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.