Archive for December, 2008

bond, james bond.

December 27, 2008

casino royale is a much better book than film. and that chinese food hit the spot. i can’t wait to play in my new skates tomorrow at derby practice, btw. nite all.

milk… a rave

December 27, 2008

so, milk’s now in 3 theaters that are within my acceptable driving range, and i didn’t even have to hassle with the mall to watch. unfortunately the movie includes a scene where they are eating Chinese takeout straight from the boxes… and if that doesn’t make you crave some Chinese Food, nothing will. Hell, if you know me you know how much I love me some Taco Bell and I passed TWO tonight without even flinching, there’s something about Chinese takeout that just pulls a girl towards it. So I have since ordered my orange chicken and will savor every bite as I watch some James Bond. YIPPEEEEE; oh and let me just say, seeing Franco in something other than Spiderman or Freaks & Geeks was a little weird, he was very good.

it’s almost christmas

December 24, 2008

Tonight I’m baking cookies and watching movies.  I’m drinking a Hot Toddy and have a pot-pie in the oven.  Nothing too exciting, but the low-key day was welcome.  

While I’m sure there’s plenty of bad news out there, here are some feel-good stories that should cheer anyone up.  Although she was buried in snow for three (3) days, she was found alive and lucid!  The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) is tracking Santa!  And who doesn’t love Thor, I especially love him because one of my all time favorite growing-up movies was Adventures in Babysitting.  Although Alan Hoffman introduced me to Rush back at Purdue, Stephen Colbert reintroduced me this past year, and thus it’s hard to pass up a link to a 13-year-old girl sharing her sweet drum skills to YYZ.  

Pot-pie is ready, so I’ll share more later.  Cheers and I hope Santa brings you everything you want this holiday season…

UPDATE:  Holiday Fail! LOVE IT

lars. another one.

December 21, 2008

So, Netflix brought me a Futurama movie to watch and one of the featured characters is “Lars.”  Only a little strange to me, because the last movie I watched was Lars and the Real Girl.  Not too many people named Lars out there, at least I hadn’t noticed it.

So next in my queue is Stardust.  Recommended by a friend.  We’ll see how it goes.

While I peruse the special features, I’ll share some old links.

November 23:  Tips to save money on clothes, home goods, pet stuff…  I especially liked the ShopItToMe and Etsy links.

November 25: Those crazy scientists have done it again, inventing stuff.  Scientist in Zurich have developed a completely water repelent fabric.   I want to know how you’d wash it, is it impermeable to dirt too?

November 26:  Gaming gone bad.  I like playing guitar hero, playing this game reminds me of all those mindless nights in college where we’d watch Alex play Tetris.  The game is mesmerizing even when you’re not the one playing.  This however, is at least, a questionable game.  It is also definitely NSFW.  

November 27:  This Thanksgiving post from Lifehacker logged the free software they are thankful for.  It includes operating systems (Linux), browsers (Firefox, Chrome), email clients (Opera, Gmail)… Not much in the name of security programs like with firewalls or spyware/adware scanners, but they did have CCleaner that I recently downloaded, it wipes your system of unnecessary temp files that your computer is storing.

** side note, Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash is CRAP.  I thought it’d be like Cherry Seven Up or at least similar, but it’s a sweet-mess.  So if you like it, come to my house and take it away, otherwise I’ll sell it for a nickel a can at the local beer store.

November 29:  A charming gallery of “The End” scenes from movies.

Seems like an appropriate place to end this post.  Fin.

life’s tough

December 17, 2008

watching a movie tonight, lars & the real girl.  it’s napoleon dynamite grown up; less funny, but same awkward presence.  think over-sized moon boots only more lumberjack and looking for the meaning of growing up.  

it’s incredibly sweet and sad and funny in spots.  

this week’s been packed so far, monday night crate, tuesday night derby, and tonight, with every intention to derby, i ended up at tortilla flats w/leigh and made it home in time to make a cd for a friend and watch this movie.

lars is currently giving a teddy bear cpr to cheer up a coworker that he used to be too shy to talk to.  too cute.  as much as i hate being girly and admitting it, can’t deny the cute factor there.

i haven’t read much of the reader lately, so no links now, except for a friend sent me this cute game from the current even page:  game!

milk… a rant

December 12, 2008

So, while I wanted to go and see the movie Milk tonight, I have no motivation to drive 35 miles or an hour away since I work all day tomorrow.  It would wipe me out.  I will have to set aside a night specifically to make this trip and now that I’m practicing with Derby, it could be tricky.

