Monthly Archives: September 2013

I Live My Daydreams in Music

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“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
― Albert Einstein

Today is Friday….thank you, thank you, thank you!  The week is at an end, and (if you couldn’t tell) I am grateful for this little fact.  This week has felt like it has lasted forever…music has saved (what’s left of) my sanity this week…mostly…kind of?

This quote made me think…If money were no object, how would you fill your days?

Happy weekend!
Jessica

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Science is Cool

I came across this today, and I couldn’t resist.  I had to share.

The discovery, Lukin said, runs contrary to decades of accepted wisdom about the nature of light. Photons have long been described as massless particles which don’t interact with each other — shine two laser beams at each other, he said, and they simply pass through one another.

“Photonic molecules,” however, behave less like traditional lasers and more like something you might find in science fiction — the light saber.

-Harvard University. “Seeing light in a new light: Scientists create never-before-seen form of matter.” ScienceDaily, 25 Sep. 2013. Web. 26 Sep. 2013.

Check out the entire article here.

May the Force be with you,

Jessica


Discovering Joye…This May Be the Coolest Thing Ever


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This is not my normal book review…for a couple of reasons.  Discovering Joye is a book about discovering Joye Kanelakos’s poetry and melding it seamlessly with Jim Stovall’s own story.  Both of these are powerful and moving on their own, but together it is just…wow.  Truthfully, I’m pretty familiar with both the poetry and the story.  My grandmother is Joye Kanelakos, and my mother has worked for Jim Stovall for more than 20 years. (I wonder how these two talented people came together?  Any ideas?)  My mom would bring Grandma Joye books and notes from Jim, and she would send him homemade baklava in return.  I think both of them feel like they got the better end of the deal.  Grandma loved Jim’s books, and she loved feeding people.  (I have no idea how many crumbs were washed out of pockets that woman crammed cookies into as people walked out the door.)  Jim’s books are special.  They are different than anything else I read.  They are thought provoking and uplifting, and that’s no small feat.  Grandma’s baklava was kind of the same.  You’ll never taste anything quite like it.  There was something special in her touch that transformed those ingredients in a way I’ve never been quite able to duplicate.  Both of these remarkable people feed your heart and soul.

Having known Jim Stovall for more than 20 years, through my mother, I’ve gotten to hear his story a few times.  It is always one that inspires me, and I go back to it when I’m feeling particularly unmotivated or as if I don’t have an impact.  His story always gives me the jump start I need to get moving again and make things happen.  I can’t even count the number of times I’ve told myself that the next time I say to myself “someone should do something about that” that person is me, and just go and do it….even if that thing is just the dishes.  “You can change your life if you change your mind,” has seen me through some frustrating days too.  Before I read Discovering Joye I would have said that I knew this part of his story well enough to tell you a good part of it myself.  However, when paired with the poetry, the “discoveries” and the story take on a new depth.  I walked away from a what I thought was a familiar tale with new insight and perception…inspired all over again, by both of them.

Some of Grandma Joye’s poetry followed me through childhood.  In Discovering Joye you’ll find some of my childhood favorites like “Plink Plank” and “Fairies and Other Good Stuff.”  They arrived in letters, usually handwritten on notebook paper, accompanied by drawings she’d made, and they will always hold special places in my memories.  Those poems sit side by side with evenings on the front porch of her home watching the fire flies wink and blink, listening to her talk about fairies who lived in the mimosa trees, Penny the Peacock, and later about life, books and writing,  and family. Reading those we found later though is a gift of a different sort.  Since Grandma Joye passed away, I return to her poems time and again.  It is like being able to have those front porch talks about those things we never got the chance to discuss in person.  Reading her poetry in conjunction with Jim’s story brought new life to the poetry too.  It changed the “conversation” with my grandmother because I read her words in a different light.  Apparently, she isn’t finished talking to me quite yet.  That is a gift of immeasurable value.

So I recommend this book on so many different levels.  If you’re a poetry nut, this is a book for you.  If you need a little pick-me-up…guess what, Discovering Joye has you covered.  If you just want to read a good story, you’ve got that too.

When I remember to keep the book I’m reviewing with me as I write my post, I try to leave you with the first line or so to give you a sneak peek.  This time, I want to give you my favorite poem.  This is one that I have all over the place…just in case I need a reminder.

