Monthly Archives: January 2014

Do We Even Need to Watch the Rest of the Superbowl Commercials?

Thank you internet.  I stumbled across this teaser for a commercial that is set to air during the Superbowl on Sunday.

Then I found this…I swear I don’t even have to go looking for them.  They just show up…places.

Without even seeing any others, this is officially my favorite Superbowl commercial this year…maybe ever. Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong and Ben Kingsley talk about why all the villains are British.  Now, there have been some great Superbowl commercials, but none of them had Tom Hiddleston. (I think I must be focused on him because I saw the broadcast of Coriolanus last night…yeah, that’s it…because of Shakespeare.)  Here’s what I like about it (other than Tom Hiddleston).  The focus on villains taps into that part of us that really wants to be a bad girl/guy.  You know that rebellious part that never really grows up.  “It’s good to be bad.”

Then there’s the kicker at the very end, “How alive are you?”  Nicely done, Jaguar.  Nicely done.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S.  Don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about Coriolanus.  Tomorrow at the latest, I promise.

P.P.S. Sneak preview….Coriolanus was AWESOME!!!

 

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Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine

There’s this exhibit coming to Tulsa…actually, it is already here, I just forgot about it.  Apparently, this exhibit has been making the rounds since 2008.  The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Medical Library has a Harry Potter exhibit…why OSU’s Health Sciences Medical Library?  I have not idea.  Apparently, I’ll just have to go check it out.  It runs through February 22nd.  If you’re in Tulsa, and aren’t sure where to go I have an address.

The OSU Center for Health Sciences Medical Library is located at 1111 W 17th Street in Tulsa.  Tulsa’s News on 6 gives more details in the video, here. (Still can’t embed videos…bummer). Now I just need to kick this cold so I can go forth and have fun!

‘Til next time,
Jessica

 

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Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond – Sneak Peek

Are you a bond fan?  I am…of the movies, anyway.  Unfortunately, I have to admit that I haven’t read the books by Ian Fleming yet, but I saw a preview for the new BBC America show that is premiering tomorrow night (January 29, 2014), and I thought I’d check it out.  I really loved Dominic Cooper in The History Boys, and I like James Bond movies.  That doesn’t even touch on Lara Pulver.  You remember her, right?  She played The Woman on the BBC’s Sherlock…how could we forget! Then this preview popped up on my dash, and I thought I’d share.  What do you think?  Should I check it out?

Here’s a link to a sneak peek from BBC America…apparently it doesn’t want to embed in the post…or maybe it is user error…

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. Sorry for the short posts this week. I’ve got a bit of a cold.  Apparently cold medicine makes stringing words together difficult…who knew?

P.P.S.  Apparently that only applies when you want to make sense, otherwise you babble uncontrollably…or maybe that’s just me…it carries over into typing…sorry…again.

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And the Grammy Goes To…

Last night was a big night. No, I’m not just saying that because America got to watch the BBC’s Sherlock “The Sign of Three”.  Some awesome music got recognized last night at the Grammy Awards, and live performances rocked the stage.  Beyonce & Jay-Z, host LL Cool J, and Katy Perry all appeared on center stage.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” served as a wedding song for 33 weddings performed and officiated by Queen Latifah too.

Just in case you didn’t catch it all (I admit, I fell asleep before the end) , here are the Grammy winners from last night.

