Cynthia’s Theme

I have an incredibly eclectic taste in music. Seriously, if my iTunes Library were an indication of any other collection I own I’d be on Hoarders. What tends to surprise people is that most of the time the music I actually have playing is instrumental. Again, I’m not entirely consistent and have all types of music from classical symphonies to orchestral soundtracks.1 Though, I am particularly fond of piano arrangements2 and so it was inevitable I’d stumble across Kyle Landry who plays a lot of covers of movie and video game soundtracks.

He’s received quite a bit of recognition recently thanks to Twitch and Kotaku, which of course was just the nudge I needed to poke around more of his stuff. And then I stumbled across this:

Anyway, if you’re into this sort of thing he streams live performances quite often.

  1. “Gerudo Valley” from The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is currently playing, which if you’ve never heard before you should immediately Google and check out basically any rendition you find. It’s that good.
  2. I’m biased; it’s my favorite instrument.

WordCamp San Francisco

The WP Accessibility group had a metope at this year’s WordCamp San Francisco, which I sadly wasn’t able to attend. But I did find these videos from  a few short presentations they gave. You can check out more at if you are so inclined — and of course, join us at the Make WordPress Accessible site.

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GSD Logic

I get asked a lot1 about the differences I experience working with a shepherd. One thing I stress, whether your looking at a GSD for a potential guide dog or a family pet, is that shepherds are almost too smart for their own good. By this I mean that dog training is usually presented in a pretty linear fashion: teach a dog a thing. Dogs are eager to please and so this works out well. Shepherds, however, almost analyze a given task to the point that often it’s more accurate to say you teach them why they should do a thing. I, personally, enjoy the challenge that presents, but then I also have a shepherd who routinely stands on her head so, you know, I might be a bit cracked in the head.

Anyway, saw this on my Facebook feed, and it is possibly the best example of this that I have ever seen:


EDIT: Right after posting this, I saw a related video of another GSD:


My favorite part of this is when the shepherd looks over his shoulder, making sure he’s not being watched, before busting out his little buddy.

  1. I mean a lot.

Cookie the Penguin

How have I never shared this before?

Impossibly cute as he is, Cookie actually is not a baby penguin. I believe he was seven when this video was shot. He is a full-sized little or fairy penguin. They’re native to Australia and New Zealand. Cookie, however, resides at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Video Game of Thrones: The Legend of Zelda

Apparently, this is the weekend of video posts, but this is just too good not to share with you all. Honestly, I am mesmerized by this animation: