Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I Love This Show

Fight Science. It is a new show on National Geographic. Pretty dang cool. The First episode (the twice-as-long pilot) shows all sorts of awesome science to determine which fighting styles pack the biggest punch, kick, or whatever. The second one compares MMA fighting techniques against more purely specialized techniques. Very cool stuff.

Check it out.

New Music For Ya'lls

I want to spread the word about and love for this band/artist named Taughtme. It is actually just the one guy (Blake Henderson) who sings, writes, records, produces, etc.

I first stumbled upon him, listening to the old Provo Podcast. He was sold out of his album at the time, but I downloaded the 4 songs he had up on HisSpace (remember MySpace? Ha). Well, today I found that he is still going strong and actually has 3 albums available (which I will be purchasing as soon as the "John's Music Fund" budget gets replenished). Anyway, please take the time to enjoy this video that has three of his songs from the new album Lady and a brief interview afterward. Also of note, the girl playing with him (they dated in the past and for all I know are still currently dating) is Aubrey Trinnaman, who took Sierra's and my bridals & groomals photos. These two are going to have some amazingly talented/artistic kids if they end up making marriage sauce.

Here again is the link for the video. It is from Chasing The Moon (a podcast). Keep listening even if you think the first song is stranger than your tastes would normally enjoy.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Crocheting The Night Away

Back sometime before Christmas, Sierra and I decided to try our hand at crocheting again. It was not the first time that either of us had crocheted before (Sierra is actually pretty good), but my crocheting experience was limited to when my grandma taught me at age 7 and when ChelSTD taught me at age 23 or 24 (during that fantastic 24 marathon many of us did, watching seasons 1-4 in about a month).

Anyway, enough chatter. Here are the fruits of my labor:
A potholder and a beanie. The beanie is a little large so I shall be gifting it to Jung's giftedly-large head.

In the sake of full disclosure, the beanie came out well for my first attempt, but it was by no means perfect. It has a large unsightly ridge in the center, which would be perfect for this guy's head (yes, that is, but may not work as well for Jung's perfectly shaped dome.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Entertainment News

Here are two very unrelated bits of Entertainment News:

1. Conan O'Brien will not continue to do the Tonight Show when Leno takes back over that 11:35 spot. Sad news. Good luck, Conan.

2. Elijah Wood hosted an eating competition called "The Lord of the Wings." Ha.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Will Arnett Makes Me Happy is reporting a confirmation by Will Arnett that an Arrested Development film is currently being worked on. A finished script is not yet ready, but he believes that the filming will begin by year's end. This is excellent, EXCELLENT news.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Papa's Poem Corner Episode 34: Wisdom From The Jaw Of Matthew

At work today, my uncle (and boss) was gifted a rather large tube of elk meat. A massive sausage if you will. I am a tremendous fan of all things meat, so naturally I began salivating and dropping hints that the sausage, myself, and my uncle would all be best served by the meat falling into my hands. Thanks to the kindness of my uncle, fall that meat did, right into the aforementioned "my hands."

I then had the fun adventure of wandering around the office with a large tube of meat. As I shared this tale with Matthew, he pointed out that my actions were probably more than just a little intimidating for many of my coworkers. Yet, that was probably good, because then they must have known who was in charge. Said he, "Speak softly and carry a large piece of meat."

Words to live by.

And now the poem:


Meat is good in nugget or tube.
Meat is good as traveling food.
Meat can be used as a weapon, if needs be.
Meat can be a best friend to me
if I dress it up and paint on a face
then carry it around my workplace.
I can show everyone
the nice work that I've done
but they gonna get popped in the mouth if they try to get they grubby hands all up on my meat. That was a gift. That was a GIFT.

That is all. Merry 2010.

LOTR Day 2009!

Or is it 2010? I don't know whether to count it as a Holiday thing therefore it belongs to the previous year or if it is a New Year's thing. Hmm... this begs some thought.

Anyway, tonight we begin the Fifth Annual Lord of the Rings Day and I am so terribly excited. What is that you ask? I shall tell you. A few years ago we (I don't remember exactly whose idea it was originally and I hardly even remember who all was there to be honest) decided to watch all three Extended Versions (capitalized on purpose cause they deserve it) of LOTR in wide screen in one day. Thus, Lord of the Rings Day. It was a raging success. We started really early, watched Fellowship, took a two-hour break to eat and restroomate, watched Two Towers, took another two-hour break, and then watched Return of the King. We ended pretty late at night (read: early in the morning) and I loved it.

This tradition has continued, being held at the following locales: Matthew Hanks' parents' house, Gemini's crib, Matt and Jen Hanks' first apartment, and Steven and Jenna Smith's first apartment/condo. Last year was the smallest turn out by far, because a lot of people were out of town and timing was difficult. We also discovered that we are getting older and it is harder to sit there for an entire day and not get anything done. So, this year we have broken LOTR Day up into a two-day festival. We begin tonight with Fellowship and will continue tomorrow with Two Towers and Return of the King.

If you are interested in participating, it will be held at my parents' house this year. Call me or comment or whatever and I will give you more details.

To celebrate, here is Bret McKenzie (of Figwit fame) and Jemaine Clement performing "Frodo, Don't Wear the Ring" live. I had not seen this before. It has some fun additions.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Lego Matrix

Here is another fun thing I stumbled upon.

Today has been good for stumbling.

Filking About Figwit

It is amazing how little we know about what we don't know. Today, for example, I discovered two new things:

First, I knew that Bret McKenzie (of Flight of the Conchords fame) played a small role in the Lord of the Rings film(s). I have not watched the films since I learned this, though, so I have not actually spotted him in them. Today I discovered that he is actually in both Fellowship of the Ring (FotR) and Return of the King (RotK). In FotR he sits next to Aragorn in the Rivendell council scene and speaks no lines. Some female fan of the films (that almost sounds like a band name... Female Fan of the Films... hmm...) saw him and thought he was attractive. She started a fansite about him, naming him Figwit (he had no name in the film, nor does his character exist in the books). The name is an acronym, and it stands for "Frodo is grea...who is that?!!?" which is apparently what she said at that moment, watching the films. Anyway, long story short, her fansite got attention and Figwit became a sort of cult star in the LOTR fanworld. For this reason, Peter Jackson brought Bret back to reprise his role as Figwit in RotK. Jackson gave him speaking lines and even a spot in the film's credits as "Elven Escort." Anyway, if you are interested in learning more or are as bored at work as I am, go check out the Wikipedia entry on Figwit. It is amusing. One last tidbit is that Bret's wife filmed a documentary on Figwit and his "fame." I really want to watch it now.

Second, I learned of a new music genre today, while reading the Wikipedia entry on Figwit. It is called "filk." The basic summary of it is that is is science fiction/fantasy themed folky music. I don't know if I should be ecstatic or scared of this. It sounds really funny at first glance, but then I started reading the Wiki page on it and saw that people get into large "filking" circles at Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions, sitting around and making this music together. Some things maybe are better just to be kept as ideas and not to be carried out methinks.

UPDATED: I just found out that Bret McKenzie's father Peter is also in the films. He plays Elendil (you can see him in the intro to FotR, battling against old Sauron-pants).
Here is a little article for you to enjoy.