Thursday, June 26, 2008

27 Jennifers

ok. I heard this song on the radio some time ago and I thought it was pretty rad. Enough so that I'm still thinking about it (and make a little blog about to boot).

27 Jennifers, by Mike Doughty is an up beat song, good enough for your road trip, background at your next party or even just to listen to. You should check out the music video as well.

Dance Yourself Silly!

Ok, now this is something I'm really excited about for the following reasons:

1. It involves dancing
2. It charges your cell phone

Yes, it's for the same item! It's actually a device that charges your cell phone while you dance!

I absolutely LOVE it!

A company called mobile phone company, Orange, created it in conjuncture with a renewable energy firm, GotWind.

Here's a quote:
"We wanted to create a fun, engaging and interactive product which would encourage users to have a laugh while charging their mobile phone and at the same time test out a new energy-efficient prototype," said Hattie Magee, Head of Partnerships at Orange UK.

This is absolutely brilliant! This way you can have your cell phone when you go out to the club (provided you can stash it somewhere on your body like a under a pants leg) or the likes with out worry of your cell dieing on its last bar of power.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Love Guru

Ok. So I did go and see The Love Guru in theaters like I said I would. And I really enjoyed myself. Granted, I like that sense of humor (I also chose the film b/c I could tell it made light of

The humor is right in line with all 3 of the Austin Powers films.

I might have thought it a little funnier than some, b/c I could relate to a good number of the jokes. (Granted, I grew up in a very Anglo-Saxton/American house/life style, but my entire family meditates).

Its definitely an enjoyable movie, especially if you want a movie that doesn't require you to think overly hard.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Things I want to see!

Ok, there are a couple movies coming out (or already out) that I want to see.

  • Love Guru
  • The Dark Knight
  • Wanted
Yes, they're all movies that I want to see in the theater. Most likely a matinee, but still in the theater. I think some people are more psyched to see The Dark Knight since Heath Ledger passed away. Just what I think, but it should still be a good movie.

Heres a preview of Love Guru:

Moving on. I was thinking today that bowling would be fun. There is a bowling place relatively close to my house, which is nice. BUT there is a game called Duckpin Bowling that's better than the cat's pajama's (close enough, anyway).

Duckpin Bowling is EXACTLY like bowling (roll the ball down the lane, knock over pins, all down on one ball = strike, 2 balls = spare, etc). The only difference is the balls are smaller (you hold them in your hand - no finger holds) and you get 3 tries to knock your pins over, not your typical 2.

SO much fun!

And to end this random blog, I've known about this group for a little while (from my late night escapades of watching late night television). Dont let the name Goldfrapp fool you. The music is up beat and good to listen to. Here are a couple of videos (the first one is my personal fav).

A & E


Ride a White Horse:

And last but not least

Number 1:

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Saturdays & The Pipettes

So I found a new music group.

I was watching a video I had posted on one of my older blog posts, and at the end of it, the related videos were scrolling.


Discovered "The Saturdays".

It seems that they only have one video out at the moment:

If This Is Love

They're a British Pop group. Based on the one music video they have, they could be good, or not so much. It quite frankly has me on the proverbial fence post. It sounds likes your usual pop song, but it's a little catchy (maybe b/c they're from another country???). Eh, we'll see. I tried looking for a MySpace page for them, but only come up with a really cool Birmingham, AL based indie/pop/country band (guy based) with the same name. Check them both out.

Also, I've know about this other group, "The Pipettes" (truth be told, I was search for the Alphabet Song that Sesame Street did with Lady Smith Black Mambazo and Kermit on and found them that way).

Now I have a couple favorites of "The Pipettes". (Yes, they're the "faster" or a little more danceable songs of theirs - the ones you can dance by yourself to).

Ok, here's the song I got turned onto:


Pull Shapes

Ok. So that's it for now.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

John Edward

So my mother, brother, and myself went to see John Edward last night (the psychic, not the politician).

I'm very glad I was able to go see him. Even though we didn't have anyone on the other side, wanting to give us a specific message, it still was inspirational to hear him talk with other people.

