Saturday, May 31, 2008
"You should have left the light on...then I wouldn't have tried, you'd never have known...and I wouldn't have pulled you tighter...no, I wouldn't have pulled you close...I wouldn't have screamed...no, I can't let you go...if the door wasn't closed..."
Most day though, I just blog about whatever has happened to me the day before. Or what I saw on television, or found on the internet. However, you do not really need a topic or a story in order to blog.
I am shamelessly stealing the name of one of the NewNowNext award categories, for my new blog segment for days like today when I really have nothing to say, but I do want an excuse to post pictures of hot women: Because you’re hot.
Today’s lucky winner is: Kate Walsh.
I miss you Addison, come back to Seattle Grace!
Friday, May 30, 2008
When I was a little kid, the A-team was one of my favourite TV shows. I loved the adventures, and all of the action. I especially loved how they always managed to build something out of household supplies that enabled them to either escape, rescue someone or kill bad guys.
Let’s just say that some series do not really stand the test of time.
One of the episodes I watched involved the whole A-team gang getting themselves arrested so they would be able to rescue some guy from prison. I am not sure why the guy deserved to be broken out of jail, seeing as he wasn’t exactly innocent. Oh well.
Their rescue plan included one of the guys playing a very bad stereotypical gay hairdresser (it wasn’t actually mentioned he was gay, but it was still very crinch worthy). Another guy pretended to be a doctor advising the prison wardens that what the prisoners really needed were fancy haircuts.
If you think the plot is unbelievable so far, let me tell you how they escaped the prison. They actually used blow dryers from the hair saloon to blow air into paper bags that were attached to chairs. They then sat on the chairs and the "hot air balloons" (paper bags filled with hairdryer air) carried them over the wall of the prison.
That scene was actually the high light of my A-team movie night. Needless to say, next time I am picking the DVDs we are watching.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
"He said, you're really an ugly girl, but I like the way you play...and I died....but I thanked him...can you believe that? Sick, sick, holding on to his picture...dressing up everyday...I wanna smash the faces of those beautiful boys...those Christian boys..."
At the same time, there is nothing I hate more than books I really enjoy being made into a movie. Because, let’s be honest, we can all think of many examples of movies where something went horribly wrong with the screen adaptations of books.
Thus, I thought I’d start a new monthly section called: books that should not have been made into movies. Or more precisely: books that shouldn’t have been made into these movies.
My first pick is American Psycho. For those of you not familiar with the book/movie (how is that possible?), American Psycho (by Bret Easton Ellis) tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a wealthy young investment banker and self-proclaimed serial killer. It is set in the late 1980s in upper-class elite New York.
Bateman is preoccupied with both boring day-to-day activities, like returning video tapes, as well as committing brutal murders. What is quite unsettling and at the same time intriguing, is the fact that to him committing these horrible acts of violence, are just as mundane as going to work, returning video tapes or going to the cleaners.
Over the course of the story, Bateman slowly loses his grip on reality and his murders become increasingly violent and complex, not to mention gross. He starts to randomly slip stories about serial killers into his casual conversations, and at some point confesses these murders to his co-workers, who react as if he is joking.
I found that last part very shocking. Here you have this brutal serial killer, who is clearly losing his marbles, even confessing to his crimes and no one believes him. No one believes him, because no one really cares. It is startling to realize this serial killer is getting away with murdering all these women, because no one cares enough to stop him.
I read the book a few years before I saw the movie, and as is often the case with film adaptations from books, I thought the book was so much better. The strong point of the book for me was the way in which all these horrible crimes are described so matter of factly and mundane, happening right under everyone’s noses and no one really caring. It is in the movie too, but much less prominent.
In the book you also get an idea of how this guy’s mind works, which of course is always harder to do in a film. What I really hate about the movie though, is that at times it is so over the top. It is supposed to be scary, and sickening, you should feel like this could really happen, instead of feeling that all the blood and violence is a little silly.
