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Today is Sunday, February 18, 2018.

From the Ancient Archives: (5557 days ago)

How Dare You Wish Me 'Happy Thanksgiving'!?:

Ok… People can really piss me off. I subscribe to an active listserve with over 600 international members. This last week there were a total of maybe 10 messages wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving. It is a holiday celebrated in the USA, but it really applies to everyone. It is a holiday of giving thanks for what you have, and general goodwill. Well a few people on the list got their panties in a bunch... read more...

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Why Shoppers Advantage is a Scam

So I was called up one day by a salesman selling subscriptions to Shoppers Advantage, a “money saving program” that yadda yadda yadda. Normally I ignore such things but he said that you get a $25 American Express Gift Check that is yours to keep even if you cancel the program. I quizzed him at LENGTH about how easy it was to cancel the program because I know that is often part of the scam—no...

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Review: Capacitive Touch Screen Styluses (four kinds)

Capacitive Touch Screen Styluses In this review I will discuss four different styluses for capacitive touch screens (such as iPhones, Android phones, iPads, and other tablets): Amazon’s Generic 3-Pack, the PenGo BrushPen, the New Trent IMP63T, and the amPen Hybrid. Generic 3 pcs Aqua Blue/Black/Red Capacitive Stylus Pros: very cheap, 3 in case you like to lose things, free shipping Cons: shipping takes foreeeever (from Hong Kong) These were the first styluses I bought. They worked a little better...

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Game Review: Cards Against Humanity

I was introduced to this game over my birthday party weekend in mid-February by my brothers-and-sisters-in-law from Atlanta. This game is cheap, because you print it yourself from All it costs is paper and toner/ink from your printer. Alternately, you can have it printed for you, which is what I did. I had it printed at Staples on heavy card stock, with the white cards printed on white and the black cards printed on...

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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

I was a huge fan of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I thought it was a ton of fun and I watched it several times. Movie two was a little weirder, but I still enjoyed it. Movie three confused me more than anything, and I thought it was too long. Movie four… well… let me preface this by saying that we started watching it Friday night on DVD, but my husband fell asleep in the middle, so I woke him up, stopped the movie, and we finished watching it on Saturday afternoon. This may have affected how I felt about it.

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Review: "Weird Al" Yankovic Live -- The Alpocalypse Tour

“Weird Al” Yankovic Alpocalypse Tour Orpheum Theatre Boston, Massachusetts October 15, 2011 I’ve wanted to see Weird Al live since I was about 14 years old. Last night I finally got that chance. I was very excited as we headed into town a little early to have dinner with some friends. All three of us, Dan, Dominic, and I had tickets, and we were all looking forward with excitement to the show. We ate dinner with...

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Review: Motorola Droid 3 First Impressions

A Shiny New Droid 3 (stock photo—not mine) So my new Motorola Droid 3 arrived today. I’m still getting it set up and getting used to it so there will be an adjustment period where I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, but I’ll give my first thoughts about it for now. First, it’s sleek looking. It has rounder corners than the original Droid I had before, and looks a little more like an iPhone. It...

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Review: Kindle 3

A while back in 2009 I reviewed the Kindle 2. Since then I have gotten a Kindle 3, or what they just call the “latest generation Kindle” which makes me wonder what they’ll call it when the next one comes out…

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Game Review: Wise and Otherwise

Another game that gets your creative juices going is Wise and Otherwise, a game of proverbs. This game harkens back to the days of ancient sayings passed down through the ages from mother to son and from villager to villager. Or possibly they were just made up by the people who wrote the game. The world will never know…

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Game Review: Dixit

I go to a gaming night every Thursday at a friend’s house. Typically anywhere from a dozen or so to up to thirty people show up to play board games and card games or even BUZZ: The Mega Quiz Bundle (a trivia gameshow on the Playstation). Having been exposed to many, many games through this weekly event, I’ve gotten to know several that I’d never heard of before, but have really enjoyed. I’m going to...

