Sunday, April 27, 2008

I laughed my app off!

Last night, I went to see Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood....again. Yes, I have mentioned them before. They both used to be on Whose Line Is It Anyway? I cannot get enough of their shows. And the best part is, because their shows are completely improvised, they are never the same twice. In my last post about Colin and Brad (see "It's February, People!"), I mentioned the mousetrap game. Another of my favorite games that they do is called Crime. Brad leaves the theater and Colin takes suggestions from the audience about an outrageous crime that Brad is supposed to have committed. When Brad comes back, he has to guess the crime based on clues that Colin, his interrogator, gives him. Here was the crime that the audience came up with last night: While wearing a fruit hat and a hot pink Superman costume made of duct tape and rhinestones, Brad made out with an umpire and stole morel mushrooms from Bob Jones in Mishawaka at Ferrantella Construction with an eggbeater. Holy crap. Can you imagine trying to get someone to guess that? Brad was getting kinda frustrated. Of course, Colin asked for a town with a difficult name. At the last show, I suggested my hometown of Oconomowoc. Colin said they had actually done that before! And the construction company was picked randomly out of a phone book. It just happened to be a difficult name. :) As for the title of this post, they played another game called Letter Substitution. Colin asked for a letter of the alphabet between A-U that wasn't a vowel. I shouted out P and he took it. :) So Brad and Colin had to do a scene where they substituted a P for every S. In the scene, they were prison guards. Or should I say pripon guardp. They talked about how the priponerp were going to epcape. They called each other ptupid and apphole and jackapp. :D I was laughing po hard I was hoarpe by the end of the pkit, and I almopt had tearp ptreaming down my cheekp. Try ppeaking like thip pometime. Periouply, It ipn't eapy. Ok, I'm going to ptop now, I promipe. Now for pomething, I mean something, totally unrelated - postcards from South America. :D It isn't a continent from which I receive a lot of postcards. In fact, I have only received postcards from 3 South American countries - Argentina, Brazil and Chile. That isn't too surprising considering those 3 countries have the most registered Postcrossing users. Since there are only 11 countries in South america, I will give you the user stats: Brazil - 2047, Argentina - 77, Chile - 63, Peru - 26, Columbia - 15, Uruguay - 7, Venezuela - 5, Paraguay - 4, Suriname and Guyana - 2, and French Guiana - 1. This card is an official card that came to my office Postcrossing account. It was sent by guilhermeamando in Brazil, but actually shows three countries. Hence the title of Three Frontier Landmark. :D Since the USA shares only a single border with Canada and a single border with Mexico, we wouldn't be able to take a picture like this here. Next is probably the most famous city in South America, Rio de Janeiro. Sati sent this to me as part of the Landscape Round Robin. The large rock formation in the water is called the Sugar Loaf. The area around the water sure looks like a happening spot. Lots and lots of lights. :) I would like to visit someday, just not during Carnival. I am not that adventurous. :D The last card from Brazil is this beautiful waterfall. It is called Iguassu Falls. This card was sent to me by alissonmt for the US and Around the World Round Robin. Although it might be a girl's name here, in this case, Alisson is a boy's name. He tells me that this is a UNESCO site. If you are not familiar with the UNESCO World Heritage sites, here is the list: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list The last two cards are both from Valparaíso, Chile. I have heard of this city because I went to college in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Indiana city was named for the one in Chile. :) The vertical card is a private trade from Nostalgia, and the horizontal is a private trade from Annie-Hall.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Just Postcards - A Trip Around the United States 1

