Posts categorized “Celebrities”

Friday, 4 October 2013

Cocktails Through a Stillsuit: A Toast to Frank Herbert

Did you know that Frank Herbert is a native of Tacoma? Most people don’t. Actually, most people probably don’t even think about or wonder where Frank Herbert is from. But ’tis truth. Throughout his life he lived all over the Pacific Northwest, from Tacoma to Oregon and Seattle to Port Townsend.

But he was born on October 8th right here in Tacoma. So why shouldn’t Tacoma celebrate?

Frank Herbert is, of course, most known as the author of the Dune series of Science-Fiction novels. And Chris Keil, the owner of Tacoma’s Hilltop Kitchen bar/restaurant, also just happens to be a huge Dune nerd. He has named several cocktails after characters & groups in the long series of novels.

Stillsuit Cocktails: an illustrated guide

Comic Illustration of Hilltop Kitchen’s Dune-Inspired cocktails by RR Anderson

So it seems only fitting that Hilltop Kitchen should serve as host to a celebration of Herbert’s day of birth.

The event is being organized by local entertainment blog Post Defiance and being called “Cocktails Through a Stillsuit,” which is a reference to the waste-recycling and environmental suits that the “Fremen” people wore in the Dune novels.

Here are the deets:

Cocktails Through a Stillsuit: A Toast to Frank Herbert (Facebook Event)
Tuesday, October 8th 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Hilltop Kitchen
913 Martin Luther King Way
Tacoma, WA 98405

Join Post Defiance, Hilltop Kitchen, author Erik Hanberg, and King’s Books as they raise a lovingly concocted cocktail to Frank Herbert.

There’s very little chance that I will go myself, due to the facts that (A) I am not currently imbibing alcohol, and (B) I am prepping for a wee beb. But if’n you like Dune and/or good drink, you shouldst probably check it out for yourself!

(Via Post Defiance)

Categories: Celebrities, Comics, Restaurants, Tacoma.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

20/20 Vision of Three Ninjas & Tangentbot

Remember when I posted about how famous my pal Jason is? Well, he just keeps gettin’ more and more famouser.

After his appearance on the Today Show, that TV show 20/20 flew him back to New York to interview him. And they lubbed him so much they actually agreed to fly a film crew out to Seattle to film him performing his musics as Three Ninjas.

So @NatheLawver and @tacomachickadee and picked me up and we drove the 40 minutes up to West Seattle to see Three Ninjas & Tangentbot (and special guest Pop Star Shannon O’Brien) perform their tiny open-mic set at the Skylark Café with a 20/20 film crew filming it, then we drove all the way back to Tacoma.

From left: Tangentbot, Three Ninjas, Pop Star Shannon O'Brien

From left: Tangentbot, Three Ninjas, Pop Star Shannon O'Brien

Total drive time was 1hr 20min. Total show time was approx 20 minutes.

TOTALLY WORTH IT.

So there’s a slim chance that I might appear on a soon-to-air episode of 20/20 in an audience reaction shot. No biggie.

Categories: Celebrities, Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Molly Lewis Serenades Stephen Fry

Something completely adorable happened on Tuesday. See, musician Molly Lewis is a big fan of Stephen Fry — and why shouldn’t she be, really? Why shouldn’t everyone be a fan of Stephen Fry? No good reason as far as I can see. Anyhoo, a while back she wrote a song for/about Stephen Fry called “An Open Letter to Stephen Fry,” and last week she got about to releasing a recording of it. Things moved rather quickly after that.

The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard announced that they would be honoring Stephen Fry at an event on Tuesday evening. Similarly, Molly Lewis posted a cryptic plea on her website asking if her fans could perhaps help with airfare so she could fly out to some event in Massachusetts…

Well, tl;dr — I’ll let their own Tweets tell some of the story:

And now that your curiosity is no doubt piqued, here is the serenade in question. There’s no video of the actual event, but you can watch Molly Lewis’s original video (or if you don’t want to watch it, you can just listen to the song below the video).

