Thursday, December 31, 2009

This is EXACTLY how I'm feeling this New Years...

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Source [this isn't happiness]

2009 is out... and here's what happened

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Waving Goodbye to 2009 - This crafty individual created a year in review in Google Wave. It's pretty cool and made me actually click my Google Wave invitation, and guess what? I still don't know how to use it or do half (if any) of the cool stuff he does in this video with my Google Wave.




United State of Pop 2009 - A mash up of all the popular songs this year.



Cinema 2009 - A mash up of all the films released in 2009. I like his description, "1 Year, 342 Movies, 12 Months of hard work, 7 Minutes."



  • Noughtyismes - The Best Words of the Decade; The Guardian lists their favorite neologisms (a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase). Since it's a British site most, if not all of the terms and words are new to me, but I do like witches' knickers, croggie, and nom de womb.
  • The Wall Street Journal presents 2009 in Photos. Check it out, some of those photos are stunning.
  • That Was Then... This Is Now - The Wall Street Journal has this nifty pdf of some of the changes in the past decade. Spoiler alert: they show a book and then a kindle!
  • The very helpful site, lifehacker, has alot of "Most Popular 2009" in different categories
  • Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times blogged about The Best Films of the Decade. From his list, I've only seen: Almost Famous, Crash, Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2, Minority Report, No Country for Old Men... I have some movie watching to do! But his buddy and fellow film critic, Richard Roeper has his own Best Movies of 2009 list.
Oh yeah, I wrote My Year in Music (all my musical purchases) and My Year in Fanfiction (all the Harry Potter - Harry/Draco fanfiction I've read this year), but if you really want to know how my year's been check out the archives of all my 2009 Blog Posts (this will keep you busy for hours, grab something to drink first).

Happy New Years Nerds!

The Boondocks are coming back

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The Boondocks is a hilarious cartoon based on the comic strip by Aaron McGruder and it's coming back to the Cartoon Network (the last season to air was in 2007). On Christmas Eve, Aaron tweeted (@aaronmcgruder):
Finally got an airdate for Season 3. Not sure if I'm allowed to put it out yet, so I'll just say you got about three months! Merry Xmas!!
I find the cartoon hilariously funny, if not, at times cringe worthy. The series presents a social satire of American and African-American culture and of course race relations, in sometimes shockingly honest ways. Oh yeah, they like to say "nigga" alot on the show too. Which of course, causes a lot of controversy.

For example watch this clip where they discuss a "Nigga Moment"



No matter what, the show is hilarious and I look forward to it being back on the air... eventually.

Source [The Fury]

My Year in Fanfiction [2009]

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Around June of this year I discovered fanfiction. Two weeks after that, I discovered Harry/Draco fanfiction. Three days after that, all other reading stopped for me and I became addicted to this particular pairing.

My preference are long (50,000k word +) length stories (I don't usually read one chapter or one-shot stories) which have a little, how should I say, "spice" to them.

I didn't have the time to write a review for all the stories I've read (who has time for reviews when you have MORE stories to read). Some in the list are bad, very bad... but some are good (if you want to know my favorites check out this post). If you're a H/D shipper like myself, take some time and check out my list, I'm sure you will find something you like.

So here it goes, all the Harry Potter Fanfiction I've Read this Year (not in any particular order)... and it's a lot.


As always, I'm looking for Harry/Draco fanfiction recommendations. Please leave a comment with links or descriptions of your favorite stories.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Best Quotes from Eric Northman

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I can't wait for the next season of True Blood... just because I know there will be more Eric this season (which means, more Alexander Skarsgard).

Madame Nina Simone

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No one sounds like Madame Nina Simone.

If you don't know her music, learn... she's amazing.

My Year in Music [2009]

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Here are my musical purchases in the O-9. Now keep in mind, I'm one of those people who's late to catch on to "new" music. If a CD was recently released or is currently playing on the radio, it takes about 6 months before it enters into my orbit (I don't listen to the radio) so some songs may be old.

I tried to categorize my purchases but they aren't in any particular order and most (if not all) links go the video for the song:

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My Favorites - They usually stay in my iPod rotation
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  • Manners - Passion Pit (entire album)
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My Youth - Occasionally I like to go down memory lane
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The "Oldies" - They never go out of style
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  • White Lines - Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five
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The Questionable Purchases -but I still listen to them
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Regrettable Purchases -I wish I could return them
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So, are you judging me from my musical purchases? Yeah, you probably are, but that's okay. I'm kind of all over with my music. I make my purchases based on my mood.

