Welcome to the midweek news. Do you care? Would you rather watch Say Yes to the Dress? Well, sit a spell and see what’s up. You’ll soon be back watching spoiled children choose dresses that equal the cost of a down payment on a house. Continue reading
Around my house, we go through a lot of consumables each week. Four people use a lot of toilet paper, tissues, toothpaste and the like. After running out of toilet paper one too many times late at night, I decided I was going to fix the problem once and for all. I finally started getting household supplies via Amazon Subscribe & Save. Continue reading
The world is a terrible place. That’s why Shark Week exists. To remind us that there are awesome things out in the world. But let’s look at the not-so-awesome stuff first.
When Chicago winter rears its ugly, black icy, snow swirly head, all I want to do is stay inside and read books. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to go out. I don’t want to get the flu, but that happened last week. But you know the great thing about the flu (after I passed out for two days, that is)? I got to stay inside and read books! Here’s what’s currently in my Lucille Bluth tote bag, and a couple others I just finished. Continue reading
It’s science news time again, y’all! We’ve got a couple of the coolest self-portraits ever, alcoholic tree shrews (see if you can spot my truly terrible Shakespeare joke!), and intelligent sharks. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to PMag! Continue reading
Q: Cock rings. Wow. Fucking cock rings. Continue reading
As I sat down at the beginning of this week to decide what my review was going to be, I found myself floundering. I didn’t have anything in my to-read pile that seemed to fit, and nothing I’d read recently but hadn’t reviewed seemed adequate, either. As Friday approached and with it my self-imposed draft deadline, I realized I simply wasn’t going to have one. Continue reading
Diana Wynne Jones has become one of my favorite authors, but I avoided her for years. The problem is that her books are not very blurb-friendly. I don’t know how many times I picked up one of her books, read the back and thought “Meh, maybe next time.” Then came the wonderful day I decided to give her a try. Continue reading
So ladies, Middlemarch Madness is drawing to a close. One week from today we will be tabulating the votes to determine the Supreme Lady of Badassness, she who will wear the coveted Miss Persephone tiara until we do this again next year (if we think our hearts can take it). Continue reading
This week’s review topic was extraordinarily slow to come to me. It wasn’t until I found myself scrounging through Amazon’s Kindle listings and my mom’s bookshelf for in-flight reading material that I really even realized what to write. Then, of course, I realized that my problem was my topic. Continue reading
Living in a small town, I don’t get the chance to have access to a game shop like EB Games close by. This meant I must purchase my PC games online. Continue reading
I placed an order for a Kindle immediately after Amazon announced the price was being lowered (to $139 Wifi and $189 Wifi plus 3G). Traveling is a huge part of my job and I spend an inordinate amount of time sitting in uncomfortable airport chairs, dirty taxi cabs, and lonely hotel rooms. I’m a fast reader and I was tired of my tiny Blackberry screen and the need to plug in my bulky laptop everywhere. Continue reading
Click! When We Knew We Were Feminists / Edited by J. Courtney Sullivan and Courtney E. Martin. Seal Press, 7 April, 2010. U.S. $16.95
It being February, I decided to post my first review with Persephone as a reminder to consider the exclusionary history of feminism in context of the newest versions of feminist thought and practice. A version of this review was originally posted at LibrariAnna.net on August 6, 2010.
The original premise of the post was supposed to be a guide to the best Holiday movies on Netflix Instant. Well, I guess you can thank me for doing the work for you because there are 3 (and some sort of Jane Seymour Christmas movie clip-show) and they all suck. I love Netflix Instant and I love schmaltzy Christmas movies, so the combination could be amazing. But Netflix really dropped the ball. Here’s what they have:
Nothing Like The Holidays – This 2008 “dark comedy” was in the theaters for about two seconds, if I remember. It stars John Leguizmo as a member of a Puerto Rican family who all get together for Christmas. Hilarity ensues! No, not really. They fight non-stop. It was grating. Netflix tells me I watched 52 of 98 minutes yesterday when I was trying to review it, which is way more than I thought I had.
A Christmas Too Many – Netflix says I managed to make it through 16 minutes of this movie, which was about 15 minutes too many. I have a high tolerance for mediocre acting, but an entire cast of people just making bitch face at each other was too much for me. In the reviews people are saying they only made it through 4 and 6 minutes. That’s how dedicated I am to making sure I give a thorough review to you all, that I was willing to watch a full 16 minutes.
A Christmas Tale – The French aren’t known for their uplifiting films and it seems that this one is probably no exception. I didn’t watch this because it seemed like it might be long and depressing.
So there you have it, the extent of all of the Christmas movies available on Netflix Instant. Pretty awesome, no? So where else can you get your fix for Holiday schmaltz?
Amazon has Holiday Central where you can stream a bunch of movies. A lot of them are only $0.99, so if you really want to see a certain movie but don’t want to wait for Netflix to send it, this is a good place to look.
My Go-Tos are always ABC Family, Hallmark Movie Channel, and Lifetime. They all play a bunch of Christmas movies all December. I made a little list of some upcoming good ones so you can set your DVR. I broke them down by Christmas movie genres.
Christmas Classics - This Saturday on ABC Family they are showing a bunch of the claymation and ’70s Christmas cartoons, including ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas about a mouse family that almost ruins Christmas for the people in the town they live in. It’s a
A Christmas Carol/Scrooge stories: A Carol Christmas. Donna Martin is a workaholic who hates Christmas until she hallucinates the ghosts of has-beens and loves Christmas again. Airs at 12 pm on December 20.
Improbably Holiday Romance – Stressed single parent falls in love with someone at Christmastime. They probably hate each other at first. In this genre we have Silver Bells, playing on Hallmark Movie Channel 12/16 at 12 pm. See also: Any of the holiday movies playing on Fa-la-la-la Lifetime. This is the most common holiday film genre.
Angels - My favorite genre is angels or Santa Clauses who live among the people. They don’t seem to be as plentiful this year. Three Days has Charlotte from Sex and the City who dies in a car accident on Christmas Eve, but an angel gives her husband 3 more days with her. It’s on ABC Family at 7 am Thursday.
I’ve already mentioned in these parts how much of a coffee snob I am. It shouldn’t surprise you, then, to learn that I’m just as picky about more difficult coffee drinks than just plain old joe. Cappuccino at home can be yummy, is certainly cheaper and allows for more smugness than heading to a coffee shop, but it can take some time. I had a cappuccino maker at home already: the kind that requires a lot of work, steaming, grinding, dripping, and so on. I’ve only once attempted this feat from start to finish, as I usually delegate this task to my more-experienced spouse. In other words, it’s a bit of a hassle. Continue reading