Saturday, February 28, 2009
Other than the setting, there is no other crazy, fantastical aspects of the film. It's actually very normal, everything else. The goal of the main character is to find his ex-girlfriend, which leads to a very long road trip where they meet Mikal (Sossamon). I thought the movie was very cute and quirky. It's a funny mix of comedy, romance, drama, and fantasy all rolled in one. Although I was able to somewhat predict the ending, I still thought the movie was good. It did get a little slow in the middle there, but it picked up after a while.I left the movie thinking that suicide wasn't as big a deal as I came into it thinking. Haha, I know how morbid that sounds.
So go watch the movie! I give it a solid 4 stars!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
1 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1/2 cup brewed black tea or water (I don't think I really tasted the black tea)
1/2 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 pounds cooked egg noodles
1 or 2 peeled, seeded, and julienned cucumber
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Shredded cooked chicken, if desired
1. Stir together peanut butter, peanut oil, tea, ginger, garlic, salt, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil in a large mixing bowl until incorporated. To add a kick, mixed in 1/2 minced jalapeno pepper or 2 teaspoons of hot chili sauce.
2. Place the egg noodles in a large bowl. Add the cucumber and cilantro and mix together with your hands.
3. Pour the peanut sauce over the noodles. Mix with your hands until evenly coated.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Barney Stinson is a womanizer who never leaves home without a suit and always tries to get his friends to "suit up!" He loves to play lazer tag. He does awesome magic tricks, especially to impress girls. He works for a big corporation and makes tons of money, but no one knows exactly what he does for a living. He has rules of life by which he lives, like the platinum rule, the chain of screaming, the bro code, and the hot/crazy scale. He also has a blog, so he must be cool. ;) He is the definition of awesomeness.
He has the best catch phrases too. Here are some good ones.
- "Suit up!" There are other variations like "Birthday Suit Up!" "Ladies, slut up!" "Penguin suit up!" "Space suit up!" "Snowsuit up!" "Flight suit up!"
- "It's going to be legendary!"
- "What uuuupppp!"
- "Haaaaaaave you met Ted?"
Below are some funny quotes. Love it!
- "Hey, Loser, how's not playing laser tag? Because playing laser tag is awesome!"
- "Phone-five! . . . You didn't phone-five, did you? I know when you don't phone-five, Ted!"
- "When I get sad, I stop being sad, and be AWESOME instead. True story."
- "Wow. Ted, you're gonna have to find a new gender for yourself, because I'm revoking your dude membership."
- "It's quid pro bro."
- "You are forcing me to be the voice of reason. And that’s not a good look for me!"
- "For the first time...EVER...the three of us are single at the same time. I've dreamed about this day, boys, and it is going to be LE-GEN-DARY. Together we will own this city. Any time a girl wants to get back at her ex-boyfriend, we'll be there. Any time a girl wants to...solve her father issues through promiscuity and binge drinking WE WILL BE there. Any time a bachelorette party drives through the city in a limo, sticking their heads out the sunroof, shouting "WHAT'S UP NEW YORK!!," we will be what is 'up' New York!"
- "Look at you, ya beautiful bastard! You suited up! This is totally going in my blog!"
Friday, February 20, 2009
So I read the article, and I had a couple reactions. First, I thought the author is completely insane. And second, I thought it was funny because of how ridiculous and ignorant it was. The article basically states how China wants to take over the world and eat you and your babies. Yeah, crazy, right? So I started reading people's comments, and most expressed their outrage. People cursed a lot and said some really mean things about the author. I will refrain from opining on whether they were warranted although I was mentally agreeing with them. ;)
Then I came across several comments that said "Trolled" or "You've been trolled" or "I smell a troll." At first, I ignored them because I didn't know what the heck it meant. But finally after seeing the word "troll" ten times, I figured it was a slang for something. So I decided to look up "trolled" on urbandictionary.com. I found that "trolled" means "anyone who fails to recognize a troll and responds to it with anger or annoyance is said to have been 'trolled.'" Huh?!? So I looked up troll. What I found out hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized I've just been trolled!! Troll means "one who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument." Haha! That's hilarious! So you see, I was doubly trolled because I went through all that trouble to find that stupid troll! Well, I think it's funny. =p And I learned something new! My lil sis would be so proud of me. She taught me what "fail" meant although I refuse to use the word because it's just not proper English. Those who know the meaning of troll must think I'm an idiot. I am not hip, okay? I admit it.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
When I think of bromances, I think of J.D. and Turk from Scrubs. They are the definition of bromance. They are even more connected to each other than to their significant others. They have cute nicknames for each other like Brown Bear and Vanilla Bear. They have a million inside jokes. They miss each other after long periods of separation. Like when Turk and Carla came back from their honeymoon, J.D. and Turk were practically giddy with joy at their reunion. I know my husband secretly wishes he has what J.D. and Turk have. There, there, hubby.