Adobo, no? Here’s a nice recap of the whole event. Now be a good little jellybean and support Molly Lewis by tossing four quarters into her coffers: Buy that song!

Categories: Celebrities, Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Stephen Fry’s Louisiana Excitement

Stephen Fry, the lovable rapscallion often thought of alongside cohorts Hugh Laurie and/or Rowan Atkinson, has been in Louisiana for a few days doing various bits about life in the N’Orleans area for a project of his. Well, life got very interesting for Mr. Fry very quickly on Sunday afternoon, and because he is such an aficionado of Twitter, we got to see the excitement first-hand.

The day started off pleasantly enough:

Been interviewing some lovely ppl in the bayou south of New O. The shack of a guy called Jeff. http://yfrog.com/bda0fj10:39 AM Aug 22nd via Twitter for iPhone

But at 2:39 in the afternoon he tweeted a rather more ominous message:

Help! A tornado is forming overhead! http://yfrog.com/492zxej2:39 PM Aug 22nd via Twitter for iPhone

He tweeted again in the next few minutes (titling them simply “Uh-oh” and “Snaking its way down…”). Each tweet was accompanied by a photograph showing the progress of the tornado:

Then Mr. Fry’s tweeting ceased. This caused a bit of a sit in the Twitterverse—had he been swallowed up by the meteorological menace? Eventually, just over a half-hour later, Mr. Fry returned to reassure everyone:

All is well twister-wise. It passed overhead, churning away – don’t think the funnel made it down to earth. Astonishing sight tho.3:16 PM Aug 22nd via Twitter for iPhone

Whew! And here we have another example of what a wondrous future we live in, wherein a man armed only with an iPhone and a Twitter account can give an immediate account of astounding weather phenomena. We don’t have to rely on the hope that someone caught some footage of it that might make it to the local news that evening, which might then possibly be picked up by a national news (or perhaps end up as footage in Mr. Fry’s Louisiana project a while down the road). Instead the connection is instant between the witness and the audience, without need for any pesky middle-men sticking their thumbs in it.

It also helps that I just so happen to have an incredible fascination with tornadoes.

Categories: Celebrities, Future Living, Pictures, Tornadoes.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

@wilw’s twitter hijack hijinks

I like twitter for interactions like these. You see, Wil Wheaton’s basically-fully-grown son Ryan has an amusing habit of sneaking his own tweets into Wil’s account when Wil isn’t paying attention. As Wil explains:

We play this game where he tries to hijack my Twitter account when he comes home … which he is currently winning by a VERY wide margin. 1

So a few weeks ago during a rather regular day of tweeting from Wil, we suddenly get this:

Hey Ryan is the best!

Me: DAMMIT!
Ryan (slowly, is if to a child): What did we learn?
Me: rassum frassum rassa…

And then, a few minutes later…

Seriously Wil…. Ryan is amazing.

SON OF A!

And then again just last week:

Ryan sure is awesome. Yes he is.

@wilw DAMMIT RYAN! I’m out at the barbecue, making *YOUR* dinner! rassum frassum sassum …

I always look forward to these Ryan hijackings. And besides which, Wil Wheaton is one of the more entertaining celebrity tweeters out there, so follow him if’n ye ain’t already (though ye probably already are).

(sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 )

Categories: Celebrities, Links.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Conan O’Brien is as Free as a Bird

Categories: Celebrities, Videos.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

A Festivus Round-up

Happy Festivus, everyone! I hope you get to air some good grievances. I hope the plain aluminum pole is not too distracting. And I hope you win the Feats of Strength!

Here I’m going to round-up a big random heaping of things I’ve found interesting recently. Artists, websites, musics, games, whatever. In random order:

Michaela Eaves

I saw her at a studio open house where she had some paintings and prints out for display. I really dug the way her paintings have heavy outlines, and the way the lines break up the colors in such a way that her paintings almost look like stained glass.

