Archive for the ‘Pop Culture’ Category

It’s all about the bass… line. The song “Sweater Weather” has a great one.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Romance writer Carrie Lofty posted this video on Facebook with the the comment “One of the best pop hooks in years.”

I had to give it a listen and I’m glad I did. Indie band The Neighbourhood was unknown to me but I’ve since then watched a few more of their videos on YouTube and I really like them.

This video also showcases one of my favorite cars of all time: A 1969 Mercedes Benz. Plus the black and white film gives it a timeless sense.


Dabney Grinnan

Word Games

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

We love this instructive video by Weird Al. Not only does it proffer excellent advice, it spoofs the original song brilliantly.

Busiest Man on My TV

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

gr He has teddy bear-button eyes set in a face that looks like a knuckle, and he’s on my television, literally, half the time its on. And I just adore him. Yep, it’s Gordon Ramsay.

My TV-husband crush began earlier this summer when I was introduced to Kitchen Nightmares, which airs on BBC America. Before that Ramsay was just the mean guy I occasionally saw abusing cooks when commercials for some random show interrupted whatever I was watching. Now I know that “random show” is Hell’s Kitchen, and it is among the many, many Gordon Ramsay programs I watch. And there ARE many, many. There’s the travel one, and the prison one, and several cooking ones including two cooking contests, and two different incarnations of the Kitchen Nightmare show. There may be more of which I’m unaware.

That “mean” guy is actually quite funny, and he has a lot of charm on camera. If you watch him for just a few minutes it becomes apparent why he is such a huge reality TV star.

Do you watch Gordon Ramsay reality TV? Do you find him charming as well?

Wendy Clyde

Bring On the Eye Candy

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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So, lets see a show of hands – can we all agree that the Summer Olympics are the pinnacle of beautiful, fit bodies in motion? (Yes, I’m talking to you, U.S. Water Polo Team…)

I’ve always believed that summers without the Olympics are seriously bereft of half-dressed, muscular, eye-candy athletes, until now that I’ve discovered American Ninja Warrior. Its on NBC Monday nights, at seven central time, and re-run on G4 just about any time you tune into that channel. My goodness, those contestants are FIT. No matter your sexual, racial or age preferences there is someone to enjoy watching and to root for.

The boys in my home know to leave the women-folk alone to watch TV on Monday nights. Are you watching also? The video I’ve included is of one of my favorite contestants, Lance, a rancher from Idaho. He’s out of the contest now, but was fun to watch while he was competing. Do you have a favorite contestant?

Email UserID Wishlist

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

thI was recently made aware that Yahoo is expunging all the old/unused userIDs, and is allowing current account holders to set up a wishlist of userIDs they’d prefer. If you are first on the list for an ID that comes available, Yahoo will notify you that you have 48 hours to claim that userID. (more…)

Cockneys VS Zombies

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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A year or so ago my husband found the trailer for Cockneys VS Zombies, a hilarious looking zombie film in the style of Shaun of the Dead. Since zombie films are a particular favorite, we waited impatiently for months for the release, but alas, it never came to the US. Looks like we’ll be looking for a used copy online.

Doesn’t it look funny? The full trailer had too much iffy language and violence to include here, but you can find it on youtube.

Call The Midwife on PBS

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

YouTube Preview ImageHave you been watching Call The Midwife on PBS? Season Two just ended and those of us addicted to the show are bereft. Its the adaptation of a series of books by British nurse Jennifer Worth which chronicle her years working as a midwife in the East End of London. Set in the 50s, each episode is a vignette detailing issues of the time, such as racism, the lack of reliable birth control, prostitution, separation of the classes, and changing rules of propriety. (more…)

Consumerism at its worst

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

ddDo you watch AMC’s The Walking Dead? I do and adore it, along with my husband, siblings, and a lot of my friends. Great show! But that’s not what I want to blog about. The topic I want to discuss is the little six or seven inch action figures that AMC is marketing. I gave the Daryl Dixon figure to my girlfriend for Christmas a couple years ago because we both like Norman Reedus. It cost around sixteen dollars. I later found two more, one each for my husband and myself, and we started collecting the entire set

Our set is incomplete now, even with the extras we bought, because we’re selling those suckers off! Have you looked at prices for them on Ebay? Daryl Dixon goes for up to Three Hundred Dollars! We just sold one for two hundred and sixty. The other main characters sell for up to two hundred and the zombies for up to one hundred. If we sell off the entire first series we’re looking at a profit of around a thousand dollars.

So my question is: Are people insane?

Which Ones Do You Play?

Thursday, March 21st, 2013


My father in law received a tablet for Christmas. Since then I have played numerous games of Words with Friends and Draw Something with him. I also play my brother in law but since he is a nasty cheat :-) I don’t like to think about that. Those are the only games I play right now and family are the only people I play because honestly, it is way too easy to lose hours to internet games. But I would love to have the time to explore more games.


I was late to the social networking party

Monday, March 18th, 2013

006I was late to the social networking party.  It wasn’t because I was wary of technology.  My husband forked out $2000 for an Apple computer in 1982 that did not even have a hard drive.  Pre-children, we spent hours on that computer fighting monsters and completing quests on the role playing games available at the time.  Sometimes we even used it for finances and business.  Much like the game consoles of today, we traded up each time a new incarnation came on the market.   I had email long before most of my peers.  My brother had moved to Saudi Arabia and after a year of extremely high telephone bills, I knew there had to be a better way.  There was:  email.  So you might say that technology for me needed to be either entertaining or useful. (more…)