If you like this sort of thing, do not watch the movie, go read the book instead!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
"I want you...The truth cant hurt you, its just like the dark...It scares you witless, but in time you see things clear and stark...I want you...Go on and hurt me then we'll let it drop...I want you...Im afraid I wont know where to stop...I want you...Im not ashamed to say I cried for you..."
They weren’t really best friends material. I found out about this while I was still at school. I realized they weren’t great friends and I stopped being friends with them. I know I hurt some of them by doing so, but I just had to do it.
When I was 17 me and one of my best friends at the time, went on holiday together. During this holiday she almost had us killed by driving our car into a tree.
That was not what made me reconsider our friendship, but her reaction to the car accident and almost getting killed was.
I was all scared and shaken, looking for comfort and being very happy to be alive. She on the other hand, was only preoccupied with the damage that was done to the car. She just wanted to forget about the incident, not even talk about it, and continue our holiday like nothing had happened.
That is when I realized we did not share the same values, we did not view life in the same way, and we certainly did not want the same out of our friendship. For me the most important thing in a best friend was someone I could share my thoughts and feelings with, and someone who would comfort me.
She refused to do any of those things, and looking back now, I think she probably was not even able to. Shortly after our holiday, I decided I no longer wanted to be friends with her.
It is never an easy decision, but sometimes you are better of without someone.
Monday, May 26, 2008
The only thing that had changed was that we had gotten older. Somehow hanging out with twenty year olds is less fun once you are in your thirties. We had a great time though. We laughed, we cried, and we drank way too much.
I am still recuperating. That is saying something, because those of you who know me a little bit, know I like a drink. Not only do I like it, I also think I have a scary good tolerance for alcohol.
Anyways, I had such fun this weekend and I realized again what I often forget, or take for granted: My friends are awesome! Seriously, they are. I do not know what I would do without them.
I was so reluctant to move back to the Netherlands at first, but now I realize how nice it is to be able to hang out with good friends-friends who have known me for years and years-whenever I feel like it.
I’m lucky. Very lucky.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Calvin and Hobbes is another fun comic strip that was featured in thousands of newspapers from the mid eighties until the mid nineties. There have also been a number of comic books that are still selling very well to date, I think.
The comic strip is about Calvin, a smartass little boy, and Hobbes, his stuffed tiger, who is pretty much alive whenever he is alone with Calvin. They are named after John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes (go look in a history book if those names mean nothing to you).
Sometimes the best points of view are expressed by smartass little boys. Or just by smartasses in general.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
"I should've split my sides or spilled my guts or hit you or something, but I was good...And your father's little pancakes so round and perfect...and me sitting up too straight, laughing in wrong places...kissing you, kissing up, kissing too soon...When the cock crows...When the morning comes where will I go?"
I wouldn’t dare say anything bad about all those new and expensive consoles (apart from that they are bloody expensive, or at least the games are). I have even played with them on occasion, and yes, they are great. But they are just not like the N64.
Well, you do if you are me. After a decade of playing, I still cannot find or collect all of those stars easily. Yes, I suck. But I do not care, because it is such fun.
Other favourite N64 games include the two James Bond games Golden eye and Perfect dark. I especially love the latter, and not only because you get to play with female operatives.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I think Michelle Paradise is awesome. Besides being a great actor, writer, director etcetera, she is also really funny and just a lovely person. In case you’re not convinced, read her blog here and watch her vlog here.
Exes and Ohs can easiest be described as the lesbian friends, which is not very accurate, but at least gives you some kind of idea. It follows the lives and especially the love lives of a group of friends.
I love the dynamic of Jen (Michelle Paradise) and her best friend and ex Sam (played by the lovely Marnie Alton). I care less about the other main characters, and I really cannot stand Crutch, the annoying little folksinger wannabe. I don’t know why she is even in the show.
It has just been announced that Exes and Ohs will be back for a second season, which will air on Logo early next year. I think that is great news. Too many gay shows have ended or are getting cancelled these days, so it’s nice to know there at least will be something left to watch.
Regardless of whether you like the show or not, there just aren’t that many lesbian TV series around, so we should all support them. Buy the DVD or at least watch the show. Why not? I bet you’ve watched a lot worse.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I could not be more excited when a couple of years ago I got tickets to go see them in concert. My friend and I were talking about it for weeks how great it was going to be, wondering what songs they would play, and generally being very excited about it.
Finally the night of the concert arrived. We made sure we were there early, so we would have a good spot near the front of the stage. The concert started and it was so great to finally see the Cure live on stage. They had a very impressive light show.
Unfortunately, that was about all that was impressive about the concert. They played all of our favourite songs, but they sounded so dull and boring, pretty much exactly the way they sounded on CD.
In fact, half way through the set we started wondering, if maybe all that was playing was their CD, and they were just miming to it. Of course this wasn’t the case, but it might as well have been.
Even though this was one of our favourite bands, the concert could not have been more boring. Not only was it really boring, it also seemed to last forever. After two and a half hours they were still playing, with no indication they were ever going to stop.
That is when we left. Yes, I left the Cure concert early. I just could not stay there a second longer. Gawd that was such a disappointment. I still love their music though, but I will never again be stupid enough to go see them live.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"Feels like I feel too much, I've seen too much...there's just too much thought in my head...I wanna be numb..."
I am sure Eliza Dushku has done many other exciting projects in which she looked smoking hot, but for me there is only the hot psycho vampire slayer she played on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and on Angel.
As a Buffy fanatic, I own all seasons on DVD and have watched every episode many times. I never get tired of it. Not of the show, and also not of watching Faith kick some vampire ass, or get up to some of her other bad tricks.
I especially like her in the final season of Buffy, when she has tried to redeem herself, but she is still a little bad. Just thinking about it makes me want to get out my Buffy DVDs and watch a few episodes.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
"Leave me out with the waste...this is not what I do...It's the wrong kind of place to be thinking of you...It's the wrong time for somebody new...It's a small crime...and I've got no excuse...
‘You mean to say, you have never had sex with a man, not even once?’ she asked me, as if it was the weirdest thing she had ever heard. ‘Well,’ I said, ‘you have never had sex with a woman.’ But apparently, that isn’t the same thing.
Is it really not the same thing? I mean, we do tend to find out our orientation a little later than straight people do, so there are probably more lesbians who have slept with men than straight girls who have slept with women (the geek in me would love to see some research data on this).
However, I would think that besides that, it is exactly the same whether you are gay or straight. Besides one important difference. Most straight girls seem very curious about what it is like to have sex with a woman.
I have yet to find a lesbian who thinks the same way about having sex with men.
Monday, May 19, 2008
One of my friends is so addicted to chocolate she could eat it all day. Not only that, but it also makes her strangely euphoric. She even compared eating chocolate to having an orgasm. I believe she was serious.
Chocolate does absolutely nothing for me. Well, that is not completely true. If I have more than a few bites, it makes me feel sick.
Do let me know if you also don’t care for chocolate. It would be great to know I am not the only weirdo.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
"But I am not really worried, I am not overly concerned...You try to tell your self the things you try tell your self to make yourself forget...I am not worried..."
Perhaps I could change the title from nominees to predictions. Or perhaps it really does not matter, as it is just an excuse to post pictures of hot women anyway.
Besides Alice, the only other woman on the L word that I think is unbelievably hot is Tasha, played by Rose Rollins. Granted her attitude sometimes leaves something to be desired, and I do not really like the whole military thing, but besides that, I would date Tasha in a heartbeat.
She has the most amazing smile, a very sexy voice, and look at how she can work a tank top! Oh yes, that woman is attractive.
Rose Rollins was also pretty awesome when she played the role of Monique in the web series Girltrash. Not many people can make murdering psychopath look hot.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
"Oh and when did you leave me...and when did you find her...and tell me is this just what you wanted..."
Ok, so this episode featured a lot of stupid threesome talk, and they kissed mainly to edge on Sloane, but it was still kinda hot. And Callie's facial expression afterwards was priceless. I can't wait for the season's finale.
I could say a lot more about it, but perhaps you should just have a look at it yourself:
Friday, May 16, 2008
"It's not a habit, it's cool, I feel alive...if you don't have it you're on the other side...I'm not an addict...maybe that's a lie...
I hate stupid people. They open their mouths and all this bullshit comes out. Not only do they say the dumbest things, but also they do not even realize what they are saying.
Or they do realize what they are saying, but they just cannot comprehend what is wrong with it. Most racists are like that, or homophobes. However, that is just the beginning of the amount of stupid people around. Even your average so-called liberal guy, can say the most offensive stuff.
I generally believe it is all about intention. If you do not intent to insult or be offensive, it is ok. Unless what you are saying is just too stupid for words. Stupidity trumps intention.Lately I have spent too much time on public transport listening to stupid folks. They are really testing my patience. I can only ignore their stupidity for so long.
Gawd how I detest stupidity.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
"What kind of paradise am I looking for...I got everything I want, and still I want more..."
Today is the final day for you to vote in AfterEllen’s Hot 100. So if you haven’t done so already (Why haven’t you?), go over there now, and don’t forget to list Clea as one of your favourite hotties.
I think Clea is a great actor, and I have enjoyed seeing her in most stuff she had a role in. Recently she has been showing up in some of my favourite TV shows, like Grey’s Anatomy and Heroes.
I especially liked her in the role of detective as she played on Heroes. Perhaps someone could give her her own show? You know, like Life only without the weird redheaded Zen partner.
Maybe she could even play a gay detective. Hmmm.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
"How many instances can you point out when I was less than kind...how many happy endings do you need to change your fucking mind...And how much time do we have left before it's midnight and you see that was never the right size..."
One night about a year ago, I was bored and was downloading some random music. Whatever I could think of. One of the names I entered was the Dresden Dolls. I am so glad that I did.
Their music is simple awesome. After downloading their first song, I knew I had to get my hands on every song they had ever made. Loved it. I am not sure I can explain exactly why. But I can try.
I love their sound. It is different from most bands I have listened to before. Not only do they have a great sound, the lyrics to the songs are simply brilliant.
They cover the greatest range of topics, from exes to masturbation to neo-Nazis to obsessions with radio hosts. I could go on, but my descriptions really do not do the music justice.
You just have to listen to them. So go on, check out the Dresden Dolls. You will like it. If you do not, it simply means you have bad taste in music.
I do not mind exercising itself. I enjoy stuff like hiking, cycling or swimming. I have also been know to partake in the occasional bowling contest (does that qualify as a sport?) or go for a nice canoeing trip.
However, I absolutely hate (hate is not a strong enough word) anything even close to resembling a real sport. And with real sports I mean anything that involves either a ball or a team.
I hate doing anything in groups and I am such an uncoordinated clutch I have never been able to catch, throw or do anything else with a ball in a way you are supposed to. Even if I could get passed that, the other thing I really hate is the fanaticism.
I honestly do not understand how people can care about winning so much. It is just a stupid game, who cares whether your team wins or not?
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I loved it. I watched all of the first seasons of Big Brother, as well as many seasons of the Real World. My favourite season of the Real World, was the third one in San Francisco, which starred among others the infamous Puck. However, a decade or so later there have been so many reality shows, I am totally sick of it. I no longer care for watching ordinary people do nothing exciting. I do not even care for celebrities doing everyday things.
TV should be entertainment and I do not feel that reality TV shows are entertaining me. If I want to watch people do mundane things and have petty fights, I can just walk out of my house and experience it there.
