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Rich Jems, Poor Jems

// March 21st, 2006 // 118 Comments » // Life, Obsessions

The recent financial crisis coupled with total lack of free time has led me down a path of thinking somewhat foreign to me. Yes folks, I’m now thinking RAMPANT CAPITALISM. I borrowed Rich Dad, Poor Dad from a friend, and though it was poorly written and somewhat right wing with its whole “poor people are doing it to themselves” mentality, it did make some very interesting points about financial literacy.

I have always know nothing about money, spent it when it was there, felt guilty, then poor when it wasn’t there, and basically relied on an increasing wage to keep me chugging through life. But I’ve had a sudden epiphany that this is a rather foolish way to prepare for one’s retirement and support one’s children. Time to get smart and use my brain for incredibly clever deal making and business genius, as well as for obsessing about Xena and atomic orbitals.

We have made a bit of capital from real estate but of course now it is all tied up in our house again.

So any rampant capitalists out there that can help me with where to begin to learn about money and how to make more of it?

Oscar Nominations

// January 31st, 2006 // 41 Comments » // Moviesandtv, Obsessions

The nominations for the Academy Awards should be announced later today, an event that thrills me no end as I am an Oscar whore! We traditionally have a bit of an Oscar bash and this year will be no different, though we will have to persuade new punters of the crazy fun of laying down hard cash and getting totally sloshed on cheap champagne. It is fun, really.

Anyway I’m going out on a limb this year and trying to predict the nominations! Here are my picks. And the italics are my early prediction for the winner.

Brokeback MountainBest Picture:
Brokeback Mountain
Good Night, and Good Luck
Crash
Walk the Line
Capote

Brokeback MountainBest Director:
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck
Bennett Miller, Capote
Paul Haggis, Crash
Steven Spielberg, Munich

CapoteBest Actor:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line
David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck
Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow

Walk the LineBest Actress:
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Charlize Theron, North Country
Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Ziyi Zhang, Memoirs of a Geisha

Cinderella ManBest Supporting Actor:
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
George Clooney, Syriana
Matt Dillon, Crash
Bob Hoskins, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain

The Constant GardenerBest Supporting Actress:
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
Amy Adams, Junebug
Catherine Keener, Capote
Laura Linney, The Squid and the Whale

Life’s Pretty Straight Without…

// January 16th, 2006 // 5 Comments » // Internets, Lesbian, Obsessions

…a new gay girl tv show addiction! And yes folks, I’ve found a good one. It’s a new US cable teen show called South of Nowhere, and the main character is a teenage girl questioning her sexuality and having an intense relationship with her best friend. It’s great! I have downloaded all the episodes from here and am now completely hooked.

To celebrate, here is the Which South of Nowhere character are you? quiz!

Ashley

Family insanity? Dramatic relationships? You’ve been through it all, and now you’ve stopped letting that stuff get to you. Your ultimate life goal, for this week at least, is to find people who appreciate you for you, not for who you’ve dated or how you dress. You’ll wear the mini-est of mini skirts without feeling self-conscious, but the thought of attending a school function gives you nightmares. You use sarcastic criticism as a way to keep people distant, because if they get close, they might discover you’re not as certain about everything as you pretend to be.

Unappreciated Female Musical Geniuses

// November 10th, 2005 // 181 Comments » // Music, Obsessions

Right, back to the usual frivolity, and the exciting news that I got THREE great albums yesterday!

Firstly, of course, the new Kate Bush album, Aerial. I was greatly anticipating this as I’ve mentioned before, and it does not disappoint! Once again Kate has proven her utter originality and timeless musical brilliance. Favourite tracks so far are “Pi”, “Mrs Bartolozzi” (the infamous “washing machine” song and “Bertie” which is about her son and makes me cry! (Having sons of my own)

One of my naughty pleasures is the Russian “lesbian schoolgirl” band t.A.T.u. Their new album has been universally panned. But I love it. Something about their high pitched voices, intriguing Russian accents and frenzied techno pop just works for me. Plus they’re now doing a tortured bisexual angle on songs like “Loves Me Not”.

Finally I got an excellent Dolly Parton compilation, Mission Chapel Memories. It only covers Dolly tracks from 1971 to 1975, and includes classics like Jolene, as well as a host of brilliant obscure songs that really prove Dolly’s worth as a songwriter (again).

Wuthering Highs

// October 29th, 2005 // 32 Comments » // Music, Obsessions

From Popbitch:

Kate Bush’s long-awaited new album Aerial is out next month. Kate did a few interviews, then started cancelling press appointments. Then she allowed a few phone-only interviews. And then stopped again.

The reason? Apparently Kate feels she is looking rather fat.

Kate of course is one of the music industry’s most famous stoners. At the height of her career, a lackey was dispatched from her record company once a week to deliver to Kate, in her country house, a lump of marijuana “the size of a brick”.

As well as explaining any weight gain (presumably from late-night Pringles), the pot-smoking may also account for some of the unusual lyrics on her album – such as this magnificent piece of poetry:

“Washing machine
Washing machine
Washing machine
Washing machine”

Star-Crossed

// October 3rd, 2005 // 31 Comments » // Lesbian, Moviesandtv, Obsessions, Science

Xena & GabrielleDid you know that the recently discovered 10th planet in the solar system has been named “Xena”? A temporary name until a final one has been decided on. Even better, scientists have just discovered that Xena has a moon, which they have named “Gabrielle”.

How romantic! I vote that they keep those names permanently!

Read all about it.

Must Collect… Stuff

// September 6th, 2005 // 1 Comment » // Obsessions

Tana Umaga card

I’ve got into collecting the All Blacks cards out of the boys’ Weetbix boxes. It’s strange because I’m not into rugby and don’t really know any of the All Blacks. But I can’t fight my instinct to collect things. I got very excited when I got Tana Umaga this morning – him I have heard of!

Serenity Shattered

// September 2nd, 2005 // 48 Comments » // Moviesandtv, Obsessions

Argh! Just rang Reading Cinemas and the Serenity preview screening sold out in 45 minutes yesterday. I had no idea there were so many Firefly obsessives in Wellington… alas I will now have to wait until its proper release date on 10th November.

Boo hoo.

Unreality

// August 30th, 2005 // 62 Comments » // Moviesandtv, Obsessions

I was very disappointed with the eviction of Keshia from NZ Idol last night. I don’t vote ONE WEEK and look what happens. I can’t even blame it on the Australian public like I usually do.

Actually I have a theory, votes were way down cos everyone got their Telecom bills this week, and were shocked by all those 99c calls – that’s what happened to me anyway.

Jesse better not win or I’m giving up on reality tv for good!

Speaking of reality tv, I’m very glad there’s only two weeks of Big Brother to go. Now I know who wins, it all seems like a pointless waste of 5 hours a week. But Jan has not yet suffered the disappointment of the outcome as she is spoiler free. If only she knew, she too would shun the remaining time! Alas cruel fate!

Serenity Preview

// August 30th, 2005 // 56 Comments » // Moviesandtv, Obsessions

Just read on Short and Sweet that there will be a special preview screening of Serenity at Reading Cinemas on Sept 19th at 8:30pm. This is the movie based on the short-lived yet brilliant TV series Firefly. I’m definitely going if I can pre-book tickets – anyone else coming?