New Light

I open my eyes to you

     Bright shiny morning,

While some lonely half-dream

     Still clouds my mind;

And I worry your presence

     By pulling in yesterday,

Plucking out moments

     I should leave behind.

Sweet friend and companion,

     Refresher of souls,

I rise to your joyful

     Awakening at last.

And I gather your warmth

     As a maiden her lover.

Embrace me, sweet morning

   Black shadows are past.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. Keep a close eye out in the next few days…there’s a contest coming!

 


Calculated In Death

9780425250730_p0_v1_s260x420Did you think I had stopped reading?  Nope, not me.  I’m always reading something or other.  Calculated in Death, by J.D. Robb in my growing “have -read”.  I love this series.  Set in the not so distant future, Eve Dallas is a homicide detective in New York City.  I’ve lost count of the number of books in this series, but I have them all, and it takes up a considerable amount of shelf space.  One of the great things is that each book can be read as a stand alone, but if you read them in order you get to see the characters grow and change, which is always fun for me.  The first book in the collection is Naked in Death and this is where we first meet our eclectic cast of characters.  Most of the cast of favorites gets to make an appearance in the latest installment to arrive in paperback.  (It was just the latest installment, but Thankless in Death came out in hardcover before I finished reading.  I swear this woman never sleeps!)  The cast of characters has grown so extensive over the years that not everyone gets a cameo in every book, but old favorites pop up from time to time for a visit.

9780425148297_p0_v1_s260x420One of the things that I adore about this author is her characters.  They are all very easy to relate to.  Eve Dallas is strong, intelligent, funny, broken, determined, committed, stubborn, and, above all, believable.  It is easy to see something of yourself in an aspect of her personality.  Well, it is easy to see something of yourself in all of her characters.  J.D. Robb marries the suspense of a great mystery novel and realistic world building of future New York, in which it is hard to come by a hot dog that is anything but soy and harder to get real coffee, with the friendships and relationships that have been building since Naked in Death was released in 1995.  With an average of two book releases a year in this series, fans don’t have to wait long for their next dose of Dallas.  Eve’s no nonsense attitude and frequent misuse of cliche can be a bit addictive for readers looking for a suspenseful escape from reality, even as her fumbling to figure out relationships and people endear her.  Toss in handsome as sin Roarke, with his jet black hair, glacier like eyes, and hint of an Irish accent…seriously, who can resist that combo?

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention the romance?  J.D. Robb is a pen name for Nora Roberts. (Holy cow is this woman prolific! ) There’s romance.  The relationship takes a back burner to the case at hand for the vast majority of each of these novels, so, although it is written under the pseudonym of a romance author, I never think of them that way.  I read it for the suspense, the drama, the death defying stunts (there are a few of those too).  The romance is just…icing.

J.D. Robb novels are always a great escape.  They are a way to set today behind and jump into the future and someone else’s problems for a few hours.  Imagine what 2053 will really look like, and just…well, cling to the edge of your seat.  Hey, that’s my idea of a good time.

What’s your great escape novel?  Do you have any juicy mystery recommendations?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Greek Festival! And Now A Food Coma….

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Yesterday marked the beginning of the annual Greek Festival at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am just making my way around the world this month! This is family tradition for us. My mother’s family is from Greece, near Sparta. (Yeah, we’re totally awesome like that.) Greek food is comfort food, but it is not quick food. But, man is it good! I look forward to this all year round. In Tulsa there aren’t many Greek restaurants, and nothing that serves anything remotely like homemade Greek food. Every year my mom and I split the same thing.

Chicken Souvlaki with Rice Pilaf (I don’t know what they do to that rice to make it so good, but the experiments begin post haste!) Souvlaki is little pieces of meat grilled on a skewer. Wow, I had this for dinner last night, and my eyes automatically just closed and I made uncontrollable yummy sounds….maybe, I need to go back! Then there is the Greek salad with lettuce, big hunks of feta, tomatoes, pepporcini, onions and dressing. The Athenian Platter is just full of goodness. Dolmades are grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs. They actually sell these in the small market they have set up near the bakery…mmmm….the bakery…okay, I’m back. Then of course there is more feta, and Kalamata Olives. Then comes the filled pastries. Spanikopita this is one of my favorites. Spinach and feta wrapped in buttery flaky phyllo dough, and tiropita is like the spanikopita but without the spinach. We have to get extra spanikopita, because it is our favorite.

