August 31, 2012

Cool Map

I recently came across this interactive map of Google autocomplete results on an interesting site called "no upside":

It's pretty interesting and funny (a lot of our stereotypes about different states are on display). I'm somewhat proud to be from Colorado, but I still can't really explain why it's so cold, healthy, awesome, and/or skinny.

Thanks for reading!

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August 21, 2012


Don't worry, this picture is only tangentially related to my brother Paul. It's a promotional photo for a movie he'll be working on.

My brother Paul is a filmmaker. Also, he's a great guy. But we're not here to kiss Paul's ass. We're here to talk shop. He's going to be involved in a project called Emancipation, which will begin shooting in October. It sounds very interesting to me, and I thought I'd mention it here. If you'd like to learn more, here's the film's website. They're trying to secure more funding there, too, so if it does strike your fancy, you can donate on that page (it's similar to a Kickstarter campaign, but for Indie projects). Anyhow, have a look if you'd like!

Thanks for reading, and have a good one!

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August 18, 2012

Found It!

I found it! (Although this should by no means be considered an endorsement):

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August 17, 2012

Dirty Nostalgia

A few nights ago Angela and I watched Dirty Dancing. I had seen it before, but it had been a while. It was pretty good, but the weirdest thing for me was actually the music. Well, the music, combined with a sort of anachronistic double nostalgia, if that even makes sense. To get you warmed up, put your eyes on this (but beware, especially if you don't like to dance: any woman with two functioning legs who is within 50 yards of this video will feel the urge to dance about 30 seconds after you click "play"):

So the movie takes place in the summer of 1963, I believe (I'm not 100% about the year, but Baby the narrator mentions that Kennedy hadn't been killed yet). However, it was filmed in the 1980s, and half of the songs are quite rooted in the 80s. "Yes," "She's Like The Wind," or "Hungry Eyes," anyone?  Those aren't 60s. The movie's style is also definitely 80s, not 60s; I'm pretty sure the movie's original working title was Footloose 2: Rich Person Summer Camp. So that's all weird, but since the movie itself is supposed to be a kind of throwback to earlier years, does that mean that people who fondly remember Dirty Dancing today are actually nostalgic for nostalgia?

I guess it's like Grease (another movie I saw a while ago and don't remember too well) moved itself forward by a decade all around, since that movie was filmed in the 70s but was nostalgic for the 50s. There are obviously many other examples of nostalgic movies, but I'm wondering what happens when we become nostalgic for those movies themselves. Even my favorite movie, Back to the Future, is basically a look at how people in the 80s remembered life in the 50s.

Speaking of nostalgia and music, this also brings back childhood memories, from a time when my mom had the Dirty Dancing soundtrack in her car (I swear, my mom must have had a grand total of 5 cassettes from 1983-1994, and they were the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, an awful 1950s-themed 3-tape set called Senior Prom, and a Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits tape... the last was my favorite, if I had to choose). So just how meta-nostalgic can we get? Well, I have fond memories of watching Family Guy's Star Wars parody/tribute, Blue Harvest:

This video shows a small clip from the movie, which basically remade the 1977 classic, but the song is "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," an obvious nostalgic tribute to Dirty Dancing. In the 76 seconds that that song plays, I've got about 5 levels of nostalgia to work with. Which I guess is kind of dirty.

Anyhow, we've been talking about the movie the last few days, so I'd been meaning to write about it (especially since I've been dogging it lately with this blog). To close, I'll leave you with this brilliant video called "If David Lynch Directed Dirty Dancing..." Enjoy!

Thanks for reading, and you obviously know what's coming next:

[I hope] (you've had) the time of [your] life!

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August 12, 2012

Some Photo Sets

I've not been blogging much here lately, but things have been busy. I have been taking pictures, though, and I wanted to share two sets. 

Here are some pictures from our recent trip to Colorado:

And here are the July Pictures of the Day:

As usual, you can check these out here, and you can click on any picture in the slideshow to see a larger version or get more information. You can also go directly to my flickr page if you want.

Thanks for checking them out!

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August 2, 2012

Save The Lyric Theater in Fort Collins, Colorado

I don't know if you live in Fort Collins, Colorado, or if you ever visit there, but there's a cool movie theater there called The Lyric that I really like. It's an independent theater so it's not connected to a huge national chain. That's good, in my opinion, but it means that they're short on cash to convert to digital projectors and new seats, which will be necessary for them to stay in business. 

They've started a Kickstarter campaign that you can check out if you're interested. They're trying to raise $150,000 and there are 4 days left. They're currently at $130,000. I myself pledged $40, but it's not like that money will just disappear into thin air. If they reach their goal, I'll get some goodies like some free pint glasses, a T-shirt, and some drinks and popcorn at the theater.

I'm writing about it here, so I obviously think it's a good place and a good project. If you agree and want to help out, check out the link here.

Thanks for reading!

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