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2.27.2008

A Little Geek Humor

While I don't play World of Warcraft, I saw this commercial a while back and thought it was hilarious.



The strange thing is, it's for a truck. I don't think people who get this ad are the sort of people who are going to buy a pickup. But, never mind that.

2.12.2008

Love Songs

I told Josh that I wanted to make a playlist of love songs for Valentine’s Day, so, naturally, he wanted to contribute as well. After throwing ideas around for a couple of weeks, this is what we’ve come up with: one playlist apiece, each with five songs.

And yes, we know it’s not Valentine’s Day yet, but why wait ‘till the day of?

Josh’s Playlist



You guys have no idea how hard this was. Narrowing down all the love songs I’ve ever heard into a list of five. Some clear-thinking individuals would have been able to tell me, before I had begun, that such a task was reckless and would assuredly end it complete and utter failure. They would, coincidentally, have been wrong. For not only was I able to winnow down every love song to this short list, I am also quite happy with it, and for fear that I shall hear another love song that I like marginally better than any of these five soon, I have said to myself, ‘Self, you might as well publish it now.’ So I have. And here it is.

Beautiful Love by The Afters
“Larger than the moon, my love for you
Worlds collide as heaven pulls us through…”

This is a pop love song, or more pop-y than anything I generally listen to, but it’s a very good love song. We all want out love to catch on fire, and we all feel a need to be completed.

Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer
“Kiss me down by the broken tree house
Swing me upon its hanging tire
Bring, bring, bring your flowered hat
We'll take the trail marked on your father's map…”

This is a sweet, if I am allowed to use that word, song. Pretty self-explanatory, the singer asks her love to kiss her.

Love, Love, Love (Love, Love) by As Tall As Lions
“Have I ever told you before
I think you're beautiful when you're sleeping?
I have faith you watch me in my slumber, too…”

Despite the Maya Angelou-ness of the title, this is a beautiful song. The last line, “I'll keep you in my focus with love and affection,” puts forth the attitude that we all strive for in our relationships.

Fidelity by Regina Spektor
“Suppose I never, ever met you
Suppose we never fell in love
Suppose I never, ever let you kiss me so sweet and so soft…”

What if you’d never met the love of your life? Many of the readers of this blog haven’t yet, but I’m sure we can empathize with the idea. This song explores this idea, and as Regina Spektor says, “It breaks my heart.”

You Are Mine by Mute Math:
“There is always one addiction
That just can not be controlled…”

This song paints a beautiful picture of being totally obsessed with the person that you love. While, at first glance, this may seem to be unhealthy, I would posit that being addicted to your wife or husband is a good thing. It certainly is a romantic idea.


Matt’s Playlist



To me, love songs are best done simply. Too much production tends to get in the way of the simple message “I love you.” Thus, my picks generally have more to do with the lyrics than the presentation. I tried to pick personal, intimate, and romantic love songs. It’s for Valentine's Day, after all. These songs require no explanation. They speak for themselves.

Wanted by Andrew Osenga
“You, you’re thing I’ll ever need… and if you say that you want me to, I’ll believe you to follow through, ‘cause all I want is to be wanted by you…”

Better Together by Jack Johnson
“It’s not always easy and sometimes live can be deceiving, I’ll tell you one thing: it’s always better when we’re together…”

I Wanna Marry You All Over Again by Derek Webb
“Come on, baby, let’s go back to the start, take it back, sugar, then give me your heart, don’t you know, baby, I’d do it all over again?”

Brilliant Daze (The Days Are Confused Mix) by Lisa DeBenedictis
“We are the same, but different and it's brilliant… love is so easy when you don’t need the obvious things…”

These Ordinary Days by Jars of Clay
“And maybe you could settle for a skyline faded blue, I hope that you could settle for this love I have for you…”

2.03.2008

The Super Bowl!

Today is the Super Bowl. This is the most important non-federal holiday in the United States. More people watch the Super Bowl than vote in our Presidential elections. People have been known, in the more 'Redneck' parts of the country, to give presents to each other on Super Bowl Sunday.

I actually don't care about the Super Bowl that much. I'm not actually going to watch it this year. What I am going to do, however, is blog the commercials.

Super Bowl ads are usually the cream of the crop. Advertisers will pay millions of dollars for 30 seconds of glory, in the expectation that half the country will see it and the hope that people will buy their product.

So, here we go.

The Ability to Breath Fire-- Bud Light

This ad is kind of a funny one, but not the best...I'll get the full ad up here when it leaks onto YouTube.

What is Love?-- Pepsi Max

This one isn't that funny, but the song is cool. The ad is actually a parody of an episode of a TV show that Jim Carey was in. The characters do the head bob that makes its appearance at the end of this ad. I don't know how I remember that...

Wall-E Trailer-- Pixar



Yay! The cutest robot in the world (at least since Marvin) has his own Super Bowl commercial!

All in all, this has been a pretty pathetic ad cycle for a Super Bowl.