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The Force Is Strong in This One

I’ve been sidelined this week by a physical therapy issue, but in the meantime, here is one of the most adorable and powerful kids on the planet. Only wish Carrie Fisher could still be with us to receive the plans directly.


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Briannah Donolo Goes Viral — As We Always Knew She Would

So I came to my blog today to find a lot of views. Was my piece about Amazon negotiations that fascinating?

Nope. (Well okay, it was a bit fascinating, but not that much.) They were searching out young singer Briannah Donolo, a few of whose music videos I’ve put up here, and the group included record company people. What had Briannah done? Sung the hay out of the U.S. and Canadian anthems at a recent Canadiens-Bruins hockey game apparently. (See below.) The performance has gone viral, as in global.

Is my family surprised? Having heard that voice from back when she was a little thing, no. We knew it was only a matter of time. Congrats to Briannah, and for everybody else, enjoy:



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In Memory of Jerry Nelson

Thank you for my childhood, sir. 1, 2, 3….Wa-nah ha ha ha ha!

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More Song Stylings from Briannah Donolo!

A brief cover performance of “If I Ain’t Got You” acapella style from young and talented Briannah Donolo:

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A Game of You

Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement speech at the University of the Arts, something as he said he found a bit flummoxing since he’d never been to college. He gave a lovely speech, and not just for those who want to go into the arts:




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No Really, I am So Lucky Upon This Earth


Oh and buy Harry Turtledove’s books please,  (he’s got like 80 of them, so you’ll have lots to choose from.) Plus, he’s quite good and the master of alternate history.

As for young Alice, she is ailing but still alive and has been steadily raising money for charities from the attention given to her blog:


As for me, when my kid gets home tonight, I’m going to hug her very tightly until she whines.

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Happy New Year — May You Soar This Year

To celebrate the start of the crazy new year that is 2012, here’s a partial demo of a new, original song, Summer’s Rain, by the ridiculously talented Briannah Donolo (auditory only video.) Finish this one and put it on the up-coming album, Briannah!


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You are Not.  Going.  To Make.  Any of Them.  Shut Up.


U.C. Berkeley’s Occupy Cal protest’s floating tents after pitching tents on campus grounds was banned by authorities and their encampment raided by the police.

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A Few Links As We Spin

An Awesome Kid:


A Reminder:


Nice to know that the CDC has a good sense of humor:


The husband is working his way through A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin after having been wowed by the first season of the television adaptation, Game of Thrones. He thought this alternate book title idea was very apt to what he’s experiencing:


Good News: You’ve far less chance of dying than the news media would have you believe:




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Gooshy Videos to Celebrate Official Summer

1) First up, the Minnesota Public Radio show Wits had Neil Gaiman on with host John Moe and at one point, Gaiman called up Adam Savage, co-host of the very fun science show Mythbusters, and got Savage to do his dead-on Gollum impersonation:

2) Keenan Cahill is a teenager with Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome who has become a video sensation for the comic way he lip-synchs popular songs. This has led to him doing videos with the actual music stars and others. This one, set to his pal Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night,” is fun because he’s joined by several cast members of the t.v. musical show Glee — Dianna Agron, Harry Shum, Jr., Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz — clearly in a back corridor of an arena where the Glee folk are doing their summer concert tour, and they got terribly silly. My daughter is a firm Darren Criss fan, so I include it — he’s the one in the pink sunglasses:

3) Funny or Die hits it out again with a fake promo for a fake Showtime show, Dark Ages. You have to doubleclick on this one, but it’s worth it just for the “Take Me” shot. Who here wants this to be a real show?

4) And lastly, it’s the Harry Potter time of year as the movies draw to a close, and so here are two Potter comedy videos, both concerned with the school houses of Hogwarts:

Hogwarts: What House Are You?:

And the music video “Wizard Love” by Meekakitty, featuring heyhihello:

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