"Wet Dream Of The Week" Sebastian Philip Van Wyk - I know! It sounds like a mouthful of a name, right? Hehehe! This South African cutie seemingly disappeared on us for a while, but him and his guitar are going to hopefully make a comeback soon, and I'd LOVE to be there for it! Dude, you should go on tour with Lyric Dubee! That would be amazing! (Hmmm...there's a naughty 'fanfic' idea in there somewhere!) :P
SLEEPOVER UPDATE ! ! ! -- SolarMaxx, 11:13:15 11/27/15 Fri
We picked up my nephew Shawn and his boyfriend Emil from their dorm Wednesday after school and met Emil's parents for dinner in the city. At first It was stilted as hell, but the women were amazing and melted the ice in like 20 minutes with small-talk! Damn I wish I could do that. Overall everything went really well. Emil's mother is a sweetheart and smoken hot! His father seems a lot older than her and doesn't say much -- but he's definitely friendly once he's had a few drinks! He's an engineer and loves football so at least we had few things in common. I'm not sure he knows quite what to make of me though, hahaha.
I really like Emil's family -- and it sure seems that they like us too. The dinner was actually fun.
I even bonded a bit with Emil. He's attractively self-confident, very intelligent and funny as hell. Turns out we both share the same oddball sense-of-humor! What are the odds? Nobody at the table had a clue why we were laughing so much, and by the end of the evening I was ready to adopt him.
It's obvious that the boys are crazy about each other. I think my wife was a little embarrassed by their under-the-table hand touching/holding, but Emil's parents seem totally cool with it. Seeing the boys so happy and so close is one of the BEST things I've ever seen in my life! Where the hell were all these enlightened adults when I was a Kid!
So It seems we're all agreed! The boys will spend two nights at our house during Christmas break, camping-out in sleeping bags on our family room floor in front of the big screen -- and possibly several nights at Emil's place in a similar open setting. I'm sure my wife will insist on having her "abstinence is virtue" talk with them -- god I'm glad she wasn't like when we were in college! And the truth is, I think I trust the boys a lot more now than I would have ever trusted myself at their ages, Hahaha. IRONY: it is a bitch.
Thanks everyone, for cradling me through my initial panic with all your great advice. I really have to stop overthinking stuff, but nothing in life seems simple anymore.
This song just describes de 90's perfectly! -- Fanson, 10:40:10 11/27/15 Fri
I know that maybe you're sick of Hanson by now, but I promise, this is the only song I'll post regarding them (maybe :P)... and this song it's not just them! it's a colaboration between Owl City and Hanson. The song's name is "Unbelievable" and it's a song about the 90's! it has a videocasette tape as a protagonist, and Hanson, I mean how much 90's do you need?? lol... So, enjoy! it's a really cool song :)
I think we had sort of an Hanson thread recently. But we can't do a 90s theme without mentioning Hanson . :P -- Mike84, 14:15:44 11/26/15 Thu
I'll post one, but not the most obvious one. Hanson was (and still are) more than just 'Mmmbop'. There are other cool songs by them too. Although admittedly I don't know their new stuff as well as their older stuff.
My pick for four movies that definitely define and made a huge impact on the 90's decade in terms of cinematic history! Of course, there are many MANY more movies that come to mind as well, but these are the first four that come to mind! What do you guys think? From 1990 - 1999, what movies do you think made a huge impact on movies in general! Feel free to comment below!
Now that I think about it, "Titanic" should probably be on my list somewhere. And "Usual Suspects". And "Basic Instinct". They all had a hand in the movies we get to see and enjoy today. Ah well...can't post 'em all. :P
This was actually just posted a few days ago, and apparently, there are brand new "Mystery Science Theater 3000" episodes coming soon! That is a 90's necessity for sure! :)
MST3K was a group of people who would take old movies, and make them HILARIOUS with their comments and jokes about how bad they were from beginning to end! I'm sure you guys have done this on your own or with your friends on many occasions! Well, this time, it's done for you. For movies that are so bad they're good...they make the whole thing a side splitting experience! And I'd love to see them come back! (Although Mike and the Rifftrax are awesome too!) I didn't even RECOGNIZE Joel until I heard his voice! Wow!Hehehe!
