Thursday, December 30, 2010

Favorites Of 2010

I just thought I'd share some of my favorite things from 2010


Movies

Alice in Wonderland   Despicable Me (Single-Disc Edition)


Nanny McPhee ReturnsLegend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)


TV








Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Congrats To Elton John

Elton became a daddy in the past few days.

Isn't that sweet?

Kinda.

I'm not saying that because he's gay. I'm saying that because he's 62 and his partner is 48. This is something that has always bugged me.

At 62..that will put him at 80 when his child is heading off to college.

I realize that he has all the money in the world to provide for a child and since he had a child via surrogate, this isn't a "bought" child like Angelina and Madonna have (along with their own). But what I wish people would do before they have children at this point in their lives is stop and think about what kind of parents they'll be...not now...but in 10 or 15 years when the child is going to need supportive and active parents.

I only say this because my parents were 40 and 47 when I was born and it has been tough on both them and me at times because of limitations that health problems brought on.

Sure, money can buy nannies etc...but a child needs a parent....both parents..no matter what sex they are. So I congratulate Elton and his partner...and I wish them both long healthy lives so that their new family member can have love and support for many many years.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Engaged? WTF!!

Seeing Hugh Hefner's engagement announcements on the news really creeps me out. The man is 84 years old and the girl....young enough to be his granddaughter...or younter
Its nice to know that greed is alive and well in this world and that people will do just about anything to get a lot of money.

Seriously, the dude is 84!!! She's 24!!!

Why would any self respecting woman want to go to bed with that?

It's just plain ole creepy.

Its at times like this when I really wonder about the human race.

84!!! and 24!!!!

That's just wrong...on so many different levels.

YUCK!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas From This Wench

I love Christmas music, be it traditional carols or more modern tunes written for the season. So from me to you...I offer you my favorite song by the "cute" Beatle.

Hope you have a Wonderful Christmastime

Monday, December 20, 2010

2010's Most Overexposed Celebrites According To ME!

Who am I to judge?

I'm me, and these are the celebrities I'm totally sick of hearing about from 2010.

1. Sarah Palin: Politician, reality show star? WTF!!! Shouldn't this last thing totally keep her out of the running for President? Probably not, because we don't have any sense anymore, but lordy, I'm sick of seeing her mug everywhere I look. And she writes books?  Really? Are we sure? GAH!

2. Justin Bieber: I've heard he may be dating Selena Gomez from Wizards Of Waverly Place. Why? I guess he might be a step up from a JoBro though...then again...maybe not.

3. Miley Cyrus: Smiley Miley or Slutty Cyrus or whatever you want to call her is just getting to me. Smoking freaking herbs and whatnot...final season of Hannah Montana...slutty music videos..It's all too much if you ask me.

4. Taylor Swift: Now don't get me wrong, I love Taylor. She's sweet, cute and all those other things that give you warm fuzzy feelings, but she's everywhere!! And it's getting old, because even though she's good, she's not that good. And for a youngun, she's sure got a long line of ex's. I wonder how many there will be by the time she's 30!!!

5. Paula Abdul: How was it determined that she is a judge of talent? Who determined she had talent in the first place? Why did we have to give her a dancing show? Really! I know she's a choreographer and a good one...but she's a bit crazy...and isn't Dancing With The Stars one dancing show too many on the telly?

6. Oprah: Nice lady..yes... Her show is ending after a bazillion years...yes... But who cares...she's starting her own damn network! Isn't that more than enough? Oye and vey!

7. Conan O'Brien: The more I see this whiner..the more I hate him. Truly! I can't say anything nice about him anymore. I'm also sick of those American Express commercials he's done. See Conan...you can fall into a pile of dung and come up smelling sweet...I think that's why I hate people like that.

8. Kate Gosselin: I wish this woman would just raise her damn hoard of children and get out of the limelight.

9. Robert Pattinson:  One day I'll figure out why people think he's hot. He does look better when he's not Edward..but not by much. Plus his acting isn't all that great.

10. Brangelina: I'm lumping this supercouple together because I'm sick of all the tabloid fodder, and her genuine icky-ness. Plus I just want to feed her a cheeseburger or twenty

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Amelia Earhart

I'm totally flabbergasted by how the media is treating the discovery of bones on a South Pacific island that may or may not belong to Amelia and her navigator.

Her plane disappeared on July 2, 1937.

You can read more of the story here

But it isn't the story that bugs me.

It was a smiley happy morning show host delivering the story that pissed me off.

See, if this story ends up being true...and the 70 + year old mystery gets some closure it means that Earhart and her navigator lived as castaways on an island. That meant that her death was probably a slow painful one. Not something that should be delivered with a smiling face.

No joke. I think that's pretty insensitive.

I wish the media could learn that even if a story is old, if the ending isn't happily ever after, it shouldn't be delivered with a grin.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Movie Review: How Do You Know

Movie: How Do You Know
Release Date: December 17, 2010
Synopsis: Lisa's athletic ability is the defining passion of her life, having been her focus since early childhood. When she is cut from her team, everything she has ever known is suddenly taken from her. George is a straight-arrow businessman who is accused of a financial crime, even though he's done nothing wrong. Although he may be headed to jail, George's honesty, integrity, and unceasing optimism may be his only path to keeping his sanity. George and Lisa meet on the worst day of each of their lives: she has just been cut, and he has just been served. When everything else seems to be falling apart, they will discover what it means to have something wonderful happen.

Review: This movie should have been so much better than it was. Every actor in it should have made it so, yet though the film was cute, it wasn't nearly as fun or cute as it should have been. I think the problem lies within the love triangle that the writer created.

Why?

For all intents and purposes, you should want to hate Matty. He's got a big ego. He's not totally ready to commit. He's a whole lot of other things. But there is one thing that Matty is....ADORABLE.

Even the viewers really can't make up their mind which guy Reese's Lisa should end up with in the end, and that's what brings this movie down. Well that and the unbelievable scenario created between father and son in the business world.

Oh and why was Jack Nicholson channeling Lewis Black in this film? Too weird.

Paul Rudd was beyond adorable as George. Too nice and gorgeous. The kind of guy every girl wants to date. Which makes you wonder why Lisa took so long to realize she had feelings for him.

So sure, this movie was cheesy...and not really worth the price of a movie ticket at full price, but for a matinee or dollar theater showing, it is worth the 2 hours, mostly for the cuteness of the cast.

Rating: 3 stars

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Best Commercial Ever

I know I rant about commercials pretty regularly. Funny, because I don't really watch as much tv as you would think. The tv is usually just on in the background a lot.

But I thought I'd share the best commercial ever made...for Christmas and a runner up. If these don't give you warm fuzzy feelings...well...you're a republican or you don't have a heart...wait...aren't those the same?