When you enter the festival, there is a big striped tent and a really long line…for food. You’re given a menu and a little pencil to mark your choices. As the line weaves back and forth, you cross a couple of beverage stations on the way to place your order. The first has Greek wine and ouzo. Have you ever had ouzo? This is an anise flavored liquor. (anise tastes kind of like licorice) While it comes in a shot glass, trust me, this something to be sipped. When the liquid is at room temperature it is clear, but when it gets cold it turns a milky white color. In the small market near the bakery…mmmm…the bakery…sorry! They had a t-shirt that read “one ouzo, two ouzo, three ouzo…see you next week.” Now, my mom says that when she was a kid the older members of the family would sit around and drink ouzo and eat feta. (This does not sound appealing to me, but I’ve never tried it.) I’ve never had more than two glasses of ouzo, and I was….happy….and my head was…warm. It was nice. I’m not sure what three would have done though. This may be why the men have a dance where four guys carry a table and another guy dances on top of it. (The things men do….) This year, having attended on a weeknight, I decided to forgo the ouzo for a Greek lemonade. I think my mom was disappointed. She may have wanted to share my ouzo too.

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Speaking of dancing, they have dancing at the Greek festival too! All ages come out to perform for the festival goers. From the young children to adults, they don their traditional costumes and take the stage. They have someone to explain the dances, and teach you a few Greek words as the evening goes on. He’s also usually the guy that gets the crowd going with “Opa” being shouted enthusiastically by everyone. I’ve generally found that if someone yells “opa” at a party, that’s the person who knows how to have a good time!

So you get to have your dinner and watch all the dancing and listen to the wonderful Greek music play in the background. The atmosphere is friendly and loud…just like any Greek family would be. If you didn’t bring friends with you, you’re likely to meet some along the way or make some new ones!

Now, you may be wondering why I keep getting distracted by the bakery. (or maybe not, but I’m going to tell you about it anyway) This is because you don’t know….you may have tried baklava, the flaky layered dessert with nuts and honey syrup. You may have enjoyed my favorites, kourabiethes. They are almond butter cookies covered in powdered sugar. Some of you may have tasted the finikia that is dipped in honey syrup or the koulurakia that twisted and crunchy and perfect for dipping in coffee. But have you had a baklava sundae? I hadn’t. They take the crumbles from the baklava, and sprinkle it over a scoop of vanilla ice cream….then they drizzle honey over it. This is perfection. The ice cream cuts through the sweetness than can be a bit overpowering from the baklava and honey and…it took a lot of will power not to lick the bowl. (I’m not joking.) I recommended this to people as we were leaving, and I was still muttering “baklava sundae” under my breath as we drove home.

 

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I can’t believe I’ve never tried this before. My friends in Chicago would keep the crumbly baklava bits when I made the cookies at Christmas and put it on ice cream, but I never tried it. I HAD NO IDEA!!! Generally, after spending four hours in the kitchen, I didn’t want to look at the stuff any more. However, I have seen the error of my ways, and baklava sundaes will be eaten this year! (Sorry, I may have gotten a bit carried away.)

Holy Trinity is a gorgeous church as well. The stained glass windows are beautiful. They are gracious enough to give tours during the festival, and someone is available to talk to the Orthodox faith.  This year we were all veterans of the Tulsa Greek Festival, but we always make sure the newcomers get to see that the church’s beauty matches that of the people who make this festival an annual tradition for all of us.

Opa!

Jessica


Peace One Day 2013 Who Will You Make Peace With?

Today I discovered PeaceOneDay.org, an organization dedicated to spreading peace throughout the world.  Tomorrow is Peace One Day 2013.  Pretty good timing, right?  I almost missed it!  Last year 4% of the world’s population was aware of Peace One Day…that is 280 million people in 198 countries. (McKinsey did a report for them) Out of the people who were aware of Peace One Day 2% of those behaved more peacefully in their own lives.  There were Peace One Day activities like concerts, football games, domestic violence workshops and so much more.  The Taliban agreed not to harm health workers, allowing children to be vaccinated.  This year they are on track to make 3 billion people aware of the day.  Yes, that is 3 billion…with a “B”.

They’re spreading peace around the world.  How amazing is that?

This year’s theme is “Who will you make peace with?”  They’re doing a 24 hour long broadcast, tomorrow.  (Yes, that is September 21, 2013)  The broadcast will include actors, musicians, and lots of other great stuff.  Tune in and watch this broadcast on Peace Day 21 September. It’s set to be an amazing show!

