Monday, November 14, 2016

How should the left respond?

It's been interesting how passionate the Facebook posts have been since the election results were finalized--even on this side of the border.  Passionate may be just a euphemism for outraged, hateful, threatening, but if you are someone who feels this is the end of civilization as you've known it, maybe this is a natural reaction.

But, a few thoughts.  Yes, Trump is horrible.  Yes, it's shocking how many people voted for him despite... fill in your litany of awfulness.  Still, are hateful rants going to open up a dialogue with the people you want to change?  Who's going to listen to your point of view if it's couched in profanity-filled abuse directed at them?  This ain't how dialogue happens.

Second, the ongoing protests against the results.  Makes sense; he's not the choice of many of the city voters, and they can more easily organize and take to the streets.  But there is a danger in how we approach this as we teach our children the correct response when democracy doesn't go our way.

Is the message "Be outraged and make sure he and those making decisions in the next administration know you'll be watching their actions and standing up for those most threatened?"  That's your right and hopefully the message gets through.

But if it's "We don't accept this election and we're going to keep marching and maybe eventually rioting to show our anger and denial of the outcome of the voting process", then that's problematic.  Because historically, that's what totalitarian dictators and their supporters do when they begin usurping power without the legitimacy of a mandate from the people.  It's not different just because you think you have the moral high ground.

Trump muttered about not accepting the results of what he warned would be a "rigged" election--covering himself in case he lost so he could save face and stir up as much crap among his supporters as possible.  It would be interesting to see how that might have looked and what his supporters would be doing now had he lost.

There is a professor who predicted Trump's victory before most who now is telling us Trump won't finish his term--maybe not even a full year of his presidency.  He points to Trump's unwillingness to toe the GOP line and how much happier the party establishment would be with a traditional republican like Pence.  Trump will have many scandals--his scam "university" may be the first and could easily start something rolling to get him impeached if he is charged with fraud--some analysts say it doesn't matter if the "crime" was committed before he took office; if enough in power want him out, they can use something like this to show him the door.

Trump should be held accountable--and the Republican House and Senate can't be fully trusted to do this, so the media and the informed electorate can help.  But it's time to also start finding out what's made the country so broken someone like this can be elected, and seeing if there is a starting point to bring the disenfranchised back from their nihilistic decision to support such a polarizing figure.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

It took this election result to get me back writing here...

To say I'm shocked, most of us are shocked, is an understatement.  Every week brought new atrocities from the mouth of he who is now the president elect.  Each horrible gaffe or disgusting statement led pundits to pronounce his doom, yet...

The majority of folks on my Facebook feed are sharing their grief and disbelief.  Comments in the key of "I can't believe America is so racist and bigoted" or "I can't believe so many people lost their minds" are most frequent.

I at first concur, and then I wonder.  I don't really think that tens of millions of people all think that the media created the recordings of all the outrages that spewed from Trump's mouth.  I can't believe that there are enough toothless methheads in rural America to put such a man in power.  So what is this?

I think it's a hand grenade rolled into the officers' tent by those who feel they are stuck waiting outside.

Strangely, the most coherent explanation of "what are they thinking?" I've seen comes from an article in Cracked magazine online:

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-about/

It's worth a read, to get a tiny glimpse into the minds of "the other".  I think if there is one lesson that can prove valuable out of this disaster, is that the broad brush painting of the disenfranchised right needs to stop.  Every campus in North America is teeming with an array of the vocal victimized--folks who lay a minefield around their pain to ambush any who don't have the right terms or suitable guilt when daring to discuss their issues.

We have no doubt that there are legions of groups who have reason fear and hate Trump--women, blacks, latinos, the poor, the gay community, educators, health-care providers, children, single moms, the elderly, the disabled...  and there are so many more.  Yet when we talk about those who feel left out on the other side of the spectrum, we tend to assume it's because they long for 1955 when they enjoyed being on top of the racist, patriarchal pyramid, and they're trying to turn back the clock for everyone else because they're hateful evil bigots.

Maybe there's more depth and variation to that group than I have previously grasped.  Maybe some are motivated by other factors--cynicism about the established power structure within both major parties, disillusionment by the way the Sanders campaign was squashed, lack of vision within the speeches and position statements of Hilary--at least compared to what Obama, one of the most inspiring speakers in generations--regularly provided.