Eat N' Park Star Commercial



Hershey Kiss Bells

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sing Off Is Addicting

I really wish this show wasn't 2 hours long. I wish it didn't take up so much time out of the week. 2 hour shows really cramp my style, but dang this seasons crop of sing off groups are fabulous.

It isn't often that I can sit and watch something like this and just be blown away, but I was...especially the groups I watched last night.

OMG

Acapella Beatles, Elton John and Lady Gaga!

It was freaking amazing.

I truly don't know how anyone could vote any of these groups off.

They are that good.

And Monday..

Acapella Pour Some Sugar On Me rocked in a crazy acapella kind of way.

Plus I have determined that though I'm not a fan of Ben Folds' music...he's just not my cup of tea, I love him as a judge.

So any of you Sing off viewers, who do you think will win?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dear Republicans

Dear Republicans,

What is your agenda, except to make the President look bad? Don't you fear looking childish when you stamp your foot and say, we must extend tax cuts on people making $250,000 or more, or you won't get to extend anything, and we'll block any other legislation you try to pass.

Do you really think you come across looking like good leadership?

You look like a bunch of whiny 5 year olds having tantrums.

Shame on you.

What do you plan to do to cut the huge deficit that you created? Yes you! Because when Clinton was in office there was a budge surplus. I've read this in many places, so I'm pretty sure it is right...so when W took office it all went away because he decided to give us a small break. I can tell you for me it amounted to about 3 dollars a pay, a whole whopping $158.00 a year.

Do something useful with your time in power....that shifts all the time guys and gals. Oh and please toss Sarah Palin back under a rock...or send her to Russia. But before you do anything, grow up!!! Baby games don't belong in government.

Sincerely...

Mistress of the Dark

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thirty Years Ago Today

If you haven't missed it, it was 30 years ago today that John Lennon was shot and killed outside his NYC home.

All the fans are rabid in their continuous mourning.


Yes, John was a wonderful singer/songwriter.

Yes, he is and always will be missed.

But why do we have to have this outspread crazy ass mourning? And why only on two days out of the year?

He's gone.

He's not coming back.

We don't know what he would have done had he lived. How much music he would have made, or anything.

I believe we should celebrate the life he lived, which wasn't necessarily a great one, ask Cynthia and Julian. He made mistakes, because believe it or not, he was human, albeit a very talented one. But better than celebrating his life, just celebrate his music, because it is all we have left.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Speaking Of Music In Commercials

Shouldn't it be illegal for two companies to be using the same song for ad campaigns. Especially when the songs are super earworms?

Think of the public, damn it!

I really am sick of Vampire Weekend's Holiday worming its way into my head, thanks to Honda and Hilfiger.

Grrr.

In case you've missed out on these advertising gems...allow me to spread some Christmas pain



And possibly some Thanksgiving pain...



I officially hate Hilfiger, Honda and Vampire Weekend now...

Monday, December 6, 2010

An Almost Perfect Cover Song

I'm feeling my age...I'm really taking a trip down the easy listening superhighway.

Right  now I'm tripping on Celtic Thunder.

I noticed the other day that they covered The Moody Blues' Nights In White Satin. So I had to have a listen...and its almost perfect....if the gorgeous man would just SING THE RIGHT LYRICS!!

All that aside...this version should make Justin Hayward proud. It is stunning.

Kurt

I know there are Glee naysayers among us, and admittedly this season has kind of been hit-and-miss (the Britney Spears episode was by far the worst in the series so far. Quit with the guest stars. I fell in love with your characters, wit, and writing, and having Britney Spears on just because you can was a joke), but I still stand by statements I made somewhere on the internet at some point about how Glee and the character of Kurt are dealing with homosexuality in a totally awesome way. I think one of this week's PostSecrets helps to prove that point.



Actor Chris Colfer called it "very touching."

And here's something fun: it's currently being blamed for the crash of Tumblr. Rumor has it that it's been forwarded so much that it crashed the site. How sweet would it be if that were true?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Music in Commercials

When did the music in commercials start getting so good? What happened to cheesy jingles that were annoying and embedded themselves in your brain? Not that they're not used anymore or that I miss them, because I don't, but still. Is advertising suddenly hip or something, or are have the powers that be realized we won't groan and change the channel if a commercial has a good song playing over it?

Case in point: the HP commercial with "Brand New Key." Or the Samsung commercial with "Silly Boy" by The Blue Van.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have jewelry commercials. Don't get me started.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Stop Remaking British Shows!!

On January 17, Syfy will be premiering a new version of Being Human.

I have one thing to say to that.

No, no! A thousand times no!

That's not to say the cast isn't pretty or talented, but I really think it is time to start coming up with new ideas, rather than rehashing old ones, so that we can ruin something good. There have only been a few cases where the American version of an original British series was actually good, The Office comes to mind there. I don't think this will be another Office.

Have a look at the trailer

One for the Pens Fans

Pens fans who pay attention to team happenings outside of the game (and no, I don't mean stalking them like creeps around the bars and clubs they're known to frequent) are aware of the work the guys do around the Pittsburgh area for the community both as a team and individually. Even their girlfriends and wives get involved. So it's not surprising that they've found one more way to give back, although a little more indirectly.

So, after a hat trick, have you ever wondered where all the hats thrown on the ice go?

As part of a Boy Scout project, a local high school student decided to collect hats for needy kids and got in touch with the Pens folks, so that it's been arranged to have aforementioned hats cleaned and donated all over the world, with some even making it down to Haiti just before the earthquake hit. Thousands of hats have been collected, including some by donation, but most of them thanks to our very own Pittsburgh Penguins and their ability to not just score goals, but to score three in one night.

Meaning this kid's going to have some hats coming his way after Crosby's hat trick just last night.

Check out the full article here.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

SNL Is Funny Again

I wasn't too impressed with the new season when it started, but for better or worse, they've captured much of what it is that makes Miley Cyrus annoy most of us.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What Is It With Taylor Swift

I admit, I think Taylor is cute, and her music is super catchy in its country pop kind of way, but why the love affair with her?

Is it just the cuteness?

The music is nice, but it isn't very inspired. In fact, if you really start listening to Taylor's songs, you'll notice that most of them sound alike. Taylor Swift songs are all interchangable. Plus most of them are about guys that have dumped her, with few exceptions.

Oye!

Bitter much, little girl?

I think Back To December is one of the only songs where she takes the blame for a relationship.

Wow!

However the chorus sounds suspiciously like Love Story?

An I'm sorry song by Taylor!!

That's a novelty!

It leaves me wondering if her songwriting will develop much as she matures, or will it be the same ole same ole.

I know I've ranted about this before, but which each new single I get more and more confused. How can people think she's so fabulous when she's writing the same song over and over with different lyrics?

World AIDS Day

So today is annual World AIDS Day because believe it or not, AIDS is still very much a problem, especially in third world countries where treatment and prevention are either difficult or not well-known.

But there is some good, and interesting, news. Techniques to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV have been successful, apparently incredibly so, to the extent that by 2015 there could be no babies born with HIV, as opposed to the 430,000 born this year so far. Which also shows that the problem of stopping the spread of HIV isn't as simple as safe sex, as some would make it seem.

In addition, actor Alan Cumming raises some interesting points on his blog. One, AIDS and HIV no longer are associated with just the gay community like they once were, which is a good thing. What's not so good is the fact that, at least in his opinion, people have become so used to talk about AIDS that maybe we've stopped caring. Become disillusioned and desensitized, as it were. So, do you agree?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Musical Associations

Have you ever associated a song with something or someone, even though it really should stand on its own. In my case, its the song The Gambler by Kenny Rogers. About a year ago I saw a clip from the BBC series Blackpool. After that, I could never not think of David Tennant eating ice cream when I hear this song.



Have any of you had anything similar happen with a song?

Rest in Peace, Leslie Nielsen

This is a death that can't go unmentioned. Chances are high that we all love at least one of his movies, & haven't even finished going through Netflix for the ones I haven't seen yet - including Wrongfully Accused, which my boyfriend loves and brought up the other day. But I am a fan of Airplane, like most other rational human beings with a sense of humor.

Surely he will be missed.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Burlesque!

Confession: I love Cher. I mean, I really love Cher. Even with all my talk of rock bands and such, I think Cher is completely amazing. If Cher wasn't in Burlesque, I probably wouldn't be this interested in (well, okay, Alan Cumming makes an appearance and I love him, too).

It does look pretty neat, though, and it also appeals to the side of me that counts Moulin Rouge among my favorite movies.

Christina Aguilera is the only thing that bothers me, to be honest, and I can't even explain why. I'm going to blame "Dirty" for this and the fact that the girl got straight-up nasty for a little while there. Like, Kesha nasty (I refuse to use the $ in her name because it's the stupidest thing I've ever seen, but how much I hate Kesha isn't the point - how much I love Cher is).

Anyway, the trailer (and Cher!):

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Want to Win a Car?

I know we're not all Conan fans here, but the dude's giving away a car. Not impressed? You're right. People give away cars all the time. There was a White Collar/Ford promo, I believe, to win one of their cars. But it's not just one car - it's twenty.

Yeah. Twenty cars. Ratings ploy? I doubt it. You don't have to watch to win. All you have to do is go to http://teamcoco.com/chevycruze and enter.

And this post could totally ruin my chances of winning. Because, you know, I'm totally going to win one of these cars. Hey, I can dream, right!?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Movie Review: Call Me Mrs. Miracle

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the sweet romantic, tug-at-your-heartstrings-chick-films on Hallmark.

Last year, Doris Roberts, took on the character of Mrs Miracle from the book of the same name by Debbie Macomber.

This year she reprised the role for the sequel, also a book. The book and the movie are almost two different things, but they do keep the general theme of the story, though I'm not sure why they felt that they had to change the original story for the film. But it doesn't matter, it worked.

The film was precious and will tug at your heart...and your tearducts. Holly is taking care of her nephew, because her brother was deployed...not sure which place Gabe's dad was, they didn't say, and she's trying to do her best to be a good aunt/makeshift mom.

Gabe is adorable. A sweet 10 year old, who is missing his dad, played by Quinn Lord. I hope we see this kid in something else. He's wonderful.
Then there are the Finley's Jake and his dad. Jake is played by Eric Johnson, and he's definitely reason enough for women to watch. He's gorgeous! Jewel Staite plays Holly and she's just adorable! Eye candy for the guys without being too slutty.

One of the best characters in the movie is her boss, Lindy Lowe, played by Lauren Holly. She's a fashion designer who opens her mouth and totally inappropriate things come out. She's obnoxious but in a lovable way.

This was the perfect Saturday Night, cuddle up on the couch movie. Any fan of Debbie's books will love it.  It has real people with real problems and a bit of a fairy tale twist. I'm so glad Mrs. Miracle has made a return both to print and the small screen.

I just wish she's show up again, but with 3 other characters that Debbie wrote about ages ago, the angels, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy.

This wench gives the movie two thumbs up!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Something Neat for the Music Fans

Those of you who have accounts over at LastFM know about some of the the nifty little perks, like the scrobbling feature that links your account with your iTunes to keep track of play counts and such. They've taken that one step further with social media sites, namely Twitter and Facebook.

Some of you might already know about and use this. It's pretty neat. Through http://www.tweekly.fm/, you can link your Facebook or Twitter to your LastFM account/iTunes and have weekly statistics on your listening habits published to those social media sites. It lists your top three most listened-to artists, including play counts. That way, all followers/friends can see what you're into and praise or question you accordingly.

Admittedly, this doesn't have much of a point and might even be kind of useless. But then again, so are Twitter and Facebook (but I still love them).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Farewell, Four Loko

So the beverage I and many other college kids like me love so much is officially banned and will no longer be available as of December 13.

So now that it's banned, we'll have a Four Loko black market on our hands, homemade alternatives (some have already popped up on YouTube), and we'll be stuck with paying $6 for a Red Bull and vodka at the bar.

Oh, government. Why is what I ingest your business? Why is there no personal responsibility or accountability? Why are Four Loko makers the bad guys here, and not the idiots that knowingly consumed too much and ended up in the hospital or dead? At least recently, the ingredients and potential effects or drinking Four Loko were well-known. If someone wants to continue drinking it, isn't that their business?

My Cat Would Never Wear The Hat

Nope my cats would just take the turkey and run. That's pretty much what the feral colony did when I brough their turkey treat out to them today.

Hope everyone...human or furry, has enough to eat and has something to be thankful for on this day.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I Hate Whiny Celebrities

Dear Kayne West,

Stop your damn whining. It is most unbecoming. Oh and stop picking on Matt Lauer and Taylor Swift. You dug your own hole, now you have to get out of it.

You say Taylor milked the anguish you put her through at the VMA's. So what! You were an ignorant asshat! So if Taylor got some extra special treatment as a result, whose fault is it? Yours!

President Bush thought that the lowest point in his presidency was when you called him a racist. OK, so that's pretty much ignoring a whole lot of other stuff he did in 8 years, but do you see a pattern here?

Your mouth...and people being offended.

Do you think maybe you should shut it for awhile?

Personally, I think all this whining you are doing now, is publicity for your new album.

Couldn't you take an easier road and just perform?

Oh wait, since you were offended by Matt Lauer, calling you on the stupid things you said, you won't be doing that.

