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An Open Letter To Hugh Jackman

Dear Mr. Jackman, I am a passionate fan of your body. Of work! Body of work! Sorry. *sheepish grin* Anyways. Several years ago I was lucky enough to perform in a college production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which rekindled my love for the original 1954 film with the indomitable Howard Keel. Ever since then, the idea has been slowly gestating in my brain that I’d love to see the film remade, but Howard Keel is just so bloody incredible. Then it hit me: you would be the perfect person to do justice to the role of Adam Pontipee. Not as any sort of replacement or commentary on his performance, but as a modern-day counter-part or complement. Then as I continued to think about it, I started to fill out my “dream cast” and settled on Anne Hathaway as Millie (plenty of spunk and talent). I think Chris Evans … Continue reading →

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Logo)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closes after 146 years

Source: https://a.msn.com/r/2/AAlSxkf?m=en-us As a passionate fan of Cy Coleman’s “Barnum” and the extraordinary life that Phineas Taylor lived, this saddens me. Although the sadness was slightly bolstered by listening to the finale of the show, “Join The Circus.” Reading through the article and talking about it with my wife, there were several curious nuggets that emerged from the discussion that I wanted to share. The article mentions shorter attention spans as one reason why circus attendance has declined and I wonder if maybe a Saturday morning cartoon where the circus has to solve mysteries or something might not have helped with that. I also wonder if it might even help people be less afraid of clowns playing detective. Despite winning a civil court battle regarding “allegations that circus employees mistreated elephants”, the circus continued to face negative pressure from animal rights groups and municipalities (in the form of local ordinance … Continue reading →

Bridal* Falls

Yesterday we went on a little excursion up the Columbia River Gorge. While it was gorgeous and lots of fun, we were surprised that one of the falls was named Bridal Veil Falls since we could think of at least one other falls named something like that (Niagara). So I took to Google to try and find where else waterfalls had taken on a matrimonial nom de plume. https://www.google.com/search?q=bridal+falls&oq=bridal+falls&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.6073j0j4&client=ms-android-att-aio-us&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8 Apparently it’s not that easy. So I thought I’d try and compile a list here. Oregon: Bridal Veil Falls (Colombia River Gorge) http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=107 California: Bridalveil Fall (Yosemite) https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bridalveilfalltrail.htm Colorado: Bridal Veil Falls (Telluride) http://www.visittelluride.com/activity/bridal-veil-falls British Columbia: Bridal Veil Falls (Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park) http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/bridalveil_falls/ New York: Bridal Veil Falls (Niagara Falls) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridal_Veil_Falls_(Niagara_Falls) New York: Bridal Falls (Allegany State Park) http://falzguy.com/bridal-falls.html Arkansas: Bridal Veil Falls (Heber Springs) http://www.heberspringsparksandrec.com/bridalveilfalls.html Washington: Bridal Veil Falls (Lake Serene) http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lake-serene North Carolina: Bridal Veil Falls (Nantahala … Continue reading →

11.22.63 (2016)

11.22.63 (2016)

OOOH! I just found out that this adaptation is being made. I *really* enjoyed the book and since this is technically a TV adaptation, I have high hopes for it not sucking like Dreamcatcher did (especially since I also really enjoyed the TV adaptation of Dead Zone). And that J.J. guy does good work, too. :-p

How to embed Facebook videos in WordPress

Believe it or not, this seems surprisingly unclear at first blush! Or maybe that isn’t too surprising considering how often Facebook changes the rules. :-p The first thing you/Google think to try is just to embed it directly. [embed width=”123″ height=”456″]https://www.facebook.com/DisneyAulani/videos/961137040599463/[/embed] But that doesn’t work because WordPress doesn’t support direct embeds from Facebook (again, not too surprising).* The next suggestion from Lord Google is to copy/paste the Facebook embed code and post that directly in the post (it’s HTML code so we have to make sure to use Text mode instead of Visual mode). <div id=”fb-root”></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_PI/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3″; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class=”fb-video” data-allowfullscreen=”1″ data-href=”/DisneyAulani/videos/vb.147898618589980/961137040599463/?type=3″><div class=”fb-xfbml-parse-ignore”><blockquote cite=”https://www.facebook.com/DisneyAulani/videos/961137040599463/”><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/DisneyAulani/videos/961137040599463/”></a><p>Uncle prepares for Fall at Aulani!</p>Posted by <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/DisneyAulani”>Disney Aulani</a> on Day o&#039; the Moon, Septembarrr 21, 2015</blockquote></div></div> But that doesn’t work. Hmm. We can’t … Continue reading →

Scott Adams goes Inside Out and a Geographical Oddity

Build a Habit-Robot in your Brain (from Scott Adams’ Blog) I find myself further and further fascinated with Scott’s musings, but this one was especially poignant given the number of “what’s going on inside their head” things that I’ve encountered this year (Disney Pixar’s Inside Out and Kristen Anderson-Lopez/Robert Lopez’ Up Here!).   Where the Palm Meets the Pine (from A Geographer’s Scrapbook) This was a fascinating article to read that was randomly posted in an internal work email and something I’ll have to remember to keep an eye out for next time I’m driving north!

