Friday, February 27, 2009

I am a Featured Blogger! [Yeah, I'm a pretty big deal]


Guess what? I’m famous (putting on my big black sunglasses now)! 


But Mrs. Cooper of Hanging with Mrs. Cooper just listed me as her featured blogger. Read the interview on her site.

By the way, I’m not a librarian but I play one on TV.

Blow [Movie Still]

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Johnny Depp in the film Blow.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Black List [Vol. One & Two]

My copy of The Black List Vol. 1 (sorry for the flash)

I just got The Black List Vol. 1 DVD in the mail today. The extras include a photo gallery and very short behind the scenes featurette. The extras leave room for improvement, but the documentary itself is worth it!

I just want to remind every to watch The Black List Vol. 2 TONIGHT on HBO! 

Freaks [Movie Still]

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The totally awesome and distrubing 1932 movie Freaks

Check out my post about this film - Gooble gobble - One of Us, One of Us!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When Online Sharing Goes Wrong [Busted on Facebook]

Over at passive-aggressive (and just plain aggressive) notes today they posted a couple screen shots of people who got busted on facebook.

Sometimes we forget people may actually read what we post on the internet (especially facebook status and twitter feeds). For instance if you write about the "cool party" you had last night, some friends who did not attend said "cool party" may get a little angry. See below:

Or if you update your blog, facebook status or twitter feed but two days have passed since you were suppose to return a phone call or email, people may get a little ornery. See blow:

Art [in 3D]

This is very cool and I wish someone would paint this in Philly. I would lay down in the middle and take a picture.

Source [Gawker]

Jungle Fever [Movie Still]

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I Heart Movies [So can you!]


I took a quick photo of ONE of my DVD shelves. 
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I am a movie fan. Not like the regular passive movie fans, I really like movies. During the years 2002 – 2005, I went to at least one movie every weekend (yeah that was a lot of discretionary funds). Nowadays, I will admit I don't get out to the movies as much as I would like, but I have been slowing building my personal DVD collection (amazon is a girls' bestfriend, they usually have the cheapest DVD prices, besides hustle man on the subway).

I will watch anything and I mean anything just because I enjoy watching people and things appear magically in the little box or large screen.

I’ve recently started to post different movie stills. I also made a web album of movie stills, so far I have over 130 different movie stills up there.
Movie still (also known as film still or publicity still) is a photograph taken on the set of a movie or television program during production, primarily used for promotional purposes. - Wikipedia 

Another DVD shelf, note the many Star Trek DVD's 
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I try to post a new movie still at least once a day (maybe twice if I don’t feel like blogging that day).

That is all.

Original = Chocolate Rain

I did a Google search for the word original (don't ask why) and guess what the 1st search return site was?

Do you remember this? It was big a couple years ago. Anyway, I thought this was funny and wanted to share.

Sartorialist Photo [I Want to Be Her Friend]


This photo was posted over at the Sartorialist. Doesn't she look like a rather intriguing person? Is she a writer (for some reason I imagine she is)? Either way, I want to be her friend.

Just Friends [Movie Still]


Monday, February 23, 2009

Today’s thoughts... [Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto]

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the first State Dinner.
  • For some reason I am failing to judge the correct winter coat to wear when I leave the house in the morning. Apparently there is a BIG difference between 32 degrees and 36 degrees.
  • I think Bobby Jindal is a hack, especially after half listening to him on Meet the Press Sunday. And I am annoyed at all this talk of his “big moment” by doing the rebuttal to the President Address to Congress. Seriously? Big moment? Nobody pays attention to the rebuttal; we barely pay attention to the state of the union.
  • I don’t know why I keep checking the website I Can Has Cheezburger? I don’t even like cats! (but I can’t stop myself)
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail was #1 in the box office this weekend. I actually went and saw the #2 movie Taken Saturday. I secretly wanted to see Madea, not because I expected it to be “good” but because I really enjoy watching people who look like me on the big screen and for what it’s worth, I will at least laugh out loud at least a couple times.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Asylum [Movie Still]

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In Search of a Better Phone [Help!]

I’ve had my current cell phone since the spring of 2007, which is like 10 years in tech years.

The T-Mobile Wing

My T-Mobile Wing was pretty cool back in 2007. It had a full slide out qwerty keyboard, touch screen, etc. Of course I ran out of memory quick and never purchased more memory for the phone, which basically caused it to suck and run way too slow (not to mention I’ve dropped it one too many times).

Now, I’m looking for a new phone. My only demands are:
  • Qwerty keyboard
  • Camera (video capture would be nice, but not mandatory)
  • E-mail and all things web
  • Oh! And the ability to make and receive phone calls
Now, I don’t care how big the phone is, I really don’t care for small phones (I just don’t trust them). And I can’t get the iphone because I’m not ready to move away from T-Mobile or hack an iphone so I can use it on the T-Mobile network.

