Monday, February 25, 2013

When the Basement Finishes You

The unhappy diagnosis of one of our annual boiler cleanings was that its efficiency was at levels that get entire departments fired, meaning we needed to replace it.  

 "No problem!" we thought, “We have American Home Shield for just such things, and they'll get us a new one now.”

Monday, February 18, 2013

Taylor Sith?

Now that Disney owns Star Wars, they have announced Episodes VII-IX and a myriad of expanded universe movies.  All that’s missing from these announcements is a new Disnified home release of the original films.

Disney loves to throw music videos on their discs, featuring popular current performers on Radio Disney singing songs from, or homages to, the film in question.

Therefore, I would like to submit this little diddy, to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” for the home release of The Empire Strikes Back: Super Duper Special Edition. It is a musical celebration of Luke’s big “NO!” right after,
“No… I am your father.”
Which USED to be the greatest reveal in cinema history, before the prequels spoiled it by revealing Vader’s entire back story. (Not that I’m still bitter or anything.)

Feel free to blame my daughter for getting yet another girly song stuck in my head, forcing me to release this on an unsuspecting public.  This one's for you, kiddo!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Jeff’s Books to Open Your Mind: Captain Underpants

I love these books.

I’m not sure how I discovered them before becoming a father, but I did, and read them to my wife as we both laughed hysterically. 

The Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants alone almost asphyxiated me due to trying to continue reading through uncontrollable giggles. 

I made sure to buy box sets for everyone I knew who had kids.

Now sharing them with my daughter, and anticipating and celebrating each new entry in the series and its spin offs has become a ritual with us.

They are a key link in the chain of books I recommend to kids as they pass through certain ages.

I could not in good conscience, however, include them in my series on “Mind Opening” books, as they are primarily collections of bad puns and poop jokes.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Who? - Bond.

The folks over at the Doctor Who message board were talking about how to line up James Bond actor with actors who played the Doctor, and  it seemed like a fun idea.

Also, I spent so much time Revisiting the Doctors last week, I had no time for anything more coherent.

They are in Bond order, as there’s less of them.

I’m  not necessarily looking at chronology, but more at themes in common, which gives connections ranging from giant weird leaps of logic to the bleedin’ obvious: