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My Top 10 Favorite Websites – 2009 Version

August 28, 2009

Everyone has their favorite websites. I posted a similar list a good while back, so I figured I’d post an updated list. While some simply haven’t changed (mirtle’s site for example), there are several new sites that I’ve discovered.

Hopefully there a few here that you can add to your list of websites to check out regularily.

1. From The Rink
Years later, mirtle’s blog is still my favorite site on the ‘net. Quite simply, no other hockey blog compares. It’s the first site I point my browser to every morning.

2. Nucks Misconduct
The best Canucks blog out there. The writers are informative, funny and know what they’re talking about (most of the time haha). If you’re a Canucks fan, the site is a must-read.

3. Crackberry
If you’re obsessed with you’re Blackberry like I am, then this site is perfect for you. Constant updates, a great app store, forum and blogs. The only Blackberry website you’ll ever need to visit.

4. Twitter
Twitter. Everyone knows what it is. I honestly could care less what color of shirt you’re wearing today, but for getting quick, up-to-date info on your favorite topics, well, nothing beats Twitter.

5. Perez Hilton
I’m almost ashamed to put this on the list, but unfortunately, it’s true. As far as getting your entertainment news, its a pretty good start, and always good for a laugh.

6. Kukla’s Korner
I’d say it’s more of a news feed than a blog, but either way, no one does it better than Paul Kukla and staff at covering every aspect of the hockey news world.

7. Puck Daddy
For you non-hockey fans, I apologize. As you can see, my daily reading mostly revolves around hockey blogs. And Puck Daddy is one of the best ones out here. It’s hilarious, and also manages to cover stories that no one else manages to find.

8. Fark.com
Do you find ridiculous, yet true, news stories to be funny? Then this site is for you. It basically proves how idiotic we are as a human race.

9. Zip
The DVD-by-mail website that I subscribe to. If you like paying half price for DVD rentals, and you watch a lot of movies, then subscribing to Zip is probably worth your while.

10. TV Shows On DVD
I’m an avid TV on DVD watcher. I can’t habdle commercials, or waiting a week for each episode. This website gives you all the info you’ll need regarding TVDVD news and release dates.

What are some of your favorite websites? I’m always looking for new sites to kill time.

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My Top 10 Favorite Kevin Spacey Movies

July 24, 2007

It’s been far too long since I’ve done a Top 10 List, and I apologize for that. The following list is going to contain my top 10 favorite Kevin Spacey films. You may remember I’ve done this before for Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Nicolas Cage.

There are some Spacey films that I have yet to see, such as The United States of Leland, Beyond the Sea, The Shipping News, as well as a few others, so until I see them, they won’t be listed here.


spacey_forward.jpg10. Pay It Forward

Also stars: Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, Jay Mohr

From IMDB.com: A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

Although it wasn’t very critically acclaimed, and it pushed the sad factor a little too hard, I still enjoyed it nonetheless. This was filmed back before Osment was crashing’95 Saturns, and back when he was still a credible actor. I liked his work back then, and he was pretty good in this film. Spacey was great as the self conscious, depressed teacher. It’s a sad movie, but it’s much better than the critics made you think.


spacey_la_confidential.jpg9. L.A. Confidential

Also stars: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Danny Devito

From IMDB.com: A shooting at an all night diner is investigated by three LA policemen in their own unique ways.

You’re probably wondering why this highly acclaimed film is ranked way down at #9. There’s one pretty simple reason. I don’t remember it, and haven’t seen it in 10 years. I was 15 back when I first saw the film, and liked it, but wasn’t too crazy about it. It’s exactly the type of film I would like these days, and I really want to check it out again. It’s likely to be ranked much higher after I see it again, but until now it’s stuck down at number nine.


spacey_kpax.jpg8. K-PAX

Also stars: Jeff Bridges and Mary McCormack

From IMDB.com: Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

I found K-PAX to be an incredibly interesting and enjoyable film. It’s not one of Spacey’s more popular or well-known films, but I’ve always been a fan of it. You don’t often see a sci-fi drama that doesn’t have any special effects or aliens, but this one puts it together wonderfully. Bridges is great in his role as Spacey’s psychiatrist, and they have great chemistry together. A film I highly recommend if you haven’t seen before, and it’s worth checking out again if you haven’t seen it for a while.


spacey_outbreak.jpg7. Outbreak

Also stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland

From IMDB.com: Extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly?

