Okay, I’m literally out the door to spend some quality one-on-one time with Brian (he just got back from his family last night), when I came across this. I couldn’t head out without doing a quick post on this. YouTube’r djearworm, created this wicked video mashup of the Top 25 hits of 2009, according to Billboard.
Here’s the track list for this wicked video. Enjoy.
The Black Eyed Peas – BOOM BOOM POW
Lady Gaga – POKER FACE
Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis – JUST DANCE
The Black Eyed Peas – I GOTTA FEELING
Taylor Swift – LOVE STORY
Flo Rida – RIGHT ROUND
Jason Mraz – I’M YOURS
Beyonce – SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)
Kanye West – HEARTLESS
The All-American Rejects – GIVES YOU HELL
Taylor Swift – YOU BELONG WITH ME
T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake – DEAD AND GONE
The Fray – YOU FOUND ME
Kings Of Leon – USE SOMEBODY
Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo – KNOCK YOU DOWN
Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain – BLAME IT
Pitbull – I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE OCHO)
T.I. Featuring Rihanna – LIVE YOUR LIFE
Soulja Boy Tell ‘em Featuring Sammie – KISS ME THRU THE PHONE
Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne – DOWN
Miley Cyrus – THE CLIMB
Drake – BEST I EVER HAD
Kelly Clarkson – MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU
Beyonce – HALO
Katy Perry – HOT N COLD
If you’ve watched the musical NINE in theaters now, you’ll remember one memorable scene with the Fergalicious Fergie. She struts and sashays herself while belting out “Be Italian”. I guess the Glee producers heeded that call and decided to say Buongiorno, Italia. The breakout hit show this season, Glee is headed to the boot-shaped country. In anticipation for it’s debut, Fox Italy has released short 15 second promos for each of the main characters. It’s amazing how everything looks better in slo-motion and great lighting. Enjoy.
Soft-core porn much? No wonder Quinn got pregnant. She looks like the poster child for 1-800-LOLITA.
We all knew Tyra Banks wanted to be Oprah, but this latest news is absolutely insane. After five seasons, the supermodel-turned-ubiquitous-daytime-diva plans to end “The Tyra Show” in 2010. People.com reports that Tyra plans to focus on launching a film production company- HAHAHA. Oh Tyra, you never cease to amaze me.
Too bad, she didn’t decide to cancel ANTM and let someone else take over. For some reason, I don’t buy she’s canceling her show to focus on movies. I think she’s either tired from the daily grind or she’s worried “The Wendy Williams Show” is nipping at her heels. Or, she’s pissed off that Oprah didn’t appoint her as the successor to the daytime throne. I guess we’ll never know.
One of the biggest films of the year, with one of the biggest casts like EVER, opened up on Christmas Day. It was a movie I have been waiting for for a very long time, it was supposed to come out over Thanksgiving but then it was pushed back. Usually in film world, pushing a movie back means that it sucks, which was a serious concern regarding NINE. Let me break it down for you.
Rob Marshall, who directed CHICAGO, took the reigns on NINE. It’s a story about Guido Contini, who at the age of 40 has successfully directed 8 movies (with a couple flops) and is on the verge of a midlife crisis and is ten days away from filming his 9th movie, but there’s a problem. He doesn’t have a script, or a clue as to what he’s going to do for this movie that’s supposed to be his epic return as a top notch director. As he’s trying to get through this crisis, his personal life is going down the gutter as we are introduced to all the women who have been a major inspirations in his life; from the prostitute who taught him how to be a lover (“Be Italian”) to his dead mother (played perfectly by Sophia Loren) who he speaks with when he’s in trouble. This is a story about a desperate man at the edge of his rope grasping at anything he can, all the while destroying his relationship with his loving wife (Marion Cotillard).
Recently, Donovan made a comment to me about the lack of video game content on the site… mostly I think it was in response to hoping there’d be more finds like Patrick’s article about the possibility of another gay sex scene between elves ;) Admittedly I haven’t found another hardcore man on man magic scene, but I have been recently obsessed with a vaguely new role playing game: Torchlight.
95% of you will have already clicked away, but for those who haven’t, Torchlight is essentially an action/role playing game that filled in the lull between Diablo II and the “upcoming” Diablo III. An infamous epic, the Diablo series by Blizzzard was a big hit back when I was in high school that let you choose between a variety of character classes and run back and forth between dungeons and your home-city as you complete quests and find treasure and fight harder and harder bad guys. Torchlight is basically the same thing. Released in the nearly decade lull between the last and soon-to-be latest Diablo release, this action/role playing game takes from the standard formula and adds a couple new things while keeping the best parts the same: it’s basically because of that that I’ve been playing this puppy for hours on end during my Christmas downtime.
It had been over a year and a half since I had seen my parents, and even longer since I had been to Terrace (Hockeyville Canada 2009) for Christmas, so when I arrived into my home town of Terrace on the evening of the 23rd on the just under 2-hour flight from Vancouver, I was excited. I arrived to snow, and an airport full of families greeting their loved ones for their holiday visit. As per usual, my parents were worried that I wouldn’t be warm enough with my Vancouver coat, but we grabbed my suitcase and drove home.
When I got home I arrived to all the elaborate Christmas decor that I remember. It was perfect. The lights outside, lights & decorations in the entry, and a full decked out Christmas tree with a gigantic village underneath – my favorite part! I miss decorating the tree and setting up the village with my family. It was always a lot of work, but a lot of fun too. My brother Carl hadn’t arrived from work yet, but as I walked around and check out the decorations with my parents, I felt like a kid screaming and jumping up & down on the inside…all of a sudden I was SO excited for Christmas and even more excited to be home. My brother arrive later on, and after catching up on pictures and stories, my friends Lisa and Kaliopi also came for a visit and I went with them to the popular restaurant/hangout, Mr. Mikes where I was bound to run into several old friends. And that I did- some from elementary school, some from highschool, some old co-workers, and more. It was good to catch up. After trying to be persuaded my by elementary school friend Andrew to go to Karaoke, Lisa drove me home so I could catch some zees.
Well, it was interesting from the beginning.
Taipei is a very small airport. Pink walls, fake plants, shiny white tile. Little did I know that would only be the beginning. A row of bus companies bombarded me and Tim’s vision and not being able to read Mandarin or pick up a Wi-Fi signal in the airport to compare prices, we went with the first one. After a lot of communication barriers, we ended up buying a return ticket into Taipei with our 17 hours layover (6am – 11pm).
We had gotten a good night’s sleep on the plane thanks to trusty Tylenol PM’s, and I was feeling refreshed until I saw our bus. Double decker. Bright blue. Wabbly. A big dog on the side. And sporting an interior that would put Brenda Dickson to shame, flowered curtains and all. At least it matched the airport. Well the trip into Taipei took just under an hour, and we stepped out of the bus easily enough into rain and grey. Just wasn’t a nice day all around. Oddly enough nothing was open yet (big surprise), so the next hour was spent in Starbucks, the ONLY THING OPEN, drinking coffee and eating delicious Chinese Starbucks breakfast treats still not able to check my email or Google the sights.
Feeling caffeinated we found ourselves at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park which was absolutely huge and gorgeous with a memorial building that reflected old Chinese architecture. After arriving in the public washroom and seeing the squat toilet, I decided I didn’t have to go that bad, but instead of hitting the flush, definitely hit the rape alarm (or so I can only imagine it was), where a bathroom attendant burst into my stall and turned off the piercing alarm for me with a stink eye. I got my booty out of there before I got an ear full too.
This past week could have easily been the worst few days before Christmas. A memo was sent out around the office which said that we are no longer allowed to bring our dogs to work. I was really upset when I got the memo because my dog Dani is very well behaved when I take him to work. He gives loves and cuddles to everyone in the office and usually sleeps for the most part, not bothering or pestering anyone. I made it known that I was upset and that the new pet policy will have to be revised. Besides, the only time I do bring Dani to work is when his other dad (an ex-bf that Dani is very attached to) can’t watch him which in reality only happens a maximum of 3 times a month.
I went home after seeing the memo and couldn’t sleep the whole night. It made me question the morals of the company I work for and what I’ve always thought it was which was a small company that is more like a family than a corporation. The owner of the company had said that same day that he didn’t want the company to be too corporate because that is not his vision but wouldn’t banning pets to come to work be something a corporate type office would do? Even then, more and more corporations are having a “Take your dog to work day”. There are many benefits to allowing dogs to work such as reducing stress and improving employee morale.