I am very behind in scanning and uploading postcards, so I decided to do a few posts to try and get caught up. Ok, the fact that have no life is also a reason for these posts. :D Postcrossing has recently changed its policies to allow people the choice to receive "official" cards from their own country. I immediately signed up for this option. Here are the first two official cards that I received from the US.
The first is this vintage card from laynuh. It shows a statue of James Monroe, the fifth president of the US, near Charlottesville, Virginia. It is on the grounds of his home, Ash Lawn, which is within sight of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home. On the back of the card are two phrases that amused me very much - "This space for writing" and "This side is for the address". I guess the company that printed the card didn't think people understood what to do with a postcard. :D That is just as bad as those boxes that say "Place stamp here". I really think people know where a stamp goes. If they are trying to make sure that people don't forget to put postage on the card or envelope, the box should just say "Don't forget the stamp!"
The second is this watery view of Florida from aussiefliss. Sebastian Inlet is a state park, and according to the website, it is the premier saltwater fishing spot on Florida's east coast. A number of other outdoor activities are also mentioned. I am very much an indoor person, so this doesn't really sound like a place that I want to visit. ;) Actually it looks like a beautiful place to visit. I would just have to be sure to slather myself with SPF 30.
The stamp goes with the card very well - Florida and fish. http://www.usps.com/communications/news/stamps/2006/images/woa10.htm
The next two cards are also from Florida. This adorable giraffe is from the Brevard Zoo in Melborne, Florida. Orphan1965 sent this card to me as part of the US and Around the World Round Robin. The info on the back of the card says that a giraffe's tongue is blue. The color works as a natural sunblock. Maybe I should just dye myself blue and then I wouldn't need the SPF 30. I could call myself a Smurf or an Andorian (a blue alien from Star Trek - I am a geek, remember?) Yeah, ok, maybe not. :)
Now for one of the most famous places in Florida. Walt Disney World. I actually received this card a while ago from 9teen87, but I accidently buried it, so I never scanned it. I am upset that I have never been to any Disney park. :( I am going to have to do something about that soon.
Now for 3 cards from Idaho. I did not previously have any cards from Idaho, so I was very happy to receive these from jelemiranda. The first is of the city of Boise, the capital of Idaho. It looks like such a cute little city to me. :) Of course, I am used to the absolutely huge city of Chicago, so most other cities looks small. I know I have been to Boise, but I was about 3 years old, so I don't remember it.
Here is another, closer view of Boise, this time at night. Boise is Idaho's largest city with a population of over 211,000. Considering the city of Chicago has a population of over 2.8 million, it is no wonder that I think this city is small.
The last Idaho card shows sculptures in Boise. Apparently the city has a public art collection. The stainless steel sculpture is called "Great Blues". Since it is a bird, I can extrapolate (oooo, fancy word) that it is a great blue heron.
Finally, four cards from lbradley22 in Ohio. I traded 4 cards from Indiana for these. The first shows the Ohio statehouse in Columbus. I am trying to collect all of the state capitol buildings, I was happy to get this card. Unlike most state capitol buildings, this one doesn't have a large dome on top of it.
The next three cards are from Cincinnati, where lbradley22 lives. This night view was taken from the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. With a population of over 330,000, it is another relatively small city. The Cincinnati Museum Center used to be the city's train terminal. It now houses the Museum of Natural History, the Historical Society Museum and Library, and an OMNIMAX theater. If you are unfamiliar with OMNIMAX, it is like IMAX, but with a large domed screen instead of a flat screen like a regular movie. There is an OMNIMAX theater at the Museum of Science and Industry, so I am quite familiar with it. :)

Finally, another museum - the Taft Museum of Art. I am not a fan of art museums. Maybe that is because I can barely draw stick figures. :) I much prefer science and history museums.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Let's Go to the Movies

I normally volunteer at the museum on Saturdays, but I have not been feeling very well the past few days, so I didn't go in yesterday. I decided instead to go to the movies, which is something that I don't do very often. I went to see Nim's Island, starring Abagail Breslin, Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler. I will see any movie that Gerard Butler is in - I don't care what it is. I just absolutely drool over him. :D If you don't know who he is, I'm sorry, but where have you been?? He is absolutely one of the best looking men I have ever seen, plus he has a great Scottish accent. Here is a photo of him from the premiere of Nim's Island: http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809921354/photo/premiere/970471217 As for the movie itself, I thought it was very cute. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. I would say it is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Abagail Breslin was very good as spunky Nim, and Jodie Foster was pretty hilarious as neurotic Alexandra Rover. Gerard Butler played Nim's father and the fictional hero Alex Rover. He was good too, just not in the movie enough as far as I'm concerned. ;) I apologize, I am not very good at movie reviews. I also watched Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium on DVD. This was also a cute movie. I would give it 3.75 stars. Even though I am an accountant, I hope no one starts calling me Mutant now. hehehehe If you don't know what that means, see the movie. I would say this movie is good for ages 6 and up as well. So, since we have been talking about the movies, here are a number of movie postcards for you (with one or two television cards thrown in).
The first card is an official Postcrossing card from Germany. It looks like it has dark spots on it. Those are actually shadows because the card is warped. I came home from work one day and noticed something yellow on the sidewalk. I looked more closely and saw the German words. I thought "Aw crap, it's a postcard". I picked it up and sure enough, it was a card addressed to me. I thought the "Aw crap" part because it was raining and the card was soaked. Hence the warping. I don't know how the card got onto the sidewalk. But I wasn't very happy about it! But anyway, thanks for the card, Carmen. :) For those of you who are wondering, the film is called Bis Zum Ellenbogen. I looked at the trailer on the website. I couldn't understand the words, but it looks like a weird movie!
The next card came from Annie-Hall in Chile. We traded several cards, and she threw this one in as a bonus. The movie is called Fuga. If I am translating the tagline at the top correctly, it says Music is the only exit. Hmmm, ok. That made me curious enough to read a review of the movie on IMDB. Yikes, what a dark and disturbing sounding movie! The next three cards are from a trade with Firefighter in Finland. They are from 3 US movies. The first is Strange Days. I don't think I remember anything about this movie. I looked it up on IMDB (yes, I love that site) and found out it was released in 1995. Nope, that doesn't help. Out of 184 people who reviewed the movie, 93 loved it and 55 hated it. Hmm, seems to be kind of mixed feelings about it. I have too many movies in my Netflix queue, and what I read didn't convince me that I have to see this one. :)
Judge Dredd I remember. I haven't seen this one either. It is also from 1995, and there seems to be mixed feelings about it too. I am definitely not a big fan of Sylvester Stallone, so this won't doesn't seem like it will be making on my 'must see' list either.
Finally, we have 12 Monkeys. It looks like I am 0-for-3 for seeing these movies from 1995. Makes me wonder if I have seen any movies from that year. :D I was in college and didn't have a lot of money to go to the movies, so maybe that is understandable. But alas, I don't think this movie will make it into my Netflix queue either. I like Bruce Willis, and Brad Pitt is ok, but that is still not enough to persuade me.
Now we come to four cards from tannttu, who is also from Finland. The first card is from a more recent film, but I'm sure you won't be surprised when I say I haven't seen this movie either. ;) For those that don't know Death Proof and Planet Hell were the two films that comprised the Grindhouse double feature. I remember the previews for Grindhouse. Both films just looked weird and gory. I don't like gory. Quentin Tarantino's films just don't hold much appeal for me.
Hey, guess what? I have actually seen these next two films!!! Not only have I seen them, but I own the DVDs! Yes, I know you are shocked and amazed. I hope most of you recognize the young boy in this picture. If you don't (shame on you!), it is Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry) looks like such a baby in this picture. It seems so long ago that he looked like that. :D These scenes are from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone in other parts of the world). I had to figure out who the goblin is in this shot. I don't believe this is Griphook, who was played by Verne Troyer (Mini-Me from Austin Powers). Rather, I believe this is Warwick Davis, who also played Professor Flitwick and Wicket the Ewok from The Return of the Jedi. But if you can prove me wrong, please do so.
Also from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is this scene from the Charms class. The aforementioned Professor Flitwick is in the background while Hermione Grainger demonstrates Wingardium Leviosa. Remember everyone, it is "Windgardium Levi-O-sa", not Wingardium Levio-SA". And don't forget the proper 'swish and flick' movement of your wand. :D
Oh, and I was just flipping channels on the tv and flipped past Clueless. I guess I have seen at least one movie from 1995. I know, I know, not the most intellectual choice, but it is fun.
My final card from tannttu is probably my favorite. I love The Lord of the Rings. My favorite character is Legolas (mmm, Orlando Bloom), but this is a particularly nice picture of Aragon from The Return of the King. It happens to be on TNT tonight, so I may watch it. Or maybe I'll watch Star Wars: Episode III on Spike TV. I don't know yet. :)
I am not normally a lucky person, but I seem to be fairly lucky when it comes to postcard lotteries. I have won three of them so far. Or is it four? I'm not sure. But anyway, here are two cards that I won. The first is from the Academy Award nominated movie There Will Be Blood. justabeagle in Michigan sent me this card. I'm not sure if I want to see this or not. I don't think I have ever seen a movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis, so I can't say if I like him or not. And the movie looks fairly dark. I read the plot synopsis and it doesn't sound like the type of movie I usually like.
Now for those of you who know what a big Star Trek fan I am, you will not be surprised that I entered a lottery to win a Star Trek card. I am just surprised that I actually won one. :) This scene is from the original series episode The Gamesters of Triskelion. I know I have seen the episode, but I don't remember much about it. But of course Captain Kirk managed to get his shirt off, and he just happened to kiss a beautiful alien. So all in all, a typical Star Trek episode. :) Thank you to swan in California for sending this card to me.
The final three cards come from the Movie and Television Round Robin that I run on the Postcrossing forum. lizbrkljac in England sent me this first card. I vaguely remember the release of this movie, but again, I haven't seen it. :)
This next card is also from a British film, but funny enough, this one came from Japan. wired_lain sent it to me. I have actually seen this movie, but I have to say that I didn't really like it. I know it is a 'chick flick', but I just found it too disjointed. It does have at least one redeeming quality - Alan Rickman is in it.
Last, but not least, is this Bonanza card from Goyesca in Germany. I think my mom was a fan of Bonanza. I can't say that I have ever seen an episode. But I am a fan of Michael Landon from his days on Little House on the Prairie.
For those of who made it through all of my ramblings, wow! I can't believe you are still awake. :)