12 February 2007 @ 12:44 am
The Grammys were mostly very boring this year.

I liked seeing Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli) every time the Dixie Chicks won.

I think my favorite performance was John Mayer/Corinne Bailey Rae/John Legend.

Christina did a really good job singing James Brown's (Soul Brother Number One, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Godfather of Soul) It's a Man's Man's Man's World.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers & Gnarls Barkley were both as good as always. I've had the pleasure of seeing both live and they're both fantastic.

Mostly everything else was meh.
11 February 2007 @ 02:11 am
How did I not know until just now that Joss Whedon is directing an episode of The Office? It's like the fulfillment of the best TV fantasy (besides the one where Joss makes a new show of his own and starts writing/directing for TV again). I can't wait to see this!

Video: Has a little interview w/Joss and a few clips (mostly of the Jim pranks Dwight variety).

Current Music: Graduation Day - Head Automatica
25 December 2006 @ 01:33 am

18 December 2006 @ 11:12 pm
YAY my power is back on!!!!! and I was even able to tinker with the modem and get my DSL to start working again. I'm so excited. :)

I'm sure I was supposed to learn something profound from this whole experience but mostly I just learned that electricity is the greatest invention ever and that I don't care that I'm totally addicted to it. Also, music is the most wonderful boredom reliever ever.

Better than having the internet/TV/lights back is having the heat back. I don't think I've ever been so cold in my whole life.

I'm just thankful that I/no one I know was hurt (though trees did land on some of my family members houses, but they're physically fine).

The reason my power's been out for what feels like forever:

A tree (which is mostly cleaned up in this pic) fell onto a power pole and then onto a car.

Another toppled tree in my neighborhood.

Now that there's no more storm stressing I just have to spend the next week finishing my HTML classes and power shopping for Christmas presents.
Current Music: Gay Messiah - Rufus Wainwright
16 December 2006 @ 11:39 pm
It's insane in Western Washington! My power's been out since Thursday evening (at 9:50 - with 10 minutes left in The Office - grrrrr) and it may not comeback again until next week. Apparently a tree fell on a power line. =(

It's freezing at my house but luckily, right now, I'm staying at my grandparents house. YAY for heat, possibly stolen internet, and electricity to charge my iPod and cellphone!

I'll bitch more later. If I have internet access, that is.
28 November 2006 @ 12:05 am
I HATE snow right now! I also hate Washington's transportation system. WORST. SYSTEM. EVER!

I had my last HTML Level 1 class tonight which I left at 8:50 and I didn't get home until almost 11:30. Boo :( Thank goodness I had my iPod along with me to a least save me from boredom, if not freezing.

Then, the second bus that I took didn't have chains so it wouldn't drive to my stop so I got to walk home from the park & ride. Joy.

The only bright spot in an otherwise shitty evening was that my Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium (including Photoshop CS2, Illustrator, Indesign, Go Live, & Acrobat) arrived at the bookstore. So, three cheers for student discounts....YAY! :) So within the next day or two I'll be posting my last batch of icons made with PS 7 and soon I'll get to post some with Photoshop CS. Hopefully CS doesn't have a steep learning curve and my newer icons won't have to go through a suck period.

Hope everyone else's weather is better!
Current Mood: cold
So, I got inspired yesterday after filling out my absentee ballot. This led to the making of icons and the uploading/sharing of music.

Drop me a comment if you like the icons or if you're taking music. Also, if you know any good music that has political/social/religious commentary, I'd love to hear about it as I'm trying to make a big playlist of it.

[11] QAF 314 Icons
[01] TCR - 2006 Midterm Elections as Lord of the Rings
[38] Political/Social Songs For Download


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Music Behind The Cut )
Current Music: Rufus Wainwright - Chelsea Hotel No.2
12 October 2006 @ 03:05 am
So I got the chance to see The Who perform at the Key Arena tonight and it was pretty amazing. I knew that they would be good, I mean they're The Who, but I didn't know they'd be as good as they were. They played a bunch of great famous songs like Pinball Wizard, My Generation, Who Are You, You Better You Bet, Baba O'Riley (Teenage Wasteland), & Won't Get Fooled Again. They also played a bunch of songs from their new album (the first in 20+ yrs) which is coming out soon. Those songs were good to; it's hard to compare them to the older songs because those are rock & roll classics but they were certainly enjoyable.