Grow up! Man up! Or get out of show business!

Sincerely,

The Mistress Of The Dark

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

An meme about how this wench spends "the holidays"


1. What are your plans for the holidays? Do you travel at Thanksgiving? If you celebrate Christmas, do you travel then, too?
This wench doesn't travel, and with the way the whole system is looking right now, I wouldn't travel if I had to, and that goes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Right now I'm glad everything is done at my house.


2. How do you make the plans for the holiday? If you have a significant other, how do you decide which family to visit?
Mom and I budget what we need to get for the meals. I do the shopping. I do most of the cooking now too. Mom does the supervising.

3. Do you have your Thanksgiving meal at lunch or later in the day? Thanksgiving dinner is usually mid-afternoon, between 1 and 2 pm, because some of the family visit other people throughout the day.
4. Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
.The Macy's Parade!!!

5. After a big meal do you lounge around or get up and take a walk?
Zzzzzzz

6. Do you shop on “Black Friday” or do you avoid it?I avoid it like the plague! I worked retail for many years and wild horses couldn't drag me to a store on Black Friday!

7. When do you usually finish your Christmas shopping?
If I'm lucky, within the first two weeks of December, though there's usually one gift that I forget and I have to scramble at the last minute.


8. Do you and your significant other exchange gifts? Is there a budget?
No significant other here, so this isn't a problem

9. When do you decorate for the holidays?
If I'm lucky the day after Thanksgiving! I love to get an early start on the festivities!


10. Do you go “all out” with the decor or do you keep it simple?
Very simple. We have a bunch of cats, and well..we wouldn't want to see too many things get broken.  It's hard enough keeping them out of the tree!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sometimes You Just Need A Laugh

Laughter can come from just about anywhere; a tv show, a book, a photo.

Let's focus on a photo today.

Why is it funny?

Allow me to show you:




If that jacket isn't funny, I don't know what is. That is more appropriate for Red Nose Day than the Children In Need special, cos John Barrowman really looks like a clown!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

TV Recommendation

I have to say, I'm growing more and more disgusted with comedies on US television, which is why I am always excited when I find shows from the UK.

This past week, I found a really hysterical show starring Miranda Hart, simply called Miranda.

Miranda is 6"1 and she's not in the least pretty or thin or anything anyone would expect from a woman on the telly here in the US. She's rather average looking.

God bless her!

We can't all look like Courtney Cox.

Her life in the show is not fabulous, but not totally sucky. She's a bit of a cock-up, ok she's more than a bit of a cock-up and that's what makes her so funny.

Don't believe me? Watch this clip from the show. The teacher in this episode is played by Peter Davison, also known as The Fifth Doctor.

If You Like Harry Potter & Hate Twilight

The whole "Mark Reads..." series has got to be one of the funniest and sometimes, most touching things I've ever read on the internet.

The wonderful series started on on Buzznet long ago with Twilight and chapter-by-chapter reviews whose criticisms of the book's bad writing and treatment of certain subjects was just as eye-opening as it was hilarious. Does the Twilight fad annoy the shit out of you? Do you loathe Stephenie Meyer? Then MarkReads.net is for you. What makes it most worth looking at, aside from Mark's fury at the whole series, is a closer analysis of the Twilight series - it outlines issues of racism and misogyny, among other things, and basically advocates them. That's right, kids. Not only is Twilight badly written trash with unlikeable characters and major plot holes, but it supports all the things we're spent decades as a country trying to combat. Not that we've fully succeeded, but still. Stephenie Meyer could certainly set us back.

But then came Mark Reads Harry Potter, wonderful for a myriad of different reasons. The criticisms are minimal - the fun here lies in watching someone who knows very little about the series read the whole thing for the first time, occasionally throwing in personal anecdotes that range from funny to moving. J. K. Rowling (unfortunately) isn't a perfect writer and he acknowledges that, but she's leagues better than Stephenie Meyer and he acknowledges that, too.

Take some time every day and read an entry or two. You won't regret it. Both are wonderful, whether you love or hate either series. I'd even recommend it to the crazy Twi-hards, so they understand just what the complaints against the series are.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Can't Believe I've Read So Much

I keep track of all my reads at the eharlequin website. They tally up my books every time I post a review, and it doesn't have to be a harlequin.

~glares at people scoffing over my romance novels~

So far....I've read 158 books give or take a few.

If I keep up I should be somewhere between 170-180 books.

And not to worry, not all of them were harlequins. In fact a great deal of them aren't.

Now if you don't mind..I have a book to read.....

The Beginning of the End Starts Tonight

That's right, my fellow nerds. The first part of the final installment of Harry Potter opens tonight.

Anyone else planning on seeing it, at midnight or otherwise? I'll be at the Waterfront dressed as Tonks. I'm excited. High hopes!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wenches That Rock: Regina Spektor

Okay, so, we've spent some time here talking about girls that annoy us. We've also talked about guys we like. Both very nice topics. But what about some love for the ladies that we think are doing it right? After all, we are the Certifiable Wenches.

So, Regina Spektor, anyone?

She's Russian, which is pretty cool. Her music ranges from dark & serious to catchy & fun, she writes them herself, & she plays the piano. She has a very distinctive, pretty voice - this girl can actually sing. And she did a song with Ben Folds, & I know some of you love that man as much as I do.

This is a few years old now, but still a good representation of Regina.



Side note: look at her eyes, & how she rocks that hair!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I Read The News Today Oh Boy

So, Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married.

That's the big news today!

Actually it is the best news today!

The couple have been living together for several years....might as well tie the knot so he can make her his Queen. I thought it terribly sweet that he gave her the same engagement ring his father gave to his mother. I only hope that Kate has better luck with it than Diana did. However they both have more maturity on their side than Diana did.

It is funny that in the 80s the royal family was still looking for a virgin for their prince! A prince that was twice the age of his chosen princess.

~shudders~

What a strange world we live in.

It is no wonder that Diana turned into such a loopy loo, albeit a beautiful loopy loo, who did much for her many charities, and for making royalty seem, not so stuffy.

I remember watching Diana and Charles get married when I was little. I remember her flubbing his many names. Perhaps a sign that things weren't meant to be.

I hope William and Kate have better luck. They certainly make a beautiful couple. Plus it is nice to see something nice in the news every now and then.

Four Loko

If you haven't heard about Four Loko yet, it's probably because you're either not a college student or you drink responsibly.

