Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ryan Reynolds - Sexy Is As Sexy Does

Ryan Reynolds was recently chosen as People's "Sexiest Man Alive". I love me some Ryan Reynolds, but sexiest man alive? I'm still on the fence. However, I think if anyone's feeling some kind of way about the decision, it may be Reynolds himself; he looks rather uncomfortable, in my opinion, in his cover photo. Furrowed brow, tight jaw, awkward slouch. Maybe he's brooding over the fact that he may have only won by a hair over Mel Gibson, who was also in the running. 

And, yes. You read that last part correctly. 

Social Networking at the Heartbreak Hotel

Let's face it. Social networking services are taking over on the rise with billions of users active on sites which include Facebook, Twitter, and yes, even old, dusty MySpace (which has recently been swallowed whole by the vortex of Facebook). You, almost all of your friends, pseudo friends, and even -- time to face the harsh reality -- your parents are site users. There's just something about social networking sites that prompts users to 'throw caution to the wind' and post revealing photos, statuses, and information that they otherwise wouldn't want known or disclosed.

When it comes to personal, romantic relationships, social networking sites have played a major role in many a messy breakup. Facebook, especially, has been known to lead to breakups often followed by 'custody' battles over mutual friends. More underhanded schemes by scorned lovers/users have included posting photos to insight jealousy in an ex. Interestingly and sadly enough, many lies, misconceptions, and withheld information from a significant other have been discovered by simply logging on.

Below are a few possible (and somewhat obvious) social networking signs that your significant other may be less like Prince Charming or the Fair Maiden, and more like CLU 2 (a little Tron for you):
  • Your significant other's relationship status never seems to change from 'single'.
  • He/she keeps old photos or photo albums of an ex up, visible to you (whether they are social networking friends or not). 
  • Status updates and/or tweets revolve more around the ex, or others of the opposite sex, but rarely (to never) about you. 
  • Excessive communication with an ex via messages, tweets, wall posts, and/or statuses. 

Facebook's pages are also polluted with third-party ads. What I find ironic is that despite its proclivity to be the battleground for messy breakups, it never falters in providing loads of dating and singles ads along the side of the screen. For some it may seem to say: "Ahh, sorry about your breakup...Ready to mingle?" Classy, Facebook.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

'Checkmate' (Original Poem 11/28)

Checkmate - K.G.

Drawn like moths to a flame;
Affixed at the hip.

Pitted against one another,
As we play the game of love.

My knight in shining armor.
I was once your queen, you my king;
Pawns of an ill-fated love.
Now, our audience of bishops and rooks
Regards us with pity and helplessness
As we remove the pieces that no longer fit.
Hopeless sacrifices leading to a stalemate.
You inch closer to your final attack.

But worry not for me,
For I have an ace up my sleeve,
Upon which the heart that bleeds for you rests.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Review - 'Edge of Darkness'

While Mel Gibson may have many personal issues, along with run-ins with the law, and questionable behavior in recent years, I have found him to be a great actor with a lot of range. He has also delved into directing and producing. With movies like the Mad Max series, Gallipoli, the Lethal Weapon series, Braveheart (directed and produced by Gibson), Ransom, The Patriot, What Women Want, We Were Soldiers, and Signs, to name a few, I think that Gibson has proven that he is quite versatile on screen. It is no wonder he became a cross-over sensation from Australia in the late 1980s.

One of Gibson's latest roles is that of Thomas Craven in Edge of Darkness. I truly enjoyed this movie. Craven is a homicide detective whose daughter, Emma, comes home to visit and soon starts demonstrating signs of illness. Before Emma can reveal to her father the source behind her sickness and disclose what she has learned about the company she works for, she is viciously murdered on the front porch of their home. Craven's hunt leads him into a world of political cover ups and illegal nuclear weapon production at Northmoor, the company his daughter worked for. Craven takes on his daughter's murderers all the way up to the top of the Northmoor corporate ladder.

