Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Lost S3ep10

How in the world do you get a VW van onto an island in the middle of nowhere? Is there a Volkswagen plant somewhere on the island? Clearly, the van was used for Dharma purposes. Roger the workman was wearing a Dharma uniform. There was Dharma beer in the back. Even on the front of the van was the Dharma logo. The van was probably used to go between the other stations. But this was this season's golf course. It provided the distraction and project that Hurley needed to escape the situation. Not to mention maybe getting him to take a step away from believing in the curse. Although, how can he not be cursed? His restaurant got hit by a meteor or whatever. How is that not bad luck?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say the writers saw Little Miss Sunshine. Pushing the van down the hill to get it started comes right out of the movie. Although, Lost's version was slightly more dramatic.

Sawyer teaching Jin English is hilarious. The three things women need to hear. I guess that's as good a place to start as any. Jin seems to be understanding more, but that also might be that as he becomes more familiar with his fellow Losties he get the meaning from the context. And why is Kate calling Sawyer by his real name? Because she's mad at him? A bit ridiculous IMHO.

Wow - I did not make the connection that Alex might be Rousseau's daughter! That's amazing! (In case you missed it, that's sarcasm folks.)

Return of the Mr. Eye Patch next week! Good.

Grey's Anatomy News

People is reporting that Katherine Heigl has dropped out of contract negotiations because she feels undervalued compared to Sandra Oh and Isaiah Washington. Theories and rumors are going around she isn't getting as much money because of her being so vocal regarding Washington's homophobic slurs and behavior not too long ago. Such a shame as I'd hate to see the show lose Izzie. Not to mention, will it be able to survive the loss of Heigl and Kate Walsh?

Speaking of Walsh, the rumors that she might be getting her own spin-off seem to be relatively certain. According to my source, if the spin-off sinks, there's a clause in her contract that would allow her to come back to Seattle Grace. What a relief! I'd hate for that to be the end of Addison Montgomery.

One of the best public universities in the country

This is not news to me. It's something I've known for a very long time, even before I applied. Texas A&M is one of the top 5 public universities in the country, at least according to a new ranking by Washington Monthly. Here's a column recommending A&M as the best public university for the Christian conservative. While I may no longer consider myself completely conservative, it's still a great school because although A&M is not without its problems and intolerance for those left of the middle exists (as it does elsewhere), you are taught values such as not to discriminate against others simply because they have a differing opinion. I have changed and grown much in the last 8 years, but those lessons stay with me, and I would not change my decision to attend A&M for any amount of money or opportunity.

Hump Day Humor: The Coke Machine

There was a beautiful young blonde who was going to a soda machine and she arrived there just before a business man coming to quench his thirst. She opened her purse and put in 50 cents, studied the machine a little, pushed a Diet Coke selection, and out came a Diet Coke which she placed on a counter by the machine.

Then she reached in her purse again and pulled out a dollar and inserted it in the machine. Studying the machine carefully, she pushed the button for Coke Classic and out came a Coke Classic and 50 cents change.

She immediately took the 50 cents and put it in the machine, studied it for a moment and pushed the Mountain Dew button. Out came a Mountain Dew. As she was reaching into her purse again, the business man who had been waiting patiently for several minutes now spoke up.

"Excuse me Miss, but are you done yet?"

She looked at him and indignantly replied: "Well Duhhh!, I'm still winning"

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Small rant on inaccurate journalism

So, I was browsing through CNN.com, when I came across a story on internal documents regarding former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign (snippet of story below). The story goes on to say that one idea raised in the document is to have Romney give a speech at George H.W. Bush's presidential library, which is located outside of Houston. I don't know if that's CNN or the document who missed this fact. Bush 41's library is in College Station people! On the campus of Texas A&M! Certainly College Station is "outside of Houston" but it is not part of the Houston metropolitan area. It can be considered "outside of Houston" the way Dallas is outside of Houston or for that matter Los Angeles is outside of Houston. What a sad day for accurate reporting.

*SNIP*
The document appears to raise the possibility of Romney speaking at the presidential library of Bush's father, George H.W. Bush. It is located outside Houston, the same city where Kennedy delivered his speech.

The blueprint, dated December 11, was drafted in part by Alex Castellanos, Romney's media adviser. It is similar to one for GOP rival Rudy Giuliani that was recently obtained and published by the New York Daily News.

*SNIP*

What your sleeping position says about you

Apparently, how we fall asleep can reveal something of our personality and character. So, how do you sleep?

Sunday, February 25, 2007

79th Oscar Poll

Leave a comment and tell me who you think will win. Bolded nominees are my vote.

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Leonardo DiCaprio in "Blood Diamond"
Ryan Gosling in "Half Nelson"
Peter O'Toole in "Venus"
Will Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness"
Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland"

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine"
Jackie Earle Haley in "Little Children"
Djimon Hounsou in "Blood Diamond"
Eddie Murphy in "Dreamgirls"
Mark Wahlberg in "The Departed"

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Penélope Cruz in "Volver"
Judi Dench in "Notes on a Scandal"
Helen Mirren in "The Queen"
Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada"
Kate Winslet in "Little Children"

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adriana Barraza in "Babel"
Cate Blanchett in "Notes on a Scandal"
Abigail Breslin in "Little Miss Sunshine"
Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls"
Rinko Kikuchi in "Babel"


Achievement in directing
"Babel" - Alejandro González Iñárritu
"The Departed" - Martin Scorsese
"Letters from Iwo Jima" - Clint Eastwood
"The Queen" - Stephen Frears
"United 93" - Paul Greengrass


Best motion picture of the year
"Babel"
"The Departed"
"Letters from Iwo Jima"
"Little Miss Sunshine"
"The Queen"

Friday, February 23, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S3ep17

First, I apologize for the delay in the post. I was having trouble with MySpace last night and didn't have the patience to make it work.

So, it was a spirit quest! She had to come to grips with giving up and that her life is worth it because people do depend on her. Though she started out stubborn and refused to acknowledge what was happening, she eventually realized she wasn't alone and that all of her intimacy, daddy, commitment issues are silly and dumb. This sort of serenity is granted almost exclusively to people who have come, or are, extremely close to death or who have had the luck and blessing to live long lives. It is a serenity I work towards, sometimes successfully and sometimes not. I hope Meredith is able to maintain it now that she's alive again. I wonder if she'll remember what happened and what Denny said now. I would love for her to be able to tell Izzie. I picture it like the scene from Rent when Mimi wakes up after almost dying and says she saw Angel, and she looked good! Heehee. So, who is your person? Who are you a person for? It may only be one person, or it may be several, but those are the people who make the effort worth it.

How cute were Denny and Dylan when they were arguing? I loved the "Mr. I've Been Dead Longer" - hilarious scene that was brilliantly written. And Bonnie is Abby Morgan! I wasn't blogging last year so I probably haven't mentioned it but to those Dawson's Creek fans out there, it's her! And when she was initially on the show with the pole through her gut, it was a little disconcerting to see her be nice and sweet and understanding. This episode was more like it, with a little attitude.

Christina was fabulous. First with the best line in this episode, "Shut up and look at my crap!" then with the beastie voice telling Miranda and the Chief to try again. It was like she was possessed. Very scary. I would have done what she said. Then good you're awake and I'm engaged. I'm glad to see she was able to pull it together in the end and go see Meredith. I love to see that.

The deal Addison made with McSteamy is an interesting one. I've been hearing rumors that Shonda Rimes might be writing a two-hour episode for the end of the season which will set up a spin-off for Addison. I think it would be interesting and wonder if this deal is setting something up for such an episode. Addison has been wonderful in these last two episodes. Where some women might struggle with their ex-husband being more upset over the woman he left you for, she has moved on and understands what he's feeling and slaps the sense into him when he's falling apart. Wonderful character growth. Hey Shonda, I'd watch the Addison spin-off.