It's an energy drink with alcohol. Think Red Bull and vodka, except more potent & cheaper than $6 a drink. It's really only 12% alcohol, but when you combine that with the carbonation, one can of Four Loko is equal to 4.7 beers. And it comes in many different, very tasty flavors. I'm a fan of watermelon. And I'm drunk before I finish a can. Which leads to the next point - because of all this, it's been referred to as "liquid cocaine" and "blackout in a can." College campuses are warning their students about it. My own campus - although a bit late to the party - just updated the Health Center's dry-erase board with Four Loko information and warnings. But here's the thing: college kids notoriously love drinking, and when you tell kids about a drink like Four Loko, they're not going to say, "Hey, this sounds potentially dangerous." They're going to do what my friends and I are doing and make it a party staple.

That said, kids have gotten really sick and some deaths have even been blamed on Four Loko. Talks of a ban are going down in Pennsylvania and the Liquor Control Board has asked distributors to stop selling it. Some have and others are refusing until an actual ban is imposed, and on Four Loko's website searching for distributors in PA isn't possible. But is this the government's business?

There's no denying that Four Loko can be dangerous, but aren't all forms of alcohol? Warnings are fair since not everyone is aware of how a combination of alcohol, caffeine, and carbonation all work together, but a government ban may be going too far. Should those of us who are aware of and pay attention to their limitations while drinking be deprived of a drink we enjoy because others are choosing to abuse sch a strong drink? Beyond that, what will a ban accomplish? All that will do is force kids who want it to cross state lines, then kids will start buying it by the case and selling it. We could have a whole Four Loko black market on our hands, and it won't solve anything.

The one thing I am sure of? I have a good time with it and I'm going to keep drinking it.

Monday, November 15, 2010

They Make Em' Better In Britain

The more British TV that I watch and the more British music I listen to, the more I have to say, The Brits are better.

I've been watching a short and yet unusual drama featuring one of my favorite UK actors Richard Coyle, called Strange.

In it, he plays a defrocked clergyman, who is working to rid the world of demons.

No this isn't like the show that later starred Philip Glenister. It is much darker in nature than Demons and I'm only 2 shows in, and they really seem to like to kill people off. Of course, that's what demons do.

It really is a shame this show only aired for 7 episodes, which is a full season over on that side of the pond. I'll never quite understand that.

You'd never see a show like this in the US, even for 7 episodes. It deals with religion...and clergy members that are a little on the evil side.

Oddly, I think that's why I really like this show.

It is a shame it only had one season.

And while I'm complaining, I wish Richard Coyle would do more UK telly...His pretty face isn't on any of my screens nearly enough for me.

Damn It, Enrique

"I Like It" is just too damn catchy.



I can't be held responsible for what happens when any given bar on the South Side plays this while I'm there (namely, Jimmy D's).

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jacob's Patience

I need to know I'm not the only one who finds this funny. To keep me sane. You understand.



Jimmy Fallon has the most bizarre, nonsensical sketches ever and I love them all.

A Different Twist On Country Music

Most people in their 40s on up will tell you that country music just isn't the same anymore. For some of us that's great. I know I've given more country music a try in the last few years than I would have before. Country music has a more Top 40 following than ever before, and that's really thanks to artists like Faith Hill and Martina McBride and more recently Taylor Swift.

Well allow country music to step a little further into the pop arena with The Band Perry. They certainly aren't your typical looking country band. Their first single Hip To My Heart has a folk pop rock sound. It more like pop music with  touch of country. It has a very catchy chorus that begs for you to sing along.

Oh and have I mentioned these kids and they are kids..as well as brothers and sisters...don't even look all that country.

Check out the video for "Hip To My Heart"



But if you prefer a more country sound their latest single is "If I Die Young"



These guys really have talent. Here's hoping they'll be around for awhile.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

More Awesome Music for You

And this time, it's not kind of bizarre. It's fun, catchy, & piano-filled & a band everyone should probably listen to, because they'll make you very happy.

They are Jukebox the Ghost. I feel like everyone knows about Jukebox the Ghost, but then if that were true they wouldn't be playing places like the Brillobox. Not that the Brillobox isn't totally awesome, it's just very little. And at said Brillobox, they played such gems as "Close to Me" by The Cure & a bitchin' Beatles medley.

So check it out.

And for older but equally beautiful Jukebox, look for "Good Day," "Hold It In," "Under My Skin" & "Victoria."

Friday, November 12, 2010

And Now for Something Completely Different

Let me start by saying that this isn't for everyone. It's pretty unlike anything I've ever heard, even though I like to think I'm pretty well-versed in my music. Although I've come to find that my friends prove that wrong almost daily, but I digress. The point is, don't ever say that no one's doing anything different in music these days.

The name is Suavity's Mouthpiece, hailing from my very own college campus. And you can listen right here, and if nothing else, do it out of sheer curiosity.

The best way to describe the sound is big band merged with post-punk with some electronica thrown in, and a crooning singer. It's interesting and a good time.

You know what else was a good time? Seeing Suavity's Mouthpiece perform on campus Tuesday night. Mainly the singer, Justin Trafford, backed by friends from school since the usual band couldn't make it. It was one of the more interesting and fun performances I've seen, and definitely not your typical acoustic and mellow coffeehouse performance.

Also of interest: they have a new single coming out tomorrow. I'm sure I'll be posting about that, too, especially since my own blog is down for the moment. What's a blog-hungry girl to do?

Require Suavity's Mouthpiece.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It Was 35 Years Ago Today

Today is the 35th Anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior. The tragedy that inspired the epic song by Gordon Lightfoot.

29 lost their lives that night.  The youngest was only 20 years old and the oldest was the captain at 63.

Let's remember them through the song and may their spirits be resting in peace.


~ Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours

To learn more about the Wreck...click here

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

So Where Were You Last Tuesday

More young voters turned out to elect Obama, but then when he needed the support, they defected, or just didn't bother.  Good job, youth of America. Good job!

It is really proof that our country doesn't give a rat's ass about what goes on in Washington, except when it comes to electing the President or complaining about how awful everything is. I'm guilty of the complaining, but guess what? I've voted in every election but one since I turned 18, and sadly that was the 2000 election, which my poor vote would have been cast for the man who had the Presidency stolen from him.

~sigh~

But here we are with Obama as president and with a butt load of republican wingnuts controlling the house. A good many of them wingnuts that Sarah Palin supported.

WTF is wrong with us!

We listen to this daft woman, but we wouldn't nominate Hillary Clinton for President.

What is wrong with that? Right now she's the only good thing about this administration. She was also the woman I wanted as President. I supported Obama when it came down to the election. I even canvased the streets for him, so strong is my hatred of the republican army of nutjobs, but I didn't drink the koolaid.

As I watch the news these days and listen to those wingnuts talk about how corrupt this government is..I wonder...where are all the people that voted for him just a few years ago? Why are we upset by a man that kept his campaign promises.

Why is it wrong to bail out GM and Chrysler, when some other admistrations bailed out the airline industry?

