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Rereading Matilda

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

I’m in the process of rereading Matilda by Roald Dahl for a class and I came across this quote.

This is exactly why I’ve always enjoyed reading. I can essentially fight the bad guy, live the greatest love story, save a universe galaxies away, be a pirate, and never have to leave my bed.

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The Damnwells- “The Great Unknown”

Can I just say I absolutely adore this band? Everything about their music is fantastic and beautiful. I can’t wait for their newest album to be in my hands. I think that’s the only album I’m excited to hear this year.

If you liked the video about you can download the song for free here. You can also download their album One Last Century for free here. [Do it right now. It will be the best decision you make all day, I promise].

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Lost Easter Egg on Google

Google is pretty awesome with all the Easter Eggs they have. This is under ‘edit profile’ on your Google account if you want to find it for yourself.

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About Glee

I know I’m not the only one who is seriously disappointed in the show. I hate just everything about it anymore.

The continuity basically doesn’t exist anymore. Things just happen for the sake of a joke.

Apparently the idea of sectionals/regionals doesn’t exist anymore. I thought that was one of the points of Glee? I don’t think anything has really been said about it this season except once or twice at the beginning.

One reason I really liked the show when it first started was that it was fairly realistic. Now the show is a complete joke. Thinking shooting a student out of a cannon is okay? Girls playing on the football team at the last minute? Serenading someone in their workplace? Crazy scenarios like this are commonplace on the show now.

Let’s not even talk about the music this season.

I’m about at the point that I’m just going to pretend that the show ends after the first 13 episodes. The show was great and had SO much potential then. But now it’s a complete joke.

I kind of wish that the show hadn’t been picked up after the first 13 episodes (or just one season would have been good).

What are your thoughts?

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Kindle rambling

Buying my Kindle was the best decision I’ve made in quite a while. I can’t get over how much I love it.

  • I get books instantly!
  • Free samples of books before I buy a book.
  • Free books. I’ve found tons of public domain books for free that I’ve wanted to read for a long time. Now I can read them. I’ve also found some pretty good limited time freebies as well.
  • Kindle books can be cheaper than a physical copy of the book.
  • Reading in the bathtub and in bed is sooo easy now. I put the Kindle in a plastic bag for the bath and I’m good to go!
  • It’s so light weight. I’m the kind of person that keeps a book in my purse so lugging around books kind of sucks because of how heavy books can be. Now I have tons of books all in one place and it doesn’t get any heavier no matter how many books I have on it.

 

The only real downside to the Kindle is currently libraries don’t support e-books for the Kindle. I’m hoping that gets worked out soon because then it would be perfect!

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My 2010 in Media

For me, this has been a really good year for discovering new media (books, movies, TV shows). Here are just a few things that I’ve discovered this year.

TV Shows

Arrested Development– I had been meaning to watch this show for a really long time but never got around to it. I never remembered to look for the DVDs at Hastings, no one I knew had it, it wasn’t online, blah, blah, blah.  Season 1 ended up being on Hulu all July so I jumped on the ball and watched the entire season pretty quick. I fell in love pretty much instantly. Instead of waiting for the next season to be on Hulu I bought seasons 2 & 3 for really cheap on Amazon (and season 1 later on). I’m so glad I finally got into the show.

Fringe– I never really watched Fringe regularly until this year. I ended up buying season 1 because it was pretty cheap at Target. That’s when I become a bit obsessed with the show. I feel it’s one of the best shows on TV at the moment. More people really need to watch it. (Tune in tonight!)

LOST– Yet another show I had wanted to watch for a really long time. I knew I couldn’t just start watching it without having watched the previous episodes so I kept putting it off. I was happy to discover that Hulu was streaming the first 5 seasons until the end of the year. I went through the seasons really fast (I think I finished them in about 2 months). Sadly I had to wait until August for season 6 and ended up buying it because I really wanted to finish the series. I love show. I now understand all the hype behind it and hate myself a bit for not watching it from the beginning.

Raising Hope– I was a bit leery about watching this but I’m so glad that I’ve continued watching it. It has a lot of heart.

Movies

Toy Story 3– I’m a huge Disney/Pixar fan so obviously I was excited for this. It was as  good as I hoped it would be. I laughed, I cried, I re-lived my childhood. That’s why I will never outgrow Disney movies.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1- The Harry Potter series has always been near and dear to my heart. They were the first books to make me want to read. With that being said, I loved the movie.  While I do enjoy the movies, they are never as good as the books (or how I imagine the book/movie being in my head). So far this was my favorite of the movies. I haven’t read the book in quite a while so I don’t remember everything but I do think the movie was the truest to the book. My only complaint is the movie was slow but I realize that’s because the 1st half of the book was pretty slow. (Also I don’t think I could handle all the deaths and fighting in one movie.)

Books

Percy Jackson series- I can’t tell you how much I loved these books. I have been searching for quite a while for a series that was as good as the Harry Potter books. So far these are the closest ones I’ve found. I got the first book after waiting forever at the library. I read it really fast. I ended up buying the whole series as I read the books because I didn’t want to wait for the next book. I HIGHLY recommend the books if you enjoy Young Adult books.

The Lost Hero– I had to read this since I enjoyed the Percy Jackson series so much. It does not disappoint. It’s every bit as good as Percy Jackson.

The Princess Bride- LOVED the book. I have been a fan of the movie for a long time but had never read the book. I’m so glad I finally did. It’s just as funny as the movie. If you like the movie, read the book. You’ll love it!!

 

Those are the real “stand out” items that I discovered this year. What did you discover this year?

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I guess I can’t say that my life is never interesting

One of my many awesome talents is being able to attract weird people. Here’s this week’s story:

I was in the library reading on my Kindle before I was going to meet my friend (Little Brother by Cory Doctorow if you’re interested). As anyone could see by walking by, I was engrossed in my reading and obviously didn’t want to be disturbed.  I even had my headphones in to  reinforce that I didn’t want to be bothered. This guy apparently sucks at reading body language.

Me: *looks up from reading at the guy that’s awkwardly standing in front of my desk*

Him: Sorry, what time is it?

Me: *looks at watch* 11:30

Him: Thanks. Hi my name is —–. *sticks out hand*

Me: Uhh hi I’m Alison. *shakes his hand*

Him: *takes my hand, kisses it and gives a ‘sexy look’.* I think you’re beautiful.

Me: Uhhh thanks? *slightly freaked out face*

Him: Do you have a boyfriend? [note: he may have said ‘do you want a boyfriend?’ I couldn’t tell because he was whispering. Either way, it’s creepy]

Me: Uhhhhh yes. *getting more freaked out*

Him: *still holding my hand and kisses it again trying to be seductive* Oh, well what do you think of me?

Me: You’re really not my type. *at this point I was really freaked out and was praying that someone would walk by and see that something was not right*

Him: *realizing that I was visibly creeped out? or that he had no chance of scoring* Oh, it was nice to meet you. *kisses my hand again and gives me an incredibly awkward side hug*

As if this wasn’t creepy enough, I had something very, very similar happen to me at the mall back in high school. The incredibly creepy part is both guys had the same name and used the ‘what do you think of me?’ line. I’m fairly convinced that they may be the same person. Weird, right?

Now I have decided that a) I need to start wearing a ring on my left hand and b) I need to start sitting in more populated parts of the library.

(Also, why is it so incredibly hard to find a nice guy who is not creepy? Preferably one that I like?)