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...

Townhouse


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: HiddenPassageway.com. 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 Safari.com. 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. "ImNotAClown.com" 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.