George is right, Izzie is ruining their relationship. Yes, there are times in a friendship when honesty is required or needed. And yes, there are times when you should shut up and just be there. But now you've told your honest opinion on George's marriage so shut up and be there.

Yesterday at lunch, someone floated the idea out of Meredith's mom dying. Now whether they got this idea from a spoiler source or they just saw it coming, I don't know. I wish I had figured it out before then, it makes perfect sense. One Grey for another. We knew Meredith wasn't really going to die for keeps, and yet last week she was effectively dead. Somehow, what McDreamy said to Ellis, even in her state of Alzheimer's, got through. And she immediately gave up her life so her daughter could go on. Not that I think it was that tough of a decision for her to make with the Alzheimer's and Meredith being her daughter and everything. I was a little teary when Ellis appeared in her after-life and told her she was anything but ordinary. Making that sacrifice is probably the single most selfless and loving thing Ellis has ever done for Meredith. I hope Meredith is able to grow and accept her dad now and begin to mend that relationship. One Grey for another, so beautiful.

Of this trilogy, my favorite would have to be the second episode. Although I loved Denny in this one.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Lost S3ep9

Okay so Jack's tattoo says 'he walks among us but he is not one of us' (or something like that) but it means something else. Well it could have multiple meanings. He's not Thai, considering he was in Thai when he got that tat. It could apply to the current situation. Or that he has something different, that thing that makes him a leader, a great man. There's a reason why there are fewer leaders, and by leaders I mean good leaders, in the world. We saw Cindy and the kids, but we don't know what they've been doing. "It's not that simple.' So explain it to us Cindy! They take the kids to give them a better life. Could you be any more vague? And they work on Alcatraz but live on the bigger island. So what is it that they 'work' on? I guess technically we got some answers, but they just left us with more questions. Gah! At this rate the last episode of this show will have to be six hours to tie off all the threads they've got going on.

Is Kate disgusted with herself for having sex with Sawyer? She calls him James which she never does. And every time she looks at Sawyer she has this complete look of disgust on her face. It's probably a combination of guilt over the sex (possibly regret?), guilt over leaving Jack, and being ordered around. Kate is a woman who does not like to take orders. From what I've been hearing, we should not count the love triangle closed yet. Although from the gentle touch of Jack as he nursed Juliet's mark, it looks as if he might forget about Kate just a little bit for the forseeable future.


You gotta love that little dig Tom took at Jack at the beginning when they were moving him into the cage. 'See this glass house you're living in? I'll get you some rocks.' What have the Survivors done that someone from the outside might translate them into an aggressive, possible evil/bad group of people? Killed Ethan. Killed Colleen. Locked up, beat up and tortured Ben. Killed the Other among the Tailies (I forget his name now). They crashed on their island! The audacity!

Clearly, Karl has grown up on the island. If he didn't, how in the world did he manage to not know about The Brady Bunch? I had a thought while watching this episode about Ben and Alex. She did not refer to him as her dad. She calls him Ben when talking with other people. Why could this be? I wonder if 'dad' or 'father' is similar to a sort of big brother/big sister role in a fraternity/sorority. It kinda makes sense. Only I'll need more evidence before I come to any sort of conclusion.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Gladys on the Secrets of Love

Couldn't wait until tomorrow to post this. Guess that means I got to find something else funny. Well anyway, here's another video clip of Ellen on the phone with Gladys Hardy, 88-year-old woman in Austin, Texas. Ellen and Gladys chat about the secrets to her marriage and the Oscars. Enjoy!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Pearls Before Swine

This is for all my Starbucks peeps who find this to be one of the most annoying things in working in the food service industry. Sorry I couldn't get it to post here. You'll just have to use the link. Enjoy!

Grey's Anatomy S3ep16

Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod. What a frakkin fantastic episode!

