7.28.2005

Good Eats

I made some awesome Granola today. I got the recipe from a show on Food Network. Seriously, I dont think people need to buy cookbooks anymore... FoodNetwork.com has all kinds of recipes, it's great. Now you can even set up a person recipe box on their website (which means I dont have to print out the recipes and throw them into my "random recipes" drawer.)

I love Food Network, I wish other people watched it as often as I do. Then when I see one of my friends I could be like "hey did you see Rachel Ray last night? Wasn't that an amazing feast she prepared in only 30 minutes? I didnt think she'd be able to pull it off." and they'd be like "Of course I watched it, I never miss Rachel Ray, you know that." Alas, I am alone in my excitement.

But if anyone is interested, here are the good shows to watch:

  1. Iron Chef (NOT Iron Chef America... especially if Bobby Flay is cooking-- I dont like him after the stunt he pulled on the real Iron Chef several years ago). And when you watch Iron Chef, you always root for the iron chef (especially if it's Morimoto, because he has the awesome silver uniform).
  2. Good Eats with Alton Brown
  3. The Naked Chef. A british chef... he likes to whack everything.
  4. Any show with Rachel Ray... she can be a little on the obnoxiously perky side, but for some reason I have to watch her show whenever it's on (and she has like 4 shows, so they are on a lot).

7.23.2005

Whoa Black Betty

My husband corrected my post from yesterday... I got a couple facts wrong concerning the song Black Betty (but I still like it)

1. Mark Belhorn doesnt use it, Mike Timlin does.
2. Spiderbait isnt the original band, somone else is. Though I still like the Spiderbait version.

What can I say? I'm not perfect. Bam ba-lam

7.21.2005

Cleaning the House Playlist

I cleaned most of the house today. I didn't really plan on doing it, but I made a really good PlayList on my iPod and it kept me in a "cleaning mood" for a long time (I think I listened to it at least 3 times today, so far). Typically I like to listen to Elvis Costello when I clean (I cant explain why), but I think it was time for a change. Here's my new Cleaning the House Playlist:

1. Black Betty Spiderbait
The real version, not the crappy remake for the Dukes of Hazard. I include this because Mark Belhorn is currently on the Red Sox injured list, but I still want to hear the song (I'd actually prefer to hear it on my iPod over hearing it announce that Mark Belhorn is about to bat... with the exception of the time he hit a home run in the game we went to).
2. Undo Me Jennifer Knapp
Just fun to sing along to (I think the whole song is actually in my range)
3. Yeah! Usher
Never did I think I'd enjoy a song that repeats one word so much.
4. It's All Over Now Baby Blue Them featuring Van Morrison
While I do like the original Bob Dylan version, I think I like this one even more.
5. The Boxer Simon and Garfunkel
Just because I like Simon and Garfunkel, and this is the only song I have of theirs on my iPod.
6. Hey Ya! Outcast
I think the main reason I like this song is that he DJ played this at my wedding and everyone had such a good time dancing to it. Now whenever I hear the song I think of that moment. My wedding was awesome!
7. Punk Rawk Show MXPX
Cause I aint got no place to go.
8. The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson
Because they dance to it in Center Stage.
9. Canned Heat Jamiroquai
For two reasons (both having to do with a movie): 1- Napoleon Dynamite, I think this scene makes the movie great. 2- Center Stage, also the song for the big dance number, although it's part of a ballet... a lot less guy-friendly than Napoleon's dance.
10. Virtual Insanity Jamiroquai
I figured after Canned Heat... why not?
11. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo`ole
One of the best songs I've heard in a long time. Probably not the greatest motivation for cleaning ever, but it's a great song to listen to whenever.
12. Malibu Hole
I'm not a big fan of songs featuring female singers, but I actually think this one is pretty good.
13. Killing Me Softly Fugees
I just like it.
14. Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand
I like how this one changes about 1/4 of the way into it.
15. I Throw My Toys Around No Doubt and Elvis Costello
I gotta have Elvis Costello in there somewhere. And this song makes me wish that I used to throw my toys around.

7.16.2005

Word of the Moment

gregarious

Definition- friendly

Antonym- not friendly

7.12.2005

Magazines

More often than not, I read magazines from back to front. I find the articles in the back are usually more intersting and shorter. And if they are good, I might read the really long articles in the front. But if I start in the front, I always skip over the really long articles at the beginning because I dont expect them to be that interesting.

