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Star Wars gets Spiked April 3, 2008

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Many of you will be watching the Season 4 premiere of Battlestar Galactica on the Sci-Fi Channel this Friday night as legions of Battle Droids lay waste to many Gungans on Spike TV.  All six Star Wars movies will be shown on Spike TV beginning on April 4th at 8:00 pm with The Phantom Menace, followed by Attack of the Clones on Saturday and the broadcast premiere of Revenge of the Sith on Sunday.  The saga will continue Friday April 11th at 8 pm with Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back on Saturday, and Return of the Jedi on Sunday.  Do not underestimate the power of the Force.

Sweep the Leg March 3, 2008

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Did anyone think that a quote from The Karate Kid would spawn its own song and music video over 20 years later?  “Sweep the Leg” (from the debut album of No More Kings) pays homage to the line at the end of the movie spoken by the cruel sensei of the Cobra Kai dojo.  The video features the entire original male cast members except for the late Pat Morita (aka Mr. Miyagi), and it offers a humorous alternative ending to the movie from the viewpoint of Johnny (the main antagonist).  Enjoy!

What if… January 22, 2008

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…Darth Vader fought Yoda?  Who do you think would win?

Darth Vader (me) & Yoda (Anna) at our nephew’s 4th birthday party.

Death Star (Piñata) Destruction! January 18, 2008

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In case you missed it, the Rebels blew up the third Death Star at my nephew’s birthday party.  We dug out a lot of our Star Wars paraphernalia including the R2-D2 cooler and the full-size cardboard cutouts.  Also, Anna and I volunteered to appear as Yoda and Darth Vader (pictures to follow).  The mostly 4-year old kids were unsure of what to make of us, although they did “duel” with me using their glowsticks and dance with Anna and R2-D2.  But, there was a Force bubble surrounding me during picture time 😉

I am your…Uncle! January 8, 2008

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This Saturday I will be donning Darth Vader’s costume to make an appearance at my nephew’s 4th birthday party, which will be Star Wars themed (I hope he’s not reading this). We have yet to hear back from the Dark Lord of the Sith via Twitter, so I’ll be representing him. Also, I’m working on enlisting some Stormtrooper bodyguards from The 501st Legion Ohio Garrison. Maybe we can drag TK-421 away from his post!

There Ain’t No Hole in the Washtub December 18, 2007

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Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas is my favorite holiday special to watch this time of year.  I don’t remember the first time I saw it, but it fills my Christmas memories with Muppet peace and joy.  It’s reminiscent of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” but in this version the humble Ma Otter and her son, Emmet, seek to buy presents for each other in a time after Pa Otter has died.  Emmet longs for a guitar with mother of pearl inlays he saw at the music store in Waterville, while nothing would make him happier than to get Ma a decent Christmas present.  Both of them secretly enter the local talent contest in the hope of winning the top prize of $50 to use for the other’s gift.

Emmet02My favorite scene is when Ma and Emmet try out the old ice slide that Pa made – probably the best thing he ever built according to Emmet.  There are a number of cuts during this sequence between the Muppet hand puppets and marionettes that always make me chuckle.  The strings are there as they slide down the river bank and disappear once the characters are on the ice.  Part of the fun for me comes from the laughter and joy that Ma and Emmet share, which lets them ease the loss of Pa and celebrate him at the same time.

The music written by the Muppet-like Paul Williams is an integral component of the story and is finely woven into it via the talent contest.  From the catchy “There Ain’t No Hole in the Washtub” to the moving “When the River Meets the Sea,” the soundtrack helps to make Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas another star in the Jim Henson universe.

Childhood Crush Confession 101 December 6, 2007

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It started one week ago tomorrow. The confessions of your childhood crushes was spawned as an idea by Gedeon Maheux during an exchange on Twitter last Friday. Here’s a list of the participants, so you can see for whom we swooned:

And now, these are my confessions:

Laura Who remembers the Ice Princess? It was said to be the world’s largest uncut diamond. What world was that? The wonderful soap opera world of General Hospital in the early 1980s. With it in his possession, the evil megalomaniac, Dr. Evil Mikkos Cassadine, wished to harness the power of the Ice Princess to control the weather…and the world! Mooohahaha!!! Who would save Port Charles and make my heart skip a beat while doing it? Why none other than Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) and…oh yeah, some guys named Luke (Anthony Geary) and Scorpio (Tristan Rogers).

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FisherFrom Luke & Laura and the Ice Princess to Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. I always wanted to be Luke when playing with my Star Wars action figures as a kid, and my friend (Donnie) would be Han Solo. Prior to Return of the Jedi (1983), both of us would vie for the affections of the young senator from Alderaan. After RotJ, it got a little weird because Luke had a ssssister, a twin sister. However, that no longer mattered as any red-blooded adolescent boy growing up in 1983 had the image of Carrie Fisher dressed in a metal bikini permanently burned into their memory banks. Not even Bail Organa could memory-wipe that from my mind.

