Thursday, August 6, 2009

Flavor of the Week! (August 5, 2009)

Welcome to the first Flavor of August! Since summer is winding down, I thought I would share some of my summer activities. I know that you may think I'm stupid for not doing this at the beginning of the summer, but you pretty much know that I'm not the smartest person anyway. That's why you tune in every week! Enjoy!


Weekly Website Flavor:

I know. I know. Most of you reading this know what Hulu is, but as I have found out, many people don't know exactly what you can do with it. Hulu is a website that shows TV shows online for free. It like a bigger version of NBC or ABC's video collection, and unlike Youtube, it features television shows legally. It even shows some movies for free (ranging from Primal Fear to the Pebble and the Penguin). Wanna see some of Season 1 of House or maybe even watch some 90's sitcoms? They're all here and all free and easy to watch. By the way, Newsradio (which is on Hulu) is in my opinion the best sitcom of the 90's - second only to Seinfeld. Yes, it was 10x funnier than Friends.

Don't believe me? Try it out here.

And to go to the Hulu homepage, click

Weekly VidPic Flavor:
Watermelon Carving

I saw some of these things on one of my friend's blogs but can't remember who it was. (If it was you, let me know and I'll give you the credit). I had no idea that people did this. Its like carving a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern but with a watermelon. Also, the finished products usually come out as works of art rather than grotesque images of faces and ogres and such. Enjoy some of the images below but to really have some fun do some Googling.


Weekly Off-line Flavor:

This past week I got to do something with Lindsey that I had not done in a long time... fishing in a pond. What a great way to spend an afternoon! We fished at one of her cousin's house. They had a little pond out back and we drove up to Jefferson to enjoy some relaxing times. We caught a few. We got our feet eaten up by ants. Later, we saw one of my fish get eaten by ants. Quite sad. Lindsey is the best fishing partner in the world. I look forward to doing it with her again. Even if we never catch another fish, I can't wait to go out by the lake and spend some time together. Love her. Always.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Flavor of the Week (July 29, 2009)

Welcome to the 3rd Flavor of the Week! Incidentally, this is the last Wednesday in July which means starting next week I will have a new banner and new flavor selection pics. Enjoy ice cream for the last time. Enjoy your last July Flavors!


Weekly Website Flavor:

My brother showed me this one. This website is a very simple idea. Basically it gives you a categorical list and asks you to fill it in. These lists could be anything from "What are the top grossing movies of 2008?" to "Name all the current colors of crayola crayons." to "Name the countries with the biggest pig population." (China is number one, by the way) The website adds at least four or five trivial lists every day. You can even see how you match up with other people who have taken the quiz. See if you're smarter than the general public.



Weekly VidPic Flavor:
Playing For Change (Stand by Me)

Very neat video. From what I can tell, a group of people traveled around the world collecting video footage and music from people for nearly 5 years. They released a documentary about it last year called "Playing for Change" which has a double meaning since its a documentary that shows people playing music on the street and a video advocating for peace. This particular segment is collection of people from many different countries singing one of my favorite songs "Stand by Me." I encourage you to watch the whole thing. Its only about 5 minutes and check out other videos from this guy's channel.

Watch Playing For Change (Stand By Me)


Weekly Off-line Flavor:
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Proceed with caution. This is a rough read. It is a thriller in the truest since. There were times when I was reading it and had to put the book down because of what the author wrote. The story is about a reporter who returns to her home town in order to cover the murder of two pre-teen girls. As you read, you discover the very dark and violent history of her small town past. The book (despite the grotesque scenes) kept me coming back because after the murder scenes, I had to know who would do such a thing to these girls. You end up caring for people even though they are indeed fictional characters. Do not read it if you do not feel like you could handle it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Flavor of the Week (July 22, 2009)

Welcome to the second weekly event known as Bill's Flavors of the Week! Got some good stuff your you this week. From religious building blocks to the basic building blocks of the food pyramid. Scroll down and get you some flavor!

