Jun. 13th, 2009

May '09

Jun. 13th, 2009 09:10 pm
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May '09: 17 - 23

May 17;

The three dots in Domino's pizza stand for the first three stores. They wanted to add a dot for each new store, but obviously that would be impossible since there are now over seven thousand stores.

May 18;
Title: Anansi Boys
Author: Neil Gaiman
Rating:
Goal: 17/60 (28 1/3% Complete)
Pages: 334
Genre: Urban Fantasy
About: God is dead. Meet the kids.
When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts his father bestowed - before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.
Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is to day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun...just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.
Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion -- he is able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil.
Exciting, scary, and deeply funny, Anansi Boys is a kaleidoscope journey deep into myth, a wild adventure, and a fierce and unstoppable farce, as Neil Gaiman shows us where gods come from, and how to survive your family.
My Thoughts: The premise for the book was so unique and interesting. I love Gaiman's writing but this book wasn't one of my favorites. I had trouble caring at all for any of the main characters.

TV Show: In Plain Sight
Episode: 2.05 - Aguna Matatala
Goal: 138/400 (34.5% Complete)
About: A shady figure begins following Mary's newest witness.
Quote: "Andy, Witness Protection is a little like 'Where's Waldo?'. Waldo is difficult to find because he blends in with the scenery." -Marshall "Which is why Waldo doesn't wear a yarmaka." -Mary

After the "Popeye" comic strip was launched in 1931, spinach consumption went up by thirty-three percent in the United States.

May 19;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.23 - Red John's Footsteps
Goal: 139/400 (34.75% Complete)
About: As the CBI investigates the murder of a young girl and the abduction of her twin sister, everything points towards Red John's return. However, Patrick Jane thinks somebody else is involved as well.
Quote: "You have wife?" -Asian Woman "No." -Cho "I have niece." -Asian Woman

Alexander the Great made his troops eat onions as he believed it would prove their vitality.

May 20;

One-third pound stalk of broccoli contains more vitamin C than 204 apples.

May 21;
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.25 - Aliyah
Goal: 140/400 (35% Complete)
About: After Tony's confrontation with Rivkin, the NCIS team flies to Israel for a final showdown, where they aren't exactly welcomed by Ziva's father, the head of Mossad. Gibbs has to make a tough choice as the situation gets even more complicated.
Quote: "Forget Tel Aviv, how's Tony? How's Ziva? Are they talking yet?" -Abby "They're fine Abby." -Gibbs "I take that as a no. So how's Israel? It's magical right? I mean, I've been wanting to go there for years, it's like third on my list. Galapagos Island and of course, Dollywood." -Abby

Tomatos were once referred to as "love apples." This is because their was a superstition that people would fall in love by eating them.

May 22;

In the dry valleys region of Antarctica, it has not rained in 2 million years according to scientists.

May 23;
Title: One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich
Rating:
Goal: 18/60 (30% Complete)
Pages: 287
Genre: Mystery
About: Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash--fast--but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family.
Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants to the time Steph hit him with her father's Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water--wanted for murder.
Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn't. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight--and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man.
My Thoughts: 100% wonderful. Stephanie is hilarious, witty and lovable. And the team of characters that come with her are just as charming. I'm pretty late to the party reading these books but I hate reading things my mom recommends because it makes her smug.
Title: Definitely Dead
Author: Charlaine Harris
Rating:
Goal: 19/60 (31 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 324
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal Romance
About: Spiked with a "frothy fusion of romance, mystery, and fantasy" (Publishers Weekly), this "deliciously fiendish...increasingly riotous series" (Dallas Morning News) sends the supernaturally gifted cocktail waitress to New Orleans, where she has to deal with the legacy of one of her own family and a host of potentially dangerous characters.
My Thoughts: There wasn't really a plot to this book except in the last 50 pages or so. The whole first half of the book felt like it was just a filler for the series or a super long short story from an anthology. I loved the introduction of Amelia the witch though.

Movie: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Rating:
Goal: 15/50 (30% Complete)
Genre: Family/Fantasy/Comedy
About: Ben Stiller returns as hapless museum night watchman Larry Daley in this sequel to the hit comedy. Though he's now working at the Smithsonian Institution, Daley continues to deal with exhibits that come to life while the museum is closed. His adventures this time include close encounters with Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), George Custer (Bill Hader) and Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest). Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais and Dick Van Dyke co-star.
Quote: "Crimey, we've been jimmy-jacked! " -Amelia Earhart "Jimmy-jacked? " -Larry "It's how I speak! " -Amelia Earhart "Yeah, but that sounds made-up, even for you... " -Larry "'Oh no, our path has been blocked by bad people' where's the excitement in that? " -Amelia Earhart
My Thoughts: Amy Adams was the real star in this movie, she was phenomenal. Overall the movie was cute and worth seeing but it (other than Adams) wasn't anything special.

Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.

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