Man, what a lousy winter that was. Just awful. Brutal all across the board. Thanks for nothing, Punxsutawney Phil.
But don’t worry. We here at The Daily Quarterly have seen you through it, and now with spring finally here, the sky’s the limit. Things are looking up.
Shake off that snow, change out that heavy coat for a nice cardigan in your closet a-la Mr. Rogers, and get ready to get back in the ball game.
Have faith that that long winter’s nap will lead to good things, good news and a renewed sense of awesomeness.
Don’t be held back by the cold, bitter, dark reality that faces you each and every morning and slaps you across the mouth before it spits in your coffee. You’re better than that. Probably. Maybe.
Unfortunately The Daily Quarterly’s suggestions to promote McKenzie Bourg’s were rejected.
This week’s TDQ Q&A is with singer MacKenzie Bourg
. MacKenzie talked with us about his experience on NBC’s “The Voice,” his upcoming EP and what advice he has for anybody else thinking about auditioning for “The Voice.” Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with MacKenzie Bourg:
The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite singer/entertainer growing up?
MacKenzie Bourg: Growing up I loved John Mayer and James Taylor. I still do.
TDQ: What was your favorite reality show growing up?
MB: SportsCenter, haha if that counts?
TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?
MB: I just really enjoy people’s reaction when you musically connect with them. To me that was something special.
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
MB: CeeLo told me to stay true to myself and it has clicked ever since.
High school senior Bobby Leslie hasn’t shared all of his thoughts on the JFK assassination but we are pretty sure he is in support of the “grassy knoll” theory, if you catch my drift,
Crescent Valley High School senior Bobby Leslie, 18, said he wasn’t really into watching Oliver Stone’s controversial film about the Kennedy assassination
, “JFK,” when his classmate initially suggested they view it last month. But after watching the film, Leslie said his life has been changed forever, and he knows now it’s his mission in life to see the real conspirators brought to justice.
“I totally didn’t want to watch the movie at first, when my buddy Lee told me what he had brought over,” Leslie said. “But, I mean, Lee was the guy who made me watch “The Wizard of Oz” scene where that munchkin hung himself in the background, and then we watched it listening to Pink Floyd, too, so I had to cut Lee some slack that he knew what he was talking about with this movie. Plus, he brought some mushrooms, so that was cool.”
Leslie said before he watched the movie, he only had a vague idea of who John F. Kennedy was, and had never heard of the Warren Commission or Lee Harvey Oswald. But now he has a much greater appreciation for history thanks to Stone and “that ‘Uncle Buck’ dude.”
Arrested Development, Season 4 begins with Michael entering a skiing contest in an attempt to make some money for the Bluth family.
I loved “Arrested Development.” Loved it. I own the entire series on DVD. It was one of the few shows (“Seinfeld,” “Lost,” “Andy Richter Controls the Universe”) that never jumped the shark during its TV run. It also was a rarity in that every single character was terrific. There wasn’t one actor or storyline or character that got tiresome or dull or un-watchable (See: Urkel, Steve).
Even the supporting characters were awesome. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in laughing out loud (remember when you actually had to write that entire phrase out?) when I first heard the name of Scott Baio’s attorney character: Bob Loblaw.
The few of us who loved the show while it was on have grown to love it even more since it went off the air, and plenty more fans have come to appreciate the genius humor of the writing, acting and zaniness. Too bad it never got the love it deserved while it was on.
But I think the biggest reason that so many more people have come to love it, and the reason that its popularity has grown is because it ended so soon. We were left wanting more. The writing and characters hadn’t gotten old, no one had gotten fed up with them yet. (See: Tribiani, Joey)
And so many of us had resigned ourselves to the fact that there would be no more “Arrested Development.” And that was okay. It was good. Despite the years of rumors of a possible film or another season, it never came to be, and so it couldn’t spoil the memories of the show that we had.
TDQ: Besides acting, you also model and sing. Which is more challenging?
What is Miranda Rae Mayo’s secret to a great smile? We don’t know. But, we do know it doesn’t involve using peanut butter as toothpaste.
MRM: I would say they all pose different challenges. One doesn’t necessarily trump another, they’re all just different. The hardest common denominator between the three is allowing myself to be vulnerable enough to do my best. But once that’s done they’re each really fulfilling ways for me to express my creativity.
TDQ: What project are you working on right now?
MRM: I just wrapped a short film called “Jack and Kate,” but the biggest project right now is my body! I’m just sculpting and getting ready for auditions and swimsuit season!
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
MRM: “Choose to be happy.” My mom says it to me all the time and it used to irritate me so much! But the older I get the more I realize I totally agree with her. Happiness is a choice and the more I choose it the more it becomes my default. I don’t know if this is the all time best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten but it’s one I definitely cherish and often think of.
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
MRM: I am honestly drawing a blank! I can’t really think of an awful piece of advice I received, but I definitely wouldn’t advise anyone to use peanut butter as toothpaste. I think that would be a terrible, terrible piece of advice to give or live by.
Imagine, if you will, a system that can all but eliminate the need for imagination. Can’t imagine it? Just sit back and wait.
Bemidji, MN—A new study financed by toy manufacturers has found that children no longer like to use their imagination while playing with action figures, and would much rather sit back and watch the toys play themselves automatically, with little or no interaction whatsoever with the toys, which industry insiders have said will have a major impact on the future of toys.
The study, which will be published next week, said that the typical child no longer has interest in touching toys or action figures, and is overwhelmed when having to come up with scenes to play out by themselves for such toys, in this case, characters from superhero movies and the “Harry Potter” films. Researchers found that even recreating movie scenes using the toys was too much of a hassle for the study participants, and have suggested that toymakers begin work to develop toys that put less pressure on children to have to think on their own.