June '09

Jun. 26th, 2009 10:11 pm
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June '09: 14 - 20

June 14;
TV Show: In Plain Sight
Episode: 2.08 - A Frond in Need
Goal: 153/400 (38.25% Complete)
About: When a series of murders seem to follow a new ex-con witness, including stabbing Mary's friend, she and Marshall have to figure out if he's the killer in time to save his next victim.

The sound made by the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is so loud that it can be heard 40 miles away.

June 15;

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for approximately sixty-nine years.

June 16;
TV Show: CSI
Episode: 9.12 - Disarmed and Dangerous
Goal: 154/400 (38.5% Complete)
About: The CSIs are called in when an undercover FBI agent is found brutally murdered. The CSIs must help the victim's parter find the killer.
Quote: "They acknowledged our jurisdiction, that's refreshing." -Catherine

People of Ancient China believed that swinging your arms could cure a headache.

June 17;
Title: Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
Author: Charlaine Harris, Donna Andrews, Simon R. Green, Dana Cameron, Kat Richardson, Alan Gordan, Carrie Vaughn, Dana Stabenow, Keri Arthur, J.A. Konrath, Patricia Briggs, Nancy Pickard, Karen Chance, Rob Thurman, Toni L.P. Kelner
Rating:
Goal: 28/60 (46 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 340
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Horror
About: New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Keri Arthur, and Carrie Vaughn—along with eleven other masters of the genre—offer all-new stories on werewolves and the holidays, a fresh variation on the concept that worked so well with birthdays and vampires in Many Bloody Returns.
The holidays can bring out the beast in anyone. They are particularly hard for lycanthropes. Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest and saddest werewolf tales by an outstanding pack of authors, best read by the light of a full moon with a silver bullet close at hand.
Whether wolfing down a holiday feast (use your imagination) or craving some hair of the dog on New Year’s morning, the werewolves in these frighteningly original stories will surprise, delight, amuse, and scare the pants off readers who love a little wolfsbane with their mistletoe.
My Thoughts: Gift Wrap (Charlaine Harris) - Goddammit. Who writes a short story for an anthology and fills it with spoilers? I liked the story though, very interesting plot. The Haire of the Beast (Donna Andrews) - Loved it. The plot was wonderful and I enjoyed Andrews' writing style, too bad the rest of her work doesn't look all that interesting. Lucy, at Christmastime (Simon R. Green) - Really powerful and wonderfully written. I will definitely be checking out something else he's written in the future. The Night Things Changed (Dana Cameron) - Her versions of vamps and weres were very...different. I actually like her versions but they're hard to adjust to and would have worked better in a novel than a short story. The Werewolf Before Christmas (Kat Richardson) - Really dark and really intriguing. I loved this story. I really wish more of an explanation had been given, but that didn't dampen my enjoyment. Fresh Meat (Alan Gordan) - This one was okay. I didn't really like the who werewolf to dog telepath thing; it seemed too out there even for supernatural. Il Est Ne (Carrie Vaughn) - This takes place after book two in her series, which I haven't read. I really like Kitty, so this series will definitely be on my to read list for this year. I hope I didn't read too many spoilers though... The Perfect Gift (Dana Stabenow) - Too vague and confusing. Christmas Past (Keri Arthur) - A perfect mix of action, mystery and romance; loved it. SA (J.A. Konrath) - Was he on crack when he wrote this? It's clearly meant to be funny, but it's not. The Star of David (Patricia Briggs) - Yayayay! Great story. I wish it had been a Mercy Thompson one but I enjoyed this one too. You'd Better Not Pyout (Nancy Pickard) - I didn't care for this story. It was weird. Rogue Elements (Karen Chance) - Really good. A lot goes on so that it could have easily made a novel, but I thought Chance did a good job condensing the plot without making it confusing. Milk and Cookies (Rob Thurman) - Uhh what? I really liked his writing style but the story wasn't my cup of tea. Keeping Watch Over His Flock (Toni L.P. Kelner) - Sweet story, the narrator grated on my nerves though.

Medical research has found substances in mistletoe that can slow down tumor growth.

June 18;
TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 3.03 - End Run
Goal: 155/400 (38.75% Complete)
About: Black market dealer Brennen kidnaps Michael's brother Nate in order to use Michael for a job, while Michael still has to deal with Detective Paxson's investigations.
Quote: "I wanna know everything. I wanna know who his buyer is, where he's got Nate, what brand of orange juice he drinks in the morning." -Michael

Between 12%-15% of the population is left-handed.

June 19;

In the United States, 8.5 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were done in the year 2001.