7.11.2005

A Few Reviews

Some of my thoughts on things lately:
  1. Batman Begins. I saw this last weekend. On the way to the theater my husband and I chatted briefly about how bad movies were lately. And even though I had heard that the new Batman was good, I was still expecting it to suck by my standards. It just seems as though all the movie-makers seems interested in lately is making the movie look good. Who cares about content; people dont think much now adays anyway. And that's what I expected from this movie. Yet I went anyway. Turns out, I was wrong. I really enjoyed the movie (even though I dont care for any of the other Batman movies). It had a good story line, and the visual effects appeared more realistic than the current trend creates them. I actually found myself thinking about half way through "wow, this is good, I'm actually enjoying it." Not something I think very often, especially with action movies. One negative... all the close-ups during the action scenes, it just makes me nausious, so I tend to zone out during them. All I need to know is who wins in the end, and that's when I start paying attention again. As for Katie Holmes... she seemed so insignificant when compared with the other oustanding actors that I really didnt even notice her much. Thank goodness.
  2. The Office. I had watched the first American episode when it aired several months ago (but then stopped watching due to 24 conflicts I believe.) And while I enjoy dry subtle humor, I didnt really care to much for it. The scene where the boss pretends to fire the receptionist as a gag was painful to watch (I think that's what was supposed to make it funny though). But then I watched the original British series. So much better. There are still painful moments in it (just because at times I have a difficulty seperating fiction from reality... not just with this show, but in general, whenever I'm watching a movie or TV show). But there are some things in the show that are absolutely hysterical. I dont really think many of them are laugh out loud moments for most people, but they were for me. Some of my favorite things... The Tim and Dawn thing- so much better than Friends' Ross and Rachel thing. Keith- funniest guy in the whole show... I love the one where he fills out the paper for his job review. Garreth- not my favorite character, but boy did they do a good job of casting for that one. Tim- he's the only one who reacts to the strangeness of the people in his office. And often times the faces he makes at the camera are the same one's I'm making while I watch.
  3. War of the Worlds. All I have to say about this is: If those aliens were supposedly studying earth for millions of years a) why didnt they just take over before humans evolved, wouldnt that have been much easier? b) how much "studying" did they really do if they managed to find out that they couldnt survive on the planet in the first place... humans or no. I mean I studying things more throughouly when I want to buy a new keyboard for my computer... let alone relocate my whole species. Oh yeah, one other thing I loved was the part where Tom Cruise and his daughter find shelter with the farmer in his basement. I love the fact that the first thing the farmer does is stop right next to a lantern just long enough so the audience can see his face and recognize that it's Tim Robbins. As if we are supposed to say "oh Time Robbins, this should be good." As for the rest of the movie... see the first half of what I wrote for number 1.
  4. Grocery Shopping. Okay I know this has nothing to do with movies or entertainment of any kind, but I just got back from grocery shopping. Which is one of my least favorite things to do. But I'm convinced, especially now that it's summer break and there are more kids being dragged to the store with their mother, that grocery stores must produce some kind of painful ultra-high frequency that only kids can hear. And it must be so painful to have to listen to it that all a kid can do is scream. Not just cry... scream... at the top of their lungs... the entire time they are in the store. Those poor kids, why do parents force them to go through such torture.

So out of everything discussed above I would recommend the following: see Batman Begins and the British version of The Office; dont see War of the Worlds, or Bewitched for that matter (even though I havent seen it I can predict that it's not good), and above all, dont go grocery shopping.

7.07.2005

More artsy quotes

I wish I had heard more of this stuff earlier.

Picasso~
Why should I try to imitate nature? I might just as well try to trace the perfect circle.

Mondrian~
If objective vision were possible, it would give us a true image of reality.

Leger~
The feat of superbly imitating a muscle, as Michelangelo did, or a face, as Raphael did, created neither progress nor heirarchy in art. Because these artists of the 16th century imitated human forms, they were not superior to the artists of the high periods of Egyptian, Chaldean, Indochinese, Roman, and Gothic art who interpreted and stylized form but did not imitate it.On the contrary, art consists of inventing and not copying.Art must be free in its inventiveness, it must raise us above too much reality.

Duchamp~
I was aware at that time that, for the spectator more than for the artist, art is a habit forming drug

Francis Bacon~
Any work that I like does the same to me-- it makes me see other things. It makes me aware of reality, although it may not be very realistic in itself. I can only put it that way-- that it unlocks the valves of sensation.

7.02.2005

Art

I'm becoming obsessed with art books... and loving it.

Picasso

"Braque has always said that the only thing that counts, in painting, is the intention, and it's true."

-Pablo Picasso

A teacher once told me the same thing about music and it completely changed the way I listen to, perform, and think about music.

And I agree with Picasso... it is true.