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Hulu Awards…final votes

#1: Award Winners

Best Talk and Interview Show
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Best Informational Show
National Geographic Channel

Best News Show
NBC Today Show

Best Television Network
20th Century Fox Television

Best Movie This is REALLY tough for me because I actually like them all. Let’s do a breakdown starting with
Night of the Living Dead–yeah it’s old,campy,cheesy and some bad acting but this movie was a little bit scary when I saw. I was younger then but,it changed the way horror films where made back then. There have been tons of wannabe zombie movies since then, even remakes that this film set the tone for. You can’t beat the 80’s zombies, I mean take a good look at Thriller by MJ. He set the tone for music videos which in turn made music videos something to be watched and not just listening to the songs,his zombies were fantastic!

Raising Arizona–yes Nicholas Cage can be funny,at least he was in this movie. He might look a little weird sometimes and I am still trying to get over the fact that he named his son “Kal-El”, Superman’s Kryptonian name(yes I am a Superman fan). Classic comedy two near-do-wells trying to make do with what they have Holly Hunter and Nicholas Cage did a fantastic job. With quotes like,”Biology and prejudices of others conspired to keep us childless” and “You mean you busted out of jail? No ma’am,we released ourselves on our own recognizance. What Evelle is trying to say is that the institution had nothing to offer us anymore”, how could you NOT like this movie?!? Yes. I have seen it quite a few times.

Ghostbusters–The one and only ghost themed movie that isn’t really a scary,gruesome flick. It has mostly comedic elements, classic 80’s stars and a hit song,what more do you want?

Some Like It Hot–One of only two Marilyn Monroe movies I’ve seen the other being “The Seven Year Itch”. I have always heard that she wasn’t a very good actress and it was her looks that got her by and that may very well be true but I thought she was good enough in this movie and it was good for what it was. I don’t think she was wanting an Oscar nomination well,I don’t know that but the movie was interesting and it kept my attention and it did well. It might’ve been then “I wanna be loved by you” song she sang in it…

Men In Black–who would’ve thought that, two men trying to keep the world and New York safe from aliens would be so entertaining. Will Smith has very few flops and this wasn’t one of them. The had some memorable performances from some notable actors Tony Shalhoub,the pawn shop owner, Vincent D’Onoforio as Ed who eats the farmer and Rip Torn as Chief Zed. This movie was funny and had great action scenes. Of course, Will gave us a hit song with a catchy line. Do we expect anything less from him?

Best Television Show (scripted)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer– this started my love and obsession with supernatural shows. From this, I have grown to like Charmed, Angel and Joss Whedon, the creator. Buffy inspired a generation of ass-kicking chicks that can go to school,have a life and save the world at the same time. Who said we couldn’t multi-task? Not too sure on the supernatural relationship tho,seems like way to much heartache,you know people from past relationships from the 1800’s,traumatizing to say the least. But Buffy is and will always be a great scripted show in my eyes. The storylines were great. The cast looked great but ,most of all the action was never disappointing!

Best Unscripted Television Show
The Biggest Loser

#2: Proposed Nominees–this clips category was broken down in to 3 subcategories to compensate for the large number of nominees. We had to chose 10 nominees

Best Comedic Clip(SNL)
Bronx Beat
Dick in a Box
Mom Jeans
Coin Slot

Movie Clips
Shaun of the Dead: Girl in the Garden
Home Alone: Shopping
Robin Hood Men in Tights: Men in tights

TV Clips
30 Rock: Jenna on Hardball
Golden Globes 2009: 30 Rock Tina wins

Best Clip (non-comedy)(7 nominees)
Field of Dreams: People will come
The Presidential Inauguration: Obama’s Inauguration
Psycho: The Shower scene
The Usual Suspects: Interrogation
My Cousin Vinny: Expert Witness
The Usual Suspects: Keyser Soze Story
Scarface: Say Hello to My Little Friend

Toss your remote: Is cable and satellite TV becoming obsolete?

In today’s time of recession and economic whoas, things like cable and satellite are becoming something of a luxury that is NOT, needed anymore. I personally have been watching TV on the internet since my freshman year in college. Granted, it just started back then(which wasn’t very long ago) but it has completely advanced since then. I started with what is called an ed2k client and links. The links are used to denote files stored on a P2P network. The main client used is eMule. The typical ed2k link includes the filename and file size and looks like this
ed2k://|file|Christmas.with.the.Kranks.(2004).DVDRip.XviD-HLS.avi|730662912|CFF040F95CBB6113E789B4DE8FC124BF|/

Typically,you go to a p2p site,search for a tv show,movie or software you would like to download,click on it and it will open up in the eMule client and start downloading. Now, in my experience, this takes a much longer time to download. Through my efforts, trial and error I came upon torrents. Torrents,in my opinion, are smaller files that can be downloaded to a torrent client, in a shorter time frame. Check this out about Torrents. There are MANY torrent sites and torrent clients. I chose uTorrent because it’s not a space hog. You can go through the list and find which ones you like and choose to your liking.

