Category Archives: Life

It’s my life and I’ll do what I want with it!

Swingin’ Bolero

The other night I was listening to (one of) my new favorite Internet streaming stations (KCEA 89.1 FM) when I heard a song that was hauntingly familiar. Just before it ended, I realized it was a big band arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero (a song that I’ve had great love for ever since I first saw the stage show Blast!). Agog, I quickly ran some Google searches to locate the song. I started with “big band adaptation of ravel”. The third hit (Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life & Times of Benny Goodman from books.google.com) contained the following quote: “Fletcher’s ambitious, extremely imaginative adaptation of Ravel’s Bolero”. So I moved on to a search for “Fletcher Henderson bolero” which confirmed that it was Benny Goodman’s orchestra playing the track I heard (which, given Henderson and Goodman’s many collaborations should hardly have been surprising). Lastly, I searched YouTube to locate a recording … Continue reading →

Making Internet Memes (Series 2, Episode 1)

So, my dad is kind of super talented and his accomplishments are popping up on Facebook more and more. Today, I finally realized what needed to be added to any future accomplishments: that moment from Robin Hood (1973) where Toby Turtle’s father is participating in Prince John’s archery contest and Toby cheers his father on with an enthusiastic “Yay, Dad!” Surprisingly, there is apparently no meme in existence for this concept (at least based on the following limited attempts at Google image searches), so I decided to create one myself! Google Search for robin hood disney yay dad meme Google Search for robin hood yay dad Here’s the final product (which my dearest wife was able to complete far more competently and efficiently than I would have been able to): If your dad does something similarly awesome, feel free to use that URL/image to praise their achievement! 😀

[My Reaction To Empire’s] 40 Movies You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Comic Books

Original Article on Empire.com So after a friend posted this article and I started reading it, I almost immediately knew I wanted to tally my scores. But then above and beyond that, my wifey and I actually started arguing about the authenticity of this list! She started questioning it at “Over The Hedge” (comic strip vs. comic book) but it really got crazy at “The Fountain” (she felt that if it was always intended to be a movie, then what’s to keep this list from saying that “you probably didn’t know that Pride & Prejudice was a comic book” (which it is)). Being a pig-headed boy, it took me a while to understand her argument, but when I finally did get it, I heartily agreed with her. But I still wanted to tally my scores, so, without further ado: the categories for scoring and the numbers on the list! Films … Continue reading →

I’m a Jim Dale Fan

I loved Pete’s Dragon growing up, then come to find that Doc Terminus also portrayed Barnum in Cy Coleman’s musical biography of Phineas Taylor was almost too much. And then he goes and narrates Pushing Daisies (one of my favorite cancelled shows of all time)! And he’s the audio book reader for the Harry Potter books? Get out. Just get out! So when I stumbled across Scott Kurtz’ tribute to Pete’s Dragon, I couldn’t help but squeal. 🙂 Every Little Piece – PVPOnline by Scott Kurtz For further enjoyment, here’s the original song that Scott is referencing.

Star Wars

Star Wars Network Configuration Magic!

C:\>tracert 216.81.59.173 Tracing route to FIN [216.81.59.173] over a maximum of 30 hops: 3 6 ms 6 ms 3 ms cr83.la2ca.ip.att.net [12.122.128.246] 4 6 ms 3 ms 3 ms cr1.la2ca.ip.att.net [12.123.30.110] 5 2 ms 2 ms 2 ms la2ca02jt.ip.att.net [12.123.30.17] 6 2 ms 2 ms 2 ms xe-9-2-0.lax30.ip4.tinet.net [77.67.79.173] 7 76 ms 55 ms 55 ms xe-2-0-0.atl11.ip4.tinet.net [89.149.185.53] 8 60 ms 56 ms 57 ms epik-networks-gw.ip4.tinet.net [77.67.69.158] 9 56 ms 56 ms 56 ms po0-3.dsr2.atl.epikip.net [216.81.59.2] 10 * * * Request timed out. 11 97 ms 95 ms 95 ms episode.iv [206.214.251.1] 12 131 ms * 100 ms a.new.hope [206.214.251.6] 13 94 ms 97 ms 96 ms it.is.a.period.of.civil.war [206.214.251.9] 14 98 ms 94 ms 102 ms rebel.spaceships [206.214.251.14] 15 100 ms 106 ms 95 ms striking.from.a.hidden.base [206.214.251.17] 16 95 ms 121 ms 171 ms have.won.their.first.victory [206.214.251.22] 17 173 ms 158 ms 153 ms against.the.evil.galactic.empire [206.214.251.25] 18 127 ms 150 ms … Continue reading →

