Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Folderol

HEEEEY YOOOU GUUUUYSS!!

Happy Friday!

I've been a bit scattered this week, flitting from one project to the next, so allow me to dump some of my various and unrelated goodies on you:
 
First, add one more cutie to my newborn photography portfolio:

This is Caleb, my good friend (and wrecky minion) Julianne's newborn son. He was actually born Halloween night, and I took this photo when he was 5 or 6 days old. He was not a happy model, though, so I only got a handful of smiley peaceful images from our two hour session - and this is my favorite, because BATMAN HAT.


Yesterday John and I went to our annual viewing of the Festival of Trees at our local art museum. (SO. MANY. SPARKLIES.) I should be posting my favorites soon, but in the mean time, here's an ornament closeup I've been playing with:


I'm not sure I'll make it to Thanksgiving before breaking out one of the trees, either. Urge to decorate... OVERWHELMING.

Ahem.

In honor of tomorrow's Doctor Who special:

These ladies are ROCKING IT.
You can see more pics of them at Fashionably Geek!


I of course (of course!) have been playing the new BioShock DLC, Burial at Sea, but I've only found a few hours for it so far.  Even on "easy" the combat seems a lot harder than I remember, but the new Old Man Winter vigor is pretty cool. [pun intended]

The story is... well, confusing, but so was the first one. Parts of it feel a little TOO pandering, though, like when a random stranger calls Elizabeth "little Songbird." I think I'm only halfway through, though, so no official judgements yet. (Besides, if you're as much of an Infinite fan as I am, then of COURSE you have to play this.)

This week John and I finished all the MLP episodes Netflix has on streaming, PLUS all of the Phineas & Ferb ones, which we've been watching for ages. Guess we need a new cartoon now! Any suggestions? (I've already watched Avatar - and loved it. I wish they'd add the new TMNT series to streaming; I really want to see that!)

And finally, because it's Friday and this post just isn't random enough, allow me to introduce you to John's new favorite Youtube musicians: two guys who play in a pizza parlor in Salt Lake City:


John listens to their videos every week while he's moving Sunday Sweets over to SquareSpace (we write everything in Blogger, then copy posts over to SS), so now he's gotten me hooked. John's even half-jokingly suggested a road trip to go see them, since Salt Lake was one of our favorite stops on our last book tour. Not gonna lie: tempted.

Oh, and if you like that, then go listen to this one next. WOW. John played it for me last night, and I had to stop what I was doing and just listen. It's distractingly beautiful.


I hope to have a fun crafty project for you next, but 'til then, have a great weekend, guys!


PS - I always forget to mention it, but I also post lots of my favorite geeky finds on Pinterest & Facebook! So if you're looking for more goodies you can't find here on the blog, give those a follow!

55 comments:

  1. As if the music isn't reason enough...The Pie has amazing pizza! It's practically on the U of U campus. It's a bit of a "Hole in the Wall" and you won't need to eat for days, but it's really good food!!! You should totally come out!!!

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  2. Oooh. Thanks for the ear candy. :) I'll return the favor: http://www.amazingoasis.org/2013/11/best-coin-ever-spent.html?m=1 This made my evening.

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    1. We just watched that last night! I got chills. :) (Have you seen the Hallelujah chorus flash mob in a mall food court? That one totally makes me cry. Heheh.)

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  3. New cartoon suggestion - "Animaniacs". Fast-paced, clever humor, and many, many pop culture references to try to catch as you're watching. I watch it with my kids and they don't get most of the references that I find amusing!

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    1. Oh man, I LOVE Animaniacs! Add that to the list of shows I wish I could watch online!

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  4. Have you watched the Avengers cartoon? It's one of the very few we watch even if our kid isn't around.

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    1. No, I haven't! I'll check it out!

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  5. Eek! If I ever have a baby, they are getting a Batman hat like that!!

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  6. SQUEEEEE!!! Mini-Batman! Thanks, Jen!

    Mike Masse = Louis C.K.'s doppelganger. Dammit. Now I have to go watch a bunch of Louis C.K. clips.