Funnily enough, as soon as John came on stage, I got severe "shopper's head", the strongest I've felt it, ever. (For those who don't know the term "shopper's head", its where my head (specifically forehead, right around where the third eye would be) would start to feel funny (Normal occurrence would be during shopping, hence "Shoppers Head"). As if I had just woken up and didn't get enough sleep or like someone put their hand on your forehead and pressed firmly (not too hard) but from inside).

I was talking to my mom about it. She was saying that it could be true, that I could be a psychic dialysis (psychically cleaning out the environment/other people?). I was also talking to a good friend, and she mentioned that it could have been a big psychic bombardment from John (since it happened when he entered), as he is sort of an antennae for that stuff (like a radio signal/receiver).

(note: I was told I was a sort of psychic dialysis by someone who could read auras and is relatively well respected for it).

But it was such a good experience to hear him speak about the afterlife and the messages he told. If you get a chance to hear him speak, go. It doesnt matter really where you're sitting, the message is still the same. Also, if you're meant to have a message from the other side, again it doesnt matter where you sit, John will find you.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Iowa Floods.

Many people in the USA are aware of all the flooding going on in the Midwest. One of my really good friends is a musician and had posted a blog about the floods out there in Iowa (fortunately the town she lives in wasn't affected by the floods but there were many, many towns/cities that were).

Part of the reason of her posting is that she has a connection (even indirectly) to all theses artists/musicians who were affected by the flooding (affected as in the equipment/work spaces/etc damaged or destroyed by the ridiculously high waters). Even for those who had insurance, they didnt have flood insurance, b/c the water had NEVER come even remotely close to their houses/work spaces (the rains/floods were like what one would see every 500 years or so - that's way beyond any living memory!).

There's a way to help with the effort of establishing those directly affected out there. And any little thing is greatly appreciated.

Here's a copy/paste of what she had to say with all the links and good stuff to go along with it:

Flood Relief for Iowa Musicians and Artists

I just got an email from the Americana duo Truckstop Souvenir about the flooding in Cedar Rapids and other Iowa river towns, and what you can do to help out some of the musicians and artists who lost equipment and housing in the recent floods. As self employed people, artists often don't have insurance, and losing their equipment/workspaces is also losing their means to livelihood. Not to mention, with these historical high waters, many people who DO have insurance don't have insurance that covers flood because water has just plain NEVER come anywhere near their houses before. Anything you could give would help and be much appreciated.

Lauryn and Dennis also happen to live across the street from me (and fellow DJs on KRUU!), so pretty much everything they say about the weather experience these days goes for me too. They played today at our local Farmer's Market, and donated all their tips to the Iowa Artist Relief Fund. It's a beautiful sunny Saturday, here's hoping it stays clear for the next weeks and the waters continue to recede.

Here's the message from Lauryn and Dennis. (And there's a link to go check out their music at the end, which you should, because they are AWESOME):

Hey y'all. It's been a long, long time since we sent out an email to our entire mailing list, but we've gotten some emails from folks worried about how the weather in Iowa has affected us. We wanted to assure everyone that we are safe and dry here (relatively speaking),as there are no rivers running through our town. The county has experienced some minor flooding, but nothing like the devastation Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and other river towns in the Midwest have experienced.

We just learned about a fund for Iowa artists and musicians affected by the floods. The Iowa Artist Relief Fund has been set up through the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and the Legion Arts to assist artists who have lost equipment, portfolios, tools, studios, housing and more. If you have a little spare change to help these folks out, you can donate via the Legion Arts website:

Every little bit helps and on behalf of our fellow artists and musicians, we greatly appreciate anything you can give!

Thanks for all the continued support. We'll be in touch as we get closer to that second album we keep talking about ... the finish line is in sight!

All the best,
Lauryn and Dennis


Another Late Night, Another Artist


Ok, I heard this group the other night. And I know I've heard them before too. She kind of reminds me a little of Amy Winehouse with the vocals. Only a little.

Its very danceable and up beat. And something I feel good about "promoting" too.

Here's a video, "Mercy":

"Warwick Ave" (Sorry, you have to click through to get to it):

Another artist/musician I've "recently" got into (well about a year ago recent) is Mika. Also good music and upbeat, fun stuff.