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She also had an adorable painting of a rocket ship, done in a soft, children’s book style of painting. I dug it, but I can’t find a picture on her website (which is mostly about her graphic design & illustration business):
www.michaelaeaves.com

8-Bit Jesus

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I thought this was pretty spectacular. Not only did Doctor Octoroc (sic) make 8-bit chiptune versions of many Christmas songs for his album 8-Bit Jesus, but he also wrote them in the specific styles of various 8-bit video games. My favorites are definitely “Carol of the Belmonts,” “Bubbles We Have Heard on High,” and “8 Days of Master Robots,” which very excellently captures the essence of the Mega Man experience. Also, “Icarus! The Herald Angels Sing” is quite accurate. Check it out:
http://www.doctoroctoroc.com/8BitJesus/

Machinarium

Machinarium is a beautifully done, old-style, point-and-click adventure video game, unbelievably done entirely in Flash. I like it ’cause it’s about robots. But more than that, the world is completely enthralling, and the puzzles all involve robot logic more than real-world logic.

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The art style is pretty much spectacular. You can play a demo for free, or buy and download the full version here:
http://machinarium.net/

Kaiju Dance to Thriller

Just what the title says: a bunch of Kaiju dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Wonder Woman Pumps

This woman takes shoes and tastefully collages them with pages from Wonder Woman comic books. She tends to use mostly monochromatic images, so the effect is a little subtler than you might expect.

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She has an etsy shop where she makes all kinds of shoes and boots (not just Wonder Woman):
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Pachainkapink

Regurgitated Thanksgiving Dinner Scarf

Taisha McGee sells what she calls “Ugly Scarves.” They’re mostly actually quite pretty, but she nevertheless gives them hilarious names based loosely on their color schemes, names like “Mulched Roses,” “Tidy Bowl,” “Moldy Cheese,” “Mushy Froot Loops,” and my favorite, “Regurgitated Thanksgiving Dinner.” She also has the sense of humor to take photos of the scarves wrapped around a cardboard stand-up of John Wayne. Bravo!

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Check them all out at her etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TaishaMcGee

Alexis St.John

An artist whose work I saw in a tea shop in Downtown Tacoma (Mad Hat Tea, 1130 Commerce Street) and I liked the humor and simplicity in it. I also really appreciated how most of the paintings were really small; a lot of ’em were only like 6″ × 6″, and I don’t think anything of hers gets over 20″ in any direction.

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You can buy the actual artwork, of if you’d prefer you can buy frameable prints of it.
http://alexisstjohn.com/Gallery.html

TheSixtyOne

TheSixtyOne.com is a fascinating idea for a democratic music website, where the more people like a song the more popular it becomes, and ANYONE can upload ANY song they’ve created (as long as they’re legally allowed to blah, blah, blah, y’know).

Not only that, but it turns listening to music into kind of an RPG. You gain experience (called “reputation”) and rise in levels. There are quests (like “Listen to 7 recently-uploaded songs” or “Listen to the radio stations of 5 other people for 5 minutes each”) that let you earn experience and “hearts,” which you can use to mark a song as a favorite (i.e., you heart the song). And you also earn experience as other people later heart songs that you previously hearted. The more reputation you have, the more likely other people are to listen to your opinions (in theory at least). So you get tangible rewards for finding new, unheard songs that you really like and then getting other people to like them as well, other than the reward of discovering good music.

Also, TheSixtyOne.com is the only place right now where you can hear Taisha’s musc (yes, the same Taisha that makes those scarves). Just go here:
http://www.thesixtyone.com/taisha/

A Very Alan Thickemas

THE Alan Thicke, Leeni, and puppets. Lots and lots of puppets. And Blake Lewis is somehow involved. It exists, I just have no idea of how to see it. Other than these:

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That’s about it for now.

Categories: Artists, Arts & Crafts, Celebrities, Christmas, Comics, Japan, Links, Movies, Music, Pictures, Robots, Round-up, Video Games, Videos.