Category Archives: Entertainment

Here, Have Some More

Y’all thought I was done with the obnoxious home movies yet?

Y’all thought wrong.

Here’s another “series” which is really just two videos titled “Hiking with Altoids” and “Hiking with Altoids II.” I’m a little bit older in these—sixth grade or so, probably.

For whatever reason, Altoids were what was happening in 6th grade. Everyone had a tin of them, we traded flavors, and we had competitions over who could hold the most Altoids in their mouth without freaking out over how strong the taste was. We pretended they were drugs.

Catholic school kids gone bad.

Our family also happened to live in a house with a back yard that ran right up against the U of I arboretum. Which, of course, was a perfect place for a lot of my nonsense movies.

So enjoy Hiking with Altoids and Hiking with Altoids II.

 

Yeah, this was what I did with my spare time.

More Embarrassment

So last weekend y’all got The Grandpa Twins. This weekend it’s Coo News at 8:30, aka “The Most Depressing News Channel Ever.”

Not sure what a coo is? Read this.

That “accent” I’m using is how coos talk.

Also, sorry about it getting all warbly at the end. This was at the very end of the tape.

Here, Enjoy This

Alrighty, guys.

So if you remember, about a month ago I mentioned that I bought a nice cheap (~$50) video camera from Amazon. At the time, I said that the main purpose for my purchasing this video camera would be revealed later.

It’s later, so here we go:

I have hours and hours of old videos I made when I was a kid and was obsessed with my mom’s camcorder. Because I’m too cheap/embarrassed to take these videos to any sort of film/camera place to have them converted to DVD and/or mp4 type thing, I’m going old-school high-quality and will be using the video camera to record the videos playing on the TV so that I can then transfer them to my computer and keep them safe forever (some of the old tapes are really close to breaking).

Anyway, several of these videos contain episodes from a series called The Grandpa Twins. The grandpa twins were two sock puppets (in the loosest sense; I just stuck plain old socks on my hands without any embellishments) who were quite gay and who had incredibly weird adventures.

Let’s make that series the first set of videos I re-record, shall we?

And because this blog is like an extension of my existence, y’all get to experience this nonsense.

These episodes were completely unscripted; I came up with a random theme at the intro and then just went with it. I was also somewhere between 8 and 10 years old (based off the hairstyle and that freaking Simba shirt that I would never take off), so there’s that as well. Yes, there’s paint on everything. Art rules.

So for your enjoyment and my embarrassment, I present the thrilling* saga** of The Grandpa Twins.

 

* hardly
** not really

Choke

So the local Calgary news crew had a little artichoke dip mishap a few days ago and now the video’s gone viral:

Oh, Canada.

QUAGGA (this has nothing to do with the blog content)

Woah, what an aesthetically pleasing advertisement.

Sorry, I’ve got nothing for today but this. It’s pretty, though, huh?

Claudia Ranks the Pixar Movies (That She’s Seen)

Read the title. LET’S DO IT! From least favorite to favorite.

#10: Cars
Oh, Cars. The black sheep of the Pixar family (at least until Cars 2 came along). I didn’t hate Cars…it just wasn’t Pixar-level good. I had trouble immersing myself in the universe it created, mainly because I think I had more questions about how the universe worked (e.g., are there still humans in this world?) than I’d had for other Pixar-spun universes.

#9: Ratatouille
Ratatouille wasn’t bad, either, but it wasn’t, in my opinion, as memorable as the movies higher on this list. Granted, I’ve only seen it all the way through once, but it still just didn’t stick with me like most of the other Pixar movies.

#8: Toy Story 3
I thought the ending of Toy Story 3 was very predictable. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it took a bit of the emotion away when I watched the ending because I’d anticipated what was going to happen. Not sure if that’s because the Toy Story movies and I are like bros or because it was supposed to be predictable.

But that furnace scene, man. That furnace scene. The first time I watched Toy Story 3 was while I was running on a treadmill on a cruise and man, I had to stop and cry at this, seriously.

#7: Inside Out
Inside Out was a lot better than I was expecting it to be based on the previews. Like any good Pixar movie, it had at least one scene designed to murder your soul. Welcome to pain. Good ol’ Pixar pain. (Those of you who have seen Inside Out know exactly what part of the movie I’ve linked to even without clicking the link, don’t lie.)

#6: Toy Story 2
I have an aversion to sequels like no one else I’ve ever met. But this was a good sequel. I really liked the idea of bringing in some history/context to Woody and there being this contrast between him being this extremely rare collector toy versus just this “regular” toy that Andy adores. Also, Kelsey Grammer as a villain = instant win.

