The American Film Institute – Top Ten Films in 10 Classic Genres

I love lists. Here is a list from The American Film Institutetop ten films in 10 classic genres.

The American Film Institute has selected the top ten films in 10 classic genres, featuring them Tuesday night in a three-hour special that aired on CBS. (AFI launched a website today at www.afi.com that features over 400 video clips from all of the 100 movies.)

The top two in each category:

Animation: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio

Fantasy: The Wizard of Oz, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Gangster: The Godfather, Goodfellas

Science Fiction: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars: Episode IV (the original)

Western: The Searchers, High Noon

Sports: Raging Bull, Rocky

Mystery: Vertigo, Chinatown

Romantic Comedy: City Lights, Annie Hall

Courtroom Drama: To Kill a Mockingbird, 12 Angry Men

Epic: Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur

In this partial list of movies, I would have to say my favorites are. What are your favorites?

The Wizard of Oz and Ben-Hur

Check this Site Out: Sporcle.com

My brother, Joe, sent me this link to this site called Sporcle. It’s a pretty cool site.

About Sporcle

Originally begun as a sports pick’em site, Sporcle changed directions with the response to the first quiz, U.S. Presidents. As avid crossword, Jeopardy! and trivia fans, we created that original quiz not only to test knowledge, but also as a way to learn a piece of information that seemed to come up again and again.

Since then, Sporcle has continued to create quizzes for entertainment, memory and diversion (don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss).

Sporcle is still evolving and has lots more to come.

I have already played a couple of the games. The only one that I did good at was the Pixar Movies. All I had to do was: Can you the all the Pixar Movies? I got 8 out of 8!! But there were some that I didn’t do too well at.

Here are the one’s that I have done so far:

If you have some time on your hands and you should visit this site and challenge yourself.

I throw out a challenge to my niece, Pam — see how many you get right on this one: Can you name these Common Chat Acronyms?

And thanks Joe for sending me this link, I have already spent an hour on the site!

Something Cool to Drink: Berry Watermelon Slushies

Got this recipe in an e-mail and thought it sounded pretty good. Now if I only had the ingredients to make them. Let me know how they taste if you make them.

BERRY WATERMELON SLUSHIES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1 cup ginger ale or lemon-lime carbonated beverage
  • 2 Tbsp frozen (thawed) limeade concentrate
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries

DIRECTIONS:

In blender or food processor, process watermelon, carbonated beverage and limeade concentrate until liquefied. Gradually add frozen strawberries blending just until slushy. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings

Enjoy and keep cool in the summer heat.

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out into the Real World

I Googled Maria Shriver and I found this from the book she wrote in 2000. As I was reading it, I thought this are some of the things that I should live by. So I thought I would share it.

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out into the Real World is a book by Maria Shriver, published in 2000. It evolved from her initially reluctant commencement address at College of the Holy Cross, during which she said “Ten Things I Wish Someone had told me at Graduation Before I Went Out in the World”. They are, elaborated in her book (listed as the titles of its chapters):

  1. First and Foremost: Pinpoint Your Passion
  2. No Job Is Beneath You
  3. Who You Work for and with Is as Important as What You Do
  4. Your Behavior Has Consequences
  5. Be Willing to Fail
  6. Superwoman is Dead (and Superman may be taking Viagra)
  7. Children Do Change Your Career (Not to Mention Your Entire Life)
  8. Marriage is a Hell of a Lot of Hard Work
  9. Don’t Expect Anyone Else to Support You Financially
  10. Laughter

Now it’s been a several years since I graduated from high school and college, but I think I can use them in my life today. It’s funny how your life doesn’t go as you planned or dreamed sometimes. But it is during those time you find out what type of person you are and want to be and what path you are going to take next.

Cover Song – Viva Las Vegas

I love a good cover song. I have a Smart Playlist in my iTunes library just for cover songs.

While I was searching for Bruce Springsteen videos on YouTube.com, I found his version of Viva Las Vegas.

Not only is this one of my favorite Elvis Presley‘s songs, but Viva Las Vegas is one of my favorite movie of his.

Here are other artists who have covered Viva Las Vegas:

I only have three versions (Elvis, Bruce and The Royal Crown Revue). I guess I know what song I will be looking for this weekend.

Digital Pack Rat

Since I have some time on my hands now a days, I have been going through my files on my laptop. And I have come to the conclusion that I have a lot of stuff saved on my laptop. I am a Digital Pack Rat!

I think I have done a pretty good job organizing my folders and files, it’s just that I have too much stuff. Like why do I need 1.62 GB of Clip Art? I think it goes to my childhood and watching Let’s Make A Deal. It’s like Monty Hall will come to me a ask if I have a clip art of a Christmas Palm Tree? You never know when you are going to need a certain clip art and I just want to be prepared.

And when do you remove folders of pictures you took? Is there a time limit? Two years? Five Year? And what about those pictures you take, but don’t really plan to print? What do you do with them? Do you delete them? Burn them to a disc?

One of the folders that I have is: Jokes, Games and Sayings. Here is one on my favorites that I found (I have had this file for over five years).

