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Someone Has Way Too Much Time On Their Hands.

For some reason this just made us laugh. Someone actually counted the number of missed shots by stormtroopers in the escape sequences from the Death Star in the original Star Wars film, which is Star Wars IV, which is Star Wars “A New Hope.”

We have to admire their tenacity though. We can only imaging huddling over a video screen counting shots, verifying the, “was that one or two?” etc.

Stormtroopers are the intimidating enforcers of the Empire. When Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO came to the Death Star and rescued Princess Leia, these armored soldiers were quickly dispatched to stop their escape. Find out how many times stormtroopers fired blaster shots as the rebels looked to flee the battle station!

Still, watching all of the scenes did remind of all the fun we had watching the original Star Wars in the theater, how good it was, and how it has withstood the test of time.


We normally end our “Christmas Music Extravaganza” the day after Christmas, but we decided to have one more day and after listening, we think you’ll know why.

At the time of the video below, Kaylee Rogers was 10 years old and attending the Killard House School in Donaghadee, County Down in northern Ireland.

According to the school’s website:

Killard House School is a co-educational Controlled School providing for children and young people with additional special educational needs. These include Moderate Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and associated Emotional barriers.

According to several sources, Kaylee has a mild form of autism.

Colin Millar, head teacher at Killard House, said: “For a child who came in P4 and would really talk, couldn’t really read out in class, to stand and perform in front of an audience is amazing.

“It takes a lot of effort on Kaylee’s part.”

The performance here is good not because of any “special needs,” but rather it is great because of Kaylee Rogers. It is difficult to believe how great this child’s voice is. Simply mind blowing.

The lyrics for this version of the song were written by the group Cloverton

(much, much more below the fold.)

Happy New Year!

From everyone here at Raised on Hoecakes, we wish you and yours a happy, safe and blessed new year!

Moonlight. (Clair de Lune)

Sometimes it is just best to sit back, relax, and enjoy serenity.

This visualization attempts to capture the mood of Claude Debussy’s best-known composition, Clair de Lune (moonlight in French). The piece was published in 1905 as the third of four movements in the composer’s Suite Bergamasque, and unlike the other parts of this work, Clair is quiet, contemplative, and slightly melancholy, evoking the feeling of a solitary walk through a moonlit garden.

The visuals were composed like a nature documentary, with clean cuts and a mostly stationary virtual camera. The viewer follows the Sun throughout a lunar day, seeing sunrises and then sunsets over prominent features on the Moon. The sprawling ray system surrounding Copernicus crater, for example, is revealed beneath receding shadows at sunrise and later slips back into darkness as night encroaches.

We Are At A Loss For Words On How To Describe These Things.

Let us introduce you to Strandbeests.

Designed / created / built / envisioned or what ever you want to call it, they are the brainchild of Theo Jansen.

We aren’t sure whether they are proof of a concept or some type of kinetic sculpture or something else, but they do have a certain elegance that is fascinating.

There are no motors (all wind powered) and it is very easy to see them rolling down the sands of Cocoa Beach.


And Now For Something Completely Different.

One of our favorite people to look for on YouTube is the “Crazy Russian Hacker.” (No, he has nothing to do with the hacking (technically the phishing) of the DNC and the GOP.) He’s a guy that tests gadgets for what some people call “life hacks.”

The guy tests everything that is strange and weird out there. Want a different way of dealing with hot dogs? Boom. He’s on it. Want a gadget for helping with corn on the cob? Boom. Hes on that too. Or how about tests on odd kitchen gadgets. Boom.

(As you watch, you’ll understand that “boom” reference.)

The guy has three dogs – two older dogs and a new puppy. They are of two breeds that shed a great deal because the dogs are breed for the winter and actually have two coats of fur. As you can imagine, in the heat of summer, they shed. A lot.

So the Crazy Russian Hacker went out and bought a expensive groomer’s tool for about $500 to test on his dogs. This isn’t a video about the effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of the tool, but rather how much fur the tool blows off the dogs!

(We’ve set the video when the fur starts flying.)

We knew Huskies shed a lot, but we never suspected this. It’s like a snowstorm in August.

Pasco County Firefighters – Bravo Zulu.

In writing a blog like this, we often – perhaps too often – focus on the negative things that happen in government and around the world. In a way, it is depressing because there seems to be so much out there that needs improvement. That’s why sometimes you see a post that has nothing really to do with much of anything other than giving us a break from fighting all the time about stuff.

Which brings us to the Pasco County, FL firefighters and EMT’s.

It all started one sunny day when homeowner Gene Work was laying sod down for his yard. As anyone who has laid sod knows, the work is labor intensive, exhausting, sweaty and dirty. There is also a small time frame to get the sod installed or else it dies on the delivery pallets rendering all of the sod useless and money wasted.

After laying some of the sod, Work wasn’t feeling well and came inside his home. While he rested, he wasn’t getting better and so his wife called 911. Later, it would be discovered that Work was having a massive heart attack. Pasco County firefighters and EMT’s showed up and took care of Work, rushing him to the hospital where he would later under go heart surgery.

On the way to the hospital, Work kept talking about the sod. He was worried that it would die. He was worried that his Home Owners Association would fine him for not having a yard and leaving the yard a mess.

In and out of consciousness, Melissa Work said her husband continued to worry about the grass. He had pawned his favorite gun to purchase the sod and if it wasn’t put down that day, it would all die.

“While he was having his heart attack, literally in and out of consciousness, he kept begging me to figure out the sod and have it put down because he didn’t want it to go to waste and die,” the wife wrote on Facebook. “I calmed him and kept saying ‘Jesus will help us. It’s OK. Jesus will figure this out babe.’”

They didn’t want to get hit with the HOA fines, and 30-year-old Melissa Work — who needs a bone marrow transplant — had scheduled the painful and expensive procedure for next month. But she continued to reassure him that they would be all right, that it all would work out in the end.

Here’s where the story gets good….really good:

Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill Best Quality In HD.

One of the first professional, live play we ever saw was a production of “Godspell.” While the movie was worse than terrible, we liked the play / musical and were fascinated with the production we saw because it was done in the round. The technical challenges and artistic challenges of having to do a production written and designed for a regular stage transformed into having audience members on all sides is a sight to behold.

We have loved productions that are done in the round ever since.

We are not a fan of Peter Gabriel, but we always like the song “Solsbury Hill” and to see this video of it being performed in the round is amazing to watch.

One has to appreciate the technology of all of the wireless mics and instruments being incorporated with wired instruments and yet still sounding so good. The closeness and interaction with the audience is fascinating to watch. Then you add into the mix that the outer “ring” of the stage actually rotates, you have something special.

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