Friday, October 31, 2014

Worst Halloween Crime News: A Telletubbie Break-In

How would you feel if this broke into
your house in the middle of the night?  
In the latest case of Halloween depravity, a Telletubbie broke into a Pennsylvania house, took leftover Chinese food from a refrigerator and dumped it into something called a "man purse."

The Teletubbie is better known as Terez S. Owens, 20, a Lehigh University student from Florida (of course, Florida, where else).

He faces a criminal mischief and disorderly conduct charge, says Lehigh Valley Live. 

The victim of the break in at first declined to press charges, but I imagine there is something disconcerting about a big yellow Teletubbie bursting into your house and dumping Chinese food into your purse or whatever.

Local police reassure us that "Not that many teletubbies get arrested."


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Champlain Valley Sunsets Are Awesome This Time Of Year

This time of year, sunsets in Vermont's Champlain Valley can be awesome.

In the late fall and early winter, the sky is often cloudy, but a sliver of clear skies forms over the lake, or near the western horizon close to the Adirondack Mountains in New York.

The result is that the setting sun will blast the clouds with a last shot of intense light before disappearing.

And you get what you see in these photos that I took Wednesday evening in St. Albans, Vermont.

(Scroll down to see them all)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Homeless Guy Sees Piano On Sidewalk; Plays It: Result: Beauty

Maybe he doesn't look like he belongs in
Symphony Hall, but this guy can sure play the piano.  
There's been a mini-trend, especially in Canada, of arts groups placing old pianos in public places in cities and inviting people to stop and play them.

Such is the case in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where a homeless guy named Ryan stumbled upon one of the pianos in a park and started playing.

An organization called #OpenPianoYeg put the pianos in the streets. Founder David Rauch told the CBC: "I want really great people to play. I want really bad people to play,"

I do like the idea of putting random pianos in public places. I think they can be soothing, given the right circumstances.

Ryan apparently never had piano lessons, he's just able to play.

He also proves that you never know where you'll find talent.

See and hear for yourself:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another Amazing OK Go Video: Fun With Umbrellas This Time

An image from OK Go's latest music video for "I
Won't Let You Down."  
The group OK Go set the standard for innovative, amazing music videos back in 2010 with their Rube Goldberg inspired video for the song "This Too Shall Pass."   

They've since put out other amazing videos, including all kinds of creative uses for things, including cars that make music when driven recklessly in a certain way.  

Frankly, I'm not a huge fan of OK Go's music.

It's OK, which I suppose fits the name of the band. But their viral videos go way beyond OK and becomes truly inspiring. The members of OK Go are THE masters of amazing viral music videos. 

"This Too Shall Pass" has had more than 45 million hits on YouTube, so yeah, they are really, really viral.

I have a particular soft spot for OK Go teaming up with the Muppets for the Muppet theme song, even if the official video keeps having these little pop up messages promoting videos I have no desire to see.

Now they've got a new one, with the song. "I Won't Let You Down."   Interesting use of little scooters, and young Asian women dancing in formation. Especially as viewed from a drone.

The highlight of the video builds up toward the end, with an aerial view of a whole bunch of people opening and closing umbrellas.

It looks like it's computer generated, but it's all great synchronization, in part shot from a drone droning overhead.

Sounds dull, but it's totally not, especially as the video builds toward its ending.  It's pretty awesome.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Over The Top Halloween House Gives Us A Bohemian Rhapsody Scare

Talk about over the top Halloween decor!  
You see a lot more Halloween decorations on and around houses than you used to years ago.

I guess people have really gotten into it.

But nobody can top the owner of a Naperville, Illinois home for Halloween enthusiasm. For the past few years, they've had epic light shows set to music.

This year's is the most spectacular yet.  Trick or treaters are being greeted by a Bohemian Rhapsody holiday scare on a grand scale.

Hat tip to my sister Lynn for alerting me to this. Watch and be afraid. Very afraid. Or at least amused:

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Looking Back At This Year's Vermont Fall Foliage

Near Fairfield, Vermont.  
Fall foliage season is all but kaput in Vermont for the season.

There's still a few splashes of nice color, of course, especially in the warmer valleys and right in the heart of towns, cities and villages, where it tends to be a bit milder.

But stick season is upon us, that time of year before the snow but when the trees are all bare, all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray, and you want to go for a walk on an (almost) winters day. (Thanks, Momas and Papas!)

Near Bakersfield,
It was a great season here in Vermont, though. The foliage lasted a long time, because we didn't have a lot of wind and rain and hard frosts.

There were a a lot of sunny, warm days, and a slightly dry August and September seemed to bring out the reds and deep oranges in the trees when October came around.

As I always do, I'll post a few photos of what I came up with for images from this year's season. I'm fascinated by low evening sunlight, dark clouds and bright foliage, so we went heavy on that this year.

Enjoy! (Scroll down to see 'em all)

St. Albans, Vermont.

Pine needles and leaves floating on water,
 West Rutland Vermont 

You Can't Sweep The Floor When There's A Dog Around

A dog "helping' with an attempted clean sweep.  
Ever try cleaning the house with the "help" of Fido?  

Then I'm sure you can relate to the video, below. You might not get much done, but you will have fun not getting much done.