January 13, 2011

Six Degrees: Reynolds to… Reynolds

by Lady Darcy

Well folks, it’s my first Six Degrees of the year and I’ve decided that my gift to myself will be writing about my favorite actor, Ryan Reynolds!  Almost nothing else in the world gives me more pleasure than to sit and watch -or think about- all the films I’ve seen this year’s Sexiest Man Alive in.  You might think I’m exaggerating but I can assure you I am not.  As far as RyRy goes, I’ve seen just about his entire filmography so thinking of actors he’s worked with wasn’t exactly a challenge.  However, coming up with films senior citizen Burt Reynolds has been in wasn’t nearly as fun so I tried to rip the band-aid off quickly.  Really though, can you blame me?  It’s Burt Reynolds.  Anyway, here you go…

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January 4, 2011

Washyourhandsington

by punnygirl

Hello to my fellow annoymous nerds! Punny Girl here to bring you my first punderful post.

Relevant, helpful, and punny.  Thank you, Washington State Department of Health for bringing us such an informative video.

December 15, 2010

Six Degrees: The Mel’s

by Lady Darcy

Greetings and Merry Christmas!  I took a little hiatus for some holiday shopping and time off but I’m back with a brand new Six Degree post for ya.  This week I’m pleased to be connecting hilarious actor/writer/director/producer Mel Brooks to the once great but now just loony Mel Gibson; a colliding of the Mel’s if you will.  I must confess I started off this assignment a little nervous.  I’m well aware Mel Brooks is a Hollywood legend but after being asked to link him to another actor I drew a bit of a momentary blank.  I don’t actually own any of his films and the ones I could think of didn’t help bring to mind any famous names that could be linked to anyone else.  About ½ a PB&J sandwich later it hit me- Space Balls and Robin Hood: Men in Tights!  It was so simple I feel like a complete idiot even admitting it.  Once I got that out of the way, connections just started flowing.  For starters you’ve got Patrick Stewart in Robin Hood: Men in Tights as the beloved King Arthur, who was also the bad guy in Conspiracy Theory with Mel Gibson.  That wasn’t going to make a very good blog so I scratched it and started over.  I came up with several options but here’s my favorite.  Enjoy!

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November 24, 2010

Giant Jesus

by adminymous

According to this CNN.com blog post, the tallest statue of Jesus in the world was erected in Świebodzin, Poland last weekend.  Named Christ the King, Standing at 167 feet tall, it is 37 feet taller than the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is 34 feet taller than the previous record-holder, Cristo de la Condordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which stands at 133 feet tall.

Giant Jesus in Swiebodzin, Poland

This was the life’s work of Father Zawadzki, a priest in Świebodzin.

Special thanks to Fist of Blog for making us aware of this story.

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November 22, 2010

ZombieWarning.com

by adminymous

With the threat of terrorism, invasions by foreign nations, and the McRib Sandwich all occupying our collective psyches at present, it is the perfect moment…

…for zombies to attack!

For protection in even these uncertain times, there’s ZombieWarning.com.  Like the US Department of Homeland Security and it’s Terrorist Threat Levels, the Zombie Warning System alerts the people of the world to the likelihood of a zombie attack.

There are four levels:

ZombieWarning Threat Levels

  • Low – No attack is imminent.  Remain calm.
  • Medium – Moderate level of concern about an attack.  Take precautions, but do not be alarmed.
  • High – Zombie attack imminent.  Barricade doors and windows, and prepare for attack.
  • Attack! – Zombies attack in progress.  Keep your weapons loaded.

With this system in place, you will never have to be concerned about whether or not zombies are attacking.

If you right now are questioning your preparedness for a zombie attack, you can rest easy knowing that the Zombie Kill TeamZKT for short – will have your back if such an attack were to take place.  The ZKT is made up of highly trained operatives whose sole purpose and directive is to kill zombies.

I hope you feel better knowing that if zombies attack, you will be informed well in advance – and you won’t be alone.

November 19, 2010

Six Degrees: From Mr. Cellophane to Dr. Lecter

by Lady Darcy

Another day, another challenge.  If you were one of the 4 people who read the 1st Six Degree post, thank you!  You may proceed to paragraph 2.  If you have not yet had the privilege of reading Six Degrees: The Stewarts, allow me give you a quick rundown of how this baby works: Upon being jokingly dubbed the “human IMDB” by my dear friends, I have graciously accepted the challenge to connect 2 randomly selected actors in less than 6 degrees using only movies I have seen!  Fortunately the 1st few challenges thrown at me have been a piece of cake.  The tougher ones are going to be those actors whose work I’ve never actually had the pleasure of experiencing.  Here we go…

