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September 9, 2009

Favorite TV Villains of all time

Sylar from Heroes

Sylar from Heroes

The best part of a date is when you get to scream and grab onto your boyfriend. He pretends that he hasn’t peed his pants and then casually wraps his arm around you with a smirk on his face. You smile and hide yourself inside his shirt, happy to have finally had the opportunity to touch him. Which villains are your best choice for snuggle up dates? This is your blockbuster/tv night list for next week!

There isn’t a woman alive who wants to see Denzel Washington as the bad guy. In Training Day, he plays bad cop Alonso Harris. The intensity of his role ensures constant arm grabbing and a much needed rescue after the movie is over!

To this day, whenever The Terminator Aires, popcorn bowls fly and men and women sit frozen together in silence as the beloved Arnold Schwarzenegger hunts down Sarah Conner. No one sleeps alone or with the lights out after watching this!

Okay, we remember Tom Cruise flipping bottles of liquor, dancing around in his underwear and that cocky smile of his… Does a woman like to see such a gorgeous man play the role of Vincent in the movie Collateral? A part of him takes out bad guys but you still need to hold a nice strong man’s hand through it.

Scorpius and John Crichton

Scorpius and John Crichton

If you’ve ever been a fan of the TV series Farscape then the name Scorpius, played by Wayne Pygram, sends shivers down your spine. The half Sebacean, half Scarran hunts the gorgeous John Crichton, played by Ben Browder, puts him the aurora chair (torture chair), injects a neural clone in his brain and kills anyone who gets in his way; or just because he feels like it. He is a villain with a purpose which makes him all the more dangerous to anyone he meets. Never doubt him or question him. For if you do, you’ll find him plotting your elimination. Grab your boyfriend, husband or date. You are going to need each other to get through an episode of Scorpius.

And, my favorite of all? The one that airs every Monday night. Yes, Hero’s villain Sylar played by Zachary Quinto. He is a newer actor without a past of happy go lucky movies/shows to remind you that he isn’t really the bad guy. Uh huh, the serial killer who at first you hate him for slicing brains in half so that he can take their ‘powers’ for himself but then love after you see him do small acts of kindness that seem out of his character and then hate him again when he betrays them after all. That’s right, Sylar is the face you see at night when you hear your clock tick-tick-ticking in the background. Roll over and stay close to the one you love and pray you don’t have a special ability that he desires.

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September 9, 2009

Neat Game – Yearbook Yourself

1950's Could've Been Me

1950's Could've Been Me

Yearbook Yourself is an awesome little flash program that allows you to upload your photos into their database and choose backgrounds from several different decades in history. They supply the hair-you supply the face!

Once you see an old yearbook photo of yourself that you like, simply save it or share it on facebook or other sites! This flash game is suitable for all ages and quite addictive.

I have placed some examples of my own photos for you below! Have fun year-booking!

To play this flash game please click here.

September 9, 2009

Funny Photo: Fresh

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September 8, 2009

Christina Pritchard @ Edit Red Writing Community

Christina Pritchard @ Edit Red Writing Community

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September 8, 2009

Midnight Sun – The 5th Book in the Twilight Saga Series

Please see my original POST for a New Moon Video Clip!

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun

The Host is out and so is Breaking Dawn… Stephenie Meyer was devastated when over 200 pages of her new book, Midnight Sun leaked out. [Personally, I would be too] Fed up and left without any desire to finish, she decided to put it down – possibly indefinitely.

Even so, petitions have been made such as this one with over 300,000 + names and numerous emails have found their way to poor Seth, her brother and webmaster too. Her blog post said once she was finished with Breaking Dawn that she would continue working on the novel, Midnight Sun with no time constraints. But, can you wait? Should you still sign the petitions and use this to encourage her to get writing? If was, after all, our fault that she stopped writing it in the first place! [Not all of us, okay, but the ones who couldn’t wait..You know who you are ;o)]

On another note, twilight fans fell in love with Edward Cullen but, in it’s sequel, Jacob Black gives Edward a run for his money. There are Team Edward and Team Jacob sites and blogs popping up everywhere. Has Stephenie Meyer created the perfect love triangle for her fans? Well, you be the judge come November 20th, 2009!!

Team Jacob

Team Jacob

September 7, 2009

Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee was written by Jerry Spinelli. He was one of my favorite writers as a child and to this day-I can read one of his intermediate/young adult books from beginning to end as if it were a movie. You will laugh, cry and get angry! My favorite of his has to be Newberry awarded Maniac Magee.

Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

Plot:

Maniac Magee is an orphan who cannot take his aunt and uncle’s hate for each other. One day, he runs and runs and runs… right into Two Mills. Here he meets a wide range of characters, defeats many odds and by the end of the book, has won your heart

Overall Satisfaction Rating:

5 out of 5 stars -there isn’t a moment where you think, ‘let me get a drink’; you simply cannot put this book down.

Pros:

A book the entire family can enjoy, a fantastic ending, a book about acceptance and vivid descriptions that last with you for a lifetime.

Cons:

You sure wish he would’ve made a part two…

Books I also recommend by Jerry Spinelli:

1. Stargirl
2. Love, Stargirl
3. Report to The Principal’s Office!
4. Do The Funky Pickle
5. Wringer
6. There’s A Girl In My Hammerlock

Currently Reading from this author:

Millkweed

Millkweed

Picklemania

Picklemania

Who Ran My Underweaer Up The Flagpole?

Who Ran My Underweaer Up The Flagpole?

September 7, 2009

The Uglies, Pretties & The Specials

Tally Youngblood

Tally Youngblood

Written by Scott Westerfeld, this series is considered young adult/science fiction.

Plot:

Uglies

Tally Youngblood starts out as an ‘ugly’. While her best friend has already joined the operated youth called ‘pretties’ she sets out on a mission to find out about those who refuse the required treatments and in the end, finds out a horrible secret connected to these ‘operations’.

Pretties

Without spoiling the book, I just say this was my favorite of the trilogy.  It shows that even when someone tries to change you and make you conform, there is always hope that you can overcome it.

Specials

The force that instills fear in the uglies and the pretties is a ‘special’ ops force. They have special abilities and now, they want Tally. But, she has other things in mind-like taking down the Specials.

Overall Satisfaction:

4 out of 5 stars – the books did take some time to get to the point but overall, I really enjoy Scott Westerfeld as a writer.

Pros:

Fantastic new age world, complex character, great villians

Cons:

drags a little, worst heroine ever! [she is perfectly human in that she makes every mistake and disloyalty error known to mankind]

What I am currently reading from this author:

So Yesterday

So Yesterday

September 7, 2009

Dada’s Restaurant

Dada’s has to be my absolute favorite restaurant of all time! Inside a small 1920’s house is an multifarious eating experience combined with poetry readings and local bands on select nights.

Dada’s is open until 2 am and has a great variety of unique servers. One actually wears an authentic kilt. Some are covered in tattoos and then there is the occasional ‘normal’ chap too.

The downs: Sometimes they are out of certain drinks and/or meals but don’t let that stop you from giving them a try!
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September 7, 2009

Free to do in Delray Beach, FL

Next time you are in Delray Beach, FL; be sure to stop by Wakodahatchee Wetlands. Admission is free!

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September 7, 2009

True Cause of Salem Witch Hunts

Ropes tied around the necks of women, gentlemen pressed with heavy stones until dead… These headlines were common once.

"You are a witch!"

"You are a witch!"

In 1692: Salem, Massachusetts was in an uproar. Eight young girls in their district were having fits and hallucinating.  What was it? Disease?

No, witches…

That is what the girls claimed. Yes, the kids. Young girls began accusing men and women of trying to possess them. Judges ruled on assumption; facts were not necessary only outward gestures of sorcery.

So, what was it really? What had this down in dire straits? Why did an entire village of people turn on each other in all out paranoia/mania?

Some of it was politics, of course. Using the situation to their benefit but, what of the original fits and hallucinations that possessed the girls?

In 1676 Denis Dodart wrote to The French Royal Academy of Sciences. In his letter he mentioned Ergot.

Ergot comes from Rye. And guess what the eight girls ate and grew as a staple in their homes and for business? That’s right, RYE.

Their fits, hallucinations and paranoia resembled lysergic acid diethylamide or as we know it: LSD.

The girls simply ate bad rye; came down with ergot poisoning-which induced them just like a drug and from there, the adults took over reaping monetary benefits from all those executed!

Today, ergot is used in the following drugs: methylergometrine which helps constrict blood vessels in pregnant women and also it is used with those having abortions and ergotamine; helps those with acute migraines, has been known to induce childbirth and aids in the  prevention of postpartum hemorrhages.

Overdoses of these two drugs have similar effects on it’s patients as those of the Salem youth infected with ergotism.

Information found in the following resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergot

http://www.hbci.com/~wenonah/history/ergot.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergotism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylergometrine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergotamine