Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Oh, the things the Japanese come up with

Lucky for us the Japanese really do come up with some really fun ideas.  My brother Steven showed this to me, and I couldn't believe it was one continuous performance with no editing.

Hope you enjoyed!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

365 Day Photo challenge: Days 64-68

(Day 64 of the 365 day photo challenge 03-06-2012)

Steven and I started working on a new original song.  I'm not going to say much about it at this point.  Once again I've worked out the lyric and melody, and Steven's doing the arrangement, and what he's putting together is really fun.  It's upbeat electronic with a real cool sound, and in this song we're starting to get a feel of who we are as Cerulean Jade and as musical artist.

  (Day 65 of the 365 day photo challenge 03-07-2012)

I made this vase when I was a senior in High School, and it actually made it in the school art fair (the last time that happened before this was back in the 3rd grade).  But wanting to make a painting based on this design (which I'm working on) is what gave me the idea of writing Dream Maze.  Kind of a silly influence, but I'll take inspiration wherever I can get it!

  (Day 66 of the 365 day photo challenge 03-08-2012)

My shadow!  Back when I was a kid I use to play jumping games with my shadow and theorize over Peter Pan, wondering how he got his stolen.  Oh to be young and naive.     

(Day 67 of the 365 day photo challenge 03-09-2012)

Counting down the days.  The hype surrounding this movie was crazy, but I saw it, loved up, and hope to see it again soon.

 (Day 68 of the 365 day photo challenge 03-10-2012)

This, next to In-N-Out, is my most favorite burger joint.  Here you can get grilled onions and mushrooms on your burger, epic, and they even have fry sauce!  Plus, they give out free peanuts.  'nuff said.

Have a wonderful day,

Friday, April 13, 2012

Year of the Mayan

So, for the last several years we've heard that the world is coming to an end December 21, 2012, thanks to the Mayans and their Calender ending on this date.  Because they lived 1000+ years ago, and stopping their calender now must mean something.  (And has nothing to do with them getting tired and wondering why they were keeping track of dates so far in the future.  It's like starting at one and hand writing numbers to a trillion.  Really?  You got to stop sometime).  Anyway, I'm sure this is nothing more then another Y2K.  (Remember that?  It was exciting.  Nothing happened).

In Sandy Utah there is (or now was) a wonderful restaurant called The Mayan.  It's thematic, in the same way The Rainforest Cafe is, where the inside looks like a forest, there are parrots, and you eat in tree house like tables.  What's even more epic is that there's a giant indoor waterfall, and every thirty minutes there was a diving show with professional divers.  It was fun, amazing, and the food was good too.

Steven and I were joking about how awesome it would be to eat there this year, specifically on Dec. 21, but then I tried to find the website, only to see it no longer existed.  This worried me greatly, but paid no mind to it.  Then when I went to see the Hunger Games I saw the restaurant in this state.  They were struggling with business, and the theater bought them out to expand.

So there you have it!  The world wasn't coming to an end in 2012.  The Mayans somehow knew that a restaurant, based on their civilization, was going to go out of business.  We've been freaking out over nothing.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

365 Day Photo challenge: Days 60-63

 (Day 60 of the 365 day photo challenge 03-02-2012)
Birds on the roof!  Okay, this isn't the most exciting photo, but I thought they were awfully cute.  No angry birds here!  (Ha, ha, ha . . .)

(Day 61 of the 365 day photo challenge 03-03-2012)

I pretty much love all things Pirate, and this bottle hails from a gift shop in Cambria California (My second most favorite place to visit, right behind Disneyland, which also has pirates).   

(Day 62 of the 365 day photo challenge 03-04-2012)

Talking about Disneyland, I got this there a couple years back.  Don't have a frame for it yet, so it sits happily on my 10+ year keyboard.  When I saw it I cracked up laughing, stepped away, went to it again, lost it in another fit of giggles, and bought it immediately.  Unfortunately that was in the beginning of the day, so I carried it everywhere.  It's Winnie the Pooh imitating Jackson Pollock!  It's adorable.

       (Day 63 of the 365 day photo challenge 03-02-2012)

This is in an indoor garden at Thanksgiving Point, one of my most favorite places to visit here in Utah Valley.  This month they're having the Tulip Festival, and the gardens are absolutely beautiful.  And, apparently, they have the largest Dinosaur museum in the World.  I've visited, and it's Epic.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Just another reason to go to Disneyland . . .

