Friday Fun: Kung Fu Fighting

Along the lines of last week’s post on “Paperback Writer,” this week’s Friday Fun song is also deviating from a strict career theme with “Kung Fu Fighting,” performed by Cee Lo Green and Jack Black:

This cover of a disco hit, originally performed by Carl Douglas in 1974, was also featured in the Disney film Kung Fu Panda (hence Jack Black’s inclusion here, as the panda in question). The film focuses on a panda’s discovery that he is the Dragon Warrior and, despite a portly appearance and a total lack of kung fu training, he is the only one who can save his village from the fearsome Tai Lung.

Basically, it’s about being underestimated, and learning to overcome the limitations society places upon you.

This tune is just plain catchy, and it’s a great way to burst into the weekend while practicing your roundhouse kicks.

TGIF!

Need more ninja?

If you’re looking for more ninja in your life, be sure to check out my Instagram feed this weekend, when I’ll be furiously writing the first draft of my new ninja novel, The Reluctant Ninja, as part of the 3-Day Novel Contest (September 2-4). I’ll be posting a variety of Ninja Tips to keep you entertained, so follow me @LauraRobertsBooks to join in on the fun!

Cool Job of the Week: Ninja

Did you know that there’s currently a ninja shortage in Japan? Yes, it’s true: Japan’s number one fighting force is currently under attack!

The major problem, as I see it, stems from the fact that ninja are currently being treated as entertainers, not the lethal forces of mischief and mayhem they truly are.

Nevertheless, if you’ve been looking for a career as a ninja, this is good news for you. But first, you’ll need to get trained up! The best places to learn the ancient art of ninjutsu are Nabari and Iga, both of which are located in the Mie Prefecture of Japan.

Training you’ll need to become a ninja:

  • Unarmed combat
  • The art of concealment
  • Acrobatics
  • How to use throwing stars (shuriken)
  • Swordfighting

As per the Independent‘s article, however: “Invisibility and walking on water, despite the folklore, are not part of the job description.”

Need more ninja?

If you’re looking for more ninja in your life, be sure to check out my Instagram feed this weekend, when I’ll be furiously writing the first draft of my new ninja novel, The Reluctant Ninja, as part of the 3-Day Novel Contest (September 2-4, 2017). I’ll be posting a variety of Ninja Tips to keep you entertained, so follow me @LauraRobertsBooks to join in on the fun!

Cool Job of the Week: Science Reporter

With today’s full (or partial, depending on your location) solar eclipse happening across the U.S., my pick for Cool Job of the Week is a no-brainer: Science Reporter!

If you turn on any TV station today, you’re going to see a science reporter in action. Today they’ll be focused on explaining how a solar eclipse happens, how to view one safely (don’t forget your eclipse glasses!), and where you can find the path of totality – the places across the country where the sun will be fully covered by the moon’s passage.

Photo credit: “Image of Solar Eclipse as seen by Hinode Satellite,” via NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Even if you don’t have a TV, you can tune into NASA’s coverage of the eclipse at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive/. The folks presenting on NASA’s website are a mix of scientists and communications experts, all employed by NASA.

Want to know more about the life of a science reporter?

Check out the Columbia Journalism Review for a great article on David Perlman, a science reporter for the The San Francisco Chronicle who recently retired at the age of 98. He advises: “Be a reporter. It’s the best job in the world.”