An Entertainment Hodge-Podge

Not a good day…

September 29, 2009
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I got a grade that I didn’t want, so I went the the coffee shop in Rags for a pick-me-up. I was enjoying my stroll, the brisk breeze whipping across my face, but as I got closer I realized something was terribly amiss. The coffee shop, as well as the entire Ragsdale building was closed. I skulked off towards the library still in dire need of a pick-me-up. So, I found it without my cup of tea and resorted to the Internet.

An old favorite…


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The Office premiers with some Gossip

September 28, 2009
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The Office’s first episode lived up to the Gossip, which also happens to be the first episode’s title.

It was the last day for the summer interns, and Michael, who had been out of the gossip loop, needed to find some gossip of his own. He ends up finding some serious gossip by accident: Stanley has been cheating on his wife.

It ends with Michael trying to hide the gossip he spread about Stanley by spreading gossip about everyone else. Of course, the rest of the office finds out, and, to save himself, Michael tells them that one of these rumors is true. (Although, Michael had no idea that an additional false rumor he had spread was true.)

In order to shift the focus from Stanley, Jim tells the office the rumor about Pam being pregnant is true (which it is.)

This episode made me remember why the Office is one of the best comedic TV shows on the tube.

The rumors spread by Michael remind the audience why the Office characters are weird, quirky, and, most importantly, funny.

Michael’s character is highlighted by his ridiculous solutions. His attempt to hide his true gossip about Stanley by spreading rumors reiterates his character’s comical, unsuccessful plots and schemes.

Kelly’s constant self-image problem returns when Michael tells co-workers she has an eating disorder.

And, Andy begins to question his sexuality when Michael spreads a rumor that he is gay. Andy’s quirky traits and unidentifiable sexuality are once again brought to the forefront.

The episode was a nice introduction to a new season, filled with new issues and character relationships.

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Poppytalk: A Blog of Art (and how I want to decorate my home)

September 23, 2009
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My roommate stumbled upon this blog called Poppytalk last week. She was incredibly excited, so it got me extremely curious.

I typed it into Google and found this wonderful treasure blog. And, inspired by one of my fellow classmates, I decided this was a great opportunity to blog.

Poppytalk is a husband and wife run blog based in Vancouver, Canada. It highlights emerging design talent and inspiration.

If you need some decorating ideas, it is a great place to stumble upon.

Recently they highlighted local Vancouver artist named Heather that makes vases and will be published in “Ceramics Today.” The vases are simple with the painting only covering a small area.

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Snuggie Snuggles with Model at New York City Fashion Week

September 15, 2009
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Today fashion reached an ultimate low when a models strutted down a runway wearing Snuggies at New York Fashion Week. I am no fashionista, but I know when there is a style don’t.


Fashion is about social status. It’s about being stylishly distinctive. It’s about being yourself. And, the only way you can be yourself in a Snuggie is if you are a coach potato.

There is nothing stylish or fashionable about wearing a blanket. Especially Snuggie blankets (a blanket with sleeves.) They are always fake flannel. The only character they have is the design on the material, which is often lacking. Unless you want a solid color, a school mascot, cheetah print or blue tie die, you’re out of luck. A Snuggie lacks the ability to be personal. You can’t add the details that make an outfit.

I am not trying to say the Snuggie isn’t useful. Hell, I would buy a Snuggie if I was sitting infront of my TV, watching the infomercial, or if I was walking though H.E.B. and passed the “As Seen on TV” section. But, I wouldn’t buy one at New York Fashion Week.

New York Fashion Week was created to display next seasons trends that you wouldn’t mind wearing out side of your house. Or, that you wouldn’t find in your local grocery store.

The Snuggie is all about lazyness, and fashion is anything but lazyness. People hire employees to create their style. By adding a Snuggie, not only are we promoting lazyness, we are belittling every fashion related job.

New York Fashion week is not the place for Snuggies. Infomercials and coaches are.

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My Guilty Pleasure

September 14, 2009
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I have an embarrassing confession that I keep a secret from almost everyone I know.

