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Southbound On I-5 Blues


So I wrote a song one afternoon while driving through Orange County. Unfortunately, I lost the other recording I made. This will have to do. With my sincerest apologies to Jerry Reed:

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“Power Surge” (Preliminary)


Well, I was going to post a teaser for a new video project I’m working on, but YouTube doesn’t like the music I used, so I’m left without anything interesting to show for my next ambitious endeavour.  If you’ve been to Disney’s ElecTRONica dance party either at California Adventure or Hollywood Studios, you might be familiar with the Power Surge stage show before the official opening of the party.  I’m at present working on recreating a version of the show to enjoy at home.  More details as they come, but for now, please enjoy my other offerings at my YouTube channel!

San Diego Comic Con 2012 Recap


Mickey’s Really Swell Coffee


$3 is a fair price for all-you-can-drink coffee at Disneyland.

If you ever hit up Disneyland in the winter, you know exactly how vital a warm cup of coffee can be (nights still get a little chilly here in sunny southern California). A nice cup of Joe is also a necessity when you have a girlfriend who insists on being the first ones through the gates in the morning or your mates think it a brilliant idea to stay at the park for twenty-four hours straight.

The best part of Mickey’s “Really Swell” Coffee is that you can purchase it from the Market Street Coffee House in Main Street U.S.A., keep the receipt, and enjoy free refills all day!

You’ll never know how much this little tip has saved my bacon during my numerous trips to the Happiest Place on Earth!

One More Disney Day: What Happened to Barbie?


To answer a question posed in the comments of “One More Disney Day,” Barbie explains where she was during Disneyland’s Leap Day celebration.

Quite Possibly One Of The Best Ride Photos Ever


Look at all those peace signs, and that girl in the corner is saying how much she loves us!

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue


Okay, so being a fan of both the Star Wars franchise and Disneyland, it was really only a matter of time before I made a little write-up about the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction at Disneyland (and Walt Disney World).

Apart from griping about the fact that some permutations of the ride experience involve elements from the godforsaken prequel films, the ride is just as campy and silly as the original ride.  Disney Imagineers did a fantastic job of updating the entire experience for a new generation of fans.  The queueing area feels more like a “legitimate” spaceport and less like some Quonset hut in a backwater rim world–this I’m not sure how I feel about.  The original Star Tours had the same kind of feel as the original trilogy films:  low-tech, analog, hastily constructed, and ad hoc.  Now, the whole scene seems more elegant:  Solari boards are replaced with high-resolution LCD displays, maintenance droids are replaced with security officer droids (albeit with similar whimsical attitudes about their jobs), and there’s no more People Mover running through the station.

This little guy looks familiar! Sadly, he’s marked “defective” and even sparks to life with PTSD-esque outbursts using archival audio from the original attraction.

Whether or not I appreciate the “upgrades,” I love the attention to detail and subtle nods to the original attraction.  Oh, and the fact that Patrick Warburton voices one of the afore-mentioned security droids.  In all, it’s definitely worth the trip to the park if you haven’t ridden it yet.

Looks a bit like a stormtrooper wearing Mickey ears.

My Aurebesh is a little rusty, but this is best translation I can manage.

A placard on one of the loading doors, salvaged from the original ride. The lettering underneath reads “LOAD DOOR 3.”

After a little searching, I happened to find a copy of the original video feed from the ride.  Rex (the original pilot droid, voiced by the incomparable Paul Rubens) does not appear in the footage as it is the actual screen projection (probably recorded on VHS considering the tracking issue), but all the music, sound effects, and voices remain.  The part that I enjoy the most is fact that it was filmed completely with models–not the CGI bullshitery that permeates Hollywood now (and ST:TAC is unfortunately no exception to this rule)–something about it just makes it look that much more real.

Vlog: Headed to Comic-Con 2012


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What Are You Doing In Signal Hill?


Mighty Mouse keeps watch over the City of Angels

If you look closely, you might see a city through all that smog.

Disneyland Ride Photos


Here are just a few ride photos from Disneyland that I’ve had sitting around, waiting to be posted somewhere.

Hold onto your hat, we’s goin’ into da Briar Patch!

“What EVAR!”

“This is Neil Patrick Harris reminding you to scream!”

“No, no. YOU’RE out of this world!”