 


Mortal Instruments: City of Bones…the Movie is Not the Book

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This weekend my nephew and I spent our time watching movies and playing video games…it was pretty awesome. No, I’m not talking about who did better at the video games. (Hint: Not me!) We kicked things off with lunch before doing a little shopping for his birthday and heading over to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Now, this is a book that I absolutely adored, and I was pretty excited to see the movie.

The characters are well cast, and they do an excellent job of portraying Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Alec and Simon. They didn’t ring any false notes at any point in the film. Although, if I hadn’t read the books, I would have needed a bit more depth to everyone but Clary and Jace. This isn’t due to the actors in any way shape or form. Having read the novels, you were spot on! They didn’t get left out, they just didn’t get as much attention as they needed. Did your scenes get left on the cutting room floor? I mentioned in my review of the book that the story felt a little flat in the beginning, and that didn’t come across that way at all in the movie. They were engaging and did a fantastic job of pulling the viewer into the story. I kept feeling like it was rushed though, like it needed more build up, development, and explanation for anyone who didn’t read the book. It would be easy to get lost without it, and without the internal monologues…you have to spell it out.

Visually, I was really happy with the way they portrayed The Institute and The Silent Brothers. It was just the way I imagined it from the book, and as I mentioned, casting was excellent. There weren’t any discordant notes between the depictions of the characters and locations in the book and what I saw on the big screen.

This was my big experiment (I feel kind of like Sherlock…not really, but I did an experiment!) After much friendly debate, I’d been convinced to try reading the book before watching the movie….Ummm…this is not for me. The entire movie I kept thinking, but that doesn’t happen in that order. This doesn’t happen in the book. Why’d they change that? This was all plot focused and not character focused.

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The plot takes a huge detour from the book, and it isn’t just little things that are easy to ignore. The ending is completely different. To the point that I don’t know how they’re going to do the rest of it, because this is a major freaking plot point they changed! This directly impacts the storyline from here on out. I may have been okay if it was just the one…okay, that’s a lie, but I would probably have gotten over it.

There was this big secret that gets revealed in the novels. Jace only spent the next two books making sure that information didn’t get into the wrong hands. In the movie, Isabelle and Luke play witness. Isabelle, who doesn’t have great relationship with Clary in the books, and it doesn’t look much better in the movie. Isabelle and Luke now have this enormously important piece of information that Clary doesn’t even realize is important until the end of the third book. Jace spends two books plus keeping this secret to protect Clary when she doesn’t even know it could be dangerous, and now….

We’re ignoring the fact that the scene is set in the wrong place, and all the rest. I could actually understand condensing the setting to The Institute instead of all over the place. It makes sense from a movie making budget standpoint. Really, I was fine with that. I even get revealing that there’s a lie being told to Clary and Jace. That whole time…you know, like a book and a half…where I didn’t know for sure it was a lie was a bit off-putting. However, I’d been pretty sure this tidbit wasn’t true. The not knowing for sure kept me engaged. I needed proof I was right. (wow, I just realized how that must make me sound, true though it may be.) Well, it’s out now. Oh hey, and that character who doesn’t redeem himself until the third book? He starts on it …. a bit early….kind of.

I’m not a purist when it comes to movie adaptations of my favorite books. I get that you have to cram a lot of character, plot, and world building into a couple of hours. Stuff has to get cut. Things need to be changed. It’s a new medium. My lunch conversation with a colleague revolved around her sister’s despair at reading The Lord of the Rings and discovering that the time period between Bilbo’s birthday and the time in which Frodo set off on his own adventure was 50 years instead of what was portrayed in the movie. She can’t read any farther. That’s a purist. Yeah, didn’t bother me in the least, and those are some of my favorite stories of all time. I read those books first too, but the movie stays so true to the vision and heart of the story (although understandably not exactly. Do you need nine movies for The Lord of the Rings? Okay, yes, but that’s not the point.) I didn’t have issues with the exemptions and changes there. Not to mention, none of those changes were major plot points. I mean, it wasn’t like Aragorn was suddenly carrying the ring.