June 20;
Movie: The International
Rating:
Goal: 23/50 (46% Complete)
Genre: Thriller; Crime & Espionage Thrillers
About: Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and New York Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) team up to expose a global financial institution's money laundering, arms dealing and other illegal rackets. But as the pair race from New York to Milan and beyond to pursue their case, they soon discover that the ruthless bank will stop at nothing to continue its profitable activities. Tom Tykwer directs this tense thriller.
Quote: "Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn... I'm the one you burn." -Louis Salinger
My Thoughts: The beginning of the movie was too slow and dense for my tastes but the second half of the movie was spectacular (more action and things started actually playing out). And then the credits rolled totally ruining the entire movie. I don't want to ruin it for anyone but sitting through a two hour movie only to have the ending blow that hard, wasn't all that fun.

Only one out of every three people wash their hands when leaving a public bathroom.
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February '09: 15 - 21

February 15;
Movie: Burn After Reading
Rating:
Goal: 03/50 (6% Complete)
Genre: Comedy; Dark/Black Humor, Cult
About: In this dark comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen, ousted CIA official Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) loses his recently penned memoir into the hands of a pair of moronic gym employees (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand, in a Golden Globe-nominated role) who use it to try to turn a profit. George Clooney and Tilda Swinton round out the cast of this irreverent farce, which was nominated for a Best Picture (Comedy) Golden Globe.
Quote: "Osbourne Cox? I thought you might be worried...about the security...of your shit." -Chad
My Thoughts: Eh, not my cup of tea. I rewound it no less than 100 times to watch Brad Pitt's dance though which made the movie worth it. Frances McDormand was so freaking annoying in this movie. Honestly, I was hoping for something of Ocean's 11 quality considering both Pitt and Clooney were in this movie.

TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.15 - Deliverance
Goal: 050/400 (12.5% Complete)
About: The NCIS team finds themselves involved in a city gang while investigating the death of a Marine, and Gibbs must face his past once again when he finds a message at the scene of the crime.
Quote: "Don't scoff at me, lots of gangs are named after fish. There's the sharks... there's barracudas... Rumblefish." -Tony
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.14 - She's Not There
Goal: 051/400 (12.75% Complete)
About: Two separate cases turn into one when one father turns up dead and his daughter is missing. It all turns out to be due to a slave trafficking ring running in the city. Also Detective Flack is back on duty after having recently being cleared.
Quote: "I wouldn't mess with him, he wants to make it to the Ranger's game tonight." -Danny

Pound for pound, an eagle's wing is stronger than the wing of an airplane.

February 16;
Movie: Dadnapped
Rating:
Goal: 04/50 (8% Complete)
Genre: Comedy/Family
About: A neglected teen girl (Emily Osment) channels her inner superspy to rescue her famous dad.
Quote: "Floss!" -Everyone
My Thoughts: Cute; however, not one of the better Disney tv movies and we all know they have some good ones.

TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.13 - Chuck Versus the Suburbs
Goal: 052/400 (13% Complete)
About: It is Valentine's day and emotions are boiling at the Buy More. However, Big Mike has to face a divorce, so the Buy More team try to distract him. Meanwhile, Chuck and Sarah go undercover as a married couple in the suburbs.
Quote: "Gee whiz, Mike. We're trying to help you find love here. Dirty, nasty, filthy love." -Morgan

A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs.

February 17;
Title: Bone Crossed
Author: Patricia Briggs
Rating:
Goal: 04/60 (6 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 309
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
About: Car mechanic and sometime shapeshifter Mercy Thompson has learned, the hard way, why her race was almost exterminated. When European vampires immigrated to North America, they found Mercy's people had a hidden talent - for vampire slaying. Unfortunately for Mercy, the queen of the local vampire seethe has discovered her true identity. She's also furious when she learns Mercy has crossed her and killed one of her vampires. Mercy may be protected from direct reprisals by the werewolf pack (and her interesting relationship with its Alpha), but that just means Marsilia will come after Mercy some other way. So Mercy had better prepare to watch her back.
My Thoughts: Love it, my favorite series (excluding HP). I just can't say enough good things about Briggs and her Mercy Thompson series.
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Movie: Spectacular!
Rating:
Goal: 05/50 (10% Complete)
Genre: Musical/Family
About: After losing their star singer to a rival group, show choir Spectacular is in big trouble for the national championship, prompting chorus leader Courtney (Tammin Sursok) to enlist talented aspiring rocker Nikko (Nolan Funk) as a replacement. But will Nikko's freewheeling rock 'n' roll style harmonize with the disciplined world of show choir? The lively musical features 10 original songs, including "Everything Can Change" and "Don't Tell Me."
Quote: "Dude, this is so... Lame..." -Nikko "It's pronounced 'La-may'" -Swanee Boy
My Thoughts: Spectacular!...no, seriously. Everything was wonderful, I actually went out and bought the OST for this.

TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.15 - Scarlett Fever
Goal: 053/400 (13.25% Complete)
About: A woman is poisoned at a country club, while a party is in full swing, so the CBI is called to investigate. The team soon finds out, that each of the suspects is hiding something.
Quote: "I've been here nearly six months now, half a year." -Van Pelt "What do you want? Half a cake?" -Lisbon

The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine Falcon, which can reach speeds in excess of two hundred miles per hour.

