Author: Daimion

American Idol: Season 11, Episode 1 – “The best note you hit was when you grabbed my @ss.”

American Idol: Season 11, Episode 1 – “The best note you hit was when you grabbed my @ss.”

It’s that time of year again – American Idol Season 11 is upon us.  Randy is back, Jennifer is back, Steven is back, Ryan is back, and I am back.  Well, I hope I’m back.  I’ll warn you all now, faithful readers – I’m traveling a LOT for work right now.  It’s going to be tough for me to keep up the commentary in real time (this recap of the premiere is almost a week late, for example.)  Nevertheless, I’ll endeavor to do my best to bring you the snarky and insightful commentary you’ve come to expect from me.  Just be patient – it may come a little slower than you would like.

 

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s dive in.  The Idol premier came to us from Savannah, GA this year.  (When asked about how this stop was treating him, Steven quipped – “Savannah’s treatin’ me great – but I didn’t know you knew her…”) The theme of the show was all about the young kids who grew up watching Idol and are now old enough to audition.  Thanks for making me feel old. 

 

David Leathers Jr. (or  “Mr. Steal-Your-Girl”) was up first.  My first thought was – this kid is seventeen?  He looked like he was twelve.  In the first of many flashbacks to their contestants’ earlier years, we found out that David was evidently in a competition a few years ago with Scotty McCreary.  Small world, or at least it looks that way when you have millions of audition stories to choose from.  Let me say this about “Mr. Steal-Your-Girl”, he may have a voice that sounds vaguely like a chipmunk, but the kid can sing.  I wonder if he’ll still be able to sing like that when he hits puberty?

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A few thoughts on the 3D release of “Star Wars: Episode 1”

A few thoughts on the 3D release of “Star Wars: Episode 1”

In case you haven’t heard, “Star Wars: Episode 1” is being released in theaters in 3D on February 10th.  A few facts to note:

 

1. I am a huge Star Wars fan.

2. Seeing movies on the big screen is almost always better than watching them at home.

3. 3D can be very cool if done correctly.  ILM usually does things correctly.

4. Notwithstanding point #3 above, I fully expect Jar-Jar to be even MORE annoying in 3D.

5.  My son has never seen the Star Wars films in the theater.  We will now be able to rectify that situation.

 6.  I’ll now have even more Star Wars posters to hang in the house.  My wife will LOVE that.

 

Speaking of posters, Lucasfilm has posted five new posters for the 3D release of Episode One.  Check them out after the jump…

 

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New Van Halen Video – Tattoo

New Van Halen Video – Tattoo

Here is the video for Van Halen’s new single – “Tattoo”.  I’ve listened to it quite a few times today and, I have to admit, I like it.  I didn’t love it at first, but it’s really grown on me.  Its definitely a Van Halen song.  Here’s the thing though – am I the only one who thinks David Lee Roth has become David Hyde Pierce?  Watch the video and see for yourself…

 



Review – “The Devil Colony” by James Rollins

Review – “The Devil Colony” by James Rollins

What do you get when you mix nanotechnology, Thomas Jefferson, the lost tribe of Israel, super volcanoes, Lewis and Clark, killer whales, Fort Knox, American Indian artifacts, secret codes, and Mormonism?  You get the latest Sigma Force novel from James Rollins – “The Lost Colony”.  You also get a quite enjoyable read.

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My 2012 “To Do” List

My 2012 “To Do” List

Here I sit, on January 1st, and find myself again thinking about what I want to accomplish in the New Year.  2011 was a year of great change, great excitement, and great stress – but all in all, it was a pretty good ride.  When I sat in this chair on January 1st last year, I put together a list of 15 things I wanted to accomplish in 2011 (you can read it here.)  I didn’t get to them all, but I’m proud to say I was able to cross 10 of them off the list.  In particular, I’m proud to say that I lost a total of 65 pounds last year, was able to do another interview with a NY Times Best Selling author, saw Rock of Ages twice more (both with Constantine), and tried my best to be a better father, husband, brother, and son.

 

So what does that leave for 2012?  I’m glad you asked.  It’s going to be another exciting year (I hope), as long as those pesky Mayans are wrong.  I have lots more change coming my way, but also have lots more opportunity to try new things and embark on new adventures.  Just as last year, I’m going to put it all out there and trust you to hold me accountable for my success or failure.  Who knows, I might even remember to give a mid-year update this year.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. So, without further adieu, here’s my list for 2012.

 

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