What songs did you buy and love this year?

Occasionally I Finish Things I Start

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Proof I actually completed ALL my Christmas shopping this year!
Camille for the win.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jerry Seinfeld goes to Oz

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An oldie but goodie - Jerry Seinfeld goes to Oz (as in the prison).

This is from his appearance hosting Saturday Night Live.

Source [Dailymotion]

If I said I'd love you one day...

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My response: "Yes, yes it would."

I believe this is a screen capture from the French film Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis. I've never seen it, but now I think I'll add it to my netflix queue.

Source [100 Notes]

ENVY

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The image above makes me sad but also makes me want to laugh.

I mean, what do you think the girl in the big coat is thinking? "Look at those skinny bitches, I hate them all!" or "One day I'll be like them" or "That's it I'm going to kill everyone up in here!" or "I wish I had friends like that" or more likely, "I wish they would hurry the hell up, I gotta use the bathroom!"

Source [That boy is a monster]

Things Only Experience Will Teach You

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Things Only Experience Will Teach You
No matter how classic they are, the dance moves from the "Charlie Brown Christmas" special will never look cool in REAL LIFE.

For more words of wisdom check out Surviving the Word.

Source [the rushmore beekeeper]

Monday, December 28, 2009

I wonder if you will love this as much as I love this...

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Source [camillereads]

Sherlock Holmes [quick movie review]

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So I saw the new film Sherlock Holmes this weekend and I have to say, I was entertained. It wasn't a "great" movie but it was entertaining and of course I love Victorian Britian and the witty dialog of Holmes (not to mention Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law are very easy on the eyes). I would say, don't rush out or break your neck to see the film, but if you have time I'm sure you'll like it.

The other thing I loved about the film was Holmes and Watson's relationship. Clearly we could see they are good friends, but me thinks it may be a bit more. Read this little exchange from the film below:


Holmes
: You’ve never complained about my methods before.
Watson: I’m not complaining.
Holmes: You’re not? Then what do you call this?
Watson: How— how can— I never complain! When do I complain about you practicing the violin at three in the morning, or your mess? Your general lack of hygiene, or the fact that you steal my clothes?
Holmes: Uh, we have a barter system.
Watson: When do I complain about you setting fire to my rooms?
Holmes: Our rooms.
Watson: The rooms! When do I complain that you experiment on my dog?
Holmes: Our dog.
Watson: On— on the— the dog!
Holmes: Gladstone is our dog!
Watson: But where I do take issue is your campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary.
[pause]
Holmes: I understand.
Watson: Do you?
Holmes: I do.
Watson: I don’t think you do.
Holmes: You’re rather tired.
Watson: Yes.
Holmes: You’re feeling a bit sensitive.
Watson: I’m not sensitive.
Holmes: What you need is rest. My brother Mycroft has a small estate. Beautiful grounds. We can throw a lamb on the spit—
Watson: We? Holmes, if I were to go to the country it would be with my future wife!
Holmes: Well, certainly, if we must, we could—
Watson: No, not you! Mary and I! You are not
Holmes: Invited? Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? Watson, now you’re not making any sense.
Watson: You’re not human!
Whenever I saw the pair on screen together, I kept thinking, this would make some great slash fanfiction (I don't know why my mind always go there, maybe it has something to do with my Harry/Draco fanfic obsession). The chemistry was just there, intentional or not. I'm sure there is someone out there writing an epic Holmes/Watson slash fanfiction right now!

And guess what? There is! I just did a quick search on FanFiction.net and they already have 6 stories in that category. Ha!

Movie Dialog Source [So Speechless]

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I think we're just going to have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that.
- The Royal Tenenbaums

Source [Sick Sad World]

Saturday, December 26, 2009

This is what I'm talking about... [Art]

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This is a piece by Banksy, a British graffiti artist. This particular piece (above), which I love (especially that she's smoking a cigarette) was in his exhibition in the Bristol Museum.

Check out his website, he has some REALLY interesting pieces (out door and indoor art).

Source [Material World]

Just a Hamster...

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This damn song got stuck in my head all day!

"Just a hamster
Movin' my body
Up on tha dance floor"

Source [Mr. Pinky Overdrive]

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas from Camille

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Merry Christmas!

Here I am at the tender age of 7 or 8 in front of our Christmas Tree back in 1987. I was pretty excited because I got a "Paint 'n Play" set (I'm wearing the smock) and I was determined to be an artist back then. Unfortunately, I realized only a couple days later that I lacked artistic abilities and decided I would be a writer (I got a beautiful diary the next year).

