Thursday, September 6, 2007

Wikipedia - My New Best Friend

It's been one week since I was sent home from school with the pox, and I have watched plenty of movies and television since then. I watched the entire first season of Ugly Betty, and now I'm hooked. The Office (season 3) is now on DVD, so Kristin picked that up for me. If there ever was a great week to get the chicken pox, this is it. That said, I don't actually think there's ever a good time to get them after you are 12. I'm supposed to be going back to school next Monday. The doctor will tell me on Sunday if I'm still contagious, or if I have to wait longer to go back. For my students' sake (and my own boredom), I hope I'm ready to go back to teach on Monday. From everything I've heard, my class is doing really well for having had a different substitute almost every day since the third day of school. I'm very thankful for that. I'm feeling so much better now. The only problem is the scabs. I just want to pick them off, and I have done that a few times. As soon as I do it, I'm like, "NO! Don't do that ever again Alicia!" I hear that the more you pick, the more you scab. And still, it's like that idea doesn't enter my mind until right after I pick it all the way off. Gross. This topic is less than desirable. On to something else.

There is a tv show on right now that is ridiculous. It's called The Pick Up Artist. It's a bunch of guys who don't do so well with "the ladies." They are videotaped talking to all these girls to see if they can get their numbers, and these three guys watch them in some secret van somewhere (creepy), and they critique their "lady getting abilities." In my not-so-important opinion, the guys who run the show have no room for judging the other guys' ability to be cool and have "game." There are more reasons I do not like this show. The guys cry. And I don't mean they "get misty-eyed." I mean they sit there and cry like little girls when they are told that they are safe from elimination, or when they are told what they are doing wrong. If these guys want to get more dates, maybe they should start with not sitting around and crying like the women that they want to get. Clarification: there is nothing wrong with men crying. It can be endearing, and possibly a sign of true humility. But when you are on a reality show where the sole purpose is to learn how to get "the ladies," and you're afraid you will be sent home next, maybe that's not the time. Pick your battles, guys. Is it really worth a cry?

I've also been researching a lot of things on Wikipedia. That's the new IMDB for me. Anytime I watch a new show or movie (which has been often this past week), I love finding out more about the actors and actresses, like what else they've played in, or where they were born. Thanks to these internet sites, you never again have to play that awful mind game where you ask yourself for days on end, "Where have I seen that guy before??" Now with just a few clicks and some typing, you can know almost instantly. Now that I am done with promoting these great sites, onto the topics I have researched. I am a semi-expert on some of these topics now.

1 - Leona Helmsley's Dog, Trouble
2 - Princess Diana and her troubled marriage to Prince Charles
3 - Kenneth Ellen Parcell from 30 Rock
4 - All things related to chicken pox and shingles
5 - Idina Menzel (Elphaba in Wicked/Maureen in Rent) and other Broadway stars
6 - Jenna Fischer's (Pam from the Office) separation from her husband
7 - Where my kidney and liver are (I probably should have already known that)
8 - The Flight of the Conchords. Here are two of their youtube videos.
Albi the Racist Dragon
Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros

With 3 more long days ahead of me, I'm sure there will be more interesting things to blog about. Please let me know if there is anything interesting that I should research. For today, I'm done.


Ben said...

are you better yet?

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