Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Congrats, Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz won the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize for THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO.

Díaz Wins Sargent First Novel Prize -Book Standard, NY


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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween Spirit (Dia de los Muertos)

In honor of what happens to be my most favorite holiday, right up there with Xmas and my birthday I'm posting a round-up of my all time favorite horror flicks.

For those of you who don't believe girls are into scary movies, wake up and smell the Bustelo! I love all things scary and spine tingling.


1. The Sentinel (1977) - My older sister and I, we never had curfew and so we would stay up late and watch the ABC late night movie often. This happened to be one we caught every so often and it terrified me as it will you.

2. The Exorcist (1973) - This movie scared me off ouija boards for years for fear of demonic possesion and even as a full grown adult sometimes the line "the power of Christ compels you" runs through my head for no reason.

3. Rosemary's Baby (1968) - I was very little when we saw this and never understood why these horrible people wanted her baby and how her husband was part of the scheme. I found it less scary though than other scary movies.

4. Night of the Living Dead (1968) - Zombie movies scarred the living daylights out of me when I was little and my sister still made me sit through them with her, even though I made her sleep with me those nights.

5. The Ring (2002) - This movie was not as scary as it was haunting. Samarra has to be one of the most beautiful spirits ever except for when she comes out of the TV.

6. Carrie (1976) - "They're gonna laugh at you." I always wished I had a little ESP and secretly was please that Carrie lit all those jerks on fire.

7. The Amityville Horror (1979) - Just the music scares me, and I will never be able to live in a house that has those windows.

8. Poltergeist (1982) - The reason I would never move into a cookie cutter community.

9. Shining, The (1980) - RED RUM, how writers go crazy.

10. Espinazo del diablo, El (2001) aka "The Devil's Backbone" - My mom always swore I would end up in the orfanato if I was a bad girl...This movie will send you there via a haunting Spanish tale.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Color Purple

Last night, I went to see The Color Purple, now for the most part I find musicals idiodic but benign. So with a tad of trepidation I went, I mean it's based on one of my all time favorite novels (the one that made me rethink God) and produced by Oprah so how bad could it be?

Well, to start off Fantasia who was supposed to play Celie, was not there and two other understudies were also filling in two of the key roles, which might explain the subpar perfomance but we paid almost $200 for those tickets. While the costumes were great, the drama just lacked power, punch and poignancy but honestly I was just happy to be out.

If you haven't read the book, skip the movie, skip the play and read the book: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout. Alice Walker

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

FamilySearch Needs La Raza

Genealogical record site FamilySearch is looking for 10,000 volunteers who can read both English and Spanish for a massive indexing project of Mexican, Argentine, and other Latin American records.

The first project will be the Mexican census of 1930. When completed (the current estimate is a year), the index of the census will be freely available online and linked to the original census images at FamilySearch.org. The census contains a variety of information including birth year, religion, birthplace, and occupation.

Volunteering does not take up a huge amount of time — volunteers can spend as little as 30 minutes a week doing indexing. To get more information about volunteering, visit http://www.familysearchindexing.org/. In addition to registering to volunteer you can also check out a list of upcoming projects which includes US census states as well as Latin American projects.

Via: researchbuzz.org

Friday, October 19, 2007

BOPE: Tropa de Elite, Heard of it?


Apparently, this movie is making one hell of a debut in Brazil and reportedly has been leaked on the net too.

It's about super violent cops in Brazil. You can read more here: bopeblog


Have you seen it?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Punctuation Snob

If other's people lack of punctuation or proper grammar sometimes make you wonder a bit about them, you'll enjoy this blog I just discovered at geeksugar

The "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks.
 
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