Sunday, April 30, 2017

TIIA 28 (The Internet is Awesome)

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I've been so busy with school that It's been months since my last Internet Awesome post! I'm close to the end though, and I've gotten enough done that I finally feel like I can breathe a bit. Last night I actually wrote an article for the Rotoscopers, just spur of the moment, and today I just up and decided to blog! I love it when I feel like I can just spend some time on writing for fun without feeling like I should be doing something else. :)

First up we have a video by the always amazing Evynne Hollens. I loved the movie Anastasia as a kid, so I was very happy to see it covered here.:)

Tessa Violet is infectious. Her voice, spirit, joy, everything.

This next video is a painting by Mary Doodles. I was so absolutely impressed when I figured out what she was painting that I actually left a comment, which I never do.

I've been waiting four years for Peter Hollens to do another collab with Alaa Wardi! It's finally happened! :D

He also recently collaborated with Tim Foust of Home Free, and that was also amazing.

A capalla Science is back at it again, this time with an awesome and brilliant spin on a bunch of songs from the movie Aladdin! And not only that, but one of his collaborators is the French YouTuber, Trudbol, who was one of the first a capella artists I ever followed on YouTube!

We'll end this post with another amazing song from Lindsey Stirling. Not only is the music amazing, so is the video! I just love her imagination.

That's all for this post, but I'm actually working on another one that I'll probably release tomorrow. I had enough videos that were released in April, that I think I'm going to start a new series looking back at the month. Maybe that'll force me to keep on top of them. So be on the lookout for that. :)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Huge Internship Update!!!!

I Am Big Bird! I can't believe this!

And I hope you can't either, because obviously that whole thing was an April Fools joke. I did not get an internship at PBS, (Update: I did apply for one, didn't get it, though it was NOT to be a Muppet!) I am not moving to New York, I am not going to be working on Sesame Street, and I am not going to be training under the master puppeteering tutelage of the great and incomparable Caroll Spinney.

This was just the latest in my long line of annual April Fools Day blog posts. If you're new here, or if you would like to revisit some old classics, here are my previous years' jokes. Enjoy. :)

Becoming a homeless street mime: Click HERE & HERE.

Becoming an interpretative dancer: Click HERE & HERE.

Auditioning for DWTS: Click HERE & HERE.

Joining a cult: Click HERE & HERE.

Marrying a Russian mail-order bride: Click HERE & HERE.

And if for some reason you missed yesterday's, click HERE.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Huge Internship News!!!!

So as many of you know, I have recently applied for an internship at PBS. Well I’m happy to announce that I got it! But wait, it gets better! I’m not doing just doing an internship at Iowa Public Television, No! I’m working for THE Public Broadcast Service!!! The big one! I can’t believe it! This is like a total dream come true! I grew up on PBS shows, and I am so excited to help keep those shows on the air!

But that isn’t even the best part! NO! I can’t believe I get to say this, but I’m going to be working on Sesame Street! YES! THE SESAME STREET!!!! Talk about childhood dreams coming true!!!! I will be moving to New York at the end of the semester to begin work at what is sure to become, the best job I have ever had in my entire life!!!

But wait, you’ll never believe it, but there’s even more! I’m actually going to get to help perform some of the iconic Muppet characters! Caroll Spinney is getting quite old these days, and he needs an understudy for his characters, which are two of my personal favorites, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch! I will be training to take over those roles when he passes on and goes to that Great Big Bird’s Nest in the Sky.

I am so excited to study under the tutelage of one of the greatest puppeteers in history! Big Bird was always my favorite character as a kid, so I am stoked that I will get to breathe life into his adorable yellow nostrils. Does he have nostrils? His beak. I’ll be breathing life into his beak. That sounds weird, I’m just puppeteering him guys, I’m not giving him mouth to mouth. Mouth to beak? Whatever, I think I need to move on...

Anyway, I've always loved Big Bird, but the older I get, the more I identify with Oscar the Grouch. I just feel like he gets me, you know? Sure he yells  at people, but he doesn’t give a flying flip what anyone thinks of him. He lives in a literal garbage can, but he’s perfectly happy with that! If only I could ascend to the level of contentedness that Oscar has achieved. #LifeGoals for sure.

I’m trying my best to get into character for these iconic roles, but it’s really hard you know? They are both so completely different. It’s basically impossible to embody them both at once. I don’t know how Caroll Spinney has done it all these years. On the one hand you have a gentle giant with a tender heart that loves everyone, and on the other you have a smelly old curmudgeon who may or may not be a living pile of angry carpet mold. Unfortunately for my apartment, I’ve gravitated more toward Oscar, and the whole place looks like a dump.

Well, I suppose I should try to get in some character practice. I want my attitude to resemble Oscar too, not just my apartment. So I guess I’m off to yell at some children. See you on Sesame Street!