Star Trek (Original Series)

I know I haven’t been keeping up with this blog as well as I should be, and I mean to change that.  I thought I would start up again with my latest addiction.  Star Trek.

Now, I’ve seen Star Trek before, but I’ve never watched the entire series.  Last July, Netflix started streaming all five series from the Star Trek universe.  I knew that I wanted to watch them all, but never got around to it until recently.  It’s scary how fast I’ve been going through them.  Since April, I’ve watched the original series, The Animated Series, and up to five seasons of the The Next Generation.  That’s 202 episodes in 2 months.  That’s an average of 3 episodes a day.  Dear God, I need to get a life.

I still need to watch the movies, but those aren’t on Netflix, and I’m lazy about finding them on the internet.

Since I’m on Season 5 of The Next Generation already, it is hard to go back and give good details on specific episodes or feelings I had about the original series.  I did, however, go back and look at text messages, Tweets, and photos I took around the time I watched it.

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I got a Game of Thrones tattoo.

Laid out on the table waiting for my tattoo artist, Jeb, to start.
Sorry, but I covered up the girls. Ha!

Yep, I was one of the lucky 50 people who got a free Game of Thrones tattoo this past Friday.

Wait….scratch that, there were more than 50 people who got tattoos…but let’s start from the beginning.

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Hal’s Daily Message

Someone please explain this to me. I truly don’t understand it.

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Days of Christmas.

I actually still have the cover art to this one!

This is the last holiday mix I made.  Soon, I will unleash a new mix out into the universe, but for now, we are still reflecting.

No videos today, just music.  Enjoy!  Download it here.

Tracklist for Days of Christmas:

  1. Christmas Greetings – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  2. Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier Around Christmastime – Mickey Gilley
  3. Get Behind Me, Santa! – Sufjan Stevens
  4. Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter
  5. (This is What They’re) Selling Us This Christmas – The Ether Family Presents…
  6. Country Christmas – Loretta Lynn
  7. Baby Jesus – Jemison Thorsby
  8. Chree-See-Mus – The King Sisters
  9. Jingle Bells (Dean Martin) – Dan the Automator
  10. I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus -  Brenda Lee
  11. Run Away With Me – Jens Lekman
  12. Marshmallow World – Darlene Love
  13. Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland – Grandaddy
  14. All I Want For Christmas Is A Go-Go Girl – Bey Ireland
  15. Abominable Snowman In The Market – Jonathan Richman
  16. Hang Your Balls on My Christmas Tree – Kay Martin
  17. Christmas Intentions – Scissors For Lefty
  18. Come On Santa – The Raveonettes
  19. In The Cold Cold Night – The White Stripes
  20. merry christmas from the family – robert earl keen
  21. Holly Jolly Hollywood (Acoustic Version) – The Wedding Present
  22. December Day – Willie Nelson
  23. Listening to Otis Redding During Christmas – Okkervil River
  24. So Much Wine -  The Handsome Family
  25. River – Travis
  26. My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year) – Regina Spektor
  27. Silent Night – Phil Spector & Artists
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Here it is Christmas…

This is the bad boy that started them all.

Today I present to you the first holiday mix I made from 2006.  It may be my favorite of the mixes.  This was the year I decided to give into Christmas and the winter season.  Instead of being grumpy all the time and hating on Christmas songs everywhere I went, I decided to find my own style of music and found the wonder in songs that aren’t necessarily “holiday” music, but have that great wintery feeling to them.  I also spent hours digging through my record collection searching for songs with certain words in the title.  I have such a variety of records that sometimes I don’t even know what is on them, I just bought them for the cover (see Harmonicats).  I miss doing such things.  I now go through the same practice, but on the computer via Google.  It’s not quite the same feeling.

It should also be said that, although I’m agnostic, songs about God/Jesus fascinate and crack me up.

I’m also a big lover of Doris Day, so just deal with it.

Anyways, you can get the playlist here (they may not transfer into iTunes in the right order – I don’t know why).  I hope you enjoy.

I also found some videos for a couple of the songs.  Enjoy…

Tracklist for Holiday 2006:

  1. Here It Is Christmas - Red Sovine
  2. Merry Christmas You Suckers - Paddy Roberts
  3. A Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon and Garfunkel
  4. Here Comes Santa Claus - Doris Day
  5. Cold, Cold Winter - The Pixies Three
  6. Step Into Christmas - The Wedding Present
  7. Rain, Sleet, Snow - Paul Revere And The Raiders Feat. Mark Lindsay
  8. Dead By X'mas - Hanoi Rocks
  9. Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starliters
  10. Ocho Kandelikas - Hip Hop Hoodios
  11. Santa Claus is Going Straight To The Ghetto - Snoop Dogg
  12. Button Up Your Overcoat - Mindy Carson
  13. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting
  14. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Frank Sinatra
  15. Last Christmas (I Gave You My Heart) - Wham
  16. What Color is God's Skin? - Colwells & Chorus
  17. Dropkick Me, Jesus - Bobby Bare
  18. Salvation - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  19. Winter - The Rolling Stones
  20. Angel In The Snow - Elliott Smith
  21. White Christmas - Mark Kozelek
  22. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Doris Day
  23. Little Drummer Boy - Marlene Dietrich
  24. 7 O'Clock New/Silent Night - Simon & Garfunkel
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Wintry Mix

