Discover Katers17 on YouTube Before She Becomes Too Famous for YouTube.

Katers17 is one of the YouTube team captains for the “SuperNote” collaborative experiment/contest spawned by Rhett and Link.  Don’t know about that yet because you don’t read my blog every day or because you don’t know Rhett and Link or because you actually have a life outside of the internet?  Well, either check out yesterday’s post here at the Garden Party or head on over here for more information on how you can become a part of the greatest thing that has ever happened to YouTube.  Miss that, and you’ve missed being a part of history.  That would be tragic.

I’ve only been a casual YouTuber since I first discovered it a couple of years ago.  I don’t follow many of its in-house celebrities.  When Weezer did their “Pork and Beans,” video last May,  I discovered a whole bunch of iconic YouTube figures and realized I wasn’t fulfilling my civic duty to stuff my brain full of popular culture until I glaze over.  So, I gave myself an education and added a bunch of subscriptions to my channel.  However, neither Rhett & Link nor Katers17 were included in that pantheon.  Now, with the SuperNote party in full swing, The Boiz (my new pet name for R&L) have introduced me to a whole new crop of wackos that are beginning to really eat into my real life.  Not that I’m protesting…much.

Rhett & Link themselves (oh, excuse me…I mean, The Boiz (that might get old sooner than I anticipated…even for me)) wormed their way into my heart the very moment they showed up in my email inbox and have simply refused to leave that warm and cozy spot even though they aren’t paying any rent.  But, that’s okay…they’ve commented here (which is very close to paying rent in my book…I thrive on comments) and they’ve called me “awesome,” (which is actually one better than paying rent).  Beyond that, they’ve led me to Katers17.  Let me tell you something, friends.  This is exactly what YouTube ought to be about!  Katers17 has real talent, and has that spectacular combination of gorgeousness and humor that make a performer irresistible.  She sets out to entertain…and I’d much rather watch one of her sketches than some dude making sure the world knows how little thought he is willing to put in before activating his webcam.  Want to meet her?  Of course you do.  Here’s a wonderful introduction for you:

Now that you’ve been properly acquainted, let’s go right on to a more intimate relationship.  I get the impression Katers doesn’t mind of we move a bit fast.  Spend about five minutes with her here:

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Katers17 has also done a 4-part series called “Garden Party,” which, I’m certain has nothing whatsoever to do with this blog, but is kind of serendipitous anyway!  Here’s the first of the series…go on her journey!

To visit Katers17 right at her own home on YouTube, click on this little linky.  You’ll be greeted by her and by her Team Captain SuperNote entry.  Then, come back and tell me you adore her as much as I do.  Then, go record your SuperNote and upload it to the contest!

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

The SuperNote. You Know You’ve Got One In Ya.

I promised you I’d let you in on the new interactive project Rhett and Link have cooked up.  About an hour ago, they launched “SuperNote: The YouTube Experiment.” What’s this all about, you ask?  The Boiz (as I have decided to refer to them from now on whether they like it or not) describe it this way:

The biggest, baddest, most innovative, most intense, YouTube user collaboration experiment in YouTube history is here! It’s SuperNote, where we find out who can hold it the longest on YouTube. A vocal note, that is. It just launched today with this intro video:

And, without further ado, here is the video explaining the experiment:

Shy about the notion of being seen by the whole world doing something this goofy?  Me, too.  I considered donning a foam clown nose, over-sized dark glasses and a hooded sweatshirt in order to gain the courage to upload my SuperNote.  But, then I realized courage was not the necessary motivator…playfulness is.  If you need the disguise, go ahead and wear one.  I didn’t hear anything in the rules that said you couldn’t hide behind a mask!  But, why not just enjoy the spirit of this experiment and become a part of something really fun!

Join whatever team you like (team captains include iJustine, Michael Buckley, Nalts, Brookers, and other familiar YouTube faces).  My heart belongs to The Boiz (even as they begin to grow increasingly annoyed with me for calling them that).  My SuperNote has been uploaded.  Time will tell if my reputation will suffer for this, but I’m not running for office or even doing anything half as scandalous as so many who have run for office seem to have a predeliction for!  So, I’m not sweating it.  Hope to see your faces there!  If you decide to do a SuperNote because of this blog, please comment and let me know who to look for over there!

1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

The Best 4:24 of My Day

…and it’s not even 10:00 a.m. yet!

