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by Christopher Grant Harris

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Suki Saga

Spoiler alert: happy ending!

Spoiler alert: happy ending!

To make a traumatizing story very short: On Monday while Carrie, Avery, and our dog Suki were on vacation in the middle of BC, Canada (I stayed home with the cat) with family friends, Suki got spooked bad by a thunderbolt and ran off into the woods in the middle of nowhere (basically). NOBODY could find her, and they were forced to come back to the States without Suki.

On Thursday Carrie & I drove 9 hours back up to Canada and got our darling pup back after almost 72 nightmarish hours!

What a survivalist pup this Suki is.

What a survivalist pup this Suki is.

Suki is home now and is fine, everyone is fine. We’re beyond thrilled (and frankly a kinda surprised) to have Suki back. But we’re a little traumatized and emotionally drained. Except for Suki; she’s like nothing ever happened.

She just keeps rollin' (around on the ground).

She just keeps rollin’ (around on the ground).

I can’t thank enough everyone who spent countless hours tromping through the woods looking for her. I’ll try to find a way, though.

Categories: Life.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Fools Play’s Summer Improv No. 2: This Saturday!

Fools Play's Summer of Improv Part 2

Let’s get together and do this Summer right!

This Saturday Night (July 16th) is Fools Play Improv’s 2nd show of the summer! It’s gonna be a Metric Tonne of Funne™!!! I’ll be performing in it as the Purple Fool as per usual, and I’d heart to see all y’all’s laughing faces in the audience this weekend.

If’n you can’t make it to this show, we’re also having a show the 3rd Saturday of August. Also, it looks like there might be a couple of extra shows at different venues coming up over the horizon. You’d BEST BELIEVE that I’ll keep you posted about those, too!

July& August Fools Play Performances.

Look where the Maroon Fool is pointing! LOOK!

Details:
Fools Play Summer Improv No. 2 (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, July 16th, 9:00 PM
@ 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA (map)
All-ages, $10
Discounted 2-for-1 tickets available here!

I SHALLE SEE THEEE THEEEEREEEEEE!

Categories: Fools Play, Tacoma.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

AJJ Creates the Best 1-Take Music Video Ever

AJJ video

This is a Music Video.

You know those incredibly impressive 1-take videos by the band OK Go? You know, the ones that are in a warehouse and the camera makes intricate moves while the band members make carefully choreographed moves through carefully arranged sets to form impressive vistas? Like Rube Goldberg machines given music video form.

Well, the band AJJ has created one of those 1-take videos that blows all other 1-take videos out of the water. This is the greatest 1-take music video in the history of music videos. Watch it below, and keep watching after the video ends for some mind-blowing behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. You’ll lose your mind from overwhelming amazement when you watch this:

The timing is just exquisite.

Oh, and the song, “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye” is from AJJ’s upcoming new release, The Bible 2. Check it out!

The rare sequel that's even better than the original!

The rare sequel that’s even better than the original!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Friday, 1 July 2016

“Of the Month” July 2016

Video Game of the Month:
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Yoshi’s Woolly World

This game is frikkin’ adorable, and it’s actually a good bit of fun to play. It’s got a good balance of puzzle-solving and platforming action, and in fact it can be played either way (you can storm the levels and just go for the goal, or you can methodically choose to pry out every last secret from each level). The graphics are 👍👍👌. It keeps surprising me in delightful ways, like how rivers of lava are represented by knitted red-and-orange scarves being dragged across the ground. I also enjoy when the yarn aesthetic becomes important to play, like when you create a Chain Chomp by wrapping yarn around an empty wireframe. GOOD GAMES.

Movie of the Month:
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Deadpool

IT’S FUNNY, ALRIGHT!? F**K OFF! Seriously, I don’t know when I’ve laughed this hard in a movie theater. It holds up pretty well on repeat viewings; though the initial shock-value laughs are much diminished, the movie has an infectious energy and surprising charm. Ryan Reynolds nails the character. Just flawless. My only very-minor quibble is that I wish there had been more of a personality difference between the (presumably sane) pre-transformation Wade Wilson and the absolutely-nutty, post-transformation Deadpool. But that is a minor quibble in an otherwise excellent piece of entertainment.