February 18;
Movie: Taken
Rating:
Goal: 06/50 (12% Complete)
Genre: Action/Thriller/Crime
About: While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Now, her father, Bryan (Liam Neeson), a former soldier, must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, Bryan's task may be more than he can handle. Directed by Pierre Morel, this relentless action thriller also stars Famke Janssen.
Quote: "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you." -Bryan
My Thoughts: Really intense but good. The subject matter is definitely not for the weak hearted. I went to see this having no idea it was about sex trafficking, which was a surprise considering the previews showed none of that.

TV Show: Life
Episode: 2.15 - I Heart Mom
Goal: 054/400 (13.5% Complete)
About: Crews and Reese investigate the death of a man found in a house with no roof, which leads them to a construction scam and lots of suspects with no roofs. Rayborn reveals more of the conspiracy to Crews.
Quote: "You strike me and you'll only be striking yourself." -Crews "What? Some kind of kharmic payback?" -William "If only. No. My partner will just shoot you in the head." -Crews
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.15 - Zoe's Reprise
Goal: 055/400 (13.75% Complete)
About: The local authorities in Cleveland enlist the help of the BAU to assist in the pursuit of a serial killer who appears to be copying the methods used by famous murderers from the past.
Quote: "I was the last one she talked to before she was murdered. How is this not personal, Aaron?" -Rossi

A hawk's vision is so good that it can see a mouse from a height of one mile.

February 19;
Movie: Iron Man
Rating:
Goal: 07/50 (14% Complete)
Genre: Action/Thriller; Comic Books and Superheroes
About: After ultrarich inventor and weapons maker Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) escapes from kidnappers using makeshift power armor, he turns his invention to good by using it to fight crime. But when he must face the evil Iron Monger, his skills are stretched to the limit. Based on the Marvel comic, this captivating superhero tale from director Jon Favreau co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrence Howard.
Quote: "You've been called the Da Vinci of our time. What do you say to that?" -Reporter "Absolutely ridiculous. I don't paint." -Tony Stark "And what do you say to your other nickname, the Merchant of Death?" -Reporter "That's not bad." -Tony Stark
My Thoughts: This might be my favorite movie ever. I love comic book movies and the sarcastic nature of Stark really pushes this one above all the rest.

TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.15 - The Princess and the Pear
Goal: 056/400 (14% Complete)
About: The team investigates a sci-fi convention when a woman in a medieval princess dress is found murdered. With Booth's back injured, Agent Payton Perotta steps in once again to help.
Quote: "The only reason that I am not coming in right now is because Bones told me not to. But, she is your responsibility. Nothing can happen to her, okay? If anything, happens to her, you know that silky black hair, and ... that soft skin ..." -Booth
TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 2.14 - Truth and Reconciliation
Goal: 057/400 (14.25% Complete)
About: Facing pressure from Sam and Fiona, Michael agrees to help bring a Haitian murderer to justice.
Quote: "It takes a lot longer to pull a gun than people think it does; almost 5 seconds on average to draw and line up a shot. This is good news or bad news, depending on what side of the gun you're on." -Michael

The strike of the eagle talon is so powerful that it's force is twice that of a rifle bullet.

February 20;
TV Show: Psych
Episode: 3.16 - An Evening With Mr. Yang
Goal: 058/400 (14.5% Complete)
About: Shawn's exploits have garnered him fame, if not fortune. Unfortunately, they've also brought him to the attention of the Yin Yang serial killer, and Shawn's mother is his next target.
Quote: "I forbid you to be a part of this, Shawn. You're coming with me." -Henry "W–w–w … 'forbid' me. I'm familiar with your hands-on approach to parenting, but I'm not twenty-seven any more. I can do whatever I want." -Shawn
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.16 - Bounce
Goal: 059/400 (14.75% Complete)
About: When one of Tony's old cases ends up re-opened, he switches roles with Gibbs to finally solve the crime.
Quote: "Not that I have a hangover now, Boss. You know I would never drink on a school night." -Tony

A hummingbird's heart beats 615 beats in a minute.

February 21;
TV Show: Leverage
Episode: 1.12 - The First David Job
Goal: 060/400 (15% Complete)
About: The Leverage team plots to steal Nate's former employer's CEO's prized Michelangelo maquette and sell it back to him as its twin. However, the team does not bank on a reappearance by Sterling.
Quote: "I'm sorry, are we still unclear? I'm a functioning alcoholic, you know. Trick is to not get hung up on the "alcoholic" and really celebrate the "functioning" part of the sentence." -Nate

In a lifetime, the average house cat spends approximately 10,950 hours purring.

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"I never run around in the bushes in a ski mask when I’m breaking in some place. Somebody catches you, what are you going to say? You want to look like a legitimate visitor until the very last minute. If you can’t look legit, confused works just as well. Maybe get a soda from the fridge or a yogurt. If you’re caught, you just act confused and apologize like crazy for taking the yogurt; nothing can be more innocent."
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