Ok, just breathe, just…OMG! OMG! OMG! NEW STAR WARS TEASER TRAILER!!!
I’m a history nerd, so it should come as no surprise that this SNL sketch – Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber, is my favorite:
I took two semesters of Medieval History in college and I remember talking to the professor about this sketch. He said he was surprised by how accurate the whole thing was but then later found out that this was because the show’s writers consulted with a Harvard history professor to get the details right. I’ve never been able to confirm whether this is fact or fiction, but, the Caladrius Bird is a real legend, so it sounds reasonable. I’d ask former SNL writer Tom Davis about the truth behind this tale, but, alas, he died in 2012. Still, good on him for having a hand in such a great sketch.
My friend Steve Casino, peanut artist extraordinaire, finally does a Peanut (Snoopy) on a peanut:
Another piece of peanut art from my buddy Steve Casino. This time it’s Taylor Swift:
I happened to buy some comics for my nephew, my niece, and two of her friends. I did this during a recent family outing as a way to help them pass the time while we waited for our food. To my delighted surprise, they loved them. That, along with my sister informing me that one my niece’s friends keeps reading her comic over and over again while she’s riding in the car caused me to think (to hope, at least) that this is more than a passing fancy for these kids. All of this got me to searching for a site that could be a good resource for parents looking to find all age comics. Ms. Dallen’s YouTube vlog (video blog) fits the bill perfectly. I hope it’s both enjoyable and informative. Happy New Year!
Today’s Daily Prompt wants us to post an Anti-Bucket List. As in, stuff we would never do, say, watch, make, etc. Sure, I’m game. So, here we go…
Good stuff! I’m so glad they’re back.
Personally, I’m amused by the idea that a principal was afraid that a musical might expose students to ‘gay’ ideas. Because if there’s one place a kid wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to anything gay in a small-town high school, that would be the place.
Why do I even have to explain this?
One of the many virtues of the Midtown Scholar is that you never quite know what you’re going to stumble across. How could anyone not pick this up? It’s the history of a pop culture icon who we all loved as kids, even if the gum was made out of some kind of rock-like substance. It’s even got some trading cards in the back! Rock!
I recorded a few minutes here and there from Matthew Sweet’s show last night at the Abbey Bar here in Harrisburg. I did my best but one can only do so much with a camera phone, and the skill of its operator (*ahem*) didn’t help much either. Still, I enjoyed the show and wanted to share it. Mr. Sweet still has his voice and his backing band was pretty solid, so they sounded good. More importantly, I got the feeling he was someone who seems to enjoy himself when he plays, and that kind of enthusiasm on the part of an artist makes a big difference. Oh, and he didn’t seem to be half in the bag, which is more than I can say for some live acts I’ve seen lately.
Divine Intervention sticks out in my mind as one of those songs that bubbled up during the fall of ’91, right when everything changed musically. Plus, I just turned 21. Ah, youth!
Sick of Myself is another well know number, and deservedly so. Again, he seemed to be enjoying himself, which never a bad thing for someone on stage.
And of course, “Girlfriend” which is the one song we all came for, of course.
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So, I just finished watching Orange Is The New Black‘s second season. I highly recommend it, but more to the point, it also started the wheels turning in my geeky little mind. Lemme explain. One of the best things to come out of this season is Poussey Washington‘s arc. She was an entertaining minor character last season, but became a much deeper and more central character this season. And she was arguably the best thing on the show. And that was because Samira Wiley, the actress who portrays her, was arguably the best part of the show. It was towards the end of my (binge) watching the series that the proverbial light bulb appeared above my head. It was then that I realized that Samira Wiley should be the new Storm in any upcoming X-Men movies.
Two caveats for this post:
1. This is a highly subjective view of what Storm represents. It’s what she means to me as a character. I may not remember specific instances that contradict some of my points. And some may call me on my opinions by producing evidence that supports differing views on this character. That’s fine. But again, I’m coming from the POV of what she means to me at her best.
2. THERE MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD CONCERNING ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. You have been warned:
(Let us fill some spoiler space with this great photo.)
Here are my reasons:
In short, Storm has a presence about her that makes others stand up and take notice. When the ‘Alpha Males’ of the X-Universe – Scott (Cyclops) and Logan (Wolverine) – start going at it, others either try to gently mock them (Beast) to calm them down or try to directly force them (Emma Frost) to stop fighting, Storm seems to be the one character to be able to look them both in the eye and tell them to get over themselves and back to the matter at hand. And they listen because she has the moral authority to make her words county. If Storm is to be anything more than a combination of The Weather Channel and Amazon (“The Weather You Want, When You Want It!”) in the movies, she won’t only need a strong script but an actor with the chops and charisma to make her stand out. Samira Wiley is that actress.
My friend Steve is a toy inventor. In his spare time, he paints caricatures of famous figures from pop culture on peantus.