AN EVERYDAY SURVIVAL KIT
author unknown

  • Toothpick
  • Rubber band
  • Band aid
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Chewing gum
  • Mint
  • Candy kiss
  • Tea bag

HERE’S WHY:

TOOTHPICK
To remind you to pick out the good qualities in others
RUBBER BAND
To remind you to be flexible, things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out
BAND AID
To remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s
PENCIL
To remind you to list your blessings everyday
ERASER
To remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it’s okay
CHEWING GUM
To remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything
MINT
To remind you that you are worth a mint to your family and friends
CANDY KISS
To remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday
TEA BAG
To remind you to relax daily and go over that list of your blessings

This is a gift to you.
May you be richly blessed.
To the world, you may just be somebody…but to somebody, you maybe the world.

That is just one file of the many files that I have in my Jokes, Games and Sayings folder. And if you need a recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad it in my folder with over 200 recipes, let me know.

By the way, in case you need a clip art of Christmas Palm Tree. 8)

Christmas Palm Tree

Mystery Spot in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

For the Michigan people… Have any of you stop at the Mystery Spot when traveling to the Upper Peninsula?

I remember going there as a kid and being totally amazed by it. I wonder how many people have stopped there over the years. I’m sure younger kids enjoy it more than the parents who have to pay to get in. But I remember talking about it for weeks after we went there.

//www.capnwacky.com/reviews/images/mystery2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.There are Mystery Spots all over the country, but they all have the same idea: things seem to defy gravity. People stand at weird angles, and water flows uphill.

The underlying cause of the illusion is also the same in all cases: the slope is actually downhill, but other visual clues (like trees and buildings) are angled so that they seem to be uphill. Your brain sees things that it expects to be up-and-down and assumes that that’s the way gravity points, and so things actually following gravity appear to be going uphill.

They can be formed naturally by the trees growing at an angle, but the roadside attractions are usually built up with deliberately skewed buildings that accentuate and demonstrate the illusion.

The one in Michigan is just like the others, but here’s an amusing description of it. The Wiki has a list of lots and lots of them, including three others in Michigan.

They’re overpriced, of course, but they’re worth going to once just so you can reel at how incredibly compelling the illusion is, even when you know precisely how it works.

R.I.P. Geroge Carlin

George Carlin

Last month I posted something I got from a friend about George Carlin. I checked my e-mail and found out the he died Sunday, June 21, 2008. I remeber watching his HBO specials and laughing. One of my favorite was A Place for My Stuff.

So weather you remember him from his comedy routines (“Seven Dirty Words“) or from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure or Mr. Conductor on PBS’ Shining Time Station, he was one of the greats. Thanks for the laughs!

Thoughts for the Day

I got this e-mail from my brother, Joe, the other day. It kind of scares me that he sends me e-mails like this one. He liked the second to the last one… (of course).

When I die, I want to die like my grandfather–who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.’ –Author Unknown

Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle: ‘Take two aspirin’ and ‘Keep away from children.’ –Author Unknown

‘Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.’ –Drew Carey

‘The problem with the designated driver program, it’s not a desirable job, but if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At the end of the night, drop them off at the wrong house.’ –Jeff Foxworthy

‘If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there is a man on base.’ –Dave Barry

‘Relationships are hard. It’s like a full time job, and we should treat it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two weeks’ notice. There should be severance pay, the day before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp.’ –Bob Ettinger

‘My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, ‘Mom, they weren’t trying to teach you how to swim.” –Paula Poundstone

‘A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills than men. I just want to say to the authors of that study: ‘Duh.’ –Conan O’Brien

‘Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I’m halfway through my fish burger and I realize, OH NO…. I could be eating a slow learner.’ –Lynda Montgomery

‘I think that’s how Chicago got started. Bunch of people in New York said, ‘Gee, I’m enjoying the crime
and the poverty, but it just isn’t cold enough. Let’s go west.” –Richard Jeni

‘If life were fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.’ –Johnny Carson

‘Sometimes I think war is God’s way of teaching us geography.’ –Paul Rodriguez

‘My parents didn’t want to move to Florida , but they turned sixty and that’s the law.’ –Jerry Seinfeld

‘Remember in elementary school, you were told that in case of fire you have to line up quietly in a single file line from smallest to tallest. What is the logic in that? What, do tall people burn slower?’ –Warren Hutcherson

‘Bigamy is having one wife/husband too many. Monogamy is the same.’ –Oscar Wilde

‘Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But I repeat myself.’ –Mark Twain

‘Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Afghanistan ‘ –A. Whitney Brown

‘You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!” –Dave Barry

Do you know why they call it ‘PMS’? Because ‘Mad Cow Disease’ was taken. — Unknown, presumed deceased

And lastly: Why in the hell should I have to ‘Press 1 for English?’ –Every American

Broccoli Raisin Salad

A couple of years ago at a Derby party in Louisville, I had this strange salad thing and I was surprised that I liked it. Usually I don’t care to mix vegetable and fruits together in a salad. But for some reason I liked the Broccoli Raisin Salad that was there at the party.

When I Googled for the recipe, there was over 54,800 results. Here is just one of the one’s that I found.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 bunches fresh broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1/2 sm. onion, diced
  • 7 oz. raisins

Directions:

Blend mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Mix together broccoli, bacon pieces, onion and raisins. Fold in mayonnaise mixture. Chill for a couple of hours. This is best eaten the same day.

Is there some recipe of a dish out there that sounds or looks strange, that you like?

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