Now That’s Ninjarific #6 – The Punched-Up Proboscis Edition

One of the best things about the interwebs is that it’s filled with lots of groovy stuff.

I mean, sure, it’s also filled with lots of crap and bunches of snooze. But some stuff is so ninjarific that it just begs to be shared.

Thus the advent of the Now That’s Ninjarific series.

Now I have a place to share the awesomesauce stuff I bump into with some of my favorite people ever.

Woot! Yay! And woohoo!

Some of the aforementioned grooviness is sound stuff. Some of it’s not. All of it’s totally ninjarific.

It sort of has to be to qualify for an installment of Now That’s Ninjarific, right?

The nose!

The nose!

So last week I thought I was getting a cold.

Sore throat. Stuffy nose. Slightly ugh-ey.

By the weekend I was completely zonked on the couch. I barely moved between Saturday and Tuesday.

Couldn’t breathe. Head-to-toe ouchies. Completely wiped.

After trying every over-the-counter remedy known to man and getting zero relief, I finally went to the doctor yesterday.

(Thanks for the nudge Mom. You’re the smartness.)

Aaaaaand it turns out this “cold” was actually a pretty gnarly sinus infection.

Which actually explains a lot. Including this who-punched-me-in-the-nose? feeling.

All I can say is thank gawd for antibiotics.

Because I’m totally over feeling punched up.

And because I want to be in tip top shape for the shindig that’s starting in a couple weeks.


I’ve got a couple of really hawt blog posts that are percolating right now. Delicious stuff that’s related to flow. Stuff that’s filled to the brim with all kinds of aha!

I’ll be serving those up soonsoonsoon.

But, right now, everything is a hazy shade of NyQuil.

So I’ve wrangled up a few nuggets of ninjarificness for you.

Shall we?

Benjamin Zander brings it

I think Benjamin Zander is capital-B Brilliant.

His music is bubbling with mojo. And the book he and his wife wrote is one of my favorites.

So I actually squeeed! when I stumbled onto this TED talk.

It is about music. And connection. And impact. And possibility.

It is smart. And funny. And full of music that wows me to eyes-closed-mouth-open speechlessness.

And the question he poses at the end? HUGE.

Do yourself a favor and watch this. Really.

Extra mustard please

There’s a man named Daniel Mustard. People also call him Homeless Mustard.

He’s a homeless guy. Who lives in NYC*.

*He even has a map on his website that shows you where you can find him.

He also has a great big beard and a voice that’s full of soul.

My faboo friend Lisa B turned me on to his beard his tunes by way of this video where he totally nails a cover of Creep by Radiohead.

(Psst. This is NSFW due to language.)


There’s something in the rawness of his voice that just rocks me.

Check out his other videos. His rendition of Boys Don’t Cry is awesome.

(Lisa B is awesome too. She’s @zenatplay on the Twitters.)

Kazoos + Metallica FTW!

When I was a kid I had a kazoo obsession.

It kind of bordered on unhealthy.

I had a ton of these instruments-of-mucho-kookiness.

Plastic ones. Metal ones. Wooden ones. Cheap ones. Expensive ones.

You get the idea.

My favorite kazoo was this fancy blue and gold metal number.

I actually engraved my name on it.

Because, in my state of extreme nerdiness, I figured people would stop at nothing to steal this piece of buzz-ey hawtness from me.

I carried that thing around with me everywhere. No matter where I went.

Because, when you’re 12, you can’t even conceive of an occasion when playing the kazoo might be inappropriate.

So imagine the exhilaration I felt when I found this video of Mister Tim serving up a piping hot dose of Metallica’s Enter Sandman on not one but four kazoos!

Need I say more?

I didn’t think so.

Your code. Their organ. Rawk.

I’ve mentioned Patti before in past editions of Now That’s Ninjarific.

Because she is the epitome of ninjarificness.

And when she tossed out the link to this morsel of gorgeous on Twitter, every nerdy bone in my body tingled.

CODEORGAN is the kind of thing that just makes me happy.

It is wacky. And devoid of any real practical purpose. But it’s fun.

Fun is good.

Apparently this thing analyzes the contents of a web page and turns the code-ey bits into playable tunes. Complete with synthesizers and fancy drum loops.

So you can listen to the music your site is making.


(Check out Patti on Twitter. She’s @pattidigh.)

Aardvarks and aural magics

You know about Heidi’s potions and Shannon’s life coaching, right?

Heidi creates these uber delicious alchemical concoctions. And she has an aardvark for a business partner.

