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April 30, 2004 

Someone Was Really That Bored?

Someone was actually bored enough to compile a webpage about the history of the heavy metal umlaut.

And, as it appears, I was sick of studying tax enough to read it.

Posted by Lawren at 03:32 PM | Comments (7)

Word Game Fun

Here's a game for you: Just fill in the blank with the most appropriate or creative word.

Income tax law sucks a _________________________.

The possibilities are endless.

Posted by Lawren at 02:27 PM | Comments (12)

April 29, 2004 

The Russians Have Some Serious Penis Envy

Russia's first museum of erotica is to open in St Petersburg - with Rasputin's penis reportedly among the exhibits.

Museum founder Igor Knyazkin says the 12 inch (I'm sorry, did that say TWELVE inch?) organ will be the star attraction, reports Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

Mr. Knyazkin, who is also the chief of the prostate research center of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, said he was particularly proud of the pickled penis. (Was that alliteration necessary?)

He said: "Having this exhibit, we can stop envying America, where Napoleon Bonaparte's penis is now kept. (Did that keep you up at night, buddy?)

"Napoleon's penis is but a small pod - it cannot stand comparison to our organ of 30 centimeters." (Major insecurity issues here).

Posted by Lawren at 10:09 PM | Comments (4)

Third Time's a Charm?

After two marriages ended in high-profile divorces, the billionaire star of NBC's "The Apprentice" proposed to his model girlfriend Melania Knauss, CNN confirmed Thursday.

Can you say PRENUP??

Posted by Lawren at 02:23 PM | Comments (0)

Boy Kicks Bear's Ass

A troubled teenager who went to confront his personal demons in the Alaskan wilderness is recovering after defeating a far heavier and hairier foe.

The 15-year-old American boy was woken up by a 400-pound bear that had entered the campsite for emotionally-troubled youths. When the boy tried to leave his tent, the bear bit him on the arm. That's when the boy then decided to fight back.

He delivered several punches to the bear, using his uninjured arm. The bear attacked again, and the boy continued punch the bear many times. Momentarily punch-drunk, the beast relinquished its hold.

I'm not sure if he was scared shitless or just one angry, bitter kid, but props to him for kicking the bear's ass--and surviving to talk about it!

Posted by Lawren at 12:30 PM | Comments (2)

Entertainment Poll

What critically acclaimed movie of the past couple years did you just not "get"?

--American Splendor
--Lost in Translation
--Far From Heaven
--21 Grams
--Mulholland Drive
--The Hours
--Ghost World
--Punch-Drunk Love
--Igby Goes Down

My vote goes to "Adaptation." WTF???

Posted by Lawren at 12:21 PM | Comments (15)


3 down...1 to go. :)

Posted by Lawren at 12:15 PM | Comments (3)

April 28, 2004 

Supersized Laughs

In "Super Size Me," filmmaker Morgan Spurlock unravels the American obesity epidemic by interviewing experts nationwide and by subjecting himself to a "McDonald’s only" diet for thirty days straight. His Sundance award-winning feature dives into corporate responsibility, nutritional education, school lunch programs and how we as a nation are eating ourselves to death.

Watch the trailer by clicking here. It cracked my shit up. Keep your eye out for the babies with serious back.

Posted by Lawren at 06:51 PM | Comments (5)

Best of the Best

The film critics of the New York Times have compiled a list of the "1,000 Best Movies Ever Made." Click here to see the list in alphabetical order.

Posted by Lawren at 04:43 PM | Comments (6)

Drying Out

In a national first, Germans drank more water than beer in 2003, according to Focus, a weekly news and entertainment magazine.

Posted by Lawren at 04:28 PM | Comments (2)


2 down, 2 to go...

Posted by Lawren at 01:07 PM | Comments (5)

April 27, 2004 

She's So Excited

The youngest member of seventies singing troupe The Pointer Sisters, June Pointer Whitmore, has been arrested in Los Angeles and charged with cocaine possession.

The 50-year-old was arrested with two other people outside her sister Bonnie's Hollywood apartment - and subsequently charged with one count of cocaine possession, as well as possessing an "illegal smoking device".

Now we know why she's been "so excited."

Posted by Lawren at 09:46 PM | Comments (5)

The Good Life

Their daughter, Paris Hilton, found success as a reality star on Fox's "The Simple Life," and now Kathy and Rick Hilton are venturing into reality TV with "The Good Life," a series for NBC.

The show, to be hosted by Kathy Hilton, is said to be in the vein of "My Fair Lady." It will feature 10 young women from around the country who have unrealized potential.

During the course of the show, Kathy Hilton will give the girls guidance on how to succeed and join "the good life." She will introduce them to different fields -- such as publishing, fashion, cosmetics -- so they can find the area best suited for their talents.

What the hell is she going to tell me? Marry well?

Posted by Lawren at 07:29 PM | Comments (4)

Demonstrators Get More Clever Every Day

Way to get people to take you seriously, sweetheart.

Picture courtesy of the I Love Jenna Bush blog.

Posted by Lawren at 07:25 PM | Comments (6)

And I Thought I Spent A Lot of Time in the Library

In an era when attending college can cost $40,000 a year or more, hardship tales abound. But few match Steve Stanzak's curious story of his last eight months as a homeless sophomore at New York University, sleeping six hours a night in the subbasement of the Bobst Library, showering in the gym or at friends' apartments, doing his homework at a nearby McDonald's and subsisting mostly on bagels and orange juice.