1. Presuming this episode is continuing in time right behind last week's, how does someone only tread water for 30 seconds and then give up? Maybe she can't swim or the shock or fall knocked the wind/fight out of her. Or then again maybe a few minutes has passed from the time she fell in to when we caught back up with her. But holy crap she was as blue as her scrubs when McDreamy pulled her out of the water.

2. Every single one of them had the same look of shock and disbelief on their faces when they saw/heard about Meredith. Probably the last thing they expected.

3. How just like a boss to give you a project without any guidelines and then say figure it out. But Alex rose to the challenge in a very creative way. I can only imagine what the craziness would have been like if he hadn't figured out a system. If only he hadn't been so eager to find the identity of the pregnant Jane Doe, he wouldn't have gotten his or the husband's hopes up. I'm interested to know why Alex is so heavily invested in this woman. I wonder if it goes beyond the ferry accident or just some subconscious connection when he pulled that beam off of her when everyone else had left her for dead.

4. Just like Christina to think of herself during such a tragedy. Because telling Meredith you're engaged is more important than helping people find lost loved ones or saving lives. But they can't all of a sudden have Christina act noble all the time. That would be weird.

5. When Izzie was drilling holes in that guy's head, I couldn't even watch the TV. I have no idea if they even showed a bit of it but the thought that she was taking a power drill you could buy at Wal-Mart and putting holes in some guys head, I just couldn't watch. How do you suppose they close those holes? You can't really stitch or staple bone. Maybe metal plates? I really have no clue but the thought of holes in my skull makes me squeamish.

6. So sweet of McSteamy to sit by McDreamy and offer support. Those are the best friends in the world: the ones that when you're really grieving or struggling provide more comfort and say more by their silence and presence than any one could ever say with words. And McDreamy let him stay. McSteamy at the core isn't that bad of a guy! And perhaps we're seeing the beginning of the mending of their relationship. I'd really like to see McSteamy, Burke and McDreamy on boy's night out. I think it'd be hilarious.

7. Now the important part. Just thinking about it, I'm starting to hyperventilate again. Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod. So I screamed a little when they showed Dylan (the bomb guy in case you forgot his name played by Kyle Chandler formerly of Early Edition and currently of Friday Night Lights the television show). And then the camera cut to Denny. I'm sure my neighbors thought I was being tortured or something because my scream was so loud. Don't get me wrong. They're not going to kill off Meredith. For goodness sake, she's the namesake of the show. If there's no Meredith Grey, there's no Grey's Anatomy (no matter how much I might wish it). It's like doing the Cosby Show without Bill Cosby or The Sopranos without the Sopranos. It doesn't work. However, I don't think Shonda Rimes would bring these two guys back, especially Denny, without a reason. They must have some point to prove. But what? Offer Meredith guidance for picking a specialty? Tell her to forgive her mother? Tell her to marry McDreamy? None of those seem right or big enough that would warrant the return of Dylan and Denny. I do so love seeing Denny again though. I miss him.

I would love to hear your thoughts and theories. So comment if you have any!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Googe

Google forgot the L in their Valentine's Day rendition yesterday. That's a big Oops on their part. People expect big companies like Google to not make those kinds of amateur mistakes. But though we may believe the contrary even big companies make spelling mistakes. Interesting discussion over the oops though.

Lost S3ep8

1. Desmond's flashback wasn't really a flashback. Although I'm not really sure what you would officially call it, it's a new tactic for the Lost writers. I thought it was pretty cool and definitely only relevant for Desmond. They couldn't do a similar flashback for any of the other characters as far as having them relive a part of their life with bits of memories from the future. It wouldn't work.

2. Perhaps Charlie is slightly jealous of Desmond playing the knight in shining armor? At least until he realizes he was the one being truly saved, not Claire.

