Friday, May 28, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #47 - Answer

Congratulations to TS Hendrik from 'The Non-Review' for correctly guessing that this week's TV theme is from 'Pushing Daisies'.


The show revolved around Ned the pie maker and owner of 'The Pie Hole', played by Lee Pace, and his gift of giving life back to the dead.... As a young boy, Ned finds out that he can revive the dead by touching their lifeless bodies. However, Ned also finds out that with great power, comes great consequences, and he learns that his ability to revive the dead comes with a few stipulations:

1. If the subject that Ned has revived is brought back to life for more than one minute, something or someone nearby will die to 'restore balance'.

2. If Ned touches the revived subject a second time, it dies again, this time permanently.


Private investigator Emerson Cod, played by Chi McBride of 'Boston Public' and 'Human Target' fame, catches wind of Ned's gift and makes him an offer he can't refuse.... Ned would bring murder victims back to life, find out who killed them, then get paid to solve the crimes....

Ned, now working with PI Cod, runs into the corpse of his childhood love, Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles played by the beautiful Anna Friel.... Ned brings her back to life, and struggles with his emotions throughout the series.... Ned loves Chuck, but can never touch her (because she'll die again), and he's lived his entire life with the fact that her father died because he brought his mother back to life for more than a minute....


Kristin Chenoweth, the little woman with the big voice and the original 'Glinda' from Broadway's 'Wicked', won an Emmy Award for her role as Pie Hole Waitress Olive Snook.... Ellen Greene and Swoosie Kurtz play Chuck's synchronized swimming and anxiety-ridden aunts Lilly and Vivian Charles.

The scenery for 'Pushing Daisies' was like none other.... Everything was so colorful and magical. I think it was best described as 'storybook-esque'. It was a great show for people like me, who are easily distracted by colorful or shiny things.... All of the colorful and shiny things were on the screen in 'Pushing Daisies'!

Did you know that the show's narrator, Jim Dale, has won two Grammy awards for his narration of the Harry Potter Audio Books and was the evil Dr. Terminus in Disney's Pete's Dragon! Hey, you try saying Passamaquoddy!



Can You Guess This TV Theme? #47

Happy Friday! Is everybody gearing up for the big three day weekend?

I'm keeping today's theme short and simple.... Can You Guess This TV Theme?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Accident On The Freeway


I was on my way to the City of Los Angeles, about to pass the 10 freeway / 405 freeway interchange, when a car cuts me off and tries to go across three lanes to get on the 405.... Unfortunately, when trying to get into the right lane to get on the 405, the driver that cut me off is not able to squeeze in between two cars and slams on her brakes.... The only thing I could do is slam on my brakes as well....

I was right behind the brake slammer, so even though I tried to stop, my truck started going to the right and clipped the brake slammer's bumper.... We pull to the side of the road and the crazy lady (brake slammer) starts screaming 'Didn't you see me turning! Didn't you see me turning!'

Now I'm going to have to take my truck into the shop and have to deal with insurance companies, claims adjusters and all the crap that goes along with getting into an accident.... On the other hand, thank goodness nobody was hurt and everybody was able to walk away from the accident....

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Back To The Future Mall Name Change

When Doc Emmett "Doc" Brown is gunned down by the Libyans in the mall parking lot, before Marty McFly takes the DeLorean time machine to 1955, the mall is called Twin Pines Mall.

When Marty arrives in 1955, he runs over one of a pair of twin pine trees in the yard of Otis 'Old Man' Peabody.

When Marty returns to 1985, the sign in the mall parking lot notes the name of the mall as Lone Pine Mall.

BTTF

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

OK GO - Kings Of The One Take Video

Last week I posted about an awesome one take music video for Diane Birch's 'Valentino'.....

Now, I'm sure you've all heard of OK GO. They're the kings of the one take video.... They were big before, but they skyrocketed to fame after they filmed their one take music video for 'A Million Ways' in their backyard.... Apparently, that video can't be embedded, but you can see it here.....

After the wild success of the 'A Million Ways' video, OK GO released their second one take video for 'Here It Goes Again'.... You know the video, four guys with four treadmills in a basement.... Seamlessly hopping from treadmill to treadmill....



For OK GO's newest one take experiment, the band created two one take videos for the new single 'This Too Shall Pass'....

The first video features the band member marching around in a wooded area, while a marching band in camouflage pop out of nowhere with their instruments to accompany the band.... The marching band video can't be embedded either, but you can see it here....

In their second video for 'This Too Shall Pass', and possibly their most impressive video, OK GO created a Rube Goldberg Machine that works continuously for around four minutes!



Their latest stunt wasn't a one take music video, but definitely worth checking out.... At the Maker's Fair in New York City, OK GO played a set while underwater.... Well, the band members had buckets of water on their heads and the lead singer was completely submerged in a water suit / goldfish aquarium....