It’s quite possibly my favorite “virus outbreak” film, and one of the best ever made. The cast is amazing, and the film is incredibly intense and enjoyable. I remember thinking it was one of the scariest movies I had ever seen… not because it’s a horror film in any way, but because the thought of this ever happening is just terrifying. A great older film (1995) that is sometimes forgotten.


spacey_life_of_david_gale.jpg6. The Life of David Gale

Also stars: Kate Winslet and Laura Linney

From IMDB.com: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Creating this list has really shown me how many great Spacey films there are. He really deserves his spot at #1 on my top 10 favorite actors list. I enjoyed this film a lot, as it was something I really hadn’t seen before. It was suspenseful, dramatic, thought provoking, and just an overall interesting film. The movie wasn’t a commercial success, and it seemed to kinda pass by without much fan fare, and I really don’t understand why.


spacey_glengarry.jpg5. Glengarry Glenross

Also stars: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris

From IMDB.com: An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

Wow, check out that cast. This is one of my all-time favorite dramas, and it really doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It was critically acclaimed, but somewhat ignored by the public, earning only $10 million at the box office. It’s based on a play, and it almost feels you’re watching one when this one’s on the screen. It’s an absolutely incredible drama, one of the most underrated ones out there. Highly recommend to anyone who hasn’t seen it before.


spacey_negotiator.jpg4. The Negotiator

Also stars: Samuel L. Jackson, David Morse, Paul Giamatti and Ron Rifkin

From IMDB.com: In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth.

You know any thriller than stars Jackson and Spacey is going to be good. They are both two of my favorite actors, so it’s a sure bet that this is one of my favorite films. At one point, I even ranked it as my all-time favorite film. It’s a highly enjoyable film, that’s exciting from start to finish. It’s right up there as one of the best thrillers I’ve seen.


spacey_seven.jpg3. Se7en

Also stars: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Gwenyth Paltrow

From IMDB.com: Police drama about two cops, one new and one about to retire, after a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as his MO.

Se7en ranks 3rd on my list of favorite Kevin Spacey films, and #15 on my list of all-time favorite movies. That says a lot, considering I’ve seen over 2,000 films during my life. Se7en is an incredible film with an amazing cast. Three actors from my favorites list appear in this one. I’ve always really enjoyed and been highly interested in serial killer films, and this is quite possibly the best of them all.


spacey_usualsuspects.jpg2. The Usual Suspects

Also stars: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro and Kevin Pollack

From IMDB.com: A boat has been destroyed, criminals are dead, and the key to this mystery lies with the only survivor and his twisted, convoluted story beginning with five career crooks in a seemingly random police lineup.

It’s my 9th favorite film of all time, and has one of the best endings of any film ever made. A great film, and Kevin Spacey is far above the stand out in this one. A great crime mystery, and one that everyone should see at some point.


spacey_american-beauty.jpg1. American Beauty

Also stars: Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari and Chris Cooper

From IMDB.com: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter’s attractive friend.

It’s one of the best films of all time, and comes in at #2 on my list of favorite films. It won many prestigious awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Writing, Best Directing and Best Cinematography. It’s the film that made me want to get involved in making movies, and in my opinion, the best drama ever made.


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My Top 15 Favorite “Classic Rock” Songs

June 27, 2007

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I love classic rock songs from the 60’s through the late 70’s. It’s some of my favorite music, and every time I listen to it, I’m instantly put in a great mood. I’m not really sure why, as I wasn’t even close to living through the times when these songs were first released, but I still enjoy them as if I was. Maybe it’s to do with the fact my parents used to play them when I was a kid, or that we used to play them before hockey, or just simply that they are great songs.

