Archive for July, 2008

Movie Dude: X-Files,I Want To Believe

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Once again Chris Carter has penned and sat at the helm of another X-Files Movie,it is his creation and it is beautifully shot ,directed and acted in by the original stars of the series and the first movie! It starts out with with a kidnapped FBI agent,whose only clues to her whereabouts are from a mysterious psychic /preacher/pedophile.played excellently by Billy Connelly(whose sexual count is 37 altar boys! 37 My special number again appears). He discovers a  body part,and not the body! This lead the Agent In Charge,played by Amanda Peet,to recruit Dr. Scully and missing ex-agent Mulder..It has been 6 years since they departed the bureau and they both look HOT! Scully a doctor in a catholic childrens hospital,has her own demons to work out! She and Mulder have lost their child,William and no reason is given,(another movie perhaps)but she works in a childrens ward which developes into a beautiful side story.  As Scully enlists Mulder(who is in hiding) ,he once again becomes consumed by the maelstrom of the case,leading to many deaths ,betrayals,and the return of Skinner! They fall prey to a Frankenstein type doctor and his thugs,which tie into the missing FBI Agent and the priest!as per the course,Mulder and Dr. Scully save the day! But not before some really cool and sexy moments,as Dr. Scully and Mulder are now cohabitating! COOL BEANS! Worth seeing it on the big screen,just to see Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny,gorgeous on the big screen… Check out Mulder’s beard too!

Movie Dude: Hellboy 2,The Golden Army

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Since I am a BIG comic book fan,it is easy for me to enjoy Hellboy 2 and all the wonderful things that are done with CGI nowadays makes sense that comic books come to life so easily..WOW Is Selma Blair HOT! even when she is not on fire! Ron Perlman is such a strong actor ,he actually seems to enjoy wearing all that latex! He really is the best choice that could have been made to be Hellboy!  The story starts out with John Hurt telling the young Hellboy a bedtime story,which is the premise of the Golden Army,an invincible army of golden warriors,able never to be defeated! It is part Lord of The Rings ,which to say it is an old fable of Man  vs Magical Creatures and how an unlikely truce has saved all until NOW! The army is only ruled by the true line of royal blood and by the Crown Of Gold,which commands the army to do the bidding of the True Ruler and bloodline . The crown was broken up into 3 pieces and 2 held by the royals and one by man! This is where the action starts and leads into the Troll Market! The Troll Market is a blast,since Star Wars cantina scene evceryone has been trying to do better,they should stop and take for example the Troll Market…It is just surreal ,yet has a feeling as if you would actually find someone you know walking down it’s very corridors!  Twists are the deal this summer in the cinema. As you will see in this beautifully shot movie,a little gory but good enough to bring 10 year olds in and see. it has nice shots of Philadelphia from a distance of it’s skyline and the lands of Ireland for the final sequence of events.Beautifully shot,everywhere . And as per great Love stories( inside a comic book and great stories through the ages)..the unrequited love is the most touching and of course tradgic in all ,which causes the strongest pull on your heart strings…Enjoy an hour and a half of comic book cinema.  Pass the popcorn! AND Selma Blair! WOW!!HOT! HOT! HOT!

Movie Dude: Dark Knight and Hancock

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

“Suspension of disbelief ” It is a term all Great Directors achieve when making a classic piece of cinema.. The ability to enter into the vision of the director and feel the reality of cinema.  Two such movies I have had the pleasure to enjoy this feeling as of late are The Dark Knight and Hancock.

Each of these movies  was definitely made for adults.  From Heath Ledger’s  Joker to Will Smith’s Hancock…NOT FOR CHILDREN…Each has endearing moments to fullfill your own innner child but have a hardcore reality in the unreality of film violence. The portrayls were exceptionally strong in The Dark Knight from the entire cast but,solidifying Christian Bales Dark Knight for many many years to come! The supporting players are no less..As Gary Oldmans outstanding Jim Gordon,the future police commisioner of  Gotham City stands out and,as everyone knows,all great heroes have great foes and great loses. It holds true to form in all the great stories. The hero seems to lose so much for the greater good! Woe be all…the loss of Heath Ledger is sad,for his super strong sociopathic manic is spellbinding and I dare any and all to look away from the screen when The Joker fills the void! NO ONE will be able to turn their head! As for Hancock,it is not the surprise twist I expected,but better! Once again ,I hate to rely on stereotypical phrase,but one thing is for sure..”Never act with a child or an animal” W.C. Fields They have the habit of stealing scenes, which otherwise put more force into the particular situation! Hancock is a rousing tale too…Shines a light where you did not think one would be!

This week X-Files returns and I will try to se nd you a report!

Slow Computer Info

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
Consumer Technology

Is Your Computer Slower Than When You Bought It?

(ARA) - Is your PC slower now than when you bought it? Do you get error messages when you try to un-install software? Do you have desktop icons that aren’t working?

If so, your computer is likely experiencing problems with its registry database, the operating system component that stores information about the system, application settings and hardware. Even if you’re extremely careful about how you use your computer and never download questionable material, over time it is inevitable that your system will accumulate unwanted registry entries, errors, clutter and debris.

The most common causes are the installation and removal of software, online games, application crashes and upgrades of software programs. While many errors will go unnoticed, the more errors your computer has, the higher the chances that you’ll experience trouble. But there is something proactive you can do to protect your system: install a one-click tool called Advanced Registry Optimizer 5 (ARO 5) that will scan, identify and repair errors.

Not sure if you really need one? Sammsoft, a Washington State software company, offers free trials of their ARO 5 software people can use to check their systems for errors. Click here to begin the download process.

Once the download is complete, just click the “Run” button to install ARO 5. Once installed, the program will do a complete scan and diagnosis of your computer’s registry and tell you how many errors are present.  It will then fix the first 20 problems  completely free of charge.

There’s no catch. The company just hopes you’ll love the personal version of ARO 5 so much you’ll consider purchasing the unlimited commercial system which retails for $29.95.

Copyright © 2007, ARAnet.inc.
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Lost Churches of Louisiana

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Sorry, but I had to read this one twice! 

Lost Churches of Louisiana

One of the local television stations in South Louisiana aired an interview with a woman from New Orleans . The interviewer was a woman from a Boston affiliate. She asked the New Orleans woman how such total 
and complete devastation of the churches in the area had affected their lives.

Without hesitation, the woman replied, ‘I don’t know about all those other people, but we haven’t gone to Churches in years. We gits all our chicken from Popeye’s’.

The look on the interviewer’s face was priceless. 

Sleep Deprived Article

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Maria Hetem, the 47-year-old owner of a dog grooming salon based in Lebanon, N.J., noticed changes in the way she was sleeping over a decade ago but never thought to talk to a doctor about it.

Instead, she sought out medical advice pertaining to her frequent headaches but doctors were never able to determine the cause. Hetem attributed the fact that she never felt well rested and was frequently waking up at night to the growth of her business and her age.

Eventually, thanks to the suggestion of a friend, Hetem got a sleep test and found she had sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that disrupts breathing and can cause headaches. She guesses she’s had the condition, which causes sleep deprivation, most of her adult life.

“You just start to think, ‘This is normal,’ until somebody points out that it isn’t,” she says.

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Hetem’s situation is an all-too common one for millions worldwide. In the U.S. alone, it’s estimated that one in 10 adults struggle with chronic insomnia, not to mention the one in three who occasionally deal with the condition and those who suffer from other sleep disorders.

In recent years, though, thanks to media attention and educational campaigns, there’s been a growing awareness about the importance of sleep and its impact on our health and productivity.

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But experts say many people still have no idea what is keeping them up at night.

That’s because those who’ve been dealing with sleep difficulties for long periods of time often forget the initial catalyst or don’t realize the extent of the problem, says Dr. Ana Krieger, director of the NYU School of Medicine Sleep Disorders Center and co-leader of the extended-stay chain AKA’s Sleep School seminars.

Making Matters Worse
Beyond not recognizing what’s wrong, many people also unknowingly learn self-perpetuating behaviors or come up with solutions that hurt more than help.

“When you look at people who are having problems sleeping, a lot of the logical things they are doing to fix the situation actually end up making it worse,” says Philip Gehrman, an assistant professor of psychology at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia who treats people with insomnia.

That list includes taking naps, going to bed early and staying in bed when you can’t get to sleep. While it makes sense to take a nap if you’re sleep deprived, Gehrman says the practice interferes with your overall sleep drive and makes it harder for you to fall asleep at night. Going to bed early may seem like a way to get some extra sleep, but not if your new bedtime goes against your circadian rhythm, which prevents you from being able to sleep equally well at all times of the day. Likewise, staying in bed when sleep eludes you tends to only increase your performance anxiety, making it harder for you to get the rest you need.

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New research shows that a few other factors might be having more of an effect on your ability to sleep well than you realize. A collaborative study by researchers at the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Brooklyn-based Long Island University found that women who worry about cancer, none of whom had a history of the disease, have a nearly 50% greater chance of having trouble sleeping. A new study out of the University of Pittsburgh also shows that there’s a link between the quality of a couple’s marriage and a woman’s risk of having sleep problems. The unhappier the marriage, the higher the risk, says author and University of Pittsburgh psychologist Wendy Troxel.

You can’t discount the impact of the tanking economy, either, says Dr. Carol Ash, a board-certified sleep and pulmonary specialist and medical director of the New Jersey-based Somerset Medical Center’s Sleep for Life Center. In the past six months, Ash says she’s seen a jump in the number of patients visiting her practice who find themselves awake at night due to worries about their companies downsizing.

They’re not the only ones bringing their work to bed with them at night. The National Sleep Foundation’s 2008 Sleep In America Poll, a national survey of 1,000 working adults, found that nearly one-quarter of respondents did work relating to their job within an hour of going to bed a few nights a week. The habit, experts say, doesn’t give you a chance to unwind and ease into sleep mode. Even computers need a little time to shut down.

Of course, not all causes of sleep problems can be fixed by rearranging your schedule or revamping your diet. Many insomniacs need cognitive behavioral therapy, a treatment requiring multiple sessions that aims to change the way you feel and behave when it comes to sleep. A tendency to be a light sleeper and being a new parent can be hard challenges to overcome too, unless you like white noise machines or can afford a great night nurse.

Experts say that’s OK–we’re all bound to encounter sleep disruptions from time to time throughout our lives. Just make sure you don’t let the problem go on for too long.

“There will be periods in life where you have to give up sleep so you can accomplish something big,” Krieger says. “Just know that you can only do that for a certain period of time or there will be long-term consequences.”

I DID WHAT YOU TOLD ME……..

Friday, July 18th, 2008


I did what you told me …
I sent the email to 10
or more people like you said ..
I’m still waiting for that miracle to happen
 
 
 
 To all my friends who in the last year sent me best ‘wishes’, chain letters, ‘angel’ letters or other

promises of good luck if I forwarded something,

NONE OF IT WORKED!
For 2008, could you please just send money, gasoline vouchers or airline tickets instead?

Thank you

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Minnesota Chill

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

i’d carry you to minnesota

there’s no diners only bars and grills

its nice to know the beer is colder

than the frost that lines the window sills

bare trees hang like bones and line the roads

rough as cobs back home

yeah, for a thrill I’d carry you

i’d carry you on a carribou

i’d carry you to minnesota

to the thirsty moose

bar and grill.

2006 lisa myrick