Look what I found

Stole, found, borrowed, created; it’s all the same, I think.

Anyways I discovered this guy who has been blogging since 1998 and has a lifetime blogging achievement award. His name is Jason Kottke and he has a very interesting blog that can be found by Googling his name.

So here’s a video I found on Kottke’s blog which takes 270 movies and puts snippets from each one together and mixes it with music. I thought it was a creative piece of work that must have taken some real time. Plus it’s a good recap of what movies we enjoyed or missed in 2010.

Tis the season for Bela Fleck

I’m trying to get into the holiday spirit, I really really am. Part of my efforts is listening to some Christmas music every now and again while working so I figured I’d share this link of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones playing a Christmas medley. Think of it as jazz/bluegrass/ a little funk holiday music.

These guys are a great show and were really nice afterwards when I got their Herbie Hancocks on a set list.

A Festivus for the rest of us

Combing though the wire last night I found a funny story I posted on our website about Festivus, kind of funny I guess.

You can read it here

What a loon, everyone knows there are no dietary restrictions for Festivus. Come on man!

Let me break down what the holiday made famous by “Seinfeld” consists of.

First there is no tree but an undecorated aluminum pole, tinsel is distracting.

Second at the meal there is the airing of grievances where you tell all the people you love how much they have disappointed you over the past year.

The holiday closes with the feats of strength where two people wrestle and it’s not over till someone is pinned.

Here’s a video summing up the holiday.

This may sound crazy, because it is, but a lot of people follow it. So much even in 2007 the City Hall in Green Bay displayed a Festivus pole until it was removed because the city found out Festivus is not a “legitimate” holiday.

Well I will be in Jamestown for Christmas and I do think I will be having my own little Festivus with some friends.

All we are in need is a good aluminum pole with a high strength to weight ratio. Please let me know if you can help.

Gaming disaster

It has happened again; I somehow managed to upset an entire virtual city while playing Fallout 3 for my PS3.

Let me get those that don’t game up to speed on Fallout 3. It’s a post-apocalyptic world and you roam the country near Washington DC looking for your dad who for some reason left the safety of the underground bunker you grew up in. Various mutated creatures roam the country side and your job is to kill them or they will kill you.

I’d post the trailer for the game here but it’s not for children and quite violent so if you want to see it you can do that on your own, but it’s pretty good.

I was checking out Megaton, the main home city with your home and all the shops, when I found this raider (a person who kills other people for fun) who said he’d join me on my cause but that I was “too much of a goody two shoes.”

So I began stealing items in the local bar to lower my karma and get him to join my cause.

In doing that the patrons of the bar got upset and started attacking me with knives and guns, so to stay alive I took care of business and wiped them out.

Well the local sheriff didn’t like this and he went after me, so I took care of business and wiped him out.

The towns’ people took notice and while I was in my house, they broke in and destroyed my personal robot butler Wadsworth, who tells witty jokes like “Protons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic.”

Now every time I enter the city I am greeted with gunfire and angry mobs.

I’m calling on fellow video games nerds out there to help with out. Is there any solution to this quagmire I found myself in? If there is and it works the submitter will receive some swag, I’m in over my head here.

Puppets everywhere

I wrote a story tonight on puppets at Jamestown College as a final project for an education class, thinking about puppets got my mind to naturally move to “Team America World Police.”

Which is quite possibly the greatest puppet movie ever created.

The film is by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, which then got me thinking about “Cannibal! The Musical”
Which Parker co-directed as a student at the University of Colorado.

It’s a black comedy musical loosely based on the story of Alfred Packer. We watched it for years at the cast party of our musicals in high school.

It’s in the classic B movie mold and here’s a trailer. If you haven’t seen this movie I suggest you find a way to acquire it. If you do that’s flipping awesome.

Remembering John Lennon

Thirty years ago on Wednesday John Lennon was murdered outside the Dakota Apartment Building next to Central Park.

