Archive for December, 2013

Since I’m clearly on a hobbit kick today, I thought I’d put up this great rendition of “Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold” by Clamavi De Profundis. This is a much longer version of the song that Thorin and Company sing in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The music video is also beautifully done.


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If you haven’t already seen “The Desolation of Smaug”, I highly recommend getting yourself to a movie theater and watching it. I saw it with a friend of mine this past weekend and it was all kinds of excellent. Failing that, you can watch the following three videos.

First up is a fun video of three of the elves–Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), and Lee Pace (Thranduil)–reacting to a video of two fans (Fili and Kili from OneRing.Net) watching the trailer for “Smaug”. The actors are excited to see the fans excited and it’s really charming.

Unfortunately, neither the actors nor the audience can see what parts of the trailer the fans are reacting to. So here’s video with the fans, the actors, and the trailer altogether.

And since this is the Internet age, here’s a video of the fans reacting to the video of the actors watching them which is even more fun if that’s possible.

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Grinchy Cat

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Getting off the shuttle bus this morning, someone mentioned that one of the mountains in the Arnorian Range was smoking. I looked over and sure enough, there definitely seemed to be smoke rising from one of the mountains to the left of Mt. Galadriel.  I should mention at this point that at the University of Arnor, our ivory towers are located on a hill which overlooks the valley and gives us a nice view of the Arnor Range on a clear day.

While it’s true that there is no known volcanic activity in the Arnor Range, it is also true that about a decade ago scientists discovered a previously unknown geologic fault after a rather large (six point range) earthquake. So I thought it the better part of valor to call up the Arnor Volcanic Observatory and get the official explanation. Jeff, the deputy observer on call, did some science–by which I mean he looked out the window of his tower which being higher up on the hill has an even better of the mountains than we do on lower campus–and informed me that a) the smoke was actually a wisp of cloud, b) that happens sometimes, and c) no, the dwarves haven’t awakened the dragon and we weren’t about to get a flying visit from Smaug.

I e-mailed the rest of my colleagues at the library to let them know about the smoking mountain just in case patrons asked and most of them responded with (witty) disappointment that a new volcano hadn’t been discovered.

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Okay, this isn’t really singing, but it is Benedict Cumberbatch giving a reading of R. Kelly’s song “Genius”. Having listened to both Kelly and Cumberbatch do this song, I have to say I preferred Ben’s performance.

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