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Charlie Day Time! *Special Craft Edition*

Spotted these while farting around at work today. After squealing like a little girl, I printed them out and started cutting away. Enjoy the end result.

These awesome little paper crafts can be found here.  And don’t worry fans, more episode reviews of It’s Always Sunny are on their way!

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Song of the Day: Sexy Singles for ya!

Tonight as I sat in my bedroom wondering what to do with the evening I contemplated a few things. I could move some furniture and vacuum all the fur tumbleweeds I’m sure are collecting behind them. I could move the big pile of books on the window ledge that have a layer of pollen and dust on them, clean them off and organize them. Or I could watch more episodes of Nip/Tuck online (because watching three seasons in about a week isn’t sad or anything). And as I sat on my bed, trying not to move too much for fear of sweating, I glanced over to my records. My eyes wondered over to the tiny red bin that holds all my 45s. I couldn’t even remember what was in the bin. What gems would I uncover? Surely there must be some musical masterpieces that I could share with the wonderful readers of Matterful.

Never fear, dear Matterful reader, I found you some sexy gems to warm up your hot and sweaty summer nights with.
Click to get your groove on

I spent $258 at the movies last year.

Actually, I probably spent more.

You see,  in early 2009 I decided to start saving all the tickets stubs from the movies I went to see.  I have a notoriously bad memory, so I wanted to keep track of the films I saw, in the hopes that at year end, I would be able to reflect on these films and come up with the list everyone does.  The Top 5 Film List.  I am a woman with a limit budget, though.  I have to choose my films wisely.  Every now and then I’ll go crazy and splurge for the random film just because a bunch of friends are going and I want a night out, but for the most part I only see films that have somehow persuaded me to open my wallet and give up my precious cash.  Here is a list of the films I choose to do that with this year.  What does this list say about me as a person, as a film-goer? Let’s look at the list and see.
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Song of the Day!

I have a lot of records.  A lot.  Most of my records are old, too.  Pre-80s.  Most people get really excited when they notice my record collection as they walk into my room.  That is until they realize that they’ve never heard of half of the artists I own albums of.  (It might scare people to realize I have over 20 Doris Day records too, but whatever)  Recently I bought myself one of those not so fancy record players that can help me import my vinyl into MP3 format.  I thought it would be fun to occasionally find a random tune out of my records and upload it here, for you, faithful Matterful readers.  I would love to hear reactions to the crazy, random music I adore.  So, without further delay, I present to you, Song of the Day!

Today’s song:  Kiss of Fire by Georgia Gibbs.

A few months ago I watched La Vie en Rose, an amazing bio-pic about Edith Piaf.  After the movie was over, I naturally turned to my record collection.  I thought I had had some Edith Piaf, and wanted to put it on and cry to it.  Apparently I don’t own any Edith Piaf, or if I do it is lost in the mix of records somewhere.  The point of this story is that while I was searching for some Edith Piaf, this song creeped up and attacked my brain.  I began to sing it all over the house until I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to dig through my collection until I found it.
The record that I have this on was a bonus album found in a record that I had bought at a thrift store.  It didn’t belong to the sleeve that it was in, but it needed a home so I assume someone took pity on it and placed it with a compatible counterpart.  It is off of a various artists compilation called The Great Ones.
It is no wonder that this song made it on to an album of that title.  This 1952 hit begins with a gun blast of horns that make you duck for cover.  The tango that ensues makes you wanna grab that stranger in the corner that you’ve been eyeballing all night, and convince him to be yours through dance.  If that makes sense.  I don’t know that it does.
Favorite line of the song: “Love me tonight and let the devil take tomorrow!”
Someday, I wanna take burlesque lessons.  If I find myself in need of music for a routine, I’ll have this in my back pocket, ready to go.

Kiss of Fire – Georgia Gibbs

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This Week’s Top Five: Summer Reading!!!

A few weeks back there was a lot of talk about Barack Obama’s summer reading list.  People analyzed what the books meant to his character; what they said about him as a person, and about type of president he is.  I thought I would ask around to the ladies and find out what our summer readings have been.  What do the books we read this summer say about us as individuals?

Mariela:

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1.  History of Love by Nicole Krauss — I initially thought this was a cheesy book title but after having read this epic tale of the love of language and feeling, my heart and mind clicked.  Krauss takes a philosophical approach to describing emotions that I would have sworn were untouchable, like this one:

“Even now, all possible feelings do not yet exist, there are still those that lie beyond our capacity and our imagination. From time to time, when a piece of music no one has ever written or a painting no one has ever painted, or something else impossible to predict, fathom or yet describe takes place, a new feeling enters the world. And then, for the millionth time in the history of feeling, the heart surges and absorbs the impact.”

