Sunday, June 26, 2005

Periodical Offerings of my school library

A list of periodicals that either looked interesting or amusing, you wouldn't believe some of the stuff my school invests in so it can just sit on a shelf because no one knows about it...

Art in America
Art News
Flash Art
Step into design
NY Times Book Review
Communication Arts
American Libraries
American Printer
Brand Packaging
Brand Week
Consumer Reports
Design Issues
Film Comment
Gifts and Decorative Accessories
Master Drawings
Magazine Antiques
Mac World
Modern Fiction Studies
National Geographic
New Left Review
Nations Restaurant Review
Natural History
New Yorker
Oriental Art
Photoshop User
Packaging Digest
Printing Impressions
Prepared Food
Popular Photography and Imaging
Saturday Evening Post
Supermarket News
Reading Research Quarterly
Reading Today
Snack Food
Tobe Report
Waste Age

As you can tell as I went through the rows I was getting sort of hungry hence the food sounding names.

It's too bad these brand new issues of really great magazines are not being displayed, they need to make some more space so we can see what they have especially since you can't find pretty much any of these by searching their online portal (its crappy)

This Weekend In Movies

The Grifters- I wouldn't suggest this to anyone..... don't let the big names convince you it might be good, it's not

Bewitched- lots of funny people, it's didn't have that something extra to make it shine, it's too bad I really thought it would

Wonder Boys- interesting, I've only read one short story by the author of the book it's based on, it had a star studded cast it's hard to describe but I'd say go ahead and watch it

The Apartment- the trailer looked better than the movie its self, but props for winning Academy Awards, I think (it's sort of a comedy and that does not happen!)

Bend it Like Beckham- one of my favorites it sparkles!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Mix Cd exchange anyone?

I know blogs are sometimes known for doing swaps of some sort. Lately I've been really not excited with my music. I have been thinking lately that I'd like to make a mix cd of my music for someone but I wasn't sure who. Anyone interested in a swap. Your jams for mine? I know someone is feeling it! Let me know. Don't make me beg!!!

Mulholland Drive

watched it again for the like 5th time at least? If you haven't seen it you should. I think it's freaky and the first time I saw it I got angry and threw the case across the room. I was so confused. I don't really know what to say... it's different, sort of. More and more movies are following this path now though. Have a got you wondering? I hope so!

Land of the Dead

no not Dawn of the Dead nor Shaun of the Dead, I'm talking about Land of the Dead which comes out tomorrow. Anyone that is involved with choosing the title of this movie should be slapped on the wrist. Come on people seriously. I'm willing to allow another zombie movie into this world but could we at least try to be original with the name when the plot is already recycled??


Have watched it a few times on VH1 over the last two weeks? What are they men actually competing for? Are they going to be man slaves or servants? I know one thinks he's going to get to marry Ms. Hall? Ricardo? is that his name is finally gone.... i really did not like him ekk!


started our A-Z movieathon today out of pure heat and fear of heat. It pretty much consisted of naps and homework though. If you haven't seen this movie by now you shouldn't be reading any of this blog! I'm angry at you. See it now and I will welcome you back.

The Real World Austin Season Premiere

Talk about crazy. Hugh fight breaks out and one of the castmembers gets punched in the face right near his eye and a bone breaks! People can be so psycho. I think we are hooked though. Nice job MTV, someone might go blind and we are going to watch for fear of his safety! Nice job.....

Online Classes

I've just finally finished my online nutrition class and I'm not sure how much I'd ever want to take one again. I'm glad I did it, but with all the confusion about where things are and what they are and not having the teacher always respond to your emails? No thanks. I just this last weekend found out about a huge project for that class the teacher claimed to have emails us about... still haven't found it. The one fun part was having a British partner for the group project! Has anyone else taken an online class? What are your thoughts.

The Heat

We spent about 8 hours today sitting downstairs trying to stay out of the heat. It's not very fun to live without air conditioning.... what a waste of a day it makes

Monday, June 20, 2005

Too busy

I've been too busy doing homework for two classes and receiving emails from an ex-roommates mother.... Don't ask. The only thing I've done that was fun recently was go to a surplus sale, a drum line competition, play guesstures and watch c-span book TV... It sounds like a lot but it really isn't. Ha.

Expect better things to come eventually.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are engaged

There is just something ultra creepy about that. He's like 13-15 years older than her and seems almost possession whenever I see him in TV and magazines now. What's going on. Just last month Katie Holmes had a cover article in In Style about her new single life in NYC and how awesome it was, what a big fat lie....