    KW

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  7. Cartoon suggestion: Transformers! The 1980's transformer cartoon was just recently put on netflix.

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  8. If you like Phineas and Ferb, you'll like Gravity Falls, also a Disney cartoon. And then there's Sanjay and Craig (has a snake voiced by Chris Hardwick!).

    And MLP new season starts tomorrow ;)

    Tori aka The TV Mom from thetvmom.com (yeah, I do that for a living!)

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  9. I have to share a few of my favorites.

    First-- have you seen HISHE in honor of the Who 50th? Watch the awesome here

    Next, I ADORE that cover of sound of silence... so I have to share my favorite version. Tim and Phil Hanseroff performing with Brandi Carlile

    And lastly... Have you seen
    I Ship It by Not Literally ? I'm in love!

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    1. and two of my hyperlinks don't work. fabulous. HISHE here: http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2013/11/doctor-who-the-doctor-batman-and-superman-grab-coffee-in-how-it-should-have-ended-short.html

      and I Ship It here: http://www.not-literally.com/2013/11/20/i-ship-it-our-icona-pop-parody-is-out/

      both are so worth the watch.

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  10. Gravity Falls is a must! It's so clever and cute, and you might also like Bravest Warriors, which only has a dozen or so episodes on the Cartoon Hangover channel on YouTube. And have you seen Bee and Puppycat yet? Also, if you're in the mood for something more serious, since you finished watching Buffy a while back (I just finished it myself!), you should check out the spin-off, Angel, which coexists during the last few seasons of Buffy. Another really good Joss Whedon show is Dollhouse, which stars Eliza Dushku among a fair number of other Whedon regulars. They basically wipe people's minds and regularly install new personalities in them... for paying customers. And it kind of reminds me of Portal, for some reason...? I would warn you that although Dollhouse is incredibly powerful and thought-provoking and brings up some excellent questions of morality, it can be triggering at times, so you might want to research it beforehand. Happy watching!!

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  11. Ultimate Spider-Man is pretty awesome. Funny and fast-paced with familiar characters.

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  12. Cartoon recommendation -- Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. Don't bother with the other one, just do yourself a favor and stick to brotherhood. Pretty sure it's still streaming on Netflix.

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  13. For a new cartoon, I suggest Gravity Falls. I don't know if it is streaming on Netflix yet.

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  14. Come to Salt Lake, you can get some great music and pizza. Then later you are invited over to place for an Adventure TIme marathon. If you don't mind something a bit racy Archer is hilarious.

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  15. I don't have any cartoon suggestions, but I DO have a youtube music suggestion. If you like acoustic covers sung in a moving van (a van which is moving) sung by a bunch of ridiculously sincere scruffy guys and a really pretty lady with an amazing voice, you should check out Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers' van sessions. This is my personal favorite, but all of them are great.

    Hall and Oats - I Can't Go For That

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  16. I've already seen a couple people mention Gravity Falls, but that's not going to stop me from recommending Gravity Falls to you. You will love it, I can tell. I don't think Netflix has it yet, but the ones I've been unable to record off the Disney Channel I've found online just from googling. Here, let me tantalize you: a Mystery Shack. A Loch Ness-type monster. Time travel. Creepy gnomes in the forest. And that's just the first few episodes! Here's another one: Batboy is in the opening credits! And Mabel is voiced by Kristen Schaal (aka Mel from Flight of the Conchords [and if you haven't watched FOTC yet- Go. Now. Watch.]) Plus if you're obsessive and have lots of free time you can try your hand at decrypting the secret codes that show up in the end credits of Gravity Falls. SO, to reiterate: Gravity Falls. (And Flight of the Conchords).

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  17. I finally got my nerve up to comment on here. I'm not sure why it has taken me so long. I have commented on FB before. Ok ready for my big comment...... here it is.....Hi!!!!


    :) Melissa R

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    1. HI, MELISSA!! (You should totally comment more often!)

