School’s out Friday

It’s been a big week for reliving the past.

Back to the Future day

 The Independent

If you missed pretty much every form of media celebrating Back to the Future day on October 21st, then relive a bit of the magic here with this more than impressive effort from Toyota. Bringing together Doc and Marty (Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox) and revisiting location scenes from the movies is a bit of a stroke of genius to promote their new vehicle.  The car uses hydrogen fuel cell technology and you can learn more about it by following this link.

I don’t know about you, but I remain disappointed that we all aren’t powering ourselves to the local shops on our hoverboards as promised in the original 1989 movie. Back then, it all seemed possible. The fact that our phones are talking to us and Google can send us an ad about the coffee shop we’re walking past in a country we’ve never visited before demonstrates that we’ve come a long way, but the hoverboard in the true Back to the Future sense remains elusive. Seth Sentry sums up the disappoint of many with his song, Dear Science. *warning – swear words within. If it wasn’t for the profanity, this would be a great starter for a science lesson.

And for those of you who were transfixed in a movie theatre in 1977 when a Star Cruiser emerged across the screen in the opening scene of the original Star Wars, then settle back and watch the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Posted to YouTube four days ago, it’s already clocked up 40,014,984 views.  George Lucas must be rubbing his hands with glee.

Have a great weekend. Fire up a classic film. Relive the past. 🙂


School’s out Friday

Here’s one of the commercials that was aired for the first time during the Super Bowl in America. It’s the new Volkswagon commercial, ‘The Dog Strikes Back‘, and it pays homage to the Darth Vadar commercial they aired last year. Take another look at that one (makes me laugh every time I see that kid jolt at the end!) and see if you think the new commercial holds its own against the newbie.

Now watch this. Your appreciation for ‘The Dog Strikes Back‘, will be heightened, when you see the effort that went into it’s creation. Bolt (the dog) is one truly impressive canine, and I was pleased to see it was his Australian Shepard heritage that was attributed to his impressive intelligence. 😉 And how about the recreation of the Star Wars Cantina! Just how much money is committed to television commercials these days?

My appreciation for my soft pillow is what I’m looking forward to after a hectic working week. I’m off to a work colleague’s party tomorrow night and have to adhere to the 60’s clothing theme she’s prescribed. A visit to Savers tonight found me the unflattering attire I’ll adorn for the occasion, but I’m betting it’s going to be a lot of fun. I hope your weekend finds you having fun too, somewhere along the line.

Enjoy. : )

Thank God it’s Saturday

OK, a departure from the norm. It’s the sign of a busy week when I don’t get a School’s out Friday post up. I just could not keep my eyes open last night, and now I’m feeling bad. So, for those of you with nothing to do on a Saturday night, here, for your viewing pleasure, is ‘Star Wars Uncut‘. All 2 hours and three minutes of it on YouTube. Casey Pugh was the mastermind behind this project, where members of the public were invited to create 15 seconds of footage fron Star Wars episode IV (you know, the good one, none of that episode I – III rubbish) all of which was then then edited to recreate the original film. It’s a celebration of creativity!

Enjoy the weekend. It’s 10.23pm here on Saturday night, and my eyes are closing again. Best get myself the sleep I need so I can face another busy week ahead. : )


School’s out Friday

I love this! Love it, I tell you.

OK, if you’re an American, you probably have seen it already as it was one of those ads played in prime viewing time during your Superbowl. Somehow, it missed my radar until last night when my son showed it to me and suggested it should go on my blog. I’ve been laughing ever since. Maybe I just have one of those quirky sense of humours. That, and the fact that I have a soft spot for anything that evokes my memories of that epic experience of seeing Star Wars when I was thirteen. I’ve said it here before, but that image of the Star Cruiser panning across the screen surpassed any cinematic experience I’d had up to that point in my life. It made Jaws look amatuerish. And that was saying something in 1977.

To make the experience even better, here’s the out-takes and bloopers of the Volkswagon ad. More mirth and merriment!

And for those of you with a sense of black humour, take a look at this parody that inserts a Toyota in place of a Volkswagon.

It’s school holidays here in Victoria, and I’ve just spent an idyllic day at the Melbourne Zoo with my children and my Mother. Days like that make me wish I was always on holidays. I hope you have had a wonderful week, and that there is something special awaiting you this weekend

Enjoy. : )

School’s out Friday

Here’s improveverywhere’s latest mission, a reenactment of the first Princess Leia / Darth Vader scene from Star Wars on a New York City subway car. I have written before of my love of the original Star Wars trilogy and I really enjoyed watching the amused faces looking on as this played out.

On a completely different note, the Gruen Nation took my eye once again this week with this ad that was created by Republic of Everyone to support the Greens campaign. It’s a great ad with a very simple human message being transferred. The Greens liked it so much they asked to use it, but the ABC couldn’t let them do that. Undeterred, the Greens have posted it on their site with this message;

But Greens supporters are “glass half full” kind of people – and just because we can’t show it to people on TV doesn’t mean that, with your help, we can’t show it to the same number of people online.

You can help by posting this video to your personal Facebook page or share it on Twitter using the buttons below (don’t forget to use the #gruennation and #ausvotes hashtags).

Take a look at the ad and see what you think of it.

Hope your weekend is full of fun, laughter and happiness. Enjoy it. : )

School’s out Friday

Twelve million people or so have viewed this on YouTube, so I’m probably showing you something that you’ve already seen. I am part of the rest of the worlds’ population who has not seen this 3 year old explain the finer points of the plot of Star Wars until today. I’m pleased to let you know that I enjoyed every second of it!

There is something so endearing about young children and their attempts to describe their experiences. I remember very well my son when he was 3 yrs old. He  would act out the opening scene of Toy Story 2 in our loungeroom, commando rolls and all,  while it was playing on our TV set. I only wish that I had captured it on video for posterity’s sake. I would have been able to embed it here for you all to enjoy.

This weekend I intend to familiarise myself with Google Wave. I got an invite on Wednesday but haven’t had a lot of time to fiddle due to Speech Night commitments at school. Now that it’s over, I can dedicate a bit of time to learning the finer points of this new approach to communication. I’ll write a post letting you know my thoughts once I feel more adept.

Weather looks to be sunny here in Melbourne for the weekend so hopefully I’ll get a nice injection of Vitamin D. Hope you have a good one!

School’s out Friday

I loved Star Wars when I was a kid. I will never forget being 13, sitting in a cinema and seeing that Star Cruiser pan across the screen. It was truly an amazing special effect at the time. I was hooked and returned to the cinema on a further two occasions to take my fill of Luke Skywalker‘s story. Part of the special experience that was Star Wars was John William’s soundtrack. I even purchased the album. I lived Star Wars for a period of my early adolescence!

That’s why I love this a capella effort. It’s a tribute to Star Wars and to John Williams. Another thing I enjoyed growing up in this era were the musical soundtracks John Williams created for classic films like ‘Jaws’, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind‘ and ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark‘. They all feature here. Clever lad who created this. I think he may have breached copyright somewhere because his original upload to YouTube is no longer available for viewing. I had to revert to someone else’s upload of his work.  I found it after someone put out a tweet about it on Twitter earlier this week. Sorry, I can’t remember who it was to give them credit.   

I face a weekend full of correction and report writing. Lucky me. Hope you are doing something great. I’ll be thinking of you!   

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