Here are some photos from the big day.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Oh. My. God. This will turn out to be a long post because I am going to totally steal someone else's post and put it here because I loved it so much.
For all you Twilight haters out there... You'll love this game.
ComicsAlliance's Twilight Drinking Game
Let's face facts here, folks: "Twilight" is not very good, but at this point, if you want to keep your fingers on the pulse of the pop culture community, familiarity with it is almost a requirement. That's why we've taken it upon ourselves to combine the first installment of the Twilight saga with the one thing that might almost get it to make sense: heavy drinking! Just pour a glass of your favorite adult beverage and read along, but be warned: If you actually do this, you will probably die, and you will definitely remember less about the book when it's over than when you started.
Take a drink whenever...
- Edward is described as one of the following: Pale, pallid, white, alabaster, ivory, faint, literally sparkling, like a thousand diamonds, incandescent, smooth, statuesque, glittering, scintillating, lavender, perfect, satin smooth, cool as stone.
Take two drinks when...
- He is three or more of these things in the same paragraph.
Take three drinks when...
- The word "butterscotch" is involved.
Finish Your Glass ...
- when he's compared to Batman.
Take a drink whenever...
- Stephenie Meyer offers a glowing, over-the-top description of how smart Bella is (i.e., having read every single book in the library by the age of 16) despite the fact that she's roughly as dumb as a bag of hammers in the actual story.
- Bella does something that sets feminism back by a decade, including (but not limited to) claiming she's too weak and clumsy to bother trying to fight off rapists, asking permission to think, apologizing for getting attacked by a vampire, and slipping immediately into blind obedience when a guy she's been on .5 dates with orders her to do things she doesn't particularly want to do.
Bella's got a great future ahead of her at the Nuremberg war crimes trials.
- Meyer references another work of literature like "Romeo & Juliet" or "Wuthering Heights" so you'll understand the subtlety she's trying to craft when she has characters actually say things like "I am dangerous for you to love!"
- You see the word "chagrin."
- You see the word "dazzle."
No one has used the word "dazzle" this much since Chris Claremont set the record in the spring of '80.
- The book goes out of its way to avoid showing anything resembling action that would advance the plot, to the point where there's a fight between good vampires and evil vampires going on, but the narrative follows Bella as she mopes around a hotel room three states away.
TAKE TWO DRINKS WHEN...
- Bella is rendered unconscious at the climax of the novel, meaning that she gets the life-changing events related to her later in the ultimate violation of the "show, don't tell" rule.
- A character displays great affection for Bella despite the fact that she spends most of her time yelling at her dad like she's angling for a spot on Maury's next "My Kid Is Out Of Control!" special and doing absolutely nothing to engender positive feelings in anyone (least of all the reader).
- Bella ridicules her parents for being concerned about her well-being.
- You wish the book starred the diabolical Biz Markie instead of Bella Swan:
- Meyer keeps herself from identifying characters by race, but still manages to work in stereotypes by having them speak like the jive-talking passengers from "Airplane."
- Meyer uses a phrase that sounds like a hilariously awkward sex metaphor, i.e.: "As I passed, he suddenly went rigid in his seat" or "It was very hard, in the morning."
- Meyer misuses the word "literally," as in "Forks was literally my personal Hell on Earth."
- The line "It's twilight" actually appears in the novel.
"This party was... great, Gatsby." "I don't know, Jules, it's like something out of a... pulp fiction."
TAKE THREE DRINKS WHEN...
- Meyer brings it back a second time for all the slow kids in the audience.
- Meyer spends the majority of a chapter recapping the previous chapter like a fifth-grader trying to meet the length requirement for a book report.
- Edward brags about how strong and dangerous he is, rather than doing anything that would be considered even remotely strong or dangerous.
- Edward sets off one of the Abusive Relationship Warning Signs, including...
-Does your partner check-up on you by calling, driving by, or getting someone else to?
-Does your partner blame you for his problems or his bad mood?
-Does your partner drive dangerously, or do other things to scare you?
-Have you lost friends or no longer see some of your family because of your partner?
-Are you afraid of your partner or afraid to break up?
FINISH YOUR GLASS when:
- He does five of the above in one chapter.
- You finish a chapter that does absolutely nothing to advance the plot.
- The driving conflict of the book finally arrives after 350 pages.
- You hit a chapter that reads like it was lifted verbatim from LiveJournal.
- When you hit the one part of the book that's actually not bad (Page 414, paragraph 3 of the MMPB edition)
- When the vampires do something that actually sounds exciting, and Bella acts like something other than a cardboard cutout whose only emotions are petulance and co-dependence.
Nah, just kiddin' about that last one. It never happens. The rest of them, however... well, you may want to apologize to your liver before you get started.
Taken from: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/03/17/twilight-drinking-game/
Sometimes my eyes do not see what is actually there. Take, for instance, the young adults blog headline I read this morning: Live Action Glue Game.
Now, this caught my attention. Glue Game? What's that? I imagined kids running around the room sniffing glue, putting it on their arms and in their hair, etc.
It actually said Live Action Clue Game. Ohhhhh. That actually makes a lot more sense.