I guess the producers of these shows, found out quick enough that it was not very exciting to just watch people go about there everyday business. That is when they decided to make it a little more scripted.
This usually means more outrageous. Like straight girls making out with each other in hot tubs or guys having fist fights for no good reason.
I am done with it. Give me something new.
Monday, May 12, 2008
I already mentioned my number one hottie Katee Sackhoff, but another woman definitely worth a mention is Leisha Hailey.
Leisha was last year’s winner of the Hot 100, and I am sure she will make it to the top 10 again this year. Besides being smoking hot and adorable, she is a great actor and an awesome musician. The fact that she is also out does not hurt either.
Like many others, I fell in love with Leisha because of her role as Alice on the L word. That character is just so cute, lovable and relatable, despite what they tried to do to her at the beginning on the fifth season of the L word.
Haven’t voted for your favourite women yet? Go on, do it now! And don’t forget to put Leisha Hailey on your list.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I am not totally dense, and I do know the general answer to most of these questions. However, I often lack the specifics. And it is exactly those specifics that they tried to teach me in high school.
Of course, when I was in high school, I could not care less about how the weather worked or why the world turned. If only I had paid more attention then, I would not have so many unanswered questions now.
Then again, I am also pretty sure there are plenty of things they tried to teach me in high school that I will never ever need or even want to remember. Like chemistry or physics.
I guess there is always Wikipedia. But that is not really the same.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
It tells the story of a fox and a hound who are the best of friends when they are little, but they grow up to become worst enemies.
I have not seen the cartoon in years, but the scene in which the hound is made to hunt the fox still haunts me. Or when the fox is no longer allowed to live at the house and is let lose into the forest.
I just watched this trailer of the movie. They could not have made it any sadder or more dramatic. And guess what? I wept.
What is wrong with me? I have to stop blogging about things that make me cry. No one is going to believe me now when I say I am not a crier. Oh well.
Apart from being very sad, the cartoon also tells a great story about friendship. It had a huge impact on me when I was little. If I were asked to pick my friendship movie, I could go for something like Thelma and Louis or Stand by me, but no, I would pick the fox and the hound.
If you do not know what I am talking about, do check it out. You won’t regret it, I promise.
Friday, May 9, 2008
I thought this was also a great excuse to bring some of my favourite women to your attention. You know, just in case you have not made up your mind yet. Or just because it is fun to post pictures of hot women.
My first nominee is Katee Sackhoff. This woman is just unbelievably hot. Whether she plays a badass bionic woman, a tough fighter pilot in space, or glams up for a photo shoot, she is always a pleasure to look at.
There is just something about this woman. I cannot really explain it. Then again, I do not think I really have to. I mean, just look at her!
Even though I love her no matter what she looks like or what character she plays, it was when I first watched her on Battlestar Galactica that she really caught my eye. I have already mentioned this before, but there is probably no TV character I heart more than Starbuck.
She is simply awesome.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
SocialSpark is related to other services that are around that pay bloggers to advertise stuff on their blogs. Most of these services, however, mainly focus on providing sponsored content type services, whereas SocialSpark offers both sponsored content and display advertisements.
More importantly, this site is much more interactive than most of the other sites are. As a blogger, you get to both promote your blogs, as well as look for offers from advertisers actively.
SocialSpark also allows you to look at other members’ profiles, their blogs and you can send them messages. Being the nosey person that I am, I especially like that you can brows peeps’ profiles.
It is cool to see what kind of names people have come up with for their blogs, like How to Split an Atom. The geek in me hearts that name. As you can see from that profile, another great thing about this new site is that is looks so fancy. I am a sucker for a nice layout.
The site has only launched recently, therefore, how useful and successful SocialSpark is really going to be only time will tell.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Postsecret is this great site where people from all over the world send in cool postcards with their deep and darkest secrets, which are then posted online.
Every Sunday you can check the site for new secrets. I love it. It is quite intriguing and exciting to read about other people’s secrets. That, and I also think it is cathartic.
Sometimes you read secrets that are just like your own, while at other times it is something that will never ever happen to you. Or at least you hope it never will.
The type of secrets that people send in range from silly things like who they have a crush on or listing dirty habits to very serious secrets like abuse, abortions, suicide or other forms of loss.
I go to Postsecret every Sunday, read other people’s secrets, and cry. Even though I am not a crier, every week I cry for other people’s terrible secrets. And I like it.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I mean, my friends who threw the party were of course great, and so were a few other peeps there. But there were also a lot of pets, little kids and annoying straight dudes. All three were very exhausting. Exhausting and needy.
The pets needed petting, the kids needed attention, and the guys needed to show everyone just how manly they were. I usually get on great with straight guys, not so much though when they are acting like extras from Jackass.
They said a lot of stupid and chauvinistic things, managed to almost set the shed on fire, and one of them actually tried repeatedly to light one of his farts-I kid you not.
If that was not fun enough already, I also got to hold someone’s baby, entertain a toddler, and watch someone’s photos of their dog. Then I had to listen to a bunch of straight girls complaining how their boyfriends never buy them flowers.
Lately I had been feeling as if I was getting a little old, boring and domesticated. You know, I started thinking that maybe the housewife label wasn’t that far off. Last night proved me wrong: I am so much cooler than those peeps at the BBQ, and I really hope I will stay that way.
Friday, May 2, 2008
The episode featured Addison (Yay, for Addison being back. I heart Kate Walsh!) asking Callie whether she and Dr. Hahn were a couple, and Callie protesting a little too much. You know, in the way you might overreact if you actually were having feelings for a friend.
I am not sure what is going to happen. I would love for these women to hook up and become involved. They would make a super hot couple. But even if they don't, I still think that this story line is awesome.
From the very first time I ever saw Dr. Hahn make an appearance on Grey's Anatomy, I thought they should make her a lesbian. I mean, everything about her just screamed dyke. Or at least it did to me. Now it turns out I might have been right.
I love it when a show I already love gives me a lesbian storyline. Or lesbian crumbs, as it might turn out to be. Oh well, it's all good.
I was young and innocent, and I was camping at the seaside with two friends who were equally young and innocent. Ok that is not completely true; I was probably the most innocent one, believe it or not.
Anyway, one night we went to the local club. I had been to a few pubs before, but this was my first time in a club. Ever. I was not sure what to do or how to act. To be honest, I found it all very scary.
I clearly remember one of the songs that was playing that night, It’s my life by Dr. Alban. I was too young to have developed any good taste yet, and I think I actually liked that crappy song.
One of my friends and I had a lengthy discussion about what we were going to drink. I think we finally settled on rum and coke. She made me order it. We then spend the rest of the night sipping our one and only rum and coke.
I feel old.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
In fact, I have often heard her say she regrets not getting into the police force, because she could have been wearing the cool clothes.
Little did we know that you do not actually have to be a police officer to be able to wear the clothes. There is this great website where you can buy all the clothes, even if you are not a police officer, like my friend.
They sell a whole lot of different stuff, including under armor, holsters and so-called BDU Pants. If you like to wear what police officers and military people wear, go check them out.
Back then, there really weren’t that many high school drama series, not like there are now. This was at a time before Gossip Girls, the OC, Dawson’s Creek and Veronica Mars. It was all new and exciting. All the girls were cool and all the boys were hot.
At least, that is what most of my girl friends thought. And to be honest, I did have a little crush on Dylan McKay. I thought he was the coolest boy I had ever seen.
Looking back on it now though, I think who I really had a crush on was Emily Valentine. Remember her? She played Brandon’s crazy girl friend. If I recall correctly, I think she even tried to set someone’s house on fire.
Back then I thought she had such a great look. I wanted her clothes, and her hair, and her style and her attitude. Only later it dawned on me that what I really wanted was her.