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How the Vulcan Nerve Pinch and Vulcan Salute can help at home!

My 9-year-old son  Orlando is going through a phase(r) of being into everything Star Trek.

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He thinks it’s cool that dad knows so much about Star Trek and has cool Star Trek stuff – like the thermo dynamic mug where the characters in the transporter room “disappear” or “appear” if you add hot  or cold liquid. Hot to make them disappear – cold to cool it down and make the characters appear.

startrekmug

Orlando “teaches” me about the new Star Trek movies.

I’m teaching him about the old Star Trek TV show.

He can be “hyperactive” and always bouncing around or talking about Star Trek or zombies.

I’ve found a way to get some peace – At his suggestion – I “act” in pretending to give him a Vulcan Nerve Pinch and he pretends to sleep for a while.

“How long does a person stay asleep, Daddy? he asks.

“About 8 hours” I reply – but he doesn’t believe me.

I’m lucky to get 3 minutes – but hey, it’s a start.

Sometimes he does the VNP (Vulcan Nerve Pinch) on me – and I pretend to fall asleep! Sometimes it a chance for me to really get some sleep.

Don’t worry – we just act without any pressure.

O nerd glasses IAGTTB

My son loves being a “scholar” of Star Trek things and he loves to tell people that the Vulcan Salute was inspired by a Jewish gesture for a blessing – in the shape of a V for Vulcan.

mosaic Vulcan salute

Me son gets a cheeky grin.

“Daddy I know a funny salute –  if Spock came from some aliens starting with the letter I”

I can imagine  – and ask him to not show me – or anyone else.

Stick to the Vulcan Salute – I encourage him.

vulcan-salute

Even my daughter is into the Vulcan salute!

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As a kid – did you seek a wise teacher like Yoda or Spock?

As a kid, did YOU seen a wise teacher like Yoda or Spock?

Like lots of kids I liked action heroes – but I also liked the logical, calm and collected types.

Mt spocks music from outer space

O.K. –  maybe I was  a big nerd  even back then – but I always liked Spock from Star Trek – the TV show.

He didn’t rush in – he didn’t react emotionally. Even as a kid I liked that. I still do now.

I must say Mr Spock got back on my radar because of “The Challenge” video featuring  a confected challenge between new and old Spock.

Sure it’s an ad – but it’s well done.

Just this morning, I was searching the internet for Spock Wisdom and I found this interesting guy (I have no connection with) – but he, in my opinion, perfectly describes the appeal of Spock – especially to a certain generation of boys growing up.

Enjoy!

Here’s a presentation on Spock as Wisdom figure:

http://thatneilguy.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/spock-as-wisdom-figure-motion-picture.html

I loved Yoda and Mr Miyagi too! I’ll save those for future posts.

A couple of questions for you. Please add to the comments section.

Who was YOUR wisdom figure?

Who is the female equivalent?

If you’re interested – here’s a link to another post about Spock which in turn links to my logical analysis on why the latest Spock Challenge works so well!

https://sentimentalasanything.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/why-spock-rocks/

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Why Spock rocks

Mt spocks music from outer space

Why Spock rocks

spock guitar

As a kid, I loved Star Trek (the TV show)  and especially Mr Spock.

He seemed so “cool” – in a smart. logical way.

I also liked the way he seemed impervious to insults,

When you’re a kid the skill of ignoring insults really helps.

Later in life, I loved when as a TV reporter I’d be assigned to do Star Trek stories at sci-fi conventions.

I’d usually end up buying stacks of Star Trek stuff.

startrekmug

My favourite purchase was the Star Trek mug where the characters in the transporter room disappeared when you added hot liquid. I still have it – but usually save it for special occasions!

Warning: I love Spock – but I have lots of terrible recordings of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner trying to get groovy and sing songs of the time.

(A link to a clip at the end of this post)

OldSpockandNew-Spock

Many of my female friends love the new “sexy Spock”. I still like old Spock and I really enjoyed the recent video of a Challenge between old Spock and new Spock.

Sure – it’s an ad – but I found it a good chuckle and well executed.

Here’s my logical analysis if you are interested!

http://howtohookattention.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/how-spock-can-help-you-hook-attention-for-your-messages-and-help-you-prosper/

At least Leonard Nimoy didn’t sing!

I reckon he has a great sense of humour – he’s just not a great singer. See what you think in this link to a clip.

On a deeper viewing of this clip and listening to this song – I actually dig his sincerity and his expressive range –  the range from groovy to heart-felt patriotism.

Yes, Spock Rocks!

