Sunday, January 31, 2010

Anderson County Closed

School is closed.  Yay.  I couldn't be happier.  Can't wait to spend the day with some of my awesome nieces and nephews.

Friday, January 29, 2010

On Reporting the News

Concerning Redbox

 From SlashFilm:

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One of the most entertaining stories of late is that Redbox has circumvented studio litigation by sending employees out to by large quantities of DVD at retail. Fox and Universal won’t currently sell discs to the company, but Wal Mart will sell DVDs to anyone, including Redbox employees. But now Wal Mart and Target will only sell five discs to any one person during a specified window. And they’re going to enforce this…how?

So, the recap: Warner Bros. got Netflix to agree to a 28-day window of retail exclusivity for new DVD releases, during which Netflix won’t be able to rent discs to customers. If you want a new WB movie when it is first available, you’ve got to buy it. Other studios are expected to follow suit.

Variety reports that Wal Mart and Target have now set purchasing limits for new DVDs. Both retailers will limit purchases to five copies of any given movie within different time frames. Wal Mart is setting the limit for 28 days after release; Target for one week. Wal Mart has thrown out some boilerplate PR-speak (”From time to time, we have placed purchase limits on products at stores so that they can be accessible and available to as many customers as possible”) but does anyone buy it? Seems like an obvious roadblock for Redbox, which has been amusingly able to think out of bounds to keep kiosks stocked with DVDs.

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i am in on the jane austin book club, as long as she is from afganistan,
lvoe,mom

Somegreybloke: On a lift with Jessica Alba

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Reconsidering Avatar

According to Forbes.com: "But adjusting for ticket price for inflation, Avatar ranks as the 26th highest grossing film in the U.S., according to Box Office Mojo. Number one? "Gone With The Wind" with $1.5 billion adjusted gross in the U.S. "Star Wars" ranks second with $1.3 billion.

Cameron's "Titanic" ranks sixth (just behind "The Ten Commandments") with an adjusted $943 million take in the U.S."

Read the article here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Highest Grossing Movies Worldwide

Avatar 
Domestic: $554,981,691
Worldwide: $1,858,866,889

Titanic
Domestic: $600,788,188
Worldwide: $1,843,201,268    

Return of the King
Domestic: $377,027,325
Worldwide: $1,119,110,941



Dead Man's Chest
Domestic: $423,315,812
Worldwide: $1,066,179,725


The Dark Knight

Domestic: $533,345,358
Worldwide: $1,001,921,825

Monday, January 25, 2010

Top 25 Broadcast Show: Week Ending January 17th

Adults 18-49 viewing for the week ending January 17, 2010:


Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000)
1 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY P FOX 11.8 15,534
2 AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF-SA(S) S CBS 11.0 14,473
3 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY P FOX 10.1 13,324
4 AFC DIV-PLF-POST-GAME-SU(S) S CBS 8.7 11,451
5 BIG BANG THEORY, THE
CBS 5.7 7,508
6 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS(S) S NBC 5.5 7,221
7 TWO AND A HALF MEN
CBS 5.4 7,078
8 GREY’S ANATOMY-THU 9PM
ABC 4.8 6,251
9 HOUSE
FOX 4.6 6,043
10 NCIS
CBS 4.3 5,703
11 PRIVATE PRACTICE
ABC 4.2 5,561
12 60 MINUTES
CBS 4.0 5,250
13 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
CBS 3.9 5,128
14 24 P FOX 3.9 5,084
15 CRIMINAL MINDS
CBS 3.8 5,044
16 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
ABC 3.8 4,967
17 CSI: MIAMI
CBS 3.7 4,863
18 BACHELOR, THE
ABC 3.6 4,798
19 SIMPSONS SP-1/13 9:30P(S) SR FOX 3.6 4,678
20 CSI: NY
CBS 3.5 4,647
21 MENTALIST, THE
CBS 3.4 4,479
22 CSI
CBS 3.3 4,359
23 BONES
FOX 3.3 4,342
24 MODERN FAMILY
ABC 3.3 4,319
25 BIGGEST LOSER 9
NBC 3.2 4,252

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Remi: Pizza

Train: Hey Soul Sister

This is for Hilary.  Because I know how much she likes this song.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The evening sessions were gorgeous and wicked fun.



