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TasterSpoon
I wouldn't mind living in San Francisco, I'd like to think I'm on the Peninsula, but the jarring reality is that I may in fact qualify as South Bay.
Interests: Cooking, car trips, triathlon, ballroom dancing, throwing theme parties, corn mazes, eating snacks. I like browsing for books I don't have time to read, drawing up detailed training plans I ultimately fail to execute, poring over cookbooks to imagine the parties I won't throw, and looking in the Real Estate section at houses I'll never afford. This would seem to suggest I live entirely in the future tense but in fact every waking minute of the present tense is bursting with possibility.
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Mar 15, 2010
I remember "I wanna sex you upp" being semi-scandalous because Color Me Badd was super Christian and presumably virginal, but then I heard the lyric "Let's do it till we both wake up" and figured that they were unclear on the concept and took the term "sleeping together" literally.
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The waterfalls, and also for the 90 minutes after the captain (corporal??) mentions the planet's low gravity I wondered why the soldiers weren't leaping around like moonmen. Didn't want to go, didn't expect to like it. Loved it in 3D.
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Have you ever noticed that Tiger Woods' wife is always appended with the title "ex-model"? I assume that is to remind the reader that cheating on a beauty is so much more egregious that cheating on a wife who is not so goodlooking.
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I've been torn on whether to see Fantastic Mr. Fox ever since learning Wes Anderson signed that stupid "Free Roman" petition. I'll probably end up skipping out of sheer busyness, freeing me from having to sort out the ethics altogether.
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I've been torn on whether to see Fantastic Mr. Fox ever since learning Wes Anderson signed that stupid "Free Roman" petition. I'll probably end up skipping out of sheer busyness, freeing me from having to sort out the ethics altogether.
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Good call on Anton Ego!
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2009 on If Gaga Ruled the Fashion World... at MamaPop™
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I missed the Oprah thing, but am wondering whether they dealt with it from the industry perspective or the perspective of her viewers. I guess I approach porn the way I try to source my meat, I want to be satisfied that it was produced in a humane manner. If they were giving tips on that, then Good for Oprah.
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I hope Anissa keeps rallying and her family hangs in there. Vibing in their direction. That fish thing is disgusting. While we're horrifying one another, I've got two more: many years ago, my dad went to some high end sushi bar in Japan for a work thing where they sliced a lobster down his back and people plucked at his tail while he was crawling across the table. There's also this thing called drunken eels that I saw in Singapore. The eels are served in sake and you drink them down live. Supposedly the alcohol stupifies them somewhat but I think part of the thrill is how they squirm as they slide down your gullet. WTH is wrong with people? As callous as much of our animal husbandry is these days, and even though animals are often eaten alive in the wild, this intentional infliction of pain, what is it other than sadism? Stuff like this makes me want to be a hermit.
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I take no issue with JD, but 110 seems like an awful lot of hottest guys to squeeze into a single photo spread. You can't ogle a postage stamp.
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Has anybody else been disturbed by the recent Air Force commercials? They had one on during a football game Sunday, and another on during V last night. The first was guys sitting in their simulator or whatever piloting unmanned aircraft as if it were a video game, and the second is what look like CGI guys rushing in to a hot zone with their infrared goggles to rescue a teammate as the helicopter swoops in, also very video gamish, and the tag line is something like, It's not science fiction, it's what we do every day. I find them highly disturbing, turning war into a cool video game. Here's the unmanned aircraft one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiB3vrhPDNs&feature=channel_page
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2009 on I'm a Call of Duty Widow at MamaPop™
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Thanks, Erin. I was confused at the end, wondering whether she was literally going to live in Reno for 6 weeks while Carla stayed with the kids. It didn't make sense, but your solution does. Have gained appreciation for Trudy and Pete (I too was finding it helpful to see how Trudy is distinct from Annie). They do make a good team. Did I forget something from last season? What made her stop talking about wanting a baby? I keep waiting for that to come up again, and it never does. Also was expecting more Duck. Am curious to see how [guy with the beard who now respects Peggy and was bummed that she left with Don et al.] figures in next season. His reaction was priceless. And remember that Pryce's wife couldn't wait to get back to England? She will not be pleased. I'll have forgotten all of these plot points by next summer.
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I was too embarrassed to go to the movie, or to persuade my husband to Netflix it. But I watched the commercial twice.
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It is unfortunate that the word "marriage" does have both a meaning in certain religions and a civic meaning - but they're not the same and haven't been since even before the USA came to be. (In England, I believe you can have a common law spouse, a term with its own legal implications, without ever seeing a judge at all.) People who vote down these measures keep trying to MAKE them the same, and that's where religion tries to insert itself into government, where it hasn't previously been and doesn't belong. I can't think of anyone who, on learning I have a spouse, asks whether our marriage was in a church and in which religion before they decide whether our union is a threat to theirs. They just take the term "married" at face value and immediately have an understanding of where I fit in society. To be outright precluded from a place in society because of an inborn characteristic that hurts no one is where these measures smack of nothing less than cruelty. Can we invalidate all civil "marriages" and start fresh so those of religious persuasions won't be so easily confused? Also, although it's my understanding that some of the pilgrims who first settled in North America were holy rollers who would not compromise their beliefs and so had to leave their old country, not everyone who came here to make a buck and find a better, freer life falls in that category. And when it came to founding a *government*, I think the degree of religious conviction was mixed. Wasn't Jefferson an athiest, or at least an agnostic? If nothing else, our founders didn't buy into religion enough to believe that God had chosen their leader, and to the extent they believed in God, thought that God wanted people to govern their own lives. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it seems to me they were so concerned that religion might overtake their lives and livelihoods again that their first amendment to the Constitution tried to nip that in the bud. I get what Jamie is saying, that if you believe something is WRONG, you're not going to vote in its favor. I want to push that, though, because I'm genuinely curious to know whether those who believe homosexual relationships are wrong think they're so wrong as to be criminal. I think most of those laws criminalizing homosexual "behavior" have fallen by the wayside because, as someone pointed out, specific sexual acts do not seem to be limited to the domain of any particular orientation. So if it's not the acts, what is it? Is it the thoughts? Is it the thoughts that are wrong? The desire to commit to another person's well-being and to work towards a stable, long-term relationship? Is that the part that's wrong and doesn't deserve public recognition or support? I think civil marriage should be eliminated altogether. What difference does it make? Kids are born in and out of wedlock, unmarried couples live together, married people live apart; people write prenups and wills to override marriage laws; married people keep their names, single people change theirs. I was cautioned by a tax advisor friend that my taxes would go up when I got married. I've only been married a month, but I haven't yet seen any upside compared with our status for the last four years.
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I jogged past a house that had its holiday lights up already. No, they weren't Halloween lights. They were red and green icicle things.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2009 on Lady Gaga - Doilie In Mourning at MamaPop™
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I was disappointed as soon as my Tivo revealed that it was only to last one hour. Commence sad faces. Then I got excited anyway, explaining the premise to my husband (who was not familiar) as the dishes and chandeliers rattled, and as the ships made an appearance, we both said "it's 'Independence Day.'" And then a kid on the show said, "It's 'Independence Day'!" And I was happy. And then no one ate any guinea pigs and I was disappointed again. But agree - too short, too much exposition in the first hour. They could have built up way more tension and suspense. I would've liked to not know the FBI partner and the black guy were aliens just yet. Also: can't stand it when next week's preview gives away all the surprises. Not having seen Lost, I thought the female protagonist looked an awful lot like a blonde Trinity. Apparently they share a face for Sci Fi.
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I kind of think that Roger and Joan are not meant to be a couple, but that they're the rare, genuine deep male-female friendship. I can't figure out what he sees in Jane, but I've got to believe there's a reason he married her and is being true to her. I also had dueling emotions: satisfaction that Don's chickens finally came home to roost (did he really think his continuing disrespect had no consequences?), but also feeling bad for him - he's been stepping up lately, but it was too little, too late. I can't imagine the show continuing with him as a single parent - it would be a different show entirely. Is Sal gone for good? He was in the recap. I wonder how his wife is faring. Agree that there is something not quite right about Harry. I kind of don't care what happens to Betty, though. She's exhausting. Though I did feel sorry for her when she made her speech and Don was like, "take a pill and go to bed." She's put up with a lot.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2009 on Mad Men Open Thread: The Grown-Ups at MamaPop™
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How did I miss the miniseries over the weekend?? Now I'm curious to know if it wore well. Thanks for pointing out that it overlaps with 90210, which I DO watch, but still. I set up the Tivo to record V a few weeks back but don't know where it is on the 'ranking' and I would have been crying salty tears if I thought I had an hour of lizard people and all I ended up with was the kids from West Bev.
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I thought Sterling turned down Mrs. Horsemeat because "it's different with this girl" to indicate to us that there actually is something special about Jane. Because I just don't see it and haven't been able to get interested in her story. Pete Campbell has been totally missing from the last two episodes. I can't stand him, but I do kind of expect him.
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Oh YES, Pioneer House etc. A friend tried to get me into Manor House, a BBC one, but that didn't really take.
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I lobbied hard for, and got, a Trapper Keeper, but then I never used it. I found it annoying to have to carry around my folders for ALL my classes ALL the time, instead of just the relevant one. And that's why I had no friends, the end.
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Agree that the Don and Danny thing was a reference to his own brother. He was taking the second chance to be "there" for someone. I'm calling it: Duck's company is somehow going to buy Sterling Cooper. To which Don is now bound by contract for three years. Ouch. And it will be weird with Peggy.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2009 on Mad Men Open Thread: The Color Blue at MamaPop™
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Miss Lis, in a fit of celebrating a milestone I shelled out $400 for a RL cashmere sweater, the most expensive article of clothing I've ever owned. It was a pilly nightmare within two weeks. I took it back and all the manager would do was tell me to go to Sharper Image and buy a sweater shaver. I will never darken their door again. Never mind the sweater, the customer service was the pits. You know, and this ridiculousness as well. Clothing ads only ever 'work' on me if they help me imagine how the stuff would look on me, so these are (at best) entirely useless.
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Heh, only this crowd would sympathize with the way my skin crawls when people say "font" to mean "typeface." And then I go and do it myself. Took a book design class where the teacher would not shut up about his love for Garamond. I have since used it for any documents where the reader might be a connoisseur, JUST IN CASE. I do agree that TNR is too uptight.
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It's so Betty, to decline an affair not because it's immoral or disrespectful to her marriage or a violation of her vows, but because it would be TACKY. Poor kid. I don't like her, but at least I'm starting to understand her. Do not like the teacher. At all. Don is getting sloppy. He seems exhausted all the time. I'm getting tired of him, too. I'm having a hard time sustaining enthusiasm for a show where I simply don't LIKE the characters. Felt the same about Gone with the Wind.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2009 on Mad Men Open Thread: Wee Small Hours at MamaPop™
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