Does that ever happen to you? Is it part of getting old? Because it seems to happen to me a LOT, especially with book titles. I have seen some really interesting book titles thanks to my brain malfunction. I should start keeping a list.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
From How Not to Die:
The odds of dying from...
car crash - 1 in 84
assault by firearm - 1 in 324
hit by a car - 1 in 631
choking - 1 in 1,173
fire in a building - 1 in 1,431
fall, involving bed or furniture - 1 in 4,870
airplane crash - 1 in 5,552
exposure to excessive natural cold - 1 in 5,576
drowning in a swimming pool - 1 in 6,031
slipping, tripping, or stumbling - 1 in 6,455
exposure to excessive natural heat - 1 in 16,680
hornet, wasp, or bee sting - 1 in 72,494
lightning strike - 1 in 81,949
overexertion - 1 in 96,658
contact with hot tap water - 1 in 125,655
dog bite - 1 in 139,617
venomous snake or lizard bite - 1 in 628,277
fireworks discharge - 1 in 1,884,832
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
So I read this book called How Not To Die, by Dr. Jan Garavaglia. She is a medical examiner and has a tv show (which I never really got into).
So here are some of the many amazing and interesting bits of information I picked up from this book:
Men who take more frequent vacations have a 30% less chance of dying of heart disease, and women have a 50% less chance of dying of heart disease, compared to those who don't vacation.
At current mortality rates, a baby born today has roughly one chance in seventy of ultimately dying in a car accident.
The 8 Leading Driver Mistakes That cause Collisions:
1. Excessive speed
2. Right-of-way violations
3. Improper turning
4. Improper passing
5. Following too closely
6. Driving left of center
7. Alcohol/substance abuse
8. Distracted drivers
In the morgue, they save the rags used to clean up liquids from decomposed bodies to help train cadaver-hunting dogs. Scientists have also studied the odor of bodily decay so they can better develop synthetic sprays for use in riot control.
Men are at least twice as likely as women to be alcoholics and three times more likely to be drug addicts.
When you habitually get less sleep than you need each night, your risk of having an accident or developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, memory problems, or depression begins to increase. As a general rule, if you tend to sleep late on weekends or always need an alarm to wake you, you might be sleep-deprived.
Monday, March 15, 2010
We went to see Willie Nelson in concert tonight at the Embassy. You may be thinking, huh, Willie Nelson? Am I on the right blog? Lisa said to me, "Do you like country music?" No, not particularly, but I like Willie Nelson! I don't consider him country. He's country, blues, bluegrass, folk, gospel, spiritual, standards.
Well, he was totally awesome! He came out and played one song right after the other, no breaks, no intermission, and there were only about 5 or 6 songs I had never heard before. He sang Crazy (made famous by Patsy Cline), Georgia on My Mind, Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground, Always on My Mind, All of Me, Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys (which my dad used to sing when we went on boat trips when I was a kid). We smiled, we clapped, we sang along.
Willie would put a handkerchief on his head and wear it for a while and then throw it out to the crowd. At the end of the concert he walked all along the front row and shook everyone's hands. It was just the coolest thing! :) Yaay! :)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Marra has introduced me to the world of Shrinky Dinks and I will never be the same. I had never done Shrinky Dinks before. The closest thing were these kind of stained glass things you melted in your oven that made your whole house smell like burning plastic, which it probably was. But Shrinky Dinks are amazing. I must purchase Shrinky Dink paper immediately. My brain is whirring with all kinds of evil Shrinky Dink ideas. Bwah hah hah!!!!!
Monday, March 8, 2010
What do you think? Hits or Misses?
Zoe Saldana - miss!
She's purty, but the poor thing can't dress herself.
Vera Farmiga - miss!
Something exlpoded on her.
Sandra Bullock - ok
This look just makes me go, "Eh."
Queen Latifah - HIT!
I love Queen Latifah, so I may be biased, but I think she looks elegant and feminine and the cut of the gown is very flattering to her figure.
Penelope Cruz - hit
She knows how to work a dress.
Miley Cyrus - skinny!
I don't know whether or not I like the dress. I am distracted by her 10" waist.
Mariska Hargitay - hit!
Mariah Carey - hit
Now, they are rating this dress as a miss and gave her an F for style, but really, this is the best she's looked at an awards show in forever. She is tastefully covered and I love the color.
Well, it is a hit, but they gave her an A+. I don't see A+ because she doesn't know how to stand or have the confidence to really pull it off completely.
Jennifer Lopez - hit
I really like this one. The foof on the side is almost too much, but not quite.
Helen Mirren - hit!
She looks classy.
Gabourey Sidibe - hit
I would have rather had the stuff on the waist or the bodice but not both.
Faith Hill - miss!
I give this a big "What was she thinking?"
Charlize Theron - miss
What gives with the swirlies on the boobs?
Cameron Diaz - hit!
It is so nice to see her glammed up again like she used to be when she started in the business, a la The Mask with Jim Carrey.
Anna Kendrick - hit
I like the dress but not the color. These beigey-nude dresses that blend in the the flesh are so unappealing to me.