The Princess and the Warrior

This German film is directed by the man that directed Run Lola Run and also stars Franka Potente from Run Lola Run and also Bourne Identity fame. It is similar in some aspects to Run Lola Run but also goes off on it's own to inspect a story that's even stranger than Run Lola Run. This mostly dramatic movie throws in some humor every now in then. Quick synopsis. A nurse is in a horrible accident and saved by a small time criminal. She seeks him out and I won't give anything away from there.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

VH1's 100 Child Stars

Considering we don't have internet and there are only two of us in the house me and my roommate have gotten addicted to VH1's 100 child stars series. So far we have seen 3/5 episodes. We sit in our chairs (it's so sad we have chairs we come home to now like old ladies) and watch it and think about all the homework we should be doing. The show is so great, seeing all the little kids that we watched when we were little like the kids from the Cosby Show and the Brady Bunch. It's hilarious to see famous actors that were also child stars. Sidenote: the guy that played Charlie in Willy Wonka is now a vet for cows, I can't remember what it's called. It's like 20 life stories in an hour! Watch!


I laughed a lot. Probably even more at the trailer for Bewitched! There had been so much hype about the movie I had to see it. It was really funny and I liked it. Will Smith was great as always. For some reason I kept getting confused about the time lapses. I liked it, and could see why so many people did, but for me it is not buy worthy. For awhile it was close but no thanks. Not much of a review.... Has anyone else seen it that actually has something to say about it?

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Cable Guys: The Resolution

Turns out the reason our cable wasn't working after the cable guy claimed to have hooked it up was because he hooked it up to the wrong apartment. #4 had some free cable for a day!

Monday, June 13, 2005

Some more food for thought

If you are hungry for.... go to....

Bone-marrow soup- France
Dog- Borneo, New Guinea, the Philippines
Maggots- Mexico

These lovely dishes are courtesy of my Nutrition text book

Michael Jackson was cleared on all charges

The case they had against him was pretty weak where the family of witnesses was concerned. The prosecution should have used people that actually had a believable story..... if there is actually one out there. All I can say it that no matter what I won't ever listen to History the same way again and neither will anyone else. You may not be in jail but your career is pretty much gone for good.

Why small towns need more choices when it comes to cable and internet providers.

Our cable company accidentally canceled our basic cable. So someone saw going to come out and reconnect it today. My roommate saw them today working on it and what did they do? Not connect it. So I called back later is afternoon and they said they were going to send someone out again, 5 hours later it was dark out and no one had come. And I just spent the last hour on hold, only to have my call disconnect 3 times due to a weak signal because of weather. I'm going to call back tomorrow probably wishing there was another company I could threaten to switch over to.... I don't think there is one though! Damn it!

Destiny's Child Splits For the Final Time

I'm sorry but thank goodness... but what could really make my day is if Beyonce was retiring. She's just going to jump back into the spotlight once she ditches her band and "Dangerously In Love" was annoying enough to give me nightmares for the next few years. Retire please, go away, take a break.

On a sidenote I did once like Destiny's Child but that was pretty much made up of other people, remember how there have been like 7 members to that group.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

The Interpreter

Saw it for like 2 dollars and I'd say it was well worth it It stars Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman. Nicole Kidman plays an interpreter that over hears an assassination plot. Sean Penn plays, I can't remember his title exactly but involved in protecting foreign dignitaries. The movie gave off the feel of The Runaway Jury, suspense, big named stars, politics, things aren't always what they seem sort of thing. It got a little confusing at times with so many faces and no information but by the end I was totally predicting what was going to happen. If the trailer looks go it's for you.

21 Grams

It's a movie about nothing and "everything" at the same time. We've got Naomi Watts doing what she does best, I guess, crying and screaming and looking so scared (I swear her scenes look like they could have come out of Mulholland Drive or the previews I saw for the Ring. Come on do some more funny stuff like "I Heart Huckebees" and what's so awesome about playing American's all the time, show off that British accent. Benicio Del Toro playing a messed up guy with problems but like two positive qualities and Sean Penn not really talking much and just making emotional facial gestures. It's depressing enough that I don't really feel like I'll need to watch it again, it comes with a Memento like sequencing and a classic vague ending. If you're hard core movies or like depressing movies see it if not ehh I'd pass.


Jamie Foxx does deserve the Oscar, until I saw the movie I was like ahh come on. But he deserves it. He was Ray Charles he played all those songs himself and playing the character blind when he didn't have to. I always knew I liked you Jamie Foxx.

I did realize that after seeing so many biopics (The Aviator, Pollock, Finding Neverland, A Beautiful Mind and like a million others) I always am so excited to go see them and then they are like really long and depressing and I feel sad afterwards. I'm always glad I saw them but towards the end it feels like a task. Maybe there is too much sadness in these great lives and what I really love is laughter? Oh well at least I learn a little bit of history (which is usually only based on the facts.... eh.)

