St. Patrick’s Day is near, when the world unites in all things Irish. Sure, the story of St. Patrick is littered with miraculous imagery to possibly cover over a gruesome part of old Ireland’s earthen history. BUT, the way people today share, cook, and toast to one another’s health, wealth, and happiness has added a new spirit to the day.
Here are some Geeky Irish Blessings created for you. Enjoy! Hopefully, there will be time to come up with some more.
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This Charity Spotlight segment is to get funds raised by a runner in the LA Marathon on March 17. The chap raising the money…? Yep, he’s into Star Trek, comics, and other geeky stuff.
Meet Darnell Davis, a towering man with an even bigger heart. He’s literally heads above the rest. He’s going to be putting himself through one heck of a day in order to raise money for the Lets Foundation. Below is Davis’ pitch for donating, along with the Lets Foundation’s cornerstone story to what they try to provide.
Being a youngster today is hard enough. This cause is something that can tug at almost everyone’s heartstrings. Due to various influences in school, life, and among their peers, kids have started turning to the dark, isolated places of their mind that can lead to self-destructive actions, and people in their lives might not have noticed or not know how to confront it. There is always hope. Please consider donating.
Darnell Davis’ pitch:
So I am going to be running in the Los Angeles Marathon next month. No I take that back my knees don’t really allow me to run so I’m going to be walking in the Los Angeles Marathon. Well by mile 26 I’m sure I’ll be crawling in the Los Angeles marathon. What ever the mode of transportation I will be participating in this years race.
So since I am going to be in so much pain I decided that I might as well do some good at the same time… Also I will be able to to tell strangers I meet on the street, “Did I mention I’m raising money for charity by walking the LA Marathon? Yea cause that’s how I roll”
The charity I am walking for is “Lets”
An organization that wants to help remove the stigma of mental illness from our children and teens. So that can feel comfortable reaching out for help. And hopefully bring to a halt the horror of teen suicide.
So that’s my pitch. I can’t tell you how much I would appreciate you guys donating a few dollars to this cause. Just a little will help a lot.
Thanks for your consideration
Peace & Love “
You can donate by clicking here!
Lets Foundation, The Story:
Everyday youth run for their lives, trying to keep a steady pace with a world that often overlooks them from the start. Without the proper tools of communication, these kids may be lost in the cracks, saddled with fractured mental health. The lack of attention that youth are given to discuss their own personal mental health, to forcibly break the stigma created around issues that they deal with on a daily basis, can cause them to walk towards places that are dark, confining, and permanently destructive.
Without proper alternatives, our world is forcing our youth to run towards suicide as the only solution. For every 100,000 youth – 20.5 of those ages 10 to 24 will die by suicide in just 1 year, including another 11 attempts. Sadly most are not reported. Suicide is not the solution.
We should be teaching kids to run towards the health they want, the health they deserve, the health they can talk about openly with adults, without judgement and fear. We should be teaching youth to race to live their lives to the fullest, not ending them before they have even begun.
At the LETS Foundation, we believe so strongly in this race, to deliver the message of a peer to peer organization that teaches viable communication tools to youth and erases the stigma of mental health, that we are willing to actually run the race ourselves. Physically, we run in marathons to promote the healthy spread of racing for a life worth living, a life that exists without stigma.
We are asking you to race with us. Race for us. LETS race together to bring light that suicide is not the solution.
LETS race for a change. LETS race for the youth. LETS race for you and for me.
Please support our exciting race for kids by running with LETSRunLA in the Marathon or making a donation.
There are a multitude of theories running around regarding who Clara Oswin Osward is. Everything from the “granddaughter” Susan to the Time Lord Romana, and Jenny as the Doctor’s test-tube daughter to an early regeneration of River Song. They are each plausible in the Doctor Who fairytale, and it’s amazing what that team of writers can do.
The River Song regeneration could be plausible as she mentioned being an “impressionable young girl” when she first meets the Doctor. Depending on a definition of “young”, that could have been Mel in Let’s Kill Hitler, but at that time, Mel was far from “impressionable” in the traditional sense. There’s also the issue that River’s regenerations bring around a new body, while Clara has been the same character twice. In a Steven Moffat-esque twist, this might still work. In the same episode, Amy mentions to River “Apparently you used all your remaining regenerations in one go. You shouldn’t have done that.” Perhaps as the normal regeneration process was interrupted, but she still retains some of the attributes. Maybe she’s now getting multiple 1UP’s. Same body, but having to continually take the slow route.
