Category Archives: Pop Culture

When art and its patrons become one work

knights.jpg.CROP.original-originalIf you’re like me and you like going to museums, you’re probably a secret people watcher too. (Or maybe it’s just me….) I love watching how people respond to art, how they hold themselves back to see a painting from a distance, or scurry past a statue that seems, to them, hideous.

This artist, Andres Wertheim, has been using sophisticated photography to create works of art that meld masterpieces with their viewers. I think his work is fascinating and beautiful.

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What do you think?

Dabney Grinnan

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

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.

Enjoy!

Dabney Grinnan

Busiest Man on My TV

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

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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?

Cockneys VS Zombies

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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

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVfdZevxf_o[/youtube]Have 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. Continue reading

Consumerism at its worst

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?

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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.

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