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cloud

Shortly after I first started working at DreamHost (Fall 2011), there was a lot of talk about “the cloud” and because I’m never tuned into the right channels, I couldn’t help but feel like DreamHost was just enslaving themselves to some kind of marketing buzzword and we wouldn’t be doing anything significantly different. The continual mention of “the cloud” made me laugh out loud like Candace Flynn anytime anyone said anything about writing letters to Santa Claus. And I didn’t think twice about those thoughts until I stumbled across this recent Dilbert comic strip (almost a year after I initially had those thoughts about “the cloud”) and I was amazed and somewhat humbled to realize how much of a cloud nut I’ve become since then. So I started poking around to get some more information about “the cloud”. First I read Who Invented The Cloud by TelecomTV.Com to try and … Continue reading →

Renaissance Pleasure Faire 50th Anniversary Visit

Why oh why did we think we’d actually have time to get to Faire this year when we bought the half-off tickets last Christmas? Regardless that I took emergency time off from work in order to go, we had a fairly decent time! We went as mortals with fancy masks (she found hers and then made me a matching one). Agenda: Arrived around 1pm and did the valet parking The Wit Of Will (hey, that’s a Bold and Stupid Man!) Lemon ice! Magnificent Humble Boys (ah Shelby) A spot of Broon on our way to the back of faire (why is this car getting larger and larger? I know, right?) Sky Kings Falconry Merry Wives of Windsor Poxy Boggards Wander for food and drink (only one public water fountain? O_o) Glance at the Joust To The Death (pretty) Moonie and Broon’s final show of the day Valet the car and … Continue reading →

The Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon – AMC 12 @ DownTown Disney, Anaheim, CA

$40, 6 movies, 14 hours. Special intro segments for each film (part of our “training package” for the Avengers Initiative) by SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson. An absolutely amazing and incredible experience. Not only to be packed in a theatre for 6 movies with a like-minded crowd of enthusiasts, but to experience, in it’s entirety, the subtle weaving and artistry that Marvel Studios has been constructing since they first gambled on taking control of their own movie properties in 2005, “after Marvel Enterprises declared independence by pacting with Merrill Lynch to produce a slate of films that would be distributed by Paramount Pictures” (PickMyVideo Review of Avengers). I can’t actually think of any other property in recent history that could result in this kind of amazing … “ness”. I mean maybe a Star Wars marathon would count, but nothing even really comes close. Marvel took a gamble, played their cards right, … Continue reading →

Wait…The Cost Of Oil Did What??? And Costo Did WHAT?!?!

Here we go. A straight-forward-ish explanation of what’s going on with the price of oil. So Iran is posturing and the price of oil spikes?!?! Grrr. But even more grrrr was our experience at Costco today. We pulled into the line at the Fullerton Costco gas station (which seemed fairly straight-forward for a Saturday), but soon we were engaged by a Costco employee. They told us that the back pump of each lane was Regular only and the front pump was Premium only. This effectively means that everybody (except the few who don’t want to wait in the line and get Costco employee guidance to queue up for the front pump) is waiting to use one pump per lane. The next opportunity we had we bailed because that’s garbage. As Laura and I waited for the next available opportunity to exeunt the premises, we discussed why on earth Costco would … Continue reading →

SOPA/PIPA!!!

**ADDENDUM 1/11/12** WordPress has broken their *personal* vow of political silence to speak up about this issue here! And I’m slacking for having not visited Stop American Censorshipyet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it!!! **/ADDENDUM** **ADDENDUM 12/30/11** Oh wait, sorry that’s the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA wants to give Congress the authority to create a new enforcement agency that police’s the Internet looking for copyright violations and giving them the authority to shutdown sites like YouTube and Facebook for “having a vauge definition of piracy” as it were. O.o Really Congress? Really? I mean sure it’s job creation, but who really wants the job of policing the Internet? Besides that job is reserved for XKCD stick figures who can’t budge from their computers because “someone on the Internet is wrong!” 😉 **/ADDENDUM** SOPA is a bill by Congress (those lovable, out-of-touch coots) that wants to … Continue reading →