Shannon tames fear and feeds inspiration. And, dude, she climbs moutains.

So it goes without saying that these two are already a hundred kinds of fabulous in my book, right?

But, in an act that kind of redefines fabulous, Heidi and Shannon have combined their superpowers to do one of the coolest somethings I’ve heard about in a long time.

They explain it way better than I could:

You know those potions that you love? Well, those very potions will soon be available accompanied by downloadable audios, custom-made for each potion, to help you ignite potion-magics inside yourself in the zippy, subtle and super-charged places where body and mind get it on and things can’t help but change.

Slather on the potion. Listen to the audio. Watch stuff shift.

Wildly helpful. Totally smart. Seriously awesome.

And they’re also giving away potions + audio awesome. So take a peek.

(Heidi is @curiousHeidiHi and Shannon is @shannonmw on Twitter.)

Your turn

In keeping with tradition, here’s where I invite you to share your assorted nuggets of ninjarificness with me.

Websites. Tunes. Books. Assorted sightings of fabulousness.
What’s really wowed you lately?

Go ahead and lay it on me.

Because, really, I need something to do while waiting for this amoxicillin to do its thang.

Flickr credit – madaboutasia

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8 Responses to Now That’s Ninjarific #6 – The Punched-Up Proboscis Edition
  1. Noura
    July 8, 2010 | 6:35 pm

    sue-perb! thanks for sharing. I specially like the Mustard bit. 🙂

    My ninjarificness for the week? A most awesome & inspiring reiki session w/ a client that rocked both of our worlds!

  2. Heidi Fischbach
    July 8, 2010 | 10:28 pm

    Love. You. AND Love. This.: “Because, when you’re 12, you can’t even conceive of an occasion when playing the kazoo might be inappropriate.” xoxo
    .-= Heidi Fischbach´s last blog ..Yipee- An aardvark potion contest- And you can play- =-.

  3. Lisa Baldwin
    July 9, 2010 | 5:23 am

    Oh, dude. The kazoos! If there’s anything on YouTube more awesome than that, I don’t want to see it for I would surely explode.

    Genius. Thank you. xo
    .-= Lisa Baldwin´s last blog ..Value or- choose your own treasures =-.

  4. Tammy Vitale
    July 9, 2010 | 11:03 am

    1. Carry a jar of bubbles in your car. Add a little fantasy to the next traffic jam. Jennifer Louden
    2. That Tama Kieves now writes a blog.
    3. Patty Digh’s post
    with a David Whyte poem – love David Whyte. Didn’t know the poetry. Looked him up and spent copious $$. Who knew he had so much stuff out there?!
    4. This: Do you get upset when people try to bully you but yet you bully yourself all day long with internal chatter – From I could’ve, should’ve to even more overt and negative put-downs? Kindness to others begins with kindness to self. Julette Millien (a FB friend)
    .-= Tammy Vitale´s last blog ..Why isn’t it working I’ve done it all right- =-.

  5. Fabeku
    July 12, 2010 | 7:23 pm

    @Noura – Isn’t Mustard awesome? So much soul, that guy. And right on with the mutual rocking-of-worlds. Yay you!

    @Heidi – Thanks! Glad you appreciate my kazoo nerdiness. Truth be told, even though I’m not 12 anymore, I can still barely fathom a moment when playing a kazoo wouldn’t be an appropriate response.

    @Lisa – I know, right? I don’t know how the interwebs were able to contain that colossal awesome.

    @Tammy – Awesome x 5 (with the fifth being you)! Thanks for all of that goodness. Jen’s bubble idea is brilliant.

    Thanks for joining in the ninjarificness peeps. Totally appreciated.

  6. Elizabeth
    July 18, 2010 | 12:05 am

    I missed this post earlier, but I adore Benjamin Zander. I stumbled across a video with him – I wish I could remember where so I could leave you the link, it might have been another TED talk – and loved it. If I remember correctly, he was teaching a young boy one-buttock playing as his talk. But the main reason I loved him is because he just exudes joy and delight and possibility. I loved this video too – very powerful.
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..ode to joy- volume 28 =-.

  7. Tangerine Meg
    September 7, 2010 | 6:33 am

    Do you like Michael Franti?

    I am so delighted to have found you (via Bridget)
    Meg x o

  8. Tangerine Meg
    September 10, 2010 | 11:56 pm

    PS Just watched the Benjamin Zander talk. Thanks for the link. I have tears in my eyes… What a wonderful talk and person!

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