Yes, there are those who have little intellectual grasp of the complexity of the job they just handed to this nasty buffoon who, when they are questioned about the first things he should do as president focused on "building that wall" and "repealing the Affordable Health Care Act"--surprisingly frequent quote in one story I read--but that's not all of the 50+ percent of voters who chose the orange freak.  It's the others who may have to be engaged in conversation--people who might come around to seeing the value in contributing to a system instead of just wanting to tear it down.

By engaging each other, Democrats and Republicans may be able to address the things that hurt them both--things like the false dichotomy of the oppressive two-party system, the corrupting influence of lobbyists and corporate money, the lack of transparency in so many government agencies that leads to a platform for Russian-backed Wikileaks scandalmongering.

It has to change.  When the stupid man with no attention span begins to show his woeful ineptitude, nearly everyone will eventually begin to doubt this rash act, and perhaps think together, how to make sure it never happens again.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Canada for President!

Something for my American friends:

Sunday, April 05, 2015

It's been a long time

I realized today the reason I quit coming to even look at this blog was that I'd switched the template to something ridiculous in hopes of having it not seem so dated.  Meh, dated was better; at least you could read it.

So I switched it back to something old school.  I may even post something again, not that anyone reads this.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Conversational Skills

My wife and I went out to a pub for dinner on Friday night. It was nice to just sit and catch up with each other after a busy week--one of the nice things about the kids getting older is we have more of those "just us" times. After more than two decades of marriage, it's nice that we still enjoy just talking for hours. I wasn't thinking about that particularly, until I noticed that at two different tables nearby were young couples, who were just sitting there. It may have been they were tired, or one was an awkward first date, but it just seemed like they were bored. One girl sat there, silent, as her companion spent most of his time texting. Have texting and social media begun to damage conversational skills? Did they need more alcohol to relax enough to talk to one another? (The service was pretty slow.) On a slightly different note (and making me look like a burgeoning alcoholic), earlier my son and I had walked over to a neighborhood pub and shared a jug and some appies and just enjoyed father-son time at a redneck drinking establishment. (I'd also note that my wife did all the driving that evening when we went out--she doesn't drink.) Now of course I have to run more to work this all off.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thoughts on the Occupy Protests (click on title to read the post)

Got into a bit of a facebook debate earlier this evening about the whole thing.  My question was "what are you really protesting?"  I'm not against it, and thoroughly support the whole "Occupy Wall St." movement, but we've got a history nearby (June Stanley Cup riots) of jumping on any excuse to smash and burn things.

A few things stand out about what I've read about what's going on in NYC.  First, it's obscene that CEO's of banks are still ridiculously overpaid and getting bonuses when they bear a lot of the blame for the mortgage mess.  Meanwhile, average folks don't get help with their personal mortgage crises, and are losing their homes.

The Republican obsession with protecting a system of tax breaks designed to maintain one of the largest disparities between the wealthy and the poor in the first world is reprehensible, and their propaganda against any sort of health care system to provide for those who don't have insurance is sad to watch.

But what's the protest about closer to home, on this side of the border?  It feels a lot like "We're angry and government sucks" but I don't hear specifics.  David Suzuki offers his perspective on it all and I agree with his take on wrongs that need to be righted.  But I'm not sure what the road map is for this change.

Maybe it's just that we need governments to be a little less comfortable; those in power should sweat a bit when they decide to take away yet another social program or cut funding to those in need just to give corporations a tax break so they won't move to some country with a corrupt government and lax environmental laws and no unions.

But it would be nice to have a manifesto, or some sort of list of demands.  Since I haven't seen one yet, I thought I'd offer a few suggestions:

1. Let's stop bullshitting ourselves that we're really working towards freedom from fossil fuels.  The percentage of the power grid that is supplied by solar, wind or other non-fossil fuel power is not growing fast enough.  Gas, oil and coal are still providing about 3/4 of our fuel needs, and non-fossil fuels are mostly nuclear and hydroelectric, neither of which is hugely friendly to the environment.

Less time fighting wars and building pipelines for oil and more time redesigning homes to use geothermal/wind/solar power would be a good start.

2. Stop stupid importing practices.  I realize I can't give up coffee so the 100-mile diet isn't for me entirely.  But it's stupid to use trucks and trains and ships to bring apples from California or other long distances when I can grow pretty decent apples in my yard, and there are many orchards nearby.  Same with potatoes and other fruit that will grow in this climate.

