Friday, June 27, 2008

Ready To Be Pixilated

Cath and I are seeing WALL-E tonight.

Until then, satisfy yourself with unsatisfyingly brief clips from a satisfying interview with the filmmaker of a satisfy---

Maybe you should just go over to Jeffrey’s blog and read.

Cath suggested one of the questions he asks. Okay, Jeff was probably gonna ask it anyway, but still.

Just my thoughts,


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Carmen Sandiego Never Danced So Good

Jason sent this vid link to me. (Pay attention to 2008; the others only at your own whim.)

Matt travels the world.

And he dances.


And yet somehow, makes the world feel like, oh I don't know-

Part of the same goofy family.

Thanks for dancing, Matt. There's hope for us yet.

Just my thoughts,


PS For after you watched the video:

Two entries on the FAQ's that I enjoyed:

How did you get those kids in Rwanda to dance with you?
I just started dancing. There was no prior discussion or explanation. They thought it looked like a fun thing to be doing and joined in. They also really dug seeing themselves on the camera's playback screen.

Why is the world so screwed up?
How do we fix it?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog

Joss Whedon.
Nathan Fillion.
Neil Patrick Harris.
Singing super villians.
Me in geek heaven.
Just my thoughts,

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Good Ol' Charlie Brown

Special thanks to my book club, and more to the point Susan Kelly for putting me on to today’s topic.

To this day, I identify with Charlie Brown.

Growing up, I thought I was Charlie Brown. I even had a crush on a little red-haired girl.

And every Christmas I preach on the significance of Charlie Brown’s television special – which just happened to have aired for the first time within a couple of months of my birth.

So I was delighted to find this NPR: In Character program devoted to Charlie Brown.

I especially like the take on the character as told by the young kids interviewed. Good ol’ Charlie more impressive than Captain America? I buy that.

So what say you all – is Charlie’s perennial attempt at kicking the football an act of idiocy, or a pure act of forgiveness and faith?

Just my thoughts,


Friday, June 20, 2008

A Few Suggestions...

Friend Jason put me onto this post, an open letter to Hollywood.

(Warning that the responses to the post can get crass, using some of that adult language that is marked by immaturity -- so read past the post at your own risk.)

I have to say, the letter made me laugh, and I agreed with much of it.

Most truthful line: "Just because a film is profitable, does not necessarily dictate a need for a sequel."

Request that is least likely to happen: "You need to start learning from your mistakes."

My favorite entry: "Once performers become tabloid fixtures, they should be cut from the studio roster. The more "famous for being famous" someone becomes, the less we want to see them in a film."

Now, if only we can find Hollywood's address...

Just my thoughts,


Thursday, June 19, 2008

We're Marley and Marley -- Ooooooooooooh!

I’ve been reading a lot over at Jeff Overstreet’s blog, getting riled about the kerfluffle over Christianity Today daring to review a movie with questionable content.

So it’s only fair that Jeff also supply me with some laughs to get past the riledation. (New word, I’m trade-marking it as we speak.)

Head on over for some old fashioned Muppet style fun.

Just my thoughts,


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"Dent, jeez, I thought you was dead..."

Yes, I'm geeking out.


Relevé Studios

I haven't posted anything in a while ... partly because Sean's such a good writer ... and also because I've been really busy.

"Busy doing what?", you ask.

Well, thanks for that lead-in to a blantant advertisement.

I became the manager for Relevé Studios in February. Since then we've grown to over 100 students strong, had our first amazing recital, (see actual photos here of some students) and are now preparing for summer classes and camps.

If you are in the LA area - come by for a tour of our beautiful 6,000 sq ft space in Tarzana. (on Oxnard, just north of the 101 and just east of Reseda Blvd.)

If you are not in the LA area, but know someone who is - encourage them to come by and check us out.

We offer classes in 9 styles of dance, as well as acting, voice, piano, fitness, and even "parent & me". All ages are welcome.