Lennon was the creative voice behind the Beatles and he had a successful solo career after the Beatles broke up in 1970, in case you’ve been living under a rock.

I’ve always been a fan of Lennon and since high school I’ve displayed a framed photo of good friend gave of the Imagine Memorial in Strawberry Fields in Central Park.

For me Lennon’s music always evokes some sort of sadness feeling because if he were alive today the world would be a truly different place. He was also madly in love and put those feelings out for the world to experience. Lord knows we need Lennon now more than ever.

But he lives on in every chord and lyric in the massive collection of material he left us.

I have a hard time picking a Lennon song to share here, but this one is fitting because well, we all shine on.

Remembering John Lennon

Thirty years ago on Wednesday John Lennon was murdered outside the Dakota Apartment Building next to Central Park.

Lennon was the creative voice behind the Beatles and he had a successful solo career after the Beatles broke up in 1970, in case you’ve been living under a rock.

I’ve always been a fan of Lennon and since high school I’ve displayed a framed photo of good friend gave of the Imagine Memorial in Strawberry Fields in Central Park.

For me Lennon’s music always evokes some sort of sadness feeling because if he were alive today the world would be a truly different place. He was also madly in love and put those feelings out for the world to experience. Lord knows we need Lennon now more than ever.

But he lives on in every chord and lyric in the massive collection of material he left us.

I have a hard time picking a Lennon song to share here, but this one is fitting because well, we all shine on.

The Sun Also Rises

I’m not one to reread books too often but I couldn’t pass this one up when I ran into it at the newly relocated AAUW used bookstore.

Which by the way is an excellent place to peruse for used books that can usually be had at a real steal, I strongly recommend that readers take advantage at the Buffalo Mall, and stay out of my fantasy section.

Anywhos, The Sun Also Rises is a quick and easy read by Ernest Hemingway who style of straight forward, tightly written prose came to light here and made the writer famous around 1926.

The novel focuses around a group of friends, most of whom are writers, traveling around Paris and Spain drinking heavily, fishing and attending bullfights.

I won’t go into too much detail as I would really dislike spoiling the read for any loyal followers out there, but there is romance, fighting, a little prostitution, some anti-Semitism, absinthe and an all around good time if you can look at it without offense.

As a young writer myself, Old Papa makes Paris and Spain seem like a lot more fun then they probably are for young writers.

I’ve never been to Europe but a novel like this takes me there every time I open it up, or at least the way Hemingway saw it in 1925.

If you want a little adventure, a little fun and a wild story about a crazy time in Europe find this book, or ask me, I’ll lend it out.

The Format

Every song has a story and I all but forgot about this one after my hard drive crashed.

Since I remembered it I’ve been playing it a lot at work and making my coworkers uncomfortable with my singing and desk dancing.

Twas the sophomore year at ole UWGB when my buddy introduced his friend who stayed at GB for a year. J.J. was a pretty wild guy and take my love for Wisconsin and replace it with a love for Arizona and boom, there’s J.J. But he still is a true Wisconsinite and for that he will always be a bud.

J.J. had a lot of weird quirks and one that stays with me to this day is his love of an Arizona indie/rock/not that emo-type-of-band called The Format.

With that information I hereby present you, my loyal readers with that most catchy song you’ll hear this year – Tune Out by The Format.

Clown for a night

It was a blast.

Let’s start with the food from the Knights of Columbus; I enjoyed every bite and my brownie at the end. As I said last night, if there is a better combination than beer and chocolate, I don’t want to know what it is.

Hypnotist Fredrick Winters was a hoot and a holler. I’ve never seen people hypnotized before but my face hurt from laughing so much.

Kid Hollywood entertained the crowd with some great songs. I also entertained the crowd with my white-boy rhythm. I’m not the most graceful dancer but I was moving last night.

The skit was, as it always is, laugh-out-loud funny, even though it took a couple of pot shots at some local community leaders.

All in all it was a great event with the proceeds going to a great cause. If you missed it this year mark your calendar for the next.