April 2012


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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] I was never intersted in this movie, but then I had an opportunity to borrow a bluray of it…

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Subservient corporate whores whore it out for their jobs.

PEOPLE: From the director of Miss Congeniality and Grumpy Old Men.

Starring Kate Hudson (from 200 Cigarettes… Who, in this movie, I thought looked exactly like a combination of Drew Barrymore and Wynona Rider… But Carolyn didn’t agree, and thought she had a splash of Anna Faris in her as well) as the girl, Matthew McConaughey (Tropic Thunder, Dazed And Confused) as the guy.

With Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, Anchorman, Crossing Jordan, and she WOULD have been Edina in the new Absolutely Fabulous remake “Ab Fab”, if Fox hadn’t canceled its development. Stupid Fox), Adam Goldberg (A Beautiful Mind, Dazed And Confused, The Salton Sea), Thomas Lennon (The State, 17 Again, I Love You Man, Hancock), Bebe Neuwirth (Lillith from Cheers & Frasier).

QUIRKS: Chick flick.

Based on a book… like practically every movie, it seems.

Bonus points for making a Krull reference.

Basically, this is a movie where 2 people engage in a romantic relationship with each other for work-related reasons. She is trying to make him dump her within 10 days, and he is trying to keep her for 10 days. This basically makes the male the victim at first — because he has to put up with shit no normal male would. But ultimately, the female is set up to become the ultimate victim, as his actions make him appear tolerant and understanding, which make him lovable, while her actions make her appear psycho and clingy, which makes her not lovable.

Also: Worst penis name ever.

MORALS: Don’t get into relationships for work-related reasons. Goddamn.

BAD STUFF: Well, it’s a chick flick. But it has plenty of sexism against both sexes, and I think it is pretty damning to the way both men and women stereotypically act.

The ending is pretty predictable. But how do you expect a romantic comedy chick flick to end? There’s no betrayal of expectations here :)

CONCLUSION: This is pretty good for a romantic comedy, due to the unique setup of relationship dynamics that don’t ever happen in real life. This was better than I expected. I’d been avoiding it based on “romantic comedy chick flick”. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought; I actually enjoyed it and laughed a lot.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.2/10, Netflix: 3.7/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 2.8/5 stars — quite lower than average).

RECOMMENDATION: Perhaps you shouldn’t avoid this after all?

SIMILAR MOVIES: This reminded me of The Proposal, where Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds both engage in a relationship with each other for work-related purposes.

And oh… There’s a sequel coming! How To Lose It All in 2010. [Well, by the time this review posts, 2010 will be long over, so go out and rent that or something. :)]

Don’t worry, it’s based on the book sequel. Not something that Hollywood pulled out of its ass. Of course, so was THIS movie, and a lot of people hate it :)

MOVIE QUOTE: Andie: True or False: All’s fair in love and war.
Ben: True.
Andie: Great answer.
Ben: Good question!

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Tatiana loved it. Eric M really liked it. Christian liked it. Parthena & Rebekah didn’t like it. Benj wasn’t interested in it (too straight); nor was Susan. (more…)

/yard sale sign/

SUMMARY:

Got up at 8:17AM, made it out driving by 8:30AM (Burger King breakfast break: 9:00-9:23AM) and went out until 11:40AM for a total of 2 hours, 47 minutes (we found out the clock in the car only runs while driving, so it turns out this was 1hr, 54min of driving, and about 53min out of our car at yard sales).

We spent a paltry $4.25 plus $9.61 gas for 36.1 miles of driving (14.5 mpg @ $3.86/G), for a total cost of $13.86. That SUCKS that 70% of the cost is just driving around looking for the yard sales! This week was particularly bad.

We obtained 26 items — 48 if you count each bar of soap and gift bag separately — for a total estimated value of $124.42, leading to a profit/savings of $110.56. Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $39.72/hr as a couple or $19.86/hr per person. Despite the low amount of  sales, a lot of the stuff we got this week was completely free.

COMMENTARY:

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Drive-by megaphone-heckling of abortion clinic protesters!!!!!!! (All of whom looked like fucking relics about to die. Can’t wait ’til they do.)

WHERE ARE THE SALES? We changed our circuit a bit, and it took us everywhere without us seeing hardly any sales! We could have had 90% of our take in 30 minutes had we simply quit while we were ahead. But we ran our circuit, and it was possibly the longest driving with the least sales in a long, long, long time. Nothing on all of Rolling Rd from Jaxx Nightclub all the way to Braddock Rd? Don’t think I’ve EVER seen that.

And MORE RETARDED SIGNMAKERS — only about 10% of signs we saw even had a friggin’ arrow on them. Yes, we ripped down at least one this week again, trying to save other people from wasting gas on wild goose chases.

It becomes more and more apparant to us that bad sign = out of touch person = loser = shitty yard sale with shitty stuff.
Of course, bad sign also means less people will find it, so if there is anything good, it’s more likely to still be there by the time you arrive. But the tradeoff doesn’t seem worth it.
Stick to the upscale neighborhoods. If people can’t be bothered to put an arrow on a sign, for the most part they are not going to have good stuff worth buying.

