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Archive for March, 2010

April 1st.

April 1st, starts in a little under two hours here. And tomorrow, I start on something exciting. Something big. Something called Script Frenzy. The little brother of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Script Frenzy has writers churn out 100 pages of script in just 30 days. While November’s always been a daunting month for me to attempt NaNo (Attempts: 4, Completions: 0), April is a much kinder month to me. No birthdays and only one holiday this year. That is workable.

You can write anything that requires a script- movie, play, graphic novel. I’ll be working on a project that I’d only done research for and never attempted to complete. I’ll be doing the first 100 pages of Inevitable Destiny. Which, I won’t get into the details of, but it’s a love story (of sorts) that spans many lifetimes. Somehow, somewhere I”ll be posting this somewhere that it’s fairly secure- so if you’re interested in following my progress, just comment here and I’ll let you know where I post it.

And something to amuse. Starbucks has announced their latest drink sizes: The Plenta (128 fl oz) and Micra (2 fl oz). (Psst – look at the press release date!)

Bravo, is it time we part ways?

When my parents finally got cable when I was in high school, my favorite network was Bravo. They showed operas and Broadway shows on the weekend! I admit, I didn’t always watch the operas (though a someone who was learning opera, I probably should have), but I watched all the musicals. Sunday in the Park With George, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods… I watched them all. Over the summers, my mom, my sister and I watched Twin Peaks! We enjoyed every bizarre episode, even in the last part of the series when things took a turn for the ‘let’s wrap this up.’ (I’m still mad about how it ended)

In college, I watched lots of Queer Eye. Then I got hooked on Top Chef and Project Runway… and then, Real Housewives of Orange County started. I watched from curiosity- after all, I worked in Southern Orange County… the Orange County Barbies were everywhere when I ran errands or went to lunch. And still, it bored me. Out of their antics, I simply saw women who craved attention- and money that they could say wasn’t their husbands. Then it moved to New York, then Atlanta, New Jersey… and while I was looking forward to Beverly Hills (where over the top is the norm), they announced that Michelle Salahi would be joining the cast of Real Housewives of Washington DC.

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Sloppy Writing: E! Online.

I spend much of my day reading entertainment sites. When I’m not facebooking or procrastinating trying out a new recipe, I’m looking for the latest news (and sometimes gossip).

Admittedly, I’ve become dissatisfied with the quality level. As is true across the board in journalism, most sites want to get stories up before someone else, so they don’t particularly take the time to edit them thoroughly. Typos are common, as are grammatical errors, and well as some factual errors.

Today, I was browsing past E!Online. They have a number of bloggers who tend to make a number of errors with every post, but one story just made me laugh. Not only were they being ridiculous in trying to be clever, but they flat out attributed information that wasn’t in their source! It’s a piece on Emma Watson doing a production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at Brown.

Just in case they edit it, here’s the part I objected to:

As if the transition from a special effects-driven set to a stage weren’t enough, the starlet, one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, didn’t accept a dime for the gig, according to the U.K. Sun. Even admission to the shows was free, but only staff and students were allowed.

First, it’s just The Sun. They are in UK, but unlike the US where we have a myriad of publications for every major metropolitan area and at least two Suns I can think of off the top of my head, it’s just The Sun.

Second, they say that according to the Sun, Emma Watson didn’t accept a dime for the job. If you click through, you’ll see that there’s no mention of that in the story. They mention how much she’s been paid in films, and that admission to the shows were free- but nothing about her not accepting money. Why? Because everyone understands that student productions aren’t paying jobs. Except, apparently the blogger at E!

Strangely, they left out the most interesting part about the story- which was that usually productions are open to anyone, but because of Emma’s celebrity they limited it to students and staff.

So here’s some good advice to bloggers out there- if you’re going to attribute something to a source, make sure that what you’ve said is actually in the article.

Frankly, I’m confused.

Health Care Reform passed yesterday, and yet, I’m seeing so many people saying that this is the “death” of America and liberty. People who clearly have swallowed the Fox News Flavor Aid. (I have nothing against a conservative news channel- however, Fox News doesn’t offer news. They offer spin, hype and lots of sound bytes… most of which turn out to be inaccurate)

The United States is the only major nation that allowed health care to be a corporation just like any corporation. Most of the European countries offer an inexpensive public option, but affordable private options as well. They recognize that health care isn’t a business- that it’s a necessity for individuals, just like having power and water for their homes.

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Food Network – why the hate?

I read a lot of food blogs, and typically all the reviews on recipes that I think I might make. And well, I’ve noticed a lot of people who are angry at Food Network.

Once upon a time, there was a woman who revolutionized food television- indeed, she basically created it. Julia Child. A woman who showed us you can debone a duck at home and make beautiful French cuisine. Most people complain that now food television has devolved into celebrichefs like Rachael Ray and Sandra Lee who make their money off of being the anti-Julia.

This is true. What people are failing to take into account is that our societies are vastly different. Back in the 60′s, women were just starting to gain a foothold in the work place. For the most part, women were expected to stay home and to cook. They took classes or learned from their mothers and grandmothers. Cooking was a skill that any accomplished housewife was expected to know. Even coming off of World War II where the TV dinner was hailed as the next big thing, it wasn’t unusual to expect that a woman could cook.

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