Watch: Guns, Germs and Steel

Posted in Current Events, Entertainment by mcarmen5 on 12/20/2010

My friend and I were lazily flipping through her Netflix “watch-instant” selection when I caught sight of something familiar: the cover image of my one of my favorite books!  I was so excited that it was the first thing I watched when I got home (my friend was not in the mood for “anything serious” at the moment).  The documentary is an adaptation from Jared Diamond‘s phenomenal book, Guns, Germs and Steel.  It has been one of my absolute favorites and most recommended books since I first read it at 17.   This was often the book I’d (very) enthusiastically gush about whenever patrons at the local bookstore I used to work for asked, “What do you recommend?”  I must have sold dozens!

If you’ve ever wondered, like me, why certain civilizations managed to conquer so much of the globe and how the society we know today was shaped, this is a great launch-pad.  I’d highly recommend this for your personal edification or perhaps as a gift for that history buff on your list!

You can watch this even if you don’t have Netflix or can’t wait to see when it’ll air on PBS.  Catch it on Google-Vid here.


Sex and the City 2: The Best Trailer Yet

Posted in Entertainment by mcarmen5 on 05/18/2010

Like any SATC groupie, I’m excited for Sex and the City 2.  I loved the show and enjoyed the first movie despite some of its flaws.   While my girlfriends and I tried our best to restrain ourselves and behave for the first movie (Okay, we were a teensy-bit squeal-y and plenty tipsy), we’re planning to make an event of it this time around — because, why not?

While I can sense the eyes of millions of American men rolling themselves dry during the first preview, no one quite captures the exasperated sentiment as perfectly as Brian Donovan of True/Slant.com.  You can see for yourself here.  I laughed so hard I nearly fell off my chair!  In fact, I’m still giggling a little at the thought of it.  I’m sure boyfriends/husbands all over would prefer to watch the Brian Donovan version any day.

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‘Tis the Season!

Posted in Entertainment, Living, Musings by mcarmen5 on 12/19/2009

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Let’s keep the weekend light.  I’ve been spending some of my spare time making those holiday cards, finishing up decorations on the tree and basically decorating super last minute….so much that I had a nightmare about it this morning!

In keeping things light, here’s some holiday humor.  Hope you have as good a laugh as I did! :)

SO clever and so hilarious!  I totally wish I had the kind of easy sense of humor that would think up something like this.  Of course, this was a shared prank, and no one was the Grinch.  The neighbor on the left came up the idea and schemed with his neighbor to the right.  The guys say the idea was in keeping with the economic times we now live in.  This would definitely make me laugh a little or smile every time I see it :)

This is another one that really cracks me up (in a good way, of course!)  I’m not sure if that was the intention of the decorators, but it’s so over the top and kick-ass that I find humor in it.  Maybe it’s humor in the absurd?  Who knows, but you gotta give this couple props!  They even timed it to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Wizards in Winter.”

And this is hilarious, but mostly just sad (linked video):

4-Year Old Drinks and Steals Xmas Presents

I was convinced (more like dragged against my will) to go see ‘that movie with the blue people,’ Avatar, last night, but it turned out to be an unexpected ride for me.  I’ll hopefully have the review up tomorrow.  And, oh, are you wondering how they managed a 3:31 m. trailer without giving away most of the movie?  Because the movie’s only 2.5 hours long!

Enjoy the weekend!

Watch: How the Earth Was Made

Posted in Entertainment, Musings by mcarmen5 on 12/06/2009

Anak Krakatau erupts from Rakata, July 2008 (history.com)

I’m kind of a science/history nerd and a huge Planet Earth/Discovery Channel/PBS fan, so imagine my giddy excitement when I learned that the History Channel’s HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE will be airing a new episode on the birth of planet Earth and the origins of life’s most essential compound, water.

The new episode will premiere this Tuesday, 12/8, 9pm (PST) on the History Channel. Here’s a cool preview clip from the new episode:

They’re suggesting these organic materials may have arrived on Earth from other planets or solar systems via asteroids.  With accessible explanations and compelling theories, this is the perfect show for any and all who are curious-minded.  Enjoy!

About the Show:
The new series HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE travels the globe to reveal the geological processes that have shaped our planet. Each episode will look at a single location and examine how the features that we see today have formed over millions of years—whether by colliding continents, volcanic eruption or the abrasive power of vast ice sheets. These processes, which intimately affect the way we live today, have been lost in the mists of time. Using the clues that were left behind, combined with expert evidence from geologists in the field, this series rolls back the millennia to see how the slow but immensely powerful forces of geology have shaped our world.