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Running the Jacksonville Bank Marathon as Darth Vader

Posted in exercise, life, running with tags , , on January 18, 2012 by Paxton

In Dec 2010 I ran my first marathon. It was the Jacksonville Bank Marathon. I wanted to do something special so I ran it as The Flash.  Well, I wore the Flash insignia on my shirt.  My friend Mike ran it as Superman.  Take a look.

So when I decided to run the marathon again in 2011, I wanted to again do something different. I decided to run as Darth Vader.  I’ve talked about this decision several times on the Nerd Lunch Podcast, so I thought I’d share with you guys how we made the Vader costume and also made it “run friendly”.

First step, I bought a Darth Vader costume shirt.  You can pretty much pick them up anywhere.  This is an easy way to get the majority of the costume in one fell swoop.  Plus, this is easier than attaching a bunch of crap to a black shirt.  Especially when you will be running 26+ miles in said shirt + crap.

Vader costume shirt

I then asked my wife who is an incredible seamstress to make me a mini-cape.  My inspiration for this mini-cape came from a Superman costume shirt on Superherohype.com.

So, to begin, Steph got a yard of black matte fabric.
cape 1

She then cut it into two rectangles with her rotary cutter.  Next she sliced off the edges to make it taper outwards at the bottom.
cape 2

Steph ironed down the edges to make it easier to hem.
cape 3

Then she actually hemmed down the edges.
cape 4

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Nerd Lunch Wives: On being married to a nerd…

Posted in blogging, personal with tags , on December 1, 2011 by Paxton

Nerds

My podcasting brethren over at Nerd Lunch are doing a series called Nerd Lunch Wives. Each of the wives of the Nerd Lunch crew are writing an article about “being married to a nerd”.  So, they asked Steph to contribute an entry.  And she agreed.  And it was posted today.  So go check out Steph’s article on Nerd Lunch about how awesome it is to be married to a nerd (me).

Jeeg’s wife’s entry was posted on Wednesday.  CT’s wife’s entry I think goes up on Friday.  They are all really well written and funny.  Seriously, go check them out.

Nerd Lunch Episode #3: Talking about fast food mascots

Posted in Burger King, fast food, food, Jack in the Box, McDonald's, podcast, pop culture with tags , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

We have a new episode of the Nerd Lunch podcast.  In this episode we discuss fast food mascots. And to help us with this discussion we welcome our special guest, Nick from DudeFoods.com.

DudeFoods.com is a pretty awesome food website where Nick explores and creates all kinds of awesome foods. Some of his best stuff is the stuff he creates like the deep fried Lean Pockets or the Poutine Burger made with the awesome gravy/cheese curd fries that are like a national dish in Canada.  Nick helps us have a very lively discussion about some of our favorite fast food mascots and ad campaigns. Download and listen to us on iTunes or Feedburner. Or, listen in your browser here at Nerd Lunch.

Also, I want to mention that today is my son’s 1st birthday.  I can’t believe it’s finally here and I know it’s going to be all downhill and time is just going to fly from here on out.  I can’t wait to watch him grow up, but I don’t want it to happen at the same time.

Happy Birthday, buddy.

PJ 1st bday

Awesomeness Elsewhere – Jan 28, 2011

Posted in 80s, blogging, movies, nostalgia, personal with tags , , on January 28, 2011 by Paxton

Back to the Future wide

Hello everyone. It’s Friday. TGIF. I just want to catch you up on my activities elsewhere.

— I wrote a nostalgia piece today over at Strange Kid’s Club. I answer the question, “What Makes You a Strange Kid?” It involves Back to the Future, my dad and the Birmingham radio station I-95.  Check it out here.

— I also wrote my weekly DVD column.  I’m getting some really good feedback on it.  If you want to know what to buy this week in DVD/Blu-Ray, then check out this week’s On The Shelves.

Stay tuned, next week I’m going to put up my yearly review of the Oscar nominations.  Should be a blast watching me completely second guess the Academy.  Did they get it right this year?  Come back Monday or Tuesday to find out.

Have a good weekend.

There will be an heir to my AWESOMENESS!!

