Archive for July, 2012

Overtures on MVM

In honor of three birthdays from yesterday (Geddy Lee, my sister, and Wil Wheaton), here’s the opening Overture from the R30 concert…

When I went to the show, I ended up getting there late – about thirty minutes into the show – so I missed the Stiller piece of the opening and didn’t see it until watching the concert on DVD. For those not familiar with it, there’s about two minutes of animation referencing all of there albums (up to that point), then about another minute of Stiller before the band hits the stage.

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Random Post

[Originally written 6/14/2007]

Brian thought back to their first date. He was attracted to her, and he always remembered her smile and the way her eyes seemed to dance in the candlelight, but it was something that she had said late in the conversation that stuck him. Now, two years later, he realized she had warned him, but he was to smitten to care.

 “I’m going to disappoint you,” Jamie had said. “But you knew that already.” She said it so matter-of-factly, like the recounting a box score – Celts beat the Lakers, Cubs over the A’s, Barbaro by a nose, and I’m going to disappoint you.

 Brian remembered starting at her for a moment after that, caught in the awkward moment that the statement commanded. She smiled back, tilting her head slightly to her right. Her soft blonde hair shifted more onto her shoulder, a tuft of locks falling around her face. Brian couldn’t help but tell her how beautiful she looked, the comment momentarily forgotten.

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I have always had a thing for space – not as pronounced as some friends of mine, but it’s there. Maybe it comes from playing with Star Trek action figures as a kid, or watching too many SF themes cartoons as a kid… Needless to say, when I saw this (over at I just had to share…

Along with that, there was reference to the “Earth Art Gallery” (follow the link and you’ll see three galleries available). As an example, the picture below is of the Himalayas.

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Break Out Your Cups… on MVM

MC and I first heard this song while we were driving through part of Virginia last summer, and we both laughed when within the next week it was used in an episode of Glee. Since we are in peak summer party & concert season, I’m sure there are lots of people making new “friends,” so be sure you enjoy the parties responsibly.

One of the things I like about this version are all of the cameos…

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Forget Big Brother, Twitter is Listening

The world is ripe with ideas for a writer. Have you ever been in a public place and privy to some couple’s “private” drama – the loud voices, the “making a scene” kinds of moments? The trainwrecks that you can’t help but listen to or watch (only to get the “What are you looking at?” response)?

In this day and age, the daily concern shouldn’t be so much if Big Brother is watching, but whether someone around you is tweeting the explosion of ass-itude that is being displayed in a public space. (Note: you want a private conversation, have it at home.)

With that in mind, something I found earlier today that struck me (and, as I was writing this post my mind started bubbling with ideas for turning the concept into a story), and thought was almost too (painfully) funny to not share.

Go over here, and read the story (and the Trail of Tweets).

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Rising to a New Low?

I am all for specatacle at movie premires. Not my thing but if people want to cosplay because they are so stoked about the movie world they are about to experience then more power to them. What I do have a problem with is someone deciding to use a movie premiere for “evil.”

MC and I were listening to the radio this morning, between dropping off the baby dragon and getting to work, and part of the show’s conversation was about this.

For those not interested in following the link:

A heavily armed man entered a movie theater in suburban Denver early Friday and opened fire, killing at least 12 people and injuring 50 others. The incident, which took place about 12:30 a.m. at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., occurred during midnight screenings of the new Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.”

And I am at a loss for words… at least any clear, logical ones.  The events are still too shielded for much substance to be available (aka – motive, ID and info of the shooter, etc.).

All I can say is movies are supposed to be fun times, adventures, escapes… they are meant as entertainment. Going to the movies is supposed to be fun, let’s try to keep it that way.

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Penn State Fallout

By no means can I be classified as a Penn State fan – even before the Sandusky events, anytime I might land on a game while flipping channels I might watch a couple of plays, then keep flipping. So when I saw reference to this while fiddling with a news feed on my phone, I had a few thoughts.

The relevant text, for those not wanting to disappear down the rabbit hole:

 Penn State said it will respond within days to the NCAA’s demand for information as the governing body decides whether the university should face penalties — including a possible shutdown of its storied football program — in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Penn State president Rodney Erickson said Tuesday he doesn’t want to “jump to conclusions” about possible sanctions after the head of the NCAA declared the so-called death penalty has not been ruled out.

My read: Erickson’s statement translates as, “Hold on, we make too much money from the football program, let’s be reasonable…”

It’s not really an issue of “should the university face penalties”, it’s “how severe will the penalties be?”

Honestly, I would be surprised if the football program isn’t suspended in some fashion. There’s an ethics and accountability that is expected of of universities in general, and when the school is regularly in the national spotlight in some fashion (without scandal being involved), the line that must be towed becomes even finer.

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