I appreciate that this movie focuses on the love of a father for his daughter, and the lengths he will go to protect and bring her justice. When Emma first comes to visit, Craven refers to her as "my girl" and that sentiment is maintained throughout the film as he tracks down her murderers, and you see his memories of Emma as a little girl on the beach. Craven often talks to Emma, after her death, about his grief, love for her, and his determination to bring her justice. The emotional range is dynamic in this film, and there are many twists and turns as additional characters' motives are revealed. As a crime drama and thriller, the dark nature of the film, visually and within the plot line, pulls the viewer in and keeps them guessing what's going to happen next, and who is playing who. I have seen this movie several times and I'm sure that I will watch it many more in the future; I recommend this movie to those who appreciate a film that makes you think and empathize with the characters.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

'A Rose Is Still A Rose'

2010, for me, has been a year of discovery, change, great joy, sorrow, and growth. I've learned a lot, in general, and about myself; I have grown as a person in so many ways. As this year comes to an end, this is the knowledge that I have learned and that I come away with for the rest of my life:

"Sometimes, it is not until you fall, fast and hard, and almost hit rock bottom, that you realize that you could fly all along." ~Me

Sacred Emily (1913)  [Excerpt]

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose
Loveliness extreme.
Extra gaiters,
Loveliness extreme.
Sweetest ice-cream.
Pages ages page ages page ages.

~Gertrude Stein

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Terminator: Guide to the Future

It was a beautiful Spring day in March: the sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and there I was in my car eating a Moon Pie (yes, a Moon Pie) when, suddenly, for about 3 minutes, the complete Terminator chronology came to me with the speed of a Moto-Terminator. It was, in a word, magical. I like to think that the "Governator" (aka Schwarzenegger) and Michael Biehn would be so proud.

However, I then lost my knowledge cloud. If you know the 'Terminator' timeline like the back of your hand, I commend you. But seeing as I am a visual learner, I thought I'd make a little 'Terminator Timeline Guide' that will (hopefully) provide an accurate and succinct chronology of all four movies of the franchise. If you take into account the different "Terminator" editions throughout the series, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, you may already be confused. Thus, a breakdown:


Terminator: T-800 (Evil)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day: T-800 (Protector, reprogrammed, sent back by adult John Connor)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: T-850 (Protector, sent back by Katherine Connor)
Terminator Salvation: T-800 (Evil, original, in a very unnerving CGI form)

The Baddies: 

Terminator: T-800
Terminator 2: Judgment Day: T-1000 = The liquid metal assassin
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: T-X = Terminatrix
Terminator Salvation: Skynet and a "clustercuss" of machines and robots including the original T-800


1984 (May) - T-800 tries to kill Sarah Connor. Sarah and Kyle Reese make the baby. Kyle Reese dies.
1995 – John Connor is 10 (a very mature looking one at that. Hmmm). John and the reprogrammed T-800 (sent from the future by adult John to protect young John) break, a now buff and kick-butt, Sarah out of a psych ward and attempt to stop Skynet from being created.
1997 – Sarah Connor dies from Leukemia.
2003 – Pre-cyborg Marcus Wright signs body over for medical research to Skynet.
2004 (August) – John Connor is 19/20. John again meets his future wife and second in command, Katherine. Skynet is activated and initiates Judgment Day.
2018 – John Connor is 33/34. The war between Skynet & humanity ensues. Kyle Reese is primary Skynet target due to the knowledge that he will go back to 1984 and become John's father. John Connor fights along side, cyborg, Wright against the T-800 and they blow up Skynet station.
2021- 2027 – Kyle Reese serves in 132nd Infantry of Resistance.
2027 – 2029 - John Connor and Kyle Reese are BFF’s. ("Papa, can you hear me?") Reese works in Tech-Com under Connor.
2029 – Resistance takes down the last of Skynet’s defense, but Skynet’s secret masterplan sends evil T-800 back to 1984 to destroy Sarah Connor. Connor sends Reese back to 1984, too, but the time travel equipment gets destroyed leaving them in 1984.

Whew! I don't know about you, but there are now some beads of sweat upon my brow. Now, if more movies are made and let's say, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) or Michael Biehn return to the series, my head just may explode. Ha!

"Gonna Fly Now"

Some awesome highlights / accomplishments this year: 

  • Creating this very blog! :)
  • Falling in love (to love is a gift)
  • Joining a gym (because all the cool kids are doing it :)
  • Leading a section of a dance class at said gym
  • Voting (because all the cool kids should be doing it)
  • Being a writing tutor
  • Performing at the NC Museum of Art grand re-opening

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Original Poems (11/11)

The Lesson - K.G.

To grow is to stumble.
Warm hands that smell of love and hope
Pull you to your rise,
As hands of betrayal and unrequited love
Pull you to your fall.
Split, down the center;
Not symmetrically, but jaggedly.
Courage and time, the needle and thread of life,
Sew together the lessons learned,
Leaving behind patches of proof
That to live is to dream, struggle, and learn.