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  18. The MLP movie is available on Netflix. Once you get past the eye-rolling "BECAUSE REASONS" plot hole? It's actually pretty fun. Another cartoon movie available on Netflix is A Monster in Paris, which has a cover that did not entice me at all, but the movie itself was SO gorgeous. Loved it. (And if you were a fan of Better Off Ted -- not a cartoon -- the actor who played Ted voices one of the characters in Monster).

    Can't help much with series, though. Your recommendation of Continuum was a good one and that's what I've been watching lately. =]

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  19. Adventure Time! Definitely give that cartoon a try! It's fantastic, especially if you loved MLP and Avatar. Also, have you tried Legend of Korra? It's a continuation of Avatar, so you'd like that too! Hope you enjoy! :)

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  20. I'm also insisting on Adventure Time! Netflix has the first season up (I recommend watching Trouble in Lumpy Space first to give it a taste). However, you can watch the whole series on Anime Flavor: http://animeflavor.com/node/28972
    And if you want an even shorter cartoon that's also hilarious (and from the creator of Adventure Time), I insist on Bravest Warriors on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/BravestWarriors At least try Episode 1 and Episode 11, so that you can fall in love with Catbug!

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    1. Oh oh oh, also, you simply must watch Bee and PuppyCat! It's only 2 episodes, combined to one here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOG_UtLxh58 But they just completed a Kickstarter that will let them fund at least 8 more episodes, yay! Watch watch watch watch watch... please? o.o If you want. You don't have to. It's cool...

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  21. The Venture Brothers!

    DEFINITELY an adult cartoon, but so good and it so perfectly skewers 70s-80s Saturday morning stuff and comic book cliches. Plenty of episodes too.

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  22. By "Avatar," you mean "The Last Airbender," right? Have you watched "The Legend of Korra?"
    (I don't think it's on Netflix, but it might be on Hulu, or online...)

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    1. It's on Nick.com! They actually made the whole thing available for free:

      nick.com/videos/legend-of-korra-videos

      Also, just in case you didn't know, Jen, new episodes of MLP start tomorrow!

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  23. Yes, the Legend of Korra is awesome! I hope they put it on Netflix soon! I've been watching some of the less recent (I hate to say old) Cartoon Network shows (Dexter's Lab, Foster's House for Imaginary Friends, Power Puff Girls, etc).

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  24. I don't know if you already know, but Professor Elemental was on the new episode of Phineas and Ferb this last week. He sings a song called "Welcome To A Brave New World" in the episode "Steampunx." You can find it on YouTube.

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  25. Another vote for Adventure Time. If you can get a hold of them, definitely watch the episodes "I Will Remember You" and "Simon and Marcy." Finn and Jake (the main characters) aren't even in them, but ooh the feels.

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    1. I love Adventure Time! Especially the Simon and Marcy flashbacks.

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  26. Why has no one mentioned Total Drama Island?!?! It's HILARIOUS, Canadian, and the first two seasons are on netflix (YUSSSSSS)!

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  27. OK, not to be shady or anything, but several of those female Doctors are trying SO hard to be cutesy femme and altered the basic design so much that I can't even tell which one they're supposed to be? I'm forced to go by process of elimination from the ones I do recognize; is the girl in the green dress the Eighth? How so? (Sorry, I busted my arse making a replica of his waistcoat that accomodated size 40DD cans!) The Tenth baffles me as well, as does the First and Second; if they weren't with other Doctors, I'd have NO clue who they were. However, Three through Seven are rockin' it, particularly Seven and her umbrella, and Five in her li'l cricketing outfit (with celery!).

    Again, no shade no dis, nothing but love for my fellow female Doctors... but if they had a few more iconic points to their outfits, they'd be easier to distinguish and pretty much spot-on adorable.

    Looking forward to FINALLY hearing the story of The Time War! And I have loved John Hurt deep in my soul since I was a kid; his performance as the legendary gay icon Quentin Crisp in the 1975 biopic "The Naked Civil Servant" is sublime, as was his return to the role in 2009's "An Englishman in New York", which covered the later period in Crisp's life. I tell you now, he'll be the best thing in it, and make us all cry. MARK ME!

    GERONIMO!

