Friday, December 19, 2014

The Final Colbert Report

The last minutes of the Colbert's Report last episode were nothing short of great and very in an "over the top", Colbert style! He said goodbye, singing "We'll Meet Again" with Randy Newman at the piano and the impressive crowd of the "friends of the show".  I am not sure how many famous people they managed to squeeze in a studio. To name a few: Jon Stewart, Tom Brokaw, Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Barry Manilow, Big Beard and Cookie Monster, Tom Friedman, Cyndi Lauper, Ken Burns,  Keith Olbermann, Katie Couric, Andrew Sullivan, David Gregory, Ariana Huffington, JJ Abrams, Alan Alda, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, Toby Keith, and Christiane Amanpour. Even Mike Hackabee was there!  I was surprised not to see papa Bear Bill O'Reilly.
#‎ColbertFinale was trending on Twitter in the US. 
President Bill Clinton made it to the final song while twitting:
President Obama remarked:
 Nancy Pelosi posted

 In Stephen's own tweet:

You did Stephen. You and Jon Stewart. One show at the time.

We will meet again Stephen. Colbert had been chosen to succeed David Letterman as the host of the Late Show in 2015. I have hard time to imagine him hosting the show out of the character.

You can catch up or reminisce  the best  Cover Report moments at My favorite moment from the show?  I love when Colbert was singing with John Legend "The Girl is Mine"

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Santa's morphology and Happy Holidays

I  explained who is Saint Nicholas and described the tradition of celebrating his Name Day on December 6 in my previous years post . But this picture is a perfect addition. Not that I want to pick a fight about the jolly dude with "Santa Purists", but common,  really, Santa Claus?

Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kriss Kringle (?!)..., is a fascinating partly historical, christian, partly legendary and folkloric, and mostly highly commercialized morph.  People all over the world call him different names and celebrate him in different ways. Now the newest fight is about his skin color!  Wikipedia entry on Santa Claus summarizes his phenomena pretty well.

Christian Meme

It is rather fascinating how traditions change!  After all, even trivial everyday stories are told different depend on who is recalling the event.  Flip between Fox News and MSNBC and you won't believe how political lens can distort the vision.

  My take on it? As long as the effect of the traditions will put a smile on ones face, help to bring people together, and help someone in difficult times I'm all for it! Happy holidays! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Bucket list - 2014 revisit

I think it is either the omnipresent spirit of the holidays, or  the fact that Pitbull will be on tour near me that made me think about my bucket list:

I consider myself VERY lucky. I traveled, I am educated, I have a job I like, I have a great hubby and beautiful, smart, and healthy kiddos. I have my big dining table and many opportunities to host my friends and family around it.  So part of me is a little ashamed that I am making "list of more". But given that we only have one life, why not squeeze from it as much as we can? My bucket list is my dreams and goals. Not what I need, but just what I would love to experience/see/acquire before I kick the bucket.  I noticed as I was revisiting my dreams and goals that some of them changed.  For example "Visiting Paris" became  "Show kids Paris from the Eiffel tower",  or I added "Walk with Lucy on a Great Wall of China" because she raised an interest in doing so.  I am not quite ready to remove  Madonna's and Blondie's concerts. I think Tokyo, TED conference, and live long enough to spoil my grandkids are my front-runners.

My list is not well organized or prioritized it just a fun reminder that you never should say "I am done! "
  • Listen to a good music in Havana, Cuba  
  • Visit Alaska
  • See the Stonehenge in England
  • Experience Tokyo with Rob
  • Walk with Lucy on a Great Wall of China
  • Put a little free library in front of my house
  • Show kids Paris from the Eiffel tower
  • Eat Crabs in Main
  • Eat again sourdough bread and seafood at San Francisco’s Fisherman's Wharf
  • Visit Olympic Peninsula
  • See the Presepolis in Iran
  • See the old city of Jerusalem
  • Visit New Orleans (We did that in 2012 on our 10th wedding anniversary! )
  • Take kids on an African safari
  • Visit Kremlin
  • See original Kiss by Klimt
  • See the Les Miserable  on Broadway
  • See Mama Mia on Broadway
  • Visit the Salvador Dali Museum is an art museum in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • See Blondie on stage
  • See Madonna in Concert
  • Attend Pitbull Concert (Rob gave me a ticket for Christmas! I am going to see Pitbull on Feb 21, 2015!)
  • Become sustainable member of NPR and IPR 
  • Become a Google certified Teacher
  • Become a Google Certified Education Trainer (as a teacher of EdTech&Design, I kind of am, but not certified)
  • Know at least a little about every marvel listed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List 
  • Doctorate
  • Read all Terry Pratchett
  • Buy RV camper 
  • See the performance at Sydney Opera House
  • Fly for a date with Rob to Hawaii
  • Visit Every Continent!
  • Visit Salvador Dali Museum in in Catalonia, Spain.
  • Send my girls to college
  • Learn to ski (started this winter  2014. We went a few times to Sundown and put together the ski sets for the whole family. It is a good start)
  • Learn to swim
  • Own a piano
  • Learn to play piano 
  • Learn to play guitar
  • Ride on a horse in some scenic location
  • Participate in a carnival in Rio
  • Have my brother visiting me in the US
  • To have my parents visiting me here again 
  • Tour CNN 
  • Be in a live audience during Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show
  • Be in a live audience during  Colbert Report (too late)
  • Organize my attic
  • Attend TED conference
  • Spoil rotten my grandchildren  :-)