We are quick to forget things in favor of our own problems.

Yes, we need to get jobs created, but what would have happened if these two huge companies went bankrupt and/or closed their doors forever?

Why don't we thank Obama for getting them back on track?

Sure we can bitch about the bank bailouts...the banks are evil and they always will be...but let's also look at what good he has done.  And then for the love of god,  when there's an election VOTE! It only takes a few freaking minutes.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Prodigal Wench

I've been gone a long while, I know. Somehow I had no time over the summer, & even less now that I'm back at school. But I have returned, & hopefully I'll be able to be around more often.

Let's talk about Conan O'Brien, shall we?

He's back on TV, & it feels like he never left. In a good way, of course. It's nice to see him. The jokes & bits are funny & the guests were great. The most interesting was probably Jack White. For one thing, it's nice to see Conan singing & playing guitar because he's actually quite good, & Jack White is an interesting collaboration. Over the summer, they actually got together & recorded an album full of just straight-up rock while Conan was in the middle of his tour.

And since I wasn't around all summer, I'd like to talk about the tour a little too. He managed to do some pretty neat stuff, & not just in terms of comedy. Enjoy, & prepare for YouTube overload.

First, the funny: the tour's opening video.



And before Stewart & Colbert were holding rallies, they were having dance-offs:



Honestly, the more memorable parts of this tour very well may have been the musical ones.

"Seven Nation Army":



Eddie Vedder turns "Oh Yoko" into "Oh Coco":



And last, but not least, one of the most epic covers ever. Eddie Vedder brings it once again with The Who's "Baba O'Riley":

Farewell Hannah Montana

Last night was the last episode of Hannah Montana. I have to say, that even though I'm not a huge fan of Miley Cyrus, I am going to miss the show.

It was cute, and most of the acting was good for a sitcom.

However I was peeved that in the last season, they didn't utilize Mitchell Musso's character and he didn't appear in the last episode at all.

That sucked.

I loved Oliver.

I realize Disney gave him another show, but it didn't feel right to close out the show without him.

Boo hiss to Disney for this.

Now I have to wonder if Miley's career will really take off or if she'll become another one of those has been child actresses. Her latest album didn't do much of anything, and she causes more controversy by acting stupid than for creating good music. (Something that she can do, if she'd stay out of the pop genre) Miley, go country, like your Daddy and you might stand a chance.  Otherwise it will be fun to see how long it will take before you end up in rehab.

I'm sure you'll stay in the news a bit since you're mama and daddy are getting divorced...but please..fade into oblivion afterwards..unless you learn how to make some better music or ..LEARN TO ACT.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

So Much To Say

I'm not sure what I want to blog about...the sad state of affairs as a result of this midterm election or the reason Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife of 17 years, Tish are divorcing?

I say let's talk about Tish and Bret Michaels. That's far more amusing than the sad state of affairs that is our government.

It seems that when Brett was working with Miley earlier this year, he got a little close to Miley's mom? Why? None of us are sure.

Both Brett and Tish are denying this, which always makes one wonder.

Now granted, I'm one that usually doesn't give a flying rat's ass about celebrity breakups, but when it comes down to politics or gossip, I'll go with gossip any day. Plus...OMG they are both so creepy that even if they didn't hook up...


All I can say is...Ewwwwww and that's on all counts.

I kinda feel sorry for Billy Ray and Miley and the rest of the clan.

Ewww ewww ewww..

I need some brain bleach to get rid of that picture...

Maybe I should have talked politics

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day

I hope everyone went out and rocked the vote today! I sure did! I almost forgot, since today was my first day back to work in 7 months and we worked our butts off to help set up the store for reopening. But thankfully I did my part and got my voting done!

I dunno about you, but I love voting! It makes me feel like what I think actually matters. I made sure my parents voted too.

Let's hope we get some good people in office who will get stuff done!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Phil...Oh How I Love Thee

This song makes me wish I were a gay man.





 
Forgive me for fangirling on Phil. He's really awesome and I've adored his music for the past few years. Check him out on Phil Putnam.com and while you're there, snag the free mp3 he's offering today. Trust me, it will be worth it. All his songs are worth it!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Hope all the wenches and non-wenches have a spectacularly spooky Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Why I Hate Glee

I realize that I'm maybe one of maybe 2 people that despise this show, but I figure I've got a right to my opinion and I'll give you my opinion.

I've never been a fan of people turning pop music into musical theater...it is unimaginative and wrong. I also had a music teacher that tried to get our class singing pop music and it was horrific.

It's nice to give huge stars some extra promotion by being a focus on the show..you know like Lady Gaga, Madonna and Britney need any more exposure! It is also nice that some kids get to know older songs..but hey...wouldn't it just be great if they heard good music sung by the original artists first!

I'm also not a fan of shows set in high school.

My friends, those were the worst years of my life, I don't need a show reminding me of it.

Yes, I know that the whole world loves this show and that its won a bazillion awards for its greatness, but I still hate it. Nothing will change how I feel either.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Weekend Wasteland

I really wish that the networks would come up with something interesting to watch on Saturday and Sunday nights.

The only time I can ever find anything to watch is when BBC America decides to run a new Sci Fi series that I haven't found in other places.

Right now, even BBC America sucks.

Which means for those of us without lives on the weekend, the only entertainment for us = re-runs.

Boo hiss!

This is why I always end up watching Disney Channel on Sunday Night. Yeah, I'm all about Sonny With A Chance and Good Luck Charlie.

How sad is that? Especially as I'm 36 and I don't have children?

I realize that the networks don't want to shell out too much money for programming on nights when there aren't many viewers, but  crikey, it would be nice to have something to watch.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

How Easily Do You Cry

I think I'm a wuss.

I can be moved to tears easily, a good tv show, movie, book. If something sad happens or something extremely great! I cry. I can't help it. That's how I am.

I've been reading a set of young adult/tween books about cat warriors and the writer really enjoys killing off the cats, and I find myself blubbering my way through the books.

I think I must be a bit strange. Am I the only one that cries while reading?

It makes me wonder about other people?

Is it just a girly thing? Or is it just me?

How easily are you moved to tears? Or are you a toughie that doesn't cry at anything!

Inquiring minds want to know! So this mind can determine how weird she actually is!

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Great Suspense Read

Harlequin's Mira line has a wonderful writer in Deanna Raybourn. She's written a fabulous historical mystery series featuring Lady Julia Grey. Now for those of you that say, "Harlequin! No way!" I say, suck it and try one of the Lady Grey mysteries. They should be read in order, but I never do things the easy way. I read the second book first and am now reading the fourth.



The best thing about the Lady Grey books are the characters. There's no wishy washy women here, and the men all have interesting character flaws that make you like them all the more.