Next week we start an 8-week improv class with Joel McCrary. And it's only $160 (for 16 hours of instuction - crazy!!)

We also have day camps for ages 4-18 in Shakespeare, Magic, Acting, Voice, Creative Dramatics, and my favorite - the "So We Know You Can Dance" camp where students will study 7 styles of dance in 5 days.

"Relevé" means "to lift up" - and that's what we hope to do for our students - lift them up.

Just my thoughts (and my passion and my job),

Friday, June 13, 2008

This used to be a government of checks and balances. Now it's all checks and no balances.

-Gracie Allen

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My Kind of Drive By...

Yesterday I drove by the house where George Burns and Gracie Allen used to live.

Just sayin'.

Them's my thoughts,


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Be Very Afraid...

Apparently, my niece likes alligators. More than fluffy bunnies or teddy bears.

She shocked the guide: not only was she willing to touch the thing, she insisted on snuggling up with it.

Me? I like to think of the cute little buggers in terms of shoes and handbags, rather than pets.

And it was her idea to put the baby in the alligator's mouth. Is she feeding the beast, or is this a trust exercise?
On seeing these pictures, my one hope was that this is an alligator statue, and not the real thing.
Or I'll be having a little intervention with my brother and sister-in-law...
Just my thoughts,

Friday, June 06, 2008

Iron Man Trailer to be a Feature

The Onion did a story that I missed, but have watched four times in the last day and it still makes me laugh -- because it is too true. (See it here.)

The gist: Rabid fans of the popular Iron Man Trailer are upset over news that the studio is planning on adapting the ninety second trailer into a full length movie. (Clearly the movie has already been made -- like I said, I'm missed the story at first.)

Made me think of my poor friend Cory, who is already hearing flack from die-hard fans about a movie that hasn't even been written yet. If you go to his site (and why wouldn't you?), scroll on down for his three-part "Power of the Fan" series.

And then watch the Onion story again, and laugh and laugh and laugh...

Just my thoughts,


Thursday, June 05, 2008

Just Wondering...

If someone asks, “What is a rhetorical question?” – are you supposed to answer?

Just my thoughts,


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

No Matter What Party You're With...

Stolen straight from Andrew Sullivan's blog at (thanks for the link, Jeff):

The Audacity of Now

Something has already been done, hasn't it? A reader writes:

Tomorrow I will go to the African American cemetery outside of Chicago where my great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, and my mother and father are buried. And I will tell them that they were right -- that if we studied hard, worked hard, kept the faith, fought for justice, prayed, that this day would come.

And it has.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

...And the Real Good Movie

I know I’m late to the party, but Cath and I finally saw LARS AND THE REAL GIRL.

Loooooved it. (Imagine last line said with high pitched, sing-song voice.)

We liked it so much in fact that we are going to force our Small Group from church to watch it with us, so we can talk about it afterward.

Won’t say much here, other than an insight I got from Reel Geezers (thanks, Jeff, for the introduction to Reel Geezers).

Marcia pointed out that LARS is an answer to HARVEY (remember the flick with Jimmy Stewart and his invisible rabbit friend?). But whereas HARVEY was about a community trying to destroy the delusion of one man, LARS is…

A movie you really should see.


Just my thoughts,


Monday, June 02, 2008

On the Couch

I was startled by a couch this weekend.

It was a nice enough of a couch, really. Pretty good condition, looked new.

Black leather that made it look professional; yet those large cushions that also made it look comfy.

It was upright, had all it’s legs, no tears in the fabric or anything like that.

In fact, based on an examination of the couch itself, I would say there was nothing about it that anyone should have found startling.

Just a nice, perfectly normal couch.

Sitting proudly in the third lane of the 405 freeway.

Made me wonder if that’s what’s wrong with me sometimes.

Based on an examination of me myself, I’m a nice enough of a fellow; upright, comfy, no tears in my fabric.

So maybe I just don’t belong in the third lane of the 405 freeway.

Just my thoughts,