As he put it on the Internet, where he has spent four or five months recounting his adventure, it was "the tale of a penniless boy and his quest to gain a college education." He said he took refuge in the library after being denied adequate financial aid, and described himself as "a furtive figure amongst dusty stacks of books, below the offices of the elite administrators of the university."

N.Y.U. officials, when they learned of his Web site ( last week and read his online diary, quickly invited him in for a conversation and then gave him a free room in one of their residence halls for the rest of the semester.

Mr. Stanzak, 20, is a creative writing major who made the dean's list last semester.

Posted by Lawren at 01:12 PM | Comments (0)

AC Slater Got Hitched

Well, AC Slater is all grown up now. Mario Lopez, the former star of "Saved by the Bell" got hitched to actress Ali Landry on April 24.

Wonder of Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie) is OK with this news. Although she may still be riding high from her success as a movie actress in "Showgirls." Did anyone actually see that movie?

Wonder if any of the old SBTB crew were invited.

Here's a SBTB quiz for you:

Which "Saved By The Bell" Character Are You?

Posted by Lawren at 07:54 AM | Comments (10)

Given' Herself a Rubdown

Eccentric Hollywood star Angelina Jolie amused assistants at a Los Angeles store recently - when she took some towels into the changing rooms to try them out.

The "Tomb Raider" beauty - famed for her unusual behavior - approached workers at Macy's to ask if she could take some Ralph Lauren towels into the changing rooms to check whether they were suitable or not. She explained, "I need to rub them against my body to feel if they are soft enough."

Hope she liked them and bought them because I'd hate to be the person who purchased them next!

Posted by Lawren at 07:45 AM | Comments (7)

April 26, 2004 

Indianapolis Indeed

Indianapolis is getting some recognition: The Circle City climbed last week onto's list of 10 best places to live.'s summary mentioned Indianapolis' "dramatic revitalization over the past decade." It also cited Indy's ranking as "the most affordable city over 1 million people" by the National Association of Home Builders.

"Rich in arts and culture, Indy combines 'big city style and Hoosier hospitality,' " said's report. The list included Austin, Texas; Fargo, N.D.; and Burlington, Vt.; as well as Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix and San Francisco.

I would certainly agree.

Posted by Lawren at 09:12 PM | Comments (8)

Question of the Day

Just curious...

How many tequilas does it take to get drunk, pass out on a train track, get run over by a train, sleep through it, and survive?

The man claims to only have had 6 beers. I'm sure we all believe that one.

Posted by Lawren at 02:59 PM | Comments (4)

Save Mona

The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece of a mysterious woman with a slight smile, is deteriorating, and the Louvre Museum said Monday it will conduct an in-depth technical study to determine why.

The Louvre said the condition of the Mona Lisa was causing "some worry" and that a new study on the state of the work has been launched.

I've been fortunate enough to see good, old Mona twice. I'd hate to think the past time would be my last.

Get that woman a good plastic surgeon and some collagen! :)

Posted by Lawren at 02:33 PM | Comments (4)

Come on Get Nauseated

It'S the news David Cassidy fans have dreamed of for 30 years - The Partridge Family are making a comeback. The hit '70s show is returning to TV and Cassidy will be in it.

The former teen heart-throb, now 53, said on UK TV: "The Partridge Family is coming back. And yes, I'll be in it. We just made the deal two days ago."

The title of this post reflects my opinion on the matter.

Posted by Lawren at 08:09 AM | Comments (2)

B. Diddy

Is Broadway ready for P.Diddy? Or maybe he will now be called B. Diddy?

Walter Lee Younger is the character P. Diddy portrays in "A Raisin in the Sun," the play in which he is making his unlikely Broadway debut tomorrow, when it opens at the Royale Theater.

The NYT has an interesting story about him, his new appreciation for Broadway, and his special relationship with his new acting coach.

Posted by Lawren at 08:01 AM | Comments (2)

April 25, 2004 

End of an Icon

Estee Lauder, who started a kitchen business blending face creams and built it into an international cosmetics empire, has died. She was believed to be 95.

"Beauty is an attitude," she once said. "There's no secret. Why are all brides beautiful? Because on their wedding day they care about how they look. There are no ugly women -- only women who don't care or who don't believe they're attractive."

Posted by Lawren at 03:40 PM | Comments (6)

Movie Review

I couldn't handle staying in last night. I needed a break from the studying tax. So, I took myself on a date to see "The United States of Leland." The movie stars Kevin Spacey (my fave), Don Cheadle ("Ocean's 11" and "Traffic"), Chris Klein (Oz from "American Pie"), Michelle Williams ("Dawson's Creek"), and Ryan Gosling (who plays Leland).

I really liked it. It's dark though, so if you aren't in the mood for that, don't go. It delves deep in to the human psyche of all of the characters--something I really enjoy. I definitely saw some dysfunctional parallels in the main family as I did in the family in "American Beauty."

The acting was, of course, fabulous. And I'm not sure what else Ryan Gosling has been in, but MAN, he's got some major talent. The soundtrack is also very moving.

One moment I enjoyed was when Leland and Pearl (Cheadle) were talking about Pearl's recent infidelity. After justifying his behavior by stating that his girlfriend has been in CA for three months, Pearl says, "I'm only human." Leland carefully notes, "It's funny how people only say that after they've done something bad. No one ever says, 'I'm only human' after they rescue a child from a burning building." Quite true.

While sitting there sipping my diet coke, I saw a preview for another movie that looks great. It's called "Garden State" and stars Natalie Portman and Zach Braff ("Scrubs").

Posted by Lawren at 02:59 PM | Comments (1)

Nicki Noir

I'm kind of liking Nicki's choice to go dark. It shows versatility. What do you think?

Posted by Lawren at 01:33 PM | Comments (7)

Face Lift

Like the new look? It's JUST what I needed!!!

Massive thank-yous to Lisa. She's absolutely AMAZING!

Posted by Lawren at 11:03 AM | Comments (20)

April 24, 2004 

Gotta Love the Law

In a bizarre twist to a disturbing case, a man who allegedly had sex with the corpse of an elderly woman cannot be charged for that indecent act.

The man was allegedly discovered by an employee Saturday morning in the basement of a funeral home, passed out drunk, with his pants down, on top of the cadaver.

But that apparently is not a crime in California. According to Assistant District Attorney Adrian Ivancevich, who is prosecuting the case, there are no laws in California that specifically address necrophilia.

Looks like CA has inadequate PENAL codes. ;)

Posted by Lawren at 08:44 AM | Comments (2)

Where's the Beef?

Sui Amaama, who along with his wife have been on the Atkins Diet for two weeks, was asked to leave after he went up to the buffet at the Chuck-A-Rama in suburban Taylorsville for his 12th slice of roast beef.

Posted by Lawren at 08:39 AM | Comments (1)

Like Watching a Train Wreck

Please tell me someone else just saw Courtney Love on Letterman...

Posted by Lawren at 12:23 AM | Comments (4)

April 23, 2004 

Tillman Dies in Iraq

Early reports are saying that Pat Tillman was killed in Iraq. I'm sure there will be more to come, and you can all check the major news outlets for the latest. I have to get to studying, but I thought I'd leave you with a good article I found on him:

Tillman Follows the Beat of a Different Drum

May he rest in peace.

Update: Baldilocks has a challenge to all of us who were moved by Tillman's story.

Posted by Lawren at 09:57 AM | Comments (7)

Is This a Joke?

The Indianapolis Star reports that The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University Bloomington has appointed a new director.

Her name? Julia R. Heiman.

Posted by Lawren at 08:56 AM | Comments (6)

Miss Army Knife

While on the treadmill yesterday morning, I saw the coolest and cutest thing during Cojo's weekly presenation on "The Today Show."

How many times have we rummaged through our purses looking for a nail file or a pen? Well, our prayers have been answered.

The Miss Army Knife: Everything a girl could possibly need in a compact little kit: knife, scissors, needle & thread, bottle opener, pill box, nail file, ruler, corkscrew, tweezers, pen, perfume, pill holder, key chain, safety pin, flashlight, mirror.

And the best part? It's a STEAL at $20. Take your pick of hot pink, purple or blue. Buy yours today!

Posted by Lawren at 08:45 AM | Comments (3)

April 22, 2004 

Now That's Taking Your Garden Seriously

Wanda Baucus is the wife of Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana. She is accused of assaulting a woman Tuesday in the parking lot at Johnson's Garden Center on Van Ness Street, Northwest.

Sources told News4 that Mrs. Baucus was upset because another customer was getting help with mulch ahead of her.

Sources told News4's Pat Collins that Mrs. Baucus dropped a bag of mulch under the woman's car, then struck the woman in the body and face a number of times.

Damn! Get that woman some Prozac.

Posted by Lawren at 07:57 AM | Comments (8)

Spielberg's Next Masterpiece

Steven Spielberg's going for the gold with his next project.

The Oscar winner reunites with Schindler's List star Ben Kingsley to develop an untitled pic about the aftermath of the killing of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian extremists at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Filming is expected to begin this June in Europe.

Posted by Lawren at 07:50 AM | Comments (1)

I Wouldn't Be Laughing

Pop superstar Britney Spears gave her older brother Bryan a birthday to remember on Monday - by having him arrested as a prank.

The 22-year-old "Toxic" singer called fake undercover cops and FBI agents over to Beverly Hills, California, to nab Bryan, who works with his sister's management company. Bryan - who turned 27 on the day of his "arrest" - was handcuffed and taken into custody, while Britney acted shocked and horrified. But the phony police actually took him to his own birthday party, where all was revealed.

I would NOT have been laughing. Good thing she's not my sibling.

Posted by Lawren at 07:46 AM | Comments (2)

April 21, 2004 

Must. Suppress. Rage.

Makes you sick to you stomach...

A man was charged with murder Tuesday in the death of his girlfriend's 6-year-old son, whose body was found in an oven.

Posted by Lawren at 12:37 PM | Comments (3)

Armani Wears Faux Armani

Imitation is flattering, says designer Giorgio Armani, who has a fake Armani watch to prove it. Armani said he bought the watch for $22 in Shanghai. ``It was an identical copy of an Emporio Armani watch,'' he said at a news conference Monday in Hong Kong. The real timepiece costs many times as much.

"It's flattering to be copied. If you are copied, you are doing the right thing,'' he said with a smile.

Posted by Lawren at 08:44 AM | Comments (3)

Carb Craze Continues

Coca-Cola today officially announced Coca-Cola C2, its new soda with half the sugar, carbs and calories of regular colas. The company said that it will launch the new product in Japan first and then the United States this summer.

Coca-Cola C2 will be available in retail and foodservice outlets in bottles and cans, fountain, and as a frozen carbonated beverage. An integrated marketing campaign will support the summer roll-outs, including television, radio, out-of-home and Internet advertising.

Just drink diet people!

Posted by Lawren at 08:33 AM | Comments (10)


I have a final in Food and Drug Law today. Aside from knowing the laws surrounding the FDA, administrative laws, cases, drug approval process, etc., our professor indicated that we need to know 100 medical terms (he provided the list).

Whle trying to memorize these terms, I sent an email to my guy friend who is a second year med student yesterday telling him that I had a small taste of what he went through his first month of med school.

His response made me laugh:


Until you've taken a swan dive into an eighty-six year old vagina, you'll
have no idea.

Now that's some perspective.

Posted by Lawren at 08:26 AM | Comments (4)

April 20, 2004 

Useful Phrases for Your Summer Travels

Many people use the spring and summer months to travel. If you happen to be traveling internationally, then this site is for you! It lists many useful phrases, and translates them to French, German, and Spanish.

Some of my favorites:
It's better in the States.
C'est mieux aux Etats-Unis.

How do I get Letterman?
Sur quelle chaîne je peux voir Letterman?

There's a corpse in the bed. Please change the sheets.
Il y a un cadavre sur le lit. S'il vous plaît, faites changer les draps.

I may be drunk, but tomorrow morning I shall be sober, and you will still be ugly.
Je suis peut-ętre saoul[e], mais demain matin je serai décuité[e], et tu seras toujours aussi hideux [hideuse].

I bet those machine guns are fake.
C'est du toc, toutes ces mitrailleuses.

I know I'm naked. Could you just tell me how to get back to the hotel?
Je le sais bien que je suis ŕ poil; je veux simplement savoir comment rentrer ŕ l'hôtel.

And MANY, MANY more!! These will ensure you make friends--wherever you go!

Posted by Lawren at 08:29 AM | Comments (8)

Duke Helps the Sleep-Deprived

Duke University is eliminating 8 a.m. classes and trying to come up with other ways help its sleep-deprived students, who too often are struggling to survive on a mix of caffeine, adrenaline and ambition.

Bet the students are LOVING that new rule! I HATED when I had an 8 a.m. class in undergrad.

Posted by Lawren at 08:05 AM | Comments (1)

April 19, 2004 


I just had my last law school class---EVER!!!!!

I never thought this day would come.

Now to focus on 4 finals.

Posted by Lawren at 05:42 PM | Comments (8)

Becks' Sex

Yep--he did it. Er, did her.

David Beckham has confessed to wife Victoria Beckham that reports of his extra- marital affair with Rebecca Loos are true, and has pleaded with her to give their marriage a second chance.

Friends claim Victoria is now considering splitting with the soccer ace on a trial basis. The Real Madrid star apparently confessed to his singer spouse in a phone call on April 8 that he had slept with Loos and sent her a series of highly sexual text messages. Close pals say the former Spice Girl is so hurt by her husband's revelations, she has scrapped plans to be interviewed by British TV legend Michael Parkinson, and has jetted back to England alone to celebrate her 30th birthday today.

Posted by Lawren at 09:09 AM | Comments (6)

Spacek Trying Hand at Horror Again

Sissy Spacek is returning to the horror genre -- where she enjoyed one of her earliest successes as the telekinetic heroine of 1976's "Carrie" -- as she steps into "The Ring 2" for DreamWorks and director Hideo Nakata.

The Oscar-winning actress joins Naomi Watts and Simon Baker in the film, due to start shooting in mid-May. It's unclear exactly who she will play in the ongoing tale of a mysterious videotape that proves fatal to viewers because the script is being closely guarded; sources close to the film said the filmmakers want to keep a level of mystery around Spacek's character.

She was totally creepy in "Carrie." I'm sure she won't let us down this time either.

Posted by Lawren at 09:03 AM | Comments (8)

Cul de Sac

Suburban Blight's Cul-de-Sac (her round-up of who is saying what in the blogworld) is back, and I've been sac'd (under the entertainment section).

Thanks, Kelley!

Posted by Lawren at 08:42 AM | Comments (1)

April 18, 2004 

Poker Choker

Saw these on Cojo's portion of "The Today Show" and thought they were TOO cute! With poker being the "it" game this season, it only follows that the trend spill over into the realm of fashion as well.

Click here to see the selection. They range from $110-$200.

Posted by Lawren at 09:19 AM | Comments (59)

April 17, 2004 

Not Gonna Happen

Slow Food is an international movement that urges people to find time for meals made from scratch.

I'm picturing a big group of Martha Stewart's with WAY too much time on their hands.

Not gonna happen in this girl's life for quite some time.

Posted by Lawren at 09:15 PM | Comments (2)

Album Release

I'm pumped about this:

Irish pop act the Corrs will return next month with its fourth album, "Borrowed Heaven."

The set will arrive May 25 in North America via Atlantic and a day earlier internationally. First single "Summer Sunshine" can be streamed from the group's official Web site (http://www.thecorrsWeb

The Irish band came off the road in 2001 after six years of almost continual touring and recording.

I think they are really talented.

Posted by Lawren at 06:32 PM | Comments (2)

Saturday Quiz

I'm off to study with friends for Business Associations and Food/Drug Law, so I'll leave you with a fun quiz. :)

You're Color Bettie, you're bright and modern and
you seem to always know what's going on. You're
into art and expessing deep feelings...that
makes you a little deep yourself.

Which Bettie Page Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Courtesy of Miss Apropos.

Posted by Lawren at 08:16 AM | Comments (0)

April 16, 2004 

Scary Broadway Update

Melanie Brown, known in the pop world as Scary Spice of the group The Spice Girls, will make her Broadway debut as Mimi in "Rent" April 16.

Posted by Lawren at 07:42 PM | Comments (4)

Miami Welcomes the VMA's

This year, the MTV Video Music Awards are hitting the road.

For the first time in the show's history, the VMAs will not be staged in New York or Los Angeles. Instead, the 2004 VMAs will be handed out at Miami's American Airlines Arena on Sunday, August 29, the channel announced on Friday (April 16).

Posted by Lawren at 02:04 PM | Comments (1)

The WOman Show?

The production company behind "The Man Show" is ready to learn about women.

Stone Stanley Entertainment has signed a development deal with Oxygen, the female-targeted cable network. The company, which also counts "Celebrity Mole" and "The Joe Schmo Show" to its credit, is already at work on an unspecified unscripted series for Oxygen.

Should be interesting, ladies. Think they'll have men jumping on trampolines?

Posted by Lawren at 08:47 AM | Comments (7)

Merger of Occupations

For the first time since assuming the governor's office, Arnold Schwarzenegger has pledged to help bring show business back to the California economy.

In addition to beefing up the California Film Commission with the appointment of five of his Hollywood brethren, Schwarzenegger also committed himself to doubling the number of entertainment-related jobs in California and continuing the pursuit of tax incentives on both the federal and state levels, which to date have proved elusive.

Appointed to the film commission were a high-profile yet bipartisan lot. Democrats Danny DeVito and Bill Duke were appointed as were Republicans Clint Eastwood and Lili Fini Zanuck. Rounding out the appointments was Tom Werner, who declined to state an affiliation on his voter registration.

Posted by Lawren at 08:42 AM | Comments (0)

April 15, 2004 

I Love Chuck

Reason #4,586 why Chuck Miller is one of the funniest people I know.

Go out and buy yours TODAY!

Posted by Lawren at 05:35 PM | Comments (3)

Manly Reality

The company behind the Lingerie Bowl, in which near-naked women played full-contact football for a pay-per-view audience, is closing in on a deal with Fox Television Studios for a 10-episode reality TV show based on the concept.

The series will feature scrimmages and other behind-the-scenes activities of the female football players, while games played by teams of the Lingerie Football League, which was recently created and has been casting cheerleaders since Monday, will still be made available only via pay-per-view.

Get excited, fellas: They promise even more skin than last time. "The uniforms are a lot sexier," a spokesperson said. "The bottoms and tops are skimpier, and the shoulder pads are smaller."

And the fun's not over yet: Separately, Horizon is taking bids on its "Guy's Night Out," a hidden-camera reality show that has single men hitting on attractive ladies. "The guys accrue points based on how well they do with the ladies," Mortaza said. I think I'd like this show--the lines guys come up with are priceless.

Posted by Lawren at 08:30 AM | Comments (3)

Tax Day--in more ways than one

The law ladies and I are heading to Kelly's to do a marathon session of studying for our income tax law class (which, by the way, will be a 7 hour final). Blogging will probably be a minimum until later this afternoon.

Can I tell you how much I hate this class?

Posted by Lawren at 08:25 AM | Comments (5)

April 14, 2004 

Did you know...

...that Starbucks will give you used coffee grounds to use in your garden?

Apparently, coffee grounds act as a green material with a carbon-nitrogen (C-N) ratio of 20-1. They make an excellent addition to your compost. Combined with browns such as leaves and straw, coffee grounds generate heat and will speed up the composting process.

So, the next time you're grabbing a toffee nut latte, grab some grounds and watch your garden grow!

Posted by Lawren at 06:26 PM | Comments (11)

Beatles-Inspired Sneaks

Peter Max’s kooky, cartoony graphics and his animation for the Beatles’ 1968 film Yellow Submarine took psychedelia’s otherworldly aesthetic into the mainstream.

Still hard at work at 66, Max sells his merchandise online and through QVC. These affectionately rendered tributes, from Marc by Marc Jacobs, are in somewhat more limited distribution.

Posted by Lawren at 01:08 PM | Comments (14)

Veteran Actors

So many veteran actors are still working--even in their 60's and 70's. And that's a blessing for us--many of these actors are icons, and young actors today could learn a thing or two from their humble nature and their dedication to the craft.

Here are 2 examples:
1) The New York Post is reporting that Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Carl Reiner (all of whom we still see working on TV, stage, and film) and other stars of original "Dick Van Dyke Show" will reunite for 159th Episode, an all-new installment set in the present day and airing on CBS on May 11.
--My dad will love this. He watches the old reruns on "Nick at Nite."

2) Veteran actor Christopher Plummer is set to play Boston's controversial Cardinal Bernard Law in Showtime's Our Fathers, a cable movie about the sexual abuse scandal in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church.
--He'll always be Captain VonTrapp to me.

Posted by Lawren at 12:34 PM | Comments (4)

Nicholson IS King!

Legendary actor Jack Nicholson is investigating the possibility of buying a second castle - this time in Iceland.

The Oscar-winner recently pumped an Icelandic journalist for details on the island, including how cold it is and if there were any castles for sale. Nicholson has a strange new mission to buy castles all over the world, and recently purchased one in Britain.

But the 66-year-old was disappointed to learn, "The Vikings didn't build any castles."

Posted by Lawren at 09:14 AM | Comments (1)

Show Them the Money explores the true secret to getting a table at all of your favorite, fabulous, and trendy restaurants. What's the secret? CASH, of course.

Posted by Lawren at 08:51 AM | Comments (5)

Meeting a Murderous Mind

Actors with the Royal Shakespeare Company have met a convicted murderer to help them with their current production of Macbeth.

Dominic Cooke, the director, said it was important that cast members talked to someone with a real experience of killing and the effect it had on everyone involved. He arranged for a man convicted of robbing and murdering a woman to face questions from five cast members, all of whom have to carry out a killing in the play, says the Daily Telegraph.

