Silly shopping

As I trawl the interwebs I tend to stumble over weird items to buy. I’ll try to post the fun ones here from time to time. Here’s what I found this week:

Just in time for the Super Bowl – it’s a beer holster!!

Beer holster

Need to get a knife on a plane cuz you never know when you’ll have to battle snakes? Check out this sapphire knife – no metal involved!

sapphire knife

And the award for the most random toy of the 1980s goes to….

McGyver paperclip toy

And last, but not least, two random iPod accessories, because those just get weirder all the time….

Have you ever wished you could have a Transformer that also rocks out? Well now you can!

Transformer iPod system

And I can’t even explain this one.

Hymn book iPod case

TGIF!!

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Stolen

I stole these quizzes from a friend o’ mine because I was procrastinating.



You’re The Mists of Avalon!
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
You’re obsessed with Camelot in all its forms, from Arthurian legend
to the Kennedy administration. Your favorite movie from childhood was "The Sword in
the Stone". But more than tales of wizardry and Cuban missiles, you’ve focused on
women. You know that they truly hold all the power. You always wished you could meet
Jackie Kennedy.


Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.



You’re South Africa!
After almost endless suffering, you’ve finally freed yourself
from the oppression that somehow held you back.  Now your diamond in the
rough is shining through, and the world can accept you for who you really are.
 You were trying to show who you were to the world, but they weren’t interested
in helping you become that until it was almost too late.  Suddenly you’re
a very hopeful person, even if you still have some troubles.


Take the Country Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid

A childhood favorite coming to DVD!

The animated film The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle is getting ready to come out on DVD as a special edition 25th anniversary set. Yes, it is technically already out on DVD, but it’s a crappy transfer from a crappy tape and it’s really not worth getting.

The Last Unicorn was one of my most favorite films as a kid. It ranked up there with The Dark Crystal, Time Bandits, and later, Labyrinth, as really kind of darkly inappropriate movies that kids grew up with in the 80s.

Anyway, the special edition DVD is being released on February 6. And here’s the important part: Peter S. Beagle, the author, because of a royalties issue, has never received a dime of profit from the sale of his story on VHS or DVD. So… with this special edition DVD of The Last Unicorn, Peter and the publisher of the DVD negotied with Lionsgate, the distributer. If you buy the DVD from the publisher, more than 50% of the proceeds from the sale will go straight to Peter S. Beagle. Go, go buy the film, heck, it’s autographed and everything, from the publisher at Conlan Press. Ordering from Amazon or buying at Target or whatever will NOT give the proceeds to the author.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Year 41 – Roman emperor, Gaius Caesar, better known as Caligula (meaning Little Boot—he used to wear military boots as a child), was murdered. Year 1848 – Gold was first discovered in California, in Sutter’s Mill. Year 1908 – Robert Baden-Powell organized the first Boy Scout troop in England. Year 1965 – Winston Churchill died in London at age 90. Year 2003 – The Department of Homeland Security, under Tom Ridge, became a cabinet department.

And the Oscar/Razzie award goes to…

The Oscar nominations were released today! Here are the ones I care about:

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Leonardo DiCaprio – BLOOD DIAMOND
Ryan Gosling – HALF NELSON
Peter O’Toole – VENUS
Will Smith – THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Forest Whitaker – THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin – LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jackie Earle Haley – LITTLE CHILDREN
Djimon Hounsou – BLOOD DIAMOND
Eddie Murphy – DREAMGIRLS
Mark Wahlberg – THE DEPARTED

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Penélope Cruz – VOLVER
Judi Dench – NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Helen Mirren – THE QUEEN
Meryl Streep – THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Kate Winslet – LITTLE CHILDREN

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adriana Barraza – BABEL
Cate Blanchett – NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Abigail Breslin – LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jennifer Hudson – DREAMGIRLS
Rinko Kikuchi – BABEL

