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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Playlist

When listening to soundtracks, I frequently like to listen to the tracks chronologically (i.e. in the order they were used in the film). So I thought I’d share that playlist-like order for “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2“. I’ve also tried to provide spoiler-free alternate titles for the scenes that go with song. Enjoy! “Brandy You’re a Fine Girl” – Looking Glass Prologue “Mr. Blue Sky” – Electric Light Orchestra Defending the batteries “Lake Shore Drive” – Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah Leaving the Sovereign “The Chain” – Fleetwood Mac Leaving with Ego “Southern Nights” – Glen Campbell Rocket on the prowl “My Sweet Lord” – George Harrison Ego’s planet “Come a Little Bit Closer” – Jay and the Americans Yondu’s escape “Bring it On Home to Me” – Sam Cooke This unspoken thing between us “Brandy You’re a Fine Girl” (Reprise) Ego consoles Peter “Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang” … 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 →

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 →

Making Internet Memes (Series 2, Episode 1)

So, my dad is kind of super talented and his accomplishments are popping up on Facebook more and more. Today, I finally realized what needed to be added to any future accomplishments: that moment from Robin Hood (1973) where Toby Turtle’s father is participating in Prince John’s archery contest and Toby cheers his father on with an enthusiastic “Yay, Dad!” Surprisingly, there is apparently no meme in existence for this concept (at least based on the following limited attempts at Google image searches), so I decided to create one myself! Google Search for robin hood disney yay dad meme Google Search for robin hood yay dad Here’s the final product (which my dearest wife was able to complete far more competently and efficiently than I would have been able to): If your dad does something similarly awesome, feel free to use that URL/image to praise their achievement! 😀

[My Reaction To Empire’s] 40 Movies You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Comic Books

Original Article on Empire.com So after a friend posted this article and I started reading it, I almost immediately knew I wanted to tally my scores. But then above and beyond that, my wifey and I actually started arguing about the authenticity of this list! She started questioning it at “Over The Hedge” (comic strip vs. comic book) but it really got crazy at “The Fountain” (she felt that if it was always intended to be a movie, then what’s to keep this list from saying that “you probably didn’t know that Pride & Prejudice was a comic book” (which it is)). Being a pig-headed boy, it took me a while to understand her argument, but when I finally did get it, I heartily agreed with her. But I still wanted to tally my scores, so, without further ado: the categories for scoring and the numbers on the list! Films … Continue reading →

I’m a Jim Dale Fan

I loved Pete’s Dragon growing up, then come to find that Doc Terminus also portrayed Barnum in Cy Coleman’s musical biography of Phineas Taylor was almost too much. And then he goes and narrates Pushing Daisies (one of my favorite cancelled shows of all time)! And he’s the audio book reader for the Harry Potter books? Get out. Just get out! So when I stumbled across Scott Kurtz’ tribute to Pete’s Dragon, I couldn’t help but squeal. 🙂 Every Little Piece – PVPOnline by Scott Kurtz For further enjoyment, here’s the original song that Scott is referencing.

Star Wars

Star Wars Network Configuration Magic!

C:\>tracert 216.81.59.173 Tracing route to FIN [216.81.59.173] over a maximum of 30 hops: 3 6 ms 6 ms 3 ms cr83.la2ca.ip.att.net [12.122.128.246] 4 6 ms 3 ms 3 ms cr1.la2ca.ip.att.net [12.123.30.110] 5 2 ms 2 ms 2 ms la2ca02jt.ip.att.net [12.123.30.17] 6 2 ms 2 ms 2 ms xe-9-2-0.lax30.ip4.tinet.net [77.67.79.173] 7 76 ms 55 ms 55 ms xe-2-0-0.atl11.ip4.tinet.net [89.149.185.53] 8 60 ms 56 ms 57 ms epik-networks-gw.ip4.tinet.net [77.67.69.158] 9 56 ms 56 ms 56 ms po0-3.dsr2.atl.epikip.net [216.81.59.2] 10 * * * Request timed out. 11 97 ms 95 ms 95 ms episode.iv [206.214.251.1] 12 131 ms * 100 ms a.new.hope [206.214.251.6] 13 94 ms 97 ms 96 ms it.is.a.period.of.civil.war [206.214.251.9] 14 98 ms 94 ms 102 ms rebel.spaceships [206.214.251.14] 15 100 ms 106 ms 95 ms striking.from.a.hidden.base [206.214.251.17] 16 95 ms 121 ms 171 ms have.won.their.first.victory [206.214.251.22] 17 173 ms 158 ms 153 ms against.the.evil.galactic.empire [206.214.251.25] 18 127 ms 150 ms … Continue reading →