Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cheer Up Sleepy Jean

"Our good times starts and ends...
without dollar one to spend..."

-Davy Jones

November 20th
Sheraton Hotel
Framingham, MA
Super Megafest

I walk up to Peter Tork timidly (mind you, I'm a grown man but, when I see a member of the Monkees I'm 8 years old):
"Peter, may I have your autograph?"
Peter: "Sure!"
I hand him my "Monkees Greatest Hits" cd cover:
"I also like to buy your album. Great performance last night!"
Peter: "Tell you what, I'll also sign that for you free of charge."
Me: "Thanks! I can't believe that I actually get to meet you! I met Mickey a couple of years ago!"
Peter: "I know."
Me (dork): "How?"
Peter (duh): "You got his autograph here on the cover."
Me: "Oh... I still can't believe it though! I used to watch you guys every day after school when I was kid."
Peter: "Really? You don't look that old."
Me: "Oh, it was back in the 80's. They showed the Monkees on a local station. I knew of the Monkees even before I learned about the Beatles."
Peter: "Haha! I can't compare us to the Beatles."
Me: "Yeah, I know... 'The Beatles!' They didn't even play their own instruments!"
Peter: "HAHA! Where did you watch us?"
Me: "WLVI Channel 56 Boston."
Peter: "I mean where are you from?"
Me: "Oh, Massachusetts... Boston..."
Peter (smiles): "Oh... Well, enjoy the cd and make sure you let the ink dry before you put it back in the case."
Me: "Thanks! Thank you so much Peter! It's a pleasure!"
Peter: "No, Thank you John! It's nice to meet you!"

As I walk away a bolt of embarrassing realization ran down my spine. DOH! Peter Tork was asking "Where" I had watched the Monkees because I'm Asian. I could have told him that my mother had watched them in Vietnam back in the late 60's on one of the US Armed Forces Station. The station also broadcasted shows like I Love Lucy and The Ed Sullivan Show. That would have been a far more interesting story than, "duh, I'd watched you guys here in Boston, duh..." At least I didn't creep Peter Tork out the way I creeped out Felicia Day. At least Felicia Day didn't mind taking a picture with me I guess.

Peter Tork performed at the concert on the first night of Super Megafest. Not only did he play songs from his current band, Shoes Suede Blues, he also performed a very jazzy/bluesy version of "Last Train to Clarksville" also, live versions of "I'm a Believer" and "Daydream Believer." My mother was sitting next to me and told me, "I had a crush on Davy Jones when I was a teenager." I replied, "Yeah, sure mom! You and Marcia Brady and a ton of other girls in the 60's." Despite my snarky comment, I enjoyed the cover of "Daydream Believer" done by Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues. In fact, "Daydream Believer" is one of my favorite songs. It was one of the songs that I learned to follow the beat, sing on key and not shame myself. In fact sing it very well at karaoke. I bet I can charm girls from 60's with it. You can take that as good thing or a sad thing. I'll go with good!

In any case, Davy Jones is one of my favorites. It was the intro to "Daydream Believer" that got me to relate to him:
Chip Douglas: "7A." (referring to the take of the song)
Davy Jones: "What number is this, Chip?"
Chip Douglas and others in unison (annoyed): "7A!"
Davy Jones: "Okay. Know what I mean, like don't get excited, man. It's 'cause I'm short, I know.."

I was also a short kid but, knowing Davy Jones accepts his physical stature... that he's ok with it... and also Marcia Brady having a crush on him even though he's the shortest of the Monkees, all of a sudden it was ok to be who I am. Just have confidence like Davy Jones. That's what I got out of it. Thank you Davy Jones. Thanks for all the laughs and the great the music. Your story and the story of the Monkees is always inspirational. Starting off as a joke band, a parody to The Beatles. As time went on the Monkees became legitimate musicians and had a huge impact in Pop Culture.

R.I.P. Davy Jones. I'm sad that I'll never be able to meet you (I'm so jealous of Marcia Brady right now) and get your autograph on the cover my "Monkees Greatest Hits" but, in the spirit of the Monkees: I will continue to be optimistic and goof off because, somewhere out there a Sleepy Jean needs some cheering up.

- a fellow Daydream Believer

Oh I could hide 'neath the wings of the bluebird as she sings
The six o'clock alarm would never ring
But it rings and I rise, wipe the sleep out of my eyes
My shaving razor's cold and it stings

Cheer up, sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?

You once thought of me as a white knight on his
Now you know how happy I can be
Oh, and our good time starts and ends
With a dollar one to spend
But how much baby do we really need?

Cheer up, sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?
Cheer up, sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?

Cheer up, sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?
Cheer up, sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Last Airbender is Official

The official title for the new Avatar series is:

The Last Airbender
Legend of Korra

First off, I am super psyched that there will be more Avatar and it looks really good. I also don't mind that the Avatar name is missing from the title. What I do mind is the story behind why the "Avatar" name is missing. James Cameron did not want the Nick Toon to have the same name as his 3D movie about blue cat people. I did enjoy the blue cat people movie and thought the 3D was amazing but, the movie was hardly original (I'm being generous here). So, if James Cameron's movie is not original, why stop other people from using the moniker "Avatar?" Throw rocks at glass houses much? I mean, the first Avatar series was produced by Nick Toons before James Cameron's movie. Also, people have been using the word "Avatar" for ages! I guess with enough money you can be anything.

