Monday, July 31, 2006
How on earth have I not been addicted to this before now is beyond me. I am an Us Weekly junkie, love most VH1 shows and am now an E! THS addict...that's right I know the abbreviation and I'm using it.
It's amazing how much information these people can pack into such a small amount of time. It never ceases to amaze me. Without THS I would have never known about;
-Tim Allen doing time for dealing drugs
-That the youngest kid's name from Rosanne was Michael Fischman...the same name as one of my high school friends.
-H Duff's break into show business coming from a movie being filmed on her parents ranch in Texas in which she was an extra
Needless to say the show is amazing and I plan on continuing to watch for quite some time. So Jenny, you can count on my spouting ridiculous facts about New Kids on the Block or the cast from Charles in Charge for the next month.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Yesterday when I came home for lunch Katy was watching E! True Hollywood Story....a show I KNOW we all get hooked into from time to time. I sat down before I realized which story they were telling when all of a sudden the screen went to black and in bold white type it said "New Kids on the Block." I have to say at that moment I knew my day wouldn't get any better.
Sadly, I was never truly immersed in New Kids and didn't get to enjoy the Bop magazines devoted to their likes and dislikes. I never had one of those ginormous buttons attached to my acid washed jean jacket that had a glossy photo of Jordan Knight or Donnie Wahlberg. I truly missed out on this moment in time when 13 year old girls were contemplating giving up their virginity to any member of the band. I was looking up what they are up to now and found myself very depressed for several of the members.
Jonathan Knight for example went on to have a career in real estate. Real estate?! Do you think that his customers ever ask him to hum a few bars of Step by Step? Does he ever break out in synchronized dance numbers to secure a sale? I sure hope so.
Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight were described by wikipedia as having "moderately successful" albums later in their careers...not too impressive. Maybe these two should join forces and start a show like P-Diddy or start an 80's throwback line of clothing...just an idea boys.
And Donnie Wahlberg is "the most successful since the group" due to his acting roles in Sixth Sense, Band of Brothers, and a role on the short-lived police drama series Boomtown. Congrats Donnie boy, lucky you're a member of the Wahlberg family good jeans, and Marky Mark...can't beat that.
If E! True Hollywood story has taught me anything (and it has), it's that starting your career at the age of 15 will only cause you to peak at 19 and spend the rest of your life on the way downhill. Thanks mom and dad for not letting me pursue that modeling career through Dillards weekend modeling school....man sometimes my life is sad.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
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Friday, July 21, 2006
I took a time machine back to 1988 this morning and decided to rock the side ponytail. Don't get me wrong this is a revision of the 80's style, lower and a little swirly, but still all to one side. My earliest memory of a side ponytail is around 3rd grade; although I have no doubt my mom had me wearing them much earlier. I remember having really long light blond hair and it was all pulled to the side as I searched for a book in the Wells Elementary Library. Good times.
I gotta say now that I have left my house the idea seems much more stupid than when I was in the comfort of my well lit bathroom with yummy fragrances lulling me into submission. I'm gonna stick it out though. I was looking into the history of the side pony and came across this website where you can sign a petition to save the dying hairstyle, pretty funny. Anyway, a big shout out to J and K for putting this idea into and on my head.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Well the new title is up. Thanks and congrats to Annalise for the great pick. For those of you that are unfamiliar it's the title of a Pink Floyd album.
According to Wikipedia Pink Floyd played to its biggest audience EVER on July 2, 2005 at Live 8....and Annalise and I were there. Ok, that last bit wasn't in the Wikipedia article, but the first part is true.
A Lapse of Reason was recorded during a hard time for the band, after a bitter legal dispute between David Gilmour and Nick Mason over the legal right for the band to continue on as "Pink Floyd", the lawsuit was eventually settled out of court. The band ended up seeking help from then outside writer Gilmour, and the end product is often referred to as a David Gilmour solo effort.
While many people consider Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd's greatest accomplishment my favorite album is The Wall.
Thanks again Annalise.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I never like to bring up boring technology based topics in this pop culture driven blog, however today I am at my wits end. My work computer is a PC an HP Media Center with a good graphics card (aka runs quick, works well with my design programs), runs quick, and haven’t had any problems with it other than the fact that it is not a Mac.
I recently downloaded the new version of MSN Messenger that has been renamed Windows Live Messenger. I'll admit it has some great new features, blah blah blah. BUT ever since I installed it my computer has been running slower and crashing twice....nay 1 million times more often. I never subscribed to the idea that Microsoft was the equivalent of the Walmart of technology based companies, raping the industry of its dignity and forcing it to bend over for an ass kicking, however I now feel differently. I think Microsoft is an evil genius plotting to take over everyone’s computers and systems until we are all bowing down in unison to the Mecca that is the 4 waving flags of "truth".
I know what many of you are thinking, Apple is doing it too....(I choose not to believe this). BUT at least Apple has the courtesy of camouflaging their agenda with sleek computer designs and awesome program interfaces that make me feel like a kid in a room of shiny objects. I don't really know where I'm going with this one, but I just had to put those opinions out there into the universe.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I have explained Google Analytics to a couple of you...I'm sorry if I bored you, but this is a map of my blog visitors according to their location. I though it was pretty cool, I have listed some cities of note and a fun fact for your enjoyment.
Scranton is nestled in the Lackawanna River valley and is known for it's iron, coal and railroads. More importantly Scranton is home to Dundir Miflin, employees we all know and love. Stay classy Scranton.
"The pearl of the Aegean". It is widely regarded as one of the most liberal Turkish cities in terms of values, ideology, lifestyle, dynamism and gender roles. Welcome aboard.
Bangalore is known as the Garden City of India because of its climate, greenery and the presence of many public parks. Maybe people are using their laptops in the parks reading my blog. I'm choosing to believe this.
The capital city of Australia and with a population of just over 325,000 is Australia's largest inland city. Had no idea Canberra was the capital of Australia...learn something new everyday. Thanks Canberra.
Monday, July 17, 2006
150 posts ago my life was totally different. Before I coined the term "readership" and started saying things like "that's a blog title if I ever heard one" my life had a little void in it....that later turned into a huge gaping void. That void was filled by this little soap box where I like to spout ridiculousness and contaminate the minds of others with pop culture, crazy dreams and lists of all kinds.
In honor of this lovely box of blarney I have taken the cue from others to create a quiz. A quiz devoted to this blog and its contents. Let's see how much of my frivolity you have actually retained. No cheating! The winner gets to rename my blog.
On to the quiz!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
As of late my blogging has been inconsistent (aka non-existent). For this I am very sorry. I have been very busy and have not had the time to formulate a cohesive statement until now. Perhaps I will start audio blogging for a while. Here are three things I have been thinking about recently, and hope to use for future blog topics. (this is to keep you interested...like a sneak preview or a teaser if you will).
1. Super heroes
2. British hospitality
3. Ridiculous quizzes that have questions that are impossible to answer.
Friday, July 07, 2006
One year ago today it took me 3 hours to commute to work, a journey that usually took 1 hour. London was attacked by cowards and I had the privledge of listening to this statement made by Prime Minister Tony Blair. I know it looks long, but it's worth the read.
This has been a most terrible and tragic atrocity that has cost many innocent lives. I have just attended a meeting of the government's Emergency Committee, received a full report from the Ministers and the officials responsible. There will be announcements made in respect of the various services, in particular we hope the Underground, insofar as is possible, and rail and bus services are up and running as swiftly as possible.
I would like again to express my profound condolences to the families of the victims, and to those who are casualties of this terrorist act. I would also like to thank the emergency services that have been magnificent today in every respect. There will of course now be the most intense police and security service action to make sure that we bring those responsible to justice. I would also pay tribute to the stoicism and resilience of the people of London, who have responded in a way typical of them.
In addition I welcome the statement that has been put out by the Muslim Council of Great Britain. We know that these people act in the name of Islam, but we also know that the vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims, here and abroad, are decent and law-abiding people who abhor this act of terrorism every bit as much as we do.
It is through terrorism that the people that have committed this terrible act express their values, and it is right at this moment that we demonstrate ours. I think we all know what they are trying to do - they are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to cower us, to frighten us out of doing the things that we want to do, of trying to stop us going about our business as normal, as we are entitled to do, and they should not, and they must not, succeed.
When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated. When they seek to change our country or our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed. When they try to divide our people or weaken our resolve, we will not be divided and our resolve will hold firm. We will show, by our spirit and dignity, and by our quiet but true strength that there is in the British people, that our values will long outlast theirs. The purpose of terrorism is just that, it is to terrorise people, and we will not be terrorised.
I would like once again to express my sympathy and my sorrow to those families who will be grieving, so unexpectedly and tragically, tonight. This is a very sad day for the British people, but we will hold true to the British way of life.
At that moment I had never been more proud of the British and I consider myself lucky to have lived with them.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Many people are opposed to this notorious cast member of Project Runway (Jenny, Maddie, others I'm sure), however last night I witnessed the funniest line in PR history. Second only to the Andre/Tim Red Lobster scenario which was amazing!
After producing 12 pieces for their final runway show they were told they had to make one more before they hit the runway. Needless to say all three designers almost collapsed the ground like Britney Spears after realizing she was not a girl anymore, but a knocked up woman.
Santino was contemplating sending a naked women down the runway, and then had a stroke of genius, deciding to send her out in pasties and a maxi pad. Don't worry, he didn't really do it. It was at this moment that I knew I would be bound to this show forever.
Thank you Santino.
Michon, her mom and her sister are sitting on the back row in Devil Wears Prada and I'm sitting next to these two old ladies that make full voice comments throughout the movie. Andy has just left the Dragon Lady in Paris and the scene goes back to NY and they show the BROOKLYN BRIDGE. The lady next to me says (in a very country voice),
"She's back in San Francisco."
I nearly peed my pants.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Is it just me or will that joke never get old?
Clover in Syracuse: "I think I farted twice on the couch during this series -- and I was called for two fouls against Dwyane Wade."
Nope, it sure doesn't.