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by Christopher Grant Harris

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Annika” by Björn Olsson

Just relax, there's nothing wrong with this house…

Just relax, there’s nothing wrong with this house…

Time to take a break and relax for a couple of minutes with some excellent whistling.

Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with this random cabin that you’ve stumbled upon in the woods. Just relax and enjoy.

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Microfiche” by Open Mike Eagle

Just close your eyes, it can all go away…

Just close your eyes, it can all go away…

Open Mike Eagle is back, in Claymation form! Also some special guests from the NFL:

“Microfiche” is from Mike’s latest album, What Happens When I Try to Relax, which is out now!

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Open Mike Eagle Gets in a Crocodile in Seattle Tonight or something

Oh, see, "The Crocodile" is the name of the venue…

Oh, see, “The Crocodile” is the name of the venue…

Hey-o, if you’re in the greater Seattle/Tacoma metropolitan area tonight, be sure to get eaten by a crocodile go to “The Crocodile” in Seattle to see Open Mike Eagle break out some musics along with

VIDEO DAAAAAAAAAVE!

and also Pan Amsterdam, of whom I must confess I’ve never heard before. But here’s a song he did that references Christopher Walken’s infamous Pocket Watch speech from Pulp Fiction:

Details:
Open Mike Eagle at The Crocodile (faced book event)
Monday, November 5th 8:00 PM
@ The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121 (map)
All-Ages (??), $15 (tickets)

I thoroughly regret that I won’t be going to this one tonight (sorry, Mike), but that doesn’t mean that you should also not be going! You definitely SHOULD be going! Go!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Seattle.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

For Your Hallowednesday Listening Pleasure: “That’s Halloween” by Duplex Planet

October 1993

October 1993

Happy Halloween!

Categories: Holiday, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Halloween Book Review: “Goosebumps: Welcome to Sand Hands”

My God, they're made of sand…

My God, they’re made of sand…

This Halloween season, why not get spooked the heck out? Really, WHY NOT? Is there a better way to get spooked the heck out than by reading a supernaturally spooky book? What book series is more spooky than Goosebumps? Especially a choose-your-own-adventure Goosebumps!?

O gosh, reading this book made me scared that I would die of fear or scares that I might die.

In this book you take on the role of a spooked-the-heck-out teenager (though if you choose one path you skip to when he’s way growed up) who is scared of pretty much everything, and is spookily attracted to his cousin Zoe (she’s just as tall as you are, and she has the most amazing scent you’ve ever seen. Sometimes you bump into her on purpose). Also you might be attracted to your best bud slash basketball teammate Brad. In fact, it’s Brad’s basketball that serves as the catalyst for many of the horrific choices you must make!

But DON’T take my word for it. Just read these spooky excerpts from this relentless fright-fest… IF YOU DARE (YOU SHOULD DARE IT’S AMAZING)

Ho gosh this is scary should I read on?

Ho gosh this is scary should I read on?

O GOSH APPLES! I'm getting pretty scared gang I don't know if I can read much more… okay maybe just a bit more!

O GOSH SPOOKY APPLES! I’m getting pretty scared gang I don’t know if I can read much more… okay maybe just a bit more!

O NO I CANNOT POSSIBLY READ ANYMORE I'M AFEARD OF SCARES!

O NO I CANNOT POSSIBLY READ ANYMORE I’M AFEARD OF SCARES!

That's it I have died of scares and fears that I might die.

That’s it I have died of scares and fears that I might die.

Can you possibly believe how spooky/scary this book is? Is it EVEN POSSIBLE to believe it!?

Look, I don’t want to spoil too much of the spooky surprises (spookprises?), but the two main branches of the book have you either searching for a lost basketball in Zombie Forest (where your hands might become the titular Sand Hands), or flash-forwarding to many years in the future where you have might a confrontation with your vampire stepchildren (in which case your hands might never become the titular Sand Hands). I’m not sure which one made my heart beat like it was about to have a heart attack more.