(A photo I took of Space Mountain back in 2008)

It's official, I've got Disneyland on the brain! I was searching Facebook and found a video the Disneyland page put up recently.  It's Goofy giving a training video on how to do a Disneyland vacation, but all live action.  I had to share it.  They did it in the same style of the old-fashion goofy training cartoons.  Brings back memories.  Those old cartoons were wonderful.  The Art of Vacationing:

And now I want to go to Disneyland even more.

Have a Disney day, no matter where you are!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Battle of the Snow Whites!

I don't know if you've noticed, but there's a lot of Snow White action going on in the entertainment world.  A major, successful television series where Snow White is the star, and two movies coming out this year, one of which came out just last week.

The first movie I ever remember going to the theaters and seeing was Snow White.  Before the Disney Vault meant the movie being sold on VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray 3D, etc, every few years, Disney would re-release the movie to theaters every 7-10 years, so that a new generation got to experience the movie on the big-screen.  In 1987, which was the 50th anniversary of the original 1937 release, my parents took me to see it.  I remember loving it, and I remember being in awe of the theater.  I don't know where it was, but we were in Santa Barbara, and the theater was beautiful.  Funny how we remember little details like that.

Disney's Snow White set the standard, but how are the other Snow White's going to fare?

Once Upon a Time:

  (Show Trailer)

Once Upon a Time came out on ABC for the Fall 2011 season, and is still going strong.  I'm such a fan!  Actually, I'm getting quite obsessed.  The show is brilliant and marvelously written.  Each week it's amazing to see how they blend all the fairy tale worlds so flawlessly.  Ginnifer Goodwin is a wonderful Snow White, and I've got to admit, my favorite Snow White I've seen.  The show hasn't been renewed yet, which makes me nervous, but ABC hasn't renewed any of their shows.  It does make me worry, because, sense this show is shown on Sundays, and the fact that ABC bumps Once Upon a Time for grand events like the Oscars, I hope all the push backs won't lose audience.  For whatever reason the next episode isn't scheduled to air until April 22, and that's a little depressing.  I just hope this show gets a proper end, and lasts as long as possible.  here's a behind the scenes video:

Mirror, Mirror:

I saw this movie last weekend, opening weekend, and you know what's sad?  I keep forgetting I've seen it.  Not proof of a great movie.  Lily Collins was a cute Snow White, but really that's what I'm left with.  The visuals and costumes were fun, and some scenes made me laugh, but there were moments verging on the absurd that I found myself mentally checking out.  I really, really wanted to like this movie, but in the end I'm fine seeing it just once.

Snow White and the Huntsman:  

This movie hasn't come out yet, but I've gotta say, I can't wait!  The trailer is amazing, which is promising.  But I love the dark tone and the Tron like music in the beginning, though I doubt that style of music will be in the actual score.  I'm counting the days for this movie.  Though, I'm not so sure how I feel about Kristen Stewart as Snow White, but I will withhold judgment until I see her play the part.

Now, it's interesting to note that Snow White isn't the only fairytale getting makeovers. Jack the Giant Killer, based on Jack and the Bean Stock, is being released in 2013.  Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is being released January of 2013.  And there is a NBC show called Grimm, which has been renewed for a second season. 
Now, on a final note, I leave you with a really fun Once Upon a Time fan video I found:

Happy Ever Afters!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

365 Day Photo challenge: Days 56-59

(Day 56 of the 365 day photo challenge 02-27-2012)

I found this advertisement in a local Salt Lake city magazine.  It's for the College of Humanities at the University of Utah, and I laughed quite hard when I first saw it.  Do not underestimate the value of Humanities!

(Day 57 of the 365 day photo challenge 02-28-2012)

Once again proving how crazy the birds in this area are, and how much they love snow!  They were making quite the ruckus, flying this way and that.

(Day 58 of the 365 day photo challenge 02-29-2012)

Leap day!  I had to celebrate the occasion.  

 (Honorary Leap Day photo.)

It's crazy how unpredictable the weather is.

 (Day 59 of the 365 day photo challenge 03-01-2012)

Everyday in February I gave myself a sticker for having one treat or less a day.  A little sugar is okay, but within reason, and so far this method is working well.  Maybe it's the kid in me, but I love putting stickers on the calender each day. 

Have a great day!