Friday, September 26, 2008

Sick of Sarah - "Daisies"

If you haven't already noticed; I have a pretty eclectic musical palate. I'm just as likely to be rockin' it out to Red Hot Chili Peppers or grooving to Ne-Yo as I am to mesmerized by Andrea Bocelli or belting out Broadway tunes.

So, it shouldn't be surprising that I liked this little diddy that I ran across today by the Minneapolis band, Sick of Sarah. I won't lie: I checked it out because I hoped it was a spoof song that proclaimed that they were sick of a particular Sarah. Though that wasn't the case, I liked it just the same. So, I thought I'd share:

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Drowning in the Social Networking Sauce?

Ever feel overwhelmed by social networking? There is Twitter (to which I'm addicted, so please follow me here); Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Friendfeed, Flickr, Stumbleupon, Digg, and those rapidly multiplying NINGS with which I currently have a love/hate relationship.

If you have ever felt that you were one social networking platform away from pulling the plug, you'll appreciate this little diddy (though I doubt you'll appreciate the singing itself :-) ).

What are your favorite social network platforms and which ones are making you crazy?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I Need U Bad by Jazmine Sullivan

I love this song. It's filled with raw emotion. Jazmine Sullivan has a terrific voice and I love the easy reggae feel of the song. Though, I must admit I'm a little frightened by Missy's look in this video. I look forward to hearing the rest of her CD.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Living an Ayurvedic Lifestyle

One of my goals during my 20-Month-Plan is to live a healthier lifestyle. I plan to be in better shape at 40 than I was in my 20s. I've long been fascinated with Ayurvedic wisdom and the way it teaches you to respect your body and live in harmony with nature.

Some time ago I took the What's Your Dosha? test and was sort of surprised at my findings. I just retook the test. (And yes, I'm still Kapha). :-)

I'd love to know what dosha you are. Lisa Coffey has a great video that helps you understand the simple, healthy concepts of Ayurveda and how one can easily incorporate them into their current lifestyle to get better results.

Namaste,

Samara



Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Give Sarah and Hillary a Run for Their Money

I'm a big fan of Tina Fey in her roles as both the Head Writer for Saturday Night Live and as the Creator of 30 Rock. There have been lots of comparison's to Sarah Palin and Tina Fey's look. Sarah Palin may have stolen Tina Fey's look, but apparently Tina has at least "borrowed" Governor Palin's Alaskan accent.

I missed this episode of SNL, but found this clip of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. Tina nailed Palin's accent, but Amy steals the show as Clinton. LOVED IT. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dude Just Got Hurdled


If you've followed this blog at any length you know that I love sports. It's not a couple's activity or something I do to appease GQ Jones (the hubster). I genuinely enjoy sports of all kinds.

While I typically watch at least one football game per week during the NFL season, I am not an avid football fan. My interest in college football doesn't extend much further than Ohio State's schedule. However, whether you're a football fan or not, you'll sure you appreciate poetry in motion when you see it.

That's exactly what happened when Georgia Bulldogs running back, Knowshon Moreno, hurdled Central Michigan Chippewa, Vince Agnew, during a 29-yard sprint. Read the story here and see this amazing athletic oooooooh! moment for yourself.

Photo credits: US Presswire

Monday, September 8, 2008

Recommended Viewing: Movies for the Not-So-Serious

My last list of recommended movies were dramas - some with pretty intense themes. But, as anyone who knows me can attest, I'm a bit of a goof that enjoys a good laugh. In fact, if I were forced to choose just one genre of movie to watch for the rest of my life, I'd have to go with the romantic comedy.

What's there not to like about a well-done romantic comedy? The best ones transcend the gender lines that men we often draw in the sand. I think movies like Pretty Woman, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, and My Best Friend's Wedding do a good job of this.

Below is quick list of movies that I've seen recently that gave me plenty of laughs, and in a couple of the romance is minimal to the story. So, it's safe for guys to take a peek. :-)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Recommended Reading: On Writing by Stephen King

As a writer I am ashamed to admit that I only recently read this book. One that I've often heard touted as an absolute must read for any serious writer. I must also admit that I am not a fan of Stephen King's novels and I've only seen two of the proliferation of films based on the works of this American legend writer (Misery & Secret Window). I respect his skills and I do enjoy a bit of suspense. But, I am not the kind that typically enjoys scaring myself half to death - on purpose.

Despite this fact, I actually enjoyed my journey into the life and mind of Stephen King. On Writing is a combination autobiography and writing guide. He is quite clear about the fact that he is telling you about himself, not as some sort of ego trip, but to demonstrate how his life and personal journey have informed his writing. It was fascinating and inspiring to hear his personal story, the obstacles that he faced, and how many of his stories developed. Whether you are a writer or not, it is an excellent read.

I also recently finished On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells by Leigh Michaels. While I don't write strict romances, there is an element of romance in my stories to some degree or another.

Leigh does a fantastic job of guiding budding authors through important elements of fiction writing like developing believable characters and creating compelling dialogue. She also gives advice on developing intimate scenes in different genres from sweet traditional romance to erotica; a list of common cliches to steer clear of; and settings and industries that make it tough to get your novel picked up by mainstream publishers.

This is a must read for any romance writer.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Recommended Listening

I have a true penchant for the fusion of surprising flavors, sounds, and visuals. This is evident from my eclectic palate for music, design, foods, friends, etc. Lately, my taste for a blending of musical styles has grown insatiable. I can't get enough of fusion music.

I love songs that blend rock and hip hop: Walk This Way, by Run DMC, Trick Daddy's Let's Go - loved it even more when a classical orchestra played the song during the player introductions at the NBA All-Star game a few years ago.

Two of my ultimate favorite fusion types are Asian Fusion and Latin Jazz. I often listen to Japanese composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto. He is also in heavy rotation in my Classical and Work playlists on FineTune. His Energy Flow is simply sublime and his pieces written for movies like The Last Emperor are both beautiful and moving.

There are so many fantastic
Latin Jazz artists that I can't begin to name them all. However, if you have a taste for something new, something spicy, bursting with flavor, I'd urge you to give it a try.