Baring my heart.

Mysterious as the dark side of the moon.

Month: December, 2009

Aussie Christmases

The typical Christmas scene includes chimneys and fireplaces, mugs of hot chocolate, warm gloves, scarves and coats, and the beautiful snow that’s so common in the US, the UK and of course, the North Pole.

But what most people don’t experience is Christmas in summer, which Australians get to enjoy every year.

Scott Hampson of Agent-X Comics tweeted this link to a music video of Rolf Harris’ Christmas in the Sun.


 
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Vote for my caption!

Last week, the Bearman of beartoons.com held a little contest last week asking his readers to think of a caption for his cartoon:

Editorial Cartoon Caption Contest

If you read the accompanying post, he’s given a bit of background to the cartoon and some rules for the contest.

So anyway, with probably a day1 to spare before acceptance of entries ended, just for fun, I came up with:

“Enjoy a mediocre commemoration of whatever you did this time last year.” 2

A couple o’ days later, Bearman posted his 5 favourites in a poll so readers could vote for the one that they think best suits the cartoon.

So I’m encouraging YOU to vote ’cause my entry made it in! By the way, it’s winning so far. Of course, I was surprised that my entry made it in. I was just submitting an idea ’cause I came up with it — I wasn’t hoping to win at all. Apparently, I’m “creative”.

As far as I know, you can vote once a day (more if you have access to multiple computers). Anyway, I’m not expecting to win, but I am so far, so I’m not really sure how to react. Fingers crossed!

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The Reason for the Season

On Christmas Eve last year, I received an email containing clichéd, but truer-than-fiction facts. It was Christmas-themed, obviously, but it talked about the very purpose as to why we celebrate this special holiday.

Now, I’m going to say something that’s cliché. In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, what with all the decorations, shopping for presents, snow or more beach (depending on where you live – Australia FTW!) and parties, we do often forget the very foundation of Christmas.

So, I’m going to share what was in that email with you, my faithful readers:

Jesus is the reason for the season.

Remember: Jesus is better than Santa

Santa lives at the North Pole.
Jesus is everywhere. 1

Santa rides in a sleigh.
Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year.
Jesus is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies.
Jesus supplies all of your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited. 2
Jesus stands at your door and knocks and then enters your heart. 3

You have to stand in line to see Santa.
Jesus is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap.
Jesus lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn’t know your name. All he can say is, “Hi little (boy/girl), what’s your name?” 4
Jesus knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address, too. He knows our history and future, and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads. 5

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly.
Jesus has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is Ho Ho Ho.
Jesus offers health, help and hope.

Santa says, “You better not cry.”
Jesus says, “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.”

Santa’s little helpers make toys.
Jesus makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle,
but Jesus gives you joy that is your strength.

Santa is a myth,
but Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree,
Jesus became our gift and died on the tree.

It’s obvious there is really no comparison. We need to remember who Christmas is all about. We need to put Christ back into Christmas.

Jesus is still the reason for the season.

 
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I’ve always thought Ursula was one of those ‘evil’ names, like Lucifer

I just watched The Little Mermaid for the first time EVER. I just found out from IMDb that the movie was released in the US the year I was born, so that movie’s been out as long as I’ve been alive, and I’d never seen it till today.

It’s the first movie that I’ve been able to cross off a long list of Disney movies that I never got to watch as kid. It wasn’t that great. It was just like another movie to me. But then again, I’m a 20 year old watching a children’s movie for the first time. I guess if I had enjoyed that movie as a 6 year old, it would’ve been more fun for me now.

I thought there might be a list of the animated Disney movies on Wikipedia, and lo and behold, there is! So I’m gonna list those movies and cross ’em off as I watch ’em (I’ve never heard of some a lot of these, by the way):

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – have it on VHS
  • Pinocchio – have it on VHS
  • Fantasia
  • Dumbo
  • Bambi – 03.02.2010
  • Saludos Amigos
  • The Three Caballeros
  • Make Mine Music
  • Fun and Fancy Free
  • Melody Time
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad
  • Cinderella
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Peter Pan
  • Lady and the Tramp – Feb 2010
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians – I’ve only seen the real people one; the one that has the same actor from Dumb and Dumber
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • The Jungle Book – Feb 2010
  • The Aristocats
  • Robin Hood
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
  • The Rescuers
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Great Mouse Detective – Feb 2010
  • Oliver & Company
  • The Little Mermaid – 17.12.09
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • Beauty and the Beast – 24.01.2010
  • Aladdin – have it on VHS; it was the first non-clothing, non-toy present I remember receiving
  • The Lion King – the GREATEST Disney movie of all time, but I may be biased. Definitely have that one on VHS
  • Pocahontas – have it on VHS
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame – I’ve seen it but I don’t remember most of it
  • Hercules – I love this movie. We’ve got it on DVD.
  • Mulan – ❤
  • TarzanZwee dap, zwee doooo
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Dinosaur
  • The Emperor’s New Groove – pretty sure I watched this in the cinema when it came out
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire – 02.12.2010

…and I’ll stop the list there ’cause the rest of the movies are pretty recent.

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Fads of the Noughties

I was reading through some news articles on Planet 3 last night and I came across a collection of articles that paid homage to the decade that is soon coming to a close – the Noughties.

“Like a penniless drunk with a hefty bar tab, the Noughties are making a sideways run for it,” reads a brief description about the last decade. There were polls that asked readers what event helped define the noughties, what was the biggest celeb shocker, and what was the sporting moment of the decade. These were accompanied with articles that discussed the 5 best and 5 worst films, and the top 5 distractions of the decade – ‘noughty fads’.

For me, personally, the years 2000 to 2009 are/were years that are/were mostly full of teenage/adolescent/pubescent drama. But I wanted to share that Top 5 Fads list (with images I compiled myself) because I reckon people like me who grew up during the noughties will look back on these years when we’re old and fragile and say, “Back in my day…”

The 80’s had spandex, big hair and fashionable androgyny. The 90’s had grunge, Beavis & Butthead and the Macarena. But what fads held our ever-shrinking attention spans in the Noughties?

5: Crazy Diets

crazy diets

Dieting is nothing new, but the Noughties saw the rise of a plague of insane diet trends. Strangely, the ‘doctors’ pushing these diets usually have a body that can only be described as ‘Marlon Brando-esque’.

4: Energy Drinks

energy drinks

Out of the hands of tweeked clubbers, and into the hands of ten year olds with ADD. Energy drinks emerged from the place of glow sticks and smoke machines into every day usage.

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