Maybe it’s that I attended my first holiday party of the season last night, or maybe it’s that it is finally starting to get really cold here in New York.  Maybe it’s just because I’ve been listening to holiday music at work for 3 days straight now, but I’m really getting into Christmas right about now.  I wake up with Jingle Bells in my head.  (Seriously, I do.  It scares me a little)

I used to be the queen of the holiday mix cd.  I started doing them in 2006, and did one every year until 2008.  After that I started slipping on the mixes.  Between money issues and losing beloved pets, I put off doing the mixes till it was just too late to get anything done.

Well, I’m back!  While I put together a new mix for this year, I thought I would do a couple of posts featuring my old mixes.  Unfortunately, my computer crashed not too long ago so I lost all the awesome art work that I did for them, but I still have the music.  Click this link for my 2007 mix (tracklist is at the bottom of the page).

Now, I know this is a blog about what I’m watching. Listening to this old mix got me curious to see if I could find videos to any of these songs.  Here are a few highlights.

Check out the hair!!

My cat really liked this video. He kept pawing the screen.

Sad, it’s all just too sad.

Tracklist for Wendy’s Wintry Mix:

  1. Sixx:Am (Nikki Sixx) – Xmas in Hell
  2. Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December
  3. Fountains of Wayne – Valley Winter Song
  4. Johnny & Tommy Cash – That Christmasy Feeling
  5. The Choir – It’s Cold Outside
  6. The Sonics – Santa Claus
  7. Marvin Gaye – Purple Snowflakes
  8. Love Unlimited – It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It’s Spring)
  9. Stevie Wonder – Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time
  10. Roberta Flack – 25th of December
  11. Dusty Springfield – In the Winter
  12. Diana Ross & The Supremes – Just a Lonely Christmas
  13. Badly Drawn Boy – Donna and Blitzen
  14. Sufjan Stevens – Did I Make You Cry On Christmas? (Well, You Deserved It)
  15. Belle & Sebastian – Winter Wooskie
  16. Of Montreal – Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games
  17. Great Northern – Winter
  18. The Gris Gris – Winter Weather
  19. The Finches – Holiday Song
  20. Warm Wires – Christmas in Vermont
  21. Julie London – Warm December
  22. Nico – Winter Song
  23. Regina Spektor – December
  24. Thomas & Richard Frost – December Rain, April Laughter
  25. Ozzy Osbourne & Jessica Simpson – Walking in a Winter Wonderland
  26. Nancy Wilson – What Are You Doing on New Year’s Eve
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New York Comic Con, Day 2

Photo by Bonnie Burton (please don't hate me for stealing!)

My second day of ComicCon started off with a dilemma.  Do I go see Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible, The Guild), or do I go see Jane Espenson?  Espenson has written/produced so many of my favorite shows, it would be hard to list them all (Buffy, Torchwood, Battleship Galatica to name a few).  I was very mad at Comic Con for having these two panels at the same time.  With such few female themed panels, why put two of them against each other?

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Cat Videos

I feel like I’ve watched a dozen different cat videos today. I’m not complaining, I’m just letting you know how sad my life is sometimes. (I don’t really think it is sad to watch cat videos all day. If anything they make you happier!)

Here are a few of the gems that I watched.

How awesome is that Skittles commercial? Featured cats, furries, and candy. Mmmm…I love Skittles.
Fun Wendy fact – Every time I get sick, my cure-all is to stay in bed watching Buffy, eating Skittles, and drinking cranberry juice. I always feel better then next day. It’s a magical combo.

Yes, this is old, but someone posted it to my wall today on Facebook and I rewatched it. It’s worth the rewatch for all the adorable cat cameos.

Kitty wants to be Michael Jordan when he grows up.

I’m not sure what I just watched, but I was in full on Anderson Cooper style giggle mode by the end of it.

Once again, I would like to thank Catsparella for all things kitty.

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New York Comic Con, Day 1

Me and my buddies.

New York Comic Con (NYCC) is officially over.  It has taken me a few days to adjust back to normal life; going back to my lame job. (…and seriously, I slept about 12 hours on Sunday, I was that exhausted) All said and done, I think this may have been my favorite year at NYCC.  Maybe it was just because I actually able to meet up with friends and have social interaction at it, but it just seemed smoother to me.  Sure there were panels I didn’t get into to, but I explored and saw more this year than I had on previous years.  I bought lots of stuff, and took lots of business cards.  I’ll be doing little recaps of each day, and I’ll try to pack in  all the goodies I  saw. Shall we get started?

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