Everything sounded great all around, the musical instruments and the vocals. Pete Townshend can really wail on his guitar and Roger Daltrey screams with the best of them. I left the concert with a pleasant fuzziness in my hearing ability!

Anyway, I still kind of can't believe that I got to see The Who. I'm still excited about it! And on Tuesday I get to see the Rolling Stones (w/special guest Dave Matthews Band)...I think I may soon go deaf.

Oh, and hearing "Won't Get Fooled Again" always makes me think of the Bushism "Fool me.....can't get fooled again" and The Daily Show making fun of it:

In other rock & roll related news, I was able to see the new John Lennon documentary "The US VS John Lennon" last weekend. I would recommend the film based solely on the fact that you get to hear tons of Beatles and Lennon's solo music which is always a treat. I also loved watching all of the protest footage from that era. It was interesting to see the unique things that John and Yoko did to non-violently protest the Vietnam war. They showed lots of footage of John and Yoko's "bed in" which they held, in lieu of a honeymoon, like a sit in protest. It was funny watching them try to explain their concept of "total communication," which consisted of them hiding themselves in a bag, to the press which just wanted pictures of them and who were baffled by what they were doing. I also loved seeing the billboards that they bought all around the world that read "War is over if you want it. Merry Christmas, John & Yoko." I've heard the song merry x-mas (war is over) but I never knew they financed a billboard campaign to go along with it.

I was also interested in the details of the plot to get John & Yoko deported because of their influence over the new younger voting bloc. But ultimately, even though the "US VS" part of the movie was interesting I think the reason it was enjoyable was because John Lennon was such an unrivaled, unique personality and it was great to see so much footage of him that I hadn't previously seen. Also, the documentary did a good job of keeping the commentary relevant to the time period instead of drawing parallels to the present (although there were one or two comments) but I was struck by how many disturbing parallels I was drawing during the movie, they didn't have to do it for me.

Trailer for "The US VS John Lennon":

09 October 2006 @ 02:26 am
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[17] Green Day - Includes performance w/U2
[18] My Chemical Romance - Includes WTTBP icons
[04] The Raconteurs
[09] Rufus Wainwright
[20] The Colbert Report
[27] The Daily Show
[28] The Office - Episode 3x01 'Gay Witch Hunt'
[14] Studio 60 - Episodes 1x01 'Pilot" & 1x03 'The Focus Group'
[39] House - From 2x15 'Clueless', 3x01 'Meaning', 3x02 'Cane & Able', and a few actor pics
[42] Lost - From "Lost: A Tale of Survival" so different bits from both seasons & some S2 bloopers (a couple have very mild slash).
[45] Queer as Folk - 3x09 & 3x10


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Current Mood: anxious
Current Music: Welcome To the Black Parade - MCR
15 September 2006 @ 09:25 pm
I just got back from Vancouver, BC and felt like writing some thoughts about my trip. Feel free to share your thoughts on Canada!

- I love living in a city that, in good driving conditions, is only 3 hrs away from Canada. You can take a fairly inexpensive trip up there for a week and it's far enough/interesting enough that it feels like a real vacation or you can, as I often do, just go up there for a day.

- The drive to Vancouver is still boring and I hate waiting at the border (more when coming back into the US). All of this is made infinitely better by music playlists.

- The most beautiful part of the drive is on the outskirts of Bellingham where there are hills and hills of beautiful trees and a really gorgeous lake of which it's name I don't know. It would be awesome to own a house there. The rest of the drive is through the boonies, consisting of lots of yellowed grass and farm animals. Like I said, music is my savior.

- There are many interesting place names to and from Vancouver such as Stillaguamish and Chuckanut Drive. WA has many other funny/great city names, mostly courtesy of Native American languages, such as: Skookumchuck, Humptulips, Walla Walla, Forks, Mock City, Puyallup, Sequim*

* almost no one whose not from WA can pronounce this city's name. Try.

