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Middle Ages’ elements in Shrek?

When Shrek, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, first came out in 2001, the movie was viewed as a children’s film. Now that it has been 14 years since the movie was first released, there’s been plenty of time to dig deeper into what Shrek truly stands for: a humorous way of looking at romanticism in the Middle Ages. This movie is more of a parody of the genre of Middle Ages’ romance than anything else.  Although Shrek is not anywhere close to being a near-perfect hero, which is usually what the stories of the Middle Ages’ genre has, the movie does have an evil enemy (Lord Farquod), a quest (saving Princess and bringing her back to Dulac), and supernatural elements.

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Top Pop Songs of 2015?

10. Hozier – Take Me To Church


This is the official video.


But this one is the most awesome.

9. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do

8. OMI – Cheerleader

7. Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance

6. The Weeknd – The Hills

5. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen

4. Taylor Swift – Blank Space

3. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

2. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk!

I like the song but it reminds me a lot of James Brown’s Living in America. (Or maybe because it reminds me of it.)

1. Adele – Hello


Tor official (bland) video.


Remix by EC Twins. I guess you can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

Five Oldest NFL Teams?

Which teams have been around the longest?

5. Detroit Lions (originally called the Portsmith Spartans) were established in 1930 in Portsmith, OH and joined the NFL on July 12, 1930. They moved to Detroit in 1934.

4. The New York Giants joined the NFL in 1925. They’ve won four NFL championships and four Super Bowls.

3. The Green Bay Packers have been in the NFL since 1921. They have won four Super Bowls, including the first two (1966 and 1967).

2. The Chicago Bears were originally the Decatur Staleys and joined the NFL in 1920. They moved to Chicago, first as the Chicago Staleys in 1921. They were renamed “Bears” in 1922.

1. The Arizona Cardinals began as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898 and became a charter member of the NFL in 1920 when they were known as the Chicago Cardinals. They moved to St. Louis as the St. Louis Cardinals in 1959 and then to Phoenix, AZ in 1988 (because who wouldn’t pick Arizona over Missouri?) when they became the Phoenix Cardinals. In 1994 they changed the name to Arizona Cardinals. I don’t know why. I guess they just weren’t hooked on Phoenix.

If you were looking for the oldest teams in regards to the ages of their players,Jimmy Kempski has ranked the teams by the average age of the players. The ranking was as of cut day, so players change but it shouldn’t affect the totals by much.

Christmas Movies That Aren’t About Christmas?

Sometimes you want a Miracle on 34th Street – It’s a Wonderful Life – Lifetime Christmas movie that’s full of romance/family togetherness/holiday spirit. Other times (like after an afternoon at the shopping maul), you need a break from it all. Not a complete break, you still want to be able to post #ChristmasMovieTimeWithFriends to all of your social media, what you need is just a little Christmas.

We’ve got a list of Christmas, but not really Christmas, movies in a variety of genres and for a range of audiences.

Gremlins

PG-rated comedy/horror movie released in 1984.  In the movie, Billy gets a pet Mogwai from his father. He doesn’t pay enough attention to two of the rules for its care, don’t get it wet and don’t feed it after midnight, and the Mogwai multiplies and then they turn into gremlins who take over the town.

Who should watch Gremlins? Anyone who likes horror movies (that aren’t too horrific even though it does include a brief homage to Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

The Ref

A 1994 dark comedy where a married couple get taken hostage by a burglar. They still have a better Christmas than Bob. Rated R.

Who should watch The Ref? Anyone with a less than perfect family, especially if they have a mother/mother-in-law who could use a good telling off.

 Die Hard

1988 R-rated action thriller where a man takes a vacation from his NYPD job to visit his wife and fight terrorists. (The first part planned, the second not so much…at least you would think so, but with five films in the franchise, you have to wonder. The man’s a magnet for terrorists.)

Who should watch Die Hard? Anyone who wants to reminisce about a time when a cop could carry a gun onto a plane and when terrorists were named “Hans”.

Love Actually

R-rated romantic comedy from 2003 that weaves together multiple love stories that range from first love to mature love, romantic love to lust.

Who should watch Love Actually? Anyone who wants to see what Hans Gruber’s home life is like. (Alan Rickman plays Gruber in Die Hard and a character named Harry who comes close to cheating on his wife in Love Actually.)

Tokyo Godfathers

2003 PG-13 rated anime about three homeless people who find a baby on Christmas Eve. They set out to find the infant’s parents and through luck, and Christmas miracles, find their way to a happy ending.

Who should watch Tokyo Godfathers? Otaku. You know who you are.

What movies are on your Christmas but not Christmas list?

Best TV Theme Songs?

We’re listing our 50 favorite TV show theme songs by decade (so it will be easier for you to look for your favorites and tell us how we must be the most tone deaf, tasteless people on the planet to have left out the ones that top your list!)