Amongst the guesswork, the hat should be thrown in that Clara Oswin Osward might be the legitimate daughter of the Doctor and River Song. To put it bluntly, they had to have had a few adventures together alone after they had been married. *nudge*nudge*wink*wink*
What’s the thrill and excitement in being predictable, anyways?
The TARDIS always takes the Doctor where he’s needed. Perhaps the TARDIS recognizes Clara, knows that the Doctor needs someone with him, and takes the initiative to bring the two of them together. With a mix of Time Lord DNA and human DNA with TARDIS blessings, the outcome could be a person that lives and dies, but retaining the same genetic codes. Almost like a reincarnation, complete with a simple mind wipe of the previous life (she obviously doesn’t recognize the Doctor in Asylum of the Daleks). Born on November 23, which is the date when the first Doctor Who episode was broadcast. A new life created on the birthday of the show?
Regarding the flirt and fascination with each other, it’s obvious that something’s pulling the Doctor and Clara together. It seems possible for an oddball twist reminiscent of the Star Wars Luke & Leia flirt-and-kiss before they knew that they were related.
Depending on how long Clara is planned to be a companion, the show could have lots of play time to build up the suspense of who Clara is. Sure, it would be a corny ending to the hype, but it also holds a much more emotional tie that could only be compared to the moment when we discovered that River Song was Amy and Rory’s daughter.
Besides, with Clara’s wit and feisty spirit, a “Hello Dad” could be delivered with the same enthusiasm as “Hello Sweetie”.
The name itself, Clara Oswin Oswald, seems like a brilliant search for anagrams. It’d be a shame if there wasn’t some kind of hint in there somewhere. Aside from some interesting words, “snow” does appear in it.
We inch closer day by day to the season premier of Doctor Who on March 30. I’m sure that the writers aren’t going to be letting us down. It’s going to be an intense roller coaster ride of adventure and emotion, and we can’t wait.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Oh geez, the month is almost over! Did you know that it’s Movember?
While the ladies get the highly publicized month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Save the Ta-Ta’s!), the Gents definitely take the proverbial cake for going about men’s health awareness in a far more creative way. November is Movember, a time to reflect and inspect. Balls.
The Movember movement has an amazing website and donation system set up. Teams and individual persons (ladies, too) sign up to raise money for awareness, education, and research. Guys get their whiskers growing all month in a physical display of their support.
So, in the efforts of finding a geek related team to support, what can be geekier than a team developed behind the Geek Squad counter, and Star Wars based? Ladies and gentlemen, that’s right, Stache Wars is on the board to raise funds. The crew includes a guy nicknamed “Lando” (apparently due to a darker complexion compared to his friends) and “Han Cholo”. If Obi-Wan was a real guy, he’d go with this team, and he already was sporting the hermit beard.
If you would like to make a donation, we highly suggest going through their team. You can view their Mo Space HERE
In all seriousness regarding men’s health and cancer, here are a few stats posted from the Movember website.
- Evidence suggests that about a third of the 571,950 cancer deaths expected to occur this year will be related to obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition, and thus could be prevented.
- 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
- In 2012, 242,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and more than 28,000 men will die of prostate cancer.
- While not as common, men can get breast cancer. About 2,140 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and about 450 men will die from the disease in 2012.
In this last week of Movember, if you’re part of a sci-fi themed team, reply in the comments section below with a link to your Mo Space, and we’ll get a running list of links to direct people to your page.
“Luke! Luke! Come inside and have some blue milk.” The obvious was pointed out in Seth MacFarlane’s “Blue Harvest”, and we all laughed. Star Wars broke through so many creative barriers, even thought went into what type and color the milk would be. While Bantha Milk isn’t native to Earth, you can still have fun making a tasty treat an using your ***imaaaagination***.
The basic idea would be to use blue food coloring in regular milk (2 drops per roughly 1 cup of milk turned a decent result). There’s a recipe out in the cyber world that calls for Soy Milk and Blue Powder Punch mix, however, the local corner ethnic store didn’t have a wild collection of Kool-Aid, let alone blue punch mix.
The Soy Milk added an interesting nutty taste, however, it didn’t go great with the fruitiness. The regular milk provided more of a Berry-creamsicle flavor.
With summer rapidly approaching, here’s a new spin on the Blue Milk idea. It is a chilled, tasty treat for those hot Tatooine-esque summer days.
Blue Milk Popsicles
2 Cups Cold Milk
3 Tablespoons Blue Jell-O
Mix the milk and Jell-O together in a bowl with a whisk. DO NOT HEAT. Make sure well combined. Pour into the popsicle molds and chill until solid. Remove and enjoy!