Side note: You can skip the first 11 minutes of this video.... The first 11 minutes is all about the guys getting into their water outfits, the play their first song (I Want You So Bad I Can't Breathe) at around the 11 minute mark, and their second song (This Too Shall Pass) at around the 17:15 mark of the video....


Monday, May 24, 2010

Are You Still As LOST As I Am?


Wait.... What?

I'm going to need somebody smarter than myself to explain the ending of LOST.... I enjoyed the entire episode.... I enjoyed the ending.... Were they in purgatory? Was the island purgatory? Were the side flashes purgatory?

Where were Michael and Walt?

Please enjoy the shirtless men of LOST and Eyeballs of LOST as you explain the ending....




Friday, May 21, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #46 - Answer

Congratulations to Lisa Marie from 'The Domestication Of A Party Girl' for correctly guessing that this week's TV theme is from 'Party Of Five'.

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Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf, Lacey Chabert, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jeremy London, Matthew Fox.... 'Party Of Five' could be the most beautiful show ever!

After losing both of their parents in a car crash with a drunk driver, the Salinger children are left to figure out life on their own.... One of my most favorite shows! I'm going to be spending a lot of time watching 'Party Of Five' DVD's this weekend....

There's a tie in though.... There's always a tie-in.... The 2 1/2 hour series finale of LOST is on ABC this Sunday! I can only imagine that it will be the best episode of television of all time! Matthew Fox will be Dr. Jack Shephard for the last time.... It's the end of an era....

I remember sitting in my living room, watching an episode of the first season of LOST with my wife, my sister-in-law and her ex-boyfriend.... This was before we got our DVR.... What I didn't know is that minutes before the show started, my wife had found out that she was pregnant with our first child.... Not wanting to ruin the episode of LOST, my wife waited until the episode ended to tell me that we were 'with child'.... I wonder if she's going to have any big news for me tonight?

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #46

Happy Friday everybody! It's that time again! Can You Guess This TV Theme?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Happy Birthday To Balki Bartokomous!

'Well, feed me garlic and call me stinky!'

The man we all know and loved, until he got really creepy and made us feel awkward on 'The Surreal Life', Bronson Pinchot turns 51 years old today....

Thank you for Balki Bartokomous.... He will forever be in our hearts as the lovable nonsensical cousin who is fresh off the boat from Mypos.

May you stand tall and rise and fall on the wings of your dreams.... Nothing's gonna stop you know....

It's time for the 'Dance of Joy'!





By the way.... Have you ever seen the video of the 'Perfect Strangers' intro using Seattle, Washington as the backdrop?



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Diane Birch - Valentino One Shot Music Video

Before I start this post, I want to let you all know about a fellow blogger going through a very difficult time.... Michelle from Momma's Pixie Dreams has received the horrifying news that her 16 month old daughter has cancer.... Ian from The Daily Dose Of Reality has really gone out of his way to help by setting up a site for donations to help cover medical and physical therapy costs, and over $3,000 has been raised already! If you click on Monkey's picture below, you'll be directed to the donation site.... Any and all donations are greatly appreciated, and any money remaining will go to help another family battling cancer....

Click on monkey to donate...please help!






Lately it seems that the music video is a lost art.... The amazingly talented Diane Birch has created an amazing music video for her new song 'Valentino'!


The video was shot in one take, and as you can see by the director's board, it took at least 57 takes to get the video right....

Here's the music video and a 'behind the screen' view of how the video was made!



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Count The Passes #2

Ok, ok.... You're all way smarter than me.... You saw the gorilla....

Try it again.... Now that you've seen it, you'll see the him walk through every time....

The creator of the video has tweaked it a little bit, see if you can spot the gorilla this time....


1. Watch this short video.... In the video you will see a group of ball players, some in white and some in black passing two balls around. Your goal is to count how many times the ball is passed by the team wearing white shirts. It's that easy!


Monday, May 17, 2010

Awesome Father Takes Pancake Breakfast To Another Level

Before everything else in my life, I'm a father first.... And I get really excited when I find sites that feature good fathers. Jim documents his pancake adventures as he creates creative design and architectural creations for his daughter Allie. They're not simple star or square patterns, you'll see octopus pancakes and princess pancakes.... Here are a few of my favorites!




Click on the banner below to go to his site and see pictures and videos of the rest of his awesome pancakes!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #45 - Answer

Congratulations to TS Hendrik from 'The Non-Review' for correctly guessing that this week's TV theme is from the epic television show 'Doogie Howser, M.D.' He answered the question while waist deep in Tennessee flood waters....

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Neil Patrick Harris starred as Doogie Howser, America's favorite boy genius! Trying to create a balance between being a teenager and a doctor, Doogie learns about life with his parents (played by James Sikking and Belinda Montgomery), his colleagues (played by Lawrence Pressman, Kathryn Layng and Mitchell Anderson), and his best friend Vinny Delpino (Max Casella of Newsies fame).... At the end of every episode, Doogie translates his life lessons learned throughout the episode into poetic prose that he types into the blaring blue screen of his computer journal (or personal blog, as I like to call it)....

This show was awesome 20 years ago, and it's still great now! I've been watching episodes all day, and it's amazing amazing Neil Patrick Harris was as Doogie....

Do you remember Vinny always coming in through Doogie's second story bedroom window? Did he ever use the front door?

Did you know that Steven Bochco and David E. Kelly, the creators of the show, have said that if the show would not have been canceled so abruptly, they would have had a season long story arc in which Doogie becomes disillusioned with medicine and in the end, becomes a writer?


Two things about Mitchell Anderson, who plays Dr. Jack Maguire:

1. His hairstyle, while on Doogie Howser, is a exact duplicate of my hair now....
2. He was in one of my favorite movies from the 80's, with Joaquin Phoenix, Lea Thompson, Kate Capshaw, Tate Donovan, Terry O'Quinn, and many other awesome actors and actresses, 'Space Camp'!!!!! I'll save the details for 'Space Camp' for another post....

And I have the best news you're going to hear all day! Every episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. is available on HULU!!!!! Just click on Doogie and Vinny below to be magically transported to the Doogie Howser, M.D. - HULU site and enjoy the magic!

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #45

Good morning! Happy Friday! It's time to celebrate the arrival of the weekend with another edition of Can You Guess This TV Theme!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is A Hard Name To Spell - Even For Hollywood


Imagine that you're Julia Louis-Dreyfus.... You've enjoyed quite the career as a star on mega-blockbuster shows like 'Seinfeld' and 'New Adventures of Old Christine'.... And now you finally know that you've made it.... The Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce has selected you to receive a star on the 'Hollywood Walk Of Fame.... Can you believe it? You're the first of the 'Seinfeld' foursome to receive a star! Even Jerry Seinfeld doesn't have one!

Friends and family, including the likes of Larry David, Jason Alexander and Albert Brooks have all come out to commemorate the fact that your name will be immortalized with thousands of others as a part of entertainment history. They pick up the piece of wood covering your star, and this is what you see....


A big smudge over your last name.... What's that? Oh.... They didn't spell your name right on the star.... Instead of 'Julia Louis-Dreyfus', they put 'Julia Luis Dreyfus' on the star! Now you've made it....

You can stop imagining now.... Truth be told, 'New Adventures of Old Christine' is a very funny show, and Julia was a very good sport about the whole thing.... She even asked the Chamber of Commerce to keep the misspelled star in the ground.... Unfortunately her requests were denied, but they are going to give her the chunk of star with 'Luis' as a souvenir....

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

You Had Me At Potato

Dear Google:

I am a big fan.... I already use a lot of your products.... I love your e-mail and I can't wait to get a cell phone with your Android operating system.... And your Google Earth program is crazy awesome....

But now, it's like you're looking straight into my soul.... How did you know that all it would take for me switch to your Google Chrome web browser, is a commercial displaying the speed of your Google Chrome compared to a potato, sound waves and lightning? The ball is now in Firefox's court, and they must attempt to win back my love....

Sincerely,

ASBLACKASOBAMA

p.s. You had me at potato.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Name That Tune

YouTube user OneManSho has put together an amazing set of videos..... He sings songs backwards while performing random acts, then plays the video in reverse to reveal the song he was singing.... Can you figure out the songs he's singing before he reveals the answer?










Monday, May 10, 2010

Jones Soda Company Says 'Let's See What Else We Can Carbonate'!

The marketing department of Jones Soda Company often creates crazy seasonal flavors to help promote their brand.... Their most recent group of flavors are based on the game 'Dungeons and Dragons', and include Illithid Brain Juice, Sneak Attack, Potion of Healing, Dwarven Draught, Bigby's Crushing Thirst Destroyer, and Eldritch Blast....


Here are some of their other brilliant marketing ideas.....

'Orange You Glad For Change' Cola


In 2007, the Seattle based company released a limited edition Seattle Seahawks Pack - Including Perspiration, Sports Cream, Natural Field Turf, Dirt and Sweet Victory flavored sodas.


The Dessert Pack -
Including Cherry Pie, Banana Cream Pie, Key Lime Pie, Apple Pie, and Blueberry Pie flavored sodas. Future Dessert Packs included Lemon Meringue Pie flavored soda.


The Chanukah Pack - Including Chocolate Coin, Applesauce, Jelly Doughnut and Latke flavored sodas. Each pack came with a dreidel!

The Christmas Pack - Including Sugar Plum, Egg Nog, Christmas Tree and Christmas Ham flavored sodas. Future Christmas Packs included Christmas Cocoa, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread flavored sodas.