These changes to Ms. Clare’s work were much much bigger than those in The Lord of the Rings. Did she get to retain any control over the script? Are they even planning on a sequel? I really can’t tell. Some stuff felt resolved, but not so much with the rest of it….I have no idea. Big conflict thing gets resolved (which wasn’t supposed to) the personal conflict is just beginning, and even that is resolved for the viewer just not for the characters. My nephew left the movie a bit confused, because not a lot of explanation happening either. Another reviewer mentioned that she got the feeling this was a fan film, and I can completely see that. They already knew the story and the characters and didn’t realize how much a new viewer would need in the way of development. I still just don’t see how changing so many major plot points makes sense for a book series as popular as this one. Could it be that I watched the movie too close to when I read the book? Maybe? However, the plot took such a huge detour from the book I don’t think I would ever forget enough to buy into that.

Overall, I felt they rushed through without enough character or plot development for the uninitiated. Then they went and changed too many major plot points for those of us who have read and loved the novels by Cassandra Clare. They didn’t even manage to leave us with a cliffhanger at the end, well kind of? (Were you afraid it was going to flop and you wouldn’t get to make the next one? Hmmm?) All that and overall, I didn’t hate it…I would actually recommend this for a rental…and give yourself a long time between reading the books and watching the movie.

Do you have issues with adaptations? What’s your favorite movie adaptation? Can you recommend a good movie to wash the taste of this one out of my mind?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Oh My, A LEGO Sherlock.

Oh My, A LEGO Sherlock.

LEGOs and the BBC’s Sherlock…these are a few of my favorite things.  This definitely needs to happen!


Scotfest….Some Things Are Just Better In Kilts

scotfest-logo-2013Ah, Scotfest.  This is one of my favorite Tulsa events.  Why?  (No, it isn’t just the kilts.  Although, they don’t hurt.)  Tulsa does a great job of pulling together some fantastic music, great food and drink, and a bit of shopping thrown in for fun. (because you’re not going to spend enough money buying cd’s, food and booze…)  Before I delve into the music, I have to give kudos for the food.  This isn’t your typical fair food (Although, you can find corn dogs and funnel cakes too, if that’s what you’re craving.)  The organizers accumulate purveyors of fine Scottish food as well.  Scotch Eggs, steak hand pies, cottage pie, bangers and mash, shortbread, scones with fresh strawberries and cream, and because Scotland is part of Britain, of course, there’s tea.  This year, I decided to forgo the whiskey tasking, but I think I’m going to have to give it a try next year.  It is held by  Rubright & Hardagain who are touted on the Scotfest website as being “the Scottish Abbott & Costello of whisky educators, collectors and connoisseurs of fine single malt Scotch.”  How could this possibly be a bad thing? (Friends take note!)  Of course, beer and wine are there for the asking, as well.  I had lovely Cabernet Sauvignon from Tidal School Winery in Drumright, Oklahoma.

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The first band on our list was Tullamore.  This trio plays mostly traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and surrounding areas.  They even sing in Gaelic from time to time.   They have amazing vocals and I love the hammered dulcimer’s sound almost as much as I love the fiddle.  This year at the festival they had a guest who added a flute, and it worked wonderfully.   I absolutely adore listening to them play, and I’ve taken home a couple of their CD’s to keep me company when the mood strikes.  I am a sucker for a great fiddle, and they never disappoint.  The Bonny House of Airle is one of my favorites, although it isn’t a happy song by any stretch, it is gorgeous, and I was thrilled to hear it in their rotation on Saturday.

After their set, we wondered around looking at the different vendors set up around the festival.  As always, I was thrilled to see a vendor that sells my favorite Irish tea.  After drinking it every morning during my trip to Ireland, nothing else tastes quite the same, so I pick up a box each year.  The jewelry is always gorgeous. I caved and bought earrings…I always give in!  Damn the irresistible sparkly things!  We read and debated several funny t-shirts before I got distracted (who, me?).  There were kilts…some people just look great in a kilt, what can I say.  There was also music…like, with electric guitars and drums and…bagpipes?  Yep, definitely bagpipes.

photo (32)So, I put an end to my friends’ browsing and demanded that we check this out. (It wasn’t difficult) That’s when we found Celtica.  Oh yeah, a rock band with bagpipes…they even shot fire out of their guitars.  They did a great mix of original songs and covers in their sets that were just awesome.  It made me happy.  The final show of the evening even brought out the fire dancer…yep, that’s right.  Rock and roll, bagpipes and fire…I was definitely happy.  The first show, I was hanging around the outskirts of the tent to check things out, but by the final show I was right next to the stage. (This may or may not have been helped by that lovely Cabernet Sauvignon I mentioned.)  CD’s were purchased.

