So I’ll be accompanying my sister to the New Kids On The Block concert this evening. Which will make it a whopping 2 times that I’ve seen them dudes in the past 6 months (saw them also in Sept. ‘08 in Toronto). Why? I promised my sister that if she could get tix to the show, that I would keep her company.
That was a promise I made last summer regarding the Fall reunion tour. I didn’t know that NKOTB would be coming to Ottawa in the Spring. So my sister surprised me with the fact that she nailed tix for tonight’s show as well. While pretty much expecting me to fill out that other seat. So like a good little brother, I obliged. And much like in September, I fully expect the crowd to be filled with screaming grown women in their late 20’s to early 30’s that are married and/or pregnant. Lovely.
Looks like I’ll be Hangin’ Tough with the 20oz glasses of beer tonight zing!
PS. Also of note, this is my first post created via the Tumblr iPhone App from the infamous App Store. Which means…yes, I recently successfully jailbroke to iPod Touch software 2.2.1. More on this supreme awesomeness later. Peace.
Although it IS only a film, just thought I’d give you guys a gore warning anyway before you watch the gif in all its animated gory (over and over and over).
Pull-ups (based on 17 max rep level)
13 (split into mini-sets of 7 and 6)
14 (split into mini-sets of 7, 4 and 3) —-> BRUTAL
15 (split into mini-sets of 10 and 5)
(90 sec rest in between sets…clearly my favourite rest period interval)
My endurance still sucks as that’s the most mini-sets I’ve ever broken down any session into (I gotta be honest). But to be fair, this was easily the most challenging and plentiful session to date (well yeah, it’s the penultimate session). And that 90 second rest period has never been kind to me. Funny thing is that my energy levels were incredible in the first 2 sets. To the point where, after I did my first 11 reps (which felt so crisp and confident), I felt that I could do, I don’t know, 7 more reps? Looks like that burned out quickly (at least I was able to include a full body workout after all the pull-ups were finished…well, after a much needed water break).
That initial energy burst is what I’m focusing on now, since (if I may re-iterate) the main goal is to plow through 20 pull-ups in one set (and one set only). All of this difficult endurance training is building up to that. Maybe I’ll just eat a whole lot of complex (edit: simple and sugary) carbs and down a gallon of water (nature’s steroids) a half an hour before I take the final test (than take a piss to lighten the load…haha). Still one more session left before I’m eligible to make that attempt though. Thanks for coming along on the ride with me (if you actually read this all the way ‘til the end).
Notes for the midnight March 28th ep:
- How old is Ted Danson? (rhettorical question; I know how old he is generally) Because during his segment, he was acting like a crotchety 87 year old (and treating Fallon like he was 5…which he sometimes acts like). The widdle bit became funny when Tariq joined the fray (and swiftly “widdled” a drumstick for ?uestlove). And this is the first time I’ve heard of widdling. Is it supposed to be like knitting for guys or something? Edit: And Black Thought singing, then reciting/scatting the lyrics to the Cheers theme song was hilarious.
- I was expecting an original (if kind of annoying) bit from Armisen (edit: who came out to Curtis Mayfield’s Freddie’s Dead, Roots style) and got just that. Not sure if they let ?uestlove know that Fred was going to ?uestion (under the guise of the bit) Mr. Thompson’s un?uestionable and incomparable drumming skills. He looked genuinely like “WTF you just say to me?”
- N*E*R*D debuts their new single (or maybe an old single that’s never been released) entitled “Soldier”. No Pharrell & The Yessirs live reunion unfortunately. As for the new joint, the only part I was feeling was Chad’s saxophone playing (Rump Shaker style, considering he DID play the Public Enemy-sampled sax melody for Teddy Riley in that legendary track, while P wrote one of the verses). Everything else just seemed like an overly hyped up, too high of a tempo, moshing mess (not sure what genre of music they were trying to channel). Believe it or not, I haven’t drooled over everything The Neptunes have touched (and this is one of them). Maybe I need to hear a proper studio version of it.
- Funny that Pharrell shouted out The Roots first, then Jimmy boy (even though it’s his show). At the end, it looked like P and ?uesto were exchanging pleasantries from a distance. And when The Legendary went into the awesome Late Night theme song, I noticed Skateboard P just chillin’ and soaking in the theme. And with a look on his face like: “A band the calibre of The Roots is finally gettin’ some mainstream shine on a national TV show? Unbelievable!” Yeah, I can interpret that kind of thought from the slightest eyebrow raise. But he was definitely pondering on something while watching The Roots kill it as usual (wonder if he’s ever been to one of their ridiculously unsurpassed live shows that clueless music fans everywhere continue to sleep on).
- 2 of my Top 3 favourite bands on the same show = great stuff all around for a Friday night/Saturday morning ep. Happy weekend!
Pull-ups (based on 17 max rep level)
12 (split into mini-sets of 6, 4 and 2 + 2 more for good measure)
(120 sec rest in between sets…just the way I like it)
My second attempt at the first session of the final week…and endurance is still a problem. Although technically, the goal IS to reach 20 pull-ups in a row and not do multiple sets of 20 (if so, shoot me now). So as long as I’m mentally (and physically) prepared to go balls out for one set (next week), 20 appears to be attainable. Anyways, as you can see, I ran out of gas in the middle of tonight’s last set (after the first 6, I said “f*ck it” and let go). Night 2 is currently uncharted territory for me. With that said, looking forward to it!
Notes for the March 25th ep:
- Rachel Maddow came out to a perfect rendition of N*E*R*D’s Brain by The Roots (there’s an awesome first for late night TV). I wish they played the composition out longer as I would’ve loved to hear the whole thing. Rachel then gave props to the house band like many of the guests have (they are THAT good, people).
- To conclude Rachel’s segment, she and Jimmy made a couple of Bijou cocktails, each of which contains a jigger of Chartreuse Green (amongst many other hard liquors). Rachel even briefly went into the history of the drink (regarding the monks and all that stuff I linked to the other day). And when she said that it tastes like hell on its own, she was spot on.
- Personal side note: I tried a shot of Chartreuse on the rocks the other night and it took me 20 minutes to force it all down (and I wasn’t taking my time like I would with a glass of Gold Label). It was so disgustingly complex and one of the most vile liquids I’ve ever consumed. Next time I’m definitely shooting it in one gulp (Death Proof style), straight outta the freezer with no ice (along with some brave buddies who are also up to the challenge). It would probably help if I was drunk first.
- For John Cena, The Roots played The Champ by Mohawks (a classic hip hop break). I thought it would be funny if they played M.O.P.’s Ante Up considering that John’s WWE entrance theme illegally (and very openly) samples that track. John pointed to The Roots as well in a props-giving fashion (who’s the real star of the show?).
- Another night, another great ep of Late Night (musically).
A couple of Kotaku links to peruse before I have my little say:
DJ Shadow and Daft Punk (both rumoured) on the DJ Hero side. Mix Master Mike, Numark mixers and a classic Gorillaz track making the playlist on the Scratch side. Based solely on these very early rumours/impressions, it looks like I’m slowly leaning towards Scratch. What with the solid involvement of both Mix Master Mike and the Numark brand together, the experience should actually be quite authentic. Would I be up to the challenge though? Or do I need a dumbed down experience? Those are the questions. The tracklisting will go quite far in determining who I eventually side with. Will keep my eyes peeled on the reviews as the summer release approaches. Either way, I’ve been waiting a LONG time for a great turntable-based rhythm game (and yes, I completely missed the boat on Beatmania for the PS2).