You know looking at this tree now, I have to laugh. It's so horribly decorated! But I love it because my parents always allowed us (I have 3 other siblings) to decorated it and like most kids at that age, we had no idea about "color palette" or making things match. We spent the weekend before making ornaments (I made that Angel face out of a paper plate) and we threw whatever was in the box marked "Christmas" on the tree. Oh those were good times.

I have to admit, I did believe in Santa Claus when I was younger because my parents were like Ninja's; we never saw them go Christmas shopping or saw wrapping paper in our house. My little sister and I just knew our parents (who always claim broke when we asked for stuff) would never go out and buy all those presents for us. But low-and-behold, every Christmas our tree would be over flowing with gifts. Of course, we were stumped on the idea how Santa actually made it into our house because we didn't have a chimney. My dad being the logical guy he is, explained that Santa also had keys to everyone's house, just in case they didn't have a chimney. And that made sense to us.

Anyway, have a merry Christmas!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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"Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot,
but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not.
The Grinch hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season.
Oh, please don't ask why, no one quite knows the reason.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
Or maybe his head wasn't screwed on just right.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
may have been that his heart was two sizes too small."


- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Favorite Christmas Films

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Here are some of my favorite Christmas related films (not in any particular order).



Bad Santa - What can I say about Bad Santa? Umm, it's horribly wonderful. The dialog in this film is hilarious!



Elf - This film has become an instant Christmas classic. I don't know one person who doesn't like this movie. Not one!



Scrooged (1988) - This is probably my favorite Christmas movie of all time. If I catch this on TV I have to stop and watch it. Bill Murray is perfect! I love everything about this movie, except when the homeless guy dies, that still makes me sad.



Love Actually - Who doesn't effin' LOVE this movie? Seriously. The film focuses on the love lives of various characters during the Christmas holiday and how they slightly intersect. It is a great film which will have you smiling in the end and rooting for everyone to fall in love. It has the perfect amount of comedy, charm and romance that allows men and women to enjoy equally.



Die Hard - This movie film spawned 3 additional feature films and goes down as a classic action flick. This movie is great for three reasons: 1. the dialog spoken by Bruce Willis, 2. Bruce Willis fighting terrorist in his bare feet and 3. Hans Gruber. "But, all things being equal, I'd rather be in Philadelphia" - spoken by our hero John McClane.



Trading Places - First it was filmed in my beloved city of Philadelphia. Second it starred Eddie Murphy. My favorite line from the film is when Eddie Murphy sees a copy struggling with a suspect and says to a cop, "Excuse me officer, may I suggest you use your bully club."

Okay, I got a little tired writing this and didn't feel like embedding all the videos for the following. Sorry guys, but it's Christmas time I have a of wrapping to do.
  • It's a Wonderful Life - It's a film everyone has to watch at least once.
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1994) - I think I enjoy this version of the film more because of Elizabeth Perkins.
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Oh, the holidays with the family, they don't get any more ridiculous than this.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas - Sometimes I don't like watching Charlie Brown because he really makes me sad. I hate seeing 8 year old kids so depressed, but this is a classic and everyone has to watch this at least once in their life.
  • Home Alone - I was ten years old when this film came out and it was the best thing I've ever seen. I wished my parents would leave me home alone for a week, not exactly at Christmas time because who would buy my toys?
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) - To be honest, I always sided with the Grinch, those Who's in Whoville were just too high and mighty for my taste.
  • Roots: The Gift - It's Roots man, Roots! You have to enjoy this spin off of the mini-series where some slaves actually get free - at Christmas time no less!
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV Special 1964) - The Island of the Misfit Toys always bummed me out (you won't believe what problem A Dolly for Sue's problem was - spoiler alert, it was psychological according to wikipedia).
What are your favorite Christmas related or themed movies?

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg

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During this segment of the Martha Stewart Show, Snoop Dogg told Martha Stewart to "turn the oven up to 420" and it went completely over her head. Of course, that reference would have gone over my head a year ago, until I did this post back in Sept 2008 about the meaning of the number 420.

Martha then said, “Snoop, it’s important to be precise when baking.”

LOL!

Source [Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici]

Quote

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"Old age ain't no place for sissies."
- Bette Davis


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Spock

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Zachary Quinto - "i'm gonna SPOCK you like an animal"

Source [Goo goo g'joob]

Getting closer to Alexander...

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My new friend Genevieve (don't you love that name) gave me a way to get closer to my future boyfriend Alexander Skarsgard by learning Swedish one word per day!

