This ain’t Reading Rainbow (And it is soooo NSFW too!!!)

LeVar Burton, host of PBS’s Reading Rainbow, got in touch with his inner Samuel L. Jackson for a charity event over the weekend.  At the Rooster Teeth’s Extra Life charity telethon, Burton did a reading of the popular adult bedtime book Go the F**k to Sleep for an attentive group of adults that were all seated before him.

This is one of my all-time favorite audio books.  I grew up watching Burton, first in the mini-series Roots, and then on PBS.  I give him props for taking on such a monumental challenge in reading that book.

Why is reading this book a monumental task?  Only because the audio book was narrated by the above mentioned Samuel L. Jackson.  If you’ve never heard his version, it is a classic.  Most parents will probably get the story and laugh along with it.  New parents will likely not understand the joke, but given time, they’ll laugh right along with it.

Here’s the original audio version for you to compare if you wish.  Who’s version is better, Burton or Jackson?

Searching YouTube, there’s even a Morgan Freeman impersonator reading this book.  It would be quite interesting to actually get him to read this one too.

Here’s one other interesting thing I found while surfing the Net for this post.  The author of Go the F**k to Sleep, Adam Mansbach, has a new book that’s coming out on November 12th.  It’s already available for pre-order, and I may have to get my copy now.  Titled, You Have to F**king Eat, it will undoubtedly be a smashing sequel to his book about going to sleep.  I’m sensing that he may end up with a self-help series for parenting at some point.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this one as I know it will be just as funny as the original, especially based on this sample page.

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Turn Out For What

It’s less than a month before the mid-term election, and it seems that this is shaping up to be an interesting mid-term.  Not only have we seen predictions of states shifting from safe to toss-up, we’ve also see instances of where voter registration applications appear to be too much for the system to process.

Leave it to MTV’s Rock the Vote campaign to get things started.

The rapper and a number of performers teamed up with non-profit organization Rock the Vote to produce the YouTube video.

The three-and-a-half minute clip starts out with Lil John speaking on the phone, telling the caller that he’ll swing by and hang out later, after he gets done voting in the midterm elections. The caller is then revealed to be Whoopi Goldberg, who plays Lil John’s “auntie” in the video. It then cuts to Lil John having a conversation with Girls star Lena Dunham, who’s in one of the voting booths with her celebrity trainer.

The remixed song stars about at about 1:30 through the video, with the words “Rock the vote, rock, rock the vote” kicking off the track. It features a series of celebrities saying that they’re turning out for a variety of causes. EJ Johnson, Lena Dunham, Fred Armisen, Natasha Lyonne and Whoopi Goldberg all appear in the clip.

Source: The Grio

Whatever you do between now and then, make sure you turn out to vote.  Lots of people sacrificed so that we could do so in peace and safety.  Every vote counts.  Excuse me now while I go get my groove on with my girls.  They love Turn Down for What by DJ Snake and Lil Jon.

While they like the song, there’s no way they’ll see the video before they turn 21.

Going out on a “high” note (NSFW language!!!)

Charlo Greene former anchor at CBS affiliate KTVA-11 Anchorage, Alaska

Charlo Greene former anchor at CBS affiliate KTVA-11 Anchorage, Alaska

If Charlo Greene wasn’t a household name before, she will likely become one in a while.  She was a reporter with CBS affiliate KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska.  I said was, because she literally sent her television news career up in smoke after reporting on the battle of legalizing marijuana in Alaska.

After reporting on the ballot initiate fight for medical marijuana and one particular group involved in that fight, the Alaska Cannabis Club, Greene revealed herself to be the owner of that club and signed off for the very last time in her career with KTVA with the following announcement:

“Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska.  And as for this job, well — not that I have a choice but, f*ck it, I quit.”

Based on her performance, she’s likely done with local TV altogether.  There’s probably still room for cable though.  I’d also suggest that her choice of words reveal that she may have already had a discussion about this to some extent with her employer.  If she hadn’t discussed it, there may have been reason to believe that she would no longer be employed if she had acknowledged her ownership of the group.