Lady Julia is actually a bit annoying at times, and her dislike of dogs made me want to hit her a few times while reading Silence In The Sanctuary, but it didn't stop me from loving the book.


Deanna is definitely a must try author. Oh and there's no real romance in these books either.




Saturday, October 16, 2010

Raise Your Hand If You Are Sick Of Politicians

I don't know about you, but in PA, the governor's race is pretty sad.

The two candidates are Dan Onorato and Tom Corbett.

Both are horrible if you ask me, and yet I've got to choose between Tweedle Nit and Tweedle Wit in November.

Couldn't there be a None Of The Above on the ballot?

Please!

Anyone from the Pittsburgh area will tell you that Dan O. comes up with some pretty nifty ways of taxing people. If you want an earful, just as a restaurant owner in Allegheny county about the drink tax. I bet he'll have a lot of interesting things to say about him.

I'm only glad that PA has managed to stay out of the Tea Party movement.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, these people scare the shit out of me. They make the regular Republicans look like good and decent people. (Some of them are, I know but I'm just saying)

I can't wait until this election is over, however I'm not sure I'm looking forward to what the idiots we vote into office are going to do after the election.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Before He Was Famous

Watch this video for Love Me Right by Euphoria and you will see a very young (21) Simon Baker, dancing shirtless and badly.

Trust me, its worth it to see him shirtless. This stuff is seriously why life is good!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oops She Did It Again

So are dear buddy Miley Cyrus is back in the news for making a slutty video for her song Who Owns My Heart.  After viewing the video, I have to say, "get a grip people!" It isn't all that slutty and it really isn't much different from anything else out there. It isn't even cutting edge. The only problem is, it is Miley Cyrus and not Hannah Montana.

Have a look!



I'm not commenting on the goodness or otherwise of the song, but the video is for the most part harmless. I wish the kid would turn 18 so that the entertainment sites and possibly all the crazy parents out there would just get over stuff like this.

To think, I survived growing up watching Madonna videos! But then again, Madonna didn't start out in a "wholesome family comedy."

Oh well.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sesame Street Rocks!

OK, we all are familar with the Old Spice commercials that have been airing, but  have you seen Sesame Street's take on them?

If you haven't, you have to watch this!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fashion Faux Pas

There are two fashion crimes that in my mind should be punishable by death.

1. Wearing jammies in public, especially with fuzzy flip flop slippers. I'm so glad you are that lazy that you can't be bothered to put on a pair of jeans and SHOES to go to WALMART! I also realize that most everyone at Walmart is committing a fashion faux pas, but do you really have to contribute to the eye sore?

No I don't think so.

Go home and get dressed.

2.  Ugg boots or any other kind of winter boot with shorts. Actually any kind of boot with shorts, I just remembered Britney Speers and her cowboy boots.

No No for the love of God....NO!!!

If you commit any of these crimes, please stay indoors.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I Heart Bijoux Terner

Sure there's the Dollar Store, but what fun is that when you are looking for holiday gift stuff? You can make fun bath and body baskets, but what about jewelry? handbags? Scarves?

That's what Bijoux Terner is about and its one of the huge things I miss about Atlantic City.

Bijoux was in the Bally/Wild West Casino and it was the most fantastic store in AC! Anyone can afford to shop there.

Everything is $10!

And everything is fashionable!

Sadly there's only one store in Pittsburgh and it in the damn airport, which means you can't shop there, unless you are going to be flying somewhere.

That truly sucks! Because I love to accessorize cheaply!!

Restaurant Review: Houlihan's @ The Galleria

It's literally been years since I was in a Houlihan's , but when the Mexican place I had hoped to dine at was no more, Birthday Girl Friend of The Mistress Of The Dark "BGFOTMOTD" and I decided to give it a shot. Being a Saturday Night, I expected a long wait, but it really wasn't more than 15 minutes, and they let us look at the menu while we waited so that was a plus.

The prices are higher than the average chain. Houlihan's is comparable to Cheesecake Factory in price, but the portions are a little less than TGIFridays and the selections are less than both. This restaurant bore no resemblance to the original location up the road. The atmosphere is perfect for a date night, but since that wasn't the case, "BGFOTMOTD" and I cracked jokes and gagged at the couples in nearby tables and pondered how teenagers could afford to eat there. Then I remembered we were in Mt. Lebanon...and that question was answered. Everyone is rich in Mt. Lebanon. If you are poor, they push you out of the town.


We started out with a lovely spicy lettuce wrap. The lettuce was beautifully shaped and crunchy and the filling was just spicy enough to make you reach for a glass of water, but not too spicy. The appetizer had four servings, so it was two for each of us, which was just fine though the $9.50 price tag was a bit steep for an appetizer.  If you had a bigger party, this might not be the appetizer for you. Maybe try some of the Disco Fries? Or Sliders?

We both ordered the enchiladas, mine were chicken and BGFOTMOTD got the wild mushroom, as she has a fetish for fungi.  The price was a moderate $13.95.


The enchilada's came with a cabbage slaw that was wonderfully refreshing.  The rice had great flavor, and I have to say, I remarked more than once that I could have eaten a whole bowl of the rice. The beans were also full of flavor and spicy. My only beef with the beans was due to the portion side. I'm not found of half a plate of beans, but the small portion here left a little to be desired.

We finished our meal with the S'mores Fondue. A rather lovely treat for only $5.00. It is probably one of the best values on the menu and one of the best desserts. My next recommendation is the Cappuccino Cake, which is a longstanding item on the Houlihan's menu.

The fondue is a to die for chocolate ganache with the melted marshmallows on top. Your items for dipping include strawberries and long graham cracker strips with sugar on top. Delicious and Yummo come to mind when thinking of this desert.

Houlihan's has definitely revamped itself in the past few years and set itself apart from some other chains. In fact, it almost doesn't feel like a chain. Definitely worth a visit!
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Favorite Classic TV Shows

I was listening to the radio this morning and there was a trivia question about one of the shows that I grew up watching.

What show debuted on this date in 1976 starring Linda Lavin.

The answer to that question was Alice.


This show ran from 1976 to 1985.

I loved it. It was definitely part of our family viewing back in the day, along with Three's Company and One Day At A Time.

I miss shows like this. They were family shows and they were funny. Granted there's some really great TV, but the stuff you can watch with everyone seems to only be on stations like Disney.  It is a shame that writers can't come up with shows that are funny and entertaining for the whole family.

Now if you don't mind, I'm going to slink off somewhere and feel very old now.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I'm Easily Amused

Do you want to know how easily amused, this wench is?

Stick me in front of one of these

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and see how long I stand there gaping and squeeing that there is a windmill around.

Yup, I'm easily amused and I'm proud of it!

