Lyrics To ‘Vice’ By Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert just keeps getting better. I just listened to her new single, “Vice,” and it blew me away. I’m not even that big of a country music fan, but the formula for excellence is the same regardless of genre. Great melody + great lyrics = great song.

Let’s be honest. How many artists are actually making great music these days? If, like I do, you think the answer is very few, then you agree this song deserves special attention, especially the lyrical structure. Note how every verse, chorus and bridge ends with rhyming lines and how she rhymes the last line of every verse and chorus with “Another vice” without even needing to sing it. Wow…


Vice

Sting of the needle dropping on the vinyl
Neon singer with a jukebox title full of heartbreak
33, 45, 78
When it hurts this good you gotta play it twice
Another vice…

All dressed up in a pretty black label
Sweet salvation on the dining room table
Waiting on me,
Where the numb meets the lonely
It’s gone before it ever melts the ice…

Another vice, another call,
Another bed I shouldn’t crawl out of
At 7am with shoes in my hand
Said I wouldn’t do it but I did it again
And I know I’ll be back tomorrow night…

I wear a town like a leather jacket
When the new wears off I don’t even pack it
If you need me
I’ll be where my reputation don’t precede me
Maybe I’m addicted to goodbyes…

Another vice, another town
Where my past can’t run me down
Another life, another call,
Another bed I shouldn’t crawl out of
At 7am with shoes in my hand
Said I wouldn’t do it but I did it again
And I know I’ll be gone tomorrow night…

Standing at the sink not looking in the mirror
Don’t know where I am or how I got here
Well, the only thing that I know how to find
Is another vice…

Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne

Interesting Card Trick

This is not the sort of thing I’d usually share but I was wasting time at YouTube and stumbled across this interesting card trick. If I post it here, then the time isn’t completely wasted, right?

It really is all about how you sell it, I guess. That’s marketing 101. It’s the same trick hundreds of other magicians perform all the time. Involve breasts somehow and it’s golden. It probably comes in very useful at parties, too.

High-Res SketchUp Modeling: Metal Wall Shelf

Here’s another high-res SketchUp modeling video. I’m enjoying this right now, so I’ll probably do a lot of these. This time I went with something simple again: a metal wall shelf. And, of course, it wouldn’t have been so simple without these very useful plugins:

  • Bezier Spline
  • QuadFace Tools
  • CurviLoft
  • RoundCorner
  • S4U Select
  • Centering

I hope you enjoy the video and I hope you find it to be useful.

3D Model: Metal Wall Shelf

Metal Wall Shelf is a 3D model created in SketchUp by Michael Island on July 6th, 2016. It is an open source digital product that may be freely downloaded and used both personally and commercially without legal restriction.

Kevin Durant Signing With The Warriors Is Disappointing…

Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors is disappointing to me because I don’t think winning is the most important value in sports.

The Warriors are a championship caliber team, and adding a top-three player like Durant gives them and him the best shot at winning it all next season, but at what cost to Durant? I think pride is more important than winning and that’s exactly what Durant is sacrificing by joining the team that just beat him in the Western Conference Finals.

Does it even count as winning if you have to join a better team to do it? What has happened to the competitive spirit? If the best players have to switch teams in order to win, can we even keep calling them the best players?

Why does Durant think LeBron came back to Cleveland? LeBron came back because winning it all in Miami didn’t satisfy his competitive spirit. Didn’t Durant see LeBron’s reaction after they beat the Warriors in Game 7? That triumphant moment is what superstars like LeBron and Durant can aspire to. How Durant can accept any less is beyond my understanding.

If the Warriors manage to win the championship next year, a few days later Durant will feel just as disappointed as I do now. He’ll have a ring, but he won’t really have the victory he’s been working his entire life for. He won’t be winning on his own terms. He’ll always know he had to quit his team and join a better one. He’ll always know he had to sacrifice his professional pride.

He’s a great player and I’ll keep rooting for him because I like to see good players succeed, but whatever success he has in the future, it won’t be as rewarding as it could have been.

High-Res SketchUp Modeling: Ash Tray Cup

I like to do nearly all of my modeling in SketchUp, even high resolution stuff I plan to render elsewhere. With some creative thinking and the right plugins, most anything is possible.

Here’s a video of a recent modeling session I did of an ash tray cup. It’s my second time doing it. First, I had to work out measurements and proportions and other problems. I usually use my own custom shortcuts, but, for the sake of clarity, in the video I use the interface for the non-standard commands.

Also, I should mention I didn’t have to worry about n-gons because there was no need for subdivision later. The geometry is ready to render.

You can find all the plugins at the Sketchucation Plugin Store. I highly recommend using their extension for managing them all. Here are all the plugins I used on this model:

  • QuadFace Tools
  • CurviLoft
  • RoundCorner
  • S4U Select
  • Centering

I hope you enjoy the video and I hope you find it to be useful.

3D Model: Ash Tray Cup

Ash Tray Cup is a 3D model created in SketchUp by Michael Island on July 3rd, 2016. It is an open source digital product that may be freely downloaded and used both personally and commercially without legal restriction.