Lady Music - K.G.

She is sultry, warm, and enchanting. 
She rocks your soul 
And chronicles your life. 
Her melody and rhythm cast an entrancing spell.
Ivories tickled, chords strummed,
Big bands and big voices;
Smokey bars filled with jazz and magic.
You are caught in her rapture. 

Sixth Sense - K.G.

Memories of him dance behind my senses;
Fragments of a shattered and hazy dream.

Visions play like a feature film behind my eyes
Of limpid pools the color of envy
That used to look into me, and now look through me.

Salty, sweet kisses that shocked my taste buds to life
And ran slowly, like syrup, through my veins,
As I devoured the candy-coated undoing.

Whispered words of passion and awakening
Out of a mouth carved from perfection,
Withholding secrets of devastation.

Diving into the smell of comfort and the familiar.
Wrapped in a scent that lingers upon my skin
Like early morning dew.

To feel all at once; to feel nothing at all.
Caresses that produced electricity,
Leave only traces of the storm.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Vent Blog (11/9): Don't Touch My Snacks!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an avid snacker, I love food, and I am quite the foodie. I can eat my weight in bacon, and my addiction to chocolate could be considered dangerous. If you also throw in the fact that I currently have the metabolism of a Tasmanian Devil, coupled with numerous hours of Modern Dance, you have one hungry lady on your hands. Having said that, I like to eat and snack multiple times a day. However, I was recently reprimanded for eating in my cubicle.

*Mouth dropped, eyes widened*

I was seriously going to town on some pumpkin bread, but I became very moody after this. I had never heard of such a "rule", and not only do I see countless other co-workers eating in their cubes, but the cafeteria offers TO-GO boxes! Where are people eating if they're not taking these boxes back to their desks? The roof? I have started eating larger meals in the cafeteria, but as for the snacks, let's just say there's a reason 'snack' and 'attack' rhyme; don't touch my snacks! Besides, I've been known to beat the system before. *Insert mad scientist laugh here*

Monday, November 8, 2010

'Her' (Original Poem 11/8)

Her - K.G.

I see the way you look at her, 
Past, present, future her, 
In your memories, dreams, and thoughts. 
She drifts, like an eclipse, over our world. 
I no longer have your all because it's divided; 
Not like equations, but hemispheres. 

I see the way you look at her,
And the silence of your gaze is deafening. 
Eyes that glaze with abandon, 
Once colorblind, now filled with hues.
Windows to a soul that used to dance with mine.
Like a shooting star, I too wish to be seen. 

But now, I see the way you look at her, 
Past, present, future her, 
In my memories, dreams, and thoughts.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sexual Chocolate

No, I'm not referring to the band from "Coming to America" or wrestler Mark Henry's very uncomfortably chosen stage name.

I recently read a fact on Twitter posted by @OMGFactsSex stating that "The same chemical that produces the highs of love and sexual attraction is found also in chocolate." I have heard this before, but I decided to do a little research. Researcher Michael R. Liebowitz first documented, in 1983, that chocolate contains the amine, Phenethylamine, which creates an aphrodisiac-like feeling. According to this research, it's no wonder that chocolate is used as a prelude to many acts of intimacy. Or consider women and men who turn to various forms of chocolate treats (e.g. ice cream, fudge, candy bars, etc.) post break-up. Typically seen as a comforting treat during a nasty bout with sadness, perhaps the comfort also comes into play as an attempt to hold onto the of love that feels as if it has been lost at the end of a relationship. 

According to Lewis' Dictionary of Toxicology, Phenethylamine is also a toxic substance in mistletoe. I find this very interesting and ironic considering the fact that a widely popular Christmas custom is for two people to share a kiss when meeting beneath a hanging piece of mistletoe. Poison and love? Funny, I can't seem to get Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name" out of my head.

Friday, November 5, 2010

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta is an awe-inspiring, brilliant film. It is also one of my favorites. If you have not seen it, it is a must-see. I thought I'd post one of the most vivid and versatile monologues I've heard in a movie. It is also delivered flawlessly by the amazing Hugo Weaving:

"Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V." ~V


Monday, November 1, 2010

*Rabbit Rabbit*

*RABBIT RABBIT* Blogosphere!! Happy November! (Gobble, gobble ;)