Great White Snark: June 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sooo, in my internet exploration yesterday, I discovered that you can buy (cheap!) yoga mats from CafePress. And I wanted to share my favorites, because sharing is caring. 

Sassypants Betsey Johnson-esque leopard:

 Two koi (which I liked since I'm a Pisces):

 Classical nature print:

 Edgar Allan Poe Yoga!!!

 Some pretty scroll-looking design:

Shakespearean insults:  

 Pink Trekkie:


And this one, which I made and ordered ($16 is SOOO worth a Jedi yoga mat), because yoga is basically Jedi-training without lightsabers:

This one was my favorite, but a) it was $55 on Etsy, and b) it's sold out! =(

I think my Force mat is a good substitute. :) 

(Oh my god, I think my nerdiness just reached a whole new level.)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Thank goodness someone invented Abraham Lincoln.

(At a lecture about Henry Flagler and all the hotels and railroads he built)
Woman (asking the lecturer a question): Who provided the labor for the railroads? Was it Indians or slaves or--
Little boy: *hand raised, talks without being called on* Umm, I don't think it was slaves, because when Abraham Lincoln was invented, they stopped all that. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

I was thinking about the opening credits of movies, and how that's not really a "thing" anymore. They used to run all the credits at the beginning of a movie in the "olden days," but now, not so much. Then this led me to think about my favorite opening credit sequences. So here, I'm sharing (because sharing is caring). 

1. Napoleon Dynamite

I love this sequence. I love all the food and textures and colors. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite opening credits. 

2. Phantom of the Opera
Even though there are no actual credits, this opening scene is mind-blowing. I got chills when I saw it in theaters and still get shivers watching it now. 

3. Edward Scissorhands

All of the Elfman/Burton credit sequences are pretty amazing, but I think this one is my favorite (possible other contender is Corpse Bride. "This is Halloween" would win hands-down, except there's no actual credits). I love how very Burton it is. And the music, of course, is stellar. It's just very indicative of their styles, and the movie is brilliant, too.

4. Mary Poppins
First of all, this is just a very musically sound overture. Musically, I like it a lot. But what I really love is the aerial view of Edwardian England. Plus, there's that sassy break in the middle where Mary Poppins is like, "Bitch, I might powder my nose on a cloud if I feel like it, YOU JUST TRY AND STOP ME." 

5. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Again, this is a musically awesome opening sequence. But I also love how they went with the Medieval tapestry theme. Also, this movie is just great. 

6. Naked Gun
It makes no sense, but then, neither does the movie. It is funny though.

7. A Hard Day's Night
John, Paul, George, and Ringo star in what is, essentially, the first music video. Need I say more?

8. Babe

I couldn't find an embed-able version, so you'll have to follow the link: Babe Opening Credits
But it's cute because the artwork moves, and it's a cute little rendition of Saint-SaĆ«ns' Organ Symphony No. 3, Maestoso Allegro, which is a freaking outstanding piece of classical music. 

9. Star Wars
COME ON, if I didn't put this in you'd be like, "Who killed Mary and hacked her blog?" It's a classic, and it's still timelessly awesome, don't even play.

I realize my list is probably very amateur, but I chose only movies I've actually seen. What would be your favorite opening credit sequence?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Remember the scene in Master and Commander when Russell Crowe takes Paul Bettany to the Galapagos Islands after he gets shot? Because he denied him before and then Bettany gets shot and Russell Crowe feels bad, so he goes there even though it means losing the ship he's been chasing?

One day, I hope someone loves me enough to do that for me. Only I'd prefer not to have to operate on myself using a needle and a hand mirror in order to reach that point.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Child: Look Mom! It's Curious George!
Mom 1: It is Curious George! 
Mom 2: I hate Curious George. 
Mom 1: Why?
Mom 2:He makes me nervous! You know that guy in the yellow hat is going to look away and that monkey's going to get into something. He's not very good...that man in the yellow hat.
Mom 1: No...I guess he is a bit negligent...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Things I Am Really Effing Great At

I promised last time that I would do Part II of the "Things I Suck At" post, which is naturally entitled

Things I Am Pretty Spectacular At (or Things At Which I Am Pretty Spectacular)

  • Spelling and grammar. 

  • Handwriting.
    Okay, not THAT good, but still...

  • Picking out individual smells or notes in perfumes, foods, or jellybeans. 

  • Yoga. Or at least the easier poses in yoga.

  • Quoting Mary Poppins, The Princess Bride, Star Wars, and Mean Girls.

  • Shopping. And not only am I good at the act of shopping, but I'm great at finding something for the absolute cheapest price.

  • Finding things on the internet. I'm a Googlemaster. 

  • Understanding what dogs are saying.

  • Imagining things.

    Especially epic conversations that will either never happen or didn't happen the way I wish they had. 

  • Whistling. I'm a great whistler. 

See? I think acknowledging my strengths and weaknesses makes me a well-rounded and self-actualized individual.