1950s:

Rawhide – “Rawhide”

Peter Gunn – “Peter Gunn Theme”

Bonanza – “Bonanza”

1960s:

 Hawaii Five-O - “Hawaii Five – O Theme”

The Beverly Hillbillies – The Ballad of Jed Clampett

Secret Agent (US name for the British TV show Danger Man – “Secret Agent Man”) This was played over the opening when it was shown in America. The original theme music was “Danger Man Theme”.

Here Come the Brides – “Seattle”

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father – “Best Friend”

Mission Impossible – “Mission Impossible Theme”

The Green Hornet – “Green Hornet Theme”

The Saint – “The Saint Theme”

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson – “Tonight Show Theme”

1970s:

WKRP in Cincinnati – “WKRP in Cincinnati”

The Dukes of Hazard – “The Good Ol’ Boys”

Happy Days – “Happy Days”

Baretta – “Baretta’s Theme”

Welcome Back, Kotter – “Welcome Back”

The Mary Tyler Moore Show – “Love is All Around”

Minder – “I Could Be So Good For You”

The Partridge Family – “Come On Get Happy”

The Rockford Files – “The Rockford Files Theme”

Dallas – “Dallas Theme”

Taxi – “Angela”

M*A*S*H - “Suicide Is Painless”

The TV show didn’t use the lyrics, but here’s a version with them just because it’s such a pretty song, especially for one having such sad lyrics.

The Odd Couple – “The Odd Couple Theme”

1980s:

Cheers - “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”

The Greatest American Hero - “Believe it or Not”

The Wonder Years – “With a Little Help From My Friends”

Moonlighting – “Moonlighting”

The Fall Guy – “The Unknown Stuntman”

Fame – “Fame”

Bosom Buddies – “My Life”

Hill Street Blues – “Hill Street Blues Theme”

Hardcastle and McCormick – “Back to Back”

And (also from Hardcastle and McCormick) “Drive”

MacGyver – “MacGyver Theme Song”

EastEnders – “EastEnders Theme”

1990s:

Friends -“I’ll Be There For You”

The Heights o “How Do You Talk to an Angel?”

Twin Peaks – “Falling”

Ally McBeal – “Searching My Soul”

2000s:

 True Blood – “Bad Things”

Firefly – “The Ballad of Serenity”

Monk – “It’s a Jungle Out There”

Psych – “I Know You Know”

The Wire – “Way Down in the Hole”

The Returned – “Hungry Face”

2010s:

The Shadow Line – “Pause”

Peaky Blinders – “Red Right Hand”

Pretty Little Liars – “Secret”

Game of Thrones – “Game of Thrones Theme”

Free Books on the Internet?

If you love to read, the internet is like a gold mine. You can find lots of free ebooks on a wide variety of subjects.

Project Gutenberg is the oldest digital library and has over 50,000 public domain books. You can read them online or download them  to a Kindle or other device. They also allow contemporary authors to self-publish through http://self.gutenberg.org/.

Some of Project Gutenberg’s most popular books are:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana by Vatsyayana
Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglass
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Minute Mysteries by Harold Austin Ripley
My Secret Life, Volumes I to III by Anonymous
The King James Bible
Simple Sabotage Field Manual by the US Office of Strategic Services

Open Library is a project by the Internet Archive that allows you to read public domain books online or download. If you sign up for a free account, you can also borrow some contemporary books – up to five titles for two weeks each. Some of the newer books include:

Appetizers by Sunset Books
Novels by James Lee Burke
Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene
Brainpuzzlers (Math games and activities)
Business Etiquette by Ann Marie Sabath
The Rugrats’ More Jokes by David Lewman
50 Common Birds of the Southwest by Richard L. Cunningham
Dr. Seuss books

For those of you who prefer to have the physical book to read, Open Library will also tell you what libraries near you have the book.

Feed Books has a section for public domain books that can be downloaded and read on your device. They also have original books available.

Smashwords is an indie ebook distributor that has a selection of free books.

Directory of Open Access Books offers an online catalog of academic books that may be downloaded in pdf form.

The UC Press E-books Collection has almost 2000 academic books published between 1982 and 2004. You can search or browse by subject. (Look for ones that say “public” to find the freebies.)

OpenCulture has a list of free online textbooks. No, you’re not going to find that $350 textbook your professor said you had to buy, but there are some great resources for the self-learner.

Loyal Books has free public domain ebooks and audiobooks. Most are gotten from Gutenberg or Librivox, but this site may be an easier way to browse.

For those that like to have their stories read to them (it makes commutes and road trips so much more enjoyable), there’s Librivox and Podiobooks.

Librivox has public domain books read by volunteers. You can browse the site by author, genre, title, or language.

Podiobooks has serialized audiobooks and lets you browse by genre. They’re free to download but since they are by current authors, you are encouraged to “tip” them if you enjoy their work.