Monday, February 27, 2006
You can go to the Wax Audio website here to read about what they do and to download different stuff.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
Still, today I was reminded how an e-mail letter (even an e-mail card) can have the same effect. As I browsed through an old e-mail account I no longer use because of massive amounts of spam mail, I noticed a Christmas e-card mixed in with all the junk. It was from an old friend from college. She lives in Malaysia and I lost her phone number, address, and judging from the "return to server" e-mails, her current e-mail address in the last couple of years. One of my best friends, and I had lost complete contact with her. So, when I saw the e-card from her today, I had the same elation I would get if she had sent a big huge care-package straight to my door.
This book and the accompanying event of receiving a newfound link to my friend have inspired me take more care in staying contact with those I love. I am going to try to write more letters – both by e-mail and by hand. Everyone is busy with work, with school, with TV, but at the end of the day it’s the connections we’ve made that will comfort and sustain us through life.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Let's take a look back at some other underapreciated shows that ended too soon:
1. Twin Peaks
4. Nothing Sacred
5. Sports Night
6. Adventures of Brisco Co. Jr
Some say that the upswing to being pulled off the air during a shows height of artistic success is that no one ever sees ineveitable crap that is produced when a show overstays its welcome by a season or two. X-Files did this. That 70's show is doing this right now.
Anyother awesome shows that were gone too soon or shows that tarnished their perfect image by staying a season or two too long?
Monday, February 20, 2006
Dana Carvey and John Travolta
"Dre-e-e-e-am. Dream, dream dream dream. Dre-e-e-e-am."
"Forever young. I wanna be forever young. Do you wanna live for ever? Forever? Forever?"
And at work, usually at work events:
"I gotta get out of this place. If its the last thing I ever do. I gotta get out of this place..."
Now, none of these songs are songs I that listen to often or even like (expecially the forever young song - I hate it. Yet, one of them is going through my head most of the time).
Do you get the same songs stuck in you head? If so, what are they?
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fornicate - to have sex without being married
copulate - to engage in sexual introcourse.
So, you can copulate without fornicating, but you cannot fornicate with out copulating. A classic case of squares and rectangles.
I've decided it's time to take a vacation from the word box. I still love words, but it's less fun for all of us than it used to be. Maybe we'll see the box in the future, but for now I'm putting it to rest. Thanks to all who've played.
Monday, February 13, 2006
In what movie would you find this quote:
Person 1: Who we admire most in the world, and why? The person we admire most in the world is make-up artist and creature creator Rick Baker.
Person 2: His wonderfully gruesome slime bladders and slobber tubes in an American Werewolf in London won him a richly deserved Oscar. That is why we admire make-up artist and creature creator Rick Baker very, very, very, very, very, very . . .
Person 1: . . . very, very, very, very, very . . .
Person 2: . . . very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very . . .
Person 1: . . . very, very, very, very, very much. It's 100 words on the nose.
Person 2: You can count it if you want.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Thanks to everyone for making my birthday spectacular!
Now, a word about Scruples...
In this game each person has 5 questions cards, one answer card, one plead the 5th card, and a challenge coin. The object of the game is to get rid of all your question cards by asking one person a question and getting them to answer they same way as your answer card - the options are: YES, NO, or DEPENDS. If they answer as you want, you get rid of your question card but if they don't, you draw another one. You always draw a new answer card. At any point someone can challenge the answer someone gives and everyone votes to say if that person is lying or telling the truth.
Bored? Yeah, we were too. This is not a fun game. The box makes it sound fun, but in actuality most people are doing nothing during most of the game. There is just too much wait time, and the questions (which are supposed to be moral dilemas) are just not that juicy. If you want a game in the same family that will bring forth giggling and fun, try True Colors. In this game everyone is invovled in every round.
Here's how True Colors works: Everyone picks a color and everyone has cards that have the different colors on them. A question is asked "who's most likly to....." and everyone picks two of their colored cards and puts them in a box thing. So, you are anonymously voting and you can vote for two differnet people or for the same person twice. Get it? Then, the votes are counted. It is fun, but best if played with people who know eachother well and who are good sports about things. It kicks Scruples ass.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Thursday, February 09, 2006
1. Fred Savage was in Princess Bride with Billy Crystal
2. Billy was in Analyze This (and That) with Robert DiNero
3. Robert was in Meet the Fookers with Dustin Hoffman
Freshly baked cookies are coming your way this afternoon!
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Well, it can be done - I have found a way!
1. Tom Cruise was in Eyes Wide Shut with Fay Masterson
2. Fay was in The Man w/o a Face with Mel Gibson
Monday, February 06, 2006
The prize: home-made ch. chip cookies. I will deliver these cookies directly to the winner, so they don't get eaten by any of the messangers (FishFrog, this is directed at you and a certain Dove bar!).
The contest will officially end on Wednesday @ 10p.m. Cookies will be delivered on Thursday. If any long distance bloggers or "next bloggers" want to play, but are worried you won't get your cookies - don't worry, I'll send them to you!
Let the game begin! Connect these two actors:
Fred Savage and Dustin Hoffman
Sadly, however, it seems more credence is given to a movie that is emotionally powerful yet would never tempt the audience into a second viewing than to a movie that, though perhaps powerful in its own right, conjures up feelings of joy or laughter rather than pain and heart-ache.
I truely believe movies have many purposes and should not all be enjoyable to watch. We should not, however, forget about the enjoyment factor when rating a movie for best picture. For me, this type of movie should be given props for what they often do well - outstanding performances, cinematography or directing credits. Far too often, however they are picked for best picture because of the initial "wow" factor. Meanwhile, comedic or sweeter movies are overlooked. It seems to me that Oscar may have fallen prey to this way of thinking when he nominated this year’s best film picks. What do you think?– comments welcome.
This year’s nominations:
Brookeback Mountain – I thought this was good movie. It was visually pleasing and the music set the mood of the movie perfectly. Still, I cannot imagine ever wanted to see it again.
Crash – as much as I love Don Cheadle, and man do I love him, I could not love this movie. To me, this movie is one that should be made and should be seen, but it is not enjoyable, and it is not a great film. I felt like it was meant to be a call to action piece, but it left my soul drained of all its hope for a better world that I was compelled to do nothing but wallow. Maybe it got to racists and made them realize that racism and prejudice is a vicious cycle, and if so, then that is a good thing, but not enough to make it best picture. Ellen really loves this movie – Ellen, what am I missing?
Capote – I can’t say because I haven’t seen it yet. I really want to see this movie.
Good Night and Good Luck – see Capote, but change "really" to "totally".
Munich – I have absolutely no desire to see this movie. If anyone has seen it, please tell us about it. From what I’ve heard about it, it is extremely powerful and thought-provoking.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
To write about someone you need to know them, but if you know them and are thinking about writing about them, then you probably like them. Therefore, it is difficult to really write about them and not just list all the things about them that are great. Is that interesting? No, obvioulsy not! But as I write, I know my class will read this piece of work, and if I write about say, Panda, while I may see some less than desirable traits in her personality, I don't want the rest of the world to. So, you end up with flat, one-sided characters or run the risk of seriously hurting someone's feelings.
Now we arrive at my paper, and aside from being a bit one-sided, stylistically it is all over the place. While it is only supposed to be a first draft, I am still unhappy with how it has turned out. In short, my paper (not about Panda) is complete and total crapola and I will be embarrassed when my group reads it.