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Some icons dedicated to Vancouver:

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24 July 2006 @ 12:44 am
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Current Mood: stressed
Current Music: They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come
09 March 2006 @ 11:10 am
My thoughts on this years Oscars. What I liked, what I didn’t, and Jon Stewarty goodness.

Also, thanks to Rania and Emily for coming over to watch the show with me. It’s never as fun to snark to an empty room.

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Current Mood: cranky
Current Music: A Certain Romance - Arctic Monkeys
05 March 2006 @ 04:04 pm
Thank goodness for Netflix. A list of Movies I've seen in the last week and what I thought of them. Listed in order of goodness.

Capote: I had heard such praise for the movie that I had really high expectations going in. Luckily, the film managed to surpass my high expectations. I knew the acting would be good but I was pleasantly surprised that the plot was so interesting and that there were more jokes peppered throughout the movie than I’d expected. The highlight was definitely Philip Seymour Hoffman’s stunning portrayal of the fey and eccentric Truman Capote. It was enthralling to watch him go from likeable-if-quirky socialite to manipulative phony during his investigations and interviews for his true crime “novel” In Cold Blood. I think that if PSH wins the best actor Oscar this Sunday it will be totally deserved.

Truman Capote: Ever since I was a child, folks have thought they had me pegged, because of the way I am, the way I talk. And they're always wrong

Truman Capote: It's as if Perry (the killer) and I grew up in the same house. And one day he went out the back door and I went out the front.

Walk the Line: I love Joaquin Phoenix, he seems weird and funny and he’s really likeable. He’s also reliably very good in every movie he’s in and Walk the Line is no exception. He and Reese Witherspoon are both fun to watch as they portray Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s sometimes contentious but ultimately loving relationship. I was also pleasantly surprised at how great Phoenix and Witherspoon sounded as they were made to sing their own part (as opposed to lip-synching to Johnny and June’s real recordings). One cautionary warning: if you can’t stand old school country/bluegrass music (like Elvis or Jerry Lee Lewis) then don’t see this movie because there’s tons of it.

June Carter: [on stage w/John] We've got these people all revved up, John. Now c'mon, let's sing Jackson for 'em.
Johnny Cash: You've got me all revved up. Now I've asked you forty different ways and it's time you come up with a fresh answer.
June Carter: Please sing.
Johnny Cash: I'm asking you to marry me. I love you, June. Now I know I said and done a lotta things, that I hurt you, but I promise, I'll never do that again. I only want to take care of you. I will not leave you like that dutch boy with your finger in the dam.
June Carter: [shakes head]
Johnny Cash: You're my best friend. Marry me.
June Carter: [quietly] Alright.
Johnny Cash: Yeah?
[They kiss & the crowd cheers]

Batman Begins: Easily the best batman movie I’ve seen and one of the better comic book movies out there. I enjoyed seeing Bruce Wayne as a kid and the catalyst for him becoming Batman. Loved Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Batman’s gadget maker, and the yummy Cillian Murphy as Dr. Crane/The Scarecrow. I didn’t love Katie Holmes (although she didn’t suck or mention Tom Cruise which were pluses) or pretty much any of Liam Niesson’s sage advice for Bruce.

Bruce Wayne: People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can't do that as Bruce Wayne, as a man I'm flesh and blood I can be ignored I can be destroyed but as a symbol, as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting

Junebug: This is an independent film about a small town family meeting their new big city, art gallery owning daughter-in-law for the first time. The highlight of the movie is definitely Oscar nominated Amy Adam’s performance as the quirky, meerkat loving, chatterbox Ashley, who is just captivated by her new big city sister. The movie was able to be both light and funny and sad and frustrating at the same time.