Like his song "Grace Kelly":

"Love Today"

And "Big Girl"

I will admit I do listen to this kind of stuff and even have cd's of similar music (no Duffy CD's at this time though). I have 2 Aqua cd's (you know, the people who did that Barbie Song???), Mika, Tom Jones, Spice Girls (their 2nd album - my uncle thought I'd like it, and I do), all 3 Shrek sound tracks, Moulin Rouge Sound Track...only to name a few. I like ABBA too, but no cd's yet.

Well, I should get to bed, esp. if I'm going to see John Edward tomorrow.


Online Tests

Oh, how to pass time so easily. Tests. Online tests at that. I love Tickle for them.

Stupid or what ever, I think they're fun to do, esp. when you want to take your mind off of things and want to avoid doing something else.

Here are a couple:

Take this test!
You rarely need Polyjuice potion because you're usually happy just being you! While you might not make the biggest splash or cause drama, you slowly and steadily win over lots of people who think you're pretty darn wonderful. While you can be a little shy and self-conscious at times (especially around a crush), you're probably considered to be a BFF by more than just one person.

Luckily, your talents aren't just the magic kind. You're also kind and smart and just great to be around. Looks like you'll have a very charmed life indeed!

Take this test!
Arrrh, shiver me timbers if you're not the greatest pirate who ever sailed the high seas! We could try and be nice and say that you're not all bad, but we know that if ye were the captain of a ship of raucous savages ye wouldn't spend any time training them to explore their sensitive side. You'd probably be boarding luxury cruise ships, ripping pearl necklaces off ladies, and looting the men (after stripping them of their credit cards and cell phones of course). Long John Silver, Blackbeard, and Captain Hook all have nothing on you.

You could probably rob someone blind and still leave 'em feeling glad that they met you — even if you made them walk the plank! While you have one sea-weary eye on a treasure trove, your other eye (assuming you're not wearing a patch) is making sure you're always seen strutting your stuff and looking mighty fine — wooden leg and all.

Take this test!
Looking for the perfect Bergdorf Goodman dishes to match your impeccable kitchen? Shopping at Tiffany's for a new string of pearls? Fantasizing about the perfect job as a New York City art gallery owner? Maybe not exactly, but when it comes to a refined taste and a sweetness like no other, you're just like Charlotte!

Of course you aren't all sugar; you've definitely got a tough heart under that pretty cashmere sweater, but you are probably happiest when you are surrounded by supportive relationships and a great romance (you only get two, you know!) So live it up, because you deserve nothing but the best in life, whether it's fine china or true love. Now that's some good taste!

Take this test!
Sweet as a well-stocked vending machine in the company break room, you're exactly the person people go to when they need a little pick-me-up from office politics and snooze-inducing meetings. Sure you can be a little shy, but that's exactly what makes you approachable in a sea of general nutcases. You show your true colors around the ones you really like.

Work may be a bit frustrating when you lie so low, but even a quiet type like you has the power to make it big. And you know, you don't have to play dirty to win — but it could be a little fun...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Songs + Music = Awesomeness!

I cant tell you how much I love Songza. It's great b/c I can listen to songs, for free, and I dont need to download anything.

When you get the search results for your song, and click on one you want to listen to, a symbol similar to the red baron's cross pops up. From there you can play the song, rate it, share it with friends, or one of their newer features, add that song to a play list!

Granted, you cant take it with you when you go out (unless you have one of those blackberry/iPhone things, but then if you have one of those, you would more likely have songs ON your phone and not streaming them from some internet site).

But it's really good when you're working on the computer, doing stuff, and dont feel like popping in a CD.

Monday, June 16, 2008

It's a Plane, It's a Flower, No Its....

Big Bird!

I cant tell you how big a fan I am of the Muppets/Sesame Street Characters. I just love 'em. I even have a big book on Sesame Street ("Sesame Street Unpaved") and a book of quotes by Jim Henson, The Muppets, & Friends ("It's Not Easy Being Green"). It's quite amazing what Jim Henson did with his life and what an impact he left on this world. (Favorite quote by Jim: "My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.").


note: there was to be a video of Caroll Spinney but for some reason the video wasnt working in Blogger, so here's the link:

Shakespeare - A Jewish Woman?