She later appeared in a video on YouTube where she explained her actions.  In the video, Greene starts off with, “There comes a time in each and every one of our lives when we must choose to continue to spectate or stand up for what’s right.”

I don’t disagree with the sentiment about standing up for what you feel is right.  I just don’t think I pack the testicular fortitude to do it with such conviction.  I’m not sure if I could drop the F-bomb on a live broadcast, but different people handle themselves in different manners.  I hope for the best for you Ms. Greene.

I must include that I am not endorsing the use of marijuana here as it is illegal to do so in Georgia where I reside.  Based on the research done, I think there is some benefit to medical marijuana, and I’m not sure why the US government has decided on the pathway we’re on.  Other countries, such as Israel, have not only researched the use of marijuana for medical purposes, they have also gone as far as growing varieties low in THC and high in cannabinoids, the ingredient that has been shown to help ailments such as seizures.

If the government, through legislation or by popular vote, decides to enact medical marijuana, then I will support that decision just as I have to support the laws as written today.

The power of teamwork

I came across this YouTube video posted by Penny Miller, and I was quite impressed with not only the technical feat of building a barn in 10 hours, but how smoothly it was done.

The 3 minute and 30 second video shows what took place from 7am that morning until 5pm that evening.  Using my mathematical skills to plug numbers into a calculator, that means that 21 seconds of video equals one hour of real-time.  Around the 2 minute mark, there’s about a 10-12 second break with no visible work going on, so there was probably a 30 minute break for a meal somewhere during the build.  So, that work was actually accomplished in about 9.5 hours instead of 10.

Watching this got me to wondering how much better things would be if we all worked together like this towards common causes.  Instead of the petty whargarbl that has infested our everyday life, we could get together in the morning and solve our issues by the evening news.  I’d offer up a dream scenario about Congress working together like this, but I’m afraid that my imagination has its limits.

Anyway, I like seeing videos like this because it gives me hope for my fellow man.  Far too often, we’re inundated with negative news and never get to see or hear the good that takes place.  I enjoy seeing people work together to accomplish something great, even if it’s a barn like this particular case.

Motorcycle fail captured by Google’s Street View car

motorcycle fail

I’ve ridden motorcycles on and off since I was a teenager.  Any veteran rider will tell you there are two kinds of riders, those who have dropped their bike and those who are going to drop their bike.  At this point in life, I still belong to the latter, so I’m always focused on what I’m doing when I’m on two wheels.  I also have purposefully limited my riding since meeting my wife to avoid joining that former group.

Anyway, in the day and age of cameras everywhere, you’re likely to end up on YouTube or Facebook if you drop your bike in public.  The ultimate fail, however, is to drop your bike in front of the Google Street View car.  Those cars are not everywhere all at one time, so it takes a very concerted effort to time your accident right when that car is riding your six.

Courtesy of stuff.co.nz:

A motorcyclist’s embarrassing error on a Brazilian street is now available to view worldwide.

You see, the rider, not really dressed suitably for his fall, ran into the back of a car right in front of another vehicle that just happened to be carrying the Google Street View camera.

The rider seems to escape the error of judgment with just his pride dented, although it seems likely he’s left some skin behind.

Flick through the photos above to follow his misfortune or click here to visit Rua 7 de Setembro in Blumenau, Brazil, at the exact moment of the collision.

Dude, I don’t know who you are, but you are now worldwide known whether you like it or not.  I seem to remember someone else who made that claim back in the day…  I doubt that you’re going to replace him though.

I couldn’t help but notice this woman’s expression and laugh.  I hope I didn’t harm my karma by doing so.

motorcycle fail2

motorcycle fail3

In what had to be the worst stroke of luck for this guy, not only was the Google Street View car behind him, but there was also a police officer trailing behind him the entire time.  What a bad day to drop your bike.  Hope you’re okay.