The Social Network

I can’t wait to see this movie!  I don’t know if that means I have questionable taste (apparently, the fact that I like the CW’s new fall show, “Hellcats,” means I do), but I don’t care.  I haven’t been excited about a movie like this in quite some time and am determined to see this in theatres!

The topic is definitely interesting (I never knew there was so much drama behind making Facebook) and how catchy is that music on the trailer?  But what ultimately caught my eye is the cast.  Justin Timberlake AND Brenda Song?  The casting director definitely doesn’t mind taking risks.  Sorry, Disney alumni, but let’s be real.  One of you got hired because you’re an internationally recognized pop star and the other because you’re Asian and that girl from “Real World San Diego” is starting to get too old to play a college student.  Nowhere did I mention your acting prowess.

If anything, the entire hope of this movie making the grade seems to rest on the scrawny shoulders of Jessie Eisenberg of “Zombieland” fame.  Of course, he will be playing none other than Mark Zuckerberg himself, and he seems as lovable as ever.  But I might be biased.  I nearly had a heart attack when I saw a glimpse of a Jew fro on the trailer and the inevitable coinciding thought, ANOTHER Michael Cera movie?  My resulting adoration is therefore equal parts obsession and relief.

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Conan Countdown!

Just 59 days until Conan O’Brien returns to late night television where he belongs.  Can’t wait to see the first episode!  If I promised to dye my Asian tresses orange in honor of our favorite redhead, do you think Conan would give me tickets to his show…and maybe throw in some airfare??  Come on, Team Coco.  Make it happen!

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Currently Reading…

The everyday person has probably never heard of Henrietta Lacks.  I know I sure haven’t.  But she has effectively changed the face of science.  And she didn’t even know it. 

Henrietta Lacks was a black woman in the 1950s who had cervical cancer.  Doctors took a sample of her tumor without telling her and these “HeLa” cells ended up becoming the first immortal human cells grown in culture.  Researchers have used HeLa cells to develop the polio vaccine, study the atom bomb’s effects and work towards advances like cloning.  In fact, even though Henrietta passed away decades ago, her HeLa cells are still being cultured, packaged and sold across the globe as part of a multi-billion dollar industry.  Yet her family hasn’t made a dime and can’t even afford basic health insurance.  

Now I’m not much of a science person, but this story is so intriguing.  Author Rebecca Skloot not only provides Henrietta’s back story, but also touches upon the effects of racism which were still prevalent in Henrietta’s time and brings to light questions of medical ethics, often drawing comparisons to the Tuskegee syphilis experiment.

Consider This: “If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons — as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings.”

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Intense Quote

“The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money”            

– 2009 Rolling Stone article about Goldman Sachs

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Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite

My sleep cycle is horrendous.  These past few weeks, I can’t seem to fall asleep until it’s at least 4:00am.  Doesn’t matter what time I start my day.  Doesn’t matter if I nap or don’t nap.

I. CAN’T. SLEEP.

And now, even if I miraculously feel tired around 3:00am, I feel bad going to bed because my mom wakes up for work at 4:30am and likes it when I get the coffee started for her.  1.5 more hours of sleep OR help the person that gave birth to me.  On her birthday, might I add.  I think it’s the very least I can do. 

There are some benefits to my recent insomnia though.  For one thing, the infomercials on late-night television are definitely entertaining (and more convincing in the twilight hours…I already want an Oreck Air Purifier and a Brazil Butt Workout DVD).  Plus, I’ve discovered some odd shows, diamonds in the rough if you will, like “Confessions: Animal Hoarding” on Animal Planet and “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC (I guess hoarding is the new have-a-litter-of-children as your reality-show claim to fame?).  But the best perk of my sleeplessness by far is how super-productive I’ve been when it comes to my job hunt.  I need peace and quiet to look for openings, research companies, write cover letters, etc. and I realized that’s never going to happen while my family is awake, so the nocturnal life has become the life for me.  My contacts don’t seem to mind getting e-mails at 5:00am so it’s a win-win situation.

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Bieber’s Revenge

I’m not exactly raging with ‘Bieber Fever,’ but you got to hand it to the prepubescent man-child; he is absolutely unbeatable when it comes to the world of Twitter.  In fact, ‘Justin Bieber’ had been lodged firmly on the trending list for so long that Twitter actually changed its formula.  Now, instead of what trending topics have been popular in the long run, the updated algorithm measures what topics are popular at the moment. 

But that doesn’t even compare with Bieber’s latest Twitter stunt: unleashing his rabid fan base on his enemies.

When Kevin Kristopik somehow managed to get Bieber’s cell number and sent him a slew of unwanted messages, Bieber retaliated by posting Kevin’s number in a tweet to his fans, urging them to contact him.  Within a few hours, Kevin received 26,000 text messages and tons of calls to the point that he had no choice but to cancel his phone plan.  

Luckily for Kevin, Bieber’s millions of fans are mostly middle school students and can wield nothing more menacing than a cell phone.  It’s going to be a scary world when they grow up and have cars at their disposal, ready and willing to obey Bieber’s every command.

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Currently Reading…

I loved reading “My Sister’s Keeper” so I had to check out Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, “House Rules.”  So far, it’s pretty solid.  My only complaint is that there seems to be several similarities between this book and “My Sister’s Keeper,” almost a formula of sorts.  First, the whole one sibling has an illness thing while the other suffers quietly because of it in a cycle of resentment and guilt.  Second, the involvement of a lawyer who has a dog.  Third, the self-deprecating mother who’s on the breaking point.  Maybe these three elements lead to an instant New York Times Bestseller?  I know your secret now, Ms. Picoult. 

It’s always been one of my top bucket list goals to write a novel and see it being sold at a Barnes & Nobles (yes, that’s how I measure the success of a book) so I’ll have to remember to use this literary trifecta the next time I’m in the mood to write 🙂

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