If I want oranges, they should come from California, not Florida--maybe draw a line along the Mississippi and buy from your own side.  You could argue that there is plenty of beef in Alberta so why should we be bringing it in from New Zealand or Argentina?

This flies in the face of free trade, I realize, and I don't want to destroy the economies of countries that rely on a few exports.  But we're killing all kinds of local industries by buying into the Walmartization of our economies.  In July my family got a tour of the last lace factory in England, and they doubt it will still be there in 20 years.

I still want to support ethical products in places where they're helping change lives, but there are some things I don't need to import.

3. Get involved in politics.  Putting on a George Bush or Steven Harper mask and marching is easier than going out and banging on doors and talking to people, or setting up a car pool system to get people to polling places.  If a movement is truly supported by the populace, you should be able to get them to vote for it.  If not, then you're less in touch with the common man and woman than you think.

4. Create/support alternate media.  At a time when newspapers are folding and Fox News is growing, we need to make a conscious effort to stay informed.  We can't rely on media conglomerates who want to keep corporate advertisers happy to challenge the status quo.

5. Stop making heroes out of assholes.  Why is "The Situation" getting rich and famous and going on talk shows while people who volunteer with inner-city youth or work to get food to the starving in Somalia toiling in obscurity?  Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, Charlie Sheen--do we really need to hear about their latest self-indulgence?  Don't watch shows, buy magazines or encourage the glorification of plastic orange people with disgusting values and maybe children won't try to emulate them.

If you're going home after your protest and watching Jersey Shore, you're part of the problem.

6. Turn the theoretical disadvantaged into real people.  It's one thing to say you support helping those in need; it's quite another to get to know them.  I've got a ton of time for the message of folks who walk their talk, and you don't have to have a lot of money to make people's lives better.  The first time you go to the homeless shelter might be a bit intimidating, but when you realize that people need whatever help you can give them, and many are interesting, engaging folks who could offer a lot if they could get past what's undermined their lives, you'll be more ready to get involved the next time.  I and my family have had the privilege to do this, and it's something I'd recommend.



There's a lot more, but it's late.  Feel free to add your contributions in the comments.  (If anyone reads this any more.)  Also feel free to criticize the new layout; Blogger pushed it on me in a weak moment.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Nottingham

The weather hasn't been spectacular, but the visit has been great.  We weren't sure how it would work out; we were offered lodging with some family friends, a retired couple, and I was a bit worried about how we'd all fit in their home, or just how we'd mesh with folks we barely knew.

Turned out amazingly--they had enough space to give the kids their own bedrooms, and this couple are great fun--witty, smartass repartee is the norm, and we got to see all sorts of cool places.

Sitting in the (left side) passenger front seat I'm now sure I was right not to plan on driving on this side of the channel--not just the confusion with the other side of the road, but compounded by double-lane roundabouts and trying to shift with my left hand while steering with my right.

We saw my mom's sister and her cousin, but my aunt told us that my mom's brother wasn't really up to coming out with us for a visit.  Fact is, neither he nor my aunt live in areas or homes that would be places they want to host us.  Also, this is the brother who is painfully shy.  When mom's oldest brother was still alive, he'd be the one who did most of the talking, while Fred wouldn't have to say much.

This was a disappointment--I never met George, who passed away a few years ago, and here was a chance to meet another uncle for the first time that didn't seem like it was going to happen.  I called my dad that night and he urged me to take another shot at getting together with him.  Dad suggested we offer to get together in the one place Fred my be comfortable--the pub.

He knew what he was talking about.  My aunt was surprised to hear we "drank beer" (mom and dad never touched alcohol) and that changed things.  So while wife and daughter were off with our hosts seeing the last lace factory in Britain, my son (still 17 at this point) got to join us for a couple of pints and a nice visit with family he'd never met.

Here are a few pics from the week:

This is the view from Nottingham Castle.


The kids and I with Mom's cousin (in blue) and my Aunt Iris.  After this it was just us with Iris and we learned that we were no match for this lady's energy and stamina in walking all over Nottingham.


Nottingham was a trendier city than we expected.  Rather than being a rather grim industrial urban center, the downtown area was nice, and filled with the sort of shops my kids love.