What amuses you easily? I know I'm not the only one like this!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Comedies Rock My World

So far there have been two new shows that really get my seal of laughter approval, Monday night's Mike And Molly and Wednesday night's Better With You.

I have The Defenders on my list of shows to catch up on this weekend.

I'm also adding Shit My Dad Says to my must watch list of shows. Yes, its Bleep My Dad Says, but fuck it, what the hell is fucking wrong with the word shit! I'm so sick of  people deciding what words are bad! It makes me want to say fuck over and over.

Fuck Fuck Fuck!

I'm pretty impressed with the new shows I've seen, I'm not going to make any calls on what will stay or go, because usually if I like it, it tanks. Still I blow raspberries at all the people that were against Modern Family last season! Ha! That show is the greatest! But if I had to make the call, I'd say Better With You won't make it, Mike and Molly should have no problem, and Shit My Dad Said will hang in at least a full season because The Shat is awesomesauce and its worth watching for his terrible acting and comedy. Shat rules!

So what new shows do you love already?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Music Has Let Me Down

This last year has been lousy for me musically. So many of the new albums that have come out, by artists I love just haven't lived up to expectations.

I keep thinking about Andy Bell's Non-Stop. I love Any and I love Erasure, but this new solo album of his really is terrible. I listened to it a few times and I can't bring myself to go out and buy it. It isn't worthy of my money.

Right now when money is tight, and believe me for me right now it is. I have a few medical bills, a car payment, taxes on my grandma's...erm my house and my regular bills to pay, so when I want to spend money on music, it better be good.

Of course, now as the year is wrapping up and I have even more bills, some of my other favorite artists have albums out. Keri Noble has two out today, I still have a few old albums I'd like to get by Over The Rhine and Gordon Lightfoot. Trustworthy artists that don't put out crap.

I feel bad lumping Andy Bell in with the crap, but unless he is recording with Vince, his solo material just falls flat. And then there's Duran Duran. Oye! I don't think I'll buy their next one until I've listened to it for at least a week. They've put out more crap than any one artist should be allowed. The only good thing about Duran Duran these days is that they still look pretty darn good.

Looking good, however, is not good enough for me, when it comes to buying music.

So to all of the recording artist out there, think about the crap you are recording and do better, especially if you want to make a buck!

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Crush Returns

All it took was one hour and thirty minutes of the first part of Going Postal for me to resume my crush on Richard Coyle, which was starting to form from that awesome Elvisy trailer.

I'm not sure what it is about him that makes me go all gaga

I'm not sure if its the crazy curly hair or those gorgeous blue eyes, or maybe its that voice...but whatever it is...I only had to watch one part of the Pratchett film and I was hooked on him again. I also wanted to kick his ass again for the way he left the fabulous show Coupling, because had he left in Steve Moffat's good graces, he could very well have been the 11th Doctor, and though I love Matt Smith, Richard would really play the part so damn well.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Things That Annoy: The Political Edition

I could just make it a big ole one thing and say Republicans, because everyone knows I'm annoyed by them more than anything else, but really there's more than just the GOP in the political world to annoy the crap out of me.

Let's break it down.

1. Ads blaming all the bailouts on Obama and his administration. WTF? Seriously, I wonder what the ads would say if we DIDN'T bail out the banks and the economy totally tanked?

2. Campaign ads that just toss mud at the opponent without saying what the candidate creating the ad is going to do.

3. Sarah Palin: Let's just banish her and her whole wackjob family to an island on ANOTHER PLANET!

4. Both parties working for the common good of their own pocketbooks rather than the American people.

5. Religious ideals taking precedent over what might be right for the nation or humanity in general; abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research.

6. Career Politicians: Let's face it. Once elected they want to stay there forever. I think there should be term limits on every type of elected office. Let new blood screw up the system! (As long as they aren't in the Tea Party)

I could go on, but I'll stop at six.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I Heart Richard Coyle

Richard Coyle is probably my favorite British Actor. Having watched a few clips from the Going Postal movie, I think he might have surpassed David Tennant, and that takes a lot of doing.

It was this video clip that brought him back into my mind



I want to run my fingers through those beautiful unrully curls of his...but  his wife would get pissed.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Christmas Is In The Air!

The season finale of Eureka was tonight and it kind of left us a bit muddled. Things in modern day Eureka are well...watch and you'll understand. To give you a mild spoiler, the story arc of this season is not over and fans, like myself will be treated to a Christmas episode this year.

I love Christmas episodes.

Only a small detail has been leaked about Eureka's special:  Dr Noah Drummer is set to “wreak havoc with one of his experiments”, but as yet, no further details are forthcoming.

My source is Unreality Shout  which also shares some casting tidbits about the upcoming Christmas Doctor Who.  I'm really excited about that too. I wish more shows went all out for the holidays. Its a shame White Collar won't be back until January. Mmm imagine Matt Bomer's Neal Caffrey under the Christmas tree. Now that would be a real Christmas treat.

Suddenly I'm really excited about the holidays!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Damn Those Psych Finales

What is with the writers of Psych?

This is the second finale that has truly been lackluster when compared to the rest of the season. Not to mention the relationship angst they keep tossing in, which is good because when two characters that don't start out together, get together, the show kind of goes south.

But I really hate this new character they've worked in right now; Declan, the super rich, rather ugly dude, that just makes you want to punch him in the face. He's so cool that he's obnoxious. To be perfectly honest..I don't  see what anyone could see in him. Lassie is more attractive and at least his bitterness is without agenda. Declan is just ick. I wished they would have killed him off at the end of this episode.

The only good thing about this finale is that Psych is only going away for a couple months. The show is coming back in November, which means, hey! Maybe a Psych Christmas epi! That would be so cool.

Ah well, 2 more months til we get more episodes. I think I can wait.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fall TV...Please Start Soon

I'm really sick of re-runs and the summer tv season is just about over, with finales of White Collar, Psych and Eureka all coming this week. The Gates oddly has 3 more episodes and probably that will be the last we see of ABC's weird and cheesy paranormal drama.

I want my Big Bang Theory back! And The Middle and Modern Family!

I want Castle!

I think there are a few newbie shows I might be interested in too, the one with Rob Morrow and the one with Matthew Perry

I'm not sure if there's anything else I want to watch, but damn it, I want my regulars on my TV set.

I'm sick of waiting

What shows are you waiting to start this fall.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Have You Seen These Comcast Commercials?


Zach Levi from Chuck seems to show up in everyone's house, except mine!

That's so very wrong.

Of course, Zach wouldn't want to show up in my house, because there is a strong chance I wouldn't let him out again!!!

Muhahahaha!

Of course, a girl can always hope. I'm sure by now you know that Zach is one my TV boyfriends aka celebrity crushes.