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Monday, January 31, 2011

Interesting Reads: How to Get Over Your James Franco Complex

From The Hairpin, this article hits home for me completely. I'm sure those who read this blog have figured out by now that I'm always in awe of smart, creative, accomplished people.

Now I just need a guide on how to get to over my Dr. She Bloggo complex.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Interesting Reads: What Your Favorite TV Shows Say About You

I love the psychology that goes into advertising content and platform choices, so this article particularly interested me, even with its disclaimer:
(A caveat: Yes, we know and agree that many humble people adore "The Office" and plenty of agenda-following realists love "Mad Men." The study, and story, are about statistical group tendencies; that is, the increased likelihood that a group of people who watch a particular show will tend to have one or more similar personality traits. It is not saying that every individual watcher of "Glee" is open-minded and longs to buy a Volkswagen.)

I like to think that I'm creative, open minded, and someone who lives life to the fullest. And let's be honest, I probably do have a superiority complex - one this blog may even be bringing to the forefront.

And I would buy a Volkswagen.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards and a Nostalgic Highlight from Last Year's Ceremony

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards take place tonight: An annual tradition in which the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honors outstanding work in both film and television, and an event which award show die-hards like myself know is commonly referred to as "the biggest party in Hollywood." As I get excited for this year's festivities, I keep remembering my favorite memory from last year's show.

One year ago, the Glee cast and crew won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy. At that point in time, only the first 13 episodes of the show had aired, making the win a particularly special achievement for the cast and crew. The win was also a particularly enjoyable moment for me as someone who had recently discovered the promising show. More important, it was this first memory of seeing the cast out of character, at one of their first red carpet events, that solidified my support for them and their work. Following is a video of the Glee cast with creator Ryan Murphy accepting their award and a photo of them posing with the trophy after the ceremony. Look at them and try not to smile.


On this night, I saw a group of my peers, who had until that point lived relatively typical childhood through 20-something lives, assume their well-deserved places on Hollywood's A-List. It was a story not all that different from the one for which they had won this very award, or the story of the small town girl and city boy who took a midnight train toward a better life.

A significant percentage of the Glee fan community considers the original "Front 13" episodes the show's best. They may very well be right. Yet rather than consider what happened after this night, I end my story with this moment, the one in which I knew I was a Glee fan.

You can watch this year's Golden Globe Awards tonight at 8 PM Eastern on NBC. The Gleeks will be back in full force, with 5 nominations including another for Best Television series, and a complete Nominees List is available at http://www.goldenglobes.org/.

I wish all of my favorite entertainers luck on their special night and more important, I hope they have fun. Fellow entertainment fans, I hope you enjoy watching as much as I do and welcome your comments throughout the festivities!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

This Week on the Web: Tumblr 101

Tumblr was voted one of Time's Best Websites of 2010, and for good reason. The Time staff reports, "Tumblr can make even the most mundane updates look visually stunning," and I could not agree more.

A quick reminder I have a Tumblog, http://meticulouswhimsy.tumblr.com/, where I follow a few of my favorite Tumblogs:

http://entertainmentweekly.tumblr.com/

http://felldowntherabbithole.tumblr.com/ - Created by Dianna Agron! Compelling playlists and photography.

http://ordinaryheroes.tumblr.com/

Editor's Note: On January 29, 2012 I changed my Tumblr username and address to match Mug for Thought. The Tumblr blog is now titled Mug for Thought and located at http://mugforthought.tumblr.com.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 - And I'm on my Way to Believing.

Hello everyone! Happy 2011. I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and New Year's holidays as much as I did. It feels good to have a new start.

I'm currently listening to "The Only Exception." I start the year with this song because at its core it's about letting go of things that have upset you in the past and allowing yourself to have hope in a brighter future. Life might not be exactly what you want it to be right now, but it's still important to hold on to your dreams. I'm posting the original Paramore song and a link to Lea Michele's cover because both capture this inspiring message.