Archive for October, 2008|Monthly archive page

Chocolate axe commerical

Does anyone else think this commerical is weird and creepy? It’s the new chocolate scented axe that apparently turns the guys into choclate.  Check it out

 

 

First saw this commerical while sitting at a restaurant. Loved how it took on the fact, that women love their chocolate and used that in the commerical. Some parts are funny and interesting including the picnic scene with the girl dipping her strawberry in his navel or him breaking his nose and sprinkling the chocolate bits on the girls’ ice cream cone. 

Very novel idea. I heard its been banned in some countries, I guess I can see why. But it wasn’t too raunchy that it was banned from U.S. airwaves! The chocolate looks kind of scary tho. I would probably turn the other way, if I saw him coming down the street towards me. I would NOT be biting his butt or drinking hot chocolate made from him boiling his arm! 

Comments definitely welcomed. Let me know what you think about it!

The Hulu Awards

I’ve always liked T.V. and movies basically anything entertainment. So, instead of minoring in chemistry or some of sort of science in college. I minored in Mass Communications with an emphasis in TV and film. That’s strange. Why? Oh because I am pre-med!
I always get jokes about me being one of those doctors on Oprah or Montel. It’s always interesting to see people’s reaction when I say, “I am pre-med but have a minor in TV and Film”! Anyways…so,here’s the deal. I have recently been asked to be on a judging panel for The Hulu Awards. I talked about Hulu a few days ago and I recommend this site to anyone who wants to watch good tv and film online. You can check out my previous blog “4 quick ways to watch tv and movies online”.

Up first, Sports! My first job,as one of the panelists,is to review a list of programs in this category. Nominate 3-5 of the given programs of which I think to be the best Sports program on Hulu. Here is a list of eligible shows:

2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship
2008 US Open
A Shot at Glory
Allstate BCS National Championship Game 2008
Allstate Sugar Bowl Game 2008
American Gladiators
American Misfits
AST Dew Tour
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Game 2008
Battle Dome
Best of Bowl Bash 2008
Built to Shred
Buzzer Beater
College Sports Minute
Cyclysm Sundays
ECW
Engine Block
Expedition Safari
Fantasy Fix
Fed Ex Orange Bowl Game 2008
Fields of Glory
Fight Girls
Firsthand
Friday Night Smackdown
Heart of Geauxld
Keep Your Eyes Open
M80
MMA Fight Weekly
New Pollution
NHL
Ninja Warrior
Notre Dame
PINKS
Pull
Speed X
Strikeforce on NBC
The 808
The Captain and Casey Show
The Finish Line
The Great Ride Open
The Matty Blake Show
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 2007
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 2008
TRCP’s Life in the Open
TVG
WarMojo
WCL Turf Wars
WWE Classics
WWE Extras
WWE Monday Night Raw

And the nominees are…

American Gladiators— I nominated this because this is a classic. Yeah. It has been remade for the new generation but it’s all the same games and rules. You simply can’t go wrong with Gladiators!

2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship—I like Poker. Not a very good poker player but I jump at the chance to play and learn and become a skilled player, this is why I chose this for my second nomination. Poker has become such a phenomenon worldwide, that it’s hard to NOT want to play or even watch these people play and win millions on a card game!

Battle Dome—This,to me, is a combination of American Gladiators and some bad talk show. I liked the few episodes I saw.

Ok. This was a lot harder than I thought. I’m not a big sports fan so that made it harder for me to choose the nominees. So,what I did was, pick the ones I was familiar with and, I had seen before to make my choices easier. This will be going more frequently. So, everyone, keep checking back for more choices and I might need some help in the future. Thanks in advance!!

Some cool Twitter tools

Searching around,I wanted to find some cool tools to make my twittering much easier and more fun. In my search, I found these interesting apps. Some you might have heard of or used before and others,you might’ve not. First off, a little background for those not familiar with Twitter ,is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.

Twhirl

Some of twhirl’s features:
runs on both Windows (2000/XP/Vista) and Mac OSX
connects to multiple Twitter, laconi.ca, Friendfeed and seesmic accounts
notifications on new messages
shorten long URLs (using snurl, twurl or is.gd)
cross-post twitter updates to Pownce and Jaiku
post images to TwitPic
search tweets using Twitter Search and TweetScan
timeline filtering
color schemes
automatically checks for new versions

Twitpic

Twitpic is just a good and simple way to post pictures with captions to your personal twitter account. You can post through the website or some third party app like twhirl or Twitterific, for the Apple users. The point is to use this and not have to go somewhere else, post there, then post to twitter or link to twitter.

TwitterMaps

Basically,Google maps and twitter joined forces so you can update your location and send a tweet about it.

Twiddeo

This a powerful but simple service that let’s you do one thing very well: Twitter updates with Video.
Upload from the web, your cameraphone and record from your webcam. That simple, that straightforward, that great! It is still in beta format and has a few bugs but, I’m sure for those that like making videos this, is for you!