James and I tried archery in Sherwood Forrest.  (I did pretty well.) 


The "Trip to Jerusalem"--the oldest Inn (pub) in England.  It's an old crusader pub dating back to the late 1100s.



Wollaton Hall, near where we were staying in Trowell.  Here we are with our hosts.  It's a lovely spot, and since part of it is a natural history museum, it was filled with school tours that day.  (Did I mention that even in the third week in July the poor kids are still in school?)


Next stop:  London.

Friday, July 15, 2011

More France

We left Paris on Saturday morning in our rental car, thinking ourselves smart as the heavy traffic would've left town on Friday afternoon, and our starting out around 7 a.m. would make things easier.  We were wrong.  Bumper to bumper dead slow for long sections of the first couple of hours.  Surprising how many of the cars clogging the roads had Dutch plates--maybe a long weekend there?  

Adventures along the way included stopping in a small community off the highway and ordering Mcdonalds somewhere that nobody spoke any English.  Our French was tested more in this phase of the vacation as we moved away from the touristy areas of Paris.

The countryside is beautiful, and the village of Eymet is small but has a definite charm.  The house we stayed in for the week was great; lots of room and a nice private courtyard to sit and enjoy a glass of wine and relax.  

Yes, lots of wine this week, and such good wine for relatively little cost.  Will be hard to get used to paying the prices back home.  Now off to Nottingham.  Here are a few photos from the Eymet and nearby:


The first photo is not so nearby--this is the beach at Arcachon--beautiful 33 (91) degree day on the Atlantic.  Daughter was mildly traumatized by the number of topless females around, though.

The courtyard at the house we called home for a week


Countryside.  'nuff said.



A view of the village square in Eymet at dusk.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Paris


It's been five lovely days in Paris for us--my second visit in as many years.  This time, with family, allowed for a bit better taste of local life.  For instance, we had a kitchen in the hotel, so we shopped at a nearby grocery store and also stopped each day at a bakery to get our supply of baguettes and pain au chocolat. 

We stayed in Charenton, or Porte de Charenton, I think, and I liked it much better then the area around our hotel last spring with my school group.  We felt comfortable coming and going even after midnight, arriving at a nearby Metro station and walking the few blocks to the hotel.

Culture shock.  Hmm, not so much, although the constantly having to try to communicate in French is at times a challenge.  Some things are different.  For instance, the rules about alcohol.  Even on the flight from Vancouver, things changed.  My son, still 17, is given an glass of wine with his meal.

He enjoyed wine several times in Paris, and no doubt he'll sample beer in England.  But when we're back home, we do need him to respect the fact that our laws are different. 

Another difference--public washrooms.  There are hardly any of them in Paris.  I don't know what people do exactly, but it's a far cry from home where public places all are required to have them, as are any places that serve food.

Still, it's an amazing city.  We had a lot of fun, and loved the Latin Quarter in particular.  Crepes.  They are something I'll miss the most when we get home.  

There are photos on my facebook, but I'll add a few here as well.  Next stop:  Eymet, in the southwest.





Saturday, June 04, 2011

Shut it all down

The province, I mean.  This is the first time since '94 that the Canucks have been in the finals--and they've only been there twice before now.  For the first time, they're the "favourite" with home ice advantage.

What does that mean?  On Wednesday, Game One started at 5:00 our time.  Everybody must have left work by 4:00 to get home or to the various bars, etc. where they were going to watch.  Traffic was stupid.  But at 5:30, normally still rush hour, things were pretty quiet.

Boston Pizza, with a lot of locations in BC, have temporarily changed all their signage in this part of the world to "Vancouver Pizza", and Tim Horton's have made a similar name change for Boston Creme donuts.

My school's graduation ceremony last weekend included several references to the Canucks, and there are a ridiculous number of car flags of all sizes everywhere.  You'll find employees wearing Canuck gear at most business outlets, and the elevator of my dad's senior's lodge has become a battleground of graffiti on the wall notice about the games.  (folks crossing out "Go Canucks" to replace it with "Go Bruins" followed by "Crying towels are available at the front desk")

My wife is finding this all a bit frustrating.  Not a fan herself, she doesn't appreciate how a simple game is messing up life.  It's not just traffic; I had deliberately scheduled my students' last evening of theatre presentation on June 16--one of two possible dates, the other being the 15th.  I'd avoided the 15th since that was my son and daughter's school awards night, and we've been informed they're both being honoured.