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Kicking and Screaming

I went thinking Will Ferrell could do no wrong these days and I came out feeling just about the same. The movie was for kids and adults alike, although I'm sure more adults would find his humor more entertaining then little kids. For the kids we had to little kids that are bad at sports movie who in the end get better.... wow I didn't see that one coming. There's the uncle that's the same age as his nephew, Richard from "Felicity", the lady from "Best Week Ever". Overall great stuff, if you like Will Ferrell you'll probably like this. It's not his funniest ever, yet still hilarious enough for me to feel bad for laughing so loud so many times!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Mr and Mrs Smith

Great movie. It had humor- granted similar stuff over and over again but it didn't wear it's welcome, action- guns, knives, bombs, hand to hand combat, car chases, shoot out in an Ikea like store, making fun of suburban life, Adam Broady from the O.C., Vince Vaughn, and two great leading actors doing what do they best.

Go see it.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Mini DVD

Check this out. It's a mini dvd about 3 inches instead of 5 across. You can buy a hand held player to watch them on or play them on most normal dvd players. I'm not so sure this is a great new idea. People love tv's that are bigger and laptops with huge screens. Who's going to want to watch a movie on a screen that's only a few inches wide? And the prices? I saw Kill Bill for like 27 dollars on a mini dvd how does that make sense? Other movies and tv pilots are around 10 dollars. It's not even guaranteed to work on normal dvd players only some or most according to the packaging. I'm not so sure this new innovation was really thought out.... No thanks people.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005


From my Nutrition Now textbook:

"When did I start eating clay? I know it might sound strange to you, but I started craving clay in the summer of '58. It was a beautiful spring morning- it had just rained. I smelled something really sweet in the breeze coming in my bedroom window. I went outside and knew instantly where the sweet smell was coming from. It was the wet clay that lies all around my house. I scooped some up and tasted it. That's when and how I started my craving for that sweet-smelling clay. I keep some in the fridge now because it tastes even better cold."

Pica- the regular consumption of nonfood substances such as clay or laundry starch.

A list of nonfood substances reported to be consumed by individuals with pica:

animal droppings
baking soda
burnt matches
cigarette butts
coffee grounds
foam rubber
laundry starch
nylon stockings
paint chips

Now if that isn't food for thought I don't know what is!

A Royal Tenebaums Reference

Those of you that know me know how I loooooove the Royal Tenebaums. I just recently started reading this book "Bergdorf Blondes" mainly because I almost got it free about a year ago when it was a prerelease copy and now it's gone bestseller! I figured I owed it to the book to give it a try, boy did it pay me back. With a Royal Tenebaums reference!!

" I was suddenly, smack-dab in the middle of my own coup de foudre, just like the brother and sister falling for each other in The Royal Tenebaums.

The narrator is not talking about her own sibling but it works!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The Cable Guy

Today we had to have our cable internet looked at again for the second time in a week. I got the pleasure of dealing with it. Right now I'm sick of talking to cable companies so yeah. He figured out the problem and fixed and but then insisted on checking to see if videos played off the internet at ebaumsworld. That was a little bizarre I thought, yeah I'd been there but it was still sort of strange, is he actually supposed to be doing that? So after one whale video and one breakdancing video he was satisfied our internet was ok.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Little Kids Should Not Have Cell Phones

This is more of a story about why little kids should not have cell phones.

About a month ago I tried to call a friend of mine, he didn't pick up and the voice mail sounded like an old lady with a really high voice so I figured wrong number. (Turns out that was his old number that now belongs to someone else.) About two days later this person called me back, I thought it was an old lady so I picked it up I was curious. The thing is I couldn't hear anything they were saying because I was in a restaurant so I hung up. Like two weeks later this person called me back again and this time I was able to hear. It was a little kid probably like 10. He wanted to know why I had called him because he didn't know the number I was calling from. I told him it had been a mistake and I knew the previous owner of that number. He proceeded to ask me if I knew so and so and then if I was some girl he knew, I can't remember the names. I thought this was pretty funny because the area code is like 2 states over. I told him no I won't be calling him back again and to have a nice day.

Seriously, I wonder what this kid was thinking for like 3 weeks. I wonder if he was freaked out or thought it was "so cool". Little kids don't need cell phones- what's the point? They have enough stuff to get in trouble with....

Russell Crowe

I never really like him, some of his movies, they were ok but that guy there was something about him. It was proved again just how dumb he can be. Dude seriously your spotlight is going to be taken away soon!

The New Walker Art Center

I hadn't been to the Walker in at least three years and will all the hype about the beautiful addition I just had to go. Most of the artwork was as I remember it, lots of Warhol (yesssss). Some really cool new screenprinted eye wallpaper in the hallway where the bathrooms are and a really cool eye sculpture pod thing, I have no idea what it was, it was pretty though.

