Jeremy Lin is the current sports sensation with his meteoric rise out of nowhere to be a star with the New York Knicks. In just a week, he has gone from Asian representation to Asian sensation in the NBA. His Taiwanese last name, Lin, has been great for creating a whole new vocabulary around him and what he has done. However, with my rhyming first name of Minh, I can offer a few more of my play on sound nicknames for his vocabulary… maybe in exchange for some of his. Here’s a bunch of Jeremy Lin inspired vocabulary.
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!
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.
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!
Or try the MUCH cuter version! WHO IS this kid???
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
At the bottom are four Facebook friends tagging memes of the Transformers.
The top one is from the movie Revenge of the Fallen, while the others are from the old so-called Transformers G1 (Generation 1) cartoons. I grew up with the G1 set, but that is not why I like it more. There is just way too much detail in the new robots. There aren’t easy faces to recognize and all their parts are so detailed it looks like one good punch and the whole robot would fall apart.
The middle one is of G1 Transformers, Autobots and Decepticons.
The third one is of G1 Autobots.
The bottom one is of G1 Decepticons, to tag your BAD friends with.
The graphics used for the G1 tagging poster is from Botch’s Transformers Box Art Archive, probably the greatest collection of Transformers cartoons out there! Wow! I can spend days on that site! The detail and completeness of the collection is phenomenal, although I’d have added a bit more punch to many of the scans (i.e. a tad more contrast and saturation). However, if you’re thinking of introducing this site to your kids, just be warned that there is at least a smattering of expletives there which I have come across. That’s not so much my criticism as something to take note since I am directing people to the site.
If you would like to use the poster below for tagging your Facebook friends, please:
- Click on the Transformers poster 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.
- 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.
- Avatars, buddy icons and Facebook profile pictures
- Collectible Trading Cards (print like regular 6″ x 4″ photo)
- Facebook tagging pictures
- Posters (18″ x 24″)
- Wallpapers of many sizes
from left to right…
Sideswipe (wild), Starscream (wannabe), Megatron (powerful), Ravage (sneaky)
Skids (hyper), Mudflap (southpaw), Ironhide (tough), Fallen (evil)
Generation One (G1) Cartoon Transformers
from left to right, alternating between Autobots and Decepticons…
Prowl (good), Bruticus (brutal), Wheeljack (reliable), Thundercracker (noisy), Sideswipe (risky), Soundwave (shady)
Shockwave (power hungry), Bumblebee (feisty), Galvatron (powerful), Jazz (cool), Cyclonus (nasty), Optimus Prime (mighty)
Jetfire (fast), Bombshell (crazy), Mirage (sneaky), Predaking (mean), Ultra-magnus (tough), Starscream (annoying)
Ravage (unpredictable), Metroplex (big), Devastator (destructive), Hound (observant), Megatron (evil), Trailbreaker (smart).
I left out Ironhide and Ratchet, two popular G1 and new movie characters, because their old robot forms were just ugly! If you want to know more about any of these characters, Adam Botch, on his site, has the box scans. Wikipedia even has lots more information and a Google search, sometimes with the word “transformers” added to the name, should get you the page as the first or second search result.
Generation One (G1) Cartoon Autobots
from left to right…
Prowl (good), Inferno (fearless), Wheeljack (reliable), Tracks (vain), Sideswipe (risky), Ultra-magnus (tough)
Ramhorn (bad-tempered), Bumblebee (feisty), Sludge (slow), Blaster (groovy), Smokescreen (deceptive), Optimus Prime (mighty)
Jetfire (fast), Omega Supreme (brave), Mirage (sneaky), Jazz (cool), Sunstreaker (self-centered), Topspin (determined)
Hound (observant), Metroplex (big), Bluestreak (chatty), Skids (dreamer), Rodimus Prime (impatient), Trailbreaker (smart)
Generation One (G1) Cartoon Decepticons
from left to right…
Bombshell (crazy), Bruticus (brutal), Thrust (aggressive), Predaking (tough), Thundercracker (noisy), Blitzwing (cruel)
Shockwave (power hungry), Laserbeak (feisty), Galvatron (powerful), Ramjet (stubborn), Cyclonus (nasty), Soundwave (shady)
Skywarp (sneaky), Octane (mean), Kickback (dirty), Astrotrain (confusing), Frenzy (tiny), Starscream (annoying)
Ravage (unpredictable), Menasor (intimidating), Dirge (creepy), Devastator (destructive), Megatron (evil), Shrapnel (sadistic).