Monday, January 31, 2011

Spelling Bee: Noble Exit

1. splendid
2. appendages
3. dyscalculia
4. senescence (I spelled it wrong)

Norton won, Robert got 2nd. I got a drink ticket and spent some of my last week winnings on a pretty good piece a pizza.

#5 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Short List: My Favorite Seasonal Candies

1.Valentine's Day: Necco Sweethearts

2.Christmas: Peppermint Bark

3.Halloween: Palmer Peanut Butter Creepy Peepers / Monster Coins

4.Easter: Cadbury Creme Eggs

5. Feb/March: Girl Scout Thin Mint Ice Cream

6.Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

7. Easter: Peeps Bunnies

Short List: Podcasts that Inspire Me

1. Cool Hunting
Best Episodes: Ian Hundley, BAP Lap Part 1, Okamato Studio, Social Suicide, Troika, Jill Greenberg, Jose Parla, To Catch a Web Part 1, Gelitin, Y.A.C.H.T.

2. The Nerdist
Best Episodes: Tom Lennon (#1), Billy West (#49) I think it depends on if you're interested in the interviewee for the most part.

3. Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
Best Episodes: Craig Ferguson (#53), Bryan Cranston(#64), Paul Provenza (#69), , Billy Bob Thornton(#94) Each show is about 2 hours so it helps to be interested or at least open-minded about the possible intrigue level of the guest.

I considered summarizing each podcast individually, but they really all hit home on the same point. They all feature people who are doing something that they are passionate about, who know what they are talking about, or who have hobbies that are just as interesting, but not necessarily related to their well-established careers. Cool Hunting often focuses on someone who handcrafts something unique, and how they have carved out a niche for their business. In one episode, they talk to Ian Hundley, who sews quilts based on aerial view maps. People being recognized for their strange side projects, and turning those side projects into profitable pursuits, encourages me to explore any crazy idea that comes into my head.

Kevin Pollak often says "if you're not creating, you're waiting." There are always obstacles to being creative, but they aren't really that big, and it's mostly a person's initiative or lack thereof that delays their career from advancing. Many guests of the chat show will begin a story with a small role they had in a TV show that someone saw and that lead to their breakout role. Small projects can still be introductions to people who can help you out later in life, and can be that extra foot in the door that leads to the next project. Often actors who began in improv will say they are no longer comfortable doing it, because they are out of practice. It's not just something you can let lay around, you have to work on parts of yourself that you think are valuable.

In the Nerdist, Chris Hardwick often asks his comedian guests what their writing process is, how they became comfortable with themselves on stage, and how they got a grip on what their perspective as a comic is. When people come up to him and ask how to be a comic, he says "Start doing it! If you lose interest or you can't take the life, you probably shouldn't be a comic." They are casual, often going totally off-topic of biographical information, but seeing them in action is also rewarding. His two co-hosts add more perspective from working comics.

It's about taking ACTION. It's about finding out who you are, using your strengths and developing skills to find a job, or invent one, and move confidently from there.

Monday, January 24, 2011

#4 2011

Spelling Bee: Two Thousand EleVENGEANCE!

1. Boycott
2. Tempura
3. Muumuu
4. Cynophilist
5. Lekach
6. Psittachosis (I spelled it wrong)
7. Homoousianism


Also had a lovely formal introduction and conversation with mister joe and miss leila, fellow spellers. Howdoyoudo.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Short List: Famous Hedgehogs

1. Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle

2. Sonic, Amy Rose, Shadow, Silver etc

3. Mr Pricklepants

4. croquet ball from Alice in Wonderland

Short List: Connection Songs

1. Connection - Elastica

2. Rainbow Connection - The Muppets

3. Connect the Dots - The Spill Canvas

4. Disconnect the Dots - Of Montreal

Monday, January 17, 2011

Spelling Bee: Yay I'm Back!

1. lily
2. potassium
3. asterisk
4. poimenics (I spelled it wrong)

26 people playing tonight! Andy got 3rd, Robert got the most French word in the universe, embonpoint (pronounced AUH-BAU-POIA)

#3 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Short List: Songs about Change

1. Pennies from Heaven - Louis Prima

2. Dime - Cake

3. Two Coins - Dispatch

4. Penny Lane - The Beatles

5. Queen of the Silver Dollar - Emmylou Harris

6. Betcha Nickel - Ella FItzgerald

7. Coin-Operated Boy - The Dresden Dolls

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Resolutions: Portland Edition

Sometime this spring, I'm leaving Portland and moving back home. Before I go, there are some things I want to make sure I do.

1. go up and down on the PSU Tram
2. eat saint cupcake, eat voodoo donut
3. get the shirts I want (voodoo, saint cupcake, republic of portland)
4. place well at spelling bee (I WON JANUARY 24)
5. find and go to the cemetery where my French relatives are
6. visit McAuley in Salem
7. visit Shelley in Eugene
8. do karaoke from hell
9. do puzzled pint in february, march
10. go to the rose garden
11. buy 'castro' hat often seen in portland
12. go to ground kontrol several times
13. dye my hair purple
14. go to someday lounge spelling bee on 1st tuesday of the month february,CHECK, march
15. go see futbol matches at 4-4-2 on hawthorne at least once (I WENT FEBRUARY 9)
16. go to a roller derby match
17. go to ice cream renaissance in vancouver, wa

i COULD visit the zoo but I don't have to.

#1 2011