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September 19, 2008

Milk Meets Coffee

Filed under: fun — Tags: , , — awstories @ 10:50 pm

For the coffee lovers out there. Here are more photos

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September 6, 2008

Physics Rap

Filed under: fun, science — Tags: , , , — newshugs @ 2:54 am

The story behind the rap.

August 9, 2008

Nature Break

Filed under: critters, fun — Tags: , — newshugs @ 2:18 am

July 14, 2008

Yaz is Back

Filed under: entertainment, fun, music — Tags: , , , , , , — awstories @ 10:38 pm

Or Yazoo if you live in Britian. Being a former, all-night dance queen, I adore this duo. 

Yaz always did leave fans wanting more.

During the course of their brief but auspicious career in the early 1980s, the onetime Basildon, England-based duo released just two albums and three singles. Songwriter Vince Clarke and singer Alison Moyet never toured the United States outside of New York, and one of their best-loved hits in England, where they are known as Yazoo, “Don’t Go,” fades out around the 2 1/2 -minute mark.

Now, after a public split just as their record “You and Me Both” was released in 1983, the group is back to settle some unfinished business.

“Alison has been interested in doing something with me for quite a while now,” Clarke, 47, said via telephone from London’s sprawling 3 Mills Studios in May, where he was rehearsing with Moyet for Yaz’s “Reconnected” world tour. The band stops at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles for shows tonight, Thursday and Friday and winds up its trek July 24 in Costa Mesa.

With Clarke on a break from touring with his band Erasure — and a four-disc Yaz boxed set, “In Your Room,” due out today on Mute records — the timing seemed right. But Moyet, who also releases her latest solo album, “The Turn,” today, said that the new concert dates represent more than just the opportunity to reconnect with fans: The tour has brokered a reconciliation for artistic collaborators whose union was always fraught with considerable tension.

“For me, the live element of the work is just as important as any other area,” said Moyet, 46. “The fact that we never got to play ‘You and Me Both’ live, I felt cheated.”

Unlike other 1980s synth-pop acts, Yaz never faded from the public consciousness, especially in the U.K., where the band’s unique brand of music — think icy cool synthesizers coupled with warm vocals over electropop beats — remains influential to this day.

Tour sked.

June 19, 2008

PC to Mac Making the Switch

Filed under: fun — Tags: , , , , , , — awstories @ 12:25 am

If you’re thinking about switching, or in the mood for a new Mac, now’s the time. They are offering $30 rebates on the Mac and if you buy a printer, you get a $99 rebate, which makes it free if you get the lowest price printer, and this I could hardly believe, but you get either a free Nano iPod or an iTouch, a rebate of $299.

Also, if you are a college student, shop at the education store online and you’ll get $100 off your computer.

Hearing about Microsoft’s Vista operating system, I figured it was a good time to switch cause those are some really good deals. It arrived in 3 days at standard shipping by Fed X and I already applied online for the rebates. So far, I’m impressed with Apple.

Of course, I’ll probably be buying software and accessories that will boost their bottom line and I guess that’s why they offer such a great deal.

March 27, 2008

X-Files Details

Filed under: fun — Tags: , , , , — newshugs @ 8:23 pm

I have been a bad blogger but a busy person. Anyway here’s some details on the new X-Files movie. CAN’T WAIT!

While this is not a mythology movie, it’s true to everything that’s come before,” Spotnitz said at the William S. Paley Television Festival. “It’s true to Mulder and Scully, who they are and where they would be this point in their lives and all of the experiences that they’ve had.”

The series first made the leap to the big screen with 1998’s “The X-Files: Fight the Future.” Plans for another film were grounded in 2005 when Carter sued Fox over syndication profits for the show. The lawsuit was later settled.

Carter, who also directs the new movie, said it takes place in the present and uses a story envisioned when the series ended. While the show’s sprawling alien mythology isn’t part of the plot, Carter said there is a reference to Scully’s seemingly supernatural son, William, who was born in season eight and later given up for adoption.

The film is due out July 25.

March 14, 2008

Gem Sweaters

Filed under: entertainment, fun — Tags: , — newshugs @ 3:22 am

Okay. I don’t know how to describe this, other than to say that I heard gem-sweater.jpgLeslie Hall on the radio this morning and she makes gem sweaters with bangles and things on them, and sings rap songs and wears gold spandex.

March 12, 2008

Spongebob’s Striped Sweater Song

Filed under: critters, fun — Tags: , — newshugs @ 3:46 am

March 10, 2008

Seniors Say Enough Elvis

Filed under: entertainment, fun — Tags: , — newshugs @ 2:57 am

elvis-impersonator.gifHow do people know that they’ve reached senior status? When Elvis comes to gyrate at the nursing home.

March 7, 2008

Rat Art

Filed under: art, critters, fun — Tags: , , — newshugs @ 5:53 am

arabian-rat.jpgThere is rat art.

And then there are rats that do art. Tony Blair, that’s the rat’s name, does advocado art and carves four leaf clovers. The ambitious and talented rat even has a blog.

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