Since torrents,hundreds of sites have popped up that stream videos. I can go on for days about the number of sites that you can watch and catch up on your favorite TV show and/or classic TV shows and movies. You can check out my previous blogs 4 Quick watch to watch TV and movies online for free and Free ways to watch TV and movies online part 2. With these sites, you don’t really need cable or satellite because whatever airs,will ultimately be placed on torrent, ed2k or streaming sites the very next day! They are beneficial because most of them are ad free. I say MOST because the network sites, ABC, CBS,FOX etc. show ads on their players(just one commercial and in some cases,the same commercial over and over again). Keep in mind. TV is not completely dead even though studios and networks are airing their contents through things like Netflix and their own sites. The question is, Can you go without Cable TV even though what you watch on your TV set is readily available online?

Tipping your servers!

When you’ve worked in a restaurant, you realize that people either tip poorly or not at all,as appose to tipping really really well
(not often). This post is being created because I was talking to some friends earlier and one of them told me that Rachel Ray made some sort of comment about NOT tipping servers. I was completely blown away by this not because I am a HUGE fan of hers but because she should know better! For someone that goes out to eat regularly and, has a show about eating out for $40 a day(which after I got home I looked on the internet about this and apparently,she doesn’t tip well on the show either) and loves the service industry,you would think she has some sort of sympathy for the servers. I always wonder what people are thinking when they come to a restaurant that, opens at 11am, but comes at 10:30am, walk in and wonder why they haven’t been greeted. Really? Or people that sit where they want to sit when there are hosts that are HIRED to take you to a table that is assigned and say,”No. I want to sit here”. The poor host or server has to bite their tongue and say to a server that was to be sat,”Sorry, I didn’t sit you” when there is what people in the restaurant industry call a “server rotation”, which ensures everyone is sat!! What about people that camp out for 3 hours,watch a game and take up a table and say,” Don’t worry we’ll take care of you”. Game is over,get the check which is $175.67 and tip $9.00 or don’t tip at all.

I always say,”servers work for gratuity and not gratitude”. Praise and graciousness is wonderful but if you go to a restaurant, sit at a table and you are abrasive and rude to a server the moment they walk up, you can bet your house that you will get crappy service in return. You expect to be waited on hand and foot with whatever you want and desire and, they try to do their best. Now, on the other hand,if you are seated and you are treated poorly then, you tip accordingly…the norm is 15-20%. Another thing that is very annoying, is that each servers is allotted a certain amount of tables. They get to you as quickly as they can and when a person wants something prepared a certain way or needs certain things,yes…it slows down the service for the other tables. It is your discretion to tip how and what you want but a base of $2.13, as a pay, the tips are really important. Watch Waiting it’s true! This is from a friends group:

People Against People That Tip Under 20% of Their Bill in Restaurants

1. Tip less than 20% (unless server just doesn’t care for the customers)
2. Believe that a compliment such as “You did a great job!” counts as a tip. Sorry people, but compliments won’t pay my bills.
3. Are complete a$$holes to the server for no reason.
4. Blame the server for things he/she cannot control. (e.g. kitchen screwing up the order.)
5. Complain about every little thing possible. ( Haven’t you seen the movie “Waiting”??)
6. Sit at a table for hours, and then don’t tip accordingly.
7. Ask for a separate thing each time the server comes to the table. (Can’t they just ask for it all at once?)
8. Believe that we kiss a$$ for no reason.
9. Think they are better than you just because you are a server and they wear a tie to work.
10. Drink lots of alcohol, and then don’t tip. (We do have to tip out our bartender, you know?)
11. Ignore you when you are greeting the table.
12. Insist on sitting in a booth. (Since when does booth food taste better?)
13. Enter a restaurant with a party of 8 or more and expect to be sat right away.
14. Empty the salt/pepper/sugar/ketchup containers on the table and think it’s funny. (namely teenagers)
15. Can’t grasp the concept of “closed sections”
16. Come in at 3 minutes to closing time.
17. Come in at 3 minutes to closing time and then complain about their food taking too long and/or send their food back. (Once again, haven’t you seen “Waiting”?)
18. Come in before we open.
19. Come in and take their emotions out on their server.
20. Come in large groups, all order water, and only 1 or 2 eat. (Namely teenagers.)
21. Think that they are the server’s only table and they should be waited on hand-and-foot.
22. Have no considerations for other tables.
23. Interrupt the server while that server is at another table taking an order.
24. Snap their fingers or shake their empty glass at a server.
25. Discriminate against their server because of their sex. (i.e. When with a date, women are rude to female servers and men are ruder to male servers)
26. Get mad when there is a $0.50 charge for a side item. It’s 50 cents for Christ’s sake!!

etc., etc., etc…….

Also,check this video out,it’s funny

Most anticipated movies of 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
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In the highly-anticipated “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” debuting June 26, 2009, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again joins with the Autobots® against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons®. Michael Bay directs from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman.