Now, earlier this week, we get an email informing us that the event has been shifted to the 16th, since the 15th is the night a seventh game will be played should the series go that long.

Ugh.  I already missed my son's last-ever high school music concert where he was in everything and featured in a bunch of solos, etc, simply because I had to buy and plan my own school field trip to Wicked in Vancouver eight months in advance.  (This happened two days ago.)

Fortunately, I have a pretty understanding administration and a cool group of senior kids.  All involved agree I should go to my kids' ceremony, and we're moving our event to the 15th--should a game 7 transpire, we'll probably have to change that plan, since we realize nobody would come.

Fingers crossed--Go Canucks Go! (In six games or quicker).

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Really, Hollywood?

What two movies have I seen the most ads for in the past few days? "Sucker Punch" and "Hobo With a Shotgun".

Wow. They're not waiting until summer for these blockbusters. We are living in halcyon days.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thrift

My parents didn't spend their money when I was a kid. My dad grew up during the depression, and like many of that generation, he never really felt quite comfortable that his financial situation could be trusted.

When I was in sixth grade, my dad finally succumbed to pressure and bought our first colour TV. It was a beautiful 26-inch model, and I remember getting up early the day after we got it and turning on anything--just to see TV in colour.

I also remember my grandmother's reaction. She basically told me we (the family) were selfish because we pressured my dad to waste his money on something as unnecessary.

Fast forward many years to this past week. My dad has a TV that's not much better than that one I was thrilled we got way back when. (a screen one whole inch larger). I decided he needed to join the 21st century and got him connected to HD and a new TV. He can easily afford it; there's no reason for him to be watching hockey or baseball on an old-school TV when he can see how amazingly clearer the hi-def broadcasts are.

(Plus now I'm more likely to go watch the big games at his place instead of trying to drag him over to our house where he can't really relax.)

I wonder what my grandmother would say?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tom Clancy

Can anybody actually read his novels? Really?

I'm struggling with one I picked up somewhere a while back--it's a mindless read when I'm too tired to think much at the end of a long day--and really, it reminded me of the Simpson's episode when they mocked George Lucas for his boring fascination with politics in the more recently-made Star Wars movies.

Mr. Clancy loves his heroic politicians and lengthy descriptions of their good-guy heroicness (yes I know it isn't a word auto-correct) and how they aren't part of the mainstream bureaucracy...

Blah, blah, blah. Develop some sort of a plot line, soon. How has this guy made over a two hundred mil. from writing?

(He tried to put 200 million of his own money the Minnesota Vikings in the mid-90s but his divorce ended up costing too much.)

I just don't see the appeal. Then again, I thought the DaVinci Code was a terribly-written book.

Monday, February 14, 2011

They're not all prima donnas

Some athletes are jerks. Michael Vick is now among the NFL's elite even though a darker side was revealed a few years ago. Matt Cooke has been suspended yet again for recklessly endangering another hockey player. Bruins player Marc Savard's career is probably over after another recent concussion--a problem originating with a disgusting cheap hit from Cooke last season.

But there are scores of good people who appreciate their good fortune and haven't lost the common touch. A couple of examples are Mike Rupp of the Pittsburgh Penguins and yes, perhaps a little surprising to some, David Beckham, possibly the most famous active soccer player in the world.

I heard both of these stories while driving into work recently, and just thought I'd share.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Some advice for TV exec types - Criminal Minds

As I said in the last post, there are at least two things that make Criminal Minds (a show we like in this household) ridiculous.

1. (and this is true of many similar shows) Every time there is a job opening, it just happens that the replacement is good-looking enough to be a model. Hmm, is there some sort of a perv conspiracy at the top of the FBI and every crime lab in every major US city? I realize that attractive people make us common folk more likely to watch a show, but are we so shallow that we can't have one normal looking person out in the field finding perps?

2. The delivery of the profile. This is ridiculous in the extreme. When the team has assembled the basic details they believe to be true of the "unsub" they will call all the local law enforcement folk together to share the profile. But here's the thing--they do it as a team; each member follows the sentence of the previous one with their next like some sort of well-rehearsed chorus. Even the new girl who's only been on the team for a couple of episodes pipes in.

