Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Human Element

In advertising, it's always important to reach an emotional nerve in getting your message to stick. Suburu comercials are pretty good at this, I think, because I always feel like they are speaking about my life! Especially my favorite comercial here:

Lately I've seen a few more commercials I thought were worth picking out as particularly touching or sweet for one reason or another.
Aww, boooo. This Johnson & Johnson comerical has requested no embedding. That's unfortunate, cause the comercials really sweet, so you should go watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COUUe76zVVA
The following stands out -- in an age when we've torn apart BP because of their environmental failures, Shell...

0:55/1:00 ...has a kid reading The Magic School Bus!!! Whaaat!? A few months ago I couldn't even find any Magic School Bus books at a book store. I have now officially made a note in my head to favor Shell gas when applicable.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Spells of Astoroth

This will be a blurb post: while meandering the internet as I often do, I came across a magnificent movie/TV Prop blog "Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props" - and while perusing it, I came across a Bedknobs and Broomsticks reference I was not at all expecting!

I look closer, and we have a never-before-seen page from the spellbook from the movie! Anyone who knows me knows I love owning props that make fiction seem realistic -- and the king of those props in my eyes are spellbooks. I was mystified and entranced by magic growing up, which is why Bedknobs and Broomsticks is one of my favorite movies, and Sabrina and Charmed are some of my favorite TV shows.

Apparently, "The Spells of Astoroth" is on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, California. I have to make it my goal to get to this exhibit before it leaves in April 2013!

BEEZ in my Lap, Part 1

What an oddly exciting past 24 hours. And let me just say how proud I am of this blog's title, for reasons I'll explain in a few paragraphs.

So what a weird past day I've had? Yesterday, Panda happy to have finally hit payday wanted a night out and I tried to assemble the troops - and Patsy was able to convince Kat to come out! We haven't seen her in forever; and Angela was up to joining us too, so we got some DELICIOUS Mike's Place (I always forget that place exists. It's so weird that Patsy just thinks of it as another place, even had a Birthday party there, but I think of it as a place I discovered for our group of friends in 2006.

After a super-delicious and filling meal and drinks there, we met up with Panda and made our way to Bar #1. Which was pretty dead for a bit, so we went for a walk down the street to check the other bars within walking distance. After stopping outside of one bar, I said "Patsy, open the door and see if anyone's in there so we don't all have to walk in." Right after I said that, a Bartender came and opened the window-less door and put a doorstop in. It was empty. We decided to head to the Valley, near Angela's apartment.

The Valley also being dead, we decided to heck with finding a crowded place and just had a good time chatting about all kinds of random stuff. Eventually the conversation got seriously close to myself and 4 girls going to a strip club. But I knew they'd chicken out so that didn't happen, and Patsy and Kat called it a night and Angela invited friend Mike out with us. So we headed to downtown Akron to see what was poppin'.

Most of the usually dead places in Akron were dead, we almost checked out Primo's except for the 5$ cover -- it was definitely packed, which didn't make sense to me with the cover. We could not figure out where everyone was on Friday nights??? In my head at least, Friday and Saturday should be the go-out-party nights. But Fridays are always dead. Anyway, we go over to Paolo's (Bar #5 for those counting) and there it's so packed that after Panda and I get in, Angela and Mike are turned away at the door.
"Vodka is like tofu, it can be anything you want it to be!"
- Panda

"I wish I could take a Facebook picture of the way it smells!"
- Me.
This bar was, shall we say, a bit more urban than we were expecting -- but that didn't mean they didn't make a WONDERFUL Loopy drink that Panda is now in love with. Loopy being Fruitloop Vodka, and damn, it seriously is wonderful mixed with ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. We finished our drinks, took a look at the dance floor...
"Wanna check out the back room?"
"You're going to leave me here!?"

"No, come with me."

"To the Bathroom!?"

"No, the BAAACK Room, where the music is coming from."
"OH, about to say, uhhh that's not something I can join you with..."
..., and met up with Angela and Mike over at 69 Taps (Bar #6!) for a brief time. Also dead, but their always dead, so there's a different way to enjoy it there - lol. So from there, Mike volunteers to drive us to Taco Bell and we can all crash at Angela's house. So as is typical of our "end of an awesome night out" tradition, we stop at Taco Bell with the intention of watching some good ole' Ghost Adventures. Haha, but after I finish eating, I paassss out. It was probably that last shot that did me in.

