Thursday, December 30, 2010

"...of the Year" (2010)

"...hit call all you want, but there's no one home..."

Good News of the Day: According to a Gallup poll asking American who they admire most, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ranked "Most Admired Woman of the Year" for the 9th straight year! Woop Woop! 17% of Americans say they admire her most, with 12% saying Palin (who made second place for the second year in a row.) Third place was Oprah.

Bad-... well, I suppose this is also Good News of the Day actually: Sarah Palin on the other hand, has won the well-deserved "Misinformer of the Year" title for all her cockamamie lies and deceptions - ranging all over from her reality show to those imaginary "death panels." Haha, here's to another year of her crazy zaniness and annoying methods of insulting Democrats while making herself look like uneducated.

Best Selling Album of the Year: The Fame (Monster) by Lady Gaga! WoooOOOOO! Lady Gaga's next album, "Born This Way" will be released February 19th, 2011 -- and Lady Gaga has said she'll be releasing the cover art of her new album at midnight on New Years!

The Second Worst Movie of the Year: The Last AirbenderI didn't actually go to look at what the worst film was, but having sat through this one - omg, it was awful. Rushed, poorly written, badly acted... just a headache of a movie. The special effects were awesome, and as Sarah put it, the only thing that likely saved it from "WORST movie of the Year."

Song/Video of the Day: (Note: Not of the Year) "So Long to Ya 2010!" by JibJab. BAHAHAhahahaha! Another great video describing all the events of the year, though as some people somewhere noted: it doesn't really hit on many of the cultural events, and focuses primarily on the political. That would definitly be the ONE downside. To make up for that, I've found this AWESOME Blog the JibJab people keep of how they made the video!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3 Restaurants in NYC

Haha, so broken-Sarah and I are watching Top Chef (again!) this time Top Chef: All Stars. And my favorite character (Marcel) is back! He got cheated out of winning Season 2 (which we were watching the other day in a marathon. I've noticed Cable is nothing but marathons...) But he was, according to Wikipedia, offered a SyFy channel cooking show? Anyway...

Bahahaha, I couldn't help but make this comparison cause it kept jumping out at me when I was watching the show the other day. Low and behold, I'm not the only one who's thought this before! Bravo's seen the resemblance (or at least noted it) and so did other people, whom I stole elements of the above pic from.

Anyway... This challenge is about going to famous awesome restaurants in New York City, then creating a dish the restaurant's owner would want to put on their menu. So I'm googling all the restaurants so that next time I go to NYC I can go to them, regardless of how expensive they are.

Má Pêche

The first restaurant: David Chang's French-Vietnamese Má Pêche inside Midtown’s Chambers Hotel. "The menu changes everyday!" So I guess I'll have to use the menu when I go there. But the Chicken fried steak sounds good, but I would want to try mussels prepared by a place this awesome. Can't really find prices or recipes in their website like the other restaurants, but I would be interested in trying some breakfast foods here or their Cubed omelet. The New York Times suggests that this - the newest of Chang's chain of restaurants, is the most spacious and the only one that really offers creature comforts enough to allow for conversation even. These restaurants just remind me why I would never want to *Live* in New York City. This review takes note of the unusual giant-cross shaped table, and counts it as a negative...


Next up, David Burke's "Townhouse." This restaurants website is really cool, has painted images of some of their dishes online, a detailed menu, and a bunch of recipes! I would prepare this crackling pork shank with apple firecracker sauce if it didn't take 48 hours to prepare.

Didn't find any interesting interior shots that didn't look like octopus

Third, I think "Marea" was an Italian-Seafood restaurant. Eh, dunno what I have to look forward to at a restaurant many sites are calling primarily "seafood place." Eh, I don't think I'm going to find much here. In fact, this may get cut from my list with what sites are saying about the unusually high prices even for a fancy NY restaurant. The New Yorker says it seems to have missed the memo about the recession. With high prices, gross food (IMO) I suppose if we do go it'll be for the ambiance of 240 Central Park South...

Quote of the Day: "Shut the Front Door!" (phrase to denote surprise or shock.) Haha, if you've seen Patsy's Facebook you'll know I was watching "What Not To Wear" the other night. Those two (Clinton and Stacey I think?) had some strange phrases that Mom would be proud of. The other was "You look beautiful, like a tall glass of water!" Wtf?! Then later that phrase was used on ANOTHER show (I don't remember which.)

Website of the Day: Topless Robot's list of Top Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes you won't find on DVD. AKA: Best episodes to download without fear of ruining a future DVD release. Not that I would ever download content illegally.

Song of the Day: "Grenade" by Bruno Mars. I like this song alot, but the music video is dumb. It's about how a guy would do anything for a girl when he's in love, a sentiment I can completely relate to. Even "catch a grenade for [her]."

