My Metallic Flintstones Scrubs Pyjama Tops (from Simplicity 4101 Pattern)

From my New York fabric shopping trip, I got a metallic print with the Flintstones on it. It’s probably been in that store since 1993 when the copyright on the fabric said it was printed. Here’s what I did with it!

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Bring the Mighty Uke Movie to Halifax!

I returned home today to a message from my friend Lis regarding The Mighty Uke Movie.

Well, that hit a note and struck a chord!

The ukulele

In the 1980s, the musical instrument of choice taught in the Halifax school system was the ukulele, led by Chalmers Doane. I was one of many many children who took it up and went through that program. It was my first instrument to music in Canada, and I progressed far enough to make the prestigious A Ukulele Group. That ukulele musical experience left me with many great memories. I remember a couple of thousand of us kids played for the newly wed Prince Charles and Lady Diana as they visited Halifax in 1983. When I was in grade 8, we had an exchange with an outstanding group in Langley, BC, which was my first trip really far away from home. There were lots of good times and rehearsals in between.

Now, as the trailer said, the ukulele is sometimes said to be perceived as being a bit of a joke. Well, anything is until a lot of people embrace it, and there seems to be that going on. Ironically, I had switched to guitar during those school years and now, though I can still do more on a ukulele than I’ll ever be able to do on a guitar. It’s just a lot more versatile being a smaller instrument for a little guy like me. However, I’m very much keen to take it up again seeing there’s a revolution going on. That F# string is going to make be say a few things starting with F#, though, I’m sure, given it’s a semi-tone off from the G-string on the guitar while the strings surrounding it are the same. But I’ve got a lot of muscle memory left. I can still do the Jazz Pizzicato riff as well as ever.

But in case you think the ukulele is a joke, have a listen to a couple of pieces below. The first is the late Israel Kamakawio’ole playing Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World like you had never heard it before him. Nice and simple, but just gorgeous.

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But for those of you who needs a little virtuosity in an instrument to prove its worth to you, check out this Jake Shimabukuro guy playing an instrumental While My Guitar Gently Weeps of George Harrison fame. Yowza!

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Or try the MUCH cuter version! WHO IS this kid???

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My ukuleles might have been put away, but they are coming back out! That’s right. That’d be plural! Cause like pistols, a real man carries two!

The Might Uke Movie is making its Toronto premiere soon. I hope they will bring it to Halifax! They had better!

Check out ukuleledisco.com for some good, bad and ugly ukulele performances!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.8

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Sailor Moon Facebook Friends Tagging Meme and Wallpaper

Below are eight Facebook friends tagging meme picture of Sailor Moon characters. Is that enough for you Sailor Moon fans? πŸ™‚

It starts with the basic, then gets into the two Good Senshi sets, then triple villains set because there were so many! In fact, if you think you know your Sailor Moon well, why don’t you test yourself to see if you can name all the characters without looking too much at the answers provided!

Credits to Simsim2212 on Deviant Art for some of the artwork and information. I had to do a fair bit of cutting, colourizing and other touch-ups on the artwork myself, though, to turn it into what you see here. As for the information, I hope Simsim2212 got it right, and that I transposed it correctly, because aside from the basic characters I researched, I know nothing of Sailor Moon other than that it is popular!

At the end is a wallpaper for a 1280 x 960 pixel or 1024 x 768 pixel monitor. Again, I did some Photoshop magic to make it the quality it is at.

If you would like to use any of the pictures below, please:

  • Click on the picture you want below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile (the wallpaper you’ll have to get someone to help you if you don’t know how to set it as your background).
  • Tag your friends.

