Posts tagged ‘Things that are awesome’

September 25, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Is Back!

Guess who’s back, back again.  Klar is back, tell a friend.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, bros and hoes, it is I, your purveyor of excellent music, back with another jam to kick-off an epic weekend.

Deciding what song to play this week was rather difficult.  Mac Miller has a new album that is quite good.  Brandon Flowers (of The Killers fame) released his second solo album earlier this year that I never got around to posting.  However, this spot has always been a “fly by the seat of my pants” area, and I usually just post whatever song I was jamming to that day.

This week is no different.  And while you should 100% listen to the above mentioned albums, this week’s jam is coming to you from Johnny Cooper.  Cooper combines the two excellent genres of red dirt country and alt-country, and does a brilliant job of it as you can hear from “Can’t Hold Onto You”, off his 2009 album Follow.

 

January 17, 2015

Blue maxi dress and further adventures in sewing

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In anticipation of summer, I made myself a blue cowl neck maxi dress.  It looks (almost) as good as the one above, and fits much better than the one above would.    As a tall person (6 feet), I struggle to find maxi dresses that are long enough.  I ordered a few from Alloy last year, and they were just long enough, but not great quality.

The sewing process

For this one, I followed Meesha’s directions on YouTube, and just didn’t add on sleeves.  For the cowl neck, I traced the front of a cowl neck shirt I had.  The cowl neck actually was an advantage for me as a beginner – because it hangs down inside, you can’t see my uneven stitching at the neckline.

My first shot at making the dress was not successful – it was too big.  I ended up trying it on, pinning it as I did this shirt, and it ended up fitting perfectly along my torso. I may take in the bottom portion a little more later, but I like how it fits right now.

The result was a dress that was ten inches too long.  (As a tall person, this made me very happy.)  Before I hemmed it, though, I threw it in the washer/dryer.  While this didn’t affect the fit of the top, it ended up being five inches shorter than it had been before.  I was very glad I did this before hemming.

I decided to hem it so I could wear it with five inch heels, and I can always take it up more if I want.

Where to buy a blue maxi dress

If you’re not up for sewing or happen to be one of those lucky people who fit into clothes, here are a few options.

If you’re looking for something laid back, this dress from Revolve Clothing is affordable, and this Tommy Bahama dress looks very easy to wear.  Victoria’s Secret also has some good basic maxi dresses, but they have a pretty limited selection right now.  This black dress from Old Navy comes in tall and petite, which is nice.

If you’re going for a formal look, this one is divine for a formal occasion, as is this from the Outnet.

And finally, if you’re going for long-sleeved, this Rachel Zoe dress is fantastic.

January 16, 2015

Your Friday Jam: THE KING

This week’s Friday Jam is a combination music post and UFC post.  My favorite MMA fighter, The Notorious Conor McGregor, is fighting this Sunday night in Boston (and on Fox Sports 1), and a win for him solidifies a title shot.  The last time the Irishman fought in Boston he was on the under-card, yet the UFC still dimmed the arena lights and blared his song for his walk-out.  What was his song?  Well, it started with one of the most epic of Irish ballads, the Foggy Dew with Senad O’Connor and The Chieftains:

And then turned into the most fitting song for the location, Shipping Up to Boston by The Dropkick Murphy’s:

So enjoy the fight this Sunday – you will see one of the most talented strikers currently walking the face of the earth, the King, the Notorious, Conor McGregor.

January 9, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Waiting on the Maker

For anyone who has listened to even a handful of my Friday Jams (or simply taken a peek at my iTunes library), you know that I am a huge fan of The Departed, as well as their previous incarnation, Cross Canadian Ragweed.  With their latest album HippieLovePunk releasing next week on Tuesday, January 13th – this week’s jam just HAD to come from the upcoming album.  However, I had already posted all of the pre-released tracks here already, and we ain’t about reruns here.  Then, as if by Divine providence, The Departed released another track just a few days ago.

Maker is a tribute to a member of The Departed’s road crew, Lovey, who believe it or not, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting before at previous shows with The Departed.  Lovey owns the distinction of being the world’s oldest roadie (it’s not like anyone fact checks these things), and the song perfectly encapsulates his laid back attitude.  And when the keys come in towards the end of the song… dear Lord.

Click on the image below to check out Maker.  Also, pre-order the new album here (they have several different packages available).

January 2, 2015

UFC 182 Preview: Main Event

Instead of a Friday Jam today you’re getting a preview for the much anticipated grudge match occurring tomorrow night at 10PM Eastern on Pay-Per-View – the UFC battle for the Light Heavyweight crown between Champion Jon “Bones” Jones and the unbeaten challenger Daniel Cormier.

Not only has the bad blood between these two been boiling for the past year – they infamously went to blows at a press event back in August – but every way that you look at this fight it is awesome.  These are two of the best fighters, not only in their weight class, but in the sport as a whole, and both are currently at the top of their game.  On one side you have Jones, the long and rangy unorthodox striker with incredible wrestling skills, and on the other side you have Cormier, short but very strong and possibly the best wrestler in the UFC.  Because of Jones’s height and length, his opponent’s kicking distance is usually his own boxing distance, and the the vast height disparity on display tomorrow night will only be accentuated, causing Cormier to eat a fair number of shots as he tries to touch Jones.  However, because of Cormier’s skill set, he should be able to get inside of Jones’s reach and possibly even take Jones to the ground to deal out his own share of punishment.