photo (39)Cleghorn took the stage after the first Celtica set we saw.  These guys are awesome.  I mean seriously.  They do all original or traditional songs with originally arranged music.  I mentioned I was a sucker for a good fiddle, right?  Well, that’s why my friends insisted that we come see this band.  My face hurt from smiling so much by the time their set finished.  Dillon Cleghorn plays an amazing fiddle.  He’s energetic and good grief is this dude talented.  He also plays the bagpipes and this long pipe, horn thing…I don’t know what it is but it has this very low sustained tone that’s really cool. (very helpful, I know)  Some of my favorites were 9 Minutes of Woo.  No vocals, but lots and lots of fiddle that about made my eyes pop out of my head as I watched him play.  Maggie, Oh Maggie and Young, Free and Celtic were also favorites.  CD’s were again purchased.

Unfortunately, we were only able to catch the tail end of the set for Murder the Stout, so I didn’t get the full effect (especially, with the drunken guy proposing to my friend).  However, I really liked what I saw, and would definitely like to check them out again.  They were an excellent way to enjoy my dinner of bangers and mash.

Seven Nations were the next on our ever growing list of bands to make sure we caught before we went home for the night, and we were not disappointed…at all!  Great original music, another amazing fiddle player, and sensational vocals.  Wait did I mention bagpipes?  No?  Oh, can’t forget about the bagpipes.  I have found a new love of Celtic rock music.  Unfortunately, by the time I was able to make my way over to their table they had packed up to go, so no CD purchased this time.  However, I plan on fixing that very very soon!

photo (33)Finally, we saw Wicked Tinkers.  This was the most rock sounding traditional music I’ve ever listened to.  The bagpipes, tribal drums, Australian didgeridoo (please don’t ask me to pronounce that) and Bronze Age Iron horn aren’t something I’d heard before, but it really works.  Their music felt ancient and modern all at the same time, and they have a fantastic energy and a wonderful sense of humor, again with the smiling so much my face hurt.  The music just made me happy.  The didgeridoo has this awesome bass sound that you can feel as much as hear, and that was only the first sound CJ Henderson coaxed out of it.  Did I say it was cool?  Didgeridoos are cool. (That just sounds funny in my head.)  I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with this group (we liked their t-shirts, see), but I am so glad we stuck around.  Although I chose a shirt over a CD this time around, I am going to be seeing if they have anything on iTunes.  (Yes, I was the one who didn’t notice the horn player holding the shirt right in front of my face.  In my defense, I thought it was still at the other end of the table!)  This is definitely the kind of thing to kick me into gear when my energy starts to flag, but I need to not sing along. (Sometimes words are very…distracting!)

photo (25)One thing that I love about these festivals are the people.  The performers are always friendly and willing to chat and there’s more than one performer and vendor who has ended up a friend from these kinds of things.  Since discovering the joys of Doctor Who, I can find a Whovian anywhere, including Scotfest.  Spotting TARDIS socks from halfway across the tent resulted in a lengthy conversation about the availability of Doctor Who merchandise in the Tulsa area and a local fan facebook page. (Thanks for the tips guys!)  We came to see two bands and stayed for five (two performances by Celtica).  I would definitely consider the day a success!

Next up Greek Festival! (Otherwise known as, HOORAY COOKIES!)  What’s your favorite kind of music?  How do you pick?  Any good festivals where you live?

Sláinte,

Jessica


The Mohawk Guy – Bobak Ferdowsi

I mentioned this guy in my post about The Nerdist.  His name is Bobak Ferdowsi, and he became famous during the Mars Curiosity landing.  Did he become well-known for his astounding mind?  Well, no, it was his hair that grabbed the attention of a nation. However, it managed to do something awesome, it made science cool.  At Comic-Con San Diego 2013 NASA JPL came to Nerd HQ to do a panel.

Nerd HQ is created by Zachary Levi and proceeds from the ticket sales go to benefit Operation Smile, an international children’s charity dedicated children’s smiles.  They did a lot of great panels this year.  They even did a screening in PetCo field, of Serenity with Nathan Fillion…(totally shiny!)From Joss Whedon to Steven Moffat and everyone in between.

Here’s an interview he did with Nerd HQ’s Allison Haislip.

If you have some time you can watch the whole panel here.

‘Til next time,

Jessica