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Better Homes & Passageways

(This post was primarily written on Friday 12/17) - Sitting on the couch keeping warm, watching the Ohio Supreme Court (in a case from June 9, 2010...) Toledo Bar Assn v. Ritson - while mom is out picking up David from his last final of Tri-C classes this semester, and stopping at Chipotle on the way home :) Ahh, the relaxation of winter break. Gonna take Sarah back to Akron today with her wrapped up leg which is healing from her surgery.

(Sarah noted at Thanksgiving that with the set up Grandpa had, the TV looked like it was "suffocating between the bookshelves! Fighting to get out!")

So, lately I've been slowly turning my Grandpa's condo into a house Mom, Dave and I would feel comfortable in. Grandpa's house is set up for a single, elderly man (pictured)-- decorated all at once in 1994 after Grandpa moved to Stow following his house-fire in Maple Heights. (For those who have not followed my life closely: after Grandpa's passing this summer Mom inherited his house and since our home in Garfield is in sort-of-foreclosure, makes sense to move into the house we own.) Well anyway, since it's so close to Akron - I've been slowly chipping away at the work I think the house needs to be better suited for family life in 2010, bring it fashionably up to date. (I've already converted the larger guest bedroom into my room. Now I just have to go on the market for a nice Master bedset!)

Website of the Day: As someone who always includes hidden passageways in plans for his dream house, this website is awesome! It's got a gallery of hidden secret passageways! Definitely a great way to kill five minutes day dreaming.There are some amazing ideas in here, not just the usual Bookcase-door or behind-the-portrait-safe. I really like doors under stairs that lead somewhere - cause stairs always have a kinda hollow feel to them. Enjoy!

Quote of the Day: So Sarah mentioned she wanted light food, and I thought at first she said late (but quickly assumed she meant light) but still jokingly pretended I heard her say "late" like 4 more times! "LIGHT! L- I- T- G-... H-T... Light...(er) You know what I mean!" lol...

Song of the Day: "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus" by Standstill. Haha, this is an interesting modified/parody also from my recent trend from "A Santa Claus: It's a Punk Rock Christmas." Heh, my favorite line is probably "maybe this year, cause dad is queer, I'll get some better stuff..."

Thursday, December 16, 2010

30 Truths (part II)

11.  The top 7 in my iTunes play-counts are Lady Gaga. (Telephone: 183, Bad Romance: 174, Poker Face: 99, etc. The first non-Lady Gaga song is number 8: "Firework" by Katy Perry.)

12. I am a packrat, and inherited that from mom and grandpa. Cleaning my room is such a hassle when I cannot throw away that 2008 Travel Guide to Connecticut cause "I may want to go there some day soon..." psh, USE THE INTERNET!

13. If you don't already know this, I insist on using the word "Pop" over "soda", or one of it's other variants. On that note, I LOVE when I see/hear a TV show use pop - cause "Soda" seems to be so prevalent!

 14. I will never, ever, do or smoke any drugs because I find them absolutely repulsive. Caffeine, and legit prescription are obviously exempt from this.

15. My favorite sea-faring vessel is the R.M.S. Carpathia, the ship that rushed faster than their fastest-capable speed in the ice berg-ridden waters to rescue the Titanic survivors in 1912. I know I will never forget their heroism. Zomg, here's a model of the ship! CHRISTMAS LIST!!! That would pretty much be the second most awesomest thing ever. The First you ask? Well, the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" (famous for having survived the Titanic and other ship wrecks, and her boisterous personality.)

...Anyway, the real Molly Brown was so thankful to the crew of the Carpathia that she bought them all medals. Rarely, these medals show up on eBay and go for quite a bit - a couple thousand dollars last time I saw them. That would pretty much be the awesomest gift super-duper-ever. Google says they run on average about $7,780 yikes. Replicas are on eBay slightly much more often, but obviously are not as cool as the real thing.

16. My favorite Star Trek character ever was The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager. He was a hologram, who didn't have a name. No relation to "Doctor Who." I actually have two of his autographs, one of which is to me specifically cause I met the actor - Robert Picardo - at a Star Trek convention n.n

17. Haha, I am a total Star Trek nerd. I prefer "trekker" - as opposed to trekkie, but no one cares. I've seen almost every episode of Star Trek, have hundreds of hours of it on DVD, been to a handful of Cleveland conventions, and have maybe a dozen actors autographs. I once won a trivia trophy at a convention actually, but it melted in the '05 fire :(

18. The first concert I'd ever gone to was Seether, at the University so less than 3 years ago. Followed soon by Second Hand Serenade, The Secret Handshake, and of course Lady Gaga in 2010. I didn't really like music before late-Middle School.

19. Bud Light Lime is my favorite beer, Blue Hawaiian my favorite mixed drink  (Over 21, iz' all good...)

20. My childhood stuffed animals included "Dino" the Dinosaur (pronounced like the Flintstones pet) and "Quincy" the turtle (which I won for Dad at Sea World at a Read-a-Thon event, but he thought it would be better in my possession but named it.) Lesser stuffed animals in the hierarchy of stuffed animals include "Monkey-Monk" the... monkey -.- which I got for free from these WWF animal book things we got in the mail back in the day. David, always the copycat, had stuffed animals "Rabbity" and "Mousy-Mouse".... oh my God, is there a creative bone in any member of my family?!

