Help! Annie

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Red1, enters fourth grade and gets word that they’re putting on the musical “Annie Jr.” in the spring. She’s been in the school chorus for a year and is excited to try out. But she’s not interested in Annie’s part. She’s all about the character actors! (Ye-haw! Me, too.)

So we’re putting Annie DVDs in our Netflix cue and looking at the YouTube clips to see which parts she wants to think about. She knows all about Carol Burnett and loved the few scenes we’ve seen already. Bernadette Peters may be a new inspiration for her too.

She rolls her eyes and says that all the girls are going to being singing, “Tomorrow, tomorrow…” and just then, Red2 starts singing, “Yesterday…” And that was it. We began pulling up the list of songs and matching them all together.

An Annie/Beatles mashup. Listening to all of the songs from the musical and the Beatles album, “Help!” is going to be great fun. How do they come together? 🙂 We’ll see. It’s a great project for Google Wave too.

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This week we had the displeasure of hearing that Google is planning to dump Google Wave, but we’ll keep using it until they close their doors. Perhaps, by sharing our projects like this more people will start using this amazing stuff Google pops out. (What if email was invented today?)

Our Wave for working on the project. – If you are interested in participating, comment on this post, but don’t pass up seeing how awesome group work with Google Wave can be.

Testing out embedding this wave below.  This may totally slow your viewing experience down but let’s try it out.

{Waves aren’t that happy on iPads, either.}

It’s sad that the comic strip Little Orphan Annie is closing down, but all good things…

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D23 Expo: Imagineering the Future of Disney Parks Part 6 of 6 (Star Tours 2 portion!!!!)

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SO! Part 6. This is the last of the series. Whew. But did they save the best for last? Well, I don’t know. It is Star Wars so at least they think they did. I have always been a little underwhelmed by Star Tours, but as one of the first cram you a little room that rocks you around ride, it wasn’t bad. And no matter how many times you rode, it was always Pee Wee Herman‘s droid’s first time out. Red1 loved it but Red2 was horrified at the thought of speeding into outerspace. We couldn’t even tempt her with the promise of going all the way to Endor to meet the Ewoks.

The Star Wars weekends video clips are also something riotous to look up at YouTube if you dare. They had a very successfull kareoke competition that must be experienced.

One more surprise awaits.

I lied when I said this series was over. The last post will explain how we got here in the first place and show the results of that journey. Not in search of a mouse, princess or even Spock. (Lame.) We were in search of Harry if you remember…

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Fantasy and Scifi Award

“Oh, wow. An award.”
Mrs. SF Daddy said, “I’ve never gotten any awards.”
I want to thank Alex J. Cavanaugh for spreading this little bit of viral fun onto my blog. I’m a third generation recipient so tracing back the history of this award was quick and fun. I have quite a few new blogs to investigate! Good networking, ladies and gentlemen!

Award Creator: Flutey Words

This Award should be given to any blogs that promote the genres of Fantasy and Science Fiction, whether it be through author interviews, reviews, your own writing, etc. The rules are: you must state 5 of your favorite fantasy/sci fi books and or movies that inspired you.

5 books (or series) that have inspired me and/or the girls (Red1 and Red2)

  1. Star Wars Expanded Universe – I’ve read almost all of the expanded universe. I’m no wookiepedia, but I’m up a bit on Vader’s grandkids.  Kevin J. Anderson and Michael Stackpole seem to be the authors that really stand out. Stackpole is quite busy with other series including the Secret Atlas that I’m starting to enjoy as well.
  2. Voyager series. We started picking up the Star Trek novels from the trift store for 50 cents. Janeway’s first book was incredible. I wrote about it earlier.
  3. Harry Potter series – We don’t have a lot new to say about these books that hasn’t been exhausted elsewhere. Red1 is up to actually reading the 4th book. She’s been listening to the audio books for a long time and had us believing that she was also reading the paper versions. (The tests at school can’t tell the difference, but I explained how it really really DOES matter.)
  4. The Last Dragon – by Silvana De Mar – Red1 has read this one over and over. It’s an all time favorite.
  5. The Fablehaven Series – by Brandon Mull. Red1 was thrilled to be holding the latest installment in hardcover! You could hear the shriek of delight from the next block over.

Fantasy and Sci Fi Blogs:

I’m not following a lot of Science Fiction blogs right now, so went on a hunt. I found StarTrekSpace right away and was instantly impressed enough to share it with you.