Tweeter of the Month:
Devlen_Goaway
@Devlen_Goaway

Devlen_Goaway is a very funny and occasionally bitter tweeter who styles himself “Moon Mayor” and frequently ruminates on how he would run things on the Moon were he to be made Moon Mayor:


He is currently creating series of excellent tweets from Ronald Reagan and George Washington, wherein they yell nonsense at their wives:


Plus he tweets just generally funny stuffs:


Oh, and he also makes some truly bizarre Star Trek videos at his Youtube channel, Head Injury Productions:

Categories: Of the Month.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

My Famous Friends: Geoff Slays Commercial Music!

Mmmm... so steamy...

Mmmm… so steamy…

My excellently-talented friend (since kindergarten) Geoff is an excellently-talented musician. Until recently he was the bass-playing part of Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount (he can be heard on all of the FFD albums released up to this date). He is also the singer and 1/2 of the composers (I’m the other 1/2) of The Crazy Boy Floyds. He also produced a bunch of Trevor Peach’s recent musics. And a bunches of other stuffs.

Now he’s written the musics for a commercial for Slayer Espresso’s new steam machine! Here’s what Geoffs says:

Hey guys! Not only is Slayer an awesome company that I have loved since it’s inception, but a while back Arthur Allen started working in their marketing department and asked if I’d be willing to make a little tune for the promos of their upcoming products. Of course I said yes! And of course Arthur has done amazing things with it! Thanks for the opportunity, man! I hope I get to work with you moooore!

Watch the ‘mercial here and wissen to da musics within!

Also, that looks like a pretty kick-ass machine. If only I thought coffee had a good flavor taste instead of tasting like burnt bits you’d scrape off the bottom of an oven!

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Did You Know There’s a Fools Play Show This Weekend?

Fools Play Summer Improv: It's True!

It’s true!

Details:
Fools Play Summer Improv
Saturday, June 18th 9:00 PM
@ 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA (map)
All-Ages, $10

I’ll be there, up on stage! So can you (be in the audience).

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Tacoma.

Friday, 3 June 2016

“Of the Month” June 2016

Book of the Month:
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Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

My second “Of the Month” in a row for G. Willow Wilson! I think that might be a first. Anyway, yes, apart from writing amazing comic books, Ms. Wilson also wrote this novel, an urban sci-fi/fantasy mashup that takes computer programming and djinn and wraps them up in a fascinating yarn that is ultimately about the importance and power of language. It’s rather fast-paced and its unnamed middle-eastern city setting is exceedingly well-drawn. Ms. Wilson certainly has a gift for descriptive prose. It’s like a cross between William Gibson and Neil Gaiman (particularly in one thrilling sequence where coding a program becomes an hallucinogenic vision trip). I wish the protagonist were just a bit more likeable, though; he tends to get pissy and mean when he’s under stress, and he’s under stress pretty much the whole entire book. Overall an excellent read.

Musicians of the Month:
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Aivi & Surasshu

An amazing duo made up of two composers: an organic girl named Aivi and a machine boy named Surasshu. They make beautiful, lush compositions with classical instruments and chiptunes interwoven. They’ve written an album, but also music for video games as well as music (and songs) for Steven Universe! Yes, much of the mind-blowingly-awesome compositions from Steven Universe came from Aivi and Surasshu. So give them a listen, fo’ realsz.

TV Show of the Month:
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Puffin Rock

When you have a toddler, you end up watching a bunch of TV aimed for the toddler market. A bunch of it is, let’s face it, crap. So when you find a great show, it’s like finding a diamond in the rough. Puffin Rock is an Irish-made cartoon about a small island off the coast of Ireland populated by shrews, seagulls, seals, crabs, and (of course) puffins. And it’s frikkin’ gorgeous. Seriously, this series has some of the best artwork I’ve seen in a cartoon. It’s like Little Golden Book come to life. And the characters are rather charming (their little Irish lilts do help quite a bit), especially main character Oona and her little brother Baba, who is undeniably one of the cutest cartoon characters in existence. The stories are light and breezy and never hit you too hard over the head with a moral or message. It’s fun. And oh-so-pretty.

Plus it’s narrated by Roy (Chris O’Dowd) from BBC’s The IT Crowd. Seriously. So that’s just a hoot. He gets flustered and tongue-tied sometimes, and sometimes even tries to interact with the characters and influence them in spite of the fact that they clearly cannot hear him. It’s some of the more enjoyable narration I can think of.

Puffin Rock is only available on Netflix in the states, but it’s worth it to seek it out if you have wee ones.

Categories: Of the Month.