Do You Know… Podpoi?

My podpoi

My podpoi (click to enlarge)

Just a little something I’ve started in life today. It’s to spin poi, or podpoi, specifically. The guy below from Flowtoys who makes them gives the best introduction.

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Liven Up Boring Ties with Eldredge, Trinity and Other Knots

If you don’t wear ties, you probably know someone who does. Challenge yourself and/or them to do what I’m doing here by sporting an interesting, different kind of knot and liven up the drudgery of boring ties!

Neckties… such an irony. So formal, yet so banal. You wear it to show respect and be respectful of an event and/or group of people. Yet, you just grab one that, for the most part, looks like one anyone else grabbed off the same shelf. Lots of solids, stripes, mostly muted colour palette. However, if you go outside of this most generic of dress codes, you might be flagged for being disrespectful, attention attracting, and so on.

So what’s a man (or woman) to do with his ties so as knot to look so boring? (pun intended)

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What’s Your Favorite Gangnam Style Video?

OK. Gangnam style video links have taken over my Facebook world. Everybody seems to be sharing one, and there are all kinds! Many are really bad, though all are bad if you really can’t stand the song like some people I know.

I’m sure I haven’t seen them all, so to make up for all the bad ones I’ve seen, I’m hoping some of you will share with me your favorite Gangnam Style videos. I’ll trust you have good taste. 😉

Just paste a link in the comments section below. Thanks!

Meanwhile, here are a few I’ve seen of late which I liked.

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Watch Earth from Space (Discovery Channel Documentary)

Earth from Space is by far the best video I have ever seen about the Earth. The videography is absolutely stunning, but the information presented also rivals that. See how natural forces work on Earth, on its own and, of course, together. You really get a sense of how everything influences everything else. There’s a TON of information to learn, then contemplate consequences after that. Headache medication makers should really sponsor these awesome documentaries!

Below is the entire documentary. You can watch it in HD if you have the bandwidth and want to see it in all its glory. Do that by clicking on the YouTube icon near the bottom left corner.

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The Ella Mae Morse Songs That Taught Elvis How to Sing

I just heard the song 40 Cups of Coffee by Ella Mae Morse. While looking it up, I found stories of how Elvis Presley once told her that “she” had taught him how to sing, from her records that he listened to when he was young! That’s quite the compliment to be getting, if you ask me!

If you listen to some of the songs Ella was famous for recording, though, before Elvis came along, you could definitely hear the style and elements of Elvis’ famous recordings. I’ve included a few below, including Cow Cow Boogie and 40 Cups of Coffee. She also did other famous versions of songs like Hurry on Down and Fine Brown Frame (love that song!), but I wasn’t able to find them online to share. So enjoy the two I did fine below and see if you can see how she influenced Elvis!

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