Posted in life, personal with tags , , on April 23, 2010 by Paxton

I’ve not mentioned this on the blog yet because I didn’t want to jinx anything but my wife is pregnant.  She is right at 19 weeks along and we went to the doctor yesterday and found out what we are having.

sonogram

We are having an AWESOME baby boy! Yay! Since it’s a boy, we already have the name picked out (we were undecided on a girl’s name). The little boy will not only be born with my awesome looks and sense of humor, but my awesome name as well. Paxton Ted Holley, Jr. We’ll call him PJ for short.  So never fear, the total collective bad ass awesomeness I currently carry on my shoulders will be passed on to my first male heir, PJ.  Hope the little guy can handle it.

So we are now having a boy.  You want to see the first thing I bought after finding out?

AWESOME shirt

Are you surprised?  I couldn’t NOT get it.  You know?

So that’s my kick ass news.  I am uber excited right now.  I can’t wait for this kid to get here.

My Blogiversary: 4 Years of being AWESOME…

Posted in blogging with tags , , , on March 10, 2010 by Paxton

I started what became this blog back on March 10, 2006, four years ago today.  It all started with a nondescript article about Windows Vista.  Actually, I posted like four articles that day.  I don’t know what the hell got into me there.  And two of them were about Microsoft Vista.

As you can see from the picture above, my blog originally started out on Google’s Blogger platform.  I was still finding my feet over there as my articles were all over the map and even less focused than they are now (if you can believe that).  I made the move over to WordPress on Jan 18, 2007 with an article about the return of Jack Bauer on Season 6 of 24; Jack Is Back.  The very first name of this blog over on Blogger was Pax’s Technotainment Blog as I was going to talk about movies, books and technology.  It eventually evolved into What I’m Thinking for a few years and then, in May 2008, I changed the blog’s title to the now infamous, Cavalcade of Awesome.  Along with the move to WordPress and the name change, I also registered my own URL, http://paxholley.net.  I still need to nail down http://www.cavalcadeofawesome.com.

It’s been a fun four years.  I still enjoy writing and posting articles.  I’m not doing four articles a day like that first day, but I think the quality has increased.  I’ve also met several bloggers along the way that I’ve come to know and enjoy.  People like Shawn Robare over at Branded in the 80s, Jen at The Movieholic & Bibliophile’s Blog, Trish at Trish’s Book Reading Nook and Naida at the bookworm.  These people are not only entertaining bloggers themselves, they have enough badassery (totally made that up) to keep coming back to my blog and subject themselves to my particular brand of awesome.  Got to love them for that.

Anyway, I hope everyone here has enjoyed the last four years as I plan on continuing this little ride for the time being.  Stay tuned for my continuing Cavalcade of Awesome.

Weekly Geeks 2009-20: Guilty Pleasures

Posted in life, personal, Weekly Geeks with tags , , on June 1, 2009 by Paxton

Weekly Geeks

Weekly Geeks time!!!

What’s your non-reading guilty pleasure?
Trashy TV?
Trashier movies?
Junk food?

Guilty pleasures mean that you are embarrassed what other people think about that particular action. For the most part, I enjoy what I enjoy and am not embarrassed about it. Everyone that knows me knows I like this thing or that, I don’t try to hide it. However, here are a few of my non-reading habits that might be odd to a normal person, but are just another part of the magnificent AWESOME-ness that is me.

Giant Eagle
1. Checking out supermarkets I’ve never been to.
Whenever I travel by myself or with my wife (or family) if we pass a cool looking supermarket I’ve never been to, I have to go in. It’s just something I enjoy. When my wife and I went to Paris in 2007 I actually had us go to Mona Vie, a Parisian supermarket/department store.  I found a bunch of cool sodas and chips.  When I go to one of these new groceries, I check out the soda aisle first to see if that particular place has any new sodas I’ve never seen before. I then go check out the snack food aisle for any cool goodies I’ve never seen before; chips, snack cakes, etc. I then check out the cereal aisle for any cool boxes I’ve never scoped before. If I find anything cool, I’ll either buy it on the spot or take pictures of it while in the store.  The links within this paragraph go to several of my Flickr sets highlighting the appropriate items I’ve found during some of my travels. If you click the picture of the Giant Eagle up there you’ll go to my Flickr set of Supermarket chains I’ve visited.  Check them out.

That would probably be the biggest “guilty pleasure” of mine.  What else do I like to do….hmmmm…

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