I didn’t watch the Emmys last night.  I never do.  So, how was I to know that Josh Groban opened the program with a medley of television show theme songs?  I couldn’t know.  And maybe some of you don’t yet know that Josh Groban occupies a place in my heart that is reserved for angels and artist’s artists.  So, perhaps you can imagine my delight when I found this video while searching for Emmy video on Stephen Colbert ( in order to be informed when I watch his program tonight):

Even if you’re not a Josh Groban fan (Why not?  The guy can sing!), I’m betting you’ve hung around with your friends singing tv show theme songs on more than one occasion in your life.  Am I right?  You know I’m right.  So, to hear that grand tradition executed with such utter awesomeness has got to bring a smile to your face!  Me?  I just sat there with the biggest, dopiest grin on my face and soaked up every note, every image, and every moment.

As for Stephen Colbert, he won for Best Writing, but lost 2 other categories for which he was nominated.  I’m betting there will be some good comedy on The Colbert Report tonight.

Psalms 33:1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. 2 Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. 3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. 4 For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth. 5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Nice Weather…For Ducks!

Photos by Ennis Davis and Daniel Herbin

Photos by Ennis Davis and Daniel Herbin

Well, if you’ve been reading this blog, you know I promised to rush right out and get tickets for “Cirque Du Soleil: Delirium,” running for 4 days only:  Last Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  When I purchased the tickets for Thursday night, Tropical Storm Fay was stalled somewhere around Daytona and nobody knew what she was gonna do next.  Maybe it was gonna be a big problem…maybe it was gonna be a lot of rain and not much else.  Well, I can go to the movies in the rain!

Wednesday, things were looking nasty enough, my husband’s office closed and announced it would be closed the following day.  My niece and nephews schools were closed and the bottled water was disappearing off the Publix shelves as fast as they could be stocked.  We spent Wednesday evening taking the wind chimes out of the trees, storing the patio furniture in the garage, and just generally battening down the hatches.  Still, somewhere inside of me there lived this small hope that the storm would never amount to anything and I’d be able to redeem my pre-paid coupon at the Regal the next night.

Fay Over the Jacksonville Skyline

Fay Over the Jacksonville Skyline

We were among the lucky ones.  We never lost power.  We lost cable and internet and phone service, but that just meant I got the seminar I’m teaching pulled together in Microsoft Word.  That level of isolation was nearly a blessing!  We had a battery operated TV that we turned on at the top of the our all day Thursday to keep track of the weather maps and see images of what was going on outside.  As Fay really kicked up her heels outside and we began to marvel at the deluge, we were also amazed at how many people feel the uncontrollable urge to GO OUTSIDE at a time like this.  The ones who drive through standing water and get stuck for hours until someone can rescue them.  The ones who go swimming and BRING THEIR KIDS!!!! The ones who roam around in high winds just to see what it feels like.  I guess those are the people who aren’t sitting at home listening to the weather and newscasters tell everyone not to do those things.

Anyway, the news said the peak of the storm activity would be between 5:00 and 9:00 Thursday night.  Curtain time for “Delirium” was supposed to be 7:30.  I called the theater around 2:00 and asked what their policy was for those who had tickets for that night.  The woman I spoke to said – and rather curtly – “We’re here.  As long as we have power, the movie is showing.”  Well, okay, then.  I gave it about an hour and a half for the icky feeling I got from that conversation to wear off.  Fay sent bands of really heavy wind and rain through with large periods of just nothing in between.  It was weird.  Every time the rain stopped, we wanted to just believe the storm was over.  Then, someone on the television would say something like, “Make no mistake, this storm isn’t over!”  My sister was supposed to be my date for this enormous cinematic event.  We called each other about a half dozen times trying to decide whether it made any sense at all to try to go out and drive and risk sitting in a cinema when power was lost and then try to drive home in the dark with trees falling down on us!  Actually, it didn’t take much brain power to work it out!  There had already been one fatality on exactly the road we needed to travel…in exactly that way.  I called the cinema back and reached a somewhat more reasonable woman who said we could redeem the coupon for either of the noon shows on Saturday or Sunday.  I knew neither of those would work, so she suggested bringing the coupon down and speaking to a manager.  I’m guessing I’ll get a credit for some future show at the Regal.  But, it won’t be “Dilirium.”  That’s gonna have to be viewed on my 42″ flat screen TV some months from now.  Ah well.

These pictures were taken from the Metro Jacksonville website.  Many more fascinating images can be seen there, as well as discussion about Fay.

Genesis 9:11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

Cirque du Soliel Brings Delirium to Movie Theatres for Four Days!