Look for the  first two or three rounds to feature a heavily entertaining back-and-forth battle with neither fighter clearly pulling away.  Once the championship rounds arrive, however, Jones will most likely start to dictate the fight using his experience and superior cardio to wear down his older opponent, stuffing Cormier’s take-down attempts and landing strikes from range en route to a decision win.

Is it OK to have a Fight of the Year candidate on the first weekend of the year?  You bet, and this will it.

December 30, 2014

UFC 182 Preview: Co-Main Event

It’s finally here.  The New Year’s weekend UFC event is historically one of the biggest of the year, and 2015 is no different with UFC 182 featuring an epic grudge match pitting Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones against undefeated Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier in the cards headliner.

However, before we get to the main event, we cannot overlook the co-main event.  While it is not quite the headline grabber that the Bones vs. DC fight is, the top-10 lightweight scrap between acclaimed action fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and unbeaten uber-prospect Myles “Fury” Jury is must-watch television.  Cerrone is riding a five fight winning streak over top UFC lightweights, with all but the last one ending in finishes.  Jury, on the other hand, is riding a fifteen fight winning streak (his entire professional career) with the last six coming in the UFC.

Donald Cerrone has been around the block several times without ever fighting for the belt, always faltering when the belt seems to be within his grasp.  However, the Cowboy that has climbed into the octagon the last five times has seemed more focused than any Cowboy before.  He has always been incredibly talented in every aspect of the fight, but he now seems to be focusing on each individual fight rather than just treating them as another adrenaline fueled excursion.  If he can string together another two victories, he should get a title shot.

Myles Jury, a youngster at 26 years old, owns twelve finishes in his fifteen fight career and is likewise known as an entertaining action fighter.  While the majority of Jury’s fights have been against competition that you would be hard pressed to identify, in 2014 he dismantled both Diego Sanchez and Takanori Gomi in back-to-back fights.  Both Sanchez and Gomi are brawling, “bite down on your mouthpeice” fighters, and Jury simply picked them both apart while remaining offensive for essentially the entirety of the fights.  He is without a doubt one of the most exciting up-and-comers in the lightweight division.

As far as this fight is concerned, fireworks should be expected.  Both fighters are very active and look for the finish, while at the same time remaining very technical.  Both fighters have similar styles, using their length and movement to dictate the pace of the fight and taking down their opponent if necessary, as both men as comfortable on their feet as they are on their floor.  However, Cerrone has been fighting (and winning) against top-level competition for a long, long time, and this fight will prove to be too much too soon for Jury, no matter how talented he is.  If this fight were happening a year or two from now, Jury might well be the favorite, but because it is happening in January 2015, look for Cerrone to dictate the fight and keep Jury in front have him as he peppers with shots him for for a very entertaining, back-and-forth decision.  However, no matter which fighter has his hand raised at the end of the night, the fans will definitely be winners with this brilliant piece of matchmaking.

I will back in a couple of days with a preview of the main event between the champ Jon Jones and his challenger Daniel Cormier.  In the meantime, if you are so inclined, enjoy this amazing video by the UFC chronicling the rivalry between the two fighters.

December 28, 2014

Adventures in tailoring

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After some adventures in learning to sew, I decided to work on some already-made garments.  It seems like most clothes are made for women with no waists, so after purchasing a $12 blue v-neck sweater from the Limited today, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Step 1: I tried on the sweater and found the narrowest part of my waist.  I decided to take in the sweater 1.5 inches on each side.

Step 2: I measured the distance from the bottom of the sweater to the narrowest part of my waist.

Step 3: I took the sweater off and laid it flat.  I put a safety pin at the narrowest part of my waist using the two measurements I had just taken.  (I used safety pins because I don’t necessarily trust myself with the real thing.) 

Step 4: I put safety pins along where I thought I’d like to sew the rest of the sides.

Step 5: I tried it on with the safety pins on to make sure I did it right.

Step 6: I put some blue thread in my Brother sewing machine and sewed up the sides.

And done! Very glad I got a sewing machine.

December 19, 2014

Your Friday Jam: Conceal, Don’t Feel

No words are necessary for this post.  Just remember, let it go.

And Merry Christmas y’all!

November 21, 2014

Your Friday Jam: Ooga Chacka

Before you start complaining, I know this movie came out months ago (and the music decades ago), but the soundtrack just fit the film so perfectly  that I’ve been listening to it at least once a week pretty much since the move was released.    Besides, who doesn’t love some feel good jams set to a feel-good movie?  What are you, a Communist?  Or just a bunch of a-holes?

Guardians of the Galaxy will be out out on Blu-ray (and DVD for you Neanderthals) on December 9, so practice those dance moves in case you need to save the galaxy.

Ooga chacka, ooga ooga, ooga chacka…

November 14, 2014

Your Friday Jam: Hozier

This weekend’s jam comes from Andrew Hozier-Byrne, a young musician born and raised in County Wicklow, Ireland.  You’re probably seen the Beats by Dre commercial with LeBron James featuring the lead single off of his first album Hozier (which also happened to be the lead single off of his first EP Take Me To Church in 2013).  Thankfully Beats chose this young man to be the sound of their latest campaign – if they hadn’t many people would have never discovered his music.

Today, however, you’re getting my personal favorite track off of Hozier’s debut album, It Will Come Back.  The bluesy-rock sound reverberating from this song, and honestly the whole album, is hauntingly beautiful.  Hozier seems to hearken back to the great American singer song writers of the 20th century and seems to encapsulate the sound of Americana.  Such natural talent is truly a breath of fresh air during this time of over-processed popular “music”.