Don’t Trust Symbogen!

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438174039_640I just finished Mira Grant’s latest book Parasite. After falling in love with her Newsflesh Trilogy, I was eager to see what Grant had in store for this series. It is a little slow to start but that can be said of a lot of good books. Keeping with the style of her last series each chapter of Parasite opens with passages from interviews and other writings that would be published within the novel’s world. And again despite being a sci-fi novel the amount of research put into the story shines through when the characters speak about the parasites. The only problem I have now that I’m done is that I’m already impatiently waiting the next book.

Something particularly cool about this series is that Grant’s team has created a website for the fictional company that created the parasites. The site features a few ads for the “SymboGen Intestinal Bodyguard” and a link to the company’s twitter account. Looking back over the twitter feed things started out pretty cool with tweets made to be from within the fictional world. I have to give her credit that the website and twitter account were great ways to get her audience more involved in the story. I can’t wait to see what else is to come if Grant continues the series since the “To Be Continued…” ending basically outright says she isn’t done with this storyline. Hopefully it will be soon!

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PS The title makes sense when you check out the twitter account.

Ender’s Game

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enders_game_ver11_xlrgI finally saw the movie for Ender’s Game, and while it’s been a while since I read the books it seemed mostly on track from what I remember. Now that I’ve watched it, I’m thinking about rereading the book and maybe even continuing with the rest of the series. I guess that’s the curse of watching movies made from books I always want to experience them both close together so I can decide what was done better in each. While it felt like it moved along faster than I remembered I think that the scenes for Harrison Ford’s character justified the speed at which things progressed. All in all while I don’t think that it will be joining the shelves of my DVD collection I’m glad that I saw it and would probably recommend it to anyone that enjoys the aliens and space side of the sci-fi/fantasy world.

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Scarf Season

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I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love the cold weather. If you ever had the opportunity to ask any of my friends they’d tell you I always talk about how much better winter clothing is. Since I live in Florida I always feel a little cheated when it comes to winter clothes. Still one of my favorite cold weather accessories is the scarf. I literally have a drawer full of them. So now that I’m getting more use out of them I started looking up more ways to wear them. That’s when I came across this quick but fantastic video of 25 ways to wear a scarf! Okay so there are two on there that look the same but our lovely scarf expert makes a point of distinguishing the difference between The Infinity and The DIY Infinity in the about section below the video on YouTube. (It’s all about the shape of the scarf squared or rectangular.) The fact that she makes that distinction is just one of the reasons I thought this video was worth sharing. Plus it’s just fun to watch her in all the tiny boxes as she moves to the next one.

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Shaping the Body

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I know that it isn’t shocking to have nudity in art anymore. It hasn’t been for a very long time, but the thing that did amazement me about Spencer Tunick’s work was the sheer mass of people involved. I’m talking thousands of people posing nude together for a photograph. Tunick didn’t start with such large groups. He took many photos of individuals always capturing a deeper meaning using the person and their surroundings. Still even with the success of that past work, looking at these pictures of large groups posing makes me realize how much art matters. It matters enough for people to volunteer to be naked next to or even touching complete strangers. It’s pretty cool to see people willing to be that vulnerable for another person’s art. And the way that Tunick makes us of his models in such mass is truly impressive. I think that the photo of the eye made out of people piled on top of each other is my favorite example of his ability to create something larger with so many individual parts.

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Boy George’s New Album

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I was just reading on Rolling Stone’s website that Boy George will be releasing his first full album of original songs since the 90s soon. According to the article the album This Is What I Do will be released March 25th but iTunes begs to differ. I went on to see if there was a single to sample and it turns out that the whole album is already available on there. I’m not sure if it’s been prematurely released on iTunes or if the article was misinformed. I guess it doesn’t change much either way.

I listened to the previews for each song and it definitely wasn’t my cup of tea. According to Boy George he was writing this album from a happier perspective than things he’s written in the past. I guess I only really enjoyed two or three songs from him in the past but many of these new tracks have a pop meets reggae sort of feel to me. Some how reggae and screamo are the only two genres of music that I can’t get into so the hints at the genre and the mention of God in more than half the previews have made This Is What I Do a skip for me. It’s really a shame because I like the idea of Boy George based on how he presents himself. I guess this is a case where I’ll have to try to separate the person from their work.

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PS Sorry I was so late with this one BTs.

Bad Lip Readings

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To be completely honest with you I’m being a bit of a bum today. Sorry, but since you came all the way here through cyberspace I’ll give you some links to funny videos so that you don’t feel like you’ve completely wasted your time.

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Macbook to TV Cord!

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I got a nifty new gadget in the mail this week! There is this cord that hooks your macbook into televisions, basically making them into a giant screen of what’s happening on your computer, and now I have one. It’s all very exciting. I can’t wait to make all my favorite YouTube videos giant sized!

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Switching Perspectives Done Right

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200px-AlexSanchez_RainbowBoysAfter a series full of war and revolution I needed something a little more relatable. (Side note this is specifically relatable to me as a gay man.) So I picked up Alex Sanchez’s Rainbow Boys series. So this is going to sound fickle after my complaint last week unless I explain it. Sanchez’s series is written from three switching perspectives. My problem with switching perspectives last week was specific to the fact that it wasn’t consistant throughout Roth’s full series. It is consistant for Sanchez though, all three books are written in the same style of switching back and forth between the three boys. Something that is done very well in this series. There was never a point when I was confused as to who’s side of the story I was getting. I think that this series is also a great example because despite the major differences in each of the characters I could relate to each of them in a different way. Major props to Alex Sanchez for creating such cool characters. Even if you’re not part of the LGBTQAlphabet soup community I think this is a pretty cool read.

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PS doesn’t that look sort of like Matt Bomer on furthest back on the cover?

My Top 5 Movies of 2013

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Now that we are a respectible amount of time into 2014 I decided to pick my favorite movies of 2013. It took a while to narrow down but these five made my list every time that I made cuts from my original much longer list. So here we go, I’m gonna count down from five for no other reason than that I want too!

5) The Croods- Emma Stone’s best work of 2013 despite how completely fabulous she looked in Gangster Squad.

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4) Frozen- I can’t stop listening to “Let It Go” and it just had an awesome cast overall. 

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3) Now You See Me- Also an amazing cast but mostly for making magicians seem cool again.

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2) Hunger Games: Catching Fire- This will probably be my favorite of the series! Plus Jennifer Lawrence is quickly winning the popularity contest of life.

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1) Warm Bodies- This was my favorite retelling of Romeo & Juliet ever! Who would have thought that adding zombies to their lives would make it a happier story.

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Shoes That Hug Your Ankles

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My friend and I went shopping for new shoes. Neither of us found anything we really wanted sadly. However on the plus side I did find these funky shoes to write about in this post. They have some sort of elastic deal in the ankles. I’m already not a big fan of sneakers to begin with but these ones are even worse. I imagine that they wouldn’t be very comfortable for running. Maybe I’m wrong but wouldn’t they dig into your leg as you run? I guess I need to hunt down someone who owns them to find out.

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