As for what the night holds, I was invited to a couple of parties.  The challenge is getting out of my house and driving to the other side of town to make an appearance.  If I make it out of the house tonight, I’ll stop by a Wine & Cheese Party, otherwise I will clean like a fiend and wrap up the White Elephant gift for tomorrow night’s party.  It’s only 9 o’clock, anything goes.

the logic don’t make sense, mmmkay

December 10, 2008

Maybe you understand where Mike Huckabee is coming from, but his logic does not compute in my little noggin.  I saw his interview last night on The Daily Show, and alluded to it in my post last night, but I had to watch it again to see if I was missing something, but alas, while I can understand that this can be an argument of semantics, the actual argument beyond those words is void in my opinion.  Check out the interview.  If you, like me, detest that this has become an argument about the “definition” of the word “marriage,” and you, like me, are a little irritated that it’s become a religious argument rather than a legal argument, you’re obviously not the only one.  While I was at the doctor’s office yesterday, I had the pleasure of reading this week’s Newsweek.  The cover article addresses the background of the Biblical side of the argument but brings to light the examples that the “right-wing” is hesitant to address.  Check out the article, it’s called “Gay Marriage: Our Mutual Joy.”  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Christmas is Coming; Truly

December 9, 2008

Typically, when I think of Christmas, I think of Happiness, Cheer, and all kinds of positive adjectives to describe the holiday season.

However, no one would ever suspect it was Christmastime with all of the bad news on the wire right now.

In science, Vitamin C might not have any impact on cancer and instead of the disease diminishing, experts think that cancer deaths will double by the year 2030.  

In politics, not that we didn’t know it already, but Chicago is friggin corrupt.  I moved from one corrupt city, Chicago, to another, Providence.  The governor of Illinois, Blagojevich, just got busted for among other things, trying to *sell* Senate Seat that President Elect Obama has left open.  And he’s even made it to the big leagues, NIGHTLINE.  Ah, corruption, the public loves them some corruption.

In technology, Apple is looking at marketing a product similar to their iPhone at WalMart.  It’s slated to cost only $99, and have a 4G capacity.  The smallest phone they currently sell is 8G.  While it seems like a great idea getting the product to the masses, this venture could reduce Apple’s per-share value $0.27.  While there are days that I would like to own an iPhone, the whole idea of it seems a little over the top to me.  I mean, we use phones to call people, right?  But the iPhone is a super-phone, with heroic powers.  It’s just too much for me to bear.

* EDIT: I’m watching The Daily Show, and is it just me or has Mike Huckabee put on some pounds?  Maybe I didn’t notice because he’s got a slim face.

so many links, click ’em

December 8, 2008

I whittled through a bunch of links in the good ol’ Google Reader last night and tonight since I slept away most of today trying to get rid of the sore throat, headache and fever, blah.  Most of these links are a little overdue, but they’re still goodies.

Art

* Although this is a beautiful piece, they’re using an incredibly questionable media.  I don’t think that it’s worth the dangers that it poses to the animals.  Simultaneously, I think that it’s an ingenious commentary on the rage that’s present in these fights.

Books

* I just finished reading Watchmen and it’s the first novel that I can say with certainty that I’ll read again.  Many of its scenes and characters provide room for various perceptions.  This companion novel, Watching the Watchmen, is definitely on my Christmas list.

Games

* Mario Kart is old school and has become a classic Nintendo game.  One of the sites I frequent, Geekologie found two articles within one week that feature this game.  The first video was a man from Italy who acted out the game in the city streets.  The second video is a young guy with his own little emo song on YouTube.  It’s too emo for my personal taste, but the lyrics are a great tribute to the game.

Food

* Dinner tonight.  I needed something that was easy on my throat, and I’ve heard that onions and garlic are full of vitamins for colds, so I loaded it with both.  

* Whoever knows me, knows I like to cook and especially bake.  Thanks to a friend in DC, she led me to a link of Gormet Magazine’s Favorite Cookies from 1941-2008.

Music, T.V. and Movies

* Students taking prescription medication to increase brainpower and focus is not only is the in the news, it’s on my TiVo.  I was catching up on my Boston Legal episodes yesterday and one of the cases they heard was about a girl who admitted that she used Adderall to focus her studying for the SATs.  After the school she was planning to attend, Harvard, found out about her using a medication that hadn’t been prescribed to her, they rescinded her acceptance.

* Amazon listed its top 10 DVDs and Albums.  They include customer picks too.  

* This is just funny.  Another Andy Samberg hit.  Jizz in My Pants.

The Web

 * The Boston Globe updates this site almost daily, The Big Picture features a series of photographs taken at a very high resolution and the stories they tell are very poignant and relevant.  Check it out.

* I’ve been hesitant to use one of the new themes for Gmail and Google reader, but this one, Helvetireader, is nice and lean.  

* This is just fun if you’re an avid Google user as I am.  I will be putting my envelope in the mail tomorrow.  FREE STICKERS.

* I think we’re all smart enough to know better, but if you use Facebook, beware of the latest Facebook virus.

* I love her website, Indexed.  This is one of her cards from about a week ago, but it’s so good.

News 

* Roland Fryer has the idea to pay students for good grades, $50 per ‘A’ per every 5 weeks.  I saw this on Colbert, and was floored.

* Crate and Barrel, my part time gig, got a glowing write up in the New York Times Business Section.

 

weekend in rhode island

December 7, 2008

Sorry that I haven’t been great about posting for the past week due to an excess of work and the daunting task of preparing for out of town guests.  Now that they’ve gone, I can get back to my loving readers ;).

Since my last post, I worked on Monday night at the Crate, cleaned up my place on Tuesday night for the guests and spent some time with the Andersons on Wednesday night.  My friends arrived from Indianapolis arrived during the workday on Thursday to visit me over the weekend.  The weekend was a lot of fun, but I think I might be coming down with a little cold; I have a sore throat today.   

Thursday we went out to the Red Fez for a snack and a drink, however I was disappointed that their drink, Pasilla Queen of the Desert, is seasonally out of season, but they’re featuring another drink with the pasilla chili infused syrup, not quite as tasty though.  After that, we walked over to AS220 for a beer, and got a dramatic show from a wasted patron.  Friday there was a lot of work to do so I couldn’t get out of the office, so I let the out-of-towners use my car while I took care of bid-ness, figuratively of course.  They took a trip to Plymouth Rock in MA and saw some historic sites.  When we got home, I got to see their photos =).  Check them out on Facebook, if you get a chance.

That night, we made plans to attend the Brown University, Grad Student Winter Ball, and my ladies were so pretty.  We prepped here at my apartment and then headed off to a pre-dance cocktail party at a friend’s house on the East Side of Providence.  It was a first-rate gathering with great people, cheese, wine, and delicious homemade baked goods.  I want the recipe for those ginger cookies too; you know who you are ;).  After the wine and cheese, and handfuls of M&Ms, we went to the dance.  It wasn’t very long, but that was good for us because I was able to show the girls a couple of other hot spots.  We started at Local 121.  There was a DJ and the music wasn’t too exciting, but we didn’t pay too much attention because we were busy avoiding an annoying drunkard.  I eventually caught the bartender’s attention and he noticed that the sot was bothering us.  He had the bouncer take the slosh out of the bar after asking him to leave us alone a couple of times, and once he was gone, the bar treated us to a round.  It was a pleasant surprise in a somewhat unusual evening.  We ended the night at Viva, back on the East Side, and were only there for around a half hour.  Hopeful for some Taco Bell, we drove to the one down my street, only to find it closed.  Too bad, we came home and ate tortilla chips and salsa.

Saturday we lazed around for the morning and made our way down to Newport around noon.  We took a detour to Greenvale Vineyard on our way down and participated in a wine tasting.  I was unaware of how many vineyards are in the area.  There are at least six are in the area and I think I found a new hobby for next spring/summer.  Is there anyone who would like to join me in visiting the vineyards?

We had a late dinner after our return to Providence and a nap.  We went to Marchetti’s in Cranston, and it was very tasty.  The dinner was tasty, incredibly inexpensive, and the portions were HUGE!  The four of us ordered two entrees and each of us ordered a beer, the bill was less than $50 including the tip.  I have half of the lasagna left and half of the order of penne with meatballs in my fridge too.  I took them to one last hot spot, Hot Club, and we had some unforgettable conversation.  We wanted to go to the movie theatre, but it was too late to see any of the movies we wanted by the time we were done with dinner.  Instead, we did something none of us had ever done before; we rented a movie from redbox.  I don’t recommend anyone watch Get Smart.  The movie was very piecy.  They filmed the little quips very well and the humor was entertaining, it’s my opinion that it should have been a mini-series instead, because putting all the comedic sketches together in the movie wasn’t cohesive or entertaining.  I maybe made it through half of the movie, but my guests didn’t make it past the opening sequence.

Today was lazy, but I managed to return the movie in time and get some grocery shopping done.  I caught up on my CSI, Boston Legal, American Dad and NCIS episodes and I even completed a blog entry.  I’ll add another post with some links shortly.

xo, mo