There are apparently over 20 spooky endings to this book, but I can’t verify that because every time I get to an ending (usually pretty grisly/gross/bad!) I have to put the book down and run away screaming for several hours before the sweat dries and I’ve drunk enough of my own tears to restore my courage to read more. I’m happy to report that I did get one happy ending! I know because the words on the page said, “This is a happy ending” (even though the guitarist of the band Rush was dead at that point—whoops, spoilers!).

So if you’re stout of heart and gut, you should definitely freak yourself the heck out and get super-duper scared by reading Goosebumps: Welcome to Sand Hands. Thankfully, the whole book is online for you to read FOR SPOOKILY FREE!

  • TO READ GOOSEBUMPS: WELCOME TO SAND HANDS NOW, CLICK HERE!!!!
  • TO BE TOO SCARED TO READ IT BECAUSE YOU’RE A BABY WHO LIKES TO SUCK ON THE CORNER OF ITS BLANKET AND CRY AT BIRDS, DO NOT CLICK HERE!

THE CHOICE IS UP TO YOU!

Categories: Book Reviews, Books, Holiday, Reviews.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Running for Cover” by Warren Dunes

Freaky Outie…

Freaky Outie…

Hey. Listen. LISTEN! I know that this very song was my Wednesday Listening Pleasure back in March. But Warren Dunes didn’t have a music video for the song back then! Also, they especially did not have a music video that was directed by my good friend (and non-incidentally bandmate in The Crazy Boy Floyds and retired Yellow Fool in Fools Play Improv) Geoff Gibbs. HERE IT IS (I bet you didn’t think I’d actually show it to you after that, but whysoever would you think that, you should know me better). Partake and enjoy!

Whoa.

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Yeah.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

PNW Cosplay and Cosplayers: An Exhibit (and Opening Night Party)

You take the word "Costume" and the word "Play" and you put 'em together…

You take the word “Costume” and the word “Play” and you put ’em together…

My friend, the lovely and talented Shiboney aka 2ManuallyFocus, is a professional photographer (among other things). One thing she specializes in is taking photos of people in their cosplay getups. And now she’s having an exhibition of her cosplay photography!

It’s at the Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central College! Take a look:

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Mine! He he. I did all of this (minus the props and cosplay), but I reached out, organized, planned and executed all of this! I am thankful to everyone who helped make THIS a reality. I appreciate each and everyone of you! @foamfriction , @vivsai , @squeakadeekn @alan_the_asian_cosplay @corax_creations @bhcosplay @shellbellcosplay @40_below_cosplay_and_props @pixie_bomber @thehonestcosplayer @midori_minko @xxkitty_khaosxx @geekgasmrealm @kenshinkitten @troy_rudolph @northernviking_ @erikafoster7 @jerikandra @king.of.spandex @abisuecosplay @jessie_quill @ash.billings My kids and family for proofing my work and other cosplayers for being so freaking creative and giving me a canvas to work with 🙂 . . . #releaseyouralterego #2manuallyfocus #cosplayers #cosplayofinstagram #cosplayphotography #cosplayphotographer #cosplay #comicon #artexhibit #mrosettahunterartgallery #art #love

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Not only is it an exhibit of her photos, but it is also displaying props and costumes from some esteemed local cosplayers:

R2 is that you…?

R2 is that you…?

This is not a freeze-frame of a video game, TV show, or movie…

This is NOT a freeze-frame of a video game, TV show, or movie…

This Wednesday (October 24th) evening is the Opening Night party for the exhibit. You’re encouraged to go in cosplay if you’re going to go (and you should)!

Details:
Cosplay in the PNW – Opening Night (Faced Book event)
Wednesday, October 24th 5:00-7:00 PM
@ Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery
1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122 (map)
All-Ages, FREE!

The exhibit runs through November 20th, so you should still get over there and see it even if you can’t make the opening night event!

2ManuallyFocus

2ManuallyFocus selfies with her own photos…

Categories: Artists, Concerts/Shows, My Famous Friends, Pictures, Seattle.