Best animated feature film of the year
CARS
HAPPY FEET
MONSTER HOUSE

Achievement in cinematography
THE BLACK DAHLIA
CHILDREN OF MEN
THE ILLUSIONIST
PAN’S LABYRINTH
THE PRESTIGE

Achievement in costume design
CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
DREAMGIRLS
MARIE ANTOINETTE
THE QUEEN

Achievement in directing
BABEL
THE DEPARTED
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
THE QUEEN
UNITED 93

Best documentary feature
DELIVER US FROM EVIL
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS
JESUS CAMP
MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY

Best foreign language film of the year
AFTER THE WEDDING
DAYS OF GLORY (INDIGÈNES)
THE LIVES OF OTHERS
PAN’S LABYRINTH
WATER

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
BABEL
THE GOOD GERMAN
NOTES ON A SCANDAL
PAN’S LABYRINTH
THE QUEEN

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“I Need to Wake Up” – AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
“Listen” – DREAMGIRLS
“Love You I Do” – DREAMGIRLS
“Our Town” – CARS
“Patience” – DREAMGIRLS

Best motion picture of the year
BABEL
THE DEPARTED
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
THE QUEEN

Adapted screenplay
BORAT CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN
CHILDREN OF MEN
THE DEPARTED
LITTLE CHILDREN
NOTES ON A SCANDAL

Original screenplay
BABEL
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
PAN’S LABYRINTH
THE QUEEN

See the full list of nominations at the Academy Awards site.

And in the flip side, the Razzies give golden raspberry awards to the worst perfrmances of the year. Here are some of the nominations:

Worst Picture:
Basic Instinct 2 (a.k.a. Basically, It Stinks, Too)
Bloodrayne
Lady In The Water
Little Man
Wicker Man

Worst Actor:

Tim Allen in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, The Shaggy Dog and Zoom
Nicolas Cage in Wicker Man
Larry, The Cable Guy (Dan Whitney) in Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector
Rob Schneider in The Benchwarmers and Little Man
Marlon Wayans & Shawn Wayans in Little Man

Worst Actress:
Hilary Duff & Haylie Duff in Material Girls
Lindsay Lohan in Just My Luck
Kristanna Loken in Bloodrayne
Jessica Simpson in Employee Of The Month
Sharon Stone in Basically It Stinks, Too

Worst Supporting Actor:
Danny DeVito in Deck The Halls
Ben Kingsley in Bloodrayne
M. Night Shyamalan in Lady In The Water
Martin Short in Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
David Thewlis in Basically, It Stinks, Too! and The Omen

Worst Supporting Actress:
Kate Bosworth in Superman Returns
Kristin Chenoweth in Deck The Halls, Pink Panther and RV
Carmen Electra in Date Movie and Scary Movie 4
Jenny McCarthy in John Tucker Must Die
Michelle Rodriguez in Bloodrayne

Worst Screen Couple:
Tim Allen & Martin Short in Santa Clause 3
Nicolas Cage & His Bear Suit in Wicker Man
Hilary & Haylie Duff in Material Girls
Sharon Stone’s Lop-Sided Breasts in Basically, It Stinks, Too
Shawn Wayans & EITHER Kerry Washington OR Marlon Wayans in Little Man

Worst Remake or Rip-Off:
Little Man (Rip-off of the 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon “Baby Buggy Bunny”)
Pink Panther
Poseidon
The Shaggy Dog Story
Wicker Man

There are serveral more categories at the Razzie website.

A couple of things:

1. Has anyone seen Babel? Everything I’ve read says it’s overrated.
2. Holy crap could Dreamgirls have won any other nominations for Best Song?
3. Marky Mark is up for an Oscar!!
4. So is Eddie Murphy!!
5. Will Scorsese finally win one?
6. I was a little sad that Matt Damon didn’t get love for “The Good Shepherd” as I thought he turned in a nicely quiet performance in that.
7. I enjoyed Little Miss Sunshine and am a little surprised by all the Oscar love it’s getting.
8. I’m a little surprised no Razzies for Eragon.

