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State of the Union 2011

Why yes, this is the second political speech I’ve posted within a week. But after teaching during the second Bush administration and suffering through his State of the Union speeches, I really enjoyed listening to Obama’s speech last night. You can watch it yourself at the White House webpage, as I don’t believe it’s been uploaded to YouTube yet. Personally, I am very much looking forward to the age of the geek.

And for you trivia buffs, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was the cabinet member staying home last night.

50 Years Ago

Happy 50th Anniversary, JFK Inauguration! Here’s the entire speech for you to see:

Also, I had the opportunity to listen to a great discussion on WBUR’s On Point yesterday. I highly recommend it as a discussion on JFK’s call to “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” I like that idea, and would like it even more if today’s generation might take that kind of selflessness a bit more seriously. Along with that, my quote of the week is, “Civility is not a sign of weakness.”

Or, as I’d like to say, Don’t be an asshole.

To Do List: Xtranormal

Today’s post is mainly a reminder for myself. On the ride into work, I heard a story about Xtranormal, where you can make cartoon movies with computer-generated voices. I really liked this video, which I saw on election day:

Hopefully, I’ll even figure out some time to write up some scripts!

Faux Updating: Sex with an X

I can’t resist this one… Aside from the fact that The Vaselines was the best concert I’ve been to this year, and that I want to be Frances McKee when I grow up, John and I have a band where we dress up like a priest and a nun. And The Vaselines did too!

Faux Updating: Sick of You

Yay! Jenn is married, Christmas is over, and the New Year is coming up. I’m just about over all the overscheduling I’ve done to myself, and should be back to updating shortly. In the meantime, I’ve had this song stuck in my head today. If you haven’t seen Cake in concert, I highly recommend the show. I’ve been twice, and last time we had a sing-along to this. Their next album is out 1/11/11, and will be available at their website.

Giggles: Alec Baldwin Pimps for NPR

I am really enjoying the current pledge drive for my local NPR station, WGBH. Aside from the fact that they’ve moved Jordan Weinstein, the DJ who can’t read a simple sentence without stumbling somewhere, to the evening commute so I can hear him, Alec Baldwin has teamed up with Ira Glass from This American Life to record some promos.

I had to listen to most of them at home, as I was literally crying. They are hilarious! My two favorites: “Don’t Give” and “Alec reassigns Nina Totenberg.” If you enjoy them, please, give to your local NPR station…or mine!

Best reaction to these: the Irish host, Brian O’Donovan, replied in his thick brogue, “We all know that Ira Glass has his own take on reality.” I don’t think he was amused…

Go Here: Reasoning With Vampires

We all know I’m a geek. One of the many things I find incredibly sexy about my fiancee is when he slips big words effortlessly into conversation. (*sigh*) One of my favorite reads is Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. So I was happy to have Reasoning With Vampires come across my radar. The author, Dana, is going through all 5 Twilight books and picking apart the grammar, phrasing, and the relationship between Bella and Edward. Okay, the last one I’m pretty whatever on, but the first two are hilarious to look at. It makes me so glad I haven’t gotten into Twilight at all.

Oh, and today, she busted out the sentence diagrams, and won my heart.

Reasoning with Vampires - The Sentence Diagrams

Check this out!

So yes, a couple things keeping me at bay. I’m working on Yule picture #2, and am nearly ready to post that. I also randomly broke a tooth last week (I blame my old dentist and his shoddy work), and wound up at a new dentist with an impromptu root canal. I really love the new dentist office, but root canals are painful, and I’ve only just been able to stand up to the Vicodin she gave me. And I have pictures! Luckily for you, they’re just the x-rays.

In the meantime, I want to go pimping out another blog. All of my latest wallpapers on my phone have been coming from the Don Kenn Gallery. He makes little monster drawings on post-it notes, but just saying that kind of minimizes the wonderful works of art these are. But on top of that, he’s using two of my favorite things: post-its and sharpies. Makes me wish I could draw like that.

Faux Updating: Videos of the Day!

Remember when this was the coolest video ever?

We sure have come a long way in stop-motion videos…

Look – I am really acting!

And here is some visual evidence of my acting! Obviously, I didn’t take the picture…John is awesome and has been working as our production photographer. You can check out all his pictures from the show here, and poke around the rest of his gallery too. He’s awesome. 🙂

Jenn and Eamon