Site of the Day: Cardboard Bahaha! These are absolutely awesome! Cardboard versions of animal  heads to hang on your wall, available in life size or miniature for the less adventurous. Made from recycled cardboard, I think the AOL Trend Spotting website def makes these look good in a modern decorated room. I kinda want one, but at the same time, I see it being cool for a while then taking up room in the basement :/ and for cardboard it's kinda pricey. But you should def check this out and see if it's for you! After all, Teddy Roosevelt certainly liked something about animals heads on his wall...

Song of the Day: "Gary the Green-Nosed Reindeer" by MC Lars. Hehe, I didn't like this much the first time I heard it - but since then it's grown on me in a kinda "I'm Awesome"-way. It's a parody of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, obviously. Enjoy and Happy Holidays! :o)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Beautiful Beast of a Blast from the Past

So for various reasons I was googling screen caps from one of my favorite Disney movies, Beauty and the Beast, and I found this super-awesome IMDB website of Voice Actors for cartoons. So I'm going to blow your mind with some revealing Voice Actor revelations.... Did I mention they have voice clips of each individual character too!?

Belle was boring and this was her only voice acting. But the Beast was voiced by Robby Benson, known to Patsy & Blondie I'm sure as Sabrina's (first) dad! (Later replaced by the Clueless girl's second dad.) Actually, let me draw you a diagram...

And then Robbie Benson as Sabrina's father was replaced by Doug Sheehan, who played the Dad on Clueless...

But that was after HE replaced Clueless dad #1 (from the TV series), played by Michael Lerner. (This is ignoring the movie, which had it's own dad.)

And Sabrina (the character!) actually cameo-ed on Clueless at one point. (Video: This contrived clip is actually on Youtube.) In fact, Elisa Donovan that played Amber on Clueless, after the show was canceled in 1999 went on to Sabrina to star (sort of) as Morgan Cavanaugh for the remainder of Sabrina's years in College.

In FACT, yet ANOTHER Sabrina character stolen from the TV show Clueless: in Season 1, Cher's brother Josh was played by David Lascher. Who went over to Sabrina in season 4 to play "Josh Blackhart" for a few seasons (Hey, Josh in both!) , and Sabrina's love interest post-Harvey. Was Clueless anything more than a Sabrina training grounds?

Okay, so I got a little distracted. Let me continue this tangent rant by saying Wednesday night I had a dream that me and my family were moving into some famous historical building that was in our families name (metaphor for moving into grandpa's house?) But I guess it was part owned by the University or something? It was like crazy huge, and we would only have lived in a wing of it. But my current-at-the-University boss Steph was there, and told me the board was never going to approve of us living there. :( Sad face. But if I had a mansion, you bet I'd have a giant library like in Beauty and the Beast...

Hey I have a question. How come Lumiere and the feather duster (who has a name! Babbette!) are the only two in the whole movie with a French accent? Cogsworth (the clock) and Mrs. Potts (self-explanatory) actually have BRITISH accents at that.

Video of the Day: Random post-Sabrina interview I found with Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina) and "Soleil Moon Frye" (awesome name; who played Roxie, Sabrina's college roommate.) Apparently they'd been friends since they were four years old!

Picture of the Day: So while putting together that complex diagram, I accidentally found this googling. How. Cool. Would this be if I was 6 and it was 1995 again?

Not the girly part obviously, still, pretty creative. n.n! And there's a part for MY favorite character, Lumiere the candlestick:

As I mentioned, found these googling. "" hm... wonder what that site's about o.O

Thursday, December 9, 2010

16 Days 'Til Christmas

The holidays are approaching, and I'm eager to feel the Christmas spirit! :D I had my one and only final today, and tomorrow I have to observe at the middle school for the last time (voluntarily, actually) while they make mummies. Then it's Christmas break all the way!

Somethings on my Christmas list this year: a new suit, or even just new dress pants. X_X being in ASG and observing at schools puts a lot of strain on my dress clothes. Never would I have imagined hoping for clothes for Christmas. But not just any clothes, I gotta stay classy - and silky whenever possible.

Some other things I'd like this Christmas? Well, there's these Antique Theodore Roosevelt book set at a local store that cost 95$, a Roomba for carpets, this Antique Victorian dictionary stand I've been looking for for years (these are things I really never ask anyone for.) A police speed-radar detector, the collectors edition of the new Black Eyed Peas CD, etc.

Picture of the Day: So while waiting to see if Sarah can do lunch today (she's been round the clock busy with finals this week, I, alas, have not.) I'm watching this years Christmas episode of the Simpsons: "The Fight Before Christmas" ft. guest voice Martha Stewart, lol. Here's Lisa dressing up the Tree as Lady Gaga...