3. A rare occurence in the show, Lost includes unoriginal music in tonight's episode. Well, at least this is the first time I consciously noticed it. Generally, the music on Lost are original compositions. And since the Lost writers are famous, or perhaps infamous, for including small clues and easter eggs throughout the episodes, I wonder if the songs from this episode mean anything deeper. The first one was Building a Mystery by Sarah McLachlan. The second one, Wonderwall originally by Oasis, was being played on the streets by Charlie. The last one was Make Your Own Kind of Music by Cass Elliot, originally of Mamas and Papas. I think Sarah's song we're supposed to take the surface level. Wonderwall is about figuring out where your path lies and taking it despite obstacles. But maybe this wasn't about Desmond finding his path but Charlie. Especially considering Charlie is the one Desmond's been saving not Claire and Charlie was the one singing the song. Mama Cass' song Make Your Own Kind of Music was playing the first time we met Desmond in the season premiere of the second season at the very beginning as we watched him around the hatch. (Don't be too impressed. A small amount of research turned that information up. I didn't remember it by myself.) I haven't been able to find any reference to an airing of the other two songs in previous episodes. Though that doesn't mean it didn't happen. If anyone knows, please comment. I'm interested to know if they didn't play before.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hump Day Humor: Lots of Link

First off, Happy Valentine's Day everyone. If you've got a sweetie, give em an extra hug today, I'm sure they deserve it somehow. If you don't, give yourself a hug because you deserve one too.
Now, moving on, I've got several links for you today. The first is a video from
Mad TV spoofing a John Madden endorsement. Quite funny. The second link is also a video, this time a look at the "truth in ad sales" or advertising for us non-Brits. Quite hilarious if you have any insight into the industry. For those that don't it's still pretty funny. This final link is not a video, but a game. I hope everyone heard about the Aqua Teen Hunger Force crisis in Boston. The LiteBrites were part of a guerilla campaign and some thought they were bombs and arrested the two guys that put them up around the city. Well, some clever person developed a game where you are supposed to click on the little guys before they disappear similar to the whack a mole games. More Than a Feeling by Boston plays in the background and each time the little guy pops up he says some Boston related phrase in a Boston accent like "clam chowdah", "pawwk the caw", "tom brady" or "bill buckner". Quite fun and addicting.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S3ep11

Welcome back everyone. I know many of you feel deprived because it's been 6 weeks without a new Grey's episode. Well, us Lost fans say you should try 13 weeks without a new episode, in the middle of the season!!! Talk about your deprivation. Okay, I'm done with that rant...

1. Ah, so conveniently we forgot about the $8.7 million check, or at least I did. It was her final connection to Denny and I can understand her reluctance to let go of it, especially because she doesn't think she's worthy of the gift. I guess that is what's motivating her to do some good with the money. And it looks like she may have found her cause, although according to the preview for next week, Miranda might stand in her way, at least a little bit.

2. Two scenes of McDreamy watching Meredith sleep? I need an insulin shot. Did you notice the red, silky, sexy sheets? I got the impression that they were meant to add something to the scenes, and yet I got nothing out of it. I'm beginning to wonder if some of the chemistry is waning between the two of them.

3. I have never seen such enthusiastic pee dancing than Callie and George. Not to mention I've never seen anyone pee dance because of a certain amount of pee, usually they dance because they have to pee. It was quite fun to see them cut loose. And perhaps become friends again? Although that kiss looked a little more than friendly.

4. What happened this week that makes McSteamy hurt? I've got some band-aids and other medicine to help him feel better. In the preview for next week it looks like something to do with a baby. Did Addison have an abortion? Secretly take birth control so she wouldn't get pregnant and McSteamy found out? Was this when she left him and she used the baby things as an excuse? I must say, I'm quite interested to find out what could hurt him so deeply.

5. Burke seems to be enjoying his little game of Say Uncle with Christina. Although George is right, they have a weird relationship. I was so glad to hear Burke say that it wasn't over, just silent. And with those two, things never stay silent for very long.

