Nov 6, 2014  •  In Entertainment, Funny, Motherhood, Personal, Scary

Sharing is Caring [Sick Edition]

First cold of the season. Claire to Aerin, and Aerin to me. Fun stuff.

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While my family continues to recover, here’s some more fluff to fill my poor, neglected blog…

First and foremost, DID YA HEAR? DID YA HEAR?!??? Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement to director-actress-singer Sophie Hunter via a traditional newspaper ad yesterday.

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I’ve made it no secret that I have a major crush on Mr. Cumberbatch (J even calls him my boyfriend. As in, “Did you hear that your boyfriend is going to be the new Doctor Strange?”), so I was naturally devastated by the news. :cry: 

We’ll always have this moment, Ben…

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Possibly the sexiest GIF ever created.

Did you like my Oprah-themed meme at the beginning of this post? Here’s another humorous graphic featuring Oprah, courtesy of NickMom:

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Last, but not least (at least not size-wise), the Discover Channel announced that it will air a special called Eaten Alive, wherein “Naturalist and wildlife filmmaker Paul Rosolie [will enter] the belly of an anaconda in a custom-built snake-proof suit.”

8-O  Seriously???

Here’s the trailer, in case you’re interested:

Eaten Alive will debut this Sunday at 8/7c.

Nov 1, 2014  •  In Aerin, Personal

Happy Birthday, Aerin!

Dearest Aerin,

Three years ago today, a nice lady placed a red-faced, screaming baby in my arms for the very first time. I looked down to see your face and whispered, “Hi baby, I’m your mommy. You were in my belly for almost ten months. I’m so happy to meet you…”

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Even at such a young age, you’re already a charmer and have the rare ability to cheer up those around you without even trying.

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I love you for your exuberance and spirit. Your frilliness and silliness.

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I love you for your courage and determination.

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And most of all, I love you for being you. Because there is no other just like you, and you’re the perfect version of my youngest daughter.

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Happy birthday, my love. I wish you love, health, and happiness. I wish you faith, hope, and a desire for God. I wish you all the things that only a mother can foresee and fancy. Thank you for coming into my life.

Oct 31, 2014  •  In Entertainment, Funny, Geek, Korean, Web

3 Things I Found on the Internet Today

Happy Halloween! My last two posts have been Halloween-related, but I unfortunately have nothing to add to the holiday today. Instead, I wanted to share with you…wait for it…3 things I found on the internet today! (As if you couldn’t tell from the title! :-P )

1.  Left or right? Making choices in Snowpiercer

I have talked about Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer before, and I still maintain that it’s the best movie I’ve watched this year. So imagine my delight when Every Frame a Painting (previously mentioned here and here) featured the movie in its latest analytic video!

 2.  K-Dramas with clickbait titles

What would your favorite Korean drama be called if it used clickbait titles (à la Buzzfeed and Upworthy)? KDrama Fighting! has done the job for some classics, and my favorites are below.

Boys Over Flowers:
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Autumn in My Heart:
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Stairway to Heaven:
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Coffee Prince:
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Full House:
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Head on over to DramaFever for more!

3.  En Pointe

I have never taken ballet, but I’ve always been fascinated with the peculiarities involving the craft — especially those involving the pointe technique and pointe shoes. (Yes, I was completely enthralled by the documentary on pointe shoes that went viral last month, and I even watched Breaking Pointe when it was on Hulu.)

So it goes without saying that En Pointe! — a 5-minute video that features 3 dancers from The Australian Ballet and their prep routines for their pointe shoes — is right up my alley. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

(Sorry for the profusion of fluff posts lately. But stay tuned, because I’m currently working on an exciting collaboration!)

Oct 30, 2014  •  In Art/Design, Cute, Geek, Personal, Scary, Web

Boo!

Look at me!

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Did that scare you? ;-)  Because it’s pretty freaky, if I may say so myself.

As much as I would like to take credit for this zombie effect, I didn’t have to do any work to achieve the ghoulish look (unless you call clicking on some buttons “work”). So no, there will be no makeup tutorial. :-P

What I can tell you is that you can easily do the same for yourself, or any other person’s portrait. All you need is a Google+ account…

  1. Go to your Photos page (located at https://plus.google.com/photos)
  2. Look for the following section at the top of the page:
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  3. Follow the instructions, and voilà!

The zombified image of myself above isn’t the actual result — instead, you will receive a scarier animated GIF:

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But because the full animation is pretty long and the file size is a staggering 9.7mb (!), I have isolated just one frame for you. :-)

Think the zombie effect is too scary? Prefer something prettier/cuter? They’ve got you covered too!

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I don’t know how long this functionality will stay up — probably just until Halloween — so head on over to Google+ and give it a try!