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What to read next?

I never know what books to read. I usually stand around in bookstores (and airport stores) and read the back covers and first pages until I find something I like… It hasn’t really been an efficient system and friend recommendations have been hit or miss. This morning I heard about a site called “Your Next Read.” Supposedly, I can put in books I like and find a recommended best read based on those.

I have a few vacations coming up this summer where I’ll have time to read. I’ll let you guys know how it works out for me.

Check it out: Your Next Read

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SO glad fall TV is back.

I’m so happy that Fall TV is back. My tivo is packed full of awesomeness and now that I don’t have homework I get to actually watch the shows. Wonderful. Thanks Fall TV.

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Why isn’t Grey’s Anatomy amazing anymore?

What happened to the fun exciting Grey’s Anatomy of season 1? Relationships were forming, people were getting drunk and dancing on couches, there was no crazy massive disaster that required all hands…
Now I feel like every episode someone needs to die, someone has to argue with their best friend, and there must be crazy hospital failure drama.

Bring back season one style Grey’s Anatomy please.

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Optical Illusion – Albert Einstein or Marilyn Monroe

I promise this is not some ploy by me to get you to walk away from your PC and look like a fool.  I got this in an email and thought it must be one of those hoaxes, turns out its legit!

Below is an image that up close looks like Albert Einsein but when you walk away from your screen and look at it from a distance it looks like Marilyn Monroe!

Try it out.  I promise.

Albert Einstein up close and Marilyn Monroe from a distance

Albert Einstein up close and Marilyn Monroe from a distance

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Two things you need to check out

Both of these were pointed out to me by friends, and now I’m doing the friendly thing to do and sharing them with you.

You NEED to check out both of these websites:

  1. Fail Blog
  2. The 7 Commandments All Video Games Should Obey

If those weren’t enough to start off your morning (failblog has over 117 pages, how are you already done?) postsecret updates on Sundays so you can check that out as well.

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Help my friends win their dream wedding!!

For those of you in SoCal, I’m sure you have heard that KIIS FM is letting couple compete to win their dream wedding.  As soon as I heard about it, I wondered if any of the soon to be married couples I knew were going to make their couples page and compete to win.  Not long after the contest started accepting entries I heard that a good friend of mine from law school, Nick, and his fiance have entered! Take a few minutes and help win by just visiting their couple’s page:  Leaving comments (either on the page, pictures or blogs) also gives them extra points towards winning, so they are definitely welcome [but you must become a KIIS VIP member (see instructions at the bottom of this post for that)].

A quick background on Nick and his fiance Jess, how I know them, and why you should visit their page and help them win:

Nick is one of my friends from Law School, and aside from being Canadian, he’s a really great guy.  Easy going, always nice, not like the usual douche bags you come across in law school…Sincerely a great guy.

Last February, he proposed to his girlfriend of almost 2 years.  The way they met and their relationship developed is a great story.  Back in the ’70s, both Nick and Jessica’s parents — no, not the same “Nick and Jessica” from TV — worked at Xerox.  Their families became great friends, and kept in close contact throughout the ’80s and early ’90s.  In 1996, however, Nick’s family moved to California (if you ask me, it was a good move, but you know, put a small bump in the development of a great relationship).  Although, their dad’s remained in contact, 1996 was the last time either family had seen each other.  Nearly 10 years later, Nick was working full time in southern California, and Jessica was finishing up her last year of University in Hawaii.  While on her last Christmas break of undergrad, Jessica and her parents decided to take a two-week vacation in California (maybe we should call this “when the stars aligned”).  Jessica’s dad called up a long lost friend — Nick’s dad — and arranged for the two families to meet up for dinner.  Neither Jessica nor Nick knew that the other was going to be there, and both had only vague memories of each other. However, when Nick walked into the room to greet “the St. James family,” he saw Jess, and it was love at first sight.  They chatted all night long and arranged to meet up the next day, which was Jess’s last day in California.  The next night they had an amazing date but a very tearful goodbye when the night ended — Jess was going back to Hawaii … for good.  However, Nick and Jess remained in contact throughout the following months, and later that Summer, Jessica decided to attended Pepperdine University to get her Masters in Education (which happens to be where Nick and I go to law school, I know, you’re shocked).  Now, Nick is finishing up Law School and Jessica is starting her 2nd year of teaching High School Biology.  They are, of course, still madly in love, and still in shock that they managed to find each other after all those years.  I should probably add that they are absolutely adorable together…  Really.

