The End of Civilization

My mom had this video mailed to her by one of her coworkers, and as usual, she forwards all of that lovely chain mail to me. Luckily, this time it was a hilarious clip. I have never seen this before! The face at the end is priceless. I guess this is appropriate today, since California upheld the ban on same sex marriage.

Enjoy!

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Would the Good People like a Reply?

This commercial makes me laugh every time I see it. Especially by the end of it!

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In This Club

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Perhaps the greatest collection of musically talented rodents, forest dwellers, ventriloquists, and heavenly bodies to ever grace the stage of a children’s pizza parlor… The Rock-afire Explosion is a set of animatronic characters from the 80’s and 90’s that were the centerpiece of “Showbiz Pizza” parlors.

Though they group was disbanded in the mid 90’s due to “contract disputes” hardcore fans have been trying to get them back together. Heck, they’ve even programmed them to sing to present day songs. Thanks to Mike Hatke for providing the youtube link.

Without further ado, The Rock-afire Explosion performs Usher’s “In this Club!”

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From The Desk Of… “Working Hard… On Making YouTube Videos”

And the Notre Dame Basketball team loses again, finally putting an end to a dismal season that was once spewing with utmost optimism. Well, let me correct myself. The NIT still remains, which could prove to be the ultimate display of (sub) mediocrity.

Anyway, in response to Mike Hatke’s request, I have made a special video commemorating the accomplishments of the season. Enjoy.

Can you believe it? The season summed up in about 8 seconds by a 4 second sound clip and a picture which had become a regular occurence this season.

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At least we’ll have a Hansbrough next season.

Rockin’ That Thing- Remix?

Not that the original song isn’t good enough. But this remix is so good! (The Dream, Luda, Fabolous, Jules Santana, et al. + a goofy intro from DJ Khaled!

My only question is: Where can I get a leather baseball cap?

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So You’re Sayin’ There’s a Chance!

Sometime it’s this quote from the movie Dumb and Dumber that gives hope to the long shots, especially when it comes to a really, really attractive girl.

Rumor on the street is that Megan Fox broke off her engagement to some now insignificant dude (Brian Austin Green, whoever that is!). So I hear she’s single and ready to mingle.

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So you’re saying there’s- uh, no. There is no chance. But at least we can oogle.

Well, at least I have Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to look forward to! I don’t think many of us have forgotten her signature scene in the first one, where she fixes up Shia’s broken down hoopty.

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Absurd. I remember seeing this downtown at Channelside. Let’s just say the reaction was a collective “Wow, OMG” from the guys in the theatre. I don’t think you can blame anyone there.

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And just one more random pic. I don’t even know what to write. Uh, nice rocks? Oh and by the way, you’re hot. Though I don’t know if I’m diggin’ the forearm bracelets. But I’ll let it slide.

I leave you with this hilarious video I found on Youtube when I was searching for Megan Fox clips. Instead I found a very tabloidish update by a video blogger named Philip DeFranco. Hilarious stuff. He apparently makes a new video M-F by 5pm on the latest going on in the world. The piece on Megan Fox as well as the ball crusher are great.

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Rock Band Release Tuesday

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It’s Tuesday, and that means…
New DLC for Rock Band. Today, 5 new songs were released, and I’m sad to say that they aren’t really recognizable to me! Nevertheless, we’ll tell you what the songs are, and who sings them! After last week’s release of extremely difficult songs, Harmonix has given us a temporary break! Two of the songs are by the band Devo. Yes, THAT band which sings the song “Whip it,” which unfortunately is not part of the DLC. Instead, the songs are “Through Being Cool” and “Girl You Want” (Tier 3 band). Also from the realm of the 80’s comes Duran Duran with “Rio” and “Girls on Film” (Tier 4 Band). And Lastly, a 99 cent song by a band called The Janitors called “Get Your Rock On” (Tier 2 Band).

Here’s the Drums to “Girls on Film” It looks fun, and certainly more doable than last week!

And in keeping with the Girl theme, Devo’s “Girl U Want” on Guitar. Gets pretty repetitive and over all the chart is easy. Vocals sound like they could pose a problem though!

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“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music…”

Another weekend, another family outing to the Patel Conservatory to see more random performances. At least this time my mother was actually partaking in the action, as it was the recital for her adult flamenco class. In fact, it was the Adult Student Showcase for Summer 2008, the recital for all of the adult classes at the Patel Conservatory. As usual (and as you can see) it was a packed house, an official sell out!

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Not only was it sold out, but they were turning away people at the door! They made an announcement to see if there were any extra tickets in the crowd (which we had 2), and told us there were people who weren’t able to enter the show! My favorite overhead comment from the dude in front of me? “Man, these tickets are hotter than the damn Superbowl haha!” Agreed.

