SYTYCD Season 14

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So happy to report that one of my favorite shows, So You Think You Can Dance, has returned for Season 14 better than ever.

Last year they changed formats by allowing very young dancers to compete. While I support the arts and endeavors of younger dancers, this was a successful approach. Honestly, I stopped watching the show entirely.

This year, I reluctantly started watching again. Much to my surprise, they seemed to have breathed new life into the series. The talent is incredible and they have given the All-Stars a more prominent role.

Now, when the aspiring dancers audition, they do so in front of their peers. The energy is different, and it seems the performers are bringing their very best to impress the professionals.

An exampe of this fresh take can be seen in this opener for the “Academy”, replacing the Las Vegas concept, with an academy location.

Take a look below at the exciting outdoor dance.

Bravo SYTYCD! You’re back!!!

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Baby Driver

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Baby Driver, a new film by Edgar Wright, is one of the best films of the year. It tells the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is the getaway driver from bank robbers. It’s also a love story.

The twist on this story is the character’s use of music, which he uses to score the soundtrack of his life. I’ve never seen such creative use of music and sound in a film before. It almost crosses the bridge into being a musical. The songs are integrated into the film, filming choregraphed, and even the dialogue has a specifc cadence.

Also starring Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and John Hamm.

There is so much thought and care that goes into this suprising, action-packed, and moving film.

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Songlist: https://www.amazon.com/Driver-Music-Motion-Picture-Explicit/dp/B071P9SZDT/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499888887&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+driver+soundtrack

http://www.babydriver-movie.com/

Simon’s Cat

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Simon’s Cat is an animated series created by Simon Tofield. It was first seen online in a film titled Cat Man Do, but can now be seen in books, games, and comic strips (according to the website).

The series first caught my attention on Facebook. Being a cat owner I immediately started following the series. Having 3 cats of our own, it’s really funny to see common wild behaviors played out.

It’s clever and kind of awesome how it’s simply drawn, and yet full of heart, and truth, and meows.

 

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https://simonscat.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/simonscat

 

 

The Greatest Showman

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The Greatest Showman is a new film coming out December 25th, 2017 starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya. It is also the next film for the writing team of Pasek & Paul who wrote music and lyrics for La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen.

This film is a new musical telling of the tale of PT Barnum and his creation of the circus, The Greatest Show on Earth! as well as the birth of show business. Sure to be filled with incredible songs and performances.  Take a look at the trailer below.

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Invisibilia

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My sister recently recommended I listen to the podcast called Invisibilia. It is being offered through NPR and is thought provoking. Plus, podcasts have been so beneficial during my commute to and from work.

From the NPR website: Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

After listening to the first podcast it already has my thinking differently.

Take a listen, thanks Shell!

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http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia

 

Hello Fresh

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Hello Fresh is a home delivery service which provides you will all the ingredients and instructions on how to cook the meals.

A coworker shared an order he couldn’t use due to traveling. He gave us the Hello Fresh box, and our excitement began.

Admittedly, we were reluctant to try something like this assuming it was too expensive and complicated.

As it turns out, it’s kind of amazing.

The basics of the meals come sent in one box with instructions. You just need to provide the cookware, basci spices, and the actual cooking.

But we have loved each of the meals. It’s brought variety into our food for the wekk,  and we are looking into the plans which start around $9.99 per meal.

We found the dinners for 2 are actually spreading to 3, and everything has been surprisingly good.

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https://www.hellofresh.com/tasty/