Song of the Day: "We Need a Little Christmas" by Glee! Haha, for some reason the Glee Christmas soundtrack is the only Christmas music on my laptop. Which isn't bad, they've got a good variety and it's something different.

Quote of the Day: "Sure I've been naughty this year, but by today's standards naughty means nothing! I didn't get anyone pregnant, and I didn't Facebook anyone to death." - Bart Simpson, aforementioned episode.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

30 Truths (part I)

Blah, I hate getting myspace surveys. But I guess it's better than no one giving me any :/ I saw this one on Facebook at least twice now, so I thought I'd do it (to avoid doing my International Institutions homework...) real quick. You are under no obligation to do this after I do it! In fact I'd prefer you didn't.
  1. Haha, I am so big headed. I love the attention and the compliments. I know, I should try to be less so - and I do. But I work hard for (most of) my accomplishments, is it so wrong to bask in them occasionally?
  2. My two favorite books are The Collected Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, and Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars - The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh.
  3. My 2 most prized possessions lost in the house fire of 2005 was the handwritten recipe card for our family recipe of Chicken Paprikas (written by my great grandmother and passed down to dad), and a smoked-glass chess set my grandpa bought me.
  4. I really, really, really hate the song "Everytime We Touch" by Cascada.
  5. If I don't accept your Facebook friend request in the first 24 hours after you sent it, I don't really want to be your friend. (Or I legit cannot remember who you are. Even after looking at our mutual friends. You should be more memorable.)
  6. I own 10 of the 11 Star Trek movies. (But I own 2 of Star Trek X, and don't own the first one cause it was really crappy.)
  7. I really like witches in pop culture. Something about it is very appealing, so much so that I base a lot of my future dreams on things from witch-y TV shows.
  8. On that note, my dream house is a Victorian mansion like on Charmed or Sabrina! Preferably one where I can own lots of land, like Theodore Roosevelt's house. (Charmed House pictured.)
  9. I lie about my weight. Often. I need to work out more.
  10. I keyed someone's car last week. Don't feel bad about it either. But it was after parking right behind them, and then I got back in my car and parked farther down the street out of fear or retaliation.
Song of the Day: "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence" + The Machine. Okay, I didn't really like her/them the first time I heard her because she was really weird and sounded odd and was up against Lady Gaga at the VMAs... but in recent times, she has an interesting sound, and I judged her too quickly. This song in particular isn't as bad as I used to think it was. The music video is kinda strange, not Gaga-level strange, but weird none the less.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Where is the Real Sabrina House?

Ever wondered, as I have, where the Sabrina the Teenage Witch house was? Yes, I know it's a TV show. Yes, I know the rooms were on a set. But they would occasionally show exterior shots of a white Victorian house -- and that is what I am talking about. Well on several occasions I've looked for it, and tonight, I've found it! (Granted, technically someone *else* found it - and I found their finding of it.) But since the web does not have any real answers as to where it is (the Yahoo! Answers answerer's sarcastic response not withstanding) -- I wanted to make sure others looking could find it easier than I could, and blogs are remarkably easy to find on search engines.

Without further ado, SPELLMAN MANOR:

The Sabrina House is 64 East Main Street Freehold, New Jersey 07728-2255. At present it contains a variety of business offices, including the Monmouth County Democratic Party Inc. (If anyone goes to the house because of this post, I'd be interested in hearing about it!)

Well, I've been searching for this place all night -- once I had clues based on Melissa Joan Hart's official website, it was a matter of figuring out what the sign in the window said. My Star Trek-eagle eyes still couldn't make out which "...County Democrats" it was, because narrowing down the county would certainly help! The person who originally found it said it was Monmouth County, New Jersey.

I hope they don't mind that I used their clue to find the house. But being a business, not a private residence (like the Charmed House) I can't imagine them being too displeased by fans taking pictures in the front yard. Good publicity?

Video of the Day: Speaking of good publicity, play this in the background for a few minutes just so they can ratchet up their playcount. When it hits 100,000, some software company will legit donate $10,000 to some kind of Education funding. I think someone on Facebook posted this as a link.

Song of the Day: "Shake" by Jesse McCartney. Alright, so it's sung by a 2000s "Dream Street" boyband blondie, some of the lyrics are a bit corny, the chorus has a childishly simple beat, and it steals lines from other pop songs -- I think it's kinda fun. Haha, at the age of 10 -- McCartney did musicals with Ricky Ullman, the star of Phil of the Future! (Random interesting fact.) This music video makes him look like a combination of Frankie Muniz and Zac Efron in Hairspray though. Haha, ya know what -- up until now I think I thought Jesse McCartney was Aaron Carter... Yup, definitely did.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hayes Presidential Museum & Library

Woo, well after a fairly successful Thanksgiving (for this family) -- today Sarah & I drove out to Fremont, Ohio to see the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Museum, House & Library. I'm using the fact that going really is extra credit in my American Presidency class, but really I just love going to Presidential sites -- especially the ones in Ohio I haven't been to. n.n

Fremont, btw - is in the Sandusky area of Ohio, so an hour and 40 minute drive West. (Approximately the width of South Korea!) The temperature was 25 degrees today X_X this fact will come into play later. So we go up to this big fancy entrance, and wouldn't you know this is just the for-show entrance -- you actually enter on the side. Ugh. So we go inside, buy our tickets (for admission to both museum, and the house tour is 13 dollars a person. No student discount -.-) Luckily though, cause we didn't want this to take all day, there was a house tour in 5 minutes. I didn't want to carry my coat around all day, so I put it on a hanger.

