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Finally, a video of my dance troupe!
October 2, 2008, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Dancing, Entertainment, Life

Just about a week ago my swing dancing troupe did a performance for a mountaineers club dance. We did the routine ‘Everybody Eats’, and I was a last minute addition (there turned out to be an extra lead), so I got to perform the routine after not practicing it at all for about 3 months. Here’s the video:

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Japanese Television Rocks
April 7, 2008, 10:27 am
Filed under: Entertainment

It’s videos like this one that make me wonder if there is any bizarre television show concept left that the Japanese haven’t already put on TV. I think what really makes this one work for me is how seriously they seem to be taking the competition. Enjoy!

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More Neat Stuff
April 4, 2008, 11:16 am
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I’ve been looking at more trend stuff at work in the last few days and I’ve found a bunch more cool stuff that I think is totally blog-worthy. I don’t have time to write about all of it right now, but for the moment here’s a website I discovered that I found myself quickly getting hooked on – super short summaries of movies via Movie-a-Minute. They write entertaining mini-scripts summarizing the plots of movies, here are a bunch of my favorites:

Pretty Woman

Julia Roberts: I’m a hooker, but I don’t kiss on the lips.

Richard Gere: I have a lot of money.

Julia Roberts: (smooch)


The Sixth Sense

Haley Joel Osment: I see dead people.

Bruce Willis: Try talking to them.

Haley Joel Osment: It worked.


Top Gun

(There are LOTS of JETS.)

Tom Cruise: I am handsome and cool.

Val Kilmer: No, I am handsome and cool.

(They get all moody with each other.)

Tom Cruise: I almost got you killed, so now we’re friends.

Val Kilmer: Yes. I like you.


Good Will Hunting

Matt Damon: I’m smart, but so what? Let’s start fights and pick up chicks.

Robin Williams: If you push people away, they can’t be close to you.

Matt Damon: SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP you fixed me thank you I love you. (cries)


Everyone Says I Love You

Woody Allen: I’m neurotic.

Audience: We know.

Woody Allen: Yes, but this time I’m going to sing about it. (bursts into song)



John Travolta: I like you, but you’re not cool enough.

Olivia Newton-John: What if I dress like a slut?

John Travolta: Now that you’re not who you are, I can love you for who I wanted you to be.



NASA: An asteroid is coming. We are in trouble.

Nerd: You must blow it up from the inside. Probably.

NASA: Let’s teach drillers to be astronauts, on account of drilling is too hard for astronauts to learn.

Bruce Willis: Instead for a ninjillion dollars, we will only do it if we don’t have to pay taxes anymore, because audiences can relate to that.

Audience: I can relate to that. Therefore, I love it.


Grosse Pointe Blank

John Cusack: I have a lot of angst about killing a lot of people. (Kills a lot of people. Gets angst.)

I am so glad I am reunited with my lost high school sweetheart. (Presumably stops killing people. Presumably stops getting angst.)



Dennis Hopper: I will blow up the elevator.

Keanu Reeves: Oh no. Not the elevator. (saves elevator)

Dennis Hopper: I will blow up the bus.

Keanu Reeves: Oh no. Not the bus. (saves bus)

Dennis Hopper: I will blow up the subway.

Keanu Reeves: Oh no. Not the subway. (saves subway)


I’ll add more of my fascinating trend-hunting finds soon!



Hole in Wall
March 14, 2008, 1:13 pm
Filed under: Entertainment

Erica just sent me the link to this awesome Japanese game show she told me about at the sauna last night. My coworkers and I enjoyed it tremendously and now you can too:

Or for the fullscreen experience click here.

Street Performance Dance Spectacular!
March 4, 2008, 9:00 am
Filed under: Dancing, Entertainment | Tags: , ,

On the first of May at 6pm my dance troupe is going to be performing in a big crazy street show in downtown Seattle! There will be lots of other dance groups performing too, and – most importantly – FREE CAKE! So regardless of whether you’re interested in seeing me dance, it’s probably worth checking out the whole spectacle just for the cake.

Here’s the official plug:

This May, get swept off your feet with Ooo La La, a free interactive public performance spectacular! Perfumed by the decorative exoticism of art deco coupled with the surrealist tendencies of the Jazz Age, this May Day confection celebrates sweets, romantic love, and the act of wishing.

And here’s a pretty elaborate description of what will be going on:

A series of simultaneous events begins the extravaganza. On the Harbor Steps sidewalk, an ensemble of bubblegum-snapping Brooklyn bellboys interact with passersby, inviting them to embark on the Queen May, our setting for Ooo La La. Lower down in the fountain area, our ballroom, a live 1920s dance orchestra weaves evocative melodies as dancing couples waltz and foxtrot throughout the evening. In the main performance space of the Post Alley through-way, an ensemble of five French waiters woo audience members, taking imaginary orders for bygone delicacies. Further down, in the cabin area, an ensemble of lovesick British maids swoon o ver French love poetry while “dusting” audience members with gorgeous vintage feather dusters. Above, in the balconies, an ensemble of Dove Maidens lower baskets of sugar “wishing eggs” containing instructions for audience members on how to make their wish come true.

The extravaganza builds into a delirious concoction of Madame Cleo’s World-Renowned Sister Poodle Troupe (an ensemble of five modern dancers), who arrive in a flurry of vintage Bentleys. The troupe’s high jinks crescendo to the jubilant entrance of the parade of the bakers (150 lindy hop dancers), the dance of the cakes, and the crowning of live performing poodles as the Queens of May.
Ooo La La draws audience members into a world of elegance and whimsy. It invites them to let go of the mundane and to pass through the veil of the imagination into the sublime world of the dream. The two-hour performance is unabashedly celebratory, evocative of the embarkation of a grand ocean liner of the early 20th century. The opulent atmosphere is fun and free. Audience members can enter the world at any point during the evening, have a full, sweeping experience of surprise and delight, and dance the night away.

But all you really need to know is that there will be lots of free cake and dancing.

If you’re curious about what kind of dancing my troupe does, here they are doing a routine at the US open in 1999, where they won third place (since then it’s stopped being a competitive dance team)…

Hmm, apparently YouTube no longer has that video.  Here’s a promotional video for the troupe you can check out instead.

Don’t Talk Back to Darth Vader!
February 27, 2008, 9:18 am
Filed under: Entertainment | Tags: ,

Star Wars according to a 3-year old:

Need Help Getting Through the Workday?
February 18, 2008, 9:32 am
Filed under: Entertainment | Tags: ,

For anyone else who had to forego the sunshine today and spend the day sitting at a desk instead, here’s something to help pass the time: