soon-to-be-returning fourth season is a soft-rock cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” In fact, it’s a very specific soft rock cover of “Baby Got Back.” Nerd singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton‘s cover. Which wouldn’t otherwise be a problem, except that Coulton himself was never actually contacted or asked about whether it could be used.

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Not a Misprint

Jonathan Coulton Performs Acoustic Version Of Portal’s Still Alive…On CBS?

We’re not quite sure why singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton performed the classic “Still Alive” from Portal on CBS. I mean sure, he wrote the song for the 2007 video game but why now? Why CBS? I can’t tell when it was uploaded and I don’t see any mention of it on his Twitter. Is someone at CBS a big Portal fan or is this the work of GLaDOS? We may never know…

(via Kotaku)

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An Aural and Visual Tribute: The Redshirts [Video]

To commemorate the release of John Scalzi‘s book Redshirts, the author and Tor teamed up with geek musician Jonathan Coulton to write a song of the same name. And then, TrekPropGuy (on YouTube) threw together this delightfully homicidal tribute to all the redshirts who lost their lives in the name of the Enterprise and its five-year mission. It is truly touching.

(via TrekMovie.com)

Previously in Star Trek

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Good News Everyone!

Here Is an Orchestral Version of “Still Alive” From Portal

If you’ve always wanted to hear an orchestral take on “Still Alive,” the song written by Jonathan Coulton and sung by Ellen McLain (voice of GLADoS and the turrets) that plays during the end credits of Portal, then you are in luck this morning. YouTube user Dummeh has provided this service for you, so now you have a lyric-free version of the song to use as a ringtone! You can download the song at SoundCloud.

(via Geeks Are Sexy)

Previously in Portal

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Things We Saw Today: The League of Extraordinary Funny People

TV is coming back soon, but 30 Rock won’t be returning until 2012 to accommodate Tina Fey‘s new baby. In the meantime, we can look forward to a fancy lady-oriented Thursday night lineup on NBC and check out this League of Extraordinary Gentlemen mashup by illustrator Alex Ross. (via Popped Culture)

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