I think I’ve narrowed it down to the T-Mobile G1 (Android) or BlackBerry Curve.

T-Mobile G1

BlackBerry Curve

Do you have a cool smart phone? Is there another smart phone out there that I’m over looking? Please let me know, I would like to make this purchase this week.

Thank you friends!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pleasantville [Movie Still]

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Twitter [My Review]

So I’m twittering (I started two days ago) and I've made a couple observations:
  1. It is easily addictive
  2. I’m not sure anyone is actually reading my tweets (how can you when you follow 500 different people?)
  3. Who cares what I’m doing? I’m not even sure if I’m that interested in my OWN daily life.
  4. People tweet things but I don’t have any point of reference to what the hell they are talking about
  5. I still constantly check my twitter page with all my misgivings (yeah, it gets addictive)

My twitter page - camillereads

I have to admit I find twitter rather intriguing. I wish I had it when I was on vacation in Uganda in July. I actually had stuff to tweet then! Now, all I have is, “I’m at work/I’m walking to the subway/I am home.” 

Boring stuff right? So I have to spend my time to think of clever and witty things to say. And basically that’s too much work!

And on top of it, it’s kind of hard to find interesting tweet feeds to follow. So far I enjoy:
If you are looking for good twitter feeds to follow check out the GovTwit Directory. It lists all the government agencies using Twitter.

Happy twittering, I'll be reading!

2009 Carnival [Anyone got tickets to Brazil?]

Guess what? 

This weekend in Brazil is Carnival!!!

If you’re in Brazil party for me!

Source [Photos from AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive via Philly Free Library]

Feeling Loved [It's the little things]

Yesterday I didn’t go to work because I awoke with an extremely stiff neck (I guess I slept wrong???). I just couldn’t turn my head to the right. I applied a hot water bottle to it throughout the day and eventually the stiffness subsided a bit.

Later in the day I called my mom to said hey and told her about my stiff neck. She immediately asked if I had meningitis.

Oh! How I love my mom. Her outrageous reaction to any little ailment I may have, even though I’m almost 30 makes me feel oh so loved.

And no, I don't have meningitis.

Eastern Promises [Movie Still]

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Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts in the film Eastern Promises. This movie is in my top 25 favorite movies.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Melissa Harris-Lacewell is cool [Peace Out!]


I was watching the Rachel Maddow show tonight and her guest was Princeton University Professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell. They were discussing Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele's plan to reach out to the "hip hop" crowd.

When Rachel bid ado to Melissa, Melissa held up the peace sign and yelled "Peace Out Rachel!"

OMG, I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! 

Oh, I officially love Melissa. I really liked her before, but now she has cemented my love.

I'm sure the video will be online soon.

NY Post Half Apologizes for Cartoon [Now you can SEE why people may be offended?]

The New York Post said they were sorry, but not really.

This evening the NY Post issued a half-apology for their offensive cartoon this Wednesday.
Wednesday's Page Six cartoon - caricaturing Monday's police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut - has created considerable controversy. It shows two police officers standing over the chimp's body: "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill," one officer says.

It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill. Period. But it has been taken as something else - as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism. This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.

However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past - and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.

To them, no apology is due.

Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon - even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.
The reason people call it a half-apology is because they did the "I'm sorry if you were offended thing" which really means they aren't sorry, just sorry people got upset and may stop buying their newspaper because the economy is doing so bad and they really, really need people to buy their newspaper or they may go out of business.

Whew! That was a really long sentence.

Anyway, I would like to send a shout out to Ron Christie and Amy Holmes who went on TV and attempted to defend this cartoon. IN YOUR FACE! Ha! You tried to pretend it wasn't offensive and since you are black your feelings out rank the feelings of other non-black pundits, but low-and-behold, the NY Post trumped you and apologized.

Just a reminder for all those "pundits" out there, you do realize you are on TV and it is recorded so we will always remember what you said.

Source [HuffPo]

White House liveblog Canada Trip [You Gotta Love the 21st Century]

President Obama is welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd upon his arrival in Ottawa, Canada.

Jason Djang, the White House New Media staffer live blogged President Obama's first foreign trip to Canada.

I gotta say I love this. I love the way the POTUS is embracing technology.

They also uploaded a slideshow of the photos.

Beatles & Abbey Road [You Gotta Love Tourist]

Above is the cover the Beatles' Abbey Road album.

Below is a time lapse of tourist in London trying to replicate the album cover.

Source [Boing Boing]

Eye Candy - Sami Frey


This week’s eye candy is Sami Frey. He is an old school French actor who has appeared in over 80 films.

