Wednesday, December 31, 2008

This Is It

Here we are, all the way at the very end of 2008. Pretty crazy how time flies, eh? Did you getr everything done this eyar that you wanted to? I didn't really set any goals for myself this year, but I do feel like I have grown a little this past year. And I think the next year is going to be a really great one, with lots of changes an improvements for myself and my family. Good things await us when we greet each day with gratitude and a positive attitude.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Is This The Only Song You Know?

So in the past week or so leading up to Christmas, I have seen at least three different versions of the Guitar Hero ad where various people recreate the famous scene from Risky Business. I get that that is an iconic scene and all, but aren't there other equally musical clips from other movies that we could use too? How about something from Flashdance, Grease, Dirty Dancing, or even the dancing in the library scene from Breakfast Club? There are tons of movies out there with just as unforgettable imagery - can't we have a little variety? It's a little boring to just see the same thing over and over, and frankly it makes me less interested in Guitar Hero because it makes me doubt the extent of their song selection. And who wants to play a game if it's the same song every time?

Monday, December 29, 2008

This Ad Is Thumb

You know the commercial where people are texting and they have faces on their thumbs? Hate it! First of all, the digital manipulation of putting the faces on the thumbs makes all the digits look really short and weird - can't we photoshop better than that by now? Second, each and every thumb character is completely obnoxious and annoying. Third, the thumbs aren't moving in realistic ways across the keyboards, making it obvious that no real texting is going on. All in all, this commercial sucks major thumb.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Wheeee, It's Boxing Day!

It seems that this day is focused on helping the needy (because who wants to help them out on actual Christmas, right?), so break out the British accent, gather up all the bad gifts you got and donate them to charity.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday today, spent with friends, family and food!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Why Would I Call You?

I like the AT&T commercials where the person's voicemail character explains why they missed the call while the person himself is getting arrested or in some otherwise unpleasant situation. But I do not understand why they have added one where the main character is a snowman complaining about the weather. This is just plain stupid. All of the other situations are extreme, but realistic, so I don't see why we have branched off into total fantasy. Snowmen can't talk, and as far as I know, they do not usually carry cell phones. And if they did, who really cares enough about a snowman to call him and warn him about a possible heat wave? And even if you did warn him, where would he go to avoid it? There are just so many problems with this commercial, and it really kind of ruins the rest of the series for me. I guess maybe AT&T could throw the focus on the fact that they'll give anyone a phone - no discrimination, even if you are an inanimate object! - but otherwise this is just lame.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What A Deal!!

Have you seen the ads for the Barack Obama Presidential Coin Collection? For the exceptional low price of $19.99 you can purchase a silver dollar, half dollar, and two quarters that have been painted on one side with Obama's likeness. That's right folks, only twenty bucks to buy $2 worth of change. It's good to be in charge of printing money, isn't it?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Monk, P.I.

The new ads for Monk, featuring all of the cast, in character, starring as themselves and set to the Magnum P.I. music? Awesome. The fact that new episodes are coming on in just a few weeks. Also pretty sweet.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me

Tomorrow is my birthday - unless of course you ask my daughter who has decided it is hers. I guess that means she isn't going to surprise me with tons of gifts and breakfast in bed.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Uggghnuts

So McDonald's has these new commercials where people who are really crazy about chicken mcnuggets are called "nuggnuts." Now, I think it is weird enough anyone would be that into chicken nuggets when you can get chicken tenders from Burger King or the popcorn chicken at KFC which are both vastly superior. But basically, I think "nuggnuts" sounds like a pretty decent insult. I definitely wouldn't want to be called that, and I think in certain areas calling teh wrong person a nuggnut would get you punched in the mouth. So I have to say these commercials are less than effective, as it seems counterintuitive for a restaurant to be denigrating their customers for liking one of their products. I do however like the ad with the faux R&B video where the guy sings about his girlfriend sneaking out at night not to cheat, but to get mcnuggets. That one is kind of amusing.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Whooops!

I forgot to post today - partially because I didn't have a topic in mind- and I accidentally freaked my mom out. She thought since I hadn't answered the phone earlier that day (I was napping) and then also hadn't blogged maybe something had happened to me. Sorry mom - just lazy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ummm, Thanks?

So we have a video that has sing-along christmas songs on it, accompanied by various Disney characters in cartoons. I think most of the scenes come from movies already made - there are some scenes from Beauty and the Beast, and what looks like Mickey Mouse doing A Christmas Carol. One particular scene features Winnie the Pooh and his friends all having Christmas together and opening presents, and it has me pretty confused. We see Kanga open up a box and get out a lovely pink shawl, and then we see Roo open up a box and get out a plank of wood. What the heck is that? He seems just as thrilled by the peice of wood as everyone else is with their presents, so there has to be some sort of explanation, but I am at a total loss as to what ti could possibly be. Seriously, a plank of wood, wrapped up in a box (with styrofoam peanuts no less, like its fragile) is a crappy present.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dump On Me Week

