“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Purely Animal - Issue No. 19 - Toby, The Tree Climber

Here's Toby.  

Watch Toby run.  

Watch Toby play.  

Watch Toby climb a tree...

Every time I think I've seen it all, people or animals always get the better of me.

Yeah... my thoughts exactly.

I'm so glad our chihuahua's can't climb trees.; If they did, we'd be in a shitload of trouble.

OMG Hilarious! - Conscious

The Voice - The Semi-Finals

Ryan and I watched The Voice last night, and I'd have to say it was quite entertaining.  I really enjoyed the show, especially the performances by Adam Levine & Christina Aguilera.

To begin the show, Carson Daly revealed who were the winners from last week's battle between Adam and Cee Lo's teams.  He started with Cee Lo's team, respectively.  The one with the most votes was Vicci Martinez, which is exactly how I called it last week.  Nakia, the Thompson sisters, and Curtis Grimes were left for Cee Lo to decide on, and with no surprise at all, it was Nakia.

Next up was Adam's team, with Javier Colon garnering the most votes - this one I didn't get right.  I don't think his voice is unique - not unique enough to impress me, but oh well.  In what came as a big surprise, Adam chose Casey Weston over Jeff Jenkins.

So with the Top 8 chosen, the competition got under way with the first contestant being, Frenchie Davis.
Frenchie sang "Like A Prayer" by Madonna, and while I think she did well, she wasn't great.  It wasn't powerful enough for me, and she was breaking up at times.

Continuing with Christina's Team, Beverly McClellan sang "The Thrill Is Gone," by Roy Hawkins, and this was absolutely fabulous.  She had a strong performance tonight, and I find her safe.

While both of Cee Lo's proteges were amazing, Vicci Martinez hit a homerun with her performance last night. She's got this in the bag, if not the whole competition.  Nakia sang "Whataya Want From Me" by Adam Lambert, where Adam Levine claimed to not know who originally sang the song.

Vicci sang, "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine, and this performance was by far, the best of the night.  Her hair, the drums, and her voice were all this night needed to make it really entertaining.

As the night progressed, Blake Shelton's team took to the stage, starting with Dia Frampton with her rendition of "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M., which in my opinion, was exceptionally well.  She will be safe tomorrow night, not sure by how much, but she's a sure bet.

Xenia, Blake's favorite girl.  You can tell he really cares about his 16 yr old protege.  My heart of heart tells me he may try to save her by giving her more votes than Dia, but I'm going to be believe he doesn't.  I know he truly cares about these two girls.  Xenia sang "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" by The Script.  Unfortunately for Xenia, she still sounds shaky and afraid while performing on stage.  I think as she matures she will be a force to be reckoned with. Her voice is so unique.

Some people say Adam had the strongest team of the night, but I beg to differ.  It was quite obvious that Team Cee Lo kicked everyone's ass.  You can't compete with two powerful voices like Nakia and Vicci.  The only one on Adam's team that I think is worthy enough to be on the show, would be Casey.  She is young, and definitely a lot easier to mold into a great artist.  You can't do that with Javier, he's too old, and has a wife and two babies at home.  Which is where he should be, not over here on stage with young kids singing.  He won't amount to anything, because his voice is too much of the same - I've heard it before.  I know I sound bitter, but that's just my opinion.  Casey Weston sang, "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton.  Not the best song of the night, and certainly not the best vocalist, but a good version of the song nonetheless.

Javier Colon sang, "Fix You" by Coldplay.  As I mentioned earlier, nothing new, nothing different, nothing unique - I've heard it all. Lionel Richie, Ruben Studdard, Luther Vandross, Ben E. King, should I keep on going?

My picks for the night are Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, and Casey Weston

Amputated Mermaids, Puerto Rican Badasses and the Wrath of Kahn: What was almost The Edge of Glory

