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From time to time, I like to share some fun YouTube videos.  Here are some that have made me laugh in the recent past.

The War of 1812 – The Movie

Used this recently with my US History class. I think I’ve shared it before, but it is worth sharing again.

Epic Rap Battle of Manliness

Your Facebook is False (with Rainn Wilson)

Actor Rainn Wilson playing along with one of my favorite online memes.

Dwight False Meme

The Parent Rap

I’m beginning to find parent humor a lot funnier.

Until later friends…

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Jen’s parents (and grandma) were in town for the weekend.  It was really great to see them. On Sunday they babysat our sweet little girl so we could go on a date.  My lovely wife acquiesced to my request to spend our date night watching the new Batman film – The Dark Knight Rises.

Dark Knight Rises Poster

There will be no spoilers, because this is how I felt before I saw it.

The film was excellent.  I think I liked it better than The Dark Knight.  Joker was a great villain, but I think Bane was even better.  Bane was more believable as a villain, and thus, more terrifying.  Zealots like Bane exist in far greater quantities than murderous, psychopaths like the Joker.  In honor of this great film, I have collected on this post various cool/funny/entertaining things pertinent to The Dark Knight Rises. Enjoy…

In Honor of the Voices of the Batman Series:

Fact: Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy put together some of the best voices in film.  For a long while I’ve said that you could have an amazing film if you just got Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Sean Connery to sit in a room and talk.  Christopher Nolan got three out of four in his films.  Also, Heath Ledger and Tom Hardy developed great voices for their respective villains.  Here are some examples.

Liam Neeson:

I loved Liam Neeson’s performance of Ra’s al Ghul.   Here is a list of the Top 10 Liam Neeson performances (I don’t know if I agree, but it gives a nice glimpse at the versatility of Liam Neeson).

Michael Caine

Michael Caine was brilliant in all the Batman films.  I mean “brilliant” in both the British and American senses.  Here is Michael Caine imitating Michael Caine.

Morgan Freeman:

Although a relatively small role in the films, Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox character is incredibly endearing.  Don’t believe me, go watch The Dark Knight Rises and get back with me.

Gary Oldman:

Gary Oldman does a great American accent for Commissioner Gordon.  I mean, he usually sounds like this:

Tom Hardy as Bane:

Even though some people found Bane’s voice difficult to understand, I think Tom Hardy gave a masterful performance. (See 1:00 mark)

Heath Ledger as  the Joker/Tom Waits:

Lots of people have been posting a video of Tom Waits and saying how much Heath Ledger’s Joker sounds like him. I completely agree. Here they are side by side:

How Much Would it Cost to be Batman in Real Life (Original Source)

The Lion King in the Spirit of The Dark Knight Rises

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Batman sharefest. Until later friends…

The local Whole Foods Store in Louisville is having some sort of cute dog contest.  Some friends of mine have a dog in the competition.  He is currently winning, and I’d like to see them win.  Here is the picture of their cute dog:

Tozer the Cute Puppy

Vote Here (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150809889581454&set=a.10150809865986454.476725.103442636453&type=3&theater)

Please click the link above and “Like” their dog.

 

And here is what Ron Swanson thinks about places like Whole Foods (Yes, I know I posted this recently, but it is applicable):

Until later friends…

Happy Pi Day

Happy Albert Einstein

Until later friends…

Edit: I had to add this photo the minute I saw it.

Dwight Schrute Pi Day

Dear readers,

I have been woefully inactive on this blog as of late.  Life is busy, as I am sure your life is.  We are in the midst of preparing for the birth of our first child.  So, blogging has not been at the top of my priority list.  It occurred to me today that I have around 50 followers that have only heard from me twice in the past month.  I realize this probably has not caused you any undue stress, but when I subscribe to blogs, it is because I like what they write.  So, when they don’t write anything, I might just take them off my blog reader.  So, in case your mild interest in For Aslan…and the Volunteer State is waning, I have put together a playlist for you my favorite readers (and you people that got here via random google searches for things like “Andrew Jackson,” “Louisville Slugger Museum,” or “Bodum Monkey”).

For my fellow Rickrollers….

For my fellow coffee nerds…

Here is my friend Matt making tampers for us at Prima Coffee.  He’s really good, and this is a sweet video.

For fans of literature and films…

This might be cheezy, but I think it looks great. I mean, Edgar Allan Poe murder/mystery movie? Yes please.

Edgar Allan Poe Meme

Until later friends…

Baristas have gotten a bad rap, even though many of them deserve it.  Many people have seen Funny or Die’s “Coffee Snobs” video, which I won’t link to here because of offensive language.  This video is a bit of an exaggeration, but it speaks volumes about the awful coffee-shop experiences people have had due to snooty baristas.

"Coffee Snobs" - Funny or Die

Jason Dominy of Batdorf and Bronson recently wrote a blog post entitled “No More Coffee Snobs.”

Jason Dominy

Dominy is a class-act, and is well-respected in the Specialty Coffee community.  Dominy states, “we have got to find a way to meet average customer halfway, without compromising our passion and thoughts on what good coffee is.”  He is exactly right. No one wants to be talked down to when they are buying a cup of coffee.

Chris DeferioChris Deferio (pictured above) is a former finalist for the United States Barista Championship.  He is another big name in the Specialty Coffee Community, and he too is an advocate of kindness in coffee. I think Deferio really hit on something in his comment on Dominy’s blog: “It seems that we have anthropomorphized coffee into our imaginary friend and are constantly trying to defend them against the customer who we view as the one who doesn’t believe in them. Without the customer we are nothing.”

Dear Specialty Coffee Community,

Please be nice.

Sincerely,

For Aslan and the Volunteer State

In other related news, I have been greatly entertained this week by a series of posts on Quora about Tip Jars in Coffee Shops.   Here are some of my favorite funny, snarky, or just plain clever tip jars:

Darth Vader Tip Jar

I love Star Wars, Coffee, and tipping. So naturally, I am entertained by this.

Ninja Tip SharingVeiled threat about unseen ninjas jumping people in the parking lot…I like it.

Tupac or BiggieI’m not sure who I’d vote for, I can only say mo money mo problems.

Chuck Norris Kicking Justin BieberIf this were true, I would drive to wherever this is and put in $10.

Until later friends…

Can you believe it is 2012 already? Me neither.  Unlike many people, I am not worried about the supposed Mayan Apocalypse that is supposed to hit this year.  This doesn’t bother me for several reasons.  One being:

Life is really busy right now. There are a couple of things I’d like to blog about, but I do not have sufficient time for those right now.  So here are some of my random ruminations about less important things:

  • I am really itching to watch Tombstone and eat a Tombstone Pizza

Doc Holliday I'm Your Huckleberry

Tombstone is a great movie.  I was reminded of it today when I came across the last name Huckleberry. It caused me to remember Val Kilmer‘s line as Doc Holliday: “I’m your huckleberry.” If you haven’t seen this film, you need to.

  • Whatever happened to Val Kilmer?Val Kilmer

 

I always was entertained by Carlos Zambrano, but it was time for him to move on.  I don’t know a whole lot about Chris Volstad.  His 4.59 ERA makes me nervous.  I do, however, like that he plays by the code.  You might remember a little altercation he had with Nyjer Morgan, as summarized on wikipedia:

“In September 2010, Volstad was involved in a bench clearing brawl against the Washington Nationals. In the day’s previous game, the Nationals’ Nyjer Morganintentionally ran into Marlins’ catcher Brett Hayes on a play at home plate where Morgan was called out. Hayes separated his shoulder and it was determined later that night that he would miss the remainder of the season. In Morgan’s first at-bat, Volstad threw at Morgan, hitting him. Morgan proceeded to steal two bases when the Marlins had an almost double digit lead, breaking an unwritten rule of ethics in the game. Offended by Morgan once again, Volstad threw another pitch at Morgan in his next at-bat, with it going behind Morgan’s back. Morgan quickly charged the mound, despite the fact that Volstad stood nearly a foot taller than him. Morgan’s punch at Volstad missed, and Morgan was promptly clotheslined by Marlins’ first baseman Gaby Sanchez, resulting in the bench clearing brawl. Volstad was suspended for 6 games because of the incident.”

Here is a picture of the aftermath of the clothesline:

Chris Volstad Gaby Sanchez ClotheslineIt will be refreshing to have a starting pitcher that prefers to defend his teammates instead of punching them in the face.

  • Here is one of many exciting items I found photo-worthy at a recent trip to a flea market:Flea Market Patriotic Rooster

Nothing quite says “I’m an ardent patriot” quite like a ceramic rooster in a star-spangled jumpsuit.

  • Excited about a quality, automatic coffee brewer:Bonavita Automatic Coffee Brewer

The Bonavita coffee maker is only the second automatic coffee brewer to be certified by the SCAA, and we have one at work! It is wonderful.

That’s about all I have today. Hope all is well with you.

Until later friends…

 

Dear World,

I love Christmas.  I love the Christmas season.  I love music.  Christmas season provides some great music (I blogged last week about three of my favorite Christmas songs).  Sadly, however, every December some really awful Christmas songs make the rounds.  According to an informal poll I took last year (Vote for the Worst Excuse for a Christmas Song), the top three worst Christmas songs are:

1. “Santa Baby” – 25.81% of Popular Vote

Santa Baby Eartha Kitt

Santa Baby” is an absolutely horrible song.  Trying to seduce Saint Nicholas in order to get more bling is just trashy.  For real, leave the old man alone Catwoman.

2. “Last Christmas” – 22.58% of the Popular Vote

George Michael Last ChristmasLast Christmas”  is quite possibly the most annoying song ever sung by a man.  George Michael really did the world a great injustice by recording this number. (Not to be confused with this George Michael)

George Michael Bluth

3. “Little Drummer Boy” – 16.13% of the Popular Vote

Bing Crosby and David Bowie "Little Drummer Boy"You have to give props to “The Little Drummer Boy” for bringing together such diverse people as David Bowie and Bing Crosby.  This song, however, is not a good Christmas song.  One reason: there was no little drummer boy at the nativity.  As I said last year, “If you can give me definitive evidence that there was a kid with a snare drum at the nativity, I will move to Minnesota in a blizzard.”

Now for the main point of this post.

Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg is not a Christmas song.  This may be apparent to you based on the name (an obvious New Year’s reference).  Yet, apparently all radio stations believe this to be an appropriate contribution to the Christmas music genre.

Catchy song. Sad that ole Dan died, but please stop playing this alongside “O Holy Night” and “Jingle Bells.”

Until later friends…

ARRR!!!! It is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This is one of my favorite days in the office every year.

Dwight Schrute Eye Patch

Being an office that consists mostly of 20-something guys, Talk Like a Pirate Day is a fun day.  There are a lot of “Arrrr”s, several “Avasts!”, and a handful of “scurvy dogs” throughout the day.  In case you are wanting to join in the Talk Like a Pirate festivities, here are some pointers on how to talk like a pirate.

If you find the link above too difficult to master,  here are some examples you might be more familiar with.

Dread Pirate Roberts

The Dread Pirate RobertsThe Dread Pirate Roberts is suave.  He has a sweet mustache, and he wields a sword well.  In order to talk like this pirate, you need to say such things as:

Captain James T. Hook

Dustin Hoffman as Captain HookEveryone knows Captain Hook.  After all, “what would the world be like without Captain James T. Hook?”  In order to be an effective Hook, you must have a hook for a hand, a sweet mustache, and talk about “form” a lot.  In order to talk like Captain Hook you need to:

  • Say “Bad form!”
  • Chant Rufio before you kill anyone
  • Use big words that your pirate underlings don’t understand

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow

This unhygienic pirate has dominated pirate-lore of late.  Jack Sparrow is simultaneously suave and gross, seemingly drunk and brilliant.  In order to talk like him:

  • Say “Savvy” a lot
  • Always bring up rum. It is always the best topic of conversation
  • Talk with your hands twirling about.

Now, you might have an aversion to talking like a pirate, because after all pirates are pirates.  They are terrible excuses for human beings that rob, kill, destroy, and don’t get enough vitamin C.  If you are looking for a more honorable pirate to emulate, I suggest Roberto Clemente.

Roberto Clemente PiratesRoberto Clemente was a great guy that died helping people.  Based on this picture, I think he could take on any of the other pirates in hand-to-hand combat as well.  If you want to be like Roberto Clemente today, do something charitable.

Until later me maties!

I don’t have cable or a satellite dish.  We do have a nice set of bunny ears that allow us to watch basic channels.  This weekend, however, I got the chance to watch some of Shark Week with my family.  My family came up to Louisville to visit, and we had a really good time.  They had cable at their hotel, so we watched some Shark Week together.  My brother-in-law discovered this video, and I thought I should share it with you.

Until later friends…

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