So, I've been really sick with strep throat for the past four days. I couldn't eat anything, had trouble sleeping and was just generally in major pain from my sore throat. On top of that, I had to watch our kids all by myself, and shovel the driveway when it snowed 4 inches (I haven't even made a dent in the new 6 inches because I can barely move it). Now I ask you, is this a fair time to also discover new gray hairs? I think not!

update: I managed to move the snow - but now I can barely move my arms. Picking up the kids should be fun

Friday, December 12, 2008

There Is A TV God

So, as a result of dismal ratings Rosie O'Donnell's new show has been cancelled after only one episode. I don't have to give away my television after all. Pheeew!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Duck Butter

The other day at the grocery store I was hopefully searching for the Silk Soy Nog, when I noticed a stack of boxes with creamy ducks in them. Interested, I looked closer and learned that they were carved sticks of butter, presumably for the holidays. Cause regular old rectangles just aren't fancy enough for Christmas. Weird.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Oooh, A New Show

TNT has a new show called Leverage that I am going to recommend after seeing two episodes. It airs on Tuesday nights (seriously, do the networks even know there are other nights in the week?) and it's like a cross between Ocean's Eleven and Robin Hood. A gang of talented, witty thieves and con artists use their skills and neat tech gadgets to bring down corrupt corporations in order to help the little guy. And maybe make a little profit themselves. So far I really like it - I've set a series recording for my DVR.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

70 Year Old Woman Gives Birth

This is disgusting and tacky. Not everyone gets everything they want, nor should they. There are people out there who were possibly not meant to be parents, and if you can't accept that by the ripe old age of 70 (!) then you have bigger problems than infertility. We are not talking about a woman who maybe spent a little too much time on her career, or didn't find the right mate until she was old enough to need fertility assistance - we are talking about full on senior citizens who are olny thinking of their own selfish desires. And the doctors who help these patients are either purely money grubbers or so obsessed with the scientific acheivement that they have lost all consideration for reality and the humans involved. Whatever the personal motivations involved, the fact remains that none of these people ever once stopped to think about the welfare of the child, and that alone should indicate the inability of these people to be parents. Let's hope this child is orphaned soon (as best as I can find, the average life expectancy in India is 62 - and that's if you were born in teh last ten years) and adopted my parents who truly want to love her and give her the best life they can - for her sake rather than their own.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Know Your Audience

So on Friday night I was up watching a little tv before bed at about midnight. One of those "dating" phone line commercials came on - you know, the ones where slutty/attractive women ask you to call them because they are so lonely or bored or whatever? Now, this in itself was not surprising, although it was one of the tackier versions I've seen. What was odd about it was that it was definitely targeted to men (I've seen ones that are for both sexes, this was not it) and it was on during The Starter Wife. Do you really think that the type of people who are up at midnight watching this program are the same type of people looking to call up some bottle blondes? Me neither.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Librarian: Curse Of The Judas Chalice

So, you can call me whatever you want, but I am totally excited by the new Librarian movie premiering tonight* on TNT. Yes, we are talking about a made for TV movie about a super-educated know-it-all who travels around the world having adventures and saving supposedly mythical arrtifacts (i.e. Excalibur or the Ark of the Covenant). But I like them. And apparently other people do too since this is the third movie. Maybe they are cheesy and silly, but I enjoy them - and my DVR is all set for tonight's big debut. I'm sure that this film can probably be viewed as a stand alone, but I do recommend giving the first and second films a shot as well - rent the dvds and have yourself a fantasy marathon!

*update: I am still extremely excited, however the movie is not actually on until Sunday. But the good news is, all three movies are airing back to back, so you can just veg out and watch them all!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Blog It Up

There's a fabulous new blog in the 'sphere that you should check out. I of course, don't share any of the outrgeous opinions of the author, nor am I affiliated with this person in any way. I'm certainly not married to him.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Is This Supposed To Be Fun?

Now that it is the holiday season, commercials are springing up for all sorts of games and products that we wouldn't normally see. One of these is Pictionary Man, and I must confess this doesn't look the slightest bit fun to me. It is apparently like regular pictionary, where you draw out clues and your teammates guess, but instead of paper, you draw on a man shaped doll. And maybe there are some charades thrown in too, judging by the ads - probably to compensate for the inadequate drawing surface. This just looks really lame to me. Regular pictionary can be really fun - and with regular paper you can start over new anytime you want. Drawing on a stupid figurine doesn't look fun at all - definitely not an improvement on the original.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Grrrr, I Hate This Kind Of Book!

I have started a new book, and it one of the ones where each page is a different width. Why to publishers do this? Do they think that it is charming and makes the book look handmade or are they just putting them together on the cheap by using left over pages from books of all different sizes? Because it is really annoying. It makes it totally impossible to flip through the pages at any speed, and simply turning one as you go takes a break in concentration that really ruins the enjoyment of the story. I hate it, and I hope that all publishers read this and abandon the practice immediately.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Fish Face

Watch out for an ad that is for the Xbox 360 and it's link to Netflix. It features a close up of a woman, and then pans around her head to show that she has a tiny movie theater in the back of her skull. Pretty weird on its own, but my main point is this: Doesn't she look like a goldfish?