Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Michael Vick supporter?!?!

You saw that right. A blogger I regularly read received a very vehement response from a woman claiming that Vick should not be held responsible for the dog fighting. Her arguments and reasoning make me sick. But I couldn't stop reading.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

LOST Casting News!

More LOST casting news! Five new cast members have been confirmed by producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof to EW.com. In addition to the ones I previously mentioned - Ken Leung (The Sopranos), Lance Reddick (The Wire) and Rebecca Mader (The Devil Wears Prada) - Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan) and Jeff Fahey (Grindhouse and The Lawnmower Man) have joined the cast for Season 4. Speculation is that Fahey will play Jacob, the elusive (or non-existent?) leader of the Others. Whoever he plays, Team Darlton say that he was the one and only choice for the part. Only five months to go!

Tuesday Trivia: Movies

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.

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What was the first word spoke by an ape in the 1968 film Planet of the Apes?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

More LOST Casting News!

British actress Rebecca Mader is the latest to sign on with LOST. It hasn't been officially announced what role she'll be playing but I don't think it's too much of a stretch if she got the part of Charlotte previously rumored to be given to Kristen Bell. Mader was recently on Justice, a short-lived drama from last season.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

LOST Season 4 News

Today is the day production on Season 4 starts in Hawaii, according to Jorge Garcia's blog. Also, Lance Reddick has joined the cast in the recurring role of Arthur Stevens. Arthur is described as an "intimidating corporate recruiter, who is capable of sending chills up your spine with his smooth talk and creepy smile. He is however a ruthless son of a bitch." Reddick starred in The Wire and HBO's Oz. It now appears that Ken Leung, who I earlier announced will be playing Russell, will actually be playing a different character of which nothing has been revealed yet.

Hump Day Humor: Quackers the Duck

Here's Quackers' second appearance on Conan. Quite hilarious.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Games

How many holes are there on a standard Chinese checkers board?

121

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Games

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.

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How many holes are there on a standard Chinese checkers board?

Monday, August 20, 2007

LOST Casting News!

Yay for news on LOST! Ken Leung - previously on The Sopranos - will be joining the cast of LOST as Russell. His debut on the show is expected to be in the season premiere in February.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Hump Day Humor: The Ass Family





ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Names

What does the L.L. stand for in L.L. Bean?

Leon Leonwood. L.L. was the founder of the thriving Maine-based mail-order business that specializes in outdoor clothing and gear.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Names

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What does the L.L. stand for in L.L. Bean?

Monday, August 13, 2007

Bell not joining LOST

I mentioned last week the rumors that Kristen Bell might be joining LOST as the new recurring character Charlotte. It has been announced that Bell will not be on the island come February as stated because she doesn't want to relocated to Hawaii (WTF?!) though it seems more likely that she'll be on Broadway instead.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Lost S4 News

At Comic-Con a couple weeks ago, several details about the upcoming Season 4 of LOST were revealed by the producers. The biggest news is that Michael will be back this season. No information on what the circumstances around his return will be though. Also, Libby's storyline will be revisited and given "satisfying closure". Jack and Claire will learn that they are half siblings and flashbacks and flashforwards will be employed in the storytelling style of LOST.

The producers also mentioned some questions fans will want to keep in mind while we wait for Season 4 to start:
  • Did anyone else besides Jack and Kate make it off the island?

  • Who was in the coffin in Season 3's final episode?

  • Why was Jack so upset by this person's death? Could it be Claire?

Also, some casting news from LOST reveals they're looking for actors for two new, recurring characters (perhaps the people on the tanker...Other Others?):

  • Russell: described as a brilliant mathematician in his late thirties who is "capable of great insights and has a tremendous knowledge across various scientific fields." Unfortunately, he tends to be too direct for his own good, and as a result, his personal relationships don't always add up. Russell is scheduled to turn up in Episode 1.

  • Charlotte: a hot twentysomething who is said to be "precocious, loquacious and funny... a very successful academic who also knows how to handle herself in the real world." She, too, has a tough time relating to people. Beneath the surface, there's "lots of repressed and pent-up emotions." Charlotte will debut in Episode 2.

Rumors are circulating right now that Kristin Bell (from Veronica Mars) is being considered for the role of Charlotte.

Also, the producers have released this training video for a new Dharma station: The Orchid.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Hump Day Humor: Medical Miracles

Here's a political joke that's a few years old but still hilarious...

An Israeli doctor says "Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in six weeks."

A German doctor says "That is nothing, we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in four weeks.

A Russian doctor says "In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in two weeks."

The Texas doctor, not to be outdone, says "You guys are way behind, we recently took a man with no brain out of Texas, put him in the White House for four years, and now half the country is looking for work."

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: British slang

If you hit a "sleeping policeman" while you're driving in Great Britain, what have you hit?

A speed bump.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: British slang

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If you hit a "sleeping policeman" while you're driving in Great Britain, what have you hit?

Monday, August 6, 2007

Grey's Anatomy Scoop!

Word has it that Elizabeth Reaser will be returning to Seattle Grace this fall as Ava/Rebecca. No word yet on how many episodes but I hear it will be more than one episode.

George and Izzie will re-examine their relationship after treating a deer. Apparently a deer will be admitted to Seattle Grace as a patient. And it is looking more like the George and Izzie relationship won't happen.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Since I often get asked for book recommendations, I'm starting a new monthly feature called Book Review where I'll review a book I've recently read. Since this is just starting out it will probably be a bit rough at first til I find a style. Your comments and feedback are much appreciated.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Written in letter format, Perks is an insightful account of high school in the early 90s as told by a boy named Charlie to an anonymous friend. Charlie is anxious as he starts his freshman year and reveals all to this friend of a friend in what is sometimes almost painfully honest detail.

Charlie is able to stand along the sidelines of life and often see the truth no one else sees or wants to see. He's the character everyone feels comfortable opening up to and he loves the good in everyone. He does everything from the heart and this is what makes him both a sad and admirable character. I found myself wondering at the end of the book whether if I would have been friends with him when I was in high school. And the honest answer is I don't know if I would have taken the time to get to know him to become friends.

The characters are so realistic and flawed but very relatable. Everyone has known a Patrick or Mary Elizabeth at some point. And Chbosky has a wonderful ability in painting a picture so vivid and yet so broad that you end up inserting yourself among the characters and living through those moments that when you feel infinite.

What's also great about this book is how much high school has changed but also how much it's still the same. Just about anyone who attended high school in the last 20 or 25 years will read this book and feel like someone had read their high school diary.

But underneath those infinite moments lies an awfull truth that leaves the narrator exposed and the reader wondering at what is often a double standard of sexual abuse.

If you're looking for a quick, easy read, I'd recommend this book.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Hump Day Humor: New Litter Box Jeep

A cheetah decides to use the car as a litter box. Enjoy!



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Landmarks

On what major U.S. construction project did workers first wear hard hats?


The Hoover Dam, which was started in 1933. Because of the danger of falling rocks and dropped tools, workers began making their own "hard-boiled hats" by coating cloth hats with coal tar. Their effectiveness convinced the contractors to have hard hats manufactured commercially for the workers