Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
Cleolinda Jones

Brangelina on Ice, the Simpsons trailer, and godless Potter dolls

Poor Dooce: She had to go to NYC and discuss Person of the Year candidates on CNN, with all the attendant self-loathing we mere, pasty bloggers tend to feel in the presence of people with real jobs. My question is, who would you nominate for Person of the Year? I don't know any of CNN's and/or Time's and/or Whoever's criteria, but Dooce mentions them discussing Kim Jong Il and Britney Spears, and in the comments of her blog people suggest Stephen Colbert, Sacha Baron Cohen, Barack Obama, Steve Carell, Nancy Pelosi, and the Amish. "Most Influential" does seem to be part of the general idea, as opposed to judgment values of good and bad, so keep that in mind (wasn't Hitler picked by Time one year during WWII? I mean, in terms of "influence," you can't really argue with that.)

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An interesting pair of headlines: US: Immigrants may be held indefinitely; Rights groups file war crimes suit against Rumsfeld.

Anne Frank's tree to be cut down. But they've taken grafts and they're going to plant a new sapling in its place.

Video prompts another LA police probe. "The Police Department has investigated another arrest caught on videotape, this one showing an officer using pepper spray on a transient after he had been handcuffed and shoved into a patrol car, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.... The report of the pepper spray videotape comes on the heels of another tape that has been widely distributed on the YouTube video-sharing Web site, showing a police officer hitting a man in the face several times following a foot chase in Hollywood."

Now Romanians say 'Borat' misled them; Borat Backlash Begins—High Five? Wow, this is getting ugly. I didn't realize that the "Kazakhs" weren't in on it either. I didn't think anyone would have the balls to find a village that poor and use it in a mockumentary, so clearly, I thought to myself, they must have created and assembled it with willing participants/actors, as amateur as those actors might be. I didn't realize they asked some guy, "Hey, can we use your hovel and say it's Borat's? We're just gonna need to move this cow in there for four days."

Pitt-Jolie wax wedding on ice in Vegas; Wax museum plan jilted by Brad, Angelina. I present both of these headlines because I had absolutely no idea what they were supposed to mean. Turns out Tussaud's created a completely creepy, completely fictional Brangelina wedding (best man: George Clooney; attendees: Elvis, Liberace, John Wayne, Bugsy Siegel, Frank Sinatra, and Ben Affleck. Which one of these is not dead like the others?), and Camp Brangelina finds the whole thing to be a little oogy ("'I personally found it a little odd that they were re-creating a wedding that never really happened,' said Cindy Guagenti, Los Angeles-based spokeswoman for Pitt. 'As Brad's representative, I found it disturbing' "). The second headline is confusing because "jilted" implies that they were somehow in on it in the first place (as when you jilt someone you have promised to marry); the first is absolutely nonsensical, as it says nothing so much as "icecapades." Seriously. It's Vegas, they're wax, on ice, whirling around motionless, getting fictionally married. And Liberace is there. WRITE BETTER HEADLINES.

Australia faces growing levels of e-waste.

Harvard student heads quintessential family-owned Parisian bakery.

Toys for Tots rejects Jesus doll. I have to say, I found the Marines' response to be refreshingly sensible.

Get yer godless Harry Potter dolls here! More outfits for the Tonner dolls. I have to say, they're ridiculously expensive (but then, I used to collect Gene dolls, so I'm not terribly surprised), but they're up there with the best movie reproductions I've seen. Also of interest to costume whores: the Dreamgirls dolls, since I don't think we've seen much from that movie yet, and the Tonner movie dolls (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Potter, etc.) tend to be pretty exacting in terms of detail. Rounding out the lot: DC Stars Supergirl and Wonder Woman dolls and outfits that are pretty cool.

Trailer for the Simpsons movie.

the_lone_jen: "Xerox has a site where you can select a card to be sent to a soldier overseas for free."

livesinthewalls: "Could you mention The Memory Project is a program through which artists volunteer to create original portraits of/for children living in orphanages around the world. Given these children's frequent history of neglect, abuse and abandonment, such a keepsake is pretty much invaluable in instilling a sense of identity and heritage. The project is largely advertised as being directed toward high school art students, but college students, amateur or professional artists may also volunteer--the only requirement is sufficient skill and creativity to produce a well-executed, thoughtful and original portrait that will be valuable to the recipient for its quality as well as its sentiment." Seriously, if you're an artist, you might want to take this link to any forums or communities where you hang out, since I know there's a ton of fan artists on LJ.

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