Another level to a bromance is that the bros live by the Bro Code. It's from How I Met Your Mother, if you didn't know. Barney Stinson, the awesomest TV character of all time, came up with it. Here are some good ones, quoted directly from the show:
Article 1. Bros before hoes.
Article 29. A Bro will in a timely manner alert his Bro to the existence of a girl fight.
Article 59. One Bro makes a solo attack. A second Bro provides a crutch. A third Bro rounds out the pack. But a fourth Bro is one too much.
Article 62. In the event that two Bros acquire the same target, the Bro with the longer dry spell has dibs. Should the dry spells be of equal length, a game of discreet roshambo (that just means rock-paper-scissors) shall determine the outcome.
Article 66. If a Bro suffers pain due to the permanent dissolution of a relationship with a lady friend, a Bro shall offer nothing more than a "that sucks, man" and copious quantities of beer. A Bro will also refrain from pejorative commentary - deserved or not - regarding said lady friend for a period of three months, when the requisite backslide window has closed.
Article 67. Should a Bro pick up a guitar at a party and commence playing, another Bro shall point out that he is a tool.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
When I was reading this book to my niece, I tried to cover up the abusive father part. But she still questioned me about it--why can't she go home? Then when I got to the part where her dead grandmother comes to take her away, I had to make up an entirely different ending. My niece is very particular and would force you to finish books whether you want to or not. So in order to not traumatize her, I ad-libbed my own ending. Basically, it goes like this: Her grandmother finds her and takes her home out of the cold. And she lives happily ever after, warm in her house. The End. The stupid book forced me to lie to my niece!
Who in their right mind would read this to their child? Can't a person live blissfully unaware of the cruelty of the world for just a little while?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
When asked what he would do to support the child financially, Alfie asks in a small, high-pitched voice, "What's financially?"
This just makes me really really sad.
Update 5/19/09: Today, a court found that the 13-year-old is not the father! It's actually another kid who is 15 years old. See article. That is still gross, of course.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
First, Will Smith spent $900,000 to open a private school for his two children, Jaden and Willow, and about 40 other students. The school is called New Village Academy and is located outside Malibu. The teachings are full of Scientology jargon. They say they are using new study technology developed by L.R. Hubbard, the creator of Scientology, and the textbooks are all based off writings of this man. Some teachers in New Village Academy are Scientologists themselves; however, the principle announced that they are a secular school and staff do not promote their own religion. Although Will and Jada say they are not Scientologists, evidence makes this debatable.
Click to see a video of Will Smith on the Tavis Smiley Show talking about what he generally believes in. He does not mention Scientology, but his beliefs are very Scientology-like.
Another tidbit I picked up was a little disturbing. Big movie stars tend to give the whole crew a "wrap-gift" at a wrap-party when shooting for a film is complete. For example, one time Keanu Reeves gave all his production people motorcycles. That was a very lavish gift, but guess what Will gave the staff of a recent movie! He gave them free personality tests that they could redeem at their local Scientology Center. The personality tests are given without charge at the center anyway, so they weren't really gifts in the first place. Weird!
Will Smith supports Tom Cruise and his beliefs. He often defends Cruise and calls the public ignorant for bashing Cruise when they don't know anything about Scientology. So I did some research on it and, now knowing more, I am more appalled. According to Smith, since I know more and I'm not being ignorant, I can say freely that I still disapprove of Scientology.
