Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

EVOL: Love in a backwards world

I found this award winning video earlier and thought I'd share the EVOL:



About the video:

The 5 minute film tells the story of a couple who spot each other across a crowded street and fall in love. Although everyone else in the world around them moves backwards, the couple moves forward as they find each other.

Directed by Chris Vincze.

Platinum Remi Award winnder, WorldFest film festival, Texas

First Place Winner, StudentFilmmakers Summer Shorts 2006

Shortlisted: Kodak Short Film Showcase 2006

Starring: Rick Warden & Lucy Barker.

Written & Directed by Chris Vincze.

Produced by Wendy Bevan-Mogg

Friday, January 25, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Snake Oil




I have always been infuriated by snake oil salesman. I cannot stomach the fact that these products cash in on our ignorance, greed, desperation and dreams.

They protect themselves with the CYA small print and get away with the deception. I was watching television earlier and saw the commercial for the Takara Detox Foot Patch and it reminded me of all of the other products "as seen on tv".

1. they reel you in with the ease of the product and the supposed benefits of the product
2. then small print flashes on the screen for 2 seconds-but we aren't reading it-we want to be thin/detoxified/muscular/etc
3. an "expert" in a lab coat with "diplomas" of some sort behind them lies about the product because they are getting paid
4. and then the price ending in .99 with exorbitant shipping/handling fees makes the price almost double

I have always been skeptical about things, I'm not saying I haven't fallen for things like this (I'm pretty sure there is a product or two stashed in my closet that I bought and regretted later) but I generally question and research things that sound too good to be true. I wish there was more regulation on items that claim amazing health benefits, but until then I hope the worst thing that will happen is that the buyer loses some money.

I generally laugh about how brazen these companies are about their miracle product, but I read an article online while research the foot cleansing pads about how a woman used another brand of foot patches to detoxify herself from lead poisoning instead of going to a doctor. She survived thanks to a family member, but at a health cost.

Caveat emptor, a fool and his money are soon departed, there is one born every minute and so on...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

It's all about perspective...

and a dream! I like this song, it was played on a movie called "Donnie Darko". Someone put this animation of a flightless Kiwi bird to it.

Marathon

I spent the last few days on a marathon of My Name is Earl. I had recently started watching it thanks to Ginger. I had missed all of season 1 and most of season 2 so I thought I'd catch up.

I did that not too long ago with a marathon of 30 Rock, but I had only missed the first season of that one.

I had also missed the last season of Lost so I caught up on it before watching 30 rock.

I found that I like doing it that way instead of having to wait a week in between seeing episodes! I'm watching Prison Break and would much rather wait until the season is over and catch up.

Can we say instant gratification???!!

I hope everyone is having a great week :)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I was sad to read today...

Rest in peace: Allan Melvin (Sam the butcher from the "Brady Bunch") and Suzanne Pleshette (Emily Hartley from "The Bob Newhart Show")



Saturday, January 19, 2008

Found

One thing I like about the internet is the overwhelming amount of information you can find there. The other thing is finding pictures-most I find have no story with them-some are funny, some haunting but always entertaining in some way.

Here are a few that I found at random today and thought I would share:

























Friday, January 18, 2008

Who knew Raquel Welch was so groovy??

And a few other videos I dug up today...



Eartha Kitt 1962:



What was Jane Fonda thinking?? 1968. This actually comes on in a minute on TCM-I saw it years ago and was thinking about watching it ago for the laughs!



I fall in love with her each time I see this..



I hadn't yet discovered her movies when she passed..

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Destruction as Beauty

I had read about this artist a few months ago, but I can't find a link anywhere now-she would drop porcelain figurines and at the moment they hit, take a picture. The first one is my favorite.

via Fun Safari








A crow raises a kitten??!!

This is amazing, the video is about 7 minutes, but what a neat story about a crow that adopted an abandonded kitten!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Ten things you may or may not know about me...

...and do you even care??!!

1. What were you doing in the summer of 1988?
I was freewheeling and fancy free-I had graduated in June and was taking the summer off before I started college in the fall.

2. Do you watch sports?
Not on Tv-I avoid televised sports like the plague although I enjoy playing sports and watching them live.

3. When is the last time you watched “The Wizard of Oz?”
I haven’t watched it all the way through in years probably, but it was on last summer a few times and I turned it on and it played in the background while I did other things.

4. Do you enjoy watching older movies-movies made before 1960?
Absolutely-I love AMC and TCM as much as possible-most of the movies on my favorite lists are from the 50’s and 60’s. My friend Ginger probably cringes when I tell her I’ve discovered an old classic gem-she knows at one point I will force her to watch it or hound her until she does!

5. What is the last book you read?
I just got through with “The Darkest Evening of the Year” by Dean Koontz. I was a bit let down on this one, I generally like his stuff but this one seemed “phoned in”. My Dad started reading him from my recommendation and I took this one over to him on Saturday so I am curious to see if he liked it or not.

6. XM, AM or FM?
I always listen to FM-something that plays a mix of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I got an XM radio for Christmas but I have yet to subscribe to the service-I have it on my to do list, honestly!

7. Disney or Pixar?
I love a good classic Disney but I’m won over by the amazing things that Pixar produces. My Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles and Finding Nemo DVD’s are probably close to being worn out.

8. What is on your must see TV schedule?
I absolutely love “30 Rock”, “My Name is Earl”, “Prison Break” and “Pushing Daisies”. I try to watch reruns of “Frazier”, “Seinfeld” and “The Golden Girls” as much as possible-those never get old for me! I used to be that way with “Friends”, “Sex and The City” and “Will and Grace” but I have quit watching them.

9. Is there anyone in the room with you now?
My dachshund Petey, he will come in here from time to time to see if have a treat for him or to let me know he has to go outside. If I can tell he just wants a treat and I don’t give him one-he will walk out of the room with a “chuff” noise to let me know he isn’t happy with the results.

10. What did you have for dinner tonight?
Boy these quizzes get nosier and nosier huh? I had fried shrimp, coleslaw, hush puppies and French fries-can you hear my arteries hardening as we speak?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

Rest in peace Gemina

Gemina was 21 years old:

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Tori Amos

I'm loving my Tori Amos today. The first video is weird-you have been warned. Rick said it was going to give him nightmares, but I think its fun and quirky!



The are the first two songs I ever heard her sing:





I didn't like this song when I first heard it-a remake of the Nirvana song "Smells like teen spirit" but I like it now:



I love the words to this one:

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Some recent pictures

We got a surprise January Rainbow on Monday. The other pictures didn't turn out so well, but it was a huge double rainbow and the end seemed so close and vivid that I could almost reach out and touch it.


My little old man Randy taking a well deserved nap!


Fall foliage


Either it was foggy or out of focus! It's eerie, but I like it


Close-up fall foliage


More fall foliage

A surprise balloon floating over my house

Another surprise balloon floating over my house

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Sunday




I got all of my papers back to the prize coordinator and she called and told me everything is in order and the next step would be to talk to the prize coordinator at Travelocity and choose the dates I wan't to take the trip.

I have been doing some research on the internet of the fun things to do while we are there-5 days won't be enough!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008