So my parents just returned from a business trip to Italy. They were telling the rest of the family where they went and what they saw, as they reclined on the sofa from a virtuoso 48 hour trip home.

One thing they talked about I found interesting, was on one of their tours, the guide said that Shakespeare was a Jewish woman. It shocked me a little at first, but once my brain cells came to, I realized that it might not be that impossible. Other women have taken male pen names (esp. those who couldn't get published otherwise).

The more I thought about it, the more it made sense (in it's own way) that Shakespeare could possibly have been a woman, especially when you take a look at the Sonnets. Granted, I'm not saying men couldn't write like that nor that a man could express loving feelings for another man (man being male and not the catch-all phrase of mankind). But that it is a possible argument. (Some have theorized that Shakespeare, as a man, was a little light in his loafers based on some of the sonnets accredited to him).

You can Google about Shakespeare being a Jewish woman and find all sorts of interesting articles about it. John Hudson was one of the first (if not the first), to bring up the argument that Shakespeare was a Jewish woman (by the name of Amelia Bassano Lanier). There is an online article by him that you can read at your leisure. (Also, another interesting read about John Hudson's theory here).

Odd News Junkie.

Well, junkie may be a bit extreme, but I really do like to get a good dosage of the odd news every couple of days. (Personally, I get my fix from the Yahoo! Odd News page - primarily b/c it's easy for me to get to from my Yahoo mail accounts).

I don't know what exactly brings me to get my odd news fix, but I do find it highly entertaining and more uplifting than reading the regular news (and less annoying than all those gossip/tabloid stuff).

I dont know how long Yahoo! keeps it's odd news articles but here are a couple of my favorites:

Anywho. I like good stories, even if they're not the main stream ones.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Love Lists + Vision Boards

Ok. This is connected back to the Oprah show I watched on Thursday. They were talking about the how/why behind creating a Vision Board(s) and a Love List.

The Love List was more geared at single people, or people looking more for a romantic relationship that would lead to marriage (or as close to marriage for some). All it is is a list of everything you want in a life partner (regardless of whether or not you get married). On the show I dont recall them giving a specific number, but one of my good friends from college (when my brother and I were hanging out with her at her dad's place) told my brother and I about this thing her dad and step-mom (?) did where they wrote out 50 characteristics that they were looking for in a partner.

Same principle, but no number limit. (Friend's Dad & Step-mom had like 98% matching).

Love list - a list of characteristics looking for in a life partner (and can be as simple, frivolous, or whatever you want). No limits on what you can put down on your list. Here's a sample of mine:

  1. Green eyes
  2. SUPER red hair
  3. Honest
  4. Plays a musical instrument
  5. Financially responsible
  6. Money smart
  7. 5'4" or taller
  8. Well built (think Wolverine from X-Men)
  9. Funny
  10. Witty
The list is virtually endless. Click here to read an article about "Love Lists"

Now for vision boards. This little site explains the whole concept of Vision boards in much more detail than I'm going to here.

What a Vision Board basically is, is a poster board covered in words, images (drawn or pasted from various magazines/newspapers), and/or what ever else you want to put on there, that you want to bring into your life.

Its the same concept of thinking positive and what you think you attract. This way you can get inspired to think about what you want from the outside (get inspired). I find that it's a little easier with a visual of what I want to think about what I want than to try to do it all in my head.


I've done my Love List already, I just need to do my Vision Board.

Law of Attraction.

Ok. I was watching Oprah on Thursday, and surprisingly enough it was about "Law of Attraction". (The basic principle what you focus on, you bring into your life or you create it in your life ).

Like the saying, birds of a feather flock together. Same Deal.

Granted, hearing this on Oprah wasnt anything new to me. My mother has been listening to Abraham-Hicks for years. Yes, years. (I would imagine most libraries would have a book or two of theirs, if not, get a really cheap copy off of,,, or where ever you prefer to get your book fetish fix). So, this concept wasn't new to me.

Personally, I like being reminded about some of the concepts Abraham-Hicks brings up. Mainly, who doesnt like feeling good? Ever notice if you're in a piss-ant of a mood, what ever is happening at that moment is also piss-ant too? Or if you're in a good/upbeat mood that things seem better?