I’ve compiled a list of my Top 15 Classic Rock songs. The criteria I used was to only include Rock songs released between 1960-1979. I know there are so many wonderful songs not listed here, and I could make another top 15 list that would be filled with songs as equally as good as these.

If you click on any of the song titles listed below, you will be taken to a YouTube version of the song. Most of the videos are of live recordings, so they aren’t exactly the same as the originals, but you get the idea.

Either way, here’s the list I’ve put together. Feel free to list some of your favorites in the comments section.


15. Bob Seger – Old Time Rock & Roll

From the album: Stranger in Town, 1979

14. Kingsmen – Louie, Louie

From the album: Released as a single in 1963

13. Foghat – I Just Wanna Make Love To You

From the album: Foghat, 1972

12. ZZ Top – La Grange

From the album: Tres Hombres, 1973

11. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child

From the album: Electric Ladyland, 1968

10. Stealer’s Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You (links to the song, but I have no idea what the heck that video is)

From the album: Stealer’s Wheel, 1972

9. Foghat – Slow Ride

From the album: Fool for the City, 1975

8. Bachman-Turner Overdrive (aka BTO) – Takin’ Care Of Business

From the album: Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, 1973

7. Creedence Clearwater Revival (aka CCR) – Down On The Corner

From the album: Willy and the Poor Boys, 1969

6. Guess Who – No Sugar Tonight

From the album: American Woman, 1970

5. Tom Petty – Breakdown

From the album: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, 1977

4. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesday’s Gone

From the album: Pronounced, 1973

3. Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride

From the album: Steppenwolf the Second, 1968

2. Ram Jam – Black Betty

From the album: Ram Jam, 1977

1. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

From the album: Second Helping, 1974


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The Top 15 Chuck Norris Facts

June 22, 2007

chucknorrislist.jpgEveryone has heard of the Chuck Norris facts. Over the past few months, they have started to become ridiculous, and finding a list of good ones is nearly impossible. I’ve read through hundreds upon hundreds of horrible ones to put together a list of fifteen of my favorites.

Feel free to post one of your own favorites into the comments.

15. Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.

14. Chuck Norris was originally cast as Jack Bauer in 24, but was replaced by the producers when he managed to kill every terrorist and save the day in 12 minutes and 37 seconds.

13. Chuck Norris can eat just one Lay’s potato chip.

12. M.C. Hammer learned the hard way that Chuck Norris can touch this.

11. Chuck Norris sleeps with every woman in the world once a month. They bleed for a week as a result.

10. Chuck Norris doesn’t have hair on his testicles, because hair does not grow on steel.

9. Chuck Norris counted to infinity – twice.

8. If you work in an office with Chuck Norris, don’t ask him for his three-hole-punch.

7. The quickest way to a man’s heart is with Chuck Norris’ fist.

6. When the Boogeyman goes to sleep, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.

5. Chuck Norris won’t ever get a heart attack, because a heart knows better than to attack Chuck Norris.

4. Superman owns a pair of Chuck Norris pajamas.

3. Chuck Norris does not “teabag” the ladies. He “Potato-Sacks” them.

2. There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.

1. Chuck Norris’ tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.

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Full House… Where are they now?

June 20, 2007

For everyone that grew up during the 80’s, Full House was an after school tradition, along with such other great sitcoms like Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince and Family Matters. Full House was always one of my favorites, and many of the stars of that show are still in the public eye.

Full House lasted eight seasons, airing from 1987-1995.

Let’s take a look at what all the stars have done since the show ended, and what they are up to now…


fullhouse_bobsaget.jpgBob Saget (Danny Tanner)

Danny Tanner was the main character, and the guy that held the family together on Full House. He was also the co-host of the morning talk show Wake Up, San Francisco along with Rebecca Donaldson, who later becomes his sister-in-law.