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So the show began with a cute ballet sequence, and was followed by a piece on pointe by the three most advanced students. In between, there was a singing duet, a rendition of one of the main songs from a musical called “Sideshow,” which is apparently about the experiences of Siamese twins. After the pointe piece, the three classes of Adult Tap performed individual pieces alongside their instructor, Kyle White. As you can expect, the tap performances were accompanied by various ragtime music pieces, and it really got the crowd into it. If that didn’t accomplish the feat, the musical theatre performance certainly did. They performed (singing and dancing) Age of Aquarius, and you could hear many adults singing along , including my grandfather!

Then of course came what WE went to see, the flamenco dancers. They were introduced by their instructor, Curra Alba

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Then, out came the dancers, and of course, mom, in their black and white flamenco attire, cleverly adorned with ravishingly ostentatious red scarves.

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And of course, the star of the show! (What good photography by yours truly!)

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I even have videos of the performance! Please check them out! You can hear the crowd going crazy and clapping and cheering!!!

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And of course, castanuelas!

Gettin down to some Gypsy Kings!

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The show closed with a performance by the Voice Ensemble, who jazzed up “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and two other pieces. The Hip Hop performance was stellar, as the class came out wearing masks like the popular dancing crew on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, JabbaWockeeZ. And to close it out, a dance in the contemporary / modern style.

The quote of the night goes to my mom… (She always has the best things to say pretty much about everything). She explained that even as we grow up, we need to find something to do… something that isn’t work, that lets you escape for those two hours a week… something that teaches you about something, and about yourself… Well said mom. Well said. I can only hope that I one day find my true passion, or at least have the courage to step out of my comfort zone like that. Congrats to all the performers, and of course, Mom! We are so proud here at…

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The Redeem Team… and other Olympic Tidbits

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It’s nice to actually be up a decent hour! This means that I can actually watch the Olympics in the living room (since the remote to MY tv is still in Texas). Perhaps the best part of the morning? Hearing the old NBC NBA basketball theme song during the US – Greece game. If you miss it as much as I do (but not so much the NBA itself) you can listen to it by watching this clip from youtube!

The USA basketball team was affectionately dubbed as so by the media prior to today’s basketball game between USA and Greece. All the talk leading up to the game surrounded the victory by the Greeks in the FIBA semifinals against the United States, a 101 – 95 upset. Today’s game had a different outcome, as the US totally dominated for most of the match beating the Greeks comfortably 92 – 69. A much improved defense and noticeable chemistry s probably attributed to the program’s new head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and he means business. He, of course, brings his Duke coaching expertise to the table, and has managed to forge a skilled basketball-playing machine from a conglomerate of professional athletes. Oh, and he has their respect too. The win improves the US to 3-0, and makes the highly anticipated showdown between the US and Spain even more dramatic, as both teams will enter the game with undefeated records. Catch it Saturday morning at 10! (Just your classic Coach K instructional pic… with ‘Melo listening)

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Men’s soccer disappoints… AGAIN. They didn’t even have to worry about being on European soil! After a narrow escape from Japan in the opening match, the Dutch seemed to have knocked the life out of the US with a goal in stoppage time to force a 2-2 draw. This left the US the manageable task of simply drawing or beating the Nigerians. The US simply could not finish their chances, having plenty of them despite a 3rd minute red card to Michael Orozco, which left them a man down for the rest of the match. This pic definitely captures the spirit of the moment. Very down.

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Women’s soccer moved on to the quarterfinals. No surprise there. We’ll see how they match up against stiffer competition, especially with the absence of Abby Wambach.

Some random notes: Cuba won a gold in Greco-Roman wrestling. The first few matches I saw were pretty boring… just a lot of maintaining the advantage in the defensive position. But of course, leave it to the Russians to kick it up a notch. Badminton is probably the craziest sport I’ve ever seen on TV. The announcers said that strikes of the shuttlecock can exceed 200 miles per hour!?! That’s faster than jai alai! The reflexes required are ridiculous. Currently, its South Korea and Great Britain. Annnnnd James Blake just took the first set from Roger Federer in men’s olympic singles tennis. That’s only Blake’s second set win against Federer out of the 23 they have played against each other. Wowsers.

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Edit: Blake “just” (darn tape delay) won the match, 6-4 7-6 (7-3) moving him to the semis! Congrats James!

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Can You Feel This? I’m Dying to Feel This

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I found this video on Youtube while I was browsing around for different Slipknot performances. I remembered a few years back when the ‘Knot was releasing Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) that they performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. So I watched their performance of “Duality” which was the first single off of the new record. (Though I am relatively a new maggot, I have heard their older albums and feel “Duality” is one of their best songs!) It was of course, awesome. But the video of the second song really made me laugh. I can’t believe I had forgotten about it! If ANYONE ever asks, it can be said that Wolf Blitzer has been to a Slipknot concert! If you watch the opening minute or so, you can see that he is NOT amused to be there. This could be because he was probably missing the touch screen monitor he and his CNN colleagues use to at the CNN election center. Who knows, he may have been right in the middle of the pack. Haha. Well, if you watch past the Wolf Blitzer part, the song is called “The Blister Exists,” and it’s pretty sick. Enjoy.

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