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Wednesday, April 03, 2002
Here are a few of my favorite website links... Quite a funny little place. You can take a tour of the White House and see other cool things. My favoritest author in the world. heh heh heh...

weird cat cartoon this is just weird. a place to look at when you get bored. The place for people in the ad biz. You've got to get on their mailing list, once you stuff will follow.

Jem's jukebox the jukebox of all songs from the Jem cartoon. She's truly OUTRAGEOUS! the ceral I had as a kid. We had these magnets all over our frige I thought I dreamed the cereal but now I know it was REAL!
posted by Pirate Alice 2:36 PM

Sunday, March 31, 2002
Oy! Grrr....yay! it's finally working properly... I thought I'd never get the right template to show up.. geesh. After a little fine tuning, now I can go back to bed. Yeah, no I'm not anal about anything... I didn't get out of bed at 11pm just to come play with this stupid thing.... I didn't... REALLY!
posted by Pirate Alice 11:06 PM
posted by Pirate Alice 10:57 PM
Thursday, March 28, 2002
Have you ever read a book that you just couldn't stop reading? And when you did stop reading it, you couldn't stop thinking about it? Then, when you were at work away from the book, you had this urge to just drop everything you were doing and grab the book to continue reading it. I have never had that feeling until now. I know it sounds silly, but I've been reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and I can't put it down. When I first heard about the Harry Potter books I thought, "that's great, kids are finally excited about reading. I'm so glad this J.K. Rowling has written something that gets kids excited about books for a change. Then a friend of mine started telling me that I should read them, that I'd like them. I thought, "I dunno, it's a book for kids, I can't get that excited about a book for children."
Then they made the first book into a movie and I started hearing from so many different people about how they read and enjoyed her books. One day last year around November or December I was in Target and I saw the "Harry Potter" display and on a whim decided to go ahead and buy book 1. I read it in 2 days and LOVED IT. I needed more and luckily someone in the office had book 2. We began a Harry Potter club and we passed around the books to each other. But now that I'm on book four and almost done, I've got to know when book 5 is coming out. I can't be without my Harry! It's so sad, I want to read book 4 slower but I can't slow down. Harry is in trouble and I need to be sure he's going to be OK. I need to stop working and read my Harry Potter book. I've never been this crazed by a book before. Its such a wonderful feeling. I want to write letters to J.K. Rowling to let her know how wonderful I feel from reading her books.

posted by Pirate Alice 1:16 PM

Wednesday, March 20, 2002
So the last blog I typed out ended up in Blog heaven... the Post and Publish buttons weren't there before. I have no idea what happened. But, here's something completely different!

A bit of movie fun for your reading pleasure...

Top 10 Movies of 2001 (plus commentary) in reverse order (naturally)

10 Bridget Jones's Diary
Almost as good as the book - funny Texan pretending to be a Brit, and doing it quite smashingly!

9 The Gift
Surprisingly good movie, suspenseful and you get to see Keanu Reeves as a big meanie!

8 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Hobbits, Wizards and Elves - OH MY! Plus an added scene that was not in the book and is completely unnecessary.

7 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
More Wizards, but not as long as "The Rings" and not as changed from the original story.

6 Shrek
Ogres and fairytale creatures making fun of the creations of Disney, what more could you ask for in a cartoon?

5 I Am Sam
I laughed, I cried I didn't want it to end! Yes, there is a very melodramatic scene by Michelle Pfieffer, but if you ignore that moment the movie is spectacular. I totally love the little girl in this movie she's so cute and she does a great job. And really, how can you NOT love a movie where the main character loves the Beatles?

4 In The Bedroom
Deep, disturbing, depressing - what an awesome movie!

3 Gosford Park
Robert Altman at his best and with so many hunky British men!

2 Donnie Darko
Have you ever wondered how much impact one person's life makes in this world? Is it possible to travel through time? See this movie!!

