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Despicable Me Very Likeable
January 19, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

I rented Despicable Me from RedBox last night and I gotta say…I LOVED it! For those unfamiliar with it, here’s a quick synopsis: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. Continue reading

January 18, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Clippings, Lost 'n Found

Yesterday, while doing an image search for ‘vintage soft serve’, I ran across a clothing site that was using this model (one of the shirts he was modeling, had a giant soft serve ice cream cone on it). Initially, I was like “HELLOoo, Tasty!” and went on to look at other clothing he was modeling…then my jaw dropped. In addition to front views, there were also profile and back views (complete 360º of the item of clothing, as modeled by the model). WOW! What a difference a chin makes!! Super weird.

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Currently Reading…
January 17, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Books, Currently Reading

Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard © 1934
Synopsis: First published in 1934 in Thrilling Detective magazine, Hubbard’s rollicking horror yarn just happens to tap into the current craze for zombies. Heroic Det. Sgt. Terrence “Terry” Lane looks into a deeply disturbing series of murders of powerful businessmen. Dawn Drayden, a pretty Club Haitian entertainer, confirms Lane’s hunch that the killers are dead men “coming back from the grave and killing their employers.” The zombie mastermind is the nefarious Dr. Leroux, originally of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, aka Loup-garou (or human hyena). In the end, Drayden and Lane must face heart-pounding dangers once Dr. Leroux’s secrets are revealed. This fun, campy novella reflects a contemporary revenge vibe felt by those who wouldn’t mind dispatching a few zombies to punish criminally inclined businessmen.
Comments: I downloaded this e-book for free in the ‘collections‘ section of Kindle that contains free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books. I was initially skeptical because I’m not a big L. Ron Hubbard fan, mostly because I associate him with the science fiction genre…not to mention “Dianetics.” However, I love reading pulp, so this was too tempting NOT to try. Besides, how often do you see vintage pulp available as an e-book?!! I wish there were more. Unfortunately, it seems like pulp novels are a dead genre, and the majority of people are most-likely more interested in best-sellers and the ilk. Continue reading

Portlandia on IFC
January 12, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Humor, Television

If you’re not watching IFC’s Portlandia, you should be! Fred Armisen is always hilarious (unlike Andy Samberg, who just thinks he is. Fifteen minutes…fifteen minutes). You can watch clips and full episodes on the IFC site! Premieres on IFC Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT.

Anyone who’s cool enough to use Washed Out’sFeel It All Around” as the opening theme is already awesome in my book.

January 11, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

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Mark Twain: Original Gangsta
January 10, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Books, Clippings

N-Word Removed From Literary Classics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Mark Twain wrote that “the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter.” A new edition of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer” will try to find out if that holds true by replacing the N-word with “slave” in an effort not to offend readers.

Twain scholar Alan Gribben, who is working with NewSouth Books in Alabama to publish a combined volume of the books, said the N-word appears 219 times in “Huck Finn” and four times in “Tom Sawyer.” He said the word puts the books in danger of joining the list of literary classics that Twain once humorously defined as those “which people praise and don’t read.” Continue reading

Protected: I Think I Can’t, I Think I Can’t…
January 4, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Life

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