(Everyone else still awake.) "Andrew, you're snoring."
"I know, I can hear myself..."
Then this morning, my phone dead, we all head to the wonderful shrine to the morning after: Swensons. The best part of waking up has nothing to do with coffee, and everything to do with Potato Teasers dipped in Ranch Dressing.
"Attractive men running at you, carrying galleyboys:
The Swensons Dream..."

- Angela
(To Be Continued in BEEZ in my Lap, Part 2. Spoilers: Nelson's Ledges & a Hot Air Balloon.)

Song of the Day: "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran. So this has been on 96.5 KISS FM twice now over the weekend, and I gotta say it's not typical pop-y top 100 stuff. More of a Jason Mraz feel to it. Well the songs itself is kind of sad/sobering, but the music video (which is notably amateurish looking) of course manages to be even sadder. (Also sad, that Ed Sheeran's youtube channel does not allow embedding -- so you're going to have to click that link above.) The chorus of this song is "it's too cold outside for Angels to fly..." -- literally chilling imagery.
Quote of the Day: "Everything you say is, like, a movie reference..." haha, Panda's friend Christian said this to me and at the time I denied it (for some odd reason), but it's pretty much the truest statement ever made. I'm the Lorelei half of a Gilmore Girl set (Patsy has volunteered to be Rory, because she is more read than I am. I cover the pop culture and movie/song references with my quick wit.)

Haha, which reminds me of one of Patsy's new favorite words: Complisault. Compliment + Insult. Like when I said during our D.C. road trip that something she said was funny and could have been funnier if she'd said it 20 seconds earlier, haahahaha.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How Big the World Really is: An Argument for Global Understanding

So while having dinner with my mom and brother (which is a story in and of itself) I asked my younger brother "Don't you ever feel the urge to just see the world? You don't even understand how big the world really is!" and he replied "I know how big the world really is." But I know he doesn't.

It's no secret that my brother and I are completely different people. But when I look at the world, I see that there is so much I don't even know that I don't know (care of Pochahontas.) David I think see the world, presumes he understands it based on what he has seen on TV and learned in school. I just cannot wrap my head around the fact he has no drive explore the world, and never stop learning and seeing new things! I've seen the world, and I'm not one of those people who must now immerse themselves completely in another culture. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with that, I just love my own culture, but I want to respect other cultures and know of them.

(See, there they are. I snuck a picture while they were taking a class picture.)

I'm getting off course. This train of thought started the other day while I was road tripping in Washington D.C. and I saw a class field trip from China that were probably in like 4th, 5th grade. WHAAaaaaaaaaaa-- I live in America and it took me until 8th grade to get to D.C.! These kids are visiting the National Capital of their key economic rival at that young an age! Imagine for a second if in addition to every 8th grade class going to D.C., every 10th grade class visited Beijing. Or Paris. Or Egypt. Or Israel. We could construct an entire culture that would better understand the world, our allies and our competitors.

 America is the great melting pot nation, but lately it seems we have forgotten that and instead taken the mantle of "we're always right, we always know best, and we don't care about anyone else." In my current city, the schools have a International program that I admit I don't completely understand. But it does something to teach about International cultures, and is in some way related to the United Nations. (Crazy conservatives are trying desperately to defund it, claiming it is an effort to indoctrinate children into communism or something?) Even this little effort to better understand other countries is being attack by the under educated and misinformed.

My drive in life is to better myself, and the rest of humanity... in a way that basically leads it to one day be the world of Star Trek. (Screw you if you roll your eyes, the world of Star Trek is awesome.) I hope, through teaching and politics and whatever fields I interact with, that I can help people to better understand the world around them so they can also work to better themselves and humanity, and not just care about their own well being.

Song of the Day: "We Are Never Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift. Okay, I don't like passing judgements on songs RIGHT after I hear them ever since I mocked Bad Romance back in 2009... but come on, Taylor! This song isn't even a song, you're not singing, you're just speaking to this weird rhythm. You're singtalking is what your doing. And where is the content? There is no plot, you just stretched a single idea into a song. I miss songs that had whole narratives.

Website of the Day: This place uses wonderful Star Trek language to describe an Arts center! Love it! The Getty Center of Los Angeles.