Friday, November 30, 2007

10 Ways Not to Anger Aggies

Those of you who follow college football may know that A&M announced a new head coach on Monday - Mike Sherman, who's currently coaching at the Houston Texans. You don't have to have attended A&M to appreciate that the student paper The Battalion is not an example of excellent journalism. But they do get it right every once in a while. Check out this list of the top 10 ways not to anger Aggie fans. My favorite is #1:

"For the love of God, beat Texas Tech"

Vegas

I went to Vegas last week over Thanksgiving with my family to celebrate my baby brother turning 21. But this post isn't about my trip. It's about a post from one of my favorite bloggers, Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, and his recent trip to Vegas. Check it out, it's hilarious.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

It's been a month...

...but I never get tired of reliving that fantastic World Series. And thanks to Texas Gal at Centerfield, I don't have to. She's celebrating the month anniversary of the championship with videos highlighting some of the best parts of the games and photos from the games she attended (Lucky her!). Click here to browse through recent, but still so exciting, history. Is it February 14 yet? (Pitchers and catchers report on February 14, btw)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pushing Daisies S1ep8

Molly Shannon was excellent as the uber-competitive candy shop owner. Devious and underhanded, she played the character so well. I wonder if we'll see her again...especially considering how she killed the health inspector at the end.

How does Ned bake the pies with dead fruit? He'd have to touch it more than once in the process of cutting it up and putting it in the pie crust, wouldn't he?

I didn't realize that Chuck knew about Olive's crush on Ned. I knew that they had become friends but I didn't know that they had shared that information. Understandably, Olive's angry about Chuck and Ned officially becoming an item. But, the amount of passion that she showed in her reaction was surprising since Ned had never shown any romantic intention towards her.

You know, I would not be surprised if somewhere there were someone who thought a blow up doll was really his girlfriend.

Hump Day Humor: I'm the Internet, You're the Internet

UPDATE: Okay, so I had found this video a couple weeks ago and lined it up to be this week's Hump Day Humor feature. Then a couple days ago, I was forwarded this link: http://pixyland.org/peterpan/. Imagine my surprise when I hit publish on today's post, and there's Peter Pan! What an amazing coincidence! Check out his web site for more hilarity.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Movies

What dog was originally cast to play Dorothy's pet in the 1939 movie classic The Wizard of Oz, before the part went to Toto?

Otto, a miniature long-haired dachshund that belonged to actress Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the film. Otto lost the part to Toto, a Norwich terrier, because of concerns at the time that the public might react negatively to a dog with German ties.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Lost Mobisode #4

Again, it's poor quality but unless you're a Verizon customer, you have to wait until next week to see a better version on ABC.com. This week's mobisode features Juliet and Michael, who we hadn't seen in scene together before - or at least I can't remember if we knew they had met or not. Anyway, it takes place before Michael makes his way back to the Losties and shoots Ana Lucia and Libby. They discuss Michael's and Juliet's individual deals with Ben.

Tuesday Trivia: Movies

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What dog was originally cast to play Dorothy's pet in the 1939 movie classic The Wizard of Oz, before the part went to Toto?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep9

Again, so sorry for the delay everyone. But I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great time in Vegas! And no, I didn't win anything :(

Is Izzie seriously trying to specialize in cardio-thoracic? It's not a specialty I see her doing well in.

Meredith chickened out...again. And Derek is making a new friend. Yay for maybe they're actually breaking up this time!

I LOVED seeing Bailey at home but am so sad she's having trouble juggling work and home. I was so hoping we wouldn't see her do that and only hope she manages to avoid the storm that's clearly brewing, although I suspect she won't.

Alex got called out once again on being a jerk - well maybe not to his face, but who's surprised? Not me. He's got his own trunks of issues that we haven't even begun to learn about. Just wish Lexie didn't have to get hurt in the process as I'm liking her more with every episode. But she was right when she was talking to Ava/Rebecca - Sloane is insanely hot!

Seth Green's character is cute. Trying so hard to impress Lexie and make her laugh.

It's hard to believe there are still people in this country who can be so racist, but unfortunately it's a reality that the rest of us need to realize. I loved how Bailey was determined to rise above the situation...and of course how she declared she's never again to be called the 'Nazi' - and I think Cristina and George wholeheartedly agreed with her.

