October 30, 2009

Video: The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

Here's a description: Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy sings a ditty entitled "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins". Enjoy!


Thanks to pelayo for uploading this video.

 From what I've read in the comments, a third of users were laughing their asses off, another third of users were saying "This is highly illogical" (in those exact words), while the rest were going "what the hell was Nimoy smoking?" (just cigarettes, I believe). A good mix of wit and honesty if you ask me.
 As for myself, I'm still trying to get a hold on this and let it sink in. :)

October 23, 2009

I Hate the Rain!



 As much as I'd like to say "the title pretty much says it all", there's much more to what I feel about it. Naturally, I'm very much a sunny day girl. Born in the summer, my best memories were playing in my backyard that was set against a background of cedar and other trees. Sunshine reminds me of the best time of the year, summer, so instantly I feel all good inside and try to get out of the house and live the day the best I can live it.
 Of course, every day can't be like that for two reasons: 1. Much of our planet would dry out horrendously without rain, and 2. I live in Canada's only actual rainforest, which is wetter than any non-Arctic area in the country.
 For some reason, my friend likes the rain. I thought we would think more alike, since our birthdays are only one day apart.
 Thanks to global warming, where I live is getting wetter, while deserts and previously-wet places are getting drier.
 My advice to you folks... Consider rain as a good drink of water for Mother Earth, because without it, you probably wouldn't appreciate sunny days as much.

October 21, 2009

Quote

"I can't live the button-down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors -- oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called "City Fathers" who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about "What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?""
         ---- Homer Simpson, The Simpsons episode "Lisa's Rival"

October 18, 2009

The Most Beautiful Song Ever



  Okay, so I'm not a big classical music fan, but I know a good song when I hear one. Inutuulunga is a song by the Canadian pop music duo Taima, made up of Inuit vocalist Elisapie Isaac and Quebecois instrumentalist Alain Auger. Their self-titled album, released in 2004, features songs in French, English, and Inuktitut. The album won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year in 2005. Inutuulunga means "by myself" in Inuktitut, and features lush acoustic guitar, and raw emotion courtesy of Isaac's vocal delivery.
 Give a listen:


Thanks to Pampril for uploading this video

 The song gives an air of tranquility while not letting itself get cliched, y'know?

October 17, 2009

Spotlight: Bugs Bunny - Fresh Hare

 Fresh Hare is a Bugs Bunny cartoon released in 1942. It details Mountie Elmer Fudd's efforts to capture fugitive Bugs Bunny in the wintery Canadian wilderness.


Thanks to VortexFilms for uploading this video

 I've enjoyed this cartoon for many years as a kid. My grandparents had a public domain videotape with this cartoon, "The Wabbit Who Came to Supper", and "Case of the Missing Hare" on it. It was years until I realized that Elmer Fudd was a Mountie and not a forest ranger. Also, I had no idea what the ending was about either until much later.
 Of course, I could delve into the blackface-in-history debate, but all I'm saying is that the ending should be preserved to show what attitudes toward African-Americans were at the time. Of course, it's a great honor to have a Bugs Bunny cartoon take place here in Canada (you probably noticed I spelled it as "honor" and not "honour", the Commonwealth spelling. It's just a personal preference of mine to spell those words without the "u").
 The video I first saw this cartoon on didn't edit out the ending, so I haven't seen this cartoon hacked up.
Feel free to share your opinions and memories of this cartoon in the comments.

October 16, 2009

In Memory Of...

 DeForest Kelley

           Image taken from http://moviestars.generic-joe.com/c900/deforestkelley/

 Hard to believe it's been a little over a decade since Star Trek's Dr. McCoy passed on from stomach cancer. Last week I came across mystartrekscrapbook.blogspot.com, which had a post on several Trek-related articles on Kelley. Although he was much-loved as a cast member like Shatner and Nimoy, Kelley wasn't seeking the limelight as many stars usually did and was interviewed much less. The post also contains a bumper sticker with "He's Dead, Jim" on it, a line he laughingly said he hoped didn't end up on his tombstone (it didn't), and also some promotional pics. One pic even gives us a glimpse of his wife Carolyn, who followed her husband in passing in 2004.
 Kelley was loved by everyone else on the show, and never got the complaints and sniping Shatner did. In fact, he, Shat, and Leonard Nimoy became good friends off-screen.
 One of Kelley's early interests was singing, so it would've been funny to see him sing alongside Nichelle Nichols and Spock's quasi-mini-harp (hopefully you guys know what I'm talking about). Hell, he could have gotten some major critical acclaim had he pursued singing as a career (just as long as he didn't sing "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins").
 So, as Frederick from My Star Trek Scrapbook said, here's to De (and Carolyn too), Star Trek's true Southern gentleman. I'm not much of a mint julep person (perhaps a cup of hot water if you have the flu), so I'll lift an orange juice in a toast.