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

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Below are a list of characters in some of these memes. Since I have put the memes into the gallery thumbnails, so they’d load faster for viewers just having a look, the order has been mixed up and I don’t know which set go with which meme any more. But I’m sure the Sailor Moon fans who use these memes will, so I’ll leave it up to them. πŸ™‚

Row 1
Sailor Mercury – Inner Senshi, Sailor Mars – Inner Senshi, Sailor Jupiter – Inner Senshi, Sailor Venus – Inner Senshi, Luna – Moon Guardian

Row 2
Sailor Pluto – Outer Senshi, Sailor Uranus – Outer Senshi, Sailor Neptune – Outer Senshi, Sailor Saturn – Outer Senshi, Artemis – Moon Guardian

Row 3
Sailor Kakkyou – Starlight Senshi, Sailor Star Fighter – Starlight Senshi, Sailor Star Healer – Starlight Senshi, Sailor Star Maker – Starlight Senshi, Diana – Moon Guardian

Row 1
Sailor Pallas – Asteroid Senshi, Sailor Vesta – Asteroid Senshi, Sailor Juno – Asteroid Senshi. Sailor Cere – Asteroid Senshi, Phobos – Mars Guardian

Row 2
Jadeite – Earth Shitennou, Nephrite – Earth Shitennou, Zoisite – Earth Shitennou, Kunzite – Earth Shitennou, Deimos – Mars Guardian

Row 3
Tuxedo Kamen – Master of Shitennou, Sailor Moon – Master of Inner and Outer Senshi, Sailor Chibichibi – Sailor Cosmos, Sailor Chibiusa – Master of Asteroid Senshi, Helios – Sun Guardian

Column 1 (left side, from top to bottom)
Queen Beryl – Dark Kingdom, Jadeite (Shitennou) – Dark Kingdom, Nephrite (Shitennou) – Dark Kingdom

Column 2
Rubeus – Black Moon Clan, Petz (Ayakashi Sisters) – Black Moon Clan, Calaveras (Ayakashi Sisters) – Black Moon Clan

Column 3
Esmeraude – Black Moon Clan, Achiral (Boule Brothers) – Black Moon Clan, Chiral (Boule Brothers) – Black Moon Clan

Column 4
Tellu (Witches 5) – Death Buster, Mimete (Witches 5) – Death Buster, Eudial (Witches 5) – Death Buster

Column 5
Viluy (Witches 5) – Death Buster, Cyprine (Witches 5) – Death Buster, Ptilol (Witches 5) – Death Buster

Column 1 (left side, from top to bottom)
Zoisite (Shitennou) – Dark Kingdom, Kunzite (Shitennou) – Dark Kingdom, Al – Alien

Column 2
Berthier (Ayakashi Sisters) – Black Moon Clan, Cooan (Ayakashi Sisters) – Black Moon Clan, An – Alien

Column 3
Black Lady – Black Moon Clan, Saphir – Black Moon Clan, Demand – Black Moon Clan

Column 4
Tomoe – Death Buster, Kaolinite – Death Buster, Wiseman – Black Moon Clan

Column 5
Mistress 9 – Death Buster, Zirconia – Death Moon Circus, Tiger’s Eye (Amazon Trio) – Death Moon Circus

Column 1 (left side, from top to bottom)
Cere Cere (Amazon Quartet) – Death Moon Circus, Hawk’s Eye (Amazon Trio) – Death Moon Circus, Fish’s Eye (Amazon Trio) – Death Moon Circus

Column 2
Sailor Tin Nyanko – Sailor Animates, Sailor Aluminum Seiren – Sailor Animates, Sailor Lead Crow – Sailor Animates

Column 3
Sailor Phi – Sailor Animates, Sailor Chi – Sailor Animates, Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon – Sailor Animates

Column 4
Sailor Chaos – THE EVIL!!!, Sailor Lethe – Sailor Animates, Sailor Mnemosyne – Sailor Animates

Column 5
Queen Nehellenia – Death Moon Circus, Sailor Galaxia – Sailor Animates, Sailor Iron Mouse – Sailor Animates

Column 6
Ves Ves (Amazon Quartet) – Death Moon Circus, Jun Jun (Amazon Quartet) – Death Moon Circus, Para Para (Amazon Quartet) – Death Moon Circus