Category Archives: That’s Cool!

Corporate Country Sucks

I like country music.  There, I said it.  Harry Potter and country music.  I’m SO not hip.  That’s ok.  I like me anyway.  However, I do not like the country music you hear on the radio.  In fact, I have no use for FM radio, CMT, the CMA or GAC.  (If you don’t know what any of those are, you’re missing nothing.)  I think I got off the current bandwagon some time in the late 80’s.  There are only three big time artists I still love (George Strait, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson, for the record).  That means I listen to a lot of old music, which is usually okay but I’m always excited about finding a new artist with a sound I love.   Corporate Country Sucks was recently brought to my attention.  It’s a cool little place to see what’s going on under the radar in the country music world and if you have a few bucks to spare you can send them a couple to help support REAL country music.    Viva Independence!


Any Harry Potter Nuts in the House?

I’m a total Harry Potter geek and I have the Professor McGonagall costume to prove it.  I also have a whole list of blogs that bring me interesting little tidbits from around the web.  A few days ago one of my favorite blogs, Super Punch, brought a little  nerd dream right to my laptop.  It’s a teaser trailer for a TV show that doesn’t exist.  And it’s about characters based on the Harry Potter books, but who aren’t actually IN the books.  Seriously?  That’s like Big Bang Theory nerdy.   Still, I totally wish this was real.  I’d already have the TiVo set!

Good to know! (How to get around subscription firewalls.)

Many newspapers are taking their on line publications out of the realm of free internet content.  To long time surfers like myself, that’s kind of a bummer.  I don’t hate the papers because I totally understand that creating good content is not free.  A talented writer requires (and deserves) pay.  A professional publication is not pulled out of thin air and held together with spit and glue.  So, if I find a site that is really valuable to me, or that I visit frequently, I will happily subscribe.  More often than not though, I read news pulled from a variety of sources such as Drudge Report or Yahoo News.  Frequently, those articles contain links to other articles that also interest me so I’ll click on them.  It’s always disappointing when that link leads to a subscription only site.  But, I found a way around that!  Simply type the headline and the name of the publication into any search engine and Ta-DA!  You’re given a link that will allow you to read the article sans subscription!  Of course not every site allows this loophole, and many sites will limit the number of articles you can read this way per month.  All in all though, it’s nice to still be able to read the occasional New York Times op-ed, and who knows, if I find I’m hitting the NYT 10 free google links per month limit, I just might subscribe.

Lego Super Mario! WHAT?

One of my favorite pop culture happenings is the advent of the Lego-ization of popular characters for video games.  Lego Star Wars will go down as one of the few non-educational video games I encourage my kids to play because I get such a kick out of watching it but am too lazy to learn to play it myself.  Yesterday, I came across this video that gives the Lego treatment to a video game, but in a whole new way.  Of course Lego bricks are a perfect medium for stop motion animation because it’s easy to measure movement with them but some efforts are better than others.  This one is pretty awesome.

Unfathomably Awesome!

Seriously, this is THE best birthday cake EVER!!!

Thanks to Cake Wrecks for making sure Wreckies everywhere saw this!

Jimmy Buffet: Good news from Margaritaville!

I’m not a bonafied Parrot Head.  I’m a casual listener, but Jimmy Buffet has made a mark on my world and I was concerned when I heard he’d stepped off his stage during a performance yesterday.  According to, Jimmy Buffet has been released from the hospital in Australia and is doing well.    And, to make this update even cheerier, here’s a lovely video of the man (younger version) himself.  Enjoy!

Lego V8 – How cool is that?

The time has come to show you just the kind of nerd I am.  I found this video tonight, and cannot get over how awesome it is! Check out those RPMs!   Man, the cool stuff you can build with Legos just never ends!