The whole situation with the EMTs (paramedics?) was heartbreaking. I can't even imagine being in a situation where you know death is inevitable but you're trying to be brave for the rest of the people there. It'd be so terrifying. Kinda like the girl that was impaled on the pole in season 2 or was that season 1??

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving and Grey's Anatomy

I'm going to be in Las Vegas starting tomorrow morning through Sunday. Which means I'm not going to be able to watch tomorrow's Grey's Anatomy episode and then post on it. Sorry to those of you who look forward to this particular regular post. I will get a post up eventually on the show but am not sure exactly when I will be able to. So stay tuned.

In the meantime, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Pushing Daisies S1ep7

What did happen to Chuck's mom?

The quirks on this show just don't stop. Death by scratch and sniff. Almost sounds like a dessert. Cuppies just sound weird though. Why can't it be mini-pies? Single pies?

The whole rolling pin under the apron, then the rolling pin actually being under the apron was quite funny. And interesting to see Ned and Olive slightly freak out over being in close proximity. I never realized how tall Ned is...or how short Olive is.

Ned having sex on a bear skin rug, then the bear waking up again, is just a funny image.

Why is Ned freaking out over Olive and Chuck becoming friends?

Emerson's and Ned's faces when they realized Napoleon was going to kill them were spot on. Then Chuck, Olive and Oscar come in and after Chuck greets Ned and Oscar greets Napoleon, Olive greets Emerson so he doesn't feel left out.

Oscar's obsessed with Chuck. Wonder if only has to do with the weird smell he got from her.

It's Official!

Mikey's staying in Boston for 3 more years!!! Click here for full story.

Hump Day Humor: A Cat on a Horse

Okay so the funniest part of this video is the song. I have no idea what he's saying (I can't even identify the language), but I break out in giggles every time I watch it.


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Anatomy

What is the largest gland in the human body?

The liver, which is also the largest organ in the human body. It is about 8 inches wide, 6 1/2 inches long, and 4 1/2 inches thick.

No winner this week, but thanks to everyone who played/commented.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Lost Mobisode #3

Click here for the third LOST mobisode - King of the Castle. Again, poor quality but the nicer version won't be available online until next week. This week it's Jack and Ben playing chess as they discuss Jack getting off the island, and Ben proves to be prophetic by predicting that Jack will want to come back to the island.

Tuesday Trivia: Anatomy

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What is the largest gland in the human body?

Monday, November 19, 2007

My iPod Saga Continues...

Some of you may remember from last year that I was having trouble with my first iPod when the hard drive started to fail and then completely crashed (To catch up, click here, here, here and here). I eventually got a new one and moved on with my life - or so I thought.


Last week I tried to sync my iPod only when I tried to play it the next day, I realized all of my music and podcasts had been wiped off. It was completely blank. I tried restoring it a couple times and iTunes acted as if it was downloading it all back, but still....nothing.

So I go to the Genius Bar at the Apple store and sure enough, they tell me my hard drive is failing. I've had that iPod 13 months!!! Is it any wonder that I can't stand Steven Jobs?


I realize that they have a shelf life and won't last forever. But if I'm to drop $300 on an iPod, I want it to last longer than 13 months! - which incidentally, is just long enough for Apple's warranty to expire!!


At least I bought the extended warranty from Best Buy last year. I only wonder how much longer they're going to offer those on iPods if every year people redeem them.

More possible good news...

The writers and network executives will start talks November 26. Keep your fingers crossed that they can come to an agreement soon so we don't have to worry about abbreviated seasons for our favorite shows!!!

Has Christmas Come Early??

Rumors are abound that Mikey Lowell, our beloved third baseman, and the front office of the Sox have agreed in principle on the 3-year, approximately $36 million deal offered last week. An official announcement isn't expected until tomorrow at the earliest. Please say yes, please say yes, please say yes *crosses fingers*

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep8

McDreamy went out with Dr. McPerky. How funny.

This show is doing everything it can to gross me out. The guy that tried to cut off his own foot with a chain saw and tonight, a guy with a pencil stuck in his eye. Makes me gag and shudder.

