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Pop Culture Week in Review

I have decided to start blogging about my week in pop culture, as I am admittedly a big fan.

Best TV show I watchedSo You Think You Can Dance.  That's right, I am addicted.  I cannot help it.  I love to watch dance.  I love to dance.  And apparently vote for the next amazing dancer.  There are some amazing dancers this year and I cannot help but have a fondness for Hok.  He just seems like a nice guy.

Best CD I heard:  As I look at my last three itunes purchases I see Amy Winehouse's album, a couple of songs from Fiction Plane and Rufus Wainwright's new cd.  If you haven't heard Amy, and I really cannot imagine that you haven't,  you really should.  She is amazing and you cannot help but get the songs stuck in your head.  She also makes me want to get all glammed up for some reason. *shrug*  Fiction Plane is fronted by Sting's son Joe.  Since I have got pretty little tickets to see the Police next month, I figured I might try the band who has been opening for them.  The song Two Sisters is a great little song to sing along to.  And finally Rufus.  I adore him and have for a very long time.  Release the Stars is his latest album and has some great songs including my favorite, Sanssoucci.  Of course before I forget, who isn't excited about the new Tegan and Sara stuff?
 
Best movie I saw:  That's a difficult one as I haven't really watched anything.  I just went and saw Hostel II being the occasional blood and guts girl that I am.  I became accustomed early on to be the lone girl with a bunch of guys to go see the latest horror flick.  Hmm, thgough I was entertained and must say that Eli Roth is disturbing with film the way that Clive Barker is to literature.  However, women of the world will appreciate a particular scene at the end...if they actually go and men of the world will cringe and thank the gods it is just a movie.  I think I may try to go see Oceans 13 sometime this weekend, so I will let you know how that is.  And may try to do a horror fest with two of the films that were part of the Afterdark Horrorfest.  The first one is Rinne/Reincarnation by Takashi Shimizu who did the original Ju-on or Grudge films.  The second is called the Gravedancers and to be honest Chele and I wanted to see it because of our fondness for Dominic Purcell of John Doe/Blade 3/Prison Break fame. It also has Clare Kramer from Buffy and of course I do my best to support the former Joss Whedon verse people.   In a mildly excited note, I also saw the trailer for 30 days of night.  I own and enjoyed the graphic novel.  We shall see how it turns out.
 
Best book I read: For my birthday last week Chele got me Tithe: a modern faerie tale by Holly Black.  Though it is a young adult novel, Chele knows my love for the urban fantasy genre and it takes place in New Jersey.  (Ah to read about Quickchek's and A&P's)  I liked it.  I am almost through, I started it on Wednesday and has been my bedside book which means I usually fall asleep after a chapter or two.  I liked it so well that I bought the rest of the series.  I also bought Simon R. Green's new novel, The Man with the Golden Torc, which looks similar to the Nightside series.  I also bought Laurell K. Hamilton's latest Anita Blake novel, 'Harlequin' simply because I own the rest, but have given up most hope that she will return to plot driven novels instead of making them badly written erotica.  I do, however, have a little bit of hope left.
 
So there you go, my pop culture week in review
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Seriously I will never understand...

Last night I sat idly trying to think of a good introduction to yet another character to RPG with.  The television provided a murmer of chatter and white noise, though I paid it little attention.  That is until the main story was how Paris Hilton got a nice little get out of jail free card and is under house arrest.  I don't understand it.  That is the top news story?  Of all of the news stories that lend even the tiniest bit of attention, you chose that?   What about Darfur, or the fact that we are destroying the planet?   Even as I right this apparently the blonde heiress is back in prison.

I am all for pop culture meaning: film, music, tv, books, technology, video games, etc.  But this fascination with celebrities is ridiculous.  They have papparazzi following them as they take out the trash and pump their gas.  Do I give a rat's ass?  No.  And though I firmly believe that miss blondie deserves the same damn treatment as you and I would, is it necessary to make it 'the' news item of the day.  I felt the same way with the whole Anna Nicole fiasco.  You realize that other nations are laughing at us.  We should hang our heads in shame.  Its ridiculous. 


Edit...I just noticed that jenahvilleposted a similar comment.