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McGladeWhen Gedeon initially proposed this blog idea, one of the first names that popped into my head was Christine “Moose” McGlade from the Canadian imported You Can’t Do That On Television, which ran on Nickelodeon in its early days. I’m not sure why I was attracted to her. Maybe it had something to do with her saying, “I don’t know” and getting slimed in a Flashdance fashion. When did that ever happen? Maybe this falls under the Too Much Information category. Ged, I thought you said this was supposed to a guilt-free chance to share our crushes with the world!

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RettonDuring the summer of 1984, I became infatuated with a certain 4′ 9″ gymnast by the name of Mary Lou Retton. America (and I) had their eyes glued to this energetic, leotard-clad student of Bela Karolyi. She scored a perfect 10 (because she was) in her final vault to give her the gold medal in the individual all-around women’s gymnastic competition. Even though she was 16 and I was 13 at the time, John Williams would have played the “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” at our wedding. Da-Da-Dant! Da-Da-Dant! Dant-Da-Dant-Da-Da! Hey, Anakin was just 9 when he fell in love with the 14-year old Padme.

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ShueThe day after the Games of the XXIII Olympiad ended on August 12, 1984, a short-lived ABC TV show Call to Glory premiered and helped start the career of Elisabeth Shue. She played Jackie Sarnac, the teenage daughter of the fictitious USAF pilot Colonel Raynor Sarnac (Craig T. Nelson) at Edward Air Force Base in the early 1960s. Earlier that year, she captured my heart as well as the heart of Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid. She would later marry Tom Cruise in Cocktail (1988) and become Mrs. Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II (1989). How could I compete with them?

Obsess much? December 4, 2007

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Gedeon Maheux over at gedblog came up with a new cross blog post idea last Friday night.  After a brief Twitter conversation, Dave Caolo and I decided to jump on the Childhood Crush Confession 101 bandwagon as well.  The object is to simply write about at least five of the McDreamy heartthrobs you had while you and your hormones were growing and changing.  Ged has the guidelines posted, and you can contact him if you want to join the pubescent fun!  As of this morning, there are five of us willing to share their unrequited loves with the blogosphere this Thursday (December 6).  Will you be next?

Make It So November 26, 2007

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RikerAfter an exciting trip to the Apple Store yesterday, we visited the house that my sister (Michele) and her fiancé (Mike) recently bought in Bethlehem, PA. It’s located next door to the house (see picture to the right) in which Jonathan Frakes (aka Cmdr. William T. Riker of Star Trek: The Next Generation) grew up. In addition, one of their neighbors said that Armin Shimerman (Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) had also lived in the area. Who knew it was such a small galaxy?

GhostOn a supernatural note, there is apparently a ghost living in their house as well. Both Michele and Mike have heard footsteps in the upstairs, and he has even seen a grey-haired female apparition in the bathroom that shrank down into a small ball of light and disappeared. During their recent housewarming party, one of their friends who is a medium said that the ghost’s name is Amelia and that she feels safest in the bathroom and on the third floor. See if you can spot the balls of light on the right of the picture taken on the third floor before they moved there. Believe it…or not.

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts! November 16, 2007

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Thanks again to Gedeon for giving me another blog idea for NaBloPoMo. According to Game Informer,

Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd are getting back together and revisiting their roles to make a sequel to Ghostbusters 1 and 2 – in video-game form, and we’ve got the first details. Both Aykroyd and Ramis are teaming up for scriptwriting duties and are going far beyond just the typical licensed add-your-voice-to-the-game-you-had-nothing-to-do-with formula.

GhostbustersHow sweet is that? As regular readers to this blog know, Ghostbusters was Number 5 on my list of Movies for a deserted island. Also, I was big fan of the Activision Ghostbusters game for the Commodore 64. In that game, you could buy a 1963 hearse for how much? You guessed right, $4800! Although that was the coolest looking vehicle, the $6000 station wagon was the best value because you could stuff a lot more ghost traps (and hence ghosts) into the back of it before returning to your HQ to unload. “The light is green, the trap is clean.”

I hope that the new version will be available for the Nintendo Wii as what would be better than a Wii-mote positron glider?!? That’s just another reason to hope Santa brings a new console to our house this Christmas.

Update: Here’s the official site for the upcoming Ghostbusters game. Tagline – Next Fall, Who You Gonna Call? And, yes…you will be able to bust heads in a spiritual sense on the Wii.