Saturday, March 30, 2013

Remember The Time?

I had a Michael Jackson marathon this morning. Speaking of Remember The Time... Remember the time we all sat in front of the TV waiting for the music video premiere for this song? I do. Those were the days.

It makes me sad that kids today will never know the joy of watching one of these premieres.

Do people even make music videos anymore?

Friday, March 29, 2013

8 Random Things

1. Louis CK:

2. Things That Definitely Belong In Your Dream Home

I could do without the "yard orb"... but everything else is fair game.

3. Words of Wisdom from Dan Harmon, Creator of the show Community:

- The old wives' tale among comics is, "If I stop being crazy I'll stop being funny," but the truth is if you stop being honest you'll stop being funny."

- ... what I love is when the show doesn’t presume any factual positions on things that have any binary truth to them. “Is there any such thing as true love?” The question is the important thing. There’s no answer.

- As humans, reality for us is largely based on other people's perceptions. If there's 20 bodies in your crawl space but you haven't been caught yet, you tell yourself you're still a birthday clown, and that's how you keep doing it.

- * There are several important things you need to do [to become a writer]. First, you need a round hole in your chest that goes all the way through you. I can never stress enough to the kids, it has to be a perfect circle, about the diameter of a drinking glass rim, it has to be in the absolute center of your chest – like where a heart would go on a plumber or a woman – and it has to go clean through you. If you’re standing in front of me and I can’t see the wall behind you, you’re never really going to write much more than a dream journal, recipe book, or maybe one of those manuals that tells people what writing is.

* (This is, hands down, one of the best "how do I know if I'm a writer" observations I've ever seen.)

- Community wasn’t “created,” it was developed, like all good TV. It always starts with a writer but that writer isn’t doing his job if he thinks the job is to make a TV show.

4. Love and War

5. Father of the Year

This dad hacked Donkey Kong so his daughter could play as Pauline and save Mario. He wins... at everything. 

6. Here's the runner up for Father of the Year

7. Some recent favorite tweets:

I'm glad cats don't know how big of a deal they are on the internet. They're already dicks, they don't need to know they're famous. - @shawnries

I don't think my neighbor knows my rule about not interacting unless we're both pointing at the same tornado. - @jasonroeder

And last but not least...

8. And because nothing I do would ever be complete without him...

“our mission remains the same … To make you wake up in the morning and say What the fuck happened to me?!” – Bruce Springsteen

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I'm A Wheel Watcher

PLEASE tell me someone else remembers this?!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Used Bookstore Trip

Jenn and I went to a used bookstore on Wednesday. These are the ridiculous books I found (but did not buy):

Have we just run out of things to fight about at this point?

Why? I have never seen anyone on a soap opera cooking anything ever.

Don't we already have ENOUGH dummies in the dating pool? Now we're encouraging them?!

Well, you know what, you're not what I expected either! LOL

In my experience, it's really just 1.) Wait until they're doing something ridiculous 2.) Point 3.) Shoot.

Apparently, we're all just messing up our lives at all times. This is not news to me.

This one gives me the heebie jeebies.

I like the guy in the middle... the only black bear. I like his expression. He just looks like a cool dude. And I like cool dudes. Also, I think he's wearing a dress, so he might not be a dude. Or, maybe he is. I'm not here to judge. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dueling Banjos - alone

Pretty sure he got it right :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

All You Have to Do Is Say "Hello"

I can't even explain how much I love this comic...

All You Have to Do Is Say "Hello":
All You Have to Do Is Say "Hello"

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Billy Joel at Vanderbilt

This is effing excellent. I can't think of any other way to put it. As Billy Joel says, this kid's got chops!

Read Bob Lefsetz's piece on it (also excellent)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

In case anyone needs a lesson on how to treat your stuff...

If there's one thing I can say about my sister based on these photos of her belongings that we just found in the house, it is DAMN... that girl takes care of her belongings!!!! The Samsung turned on without even having to charge it! And the date and time were correct! 

By the way, Erin? 1999 called. You have a voicemail.

Monday, March 4, 2013

This advice holds up...

I watched Showtime's The History of The Eagles documentary last night, and my favorite part was when Don Henley talked about wanting his bass drum to sound "louder" on the record and his producer (who had worked with Led Zeppelin and The Who) told him that if he wanted it louder, he should hit it harder. That's some of the best advice I've ever heard. It pertains to just. about. anything. Henley hit it harder, but even he admitted he could never hit it as hard as John Bonham could.

We spend too much time these days expecting to just make adjustments after the fact. In present day recording studios, that's so true, it's scary. You want those drums louder, just turn up the levels before the track hits the iTunes "shelves." Back in the day, you had to actually bang the drum harder.

We cut too many corners these days.

In music, nothing replaces the sound of hard work.

If you want it louder, hit it harder.

The second best interview in the film was when Joe Walsh was asked about perspective, and about looking back on his life, and he said this:

I found when you’re living your life it seems like random events mashing into each other like a huge car accident and that mutates into something else and you have no idea what’s going on. And then something smashes into that and then it’s anarchy and chaos and, ‘I don’t know what’s going on!’ as you live it. After the fact is when you get your perspective, when you look back upon it and it’s kinda, ‘Ahhh… I see!’ It’s like someone wrote a finely crafted novel; it all finally makes sense looking back at it but at the time I was so into it, it was like being in an air raid [laughs]! Bombs were dropping everywhere and I didn’t have an idea!

From air raid sirens to finely crafted novel. That's the goal...

That, and trying to remember to beat the hell out of that proverbial drum.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

I wish it was always this easy...

The Life of a Potato is Rough:

The Life of a Potato is Rough

Submitted by:

This kid is my new hero

This little guy broke out into a dance at a Rascal Flatts concert in Kentucky. 
If we could bottle this kind of confidence, I'd buy it by the gallon.