Weekly Website Flavor:
The Brick Testament

Working in the Religious Studies Department at school provides many stories - some amazing, some funny, and some just plain weird (such as the lady who called us to investigate an image she found in her potato chip). Thus, one day we were sent this little gem. Some guy apparently one day decided to portray the majority of the Bible through Lego blocks. Its all in good fun (I think) but some of it can be a little offensive. Check out the story of Adam and Eve or the book of Revelation. Its a great way to laugh. I wouldn't look for spiritual lessons however - just some fun.

Click here to see
The Brick Testament


Weekly VidPic Flavor:
Local Television Commercial

Sometimes I watch TV and think, "Who makes these and says 'Yeah thats a good ad." I've collected a few of my favorites for you to enjoy. I hope they didnt pay much for these. I'm pretty sure my 10 year old cousin could have made better ones. Enjoy.



Weekly Off-Line Flavor:
Pasta Roni

This stuff is my favorite. They are delicious and are pretty much all I have eaten in the past few years. Filling. Cheap (10 for $10). Very good tasting. I always keep like six in my pantry at a time. If you've never had one, I strongly recommend the Shells and White Cheddar, the Garlic and Olive Oil, or the Fettuccine Alfredo. Keep them in your dorm or apartment. I think they are technically supposed to be side dishes, but make a quick, delicious meal. You are missing out.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I just saw that Cartoon Network has announced that later this year they will be releasing a new Scooby-Doo series. As someone who watched Scooby when I was little, I decided to do a little research on the matter. What I found was that there have been 17 completely separate Scooby-Doo series (including this new one) between 1969 and 2009. Also, there have been 20 animated movies, 3 live action movies (one coming out this year to promote the new series and explain how everyone met), 12 video games (not including the ones online or the board games), and two plays written for the stage and performed on world tours.

As corny as the show is and despite the fact that most episodes that I remember only had one suspect with the same motive as every villian in the history of the show (Like! Zoinks! Mr. Jones was dressing as the Miner Forty-Niner to scare the townspeople away from the oil he found in the gold mine!), I really cant knock it. Its really impressive to have a show survive 40 years and still captivate audiences. I tried to find out how much the franchise has grossed but could not find a definite figure. Im sure its made some people a very comfortable life. I have compiled a list below of the series and spin-offs and the years that they ran. I'm sure we've all seen at least one episode from most of these series growing up.

  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969-1970) [The Original]
  • The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972-1973) [These are the episodes with the Harlem Globe Trotters, Don Knotts, etc]
  • The Scooby-Doo Show (1976-1978)
  • The Scooby-Doo/Dynamutt Hour (1976)
  • The Scooby-Doo/Dynamutt Show (1976-1977)
  • Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics (1977-1978)
  • Scooby's All-Stars (1978-1979)
  • Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo (1979-1982)
  • The Richie Rich/Scooby Doo Show (1980-1982)
  • The Scooby Doo/Scrappy Doo/Puppy Hour (1982-1983)
  • The All-New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show (1983-1984)
  • The New Scooby Doo Mysteries (1984-1985)
  • The 13 Ghost of Scooby Doo (1985) [This was the one where the gang hunted ghost rather than solve mysteries. It stared Vincent Price who did the talking part at the end of Michael Jackson's song "Thriller"]
  • A Pup Named Scooby Doo (1988-1991) [Stared the gang as children]
  • Whats New, Scooby Doo? (2002-2006) [Theme song sung by Simple Plan]
  • Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! (2006-2008)
  • Scooby-Doo - Mystery, Inc. (2009-)
Dont forget that this list is only the TV series and not the movies, games, plays, etc.

To be honest, I wanted to write this blog in order to talk about how ridiculous it was to be re-releasing such a corny show, but after looking at all this, I can't come to any other conclusion besides that these people know what they're doing. I'm sure tons of money will be made off of this new installment. Besides, from what I can tell, this new one seems to be much darker (demon possession, poltergeists, the fact that the people do not want the mysteries to be solved).