Thoughts? Any overlooked performances? Anyone who should NOT be nominated?

Six Degrees of Copy Protection

Two thoughts tonight…

I saw something interesting on David Pogue’s blog and thought I’d mention it here.

A UK-based game company is testing the theory of six degrees of separation. They have given us a photograph of a man, a name, and the Japanese characters that translate to “Find me”. Their idea is that, because of the six degrees of separation principle, it shouldn’t take too long to find their mystery man. Anyway, the official site and rules are here. It’s kind of a fun gimmick. It reminds me of the always fun Kevin Bacon game.

The other thing I read tonight discussed a rumor that the music industry might be considering removing copy protection from music albums. Huh what’s that mean? Basically, when you buy a CD or a song from iTunes or wherever, it’s usually copy protected in some way so you can’t rip the CD into an mp3 or distribute your iTunes song to all your friends. The intent was to make sure that artists get paid for their work. The problem that copy protection has created is with electronic formats – iPods and Zunes and computers and all that stuff have to deal with copy protection. So it’s made carrying the stuff that you own around kind of difficult. Anyway, the record labels are considering doing away with copy protection and easing up on the copy protection in order to boost sales – the theory being that if iPod owners can’t get their music onto their iPods, they won’t buy it. So they steal it. If you can make it easy to legally buy stuff in a digital format, then people will buy it, is what they’re figuring out. Anyway, the article with follow up links is here.

On a related note, I hope that the movie industry is paying attention. Because the DVD restrictions are ridiculous. You can’t rip a DVD to digital format like you can a CD and then use it for personal use. Why? It’s ok to copy the content because you paid for it, but you can’t break the encryption on the DVD – that’s illegal. I want to take movies with me sometimes, without taking the fragile disk with me. Let me take MY stuff with ME, people!

Lovie!! (and hot British men)

Congrats to Lovie Smith for taking the Bears to the Super Bowl! Bring me some Super Bowl Shuffle part 2 now! Now Colts, bring me the head of Tom Brady!!

And, while I’m thinking about it, we saw Children of Men this weekend. Directed by Alfonson Cuaron, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor (the awesome operative from Serenity), this is an amazing piece of cinema. A couple of my co-workers hated it – they said it was dark and depressing. And it is, to a point. But it’s really a movie about the nature of hope. Stellar performances by all the actors, Clive Owen in particular. And the camera work is incredible. Some really long takes and excellent photography. There’s a really interesting interview with the director on NPR’s site. It’s really worth a look if you’re wanting to see something in the theaters. Next I want to see Pan’s Labyrinth. Oh, and because I’m thinking about movies, I saw Dreamgirls a couple of weeks ago with some co-workers. Great film. I wasn’t terribly familiar with it going into it. I enjoyed both the story and the music – in fact I downloaded the soundtrack from iTunes the next day. Eddie Murphy should get an Oscar nod for his performance. All three women are great. Definitely worth seeing.

Ok, I have GOT to turn off the hideous show on FOX downstairs – Brad Garret’s new show? Really not funny.

So where I’ve been

So I haven’t written in ages and ages. Migrated to a new server and that hasn’t been going well. I’m going to have to overhaul and maybe move again. In the meantime, I work retail and the holiday season hit me like a Mack Truck. In the middle of that, we had a family health scare involving brain cancer. Then I learned that I’d been chosen by my company to go to San Francisco for a week in January – free trip to San Fran! Woo! And I got to take my husband along! So now I’m back, there’s snow on the ground, and I’m preparing for my physical audit in a few weeks. It just never lets up I tell ya!

If you want to see some trip pictures, head to my flickr site. Man oh man do I love San Francisco. If housing wasn’t so crazy expensive, I think we’d have stayed there.

Ok, back to the Bears game. Go Bears! (Go Colts – I’m tired of the Patriots and stinkin’ Tom Brady.)

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