ICS file Timezone Formatting

I recently RSVP’d for an event that allowed me to add the event to my calendar via ICS file. But the file was somewhat crudely constructed and made no mention of what timezone the event was in, so I suddenly had a VERY early Sunday morning event to contend with (which would never do lol). Being something resembling a web developer, I immediately tried looking at the source code of the ICS file to see what was going on. It loaded fine in my favorite plain-text editor (TextPad) and the problem was immediately clear — there was an absolute dearth of any timezone related information in the file. I tinker-toyed with the idea of just adding PDT to the end of the DTSTART and DTEND lines, but then decided – for the sanity of my calendar app – to do a precursory search for proper formatting of an ICS file. Who knows, … Continue reading →

Swingin’ Bolero

The other night I was listening to (one of) my new favorite Internet streaming stations (KCEA 89.1 FM) when I heard a song that was hauntingly familiar. Just before it ended, I realized it was a big band arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero (a song that I’ve had great love for ever since I first saw the stage show Blast!). Agog, I quickly ran some Google searches to locate the song. I started with “big band adaptation of ravel”. The third hit (Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life & Times of Benny Goodman from books.google.com) contained the following quote: “Fletcher’s ambitious, extremely imaginative adaptation of Ravel’s Bolero”. So I moved on to a search for “Fletcher Henderson bolero” which confirmed that it was Benny Goodman’s orchestra playing the track I heard (which, given Henderson and Goodman’s many collaborations should hardly have been surprising). Lastly, I searched YouTube to locate a recording … Continue reading →

The Rock Covenant Church

The Rock Church Worship Service

Paul Lori Women’s bible studies Tuesday mornings and evenings, Hebrews and Gideon We are having needs in various ministries, if you want to help out, check out the table in the back Hopefully you’ve been hearing about cardboard box city Family Promise is a national, multi-faith organization There are a lot of issues in the South Bay that complicate getting resources if you’re homeless Jon This week we’re going to talk about gluttony We’re in a series on sin, talking about what’s wrong with the human race Last week was envy and Genesis 4:7 Next week is lust Sin likes to crouch in the corner like a cat waiting to pounce If in your life you feel like you’ve mastered something in your life, it’s not necessarily done with you God talks about mastering sin Going to talk about how to practically become the people that God is calling us … Continue reading →

The Rock Covenant Church

The Rock Church Worship Service

Paul coda coda Katie Continuing services at 4pm Youth group will kick off fall 2014/2015 season on September 12th Men’s ministry, BBQ at Milewski home Wednesday September 10th Women’s ministry Tuesday bible studies Tuesday morning at the Grimes home, every (other) Tuesday night at the Jones home Still need more people in our All Hands On Deck Paul 2nd time speaking within a month, that may qualify as a sermon series If I were to give it a title, it might be Issues That I Am Struggling With Last week was the persecuted church This week I was drawn to topic of evangelism When I picture evangelist, I see a big sweaty guy in a suit, mopping his sweaty brow with a handkerchief, pronouncing God “God-duh” … Eu which means good and angelous which means messenger 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the … Continue reading →

The Rock Covenant Church

The Rock Church Worship Service

Paul … Ed. Note : nothing that can separate my heart from your great love….except my selfishness…? Katie All hands on deck We’ll have a table outside with sign-up for various ministries that we have here (greeting, children’s, setup, cleanup, etc) We’re contemplating whether to move back to 5pm or not, please vote Paul Introducing our speaker tonight, Dan Parkins from Peninsula Community Church Dan I don’t want to share my testimony too much, that should come through in my sermon without effort 3 liver transplants, most of my large intestine removed due to disease, 3 years ago one of our sons passed away, parental divorce, defecating blood, a lot of things in my life that God has allowed me to go through Life is a struggle Sometimes we want to put on masks and say “I’m good” When really we’re crying inside I’m going to talk about wrestling with … Continue reading →