There have been numerous accounts from Hubbard's fellow science-fiction authors and researchers, notably Harlan Ellison, Neison Himmel, Sam Merwin, Sam Moskowitz, Theodore Sturgeon, Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, and Lyle Stuart, of Hubbard stating on several occasions that the way to get rich was to start a religion. This is referenced, among other places, in a May 1980 Reader's Digest article, which quotes Hubbard, "If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." I have read numerous personal accounts of witnesses who heard Hubbard say this to them before creating Scientology.
The Church of Scientology and its many related organizations have amassed considerable real estate holdings worldwide, likely in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Scientology encourages existing members to "sell" Scientology to others by paying a commission to those who recruit new members. Scientology franchises, or missions, must pay the Church of Scientology roughly 10% of their gross income. On that basis, it is likened to a pyramid selling scheme. While introductory courses do not cost much, courses at the higher levels may cost several thousand dollars each.
Before Hubbard became a religious guru, he was a science fiction writer. And isn't it fishy that the story behind Scientology is so Sci-Fi-like, like perhaps it was created in Hubbard's sadistic, greedy mind?
I don't know how anyone can defend Scientology when there is substantial evidence that Scientology does not approve of homosexuals and is racist against African Americans. These are only but a few facts about Scientology. If you would like to know more, I would advise you to read up on it and create your own opinion, whether it be different than mine or not.
They started off the season with a big concept--the reversal of good and evil. It was pretty ambitious, and things started to get screwy really fast. Characters became annoying and useless, e.g., Mohinder, Claire, Peter without powers and Hiro. The time traveling thing was just confusing. Then finally the creator admitted that they've gotten sidetracked this season and wants to get back to where the show was in the beginning, which means they want to take it all back! Literally. It's like the beginning of the season didn't happen at all. But they didn't do a good job of covering it up. It is just plain obvious.
- The big reveal of the season was that Sylar was actually Nathan and Peter's brother! Wow! Peter learned this when he went into the future and met Sylar or actually Gabriel. Gabriel was a family man and was cooking at home with his son, and he called Peter "brother." Now the writers want to take it all back. But how? It turned out that Mrs. Petrelli lied to Sylar. The kicker is that Mr. Petrelli lied to him too. That doesn't make any sense because Mr. and Mrs. Petrelli were not in cahoots. Neither one knew the other lied. This is what pisses me off the most. This big "lie" also disregards the whole alternate future seen by Peter. Ugh!
- They brought Mr. Petrelli back from the dead, only to kill him off immediately. What was the point? He was just too powerful and couldn't live anymore. He takes people's powers away by touching them. So basically any hero is useless against him. Mr. Petrelli was alive long enough to take Peter and Hiro's powers away and did nothing else that is relevant now.
- They made Sylar a good guy and then suddenly back to being evil. He had this quick love affair with Elle. He even learned how to take people's powers without killing them. He obtained Elle's powers that way, and she even taught him how to use it. But suddenly he was back to being evil again and killed Elle for no reason! He did the head cutting thing to her. But why would he do that if he already has her powers? The writers just wanted him to be evil again while killing off Elle.
- Hiro has no powers now! What? His ability to time travel was screwing everything up in the beginning. So how do they fix it? He can't time travel anymore. But being Hiro, he still believes that it is his destiny to save the world. Huh? How, buddy, how? I love Hiro...but he is getting annoying.
- HRG is in line with Nathan Petrelli. Why? Because he is doing everything to protect Claire. That same old story again! BORRRRINNNG.
- Peter got his powers back, but they've changed. He can only hold one person's power at a time. And he can only get it by touching them. Before he would just have to be close to them. He was just as powerful as Sylar. Now the show wants the good guys to be fugitives. They can't be fugitives if they are too powerful. So they either killed them off or took away their powers.
There are more but just too many things to list! As you can see, they didn't make a smooth transition at all. Everything that happened in the first half of the season is completely irrelevant.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
His first performance occurred a few weeks ago at a Las Vegas club where he jumped up and down, yelled into the microphone and fell off the stage. I am guessing from the lack of headlines regarding his extraordinary hip-hop talent that it didn't go so well. And that falling off the stage wasn't part of the act. Maybe he'll come back to Hollywood one day. But until then the world has yet another actor turned singer…you know how those turn out. Eg. Lindsay Lohan, Russell Crowe, Robert Downey, Jr., Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Eddie Murphy.** The list goes on. But at least they didn't try to become a rapper.
