Tuesday, December 29, 2009

'Is this real life?'

EW's PopWatch blog has declared "David After Dentist" as the number one viral video of 2009...

Hard to argue. You should also make sure to check out the parody with Chad Vader...

You can read the rest of PopWatch's list here.

The one I'm surprised wasn't on it was "JK Wedding Entrance Dance." We discovered today that someone here at work was the one person in America who hadn't seen it yet. So after she watched it with the sound cranked up, we've all had the song stuck in our head! (Maybe that's why I have a headache right now)

Also conspicuously absent was Herb Brooks' pregame speech as performed by 4-year-old Rizzo...

What were your favorite videos of the year?

My year in Facebook

I have decided that from now on, I'm just going to read Sarah's blog and rip-off whatever she does.

This time, she's pointed out an app on Facebook that gathers a sample of your status updates from the past year. Looking back over the year's worth of Facebook ramblings I see that I spent a lot of time complimenting my wife's cooking and expressing a desire for more coffee or beer.

Here's a sample of what I had to say in 2009...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hey Ya! It's Christmas again, Charlie Brown!

I first posted this on the blog three years ago. But a discussion today of Rolling Stone's list of the top 100 songs of the decade, where "Hey Ya" placed fourth, has prompted me to bring it back.


iPod Inspection: Holiday edition

I've been wanting to do a Christmas version of the random 10, since I've loaded up so many holiday tunes. Time's running out. So here we go...
  1. "Rock & Roll Christmas" - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
  2. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" - Mannheim Steamroller
  3. "Coventry Carol" - John Denver
  4. "O Holy Night" - Jewel
  5. "Must Be Santa" - Bob Dylan
  6. "Linus and Lucy" - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  7. "Santa Baby" - Eartha Kitt
  8. "Angels We Have Heard on High" - Aretha Franklin
  9. "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" - Elmo & Patsy
  10. "Sleigh Ride" - The Ventures
There you go. I should note that I omitted duplicate artists. So for example, if a second Mannheim Steamroller song came up (I have a lot of their CDs) I skipped over it to whatever was next. There were also duplicates of John Denver and Jewel that got skipped.
What holiday music are you listening to?

Wonderful world of 'Wicked'

On Monday night I joined the tens of thousands of people who will see “Wicked” at Proctors Theatre this month.

It was an amazing show, which tells the backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch of “The Wizard Oz.” It leaves you seeing the characters in a whole new light. Now I want to watch the movie again to see how well it all fits together.

As much as I liked the show, I don’t know if it quite rises to the level of “Phantom of the Opera.” I still think I liked that better.

Of course, maybe I would have enjoyed “Wicked” more had it not been for the family with giant heads sitting right and front of us and the dad who let his phone ring for about 30 seconds before finally shutting it off.

But it’s great to see shows like this come to Proctors and be successful. When “Wicked” first opened in Schenectady, WNYT reported that the theater had 82,000 seats available and had already sold 70,000 of them before the show’s run had even started. That’s impressive, and it’s great to see so many people enjoying downtown Schenectady.

Have you seen "Wicked" at Proctors? What did you think of it?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Festive funnies

These are perhaps my two all-time favorite "Saturday Night Live" Christmas skits. It turns out they feature the two men who have hosted the show more than anyone else -- Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

First up is Steve Martin's Holiday Wish...

Next is Alec Baldwin and the classic Schweddy Balls, including a new introduction recorded for this year's prime time "SNL" Christmas special...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

'Iron Man 2' trailer rocks!

There's nothing like a geektastic super hero movie trailer to bring me back to the blog.

In this case, it's the long awaited first look at "Iron Man 2." The highlights for me were the quick glimpse of Samuel L. Jackson back as Col. Nick Fury (he made a cameo at the end of the first movie) and getting to see War Machine in action.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Tweet addict

UPDATED:My initial score was only 54%. But one of the questions in the quiz asked how many tweets I author in a day. After counting today's tweets, I realized my initial estimate was way low.

So I took the quiz again, changing only that answer. Here's the new result...

How addicted to Twitter are you?

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