Category Archives: Ramblings



Discothèque Discourse

Few weeks back for the Speakeasy challenge I wrote a short piece Discothèque. As I promised in the conversation in the comments I’m going to talk about the piece, what I was thinking and how other folks interpreted it. Sorry for the delay, starting right after the initial post my life got really busy for a few weeks.

Feel free to read the piece if you haven’t yet and join in the conversation there or on this one.
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Cosplay Cavalcade

Back in mid-March the family and I got the chance to head down to my home town of Kansas City to attend Planet Comicon. We had a blast meeting the stars (more on that in a later post), listening to panels and just seeing everything we could see.

As you would expect there were tons of folks wondering around in costume. Everything was represented from sci-fi to fantasy, kids shows to stuff for those a bit older.

The quality ran from decent, to WOW that is amazing. Here are just a few of the costumes we saw.

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Why The Academy Shouldn’t “Let It Go”

With the Oscars coming up this weekend I thought it would be good time to spread the love a bit for one of the nominees.

With nominations for Best Original Song – “Let it Go” and Best Animated Feature, “Frozen” should do well.

As one would expect from a Disney/Pixar film, “Frozen” has turned out to be amazingly popular. With incredible animation, a great story, terrific acting and the songs… Oh the songs.

Between all three girls and Sal singing the tunes, I’m a bit inundated. But the music is just so good I can’t say I mind. Given the success of the initial theatrical release, Disney really hit it out of the park from a marketing standpoint with the “Sing along” release.

Yes we went, and yes we sang. It was a great time.

Our youngest wants to sing along with Olaf singing “In Summer”, Anna with “Do you want to build a snowman” and of course Elsa and “Let it Go” on the drive every morning.

“Let it Go” has resulted in numerous cover versions cropping up around the net, here are two of the best I’ve seen so far.

Let It Go – Frozen – Alex Boyé (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Children’s Choir

Let It Go (Disney’s “Frozen”) Vivaldi’s Winter – ThePianoGuys

Time: Entertainment has a list of a number of other good ones, if you know of another good one please mention it in the comments so others can enjoy.

The image for this post is my own, featuring Sal’s sheet music for “Frozen”. Ironically it arrived during last week’s blizzard.


Uncovered Covers: Tainted Love

One benefit of living in a highly musical household is I regularly get to hear cool new performances of old favorites. From time to time when I hear a really good cover I end up doing a bit of digging into the origins of the song. From this I got the idea for an occasional feature post that I’m going to call Uncovered Covers.

Recently Sally picked up the album “With a Twist” by the excellent a cappella group Straight No Chaser, one of the tracks is a great cover of “Tainted Love”. We were telling the girls that the original version was popular when we were much younger, so I pulled out the tablet and hit the net. Continue reading

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A Blogger’s Journey: 2014, One Month In

So January is now behind us and was a month full of interesting posts and activity in the blogosphere.

At the beginning of the month, as part of the Zero to Hero event, I set myself some goals for the year, lets see how I’ve done after on month of refocused blogging.

  1. Post at least one substantial post per week.
  2. Contribute a substantive article to another venue each month (minimum).
  3. Build my stats back up to at least my 2012 levels, if not better.

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Group Haiku Project: Fellowship of the Ring

I had such a great time with the Hobbit Haiku project that I thought it would be fun to do it again with the Lord of The Rings series, and throw it open to others to contribute.

So here is how I want this to work, if you are interested in contributing a haiku to the project please add a comment below on which chapter you want to take. For now one chapter per person, I will update the list as the chapters get claimed.

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