Part 2 of The Hobbit movie (or, as I call it, “there and back again and again and again”) hits theaters soon. This Sesame Street ‘Lord of the Rings’ parody starring Cookie Monster as Gobble in ‘Lord of the Crumbs’ is much shorter and probably better. Which one takes more liberties with Tolkein’s source material is debatable.
It’s not clear that this is a Sesame Street thing since it’s from the PBS YouTube channel. There’s also this weird camera angle switching; every time they do it, the clip changes from color to black and white. Not the typical Sesame Street style. That said, it’s a video of Tom Hiddleston discussing the concept of self-control with Cookie Monster, and it’s only two minutes long. You’ve wasted more time than that on videos that are far less worthy. Check it out, right here, right now. You are burdened with glorious purpose.
Reddit is kind of the Amazon.com of user-generated content. There’s a category for almost everything. Including (drum roll) dad jokes.
In the words of Dana Carvey doing Johnny Carson, I did not know that.
Anyway, at the moment there are some rules in place for posting dad jokes.
Starting on the 1st of December and running until the 10th, /r/dadjokes will be self-post only. This 10 day trial is being conducted to measure the overall effect on post quality. We hope to see a reduction in posts that exist purely for karma-gaming, and an increase in posts that represent our favourite dad jokes and stories.
Got that? I think it means the powers that be at Reddit (/r/bosses perhaps?) want people to submit actual jokes/stories about dads rather than links to jokes/stories about dads. I am willing to admit that I could be totally wrong here but I think that’s what is going on.
UPDATE: I read more of the text on the page (I know, crazy, right?) and found this, which offers more of an explanation:
As of this time there are no strict formatting requirements that you must adhere to.
Only self-posts are allowed from Dec. 1 to Dec. 10th
A couple of suggestions to follow:
Leave the punchline out of the title!
Preferred to be a joke your actual father said.
Tag [NSFW] or [NSFL] if ever necessary.
Hit the link below for more details. And if you understand it better than I do, please leave a comment. Or throw money. Either one is fine.
It’s Cyber Monday! Deals deals deals! (Conspicuous consumption, OK, not great, but it’s better than “Black Friday All Week!” which is impossible because it can’t even be FRIDAY all week.) This deal has been out there for awhile but we thought today was a good day to tell you about it.
Here’s the deal. It’s a little sneaky.
But I don’t want CDs, you say. I’m a purely digital guy/gal/haven’t yet made up my mind.
Ah, sayeth I. Ye of little faith. Would we steer you wrong?
What would you say if I told you you could have the CD AND the MP3 version of the album for less than the price of the MP3 version alone?
Yes, ladies, gentlemen, and those who have yet to make up their minds. (That’s a line from Kinky Boots, a great Broadway show. Go see it. Buy the soundtrack. Just be.) Amazon is indeed selling many of your favorite CDs for less than the price of their digital versions, while giving you a digital copy for free.
Here is the current pricing of Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix.
Poke around Amazon’s music store and see what you find. I recently bought a bunch of James Taylor CDs, and I think all but one of them included a free MP3 download for less than the cost of buying the MP3 download alone.
If you don’t want the CD, you can, give it to someone else or use it as a coaster. You’re saving money even if you never crack open the plastic. I look at it this way — I get the high quality audio of a CD and the immediacy and convenience of MP3 for less than the cost of the MP3 alone. Did I mention that? I think I did.
Enjoy. Here’s a link to that Hendrix album to get you started.
This new James Taylor double CD set is a great Chanukah / Thanksgivukkah gift. Or a gift for one of those other holidays. Christmas, I think they call it? It doesn’t get much attention from the media but I think it’s still sort of a big deal to a few people. You know. Like hockey.
Full disclosure: DaddyTips received a review copy of the new double CD, The Essential James Taylor. That said, receiving the press release announcing the new collection caused us to go on a bit of a JT shopping spree. Seriously. We took a picture. Look.
