Archive for November, 2009

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Jim Gaffigan on the subject of Bacon

November 30, 2009

This is a comedian named Jim Gaffigan.  He does a routine about bacon that’s funny – funny AND true..  I epecially love the way he does his own “audience response voice”.  It’s unique..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nT9P8MMpsE

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Cookies!

November 27, 2009

Oops..  I made the mistake of looking at the nutritional information for Zehr’s Farmer’s Market Double Chocolate cookies.  They’re 170 caleries per cookie.  So the three that I have packed in my lunch for today are over 500 in total.  Ouch..

So, going to the gym last night is cancelled out by three cookies.  Oh well..  I still can’t say no.  They’re so good!

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Wheel of Time Series

November 26, 2009

I’m currently reading The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan.  Right now I’m half way through book 10.  So far so good – I was motivated to know what happens enough to have read this far, right?  I’m almost caught up to where the series has been held at for a while.

Book 11 was released in 2005 and then the author unfortunately died in 2007.  The good news is that he passed on important plot details before he died.  An author named Brandon Sanderson was chosen to finish the series, and book 12 was just released about a month ago.  I’m intrested to see how well the new writter maintains Jordan’s ‘voice’ in this new novel.  I should get there pretty soon..

 

There are a few things that interest me about the series.  First of all, there is significant character arc from where everyone started to where they are by the later books.  It’s done in reasonable ways with each character that make sense for each of them.

I also like the way he describes the magic of the world.  He explains very specifically the ways they concentrate in their minds in order to make it work – it’s almost like a ‘how-to’ – and you almost feel like you can give it a try yourself.

The description of some of the sword fighting is quite creative as well.  He describes what he refers to as ‘sword forms’.  A fighter using these forms flows from one form to the next, but he doesn’t explain what kind of motion is involved; the title of the form is very descriptive.  A couple of examples would be “Parting the Silk”, “The Moon Rises Over the Lakes” or “The Falling Leaf”.  So he just makes reference to the sword form, and the reader uses imagination to picture what it might look like.

If you like fantasy, and you haven’t read them, I would recommend them.  If you have read them, don’t spoil anything for me; I’m not done yet!

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Luggage

November 25, 2009

This guy has quite a funny routine. The accent isn’t bad either.. His name is Rhod Gilbert by the way..

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Finally

November 25, 2009

About time I got myself a blog, eh? Now I just need to figure out what I want to use it for..  I figure for now I can just make links to sites that I like.  Will I post on here frequently?  Who knows..  Only time will tell…

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Frankenstein Never Scared Me..

November 25, 2009

Kevin Pollak does the best Christopher Walken impersonation ever..  There are a few portions in this routine that I have found myself quoting to friends that I know have seen it too.

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Frank Caliendo

November 25, 2009

Here’s a guy that’s really good at impressions..  I especially like how he does Bush, Clinton, Pacino, De Niro and Leno.  Quite tallented..