How I Met Your Mother Season 3 DVD out on October 7th

robin_and_barney Just a quick news update for  HIMYM fans. According to moviesonline.ca, FOX has announced that ‘How I Met Your Mother Season 3’ will be released on DVD on October 7th. I wonder what kind of goodies will come with this season? As you all may know Season 2 came with a small and much coveted Awesomeness Poster and there are always cool “extras” with each season.

Also, mark your calendars (Outlook, iCal, google, actual…) because How I Met Your Mother returns to the air for Season 4 on September 22.

Miracles – HIMYM Season 3 Finale

The beginning of the episode was predictable. For some reason, I knew Ted would be sitting there(Just a great use of Radiohead by the way, music matters). Either way… I don’t have much to say here, other than to say I stand by my previous posts (or for the lay person “Nah, Nah, I am right”)

On the Robin and Barney issue, I feel that I made a pretty compelling case, and after the way :Miracles” ended, I am more certain of it.

The mother. Despite what others are claiming and last moments of Season 3 that left me screaming “NOOOOOOOOOOO….this went on a while….OOOOO!!”, I still stand by my post about what we know about “the mother”. Despite how I love Sarah Chalke, I still feel confident that Stella is not the mother! (…pssst…the mom’s name is Tracy!)

It’s also always nice to see the awesomeness poster..even if it was only for a fleeting moment….

Well I suppose that is a small episode recap…coupled with bragging and link dropping. Until Later, Be Awesome Instead.

Crazy vs. Hot

Dear Citizens of the internet,

Barney Stinson has given us so much. So many great quotes, thoughts, posters, things to ponder… do you ever feel like you need just a little more Barney? Well, if you haven’t noticed Barney has a blog: Barney’s Blog. Now my main purpose in this is not to promote his very awesome blog is to highlight a very helpful tool that Barney introduces in Episode 5 of Season 3. Now, Citizens of the internet… had I had access to this tool earlier in my life I could have used it to evaluate many of my relationships and saved myself from a lot of confusion, heartache, bodily harm, and exposure to craziness. Yes, I am talking about the crazy/ hot scale. You see according the the scale (and explanation on Barney’s blog) a girl is allowed to be crazy, as long as she is equally hot. This is where the chart comes in… (excerpt from le Blog de Barney Stinson:)

The problem is certain women’s increase in physical attractiveness has been disproportional to their increase in psychosis. Luckily for us, a chart exists where we can see just how out of balance the ratio between your hotness and craziness has become – knowledge that can prove to be invaluable over the course of your daily life.

A little confused? Watch this clip from of Barney explaining the scale on How I Met Your Mother for a better understanding.

Now if you are female then you probably think to yourself…where do I rank on this scale? Well Barney also provides a very informative quiz you can take to determine your “Crazy” rating…

1. You’re walking down the street and see Matt Damon. You:
a: Gawk from afar and let him pass unbothered.
b: Run up to him and beg to have his babies.
c: Stab him with a pen.

2. You’re driving on the freeway and someone cuts you off. You:
a: Take a deep breath, count to ten, and do a random act of kindness.
b: Hold down your horn and scream obscenities.
c: Stab him with his own broken windshield wiper.

3. You see a kitten stuck in a tree. You:
a: Call the fire department and wait for professional help.
b: Climb up and rescue it, then take it home to join the 125 other cats you currently care for.
c: Stab it with a tree branch.

4. You’re on a date with a fellow and it’s not going well. You:
a: Explain to him you’re just not compatible and offer to split the check.
b: Start a small fire in the ladies’ bathroom thus evacuating the restaurant and ending your date.
c: Finish your decadent five-course dinner, then stab him with a lobster claw.

5. Your boss makes a pass at you. You:
a: Report it to human resources.
b: Go for it, then blackmail him for the rest of his natural life.
c: Stab him with his tie.

6. The barista screws up your double skim, half café, no sugar added caramel macchiato. You:
a: Drink whatever she gives you, so as to not create a scene.
b: Throw the scalding hot beverage into the barista’s face.
c: Stab her with a coffee cup.

7. It’s Christmas, a time of giving, charity, and joy. One of the Salvation Army Santa’s won’t stop ringing the bell in front of your apartment. You:
a: Thank him for doing the Lord’s work and give generously.
b: Tar and feather him from your fifth floor balcony.
c: Stab him with his bell, then steal his bucket.

8. Your grandparents are in town visiting. You:
a: Happily show them around town taking extra special care of them.
b: Berate them for the measly 12 bucks they gave you on last year’s birthday.
c: Stab them with their dentures.