Twitslikeme

You enter your twitter screenname and it searches for other twitterers “supposedly” that are like you based on your updates! I’m on the fence with this one…

4 quick ways to watch TV and movies online for free

Anyone that knows me,know that I am ALL about things that are free on the Internet. I’m sure a lot folks are but I search out any alternative to getting what I want in a better and easier way that doesn’t involve me spending any money. In my efforts to catch up on all the TV  that I miss either being at work or school, brought me to some sites I can watch my shows and/or movies for free. 

Now,what these sites do, is host links to other video sites that have these shows or movies. The links to the movies, especially the ones that are in theaters may not be great quality. So,if you want great quality,then, go see it at the theaters.  Here are some of my favorites

Hulu
When I first found this site,it was in beta mode and it was by invite only. The videos on the site were excellent quality but, there was a lot of work to do as far as pausing and playing the videos. It has definitely grown since then. There are more videos and easier to manage players.

Surf the Channel
This site has both TV and movie links. Everything is set up in categories for easy maneuvering. There is a forum and search function. You do not have to sign up to view the videos but you do to comment.

TVShack
Same as Surf The Channel with similar options.

TV-Links.cc
This one is a classic. It was one of the first ones that you didn’t need an invite for. It has a little bit of everything movies, t.v., music videos, cartoons and documentaries.

sidereel
Another favorite of mine. Very attractive site and it encourages lurkers(people that just search,find,use and not show support) to become involved in the site. Recommended!

These are just a few of the sites I frequent every now and then to catch up on TV shows. Why have cable when you can use these awesome alternatives right?

Blogging

So,I’ve been blogging for maybe, 2 months now. I recently came over to wordpress and I can’t find any themes I like,so I am constantly changing to find something I can settle with. I am getting frustrated with it because I am having some issues adding a new theme from somewhere else. I found some widgets that I want to put on there but, that’s not working too well for me either. Maybe I’m just blog design illiterate. and I should just leave it alone for now and,hopefully, it all comes together.

The thing is. I can’t just leave it alone. I want it done and I want it to look good. I mean,I’m not doing it for monetary value or anything,just fun…something for me to do when I get mad or bored.  I’m going to try not to let it bother me because it’s not rocket science. It can’t be too hard,right? Nah,of course not. Ok. This one will be really short tonight..

 

Laters,
zh3n

Kath and Kim (U.S.),interesting TV show

Kath and Kim,is the U.S. version of an Australian TV show which chronicles the relationships of Kath (Molly Shannon) and Kim(Selma Blair) that live in Florida. 

Kathleen “Kath” Day is the mom, 40-something divorcée who finally has time for herself and her valiant search for love. Her daughter, Kimberly “Kim” Day, is in her mid 20’s but dresses like a teenager, constantly eating as a way to console herself, and is obsessed with celebrities. When Kim decides to move back home after separating from her husband, Craig, who works at a Circuit Surplus,a.k.a Circuit City.

 

Also making their lives complicated are their significant others. Phil Knight, Kath’s boyfriend, is a decent but dorky man in his mid 40’s who owns a sandwich shop at the mall food court and has a difficult time getting along with Kim no thanks to her disapproval of her mother’s relationship. Kim’s husband, Craig Baker, has his hands full trying to deal with her dominating personality which explains their separation. Here’s a clip from the premiere episode

 

I thought it was funny and it wasn’t very bad humor either. I see some potential but there are already some reviews out there that are essentially, comparing it to the original. They don’t like it, and says, it’s horrible and it probably won’t air in Australia. Why compare it? I don’t think NBC’s intention is to make an exact copy of the Australian version. Is it? They are catering to the American audience and what they may like. Molly Shannon actually played a good mother stuck in what looks like the Olivia Newton-John video,”Let’s Get Physical”.

Night shift at the hopsital

I did my first graveyard shift at the hospital yesterday. Granted,it was a Minor one 7pm to 7am,it was hard none the less. I got there at 6:45pm,clocked in and got my round sheets. We had 22 patients on the floor and it was 3 of us and 2 RN’s. It ended up being a pretty slow night,patient admitting wise,which is always good you don’t really want too many people entering that hospital; that’s GOOD! At at about 11:30pm things slowed down on our floor (there was a code blue-someone went into Cardiac Arrest). We sat around and told weird creepy ghost stories, which creeped me out because I began to remember Nightmare on Elms Street or Friday the 13Th where someone would be running down the hallway of a hospital and no one would be around. I went out into the hallway, down the lobby and there was no one there. Two student nurses entered the front door and walked to Neonatal but that was it. Here’s a shot of it

 

 

Creepy empty hallway!

Creepy empty hallway!