He is also the widowed father of three young children. Danny Taylor was the epitome of family man, and was obsessed with keeping a clean and tidy home. His character is one of the most family friends characters in the history of television.

Bob Saget is anything but.

During a portion of his Full House run, Saget kept his squeaky clean image going by hosting the family-friendly video-submission show, American’s Funniest Videos. He remained the host for seven years, from 1990-1997.

Even though it may not seem like it, but Bob Saget has kept incredibly busy since both Full House and AFV have ended.

He has appeared as himself on Saturday Night Live, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Ellen, Howard Stern (multiple times), The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Joey, The documentary film Artistocrats, in a legendary episode of Entourage, and a whole slew of others. He also hosted 1 vs. 100, a trivia question game show from 2006-07.

It was after Full House that Bob Saget dramatically changed his image. He is actually nothing like the character he’s portrayed and made millions of dollars with. He’s actually a dirty, dirty man. Yes, this may also be an image, but he is known as one of the dirtiest stand-up comics.

He had a very brief role in Half Baked, where he, very graphically, explains what he is used to do in exchange for cocaine. That was my first experience with the dirty Bob Saget, and it shocked me beyond words.

Saget had a small role in the horrid film, Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. He also voiced a character in Madagascar and did voice work in the straight to DVD, Farce of the Penguins.

Saget has also done some behind the scenes work as well. He directed the film Dirty Work, the TV movie Becoming Dick and the spoof film, Farce of the Penguins, which he also wrote.

He is currently working as the narrator on the television show, How I Met Your Mother, and is still touring around America doing his stand-up act.


fullhouse_stamos.jpgJohn Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis)

“Uncle Jesse” was Danny’s brother-in-law, and moved into the home after his sister passed away. He is an Elvis-obsessed wanna be musician. He later marries Danny’s on-air co-host Rebecca, and she later gives birth to twin boys.

His band, Jesse and the Rippers, eventually received a record deal, and at one point they toured around the country.

John Stamos is probably most famous for marrying the incredibly beautiful Rebecca Romjin when she was at the height of her modeling career. They have since divorced.

His movie career after Full House is filled with mostly unforgettable roles. He even starred in a film called I Am Stamos, that’s plot reads, “a dark comedy about a character actor whose wish to be a leading man comes true when he magically begins to photograph as John Stamos, provoking the unholy wrath of Stamos”. Wow.

He did manage to land a starring role in Jake in Progress, but it was canceled after two episodes. He also appeared in one episode of Friends.

He’s had the most success in his role as “Dr. Tony Gates” on the successful television show, ER.


fullhouse_davecoulier.jpgDave Coulier (Joey Gladstone)

Joey was Danny’s best friend, and moved into the home to help raise Danny’s three daughters. Joey made his living as a comedian, but I’m not really sure how, as his jokes were terrible. There was always something pathetic and depressing about Joey. It seemed he was always trying to hide his depression by making terrible un-funny jokes.

I also found it weird that he never had a girlfriend, and for a middle-aged man, never seemed even remotely interested in doing anything in life, besides add the occasional schoolyard joke.

Dave Coulier annoys me a lot. Apparently, someone seems to think he has “host” qualities, as he’s had quite a few jobs doing just that. He hosted the AFV rip-off, World’s Funniest Videos, as well as America’s Most Talented Kid, I Can’t Believe I Wore That, Opportunity Knocks, Animal Kidding and My RV Life.

After Full House, he appeared in an episode of Lois & Clark as well as lending his voice to several shows, including Pinky & The Brain, Extreme Ghostbusters, Teen Titans, Robot Chicken and more.

Dave Coulier… you’re an annoying failure. Please go away.


fullhouse_candice.jpgCandice Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner)

D.J. was overall, a pretty good daughter. She usually listened to her father, but on occasion was embarressed by him. There isn’t a lot of memorable events with her character, but she did add to the show regardless. In the later years, she had a steady boyfriend named, Steve.

Since Full House ended, she has focuses more on family than on her acting career. She appeared in several made-for-TV films, none worth mentioning. She also had one episode roles in Cybill and Boy Meets World.

She hadn’t been seen on screen for nearly six years, until she appeared in an episode of That’s So Raven in early 2007.

Like I mentioned early, her main focus is her family. In 1996 she married NHL player, Valeri Bure (who she was introduced to by Dave Coulier). They now have three children together. She remains good friends with former co-star Jodie Sweetin, and was the matron of honor at her wedding. Her daughter Natasha was the flower girl.

With her recent role in That’s So Raven, is there a chance that she may be looking at returning to television?


fullhouse_jodie.jpgJodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner)

Stephanie was the middle Tanner daughter. She was the feistiest of the Tanner children, and was always getting into some sort of trouble, but never for anything serious. She was also great at annoying D.J., as well as the other family members.

Prior to Full House, Sweetin was on the famous Mickey Mouse Club, along with Candice Cameron.

Her career after Full House has been almost non-existent. In 1999 she appeared in two episodes of Party of Five. She also appeared in an episode of Yes, Dear, and lent her voice to Bob Saget’s Farce of the Penguins. This year, she appeared as the host of Pants-Off Dance-Off.

She got married in 2002, and her wedding was attended by several Full House cast members. She recently got divorced, so there’s no happy ending there. On February 1, 2006, she appeared on Good Morning America, and talked her about her two year addiction to meth. That’s pretty crazy, and surprised me quite a bit. She’s apparently been sober since March of 2005.

Ok, so her career has never taken off, and she had a serious drug addiction. But well, at least she’s hot.


fullhouse_olsontwins.jpgMary-Kate and Ashley Olson (Michelle Tanner)

Michelle was played by both Mary-Kate and Ashley. Michelle was the youngest of the Tanner kids, and was often the highlight of each episode. She was cute, funny and a very important part of the show’s success, despite her young age.

It’s goes without saying that these two are easily the most successful of the former cast members. In 2003, announced that the twins estimated worth was somewhere around $150 million… each.

Their post-Full House careers have been filled with several made-for-DVD films, which are extremely popular among the preteen group. They also have a successful clothing line that sells at Wal-Mart.

They are two of the most successful child actors of all time, and even two of the most successful entertainers of all time.

Over the past couple years, their public image has changed dramatically. They are constantly being portrayed as skinny, anorexic freaks that dress like bag ladies, and have various substance abuse problems. I guess when you have the kind of money they have, you don’t really worry about tarnishing your image and just do what you want. Unfortunately, they made themselves look about as bad as possible.

Since 2004, neither of them has done much at all as far as acting work goes. In fact, the only acting work either of them has had in the past three years, has been Mary-Kate’s uncredited role in Factory Girl.

Recently, they have been improving their image, and are looking to get back into acting.

It would be very easy for me to say a lot of bad things about them, but how can I? They were producers by age 6, have nearly a half billion dollars in combined worth, and haven’t worked for three years. They have become successful beyond anyone’s expectations, so you have to give credit where credit’s due. If they want to walk around looking like starving Ethiopians wearing clothing meant for the homeless, then let’s let them.


fullhouse_lori-loughlin.jpgLori Loughlin (Rebecca Katsopolis)

Even though she was reluctant to admit it, she eventually falls for Jesse, and they soon after get married. She was an integral part of the show for most of it’s run. She moved into the attic along with Jesse, and eventually they had twins. Full House was really living up to it’s name.

When Full House ended, Loughlin had a starring role along with Tony Danza on Hudson Street. It was cancelled after one season, however. She then went on to appear in several forgettable TV movies over the next few years.

During the 90’s, she landed one-episode roles on Seinfeld and Suddenly Susan. From 2000 on, she made appearances in Spin City, Birds of Prey, The Drew Carey Show, 1-800-Missing and Ghost Whisperer. She also appeared alongside former TV-husband John Stamos, in his show Jake in Progress.

