Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cannibalism, violent Frenchmen, Hispanic skaters, Kinsey Milhone, Bill Bryson


Soylent Green starring Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Chuck Connors. Detective in 2022 NYC on the trail of a murderer finds a grisly truth of overpopulation. I got this from Arrow for $9.10. I should order Omega Man and Planet of the Apes for a Heston Sci-Fi set.

District B13 starring a bunch of hoppy Frenchmen. I read a good review of this by Crider. In 2010 Paris a wall surrounds District B13 where police service is not provided. Undercover cop Damien enters the District to infiltrate a gang and defuse the neutron bomb they have. Lots and lots of action with those French guys who can jump over and through anything.

Wassup Rockers starring a bunch of unknown teen actors. Goofy Hispanic skateboarders skate to Beverly Hills, try to romance rich white girls, get chased away by rich, white teen dudes, and try to get back to the safety of South Central Los Angeles. "Overflowing with tenderness and sly humor."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix starring The Usual Trio plus famous Brit actors/ Lord Voldemort has returned and Hogwarts is under pressure by the Ministry of Magic who don't believe in Voldemort's return.

Superbad starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen. Two high school geeks try to buy booze for the ball to bone beautiful broads.

The Beyonce Experience, Live starring Beyonce and her band. Filmed at Beyonce's Los Angeles concert in September, 2007.

Bourne Ultimatum starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Joan Allen. Wow! Scott Glenn is in this! Has anyone given this picture a poor review? I have yet to see it but want to. I spilled coffee on this one.

AudioBooks processed and (time-dated!) by Hannah the Page

T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton. The latest and greatest Kinsey Milhone mystery. Except this time Grafton also writes from the perspective of sociopathic caregiver Solana Rojas. Ten discs at 12.5 hours.

Hot Shot by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Susannah recruits three men to her garage business that she turns into an empire that competes with her father's company. Thirteen discs at 15.5 hours.

Big Boned by Meg Cabot. Packed full of plot as ex-pop star and Assistant Dorm Director Heather pines for vegan math professor Tad, has her ex-con dad finally move out, and has another murder to deal with. Seven discs at eight hours.


Hand of Evil by J.A. Jance. Another mystery in the Arizona desert. Newscaster Ali Reynolds has just lost her job and her newly revealed philandering husband. Ali offers to help a friend find her teen daughter and becomes involved in the gruesome murder in the desert south of Phoenix.

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Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright. "Reporter Hope Jensen uncovers the secret behind the 'Christmas Jars' - glass jars filled with coins and bills, anonymously given to people in need."

T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton. See above.


Why Marines Fight by James Brady. "Why do Marines fight? Why fight so well? Why run toward the guns? Now comes a thrilling new book, pounding and magnificent in scope, by the author some Marines consider the unofficial 'poet laureate' of their Corps."

Decorating With Ceramic Tile by Jerri Farris. Innovative techniques and patterns for floors, walls, backsplashes and accents.

Shakespeare: the world as stage by Bill Bryson. Bryson "sorts through the colorful muddle" of biographical information about Shakespeare to "reveal the man himself". Bryson follows the work of previous biographers and details his own research along the way.

State of Wisconsin Blue Book, 2007-2008 edited by Lawrence S. Barish. "Contains a vast amount of information about Wisconsin state government." All three branches, statistical information, elections, state symbols, constitution and more.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

DVDs and Spanish


Grey's Anatomy starring some actors. This has to be a chick show. With a guy character nicknamed "McDreamy" how could it not? Here's what I know about this show: mostly washed -up actor and amateur race car driver hits it big, one actor guy calls other actor guy a fag, other actor guy says,"Doesn't bother me; I'm strong", the one actor guy says, "I was drunk" and then gets fired.

Ocean's Thirteen. Pretty people (except Elliott Gould), wearing pretty clothes, in pretty places.

Spanish NonFiction

Mi Perro: una guia practica para el ciudado su perro by David Sands.

Mi Gato: una guia practica para el ciudado su gato by Angela Gair

Recetas Sin Sal by Jacques LaFond.

Recetas 0% colesterol Jacques LaFond.

2,002 Recetas de Cocina by Maria Jose Valero.

Spanish Fiction

S de Silencio by Sue Grafton.

El Corazon Helado by Almudena Grandes

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Onion, racial history, goth chicks, a DVD


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End starring Kiera Knightley and some dudes. A couple months ago I watched number two in this series and what a mess that picture was. I'm not going to bother with this one unless there is an easy way to fast forward to all the Kiera Knightley and Chow Yun Fat scenes.


AlterNation by Shannon Okey and Alexandra Underhill. Alterations and embelleshment for "alternative" fashions.

One Drop: my father's hidden life--a story of race and family secrets by Bliss Broyard. Anatole Broyard and his family passed as black once his family moved from New Orleans to New York in the 1920s. Anatole became a literary critic and raised his family in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Bliss and her brother Todd were only told the secret of their father's heritage two months before Anatole's death by cancer. Bliss traces her father's, and the family's, history.

Dyslexia: how to survive and succeed at work by Dr. Sylvia Moody. Covering work organization, time management, writing skills, dealing with emotions. I thought of maybe putting in a dyslexia joke but decided that would be unkind.

Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days by Judith Viorst. Alexander, his wife and their three kids move back into his parent's house during their own home renovation. The kid-free Viorst household is turned upside down. I tried to think of some Alexander jokes but could not.

Our Dumb World: Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition by Scott Dikkers. With articles on U.S. states, continents, and countries. "Ivory Coast - Unstable at last...Liberia-Escaping the American dream...Belgium-A proud tradition of chocolage, and also some other stuff...Myanmar-You will be shot on sight...Australia-As seen on Animal Planet...Canada-For the United States see pages 9-22."

Get Fit While You Sit: Easy workouts from your chair by Charlene Torkelson. Torkelson is the 1969 valedictorian of LMHS.


Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz. Some sort of psychic dog or something. You know what kid of dog is lazy? Greyhounds.