6. I had mentioned in my post for episode 9 that I wasn't yet on the bandwagon of Alex/Addison. I've decided tonight that I'm absolutely staying off of it. I like Addison, and I love Alex. But not together. It's weird and creepy and these doctors need to get out of that freakin hospital and date some normal people! Perhaps that's why Miranda seems so sane compared to the rest sometimes because she's married to a non-doctor. I love that Alex has decided to stay on the gyne-squad (at least it seems so currently, I guess we'll have to wait to see if it lasts). They're on such different levels that it doesn't work for me. Their both screwed up sure. But Addison seems more level headed and definitely more mature than Alex. I hope it doesn't last long.

7. Best line of the episode: "Death is not the worst thing" So true and it reminds me of another of my favorite blog subjects: Harry Potter. In which Dumbledore says "To a well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure" There is a lesson here. I don't think I've learned the whole thing yet, but definitely a piece of it. And I hope you all have as well.

8. "Six Days" - that's the title of this episode. I don't get it. Has it supposedly only been six days since we last saw our favorite doctors? In six days (Grey's time) is something major supposed to happen that will completely change their world? I did hear that the SuperBowl episode this year is supposed to be even better than last year's. Exactly how you top a live grenade in someone's gut and blowing someone up within 15 feet of Meredith, I have absolutely no clue but I'm really looking forward to finding out (not to mention being days away from have Lost back on the air - Okay now I'm really done).

9. OT: A little news - okay rumor - for you :: I heard a little rumor this week that a main character may be departing the show soon. I have not heard who this might be - although we could all theorize - but will keep you updated on anything I hear.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Web 2.0 Video

An explanation of Web 2.0.Great production and great content. I highly recommend it for anyone unsure of what Web 2.0 is or even for those who are, it's still pretty cool.

AT LAST: Lost S3ep7!!!

Well, we made it Lost fans. 13 weeks and now the continuation of season 3. I only hope it gets better.

1. So, Juliet was not born on the island like Ben. She was brought to it. Seduced by a hunky man with promises of top research and Ethan makes another appearance. She was also held captive. Clearly, she was brought to help The Others have kids and increase their numbers. Was Ethan driving that bus that killed her ex-husband?? I think we all agree Mr. Albert didn't forget that comment. We know The Others are determined to have their way and will stoop to anything to get it, even murder. But how did she get there?

2. So either Alex is really the daughter of Ben or the daughter of Rousseau (sp?). I'm betting that she's the daughter of Rousseau but brought up to believe Ben is her father. Or Ben got Rousseau pregnant and both statements are true. Although I think Rousseau said in Season 1 that she was pregnant when they were marooned.

3. Tom was hitting on Jack!! I hope they continue that story line because it would be highly interesting.

4. Are we ever going to get back to the other survivors? I want to hear more about Hurley, Charlie, Claire, Desmond, Locke, Sayid, et al. Please please please can we take a break from the Alcatraz island for at least one whole episode?!

5. The Others seem more and more like a cult. Brainwashing and sensory deprivation? Experiments? I'll be disappointed if it turns out The Others are funded by members. I'm not quite sure what I'm hoping for but a cult seems too easy an answer.

6. Speaking of, where are the answers we've been promised! All we seem to be getting are more questions. I want answers dammit!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Keep on Keepin On: Gladys & Ellen Part III

That is right ladies and gentlemen, Ellen called Gladys for some movie reviewswith a little dose of funny. Still not as gut-wrenching laughter as the first clip, but funny in its own right. There's a blip about 1:20 into the video and we miss a bit of it, so I'll keep my eyes open for a full clip and will post it here as soon as I can.

Hump Day Humor: Why Dogs are Better

PART 1: HOW DOGS ARE BETTER THAN WOMEN
Dogs don't cry.
Dogs love it when your friends come over.
Dogs don't care if you use their shampoo.
Dogs think you sing great.
A dog's time in the bathroom is confined to a quick drink.
Dogs don't expect you to call when you are running late.
The later you are, the more excited dogs are to see you.
Dogs will forgive you for playing with other dogs.
Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.
Dogs are excited by rough play.
Dogs understand that farts are funny.
Dogs love red meat.
Anyone can get a good-looking dog.
If a dog is gorgeous, other dogs don't hate it.
Dogs don't shop.
Dogs like it when you leave lots of things on the floor.
A dog's disposition stays the same all month long.
Dogs never need to examine the relationship.
A dog's parents never visit.
Dogs love long car trips.
Dogs understand that instincts are better than asking for directions.
Dogs understand that all animals smaller than dogs were made to be hunted.
Dogs like beer.
Dogs don't hate their bodies.
No dog ever bought a Kenny G or Hootie & the Blowfish album
No dog ever put on 100 pounds after reaching adulthood.
Dogs never criticize.
Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