THE BOOTY:

  • $1.00: cats: EmeryCat scratching board (identical to two we already have that Oranjello loves – these are arched instead of straight, which makes them waaaaaaaay more appealing to cats) ($20 new, but missing the catnip and cat toy, so we’ll call it $18) (we got one for Christmas, and one at a yardsale previously on 4/11/11)
    product image 
  • $1.00: sign, tin, Second Amendment, 16×13″ (EV:$8) (for Matthew)
  • $1.00: headphones (2), no brand ($0.50/ea) (EV:$6) (Carolyn’s work headphones keep dying)
    Sennheiser HD 201 - headphones - Ear-cup, Binaural 
  • $0.50: soap (5), Earlsley & Windsor, 40g, circular bars (5 @ $0.10/ea) (300 bars cost $105, so 5 would be $1.75) (been years since we bought soap at full price!)
    EWE-C40PW Executive 40gm Soap - Earlsley & WindsorEXECUTIVE Soa  
  • $0.50: game, Rummikub, 1997 version (EV:$13) (2010: learn game; 2011: fail to find it yardsaleing all year, put on wishlist, get for christmas; 2012: find it right away! argh! This will be a gift to other family who’s played it with us but doesn’t own it)
     
  • $0.25: spatula, Ekco, beige, plastic (EV:$1)
  • $FREE: book, U.S. Acres: I Wasn’t Hatched Yesterday, Book 1, by Jim Davis, 1989 ($2.50) ($2.50, but only counting it as $2.27 because that’s what you can get it for) (can’t believe the ‘middle cartoon’ from Garfield & Friends has a book… does Jim Davis’s greed know no bounds?)
     
  • $FREE: pillows, zebra print, 2  (Found the exact match! $10 each == $20 for 2) (These are awesome. They were in a box that we thought was marked FREE. Clint told the sale-runner that. But when we got home, we found they both had a $5 price tag on them. Oops.)
    Zebra Print Decorative Pillow 
  • $FREE: ribbon, Gift Curl, 60ft., silver ($1.19)
  • $FREE: ribbon, Gif-Tye Designer Finish, yellow (EV:$1)
  • $FREE: ribbon, Berwick Splendorette Curl, 9/16″x500yd, celadon (EV:$1.92)
  • $FREE: ribbon, Berwick Splendorette Curl, 9/16″x500yd, teal (EV:$1.92)
  • $FREE: ribbon, Norcross Lustre-tie, 3/4″x28′, olive green ($0.35)
  • $FREE: ribbon, red ($4.50) (so much free ribbon, gift bags, and such.. we usually reuse ours each Christmas, but a lot of them went away unopened last year, so it was good to find all this stuff for free)
  • $FREE: wrapping paper, Current Happily Ever After, 4 sheets, 24″x30″, code 22776-6 (EV:$1)
  • $FREE: wrapping paper, American Greetings, metallized premium wrap, 8.33 sq ft, GW1403G ($2.25)
  • $FREE: wrapping paper, bag of misc, about 7 sheets (EV:$1)
  • $FREE: bags (gift bags), 19 total various (some had prices: $1.00, $0.79, $1.85, $0.50, $1.00, $2.95, $2.45, $4.99, $1.29, which averages out to $1.868 each,which we will multiply by 19 to get: EV:$35.49)
  • $FREE: bag, cloth bag, blue, with stars, seems like a wine-sized gift bag (EV:$1)
  • $FREE: bag, gift bag, Happy Birthday Mom ($.50)
  • $FREE: gift bow, Berwick Ind. Inc., RT440008 (EV:$0.03)
    Berwick Offray #74000 25CT Traditional Star Bow Bag
  • $FREE: tissue paper, bag of (EV:$0.25)
  • $FREE: meat tenderizer, wooden (EV:$1) (Carolyn apparently needed one of these)
     
  • $FREE: spoon, serving, Ekco (EV:$1)
  • $FREE: fake pearl decoration thing that was in with the gift bags (EV:utterly worthless)

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2012 STATS SO FAR:
TOTAL EXPEDITIONS: 2
TOTAL HOURS: 6:20
TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: 69.4
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $44.35
TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 46-69
TOTAL ESTIMATED VALUE: $277.50
TOTAL SAVINGS/PROFIT: 233.15
AVG SAVINGS/PROFIT PER HR: $36.81

* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value, unless they are free/bad condition in which case I may try to get a used price. But in terms of usability, I don’t think used books are worth much less than new books. You can still read them. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “rigged” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person). (more…)

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ABUSE OF AUTHORITY: Justice for Anastasio Hernandez Rojas

I remember when this happened.

The guy had meth in his blood, therefore it’s okay for a group of taxpayer-funded thugs to murder him in cold blood while he screams for help, right?

The audio was released before. PBS just released the video. Unlike Rodney King, this guy died. Unlike Rodney King, there were twice as many officers surrounding this guy.

And here it is – watch your tax dollars being used to murder a man. Now on video. (Of course they tried to confiscate said video.)

SIGN THE PETITION AT http://presente.org

LINK URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSjVQY0ifls

THIN BLUE LINE: No Good Cops Go Unpunished When They Stop a Beatdown

Bad cops are “just a few bad apples”?  Kinda like how just a few of the Germans were bad during WW2, eh?  Pointed out in the comments is that the phrase “a few bad apples” comes from the origin whereby a few bad apples sealed in a barrel full of good apples will ruin all the other apples. The whole figure of speech of “A few bad apples”, as commonly used, is incorrect. A few bad apples after the fact means your whole barrel went rotten.

I did not realize this. 

So anyway… Here’s what happens when you’re a good apple. If you literally stop police from beating up an innocent person, as a cop, your job will be put on the line. Her department is calling her “psychologically unfit for duty” and trying to fire her. 

She’s also the first lesbian cop there.

video appearance at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/69454161/News/Officer-Regina-Tasca-On-Being-Suspended-For-Not-Lying-About-Fellow-Cops-apos-Actions

So if you wonder why people think cops are assholes — look no further than stories like this compared and contrasted to the neverending constant barrage of abuse of power performed by those with badges.

Funny how they are bringing up old bad things she supposedly did as reasons to get rid of her – reasons only brought up after this. I’ve seen such tactics used before, both in the news and in real life. :/

LINK URL: http://www.northjersey.com/news/147698015_Bogota_officer_s_hearing_to_begin.html?page=all

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