She was reunited, in a sense, with many former Full House cast members by lending her voice to Farce of the Penguins.

In 2004 she landed the starring role in Summerland, which lasted 26 episodes. She currently has a role in the David Arquette show, In Case of Emergency. She also appears alongside Don Johnson in the film, Moondance Alexander, which is to be released this year.

She’s done a lot better for herself than I would have thought.


fullhouse_kimmy.jpgAndrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler)

Kimmy was D.J.’s best friend, and although she originally was meant to have a small role, she eventually became a full time cast member. Kimmy is somewhat of an airhead, and can be an annoyance to several of the other characters. She was very similar to the character of “Urkel” on Family Matters.

Andrea Barber had a few roles here and there, but her role on Full House was her last as an actress. I think it’d be safe to presume she has moved on from acting at this point. Her only television appearance of any kind since Full House ended, was in 2000 on the TV documentary entitled Behind the Walls of Full House.

She got married in 2002, and after the wedding moved to England with her husband so they could attend the University of York. In 2004 she had her first child.


Other Characters…

fullhouse_steve1.jpgScott Weinger (Steve Hale)

At first, Danny became weary of one her daughters dating, as most protective fathers do. Steve was a generally good guy, and eventually became accepted by the Tanner family.

Weinger appeared on 29 episodes of Full House throughout it’s run, from 1991-1995.

Prior to Full House, Weinger provided the voice of “Aladdin” in the extremely popular Disney movie of the same name, as well as in the following sequel and TV shows. He has continued to voice the character in nearly all of it’s appearances.

His acting career outside of voicing Aladdin hasn’t been that successful. He appeared in a 1999 episode of Walker, Texas Ranger in four episodes of What I Like About You, and most recently in a 2006 episode of Scrubs.


fullhouse_twinboys.jpgBlake & Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit (Nicky & Alex Katsopolis)

Nicky & Alex were the twin songs of Jesse and Becky. They appeared in 45 episodes from 1992-1995. They were introduced with the hope that they would become as popular as the Olson twins, but of course that never happened.

Neither of the two boys have done any acting work either prior or after Full House. This was intentional, as they both decided to quit acting when the show ended so that they could lead normal lives. They would be 16 years old as of this writing. You can read more about them if you’d like, by checking out their fan website.
Other characters that had roles throughout the films run were…


Vicky Larson (Gail Edwards), who played Danny’s girlfriend over several episodes. She hasn’t appeared in anything noteworthy since the series ended.

Teddy, who appeared in 12 episodes. He was was played by Tahj Mowry, who eventually went on to star as “T.J. Henderson” in The Smart Guy.

We now know what the cast members of Full House are up to these days. Many of the cast managed to pull out something of a career once the show ended, with the Olson twins being far and above the most successful of the bunch. Surprisingly, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin managed to have decent post-Full House careers as well.

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My Top 10 Favorite Albums (of the moment)

June 12, 2007

I am a music fanatic. I have over 20,000 songs on my computer, all perfectly organized by category and album. Surprisingly, I don’t often write about music on my site, as it’s just so hard to compile lists of music, as picking favorites is nearly impossible.

I decided to try and come up with my Top 10 favorite albums… of the moment. I tire of music very quickly, and seeing as I have so much of it, it’s quite easy to jump from one album to another. However, sometimes albums stick around in my CD player for a lot longer than others.

Here’s the list I’ve come up with…


10. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Released: March 20, 2007

My thoughts: I go back and forth on this album. Sometimes I love it, other times I wonder why I even listen to it. There are a few songs on it I’d go as far as saying I don’t even like, but there are also some great ones. It really depends on my mood, but when I’m in the right mood, this is one of my favorite rock albums.

Best songs: Dashboard, Missed the Boat


9. Finger Eleven – Them vs. You vs. Me

Released: March 6, 2007

My thoughts: This CD is not as hard as some of their earlier stuff, but it’s great from start to finish. It’s hard to pick out the best songs, as I listen to the whole CD without changing the song. If I had to pick, “Change the World” would be my favorite song on the album.

