May 5, 2007

How Insomniacs Spend Their Time: Don’t judge me.

A while back someone gave me one of those Moviegoer’s Journals and it hung around on my bookshelf forever, empty. So at the beginning of the the year I decided I would keep a record of every movie I watch in 2007. Just out of curiosity. Here’s the list so far (in no particular order). And great googly moogly, is it ever random!

Night at the Museum
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Pink Panther
Blades of Glory
Hot Fuzz
x 3
Lethal Weapon
Superman Returns
Night Shift
Anne of Green Gables
Lady in the Water
V for Vendetta
Anne of Avonlea
Night Watch
x 2
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story
Talladega Nights
The Lake House
Nanny McPhee
Lord of War
Memoirs of a Geisha
24-Hour Party People
Flushed Away
The Science of Sleep

Undertaking Betty
Oh God
Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
The White Countess
Harold & Maude
Sin City
While You Were Sleeping
Lucky Number Slevin
Fahrenheit 451
Human Traffic
Casino Royale
Notting Hill
You Can’t Take it With You
Shaun of the Dead
Calendar Girls

September 1, 2006

I Guess Since It’s Friday…: Here’s ten things I love this week

1. Supreme Beings of Leisure “Get Away” My official song of the week. It’s the only thing that has managed to get that Alice in Wonderland Painting the Roses Red song out of my head.

2. Video Stores I know Netflix is cheaper and more convenient but there’s still something to be said for the spontaneous and hands on experience of the good old independent video store. Plus the always entertaining customer/clerk verbal exchange: “Have you seen this one? It’s really good. Well, not really but Matthew McConaughey has his shirt off for no reason for at least half of the movie! Oh, and these’ll be due back on Wednesday.”

3. Chex Mix Sweet ‘n’ Salty Honey Nut variety Just had these for the first time this week. I like the snacks that accomplish both sweetness and saltiness simultaneously.

4. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. Because this author is just so weird.

5. Dear Frankie It’s an endearing Scottish film with Gerard Butler. Enough said.

6. This T-shirt!

7. The Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham and The Useless Information Society. If you bring a raccoon’s head to the Henniker, N.H., town hall, you are entitled to receive $10 from the town. I know what I’m doing this weekend!

8. Watching Snakes on a Plane with my coworkers. I live for surreal moments like this where the boundary between real life and dreams just seems to blend for a few hours.

9. Peanut Butter Puffins Who says cereal isn’t a dinner food?

10. That magical 30 minutes of the day when I am home and Buster is asleep.

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July 28, 2006

Your Name Is What?!: Some helpful hints on naming, from Doc Smartypants

I was chatting with a friend of mine today who really wants to have a kid and it reminded me again that I am just not in that same place in my own life. In any case, I’ve compiled a list of ten first names that would probably get her kid’s ass kicked at school, you know, so she can avoid them. Or so she can be evil and use them anyway. Pretending for a moment, just to give you a better idea of the full effect, that her last name is Smith:

Doctor Smith (If twins the other one could be Professor!)

Psmith Smythe Smith

Gunga Din Smith

Rhubarb Smith

Cochituate Smith

Pepsi Smith

Hippobelly Smith

Kickme Smith

Mongo Smith

Gaylord Smith

I’m not saying she would have picked any of these names. Still, better safe than sorry don’t you think? ]

July 14, 2006

There was lots to hate this week.: But there were ten things to love

Ten things I love this week.

1) The Delays “You See Colours”
A CD I picked up in London, it has been really excellent for copy editing to. It’s upbeat enough to keep me going without being oppressively jolly.

The mighty queen of redheads blogs about her adventures in New York! Why does the site look suspiciously similar to mine? Because she’s using Larry’s tool (content management system tool that is–Kenneth, get your mind out of the gutter).

2) Berry Burst Cheerios
I really like the strawberry banana kind. Even though I know it sounds disgusting it really isn’t and when the weather is in the 90s I don’t feel like eating much more than cereal anyway.

4) The Doctor Who 2006 season finale
Sure it felt like having my heart ripped still-beating from my chest and thrown to a pack of rabid wolverines. Yes, it left a huge chunk of fans feeling dazed and depressed. But my oh my, such good entertainment!

5) Don’t Hassle the Hoff
Hasslehoff is back, this time with “Jump in my Car,” a song aimed at launching his musical career in Australia. You have to watch the whole video to be really sure, but yes, he is laughing at himself.

6) Hitler Cats
As Erin put it: “My cats already sort of scare me, and they don’t look anything like Hitler.”

7) Pet Shop Boys “Fundamental”
Love it. Absolutely love it. And how could you not love an album with a song called “The Sodom and Gomorrah Show”?

OK, so it is pretty depressing, but fascinating all the same.

9) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
The best movie I’ve ever seen? No. But good clean summer fun and so very full of eye candy you barely notice the plot holes. You’ve got Johnny Depp being as outrageous as ever, and of course there’s Keira and Orlando for those of you that like that sort of thing. But I was pretty much all about what I like to call the “New and Improved Scruffy Commodore Norrington Hotness” (or just “the Norrington Hotness” for short).

10) The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
One of the gazillion books written by Terry Pratchett, this won a Carnegie Award for Children’s Literature and doesn’t really feel like a children’s book at all. ]

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June 23, 2006

Ten Things I Love On YouTube: Watch them. Watch them ALL.

1. Where the Hell is Matt?

2. The most unfortunate commercial ever (I actually found this years ago on an old tape of Christmas movies taped off TV in the ’80s)

3. The confession scene from the BBC3 Casanova

4. Mount St. Helens erupting

5. Mr. T says Treat Your Mother Right! I want to add that Helen’s comment after having seen this was, and I quote, “Dude, Mr. T looked pretty hot in those shorts–I was into it!”

6. No one ever believes me when I describe this cartoon–finally I have proof! Nice to know I didn’t just make it up.

7. I Want My MTV! (Yeah, and I want my MTV to play music videos
but we can’t have everything now can we?)

8. Stephen Colbert mocking the FOX “news” claim that same-sex marriage will
lead to people marrying animals

9. This is another in the ‘Whenever I mention it (or rather, sing it) people look at me like I’ve gone nuts’ category

10. The most awesome of the ten music videos Erin and I kept seeing in Guatemala!

And a bonus: Oh. Wow. So it wasn’t my imagination then, the ’80s really were
just completely amazing. ]

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June 16, 2006

Fear Me!: Ten jobs that Evil Doc Smartypants would do

Helen is up visiting for the weekend and she suggested this week’s Friday Ten: Ten Jobs That My Evil Alter Ego Would Have. She also immediately suggested my evil alter ego would enjoy job number one:

1) Art museum security guard

2) World War I trench digger

3) Russian mafia kingpin

4) Saboteur

5) FOX News correspondent

6) Triplane pilot

7) Passport counterfeiter

8) Otter thief

9) Dealer of rare antiques

10) Copyeditor (Eeeeeeeevil copyeditor)

Of course my evil alter ego is open to other suggestions. Nature show host perhaps? Phlebotomist? I don’t know, but it’s something to think about. ]

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