Here's the fantastic debut of a wonderful up-and-coming sketch group, "Chinese Food Alliance." I've got a good feeling about these guys. Here's their take on the Icing Phenomenon that's sweeping the YouTubes.
Summer Restaurant Week is almost here! It's coming July 12 - 25th! This is great news because my boyfriend and I will be in NYC and on vacation for most of that time! This means we can finally venture into the Restaurant Week Lunch options, which are much more reasonably priced but just as high quality. I can't wait!
Any suggestions for restaurants we should try on this round? We're hoping to hit up at least two, but who knows?
If you guys haven't seen Amy Poehler's series "Smart Girls Out at the Party" do yourself a favor and check it out! It's hilarious, heartwarming, and inspirational all in bite-sized 5 minute doses! Also, my new thing is to mix metaphors I guess. Hooray!
The series is really fun, silly, and inspires young women to be themselves and strive to succeed by following their passions. Heck, it even inspires me! I'm totally going to follow my passions... once I figure out what they are, that is. Tonight it seems to be eating cupcakes and writing blog posts, but there could be new horizons in the future.
Plus, SMATP (pronounced SMATt-pah!) makes me super jealous of Amy Poehler's amazing life (who else creates an awesome webseries with her best friends and at the end there's a dance party with all the stars of Parks and Rec? I don't even understand how brilliant that is). I'm also jealous of her two Production Assistants - can I have that job, please? I'll do twice the work for zero the pay!
I'm even jealous of the bright ladies she interviews, but then I remember that the children are our future and more importantly are the ones who will take care of me when I'm old via technology and stem-cell-grown kidneys so then I'm just happy for them. It's gonna be great!
Anyway, here's a clip of Amy and her friends plugging their website, which is, again, right here! Go to it, enjoy it, and let me know what you think! Here's hoping one day that we can all be the Smart Girls at Amy Poehler's SMATP Parties (unless you're a guy, in which case I hope you're still a guy unless you decided to switch but that's entirely up to you and I'm totally supportive either way.). K BYE!
I have been waiting for this movie for my entire life and I didn't even know it and... It. Looks. AWESOME. I will be inconsolable if the movies aren't great, but even then I will be better off having watched them leap out of my imagination onto the screen. So far, imagination and screen are lining up nicely.
Seriously, right after reading the seventh book, I wanted to write the screenplay for the movies so badly. I decided in my head that only I could do the final chapters justice. I hope to be proven wrong.
I think Mochi, courtesy of the Daily Puppy, may just be one of the happiest puppies on Earth. He also seems adorably confused as to what a camera is. (This is why we couldn't get these types of close-up pictures with Sunny when he was a puppy. He was always too interested in the camera to sit still and let it take a picture of him!)
McDonalds is rolling out smoothies, which I'm sure will consist of strawberry/banana syrup, whatever plastic goo goes into McFlurries and possibly ice.
Apparently, they've been testing these smoothies out for a year now. If only I could be a McDonald's taste tester! I'd go in there, take one sip, and pretend I was going into anaphylactic shock or that I was choking on the chemicals or I'd spit it out, smash the cup in a fit of rage and cite "Hulkism" as a side-effect.
You can read more about it here. Thank you, Gawker!
He's just a cool guy! And he seems really nice and down to earth, too. But also a little crazy and hyper-focused. If only I was as focused as he is I could totally be on my way to writing a Muppet Movie, too!
Of course, since I'm not, I'm glad that he's the one who's doing it. He knows what's what.
Here's a new study about just how much of an impact using food mascots (in this case, popular cartoon characters like Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob) really has on children. These kids thought that the food with Dora or SpongeBob on the packaging actually tasted better than the food without, even though they were the exact same food.
This interview by Mental Floss of famed "Wait... Wait... Don't Tell Me!" host Peter Sagal is entertaining and endearing. I always thought that Peter seemed like a nice guy and this just proves it.
The only downsides about reading this article are:
1) Feeling jealous that Peter Sagal has led a much more interesting life than I think I ever will (my favorite line in the article is "Second of all, I have a background [writing about] soft-core porn, through no fault of my own" because that is hilarious and so interesting and he does not explain it at all one bit.)
2) Realizing you really do have to go to Harvard to work in comedy or be successful in anything ever. It's just too bad.
Otherwise, enjoy! It's a fun read. And he has a book out called "The Book of Vice" which is probably just as, if not more, entertaining than the interview.
Reading Ulysses was probably one of the smartest choices I ever made, if an incomprehensible one. Just like the book!
I suggest that everyone read this great work of literature and feat of words that usually don't make sense together but somehow in this they do in a weird way that you can only learn in a classroom or insubstantially by reading Cliff notes and I did both and think I understand about 77% of it and I only say 77% because it is my favorite number but the actual percentage probably hovers around 35% but then how do you really measure reading comprehension in a book where an entire chapter takes place in a bathtub as a man considers what to do with his erection.
Seriously, though, it's a great book. Read it in a classroom setting and you will have your mind blown.
But, then, of course, I look at how even Pete Doctor's handwriting is artistic and he has a cool felt pen he knows how to write with (it's not easy to get cool handwriting!) and even his sketches are brilliant and filled with life.
My sketches are lucky if they look animatronic instead of stuffed.
Watch and laugh! Until you remember that there is a never-ending disaster in the gulf that is going to have devastating effects for years and years to come. And even still, the Senate probably won't pass a Climate Change Bill, and the House won't pass it without a provision banning abortions.
But if you ask them, "From what you've seen on the news and confirmed by reading scientific evidence, do you think the media thinks that global warming may or may not be exagerrated to the extent that it makes people in polls answer ridiculously complicated questions regarding a topic that has nearly universal consensus so that the media and pundits can have something to talk about on the nightly news, stir up drama, and freak out politicians enough that they don't do anything about climate change and in fifteen years the planet is one giant hot cake and we're all eaten by mutant, zombie grizzly-polar bear hybrids, and what would you call these hybrids - grizzolars or pogrizzles?"
Then they usually say, "Pogrizzles" because that sounds way cooler.
See this ad? That mouse isn't real and it's not CGI - it's a robot and it's amazing. To see more, check out this HowStuffWorks article and John Nolan's reel and try to tell me that I'm not wasting my life not constructing myself a puppy robot-puppet like his.