Best songs: Change the World, Falling On, I’ll Keep Your Memory Vague, Talking to the Walls


8. Timbaland – Shock Value

Released: April 3, 2007

My thoughts: Super producer Timbaland’s latest CD is filled with guest appearances from Justin Timberlake, Fall Out Boy, Nelly Furtado, The Hives, The Strokes and even Elton John (although why is he only playing piano and not singing?). A great club CD, with a loads of catchy tunes.

Best songs: Give it to Me, Oh Timbaland, Come & Get Me, One & Only


7. Grey’s Anatomy Soundtrack – Vol. 1

Released: September 27, 2005

My thoughts: If you’re looking to sit back and relax, and listen to something mellow this album is incredible. Grey’s Anatomy has the best music on television… they could easily create 10 albums from the music they’ve played on the show.

Best songs: Such Great Heights, Song Beneath the Song, Where Does All the Good Go


6. Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol. 2

Released: November 18, 2003

My thoughts: In my opinion, Immortal Technique is the best lyricist alive. He is incredible. He holds nothing back whatsoever on his records, and is one of my favorite rap artists right now. His music is very explicit, so be prepared if you’re looking into checking him out.

Best songs: Internally Bleeding, You Never Know, Peruvian Cocaine, Obnoxious


5. Snow Patrol – Eyes Open

Released: May 9, 2006

My thoughts: This is one of my all-time favorite CD’s. It was released over a year ago, so I don’t listen to it quite as much as I used to, but it’s still very enjoyable as it doesn’t get old. Snow Patrol have such a soothing, relaxing style. The CD is amazing from start to finish.

Best songs: Chasing Cars, You Could Be Happy, You’re All I Have, Hands Open


4. Brother Ali – The Undisputed Truth

Released: April 10, 2007

My thoughts: The most likely rapper is one of my favorites. He’s an albino Muslim, but his sound and lyrics are incredible. It’s not hardcore rap, as his style is more laid back. Saying that though, the album does have some great upbeat potential club songs as well.

Best songs: Uncle Sam Goddamn, Truth Is, The Puzzle, Pedigree


3. City & Colour – Sometimes

Released: November 7, 2005

My thoughts: This CD probably ranks among my top 5 favorites of all-time. It’s somewhat of a depressing disc, but Dallas Green (city & colour… get it?) is one of the best. If you haven’t heard this CD, I highly recommend checking it out.

Best songs: Save Your Scissors, I’m Comin’ Home, Sometimes, Like Knives


2. Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight

Released: May 15, 2007

My thoughts: I’ve never been a huge Linkin Park fan, but this one has remained in constant play in my CD player since it’s release. The CD is great from start to finish, with not many weak songs. It’s much slower than their previous stuff, which I like much more. It’s not a CD full of singles, as I think it’s meant to be played from beginning to end in one sitting.

Best songs: The Little Things Give You Away, Given Up, Bleed It Out, What I’ve Done


1. Gomez – How We Operate

Released: May 2, 2006

My thoughts: Thanks to the Grey’s Anatomy Soundtrack, I recently discovered Gomez. It’s a bit of a silly name, and doesn’t suit the type of music. I’m not really sure how to categorized him. He has a mixture of mellow, depressing, rock, and alt country all mixed together. All of his albums are great, but this one is the best of the bunch. My favorite album of the moment.

Best songs: How We Operate, Notice, Chasing Ghosts With Alcohol, Charley Patton Songs

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The Top 12 Worst Fashion Trends

June 5, 2007

There have been hundreds of fashion trends over the years, with some being not too bad, and an equal amount being downright awful. I’ve touched on it briefly once before, but this time I’m going to take a more complete look, and rank what I think are the top 12 worst fashion trends in recent memory.

12. Backwards clothing

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In the early 90’s there was a young Hip-Hop group called “Kriss Kross”. To appear unique, they wore all of their clothes backwards. It looked ridiculous, but I do give them credit for coming up with something unique. Although in this case, unique = stupid looking.