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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

[Very mild spoilers] This movie picks up at the exact moment when the last movie left off. I think I’d have been wiser to watch Part 1 immediately before going to see Part 2, in fact, because they give you no flashes to the past, no backstory, nothing. Not that this is a complaint, it’s simply a fact…

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I find this Dove ad offensive

I was at the dentist yesterday and I came across this ad for Dove bodywash in People Magazine: (click for full size) The poster on the left shows dry skin and says “Before” and the poster on the right shows nicer skin and says “After”… the three women in a row in front imply “before>after” to me because of where they are standing. They progress from darker skinned and heavier to lighter skinned and thinner. I think...

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Google+ Initial Thoughts

So I’ve been using Google+ for about two weeks now and I have some initial impressions. First is that it’s got some big advantages over Facebook. For one thing, I think the privacy is going to be a lot better. I trust Google a lot more than I trust Facebook. Another thing is that there is no limit to the size of a post you can make. Unlike Facebook which forces you to keep things...

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Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Kung Fu Panda 2 wasn’t as funny as the first movie. Sequels often don’t live up to the movie they’re continuing and I have to say I think Kung Fu Panda 2 falls into that category…

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Movie Review: Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan is the kind of movie that leaves you wondering at the end what exactly it was that you just saw. We follow the journey of Nina as she lands the lead role in the ballet Swan Lake and tries to prepare for the darker role of the Black Swan. Her director is not sure that she, as innocent as she is, has it in her to portray the darker role, though he acknowledges that she dances well enough to play the part…

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Movie Review: Furry Vengeance (2010)

We saw this movie over Labor Day weekend on Pay Per View and I can only say I’m glad I didn’t see this in the theater. As an afternoon boredom-killer at home it wasn’t quite so bad, but if I’d paid $10 each to see it as part of an evening out I’d be a little miffed…

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Product Review: Droid Phone, first thoughts

I have had my new Verizon Motorola Droid phone since December 30—just over a week. I admit that I’ve barely scratched the surface of what the phone can do, but I wanted to give my initial thoughts on the phone. I will give the bad news first. The phone is rather like a Volvo. It’s boxy and square and isn’t the most comfortable thing I’ve ever held. I bought a protective cover for it that actually...

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Movie Review: Avatar (2009)

[Warning: contains spoilers!] I didn’t know much about this movie when I walked into the theater. I knew it was supposed to be groundbreaking in filmography, and that it was getting a lot of press. I knew that it was in fancy-pants 3D and was…

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The Sound of Glee

I had really high hopes for the new Fox show Glee this fall. I really loved the show “Fame” when I was a kid, and I hoped that this would have some of the same things I loved about that. I was a performing arts student myself in both high school and at the beginning of college. The show is a comedy, and a very campy one. I don’t mind that at all. I enjoy silly...

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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

[Warning: contains spoilers!] It must be said that it was a lot of book to try to pack into one movie (which is why, while it means an annoying wait, I’m glad they have decided to do the last book as two movies). Even at nearly three hours it was still going to be missing a lot of things no matter what they did. However, there were so many elements removed (and characters—no Dursleys at all, for example) that most fans of the books…

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Amazon Kindle 2 - Most Amazing Thing Ever

I’ve had my Kindle Wireless Reading Device for just about two weeks (graduation present!) and I have to say I could NOT live without it at this point. I love this thing so much I told my mother in law that I’d give up chocolate for it if I had to. And it isn’t at all like reading off a computer screen. It uses electronic paper which doesn’t cause eye fatigue. For reading in the...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Finals (Top 4) Recap

The Final 4 Dancers Judges: Nigel Lithgoe, Mary Murphy, Mandy Moore It looks like someone took a roll of duct tape and spiraled up Cat Deeley’s body with it. Courtney and Twitch – music: “Church,” T-Pain. The costumes are horrible, but the dance is kind of cute and quite silly. It’s nice to see Courtney dressed in something that isn’t totally slutty. She’s wearing brown plaid pants that look straight out of the ’70s. The dance is a...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Top 6 Results Show Recap