With high schoolers running throughout the hospital it seems all the doctors reverted back to teenagers...

Cristina...the suck up
Callie...petty jealousy
McSteamy...the hot, arrogant jock
Gizzie...center of gossip
Bailey...the slightly geeky, very smart girl in love with the athletic star
Meredith and Lexie...sibling rivalry
Chief...the self-described principal
Erica...the snobby bitch

Of course, that's nothing new to these doctors.

Well they're back in the bar. No sign of Joe though.

Meredith was beginning to see a little sunshine and feel a little hope for her relationship with her dad and by extension Derek. Only to have it crushed by Lexie. But good for Lexie, standing up to Meredith like that.

Loved loved LOVED Bailey's speech at the end. She couldn't say it to his face - And how could she? He was the guy she was in love with likely for the majority of high school. How can you make a long speech to that guy? - so she gave her speech to Derek, thinking he was also an athletic star. Only Derek was transparent as well back then. Girls didn't notice him. He had to grow into his hair - oh, how that makes me laugh!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pushing Daisies S1ep6

This show is not afraid of controversial subjects...cloning and polgamy were tonight's. But per the usual Daisies' style, they were done in a light, humorous way.

The sexual tension between Chuck and Ned continues. Eventually, one of them will move on to someon else. Which one will it be? I'm going to guess Chuck, especially if she finds out about what happened to her dad and how it's connected to Ned.

Olive's part of the gang! Helping solve murders, becoming friends with Chuck. So glad she's not pining quite so much.

I wonder if Digby will make it through the season. I can see him and Ned accidentally touching at one point, causing Digby to be completely dead. Though since they lasted this long, maybe it's not that likely. But it does bring up an interesting point...Ned brought Digby back to life when he was 10. He's roughly 28 now so that's an additional 18 years on top of however old Digby was at the time of his death. Which is really really old for a dog. So does that mean Ned's gift not only restores life but provides immortality? Or, is it just a mistake on the part of the writers?

Lost Mobisode #2

Click here to view the second episode in LOST's "Missing Pieces" mobisodes. It's poor quality since it was recorded from a cell phone, but ABC won't post it on the web site until next week. This installment takes place during the second season, when Hurley and Libby are about to go on their picnic. Hurley gets caught coming out of Bernard and Rose's tent by Neil/Frogurt (have we seen this guy before?) who harrasses him for his crush on Libby.

More HBP Casting News

It has finally been announced who will be playing the part of Lavendar Brown in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, due out November 2008...Jessie Cave. The 20-year-old actress will appear in upcoming CBBC drama Summerhill. Don't know about you, but I think she looks perfect for the part. As far as her acting, she's essentially an unknown with Summerhill being her only gig aside from HBP. But since she'll spend most of the movie making out with Rupert, don't think she'll have much of a problem.

Hump Day Humor: Cheerios


Two boys, a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old, are upstairs in their bedroom.

"You know what?" says the 6-year-old. "I think it's about time we startedcussing."

The 4-year-old nods his head in approval. The 6-year-old continues, "When we go downstairs for breakfast, I'm gonna say something with hell and you say something with ass."

The 4-year-old agrees with enthusiasm. When the mother walks into the kitchen and asks the 6-year-old what he wants for breakfast, he replies, "Aw, hell, Mom, I guess I'll have some Cheerios."

WHACK! He flies out of his chair, tumbles across the kitchen floor, gets up, and runs upstairs crying his eyes out, with his mother in hot pursuit, slapping his rear with every step.

His mom locks him in his room and shouts, "You can stay there until I let you out!"

She then comes back downstairs, looks at the 4-year-old and asks with a stern voice, "And what do YOU want forbreakfast, young man?"

"I don't know," he blubbers, "but you can bet your ass it won't be Cheerios."

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Bodies of Water

Where in the world is the only freshwater lake that is home to sharks, swordfish, tarpon, and other oceanic life?


Lake Nicaragua, in Nicaragua. It's believed that the lake was once part of a large ocean bay that was cut off from the Pacific by volcanic eruptions, trapping sea creatures that adapted as the waters changed from salt to fresh.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Bodies of Water

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Where in the world is the only freshwater lake that is home to sharks, swordfish, tarpon, and other oceanic life?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Lost Mobisode #1

To help with the long hiatus, LOST producers have created several mobisodes. I can't remember how many they said they were doing. Click here to view the first one featuring Jack and Christian before his wedding to Sarah. Kind of a touching moment between the two of them. (Sorry for the link. The ones on YouTube are very inferior in quality.)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Narcissa Malfoy Cast in HBP

It's official...the part of Narcissa Malfoy in the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has been cast. Helen McCrory will be playing Bella's little sister. Interestinly, McCrory was originally cast to play Bella but was unable to commit due to her pregnancy. Personally, she doesn't look anything like how I imagine Narcissa - which is a disappointment for me. I am not familiar with her acting skills so she could be brilliant. What do you think?

Also, JK Rowling is up for TIME's person of the year. She's up against Al Gore, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Hilary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, General David Petraeus, Hu Jintao, Vladimir Putin and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. You can click here to vote for her.

Open Letter to Starbucks

One Starbucks customer is not satisfied with the slipping standards at the 'Bucks and he's written an open letter urging the company's leaders to dial down the noise and get back to what makes them great...coffee. I completely agree: standards have been slipping and I no longer feel engaged by the baristas when I visit a store. He's not the first to make this argument but hopefully by repeating the message maybe we'll eventually get through the thick skulls of Starbucks management that they should stop trying to be everything and just be Starbucks!

3 Year Deal for Lowell

The Red Sox front office has reportedly made a formal offer to Mikey Lowell for a 3 year contract worth approximately $35-45 million. I know he was hoping for a four year contract so we'll see if he accepts this or not. After midnight on Monday, other teams will be allowed to join in the bidding for our favorite third baseman should he decide not to accept the offer. Fingers crossed everyone!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep7

George and Izzie have bad sex...foreshadowing for the relationship perhaps?

McSteamy has a crush on Hahn. How cute. He's found a female version of himself and he can't help but think he's attracted to her.

Derek and the Chief are dating. Makes sense. The Chief is lonely, has no idea how to take care of himself and will attach himself to anyone that is even partly willing. Derek likes to give of himself to people who will continually take without thinking about his needs. A perfect match.

Bailey does a better job as chief resident than Callie. Not at all surprising. Everyone knows she's the better choice. And it's about time that he finally realized that. So Callie's fired and Bailey's hired.

Best part was when Bailey told George that she's right so many times it'd make your head spin. Funny thing is...she's right, again!

Cristina's trying to figure out what to do about Hahn. She wants to be in cardio but Hahn is making it extremely difficult "putting her through the paces." So Bailey has Cristina trying other specialties so she'll fight harder for the cardio.

Sorry so short. It's late and I'm exhausted. Bleh.

Book Review: Water for Elephants

Set during the Depression, Water for Elephants is a love story about a na├»ve vet school dropout and a married circus performer. Our hero Jacob drops out of school after the untimely death of his parents and joins The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth – a circus that strives to be as great as the Ringling Brothers –, where he meets Marlena, the star performer, who’s married to the animal trainer with violent mood swings, August. The story is told through the memories of Jacob as a 90 (or is it 93?) year old man living in a nursing home.

We follow the circus as it goes from town to town and get a glimpse of the behind the scenes workers and the life of the circus. From what I hear, the terms and descriptions of circus life are very accurate.

Sara Gruen’s descriptions were positively graphic. You can smell the rotting meat through the pages and picture Barbara’s breasts swinging every which way as she performed in a special side show. The cruelty shown to the animal by August, especially the elephant Rosie, was a little difficult to stomach.

The most endearing parts of this book are the chapters of Jacob as the old man. The insight into life in a nursing home is both humorous and sad. Jacob wants to enjoy what life he has left and is kept from doing so by the limits of the nursing home. Determined though, he manages to find a way to live as he once did.

As a whole, I enjoyed the book, though I’m not likely to read it again. It was an easy read, and the circus behind the scenes was interesting. However, the plot moved a little too slowly for me, and the naivety of Jacob was frustrating at times.