1 Memento
The most innovative, amazing, backwards story about memory loss I've EVER SEEN!

Honorable mention: For being very funny and wrongly marketed.
Josie & the Pussycats
You should give it a chance... cuz it is a very clever tribute to pop culture. They get the award for best use of product placement.

And the #1 OVER HYPED PIECE OF CRAP is Pearl Harbor don't waste your time! If you've seen Titanic you've seen this.

And for those of you wondering where are Moulin Rouge, Mulholland Drive and A Beautiful Mind - YES I saw them, but NO, I don't think they are worthy enough to be on my top 10 list. Monsters Inc - I haven't seen so I can't add it to my list yet. Any other missing films, I probably haven't seen yet.

My choice for Best Motion Picture of the Year (of the ones up for the Oscar which for the first year EVER I've actually seen them all)
A Beautiful Mind
Gosford Park
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Moulin Rouge

I feel the academy is going to choose "A Beautiful Mind". I however would give the Oscar to "In the Bedroom". It's a much better story, something I haven't seen before. It was better acted and more real (yes I know A Beautiful Mind is based on a real person but if you've seen it, you can see how it doesn't feel as real as In the Bedroom does) and the soundtrack is so haunting and wonderful. I think "In the Bedroom" deserves the Oscar more than any of the other choices.
posted by Pirate Alice 11:51 AM

Tuesday, June 12, 2001
I just filled in one of those question and answer e-mail things... Here are my anwers:

1. LIVING ARRANGEMENT?  I've got my own swell place in the Ukrainian Village. 2 bedrooms for a very reasonable price and a former cop as a landlord.
2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?  It is one of the "stripped" books from when I worked at Kroch's. I forget the name right now. I've tried to read it about 5 times and never actually finished although it is very good. I did just finish reading the fabulous Neil Gaiman's book Neverwhere. And I'm looking forward to picking up his new one, American God's when it is released at the end of this week.
3. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? At work it's the Powerpuff Girls. At home it's a Ouija Board... I have not yet noticed the mouse moving on its own.
4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME? oooohhh..... Balderdash is one of the most fun. Then comes Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, The Mad Magazine Game was always cool and Bargain Hunter was one of my favorites as a kid.
5. FAVORITE MAGAZINE? I'm not much of a magazine reader and out of nowhere I started getting Newsweek which was weird cuz I never ordered it. Then as I was watching somethinig on WTTW and their subscription drive came on they mentioned that they include a subscription to the magazine when you send them money (which I did). But the one magazine that I actually pay for is National Geographic. Mostly because my Dad did and I like seeing the magazines laying around the house reminding me of Dad.
6. FAVORITE SMELLS?  ooohh... smell....baking bread, the smell of toast, popcorn, pretty much the smell of most baked goods.
6b. LEAST FAVORITE SMELLS?  Cigarette smoke. I agree with that answer but also... cinnamon scented airfresheners.... totally different reason. It's the memory associated with the smell. Never thought a smell could be so upsetting. But there was a cinnamon scented airfreshener in my mom's room when she died....
7. FAVORITE SOUND?  The sound of the ocean... Until I stood on the beach in Denmark I had never heard the sound of the waves of an ocean (or the sea since this was technically the North Sea). but it was amazing.... I could stand there forever.
 8. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?  There are many worst feelings... "You've got a great personality, but...." that leads to a bad feeling.... "I wish I could find a girl JUST LIKE YOU...." wow...that's like a brick in the face....
But the overall worst ever feeling is losing the two people who are the center of your world.
9. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?  "It's all a LIE... I dont' really have to get up now.... someone screwed with my alarm clock!" no, I'm just kidding.... I lay there thinking of excuses why I can't go to work today... it's raining, it's too foggy, I ate popcorn last night....
10. FAVORITE COLOR?  when it comes to colors I try not to play favorites....
11. HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE?  as many as it takes for the caller ID to show up.
12. FUTURE CHILD'S NAME?  I do like Leia, Han, Indiana...those are cool! But I've only chosen a boy's name for sure. Edward is my name of choice, after my Dad. I also like Andrew for a boy. And for girls names, I like the names like Sibohan, Fiona, Anastasia and Kathrine or Katie for short.
13. WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN LIFE? Loving and being loved. I agree with that. nothing is more important than loving and being loved by family and friends.
14. FAVORITE FOODS?  Dad's Sweedish meatballs. Chicken Enchilada's a-la Pattie and apple pie.
15. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?  I'm totally a Dean's Country Charm Moose Tracks girl...
16. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST?  ABSOLUTELY! I'd love to go to some car racing school to learn how to drive even faster.
17. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?  I've got two answers for this... answer #1 is yes, my favorite bear from childhood sits on the bed while I sleep sometimes getting knocked on the floor by answer #2 the stuffed so much that she always pukes everywhere cat that sleeps on the bed with me.
18. STORMS - COOL OR SCARY? I do so very much love rainy days....until we get so many that it feels like we are living in the tropical rain forest....or Seattle.
19. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? My first car was a piece of crap Buick Skylark (or was it a Skyhawk?) beige...with a broken heater core so that the anti-freeze leaked on the passenger side floor. and the ceiling cloth drooped on your head.
20. IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE? wow...this is a hard one... I'd like to meet Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman. Anne Rice might be interesting to meet too. John Edward of the Sci-Fi channel show Crossing Over would be cool to meet too. Stanley Kubrick would be neat.... or Terry Gilliam. I've always had a thing for Henry Rollins.... And of course David Boreanaz.
21. FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE? Margarita on the rocks with salt. and the hard ciders like Woodchuck and Woodpecker....oh and Hooch is good too.
23. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?   Eat?!?!....Broccoli?!?! I agree with the answer that was here. Broccoli is so totally gross! most vegetables are.
24. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE?  I do so like this question.... I would be an FBI Agent or a CIA Agent. Or an oscar winning actress/writer/director/producer. A scientist who discovers the secret of time travel....or an astronaut who discovers life on other planets. Or... I think it would be cool to be one of Dr. Who's companions. A best selling author. the coolest teacher in the school. or a rock star.
26. EVER BEEN IN LOVE?  Sadly.... no....
28. FAVORITE MOVIES: WOW... what a list this will be....
In no particular order: Say Anything, Princess Bride, What Dreams May Come, Contact, Traffic, Evil Dead (all 3), Star Wars, Babe, The Little Princess - more recent Warner Bros version, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai in the 5th Dimension, Wonderboys, Dude Where's my Car, Virgin Suicides, Lock Stock & two Smoking Barrels, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Almost Famous, Blade Runner. All Python movies, Memento and Shrek. There are more...but I'd go on and on forever if I listed everything.
29. FAVORITE TV SHOW: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Charmed, That 70's Show, Titus, Roswell, Gilmore Girls, West Wing, Farscape, Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo.
Ever - Happy Days, WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues, The Muppet Show, Hart to Hart, Banana Splits, Underdog, BJ & Dirty Dragon, Bozo, Ray Raynor, Tennesse Tuxedo, Go-Go Gophers, Laverne & Shirley, The A-Team, Strike Force (anyone remember strike force?), Dr. Who, Crossing Over and The Vicar of Dibley.
31. FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY: going to Ground Round with the family.
32. FAVORITE SONG/GROUP/TYPE OF MUSIC: Woah... musics...again, in no particular order:
Groups: Duran Duran, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rollins Band, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Ben Folds Five, Muck Bros, PJ Harvey, U2, REM, B-52's, Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Wings, Beatles, XTC, They Might Be Giants, Joan Jett, Amazing Royal Crowns, Al Green, Bob Marley, Buffalo Springfield, Chris Isaak, Grateful Dead, INXS, Harry Connick, Hole, Lou Reed, Red Hot Chili Peppers... etc
Songs: Joe Cocker's version of "i get by with a little help from my friends", Making Plans for Nigel, Godzilla (by Blue Oyster Cult), Sana Monica by Everclear. Love to be loved, Washing of the water (maybe not really the name of the song?), In your Eyes all by Peter Gabriel (geeze, pretty much all of So and all of Us and all of Shaking the Tree are my favorite songs by Pete)
Types of music: Rock, ska, punk, Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues, Classical (when I'm in the mood) pretty much anything loud and angry or "pool songs"
each of the above lists are only a very small selection of what I like. I run the gamut of music.

