Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Contents Don't Squirt In Your Face

Several months ago I found myself hypnotized by this program on television. I probably would have watched it until the sun came up, but I was at Kyle's place and he made me turn it off. Anyway, this is one of the show's highlights:

If you happen to catch this program at some point in the future I recommend you stop whatever you are doing and watch it.

Every Chinese Person's Mouth
Zhubin reminded me of another incredible scene from this show.

The fuzzy logic at work here is astounding. I also like how the person being interviewed is clearly placating the interviewer.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Dnevnoy Dozor

Here's another movie I can't wait to see:

Grindhouse Review

I posted an entertaining 300 review a little while ago.

The same writer has now reviewed Grindhouse, an amazing double feature coming out from Tarantino and Rodriguez. Now, Neil Crumpston (reviewer) tries a little too hard here. He's like the hyperactive kid that gets a little encouragement and goes completely overboard. Still, there are some real gems in the review:

"Also, there’s zombies getting killed by a helicopter, which is not only cool to look at, but shows how the movie-makers did some research, to make things realistic."

I'll give the same warning as last time: don't read if you don't like the bad words.

I can't wait to see this movie.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Pictures Of France

For those of you who aren't on Facebook (maybe one of you?) here are some highlights of my pictures in France:

Friday, March 16, 2007


This actually happened before I left town but I thought I'd mention it.
You may remember that a certain establishment kicked a certain theater troupe out on the street a week before their play opened.
Well, the day after the play closed this happened.
It sucks for the artists whose work was damaged, but otherwise I'm unmoved.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Je suis retourné!

It was a wonderful and exhausting trip to France. A lot of stuff happened so I won't write about it all here.
I will list the places we sang at: Institut Universitaire du Technologie (Cherbourg Manche) auditorium, Saint-Lo, the Normandy American Cemetery, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Notre Dame Cathedral, as well as unscheduled impromptu performances throughout Mont Saint-Michel.
The Sainte-Mere-Eglise concert was the best by far. It's hard not to sound good with acoustics that perfect, but we were all especially keyed up that night for whatever reason.

Notre Dame was a surreal experience to say the least. The performance was slightly tarnished when our second song nearly fell apart entirely. This was due to the fact that the organ has a significant delay that none of us were prepared for. Fortunately the rest of our songs were a capella, and we performed them without incident. Afterwards, our director was swarmed by people from about a dozen different countries, all of them very gracious and pleased with the performance.

Our time at the Normandy American Cemetery was very moving. The people of Normandy have an incredible love for America. Everywhere you go in this area there are American flags flying side by side with the French flag. This only cemented my aggravation with the treatment France receives by mainstream America. The stereotype that the French are rude to American tourists is completely off from my experience. We were welcomed throughout Normandy with open arms. I'll talk more about our time at the cemetery some other time.

Singing at Mont Saint-Michel was fantastic. If you've never been there you need to put it near the top of your list. It's an incredible spectacle. Again, the rooms we sang in had amazing acoustics. We were also very popular with the Japanese tour group that followed us around.

That's just a few highlights from the trip.
You can go to these links for the pictures: