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Art

Dawn Chorus.

Robot Sculptures.

Books

He’s An Artiste. [Or about James Franco’s short story wich I couldn’t even read a whole paragraph of.]

Bram Stoker Award Winners Announced.

Movies

Rachel Weisz the new Bond villain?

8 Other Witches We’d Rather See in Tim Burton’s Maleficent Over Angelina.

I’m Here: Spike Jonze’s rather weird Absolut Vodka short film in its entirety.

Politics

Disney’s New Pirate Movie Will Have Women Jumping Up and Down.

Hipster Racism: Because Amanda Palmer showed her ass [<– Trigger Warning]. AGAIN. [via Alas.]

Just Because Jesus Is Involved Doesn’t Make It Not Rape Culture.

Predator Theory.

Science

The Periodic Table of Periodic Tables.

Completely Different Things

Forehead Tittaes.

Don’t drink and watch!

Teaser Tuesday

(Okay, I know that it’s actually Wednesday already but deadra’s visiting so my normal blogging schedule is a little screwed…)

Darren Mortlake was in the huff. He was feeling unappreciated, taken for granted and unfairly chastised.

Quite Ugly One Morning – Christopher Brookmyre

[So, I’m a pretty big Brookmyre fan but have discovered to my dismay that I’m really behind on my reading when it comes to him. So, the only logical thing to do for me was to start at the beginning and (re-)read everything. Quite Ugly One Morning is the first book in the Jack Parlabane Series and the first book Brookmyre has ever written.]

35 Questions – Meme Monday

1. How far away is the last person you kissed?

Well, let me think about who the last person I kissed is… [Yes, I know that it is rather pathetic that I have to think about it…] I think the last person I kissed was J. and he’s in London right now? I don’t know, I’m not really up to date with his life. Just had to ask Facebook… [But as I’m not really sure who the last person I kissed is…]

Unless we’re talking innocent kisses, then it’s my sister and she’s at her boyfriend’s place, in Vienna.

2. Has someone ever told you they would be with you forever?

No. [And neither have I told anyone.]

3. Last person you were in a car with?

My cousin, my father and my sister.

4. Any plans for tomorrow?

Deadra is coming tonight and staying for the week, which means we’ll probably be doing this tomorrow: Sleep. Then I need to go run some errands while deadra (maybe) sleeps more. Eat. Then I’ll see my mom for a little while. Then we’ll go to the movies. And then we’ll go to the cinema. And then we might watch a film. ;)

5. How long does it take for you to take a shower?

If I don’t have a time limit because I need to be somewhere or someone else wants to use the shower, around 15-20 minutes. I can be rather fast if I have to, but under 3 minutes, we need not start talking.

6. Best friend or close friends?

deadra, L., *, B., abstrakt. And everytime I see them, which is much too rare, we become the closest of friends again within minutes: C. and K.

7. Is tomorrow going to be a good day?

I think so.

8. Did you kiss anyone friday?

Only the innocent variety. But there I kissed my fair share of people – all of them family. [It was a minor family reunion. Which means about 20 people I kissed.]

9. Ever thrown up in public?

No.

10. What’s on your mind RIGHT NOW?

The sentence “What’s on your mind RIGHT NOW?” That it’s really embarassing that I’m listening to Lady Gaga and wondering whether her singles really are the only songs I like.

11. Who was the last person you talked to?

My mom.

12. What is the WORST subject they teach at school?

Religion. It’s usually either a waste of time or indoctrination. I have yet to find a religion class that makes sense to me (which would be a mixture of comparative religion and cultural studies).

13. Have you seen anyone lately that you don’t get along with?

There aren’t many people I absolutely don’t get along with (I just spent a whole weekend with the extremely religious catholic part of my family and I enjoyed myself, for example), and of those people I don’t get along with, no, I haven’t seem them lately.

14. What is your favourite colour top to wear?

A look in my closet says it’s black/red/green/colourful/blue. I don’t discriminate when it comes to top colours.

15. Have you ever been in a car accident?

Yes, once (apart from some scraping while parking). It was in Brazil, we were on a rather curvy mountain road, it was raining, the driver was going too fast and we were incredibly lucky because we managed to get off the road at one of those places where there was actually something to get off on. The car was a wreck, but nobody was hurt. I got the worst of it – a huge bump on my head.