33. SOMETHING I'M REALLY GOOD AT OR I LOVE TO DO THAT NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IS: Knitting and crochet are things I like to do that not many people know about. I also like to bake but more people know about that. I'm pretty darn good at volley ball too. And as a geek I do so very much like video games but that's a given.
34. QUOTE I LIVE BY: eeww.... uh.... My latest quote (made up by me) is "Never worry about money, there's always more down the road"
35. PEOPLE WHO KNEW ME IN HIGH SCHOOL THOUGHT I WAS: Wow... they thought I was a total loser... the fat girl that no one wanted to be seen with. I was also labeled the "nice girl" in many of the signatures of the yearbook. They seemed to think I was shy and quiet... the "good girl". Also they had this distorted image that I was a very smart kid and did well in all my classes so the "popular" kids who were too dumb to pass would cheat off of me... I failed 1st semester of Biology, partly because I hated the teacher and partly because I was bored out of my mind, and the girl from the SAME CLASS I failed ended up in class with me the second time around... she kept asking me for the answers, "Uh hello, Michelle... I FAILED TOO!"
      IF THEY SAW ME NOW, MY CLASSMATES WOULD SAY:  Man she's such a bitch.

36. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS? Yes I do. When I took typing in high school I had that horrible disorder of low self esteem, I didn't believe in myself enough to know where the keys were without looking. I passed by reading a line then watching my hands hit the right keys then reading the next line...etc. One day (long after high school) I just stopped thinking about where the keys were and voila! I type like a fiend!
37. WHAT'S UNDER YOUR BED?  hairballs, dust, maybe an old pair of slippers?
39. BELIEF IN GHOSTS, MIRACLES OR LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS?  Absolutely! what a boring world this would be if there were none of the above. As they said in the movie Contact, if there wasn't life on other planets it would be an awful waste of space. And John Edward of the Sci-Fi Channel show Crossing Over proves the life after death theory.
40. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Sports? Watch?!? ugh... well if I must choose, Hockey is a good one to watch, but only if they fight..... then....well....thats about it.

41. IF YOU COULD BE ANY TREE WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY? This is one of my favorite questions... I'd want to be a Christmas Tree. Because of all the meaning it holds, the great family memories it brings, the tradition of the tree.... and yeah, sure I'd be thrown away some time in January (maybe even March for some houses) but I'd live on in the heart and soul of the family to whom I brought so much joy and happiness.
42. FAVORITE BOOK... My favorite book of all time is a book called "Spunky" its about this dog who was a stray and he found himself a family. Its from the dog's point of view which i thought was the coolest when I read it in 5th grade. It's the first book that made me cry. And it was one of the first books I got through the Scholastic book club. I was so excited when my Mom actually let me get one of the billions of books I wanted from that little flyer they passed around in school. You rember the one, with the cutesy posters you could get and the kids books. You'd check off what you wanted the cut out that strip of an order form. Then the books would arrive and the teacher would spread them out on the chalkboard rail and you'd sit in anticipation hoping and praying that the teacher would call your name to go get your book...
43. ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU.  There are so many nice things to say about Mike! He's so cool...and a ton of fun.... if only I could hang out with him more....
44. PERSON YOU SENT THIS TO WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND. Well.. I'm not sure cuz I haven't yet decided who to send this to.
45.PERSON YOU SENT THIS TO WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND.   See above. again... I'm not sure yet who I'm going to send this to. But it seems most people I choose do send it back eventually....after they've taken the time to ponder their answers.

posted by Pirate Alice 1:48 PM