Monday, February 27, 2012

Quote of the Week: Doctor Who

"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and... bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant."
- The Doctor

Vincent and the Doctor

Friday, February 24, 2012

Why Should I Worry?

One minute I'm in Central Park
Then I'm down on Delancey Street
From the Bow'ry to St Marks
There's a syncopated beat

Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo
I'm streetwise
I can improvise
Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo
I'm streetsmart
I've got New York City heart

Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
I may not have a dime
But I got street savoire faire
Why should I worry?

Why should I care?
It's just bebopulation
And I got street saviore faire

The rhythm of the city
But once you get it down
Then you can own this town
You can wear the crown

Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
I may not have a dime
But I got street savoire faire
Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
It's just bebopulation
And I got street saviore faire

Ev'rything goes
Ev'rything fits
They love me at the Chelsea
They adore me at the Ritz

Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
And even when I cross that line
I got street savoire faire

Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo

- Billy Joel as the super cool dog, Dodger

If you haven't seen the Disney movie "Oliver and Company" then I highly suggest you go watch it. It's a classic and one of my favorites. If you have, then go watch it again. It's worth it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

More Beaded Bracelets

I've been busy making plenty of bracelets. It's so much fun to make them that I'll probably keep making them even if I don't sell a single one. Anyway, here are some more that I've made that are now included in the most recent version of the product page.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Ender's Game

My very good friend recommended for me to read this book and she has yet to steer me wrong so I put it on my list of books to read. Fortunately, my cousin was able to lend it to me using her Kindle to mine. I really enjoyed it so thought I'd go ahead and put up a quick review to entice anyone to check it out.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Time of Dying

On the ground I lay
Motionless in pain
I can see my life flashing before my eyes
Did I fall asleep?
Is this all a dream
Wake me up, I'm living a nightmare

I will not die (I will not die)
I will survive

I will not die, I'll wait here for you
I feel alive, when you're beside me
I will not die, I'll wait here for you
In my time of dying

On this bed I lay
Losing everything
I can see my life passing me by
Was it all too much
Or just not enough
Wake me up, I'm living a nightmare

I will not die (I will not die)
I will survive

I will not die, I'll wait here for you
I feel alive, when you're beside me
I will not die, I'll wait here for you
In my time of dying

I will not die, I'll wait here for you
I feel alive, when you're beside me
I will not die, I'll wait here for you
In my time of dying
I will not die, I'll wait here for you
I will not die, when you're beside me
I will not die, I'll wait here for you
In my time of dying

- 3 Days Grace

I started watching the show "Supernatural" on Netflix the other day. Took me about a week to go through the first season, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I initially thought I was going to. Anyway, the season finale episode was titled "In My Time of Dying" and just by reading that I got this song stuck in my head. I figure it's a safe assumption to say they had this song in mind when they wrote up the episode because it is very appropriate for what the episode was about. I enjoyed the song even before I watched the show, but now I have another reason to listen to this song as I continue to make my way through the rest of the seasons of "Supernatural".

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Random Star Wars Memories

I blame my cousin Cristina for my Star Wars obsession. If she hadn’t left that Star Wars book lying around almost 12 years ago I would never have picked it up and been sucked into the Star Wars galaxy.

It’s also because of her that I know so much. She answered every question I ever had about the movies, and since she already owned a good portion of the books she loaned them to me so I could read them. When I became an addict she became my supplier.

Then came Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. We used to play against her brother David, and there were a few lucky times when he actually beat us (but he cheated, he used to read the question cards ahead of time, that stinker). And then came a time when everyone stopped playing with us since according to the rules a player keeps going until they get a question wrong. Well, Cris and I would pretty much dominate the game and everyone else would get one, maybe two turns if they were lucky.

So then we started playing each other. I have never been more challenged in my life!! We always roll the dice to determine who goes first, and then we’ll just start answering questions, and usually whoever goes first gets almost all the little chips you need to go to the final question before the other person gets to go.

However, it’s always a close game. There was one time when Cris had all the chips and went to the “for the win” question, and I had only a few chips, and then the “for the win” question was “who was the commander of the second Death Star?” We both just stared at the screen going “we know WHO it is, but what the hell’s his name?!” (for those who are curious his name is Moff Jerrjerrod) But that kept the game going for a little bit longer since neither of us knew the answer.

Or there was one time that I was on a roll, I had only one chip left to get and then I get a question “what does the acronym AT-TE stand for?” I was stumped. I know almost any of the others, I know what AAT means, AT-AT, AT-ST, AT-PT, MTT, STAP… but I was drawing a blank on AT-TE. Well, I remember it now! It stands for All Terrain Tactical Enforcer. But that question effectively ended my question run.

When I went away to UVM a few years ago we thought we weren’t going to get to play each other for a while, and then Cris came up with an ingenious plan… She got her laptop and put it in front of the desktop computer, turned on the webcam on the desktop and then set up the game on the table and she would roll for me and ask me questions, and I could watch and be sure she wasn’t cheating when it came her turn to read questions, and we used her laptop to play the DVD. It was so much fun!

