Tuesday, July 26, 2011

YouTube Video of My Day

Hello, hello.
Today, I am back from shiny and bright Las Vegas, Nevada.
My parents, brother, aunt, and aunt's puppy road-tripped it Friday afternoon to the sound of trucks clunking and other traffic sounds. 
It was a good time. 
We went to the Cosmopolitan for the very first time, and I was in awe of the spectacular-ness of it all. 
More on that later. :)

Anyway, back to the post-at-hand: 
Although I've consistently resisted the urge to truly declare my love to music by Disney Channel stars for various reasons, I am proud to say this one is a keeper: Who Says by Selena Gomez.
It's beautiful. I love the imagery of the music video. 
It's a play on words in photos in a video & let's be honest, I'm a geek for that type of thing.

What do you think of this song? Summer Score or Silly Song?
Click for pictures for Selena Gomez's "Elle" Mexico Shoot

Sunday, July 24, 2011

YouTube Video of My Day

Still in Vegas as we speak you read.
As I was packing before I left, this song played on my "Inspire." playlist.
I first truly got into Adele's music thanks to my college roommate. 
I remember the day I first found this specific music video on youtube.com.

I couldn't wait to share it with JenJen.
We then proceeded to croon with the words and stare in awe of the great vibe Adele's living room gave off.
It's the little things that create the immutable bonds of a friendship: a song, a look, pizza...
As we start different chapters in our lives, I'm sure we'll be in touch.
But every time we listen to this song, we'll smile because we knew Someone Like You

How is your weekend going?

Friday, July 22, 2011

TV Talk

Recap: Love Bites,which I wrote about previously, was cancelled. Turns out my favorite part about Becki Newton's character was coincidental! More info at the imdb webpage. I still hope that the anthology-esque portrayal gains some popularity. What do you think of Love Bites being cancelled?

One thing you can rely on is that, for every TV show cancelled, there is at least one more to talk about. Today, I'll be talking about two since ABC Family has recently gained all my attention at least on Mondays and Tuesdays. Yepp, I'll admit: I am a big fan of Switched at Birth and The Nine Lives of Chloe King. Add to that the really great campaign that ABC Family and Seventeen Magazine have collaborated on and I'm left extremely impressed. More info on the campaign here.

Switched at Birth
The premise of the show is that these two young women were switched at the hospital when they were first born so that Bay, played by Vanessa Marano [Gilmore Girls], ended up with a very well-off, Caucasian family, and Daphne, played by Katie Leclerc [Veronica Mars], ended up in East Riverside with Regina and her mother from Puerto Rico. 

I truly appreciate this show because it touches on many different subjects in a new and captivating way. Firstly, the different representations of minorities, be it Puerto Rican, female or deaf [which is phenomenal].
Secondly, the deep contrast in the motherly depictions of Regina Vasquez, played by Constance Marie [George Lopez], and Kathryn Kennish, played by Lea Thompson [Jane Doe].
Thirdly, the numerous types of families living side by side is eye-opening for the audience because we have an advantage of seeing where each action is coming from; however, in the other family's perspective, we can see how a certain action is not justified at all.
Lastly, I find myself connected to the characters more so than liking one over the other because the show is not shy of holding back any person's faults. 
I like that we see the flaws in every character while still showing the positive so that we get the full picture.

One of my favorite parts of the show was when Regina takes Kathryn's hands and tells her to understand her daughter using them because only then would she be making a true effect to know her daughter as opposed to making her daughter fit into her perfect family portrait.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King
MAGIC by any other name is still magic to me, and, magic to me, can get pretty obsessive. 
This show is a little bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. 
The chatter between Chloe and her mother, reminds me a tad of Gilmore Girls, and the whole "train because somebody is trying to kill you" aspect reminds me of Charmed.
Chloe King is certainly not the typical girl from San Francisco; she happens to be the Unitor and Mai, "a super-human ancient race with cat-like abilities".
A big part of the TV show that bugs me is that, as the Unitor of humans and Mai, shouldn't she be able to kiss Brian, her super sweet "only friend" but actually want to be "more than friends" friend? It's just a thought [but really way more than that, clearly].
I'm excited to see what will happen considering Brian's father is trying to help kill Chloe.

In other news, the cast is at Comic Con today and will be spilling a secret which all of the Chloe King fans are  waiting to hear! I'll keep you posted. :)

What's you favorite part of a TV show? Do you watch these two ABC Family hits? 
Curious to hear your point of view!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

YouTube Video of My Day

           Today, I was at the internship, doing research to the sound of a Jango playlist, similar to "Adele". Out of nowhere I heard this great song. It seemed somewhat familiar to me but I just could not place that upbeat ode to the underdog. After the curiosity got the best of me, I was slightly surprised to see the Glee Cast's "Loser Like Me." 
           Don't get me wrong: I'm a fan. I'm actually a big fan of the music and the show. I love the different angle Glee takes on just about everything but I am still very realistically aware that the soundtrack is a Gleeks' choice; unless you love musicals and Broadway and Glee, one probably would not buy the soundtrack for the music's sake. To be specific, "Loser Like Me" was a great song when I heard it on the show, and the cheesy lyrics definitely made me tear up but I never thought I'd be bopping my head to it on the radio because the awesomeness of it was coming from the episode and Glee's being at Regionals and the tension and the support.
I was wrong!

            This song is now on my "Car" playlist on iTunes! & I don't want to stop listening to it! I think hearing it with my back turned to the music made me realize just how much the cheesiness doesn't take away from the song but adds to it. The YouTube Video of My Day that Made My Day is the part where they sing "Loser Like Me" for the first time! The lyrics are below if you want to sing along. :)

The Lyrics 

(Lea Michele/Rachel)
Yeah, you may think that I'm a zero
But, hey, everyone you wanna be
Probably started off like me
You may say that I'm a freakshow (I don't care)
But, hey, give me just a little time
I bet you're gonna change your mind

All of the dirt you've been throwin' my way
It ain't so hard to take, that's right
'Cause I know one day you'll be screamin' my name
And I'll just look away, that's right

Just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth
So everyone can hear
Hit me with the words you got and knock me down
Baby, I don't care
Keep it up, I'm tunin' up to fade you out
You wanna be
You wanna be
A loser like me
A loser like me

(Cory Monteith/Finn)
Push me up against the locker
And hey, all I do is shake it off
I'll get you back when I'm your boss
I'm not thinkin' 'bout you haters
'Cause hey, I could be a superstar
I'll see you when you wash my car

All of the dirt you've been throwin' my way
It ain't so hard to take, that's right
'Cause I know one day you'll be screamin' my name
And I'll just look away, that's right


Hey, you, over there
Keep the L up-up in the air
Hey, you, over there
Keep the L up, 'cause I don't care
You can throw your sticks, and you can throw your stones
Like a rocket, just watch me go
Yeah, l-o-s-e-r
I can only be who I are


Are you a fan of Glee? Have you heard of the Glee 3D Concert Movie? Yepp, you read right! What? You don't believe me? See for yourself:

It even has a Facebook Page. Want to order a DVD from now? Here you go: Glee Live! 3D!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Promote Fair Trade

As you may or may not know, I have been meaning to write a post about my trip to Chicago for the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference for quite a while now.
Needless to say that my wanting to do all the great insights I learned, speeches I heard, and advice that was shared justice, I've been procrastinating just the tiny bit.
Slowly, I've been organizing all my notes and handouts. Today, a little quarter-sheet flyer about Fair Trade slipped from all the pages. Sure, it was also an ad for Eggers Imprints which printed the conference T-shirts but it just showed how a small little paper can still inform a group of people who still have the power to implement change, no matter their roles in life.

From TransFair USA, fair trade is a type of international trade that enables farmers a chance out of poverty by guaranteeing fair prices and sustainability. It allows producers to invest in their farms and communities abroad and lets farmers compete in the global marketplace.
What You Can Do:
1. Educate yourself and others. Click for Green America's free guide [& other suggestions].
2. Organize a charity event just for fun; here's a checklist for a  Fair Trade Wine Tasting Event.
3. Bring awareness to schools and colleges using Co-operative's advice.
4.When you shop, make an effort to purchase fair trade products.
For example, if you are looking for:
> Club/group t-shirts and other types of swag: try Eggers Imprints.
> gifts [graduation, wedding, birthday...etc]: try Ten Thousand Villages.
> everything from home decor to clothing: try World of Good on ebay.

I even made my own little mixture of favorite things from World of Good. Hope you enjoy!

What do you think? 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

TV Talk

RECAP: The first episode of Rizzoli & Isles was rather interesting. I'm glad to see that Rizzoli has had some crushes along the way to being superhuman. The Greatest Twist of the Episode Award goes to the divorce of Rizzoli's parents; I'm not quite sure where the writers are going with that but I do find it hilarious that Mama Rizzoli will be staying in Isles' guesthouse.

 A new TV show currently on the radar is Love Bites on NBC. I actually stumbled across the pilot episode, Firsts, accidentally but have been following it every since. Truth be told I love all the guest appearances and I think Becki Newton is hilarious! Introducing her right off the bat as the crazy, pregnant lady who is serving as surrogate for her sister was definitely a good move to keep people watching.

Some notable guest stars are: Vanessa Marano [Switched at Birth, Gilmore Girls], Michelle Trachtenberg [Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl], Kathy Kinney [The Drew Carey Show], Christopher Gorham [Covert Affairs], Lindsay Price [Lipstick Jungle, Eastwick] and many more. The first few episodes showed promise but I must admit last week's was somewhat boring. Hopefully, it gets better and starts focusing on Becki Newton again!

What do you think/expect/hope of these two shows?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

YouTube Video of My Day

While off to my internship as a law clerk in downtown Long Beach today, the new Coldplay single, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, graced my morning with its delightful presence in the gloom of the early morning. When I got back home, I decided to frolic down memory lane and listen to as many Coldplay songs as I could get my hands on. I did and, thus, remembered the awesomeness of all the songs from Yellow to Fix You to Viva La Vida. After looking up the music video for Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, I realized that it totally made my day brighter and wanted to share it with you. :)

The Lyrics

I turn the music up, I got my records on
I shut the world outside until the lights come on
Maybe the streets alight, maybe the trees are gone
But I feel my heart start beating to my favorite song

And all the kids they dance, all the kids all night
Until Monday morning feels another life
I turn the music up, I'm on a roll this time
And heaven is in sight, Ooh

I turn the music up, I got my records on
From underneath a rubble sing a rebel song
Don't want to see another generation drop
I'd rather be a comma than a full stop
Maybe I'm in the black, maybe I'm on my knees
Maybe I'm in the gap between the two trapezes
But my heart is beating and my pulses start
Cathedrals in my heart

As we saw, oh, this light
I swear you emerge blinking into
To tell me it's alright

As we soar walls
Every siren is a symphony
And every tear's a waterfall

Is a waterfall, ah
Is a waterfall, ah
Is always a waterfall
Every tear is always a waterfall, ah

So you can hurt, hurt me bad
But still I'll raise the flag, Ooh

It was a wa-ah-ah-ah-aterfall
A wa-ah-ah-ah-aterfall

Oh, Oh

Every tear
Every tear
Every teardrop is a waterfall

My favorite part is about shutting the world out through music. Yes, it can bring people together but it's so therapeutically your own when it's just you and your thoughts and the lyrics.

Also, Coldplay will be headlining a benefit concert with proceeds going to the GRAMMY Foundation which would benefit high school music educational programs. Click here for more information.