How would you react if thieves broke into your car and thought your “coolest” stuff wasn’t worth taking?

How would you react if thieves broke into your car?

How would you react if they left stuff you thought was super cool? Like it wasn’t worth taking?

Last night thieves broke into my car – in the driveway – but  I was grateful.

Grateful for the generation gap. Things I valued so much – were obviously not valued by the thieves.

retro car contents

I was so relieved when I found my retro picnic esky and favourite “retro” CDs (the Doors etc) and my Simon & Garfunkel book tote  were left untouched.

I’ve heard stories of people being “insulted” that thieves were not interested in their stuff.

I’m not insulted, I’m glad.

Of course, the thieves were probably people looking  for some quick cash. They didn’t even take the coinage that was there.

I like to think:

1.  They saw my stuff and thought I was so awesomely hip that they thought they better leave me alone.

2. Maybe they saw my Simon & Garfunkel tote bag filled with books and thought:

We don’t want to mess with this dude. He looks bad to the bone!

Of course, I jest.

I’m sure they didn’t have a clue who Simon and  Garfunkel were – or what a tote bag was – or what a book was?

In reality  – they probably got interrupted.

I’m just glad I still have my retro stuff!

retro stuff on car

Maybe you wouldn’t think any of this stuff was worth taking either.

Then again – if you read this blog – you probably DO like retro stuff!

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Can you hear me Major Tom? What do you think of the new version?

What do you think of the reworking of the Bowie Classic Space Oddity by a real-life space  man? – Commander Chris Hadfield – the recent commander of the Space Station.

Chris Hadfield

The new version is attracting millions of views and meteor showers of attention, appreciation AND criticism.

Bowie Space oddity

One comment that amused me was: after listening to this, Chuck Norris surrendered!

It’s a bold move to take on such a classic.

Then again, astronauts are up for a challenge and the version is attracting lots of attention at a time when the Space Station rarely attracts any interest.

After hearing about he new version on the radio – I couldn’t wait to check it out on youtube.

I love the fact that Bowie was inspired to write about a spaceman in a tin can and then a spaceman in a tin can does the Bowie classic.

 

I showed the clip to my son and he thought it was awesome – especially the floating in space bits at the end. Amazing that the clip was shot on the space station. My son keeps moving around the house now in slow motion as of he is in zero gravity!

Of course, with the new version they update the lyrics and have to make it a happy song ending – a safe return to Earth!

I’m glad the song is attracting attention back to the Space station – and to the original version of the song by Bowie.

I do however miss the  strings (cello?) and the watery guitar – especially the rising notes at the end.

I used to love playing that part of guitar – just hitting a note two times as you rise up the fretboard!

I’m from the generation that was fascinated by  space and astronauts and I loved the Bowie song – especially listening through headphones to what seemed to be mind-blowing production.

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And of sourse here’s the wonderful original for you to enjoy!

Please add your comments to the comments below!

Gotta go – I’m floating in the most peculiar way – and the stars look very different to-daaaay!

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May the joy be with you – Reflections on Star Wars day!

If you have been anywhere near social media this weekend – you were probably bombarded by Star Wars jokes and messages celebrating International Star Wars Day – May the Fourth (and the unofficial follow-up Revenge of the Fifth)

What a wonderful weekend it has been to share with my 9-year-old son Orlando who (like me) is a big Star Wars fan.

O star wars

He greeted us draped in a throw rug and  wielding his mighty  light sabre.

He’s been dressing up for years now – since I took him to his first Supernova convention.

star wars O

This weekend he showed me his fancy moves on his new Star Wars X-box game – including the Intergalactic Dance off.

It's a snap

He loved the Han Solo “character” dancing to  cool Star Wars moves like The Trash Compactor and It’s a snap (inspired by it’s a trap!) I preferred the Princess Leia dancing in the Slave Girl outfit!

pop art SWH

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Together – we laughed at all the Star Wars humour on Facebook sites and loved the creativity – especially the Princess Leia cupcake!

leia cupcake

We’d even make up our own lame jokes:

Imagine Bruce Willis in a new Star Wars movie – Jedi Harder!

O and T SW

It was a fun weekend – and my lasting image was my beautiful son in the park up the top of a climbing pole – his light sabre glowing in the fading light.

playground and light sabre

Thank you Star Wars for all the joy you’ve brought fans  (young and old) for such a long, long time!

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The joys (and learning benefits) of pinball!!

If you were you a pinball kid – you’ll probably understand and enjoy this post.

If you have kids – here’s how pinball can actually help kids learn life skills. Yes, I’m serious!!