I mentioned I wanted to learn Swedish to woo Alex back in April (how could he resist the Black American who speaks Swedish, right?) but I was unsuccessful because I couldn't figure out the right pronunciation (not to mention I didn't try very hard).


But no fears, the Swedish Word of the Day for Beginners pronounces the word for you!

So, I'm thinking learning random Swedish words at the rate of one per day... umm, I'll be able to have a proper conversation with Alexander in about 3 years. (fingers crossed!)

The 12 Gays of Christmas

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Oh how I love the gays!!! This video just makes me smile.

Source [hot gay nerds - a mature site NSFW]

Merry Christmas from Home Alone

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Instant classic Christmas movie - Home Alone.

Source [middle cyclones and other references]

My Dad is a Joker...

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My Dad just sent me this text msg: “Call Best Buy right now! Giving away $250 gift card to first 5000 callers 631-403-2022. I just got one”

I texted him back, “is this real?”

He replied, “just try it.”

I called the number and had to laugh because my Dad is such a joker. I love that guy so much!

Oh yeah, I'm not responsible if you call that number (it's pretty harmless).

Recession hits Hogwarts

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Breaking News: Hogwarts is hit hard by the recession. Students condemned to dine the muggle way.

Source [100 Notes]

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“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.”

- Redd Foxx

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Golden Girls

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What a tattoo!

Source [only child]

OMG - Yes... finally someone figured it out!

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"Today, I realized that Santa Claus is clearly a wizard using the Floo network and an extensive amount of house elves. Also possibly a levitation spell on a sleigh pulled by hippogriffs transfigured into reindeer."

- Malfoyy tumblr site


Source [Malfoyy]

Exam - new movie thriller

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We are movie geeks said it best, "I love films that use one location. So much extra suspense is added due to the fact that we, like the characters, can’t escape. 12 ANGRY MEN, SAW and many others employ this technique to great affect and it looks like Stuart Hazeldine’s EXAM is going to join the ranks."

Watch the trailer for Exam below:



I Capture the Castle

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"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining-board, which I have padded with our dog's blanket and the tea-cosy."

First sentences of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Monday, December 21, 2009

Everyone I've Slept With...

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This pillow allows you to write down "Everyone I've Slept With"...

Interesting concept... but I'm pretty sure no one wants to see this on a potential lovers' bed (especially if it has a long list).

FYI - I could not find where this is for sale, if you know... please leave a comment.

New Cops and Gangster Film

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Remember Omar (Michael K. Williams) from The Wire, Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) from New Jack City, Jake (Ethan Hawke) from Training Day?

Well guess what? They all joined forces and will star in the new film Brooklyn's Finest. Okay, okay, so they won't be playing their previous characters but that just sets the screen for some great cops and gangster action, right!

Watch the trailer below:



Source [i watch stuff]

Thank You JK...

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I love JK Rowling. She has provided endless hours of entertainment to me with her characters in Harry Potter.

Thank you.

Source [SHE WAS HURRICANE]

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"I was walking along a path with two friends — the sun was setting — suddenly the sky turned blood red — I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence — there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city — my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety — and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature."

- Edvard Munch, on the experience which inspired his famous painting, The Scream

Sunday, December 20, 2009

RIP Brittany Murphy

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Brittany Murphy died today, she was 32 years old.

Her breakout role in the film Clueless had a big impact on me. I was 15 years old when the film came out in 1995 and my friends and I (did I ever mention I went to an all-girls high school) obsessed about this movie. We would often sing, "rollin' with the homies" or say, "Why should I listen to you, anyway? You're a virgin who can't drive" for no apparent reason to each other.

I can't say I paid that much attention to her film career after Clueless but I was one of those people who continued to whisper "I'll never tell" when the opportunity presented itself after watching the film Don't Say a Word.





RIP Brittany Murphy!

News Source [CNN and TMZ]

Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette

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Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette, oil on canvas, 1885 by Vincent van Gogh

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“The more I detest men individually the more ardent becomes my love for humanity."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Saturday, December 19, 2009

there will always be women

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"Wherever I am... there will always be women." - Eric Northman, True Blood

Just another reason to love my favorite vampire, Eric (not to mention my boyfriend Alexander Skarsgard).

Source [Bitch, it's eric northman]

Let's take a moment and stare at James Dean...

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James with actress Natalie Wood

James with a sleeping Elizabeth Taylor

For more James Dean visit Dream As If You'll Live Forever...
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