Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

O Holy Night

Let me sum up:
Quintessential Hallmark Christmas commercial...

Let me splain:
I'm pretty sure we snagged this commercial on VHS while taping Hallmark's 1987 "The Secret Garden," so I saw it quite a bit growing up. We lived in Orange County...my big sister eventually headed to New York for college, so she was dependent on the whims of planes and weather to get home. I later went to college in Northern California, so I had to cross through the occasionally treacherous Kern Country "grapevine" on my drive home for Christmas. We always both made it on time...I loved sneaking home a day early, especially when weather promised to be fickle.

My sister just arrived home. I'll be heading home in a couple days and I just got off the phone with my parents. As we started discussing the weather, my sister ran to the window and pretended to look outside with expectant concern. We have had many cheesy family moments reenacting this sap-tastic commercial.

~Geek out

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mythbusters II

Let me sum up: An unprecedented second week of celebrating the Mythbusters, thanks to their recent episode featuring a very special guest...

Let me splain: Alright, call me lazy. But I gots a good excuse for using the same tear fodder two weeks in a row. Not only did I cry at the Presidential Mythbusters last week, the HUSBAND cried. I have known my husband for over a decade. I have seen him cry exactly 3 times. One was an excruciatingly sad funeral. In the other two situations, science was to blame. "Steamboy" was the first culprit. It's been a while since we watched it and neither of us can remember whether it was a line by Eddie Steam or Lloyd Steam that made him cry. He's trying to claim it was Lloyd, who pushes for science with heart. I believe it was actually when power-hungry Eddie states "Science should reveal universal principles, not assist humanity in its folly."

Jaime's closing statement on this week's Mythbusters was a happy medium between the two Steams--a heartfelt celebration of the pursuit of knowledge. Exactly what the episode set out to achieve. Without getting too political, this is the most excited I've been to see Obama on TV since the election. And while (spoiler alert) the myth in question was not born out, Jaime's closing words made standing in the sun all day to NOT set something on fire seem noble, purposeful, and super cool. And then my husband covered his face with a blanket.

~Geek out

Monday, December 6, 2010

Balloon Girl

Let me sum up: "Balloon Girl" on Mythbusters

Let me splain:
Where science and whimsy meet, there are bound to be gleeful tears. Nertz to "Balloon Boy's" family for tainting the joy inherent in the myth's title alone. This is one of those undertakings that my husband and I can both truly delight in--childhood fantasies made real through the power of maths! Plus this episode features Kari at her most adorable. Both Kari and ex-mythbuster Scotty rock pretty hard in the balloon popping sequence.

Incidentally, for you Mythbusters and/or comedy geeks, I highly recommend you take a listen to Adam as a guest on the Nerdist Podcast. Mr. Savage tries his hand at stand-up, with great aplomb, and also geeks out on Star Wars and the joy of making stuff look like stuff.

~Geek out