I've added a few MST3K vids in their entirety down below! Wacky and cheesy interludes included! But they made me laugh! I hope they'll make you guys laugh too, so the next generation can put in to get new episodes in the near future. :)
When the original "House Party" movie came out...he entire high school was there in the theater! LOL! I distinctly remember that. Not only did we flood the place, but I think most of us stayed through for a second showing. (I was a youngster, so I'm sure a bunch of us broke curfew that night) But everybody wanted to see the high school party flick! And a lot of people had house parties after this movie came out...and got a lot of teens in trouble! LOL!
I remember a lot of those. If you read "Billy Chase", he's had a few run ins himself. :P ::Nods::
But...to all the teenage Shackers, parties don't work this way. Just so ya know. You will NEVER be in a room full of people who will cheer you on, while you and your best friend perform a perfectly choreographed dance...and then get challenged by two other best friends with equally choreographed dances, that will match up to what the DJ is playing at that EXACT moment! The splits and the spontaneous clicking heels while you dance ad stuff? That will NEVER happen! Hehehe, you will NEVER be that cool! But parties are fun! So go! And enjoy yourselves! :)
Yeah...I don't thing us 90's kids ever answered that question. Hehehe, an alternative to what? I guess it wasn't pop, it wasn't R&B or soul, but it wasn't really rock either. So MTV started calling it alternative music...and I think we all just kinda rolled with it. :P
This was the era of Nirvana, Dave Matthews Band, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Tool, and Nine Inch Nails! Heheh, anything they could shove into that category, no matter how different the music and artists were! Whatever! At least we got music videos back then! Now all you guys get it is "I'm 16 and Rich"! "I'm 16 and spoiled"! "I'm 16 and Pregnant"! Ugh! Thanks for giving up on us, MTV! :P
Yeah, I'm not really sure what happened to a majority of rap music over the years. ::Shrugs:: When I was in my early teen, pre-teen years, for me and all of my classmates and friends, rap was our REBEL music! Our mosh pit music! For other it might have been heavy metal or punk or even rock and roll. At one point, even jazz was considered rebel music. But for us, it was hip hop.
It was dirty, and raw, and gritty, and they used curse words, and they pissed off politicians who started sticking warning labels on everything...it was GREAT! You had to listen to it through headphones, and you weren't supposed to have it. Like...you'd be better off having your mom find a gun and a bag of marijuana in your sock drawer than an NWA cassette! Hehehe! But rap music was different back then. I wouldn't be a fan if :I had to grow up with it now. These days, the most you can hope for is Donald Trump dancing to 'Hotline Bling' on Saturday Night Live. Hehehe! The gritty reality is gone. But the memories of our aggressive mosh pit rebel music will always remain in our hearts! :)
Yes, it was the time of dancey pop songs and loud electronic music, which would be pumped through the speakers of many an arcade on any given night of the week! For kids like me and my friends, arcades were like nightclubs to us! Dark, loud music, flashing lights, good times...TONS of cute boys! Omi-GAWD...the cute boys! LOL! You couldn't turn your head in any direction without seeing at least THREE more hotties that you hadn't seen before!
For those days in the arcade, and every sporting even and pep rally my friends and I ever went to...this was a part of our 90's soundtrack! :)
Cirrus Book Club -- Cirrus, 23:49:26 11/24/15 Tue
It's a been a few weeks, but the return of the book club feels overdue. With Mike posting the trailer to "A Monster Calls", it felt like a good excuse to revisit previously featured author Patrick Ness.
The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
"The Knife of Never Letting Go"
"The Ask and the Answer"
"Monsters of Men"
"The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that they don't got nothing much to say. About anything".