  • Record of the Year: “Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
  • Song of the year: “Royals” Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde)
  • Best country album: “Same Trailer Different Park” Kasey Musgraves
  • Best pop vocal album: “Unorthodox Jukebox” Bruno Mars
  • Best rap/sung collaboration: “Holy Grail” Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
  • Best pop solo performance: “Royals” Lorde
  • Best pop duo/group performance: “Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
  • Best rock song: “Cut me some slack” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
  • Best new artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Best music film: “Live Kisses,” Paul McCartney
  • Best music video: “Suit and Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
  • Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams
  • Best R&B album: “Girl On Fire,” Alicia Keys
  • Best rap performance:“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
  • Best rap song: “Thrift Shop” Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis
  • Best rap album: “The Heist,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • Best rock performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
  • Best metal performance: “God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath
  • Best rock album: “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin
  • Best alternative music album: “Modern Vampires Of The City,” Vampire Weekend
  • Best country solo performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
  • Best country duo/group performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars
  • Best country song: “Merry Go ‘Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne
  • Best american roots song: “Love Has Come For You,” Edie Brickell and Steve Martin
  • Best americana album: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
  • Best bluegrass album: “The Streets Of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band
  • Best blues album: “Get Up!,” Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
  • Best folk album: “My Favorite Picture Of You,” Guy Clark
  • Best regional roots music album: “Dockside Sessions,” Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
  • Best pop instrumental album: “Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert
  • Best traditional pop vocal album: “To Be Loved,” Michael Buble
  • Best new age album: “Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan
  • Best improvised jazz solo: “Orbits,” Wayne Shorter
  • Best jazz vocal album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter
  • Best jazz instrumental album: “Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington
  • Best large jazz ensemble album: “Night In Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
  • Best latin jazz album: “Song For Maura” Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente
  • Best gospel/contemporary christian music performance: “Break Every Chain [Live],” Tasha Cobbs
  • Best gospel song: “If He Did It Before . . . Same God [Live],” Tye Tribbett
  • Best contemporary christian music song: “Overcomer,” David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
  • Best gospel album: “Greater Than [Live],” Tye Tribbett
  • Best contemporary christian music album: “Overcomer,” Mandisa
  • Best latin pop album: “Vida,” Draco Rosa
  • Best latin rock, urban or alternative album: “Treinta Días,” La Santa Cecilia
  • Best regional mexican music album (including tejano): “A Mi Manera,” Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
  • Best tropical latin album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra
  • Best reggae album: “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” Ziggy Marley
  • Best world music album: “Savor Flamenco,” Gipsy Kings and “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Best children’s album: “Throw a Penny In The Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi
  • Best spoken word album (includes poetry, audio books & storytelling): “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert
  • Best instrumental composition: “Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra,” Clare Fischer, composer
  • Best instrumental arrangement: “On Green Dolphin Street,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger
  • Best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist(s): “Swing Low,” Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)
  • Best recording package: “Long Night Moon,” Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
  • Best boxed or special limited edition package: “Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition),” Simon Earith and James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)
  • Best album notes: “Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded),” Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
  • Best Historical Album: “Charlie Is My Darling — Ireland 1965” and “The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums”
  • Best engineered album, non-classical: “Random Access Memories,” Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert, Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (Daft Punk)
  • Best remixed recording, non-classical: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)
  • Best surround sound album:”Live Kisses,” Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)
  • Best engineered album, classical: “Winter Morning Walks,” David Frost, Brian Losch and Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
  • Producer of the year, classical: David Frost
  • Best orchestral performance: “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4,” Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Best opera recording: “Adès: The Tempest,” Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna and Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer
  • Best choral performance: “Pärt: Adam’s Lament,” Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor
  • Best chamber music/small ensemble performance: “Roomful Of Teeth,” Brad Wells and Roomful Of Teeth
  • Best classical instrumental solo: “Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist and String Orchestra,” featuring Evelyn Glennie and the Albany Symphony Orchestra
  • Best classical vocal solo: “Winter Morning Walks,” Dawn Upshaw
  • Best classical compendium: “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
  • Best contemporary classical composition: “Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks,” Maria Schneider, composer
  • Best comedy album: “Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin
  • Best musical theater album: “Kinky Boots”
  • Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Sound City: Real To Reel”
  • Best score soundtrack for visual media: “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer
  • Best song written for visual media: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • Best dance recording: “Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes
  • Best dance/electronica album: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk
  • Best R&B performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
  • Best traditional r&b performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.
  • Best R&B song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake
  • Best urban contemporary album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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More LEGOs!

A pile of Lego blocks, of assorted colours and...

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Oh, the things I come across on the internet.  Today, I found a link to all kinds of amazing things people have built with LEGO’s…hmmmm…I have some building to do!
‘Til next time,

Jessica

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How Do You Say That?

So I have a problem.  It isn’t a big problem, but it is recurring.  The problem is I read a lot.  How is that a problem, you ask?  Well, let me ‘splain it to you, Lucy?  My vocabulary is rather…extensive, because I read a lot.  Some of the words that I know, don’t get bandied about very often in normal conversation.  However, I read them and I know what they mean.  I think I know how they’re supposed to sound…sometimes I’m wrong.  Sometimes, when you know the perfect word for a situation, you just go with how you think it is pronounced.   Sometimes, you ask your mother, who has an equally extensive vocabulary, how you say it.  Sometimes, you’re right…or not.  John Green tackles this in a Mental Floss video.  Commonly mispronounced words.

Tell me I’m not the only person this happens to.  Please?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Tasty Goodness Part 4: The Doctor Who Theme Party Menu

Are you ready for Part 4 of Tasty Goodness?  I thought after my post about turning theme parties into a way to give back to your community, I should give you the recipes used in my Doctor Who theme party I hosted a couple of months ago.  Of course, all of this can be made without the Doctor theme. (It isn’t as much fun though.)

Moisturize Me Lasagna

This one is a super easy and simple way to put together lasagna.  The amounts you’ll need really depend on how big your baking dish is, and personal preference

  • Moisturize Me Lasagna from my Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Party

    Moisturize Me Lasagna

    Lasagna Noodles (I like the oven ready ones.  Less work!)

  • Marinara Sauce
  • Ground Beef (optional)
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Frozen Spinach (Optional)

Cassandra’s Face

  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Radish
  • Black Olive Slices

Preheat your oven to 350.  Brown the ground beef and drain off excess fat before mixing the meat with the marinara sauce.  Spread a little marinara sauce (without meat) in the bottom of your baking dish to prevent sticking, and lay an even layer of noodles in the bottom of the pan.  You can leave a little space between the noodles (the noodles swell a little when cooking), but make sure you don’t over lap them.  On top of the noodles, spread a thin coating of meat sauce.  Drop a few spoonfuls of ricotta over the meat sauce, space them out (otherwise you run out of ricotta!).  If you’re using spinach, make sure the spinach is thawed and gently patted dry to remove excess water.  Layer the spinach over the ricotta and top with another layer of noodles.  Repeat this process until you reach the top of the baking pan, ending with a layer of meat sauce.  Spread grated mozzarella cheese on the top of everything.  Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour.

If you don’t like ground beef, you can replace that with ground turkey or even buffalo.  If meat just isn’t your thing at all, just use spinach.  Some of the best lasagna I’ve ever eaten was made with spinach!  Be careful not to burn the roof of your mouth!

After the lasagna is out of the oven, you can assemble Cassandra’s face using two slices of radish, two slices of black olive, and a red bell pepper cut to look like lips.

Bow Ties are Cool Pasta from my Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Party

Bow Ties are Cool Pasta

Bow Ties are Cool Pasta

  • Bow Tie Pasta (actually you can use any kind of pasta you like)
  • Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Mozzarella (optional)

Cook the pasta according to directions on the package.  While the water is boiling for the pasta chop the garlic and brown in a skillet with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.  (Watch the garlic closely.  It can burn quickly and will get bitter!)  Slice 1/3 of the tomatoes and cook them over medium heat with the garlic until the tomatoes release their juices.  Toss the cooked pasta with the tomatoes and garlic.  Tear fresh basil on top of the pasta and toss in some pieces of fresh mozzarella (because why not?).  Now let’s eat!

 

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Here be 3D printed dragons

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Earlier this week we posted about a letter we received from Sophie, a 7-year-old girl. All she wanted was a dragon.

“Our work has never ventured into dragons of the mythical, fire breathing variety. And for this Australia, we are sorry,” we replied.

Sophie’s letter, and our response, made an unexpected splash across the globe. It was featured on TIME, Huffington Post, The IndependentYahoo, Breakfast TV, the list goes on. People contacted us offering to help, financial institutions tweeted their support and DreamWorks Studios phoned (seriously), saying they knew how to train dragons and wanted to speak with Sophie. The dreams of one little girl went viral.

We couldn’t sit here and do nothing. After all, we promised Sophie we would look into it.

So this morning at 9:32 a.m. (AEDT), a dragon was born.

Toothless, 3D printed out of titanium, came into the world at…

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That Which Cannot Remain Silent

English: Woodburytype of Victor Hugo

English: Woodburytype of Victor Hugo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo

Maybe I have Victor Hugo on the brain because Mycroft had to take his parents to see Les Misérables.  Who knows.  What I do know is that this quote is oh, so true for me.  Whether it is joy or pain or anything in between, sometimes music is the only way to release the emotion we cannot find words for.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

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Sherlock & Doctor Who Win Awards

Are we surprised?  Well, not really, although there were some tremendous performances nominated for each category of the National Television Awards. Best TV Detective went to Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock, but he was up against some incredible competition.  Performances by Idris Elba in Luther (an amazing show), David Tennant and Olivia Coleman in Broadchurch (again…amazing), Suranne Jones in Scott & Bailey and Bradley Walsh in Law and Order UK were among the nominees.

Of course, if you give Benedict a camera…goofiness ensues.

The award for Best Drama went to Doctor Who because…well, it is amazing, even up against nominees such as Broadchurch and Downton Abbey.  Matt Smith also took home the award for Most Popular Drama Performance…well, took home…he didn’t actually get to attend the awards show either.  He’s in the middle of American Psycho (the play, silly people, the play!), but he did send an acceptance via video.  You can watch that here.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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