Saturday, August 19, 2006

I was just kidding...

I was going through a box of clips from when I used to write a humor column at the paper where I used to work.

One column was full of gag ideas for TV shows. Not surprisingly, I came up with the titles first on most of them (Nun of the Above, Jake and the Batman).

But one caught my eye:

The Lighthouse

In this "Smallville"-inspired outing, we see the teen years of Aquaman. As teenager Arthur Curry, he is unuaware of his legacy -- the throne of Atlantis. In what foreshadows his career in "The Superfriends," he does a lot of stuff wrong, is generally useless and always has to bum rides off the other kids in school.

Keep in mind that this was printed in March of 2002.

Little did I think they'd actually do it.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Ophidians on an Airborne Conveyance

I've been reading about it for about a year, and now it's finally here. I knew I'd have to say something about it eventually.

I'd like to see it, but I rarely get a chance to hit the theaters.

I figure lots of people are a little "Snakes on a Plane"-d out, but I say it was worth it just to have a message from Samuel L. Jackson sent to my mother.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

What's going on?

As you can see, there are a few changes going on around here. Things may look different in the next week or so. Blogger has added a few new features, so I'm trying them out. I'm also doing some other stuff, so if I hose something up, let me know.

Hey, look! It's my Technorati Profile!

Here we are now -- entertain us

A little while back, I bought a ukulele at Cost Plus. I'd been wanting to noodle around with one for a little while; I really like the sound.

Plus, I figured I could learn to play "Ram On" (or "Grandma" if you are my son) by Paul McCartney.

The only drawback thus far is that the nylon strings are murder to keep tuned. I keep meaning to pick up some metal strings, but I keep forgetting.

But after seeing the following YouTube clip on Ask Metafilter, I'm inspired to take the uke off the shelf and really learn how to play it.

Monday, August 14, 2006

People, let me tell you 'bout my best friend

In honor of Sesame Street's 37th season (which begins today), The Lovely Mrs. Davis asked mom and dad bloggers to reflect on the following question: What television, music, movie or book from your childhood are you excited about sharing with your own children?

My son Brody is 3. We've already spent time giggling at Looney Tunes cartoons together, and he can sing the themes to "Superman," "Star Wars" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (which he calls "The Spaceship Show called Star Trek").

He has a healthy appreciation for all kinds of music. I made a playlist on the iPod of songs he likes to sing along to, such as "Dance, Dance, Dance" by the Beach Boys, "Pictures of Pandas Painting" by They Might Be Giants and "Ram On," by Paul McCartney. That last song, though, he's convinced is called "Grandma," and sings accordingly.

We both enjoy singing together while I play songs on the guitar. He's able to recognize the songs, and he's too young to notice how poorly I actually play, so it's a win-win situation.

We do a lot of "Name That Tune" kind of stuff, where I just play a little bit of a song and I ask him what it is. When I play a few notes of the introduction to "Older" by They Might Be Giants, his face lights up and he doesn't even wait for me to ask what the song is.

I try not to shove all my favorite pop culture stuff down his throat, but given that he spends a lot of time with his dear old dad, who is mildly obsessed with books, music and movies, he's going to get acquainted with it one way or another.

What I'm really looking forward to sharing with him are books. Don't get me wrong; he's got a giant library already, but I can't wait to read actual stories with him. I can get through Dr. Seuss books so far, but it's a chore to keep him still for very long.

But when he's ready, there are tons of books by Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume and John D. Fitzgerald waiting for him. I already refer to him as "The Great Brain" from time to time.

There are more books, of course, but those three were among my favorite authors growing up.

It's kind of cool, really, because as he gets older and older, there's more and more stuff to share. There will likely come a day when the two of us can sit on the couch, root beers in hand, ready to watch Bob and Doug McKenzie in "Strange Brew."

Beauty, eh?

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Left-handed compliment

And a happy International Left-Handers Day to you!

Yes, it's the day we set aside to honor our favorite southpaws and perhaps refrain from mocking the way they write with their hands curled at unnatural-looking angles.

If you want to see a giant list of left-handed people, try here.

To learn more about the holiday, go here.

If you want to see if you are still immature, click play on the video below (probably not at work unless you have headphones or something).

The shame...