Are you a fan of Coldplay? Do you have a favorite song?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

YouTube Video of My Day

One of the hardest concepts for me to grasp is "Home". It's so subjective an idea that I cannot decide how to define it. Sometimes, the feeling is brought on by ideas that have nothing to do with a place just by other abstract concepts like respecting humanity and childhood happiness.

What better way to describe that than with music? Probably a song and its music video.

This song Coming Home by The 88 works rather well.

They are a Los Angeles-based pop/rock/alternative band and will be performing at The GRAMMY Museum on Thursday July 28th.Click here for tickets.

The Lyrics

Won’t you be good to yourself
Don’t you feel like coming home
It’ll be good
It’ll be like coming home

Blend all your days into weeks
Keep all your thoughts to yourself
It’ll be good
It’ll be like coming home

Because you need a place to stay
And I’ve been feeling dead since you went away
You better believe what I tell you cuz you’re coming home

Won’t you bring light to my day
Won’t you be somebody new
It’ll be good
It’ll be like coming home

And tell me that you wanna be
With nobody else but me
It’ll be good
It’ll be like coming home

Because you need a place to stay
And I’ve been feeling dead since you went away
You better believe what I tell you cuz you’re coming home

But oh, it’s not a joke
It’s got a butler, and a maid, and a stove
It’s nothing new
It’s up to you
And when I feel it
I hope you feel it too
Did you hear it
Yeah I heard it
And I think she’s coming home to me

What are your thoughts on the video & song?

Human Analysis

"But you have to realize the type of person she is. If there's a problem, she needs to fix it." - Wise Roommate, 2/20/11 8:46 pm

College has caused me to learn a thing or two; thanks mostly due to people who have touched me.

There are certain ways we are wired. It's weird to think of it that way but the evidence of our robotic tendencies manifest in reactions and automatic responses. There are so many times when I do not need to think about what I am going to say and other times when I truly am unsure of what to say and may go with the socially-accepted/expected response or even stay quiet as I observe to try to collect as much information as I can. Either way, sometimes that is all I know how to do.

Yes, there is unique and creative analysis but there are also boxes that limit and hinder the true expansion of horizons. As much as one tries to push past them, in her mind some formulas can never change. 2 + 1 = 3 but so does 1 + 1 + 1. Even the way of seeing these categories within the context of my interactions lends itself to the way we are.

Personally, I, for the most part, like structure. I like fixing the problem.

Do you ever get the urge to analyze publicly? Just so the universe knows?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

YouTube Video of My Day

I was in the market for a new browser as my old one kept stalling. This video most definitely nudged me in the Google Chrome direction. I grew to love this song, The Edge Of Glory by Lady Gaga.

What do you think about the whole thing: the commercial, Lady Gaga's endorsement of it, and the song?

Monday, July 11, 2011

TV Talk

Television can be an escape from reality, where our group of friends know basically every detail of our lives, our families never understand, our enemies would go to any length to sabotage us, and our adventures never end up ruining our lives completely and forever. Surely, anyone could appreciate that, right?

Personally, I've had an ongoing relationship with one-hour dramas since I first stumbled upon [and then later became obsessed with] Charmed . Under the title of TV talk, I hope to share my opinions, excitement, and confusion about the shows I have randomly seen or loyally watch. Hope you enjoy!

This first TV Talk post will be about Rizzoli & Isles, its Season 2 Premiere being tonight on TNT. Playing Detective Jane Rizzoli is Angie Harmon, who was also on Women's Murder Club of which I was a fan, and Sasha Alexander, best known for her role on NCIS, plays Dr. Maura Isles. I love that TNT is know bringing the women to the forefront as opposed to the come-to-expected men of detective and police dramas. It's good to have representations of intelligent, strong women following their instincts because it does contribute to empowering young women.

Another great thing about the show is the chemistry between the two women but also how we see Rizzoli interact with criminals, other co-workers and her family. As strong as she is as a detective, she seems to always be her parents' baby girl as most of their conversations include her being defensive. I personally love the relationship she has with her brother, who is a police officer on the show.