That first line kicks of one of the best young adult / sci-fi stories I've ever read. It seems almost criminally unfair that a debut novel should be so good.
The set-up for the story needs a bit of explaining. Thirteen year old Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown, a month away from some mysterious activity which will make him a man. Prentisstown town is a human colony on an alien world. A world where men broadcast every thought in their head for the entire world to hear. If you think the "Noise" would drive everyone a little mad... well, you'd be right. And I did a mention there are no women left in Prentisstown?
Then an advanced scout ship from the next wave of colonists due to arrive on the plan crash lands near Prentisstown. The only survivor from the crash is a girl Todd's age called Viola, who broadcasts no noise at all.
The first book chronicles Todd and Viola's escape from Prentisstown and the scheming Mayor Prentiss, and things just keep escalating over the remaining books. Mayor Prentiss is leading an army to take the rest of the colonist settlements. A terrorist organisation of women forms to oppose him. The next wave of colonists are on their way. And the indigenous population of sentient humanoids, the Spackle, might have their own ideas about the proper order of things on the planet.
The first book is told from Todd's point of view. The second book alternates between Tood's voice and Viola's. And the final book in the series adds a third voice into the mix.
The tension in the books just keeps ratcheting up and up and up throughout the series, driven mainly by Mayor Prentiss, who in my humble opinion, is one of the great literary villains of all time. Time and time again it looks his plans have been thwarted, only for him to be one step ahead every time. He's a master at manipulating people, and does some pretty hideous things without remorse.
"Your noise betrays you Todd Hewitt!"
The story builds to a truly shattering conclusion. The books get my highest recommendation.
Oh, and some of the most memorable lines come from the horses.
It's TUESDAY! And today I was remembering back when I first started playing guitar... -- PeteIM, 00:00:26 11/24/15 Tue
I think the first four chords I learned were C, A minor, F and G. Those four chords allowed me to play about 50 songs. When I swapped G7 for G, I got another 50. :D
I figured I'd share this with the people who have always wanted to play guitar, but thought it would take forever to learn. You'll be playing in no time! Now look through your playlists and find your favorite four-chord-progression songs and post at least one, but no more than four. Be sure to post your songs as a response to this message so we don't slow the board down too much. As always, songs with lyrics on the screen get extra credit.
This week's 3M selection might keep you from guessing up from down if you're not careful! :)
"Upside Down" is a sci fi romance that really caught me by surprise when I first checked it out! I think it's weird that it never really got advertised or anything, but...you know...Hollywood. :/
Anyway, this movie involves a different solar system (or perhaps an alternate universe?) where there are two Earth-like planets right next to each other. In fact, they're on TOP of one another. But in this story, the planets have two different 'kinds' of gravity. Gravity that is a part of every molecule on the planet. Meaning, even if you travel from one planet to another...the gravity of the planet you're born on is the one that is constantly pulling on you. So many things are upside down.
It sounds complicated, I know. But it's really not. Watch the trailer, you'll get it.
So, as with all things in human nature, there's always this psychotic need to be better than everybody else, so the planet above is where the wealthy aristocrats live, and the planet below harbors the working class and supposed 'lowlives' that they don't want to associate with. Enter our star crossed lovers! Even though they're from different worlds and aren't supposed to be together, they manage to fall in love, and once our main character finds a way to wear a collection of specially made 'magnets' to hole him down in her world, he travels up there and pretends to be one of the elite while seeking out the woman he promised his heart to. And there we have our movie.
You'd think that the upside down thing would be a gimmick that would get tiresome pretty quickly, but it doesn't. They keep doing new and interesting things with the concept and I kept thinking to myself, "Whoah! That's pretty damn cool!" The special effects are awesome and believable, and you get your basic 'Romeo and Juliet' story, but with a neat science fiction twist! So check out the trailer, check out the movie, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)
Today we associate Walt Disney as this huge brand name, not really as some guy's name. But that really was the name of the guy behind it all.
This story touches on his childhood and early years in the animation industry, as he revolutionized what animation was.
I'm not sure how good the movie is, I think it's a straight to DVD feature, but I'm gonna give it a watch anyway.
Speaking of Walt Disney and the past, I saw this clip on YouTube a couple of months ago showing the Disney theme park's opening day, in 1955. I'll post that below. There's this one scene which made me laugh - where the host's talking about one feature in the park - "Then of course there's the Tomorrow Land, the time is 1986 there. The city of the future, where a trip to the moon is an every day thing".
Now that would have been something.
The BBC ought to hire this guy. He makes short amateur visual SFX videos on his YouTube channel. Particularly of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who. He even made an amazing mashup of both characters together, a couple of years ago. Both the Doctor and Sherlock on the same screen, in the TARDIS, talking to each other (even though both characters have never actually shared screen time together (I'll link that below).
It's Sunday Chilltime -- Johnny, 02:10:15 11/21/15 Sat
No it's not it's 8am Saturday morning. :) We're off to Amsterdam tomoz so doing it now. Stay away daesh you evil bastards. Is hate being called daesh so always refer to them as that. :) An early Happy Thaksgiving greets to all American Shackers.
As I'm gonna be away for Com's 90's week I'm doing my contrbution now while I have the chance. A 90's commercial dance mix.
Say buenas to the beautiful city of San Antonio -- Juan, 20:53:15 11/20/15 Fri
Hey y'all! I know I've been really busy and I actually meant to post these like a week ago, but school got the best of me. Anyways, last week Lamar Drumline headed off to P.A.S.I.C. Now incase you aren't familiar with that specific acronym it stands for, Percussive Arts Society International Convention. PASIC is HUGE y'all, I'm telling you. So PASIC is usually headquartered in Indianapolis but this year it got moved to San Antonio which I was fine with because I've only ever passed through before. Buuuuut I did want to go back to "Indie" because I haven't been back there since I was 8. Anyways San Antonio is BEAUTIFUl as I'm about to show you. I am considering it a honeymoon spot, like gah! I loved it. Oh! Lamar University Perscussion fucking won PASIC!!!! You know how huge that is!?!?? We are the premier percussion in the NATION! It made it all worth it.
So we were at the convention for 5 days and then we had an away game at UIW. Honestly after we won I just wanted to go home, but it was kinda madatory that we went. And to be even MORE honest I got shitfaced that night haha. I was in no mood to go to a football game. So going back to San Antonio, it just has so much to do. The RiverWalk was gorgeous and it made me feel like as if I were in Venice (Italy not California). There was just a lot to take in. I totally recommend it y'all. San Antonio has the offical Juan stamp of approval. Even the Mexican food was amazing! Definitely not as good as my Mama's though, no one except Grandma could top Mama's cooking. On a side note people at PASIC were commenting on my "accent"... I dont have an accent :( oh well. I did get to meet a lot of intersting people and people from around the world.
"REMEMBER THE ALAMO" dude I touched the wall of this thing and I got yelled at and was threatened to get arrested. Like wtf!? Texans are crazy I'll tell ya what. How the f*ck was I supposed know? If they don't want youto touch it, then they should put up a sign that says "Please do not touch the Alamo". That being said, you can't take pictures of the interior. Bullocks. Don't worry the inside isn't that ineresting. Back in California you can touch the missions all you want. My favorite misson in California is San Luis Obispo.
Everything in San Antonio is themed around the Alamo.
I first read this book a few years ago, and it almost moved me to tears (not something easily achieved, believe me). Then recently I heard that they were making the story into a movie, and I'm curious to see how that'll turn out.
If you haven't read A Monster Calls, yet, I highly recommend it.
It's written by Patrick Ness, who also wrote the Chaos Walking trilogy, another series I highly recommend.
Ness is among my favourite authors. Easily in my top three.
It's also cool that he's a gay author, and some of his works touch upon the LGBT theme (so even more incentive to check his work out :P) Whether or not the film turns out to be good, the story is, and worth a read.
Here's the trailer.
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