Pretty impressive from a mystery show with only one suspect per episode.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Flavor of the Week (July 15, 2009)

Welcome to the first ever Flavor of the Week! If you were up last night, you read that I was premiering this little gem today. You may ask, "Bill what wonderful flavors do you have for me today?" My response - "Scroll down and see."

Leave me some feedback. And enjoy!


Weekly Website Flavor:

Broken Picture Telephone

I found this website maybe 3 weeks ago. I think its great. Its a simple concept whose motto is "The Game of Miscommunication". Remember playing Telephone when you were little? Picture playing that same game except with post-it notes and drawings. What happens is that you are given either a prompt or a drawing and depending on whichever you are given, you either draw the prompt or describe the drawing in words. After a day or so you will receive an email saying your session is complete. Hilarity will ensue due to the fact that NO ONE can draw on the computer. My favorite game that I participated in started off with the prompt "A musical scale" and ended with a drawing describes as "Vampire ice cube kills third victim." Check it out. Its a good time waster.

Click here to enjoy Broken Picture Telephone


Weekly VidPic Flavor:

World Beard and Mustache Competition

Here are results of the recent world Bear
d and Mustache Competition. Sadly, the man who made his facial hair into a suspension bridge did not win this year. The last two pictures are second and first place finishers respectively.


Weekly All Natural Flavor:

Water For Elephants by Sarah Gruen

Read this book. Now. So far this summer I've read five books and this is the one that constantly jumps into my mind. Its about a veterinarian who joins a failing circus by accident. It gets complicated as you dive deeper into the lies and backstories of truly distinct and life-like characters. As I read it, I laughed, I was enraged, I was shocked. This book is one of the best stories I have read in years. Its one of those you read and then want to tell people about it. I strongly recommend this to everyone. There are a few scenes that are a little hard to swallow though, so don't say I didn't warn you.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Big Announcement...

So earlier today I alluded to an announcement about a feature that I will be adding to my blog. Starting tomorrow (at some point - could be morning, could be late at night) I will be posting a weekly thing I like to call "Flavor of the Week" every Wednesday.

What this will allow you - as a reader - to do is to see just what I do when I have some down time. My goal is to post 3 things every week:
  1. A website that I frequent and want everyone else to enjoy.
  2. Something consisting of pictures/video/etc
  3. A real-life feature (book, movie, something else not online)
I hope you all enjoy this. These are things that I love and hope you will too. I'm happy to accept recommendations for sites since I may run out of them.

By the way, for a definition on the term "Flavor of the Week" you can see it here.

Been A While...

My deepest apologies.

It has been over a month since I've posted in this thing. I refuse to let Anne Crane of having the satisfaction of saying "I told you so" since she told me that I'll probably give up on this thing after a while. :-p

Anyway this summer has been a good one. I've taken up my former post at Sweet Mamas. Working there 4-5 nights a week which is good. I only work the cash register and give out cake. I'm also allowed to eat whatever I want as long as I'm on the clock. There are some stories. Perhaps I'll post some later this summer or tell you about them in person.

Since I'm working at Sweet Mamas, I've also taken up bike riding. I try to ride it every day but that doesn't always happen. I'll be taking my bike to school next year too so if anyone wants to ride around Columbia let me know.

I've read 5 books so far this summer. I think I'll save you from those reviews for now.

What I find to be worth posting is that I have officially began my process for candidacy for ordination this summer. What does that mean? you ask. It means I have begun the process to become an ordained minister. Its a lengthy process and I plan to let you know as much as I am allowed throughout it.

Besides all this, I've been able to see Lindsey almost every week which makes me happy. She came down for the 4th, I've gone up for a few weekends, our parents even met this summer! They came down with her one weekend and everything went great. I am really blessed to have Lindsey Bergwerff in my life.



I'm sorry for not keeping you up-to-date. I have decided to add something to this blog that will make it more frequent. Starting tomorrow, I will be posting a weekly feature on this page. I will announce the details later on today. It will not take place of my blog but will be a weekly post (that is unless you do not enjoy it).

I hope everyone is doing well. I'll be moving back to Columbia August 1. Let me know when you head back up. I'm anxious to get up there and see everyone.

God bless.