>YouTube Tuesday: Last Train to Awesometown

>My obsession with Parry Gripp continues, as should your obsession with Parry’s quirky and incredibly catchy tunes.

Today, I give you a song that should be a part of your morning routine to get you amped for the day. Whether you’re tackling traffic and hatin’ co-workers or getting ready for the big game you’ll surely be inspired by 5 different kinds of nachos..whaaa????

Just watch…



Besides Journey’s “Separate Ways” is there a song, video and band that you’d put in the music time capsule as the entry for 80’s hair band more fitting than The Final Countdown by Europe? I didn’t think so. Here’s what The Final Countdown has got in this awesomely, awesome video:

  • BIG hair
  • BIG outfits
  • Androgynous lead singer
  • The “goofy” band member, in this case the drummer with his oh-so-silly running shorts and bandanna
  • Synthesizers
  • Makeup
  • High school A/V Club quality video effects
  • Empowering lyrics and chord progressions
  • Pyrotechnics
  • 50+ piece drum kit
  • Extremely confusing “story” to the video
  • Gratuitous live concert footage
  • Aerial band shots on the roof, taken from a helicopter
  • Groupies
  • EPIC guitar solo, with accompanying “lead guitar face”
  • Band members holding gold albums for the press

If you find a better entry for the 80’s hair band video to put in the time capsule, bring it…until then, it’s The Final Countdown…

>YouTube Tuesday: This is the Best Burrito I’ve Ever Eaten

>Sticking to the Perry Gripp theme from last week’s video (not posted on Tuesday, but you can figure it out) we’re gonna highlight one of my favorite Parry Gripp tunes. Don’t ask any questions about what his fascination is with small rodents, cute pets and burritos; I have no idea, he’s just a weird guy that writes really fun, annoying tunes that you’re simultaneously stoked and annoyed to get stuck in your head for the entire day.

All you really need to know about this tune is that it is ultra radtacular (I made that word up and have been saying it a lot in the hopes it catches on…do your part, people).



Since you didn’t get a YTT last week, I’m sharing a 2nd bonus video, which happens to be a classic from back in ’08 (I assume that’s long enough in the past to qualify as a classic…). This one needs no explanation…more Parry Gripp…best ringtone ever…

>YouTube Tuesday: Economics Rap

>Ever wanted to know basic market theories created by the most famous 20th Century economists of all time but were afraid to ask because the subject is so daunting, boring and confusing? Do you like learning lessons and hearing tales spun by lyrical rap? If so, I think I’ve found the perfect video for you…

Learn more about the economic theories behind John Maynard Keynes and F.A Hayek at the Econstories website…


>YouTube Tuesday: Food, Inc.


A month ago, I watched the following film. I read Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma a while back so I was very interested in Food, Inc. as my Generation Y desire for visual media yearned for something more than just pages on a Kindle.
I’m not going to go vegetarian or protest food companies but this film and Omnivore’s Dilemma has really made me become far more active in choosing what I put in my body and what companies I endorse. This film (or preferably the book) should be very important to you, regardless of what you choose to eat. The information in this film is just as important and eye opening to vegetarians as it is to omnivores. There’s a pretty f*cked up world that we are forced to be a part of whenever we seek nourishment that’s controlled by a handful of companies and regulated by the people who used to run those companies. You truly have to wonder who is looking out for us, the consumer, and for those of you with children I implore you to do what you can to ensure that your children are nourished with the right calories and don’t fall prey to cheap/empty calories that lead to things like diabetes and other illnesses as well as contributing to the overall obesity of this nation, which is a byproduct of the cheap, processed calories that our government has pushed on us our entire lives.

I realize that going to an all-natural diet and making many of the changes in this film is very expensive from a cost standpoint but you owe it to yourself to try. Try cutting out high-fructose corn syrup for a week and watch your weight and overall health improve. Eat fresh vegetables, plant a garden to eat in-season vegetables or at least fresh herbs (for those with limited space); every little thing helps. And while I disagree that you cannot put a cost on your health (it’s just not feasible for 90% of the people in this world to eat as Food, Inc. would recommend) I do agree that every single one of us can make better decisions when it comes to nourishment.

If you want more information, check out the Food Inc. website http://www.foodincmovie.com/ or check out the book Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.

Anyway, get you some Food, Inc…and start becoming more concerned about what you put in your body.

>YouTube Tuesday: Simmer down now…

>When we were driving back from Seattle Katie plugged in her iPod and  had a big collection of SNL skits on there that had us LOL’ing the whole way home. One skit in particular has been making the rounds here at the house: Simmer down now.

So, without further adieu, simmer down now…