My favorite part about Maura is how as classy and intelligent as she is, she never seems to get it in social situations. Her OCD and awkward reactions keep her from getting truly close to many people although she is very attractive and impressive. It kind of reminds me of Temperance Brennan of Bones.

To avoid any kind of spoiler-slip, this is the link you should check out for the facts as we go into Season 2:Rizzoli & Isles on TNT

What do you like about the show?

Monday, July 4, 2011

YouTube Video of My Day

Simple and yet so technically alarming if you look at the details. It is beautiful.

This video was shot entirely using the Nokia N8 Mobile phone & won the Nokia Shorts Competition 2011.
Nokia N8 Unlocked GSM Touchscreen Phone Featuring GPS with Voice Navigation and 12 MP Camera--U.S. Version with Warranty (Gray)

Who would have thought that little thing of a phone could do all that!? :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hidden Treasures

Although I have been living on-campus for three years, two of which in an apartment fully equipped with a kitchen, I have yet to get any dinnerware that I can say is completely my own. You know the feeling, it's easier to just grab the extras from home, especially in a situation when moving in can be slightly [read: extremely] stressful.

So, when yesterday I stumbled across these precious finds at TJ Maxx, I could not resist! Having only one criterion for any bowls or plates that I would get [which is they are not plastic], I came back home with owls, a funky pattern, flowers, and lovely words to carry me through the next school year.

Yes, I did get one bowl of owls and one of the teal, yellow, etc. pattern. I think I'm going for an eclectic collection; I haven't completely figured it out yet. Although I think getting one of each does alleviate my issue with having to make an exclusive decision between the two.
What kind of a question is that? Choose between one of my newly-favorite animals that also reminds me of Hedwig and Harry Potter or a bowl that seems to attract my eyes with its eccentric and imperfect design [the rim is not a perfect circle]!? I mean, I could have missed out on the "Mayan Jewel"! Yepp, that's right! The blue bowl had "Mayan Jewel" written on the bottom of the bowl underneath the price sticker which I think makes it destined for my kitchen, no?

Ever had an item call out your name while shopping?

The plates were on sale for $2 each so I got the last two because I figured people can always use some poetry at meals. On the plate, around the flower and bird, is the first two and a half lines of "Sonnet 43" of Sonnets from the Portuguese [published in 1850] by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death."

It's a beautiful poem and even the way the book came about is the most romantic thing.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote all 44 sonnets in the book that largely chronicled the period leading up to her 1846 marriage to Robert Browning, English poet and playwright. While she was uncomfortable with the idea of publishing such personal poems, her husband encouraged her to share her poetry, insisting it was the best sequence of English-language sonnets since Shakespeare's time. For some privacy, Elizabeth published the sonnets under a title disguising the poems as translation of foreign sonnets; thus, Sonnets from the Portuguese.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

YouTube Video of My Day

Summertime is meant for those laughs and smiles slightly more carefree because the weather can carry away the usual worries of non-summertime. The Local Natives' Who Knows Who Cares does a great job in encompassing that feeling with a slightly odd/"where did the milk come from" sense to the music video. Despite that, this song lifts my spirit any day so I hope you enjoy it. Another great song of theirs is World News; both are on their CD Gorilla Manor.

The Lyrics

I've been going down
Down into the river baby
Listen to the sound
It's something only God knows
You figure it out, I can't stay
Water's in the clouds
Is my life about to change?
Who knows, who cares

So we took a van down to Colorado
Where we ran into the dead
I took you by the hand
Know that even with your doubts, it's ok
Take into account that it's not about to change
Who knows, who cares

You could let it down
Jump into the river baby
Easy as it sounds
It's never quite as easily done
The current has us now, it's ok
Take into account that it's all about to change
Who knows, who cares

No one's been there
But I don't care
I know all have been there
I don't care
I know