I first noticed Sami in the film Bande à part (Band of Outsiders) where he stars as would-be criminal Franz. In this 1964 film he is gorgeous. He’s smooth and cool and of course he’s French (I am a sucker for all things French)! I wrote how much I loved this movie on my blog (great French new wave film).

Sami is just a handsome man. Even in his later years he is still a good looking man.

Unfortunately I could not find that much information about this life outside the 81 films he appeared in and that he is known as a “companion” of famous French actress Brigitte Bardot in the 60’s. If you have additional information about Sami please let me know, for the time being I will just stare at his photos.

View larger photos of Sami Frey in my Picasa Web Album.

The Long Kiss Goodnight [Movie Still]

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The End of the Republican Party [Michael Steele]

Michael Steel, chairman of the Republican National Committee

The boss of the Republican party Michael Steele has announced his plan to revive his party.

By wooing Latinos and African-Americans.

And yes, the Republican party just died.

This strategy is flawed and extremely funny. Mr. Steele is promising an "off the hook" public relations bitz into "urban-suburban hip-hop setting." Yes, he wants the youth and minorities to join the Republican party while the Democratic President is Barack Obama, who happens to be black and already has a huge following with the youth.

After hearing this plan, I'm starting to think Michael Steele is a double agent. Seriously, maybe he is working for the democrats. 

After watching the documentary Right America: Feeling Wronged - Some Voices from the Campaign Trail by Alexandra Pelosi on HBO, I doubt many of those Republicans are looking forward to a "hip hop" Republican party. 

But then again, maybe it might work. On second thought, no it won't.

Source [NY Daily News]

Star Trek: The Next Generation [Engage in Reading]

Okay I will reveal more of my nerdish and geeky side.

I am a HUGE fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I'm such a big fan I just started my journey of reading all the TNG (The Next Generation) novels.

My recently purchased Star Trek: The Next Generation novels No. 0 - 7 (note my Harry Potter books in the back)

bon vivant [today's word]

The "word" for the day is bon vivant

It means a person with refined taste, especially one who enjoys superb food and drink. It does not describe me. President Chester A. Arthur was bon vivant (at least that's what the history channel told me).

This is a McDonald's hamburger

Bamboozled [Movie Still]

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I Tweet and David Gregory's New Blog


I joined Twitter today. I am camillereads. I wasn't in a very creative mood, so that's the username I'm stuck with (probably forever). 

Anyway, for some reason I am following David Gregory, the host of Meet the Press tweets' (I was bored and this whole thing is new, so I can't help but start following everyone!). But since I'm following him, I was one of the first people to know he has a new blog! Yup, it's called The View From Here.

David Gregory's new blog - The View From Here

When the blog loaded I started to laugh. His blog header is a photo of Dave over looking the Dead Sea. Ha! (doing Chris Matthews' laugh) Can you get any more cliche? Anyway, I am a proponent of everyone utilizing the internet so I am not knocking him. I'm just saying his blog header made me laugh.

But then again, maybe Dave was trying to be funny by calling his blog "the view from here" because he's 6'5" and looks like a giant compared to all the other journalist who average 5'4"?

David Gregory standing with Al Roker, Meredith Viera and Keanu Reeves

Source [David Gregory's twitter, camillereads (my twitter feed)]

Offensive Cartoon [Really, you want me to believe...]

This offensive cartoon ran on page 6 of the New York Post. A newspaper known for it's outlandish front pages and well being offensive.

The Huffington Post summed it up best,
A cartoon likening the author of the stimulus bill, perhaps President Barack Obama, with a rabid chimpanzee graced the pages of the New York Post on Wednesday.

The drawing, from famed cartoonist Sean Delonas, is rife with violent imagery and racial undertones. In it, two befuddled-looking police officers holding guns look over the dead and bleeding chimpanzee that attacked a woman in Stamford, Connecticut.

I just don't know how you can spin this and make me believe I should not be offended. But Col Allan, editor-in-chief of the New York Post tried and failed:
"The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist."
Al Sharpton did release a statement protesting the cartoon, but he was right in doing so. 

Michael Clayton [Movie Still]


Tilda Swinton in her Academy Award winning role as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton.

Beautiful Black Girls [Everywhere]

President Obama and his daughters

A couple weeks ago, The Black Snob (I am a super fan of this blog) switched on her batman sign and made a calling for photos of black girls. This call was in response to the fashion/advertising industry claim that 
"The First Daughters are tough subjects to match... It's a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren't that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill."
Yeah, they just said there aren't many cute black girls around.


Anyway, the Black Snob received over 200 photos! I can't wait until she finishes this project. You can read more about it here.

Today's Sartorialist photo

Then today, the wildly popular blog The Sartorialist posted a photo of a cute little black girl. I was like see, why are people frontin' that there aren't cute black girls everywhere! 

Anyway, I just wanted yall to know that.

I'm done.

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