Posts from October 2008

Friday, 31 October 2008

The Ocean Shores Pirate Has Gone Batty!


Since it is Halloween today, that means that it’s time for my annual Article in which I do some sort of Halloween craft with my best fictional friend, the Ocean Shores Pirate! Go over there and read that article now for a fun and funny adventure through the magic of Halloween crafts.

Well, I gotta go now and get ready for my annual Halloween tradition: making a metric tonne of Reuben sandwiches!

Categories: Featured Posts, Holiday.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Wouldja Listen to That?

So Three Ninjas has posted the audio of the live show he did last Wednesday. Oddly enough, he posted it to his personal blog but not the Three Ninjas official website. At any rate, you should go listen to it all now. ALL. NOW.

I like the Geoff/Three Ninjas banter, such as after the first song:

GEOFF: Jason, I'm sorry. 


GEOFF: I… I don't, I don't know how to play bass.

THREE NINJAS: That's why I asked you to be up here.

And before the 3rd song:

THREE NINJAS: Everybody sing along! Just make something up. It doesn't matter. 

And then before the final song (“Going Gay for House”):

THREE NINJAS: So, does anyone besides me like House? Okay. Then you might know the words to this song. This, this song is called--this is our last song, okay? Here's the, here's what you guys don't get: this is our last song. And after this, after this song, uh, if you guys want to come and talk to us, Geoff and I will be… really surprised. 

So head on over to the blog and download the whole show, and do NOT go to the Three Ninjas website, ’cause who would ever go there looking for Three Ninjas music?

I would post the video of the show here, I haven’t gotten around to getting the video of the show from Sandy, nor does it seem she’s given it to Three Ninjas or posted it anywhere online herself. So instead enjoy some Drunk History featuring Michael Cera:

Jack Black is in episodes 2 and 2.5 as Benjamin Frankin! Thanks, Joss Whedon, for letting me know about Drunk History.

Categories: Links, Music, Videos.

Wouldja Lookithat?

Hey! I just did a minor re-design of this site! It’s the first one since the (very) early 2000s. Like 2001 or so. Basically I put the site navigation links along the top and then moved everything in the left-hand navbar into the right-hand navbar over there →

It’s only a cosmetic change, though; the code is pretty much a mess. I’m gonna tweak it a little bit more, but this is basically how I want it to look. Partake and enjoy!

Categories: Updates.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Three Ninjas Rocked the Hizzouse, Yo

So, yeah, this happened last Wednesday and I’m only now getting around to writing a post about it. But last Wednesday I went with Carrie and Laura up to Studio 7 in SoDo to see my pal Three Ninjas (Website, MySpace) perform his very first-ever live show.

I’d heard a lot of bad things about the venue, but honestly it was a pretty typical, dive-y Seattle venue. Cosmetically not much worse than Neumos, just in a much, much worse location. There were many of our palz there, including (using their Twitter names) gendlec, tangentbot & HeartFeltRobots, toraton & whimsi, and jayseman. Also my brother, but he doesn’t Tweet. Three Ninjas went on third of eight total act. We arrived at Studio 7 in time to miss the 1st performer (a woman, I’m told). Carrie, Laura, and I staked out a position on the front of the balcony (where the bar was located) in time for the 2nd band, which HeartFeltRobots joked should have been called “Midlife Crisis.” Agreed.

Three Ninjas was up next, but he didn’t perform alone. NOPE! @rabbiddogg went up and played bass for him! Honsetly, I did not know what to expect from a live Three Ninjas show. His music, which I love dearly, is not necessarily what you’d call “accessible” at all times. But he had a good, simple musical setup, which included a MacBook and an MPD32. The show turned out to be an absolute hoot and/or laugh riot in a good way. I was surprised and delighted that he actually performed “Beluga Calf.” Not only did he perform “Beluga Calf,” but he performed several different versions of “Beluga Calf” in a row, including the hip-hop and holiday versions.

He also performed his brand-new, never-before-heard song “Going Gay for House” about House M.D. That song eventually evolved into the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of this),” except they sang, “Sweet Dreams Are House M.D.”

We all thoroughly enjoyed the show AND ourselves. HeartFeltRobots recorded the whole thing on video, so I’m gonna hafta see what I can do about getting a copy of that from her. I drove Carrie & Laura back to Tacoma after hanging out for a few minutes after the show.

As a post-script, on Friday we were hanging out with Laura again and she was talking about how her job was very boring. As she was leaving our house she said, “Well, if my job gets too boring and starts to make me sad, I’ll just think about Beluga Calf.” Then she turned and walked away, into legend and into all of our hearts. Or she walked away into her car instead of those last two things.

Categories: Life, Links, Music.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Three Ninjas Can Make Music

I’m so TOTALLY going with Carrie and Laura to see Three Ninjas perform tonight! Not three actual ninjas, nor the 1992 film of the same name directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Victor Wong as Grandpa Mori Tanaka. I’m talking about Three Ninjas the musician!

The show is tonight at Studio 7 in SoDo. Looks like kind of a scary venue, and there are a total of EIGHT bands performing, so we have no idea what time Three Ninjas is actually taking the stage. So we might have to sit through a bunch o’ crappy/boring music before we get to see him perform.

More info:

Categories: Music.

Monday, 20 October 2008

An Awexome Jellyfish: The Paper Lantern Medusa

Not, perhaps, as cute as the Dumbo Octopus, the Paper Lantern Medusa is nonetheless extremely awexome.

The red paper lantern medusa has a transparent, bell-shaped hood measuring about 10 centimeters in diameter and 17 centimeters from top to bottom, with between 14 and 30 tentacles that extend up to 6 times the length of its body. Inside the transparent hood is a deep red colored mantle that can crumple up or expand like a paper lantern, hence the name. 

Here are some video clips of the thing in action:

(thanks, Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Videos.

Might As Well Just Put It All in Advertising…

Apple’s response to the “I’m a PC” ads is hilarious:

I ♥ (heart) John Hodgman.

(thanks, Wil Wheaton)

Categories: Videos.