This week I’m taking on connecting Adult Swim’s Dr. Steve Brule himself, John C. Reilly, to Oscar winning cannibal, Sir Anthony Hopkins.  I happen to love John C. Reilly for both his dramatic and comedic work so this one was extra fun for me.  My 1st instinct was to look at Reilly’s Mister Cellophane-singing role in Chicago with Renée Zellweger, who was in Cold Mountain with Nicole Kidman, who was in The Human Stain with Anthony Hopkins… but that was just too easy.  Plus I didn’t really want to talk about The Human Stain because, to be honest, I wasn’t crazy about it and therefore don’t remember a lot of it.  Why did I even bring this up then?  I just like any excuse to talk about how much I love the song Mister Cellophane from Chicago.  If you don’t know it, look it up! *Sigh*

Ok now that that’s done let’s get down to business.  John C. Reilly has been in a few movies with bestie and fellow hilarious curly haired comedian, Will Ferrell, including one of my all time favorite quotable Ferrell comedies Step Brothers.  It’s one of those films that you kind of wished you hadn’t spent $10.50 on the first time through but after revisiting it in the 2nd run theater or via Netflix you find yourself shouting things like “this is how we do it!” while body slamming your big sister.  No?  Just me?  Alright so apparently my family is a little “unique” when it comes to inside jokes and movie quotes but Step Brothers gets us all laughing and that’s saying a lot for a group of people with extremely differing tastes in film.  I think my mom would prefer to do without the massive amounts of profanity but even she can’t deny the hilariousness in the absurdity of the dialogue.

One movie of Ferrell’s, and possibly his only decent family-friendly one, that my mom can enjoy without feeling guilty is Elf.  As you may or may not have guessed I friggen love Elf!  Being something of a Christmas nut, a Will Ferrell fan and a Zooey Deschanel fan it was a win win win for me.  Even if you’re not one for gooey PG films I feel like there’s a joke in there for everyone.  I actually applaud Zooey for pulling off such a cheesy commercial hit without leaving even the teensiest scratch on her Indie Queen reputation.  It probably doesn’t hurt that she sings fabulously in it and, not to mention, hardly looks like herself with that bleached blonde hair but I think it really worked for her because it was just a darn good holiday movie; pure and simple.

Speaking of Zooey Deschanel, probably the number 1 reason I love her is a little movie that could called (500) Days of Summer.  Along with being my most recent must-have DVD purchase, it was nominated for over a dozen awards and received overwhelmingly positive reviews nearly everywhere I looked.  Without giving away anything I think I can admit I wasn’t super crazy about the ending even though, to be fair, they did try to prepare me for it.  Honestly though, how could I not like anything with adorable-as-ever Joseph Gordon-Levitt in it?  Time out! Before you even think about cracking a GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra joke in response to that just know that I have not seen it… nor will I ever.  Also, I did see an interesting interview last year with the dimple-cheeked JGL in which he admitted he simply wanted to do something lighter after having just finished Stop-Loss and he felt like a kid playing with life size action figures from his childhood.  Time In!

One of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s more obscure little-known pieces from his past is 2005’s Havoc starring the lovely Anne Hathaway.  Haven’t seen it?  That’s ok, you don’t need to.  The idea of Anne Hathaway in a grittier non-princess role (this was pre-Rachel Getting Married) was enough to make me give it a shot despite Netflix’s measly 2 star prediction for me.  However in the end Netflix prevailed and I found myself taking a very long shower immediately after the credits rolled trying to wash off the stink of the acting/writing/directing I’d just seen.  Virtually the only redeeming quality in this melodrama about a rich troubled white teen girl in a rich troubled white kid poser gang is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Even as a somewhat bizarre secondary character I felt like he was the most believable.  Anne had her moments but I think it’s best for everyone if she sticks to roles that don’t require using a “tough girl accent” (that’s really the only way I can describe it because it wasn’t an actual accent).

Just a few short years after Havoc Anne Hathaway found herself in a supporting role in one of this decade’s most talked about films Brokeback Mountain.  If I have to tell you what this movie is about and who’s in it you should probably just stop reading right now and go look at any awards/nominees for films in 2006 because it’s going to be on every list.  Among the stellar Oscar-nominated performances by Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams was Jake Gyllenhaal’s Best Supporting Actor nominated role as gay cowboy Jack.  I was already a fan of looking at the dude and witnessed his acting chops in Donnie Darko but for some reason this film was the 1st to make every other non-Darko-cult fan sit up and take serious notice.

The same year Brokeback was released, Jake was in a lesser-known film called Proof with Gwyneth Paltrow.  As far as brilliant but insane mathematician films go, this was no A Beautiful Mind but it was decent.  I actually caught it one lazy afternoon on a local cable channel movie of the week type deal and the acting was enough to keep me interested the whole way through.  Personally, I was more intrigued by the romantic relationship than the whole daddy-daughter “is she going crazy too?” thing but overall it wasn’t a bad movie.  I don’t know if I would recommend it but I don’t think I’d deter someone from seeing it if they’d made up their minds to give it a try.  Besides (are you ready for it?) it brings me around to the last degree of separation!  Can you guess who played the brilliant but mentally disturbed father of Gwyneth Paltrow in Proof?  That’s right… Anthony Hopkins!

To summarize:

John C. Reilly was in Step Brothers with Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell was in Elf with Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel was in (500) Days of Summer with Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt was in Havoc with Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway was in Brokeback Mountain with Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal was in Proof with Anthony Hopkins

There you have it.  Reilly to Hopkins in an even six degrees!  See you next time.

November 15, 2010

Humans Control Individual Neurons

by adminymous

According to this article from the UCLA Newsroom, people can actually control specific neurons with our thoughts alone.  This is the first time anyone has been able to narrow down and scientifically study the phenomenon known as “focusing”.  It’s the part of the brain that allows people to block out distraction, and now scientists at UCLA and Cal Tech are able to show the mechanism by which it occurs.  By studying the response of test subjects to four images, they identified which neurons were responsible for those images.  They then used those images, along with many others as “distractions”, to cause the test subject to attempt to focus only on the test image.  In 70% of cases, the same neuron fired for this image despite distractions.

This kind of thing fascinates me.  It’s amazing how little we actually know about the brain and how it works – and even more amazing that almost all of the important knowledge we have about the brain has been gathered since the start of the 20th century.  It’s a very good thing we have high-caliber scientists like these guys gathering more information about the brain and it’s functions.

November 11, 2010

Alcohol and Caffeine – A Bad Mix?

by adminymous

According to this CNN.com article, my home state of Washington decided to put a ban on alcoholic energy drinks – beverages like Four Loko and other related libations will be made illegal in Washington state starting November 18.  This is indicative of how the country will soon be going – the FDA will be investigating the use of alcohol and caffeine together, and whether it is harmful.  At what point do we draw the line?  If we ban the sale of these beverages, all it will do is increase the sale of the non-alcoholic energy drinks – all you have to do is mix it with vodka, and it’s roughly the same thing you bought before.

The issue here isn’t what beverages are or are not illegal – it’s about education.  If people know what chemicals will do to their bodies, they will be better informed about what to drink or not drink, and at the very least they will be less likely to make poor choices in the future.  Typically when a company decides to write a letter to the government, I don’t usually regard it with much consideration – but this letter from Phusion Projects, the makers of Four Loko, seems very well reasoned.  Legislating against a specific product is, unless I am mistaken,

Also, enforcement is an issue.  The incident that caused the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) to act involved college students at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA who were under 21, and was reported on the CWU web site.  How did they get the alcohol in the first place?  That should be the first thing they should be focusing on.

I am not a doctor, so I can’t comment about what the exact dangers could be about consuming alcohol and caffeine at once.  What I do know is that malt liquor and hard liquor are legal, and energy drinks are legal – so simply banning a beverage that combines the two won’t stop people from combining the two themselves.  I’m not suggesting that such a law exist, or not – I’m just thinking that if there is an obvious loophole, then slapping a bandaid on the problem will not curb the behavior it is intended to stop.

What do you think?  Let me know, comment below.

November 11, 2010

CERN Successfully Creates a Mini “Big Bang”

by adminymous

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Testing, operates a very large hadron collider on the border of France and Switzerland that has been running for the last few months, causing protons to collide so we can see what they’re made of.  In an effort to increase the scale of the testing, CERN has reconstituted their proton collisions to instead use lead ions – and in so doing, they have created a miniaturized version of the Big Bang event that created our universe, according

For a millionth of a second after the full-size Big Bang, all the matter in the universe existed as what is called “plasma”, or disorganized matter.  We were all just a bunch of subatomic particles that had no organization whatsoever.  Physicists believe that this occurred because the single ball of matter that existed got so dense that the energy pent up inside burst forth in an explosion – and the hadron collider does exactly the same thing, only on an infinitesimally smaller scale.

Read more here: http://public.web.cern.ch/public/

Special thanks to The Daily Galaxy for their content.

November 9, 2010

Six Degrees: The Stewarts

by Lady Darcy

Welcome to my first ever Six Degree post.  Upon being jokingly dubbed the “human IMDB” by my dear friends, I have graciously accepted the challenge to connect 2 randomly selected actors in less than 6 degrees using only movies I have seen!  Fortunately the 1st five challenges thrown at me have been a piece of cake.  The tougher ones are going to be those actors whose work I’ve never actually had the pleasure of experiencing -thank you, adminymous, for the F. Murray Abraham.  Now I have to go rent a movie and pray I recognize someone else in it!  It may be a while before you folks get anything on Mister F-something-or-other.

This week I’ve had the not-so-daunting task of connecting bald sci-fi beauty Patrick Stewart to brooding vampire-loving teen queen Kristen Stewart.  My 1st attempt had these guys linked in 3 movies but after 4 more attempts (coincidentally all starting with X-Men and ending with Adventureland) I decided to just pick the web that would be most fun.  I care less about fewer degrees and more about discussing the love of my life: movies.  So here we go…

As if he didn’t already have enough of a nerd-following from his role on TV as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Star Ship Enterprise, Patrick Stewart became even more famous with younger nerd audiences as the beloved wheelchair-bound Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films (2000’s X-Men, 2003’s X2 and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand).  Whether or not you thought they lived up to the comics, you’ve got to at least admit they were entertaining.  I have a rather eclectic taste in movies but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of the films.  The nostalgic sap in me was just pleased as pie to see several of her favorite cartoon characters from childhood coming to life, the nerd in me lapped up all the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on special effects, and the girly girl in me couldn’t take her eyes off the array of hotties in tight leather suits.  One such hottie was the jealous mutant boyfriend of Jean Grey, called Cyclops, played by James Marsden.  I’ll be honest, when I saw him in the 1st film I knew he had blue eyes and that I wanted to dip him in chocolate and eat him up but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what else he’d been in.  Turns out that before X-Men he’d really only had some bit parts on a few television series I’d seen over the years and a few movies I still have yet to recognize him in.  I think his name finally stuck with me once I saw him in 2008’s 27 Dresses opposite Katherine Heigl.  Yes, boys, we’re about to start talking about a cheesy predictable mainstream romantic comedy.  I know you’re just cringing but bear with me and power through it because I’m going to bring this around to Kristen Stewart without mentioning Twilight!  Feel better now?  Good.

So 27 Dresses might be everything I called it before, but it’s my cheesy predictable mainstream romantic comedy!  Yes, it comes in a pink DVD case and many people can’t stand Katherine Heigl but the movie has everything you need for a perfect tear-jerking Friday night alone with your Chunky Monkey.  A little bit of heart break, a little bit of romance, a lot bit of campy and 2 very attractive perfect opposites finally falling for each other.  Being 5-times a bridesmaid but never a bride myself, I think the film just holds special meaning for me.  I can’t in my right mind recommend it to anyone searching for something profound or hilarious to the degree of The Hangover but I will admit its entertaining enough that the case is just as worn out and shabby looking as the copy of My Best Friend’s Wedding sitting next to it on my shelf.

Now even if you don’t like Katherine Heigl you’ve got to at least admit you laughed during Knocked Up.  I honestly didn’t want to see it given the premise but once I gave in and rented it one rainy Saturday night I was happy I did.  I don’t think I could ever stay mad at sweet little Seth Rogen even if I tried.  He definitely made the movie for me.  Ok, so I could have done without the pregnant love scene but the typical Judd Apatow film hilariousness is all there along with his usual cast of loveable comedians; three of which were in a non-Judd Apatow film together that brings me around to my last degree of separation (yay!).

Ready for this?  Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Martin Starr were all in Adventureland with -you guessed it- Kristen Stewart.  I’m sure you’re familiar with the 1st two from their collective 10 years on SNL but Martin Starr is one of those guys whose face you immediately recognize (for its sort of sad rat-like nerdy quality) but still don’t know his name.  I know I saw this movie and that I liked it ok but I honestly don’t think I can remember much of it.  Like several mainstream movie-goers, I was slightly disappointed at how different the film was from what they were advertising in the previews.  In fact my favorite local radio show, the Afternoon Buzz with Daria, Mitch and Ted, spent a great deal of time one afternoon just bitching about how awful and deceptive the advertising was.  I suppose if you went to the theater hoping to have your mood lightened by witty banter between sarcastic carnies but instead ended up watching a somewhat depressing coming of age tale, you would be quite disappointed no matter how good it is.  Whether or not you hate Kristen Stweart is irrelevant (believe me) because she’s actually pretty decent in it.  Would I recommend Adventureland?  Yes… but only after warning you that it’s not nearly as funny as they try to tell you it will be.

To recap:

Patrick Stewart was in X-Men with James Marsden

James Marsden was in 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl was in Knocked Up with Kristen Wiig / Bill Hader / Martin Starr

Kristen Wiig / Bill Hader / Martin Starr were all in Adventureland with Kristen Stewart

It’s been fun, folks!  Catch you next time :)

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