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About me: I am a 27 year old girl living in the giant playground that is New York City. I'm a newbie at this BLOG stuff, which sort of makes me a BABY (get it?) hence the name of this site. Forgive me.
Thu Mar 25

TV Brings Me Back

Long time, no post.  But when I stumble across 3 TV clips this good - I feel it’s my civic duty to get them out there in whatever way possible.

1) This is to remind us all that Tina Fey and any of her kin are just way funnier than we are or can ever hope to be.

2) Being a promos girl, I can’t help but appreciate true creative and interesting ways of getting it done.  My hat is off to you, HBO & True Blood.  (PS Love you Eric!)

3) Glee is good.  Please don’t judge it because it seems too sing-y.  I’m telling you, it’s good!

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Wed Dec 30
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New Year’s Trivia!

Happy almost New Year friends!!  With the ’00s coming to a close, and the teens chomping at the bit, it’s time to strap on a stupid hat, throw some confetti, and watch that famous ball drop! 

But wait, you say…why does the ball drop?  And “Auld Lang Syne”…what does that even mean?  Well look no further, for here are your answers!  Behold -some random trivia on New Year’s Eve…probably more than you ever wanted to know.  Now go forth and prosper in 2010 - I wish you all a very Happy and healthy New Year!

-New Year’s Origin:  The celebration of New Year was first observed in ancient Babylon around 2000 BC.  They celebrated on March 23 because it was when spring began and new crops were planted.  Their celebration lasted for 11 days.  The date which signified the New Year was tampered with by various emperors for many years to come - notably, Julius Caesar, who in 46 BC established the Julian Calendar and set January 1 as New Year’s Day. 

- "Auld Lang Syne":  This is a phrase from a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns, and it means "Old Long Ago," or translated idiomatically, “Long Long Ago.”  Even though sounds like it’s talking about forgotten acquaintances, it is generally regarded as a call to remember long standing friendships.  Although this song is traditionally sung on New Year’s Eve around the world - especially in English speaking countries - it is also used in many ceremonies that signify endings and/or new beginnings.  For example, funerals, graduations, and farewells.  In one notable instance, a Japanese WWII ship sank with more than 1,000 Australian men trapped aboard (mostly POWs).  The Australian men able to escape the sinking ship sang Auld Lang Synefrom the water to honor their doomed mates still aboard.  Yeesh.  I’ll take the Times Square version.  Speaking of Times Square…

- The Times Square Ball Drop:  The Times Square ball has been dropping at midnight on New Year’s Eve every year since 1907, with the exception of 1942 & 1943 because of a wartime “dimout” of lights in New York City.  Even though this is arguably one of the most well known ball drops, it is not the first by any means.  The first ball drop was at England’s Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1833.  The ball would drop every afternoon at 1pm to allow captains of nearby ships to set their navigation instruments to an exact time.  This was a successful practice, so over 150 ball drops were placed around the world for that same purpose, although very few of them still function.  The US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC still honors this tradition every day at noon so their ship captains can keep time, and ships off the coast of New York City still mark time to the Times Square ball drop every year on New Year’s Eve.

-New Year’s Resolutions:  It’s a new year, a new you…all that optimistic hopeful stuff.  The Babylonians are believed to have started this tradition - with the most common resolution being “to return borrowed farm equipment.”  Fun times!  So what are the most common resolutions today?  Spend more time with family & friends, lose weight, quit smoking, exercise, quit drinking, get out of debt/spend money wisely, learn something new, volunteer, get organized and generally enjoy life more.  If your resolution wasn’t listed, congrats on being original! 

- Baby New Year:  This tradition is said to have started in Greece around 600 BC.  A baby in a basket represented the rebirth and celebration of the god of wine, Dionysus.  This annual rebirth celebrated the young new year and fertility.  However, the 14th century Germans are credited with having the first image of a baby on a New Year’s banner. 

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Wed Dec 16

In this weirdly fascinating video, an octopus is seen using a coconut shell as a tool - which is pretty clever for a faceless, creepy organism.  He/she/it drags around the shell at the bottom of the ocean so it can use it for cover.  At first I was like “amazing!” and “that’s kinda cute!” and “they’re not such creepy creatures after all!” - and then, during the last few seconds of the video, it crawls all over the camera and I promptly felt pukey.  I don’t care if it CAN use tools.  Still gross. 

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Thu Nov 19

Men* Like “New Moon” Too!

*Well, at least one does.

A friend sent me this article, and I found it comforting to know that at least one dude out there isn’t pukey over the Twilight mania and the upcoming New Moon release.  When I first heard of these books (and subsequent movies), I too dismissed them.  I fancied myself too educated, too well-read, and too above these books to enjoy them.  Then a friend forced the first chapter on me and it was over.  I grudgingly joined the Twi-hards and became one of the annoying, screaming throng that will overwhelm movie theaters this weekend.   And I’ve gotta admit, it’s pretty damn enjoyable.

The male perspective on the phenomenon (and some intersting soccer insight as well) here.

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The red is like blood because they’re vampires.  GET IT??!

The red is like blood because they’re vampires.  GET IT??!

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Fri Nov 13

I am jealous of whoever put this together.  SO FUNNY - watch.

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Sports Videos, News, Blogs

I haven’t posted in awhile…so this video is a nice way to come back.   A dog greeting his owner back from Afghanistan…very sweet and touching.  I usually say I like cats equally, but I just don’t see a cat giving anyone this kind of greeting.

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Mon Oct 19
This is what happens to little boys when they lie.

This is what happens to little boys when they lie.

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Falcon Sucks and Other News

I didn’t post much last week…and I’m going to go ahead and blame it on the Heene family.  If for no other reason than they’re big fat liars who wasted my entire day on Thursday.  Here’s an update on them and other random news:

- Falcon Heene really messed up when he answered the question “Why didn’t you come out when people were calling your name?” by turning to his dad and saying “We did this for a show.”  (41sec in) Realizing his blunder, he projectile vomited on both Today show and Good Morning America interviews on Friday.  And if that weren’t fun enough, his parents are now looking at felony charges, jail time, whopping fines, and getting their house egged from now until the end of time.  And they all lived happily ever after.

-European astronomers announced they have found at least 32 new planets right outside our solar system.  Pluto weeps

-If you didn’t see this video of a baby in a stroller falling on to subway tracks, getting run over, and surviving with barely a scratch…you probably didn’t turn on the TV once last week.

-Meghan McCain gets into trouble for posting her boobs a candid pic on twitter.  I feel her pain as that’s totally what I look like when I bum around the apartment in a tank top and sweatpants too.  Haters.

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