Monthly Archives: May 2011

Video: Cat Plays Shell Game Surprisingly Well

A few years ago, in the restroom of a Miami Beach nightclub, I got suckered into playing the shell game. The guy let me have one or two guesses for free before I actually put my money down, which I then promptly lost in the next round of the game. Yes, I am embarrassed by this story.

So you can imagine how much more embarrassed I felt watching the above video, in which a cat plays the shell game with surprising aplomb.

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Writing: 10 Ways to Become a Better Writer by Haniel Dela Cruz


Haniel Dela Cruz is a self-proclaimed bookaholic. In other words, he loves books. Duh. His blog, Confessions of a Bookaholic, celebrates the written word with reviews, quotes and pictures, and even includes a pledge to “read the printed word.” (“Printed” being the objective word; it’s implied that, like me, Haniel would much rather read a printed copy of The Hunger Games as opposed to a digital version on an eReader.)

In an effort to ensure literary greatness prevails no matter the format in which it’s read, Haniel created a list of tips he feels may help one improve upon their craft. He says:

I’ve been searching the Internet for ideas and tips on how to become a better writer. I’ve compiled ten (from different websites) and I thought they might be of help for some other writers out there.

You may read his tips below.

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Photo: And She’s Reading Again

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Music: Who Runs The World? Beyoncé, That’s Who.

Beyoncé Runs The World

Y’all like that new Beyoncé song. Y’all really do. I don’t know why y’all continue to fight it.

You see, I’ve been trying to figure out for the longest why so many people, women especially, have been voicing a displeasure with her new single “Run The World (Girls).” Most people can’t give a concrete answer as to why they feel the song isn’t all that good. Is it the beat? Well, people say they like the beat. Maybe it’s the lyrics. Well, the lyrics aren’t mind-blowing but they’re okay and delivered in a militaristic cadence that gives the song just the right amount of attitude.

So what the problem is?

I think Brooklyn’s resident Southern belle Demetria Lucas touches on why the song supposedly hasn’t immediately captured the hearts of many, as is normally the case.

[W]hat in the heck was the message? The lyrics are classic Destiny’s Child empowerment-lite in the vein of “Independent”, “Survivor” and “Single Ladies.” Ok. But what do gyrating, garter-wearing women, twerking-off (while sending a shout to college grads, no less) against a male army in the remote desert have to do with women running the world? My takeaway is that if a woman ever wants to be a conquering queen, the power of the P is her best weapon of choice. Um, what?!

Ah, so now y’all are finally tiring of the pro-faux-feminist formula that’s helped Beyoncé, combined with her Destiny’s Child projects, sell over 135 million records worldwide. Ha. Okay.

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Event: Rebel Thursdays with DJ Rebel Tec at Bowery Lounge (May 19)

Rebel Thursdays with DJ Rebel Tec at Bowery Lounge

It’s been raining all week and it sucks. But you know what? I’m determined to go out and have a good time anyway. And one place I definitely know will be rockin’ is Bowery Lounge.

Tonight, the homie DJ Rebel Tec will spin er’thing from funk and electro to pop and dance to reggae and dancehall, and it’s going to be a good goddamn sweaty time.

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Quote: I Drink Because I Don’t Stand A Chance And I Know It

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

“I drink because I don’t stand a chance and I know it. I couldn’t drive a truck like other men and I couldn’t get on the cops with my build. I got to sling beer and sing when I just want to sing. I drink because I got responsibilities I can’t handle.”
—Johnny Nolan, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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Video: Fright Night Trailer

I hate remakes. No, seriously, I hate them. There’s no need to fuck up a good thing with a modern retelling or new interpretation or unholy reboot. So, naturally, I was apprehensive when I heard the Hollywood Think Tank came up with the “brilliant” idea of remaking one of the 80s finest horror films, Fright Night.

In my mind, Fright Night was sort of a precursor to Scream: you had genre-savvy characters pitted against a horror movie bad guy, leading to some very funny situations. And though it was genuinely funny, the humor didn’t rob the film of some truly creep and scary moments.

Well, IGN released the official trailer for Fright Night 2011 and it’s … actually okay. The film stars Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Toni Collette. (And supposedly Chris Sarandon‘s gonna be in there somewhere. Hmmm. Fans of the original know why that’s relevant.) For those unfamiliar with the film’s concept, here’s the synopsis:

Senior Charlie Brewster (Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—and everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Collette), doesn’t notice. After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

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