I direct shows--if this were a scene in a play, it would need some rehearsal time to make sure everyone knew when to come in and who had each 'line'. But there they are, nobody talking over anyone else, each taking their turn, and nobody apparently reading from a script.

Are we to believe that just happens? Or as the clock ticks and the poor victim's chances are becoming slimmer and slimmer, does the team sneak off for an hour to run practices of this performance--each profiler's lines marked with different colored highlighter pens? This is the single most annoying feature of this show, and makes any pretense of realism a joke.

Well, that and the fact that Greg left Dharma and has become a super-serious never-smile FBI guy.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Some advice for TV exec types - The Office

The Office - So it seems Steve Carrell is going to be leaving the show earlier than expected. Originally, the buzz was that the Holly character would be taking over as "boss". Clearly some focus groups have squashed that ill-advised idea, and now they're looking at a variety of possibilities.

If you read the link article, you'll see options that all sound, well, like guarantees that the show will soon be gone. If you watch the show, the very idea that the Todd Packer character might be more of a regular will make you gag.

Meanwhile, the Golden Globes has once more shown us how Ricky Gervais can make us all squirm uncomfortably as he crosses several lines even in a short opening monologue. He may not have have as much name/face recognition on this side of the Atlantic as he does in Britain, but he's still far better and better-known than anyone they're looking at to try to replace Carrell.

So here's the plan: Get Ricky Gervais, who already is one of the show's producers, and who created the whole concept when he did the earlier British version, to take over as Michael Scott's replacement.

Then, go one step further. Gradually begin begin replacing the Dunder Mifflin employees with their counterparts from the original British show. Trust me, aside from Dwight, the rest of the current characters are done story-wise anyway. It's the only way this show will be around 18 months from now.

Next time: The two things that make Criminal Minds ridiculous.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Final Video Advent Calendar Entry - For December 24

Since this is your December 24 Video Advent Calendar, it's the last one, but I can't post just one, so I'm offering a variety of clips in this final installment.

First, although I posted it not that long ago, this is an amazingly well-done spoof of movie trailers.




I'm a big fan of the Improv Everywhere musicals in mall food fairs or grocery stores, or their simultaneous freeze of a few hundred people in Grand Central Station. This is a flash mob that pays homage to MC Hammer's cool pants and his cool dance moves.



I am a fan of all things Simpsons (thus the title of this blog) and this is one of the best homemade Simpsons intros--"The Estonian Version"



Dustin is one of the visitors (I think) to this blog, and a pretty funny and creative guy who plays the werewolf in this Twilight spoof.



That's all for now--hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a great start to 2011.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Video Advent Calendar for Dec.23

My kids would say my wife and I are already like this.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Video Advent Calendar for Dec. 22

Okay, you just need to follow the link to Vimeo to watch this full screen. The question I have is How do you learn to do this? I mean, I don't think this is the sort of activity that would be forgiving of beginner's mistakes.

Truly amazing footage.

Superior, Speed Fly from Marshall Miller on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Video Advent Calendar for Dec.20 (with bonus)

Here are two Rob Pavarian video clips I've posted before. The first is his classic Pachelbel Rant, and in the second we get his take on the Friends theme song and a Sugar Ray song.




Video Advent Calendar for Dec.19

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Video Advent Calendar for December 17

Want to be the life of a geeky party? Try some of these scientific tricks!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Video Advent Calendar for Dec.14

This is strange but the guy has some talent. I like how you can tell the order in which he recorded them by how tired he looks.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Video Advent Calendar- Dec.13

I think I first saw this three years ago--maybe I even posted it. This is the original--there are better versions they've got on their website--plus other songs if you want to take a look. (You can get to it from clicking on this video and going to their Youtube page.)

Video Advent Calendar for Dec.12

Count the movie references.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Video Advent Calendar for Dec.11

This is ridiculous--just watching it could induce a panic attack; I can't imagine actually walking it.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Video Advent Calendar for Dec.10

This is kind of cool because it's Steve Carrell and it's Victoria. Yes, this channel (in HD) was actually on our TV for a little while today.

Video Advent Calendar for Dec.9

If you're a vegetarian, don't even try to watch this.

If you're looking for a new way to serve your main meat course this holiday season, though...

Monday, December 06, 2010

Video Advent Calendar for Dec 7

If you like Gilbert and Sullivan, you'll love this.