9. You find a wallet in the middle of the street. You:
a: Locate the wallet’s owner and return it as found.
b: Steal the person’s identity and live as them.
c: Locate the wallet’s owner and stab them with their license.

10. Your boyfriend proposes. You:
a: Tearfully admit that you’re already married but not opposed to polygamy.
b: You say, “Honestly, we’ve had a lot of great times together but I just don’t see a future between us” thus breaking his heart… then you pick up the pieces of said broken heart, and stab him with it.
c: Say, “Yes, yes, a million times yes!”

To find your “Crazy” rating, give yourself 0 points for every A response, 1 point for every B, and 2 points for every C. Take that total and divide by two. You now have your crazy number.

Now, using your self-assigned hot number, find your position on the Stinson Hot/ Crazy scale. Remember, you want to find yourself located on the hot side, not the crazy side. If the results are not to your liking, please adjust your appearance or personality accordingly. ”

Now ladies, don’t get offended. There is a simple way to apply this to men you may meet as well. Take this blog post from a female citizen of the internet named Katie.
Now no need to worry for me dear citizens. I have been married for quite some time now and no longer need this wisdom. I, thinking only of you and your safety, felt the need to pass this along. And also, for the record (and so my wife who occasionally reads my blog, won’t kill me..would that place her on the cra…nevermind), my wife is above the Mendoza line.

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the Awesomeness poster – all you’ll ever want to know.

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…and then some. So it appears a lot of people are very taken by not only Barney’s Awesomeness motivational poster (probably my most popular post to date was just about what the poster said …which in case you missed it is: “When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story.” ) from How I Met Your Mother (great season so far, btw.), but also by his whole collection of motivational posters. But for now, as promised here is all you will ever want to know about the awesomeness poster.

The awesomeness poster from Barney’s office did come with the Season 2 DVD if you buy it at Target. I haven’t been able to find one there in quite some time, but that’s the only official release I know of. I should also offer thanks to howimetyourblog.com for the proof, story and photo.

I’m glad we can get a hold of the real thing right? Well for me it’s not that simple. This poster looks decent size but I love big poster…maybe it’s just me though. To the point, I have read and searched quite extensively on the subject, and from what I can tell this is pretty much an exclusive deal with Target. It would be nice if they had several different of Barney’s motivational posters, but I figure they either have it planned for the future (for info on all the posters’ check out Barney Stinson Office Poster Collection) or they have no plans whatsoever do do anything more with them. Also, I am not totally sure about the actual size of the poster that comes with the DVD.

If you want about the closest thing you can find on the net try out the poster in the beawesomeinstead store and grab one there. I originally started with an  original fan version of the awesomeness poster. It’s quite large and awesome as a poster but to be nice, I also made up some desktop wallpapers. They are decent so feel free to partake: 1027.768, 1152.864, 1280.960, 1600.1200.

Barney pointing at the Awesomeness PosterAlso… I feel the need to start a conspiracy theory. So what we know for sure is that the Awesomeness poster is first mentioned in Season 1 Episode 17 (Life Among the Gorillas) of HIMYM. And when it is mentioned Barney motions to either the back left corner of his office behind his desk. We also know that the poster makes it first “on screen” appearance in Season 3 Episode 1 (Wait For It…) (..stop waiting that was the name of the episode, sheesh) and at this time it is behind Barney’s desk to the right of the center of the room. So he just moved his posters around right? Wrong.

If you take a look at not only episode 1.17 but also Season 1 Episode 21 (Milk) you will see so full shots which I will post below. Check them out and let me know what you notice .

The Backwall of Barney's OfficeLeft Office ViewCloser View of Posters and WallsNo posters on the Window. (duh)

Let me point out a few things. First, in the area Barney pointed, the awesomeness poster is not there. Behind his desk there is no poster with the F-16 jet we saw in season 3 or the correct number of letters for the word “Awesomeness.” It can’t be on the wall to the left of Barney because as you ca see there is just a huge set of windows. Was there even an awesomeness poster is Season 1…or just the mention of it. It seems to me that, as they do sometimes, fans made such a deal out of it that they threw it in in Season 3 as a great gag. Does this mean that all of Season 1 was a lie? Well… actually yes, it is a TV show remember? Sheesh, you all take this way to serious

Thanks for reading. Thoughts and comments are welcome!  …If you’re still here then that means you haven’t been to the store yet! So yet check out the Be Awesome Instead Store for the Awesomeness Posters and others!

*slight update – Since I get a lot of questions on it I have researched and released the definitive work with as much detail as I could find on the complete Barney Stinson Office Poster Collection. True Story.