I must have been asleep at the switch. How is it that this awesome, multi-media special event got planned and rolled out without me even hearing a peep about it until today? Until about 10 minutes ago, in fact! The press release for Delirium, which can be found here, says this:

An urban tale
With visually stunning tableaux in which music and projections meld together seamlessly, DELIRIUM is a contemporary urban tale, a quest for balance in a world increasingly out of sync with reality. Bill – the main character – is an ordinary man living inside a bubble, more and more recluse in a society where even relationships are “virtual,” and where television and computers have become ubiquitous devices that isolate us from one another.

A delirious sensory folly
Everything in Bill’s urban life further draws him into an imaginary, virtual world. On his journey he meets myriad characters that bring him little by little on the cusp of growth and change. He eventually learns to ground his energy into the real world. At the end of his voyage, Bill contaminates the people of his planet and enlists them in his quest for balance.

DELIRIUM is a delirious sensory folly where music unites space, individual and society in a world marked by solitude and isolation. The subtext of DELIRIUM is the notion that, in life, we must join together—escape our solitary cocoons—to survive.

Music in motion
Injecting new life into the 21 songs chosen among Cirque du Soleil‘s most memorable musical moments, DELIRIUM is based on a musical rather than an acrobatic structure—a first for Cirque du Soleil. Melodies, musicians and singers are the driving force of this show that features a series of tableaux made up of images ranging from prerecorded visuals to manipulated live feeds that create interactions between the artists and the audience. Featuring new texts in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, the 21 remixed melodies mark a significant departure from the music Cirque du Soleil fans have come to expect.

The music of DELIRIUM—”urban tribal beats” that combine percussive driven pop and electronic music with melodious ballads and world rhythm sounds—take the audience on an incandescent journey into the musical realm of Cirque du Soleil and the aerial world of Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon.

Wow. But, in case words don’t create the picture for you, try checking out the movie trailer at moviefone.com. Here’s the important part: This is a four-day event. JUST FOUR DAYS! And, those dates are NEXT WEEK! The dates are Wednesday, August 20, Thursday, August 21, Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24. Some theaters are not offering online ticket purchases, so if you’re as rabid a Cirque fan as I am, you’ll want to get in the car right now and head down to the box office!

There will be a review in a future post. Oh, yes there will!

Psalms 149:3 Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.

Kate Clark’s Sculpture is The Stuff of Dreams

Kate Clark, is an awesome artist, and an even more awesome person! Okay, granted, she is my niece, but I’m not the slightest bit biased!

Kate Clark's anthropomorphic sculpture

Kate Clark's anthropomorphic sculpture

Here’s her website. But, before you go there, let me offer you a word of caution. Her work isn’t exactly to everyone’s taste! Her sculptures resemble some of the awesome showcases you may remember seeing at your local Natural History museum…except for one small detail – they have human faces! It’s eerie, really…at first. But, she’s not necessarily trying to freak you out…at least that’s not the way her mother tells it!

Kate uses real animal skins in her work, so if this kind of thing bugs you, I’m suggesting you simply not click the link to the website. But, if you do click it, I recommend checking out the section on construction. I’m also impressed with the web design itself…click the slices of images you see to view entire pieces.

I’m proud of Kate today because she’s been written up in The Village Voice, which any New Yorker knows is, like, the coolest thing that can happen to any kind of artist. Hey, everyone, did I mention that’s my niece?

~JardinPrayer

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Welcome to the Garden Party!

Christian? Atheist? Jewish? Muslim? Wiccan? Something else? Well! You should be hanging out at TheologyWeb! I’ve been a moderator there for about 5 years (on and off…they keep dragging me back). You can get into serious theological debates or discussions, or you can discover what a rewarding experience fellowshipping (by way of spamming smilies at each other all day) can be! Oh, and there’s lots of stuff in between.

Themed like a college campus, you come in through Admissions (after reading the local campus decorum and agreeing to play by the rules) and are heartily welcomed by one of the staff. It’s a very large playground, so one of the admissions moderators will give you a brief tutorial on how to start finding your way around. Then, you just find your area(s) of comfort and start making yourself known!

Here is a wonderful thread called, “Am I a Christian?” that is a great read for anyone looking to settle themselves on that question (and other questions like, “Should I Be a Christian,” for instance). That’s on the serious side. On the insane, spamming fellowship side, come join me in my personal favorite thread, “Last Poster to post “Jardin Prayer” wins.”

I also want to mention that this is – far and away – the most high-functioning, beautifully designed, programmed, and executed message forum I have ever seen!

If you’re already a member (and, especially if you’re already a friend there), please comment here and let me know you actually showed up to look at this blog!

I’ve got tons more to say, and it’s gonna be fun! It will also prevent me from starting all of those silly threads with single YouTube links in them…I’ll do that here! Keep checking in!

~JardinPrayer

John 10:10 (NKJV)

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.