Mr Cooke said the 45-minute discussion had provided "fascinating insights". He added: "It is important for actors to plug into the reality of the situation they are portraying on stage. I wanted them to understand what killing did to the perpetrator.

Lady Macbeth has always been one of my dream roles. Boy, I wish I could see this production of it.

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April 13, 2004 


Fox is rescheduling Tuesday's episodes of American Idol and 24 for later in the week so as not to conflict with President Bush's press conference.

It's nice of them to do that since I think most of America would have either been torn as to which to watch, or would have bagged the President alltogether. Kinda sad.


I'm annoyed.

UPDATE #2: Para bellum has a great synopsis of the conference.

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The Night the Lights Went Out in Vegas

The Bellagio, one of Sin City's largest resorts, went dark for more than 13 hours on Easter Sunday, leaving at least 5,000 guests unable to use most of the property's amenities.

Hmmm....wonder if Clooney, Pitt, and the gang were in town.

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New Digs

Grumpy Bunny has moved. Check out GB's new digs.

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Condo Update

I had my inspection on my new condo last week. Hardly anything to report--just a broken seal on a window. Easily replaceable. I'm waiting to hear back regarding my mortgage. I shouldn't have too hard of a time getting approved, but their risk goes up because I am first-time home buyer and that I won't have an attorney's salary unless I pass the bar.

I'm starting to get really excited about the new place.

I wanted to let you know that if anyone in Indy is moving, or if anyone is moving to the Indy area, I have the best realtor in the world. His name is Andy Phillips and has worked for Tucker for over 20 years. He's just been a jewel and very sharp. Give Andy a call at (317) 846-7751.

I also wanted to tell you all how impressed I was with the company who did my inspection. The company was Cornerstone Inspection Services, and they took digital pictures and brought a printer, so I had a bound booklet of their findings the very same day. They were fabulous!

Now I have a question for you all: where is the best/cheapest place for me to get or buy boxes for my move?

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Question of the Day

Which celebrity couple are you most surprised is still together?

--Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
--Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar
--Chris Klein and Katie Holmes
--Jake Gyllenhaal and Kirsten Dunst
--Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
--Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
--David Arquette and Courteney Cox
--Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis
--Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon
--Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
--David Duchovny and Tea Leoni

My vote goes to other: Madonna and Guy Ritchie.

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April 12, 2004 

I Don't Make This Stuff Up, Folks!

Lead story from my hometown's newspaper:

What appears to be a drunken tractor ride through the southern part of the county ended in an arrest early Sunday morning.

Matthew Wayne West, 22, 233 S. 13th St., was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a accident, and auto theft. He has a prior drunken driving conviction.

Wonder if his other arrest was also a PUI--plowing under the influence.

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Uncle Jesse's a Bachelor

John Stamos and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos have split after five and a half years of marriage--an eternity in Tinseltown time--their publicist has confirmed.

I'm not sure anyone totally understood that pairing in the first place.

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Even VH1 is Blogging

Not sure if any of you have caught "The Best Week Ever" show on VH1, but I really like it. It's a weekly half-hour show that provides a free-wheeling and funny review of the entertaining news and pop culture developments of the week.

And guess what? The show has its very own blog.

Stop by and let them know what you thought of last night's "Sopranos" episode.

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Pucker Up Buttercup

It's been scientifically proven that frequent kissing stabilizes cardiovascular activity, decreases high blood pressure, cholesterol and overall makes one's life better.

Click here for the entire article describing the great benefits of a good make-out session!

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Janet Does Condi

Did anyone else see the beginning of SNL Saturday night? Janet Jackson did a HYSTERICAL Condi imitation and Darrel Hammond did a darn good Cheney.

Janet won back major points with me. Anyone that can do a good imitation and laugh at themselves at the same time earns my respect.

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Ode To Monday

For some reason, I'm dragging today. In light of this, I would like to pay tribute to the Monday after Easter:

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April 11, 2004 


I'm SO happy for Phil.

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April 10, 2004 

Less than 2 weeks until

Less than 2 weeks until finals start.

Less than one month until law school graduation.

I think I can...

Now back to the books.

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Whoo hoo...I'm testing this bad boy. :)

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...dumbass move. A Wayne County

...dumbass move.

A Wayne County woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for setting a friend on fire in a consensual foreplay act.

Darlene Humby, 27, of Newark was sentenced when she pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in connection with the Dec. 12 incident at her home, said Wayne County District Attorney Richard Healy. If convicted after a trial, Humby could have faced up to seven years in prison.

Healy said Humby set the victim’s shirt on fire; lighter fluid may have been involved, but there was not much left of the two shirts the victim was wearing to confirm that.

“She didn’t try to injure him,” Healy said. “It was reckless assault. They were friends and it ignited. He was burned quite severely on his face, arms, neck and torso.”

The 32-year-old victim, who was not identified, suffered second- and third-degree burns. He spent two weeks in Strong Memorial Hospital’s burn unit and required two skin grafts, Healy said.

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April 09, 2004 

Sonnet 54

William Shakespeare

O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
By that sweet ornament which truth doth give!
The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live.
The canker blooms have full as deep a dye
As the perfumčd tincture of the roses,
Hang on such thorns, and play as wantonly
When summer's breath their maskčd buds discloses;
But, for their virtue only is their show,
They live unwooed and unrespected fade,
Die to themselves. Sweet roses do not so;
Of their sweet deaths are sweetest odours made.
    And so of you, beauteous and lovely youth,
    When that shall vade, by verse distills your truth.

