Archive for November, 2009

November 21, 2009

Awesome children’s music

I’m a big fan of some children’s music that has emerged over the past few years. You have Yo Gabba Gabba, which was created by the singer of the Aquabats and features some awesome indie artists singing songs to help educate children and stimulate their imagination. There’s Milkshake, who paid their dues in other bands in the Baltimore music scene before forming this band. And They Might Be Giants, who have been around since the 1980s, but did not start out as a children’s band.

I purchased the Powerpuff Girls soundtrack that came out roughly ten years ago and I still listen to it sometimes. It’s not really educational, but it’s still good for children on a creative and imaginative level.

I like the way these recent songs have been written and performed. They don’t insult a child’s intelligence. Many adults enjoy these songs as well. The music is well-done. It’s catchy enough for kids to like, but it’s not dumbed down.

I could not find any music videos online for Milkshake, but here is their website:

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November 18, 2009

The Banana Man’s group will be at JHU and other campuses tomorrow

Ray Comfort (better known as "The Banana Man") has a ministry called Way of the Master and started Living Water Publications. He, along with Kirk Cameron ("The Crocoduck") and others, like to go around preaching that you will spend an eternity in hell if you have not accepted Jesus as your savior and if you have ever been blasphemous. They are also Young Earth Creationists who believe the literal word of the book of Genesis. He does not believe in evolution. I could go on and on about how wrong he is and how the actions of groups like these hinder social and scientific progress, but you can read more about him yourself by going to WayOfTheMaster’s channel on YouTube or by doing a google search.

His groups are scheduled to be on campuses across the United States tomorrow, November 19, and in various campuses in Canada on November 24. November 24 is the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Dawin’s On the Origin of Species. I guess Comfort and Cameron see this anniversary as a threat to their religious beliefs, so they are handing out their version of how they think the book should be. And, based on their evangelical beliefs, I won’t be surprised if they try to "save" some students. Rather than celebrate all the progress and advances that have been made because of this publication, they are threatened at how it contradicts their religion.

Now, I am aware that they have the right to do this. They have free speech. That doesn’t mean I have to like what they say. And that doesn’t mean that if you disagree, you should just stay silent and take it, if you want to stand up for things you believe. You can cause a scene, if you like. But if that’s not your style, you can do this:

I would love to go there and pass out the flyers. I don’t attend JHU but I do live close. But I have work all day and school, so my schedule won’t permit me go there. I am hoping, especially since JHU is filled with very intelligent persons, that the students will make me proud and take a stand on their own.

For a list of schools that are scheduled to be visited by Comfort’s team, go here:

November 16, 2009

Social Networking Czar

A lot of people are freaking out at the “news” that Obama doesn’t write his own tweets. Did everyone really think he did? And you know what, I want to be Obama’s social networking czar. I’d be good at it, too! lol.

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November 15, 2009

More photos of Bryan

Here are some recently-found photos of Bryan Burken.

These were taken by Victoria Troshina in 2001 at the apartment:
Bryan talking on the phone

Bryan's Cat, Kurt. Bryan and I

Bryan, Vicky, and I

Bryan and I at the apartment

This one is another one taken by Jim Lucio.
It was around 2004 at the Talking Head with his friend Nicole:
Bryan-Nicole, Talking Head, circa 2004

November 10, 2009

The Weezer Snuggie

November 9, 2009

Taylor Swift on SNL

I had a cold and decided to stay in this weekend. I ended up catching Taylor Swift hosting SNL. I’m not a big fan of her music. I don’t hate it, either. I think she’s talented but her music just isn’t my cup of tea. And I think she’s a lot better than most current country stars.

But she was a great host. I really liked her. There’s just something about her that is likeable. She seems like an awesome person and she appears to have acting abilities. I’m not in the acting business, so I’m probably not the best person to ask. But I do think she did a better job as host than a lot of other people with more acting experience, such as Megan Fox. Taylor looks great as a brunette, by the way. I get the feeling that this is beginning of things to come for Taylor and I wouldn’t be surprised that as time goes by, her music might evolve into something that I would like.

November 8, 2009

Happy Birthday, Hello Kitty

This year, Hello Kitty turned 35, so Happy Birthday! I have had more HK and other Sanrio items than I can count.

In honor of this, I dressed as her for Halloween.

I’m also a big fan of Badtz-Maru (the cynical DJ penguin) and Keroppi (the happy frog).

I have no idea who is dressed up as these characters. I found this on Google. It looks like it was taken at the Baltimore Convention Center, so I’d guess that this was from Comic Con (or maybe Otakon). But I don’t really know, especially since I’d think it would be more crowded. Anyway, it’s cute!

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