***If you’re a fan of the blue milk mustache, you can drink this cold, in a non-frozen version. The Jell-O will set slightly to give a thicker, milkshake-esque texture, and is just as tasty.
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Holy lightsaber bows, Batman! This video is such a wonderful, imaginative, and at-a-point hilarious tribute to the Star Wars genre and music of John Williams. After 6 months of production, the special effects are superb.
If you are a Star Wars geek, music geek, or even accordion geek, you’re going to enjoy this.
The Piano Guys: Cello Wars, The Phantom Cellist
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away…
We bring you CELLO WARS! A result of 6 months of production…our most ambitious undertaking by far! Why Star Wars Cello? Because of our unending admiration of George Lucas, John Williams, and the most EPIC movies and film score ever created. The idea originated when Tel Stewart was editing THE CELLO SONG here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry4BzonlVlw. As a joke he decided to add light sabers to Steven Sharp Nelson’s bow during the outtakes. Fans cried out for more. Al van der Beek and Steven Sharp Nelson storyboarded the song and the video concept while they were scouting locations for MOONLIGHT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRVvFYppU0w&feature=relmfu. But it was Steven Sharp Nelson’s son Eli (6) that was the true inspiration for the project — his enthusiasm for Star Wars, light sabers, and watching his daddy wield one while playing cello fueled the project continually.
We announced CELLO WARS on September 19, 2011 thinking we’d be able to deliver on our promise within a few weeks. We had NO IDEA. 70 days later, more than 7,000 frames, 72 audio tracks, 24 hours of filming through the night in front of a green screen, the most props and costumes we’ve ever used, several broken bows and strings, and over 1,000 hours of editing and rendering — we felt like we had taken on the entire EMPIRE!
Tel Stewart is THE MAN. He is the reason this worked. He is the man behind the green screen — behind the editing bay — behind all the cool effects. He had to edit every single frame in order to make the light sabers work (a total of over 7,000 frames)! We now have a Piano Guys Hall of Fame and he was recently the first inductee.
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Original music composed by the AMAZING John Williams
Arrangement written and produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Steven Sharp Nelson: Electric Cellos/Vocals/Percussion
Al van der Beek: Vocals/percussion
Starring Steven Sharp Nelson and his Doppelganger (Jedi/Sith),
Al van der Beek as Darth Vader
Paul Anderson as Chewbacca
Costume Designer: Alison Morris http://www.legendaryattire.com (An AMAZING Costume designer!)
Special thanks to CEC-TV in St. George for the use of their green screen studio.
Special thanks to CMI at Dixie State College letting us use their Sony F3.
Special thanks to Ben Braten For the constant advice for visual effects.
Special Thanks to Will Stucki for letting us borrow the cymbals and gong!
Special thanks to Video Copilot (http://www.VideoCopilot.net) for the education and training they provide on their website. (Go buy Optical flares! It is amazing) Their tutorials are so good. If you want to get into what Tel did here go watch all their stuff.
Video produced by Paul Anderson & Tel Stewart
All filming, effects and editing by Tel Stewart
We used the following John Williams Star Wars Movie Themes (in order of appearance)
The Imperial March (Empire Strikes Back Theme)
Duel of the Fates (From Episode 1)
May the Force Be With You
Star Wars Main Theme
Cantina Band (from Episode 4)
All FIVE melodies enter one by one at the end and stack on top of each other until all of them are being played at the same time.
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Have you seen this video yet? < /TWITCH > If you haven’t, the following video is an absolute masterpiece combining the Jedi legacy with even more talented athletes, brilliant editing and effects, a powerful musical score, and a fabulous ending. Yes, you need to watch to the very end.
The force is strong with these ones.
Go ahead, catch your breath.
Ya, you can have one more moment. Want to watch it again? Thought so.
About the video from the YouTube description:
“‘Jedi Ninjas’ a Team2X production. Directed by James Mark and Justin Lovell. Concept & produced by James Mark and Yung Lee (GakAttack). Action Designed by and Featuring Team2x. Visual FX by Yung Lee (GakAttack)
Jedi Ninjas was developed as a passion project to recreate the current style of Star Wars action seen in video games into live action. This style often combines elements of Force powers with the use lightsaber combat. As there are no upcoming live action Star Wars movies to this date, this was a project to make many of the fans’ dreams into a reality.
Team 2X is a professional martial arts performance consisting of members with experience in Hollywood films and television. With their unique talent in creating mind blowing fight sequences and GakAttack’s passion for combining Visual FX with Martial Arts action. Jedi Ninjas became the result of this collaboration.”