I saw a disturbing piece by Dinos and Jake Chapman, they had a piece in the Bronx Museum fiasco with the Virgin Mary with poop on her incident. It was really amazing to see a piece by them because I talked about one of their pieces for my aesthetics class this year. I also saw another piece by Chris Olifi, the man who created the Virgin Mary I just talked about. He also has work at the Tate Modern, beautiful.

When I found out there was a gallery at the walker with sculpture by Matthew Barney I almost had 10 heartattacks. I don't understand it, his films and artwork are so disturbing you can't look away, maybe it's because I'm not really sure what he's trying to say with his work. I had the pleasure of seeing part of one of his films last summer at the Tate Modern, at the time I had no idea what I was watching. He came up in aesthetics and I made the connection. I checked out a book of images at the library from one of his films but had to take it back the next day because it was freaking me out. See for yourself...

Great stuff to come in the next few months, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol- I'm there!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (books and movie)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is one of the cutest young adult book series I've ever read. Where were they when I was the right age to read them? They are the types of books people say "you can't put down." They are very sincere, life lessons are learned and mistakes made. So far there are three books in the series rumor has it a forth is on the way.

The movie was also very sweet. There were a few plot differences, I could live with them, it's not like it was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the movie. Eek lets not talk about that mess. I thought the actresses were great in their roles I was surprised to find out that at least two of them didn't ever read the books during or before the filming of the movie, they did a great job.

If you are like most of the people that were in the theatre with me bring tissues and make sure to blow your nose quietly. Thanks.

If you click the link for the movie check out the personalized messages; you can call someone or rather they will call someone, trust me it's hilarious!

Update: I read today in the new Entertainment Weekly that all 4 girls are going to sign on for both the sequels if they are going to be made. According to the director he hopes to film them both next summer :-D

Ghost World (the graphic novel)

Finally after years of thinking I would never get my hands on Ghost World I saw it for sale twice this year. The second time I was smart enough to buy it. I had thought it was out of print, turns out they reissued it after the fame of the movie based on it. It only took me a few years to figure that out. After watching the movie like 8 times it's really interesting to read the graphic novel. Bits and pieces of the graphic novel were used to make the movie. The central point of the movie is only hinted at in a chapter of the graphic novel. It's really cool to see how they took the concept of the gn and the two main characters and wrote this whole other thing that still has the same feel as the gn.

If you haven't seen the movie see it and then after that read the graphic novel.
I love the illustration style as well.

The Tipping Point

Yes, I've probably already recommended this book by Malcolm Gladwell to you but hey if not listen up. The author talks about how things become epidemics, from Hush Puppies, to smoking, Seasame Street or Blues Clues. My favorite part of this book is his idea of the Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen. There are a lot of facts presented in an easy to understand way. I just loved it.

Right now Malcolm Gladwell has his second book BLINK on many bestseller lists. I'm looking forward to reading it.

The O.C. Season One

I just recently rewatched the whole first season of The O.C. Being a fan since episode one and just a few weeks ago watching the finale to season 2, I decided well it's been awhile. There is just something about this show. It's hilarious, the actors can really surprise you, yes it's like a primetime soap opera but with good music, really good music. Like with all series of anything, you have to start at the beginning. You can't jump in halfway through you are unable to see the progression of the story line and the growth of the characters. Right now on FOX The O.C. season 2 is playing everything Thursday throughout the summer. The DVD for the second season will be out the end of August.

Who can't love a show where every title starts with The....
Or that takes the time to do this.

"Sugar We're Going Down"

By the great Fallout Boy. Their second full length CD debated at #9 a few weeks ago which is crazy because like a year ago I met them and to everyone they were like nobody. But now they are rocking it out on Fuse with their video for "Sugar We're Going Down" It's hilarious because it's about this kid with deer antler and he meets a girl but her dad doesn't want them going out, he tries to shoot the boy with a bow and arrow but gets hit by a car and we find out that he himself has deer hooves (is that what deer have) and they live happily ever after. I actually believe they are going to be on TRL sometime this week as well.

You can find this really catchy song on their CD "From Under the Cork Tree" and also check out their other CD "Take This To Your Grave." Specifically listen for "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy." They also have 2 other CDC but this is enough for you to think about as it is.

Sunday, June 05, 2005


Those of you who know me know how I love popular culture... Andy Warhol is THE best. Ever since I can remember I've had my eyes on books, magazines, music, TV, movies.... just way too much stuff. I love recommending things for people and letting them know what I've found. I'm going to use this blog to document my "romance" with whatever I encounter in popular and unpopular culture.
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