Ashley: I can't sit down! I'm too excited! (pretty much sums up her character)

The 40 Year Old Virgin: I think I would have found this movie funnier if I was a guy, that’s just my suspicion. To me, most of the humor came from Steve Carell’s reactions to other people being idiots. If I were to compare this to Wedding Crashers, which I’m about to, I would say that Crashers wins hands down. But I still love Steve Carell and The Office rules. Also, props to whoever shot the poster for this movie, its comic gold (see below).

David: I gotta tell you something. I'm really excited about it. Uh, for the first time today, I woke up... I came to the store, and I feel confident to say to you that if you don't take this Michael McDonald DVD that you've been playing for two years straight, off, I'm going to kill everyone in the store and put a bullet in my brain.
Paula: David, what do you suggest we play?
David: I don't care. Anything. I would rather watch "Beautician and the Beast". I would rather listen to Fran Drescher for eight hours than have to listen to Michael McDonald. Nothing against him, but if I hear "Yah Mo B There" one more time, I'm gonna yah mo burn this place to the ground.
Current Music: Rockin' The Suburbs - Ben Fold
Current Mood: hungry
12 January 2006 @ 12:56 pm
Stephen Colbert Wins 2005 Word of the Year

Every year the American Dialect Society votes on the best new/newly prominent words/phrases of the year. They vote for different categories such as “Most Outrageous,” “Most Useful,” “Most Creative,” and “Most Euphemistic.” Previous winners have been words such as “red/blue/purple states”, “santorum”, “metrosexual”, “blog”, “google” (verb), “chad”, “muggle”, “dot-com”, prefix e- for “electronic”, “World Wide Web”

This year’s overall winner was a word that Stephen used on his show The Colbert Report (the "t's" are silent!):

Truthiness: refers to the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true. As Stephen Colbert put it, “I don't trust books. They're all fact, no heart.” - You can check out a very funny clip of him explaining truthiness here (under videos > bottom of Colbert Report's video list).

Other words/phrases on the list were:

Hurricane Katrina related words/phrases
Heck of a job: catch phrase coined by President Bush.
Brown-out: the poor handling of an emergency.
Disaster industrial complex: the array of businesses which make profit from providing emergency services, especially those that result from no-bid government contracts.

Fashion words/phrases
Whale tail: the appearance of thong or g-string underwear above the waistband of pants, shorts, or a skirt. Also known as a longhorn.
Muffin top: the bulge of flesh hanging over the top of low-rider jeans.

Tom Cruise related words/phrases
Jump the couch: to exhibit strange or frenetic behavior. Inspired by the couchbouncing antics of Tom Cruise on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in May. It derives from an earlier term, jump the shark, meaning to (irretrievably) diminish in quality; to outlast public interest or popular support.
Cruisazy: crazy in the manner of Tom Cruise.

Computer related words/phrases
Cyber Monday: the Monday after Thanksgiving, purported to be the day that most online shopping takes place.
Podcast: a digital feed containing audio or video files for downloading to a portable MP3player. From the brand name MP3 player iPod + broadcast.

Misc. words/phrases
Crotchfruit: a child; children. Perhaps inspired by the expression the fruit of
one’s loins, this term began among proponents of child-free public spaces, but has since spread to parents who use it jocularly.
Current Mood: hungry
Current Music: Lovin You (Hex Mix) - Kristine W
10 January 2006 @ 12:56 pm
Here’s a list of my favorite movies from the year 2005. I was surprised at how many really good ones there were.

I’ve listed seven movies here because I couldn’t widdle it down to five; I’ve also ordered them alphabetically because I couldn’t decide which I loved the most. The descriptions of the movies and the quotes come from imdb.com (except for Serenity’s because it sucked). I've also added my own comments after the summaries.

I highly recommend going to see or renting all of these movies.

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Current Music: Clubland (Thunderpuss 2000 Club Mix) - Kristine W
Current Mood: frustrated
21 December 2005 @ 12:04 am
Here is a list of my top 50 songs from 2005. Some of the songs may actually be from 2004 but are included in the list because I only just heard them in '05 or because I listened to the constantly in '05.

Some of the songs have sample lyrics included.

So without further ado...

Song List )
Current Music: Male Stripper - Man 2 Man
Current Mood: chipper

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