Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Living under a Rock?

Ok, so I HATE forwards. a lot.

and my mom knows this.

But she is persistent! Luckily, she has discovered what ones I'll delete and the ones I'll like.

And today is a winner.

This. is. awesome.
This is a Troglodyte Village in Iran that is 700 years old!

In the Northeast of Iran, at the foot of Mount Sahand in Kandovan,
the villagers live in cave homes carved out of volcanic rock.
How awesome is this???
Talk about the literal Bedrock from The Flintstones....
There's a whole neighborhood!


Thought it was cool :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sharks, Pencils, and Ben Affleck

Ok, so this show (NBC's Community)looked like it had some potential, and I gave it a chance.



The Pilot was an overall dud.

There were, however, a few redeeming lines such as:

"We're the only species on Earth that observes Shark Week. Sharks don't even observe Shark Week...but we do. For the same reason I can pick up this pencil and tell you its name is Steve and go like this - (breaks pencil, Abed lets out a little gasp) - and part of you dies, just a little bit on the outside. Because people can connect with anything. We can sympathize with a pencil, we can forgive a shark, and we can give Ben Affleck an Academy Award for screenwriting. People can find the good in just about anything but themselves..........
- I want you to look to the person sitting next to you. I want you to extend to that person the same compassion you extend to sharks, pencils and Ben Affleck."

You see? There are moments, short, witty moments of fresh new writing.

And I'm compelled to give this a second chance.


So, then came episode two.

It was even worse.

The whole relationship thing between Jeff and Brita was so lame.

And just not worth the time.



And it doesn't help that Jeff ( Joel McHale ) is an unknown to anyone who didn't watch The Soup regularly or spot him in a random Fugitive episode. So there's no pull to stick with it.


Even Chevy Chase let me down.



I don't know if it's the writing, his disturbing character, or just that he's finally getting old.

Not that old is bad, I'm just not used to "Boyishly Light" Chase yet.


The only ounce of entertainment I could gather from the second episode was this:

watch this

*side note* Maybe another reason I'm not diggin' this show, is because it's hitting a little too close to my current situation. Yes. I go to a dangerously small town Community College. And to make it even worse. I'm taking the same Spanish class as the characters, yep. Same book.

EPISODE 3

All this did for me was make me fall in love with Abed's character, played by Danny Pudi.

He's awesome. I can't really put to words what he is, other than I just like it.



So. I tried. one last time.

Episode 4

And you know what? 4th time was the charm for me.

It was funny, I could relate to lots of things, and I laughed a bunch of times.

especially at this.

So. I guess I'm recommending it. But. only if you watch episode 4 first. It won't really mess with the plot, because, seriously. It's about life at a Community college. What's there to miss?

No Parking....maybe?

I may be imagining things, but to me, No Parking signs need to be more clear.

Take this one:
Yes, it's clear i can't park, but it doesn't specify time...or the specific area....
Much is left up to personal interpretation....
However, this one is infinitely more informative:
It's even smart alec, whatever works. It's helping you, no matter how mean it is. They don't want to give you tickets as much as you don't want to pay them.
So I ask you, If I am parked perfectly parallel to a "staff" parking section, but not behind the sign....where is the line drawn???


That white pole infront of my car is the sign....sorry it's so bright.
I'm not behind it, I'm parallel!
-turns out I didn't have to risk it. I crept slowly behind this girl till she got to her car and waited for her to leave.
I wouldn't call it desperate, I'd say it's persistent.
Sometimes following parking regulations takes some aggressive driving.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Really?!



There are no words to describe the amount of discomfort I am feeling right now.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bon Appetit!

Need a little cheering up?

Need something so refreshing and lovely and soothing to immerse yourself in?

Look no further.
I've found a cure to your ailments, and it is called,



I myself had never heard of Julia Child prior to viewing the trailer for this film, which is sad, because she is known as an amazing woman by many.

This has newly become one of my favorite roles of Meryl Streep.
She truly has a gift and is quite proficient at it.



She is undeniably genuine. One cannot help but believe her characters she plays, and think "How can this be an act?"



She instills awe in her audience with flawless, effortless precision.
Had I ever pursued a career in the performing arts, she would have been my inspiration.

Anyways, back to the movie....

It is the story of two women, exploring the art of cooking and the healing it brings to all aspects of life.

Julie (Amy Adams) is a young, working, aspiring writer and wife living in Queens, NY who is for lack of a better word, dissatisfied with life at the moment.



However, she discovers that no matter how horrible her days become, cooking always made everything better.

She then devises a plan to cook her way through Julia Child's 700 page cookbook, blogging all the while, sharing trials and triumphs she may face. And trials, she most definitely endures.



There are many moments of laughter and silliness that seep into this captivating story, and others that depict such delectable delicacies, your taste buds will quiver with desire.

That was one of the reasons I wanted to see this film. I love cooking food and watching movies about cooking food (such as...No Reservations), and because of this film, I will probably be on a recipe frenzy for days!



Regardless if you like cooking or not, this is a charming film that not only entertains to the end, but has great ideas to discuss afterward. There are many life lessons to be learned from it, but don't let that scare you away. Just watch it, you won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dear Sophie

Poor, dearest Sophie,

I am in distress over your many wounds. How could this horrible tragedy come upon you?
(and me)



It is too much to bear. Your rear end, I must say, has been inverted, your swerving days are over.



Your muffler has been eaten by a toyota. Your trunk won't even close!
I'm sorry to say, that we must part, and go our separate ways.



No more lovely loungeful drives up the winding roads to Sisters,
I'm afraid your future is getting grimmer and grimmer.

Don't fret, I won't forget you. You were an amazing first car. I'll keep your tires and your gas....you know, in memory of your dedication. I may be taking back my stickers and emptying the loose change drawer, but I'll never stop loving you Sophie, my precious Honda star.

(by the way. my neck is killing me!)