At the beach at our place in Santa Theresa.


Yep!




This is my new FB profile piiiiiiccccc.






Cards on the second floor porch. Post-surfing, post-shower. Actually, i don't think there was any water, so this might be post-shampoo, followed, by water not working, followed by rinsing hair in ocean.


The ocean was beautiful, as were the beaches.








Kristin's grandmother gave us two large chocolate bars, and they literally resided in this cubby in the dash of our truck for the entire trip. We never finished them, primarily because they were in various states of being melted due to the heat for the entire trip.






More Pics for all ya'll

On the porch of the awesome place we stayed at for three nights in Santa Theresa


Hello, Vickerman!!!
Biggest leaf I ever done seen.


Really cool birds, but our camera was too cheap to make it work.



Waterfall area in Montezuma and a local.






China Cares About Us

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Interview with a scam artist

Really interesting.  You should skip the beginning where the guy talks about the interview.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Amazing Article

Everyone should read this

http://bizpunk.blogspot.com/2010/01/after-bell-today-ea-announced-massive.html

Golden Globe Winners

My Predictions and Winners.

I was wrong on most of them unfortunately.

Best Drama:
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
Up In The Air


Best Comedy or Musical:
(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
Julie & Julia
Nine
A Serious Man


Best Actor - Drama:
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up In The Air
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Best Actor - Musical or Comedy:
Matt Damon, The Informant!
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlberg, A Serious Man


Best Actress - Drama:
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (Winner)

Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious


Best Actress - Comedy or Musical:
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Zooey Deschanel, 500 Days of Summer
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julia and Julia (Winner)



Best Supporting Actor:
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christian McKay, Me & Orson Welles
Alfred Molina, An Education
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds (Winner)



Best Supporting Actress:
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick, Up In The Air
Mo’Nique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man


Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Rob Marshall, Nine
Jason Reitman, Up In The Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds


Best Screenplay:
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
Up In The Air (Winner)



Best Animated Feature:
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
Up


Best Original Song:

“Cinema Italiana” from “Nine” (Maury Yeston)
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Randy Newman, Dr. John)
“I See in Color” from “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Mary J. Blige)
“(I Want To) Come Home” from “Everybody’s Fine” (Paul McCartney)
"The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)" – Crazy Heart
In my defense, this wasn't on my nominations list.


Best Original Score:
Avatar
Bright Star
The Lovely Bones
The Princess and the Frog
Up


Best Foreign Language Film:
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
A Prophet
Vincere
The White Ribbon

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Video Game Sales Data of 2009

Best Selling Systems of 2009
DS - 11.22 million
Wii - 9.6 million
360 - 4.77 million
PS3 - 4.33 million
PSP - 2.5 million

Best Selling Games of 2009
01. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision, Xbox 360)
02. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii)
03. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo, Wii)
04. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii)
05. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Wii)
06. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii)
07. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii)
08. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision, PS3)
09. Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft, Xbox 360)
10. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo, DS)

OK, this is the last one of the day.

Beach in Montezuma. Only stayed here one night and day...a small, touristy, complete hippy town.

Another one.

Cool little house on the beach road.


Lava rocks in ocean. All over the place, and really cool.



The really neat, super small (like, 8' x 8') room with only a bed and fan in Montezuma. Very hot there. And K* in her new Costa Rica hat. I really like this pic.




one more set for today

From the ferry over the nicoya peninsula.


Best shot of the trip, taken from ferry by yours truly.

Mountains covered by clouds 100% of the time...due to cooling of warm Carribean air as it ascends the mountains, creating wet conditions and clouds all the time. Creates what is known as a "cloud forest," as opposed to a "rain forest."


Ferry pic.



The largest and most beautiful rainbow i have ever seen. From the super long and treacherous drive down the mountains to the ocean.




yep...

A cool bridge.

Hummingbird garden. Hundreds of them, many species, many colors, flying all over the place.


Huge trees with exterior roots systems.








See the tarantuala?





More

No tree rings in the forest: Continuous growth throughout the year.

