Life, or so I hear

Musings, Inspirations, and Inside Jokes

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loriadorable:

the-exercist:

"Passing the Bechdel Test"
Songs that  1. Include at least one female vocalist 2. Who sings to another woman (or implied female audience) 3. About something besides a man

Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj // Pop Goes the World - Gossip // Electric Lady - Janelle Monae // I Was an Island - Alicia Weiss // I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Glee Cover // Let Me Blow Ya Mind - Eve feat. Gwen Stefani // Rosie - Daisy Dares You // Me Against the Music - Britney Spears feat. Madonna // Take Me or Leave Me - Rent // You’re the Reason - Victoria Justice // Trouble - Neon Jungle // I Know, I Know, I Know - Tegan and Sara // Raise Your Glass - P!nk // Baddy Girl - M.I.A. // Women’s Suffrage (Bad Romance Parody) - Soomo Publishing // Hollywood - Marina and the Diamonds // Rebel Girl - Bikini Kill // Crazy - Au Reservoir Simone // For Good - Wicked // October Song - Amy Winehouse // Girlfriend - Icona Pop // Q.U.E.E.N. - Janelle Monae // Smile - Vitamin C // Fireball - Willow Smith feat. Nicki Minaj // When’s She Coming Home - The Ditty Bops

Total time = 1 hour 31 minutes
Click here to visit 8tracks and hear the mix. 

Oh shit this is brilliant

loriadorable:

the-exercist:

"Passing the Bechdel Test"

Songs that  1. Include at least one female vocalist 2. Who sings to another woman (or implied female audience) 3. About something besides a man

Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj // Pop Goes the World - Gossip // Electric Lady - Janelle Monae // I Was an Island - Alicia Weiss // I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Glee Cover // Let Me Blow Ya Mind - Eve feat. Gwen Stefani // Rosie - Daisy Dares You // Me Against the Music - Britney Spears feat. Madonna // Take Me or Leave Me - Rent // You’re the Reason - Victoria Justice // Trouble - Neon Jungle // I Know, I Know, I Know - Tegan and Sara // Raise Your Glass - P!nk // Baddy Girl - M.I.A. // Women’s Suffrage (Bad Romance Parody) - Soomo Publishing // Hollywood - Marina and the Diamonds // Rebel Girl - Bikini Kill // Crazy - Au Reservoir Simone // For Good - Wicked // October Song - Amy Winehouse // Girlfriend - Icona Pop // Q.U.E.E.N. - Janelle Monae // Smile - Vitamin C // Fireball - Willow Smith feat. Nicki Minaj // When’s She Coming Home - The Ditty Bops

Total time = 1 hour 31 minutes

Click here to visit 8tracks and hear the mix. 

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Well…let’s just say it was an entertaining way to kill a couple hours.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters felt to me like it wanted to be both campy and gory. Both funny and dark. Very few movies are able to pull that off, and this movie failed.
The introduction of the movie brought us into the traditional Hansel and Gretel story, complete with edible gingerbread house. The kids were captured and the witch was burned. So far, so good.
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After the opening credits (which I liked!), we meet grown up Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton). We, and they, are introduced to a town which had hired the siblings to save their missing children from local witches. The townsfolk are attempting to condemn Mina, a young woman (Pihla Viitala) who was accused of being a witch and subsequently rescued by Hansel and Gretel. Beautiful woman rescued by beautiful man…she repeatedly rescues him in unlikely places…they sleep together…surprise, surprise. Even I, who am notoriously bad at predicting outcomes, knew that she would end up being a good witch.
Gretel meets Muriel, the big bad witch (Famke Janssen) in a fight and is told that she would be killed…later. Apparently she was important. Then there is this goofy troll named Edward (really?…Hansel, Gretel, Muriel, Mina…and Edward?) who saves Gretel from thugs. Apparently trolls serve witches, and even with that revelation Gretel doesn’t seem to consider that she is also a good witch.
Was that too soon? Did I give it away? Doesn’t matter, because even though they do get to the ultimate bad-guy-reveals-big-mysteries speech and it is officially revealed that Gretel is a good witch, she never uses any witchery.
For the most part the movie feels like a goofy spin on a tale we have all heard before. The kids survive the witch and ultimately begin to fight witches and save kids. But then they throw in some gory head bashing and limb ripping, which never feels believable, one random and unnecessary nudity shot, and a couple f-bombs that feel so out of place they aren’t even funny. It’s like a teen movie that wanted desperately to get the R rating.
The only thing that felt really believable was the casting. Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner could absolutely be siblings.
All in all, it wasn’t a terrible way to kill an afternoon in October, getting me in the mood for Halloween. But I wouldn’t go back and watch it again.
Score: 2/5 broomsticks

Well…let’s just say it was an entertaining way to kill a couple hours.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters felt to me like it wanted to be both campy and gory. Both funny and dark. Very few movies are able to pull that off, and this movie failed.

The introduction of the movie brought us into the traditional Hansel and Gretel story, complete with edible gingerbread house. The kids were captured and the witch was burned. So far, so good.