The Results Show Intro – The group dance is to Bette Midler’s The Rose, which is a gorgeous song. I think the choreography was good but the dancing could have been tighter. Parts of it that were supposed to be in sync weren’t quite (parts of it were staggered intentionally,) and it hurt the overall picture. Cat likes the wind machine that is blowing onto the stage. Adam Shankman announces that they are adding to the prize...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Top 6 Recap

Top 6 Dancers Judges: Nigel Lithgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman Cat Deeley is wearing an ugly shapeless dress. Apologies for posting this late, but I’m on vacation without access to my TiVo so things are a little spotty for me. Courtney and Mark – Viennese Waltz, music: “The Time of My Life,” David Cook. Courtney’s dress is gorgeous—so flowy and graceful. The dance is pretty, though the music is cheesy (it’s the American Idol songwriting contest winner. Gag.)...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Top 8 Results Show Recap

The Results Show Intro – The group dance was a hip hop routine that was pretty good but the makeup was horrific. The pants all had gold butts. It was pretty funny. Nigel is wearing a t-shirt and a leather jacket tonight. Nigel gives a pitch about how we all need to vote for the presidency this year. Cat appears to be wearing a toga. Voting Results Katee – is safe, after a really long recap of last...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Top 8 Recap

Top 4 Couples Judges: Nigel Lithgoe, Mary Murphy, Toni Basil Courtney and Will – Samba; music: “I Fell In Love With the DJ,” Che’ Nelle. Courtney is wearing a dress made of yellow string. The dress is very distracting as it disguises her body movements. Samba is supposed to be sexy but this dance just… isn’t. I don’t know if it’s the choreography or the dancing but it has no chemistry for me. At the end, Will...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Top 10 Recap

Top 5 Couples Judges: Nigel Lithgoe, Mary Murphy, Lil’C I was out of town all week and am watching the episode very late on TiVo. My commentary will be abbreviated as a result. Comfort is back on the show because Jessica broke some ribs. Courtney and Joshua – kind of an interesting hip hop routine, but the dancing from Courtney appeared to suffer from the restrictive tightness of her jeans. It seems like she couldn’t get the...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Top 6 Couples Results Show Recap

The Results Show Intro – I wasn’t impressed with the group dance. It was a hip hop routine that wasn’t terribly in sync most of the time. The parts where they were in the dark with the glowing stripes on their sleeves were pretty cute though. Cat’s hair is in a huge rat’s nest behind that big wad of stuff in her hair, though she is again wearing a flattering dress! Is this a new trend? I’m...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Top 6 Couples Recap

Top 6 Couples Tonight’s Judges: Nigel Lithgoe, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels Oh my god, I actually like Cat Deeley’s dress! It’s actually pretty and flatters her figure! She doesn’t look like she’s pretending to be a household cleaning or personal hygiene product! I think her hair looks good like that as well. Is this a first? Chelsie and Mark – salsa – Music: “Fuego,” Joe Bataan. I think Chelsie’s dress from the rehearsal video was far more flattering...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Top 7 Couples Results Show Recap

The Results Show Intro – the group dance is horrific. that’s all I can say about it. It was a trainwreck. With a piano on wheels. Cat’s hair is up in some sort of Mickey Mouse buns, and she’s wearing a collar made of bobby pins. There is a pointless montage of Tyce DiOrio criticizing people during the auditions. Voting Results Kherington and Twitch – are safe, after a fake-out by Cat that could be seen a...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Top 7 Couples Recap

Top 7 Couples Tonight’s Judges: Nigel Lithgoe, Mary Murphy, Tabitha and Napoleon It’s yet another WTF is Cat Deeley Wearing night. They’ve also done something strange to her hair. Jessica and Will – first up is a jive routine. Music: “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie,” Five Guys Named Moe (Original Broadway Cast). Through the whole thing they’re making goofy faces, it’s too much like they’re pretending to do the dance and not enough like they’re actually doing it. There is...

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