PART 2: HOW DOGS ARE BETTER THAN MEN

Dogs don't come in drunk and expect loving.
Dogs don't notice when you've had a bad hair day.
Dogs understand when you cry.
Dogs don't ogle the girls at the beach.
Dogs like to cuddle as long as you do.
Dogs don't bring old army buddies home on the spur of the moment.
Dogs never promise "not to do it again"--whatever IT is.
Dogs love you more than they love anybody else.
Dogs never pinch waitresses in truck stops.
Dogs like YOUR friends too.
Dogs never act ashamed to be seen with you in public.
Dogs don't spend Sunday afternoons watching football--unless you do.
Dogs never get bored with you and look for someone younger and more exciting.
Dogs don't bury themselves in a newspaper at breakfast.
Dogs don't criticize the way you keep house.
Dogs love you unconditionally.
Dogs never correct your grammar.
Dogs don't care how long you talk on the telephone.
You never have to wonder if your dog really loves you.
Dogs don't demand to control the TV remote.
Dogs don't buy Penthouse.
Dogs never make negative comments on your figure.
Dogs never bitch about your cooking.
Dogs never have to take clients to topless bars.
Dogs never demand sex because it's "your duty."
You're always Number One with your dog.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

HP: 7th Horcrux Theory

We know for certain two of the horcuxes (the diary and the ring) as they've already been destroyed. Because the fake horcrux was a locket, I think it's safe to assume this is one, as well as the cup. That leaves us with two. I believe that Voldemort has used one of the remaining two to obtain his BabyMort form in Goblet of Fire. Leaving us with one. I don't think there's been more speculation or theorizing on any plot line in the Harry Potter series than the speculation and theorizing that has surrounded this final horcrux. I think it is a mistake to put value into Dumbledore's horcrux guesses. After all, he has a history throughout the series of ignoring or skating around the truth of Voldemort and Harry. Why should we presume that he's come entirely clean? I imagine that he had a suspicion that Harry's involvement in the final horcrux race would be more than seeker of artifacts. What if the final horcrux was Harry's scar? Think about it, in CoS Dumbledore admitted that it was entirely possible that Voldemort transferred some of his powers when the curse rebounded. And in OotP we're shown that there is a sort of psychic connection between Harry and Voldemort. But I think Voldy did more than merely pass powers and open a link. Why was it be so painful for Harry when Voldemort is around? Why was it so painful for Voldemort to possess Harry in OotP? The love in Harry? Maybe, but that can't be the sole reason (no pun intended). What about the psychic connection? That particular connection makes the most sense if you factor in that Harry houses a piece of Voldy's soul. But let's take a step back.

We know Voldemort went to Godric's Hollow on Halloween night in 1981 to kill Harry. It's safe to presume that he was planning to make his final horcrux that night. He used a spell that was blocked by Lily's sacrifice, and he was reduced to vapor. Up until the release of HBP, I had presumed, along with most other readers, that the spell he had used on Harry was Avada Kedavra. But we were supposed to assume that. Fake Moody/Crouch Jr. pointed it out in DADA that the only known person to survive the AK is Harry. But remember Crouch Jr. was not at Godric's Hollow that night, and he very likely knows nothing about Voldy's horcruxes. He also states in the same class that the AK is an Unforgivable Curse because it is unblockable. So it's not unforgivable because it's the killing curse but because no spell can block it. Why should we assume that Lily's sacrifice would work as a block? Because Jo wanted us to. Red herring! There is more than one way to kill a witch or wizard. Remember the Sectumsempra spell in HBP? Draco surely would have died from blood loss had Snape not come in and sewed up his wounds. What else do we know?