11. Baggy Jeans

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This trend started in the early 90’s, and sadly is still around today. Thankfully, it has progressed whereas the pants don’t hang quite as low as they used to. I remember when this was going strong, and I always wondered why it was popular. Your pants would be continually falling down (or someone was yanking them down). Also, it looked like you had just taken a big dump in your jeans. How is that supposed to be cool?


10. Popped Collars

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About two or three years ago, when the “metro sexual” look was starting to hit off, it seemed every other guy was “poppin’ his collar”. And every one that did looked like a complete tool. I still see this once and a while, and get a good laugh out of it every time.


9. Parting your hair down the middle

Nearly every guy who was alive during the mid-90’s is guilty of this. I know I was. Looking back, I cringe seeing pictures of me with parted hair. Guys would comb their hair and part it right down the center leaving a big white scalp line. It looked awful, and thankfully the trend ended (however, it still lasted just long enough for me to end up with hundreds of graduation pictures showing off the horrid hair-do).


8. Uggs/Fuzzy Snow Boots

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These were mega-popular among girls just a few years ago. The girls that wore them, loved them, and the girls that didn’t, despised them (but probably secretly wanted a pair). Another one of the ridiculous trends women have had over the past few years. They made women look like some sort of abominable snowman. For some reason, women seemed to often wear them with skirts, which only increased the awfulness of them. They are so freakin’ ugly, and the fact they are actually called “Uggs” says it all.


7. High-Waisted Jeans (aka “Mom Pants”)

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These aren’t necessarily a trend as much as they are an actual style. However, in the 80’s and early 90’s, nearly every pair of jeans that women wore were “mom jeans”. Everyone knows what they look like… jeans that ride right up around the mid-section, and make your ass look gigantic. They are quite possible the most unflattering pants ever created, yet Moms around the world continue to wear them.


6. Big High-Waist Belts

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I said all I needed to say about these, here.


5. Grillz

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It started out with a gold tooth. Then multiple gold teeth. Every rapper is always trying to “out-bling” the next guy, and that’s what gave us “grillz”. Grillz are perhaps the ugliest accessory you can add to your face. I can somewhat understand why male rappers would get this done… it adds to the whole “bling” image. But lately, even women are getting this done. I guess some people like looking ridiculous.


4. Shoulder Pads

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When I think of a sexy woman, I definitely think: “football linebacker”. What the hell were women thinking when they decided that shoulder pads were a good idea? One of the most infamous trends ever, as it’s easily one of the ugliest and most absurd of all-time. I’ll never understand how this became popular. Then again, there’s a lot of things I’ll never understand about the 80’s.


3. Mens cut off jerseys / belly shirts

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What the hell was this? It’s some sort of football/fruit cake combination. During the 80’s, men (usually ones in good shape) would cut off a football jersey (or t-shirt) to show off their toned stomachs. As far as I’m concerned, all it did was raise questions as to their sexual preference. One of the worst trends men have ever come up with.


2. The Mullet

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Oh, the mullet. The mullet is without a doubt, the ugliest hairstyle of all time and that is saying a lot. The funny thing about the mullet though, is that it was so bad, that people actually embrace it now. It’s become such a joke, that some men or women will grow one just for laughs. If you see someone with a mullet, you don’t look at them like “what an idiot”. It’s more like “wow, this person is awesome!”


1. The Emo

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I may get some negative comments about this choice, as this fad is currently at it’s peak. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing more ridiculous than the recent “emo” look. It’s not just one particular style, it’s the complete package. From the ridiculously styled hair, to the make-up, to the guys that weigh 93 pounds, to the skin-tight jeans with the bottoms so small they must cut off ankle circulation, to the incredibly ugly checkered shoes. The entire style is mind blowing. It seems it’s more the “outcasts” trying to be unique that take up this look. It’s the new “goth”. However, instead of looking unique, they all look like clones of one another. What an utterly horrid look.

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