Monday, September 28, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

"Pratt's Hatts" is now live...

My sister-in-law Jill asked me to convert a blogger account into an online store so that she can sell these crocheted hatts that she makes.

She's my sis-in-law, I couldn't say no.

So after spending some time over two weekends Pratt's Hatts is open for business.

Please check it out... and maybe buy something.

Avast, me hearties! It be "International Talk Like A Pirate Day!" (9/19/09)

14 years ago, John Baur and Mark Summers (Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy respectively) proclaimed September 19th as a day each year where everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. Here's a bit o' history:

According to Summers, the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of "Aaarrr!", and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of D-Day, they chose Summers' ex-wife's birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.

At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry's column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally, and Baur and Summers now sell books and T-shirts on their website related to the theme. Part of the success for the international spread of the holiday has been attributed to non-restriction of the idea or trademarking, in effect opening the holiday for creativity and "viral" growth.
So in honor of the holiday, here is a guide of simple pirate phrases:

Ahoy! - "Hello!"

Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"

Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."

Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."

Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

So with your new vocabulary in tow... start talking like a pirate! Arrrrr!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009

Lucky Number 13!

Thirteen years ago today...

My how things have changed...

... and I wouldn't want to change a thing.

One Good Man (Trailer)

Saw this trailer over on the Apple Trailer page:

I'm not a huge fan of Mormon-Cinema, but this movie looks like one of the better attempts at capturing the spirit of the church.

Take a look at the trailer.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Austin's not the brightest kid we have...

You've got the binky in the wrong way bud.

(Oh yeah... he's asleep too.)