"This video raped the song in the ass and left it to die on the street corner, right next to the hooker and her saxophone player." Ouch. That was just one of the hundreds of glittering comments left by a somewhat disappointed little monster after watching Lady Gaga's newest music video, The Edge of Glory. Granted, the video wasn't what I expected but was this hating really necessary? Sure I eagerly anticipated the theatrical release of another one of Gaga's music videos after its' announcement only days ago. Thoughts raced through my head about what ballsy, outlandish thing she could possibly think of and do this time that could somehow outdo her previous work on Judas. By the time the video was finally displayed, for all the world to see, on the most recent episode of So You Think You Can Dance, my heart was beating in excitement as adrenaline ferociously pumped through my little monster veins....for the first minute. The chorus soon followed along with not much of anything else. Same scene, same outfit, same cast, same Gaga and then it was over. The video left you with a feeling not of a simmering sensation from such a visual orgasm, as most of her videos did, but instead more like that of an empty, lifeless, deflated rubber balloon that just finished squeaking out its' last bit of air. What the F*CK was that? Why would Gaga do something so...boring? Most of all: Why would you air a music video on a TV show that's only willing to play half of it? (Screw you So You Think You Can Dance! ) Many questions needed answering. After some thorough online research, things slowly began to surface.

gaga fox videoAfter the initial showing of the video the Gaga fan forums were ablaze with not the most prettiest responses and comments, but one rumor that began circulating was that Gaga and the video's director had "creative differences" and then parted ways. Originally it was believed that the fight was with Laurieann Gibson, Gaga's creative director, Judas' video co-producer and close friend, but after cheerfully accepting the award for international video of the year alongside Gaga at Canada's Much Music Awards it seemed that Laurieann was still allowed inside the Haus of Gaga. In reality, Joseph Khan, who had previously worked with Lady Gaga on LoveGame and Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say), was hired to direct the music video for the Edge of Glory. Apparently though, it just wasn't meant to be. The New York Post's Pop Wrap blog reported that Kahn, despite agreeing to create the video, left production after arguing with Gaga while filming. Chancler Haynes, Kahn's on-set editor, according to Pop Wrap, said that Gaga's and Kahn's idea for the film was a constant struggle of opinions.
"Gaga changed her mind and told Joseph what to do. His hands were tied. The director just didn't have control over Gaga after she started making changes [and] Joseph's concept died," stated Haynes.
The concept in question varies depending on who you ask. Supposedly E! News obtained a casting call notice for the video which asks for a "Puerto Rican or Dominican type badass" who "must be willing to kiss Lady Gaga", "Couture Doctors" who will wear smocks and black gloves", a "male or female on-air reporter", and "a group of military men to hold M16 rifles" according to MTV news. Pop Wrap also states that several sets had been created for the video. 
Images of these scenes were leaked on the web and then confirmed by Haynes which included "...a hospital scene, the Brooklyn Bridge, and a big underwater mermaid scene.

If you wonder how this might have turned out like, as I did, just leave it to Gaga drop clues while still keeping us guessing. On June 15th Gaga performed at Le Grand Journal, a French talk show, and gave us a possible sneak peak of what the mystery video might have looked like.  Continue reading, and view video here.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words - Issue No. 5

Made of Words
Simply stunning, simply breathtaking is all I can say about my fifth issue of "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words," and you can't capture it's true imagination until you click the picture and enlarge it.  As one commenter put it, "Made of Words by *rawimage is just that. An entire picture made of words. I'm sure you'll agree that the level of detail is simply amazing. It's incredible what you can do with Lorem Ipsum and a lot of time on your hands." - Patgroove

Movies to Watch: Footloose (First Official Full-length Trailer)

The trailer is finally here, and if you have not seen the original movie, the re-boot pretty much remains true to the original, even going so far as to including Ren's yellow Volkswagen and famous red tuxedo.  "We pay homage to the original but it's definitely a new, updated version of it," Kenny told MTV News. "We all were big fans of the original. We keep the heart of the story there, but it's updated."

kenny wormandUp and coming actor, Kenny Wormald plays Ren, and famous Dancing with the Stars alum, Julianne Hough, plays Ariel.  

julianne-houghIn a quick synopsis, a city boy (Ren) moves to a small town where no one is allowed to dance, nor hear rock music for that matter.  He falls in love with Ariel who happens to have a very jealous boyfriend, and a Bible-thumping father.  Ren pretty much tries to lead the dispassionate teenagers into a rebellion against the town.  I won't go any further, but it is a fun movie to watch - at least the original was.  We'll see how this one turns out.

How To Change A Water Cooler

Okay, okay, I'll admit it - I've done this before.  But only because I hurt my back before.  In either case, it's quite hilarious when you know you're guilty of such a thing.

How To Change A Water Cooler
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