**I would have included Paris Hilton because her one song that made it on air was TERRIBLE but I wouldn't consider her an actor. I am mainly pointing this out because her song was terrible! Did I mention that already?
So Bolt is about a dog who is on a hit TV series where he has super powers and fights crime. The only problem is that he doesn't know that it's a show. He thinks it's all real. The movie is absolutely hilarious. It's a fun movie for everyone to watch. I loved it from beginning to end!
John Travolta is the voice of Bolt, the dog. I didn't know that until I IMDBed it. The voice of Penny, Bolt's owner, is done by Miley Cyrus. I could tell it was her as I was watching it. (You can recognize that annoying, raspy voice anywhere.) Wow, other than that there's no particularly interesting trivia facts. Sorry! I checked!
Just go watch the movie! It was awesomeeee.
(Warning to Tina: Once your daughter sees this she will beg for a puppy even harder! Watch out!)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
He has a dry sense of humor and is known for witty one-liners. He is really random...switching from one subject to the next. His new show is definitely like that too. He often uses music and art in his act. He always has a sketch pad on stage. If you've never seen him before, then it may sound kinda kooky. But he is pretty freakin' funny. Here are some of his old material:
"I got some new pajamas with pockets in them, which is great because I used to have to hold stuff when I slept."
"If I ever see an amputee getting hanged, I'll just yell out letters. R...E...S...T"
"I like digital cameras. Because they enable you to reminscence immediately."
Tonight's show wasn't a bad start. I will definitely keep watching. The premise of the show is that each episode is about a particular thing. Tonight's theme was timing. Here are some funny jokes:
"I was in a building. And I saw a door that said 'Keep closed at all times.' You're thinking of a wall, dude. That's a waste of a door."
"I wonder if there were any Goths in Gothic times. Be like, 'You look completely appropriate. You don't look stupid or lonely at all.'"
Oh yeah! Before I go on, I have to announce that the trailer is tricky. Actually the movie is in Spanish... Yep, it's a foreign film. I didn't just title this post in Spanish for fun. We didn't realize it until we saw the beginning sequence credits. Yeah, they were all in Spanish with Spanish names...
So as the movie progressed, I was thinking, "Eh. This isn't as torturous as I thought it would be. It's okay." Then the ending came and I was like, "Whoa. I think... I think I actually kinda... liked that movie!" (Yes, I actually did say it like that and yes, I remembered it word for word. Wanna fight about it?) So I guess I recommend this movie to anyone who likes scary movies. I'm just a little nervous that you won't like it, because you'll expect too much. Maybe I liked it, because I thought it was bad.. Who knows.
Haha. I'm sorry for the really unclear recommendation. Just go watch it, and if you didn't like it, I will allow you to comment unpleasant things under this post.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Doesn't it sound so awesome? It is totally different from Joss Whedon's other shows. So please watch! The cards are stacked against Dollhouse, so the show is doomed without our support. First, it is on Fox, the same network that cancelled Firefly. Fox is notorious for cancelling shows after only a few episodes if the ratings are low. Second, Dollhouse is scheduled on Friday nights—the timeslot of death. Sadly, even Joss Whedon himself justified the timeslot, saying that "If I were an executive, I would have put it on Friday too, honestly, and not as a dig. The people who want this will find it, and hopefully more will as well." He has too much confidence in people. I admit I was a big dummy, watching Firefly when it was too late. I am not making that mistake again.
Btw, doesn't Eliza Dushku look hot? Yowza!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
This time, it wasn't bad. Here is the recipe:
3 or 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons butter
1 can cream of chicken
1 can cream of mushroom
1 onion, finely diced
2 cans mixed vegetables
1 can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
salt & pepper
2 (10 oz.) packages of refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into pieces
1. Place everything except the biscuit dough in the crockpot. May need to add extra water to cover.
2. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours. Then place the torn biscuit dough in the crockpot. Cook for about an hour until the dough is no longer raw in the center.
So does the picture of my chicken n' dumpling look any good? It looks kinda like curry tofu...yum...
I am always trying out new recipes. Check back for more.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
King made other statements about Twilight that I don't agree with. Click here for the article. He said that Meyer is "opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those books." That is just weird, dude.
Laura will hopefully give you her take on Twilight because she is a total twi-hard. Yeah, I am down with the lingo.
Here is the best part. Because I was so late in the game, I didn't have to wait for the movie. Right after I finished watching Firefly, I rented Serenity. I laugh at those who had to suffer for two years hoping and waiting for a Firefly movie. I didn't have to wait long at all.
Serenity was beyond fantastic. It is the best adaptation of a TV show because Serenity had the same cast, same writer, and same director. Perfect! Serenity basically continues where the show left off. It addresses several of the questions left unanswered like why is River so special, what are the reavers, and does Simon and Kaylee finally hook up? Although we don't know what happens between Mal and Inara. The storyline was great and didn't feel rushed or forced. I think most of the elements were actually supposed to be in the show if it had lasted longer. Oh, and the gag reel on the DVD is so funny. Nathan Fillion is pretty gosh darn cute.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Now I've learned that I am officially allergic to soy milk. I feel really nauseous after drinking even a little. I've always loved soy milk. Now I can't have any. All I can think about is what else am I going to develop allergies to. I read that allergies are usually inherited. My dad was allergic to dogs and cats, and my brother is allergic to soy. That explains it. Well, good-bye, cats (never really liked them anyway). So long, wonderfully delicious soy milk.
Here is some information about allergies:
- Allergies can develop at any age.
- Genetics play a role. If one of your parents has allergies, then you have a one in three chance of developing allergies too.
- Age is also a factor in developing allergies. People may develop allergies over time after repeated exposure to certain allergens.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I am one of those people who become disenchanted with celebrities when I hear stuff like this. Am I being too harsh? Don't all people have bad days? Isn't everyone entitled to a pass? Maybe it's that these stories completely validate the stereotypes we have about stars--big-egos and self-important. I guess I'll forget about it soon because really...who cares?
Little tidbit about Bale: He is NOT English! Did anyone know that? He is just proficient at accents and keeps an accent all through filming and even during promotions for the movie. So tricky...
Anyway, back to the subject. I read this novel, and I really liked it. It can be best described as a futuristic distopia. It's not exactly a sci-fi per say, but it has elements of one. I thought it was really entertaining. It never got boring, there was always some type of action. The story was really different from anything I have ever read. Although in the beginning, I thought some sentences were written a little awkward, the writing really improved as the story went on. (FYI, I'm a real critic about construction.)
My only warning is that it's a trilogy. I did not know that going in, so at the end I was extremely disappointed, because they definitely leave you wanting more. I think people down the hall of my dorm heard me when I shouted, "Noooooo". But it's definitely still worth the read!
The sequel, Catching Fire, comes out in September, so be prepared to wait a while to read more.
Monday, February 2, 2009
I really wanted to give this show a chance because the concept is so different. But I find that I don't really like Tara when she is Tara. She is more interesting and fun when she becomes one of her three alters--1) T - a teenager, 2) Alice - old-fashioned house wife, and 3) Buck - a very masculine man. When Tara is herself, she looks terrible, washed out and tired. She looks depressed and hardly has any meaningful contact with her family. I don't get the love her family has for her and her love for them. The only interactions she has with her family cause her stress and end with her switching to one of her alters. I hope this show gets better because the cast and concept are great.
After watching United States of Tara, I looked up DID. Here is some things I learned:
- Someone with DID can have up to 100 alters.
- The alters can be different ages, gender, or race. Each has his or her own personality, including postures, gestures, and distinct way of talking.
- Sometimes the alters are aware of each other. But one is always in control.
- A primary symptom of DID is memory loss beyond the normal forgetfulness.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
When I bought Mucinex DM at CVS, I got a warning with my receipt--"Must be 18 or older to purchase. Teens abuse drugs with dextromethorphan." or something to that affect. I took it the next day and swore that I felt a little light headed and cloudy for several hours. How I described it all day was "woozy and fuzzy"--like I said, I was a little loopy that day. Before that the only symptom I had was the cough, and my cough did not get any better with the medicine.
So the question is whether it was all in my head. My husband thinks it was all psychological. Or it could be worse--I am the only sad person on earth who is affected by a little cough medicine. One thing is for sure I am not taking Mucinex again.