10.27.2010

Let's do the time warp again!

Just finished watching Glee's Rocky Horror Picture Show. The kids did a good job, but what I really wanted to talk about is the scene where Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf (from the original RHPS) were talking to Sue Sylvester. My immediate first thought was, "What is Salahi doing on here?!" Then I realized--oh, that's Meatloaf. Duh.

But seriously...I'm not crazy, right?







10.23.2010

Fascinating project

I noticed on Facebook that a friend of mine "liked" something that said, "This Guy Took A Picture Of Himself Every Day For 8 Years." I learned my lesson a while back about clicking on those "I Like" things, so instead of following the link, I Googled the phrase.

Sure enough, there's a guy out there, who has taken his picture every day since 1996. He put together a video of each picture and it is simply fascinating to watch. You see how he ages, you see his different hairstyles, when he got pimples, when he wore glasses and didn't, when he grew facial hair, etc. It's really very cool.

His website is: http://www.c71123.com/daily_photo/. Check it out.

While you're there, be sure to read his FAQs...pretty entertaining.

In other news, I saw Red the other day with a friend of mine. It's about a group of former CIA agents trying to solve the mystery of why someone's coming after them now, after they've been retired for so many years. My friend and I both agreed that it's not going to win any awards, but it was fun. We also agreed that we both still love Bruce Willis. I think if you look up "twinkle in the eye," his picture should accompany the description. John Malkovich was hilarious, and Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman were great too.

10.20.2010

A few things that make me happy

  • I'm sitting here listening to Macy Gray's "I Try" and realized that after all these years, I've never tired of this song. I still love it. But now when I listen to it, I always think about a day a couple years ago when I stopped at a convenience store for coffee on my way to work. This song came on, and I was singing to myself. Then I noticed the girl next to me was also singing. As was the cashier. Everyone was in their own world just singing along with Macy Gray, and that made me smile.


  • "Prince Radio" on Pandora. I was listening to it all afternoon yesterday and only skipped one song in, like, a 5-hour period. That's pretty good. I was giving "thumbs up" all over the place. There was Prince, a little Michael Jackson, a little James Brown, a little Ray Charles, some Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Madonna, Diana Ross....it was awesome.

  • More about Prince. I heard rumors that he might begin touring again in December. Please, please, please let the rumors be true.

  • Wednesday nights: The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town.

  • Long weekends. I'm leaving work early tomorrow and am off on Friday. Woo-hoo!
Yep. That should hold me over for a while.

10.15.2010

Best Grey's Ever

I'm working from home today and came across an episode of Grey's Anatomy running on the Lifetime channel. I'd even call it THE episode of Grey's.

It's called "As We Know It." It's the one where everything seems to be going wrong at the hospital. The chief has a heart attack, Dr. Bailey is about to give birth and her husband is in a car accident on his way to the hospital, and it's the one where someone, somehow, had a bomb implanted inside their body. (I didn't see the first 20 minutes today, and I don't remember how the bomb came to be.) The one with Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights as the bomb expert. Where Meredith surgically removes the bomb from the body and gingerly hands it to the bomb expert. As he proceed to walk out, very slowly, Meredith goes into the hall to watch him leave, and then....BOOM! OMG.

The first time I saw this episode whenever it first aired, I remember gasping, "Oh my god!" I just wasn't expecting it at all. Where's the happy ending? This time, I knew what was coming, and yet the tension just built up, up, up, and I still screamed "Oh my god!" That was one intense show. I can't keep track of how many seasons there have been of Grey's, but this is definitely their most memorable and well-done episode. Whoa.

10.10.2010

A most auspicious day

Today is 10/10/10. There were several groups on Flickr.com created around this date. The one I chose to participate in, "10/10/10 - A Most Auspicious Day," asked for contributors to post one picture taken at any time on this date. Many people took their pictures at 10:10, but I didn't take it that far. It was a GORGEOUS day today, so I picked up my sister and we went to the Smithsonian Gardens to enjoy the gorgeousness. I just love it there. I used to work near there, and really miss stopping by for lunch.

In any case, I took about 20 shots, 7 of them I was pretty happy with, and here is the one I submitted for the group:

10.10.10 - Rose @ Smithsonian Gardens


I love that rose and wish I could've clipped it and brought it home with me.

Here are my runners up:
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Others that were decent can be found on my Flickr site.

In other news, I just finished watching Desperate Housewives. Here's a thought for Mike and Susan. Maybe they should sell their $40,000 Volvo and get something a little more economical to help with their money situation. Dumb detail, but I picked up on it, so the writers should too.

And finally, on Friday I saw Easy A with Emma Stone and really enjoyed it. There were a few references to some of my favorite teen movies of the 80s, such as Breakfast Club, Say Anything and Sixteen Candles. I was the only one in the theater who laughed at some of those jokes and I fear I may have been the oldest person there. This was a Friday at 4pm, so there weren't a lot of people there, and I noticed a group of 13-year-old boys as we were leaving the theater. They certainly wouldn't recognize anything from The Breakfast Club. It was great to see Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as Emma Stone's parents. They all had great chemistry. The movie's not unbelievable, but it was good for a couple hours of entertainment.

10.08.2010

Sometimes you're better off not knowing everything

Earlier today, I quoted an old TV commercial to some friends in an email. The quote came out of nowhere: "Pretty sneaky, sis." I knew it was from a commercial. but I couldn't remember which commercial. Thanks to the Internet, it took me about a minute to find out. It was a Connect Four ad from 1981. I sent a note back to my friends saying, "I love the Internet" and provided a link to the ad on YouTube.



Later, I was watching Grey's Anatomy and they had a case of a man whose warts caused by HPV were out of control. His hands looks like tree branches. One of the doctors screamed "Oh my god!" when the patient got out of the car. Well, I guess I was curious as to whether that could really happen, so I did a search on "HPV out of control" and oh gosh. There was a case of a man they called "Tree Man" who had this exact affliction. Apparently there's a documentary movie about him. I found a news clip and watching it, I just felt sick to my stomach. I couldn't finish watching. My first thought was: that poor man. My second thought was, sometimes the Internet is not so great after all. You truly can find anything on the Internet, but sometimes it's better if you don't.

It's kind of like eating hotdogs. You probably don't really want to know what's in them.

10.06.2010

What I'm not liking these days

  • Gretchen on Project Runway. I didn't like Ivy either, but she's already gone, so one down, one to go. Gretchen's ego takes up the whole room whenever the designers are together, and I'm tired of hearing her criticize everyone else's work mercilessly. Now, of course I realize a lot of that is due to how the show is edited, but still--she gave them plenty of material to work with. I don't really care for her designs either.

  • Better with You. This is a sitcom on ABC about three couples. One couple is newly engaged, the female's sister is part of a couple that's been married for ten years, and the girls' parents make up the third couple. This could be funny, but it's not, and tucked in between two shows that are VERY funny (The Middle and Modern Family) just makes its lack of humor all the more obvious.

  • Mike & Molly. I think I wrote about this before, but this show has an annoying laugh track and just isn't that funny.

  • Cancellation of Lone Star. This show only aired twice, and already, Fox has pulled it. I enjoyed it, but I guess I may have been the only one. The number of viewers dropped significantly from the first show to the second. Oh well.

  • The Biggest Loser. I still watch the show because I enjoy seeing the transformations of each contestant. What I don't like is that the show is two hours long, all the ridiculous product placement, and the constant talk of whether someone's a game player or not (aren't they all "game players" considering that they're on the show in the first place?). It's getting old. At least this season they've tried to shake it up a bit by having the 8 people below the yellow line competing to stay on the show. I dunno...this might be my last season watching.

That's all I can think of right now. Glad to get it off my chest.

What I'm liking these days

  • Glee - tonight's episode about God and faith was great. I love the scenes the show has with Sue and her sister, and this week's didn't disappoint. It's great to see Jane Lynch show a tender side every once in a while. I thought the show was respectful of all beliefs (or lack thereof), and it wasn't preachy. It also had the best title: "Grilled Cheesus." (Finn found Jesus on his grilled cheese sandwich.)
  • Raising Hope - this show cracks me up. The site gags are hilarious, and you can't go wrong with Cloris Leachman as Maw-Maw. It's about a young kid who winds up raising his baby girl after his one night stand with a woman who turns out to be a serial killer. I know it doesn't sound like it, but trust me...it really is funny. Martha Plimpton's great too.
  • Maroon 5's new CD, Hands All Over. I feel like my friend Kerri has asked me several times how I'm liking it, and I just realized I never answered her question. Rude! Sorry Kerri! Anyway, I really like it. Songs About Jane is still my favorite of theirs, but this one's good. Lots of songs that have a great beat you can dance to. I love the collaboration with Lady Antebellum, "Out of Goodbyes." Great sounds.
  • Wednesday nights. I love ABC's line up--The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town--still great. I can do without Better with You, though, but this post is about what I like, so it doesn't really matter.
  • Project Runway. Jeez. Did you see it last week? **SPOILER ALERT** I was practically sobbing when one of the cast members, Mondo, announced that he's HIV positive. Whoa. I was really moved by that episode, and I'm so glad the rest of the cast were so supportive of him.
  • Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake's History of Rap. This was fantastic! I made my own playlist based on the songs they did. There's a couple I don't know though. If you can help, what's the song they do after Soulja Boy? Also, what song does JT do right before they do "Slim Shady"? (Sorry for the ad that comes first.)
UPDATE 10/6/10:  My friend Jeanene came through.  In the comments, she provided a link to this blog post about the song list. Thanks Jeanene!

That should do it for now. Maybe tomorrow I won't be in a good mood and we'll go over the things I'm not liking these days....

10.02.2010

Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield

Love Is a Mix TapeLove Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this book. I read a few pages while at the book store and told my friend, "I love this book, I have to get it." It's a memoir about the author's tragic loss of his wife, told through his experience with music. It's a sad story, but I also laughed and reminisced about my own days of creating mix tapes The book reminded me a lot of Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity," one of my favorites. I came across many beautiful passages as I was reading, though, I didn't think to make note of them until I was about 3/4 of the way through. I'll have to read it again to find them all. I found this particularly moving: "When I started feeling morbid and empty, I felt like I was turning into a different person from the guy she fell in love with. I had no voice to talk because she was my whole language."

I look forward to reading Rob Sheffield's second book, "Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut" which is about music from the 80's.