If you’re looking for a quick read, this story will take you on a journey of friends, moral dilemmas and love.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

WGA Strike Could Affect LOST

I originally found this whole strike thing mildly entertaining. But now that I hear it could delay the start of Season 4 til Fall 2008 or, even worse, February 2009! I'm am no longer amused. They only have 8 of the 16 episodes ready. Apparently, there's a mini-cliff hanger at the end of episode 8 that they wouldn't want to keep us hanging with. I agree considering how well the mini-season of 6 episodes went last year. Keep your fingers crossed and pray that the strike ends quickly!

Hump Day Humor: Dogs v. Cats

A Dog's Diary:

8:00 a.m. - Dog Food! My favorite thing!
9:30 a.m. - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 a.m. - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 a.m. - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 p.m. - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 p.m. - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 p.m. - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 p.m. -
Beggin Strips! My favorite thing!
7:00 p.m. - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 p.m. - Wow! Watched TV with my people! My favorite thing!
11:00 p.m. - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!



A Cat's Diary:

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.


Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts since it clearly demonstrates what I'm capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and the smell of food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means and use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must remember to try this again tomorrow-- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.

The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released-and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously mentally defective.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Television

What is the name of TV news-wit Jon Stewart's production company?

Busboy Productions

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Television

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Web Fun

Here's a web site for car mats, of all things, with some cool interactivitiy that allows you to dump an ice cream sundae or coffee on the girl and the mat and watch her hilarious reaction as she stomps off stage, then the cleaning guys come in and clean the mat with just paper towels and water. Enjoy!

(Found it on Tom's blog.)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Some Friday Fun

If like me, you're counting down the seconds until the end of the work day, check out this video from People.com. In honor of their soon to be on newstands Sexiest Man Alive issue, it's 100 Sexy Men in 1 minute. Can you name them all? I might just have to watch it multiple times until I can ;-)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep6

The Chief and Derek living side by side in their own trailers. How hilarious.

The one bride was almost pathetically competitive. Who cares that you had to have surgery and another girl almost died...as long as you win dammit! I didn't look closely, but I have a strong suspicion that George did not let go first.

McSteamy torturing George was kinda funny. And he had to have known it was coming. His face when he took the dress and realized what Sloane was doing. No surprise, that Callie took some pleasure out of it.

Cristina would have been all hard core over the awake open heart surgery, but only Izzie thinks about the patient and what it's going to be like for him. How freaked out he's going to be seeing and hearing what patients shouldn't see and hear. Only she would adjust the OR to make him a little less freaked out. And only Izzie would talk to him about his birds to calm his heart down to finish the surgery. I think Cristina realized that Izzie belonged in that OR when Derek remarked about the picture being a smart move.

Callie is letting go. Hallelujah! It's about freakin' time.

A skydiver drops 12,000 feet without a parachute and survives without a single bone broken. Can someone with a better knowledge of physics explain to me how that's even possible?

Meredith was surprisingly insightful this episode. The skydiver reminded her of her death experience (you could hardly call it near) and the clarity she experienced. She's trying to find her way out of the dark and twisty way of life. She just has no idea how to go about it so she's struggling.

Lexie and Alex. I guess it was a matter of time. Though he once again was determined to do away with any nice guy images immediately. Why is he so afraid to be a good guy? What happened in his past? Will we ever find out? Shonda - please give us more!

George and Izzie. Their scenes are more brother/sister than romantic. I loved how Izzie broke down in hysterics because she wanted the perfect night but was too exhausted. But the best part was when George asked her if she shaved only one leg, and she breaks down again. The stress of everything...being a resident, George, Callie, the awake open heart surgery...it's getting to her...clearly.

Erica Hahn will not go quietly into the night. She refuses to be passed over for a gentlemen's night just because she happens to have the wrong anatomy. She probably has more in common with men anyway. In more ways than one...if my sources are proven to be accurate ;-)

Has anyone else noticed the lack of Joe the bartender this season? Now that they're residents are they not going to the bar any more? Bring Joe back!

Crazy Antics of Agency Life

Agencies have long been known to be an environment of lots of drinking, hazing and sexual antics...kind of similar to what one expects from a fraternity. In a lot of ways I guess it is like a fraternity. A former creative director for an international agency is suing his former employer claiming that he was fired for complaining about sexual situations. I guess fraternities aren't for everyone. (Thanks Michele, for the link!)