Before home video games – pinball was a common amusement. There is a juvenile joy to the flashing lights and the noises and the physicality of the game.

nugent pinball

I was keen to show my son the old-school joys of pinball and so I took him to a nearby café that had a vintage pinball machine.

O pinball

He loved playing pinball.

I don’t know if it was beginner’s luck but he kicked my butt.

I wasn’t even trying to let him win – as I sometimes do – he was just so much better. Better reflexes? Better instinct?

He sure plays a mean pinball!

At first I explained to him that I needed to warm up and get back my old Jedi pinball skills.

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(Hey – give me time for my Jedi pinball skills to warm up!)

I truth I never was that good at it – but I enjoy the game

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(Dad enjoying pinnies back in the 80s!)

Then when that “warming up” excuse wore out – my son delighted in  scoring lots of points as he placed the ball in the bonus “hole” (I should know the proper professional terminology).

“Don’t get cocky, kid!” I warn (borrowing from a line from one of our favourite films Star Wars)

“Is there a Star Wars video game?” he asks showing off how he can talk to me and look over at me  – as his score kept mounting up.

My pinball victory!

Still, I had my little victory too – as the ulterior motive of our visit was to help him with his maths. His teacher said my son  needed to work on his multiplication and division  – so I was using my Jedi stealth teaching techniques.

I love how this old school amusement also has a retro cost – 2 x 20c pieces.

pinball 40c

So….

“OK – how many 20c pieces will we get for $1?”

After we work out that $1 is 100c  – the answer – “5!”

“How many games will we be able to play? Remember -1 game costs 2 x 20 cents. You’ll get some change – how much left over?”

“2 games. 1 x  20c left over!”

From my experience, kids can pay attention and work out “maths” problems if they have a reason to do so.

Of course, you can encouraging kids to do work out maths problems without using pinball.

I just found pinball was a great win for both of us. We’re both having fun – he’s applying some maths – I’m telling my wife I’m helping my son with his maths (not playing pinball!) Triple win!

As my son gets so immersed in the game – I have to console myself by getting an early start on our Oreo Milkshake.

oreo milkshake

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(You just keep on playing son – take as long as you want!)

My pinball skills may be rusty – but my stealth teaching skills  (making learning fun and memorable) are working OK this day.

And, if he does well in his maths tests – guess where we’ll be going for a reward?

T + O southside

The place we visited is Southside Tea Room in Morningside, Brisbane. I’m not connected with the place in any way. I’m just a  big fan! I see lots of creative types writing on their laptops as they listen to the cool music and enjoy the food and beverages. I have a feeling, I’ll be a regular there!

http://www.facebook.com/SouthsideTeaRoom?fref=ts

Here’s an earlier post about this place:

https://sentimentalasanything.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/were-you-a-pinball-kid/

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The benefits of the old-school “Mad Men shave”

The benefits of the old-school “Mad Men shave”

Don-Draper-Shaving

It’s funny how your attitudes change as you “mature” – how what  you once saw as old-fashioned and a waste of time can become an enjoyable ritual.

Take for example the old style of shaving – lathering up shaving soap on a brush.

shaving brush

When I was growing up that was something my granddad did. To me it seemed such a waste of time when you had fast and fancy shaving cream in a can!

Why bother? Get “with it” gramps!

The old–school style started to become fashionable again thanks to TV shows like Mad Men where Don Draper shaves using the old brush and lather technique.

For me, I love the slow-it-down ritual style of this old-school shaving style.

I wonder what the female equivalent of this male ritual is? Please share in the comments section if you have any ideas.

We are often so busy – rushing to get things done. It’s all about speed – rather than “soaking in the moment”.

I love slowing down for the shaving ritual.

Your whiskers get softer if you let them soak for a while and you get a better shave if you flow with smooth gliding movements rather than  fast and short “scrapes”

You should  try a slower shave and see what I mean. YOU can of course use shaving cream from a can – but the brush is even more old-school!

I look it as rebelling against the fast-paced rush rush rush world!

You are saying:  “This in MY time. I’m going to take my time. I will not be rushed!”

Sometimes you can shave in silence. Silence is something we don’t get enough of!

I shave in silence this sometimes –  and I find lots of creative ideas flood in during the “silence”

Other times I like to enjoy listening to the radio. Take your time  –  enjoy the moment!

shaving and radio

I even have my shaving ritual “kit” –  a notebook and pen to quickly capture ideas before they disappear  – and my modern yet  retro-looking radio!

And what about this great old retro ad – what better results are they talking about?!!

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