As for the item in question, it happens to be a great collection of JT’s music.
Even if you already own copies of “Never Die Young”, et al, you could do worse than to pop in this well-selected collection of great songs. As for gift giving, get “The Essential James Taylor“ is a perfect fit for anyone on your list. (We’re assuming your list consists of people who like great music.)
Some reviewers on Amazon take issue with the “Essential” title, saying that they would have preferred one song over another. This is one of those dopey arguments that occurs with any collection from any musical artist. I happen to have a soft spot for “New Moon Shine“. Was I bothered by the fact that “Essential” doesn’t include the song The Frozen Man?
Lord have mercy, of course not. (See what I did there? If not, Frozen happens to be a tune that I particularly love; I have fond memories of seeing JT do it live when he was on tour after ”New Moon Shine” came out.
But once you start down that road, the one marked “Why Didn’t They Put (Fill In Song Title Here) On This 2 CD Set?”, you’ve kind of gone off the rails.
Bottom line: After listening to both discs, all I can say is that there isn’t a single bad track. How often can you say that about any collection of music?
Buy The Essential James Taylor at Amazon.com
Edelman had a big week for the Pats this past week, accounting for two of the team’s touchdowns. We should have predicted this because we dropped him in our fantasy football league. (Sorry Mr. Edelman, it’s nothing personal. Or maybe we shouldn’t apologize. Any player we drop in fantasy football tends to be successful on the field immediately after said droppage. Not that we think we control the sports universe or anything. It’s just something we’ve noticed.)
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) November 26, 2013
Moving away from Edelman’s real football success (and our fantasy football failures), here is a tweet from the Patriots’ wide receiver, who spent some time being charitable recently.
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) November 27, 2013
And here are two tweets that Mr. Edelman re-tweeted, including one in which Happy Chanukah wishes are offered.
— Jan (@NEPatsFan_11) November 27, 2013
— Dennis Rose (@dennisrose25) November 26, 2013
There aren’t a ton of Jewish NFL players, not because of a conspiracy or anything, there simply aren’t a lot of Jewish football players in general as far as we know.
Edelman, for what it’s worth, is a player that we’ve always liked. Plays well, plays hard, gets the job done. Here is a video of Edelman returning a punt 94 yards for a touchdown back in 2011.
And here is a video of Edelman blocking, delivering a rather serious hit to an opposing player.
Happy Chanukah from DaddyTips!
DaddyDeals (Chanukah starts tonight but there are eight nights, so you’ve got shopping time if you need it)
The CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission — who says this isn’t the DaddyTips age of explaining acronyms?) has announced a voluntary recall of the product “Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads” in cooperation with the Canadian company Angelcare Monitors Inc.®. We mention this because we think that this recall may be relevant to a wide swath of readers — the product is listed as having been sold as far back as 1999. That’s pre-Y2K, folks.
Make sure that you click through to the CPSC’s web site for the full story and to see if you own one of the Angelcare products being recalled.
We’ll stop being flippant now because the voluntary recall is due to “reports of two infant cord strangulation deaths” received by Angelcare and the CPSC, and two other reports “which did not result in fatalities,” according to a press release.
My kids aren’t babies anymore, but I remember this product. I specifically recall (unintentional pun) using only the baby monitor component and not the sensor pad. That, according to information on the CPSC’s web site, is where the potential problem lies, specifically with the attached cord.
Here is the offered remedy:
“Angelcare is providing consumers with a repair kit that includes rigid protective cord covers through which the sensor pad cords can be threaded, a new, permanent electric cord warning label about the strangulation risk, and revised instructions.”
Specific Angelcare model numbers mentioned are “AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401 AC601 and 49255 that did not include rigid cord covers.”
Remember that we are only reporting this information as it appears on CPSC.gov; we highly recommend clicking this link and reading the full press release yourself.
Here is a gallery of Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitor images from CPSC.gov.