    Storm

    P.S. THE VENTURE BROS. FRICKIN' RULE SUPREME!

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  28. Thank you so much for the link to that acoustic duo! I have been enjoying their YouTube playlist immensely. :)

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  29. I'm going to go ahead and add to the Adventure Time and Venture Bros recommendations (though like with most cartoons, I think the older ones are funnier) and add on Regular Show, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends (awesome, Blue is too much cute), and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Though they no longer make the last one, I loved it. And you can never go wrong with the first season of SpongeBob! Happy watching!
    Nikki T

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  30. Jen - I love all the things you love. And you take great portraits - it's amazing!
    I wanted to share with you - I got super EXCITED and I made a Doctor Who scarf thing! It's called The Name of the Doctor and it has a Tardis and the doctor's name in Gallifreyan. It's here on my Ravelry account: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-name-of-the-doctor-double-knit-scarf
    I think it's cool as bowties! I know you're super busy and I don't want to press, but I would be ever so pleased if you would look at it and tell me what you think of it. :-) Thank you so much! Cathy

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  31. Gravity Falls is best animated series for kids, maybe ever.

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  32. You have the check out Ax Cop, both the animated show - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UJFw2aXYE4 - and the comics it was based on - but first read/hear about its origin: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2010/02/then_they_grew_apple_hands_tha_1.html

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  33. We where a little late to the party, so you may have already seen it, but my guy and I just discovered Adventure Time, and it's pretty awesome. Or as I like to think of it, the "Bender-the-dog" show, hahaha.
    And it is not exactly new news, but I adore the 60s Spiderman cartoon. So. Much. Stock. Animation. :P

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  34. For bands, try Retro Jukebox on YouTube... They take modern pop songs and give them a retro arrangement and they are AWESOME! For a new cartoon try: Avengers-Earth's Mightiest Heros. It's GREAT animation and a pretty good story line. -Joemama

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    1. Oh, yeah. Try Bob's Burgers too. Very weird and funny.
      -Joemama

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  35. Well, if I don't know how much you like comics, but since I'm obsessed with them, I might have a short (read abridged first novel) of cartoons you might like :D
    Teen Titans
    Young Justice( I think this one is better)
    Young Justice: Invasion
    Ultimate spiderman
    Voltron
    Avengers Assemble
    X-men evolution
    I can't think of any more at the moment, and don't know how many are on netflix, but I hope one of these show suits you :D I think they are all fantastic, but young justice is my favorite, if it matters. I on anon cause I'm cause I'm an anxious scaredy cat. Hope you maybe see this comment, never commented before so yeah...man I even sound awkward in typing. Well, love your blog and ALLONSY!!!!

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  36. If you haven't seen The Tick or Invader Zim I think you two would love those.

    Also, not sure if you read any manga, but we adored Death Note. (didn't like the anime cartoon though, much slower paced, so I can't suggest that) Only 13 issues & we found it at our library. I haven't found any anime/manga that comes anywhere close to that one!

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  37. Oh, please come to Salt Lake! The Pie is wonderful, and I don't think I knew about Cakewrecks/Epbot before your last visit!

    I also second the recommendation for Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood :-)

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  38. Watched the video, love the musicians! Was startled by the light smattering of applause at the end. I shouldn't have been, given their venue, but it just seemed so completely inadequate after their amazing performance!

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  39. Come for the band, stay for the pizza. The Pie is an institution and they are the bomb. Just saying. Worth the trip.

    -Cory

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  40. Did you see the "Steampunx" episode of Phineas and Ferb? I thought of you when I watched it. :)

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  41. these guys have a new fan in me. (don't worry, i've been a fan of yours for a long time. ;)) i seriously teared up listening to some of their music. simply amazing is all i can say. i even tweeted for them. just...wow.

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  42. Super late on reading this post, but just have to give another plug for The Pie. You can order a 23" pizza! And it is absolutely delicious! And there are cheesy breadsticks, yum!

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  43. I second Venture Bros. and add the Angry Beavers, Freakazoid, and the Powerpuff Girls.

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  44. Danny Phantom is another excellent cartoon

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