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July 19, 2008

Summertime Rocks

Filed under: music, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — awstories @ 1:05 am

Cool, fun video from Smoke of India.


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.

July 11, 2008

Robert Downey Jr. As Sherlock Holmes

Seems perfect. It’s about times someone brings Sherlock to life.

Robert Downey Jr. is trading Iron Man’s metal suit for Sherlock Holmes’ deerstalker hat.

Downey is following his action blockbuster “Iron Man” with the title role in “Sherlock Holmes,” a mystery drama based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective and an upcoming comic-book about Holmes by Lionel Wigram, one of the movie’s producers.

Guy Ritchie (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”) is directing the Warner Bros. film, which is set to begin shooting in October, the studio said Thursday.

That should put it ahead of the schedule for a “Sherlock Holmes” comedy in development at Sony, which will star Sacha Baron Cohen as the detective and Will Ferrell as his partner, Dr. Watson.


July 9, 2008

I Love Etsy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — awstories @ 3:47 am

Etsy is a site where you can buy just about anything. The best part, though, is everything is handmade, which makes each item distinctive. Plus you’re supporting crafty people and starving artists.  

July 2, 2008

Fruits and Veggies and Spices For Health

NYT has a story on the 11 best foods that you might not keep in your fridge or cabinets. There are some that are edible: canned pumpkin, cinnamon, turmeric, frozen blueberries. And others that aren’t, sardines. Yuck. Swiss chard. That just sounds yucky. 

Read them all here.

Here’s how to get your five servings of fruits and veggies a day.  

July 1, 2008

Latino or Hispanic?

Filed under: informative — Tags: , , , , , — newshugs @ 12:59 am

A lesson from

Latino is slightly preferred.

Bottom line: “Latino” and “Hispanic” are terms used in the United States to identify individuals whose ancestry comes from a variety of countries where Spanish is their main language. Both terms are generally acceptable, although in the last 10 years, there is a slight preference for the use of the term “Latino.” There are also some regional preferences that play a role, and when in doubt, you should ask.

Defining some of the most common terms:

·        Latino  An individual with roots that go back to any of the Spanish-speaking countries. Be aware that the term “Latino” may be used for a man only or for a man and woman. Latina is used for women only (never say “Latina women,” as it is redundant). The term “Latino” began to be broadly used in the late 1980s when a younger generation started using it to replace the term “Hispanic.”

·        Hispanic — A term that was originated by the Census Bureau in the 1960s. It was used as a way to capture all the people whose backgrounds included any of the Spanish-speaking countries. The term is gender neutral.

·        Mexican American — An American citizen of Mexican descent. This term gained popularity in 1980s.

·        Spanish — The language of Spain and the language spoken in most of Latin America, except for Brazil, where Portuguese is the main language.

·        Latin — The official and ancient language of the people of the Roman Empire. It is a term that is generally not used to refer to someone who is Latino.

·        Chicano — An American citizen of Mexican descent who has a strong sense of Mexican-American ethnic identity. This term was regularly used in the 1960s, mostly in the Southwest, and by the 1970s it was the preferred term used to refer to Mexican Americans. It isn’t used widely today except in some parts of the country, like Chicago.

June 24, 2008

Free Headsets for Californians

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — newshugs @ 12:43 am

As you may or may not know, July 1 means get your hands off your cell phone while you’re driving in California. You can get free headsets, that’s right, free, at


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 17, 2008

Get More Done in Your Sleep

Filed under: science — Tags: , , — newshugs @ 2:52 am

ocean_dreams2.jpgOn 60 Minutes, scientists say new studies are showing that sleep is far more important than most people think.

Millions of go-go people have a “convenient belief” that they do just fine without sleep, according to the researcher. Some wear their lack of sleep like a badge of honor (not me, I like my sleep) but sleep isn’t just for rest, there is a higher purpose to sleep, according to the research.

Consciousness is overrated, says the researcher.

Furthermore, not getting enough sleep might make you fat (slows your metabolism) and cause other health problems. Some of the health problems that we get when we age might not be caused by getting older, but rather the lack of “deep sleep.”

And studies with sleep-deprived male fruitflies shows they have troubles mating. The “successful” male gets enough sleep.

Now, go get some guilt-free sleep.

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