Archive for November, 2009

Anna Kendrick from Twilight Is More than Meets the Eye


OK, I admit it. I’m not a huge Twilight fan, I’m not caught up in the huge “New Moon” craze. I could care less. My vampire affinities lie with True Blood. My only interest in the series is that I think it’s great that Anna Kendrick is finally getting her due – or, at least, some recognizability.

She’s fantastic. I first became aware of her in the AWESOME “Camp” – I know it’s esoteric, but I’m in it’s target audience – and that movie just thrills my little theater geek heart to no end! And, in a movie filled with awesome renditions of musical theater classics, Anna absolutely steals the show with her mid-song replacement in Ladies Who Lunch from Company.

But it’s no wonder – Anna, at 12, become the third youngest person ever nominated for a Tony Award for her work in High Society, playing Dinah. The role actually won her the Theatre World Award and the Drama Desk Award.

Take a look at these two videos of Anna stealing the show – the first is of her seminal scene in Camp, the one I referred to above, and the second is of her performing Life Upon the Wicked Stage from Showboat, backed up by the Kit Katt Girls from Cabaret from 1999’s Broadway: The Leading Ladies show.

Heather Armstrong of Looking for Holiday Guide Submissions


OK, this is a call out to all my artistic readers, and there are more than a few.

Heather Armstrong of (the internet’s most popular personal blog) is looking for submissions from independent artists for her Holiday gift guides. These will get incredible exposure from motivated buyers. If you are a craftsperson who makes something that would fit, please don’t hesitate – SUBMIT! 🙂

Here is the relevant text from the original post:

I am in the process of putting together a holiday gift guide, one for women like myself, one for geeky husbands, one for infants, and one for five-year-old girls who think life is totally unfair. Maybe just some coal for her.

I’m looking for handmade goods, products from small businesses, and would love to see unique things from independent artists. If you’ve seen my style section and think I’d like what you have to offer, please send me a link to your stuff at style at dooce dot com. Note, I do not accept compensation for featuring products on this website, I truly just want to introduce my audience to things I like and think they would enjoy as well.

Please don’t send me naked pictures of yourself, I don’t have any more room in that file.

And you can read the entire thing here –

Good luck to you!

Bank Deposit from Your iPhone


This is enough to make me not only want to have an iPhone, but also bank with this bank! LOL

I frickin hate going to banks, post office…errands of any kind bore me to tears.

Anything I can do from the internet (or even better, my phone!) is a step in the right direction in my book!

Soldier Reunited With Dog – The Clip that Was Shown on the Today Show


OK, so I wish I had seen this by veteran’s day, it would have been such a sweet post.

Take a look at this clip of Capt. Andrew Schmidt (AKA – Andy) being welcomed home from Kandahar in September of 2005 by his Golden Retriever dog Gracie. It will probably make you cry. I mean, not like, SOB – but tear up, you know?

It’s also an interesting commentary on how a video can sometimes go viral in a way that’s not totally organic, but rather involves the mainstream media.

I’m posting Capt. Schmidt’s commentary about the rising popularity of the video right below the actual video, because he didn’t feel like he got to say all that he wanted to on TV – so I want to make sure people that see the video here have the opportunity to know what he thinks!

I’m uploading this for family. This was the day I came back from Kandahar in Sept. 2005. Life has changed since then. But Gracie is still a good dog.

UPDATE: (11-13-2009) – This is crazy. I posted this years ago along with three other clips of wife in Haiti for my parents to see. They still have like 400 hits a piece.
This clip had like 30,000 hits two days ago. I’m not quite sure where this attention is all coming from.
Oh, and it was filmed by my wife Jen in our front yard in Springfield, VA.. Gracie is six now. She’s asleep at my feet as I’m typing this.
Take care, all – A.S.

UPDATE (11-14-2009). O-kaaaaay. This is getting crazy. They ran this on the Today Show today. I’m not a public person … this is getting a little intimidating.
I’m glad that this clip of Gracie has made so many people happy. If it makes you smile, it’s a good thing. But please remember the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan right now. My buddy Steve Taylor who is in Iraq wrote me to say that it bummed him out, because it reminded him of how much he missed his dog …

FINAL UPDATE (11-15-2009) Again, thanks for everyone’s kind words. Yes, we did a short (2-min) spot in the Today Show this morning. They were nice, but I didn’t get to say what I wanted to say about my friends deployed or the many Guardsmen overseas right now. But it went well (do a Google for Capt. Andrew Schmidt to see it).
We were contacted by another news outlet, but we declined. We’re 17 minutes into our 15 minutes of fame. We’re private people, and these things can get out of hand. For one, I am a staff officer in the Air Guard (even though I am past enlisted) … there are tens of thousands of combat arms soldiers and Marines on their third+ 12 month deployment down range; I’m only gearing up for my second. I don’t want to be made a symbol for something that I don’t deserve to be. You have to be careful, because you have no control when you go on TV unless you are very, very savvy (I am not). Or you get crazy and end up building a UFO weather balloon in your back yard.

Take care. This was a fun week, but it’s over now. I have to go change a diaper, then walk Gracie.

Andy and family.

YouTube Partner Account Offer for Acousticvids!


So, this is good news. 😀 YouTube made an offer to the acousticvids YouTube account to become a YouTube partner. Which is really cool!

Of course, I can’t take them up on it, sadly. The videos are all of artists performing their work, so I can’t make money on that. But still, it’s such a great validation of all my hard work over these last three years of taping, promoting, interviewing, web building…phew! I’m making myself tired just remembering what I’ve done. 😀

It made me feel so good!

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