We walk over to the Rutherford B. Hayes house, and OMG -- 25 degrees is COLD!!! X_X We both noted, by the way -- the vague resemblance to Theodore Roosevelt's house. While waiting on the porch Sarah noticed something about the benches...

They were donated by Kiwanis! YAY! lol, I also snuck some pictures of the interior since no photography would be allowed on the tour...

The tourguide women politely let the two of us in, and jokingly noted that my mother would have some stern words for me not wearing a coat. (There was also an old man with a British accent there, but he disappeared at some point.) Then our tourguide (4real) came, and replaced temp tourguide woman - who then proceeded to ask the same questions, where are we from, have we been there before, etc.

Three things to note about the tour: 1. Now is NOT a good time to visit this site. They have just received a $400,000 restoration grant -- and half the things inside the house (note the picture above) are in storage. Giant paintings, most of the furniture, the real rugs, etc. They are mid-restoration, so alot of power sockets were exposed (she joked about them several times) Sarah later noted how we got "jipped" (sp?). Eh, it happens. It was interesting to see still. The tourlady kept joking about how we'll have to come back in a few years. Haha, yeah, we'll see.

2. The tour managed to completely avoid mentioning the incredibly corrupt election of President Rutherford B. Hayes. It was alluded to in the museum part, but the tour did not mention it at all - the fact that there was a bunch of corrupt political bargains that allowed him to take the Presidency. (Compressed History Lesson: Hayes promised the south to remove anti-segregation-law-enforcing policemen from the south if they gave their electors to him, and in return he would only run for one term. So even though his opponent got 2 million more votes, he ended up being given the victory in 1877.)

3. And finally, the tour guide woman's years were always off! She noted that he was born in 1880 (which is impossible if he was president from 1877-1881. She later said something to the effect of "In 1880, the civil war started brewing, so he asked the Governor to form a volunteer infantry..." The Civil War was fought between 1861 and 1865!

Well, the House was average overall. Not the most interesting place ever, but not the most interesting President either. Teddy's house was clearly the coolest President house I've ever been to. But this place had it's charm -- I liked the design inside, Huge ceilings, huge doorways, a dozen bedrooms across several floors with an awesome staircase and "the Lantern" -- their nickname for the top of the central staircase spiral, because light from outside filled the whole house through a few windows several floors up.

The museum was also VERY average. But by far my favorite part of that would be these random paper snowflakes. There were books of them in the giftshop, but completed ones on display. Many had very random themes (tarot cards, Exodus, Noah's ark, Naval vessels...) but the President-y ones caught my eye!!!!

Sarah had trouble seeing what this one was at first, but it's a young Abraham Lincoln chopping wood! That's some pretty impressive sh*t actually!

Here's my favorite, the Presidential Seal one! Haha, so overall average experience. Now I'm at work, getting ready to write my 3 page paper on it for extra credit points. I'm working for 8 hours tonight! X_X what will I fill it with! Actually, I'm betting I'll fill it just fine -- it's just being productive I have to worry about :-/

Song of the Day: "The Time (Dirty Bit)" by the Black Eyed Peas - from their new album "The Beginning" (following up their past hit album The E.N.D.) Haha, the art for the album and the video of The Time (see below) is pretty cool - brings a new 3rd dimension to pixelation. I hope this album is as good as the last one, if so, you can expect the collectors edition of it to be at the top of my Christmas Wishlist.

Sarah did note the AWEFUL rhyming in this song. Particularly Fergie's:
"I was born to get wild!
That's my style!
If you didn't know that,
Well, baby, now you know now..."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Reason to Worry

dmittedly, I did watch Sarah Palin's Alaska last week. And I DVR'ed it for this week. But as this article points out, that whole 8-week long infomercial is just a political ad keeping in the mind of her supporters how awesome they think she is -- except a turn on the head of political ads, they're actually paying her!?

(Okay, finished with my oatmeal, off to shower before Geography and International Institutions classes,  then have a bunch of homework to finish before my Educational Implementation class!)

Please, please, PLEASE someone tell me she is just a nightmare, and will never actually have a chance in this country to be President...

