Geeking Out On…. Into the Woods!

So, when I was growing up, many people would say I was a bossy kid. A bossy, creative, distracted, lazy kid. For my 8th birthday party I wrote, cast, directed, and performed in a play, The Princess and the Cage, and forced my closest friends to participate with me. That tape is at my parents house still, and, OH MY GAWD do I want to digitize it and edit it and make it something hilarious (so watch out there Angela, Stephanie, Joelle, Andrea, Natalie, and Christina – the day is coming). I went to drama camp, artsy fartsy high school, and loved going to the theatre, watching broadway productions on PBS and learning the words well enough to sing along.

My FAVOURITE by far was/is Into the Woods. The 1988 Broadway production with Bernadette Peters is just simply divine and perfect, and when I heard they were making a movie my first reaction was horror, then fear, then excitement. I think I decided early on that I really didn’t care how bad it might end up being, and that I would watch it over and over again in the theatre and sing along until I was asked to leave.

My coffee table has a copy of the playbook (script) from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, complete with four or five stage production stills from the iconic ’88 play. In my VHS collection is the original taped-from-PBS showing of Into The Woods (the one where “the witch”‘s voice cuts out at the “In the past, when you were no more than a babe” part). In my YouTube queue is several versions of Into The Woods just so I can practice the more wordy parts of songs. So, needless to say, when I received CHRISTMAS DAY MATINEE MOVIE TICKETS for the new movie, Into The Woods, this year for xmas, I was excited and full of beans, and just SO READY for Christmas to end so I could go see the movie (SUCH a spoiled brat, I am, eh?). Anyway. We finished opening whatever else it was that I got, and arrived at the theatre just before show time. Stupid me thinking the movie would be big enough to be in a LARGE theatre, it was in one of the smallest, and MAN was it was packed. The choice of seats no longer an option, we crunched up front in that first aisle where persons in wheelchairs can comfortably maneuver. I left a seat next to the wheelchair area (just in case someone came with friends and wanted to sit on either side of friend in wheelchair) and I got ready to sing along, get kicked out, and just have a ball living out a childhood dream.

THE MOMENT it started (“I Wish”) I was dumbstruck. So excited I had tears coming down my cheeks before anything happened. I couldn’t get the words out, but silently mouthed along for the whole movie, excitedly and (tooting my own horn here) near flawlessly (okay okay, except the bits they modified, but that was unforseen!). I remember seeing the man in a wheelchair (who arrived alone making the seat between us seem awfully weird) watch me during Giants in the Sky almost as much as he watched the screen. I don’t know if he was a fan of the musical, or was just flabberghasted at this chick in a pouffy pink dress and perm-like afro of curls and pearls being such a know-it-all. I planned my pee breaks for the parts of the film I cared less about seeing all over again (and, I AM going to see it a bazillion more times so it didn’t seem to matter much at the time), and was thrilled that my husband loved it and was moved by it as much as I was hoping he would.

“SO MANY GOOD LESSONS” he came out saying. Actually, my husband is hilarious. As we were coming out of the movie, after his exclaimation, I shush’d him (which I really didn’t need to do) about not ruining it for the people standing in line, so the bugger yells out “I know, I was surprised Darth Vader was Luke’s father too!”, and at least one ten year old double checked his ticket to see what the hell they were seeing again.

NOW, if you HAVEN’T seen it yet, have no idea what I’m talking about, and usually enjoy musicals or the Grimm fairy tales, please oh please oh please watch the 1988 broadway play too. There is so much charm in the original showing that couldn’t be matched by Hollywood.

Broadway:

Hollywood Trailer:

Let me know what you think of the movie! What did you like? What didn’t you like?

ALMOST-EVERY-DAY FUNNY

I felt I should use my first every day funny to share a not-so-funny, but really close to my heart, comic.

Feminism is good for everyone, not just women, and the sooner we act kinder to one another, and don’t allow misogynistic insults and language to go unchecked around us, the sooner we can stop focusing on our differences and collaborate on our similarities.

❤ is stronger than hate

Artist: RASENTH 
From the Huffington Post article by Nina Bahadur: LINK TO ARTICLE

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Feminism for Everyone

FUNemployment!