This is not a one-time only read.  I have yet to wrap my head around it, and am looking forward to a second shot at understanding.
2.  Desperate Networks by Bill Carter — This behind-the-scenes account of the people and deals that create our primetime lineups was my most absorbing recent read by far.  A must-read for anyone remotely interested in the media industry.
3.  Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout — You all know how I feel about Olive.
4.  Beautiful Boy by David Sheff — I could live without the medical explanations of addiction, but this father’s accounts of his crystal-meth addicted son is frustrating, heart-breaking and scary.
5.  The Breakthrough by Gwen Ifill — An of-the-moment read that taught me so much about the ethnic landscape of politics today.
Lisa:
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1. The World According to Garp by John Irving: Surprisingly, the first Irving I’ve read. The tale of T.S. Garp and his crazy family is odd, sad, sexually charged without a doubt, but also a story that brings empathy. I loved the story-within-a-story nature of the book and was glad I hadn’t seen the movie to spoil my own development of each of the characters.
3. Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee: Sunee’s memoir is a love story with food, travel and men. Enough said? From the streets of Korea where she was abandoned to her New Orleans upbringing to South of France and her love affair with Olivier Baussan, the founder of L’Occitane, I found myself identifying with her, annoyed by her and rooting for her. Great beach read.
4. Tweak by Nic Scheff: After reading Beautiful Boy, the his father’s account of Scheff’s battle with meth, I couldn’t not read Scheff’s personal account of his multi-decade battle with drug addiction. It doesn’t have the same heart as Beautiful Boy, but as a pair these books are raw and emotional memoirs that try to answer the question of why people become addicts. And their answers are surprisingly different.
4. Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides: I think we all know the story. I just hadn’t read the book.
5. Next up: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: “The novel studies the contrast between India’s rise as a modern global economy and the main character, who comes from crushing rural poverty.”
Autumn:
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1. The Night is Dark and I am Far From Home: A Political Indictment of U.S. Public Schools by Jonathan Kozol.

A terrifying and dim discussion of how we teach what we teach to our young and disenfranchised youth. Kozol himself claims in the introduction (written several years after the original publication date) that he was a bit too radical at the time he wrote ‘Night is Dark,’ but the overall sentiment is the same. A great read to start the time of year when kids have left the classrooms empty for hardcore analysis. We have a lot of work to do within our educational system.
2. The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis
Ellis delivers a vacuous vampire romp through the coke-soaked 80s of Los Angeles luxury living. Full of sex, booze, and Lamborghinis, this was a salty yet downer book that I should have read on the beach, with several cocktails ingested.
3. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
I was a waitress in a fine dining restaurant when this book got popular. The wickedly smart chef I was working for was reading this and howling at the often-empty bar, all the while touting the joys of Bourdain’s perverse tales. When I finally got around to reading it this summer, I wonder if the ‘smell of failure’ that Bourdain describes that certain restaurants start to take on before they go under is the reason that chef was howling at the bar–maybe he could smell it there too.
4. The Last War: A Novel by Ana Menendez
The New York Times Book Review had ‘The Last War’ in one of its spring weekend editions. It sounded so oddly reminiscent of something that I have been researching that I immediately went to the bookstore and purchased it. There were similar elements to my research: Westerners living in the not-so-western European side of Istanbul, photographer wife and war correspondent husband, and the whole ‘love is war’ theme. It fell short of being filmic (my ultimate wish for it) but heightened my interest in visiting Istanbul, which was well described through the eyes of a sad, lonely wife.
5. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
This is cheating because I haven’t finished this book yet but Bolano is addicting and I’ll be done any day. A few bumps on the road to getting used to Bolano’s style and I was thrown into the diary of a newly ordained Visceral Realist poet in Mexico City. When his diary stopped, I found myself switching gears to read the first hand accounts about the still-not-so-known main (but mythically built up) characters Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima. The structure is somehow reminiscent of Machado de Assis and the stories read like a Latino John Fante. I dig it, man.
Wendy:
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1.  Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
This movie was one of my favorite movies of last year.  Knowing that it was based on a book I knew I had to track it down and read it.  Fabulous book.  Like most books that movies are based on, it delves deeper than the movie does.  Every minute character is given such details, such elaborate backgrounds.  Loved it.  Plus….VAMPIRES!!
2.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
I never read the original book, so I really can’t compare.  I just know that this book was awesome.  The whole time I was reading it, I was wishing that someone makes a feature film of it.  I even went back and watched the old BBC Pride and Prejudice mini-series, but got sad when zombies didn’t jump out of the woods and attack everyone.  I do have a new love of Mr. Darcy now, though.
3.  Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures (331/3 series) by Chris Ott
A fabulous birthday gift from a fabulous lady.  An easy read since it such a short book, this novella, if you will, brought out so many emotions for me.  I heard lyrics, bass chords, drum beats, and guitar riffs in a new way.  It still boggles my mind that this album was made by a bunch of guys that were in their early 20’s.  This book made me cry on the G train.
4.  The House of Dolls by Ka-tzetnik 135633
This book is the reason Joy Division named themselves Joy Division.  This is the more brutal Anne Frank diary.  Just when I think I knew all the horrors of the Nazis, I read something like this book.  Based on the diary of a 14 year old girl, the book details what the young girl went through before and after she was sent to the ‘Camp Labour via Joy’ where she was subjected to enforced prostitution by the Nazis.  I’ve cried many times reading this in public.
5.  Shatnerquake by Jeff Burk
It’s Shatner VS Shatners!  I say no more.

Late edition….

This should have gone with the Links of the Day, but I just found it. I’m too lazy to edit, and this is to funny not to have it’s own post.

I present “Hitler finds out about MJ’s death”…

Links of the Day

The A to Z of Awesomeness

This idea is genius to me. Putting a message about pollution in a zoo.

The amazing story of a woman who moved her house brick by brick.

I amazed that this video was shot with the new iPhone 3GS. It tempts me to finally get an iPhone.

Funny, funny, funny.

This is purely in here because Kanye raps about getting with a girl from the Special Ed Class.

Clipse feat Kanye West – Kinda Like A Big Deal from Malice of the Clipse on Vimeo.

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