Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Birther Movement makes no sense

This whole movement to discredit President Obama has really ticked me off.  I am soo very tired of all the news articles that are focusing on this. I don't want to hear it anymore! The man has released his birth certificate, his "long form" birth certificate, had Hawaiian officials swear that they are authentic and yet there are still people in this movement that persist in believing that he was not born in the US.

C'mon people! If you dislike his politics, have some integrity and challenge his issues rather than his basic qualifications. He was sworn in as President! Don't you think that they would have checked that before they put him in the Oval Office???

Underhanded acts like this just a bad taste in everyone's mouth and make you lose allies.

That is all. Rant complete.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


The Shiba Inu Puppy Cam is back in action! This family films their new-born puppies during the workday and they are the CUTEST!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Summer Movies

My boyfriend (who will henceforth be referred to as Boyfriend) and I love to watch movies. One of the reason we work is because, at our core, we are just two nerds looking for someone who understands.

We watch an astonishingly large number of movies each year. Since our nerd specialties are completely different (his being video games; mine being books) we meet in the middle with the wonderful movies that have been made from both. So you may imagine that summertime might just be our mecca.

Here are some movies that we're really excited to see and their trailers. Enjoy!

1. Captain America: The first Avenger

2. Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

3. The Hangover 2

4. X-Men: First Class

5. Green Lantern

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

8. Thor

9. Fast Five

Monday, April 4, 2011

Addicted to Real life

I watch a lot of reality tv. This is an indisputable fact. Given a choice between a classic old movie and the latest episode (or even a re-run) of the Real Housewives of wherever-is-currently-popular, I will choose the housewives. I can trace this fascination back to the very first reality progam: Survivor. I remember sitting in my aunt's house and watching every episode. "This. Is awesome. I get to watch people do stuff on tv. Regular people like me." The fact that there was a winner and a loser each week just made it even better in my opinion.

Even after Survivor was no longer popular, the spawning of different types of reality shows kept it interesting. After the competition shows came the "follow-me-around-while-I-live-my-life" shows. Finally came the "I'm-really-weird" shows a la Hoarders, Intervention and all those others. And I embraced each new genre with open arms.

Now everyone likes to looks down on these shows and call it a waste and that's fine. But I wonder.... did you watch Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune or StarSearch ? Because the same Survivor, American Idol or America's Next Top Model that you disparage were more than likely based on those family shows that you and your grandparents watched. 

I know that it is ridiculous I should be out there viewing new art shows or going to museums or engaging in some otherwise stimulating cultural activity. But don't act like you aren't secretly watching WEtv Wedding Sundays or the Say Yes to the Dress marathon on TLC.

I'm a well informed, educated woman with a pretty expansive reading list but sometimes I just want to see some dude/lady and their wise-cracking, long suffering assistant navigate life on the "hard" streets of L.A. or watch a crazy lady eat toilet paper (true story from last night's "My Strange Addiction").

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cambridge crazies

Now as you know I live in Somerville but I spend most of my time in and out of work in the illustrious city of Cambridge, home of the largest number of crazy homeless people I have ever seen in my entire life. I realize that every city has its fair share but somehow Cambridge crazies  seem to have the whole thing on lock. After extensive research (aka living my life, riding the T and walking to and from my job) I've encounter a couple different types that I would now like to illustrate here.

1. Crazy that hangs out at the bus stop
        - this genre of crazy person seems to have only one goal in life: bum cigarettes and change off commuters waiting at the bus stop. Now this is a smart move... they have a ready audience of people they can bother. There is one man in particular that waits at my regular morning bus stop that is the prime example of this stereotype. He's always dressed in short-shorts and a puffy jacket and comes up to people to ask for change to call the welfare office. Now usually I would fall for a sob story like that except for one fact that I can't get around... his hair is dyed a different color every 3 days. Now tell me readers.... wouldn't he be better served using his hair-dye money to front his phone calls costs and generally tobacco needs?

2. Crazy riding the T
     - a key component to the T-riding crazy person is volume... its almost like theater, you need to have a great sense of dramatic timing. Their voice rises and falls with the sound of the train, taking each lull in the train's sounds as a cue to start yelling random nonsense at the top of their lungs. The content of their speech is not important, it just has to be nonsensical enough, with enough random curse words thrown in for flavor, to draw your attention away from that really good book you were reading on your kindle/smartphone/ipad device. Luckily for you.. this crazy tends to stay on the T so you can switch cars or just get off at your stop and watch the crazy drive away in the train.

3. Central Square crazies
        - What is so atypical about the Central Square crazy is that they are not really interested in the regular folks out there. They take particular delight in bothering their own people aka other crazies. Any time I go to Central, I always see a fight of sorts break out among the people that hang out there. They politely step around regular folks going about their business but continue to antagonize and upset the one guy they decided to pick on that day. In short, central square crazies are bullies with an ever-changing hierarchical system so the bullied becomes the bully from day to day.

Now despite what you may think, I do not necessarily dislike living among all of these homeless people. I know that they are just misunderstood, misguided or they have not been given the proper care and attention necessary for them to become members of society. For some it is even a conscious choice. But at the end of the day, that is what makes living and working in Cambridge so interesting. You get to know your neighborhood crazies and start to pick up on aspects of their life. And at the very least, they will always give you an interesting story to tell when you reach your destination.