Who am I?

Welp. Looks like I may be spending more time with you folks. Back in March I left my job in dog walking to start my own pet care company, and, well, it’s going slowly. So, of course, instead of doing the logical thing and knuckling down to work, I’m finding myself spending hours and hours distracted and focusing on projects that are not my own.

I’ve managed to get a lot of organizing and tidying done at home, I’ve been able to organize projects into doable steps to focus myself and get back on target, I went to amusement parks, provincial parks, and, farmers markets, Bonnaroo music and arts festival, camping road trip, and, adopted a dog. It’s been a really, really, FUNemployment time, but it’s time to get back to work.

So, since I have time, I figured I’d try to get back into the discipline of writing and doing something productive for myself every day (and somehow binge-watching Gilmore Girls, Star Trek, and, Firefly doesn’t count as disciplined to some people! sigh…jk). So, I’m gonna attempt this again. I was never really good at keeping a diary, or taking medications, or brushing my teeth regularly, schedules just aren’t my thing, but I’m gonna do the best I can… man that sounds desperate and pathetic, eh? Time to change my tune…

If you live in Toronto, or will be visiting and needing temporary pet care, please think of me? Furry Kids Toronto ❤

http://www.furrykidstoronto.com

Also, if you have any ideas of what the hell I should do with my life next, please feel free to email me: togeekgirl@gmail.com

GEEKING OUT ON: The Universe

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As I’ve mentioned before, I really REALLY love space. One of the things that makes me love my apartment so much is that from the living room couch, and from lying down in bed, I can see the stars at night.

My good friend showed me this the other night, and I am almost convinced that I could live in a bomb shelter as long as I had access to this:

“Microsoft WorldWide Telescope
Immerse yourself in a seamless beautiful environment.

From web to desktop to full dome planetarium, WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables you to explore the universe, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world and combining it with 3D navigation. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky. You can research and import your own data and visualize it, then create a tour to share with others.

A web-based version of WorldWide Telescope is also available. This version enables seamless, guided explorations of the universe from within a web browser on PC and Intel Mac OS X by using the power of HTML5.”

MAC / OTHER WEB CLIENT LINK

PC / WINDOWS DOWNLOAD CLIENT LINK

You can customize views, visit all the panorama shots of mars in high detail (AND EVEN 3D if you have red/blue glasses)!

3D Stereo Image of MARS

It can be a little confusing, so I found this tutorial video to help you navigate through the awesomeness of this better. I highly suggest downloading it directly if you have a Windows interface. It runs smooth and fast and is gorgeous.

For those of you who may not have grown up in a scientific household, here is a nice graphical representation of the timeline of the entire known universe (you know, just in case you thought your MAYBE 100 years on this earth means anything):

timeline of the known universe

TIMELINE OF THE KNOWN UNIVERSE

HOW FREAKING AMAZING IS THAT! Sigh. Swoon. Awesome.

THE “ALMOST-EVERY-DAY” FUNNY – 14

I have some of the greatest friends on earth, and I love that moment when sense of humor comes out and you realize “yes, this person truly gets me”. Today, a good friend shared this with me. I love trashy bad hip hop, I love the ukelele, I love thick soupy accents.

Ewan Wardrop plays FORMBY doing 50 Cent’s In Da Club – on the Uke. ❤

 

 

BACK! Get ready…

WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS KIDDIES (and writers block is a bitch).

Will NOT be bringing you E3 review as promised – I realized I paid attention to such a small portion of the happenings that anything I would have written was already out there in crazy numbers.

Be prepared for a slew of crazy content, and a return of the ALMOST-EVERY-DAY Funny.

Sorry for being gone so long, and thanks for stopping by again!

THE “ALMOST-EVERY-DAY” FUNNY – 13

Space might just be my favourite thing in the world. It is so awesome and amazing and contains such a breadth of unknown possibilities it’s hard to imagine. One of my favourite comedians (primarily for the way he rants) is Joe Rogan, and he explains my fascination with Space (and disinterest in the Grand Canyon) perfectly in this quick video. Enjoy!