Thursday, December 30, 2010

Another BONES post

WARNING: Last comment under the cut is a spoiler for the current season.

I love all of the Christmas episodes, but I think Goop on the Girl is my favorite (yeah, I'm watching reruns again). The best thing about the Christmas episodes is the sheer volume of fan service. Brennan undressing Booth? Really? Does it get any better? And the look on Booth's face.

Is it just me? (BONES)

Totally unrelated to the plot of the series, but do the Nationwide Spokesperson and the lady he saves from the deductible boulder remind anyone else of Sweets and Daisy? No? Oh, okay.

Link: The commercial on YouTube.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Balance Ball

Balance Ball

It all started when a friend suggested sitting on a balance ball to keep awake as I was falling asleep while reteaching myself Excel. After realizing it wasn't very expensive and dropping a hint to my mom, I got one as a Christmas present. And I've been trying work out more at home, so it will not be exclusively used as a weird chair, though I have yet to see the workout video that came with it. There's still time, right?

It looks like there is debate online about whether or not using a balance ball as a chair is beneficial or healthy or dangerous or just plain stupid. But, then again, that kind of debate exists all over the internet about everything.It's definitely more fun to sit on than a regular chair; I'm the type that just can't sit still. One possible negative side effect is that bouncing on it might be making me motion-sick.

 I figure I'll give it a week or so.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Gymboss Timer

Gymboss Timer

I had been eyeing the Gymboss timer for a while and early this month I finally got a pink one for myself and a silver one for my dad for Christmas. It's capable of counting down two intervals for up to 99 repetitions. You can make it beep or vibrate or both and the number of seconds it goes off. It also works as a stopwatch.

It takes some time to get used to the controls since it's just 3 buttons, but after a day of messing around and making some mistakes, it becomes second nature. There is an elegance to its simplicity. As much elegance as a bright pink timer can have anyways.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

It's Raining, It's Pouring

The mushrooms are growing.

Mushrooms

The past few days have brought an abnormal amount of rain to Southern California and this has caused mushrooms to sprout up in both the front and back yard. The ones in the back yard are small and brown while the ones in the front yard, as pictured above, are white and rather large.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sing-Off: Final thoughts

So it's over. That was a quick three weeks. Though I'm sure anyone who is reading this blog already knows who won or just plain don't care about Sing-Off, I'll keep the winner behind the cut. I don't have much to say other than it was a good show and I'm glad the winner was the winner.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Sing-Off: Before the Final

Just a few quick thoughts before the last episode since I didn't write anything about Episode 3 and 4.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sing-Off: Episode 2

I was away from a TV Wednesday night, so I couldn't catch the second episode in real time, but thankfully NBC has full episodes available online. Just a few thoughts this time.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

BONES Season 6 Episode 9

Warning: Total Spoiler Alert

I was going to do another few posts of the lines that made me laugh, but after this episode, I have one thing to say:

Friday, December 10, 2010

Advertising my own blog


I love love love today's photo for Chicago's blog. Everything about it. But mainly all of the things that just happened to make this photo what it is.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Validation

I posted this on another blog, inspired by fellow blogger's epic photo post of happiness. It's one of my favorite videos ever. It's a gorgeous short movie about validation and the magic of a smile. Sure, it's a bit kooky, but there are few things on this planet and the internet that are just plain good; they should be enjoyed whenever possible.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sing-Off

Okay, I'm hooked.

As obvious as it was in the last entry, much of my Berkeley life was steeped in a cappella. I love the stuff. Well, collegiate a cappella. I suppose for me it's the mix of constant group tradition and pride combined with ever changing group members and dynamic. Not unlike Morning Musume and AKB48...which creeps me out, but I'll let that one go for now.

Anyways, for as much ridicule I received and will receive from my dad's friends and as much as my two-hour occupation of the main TV in the house annoyed my dad to no end (no matter what he may say to deny it), I truly enjoyed the first episode of Sing-Off. Reality competitions are one of my guilty pleasures, but this one is entertaining on a completely different level.

In my humble opinion, it showcased the various genres within a cappella rather well. Ben Folds does a fantastic job describing each group as he gives his thoughts on his Sing-Off blog, so I'll simply refer you there for the details. I have my personal, extremely biased opinions as well and anyone who cares to read them, please read on.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

The UC Men's Octet

After a slightly frustrating hour of climbing (or not, as the case was) yesterday, my climbing buddy and I went down to the Tustin Marketplace to check out the new REI. It was huge and shiny! Anyways, during the drive, remembering my obsession for collegiate a cappella back during my Berkeley days, she brought up NBC's SingOff that is starting Monday. She enjoyed the first season and was really excited about the second season, particularly an all-men's group that performed Lady Gaga. I was very intrigued because some of my favorite performances have been guy groups singing women's songs.

Through a link she posted later, I found out that the group she was talking about was none other than University of Oregon's On the Rocks. (OtR performing Lady Gaga.)

On the Rocks was possibly my favorite non-Cal a cappella group. On the Rocks was a relatively new group and blew us, a very spoiled a cappella audience, away at one of the ICCA competitions and they became a regular guest for the West Coast A Cappella Showcase held at Cal. What I remember the most clearly is the coolest a cappella version of Linkin Park's In The End ever and the most amazing VP (vocal percussion) I have yet to experience. I bought their first album, which, thanks to a moment of sheer fangirlness, is signed by all of the 2002 members. It's one of my prized treasures.

But as I mentioned, OtR is my favorite non-Berkeley group. My favorite has always been and always will be the UC Men's Octet.