Speaking of Creative Heroes...

I'm developing something of a wicked girl-crush on Amanda Palmer. It started with the ukelele Creep performance, which is mind-blowingly effective.

Now look, I've been spending a lot of time in a cave making games lo these past several months, and even before that, let's face it, I'm just not hip to the cool kids and their music the way I used to be. Scratch that: I've never really been hip to the cool kids and their music. So I didn't know much of anything about Amanda Palmer before now.

But that ukelele and that low, lovely voice and, most of all, the incredible creative vision that led her to put the whole performance together tickled me in the "you're seeing something special" sense, so I've been looking around a little more.

What I've found is someone to admire. Someone who pursues her craft with abandon and without fear, stays true to her creative vision, and keeps strong her principles.

Seriously, check out the Chogyam Trungpa quote on her MySpace page and try to tell me that isn't the most awesomest thing ever with a straight face. You won't be able to.

Damn, I want to be Amanda Palmer when I grow up, too. I'd better get cracking on that, huh?