Happy Thanksgiving from HRTOTM

If you're lucky, you've been spending this day with friends and loved ones. Sure some of the traditions are hokey, and once in a while having to spend time with your relatives can be a pain in the butt -- but believe me when I say that these times, even with the possible tense moments are few, and they are precious.

Much like this moment -- which, if you didn't see it, may be the coolest thing to happen to this holiday since Turkey.

What you're looking at is a Macy's Day parade float celebrating Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, a vastly underrated Cartoon Network show created by Craig McCracken, the guy who invented Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls..

FHFIF hasn't been on the air for a while, so that should have been your first clue that something was up -- but could anyone have predicted something as cool as this, live on network TV?


Coverville, if you're like into podcasts

I like covers of songs I know. Pop songs, obscure songs, new songs, old songs. And I'm exploring podcasts recently, so there maybe other HROTM items from my podcast browsing... and of course I found Coverville. Coverville is a podcast, produced three times a week, that focuses on cover songs - a new rendition of a previously recorded song. The show is produced and hosted by Brian Ibbott, who has done some 500+ of these episodes consisting of six songs or so. It is amazing that he gets it done so regularly. Some of the episodes appeal to my tastes more than others, here is one recent one that I really like:

Coverville James Bond Themes II

The Aimee Mann version of Nobody Does It Better was really a great listen. There is some Art of Noise, some other covers of classic James Bond songs by artists I wasn't as familiar with- some great, some comedic to me. They have MP3 downloads at the coverville site or you can subscribe via iTunes or your favorite podcast software.


The Atlasphere

Having trouble with the dating scene? Tired of all the games and the BS? Perhaps what you need is the help of an online dating site. But not just any old site -- no, no, you need something different.

Enter The Atlasphere, a new niche dating site made specifically to bring together (..wait for it)
Admirers of Ayn Rand Novels.
A concept so utterly singular, bizarre, and frankly frightening in the sort of mental imagery of the kind of people who might be lurking around in a dating site designed to (if a successful match is made between members) launch the romance between people destined to be by far the MOST ANNOYING FAKE-INTELLECTUAL A-HOLE COUPLE YOU'LL EVER HOPE TO CLAIM TO BE TOO BUSY TO HANG OUT WITH WHEN THEY CALL.

Seriously, Ayn Rand people in love? One of them might be cool -- a good springboard for conversation and debate. But two of them?


Attractive Girls Union Refuses To Enter Into Talks With Mike Greenman

Getting Psyched

It's been a long time since I have been truly excited about a movie. Now there are two to get truly amped about: Avatar, and this:


The Assasins Wife Premiere

Local filmmaker Daniel R. Solomon will be premiering his new film "The Assassin's Wife" tonight at Sneaker's Sports Grille in Jacksonville.

Starring Judit Fekete and Nick Shepherd, this exciting new film is the result of a collaboration between Jacksonville-based film industry professionals Kirby Hamilton, Herman Mceachin, Laura Hamilton, Andy Howell, Dianne Cohan, Ryan Shannon, Jennifer Smith, Bob Clifford, Monique Alexandra, Jon Whitford, Dale Dickison, and Scott Whittier

Doors will open at 7:30 pm and the screening will begin at 8 pm.

If you're living in the Jacksonville area and interested in attending this event, please contact Dan Solomon to RSVP.


When You're Hot You're Hot

When it first starts you're happy for the kid. Then things start to get rolling and you can't help but get swept up in the excitement of it all. Then as the pattern emerges you start to get a little pissed off. And by the time you realize how it's gonna turn out you sort of want to punch him.

Not bad for your birthday, kid. Not bad at all.

PS -- I know it was an exciting moment, and Drew Carey's personality is sort of geeky to begin with, but that victory dance around the yellow car? ..Priceless.


Highly Recommended: San Francisco Edition

A couple of weeks ago I got to visit a friend in San Francisco. As anyone who knows her will attest, she is the embodiment of the Highly Recommended Thing of the Moment, on a lifelong mission to find, enjoy, and share great stuff and experiences with everyone she knows.

In four days we did not lack for good food or activity. There are a zillion travel guides to San Francisco, but this is a bit different:

Burmese food: Burma Superstar & B-Star are the hottest Burmese restaurants in town, and B-Star apparently has the best dessert going. But unless you're going specifically for dessert, avoid the hour-plus wait, and head instead to Mandalay. There you'll have the best tea leaf salad in the city. Recipes for this salad, prepared tableside with minced tea leaves, peanuts, roasted garlic, and other crunchy wonderments, are apparently guarded as family heirlooms. Worth fighting over.