Slughorn told Tom Riddle, along with what a horcrux is, that a certain spell creates a horcrux. He did not say it takes a pair of spells. I do think that any murder causes a split in the soul. But while the AK may cause the soul to split, it does not remove the soul from the body. Hence, I think it's safe to presume that Voldemort did not use an AK on Harry that fateful night. While we don't know what the horcrux spell is, I believe it is a spell that not only murders the victim but obliterates that person. Then the energy from the annihilation goes through the caster causing the piece of his soul that split to be removed and subsequently housed in an object deliberately placed in the line of fire. This spell could reasonably be blockable. Hence, Lily's sacrifice caused Voldemort's spell to backfire on himself. Rather than Harry being annihilated it was Voldemort, causing the energy to go in the direction opposite of the artifact he brought with him. So what was directly in the path of this energy, carrying Voldy's soul? Harry.

I've heard several theories from people who subscribe to the belief that Harry's scar is a horcrux on how Harry will have to rid himself of that extra piece of soul. It varies from Harry having to throw himself through the veil at the Department of Mysteries to anchor Voldemort's soul on the other side to having a Dementor give him a kiss to extract the soul. None of what I've seen so far as to what Harry will do has gotten me excited or seemed plausible enough that Jo might take that route. I'm still open to ideas on how to close that particular mystery. But I'm convinced that Harry's scar is a horcrux, and I'll more than likely will remain so until DH is published this July.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S3ep14

1. First things first. George and Callie eloped! Whoa! Did not see that coming at all.

2. Izzie was so intense staring at the doors to the clinic at the beginning. She looked like if she could will it, patients would have started walking in at that moment.

3. 8 days after a proposal and no decision yet? Burke has got some incredible patience. And where did he get that ring? Holy crap! I didn't see any ring last week and it seemed more like an off the cuff thing rather than a planned proposal. But at the end they were so cute sticking to their individual guns and then celebrating the fact that they were getting married! I'm so glad that they had the moment of happiness after everything they went through with the initial surgery, tremor and second surgery. Well deserved and well written.

4. Addison has got one dirty mind. You just know what she was picturing all those scenes where she was staring at Alex. It was so plainly written on her face. But what gets me is the nerve of that woman to picture someone else while she has McSteamy in bed with her. He's more than enough, and she doesn't appreciate him. McSteamy, give me a call - I'll appreciate you.

5. Wow - Ellis' rant on being extraordinary. Talk about a downer. That would make the happiest people feel bad about themselves. But what Ellis realized later is that sometimes being ordinary is extraordinary because extraordinary people aren't always happy despite the wonderful things they can do but ordinary people know those joys which can seem out of reach. It was heartbreaking to see Meredith finally able to tell it like it is to her mother and stand up to her but Ellis was no longer lucid which made the confession worthless.

6. I LOVE Miranda! She has an incredible way of putting you in your place by emphasizing the situation in ways that no one else comes even close to. Sometimes it takes hard truths to get a message across and she has no interest in sugar-coating or babying anyone whatever their situation if there's something that needs to be told. She has that gift and knows, what Izzie has yet to learn, that changing one life is precious and worth all the money in the world.

7. So according to my sources, the big disaster for the next three weeks is a ferry fire. It was unclear whether it's terrorism, accidental or otherwise intentional. And it's said that this story line is supposed to be better than last year's live bomb in the guy's gut. So it should be interesting to say the least.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

HARRY POTTER 7 PUBLICATION DATE!!!!!!!

Today is the bittersweet moment! The beginning of the end. It's finally official, no more rumors on a publication date. J.K. Rowling has announced the publication date for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: July 21, 2007! It's a good thing that's a Saturday because otherwise I would have had to take a day off from work to read it. Make your plans now!