Quote of the Day: 
"But logic doesn’t apply to Palin. What might bring down other politicians only seems to make her stronger: the malapropisms and gaffes, the cut-and-run half-term governorship, family scandals, shameless lying and rapacious self-merchandising. In an angry time when America’s experts and elites all seem to have failed, her amateurism and liabilities are badges of honor. She has turned fallibility into a formula for success"

- Frank Rich, NYT (11/20/2010) The article listed above
Song of the Day: "I'm Hot" by Angelina Pivarnick. Bahahhahaaaa..... okay, so this is the MOST ANNOYING CHARACTER ON THE JERSEY SHORE. Someone led her to believe she could make a sing-talk rap video? "It's like rapping, but not quite..." There have been many occasions where I called a song particularly bad -- but this is, seriously, the worst - I cannot believe someone even put this out onto the internet. Why is talent not a requirement for getting an album anymore? (She doesn't even have a Wikipedia page! And half the song is actually some Guy...) The lyrics are atrocious. ("I'm Hot, like an Ice Cream Cone...") Lol, on an almost separate note -- Ross is older than most of the Jersey Shore cast...

Website of the Day: "From Old" haha, so in writing my Harry Potter textbook - this site is filled with AWESOME woodcuts and fancy old style letters (like the one used above!) I'm clearly going to be exploring this in detail in the future, and I hope I can hold off til Thanksgiving break, because it's kinda pushing off my homework how distracted I've *been* by it... Ah!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tina Fey wins Mark Twain Award

Haha, I read this article that my family's trusted source of non-partisanship, the Public Broadcasting System channel (PBS) -- has censored some of comedienne Tina Fey's acceptance speech. Past winners of "The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor"  include Ms. Frizzle's voice actress Lily Tomlin, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg and others.

"I would be a liar and an idiot if I didn't thank Sarah Palin for helping get me here tonight," Fey said. "My partial resemblance and her crazy voice are the two luckiest things that ever happened to me."

Regrettably, I cannot find the COMPLETE speech -- and am studying for American Presidency in the Library cafe, so I would prefer not to have my sound on to watch this video at this very moment.

Watch the full episode. See more Mark Twain Prize.

(See approximately 12:30)

The part that was cut, and thereby my Quote of the Day:

"Politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women—except, of course, those who will end up paying for their own rape kit and stuff. But for everybody else, it's a win-win. Unless you're a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years. Whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know—actually, I take it back. The whole thing's a disaster."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How to Dry Your Hands?

So I'm researching something for ASG (as I often find myself doing): what is the best way to dry your hands in the bath room? I just read a 35 page research paper (okay, power skimmed alot of it) that compared several types of traditional paper towels, warm-air hand driers, and the new Dyson hand-slot jet driers. The results were shocking!

My first instinct when someone from ASG suggested I look into this, was wow -- the Dyson hand driers (such as at Canton/Belden Village Mall) definitely have cool factor! I like'm. They actually shoot cool air in a jet to "scrape" the water off your hands. They advertise themselves as the fastest hand driers around, and the study pretty much confirmed that.

Bacteria grow on wet hands -- and in heat. So you want dry, not hot hands. And the study actually revealed that all paper towels pretty much dry your hands the same (~96%) after about 10 seconds. The Dyson Blade awesome thing also dries your hands to about 96% in 10 seconds. The hot-air hand driers actually take 3 times as long, are not at all efficient at drying your hands -- and in the process, actually promote bacterial growth! EW! Add to that, that the hot air actually shoots bacteria out of it if it's not properly maintained (which practically none are!) So hot air hand driers are officially the worst kind.

But the shocking part was that the cool-air jets (Dysons) while significantly better than the hot jets, also left some bacteria behind - and had the potential to shoot bacteria on to your hands, especially if you touched the device (which is likely if you look at the design.) Paper towels were significantly more efficient at drying your hands, and keeping you bacteria free. The study concludes with:

"The results of all parts of this study suggest that paper towels should be used in
locations where hygiene is paramount, such as hospitals, clinics, schools,
nurseries, care homes, kitchens and other food preparation areas. Warm air
dryers and jet air dryers should be carefully considered for these types of
location because of their poorer hygiene performance and the increased
likelihood of transmission of bacteria, including potentially pathogenic types, via
the fingerpads and palms of the hand and their air flows. The performance of
both the warm air dryer and the jet air dryer was inferior to paper towels in all
respects (drying efficiency, bacterial numbers on the hands, bacterial
contamination of the air flow and surfaces of the devices, and transmission of
bacteria in the washroom) with the one exception that the jet air dryer is equal in
drying efficiency. The jet air dryer was shown to be superior to the warm air dryer
in all respects except for similar bacterial contamination and greater transmission
potential. Although representing a considerable improvement over warm air
dryers in speed, the jet air dryer’s overall performance, with the exception of
drying efficiency, was significantly poorer than that of paper towels in all other
respects tested in this study."

Very interesting. But when it comes to having to chose between eliminating paper usage and being environmentally green, and which gets the most bacteria off of your hands and is the most healthy -- I'm going to have to go with healthiest option here, and recommend buying only recycled paper towels (since Clearly it doesn't seem to matter what paper towels you buy!) I'll look into more studies, but for now - I've made up my mind. My next step: How to make paper towels more environmentally friendly...