#5: Finding Nemo
I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like Finding Nemo. This is one of Pixar’s best, both in terms of storytelling and animation (and sad scenes). Plus, I found this picture and can’t stop laughing at it, so there ya go.

#4: The Incredibles
Waaaay underrated. For some reason, this one didn’t seem to get as much publicity as most of Pixar’s other films, even though I think it’s one of their best ones. The story’s good, the pacing’s good, and again, really good animation. Even before getting into the Marvel movies, I’ve always kind of liked movies about people with superpowers/special abilities, so that’s definitely one big reason why this is so high on my list.

#3: Monsters, Inc.
I think this is one of the most original Pixar movies. Very clever. I really like the humor in this one, plus the voice actors that were chosen are pretty much perfect.

#2: A Bug’s Life
Here’s another Pixar movie that I think is incredibly underrated. I don’t know if it’s because it came out practically at the same time as Antz, but it didn’t seem to get much publicity (at least as far as I remember) But I think it is another very original concept.

#1: Toy Story
Pixar’s finest. I adore this movie. Toy Story will always have a special place in my heart because it was really the first movie I remember really loving. (Unless you count Brave Little Toaster, but I don’t, ‘cause that’s not a movie, it’s a drug trip.) I don’t remember exactly when it was when I first saw Toy Story—all I know is that I was pretty obsessed with it. I was obsessed with it enough that I spent a lot of time trying to convince my fellow elementary school classmates to do a live re-enactment of it. Do you know how hard it is to coordinate first graders, especially if you yourself are a first grader? DO YOU?! We got like the first scene done and then their attention spans drove them elsewhere. Kids, man.

ANYWAY. Toy Story. My favorite Pixar movie without a doubt.

 

(Yeah, I’ve neither seen Up nor WALL-E. I’m a bad person.)

Dolly-Os

Well this is pretty entertaining.

Sorry, I’m bored.

“What happened to the stairs?!”

Hahaha, this makes me super happy and nostalgic.

Sorry, I’ve been having a really crappy day and this made things a little bit better.

ANTM?!

Holy crap, I just found a bunch of old America’s Next Top Model episodes on YouTube. Time to watch all of them!!!!

(I used to watch ANTM back in high school on nights when my mom would go down to Lewiston to visit Kelly.)

Anyway.

Edit: hahaha, I totally didn’t do a stats blog on this date like I was supposed to, did I? Oops.

Clefairy Party!

I am 8000% obsessed with Clefairy now. I have no idea why it wasn’t my favorite Pokemon back when I was into the cards, but holy hell, it’s the cutest little thing to me now.

On YouTube yesterday afternoon, I happened to find “Clefairy and the Moon Stone,” the episode of the Pokemon cartoon where Clefairy first appeared (I’d watched several episodes that had been uploaded, so this one was on my “recommended” list on YouTube).

LOOK AT HOW ADORABLE THESE THINGS ARE SERIOUSLY

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Also, I ordered a Clefairy plushie. Because I needed one.

The end.

STRESS MODE ACTIVATED

I am in a crappy mood and thus have no desire to blog.

So have some (NSFW) internet nonsense and leave me alone.

 

I remember this, oh my god:

 

THIS TOO. Aaron found this back when we were all living in the house. We would yell “WHAT?!?!” at each other at every opportunity for like three months after seeing this:

 

Matt brought these to my attention awhile ago and I just re-found it on my “liked” videos playlist on YouTube.

Favorite Disney Songs

Have a list of my favorite Disney songs/animated sequences, ‘cause now that the thesis nonsense is over, I don’t know what to do with my time other than provide crappy blogs.

OH WAIT I WAS DOING THAT BEFORE, TOO.

Let’s do it.

5. Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast)

Lumiere, man.

 

4. The Bells of Notre Dame (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

That high note at 5:01, holy hell. Gives me the chills.

 

3. Just Around the River Bend (Pocahontas)

I don’t know why, but I’ve always just really liked this song. It’s my favorite Pocahontas song.

 

2. Hellfire (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Frollo is great, man. I love that he’s a villain not because he’s got that “I know I’m doing something wrong but I’m going to do it anyway because it benefits me” thing that so many Disney villains have, but because he really thinks he’s in the right and doing things according to his religious beliefs.

 

1. I’ll Make a Man out of You (Mulan)

Does this one need an explanation? Really?

A Decade of Metalocalypse

Hey, so apparently today marks exactly 10 years since Metalocalypse first aired on Adult Swim.