Rae Ann's big hobby is jewelry making. She has a friend whose creations are being used in fashion shows and worn by the likes of Anne Hathaway. Her friend got us into a fashion show sponsored by Gen Art. Guys: if someone ever asks you to go to a fashion show, don't even blink: GO. What's not to like? Even if you think haute couture is an excuse not to make real art, or on a more basic level, that you'll turn into a girl, you need to go. The majority of the audience is female, and they're all hot.

The show was ok. One of the highlights was a funny menswear line with removable button-on pockets. The other was a collection of chiffon dresses that were about a foot too long for any of the models. We totally thought one of them would buy it while trying to walk in their Louisa Parris bustyourasswear.

Halloween night we went to a gallery opening, with many people in costume. There was a Frida Kahlo who gave Selma Hayek a run for her money. The opening at Velvet Da Vinci was for pendants, including this brain-bending piece. How the artist welded all of the rings together without it becoming a melted mess is beyond me.

There was also some outright art:

And then this:

The picture is the size of a quarter. It's a mosaic. It's as if Seurat worked in femtoclay instead of paint, and took his scale in the opposite direction. Phenomenal.

Other SF highlights: Blue Mountain Coffee at the farmer's market on the Embarcadero on Saturdays. Running over the Golden Gate Bridge.

This very California sign:

And last but not least, a chocolate donut from Bob's Donuts to make Homer Simpson proud:

On a side note, I have started a project which will consume my nights and weekends at least through February. If you don't see any posts from me 'til then, you'll know what's up. In the meantime, Hex, Monster, and Werdna will keep you hooked into what you need to know right this moment.

New Environs for Thin T-Shirts

Forget immigrants. In this economy, honest hard-working Americans may have to face competition for jobs from the threat within.


100 Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes

Straight up, if you think there might be a movie in here that you don't want to have the ending of ruined, then DON'T WATCH THIS VIDEO. On the other hand, if you've seen your share of movies over the years and already know those endings, you gotta check this out.


Join the Impact!

This Saturday, November 15th there will be a Nationwide protest against the passing of Proposition 8 in California -- which not only bans gay marriage in that state, but effectively nullifies the scores of such unions that have already taken place in the last few years. While clearly the most visible proposition on the offer, Prop 8 is by no means the only state referendum dealing with this issue -- similar propositions passed in other states (including Florida) as well.
Speaking personally, It's embarrasing that this sort
of discrimination can still take place in our society.
Please lend your support to this extremely important protest by using this site to find the times and locations for the protest in your area.



Get in on this one early before it jumps itself.


R.E.M. Beat The Intro

How well do you know the R.E.M. discography? Here's a game to test your skills -- you have to try and name the REM song based off the first few seconds of the game. The bad news here is that if you miss one, the game is over.

I would have obviously been better off if the game was called "Anthrax Beat the Intro" -- but I actually got one right, which -- considering the fact that I was never the biggest REM fan in the world means it's probably a good test for those of you who know them a little better.

Here's hoping they do this with more bands. It's a fun idea.


this isn't happiness.™

Here's a new-ish Tumblr blog that's getting a lot of pub lately. It's a collection of varied images, photographs, paintings, etc. that all tend to tell a story in themselves.

And if this picture doesn't fully explain what I mean, then you need to check your pulse.

Movie Mash-Ups

Remakes are old news. What's hot now are mash-ups. Two existing movies made into one new one. How can you lose?


Hey, Have you heard?

80’s Cartoons Quiz

I'm not gonna lie here -- they go deep into the well on this quiz and pull out some names that I hadn't heard in a long, long time. Yeah, you get some Smurfs, JEM, and Voltron action, but the curveballs they toss in after that are sick. I feel lucky I only missed one, and I flat-out guessed on a bunch of these.

An 80's Cartoon Quiz

Score: 93% (14 out of 15)

Today's Front Pages

As you might expect, it takes a while for all the images to load -- but considering the historic event that took place last night, it's worth it.


Oh Man, I Was Worried About This

Free Starbucks Coffee if You Vote

Like you need any more motivation to exercise your rights today, but the folks over at Starbucks want you to know that if you vote you can have a free cup of their awful cofee.

I know a lot of people like it, so I shouldn't snark -- but if only you're in this civic process for the swag, I might actually prefer that your ass stays home.
Seriously -- Just Go Vote.
ps - The recycled paper looking backdrop to the animated words is an interesting touch. Was this film made with recycled flash?

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