'tis The Season for Angela Lansbury!

Haha, top two favorite Disney movies? Beauty and the Beast, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. But Bedknobs and Broomsticks doesn't get nearly as much fanfare as a lot of other awesome Disney movies, like Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music. In fact there's like nothing about it on the internet, unfortunately. So I thought I'd share a few of the Spells of Astoroth for all the internet to enjoy!

Here's a bit of the cover. Haha, I wish I had a book that seemed centuries upon centuries old! Even if it was just aged that way. Today, at my elementary school - there was a video that showed how to make Ancient Egyptian papyrus. Yeah, gonna do that someday!

The other page they show. Haha, anyone who has seen the movie will tell you they do not say the most famous of Astoroth's spells in his book. For some reason you have to get the accompanying comic book published centuries later?

To fly a Broom: Clasp the broom with both hands. Take an easy, graceful, sideways position. To start up the broom: Lakipo, Nikrif, Scrumpet, Leetch!

To turn someone into a white rabbit, though Eglantine Price (Angela Landsbury's character) seems to think it will turn him into a toad: Filigree, Apogee, Pedigree, Perigee!

The Marvelous Traveling Spell: (Though this one doesn't get much attention I'd imagine. It's more of a one-use thing, then the effects are pretty helpful themselves!) Hellebore, Henbane, Aconite, Glowworm fire, firefly light!

Well, downloaded the soundtracks to B&B, B&B, and Hercules -- so now I'm listening to Beauty and the Beast - which coincidentally also stars Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts! In fact, it's almost time to break out the Mrs. Santa Claus DVD and listen to some Bedknobs and Broomstick-ripoff songs. In fact, I should make that a winter-snowed in yearly tradition! The Angela Lansbury triple-threat, Beauty and the Beast, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mrs. Santa Claus marathon! Complete with Snowman cream-cheese thing, hot chocolate, snuggies, and assorted Christmas cookies - just like last year! haha. Good, times....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Those Kinoki Foot Pads are a Scam

Surprised? I know I'm not - lol. First time I saw them I assumed you couldn't remove toxins through the skin of the foot. And if you *were* going to remove toxins through skin, why the hell would you do it through your foot? That where the thickest calluses is -- these toxins would have to find their way through more skin than anywhere else on the body. I mean, how are you going to sell us this - the same people willing to buy the PedEgg feet-cheese-grater because we know that skin is so dead!?

Haha, I just noticed that I didn't mention: I didn't learn this by first hand experience, it was on an AOL news article saying the FTC was fining them 14 million dollars and removing their TV ads for misrepresenting their product. Haha, Googling -- all that comes up is "real or hoax?" not even an official site. Apparently 20/20 did a hoax segment about them. "Kinoki" by the way, means "Tree Sap" in Japanese. Oh here's an official (quote unquote) website.

Bahaha, I notice that the web design on that site sucks and the reviews are only positive (and five stars!) lol. One reviewer:
Date: 1/29/10 5:47 AM

Well today is not going so hot. Woke up at 7:45am for a Circle K project, only to find while we were there that it had been canceled due to snow. (We were going to pick encroaching plants out of a nature conservancy. Some kind of mustard-garlic I think.) Anyway, disapointed in our lack of service - Sarah and I went to Acme to foodshop, because Circle K is doing some fundraiser through them that any non-name brand (ie: their name brand, Valu-Time, Acme Fresh, etc.) -- if you buy it, and turn the receipt in we get 5% of the purchase back.

(Loop hole) Oh and by the way they don't tell you this ahead of time, but you need an Acme card. And then they tell you it takes 48 hours to apply for and get an Acme card. So Sarah bought like 50$ worth of real food shopping (I bought like 5$, most of that being a thing of bacon.) only to find that it didn't count. And the bi+chy cashier lady made it worse. I go and apply, and it actually takes like 2 minutes to get a card. So ERRR, I don't like this fundraiser - and it Definitly turned me off of Acme. (Not that I would shop there anyway, there were too many "that's ghetto" moments for me.) No wonder their crap never worked for Wile E. Coyote.

Quote of the Day: The "It's just a little bit dented..." section of the store, where you could buy like half price dented/broken caned and boxed goods, lol.

Upcoming Movie of the Day: Was talking in the ASG office with some friends about the upcoming movie: "The City that Sailed" starring Will Smith. It's about a kid (presumably played by Will Smiths child) who wishes for her father to come to her, so Long Island crosses the Atlantic Ocean. I imagine the plot is thicker than that, but just from that it sounds like its going to be ridiculous. Oh here's a summary:
"Written by Andrew Niccol ("Lord of War"), the story focuses on a New York street magician and his young daughter. The two are separated thanks to unhappy family circumstances, and the daughter moves to England. One day while exploring a lighthouse she discovers a room filled with magic candles on which she wishes, birthday party-style, to be reunited with her father. The bond between them is so strong that her wish causes the entire island of Manhattan to break away, and float to England. The magical candles probably have something to do with it too." (cite)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fairly Odd Weekend

Another awesome college weekend! Friday night was Sarah's awesome Halloween Party, for which I finally came up with a costume and made it!