 

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The Police, Pin Ups and Men with Swords

Guess who is going to a Police concert in July?  *raises hand*  Oooh, ooh pick me!  Pick me!  Of course this is taking into consideration that they don't kill each other before the concert date.  However, it is a chance of a lifetime.  So excited. 

In other news I gave tempestdesigns a big old overhaul, which is good since I haven't done anything with it for almost two years.  Check it out, tell me what you think about the new design.  I should be chatting up a good lot of you in the next couple of days now that I have decided to return...yet again. 

I also went and saw the 300 last night.  I am a few things: a Frank Miller fan, an action movie/blood and guts girl and swiftly becoming a fan of Zach Snyder.  I loved the movie.  Visually it is stunning. The tale of the 300 Spartans is a wonderful story and how can you not like 300 buff men in loincloths and brandishing swords. Especially when some of them are Gerry Butler and Michael Fassbender.

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    New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
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Put a smile on your face....

It's been a busy, rather hellacious week, but I best not dwell so I will list the things that have made me happy. 

  1. Seeing a squirrel fall out of a tree.  Not jump out of a tree.  Fall...like a squirrel klutz.  Very humorous. 
  2. As seen on the back of a car - 'REAVERS ATE MY GOVERNMENT'   Any Firefly fanboy/girl is a-okay in my book. I honked. They probably thought I was crazy
  3. Aida.  Saw it Tuesday evening.  Loved it despite the somewhat crappiness of the seats.
  4. Studio 60 and Smith. Good shows.  You should watch. 
  5. The knowledge that my precious Karebear and Phil are engaged finally sinking in. 
  6. Pomegranates.  They are in season.  You should try one if you haven't already.  Persephone did. 
  7. The Last Kiss Soundtrack - 'Paperweight'  Best song on there.
  8. Finally seeing the Eragon trailer.
  9. Battlestar Galactica Webisodes.  October cannot get here quick enough
10. Finding the perfect material for my Halloween costume.

Hope you all have had a good week.  Ciao
 

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    Regina Spektor - Fidelity
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Movie Madness

Every year there are less and less flicks that I really want to rush out and go and see, though this past couple of weeks have been a fluke of the summer (Snakes on a Plane, Pulse, The Descent, Scoop, and the Night Listener).  I love Netflix.  Netflix makes me happy and has helped me survive the drought of good films in the theatre.  I have rented some truly bad flicks (Bloodrayne, Date Movie, Running Scared), but there have been some good ones as well.  Here are some of my favorites in the past couple of months. 

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    The Last Kiss Soundtrack
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Movies, Movies, Movies

Several weeks ago I talked about TV (I have decided to listen to the ever so wise jenah and have started watching Monk which I really like).  It is only natural that I mention film.  The list of films is rather short because there isn’t a whole lot to giddy over from now until October and this is coming from the woman who not only sued to run a movie store, but who goes to the theatre at least once a week.  All I can say is thank the gods for Netfix and for rewatching Battlestar with Paul (I converted him to Lost, then BSG.  I am going to try Prison Break next.). *grin*

 

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 If I am bored I may go see Miami Vice and Clerks II (though I tend to wait for most comedies to come out on video.  I mainly see Horror/Action/Fantasy/Drama at the big screen aka the ones you want to see on a really big screen)  Descent could be good, but I don't know whether we will get it here as I have yet to see Little Miss Sunshine or Scoop here yet. Yep that is it.  Any that you are excited about?

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    Ramalama by Roisin Murphy
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One true ship

As I stated a couple of weeks ago, I watch 'So You Think You Can Dance', the American Idol for dancers.  And I am sure I am one of about 25 people in the country who do so, but it makes me happy so who cares.  Immediately I was taken with Benji who is just adorable and has that boyish charm I adore and then there was Donyelle who is an amazing dancer, but who has always been told 'You're the best dancer here, but you have too much weight on you'  I was overjoyed when they became partners.  Calling in my vote has not been difficult at all.  Every week they excel and the judges comment on their chemistry.  I've decided that they've extended that chemistry off the stage as well.  If you've seen the show, you've seen the way Benji looks at her.  Kisses on the cheek, hands always around her waist.  In my head they're not only making it to the top four along with Martha/Allison and Travis, but they live happily ever after.  I am such a goober.  Happily ever after Donyelle and Benji!!!
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    Extraordinary Way by Conjure One featuring Poe
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The weekend away

Okay, so I am a little late with the posting, since the following fun happened last weekend and it is already the following weekend, but better late than never.  So...last Friday I headed to Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Minnesota Zoo to see Aimee Mann.  Paul, Chele, Laurie and I piled into Paul's car early Friday morning with my trusty Ipod (so  I could subject them to Snow Patrol, the Weepies, Kate Havnevik and much more....bwa ha ha)  We got to the zoo a little after 2:30 or so and scrambled to go see the sharks being fed....which wasn't worth the effort or the running.  Mildy disappointed we headed for the aquarium to see the last dolphin show because its really the only thing going for the zoo (In fact our local zoo is better.  Of course nothing can top the Omaha Zoo for me)  We sat, we played the animal trivia on the screen above us and I tried not to strangle the fidgety four year old in front me who thought my legs were fun new punching bags.  The trainers came out and 'practiced' with the dolphins in the back pool and I was proud to explain to the gang that I used the same technique (shaping - higher order conditioning) to train Scully and Mulder, my goldfish, to swim through a hoop on command for last semester's Psych project.   Suddenly the trainers began running around and eventually tell us to evacuate the building.  Later, we found out that there had been an electrical fire.  Unfortunately it meant we were forced out of the cool exhibits to walk around and try to find the sleeping animals.  Highlights however did include: the meerkats mating, the evil giraffes (watch Eddie Izzard if you don't understand) and the tigers engaging in play or foreplay (we couldn't decide which)

Four hours later we sit down for the concert at their outdoor ampitheatre.  The first act was the lead singer of the Honeydogs who I'd never heard of.  Personally, I found him to be a little bland and all the songs sounded the same. *shrug* Then Aimee came out and she rocked. One of the big reasons I adore her is she is one of those rare musicians who can actually....*drumroll*...sing. *gasp* What you hear on her cds is what you get live.  She isn't all tidied up and fabricated in the studio.  Plus, she's funny and writes some really great songs.  She must have liked us too because she did two encores.  Just as she was leaving the stage for good, it began to rain.  Not a hard rain, but one of those that you just love to walk out in. It was a perfect way to end it. 

We spent the night in Fairbault, MN at the Days Inn.  The room decor was interesting especially when you have a mirrored wall above the beds.  Chele and I couldn't decide whether it was the porn room or whether we were part of some weird experiment and it was two way glass.  It could have been an interrogation room as well. *shrug*  We'll never home.  But if you are ever at the Days Inn in Fairbault, all the rooms are like that. 

We made it home in time for me to drop off my stuff and meet Cassie for Summer Jam '06 at Great Bear (which is Sioux Falls version of a ski hill....ha!) The acts were: G.B. Leighton (who rocked), Asleep at the Wheel, The Pat McGee Band and Better than Ezra.  It was nice just to be outside and I was smart enough to lather on the sunscreen (go me!)  Of all the acts G.B. and Better than Ezra were the best.  Actually I really loved Better than Ezra.  Not only was it great music, but they put on a good show - sarcasm and humour are always a great thing.  The night ended in fireworks and like a 6 year old I oohed and awed (I LOVE Fireworks)

It was a lovely weekend though I must admit I can't wait for a lazy, stay in my pjs and play video games/watch movies sort of weekend.  Not this weekend though (its the 4th weekend and I don't have work until Wednesday) or the following weekend (we're making my annual pilgrimage down to the Omaha zoo so I can commune with my bats and feed the evil giraffes)....Eventually.  Hope your summers are going well.

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    The Signal (A Serenity/Firefly Podcast)
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Summer TV

I am a pop culture junkie so its logical that even in the heat of summer I would find....something to geek out about and watch when I am not out and about. I've tried a couple and one episode has been enough (Treaure Hunters - a reminder of why I don't watch too much reality. Could the host be any more monotone. I think he might be a robot; Windfall - couldn't suck me in. Sorry Luke Perry) And others I am either instantly hooked or reserving my judgement for a few more episodes. Here is the lowdown.  
 
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I watch too much tv.

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    Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol