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Flight of the Conchords – A Texan Odyssey (great documentary)

August 28, 2013 Leave a comment

If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look. It follows Bret and Jemaine as they go to SXSW in hopes of breaking into the US market. Couldn’t have been all bad, they scored their TV show from it after all 😉


Thug Notes: Excellent Literature critiques, indubitably

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Show his channel some love. In fact, I’ll start you off with some of his cuts:

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The World’s End: a review (spoilers possible)

August 26, 2013 Leave a comment

This is the third installment in the Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz rounding out the three). As such we have Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starring, and Edgar Wright directing.

I liked it. However, I do have to warn you the viewer that if you’re looking for an exact rehash of the earlier films, forget about it. It’s a lot darker and introspective than they are, although the supernatural and comedic elements are still in fine form. Overall, it’s a great story with a lot of in-gags for the die hards.

Pegg plays Gary King, a down on his luck guy pushing 40 who wants to get his old gang of friends back together for an epic pub crawl. Nick Frost actually plays the straight man here (Andy Knightley), not really giving Gary much of a chance because of some prior bad blood. Soon enough some epic craziness ensues as per usual, and the boys come together because that’s just how things are meant to be.

Go enjoy it. It’s worthy.

Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival (Austin, TX): a review

August 24, 2013 2 comments

In a word, it was great. The weather cooperated, although it was the usual muggy South Texas heat of late August. The festival was held at the Austin 360 Amphitheater inside the grounds of the Circuit of the Americas. That’s Formula 1 racing, kids. Here’s a pic of the place:

Austin 360 Panoramic

Austin 360 Panoramic. The show was sold out; this pic was taken before it started.

There were two stages: the main one (shown above) and a second one set just outside the lawn area. Jeff Ross was the Emcee, and he was in full on Roast mode. Folks who had seats close to the stage were subject to his em… attentions. Watch one of the Comedy Central Roasts he’s on and you’ll get an idea of how brutal he can be.

So, here’s who was on the bill:

  • Al Madrigal – meh. I didn’t think he was that great.
  • Kristen Schaal – loved her. She’s the only female comedian on the bill, so she’s gotta hold her own, and she does. She even did a Flashdance montage with Jemaine Clements of Flight of the Conchords assisting.
  • Demetri Martin – really funny. Reminded me so much of Mitch Hedberg in a lot of respects.
  • Hannibal Buress – hilarious. He did an epic riff on different rap songs and how the rappers incriminate themselves in the lyrics.
  • Flight of the Conchords – I loved them so much live. They played some old favorites and new ones too, and all of them were great.
  • Dave Chappelle – The man, the myth, the legend. He needs to come back full time to comedy, that’s all that is. My favorite line from him: “I’ve missed you more than you missed me”.

It’s a great show. If you have a chance, check out one of the remaining dates.

Inexpensive workout gear that will boost your fitness routine

August 9, 2013 Leave a comment

So here are three torture devices that I use on a regular basis:

Swiss Ball. One of my favorite exercises is shown here in fact… the Pike.

Followed by:

Resistance bands… perfect for working out while on vacation.

And finally:

Strength band. Tie the ends together and loop around your ankles, then try out some squats and leg lifts. Wow, the pain! But, the good sort, not the type that will lay you up for a week.

There are times when I can’t make it into the dojo because I’m working late, or I have a class or something else comes up. The above come in handy for home workouts; most of the time I use Turbo Jam and Turbo Fire, and those workouts in particular use the bands for strength and toning.

At about 10 bucks each, they’re cheap and so very effective.

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