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After the opening credits (which I liked!), we meet grown up Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton). We, and they, are introduced to a town which had hired the siblings to save their missing children from local witches. The townsfolk are attempting to condemn Mina, a young woman (Pihla Viitala) who was accused of being a witch and subsequently rescued by Hansel and Gretel. Beautiful woman rescued by beautiful man…she repeatedly rescues him in unlikely places…they sleep together…surprise, surprise. Even I, who am notoriously bad at predicting outcomes, knew that she would end up being a good witch.

Gretel meets Muriel, the big bad witch (Famke Janssen) in a fight and is told that she would be killed…later. Apparently she was important. Then there is this goofy troll named Edward (really?…Hansel, Gretel, Muriel, Mina…and Edward?) who saves Gretel from thugs. Apparently trolls serve witches, and even with that revelation Gretel doesn’t seem to consider that she is also a good witch.

Was that too soon? Did I give it away? Doesn’t matter, because even though they do get to the ultimate bad-guy-reveals-big-mysteries speech and it is officially revealed that Gretel is a good witch, she never uses any witchery.

For the most part the movie feels like a goofy spin on a tale we have all heard before. The kids survive the witch and ultimately begin to fight witches and save kids. But then they throw in some gory head bashing and limb ripping, which never feels believable, one random and unnecessary nudity shot, and a couple f-bombs that feel so out of place they aren’t even funny. It’s like a teen movie that wanted desperately to get the R rating.

The only thing that felt really believable was the casting. Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner could absolutely be siblings.

All in all, it wasn’t a terrible way to kill an afternoon in October, getting me in the mood for Halloween. But I wouldn’t go back and watch it again.


Score: 2/5 broomsticks

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pobretom:

Adding the Perle

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I just discovered this show on Amazon Prime. I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before! The acting is great, the plot is great, the music is great…it’s excellent. 
The innovations of the early 1900s, building the Titanic, all set against the labor movement and class and religious struggles. Very, very well done.

I just discovered this show on Amazon Prime. I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before! The acting is great, the plot is great, the music is great…it’s excellent. 

The innovations of the early 1900s, building the Titanic, all set against the labor movement and class and religious struggles. Very, very well done.

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Two years ago, when the Hunger Games first came out in theaters, I was in the middle of the Game of Thrones series. I wanted to see what all the Hunger Games hype was about before seeing the movie, so I took a two-day hiatus from GoT and switched fandoms briefly.
I was so disappointed. I read the book in a binge…the 24 hour reading obsession that can only happen during spring break on a beach in Miami…and was not left feeling any connection to Katniss at all. I didn’t really care about any of the characters or how the story would end. When it finally did, I didn’t even consider reading the sequel; I just picked up GoT and continued where I left off.
This week, though I was looking for a new book to read and so I started Catching Fire. In another binge (4 days this time, since I had to stop reading and go to work occasionally) I found myself loving it. I was wrapped up in the story, dreaming about the characters, and even waking up in the middle of the night to keep reading. I still don’t care about Peeta at all, and I still think it will be hard for the movie to do justice to a narrative that is entirely in Katniss’ mind, but I do love her. 
Now I wonder if I didn’t give the Hunger Games a chance. It really isn’t fair to go from an adult fantasy novel like GoT, with all the intricate detail and the lineages of each family, to a young adult novel like Hunger Games. Maybe if I had read it separately, rather than like a bookmark, I would have enjoyed it more. And maybe I would understand why everyone likes Peeta so much.
Now I am looking forward to finally watching Catching Fire and jumping back on the bandwagon, this time as a fan.

Two years ago, when the Hunger Games first came out in theaters, I was in the middle of the Game of Thrones series. I wanted to see what all the Hunger Games hype was about before seeing the movie, so I took a two-day hiatus from GoT and switched fandoms briefly.

I was so disappointed. I read the book in a binge…the 24 hour reading obsession that can only happen during spring break on a beach in Miami…and was not left feeling any connection to Katniss at all. I didn’t really care about any of the characters or how the story would end. When it finally did, I didn’t even consider reading the sequel; I just picked up GoT and continued where I left off.

This week, though I was looking for a new book to read and so I started Catching Fire. In another binge (4 days this time, since I had to stop reading and go to work occasionally) I found myself loving it. I was wrapped up in the story, dreaming about the characters, and even waking up in the middle of the night to keep reading. I still don’t care about Peeta at all, and I still think it will be hard for the movie to do justice to a narrative that is entirely in Katniss’ mind, but I do love her. 

Now I wonder if I didn’t give the Hunger Games a chance. It really isn’t fair to go from an adult fantasy novel like GoT, with all the intricate detail and the lineages of each family, to a young adult novel like Hunger Games. Maybe if I had read it separately, rather than like a bookmark, I would have enjoyed it more. And maybe I would understand why everyone likes Peeta so much.

Now I am looking forward to finally watching Catching Fire and jumping back on the bandwagon, this time as a fan.

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nyphil:

What Music Looks Like

You’re looking at Chladni Figures and this experiment dates back to the 17th century. Ernst Chladni was a physicist and a musician who discovered this phenomenon of acoustics. He was also ridiculed by his peers for theorizing that meteorites came from outer space, not from volcanoes. Boy, were those guys wrong! We digress…

It’s hard to believe that single tones can make such beautiful, intricate designs. It makes us wonder what a symphony must look like!

Wow, this is beautiful!