Here's a nice little video of Abraham-Hicks:

You dont have to agree with it. But isnt it nice when you're feeling good?

edit note: I've heard some people (well more like watched a video or two on YouTube) about how it encourages you to be lazy. Well, as far as I can tell, all the message is saying is to think positive and let the universe bring it to you. Yes, granted it may sound like it's saying laze around all day, but all it says is to think positively (Think along the lines of "Let Go, Let God"). It never says be lazy and think good thoughts (granted you could do that), but all it's doing is encouraging you to change your thinking patterns.

An Addictive Medium.


Sometimes great ideas emerge late at night. Like kick-@$ ideas. Or creating a blog. But in either case, it has the potential for greatness and failure all wraped up in a tiny seed. Here's to a good blog .

note: this was to be my first entry but another one found this one's place.

Not so lucky for some...

For those who dont know, Tim Russert passed away earlier today. Even though I never watched Mr. Russert's program, "Meet the Press", I feel a little saddened at his passing. I also would like to note that even if I only saw him while I was channel surfing, my thoughts are with his wife, his son, and father.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Friday the 13th

Hey just wanted to say happy Friday the 13th! w00t! super sweet.

Anyway, I'm almost always a little for the better when it's Friday the 13th. Me thinks it's lucky. More or less a family thing I suppose (like how my family thinks - not really but sort of - that Good Friday is "bad luck" - my grandfather nicked the tip off a finger for 2 Good Fridays in a row). Not that my family isn't religious or spiritual, just that a poopy thing happened on Good Friday for 2 years running. *shrug*

Planning on putting up a post later tonight.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

OMG...I Want One

It's called a Toyota iQ

It's way cute I think. Hopefully it'll come in more cheery colors (like sunflower yellow). The car outline you see bookending the Toyota iQ is the Toyota Yaris, just to give you an idea of it's size. According to the article linked above, the iQ is about 10' long and can accommodate up to 4 people. It's also being compared to the MiniCooper.

I think it's suppose to be a hybrid (?), but who knows.

It's still pretty darn cute.


Ok. One of my really good friends started doing a radio show in her local town and ever since then, I've been keeping an eye out for women artists to bombard her with (she also does a blog about it too!).

Actually, more like since the one time she asked for input for one show when she was out of the country, but I still like to think I help in some way.

Well friend with her own radio show, I've got another one for you! Boo-ya!

Her name is Priscilla Ahn (she also has a MySpace page).

Soft sounds that one could say tickles the back of your mind, trying to remind you of an in between place of joy.

Her style is Indie / Folk.

So, that's that and again I'm up WAY too late. But I'm excited about a party I'm going to a week from this Saturday. And the fact that my kickball team won $100 tab for best costumes at our mid-season party. Granted we won by default - only team that bothered to do costumes (we wore outfits with a color of the rainbow). Simple but it got us $.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Potential Presidential Wives

I dont really follow anything political, especially around the time we vote for our President. *sigh* Living near our nations capitol, allot of the news has enough political whatever to drown Noah's Ark. But hey, I love living here so it comes with the territory.

So this brings me to the title. This morning when I opened up my internet browser, I notice a picture of Obama's and McCain's wives in a side-by-side photo. Normally I would only glance over stuff like that, but this one really caught my eye.

At first, it looked like Cindy McCain's hair line got too much sun (or some other serious skin problem). Getting a closer look, it was the freakish way she was wearing her foundation! *gasp*

I don't know if she's aware of it or not, but it just comes off of as a bit like she's getting into the Halloween spirit a bit early (first impressions). It's obvious that she has the wrong foundation and doesn't know how to blend it well enough to make it look "natural" (a different shade, yes, but with in reason).

I thought to myself that this must have been a one time occurrence and that it was a bad angle. Nope.

My case and point:

Granted, I've made my decision well before I saw McCain's wife (though the wives of a Presidential candidate has never been a serious factor for my vote), but someone please show Cindy McCain the right shade of foundation for her skin! I'm sure she is a very nice person.

Well, here's to my first blog!