Angels and Demons
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The team behind the global phenomenon “The Da Vinci Code” returns for the highly anticipated “Angels & Demons,” based upon the bestselling novel by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati – the most powerful underground organization in history – he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization’s most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he jets to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that mark the Vatican’s only hope for survival.

Star Trek
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From director J.J. Abrams (“Mission: Impossible III,” “Lost” and “Alias”) and screenwriters Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (“Transformers,” “MI: III”) comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, “Star Trek,” featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no man has gone before.

G.I. Joe
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Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “Transformers,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” is directed by Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns”).

Land of the Lost
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Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, sucked into one and spat back through time. Way back. Now, Marshall has no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures from beyond our world – a place of spectacular sights and super-scaled comedy known as the Land of the Lost.

Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian
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It’s a new “Night” and “Museum” for Ben Stiller, who is joined by several other stars from the original film, as well as new characters from history — including Amy Adams as famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, Hank Azaria as villainous Egyptian pharaoh Ka Mun Rah, Christopher Guest as Russian tyrant Ivan the Terrible and Alain Chabat as Napoleon. Owen Wilson is back as cowboy Jedediah, and Robin Williams again rides into history as Teddy Roosevelt.

2012

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. “2012” is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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Leading up to the events of “X-Men,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” tells the story of Wolverine’s epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simpering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

A few pet peeves (Repost)

So, when I moved to AL,I learned a lot of things were going to be different and I would have to adapt and/or assimilate my ways quickly.  I started working at a restaurant called Baumhowers as a way to find something to do to keep me busy. I lived on campus for awhile and after doing all the college related things,I got bored easily. I learned a few things really quickly. Two main things that have become part of my pet peeves. One. People in AL take their sports,mainly football,college football seriously and two,Coke is the same thing as Pepsi. This irks me very VERY much. There are some more things that I learned but,we will start with these. 

Scenario–Me:”Hi. Welcome to Wings. What can I get for you to drink”? Guest/s: “I will have a Coke and I will have Sprite”. Me:”We have Pepsi products,is that OK”? Guest/s:”Sure,Coke and a Sprite”. Me: “Pepsi and Serra Mist”? Guest/s: “Whatever”? Now I look like I was being rude and I wasn’t. I might be annoyed that they don’t grasp the concept of Coke and Pepsi being two different products made by two different companies that actually compete against each other. Is this so wrong?
Very few people in AL do not know which football team they pull for. The rivalry there is equivalent to the borough game between the NY Mets and the Yankees. Most places you go, you are asked, Alabama or Auburn? You don’t even have to go there or have gone there to know which team you pull for. At the risk of being ‘foot-in-mouth’ party of one,most of the BAMA fans I dealt with were abrasive and a little rude. They take pride in their choice of being fans of this team and will taunt the more docile Auburn fan. We had a lot of Auburn fans that came into the restaurant that,love the game just as much as the BAMA fan but show it quietly. I myself,have grown to like Auburn,maybe mostly to taunt the BAMA fans but moreso I consider them to have a really great team and really hot players. WAR EAGLE!
The South. To a Southerner,well,some of them at least consider everything above them to be North,technically it is. Most people consider,(NY,NJ,Maine,CT,RI etc.)to be North or geographically Northeast. I lived in Wisconsin for 9 months,as a move by my mother who thought it was a great idea to have her youngest daughter experience some “pre-college” classes. Anyways..the Wisconsinites all called it the “Midwest”,which may or may not encompass Idaho,Nebraska,Iowa,Minnesota etc. But some think it’s North and everyone has a “Northern accent”,the accents are so different in any part of this country. I’ve also learned that,if you are not from the south and don’t have a southern accent,you are told you sound like you are from the north,regardless of where you were born(I get this ALL the time). Someone could be from Canada and they say,”Oh. You are a Northerner,from Wisconsin maybe”? Technically,it is North but I bet the Canadians get offended and would rather someone say,”You must be from Canada” you know,being that it’s a totally different country and all. But
I thank the south and my good friends Britanie and Catherine for introducing me to Biscuits and Gravy(my absolute love),dressing…made with cornbread(which I’ve always hadstuffing,made with bread crumbs),grits…Joe Pesci’s character in “My Cousin Vinny” sums it up best. Kripsy Kreme over Dunkin Donuts. I’m sorry KK has the best glazed donuts ever! Krystals over White Castle. In the South it’s sweet tea and not Iced Tea. I made that grave mistake and was snarled at. 
I can’t forget the North and Midwest though. Great bagels,pizza,hot dogs(the street vendors food. There’s something about the dirty water and dust in the food that make it SOOO good),coffee,high rises,bootlegs off the streets of NY especially,cheeses(shout out to the cheese-heads and cheese curds from WI),snow storms and the good ole’ minding your own business as you walk down the street!
With this just being the tip of the iceberg of pet peeves for me. I am signing off. Until next time! I If you want good reading. Check out this interesting blog about pop vs soda