Absolutely enormous trees with many vines, hanging roots from the midair, etc.


Such a cutie, she is. Overlooking Lake Arenal from the beginning of the mountains.

Good-looking guy post getting slammed windsurfing in 35+ mile/hour gusts on Lake Arenal below.



From the mountains.






Costa Rica Pics!!!
















Hey all. So, we only had a cheap digital camera for the trip that we bought at a drug store, and so the pics really aren't all that great. That said, we do have some good ones, and Kristin did alot of video'ing with her small video camera, which she will get to posting sometime soon. The other thing is, it was too much fun to be on the beach and surfing that neither of us wanted to go back for the camera, and then it was dark when we finally got to the room. Anyhow, here are a few pics for now. It was a truly great trip for us both!












Netflix Rentals by Location

Scroll the little bar thing at the top to page through movies.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/01/10/nyregion/20100110-netflix-map.html?hp

global warming

this is the best site i've found on addressing skeptic's and deniers arguments:

http://www.grist.org/article/series/skeptics/

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Meaning of Lego

"During the Great Depression, demand for furniture fell off to such an extent that a desperate Billund workshop owner named Ole Kirk Christiansen turned his hand to wooden toymaking instead. He coined the name Lego by combining two Danish words, 'Leg' and 'Godt' - meaning 'play well'. (Only after his death did the firm discover that in Latin Lego also has the meaning 'I put together'.)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Shooting at Avatar Screening

First Hand Account

I went to go see Avatar last night at the Century Rio 24 theater in Albuquerque, NM. We sat in the upper-left of the theater. Midway through Avatar someone near the top of the theater was throwing those little Snap Pop fireworks into the crowd. I knew this because two did land near where my girlfriend, her son and I were sitting. Whoever was doing it stopped though, but I was still a little pissed that it could happen again. However, what happened next was something I would never expect I’d be a part of, and that’s a shooting in a theater!

Not long after the Hometree fell in the movie, I hear two LOUD pops and saw one of the flashes near the bottom left of the theater, near the ground floor. My initial reaction was the same A-Hole that was throwing those Snap Pops had decided to graduate to something bigger for a prank. I quickly realized that what I had heard sounded more like a gunshot than a firework. An audible, “Ahhhhhh….” that sounded like a whining was heard and I saw someone throw someones arm over their shoulder and half-run out the right side.

Not long after random people started getting up and running out, including my girlfriend, her son, and I. As we were running out I felt a panic start to set in. People were frantic and not being considerate. I was carrying my girl’s son, and she was running ahead and then it dawned on me that someone might have fired into the crowd and the gunman might still be near the doorway. I closed the distance and exited out the main entrance. This happened right when they removed the shoe of what looked like a teenage girl and a small dime-sized mark was visible on her sock. The girl said something like, “Oh my God! What is it, what happened to my foot?”

I knew what happened, she’d been shot. We made a hasty exit while theater managers and other employees ran towards the trouble but we had a small kid with us, we weren’t sticking around. As we hopped in the car I noticed my hands were shaking as we were pulling out of the parking lot. As the police cars passed (I counted about 12) I couldn’t help but think back to your podcast about which film watching experience was better: watching at home, or with a bunch of people at the theater. In this case I would have rather have been home, lol.
We tried to watch the news for more details but there was only a small mention of the incident on Channel 7.

Pretty crazy stuff. At first I was thinking it was probably someone who knew the girl who dropped a gun and it went off. But later as I thought more about what happened, I think someone just walked through the side and fired into the crowd. In either case, I’m glad no one was hurt. It was a wild night at the movies for sure, and Im still looking forward to seeing the ending to Avatar! :P

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100 Game Cupcakes


Finn and I guessed most of them, because we are awesome like that.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Rockstar San Diego Development Studios Issues

I suggest you read this.  Not long once you start.


Castle Age

For anyone who's played too much Castle Age on Facebook (i know you're out there!) and likes to watch one of the top funny sitcoms on tv today, watch this episode:

http://www.vzegal.com/episode?v=0070203

Golden Globe Nominations and Prediction

I haven't seen most of these, so I'll just wing it.  Bolded selections are the movies I think will win, not my personal choice.