 

 

I have to get myself and my body adjusted to this shift..quickly. We are starting off with these shifts and working our way up to longer shifts. Ugh! It’s no Grey’s Anatomy or ER. The gossip is the same. Everyone is either divorced,married or sleeping around. People are really nice except one nurse I worked with on day shift Wednesday,even the patients complained about her being difficult and harsh. Just when I thought it was going to get easier,it didn’t. It has,however gotten a lot more interesting. I had to deal with actually knowing someone that was admitted,that didn’t turn out too bad. Working with a troublesome patient that wanted to go AMA( Against Medical Advice) she was 19 but. was there by court order so that kinda over-ruled anything she wanted to do…

Parents and The Olympics

So,I talked to my mom today(she still lives in The Bahamas) for maybe 7 minutes before my sister and my mom got into a huge argument over the phone,forgetting it’s long distance shot my bill through the roof. I did a conference call because my sister’s phone doesn’t do long distance,I don’t know what kind of half assed phone she has…

Long story short. My mom pretty much hung up on us and I didn’t know until we were waiting on a reply from her and I looked at my phone and, there she was, GONE! My mom is short-tempered and very aggressive when she gets angry. My sister is a lot like her and doesn’t know it and it pisses her off when my mom gets loud with her. Like mother,like daughter huh? I’m kinda getting the hang of this blogging thing so much so,that this, is my second one for the night.

I can’t sleep. The Olympics are done so I don’t really have a reason to stay up and watch the replay of the days events. I really centered my life around the Beijing Olympics. Sad? I think not. China rolled out the red carpet and the brown muggy air to show that they are not the China of the past. Really? Darfur? Under-aged gymnasts? Look at that chick and tell me if she doesn’t look 13? I don’t know if they’re like Western world kids(I doubt it) but she should be worrying about sleep overs and horribly subbed “Hannah Montana” episodes than having her name dragged through the international press about an age cover-up! But they say the Westerns are big because they use drugs. Then,why are Asians so small or of short stature? Because they don’t? Maybe it’s the polluted air,it stunts their growth or something but it turns them in athletic machines. Scary.

I can definitely say,China did a clean sweep of diving(all gold medals except one) and their goal to get the most gold medals was a very noble feat. The stories we hear about their athletes training is like boot camp, is a little weird but whatever they do,it works and they have the medals to show for it. As for overall medal count, The U.S. definitely won that round 110 medals! Top 5 countries USA,China,Russian Federation,Great Britian and Australia.

I was always a big fan of the Olympics and I’m sure London won’t let China show them up and they will make Britannia proud in 2012. New York lost to London to host the Olympics…again but Chicago threw a bid in to host in 2016, I’m hoping for a win there. Do I hear road trip?! Their event stadiums had really creative names though. “The Bird’s Nest” where Track and Field was held and The U.S. Men’s and Womens Teams dropped the batons in the semifinals for the 4x100M relay but later showed the world how it’s done in the 4x400M relays. “The Water Cube” where Michael Phelps showed his dominance in swimming and also shut the French relay team up after they were talking smack about how they were gonna take the Americans down! Doesn’t anyone else wonder what goes on in the Olympic Village at night,when all the events are done? Some food for thought.

The beginning

Ok, just a little introduction or exposition if you will, to who I am just to get this thing started. I am a 24 year old Pre-Med Psychiatry student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham(UAB to everyone from the greater Birmingham area). I am originally from The Bahamas(yes,I was born and raised there and will go back when I am done with my schooling). I live in Vestavia Hills with my roommate and friend of 4 years. I work part-time at Wings Sports Grille and I am also a Research Lab Assistant at Sparks Clinic along with working at some other place…

I thought I would give this “blogging” thing a go. I don’t really mind writing but I sure as hell don’t do it as much as I should,it is definitely a stress reliever. It’s Monday at 8:52pm and it has been raining since Saturday(I feel like Sarah Jessica Parker a.k.a Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City 🙂 ). The rain makes me lazy..very lazy,that’s a tough thing seeing that we are moving out of this place pretty soon. I hate moving and if it’s raining then,I will be one unhappy person because I don’t want to move all my stuff in the rain. On the other hand, I am a little happy to be moving out of here because we have certainly outgrown this apartment and have acquired so many things over the last 4 years. Also,I have been STUCK in the middle of the most childish relationship I have EVER come across between my roommate and her on again off again boyfriend. Long story. Maybe I will blog about it some other day but friends and co-workers know what I am talking about,it’s time to move on if only for my sanity.

I love her to death. I’m not just saying that to make her or me look better. It’s been a long, tumultuous ride that either of us aren’t willing to go on again. Well,she is,but I’m not. We’ve done so much together and been so many places together that,it’s going to be hard to move on. I can cope a lot better than she can but DAMN…it will be hard for sure. Sigh. Anyways..not to make this too sappy. I think I might keep up with this and make it a lot more interesting in days or maybe even years to come. So long. Until next time, I’m signing out!

Thanks zh3n

(To Zackery he introduced me to social media of all kinds and I want to give him a shout out. Love ya! No British English here,I know how much you hate that. LOL.)