I know I’ve talked on and off about this show on this blog since, like, 2008, but that’s because this show is great. I also recently realized that it’s been on* for my entire college career, save the last few years since Doomstar Requiem, so it’s kind of traveled along with me on my journeys across North America. It sounds corny, but it was always nice to be able to have new episodes of Metalocalypse to chill to regardless of where I was/how stressed I was/how desperate I was to jump off a bridge.

ANYWAY.

Let me tell you how I found this show, because if you were to watch an episode of it, you probably would not think it’d be a show I’d like. And that was my first impression of it, too. Back in 2006, as a freshman at the U of I, I lived in the Literal Hellhole Wallace. I had a dinky little 12” TV that I hooked up to the cable there. I quickly became obsessed with Aqua Teen Hunger Force, since really the only channel I watched was Cartoon Network and ATHF was the weirdest shit I’d ever seen and was thus the best thing ever (also, Shake reminded me of one of my friends from junior high).

I would often watch ATHF, then keep the TV on but put it on mute. That’s something I do a lot, actually. But anyways. I saw the opening sequence for Metalocalypse a few times on my muted screen, since the show aired right after ATHF for awhile, but thought it looked like something that would be super dumb, so I never had the desire to unmute it. I actually remember glancing over to the TV and watching about three minutes of one of the muted episodes** and thinking, “why do people waste their talent by animating crap like this?”

Fast-forward to 2008. I’m now living in McConnell, a much nicer dorm, and still have my dinky little TV hooked up to the cable. Similar situation: I’ve finished watching ATHF and muted the TV. An episode of Metalocalypse came on, but I wasn’t really paying attention to it. But then I glanced over at it at some point and, for whatever reason, just decided to unmute it and see what it was really all about.

And I was right. It was the dumbest thing I’d ever seen.
And it was awesome.

You know that specific type of funny that’s just so ridiculous that it’s great? Metalocalypse is that for me. It’s so screwy. It’s so dark. It’s so messed up. They’re all such man-children. But it works, and it’s funny. I enjoy it.

It sounds like Adult Swim is being awful and not letting Metalocalypse have its much-needed 5th season, on Adult Swim or anywhere else. But I’ve still got the four seasons plus Doomstar that I can re-watch. And I will, because Metalocalypse is and always will be funny to me.

So yeah.

*when I say “on” I mean, more technically, “waiting 2+ years between seasons” because Adult Swim is a bunch of concrete farts.
**turns out that episode was the season 1 finale. Which is awesome, FYI.

Powerpuff Yourself

Why not. I’m bored and terrified of my upcoming final in Dr. Lu’s class. What better way to prepare for that than to make a Powerpuff version of myself?

static

Universal

So I’m pretty into Steven Universe right now. Peridot is definitely my favorite.

(I still really like Garnet, too.)

I’m not sure if anyone who ever reads this blog ever watches Steven Universe or even cares that I like Steven Universe, but this is my blog, so I’m gonna post a few Peridot-related videos. ‘Cause I can.

How can you not love Peridot?

ALSO, have another really good AMV about the show in general (mostly fusions).

One of these days, the title of my blog is going to be relevant to the actual blog content. That day is not today.

I’m feeling incredibly nervous today, so have some Whose Line is it Anyway?

These guys always cheer me up. Hopefully they will brighten your day, too!

CHILDHOOOOOOOOOOOOD

Man, my mom had like 12 of these videos for me when I was a kid. I remember this one especially, probably because I used to go to Disneyland with my dad and grandma way back when, so I could recognize a lot of things from this.

Yay!

Life has many doors, Ed boy!

I walked about 15 miles or so today, and all I could think about for the entire walk was that Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy episode where they all pretend to be one another. Ed is Eddy, Eddy is Double D, and Double D is Ed.

I have no idea if any of my readers ever watched Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy, but I watched a crap-ton of it when I was younger and for whatever reason, that particular episode’s dialogue got stuck in my head during my walk.

Edit: found it on YouTube!

(Sped up ’cause YouTube.)

This show was great.

Ed: “I can do Eddy, I practiced!”
Eddy: “What do you mean you practiced?!”

Ed: “I have caused discomfort, ‘cause I’m Eddy!”

Wow

Have a really, really well done Steven Universe AMV.

Les Bubb

I can’t remember if I’ve ever posted a video of the mime Les Bubb on here, but I logged onto my OLD YouTube account this morning and was checking out my favorites, and an older video of his was on there. Searched him again and found this one. He’s really good!