Anyway, there's still no release date for The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra but, knowing that it's just around the corner makes me extremely happy. I found out about this new trailer from:
Nerd Caliber on Facebook

Be sure to check them out for some cool news. You can also find them at:

Sit back, relax and try to ignore the narrator:

Saturday, February 25, 2012

84th Oscar Night 2012

The one thing that I am looking forward to at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night, February 26, 2012 starting at 7pm EST is Admiral General Aladeen (Sasha Baron Cohen), The Dictator of Wadiya, showing up at the red carpet. Initially he was banned from showing up at the Oscars. Outraged, Admiral General Aladeen released this threat to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

According to latest news, the Academy lifted their sanctions and gave Admiral General Aladeen his tickets back:
Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" alter-ego not banned from Oscars, producer Brian Grazer says

As for the nominees this year...
I don't have much of an interest in them. Mainly because I haven't watched most of the nominated movies. Here's the full list of the nominees on Wikipedia:
84th Academy Awards

I listed the movies I'd watched after the "JUMP!" along with some brief thoughts on their nominations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Curious George & Friends Store Re-Opening

Last June (2011), the Curious George & Friends book store at Harvard Square closed its doors what seemed to be for good. The owners could not keep up with the tough economy. After the store's closing, it housed Mottley's Comedy Club but, the owners of the comedy club did not lease the space. This gave an opportunity for a pair of local entrepreneurs, Adam and Jamie Hirsch to buy the store. They plan to release the monkey once again, allowing Curious George to cause as much trouble as he wants! The Curious George & Friends store plans to re-open on April 28, 2012.

The Crimson:
Curious George To Reopen Doors

Last June's article on Groggy Robot:
Back in the Day: Curious George Bookstore

Monday, February 20, 2012

Chocolate Salty Balls!

Hello Youtubes!
A friend of mine, Macdaniel Macleod, attended Katsucon in Washington D.C. this weekend (02/17/11-02/19/11) and cosplayed as Chef from South Park. He met up with a Gears of War cosplayer and... I'm not even going to bother explaining. Words does it no justice. Just watch the video:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The FP Trailer

WHAAAAAAAAAAT???!!!!!!!! a... real... movie!
The FP on IMDB

The FP on Ain't It Cool News

I guess I didn't expect the unexpected.

Brandon Trost, one of the directors, did cinematography for Crank: High Voltage. The other director is Jason Trost, Brandon's brother. He also plays JTro in The FP. They are associated with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, directors of Crank and Crank: High Voltage. Why is this interesting? Take a look at the way they filmed Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance:

THIS is why I want to watch the second Ghost Rider movie. The story can be crap and the movie can be a load of stinky cheese but, I know I will at least have fun and appreciate the filming technique.

I am pretty sure that The FP was not meant to be taken seriously. Jason Trost is a big fan of the Dance Dance Revolution games and The FP was actually done as a short movie back in 2007.

For insight on the filming of Crank and Crank: High Voltage check out this very entertaining Podcast: Crank: Director's Edition

Friday, February 17, 2012

Prometheus International Trailer and Rumor

As far back as the mid 80's there were rumors that Blade Runner took place in the Alien universe. The off planet colonization the Replicants were talking about could be the same as the ones being infected by the Xenomorphs. Recently, this rumor has resurfaced since the prequel to Alien (Prometheus) is coming out soon and, the side-story/prequel to Blade Runner is in production. But according to an article on the Film School Rejects website, the producers of Prometheus and the next Blade Runner are denying the connection:

Producers Deny ‘Blade Runner’ Will Be ‘Alien’ Prequel

Won't it be cool though? What DID Roy Batty experience to inspire the "Tears in rain" soliloquy?

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. [pause] Time to die."

Was Bishop a Replicant?

Oh right! I almost forgot the point of this post. There is an international trailer for Prometheus with some new footage:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Doctor Who: Sillysparrowness Built a TARDIS

"Wibbly Wobbly Foldy"
Originally, I didn't want to add a screen shot but, Youtube keeps moving my picture thumbnail forward for some reason and at times, it just disappears entirely. Perhaps, it is the influence of the TARDIS?

Love can be excruciating. Especially love for a Blue Box. For me, it was also Windows Movie Maker Excruciating! Ugh! If Ninja Gaiden on the NES had taught me anything, it's patience and practice. If not for Ryu Hayabusa, I would have destroyed my monitor after the first few edits. I'm definitely convinced on getting a Mac. In any case, let's reflect on what a wise man once sang:

“It's all about The Triumph Of Intellect And Romance Over Brute Force And Cynicism”
–Craig Ferguson

That is why I love Doctor Who so much and, Murray Gold's composition, "I AM The Doctor" conveys this message in a fantastic way.

Last but not least, Thank you Sillysparrowness for the inspiration! You can check out her original video in a previous post: Doctor Who: Build Your Own TARDIS

Happy Valentine's Day TARDIS!


Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Congrats Paul Pierce!

With a three pointer during the beginning of the third quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at the TD Bank Garden, Paul Pierce surpassed Larry Bird on the Boston Celtics stats as the second all-time leading scorer.

I can't find the final all-time score for Paul Pierce yet but, with some quick math... his career points before tonight's game was 21,782. Pierce scored 15 points tonight (02/06/12). So, if my information and math is correct, that totals up to 21,797 career points surpassing Larry Bird's 21,791. In order to make it to the number one spot Pierce would need to beat John Havlicek's 26,395 points. It's not impossible... Oh yeah, the Celtics did play on after Paul Pierce's milestone and were able to win against the Bobcats by 10 points, 94-84.

Here's a link to WEEI's article on tonight's game:
Green Street » Fast Break: Pierce, Celtics take down Bird, Bobcats

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Furry Chubsies

Hello Youtubes!

Happy Groundhog Day! ...kind of.. Puxatony Phil says there's 6 more weeks of winter. Anyway, want to know more about the groundhog? Randall will tell you!