Anyway, after Nick proposed, Jess accepted, and they started planning their wedding, they heard about the KIIS FM wedding contest.  They have an amazing back story and really deserve to have a beautiful wedding that they wouldn’t be able to give themselves on the budget of a law student and high school teacher.  The way it works is each couple creates a “couple’s page” and detail why THEY are the “perfect couple.”  Nick and Jess have made their page and would really appreciate your support.  They have until the 29th to get as much page activity as possible to wow the judges. So GO TO their couple’s page:  If you want to go the extra mile… LEAVE COMMENTS!!

After the 29th, the judges will announce between 10 and 20 finalists.  Then the voting period begins.  Lets hope they make it so I can let you guys know to vote daily!!

Thanks a lot everybody.  Your support is much appreciate by both myself and Nick and Jess.

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TV rocks my world, how to get it to rock yours too

Inbetween work, school, working out, and spending time with friends/family I use my TV to its fullest extent.  If you don’t think having a TV is all that great, it just means you aren’t doing things right… Here is what you should be doing.

  1.  Video Games – Thats right, use your TV for video games, even if you are an adult.  Games are a great way to unwind.  Personally I like the Wii for casual gaming, but the xbox 360 for more involved games and first person shooters.  If you get the Wii…. must get Mario Galaxy, and then the wii fit (see my post about it here).  This even doubles as your exercise, meaning less time at the gym, more time with your TV.
  2. Tivo! – You must get a Tivo!  Tivo means you go to work and school and your shows effortlessly are recorded so when you DO have freetime you can watch exactly what you want, instead of that awful rerun of Mama’s Family.  [Obviously you need cable or satellite to take full advantage of this] [Also, here is a link where you can save up $350 on your Tivo purchase]
  3. NetFlix – Tivo is great, and you get to watch a lot of what you want, but seasons 1-6 of Alias won’t be on, in order.  Get Netflix, setup your queue, watch the dvd’s as they come and enjoy life.  It is cheap and totally worth it.  Worth all $5 a month.

Then again, if you don’t have a TV, just go to and watch some free tv!

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I Beat Mario Galaxy!

This was a total team effort between my sister and I.  I played mario, she collected the star bits, made me jump higher, and froe the bad guys…  We beat a few stars per sitting and without even realizing it was over.  The game was AMAZING, and if you can’t beat one level (I couldn’t beat one honeycomb level) don’t worry, you don’t need ot beat each an every one.  Consider Mario Galaxy this months timewaster.  🙂

Get a Wii, play Mario Galaxy.  It really is amazing.

…and if you get stuck, follow a walkthrough guide.

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4969 – not a great score, but I FINALLY BEAT IT.  I have been playing this game since I wrote about it over a month ago in a time waster tuesday post… and finally a win.

 Check out the scoreboard

Feel free to add your scores to MofomonGroup as well!

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Writing, Reading, Amusing Ourselves

I spend a great deal of time reading blogs, forums, and news articles.  Sure, I only read the “offbeat” news and the tech news, but thats not the point.  The point is, I like to read things on the internet.  A little postsecret on mondays; gizmodo, lifehacker, and Yahoo News on and off all week; and now I’m taking a look at forums.  I admit, I used to read and troll the World of Warcraft Forums, but since I stopped playing over a year ago I haven’t really found a replacement.  Today I came across the Forums.

I can’t say if this will fill the void that losing the World of Warcraft forums has created, but I have to say, pretty good.  Tons of threads to read, pretty active.  All types of topics from TV shows to Religion to Humor.  Gives me plenty to browse and comment on while I’m waiting for a classmate to finish talking about their attenuated “what if” scenario.   Check it out, start contributing so I have more to read ;-).  Like I said earlier, there is a large variety of topics so it keeps all of us busy.  Not to mention you can flame all the posts you don’t like… Happy Trolling!
Oh, if you like postsecret, you should also take a look at The Experience Project (take a look at their confessions section).

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