16. What’s the closest thing to you that’s green?

A small bag I got from * which functions as a pencil case for me.

17. Where would you like to be right now?

Somewhere where I’m not too cold without heating and too hot with heating.

18. Write down some lyrics to the song you’re listening to?

“Hold me and love me, just wanna touch you for a minute”

[Yeah, I’m listening to Lovegame. I already said that I was listening to Lady Gaga, didn’t I?]

19. How many dogs do you have?

I myself have none. I used to have one (at least nominally it was my dog) and I plan of having one again as soon as I have a garden (and preferably a house in that garden).

[WARNING: DOG GEEKERY] I want a Newfoundland (black or Landseer) but I’m still on the fence because they have issues with their hips as a lot of pedigreed dogs and their size means that their life span is rather short. But then again, for me a dog is not a dog unless I can pet it when we’re both standing and I don’t have to bend over to do it.

I also like the Irish Wolfhound but things are actually worse for it and they’re working dogs (meaning they need constant exercise and actual work or they’ll go a little aggressive, or at least annoying like hell). I’m pretty sure I’m too lazy for a working dog. Which is also a reason why I won’t get a Weimaraner, even though they’re really beautiful.

I’ll probably end up doing what I did the last time, which is go to the next kennel and pick up a stray.

[Since Vienna has just decided to have special dog licenses for dogs deemed belonging to a “fighting breed”, kennels are overflowing already. Maybe I should decide to have one now…]

Okay, I’m done.

[/DOG GEEKERY]

20. Is anything bugging you right now?

That I just spent 15 minutes thinking about dogs and that I now want one but I still think that owning a dog in a flat is not a good thing.

21. Is life going right for you now?

It’s okay.

22. Is there someone you care about more than yourself?

No.

[Yeah, I know what that sounds like and maybe my answer would be different if I had kids, but you know, I think it’s totally unhealthy to put others before yourself because nobody will be doing it for you either and you have to be number one somewhere. Anyway, if that makes me an antisocial asshole, I can live with that. :)]

23. What made you laugh today?

batman lulz. Especially this one:

24. What was the last movie you watched?

I half-watched Chasing Sleep. [Actually, my father watched it, while I was in the same room.] Before that, Same Same But Different.

25. Whats the last conversation you had about?

[That does not seem to be a grammatically sound sentence…]

Anyway, last conversation I had with my mom about us meeting tomorrow and my weekend.

26. What were you doing at 7:00 this morning?

Sleeping. Of course.

27. Do you like your hair long or short?

I’ve had it all lengths between 8mm and almost reaching my ass. I have to say that I’m a girl of middle grounds. Not much longer than shoulder length, not much shorter than chin length. Though I’m thinking about going real short again.

28. Do you want to see somebody right now?

If somebody were to appear in my flat right now… how about naked Christian Bale? Can’t go wrong with that. ;)

29. Do you like the rain?

Well, if it’s not the icy variety while I’m caught outside, yeah, I love rain.

30. Did you have a valentine this year?

No. And I probably never will seeing as I don’t really get Valentine’s Day.

31. The last person you kissed needs you at 3 am, would you go?

If it’s a real emergenvy that can’t wait, of course I would go. But if there’s a possibility that it can wait until morning, I’m even happier to help. :)

32. Would you honestly say you’d risk your life for someone else?

Risk it: Yes, I do think so. Give it: Not bloody likely. :)

33. Honestly, if you could go back 1 month and change something would you?

No, probably not. Unless it can be something amazingly cool like prevent rape or abuse or something. But in my life, no.

34. How do you feel about boys smoking?

Well, as a fresh non-smoker (Almost a month, people, I quit almost a month ago!) I can neither be too condoning nor too judgmental. Smoking is very rarely a good idea but people are responsible for themselves. [Same goes for girls/women/men/others as well.]

35. Could you see yourself with someone forever?

Depends on what you mean by forever. Unless there actually is a way for me and that other person to become immortal, I think chances are pretty slim.
If you mean until the end of my life: Sure, why not. If it’s the right person… :)

The Wolfman (2010)

The Wolfman is the remake of the 1941 movie. It was directed by Joe Johnston and stars Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Geraldine Chaplin and Hugo Weaving.

Plot:
After the mysterious disappearance and subsequent death, Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns home for the first time in years. Home he finds his brother’s fiancée Gwen (Emily Blunt), his pretty psychopathic father (Anthony Hopkins) and a huge-ass monster that promptly attacks him…

You know, deadra summed this movie up with: “Huh?!-lol-eww-wtf-NEEDLES!!!-eww-lol-huh?!?-WTF?!??” which, minus the needles, is pretty much the perfect summary for me, too. This movie is bad, people. Really bad. But in some instances (unfortunately they are too few) it’s also curiously entertaining.

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Art

A heart a day.

Book Artists and Designers Pick Their Favourite Recent Covers.

Books

There’s a prequel for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? There was something about flogging and horses and death…

In Praise of Sexual Expression.

Nicholas Sparks is probably delusional.

Book Review Bingo!

Women can’t do it right: If they write light-hearted stuff, it’s chick-lit. If they write grim stuff, it’s too grim

Ian McEwan to Make Atonement Opera.

Carol Ann Duffy’s Poem About David Beckham, Dissected.

A Massive Map of Four Famed Fictions Crossing the Globe.

Comics

The Daily Batman.

Games

Digital: A Love Story.

Continuity.

YouDunnit.

Movies

The Letter O in Film Poster Design.

Revenge of the Return: Sequels Get Even.

Björk and Michel Gondry to team up again for a movie.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in talks to play Daniel Johnston?

Enver Gjokaj has a new webseries – a soap opera satire. What more could you wish for? You can find the video(s) here.

Tim Burton to make Addams Family film next?

Dr. Horrible sequel confirmed – as a movie.

Bryan Singer to direct two X-Men movies? Or none at all?

Chris Evans is Captain America.

John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and a Ferrari cast in Transformers 3.

Music

Politics

Tampon ad makes fun of tampon ads, still can’t say “vagina”. Related: Euphemism in Tampon Ads.

The Pink and Blue Project.

The Science of Making Up Stuff.

Religion

Science

TV

Firefly Re-Watch!

What Happened to Torchwood? Bad news, that’s what.

That Sounds Interesting: King Arthur + Torchwood.

Completely Different Things

Rubik’s Cube for the Blind.

That’s What Bea Said.

Watch Hugh Jackman in a Lipton Ice Tea ad.

[via @nikhilgp]How many zombies do you know?

French TV Show Uses Famous Milgram Torture Experiment.

Invictus (2009)

Invictus is the newest movie by Clint Eastwood, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

Plot:
Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) just became the President of South Africa. Despite his victory at the election, the country is still torn apart by racial conflicts. Mandela decides that one possibilities to unite the country is by giving them a sports team to root for, together. So he asks François Pienaar (Matt Damon), captain of the rather desolate Rugby team, to win the World Cup.

Before I say anything about the film, I should probably come clean and say that it is not a movie I would normally watch – I don’t like Clint Eastwood and the story is not really interesting for me. But since I always make this effort to watch all the Oscar Nominated movies, I ended up seeing this one as well.
That said, it didn’t surprise me one bit that I didn’t like the film.

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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

I Love You Phillip Morris is a movie directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, starring Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann and Rodrigo Santoro*.

Plot:
The movie tells the story of con artist Steven Jay Russell (Jim Carrey). Steven was a police officer who had a wife (Leslie Mann), kids and was obsessed with finding his natural parents who gave him up for adoption. But when he actually does find his family, his world falls apart and he decides to live life to the fullest. So, he finally tells his wife that he’s gay and becomes a con artist to support his new lifestyle. Unfortunately that way, he ends up in prison, where he meets the man of his life: Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). And that’s only the beginning.

I Love You Phillip Morris is a great comedy, albeit not a perfect movie. One has to wonder why this story was never told before (probably due to TEH GAY!) – it lends itself wonderfully to the film format.

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A Weekend in Paris

A month ago (I’m getting there, people, sometime this year, I will be up to date with my posts…), I went to Paris with my mom and my three older sisters for a weekend. My mom got this as her birthday present from us since she used to work in Paris as an Au pair when she was younger and had wanted to see Paris again for quite a while.

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