Whenever we play our games whoever wins is almost purely determined by the rolls of the dice because sometimes of us can get all the chips really quickly because the dice lets us get to those questions really quickly. Other times the dice screws us over and it takes forever, and the more questions we have the higher a chance to get something crazy like “what does AT-TE stand for” that we know the answer and are just drawing a blank on it.

Since Cris spent a few months serving as an Army nurse in Afghanistan we haven't gotten to play in months. I miss it because we always have fun no matter who wins. Now that she's back stateside hopefully we'll get a chance to play again, even if its our tried and true webcam method.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Phantom Medley

Well a long time ago in a galaxy far far away
This guy in black was on the track of the rebels led by Leia
Hey! Luke Skywalker, they fried your uncle and aunt
So he left Tatooine with lightsaber in his pants

You can bet I wanna be a Jedi, there is no try only a do

Use use use the force, trust me Luke its neato
Listen to Ben, he’ll tell you when to launch your torpedo

It’s a ship that is flown by that Indiana Jones
And the Falcon goes flying along

He is Darth Vader, he’s a Jedi hater,
He dies much later, in Episode six

Obi-Wan Kenobi, all covered in brown,
He may cut your arm off, if you screw around

Ba la la la la la Boba, he’s the bounty hunter
After Han under that armor he’s got nuthin on

I love the Star Wars movies, the trio with out equal,
and now its time for episode one pop goes the prequel.

the phantom menace, phantom menace
who you gonna see it with, share a cola with Sebulba or have some popcorn with the Sith

Jar Jar Binks, Jar Jar Binks, his floppy ears are giant
They rendered him with a Pentium lets hope he’s Y2K compliant

Watch Pod Races in the heat, Kaboom, Kaboom
Anakin needs a booster seat, oh Tatooine day

They’ll be flying around Naboo when they come
They’ll be fightin’ Battle Droids of the Federation
Hey those light saber sounds just like electric razors
They’ll be flyin’ around Naboo when they…

Come all ye forceful, join the team ancient speeder

Queen Amidala, Amidala, Amidala
She’s a hot tamale, Natalie marry me

The saga starts with Obi-Wan Kenobi
and Qu-Gon Jinn those guys were Jedis with lightsabers and hair extensions

Anakin is a little boy but some day he will destroy the Jedi Knights and
galactic fights with ships and battle droids

He knew R2-D2 on Naboo, Luke and Leia
Ben and Yoda , Jabba, Chewie, Han and Boba, ewoks jawas and the Gungans
and the guy from Pulp Fiction

Ships attacking creatures biting and
and Darth Maul is kung fu fighting good and evil fade into history
the coolest toys in history

Episode one!

Shut-up the movie has begun

- Richard Cheese

To celebrate the release of The Phantom Menace 3D today (at the time of this post I am sitting at the movie theater waiting for the movie to start), I made a video so you can enjoy the song and watch a cool slideshow to go with it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Updated Product Page

I made another few designs of bracelets so I updated my product page with the new pictures of the bracelets. I have three new designs, seen here:

I made this one to wear at the midnight showing of The Phantom Menace in 3D, but if anyone wants one I can make it!

This one is similar to other designs I've done, but with red instead of green or blue.

This is a new design as well.

Hope everyone likes them! And maybe even wants one...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Quote of the Week: NCIS

“Do you know what a ‘clog’ is?”

“A wooden shoe or a blocked drain?”

“No, like on the internet.”

“I thought that was a ‘blog’, but then my English is often wrong.”

- Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Ziva David

This week’s quote is thanks to NCIS and the writer’s ability to come up with some really great scenes between the characters. I have more to say about NCIS, particularly about Gibbs’ latest actions, but that is a post for another ‘clog’.

And no, I don't think this will become a regular post thing, but I do list posting quotes every now and then.

Friday, February 3, 2012

One Week!

Well, it's February 3rd! To many of you, this date probably means nothing. To me, it means that is is only one week until the release of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3D.

Now, admittedly, this is my least favorite Star Wars movie of the six. Second only to Return of the Jedi. However, because George Lucas has me thoroughly whipped and brain-washed to his will, I will be spending the $10 to see a 3D movie at my local theater. What's more, I'm planning on going to the midnight showing with my cousin and some friends. I might even dress up. 

I love midnight showings, though because that's when all the hardcore nerds go to the theaters. It's all the fans that know how to get along with each other because we're all as hyped up about something that not every understands. We'll all be there with our lightsabers and Star Wars t-shirts and maybe even a costume or two. It's a little bit like the crowd that goes to conventions. The kind of people that I'm the most comfortable around. And that's really why I'm looking forward to going- no judgments. 

So while Episode I isn't my favorite Star Wars movie, and my cousin and I are likely to spend most of the night making fun of whiny little Anakin and Jake Lloyd's atrocious acting and how many different ways to kill Jar Jar, I'll be taking advantage of a large crowd of nerds and geeks to have a great night where we all get to be ourselves.