The Holiday Pack - Including Turkey and Gravy, Wild Herb Stuffing, Brussel Sprout, Cranberry and Pumpkin Pie flavored sodas. Future holiday packs included Salmon Pâté, Corn on the Cob, Broccoli Casserole, Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato, Dinner Roll, Pea and Antacid flavored sodas.


And for the vegetarians - Tofurky and Gravy flavored soda....


Friday, May 7, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #44 - Answer

Congratulations to Lisa Marie from The Domestication Of A Party Girl for correctly guessing that this week's TV theme was from 'The Bad News Bears'!



With the same premise as the 1976 film 'The Bad News Bears' starring Walter Matthau, Jackie Earle Haley and Tatum O'Neal, the television show revolved around the team's coach, Morris Buttermaker, played by Jack Warden.

As a former minor league baseball player, currently working as a pool cleaner, Coach Buttermaker gets upset after a client refuses to pay his bill and responds by driving the client's car into the sparkling clean pool. Buttermaker is given a choice of either "volunteering" to coach the Hoover Junior High baseball team or going to jail.

Coach Buttermaker chooses baseball over jail time and spends the entire series trying to teach a group of hapless kids how to play together as a team....

While coaching the team, the coach is under constant supervision from Principal Emily Rappant, played by Catherine Hicks. You may not recognize the name Catherine Hicks, but she played the mother on the WILDLY successful show '7th Heaven'.

The casting director for this show was able to pick up a fresh faced Corey Feldman (a favorite of Ally at Fourth Grade Nothing.... He sent her a letter!) for his first major acting role.... But other than that choice, I think think the casting director decided to cast the kids with the funniest names.... Gregg Forrest, Tricia Cast, J. Brennan Smith, Sparky Marcus, Rad Daly, Meeno Peluce, Shane Butterworth, and Kristoff St. John (who looked like a young Barack Obama) rounded off the team....

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #44

Happy Friday everybody! The weekend is finally upon us! Last week's TV theme was pretty easy, so I decided to make this week's theme a little more difficult.... Can You Guess This TV Theme?


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Oh No! A-Ha And The Go-Go's Are About To Go Go!

The music industry is mourning.... After 30 years of making music, two of the best bands with hyphenated names, both a-ha (currently on their 'Ending On A High Note' tour) and The Go-Go's (currently on their 'Happily Ever After' tour), have announced that they are going to disband after one final tour on the road....




Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dissecting The Career Of Jackie Earle Haley - The New Freddy Krueger


Jackie Earle Haley starred in the #1 movie at the box office last weekend (A Nightmare On Elm Street).... Let's take a look at his career.... You'll happily remember him in his breakout role....

2010 - Jackie Earle Haley replaces Robert Englund as the star of the 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' (Freddy Krueger) franchise.


2009 - Jackie Earle Haley stars as Rorschach in the comic book superhero movie 'Watchmen'.


2008 - Jackie Earle Haley wins 'a giant check that says $10,000' by making a free throw from the other side of the court in Semi Pro.


2006 - Jackie Earle Haley earns an Academy Award Nomination for his portrayal of sex offender Ronnie in 'Little Children'....


1983 - Jackie Earle Haley stars with Tom Cruise as a wild and crazy young man in 'Losin' It'.


And finally, Jackie Earle Haley's breakout role.....

1977 - Jackie Earle Haley stars as Kelly Leak, the cigarette smoking, motorcycle riding and baseball star bad boy, in 'The Bad News Bears'!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Brief History Of Pretty Much Everything

I was searching through the archives of Copyboy's blog, 'Not Worth Mentioning', and I came across his 'Doodles Drawn Instead Of Paying Attention At Work'....

His doodles reminded me of a video that I had seen a while back.... Jamie Bell, a college student in the UK, created a flip book/stop motion animation doodle film titled 'A Brief History Of Pretty Much Everything'....

The final product consists of approximately 2,100 pages from 50 books of paper, and was created over a period of three weeks.... The project was used as his final project for his art class, and you'll be happy to know that Jamie got an 'A' on his project.....

Check it out.... He put more work into this one project than I put into all my years in college....


Monday, May 3, 2010

Wake'N'Bacon Alarm Clock

Could this be the best alarm clock ever? Matty Sallin, Daniel Bartolini and Hsiao-huh Hsu of Mathlete.com have invented the 'Wake'n'Bacon' alarm clock.... Instead of waking up to the annoying buzz of your alarm clock, you're gently lifted from peaceful slumber by the smell of sizzling bacon.

Place a frozen slice of bacon in the alarm clock the night before, and two halogen lamps inside the clock slow cook the bacon ten minutes before you're supposed to wake up.... I'm not sure if you can eat a slice of bacon that's been left out overnight, but I'm pretty sure it will smell just as good while it's cooking....




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