I'm willing to bet alot of money most of my selections are correct.  The only one I'm shaky on is "Best Actress - Comedy or Musical"  So cross your fingers.  I would also like to add that "The Hurt Locker" has equal chances as "Precious" in the "Best Drama" category.

Best Drama:
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
Up In The Air


Best Comedy or Musical:
(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
Julie & Julia
Nine
A Serious Man


Best Actor - Drama:
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up In The Air
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Best Actor - Musical or Comedy:
Matt Damon, The Informant!
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlberg, A Serious Man


Best Actress - Drama:
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious


Best Actress - Comedy or Musical:
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Zooey Deschanel, 500 Days of Summer
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julia and Julia


Best Supporting Actor:
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christian McKay, Me & Orson Welles
Alfred Molina, An Education
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds


Best Supporting Actress:
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick, Up In The Air
Mo’Nique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man


Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Rob Marshall, Nine
Jason Reitman, Up In The Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds


Best Screenplay:
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
Up In The Air


Best Animated Feature:
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
Up


Best Original Song:
“Cinema Italiana” from “Nine” (Maury Yeston)
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Randy Newman, Dr. John)
“I See in Color” from “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Mary J. Blige)
“(I Want To) Come Home” from “Everybody’s Fine” (Paul McCartney)
“Time For Miracles” from “2012″ (Adam Lambert)


Best Original Score:
Avatar
Bright Star
The Lovely Bones
The Princess and the Frog
Up


Best Foreign Language Film:
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
A Prophet
Vincere
The White Ribbon

HomelandImprovementDay Post

I have joined an organization called KIVA, through our norrisrf.org website. It is an organization that makes small interest loans to people, planet wide, who are trying to establish a new business. When the money is paid back, then it can be reinvested in another business. My first loan was to a small group of woman in Uganda.

I also will try to spread good cheer to local people, especially people I don't know, hoping that the good cheer will be infectious.

Crazy Comic


Friday, January 8, 2010

Jane Austen Book Club


all jane austen- all the time...

i would like to start a jane austen book club this summer,
probably just do about 3 books, as we all have different scheduals, and then go from there, maybe carry on the next summer.

like the movie, "the jane austen book club," everyone in the group would pick a book and then host a party at the end of the month or the alotted time and discuss the book, we could also maybe watch the movie afterwards.


for people who cant be there we could discuss via skype.

or (as erin suggested) we would go to the house of whoever was doing the book, such as if hil had one we would go to b'more for whoever possible.

there are only 6 austen books i think, so if need be - or want be we could read other books as well such as Jane Eyre,

summer would be the best time i think,
start to think about it, i think it could be alot of fun, at least for austen fans

love ev


Best News Intro Ever?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

the blanket

hlimprov

i tried to do my entry yesterday on hlid, but to no sucess,
so, now on jan. 6th. here it goes.
I want to try to use only biodegradable products.
and pickup any loose litter lying around. our area and anywhere walking.
i would like to feel that by committing to biod prod, our earth would eventually become alittle cleaner. and since our kids are leading the way with this already, it is time for me to join in.
and litter just plain drives me nuts, bc it's lazy, lazy actions, and lack of personal respect and probably the easiest of all things anyone can do, to keep amr. cleaner .
i'll spend the extra $ to try to do this and i'll keep trying to pick up, from our driveway to norris,
to downtown, to even traveling other places.
a clean amr. shows an educated respect and love for our surroundings,
and set an example for everyone else.
also, even if i'm a huge culprit, i think dog dirt should not be left anywhere around walking areas. but thrown off in bush beds, or over cliffs, or garbage.
hope i can do this!
yeah, the first annual, homeland improvement day. january 5th, 2010.
and this in no way, means i have to wait for the next to committ more.
thanks for the inspiration.
love,mom

Seahorse Counter


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Seahorse



this is a really awesome animation, stop-motion photography, that a friend did recently. Remember that it takes a long time to do this. i think it's amazing.

Avatar / Harry Potter Comparison








Saturday, January 2, 2010

family

i just want to say, not on each entry, that it's been a great week, in fact great fall holiday sharing,
lots of kids, but all together, makes it the best , for me,
you know that ,
love, mom