Archive for January, 2013

Louis CK: Lincoln sketch (SNL)

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

I just felt like sharing this today… the genius of CK.

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Song of the Day: Girl I Love You (Live from the Fuji Rock Festival)

January 15, 2013 Leave a comment

It’s cold outside and drizzly. Perfect for this song.

And then I didn’t even realize it was only part of the song after posting the live version. Here’s the full studio version:

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This guy needs more views (Cholo Willie)

January 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Stop it please!

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Zero Dark Thirty: My Review (spoilers possible)

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Tradecraft: A skill acquired through experience in a typically clandestine role.

That’s a theme running through Zero Dark Thirty, where Al Qaeda members are so expert at their tradecraft that they disappear from the face of the Earth for years. It takes eons of intelligence gathering, brutal interrogation tactics, and puzzle solving at its finest for government agents to discover where “Geronimo” and his courier are finally hiding.

I’ve been waiting for months to watch this movie, and it did not disappoint. However, even though I knew going in that torture for the sake of information gathering was going to have a big role in this, it was still hard to take. The debate for me isn’t that one government is worse than another for using it, because in reality all governments do it even if it’s not public knowledge; the debate is, does it really give the results sought after or is it just a chance for humans to go back to their savage heritage in the 21st century? Are we really that evolved if this tactic is still in use?

Back to the review: Jessica Chastain as Maya is a marvel to watch. She truly captures the awe and indecisiveness of an unseasoned CIA recruit at the beginning, thrown into the brutal realities of an interrogation from the get go. In the end, it’s easy to see from her haunted eyes that she’s seen and experienced things during this hunt that have permanently removed the naivete.

The actual raid on the compound does not happen until close to the end of the movie. There is no glad-handing, no pounds on the back and whoops when the mission is accomplished. There has been much debate on whether or not UBL (as he is called in the movie) was armed and firing back, so this aspect is not shown directly. The result is displayed unflinchingly, and with no emotion.

I don’t know how Kathryn Bigelow wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award this year for Best Director, but she definitely should have been. She did an amazing job with this film.

Product review: Proactiv 3 step cleansing system

January 7, 2013 Leave a comment

The Proactiv Deep Cleansing Brush

Over the past year, I’ve started noticing more breakouts on levels that I hadn’t experienced since my teenage years. I’ve concluded that it had a lot to do with the amount of sweat I generate during martial arts workouts. Seriously, most days I get out of there with my shirt soaked. I have the opposite of dry skin anyway, so you can imagine how bad things got. I’ve tried masques, toners, and different acne cleansers bought at drugstores, with varying results.

As a last ditch effort, I decided to finally try the Proactiv 3 step system. However, because I’ve seen and heard pretty bad reports about the customer service (especially when you try to cancel), I decided to buy it at a kiosk at my local mall, along with the Deep Cleansing Brush. Total paid: about 90 bucks, and a Masque plus a sample Tea Tree Moisturizer were included.

So, the review:

I can’t recommend this product completely, and here are some reasons why:

  • benzoyle peroxide, and possible sensitivity to its effects. A couple of days into using all three steps, and my face became red and itched horribly. Evidently, I’m very sensitive to it, so it was a major bummer to me that this happened. The concentration is pretty high in the original formula. However, Proactiv does have a different formula that contains salicylic acid instead for those what are allergic or sensitive to use the original. I may stop by the kiosk again to see if they offer this formula at some point.
  • When you use this product, you have to always use a facial moisturizer with sunscreen after use, because the benzoyle peroxide makes the skin on your face that much more sensitive to the sun’s damaging rays and can cause discoloration. That wasn’t too much of an issue per se since I already use a moisturizer with sunscreen on a daily basis, but it’s something I felt I needed to note for those interested in trying this product. Plus, don’t use dark colored towels to dry your face after cleansing, because the benzoyle peroxide can stain them.

However, it wasn’t a total bust. Even though the Renewing Cleanser and Repairing Treatment are pretty harsh on my face in large amounts, I worked out a system that did work well for my skin, and it really centers on the Deep Cleansing Brush. That item is amazing.

My steps:

  1. Cleansing with a product not containing benzoyle peroxide (Clean and Clear face wash for sensitive skin works for me) using the Deep Cleansing Brush. Really and truly though, I don’t see a difference between it and other cleansing brushes you can find at the store, but I do recommend buying a brush like it. When I wash off makeup using the brush, you can see the makeup on the brush itself, and my face feels  amazingly clean after using it.
  2. Proactiv Toner. It doesn’t contain benzoyle peroxide, and is an amazing toner. A little goes a long way.
  3. Believe it or not, I have found that I can still use the Proactiv Repairing Treatment in very small amounts, mostly for any spots that have made an appearance. I put a little on at night, and by morning, the spot has healed or is on its way to healing. Sometimes it’s a little itchy, but definitely not like the first couple of days using all 3 Proactiv steps.

So there you have it; my experience using Proactiv. It wasn’t all good, but wasn’t all bad either. And, my skin has cleared up quite a bit, almost back to normal after three weeks of use.

Happy New Year and all that good stuff

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Fresh off a little vacation, and I’m “almost” ready to tackle a new semester. Listed are a few of my vacation activities:

  1. Rewatched a few seasons of Parks and Recreation on Netflix. I love this show. Vote for Knope 2012!
  2. Spent hours playing Rock Band 2 and Wii Sports. This also includes almost breaking my husband’s new TV by smacking it with a little racquet that attaches to the Wii controller while playing Tennis. Wicked forehand, I guess (hah!) Thank the maker for Gorilla glass, or I’d be in major trouble.
  3. Much shopping. Tis the season to fight off crazy shoppers at the mall for Christmas gifts.
  4. Baked tons of cookies (see Neiman Marcus cookie recipe for more details)
  5. Family get-togethers
  6. Attempted to make some tamales. The first batch (chicken) were awful, truly awful. The second batch (pork) was a lot better. I slow-cooked a pork shoulder for about 8 or 9 hours until the meat fell off the bone. Half went to the tamales, the other half we used for pulled pork sandwiches. Delicious!
  7. After a few days of laziness, got back into my Les Mills Pump/ some type of cardio routine, up to and including:
  8. Running a 5K race on Sunday. My time was pretty crappy, but it was actually a decent improvement to the last race I ran a few weeks ago. Shoot, I hadn’t run any races probably since about two years ago, so I’m just happy I finished.

I was really surprised I improved considering it was pretty cold, my phone died on me at the start of the race (no music!), and I was having a hard time getting up and out the door that morning prior to the start. I hope to run a few more races in the spring, maybe some longer distances. Major props and love to my husband also for getting up and freezing his hind end off to cheer me on at the finish line. Such a trouper 🙂

I hope you and yours had great holidays or at least some relaxing time off from work. Everybody needs some relaxation away from the daily grind. Keeps us worker bees sane 🙂

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