Some of our favorite #ElfOnTheShelf setups this year…


The kids were really into Jovie-Belle, their Elf on the Shelf, this year.ย  These are a few of my favorites. Post your favorites in the comments! (I have a bunch on Pinterest too… some appropriate, some not at all.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yulenanigans? #ElfOnTheShelf #JingleLeague assemble! ๐Ÿˆ

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We didn’t get crazy creative every night, but the kids really made a big deal about finding her every morning. Maybe next year we’ll get a second elf and have some more fun.

โ˜† Why are there animals and people and robots all together? โ˜†


(Copied from a Facebook post. ย I forgot to post closer to Star Wars Day.)

Last night we were watching the end of Empire Strikes Back on TV when the kids & I got home from a trip to Target. Molly was full of questions, including but not limited to;

โ˜† What happens if he gets hit by those pewers?
โ˜† Why does he have a pewer?
What are those pewer things called?
โ˜† Why are they blasters?
โ˜† I called them pewers because I didn’t know what they were called. They sound like “pew pew.”
โ˜† Why is C-3PO in a net?
โ˜† Why does he have a lightsaber too?
โ˜† Why is it blue?
โ˜† Does Darth Vader have a pewer?
โ˜† Why is a lightsaber more civilized?
โ˜† Why did they freeze him?
โ˜† Where are they taking him?
โ˜† Why does he owe Jabba the Hutt Money?
โ˜† Boba Fett is a good guy. Is Boba Fett a good guy?
โ˜† How does he fight without his hand?
โ˜† Why is Darth Vader a bad guy?
โ˜† Why is Chewbacca choking that guy?
โ˜† Why is R2-D2 smoking?
โ˜† Why is C-3PO holding his leg?
โ˜† Where is Chewbacca going?
โ˜† Why are there animals and people and robots all together?
โ˜† What is that place?
โ˜† But what part of Cloud City are they in?
โ˜† Why is there a big hole to fall down?
โ˜† Where does it go?
โ˜† Why is there a slide there?
โ˜† It’s a good thing that bridge is there. Why is that bridge there?

Ian calls Darth Vader “Tai Tai” or “Kai Kai” and we have no idea why. He was also excited to see “Bobo Baba” (Boba Fett) and “Doot Doot” (R2-D2).

He weaseled his way back downstairs later to manage to catch some Ewok (“Weeewok”) action in Return of the Jedi. Ha ha.

#StarWars!

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Anchorhead vs. Galactic Empire


Anchorhead vs. Galactic Empire

Anchorhead vs. Galactic Empire

I have seen Galactic Empire blowing up lately, and I love it… but it makes me wonder what happened to Anchorhead, who was doing it first. ย (Yes, I know scores of metal versions of Star Wars songs are all over the Innerwebs, but these guys are the best.)

Here’s some side-by-side comparisons…

Anchorhead:

…and check out this incredible entire live show! ย Apparently all these cats ever left was one EP & a handful of performances. ย Their guitars have so many strings, it takes 12 parsecs for any non-force user to make their way across the fretboard.

I did download all I could form MySpace, but all I could get of some of the stuff was some snippets of songs. ย Their interpretations are proggy, masterful, eerie, and dark. ย I would love to get my hands on the EP.

Galactic Empire:

Obviously, these scruffy-lookingย Nerf Herdersย rock too. ย The costumes and video production are all-out. ย The metal seems happier if that’s even a thing. ย They used kickstarter to fund their eventual takeover of the galaxy. ย Galactic credits go far with the Empire. ย I’m anxious for their full-length album, too.

It looks like of the two, these guys are the only ones currently in existence.

Vote for Your Favorite:

I would love to see a fan mix of the movies using either of these guys to score the entire thing. ย I don’t think Disney would go for it, unless like Darth Lucas they realize they can make more money by selling the movies again to the same people that already own all possible formats & variations.

Bonus: ย Check out Sarlacc!

Star Wars Songs – Post your favorites in the comments! #MayThe4thBeWithYou!


Songs about Star Wars are almost as cool as the songs in Star Wars!ย Post your favorites in the comments!

 

( ยฐ) Pointless Arguing. |-o-| [-o-] |-o-|


One thing people seem to be good at is arguing over texts.ย  We can argue different points about the same information.ย  How many interpretations are there for the constitution?ย  And that’s just one language.ย  Hit up the Torah, Bible, or Koran that’s been translated into different languages a few times and it’s absolute chaos.ย  People seem to focus on minutiae instead of the big picture.

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Iย can easily imagine a post-apocalyptic dystopian future where the Star Wars films have become the basis for religion. People will subscribe to their own versions of the Jedi and Sith philosophies and have an overall high regard for the force. Some people will say it’s all fiction. Magicians will use levitation and spoon-bending illusions to “prove” that the force is real.

imageI can imagine sects breaking out of each group of trilogies, finding their own interpretations of the overall themes to be the only correct way to see things.

Some will say Anakin/Vader brought balance to the force. Some will say it was Luke. Some may focus on the new characters to come. Some cults will say you have to go to the dark side before you can be redeemed by the light and that is the only true path to Jedi salvation.

Some will argue that the original films unedited are the only true word. Some will argue that the standalone films and animated series are like the apocrypha, and can’t be true canon.

Monasteries will open and instead of vows of silence, they will talk like Yoda.

Books will be written trying to prove that the holiday special did in fact exist.

People will kill each other arguing over who shot first.

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I think you now have a script for Idiocracy 2: Idiocracier.

I Remember Halloween 🎃💀👻👽


Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday.

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Molly was super-excited going door-to-door getting candy & telling eveyone we passed on the street “Happy Halloween!” She loved the compliments on her dress & shoes, and even got to pet a few puppies.

Ian loved his short 1ยฝ street trip strapped on the front of me.  People fawned over him too and he ate it up.  It was a little chilly & windy so we took him home about dark to pass out candy with Grandma & BB.

At every house Molly would ask if we were going to get more, but when we circled back & she saw the other end of our street, she was ready to go home.  No fight or fuss!

We got to celebrate several times since last week’s Halloween party at the church.  I had a day off & was able to attend their library story time, and today we even hit up a trick-or-treat at Gaint Ealge.

I loved decorating pumpkins, the porch, and even gutting/carving the pumpkin with Molly this year.

Canvt wait to do it all again!

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So, I’m gonna be a dad.


 

So, I’m gonna be a dad.ย  It’s crazy.ย  I’m the guy that plays in a punk band that sings songs about poop, gets his truck stuck in the mud, buys crazy guitars, and has Batman & Star Wars obsessions.ย  I barely have my own life together, and now my wife & I are going to be responsible for another one?ย  As crazy as it is, I think weโ€™re ready.ย  Itโ€™s exciting.ย  Weโ€™ve been OK with the thought of having a kid for a while, it just never happened.ย  We’re glad it’s finally happening.ย  Some time in May, we should have a little boy or girl.ย  We go on Saturday for an ultrasound to get an exact date.

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Someday, someone is going to call me “Dad” and my wife “Mom”.ย  The idea of it all is just incredible.ย  I’m sure I’ll be blogging about it all along the way.ย  Before I start, any fatherly or parenting advice?ย  Please leave some below!ย  (Not on Facebook to Twitter!)