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A model shows a hairstyle

A model shows a hairstyle during 'Beauty Season 2004' contest in Kiev, April 7, 2004. The annual international competition of hairdressers and body-art designers started in the Ukrainian capital on April 7 and runs till April 10.

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Prostitutes in a Romanian town

Prostitutes in a Romanian town have suspended their services for Lent.

The working girls in Botasani say they want to be good Christians and go to church for Easter.

The women say they will gather in groups and go to the priests to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness.

One of the girls, Luminita, told Ziarul daily: "Clients are very few these days because many of them are fasting or others keep their money for the Easter preparations. So we thought we shouldn't work this week either."

Another prostitute, Mirela, added: "We don't see what we do as a sin. It's just work and it's our way to earn a living. If we have sex instead of digging the field it's just the way it happened."

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April 08, 2004 

An obese inmate was caught

An obese inmate was caught hiding crack cocaine in a cigar holder under a roll of fat beneath his stomach, jail officials said Wednesday.

Another inmate told jail officials that 6-foot-2 Jonathan Wilson, who weighs 350 pounds, had the drugs, according to an Okeechobee County sheriff's report.

What's he in the slammer for? Jailed on sale and possession of cocaine charges, of course!

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Condi Rice is my hero.

Condi Rice is my hero.

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My law school's blog (of

My law school's blog (of which I am a contributor) is nominated for "Law Student Blog Honor Roll" set up by Wisconsin professor D. Gordon Smith.

Here is the post where you can vote--shoot Sapere Aude a nod if you get a chance!

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April 07, 2004 

Take the quiz: "Which American

Take the quiz: "Which American City Are You?"

New York
You're competative, you like to take it straight to the fight. You gotta have it all or die trying.

Courtesy of Brian.

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This story makes me want

This story makes me want to go shoot someone.

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After one man received

After one man received tons of different emails trying to sell viagra, each spelling it a new-fangled way, he started to wonder: How many different ways are there to spell Viagra?

Check out his findings, here.

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I found an interesting site

I found an interesting site that lists the last words of real people. The site also details the events surrounding each death. Some I found most intriguing:

Tallulah Bankhead: "codeine . . . bourbon"

Thomas Becket: "For the name of Jesus and the protection of the church I am ready to embrace death."

Beethoven: "Friends applaud, the comedy is over."

Eugene O'Neill: "Born in a hotel room--and God damn it--died in a hotel room."

Abraham Lincoln: (Laughter)

Joan of Arc: "Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames!"

James Dean: "That guy's got to stop. . . . He'll see us."

Princess Diana: "My God. What's happened?"

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April 06, 2004 

Via Just a Girl

Captain Quack Rubber Duck Quiz

Via Just a Girl in the World.

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Comedian Bill Maher, former Minnesota

Comedian Bill Maher, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, and singer-actress Michelle Phillips among those lending their support to the Marijuana Policy Project, an effort to enlist public officials and celebs in the battle for sensible marijuana laws.

--Michelle Phillips is STILL probably high from all the dope she and the rest of the Mama's and the Papa's smoked back in their day.

Maybe they should join forces with this lady: A drug-addicted grandmother who ran a "tinny" house claimed cannabis was a gift from the Maori gods Rangi and Papa. Mary Te Harihari Ake, 50, was sentenced in Tauranga District Court last week to 21 months in prison.

--Picturing either of my grandmothers smoking pot is causing my sides to hurt from laughter.

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Bob Dylan appears in

Bob Dylan appears in a new series of commercials for Victoria's Secret, his grizzled face intercut with shots of model Adriana Lima cavorting though Venice in a bra, panties and spike heels.

Not sure why VS thinks seeing Bob will make women want to buy lingerie, but what do I know? I don't find him anything close to sexy.

But don't worry ladies: The 62-year-old Dylan keeps his clothes on. Thank God for small favors.

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Hollywood superstar Jennifer Lopez is

Hollywood superstar Jennifer Lopez is poised to thrill film students when she shares her craft secrets with them on TV show "Inside The Actor's Studio."

I'm sorry, but don't you have to at lease be a decent actor/actress to be on that show? How is she going to honestly talk about how she prepared for her "challenging" role in "Gigli?"

I know I may sound a bit bitchy on this one, but this isn't "Access Hollywood" we're talking about here. I've long respected and loved watching ITAS because of its high-caliber guests who really talk about acting as a craft.

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April 05, 2004 

Adolf Hitler's honorary citizenship of

Adolf Hitler's honorary citizenship of an Austrian town has been cancelled - 66 years after it was originally granted.

The small town of Haslach in Upper Austria was the last Austrian town to have kept the honorary status for Hitler.

It was granted in March 1938 and finally scrapped this week when the town's council decided unanimously to strip Hitler of his honorary status.

And what the hell was so special about this week? Did they just NOW notice he was a disgusting, murdering, pig?

Posted by Lawren at 08:48 PM | Comments (0) TARA (my friend from TARA (my friend from DePauw who was also my roommate when I lived in Chicago)!!!! Miss McKillip got engaged this past weekend! We're all so happy for you, T-Dogg! (and Paul too--he's one lucky guy!).

Posted by Lawren at 06:38 PM | Comments (0) living color." Miss your living color."

Miss your favorite "In Living Color" episodes and characters? Well yearn no more. The first season is out on DVD.

You can buy the three disc DVD set, which includes all 13 episodes from the first season, including select episode (and sketch) commentary.

You just knew Jim Carrey was going to be famous after watching him on this show. And let's not forget--J Lo was a Fly Girl.

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"Love Actually" hunk Colin

"Love Actually" hunk Colin Firth has emerged as the British public's first choice to take over from Pierce Brosnan as super spy James Bond.

The 43-year-old actor, who wowed the ladies as sexy Jane Austen hero Mr. Darcy in "Pride And Prejudice," earned the top spot in a poll by video chain Choices Video.

Eon, the production company responsible for the James Bond franchise, have yet to announce who will play the next 007, leading to speculation that Pierce will be replaced.

Now don't get me wrong, I love, love, love Colin Firth. I'm just not sure I see him in that role though. What do you think?

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April 04, 2004 

The 2004-2005 Broadway season has

The 2004-2005 Broadway season has been set, and there are some GREAT shows coming to Indianapolis:

• "Chicago," Sept. 14-19, Clowes Hall
• "The Phantom of the Opera," Nov. 10-Dec. 5, Murat Theatre
• "Oklahoma!," Dec. 14-19, Clowes Hall
• "The Producers," Jan. 11-23, 2005, Murat Theatre
• "Thoroughly Modern Millie," Feb. 15-20, Murat Theatre
• "Hairspray," March 1-13, Murat Theatre
• "On the Record," March 22-27, Clowes Hall
• "Mamma Mia!," April 5-10, 2005, Clowes Hall
• "Riverdance," April 26-May 1, Murat Theatre

I'm really excited about "The Producers" and "Hairspray!"

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Had 2 middle school flashbacks

Had 2 middle school flashbacks this weekend:

1) I saw that the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards were this weekend. Did anyone ever watch "You Can't Do That On Television" on Nick? I seriously loved that show. And I remember Alannis Morisette being on there too. WAY before she was famous. Gotta love the green slime!

2) I randomly received a catalogue from Delia's this weekend. I have no idea why I all of the sudden received the catalogue, because I haven't bought anything from there since 7th grade! I looked through it, and I actually found a couple of cute shirts for summer, but I'm thinking I'd have to order an XL since all the girls in the catalogue looked about 14!

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April 03, 2004 

I'm REALLY excited about the

I'm REALLY excited about the release of the movie "The United States of Leland."

While it opened in select cities on April 2, it won't be in Indianapolis until April 16 (at the Castleton Arts, of course). This flick caused major buzz at Sundance this year.

With a cast like Don Cheadle, Ryan Gosling, Chris Klein, Jena Malone (who I loved in "Stepmom"), Lena Olin, Michelle Williams, and my boyfriend Kevin Spacey, how can you go wrong?

Check out the website--I love the music they have playing.

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April 02, 2004 

Everyone has a pimp hiding

Everyone has a pimp hiding inside. Plug your name into the Pimp Name Generator and find out your pimp name.

Mine is Reverend Doctor L. Ice. I LOVE it.

Thanks for the link, Shel Dog.

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How disturbing is this? A

How disturbing is this?

A Walt Disney World employee who worked as the character "Tigger" was charged Friday with molesting a 13-year-old girl and her mother while posing with them for pictures.

Good lord! You would at least think you'd be safe from major whackjobs at Disney World! What is this world coming to?

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A vibrating condom and an

A vibrating condom and an anti-haemorrhoid chair have become the stars of the show at an inventors' trade fair in Geneva.

The condom with an inbuilt vibrator created by a Taiwanese man has proved a top draw for hundreds of visitors to the fair.

The South-Korean anti-haemorrhoid chair, which sends a scent of medicinal herbs through the seat which are then warmed by a candle, has also proved popular.

Bet they had an interesting time doing trial tests of these two!

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An inebriated Bill Murray gave

An inebriated Bill Murray gave Kathleen Turner's bedroom skills a high rating this week - in front of an all star audience.

Funnyman Murray was hosting a benefit at New York's Museum Of Modern Art for Sofia Coppola, who directed him in the Oscar-winning "Lost In Translation," in front of a panel which included Hollywood players Kirsten Dunst, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Claire Danes and Turner herself.

Merry Murray blurted, "She's a great f***!," before blaming the cans of sparkling wine supplied by Francis Ford Coppola for his outburst. He later admitted: "I've had six."

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Two original Munchkins from the

Two original Munchkins from the movie "The Wizard of Oz" are visiting Hollywood Bar & Filmworks through Sunday to sign autographs and meet fans. The movie will be shown at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Downtown theater.

Karl Slover played the Munchkin trumpeter, a sleepyhead and a soldier in the 1939 classic. One of his characters also told Dorothy to "follow the yellow brick road." Jerry Maren played one of the lollipop kids and presented the lollipop to Dorothy. Slover and Maren were presented a welcoming letter Thursday from Gov. Joe Kernan and were issued a proclamation from the city calling April 1, 2004, "Munchkin Reunion Day."

Munchkinland was my favorite! I thought Dorothy should have stayed there instead of traveling to Oz--or back to Kansas for that matter!

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April 01, 2004 

Can you tell the difference

Can you tell the difference between a real story and an April Fool's hoax? Click here to take a quiz and find out.

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Hollywood funnyman Will Ferrell

Hollywood funnyman Will Ferrell is in talks to take on the role of a Nazi playwright behind the flop musical in the Mel Brooks' musical "The Producers."

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The Indiana Pacers clinched the

The Indiana Pacers clinched the franchise's fourth Central Division title Wednesday night, along with the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, with a rebutting 111-78 victory over Milwaukee at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The players now have their eyes on the championship. "We want to win a championship," said Al Harrington, not referring to the divisional variety. "Somebody said we're going to put up a banner next year, but we're trying to get the big one."

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