Last week, I wrote about the upcoming TV season and some of my favorite shows. I neglected to mention another show I enjoy watching on occasion. Sometimes I need to watch a mindless, drama filled show like Gossip Girl, which premieres tonight on CW and 8:00 pm CST.


Seasons one and two were quite addicting, and I have similar expectations for this season. Season two ended when Gossip Girl sent out an email blast during the commencement ceremony for the St. Jude’s graduation, stirring Serena to develop a plan of attack. Blair’s reign as Queen Bee draws to a close and the mean girls coax Jenny into succeeding Blair. Lily and Rufus are still patching up their relationship after Lily’s gruesome betrayal, while things start to heat up between Blair and Chuck

Tonight’s premiere will continue where season two left off. The summer is drawing to a close, and Blair and Chuck are

getting used to being “in a relationship.” Based on how Gossip Girl works, I don’t quite expect their “relationship” to resemble an actual relationship in any form. Serena returns from her summer abroad with a lot of secrets and some complications in her relationship with Carter. Likewise, Nate returns with a mysterious brunette, Bree. Though Rufus,

Jenny, and Dan didn’t go abroad for the summer, they had an eventful time in the Hamptons quickly getting adjusted to the glamorous lifestyle.

Tune in tonight, or watch it on the Internet tomorrow! .

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Video Drama Mama

September 13, 2009
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And, yet again, celebrity drama will be the focus of many conversations tomorrow.

It all began with Taylor Swift’s thanks speech for winning the Best Female Video. The 19 year old singer-songerwriter was ambushed by Kanye West when, in the middle of her speech, snatched the microphone out of her hands. And, he didn’t grab the microphone to congratulate or thank her.

Rather, he said, ” Yo Taylor. I’m really happy for you. I’mma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time.”

The shocked Swift didn’t say anything after West handed her microphone back.

Now, when I saw this, I decided to do some more Internet surfing and stumbled upon this lovely photograph.


West seems to be enjoying a nice bottle of Hennessy. Did he finish any of the bottle before he interrupted Swift?

However, Beyonce Knowles handled the situtuation thoughtfully and tactfully. When she was called to the stage after winning Video of the Year, she handed over her thank you speech to the young Swift.

“I remember being 17 years old, up for my first MTV award with Destiny’s Child, and it was one of the most exciting moments in my life. So, I’d like for Taylor to come out and have her moment,” said Knowles.

And, to what looked like a standing ovation and millions of screams, Taylor walked out onstage and was able to have an acceptance speech.

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The Modern Vampire

September 12, 2009
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The vampire myth has gone through numerous changes and developments. With the advent of film, the vampire image changed from scary freak of nature to a sexy, alluring, bloodsucking lover known as Dracula.

However, in the 60s and 70s, the vampires image evolved once again. Soon the sexy vampire image that belonged to males also became a female trademark with Barbara Steele in The Mask of Satan. Often times, these female vampires were featured and fanged lesbian sex kittens. The films during the 60s and 70s reflected the time period because they became more overtly violent and sexual. The fear of sex and nudity no longer existed, and film makers experimented with this in films like The Vampire Lovers and, later, Vampyres.

The 80s created a new vampire that was time appropriate. Like everyone else, the vampire dawned a new 80s style. Whether they were grungy bikers, like in Near Dark, or the hip greasy haired vampire gang, like in Lost Boys, these vampires lived, breathed and sucked up the 80s culture.

The 80s lead the way for the vampire of the 90s. Vampires became tormented souls, stuck with the same patterns and thirsts for all time. Vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac, played by Brad Pitt, became the epitome of the tormented soul. While Claudia, his vampire creation, became the coldest night creature because of her crazed homicidal tendencies at such a young age.

My heart is still with the tormented vampires of the 90s. I haven’t been able to attach myself to the new Twilight vampires. The vampires of this generation seem to lack the maturity and depth of the previous. And, our culture spent decades developing this myth. So, why do we throw it away on some teenage scum?

However, I have heard good things about the HBO series True Blood. Hopefully, that will live up to the violence, sexuality, maturity and depth of previous vampire characters.

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I want to suck your blood…?

September 11, 2009
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What is it with this new vampire craze?

The obsession with vampires isn’t a new thing, but their depiction as sexy, alluring, seducing creatures is.

Even though vampire legends have passed through the ages, the majority of vampire myths originated from the medieval period. But, during the 18th century, vampire sightings swelled to a new high. These sightings ceased once Empress Maria Teresa of Austria sent her physician to determine whether vampires were real. He said the weren’t.

But, with the invention of film, the vampire mania began anew.

Nosferatu–a 1922 German film–depicted the first Dracula on the big, silver screen. However, this was no sexy beast. I would make a mad dash in the opposite direction if I saw that Dracula (with hairy eyebrows, a bald head, pointy ears and long finger nails.)

But, soon the scene would change, and the vampires would bring sexy back.

Bela Lugosi, who had played Dracula on stage, recreated Dracula’s image. In 1931, Lugosi played Dracula in the movie Dracula. His costume, a cloak with a tux, became Dracula’s standard wear. Even today, when people dress up as Dracula, they usually create his costume. But, Lugosi did more than create Dracula’s wardrobe. He made vampires sexy. If you’re on the market for a Latin lover who likes a little blood on the side, Lugosi’s Dracula is the man (or creature?) for you.

To be continued…

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How to get the complete Beatles Rockband set for $150.

September 10, 2009
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I have formulated a brilliant idea, which I would love to share.

The Beatles Rockband is something that I have been looking forward to since it was announced on October 30, 2008. The game has 45 songs ready for you to play. The creators picked here and there to include songs from A Hard Day’s Night, Revolver, The White Album, Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper’s, and many more.

Not to mention, the guitars, drums and microphones from other music video games are entirely compatible with The Beatles Rockband.

And, the game venues are all famous venues where The Beatles made music history.

So, when the game finally debuted on Sept 9, I spent time figuring out how to get the entire set for cheaper than $250. I found a way, but it doesn’t include the special edition Beatles’ instruments. (However, it does work for any game system that supports Rockband.)

First, look on Ebay or Craigslist for the Rockband 2 set. I have found that you can get the entire set with a game for roughly $70 to $90.

Now, if you already have one piece, like a guitar, and want to buy the rest individually, you can do that. You may not be able to get the Rockband 2 game, but you’ll be getting it for the Beatles game. Usually, each individual insturment sells for $20, but on Craigslist you can occasionally find the pieces for less than $20.

(Since the game is 100 percent compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour, you can also substitute Rockband 2 parts for World Tour parts. However, the going price is usually more expensive. I haven’t found it cheaper than $90 on ebay.)

Now, once you have all your instruments, go forth and buy the game. Yes, it you still have to spend $59.99, but you end up spend about $100 less for an entire set.

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The Sky Is Falling!!

September 10, 2009
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The apocalypse is at hand. In 2012, on the winter solstice, the human race will cease to exist unless we participate in the Institute for Human Continuity’s (IHC)  “survival lottery.”

At least, that is what Sony has created in order to promote their apocalyptic film 2012.

In an effort to excite the Americans about the year 2012, Sony launched a website that claims a horrible astrological or geological event will occur. However, IHC has been preparing. They have built “celestial colonies” and “floating cities,” but you must enter a lottery to be saved.

We are obsessed with the apocalypse. Always have been and always will be.

The Hebrew and Christian Bible are overflowing with visions of the apocalypse. That is the main purpose of the Book of Revelation. People have been claiming the world is about to end for thousands of years.

However,  now instead of people prophesying the end of the world, we have the entertainment industry do it for us.

Our movies are filled with apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic themes.

I Am Legend: A deadly plague destroys the majority of life and turns humans into zombies. Post-apocalyptic.

Knowing: The end of the world is depicted through a series of number which gives the date of the disaster and how many people will die. Apocalyptic.

Wall-E: An animated cartoon that follows a whimsical robot trying to clean up the earth because human have left it uninhabitable. Post-apocalyptic.

Left Behind: Also a book, it depicts the rapture as described in the Book of Revelation, and it begins the process leading to the apocalypse. Apocalyptic.

Oh, and don’t forget the Matrix Trilogy, Children of Men. the new post-apocalyptic movie produced by Tim Burton–9–and the television show Heroes, where every season the world is going to end.

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