Hahaha, I had so much fun with that costume. This is by far my favorite Halloween costume I've done in College - even funner than the Sandslash craft from last year, which admittedly was pretty awesome. Panda was Sailor Moon again (this time in her "Princess Serenity form" - if you don't know what that means, trust me you don't need to.) Brit was actually Sailor Mercury which went over awesomely, and Sarah was an amazing Avatar alien (which - though none of us called it this -- is actually called a Na'vi. The "Avatars" were actually the genetically-modified alien bodies the humans could control. I feel there is a widespread use of the word Avatar but little understanding of the words meaning.)

The party went well, except Kayla had pink eye and we're worried she may have given it to some of us (Angela in particular is worried.) I feel fine, though I think I'll schedule an appointment with the rec center to make sure - I'm observing at an elementary school afterall.

Then Saturday night we Trick or Treated for UNICEF, with a pretty pathetic turnout I have to say. Akron Circle K is having an off year it seems, recruitment, retention, involvement, and attendance are all down. That night Sarah got pretty sick (not pink eye) but we opted out of heavy partying for Halloween, instead called it a night early.

Sunday was the corn maze at Ramsyer Farms -- we picked up a Wooster person and had a handful of Akroners, and that was fun. Stopped at "The Barn" afterwards but was kinda disapointed, having remembered the country-themed restaurant as better than it seemed to be this year. It was afterall what inspired my and Sarah's newfound love of Broccoli-Cheese soup.

Picture of the Day: Haha, NBC's "Today" host Meredith Vieiera dons some Lady Gaga-Gear for Halloween! This is actually a recreation of what Gaga wore to the 2009 Grammy awards, and was also recreated on the Lady Gaga Glee episode I believe. (Your daily "Why does Andrew know that?" factoid.)

Song of the Day: "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith. So I first heard this song on Tuesday on the radio, when Laura told me it was by Will Smith's 9-year old daughter. 9 years old and she's got a pop single!? REALLY? That's nuts. The lyrics are nothing special, something a 9 year old could come up with - but what pop song isn't. Its definitely catchy, but it's got less substance than oxygen. I hope this will be out of the public ear by Thanksgiving and forgotten.

OH! The part I *DO* have a problem with with this video, is that they've gotta know she's gonna be criticized for seeming like a baby making a rappy video. So what do they do? Literally put a baby dancing in it!

Just Wrong.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Legislation Exacerbation

Well, it's been a busy month. And to be honest, I've just been too exhausted in my free time to blog! Even my Desk Manager at Honors has commented on how I haven't been as bubbly as I used to be this semester. But I'm enjoying the business, and the productivity it has spawned.

In ASG this past week, I got my second piece of legislation on the agenda (where most senators have yet to get their first.) My first one was Wind Turbines, the second: free parking on weekends. This was an easy thing, rather than weeks of research like with the wind turbines - this was just changing the policy to reflect what is enforced, and what most other Universities around do as well. We don't ticket for not showing a parking pass on weekends at the University of Akron, but out policy says we ticket 24/7 and visitors must pay 6$ to get into an unmanned lot. That's ridiculous, because no body uses the lot - everyone parks in the deck - but if someone did Want to follow the rules, they would be getting punished! Silliness I tell you. This signage on the picture above is misleading for a number of reasons... My goal is to have another "simple, logical" piece of legislation for the November 5th ASG meeting.

Well, I'm going to experiment with shorter more frequent blogs. But I do want to share this exciting fact the maintenance person just shared with me: the Honors Complex switched over to "Heating" today (as opposed to Air Conditioning) but someone forgot to turn all the valves or something. The Shirt-Shop, under the Honors Complex's vent system was spewing out 107° air!

I have a deep philosophical question for you: why is the degree symbol not on our keyboards, but symbols like ` and | is? I bet no one could even tell you what a | is! Oh. Well I guess the vertical bar is to signify absolute value. Well phewey. But mathematicians should not have domain over our laptop keyboards! Demand a degree symbol I tell you! And maybe even the euro logo.

Song of the Day: "Bones" by The Killers. I've been trying to expand my music based on individual songs I like, and this one popped out as one that I don't think was too popular that I liked. Other bands I've been looking into include Blue October. Oh, well there was a video so I guess it was some popular. *watches* ummmmm that was strange, though I suppose not entirely unexpected. Interesting.... um, wow. Now I'm thirsty.

Website of the Day: I meant to post this a few weeks ago, but Patsy beat me to it by a mere few hours - and I didn't want to seem like I was copying off her. But Catalog Living is by far one of the funniest things on the internet. This was cemented into law by the following video: