lovecraftian nightmare


This is one of the funniest reddit comments I’ve ever read. Really needed the smiles because of all the stress and nonsense in my life right now. It’s someone’s answer to an askreddit question: what really happened in real life that if you saw it in a movie you would say “that’s totally unrealistic.” I’ll quote the comment from u/bookmark32345 in its entirety below. It’s so incredible it needs to be incorporated into a tv program or a film or a cartoon or something.

The image is the cover of Mythos Monsters: A Creature Codex of Lovecraftian Horrors by Jacob Walker, to go with the Lovecraftian nightmare description below.

When my grandfather was young he owned a roadside motel, and my mother used to do work around the motel for the family. The building was old and they had bad pipes, so visits from the plumber were a fairly regular occurrence over there.

At one point they had a clogged toilet after a guest checked out, so they called the plumber to come and clean it out. The plumber came in with his bag of gear and set to work, but the clog was stubborn. After a few tries, he decided he needed to get the snake.

I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a serious plumbing snake, but the big ones are a sight to behold. This isn’t a little crank auger, it’s a full-on electrical powered snake with a big motor on the back and a little grabby claw on the end.

So he fires up the snake and sends the metal coil down into the pipes with the claw closed, figuring whatever’s down there he’ll just bump it a bit, push it down the pipes until it clears – but this doesn’t happen either. Finally, in frustration, he twists the control to open the mechanical claw at the end of the coil, closes it on something, throws the motor in reverse and starts to pull it back up.

By now a couple of members of the staff have gathered in the room to try and figure out what the hell got flushed down the toilet that this giant machine couldn’t remove. The motor is really straining – you know that sound an electric motor makes when it’s working really hard? The whole machine is struggling to pull whatever this is back up through the pipes and into the room.

Finally, after an extended wait, the object is slowly dragged, sopping wet, out of the toilet bowl – and it’s a shower curtain.

The staff is dumbfounded. They’re trying to figure out how this could have happened. It would be weird enough if the guest had ripped the shower curtain down and flushed it down the toilet, but the shower curtain in the room is still there. It would be even weirder if the guest had brought their own shower curtain to the motel and tried to flush it down the toilet, but it’s clearly one of their shower curtains. Did they try and steal the shower curtain, leave with it, then feel guilty and come back only to find that the shower curtain had already been replaced, and then flush the shower curtain down the toilet to hide the evidence?

While they’re discussing this, the room phone rings. The person on the other end is screaming, hysterical, so it takes a few minutes for them to figure out that it’s the housekeeper who was cleaning the rooms. After a few moments, they manage to get the story out of her:

The snake had missed the clog entirely. Rather than spiraling down into the plumbing where it was intended to go, it had wound its way into the central line, and then back up the pipes in the room next door. It spiraled its way up, out the toilet bowl, and then started flailing wildly around the next-door bathroom like a Lovecraftian nightmare made of steel, knocking things off of shelves and clattering furiously around the room. Then, while the hapless housekeeper watched in horror, a metal claw opened on the end of it and snagged the shower curtain, ripped it off the bar ring-by-ring, spun it around the room until it was coiled tightly around the cable, and dragged it back down into the toilet bowl.

The actual clog was never found.

no fun weird holiday today


So according to’s fun holidays there are no fun and weird holiday today. It’s the only day in June with nothing, that’s pretty sad. They have Leave the Office Early on both the 2nd and 4th, so why not add the 5th too.

What other weird holidays can we look forward to in June:

  • 07-jun is vcr day–this list needs to be updated, i doubt anyone has a vcr anymore, I threw away the last of our videos when we moved, we still have the baby tape that we really really need to convert to digital
  • 10-jun is iced tea day–i’ve been making a whole jug of iced tea from the long teabags I get from the local daiso, really nice
  • 14-jun is bourbon day–may be I’ll remember, I’m not sure, my bourbons are all packed up in boxes though
  • 17-jun is eat your vegetables day–great!
  • 22-jun is onion rings day–I won’t be participating
  • 26-jun is chocolate pudding day–it’s the day I fly to chicago, i’ll only celebrate if they serve chocolate pudding on the plane

lookback 30-may

Been a while since the last lookback post so here’s one for 30-May. Trying not to limit myself to landmarks like one-, three-, five years ago.

2017chocolate truffle ice cream

Ah, that was the day we met our friend L for lunch, went to look for fridges for mm, and had early dinner at hmv.


We also exchanged 2 vouchers I had for chocolate truffle ice cream. Truffle as in the fungus found in forests not the cream-melted-chocolate mixture. Even one year later I can still smell it and there’s memory of an awful ice cream. Seriously, I like truffle, but paired with chocolate ice cream is such a bad idea.

2014new state: alaska


The cruise arrived at Alaska. I saw glaciers, whales, bald eagles. Lots of snow, ice, pristine scenery. Ate king crab, went gold prospecting in the Yukon, saw a snowplough taller than me.

2013lunch at le fauchon

Hahaha, even more vouchers! This one at the French bistro near central, for a set lunch. After lunch, walked mm back to the office. She was still working then.

2008 — <a href=”” title=”post>i will possess your heart

Wow wow wow, ten years already? DCFC’s I Will Possess Your Heart dropped. I have the short version on my running playlist. I love that the video was filmed in so many favourite and instantly recognisable places–London, Paris, Tokyo.


Hahaha, the sound of a lightsabre turning on.

the other oxbridge race

What am I missing out on this weekend? The Race.

Not the Boat Race.

The other race between Oxford and Cambridge.


It’s none other than the Goat Race. The Standard explains:

The light-hearted event, sees two pygmy goats, one for Oxford and one for Cambridge, lock horns and race around the farm. They’re not kid-ding around.


This take place at Spitalfields city farm and the festival also features live music, a fair, street food, and arts & craft stalls. They also have an Apple Day in October. Pretty cool.


Lazy weekend with zero plans, aside from going to the market to stock up on veg. Which I did, and came home huffing because I bought almost exclusively roundish, heavy veg–potato, sweet potato, jicama, kohlrabi, celery (okay, not round), pepper (okay, not heavy). The small supermarket is 33% off, so I bought wine and a pack of 6 fizzy water. Everything in my backpack and one shopping bag; my other hand had to carry the water.

So, what better to spend the rest of the day looking through r/mildlyinteresting stuff.

Top post this week: This library has a directory for topics people might be embarrassed to ask for


Once and again, librarians prove they are wonderful people. A librarian chimed in:

The profession has something called the Code of Ethics which we are all supposed to follow. Part of those ethics are: I. We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources. II. We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted. III. We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of the aims of our institutions or the provision of access to their information resources.

And of course, some “concerned parents” in Albany, NY saw a version of this poster and complained, saying that the library shouldn’t be encouraging kids to look up this type of information. Luckily, according to the library’s assistant director, they had mostly positive feedback. Hope they don’t buck to the pressure and change or take down the poster. Never cater to the lowest common denominator.

Top post this month: This Toothpaste describes what each of its ingredient is and its purpose


Not as interesting as the library poster, which is why the sub is for mildly interesting things. The interesting thing for me is how water is described as aqua and its purpose is as a moistener. And here I’m reminded that moist is the most hated word in english.

The toothpaste in question is kingfisher, and the mildly interesting factor is I’ve never heard of it before.

Top post this year: Without barriers the British still know how to queue!


Someone recognised it as the O2 arena, so people are getting inside for a concert or something like that. In any event, it’s a long queue and it makes me proud to see the organised snake formation even without barriers. On reddit, people make a big deal (and show a lot of admiration) for the British way of queuing. I think the orderliness appeals to many redditors who are basically introverts and like organisation.

Sometimes I see queues that go beyond the barriers and they deteriorate into an utter mess even though people are trying to queue. In some other places or countries the queue will be a single line that extends to past the main doors and to the outside, very ineffective usage of space. One of the most irritating things to see is a queue for an ATM where people stand right on the pavement and block foot traffic, instead of queuing up parallel to the wall.

That said, the intricate snail-like line at the pokemongo fest in Chicago last summer was a work of art, even though there were volunteers there directing traffic. And I can imagine a similar scenario in Japan, the queue will be even more organised.



Saw this post on fb and in a fit of meanness, posted it on r/oldpeoplefacebook. Most of my reddit posts and comments get buried, but this one, oh boy, made it to the front page of r/all. It now has over 32,000 upvotes and my karma has shot up from 800-ish to almost 8,000.

I can see stats for the post’s journey to the front page. It took 3hrs 24mins from when it was first posted to reach r/all, and stayed there for 5hrs 10mins. The highest rank was 4 and there are over 600 comments. Most of it took place when I was asleep because I posted it before bed. I didn’t read all the comments, but most were decent by reddit standards. There are threads discussing memorialising the account of people who have passed away, and others gave examples of how friends and family maintain the account of deceased users. Some said it was sad, not funny, and I agree to an extent. See earlier post on why I think “I’m old, I don’t know computers” is an excuse for not making an effort.

Anyway, I now get to post on select subreddits for users who’ve made it to the front page. It’s supposed to be a big deal. Reddit is, after all, the front page of the internet.

museum wars

Thanks to my friend N (who works at the Smithsonian, how cool!) for linking to this.

The Natural HIstory Museum and the Science Museum had a twitter museum-off the other day. It started when someone asked who would win in a battle between the two. The social media managers at both places had a field day.


First shot fired by NHM, and a quick return by SM. It got worse from there, when random ammo like vampire fish, polaris missile, cockroaches, wellies, dragons, submarines, fleas, balloons were brought out. When NHM fired a tweet with locust, SM fired back with pesticide. All were museum exhibits.


Meanwhile, the V&A were sitting pretty.

Of course, civility returned. We’re British after all. Compliments all around and each took the opportunity to mention more of their interesting exhibits. The entire silliness episode here.

ten years | random

Ten years. I’ve added at least one post a day since July 2007. Sometimes I backpost a week’s worth of posts, yes. And other times the post of the day is pure filler. But still, thousands of posts.

Just for fun, I generated a few random dates and went back to see what I posted on that day.

29 june 2009

Another anniversary, the walkman was 30 years old, which means it’ll be 40 years old in 2019. Crikey. I think I still have this Walkman in my desk drawer, and some tapes mm and I recorded for each other in our early days. I don’t have my case of mixed tapes anymore though.

7 may 2013


We were on our scandanavian cruise and on that day we reached Geiranger. Even now I remember the beauty of the fjords. We docked early in the morning and it was a tender port. Walked a bit to the waterfall, the fjord centre and around the port. Didn’t go on any excursions. The scenery as we sailed out was spectacular.

12 july 2007

Wow, this is freaky! Exactly 10 years ago. Day 15 of my big trip. I’d started with an awful delay experience at JFK (the last time I flew delta and likely the last time ever). I rented a car and drove in the night, by myself, from JFK to Chicago. 19hrs, I think. Then Car and I went on a road trip to Fort Worth and Washington DC, arriving on 4 July to watch the fireworks. Got back to Chicago and on that day we went to an outlet mall. A restful and boring day.

world skipping record

Spotted via bb, the guinness world record for

most skips over a single rope in one minute by a team

was just broken by a team of 14 students from the Fuji Municipal Harada Elementary School. The epitome of teamwork, 12 students run around in a figure of 8 formation and achieved 225 skips in one miinute.


The real heroes are the the two rope turners, you can see how strenuous it is, to keep rhythm and not slow down.

nothing day


Today, according to people who compile weird holidays, is Nothing Day. The idea is, well, to do nothing at all.

There is absolutely no purpose or intended structure for this pointless celebration.

I think I achieved it somewhat. I did my usual stuff, made lunch and dinner. Finished packing my suitcase. Watched tv.

Didn’t read, didn’t go out, didn’t even play pokemon.

I like this day. After all, no plan is the best plan.

conference prep: silent auction, snacks

Everyone is getting ready for the conference in July. My research and reservations for the trip are done for the most part.

I haven’t decided what to bring for the silent auction. I usually bring alcohol of some sort: last year was Nikka from the Barrel and a few years ago Writers Tears. May be I’ll bring one of the ice wines from my box of 12, or umeshu brandy if I can find it again, or one of the cute Tussock Jumper wines I saw yesterday.


I have a beautiful nib pen and letter opener set handmade from glass that I bought in Venice a long, long time ago. Even the boxes are pretty. I don’t have use for them, hopefully they can fetch a good price.


And since the conference is in Washington DC, I may bring this old fashioned souvenir plate. Mum and I found it when we were tidying up and it was originally destined for the charity shop. It belonged to my grandparents, so they must have bought it in the 1960s or 1970s. Does it count as an antique? May be someone will like it for the nostalgia factor.


As for snacks I bring to give out. Carleen wants picnic so that’s a trip to the supermarket. Should I bring wasabi peas (lower middle of collage) again? I saw genuine UK cadbury’s (lower right) at a snack shop, may be that will appeal to some. Or kinder eggs, since apparently they are banned in the US. Hmm, may be not the kinder eggs, don’t want to risk being fined $2500 per egg. How ridiculous.

candy floss flower

Came across videos of vendors making pretty candyfloss flowers. Worth watching till the end to see the final product. Enough for at least two people I think.


When we think of candyfloss, it’s just a lump of spun sugar served on a stick or in a bag. That someone thought of such a creative way of repackaging a favourite product, it’s great.

instagram temp tattoos #picattoo


I bought a box of boomf marshmallows for my niece’s birthday last year and she was so pleased with it that she still hasn’t opened the box. The idea is to order 9 marshmallows on the boomf website based on 9 instagram pics; or 9 marshmallows from the same instagram pic; or a composite of 9 marshmallows from one instagram pic.

Anyway, the idea is to link instagram with products. Nothing new, we’ve been able to order all sorts of products from cups to caps to calendars from pics for ages.

The newest fun thing to do with instagram is via Rotterdam-based picattoo. For $15 including worldwide shipping we get 12 temporary tattoos sourced from instagram. Lots of potential fun for these cute tattoos, or even useful for marketing. Interesting. 

peanut butter, toothpaste, teabag madness


Sometimes I wonder about the weird direction our conversations take. No idea why or how we started talking about peanut butter, mm says she likes planters and I say I like skippy. Why? No clue. I guess for me, skippy is one of the brands that has been available all over the world and is often on sale. It’s less a matter of taste or brand loyalty. Besides, I don’t eat at lot of peanut butter anymore—although at my peak I eat it straight out of its jar on a spoon. Peanut butter and apple, that’s the perfect snack for when I was training.


And then the conversation moved to toothpaste. Now it’s definitely a matter of taste and brand loyalty. Everywhere I go, in supermarkets and pharmarcies, the shelves are overwhelmingly full of colgate. When I was young, all my parents used was colgate (still do). I had to use it too, and I didn’t like the taste or the amount of froth. I switched to crest as soon as I learned of its existence and even though it was (and still is) very hard to get, I stock up whenever I travel to the US.

So mm says she needs to restock her peanut butter supply and issued me a challenge. She’d switch to skippy if I switch to colgate. Hahaha! I said no. Unless it’s a travel size tube of colgate. Then she said it’s not fair, it’s just a sample.


So I offered her an even bigger concession. I’d switch to Tetley instead. This is HUGE. I’m a diehard PG drinker and believe the only cuppa is a PG cuppa. She didn’t believe I’d do it. Ha! Anyway, we have to see if we can find Tetley here first.

I think i have to tag this into the evidence of my insanity category.


random post topic


Yet more people on my twitter and facebook feeds telling the world about their new blog. SMH. And most of them are WRITERS. I wish they’d learn the difference between blog and blog post. grrrrr.

Stop. Take a deep breath. Remember what SB&T has been teaching.

Let it be.

Alright. Do something else. What shall I blog about today? How about using random topic generator. As one blogger described it,

a tool for bloggers utterly devoid of inspiration and internal thought process

Good one. Sometimes though, I do find myself utterly devoid of inspiration and internal thought process. The most exciting I did in the last 24hrs was I cooked pork chops and okra for dinner. I could write about that, I suppose. How to pan-fry okra without them going slimey. Except I’ve done that already. Or that I made a packet of instant grits, added too much water and had to use up another packet. Note to self: add instant grits to US shopping list.

So, back to random topic generator. Not sure how random it is, or how many topics it has in its database. It splits topics into 12 categories, so let’s try a few of them.

health — eating late at night

I try not to eat after around 9pm, even though my bedtime ranges from 11pm to 1am. Not quite for health reasons, I just don’t like going to bed with a full stomach and (TMI) don’t like waking up all the time to go to the loo. My family’s dinner time is early, sometimes even before 6pm and I try to have some fruit after dinner too.

Even in my younger days when I used to go out drinking, I was never tempted by the post-pub foodstuff like a greasy kebab or fish & chips. There’s a program on tv called last call food brawl where chefs face off against each other cooking epic iconic late night food of whichever city they were visiting that week. The creations are more gigantic, stodgy, crazy than epic. Anything deep fried, smothered with sauce with bacon added seemed to qualify. Who in their right minds would want to eat that? I guess only drunk people at 2am.

Another image of eating late at night is of Nigella, in her sleeping gown, raiding the fridge and getting something yummy she made earlier, be it ice cream, biscuits, leftover dinner or fish finger sarnie. Then smirking at the camera with a combination of self-satisfaction and guilt. Now that’s eating late at night.

science — early uses of the abacus


I’m not sure what early uses mean. Abacus is a calculating device used in many parts of the world dating back to BC times. It’s pretty much used for the same purpose. Early uses that didn’t include calculation? As a weapon? As a foot massager? To build houses? The random topic generator should have said, uses for abacus in early history.

I was taught how to use an abacus, I can read numbers off it and probably use it very slowly if necessary. It was more a toy. Very occasionally in one of those traditional herbal medicine shops I may see one in use, I hope I remember to take a picture if I see it.

technology — european architecture


I wouldn’t put architecture under technology, but I get what is given to me, right? Anyway, one can’t live in or travel to europe without having some appreciation of architecture. Do I know the difference between romanesque and renaissance? I could probably recognise examples if someone told me or I looked it up. Like for romanesque imagine the Tower of London, St Albans cathedral and L’Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque in Provence, where we visited a couple of years ago.


And for renaissance what better example than St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

recreation — history of baseball

Skipping the topic. I only have a small passing interest in baseball. I guess if I grew up in the US I’d like it better, I do like playing rounders.

opinion – chocolate or vanilla?


Vanilla. That’s all.

all — cities to visit


There are other categories like businss, world, people, art, music. And then the all categories gave me cities to visit. Now that’s a task by itself. A long list. The next city I’ll visit will be Seoul, going there with mm in a few weeks’ time. New Orleans next July hopefully. There may be others in between.

In terms of travelling, I tend to prefer cities rather than, say, beach resorts. Nothing much there to do at beach resorts since I’m not a big fan of swimming in the sea or getting a tan. I’d rather find quiet time in a park or village café.


murphy’s law vacation variation


Of course, if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. Especially just before I go on holiday. Last time the fridge conked out, luckily there was enough time for the repair person to come, and it was just the fridge not the freezer. This is one time I’m glad we buy european appliances from a reputable dealer rather than from the high street.

Over the weekend, my hot water heater stopped working. It’d been raining very, very hard for the previous few days so moisture might have seeped into the heater and affected the pilot. The ceiling light next to the heater blew out too. Again, luckily the heater was from the gas company and I was able to book a repair appointment. Their earliest slot is on Tuesday though, so it’s been cold showers or going to parents’ place. It’s started to get warm, 30°C so cold showers isn’t a problem.

Then tonight as I was heading home, the bus broke down. The first sign was when it was turning from a side road to the main road and it slipped backwards. I didn’t think large buses had manual clutches — a normal car may slip when we don’t engage the clutch properly but I would have thought buses are automatics. The driver tried to start the vehicle multiple times, to no avail. We couldn’t have broken down at a worst place. The side road is narrow and connects from a large main road. It was useless to get off the bus, go to the next stop and wait for another bus because all the other buses were stuck behind our broken down bus. Not a great picture, but behind the #103 (our broken down bus) are all the others #23, #40 etc that could have gotten the passengers on their way. Luckily I was near enough home to be able to walk, even though it was 1.5miles, uphill, and it was hot, muggy and drizzling.

I got home, plugged into my mba and was greeted by a server error. No internet connection. What!?! The airport was on, network diagnostics showed wifi was working and connected. It was definitely not the wifi because both iphone and ipad worked. Seems to be a sporadic problem. Solved by shutting down and restarting. Phew.

Lesson learned: things will go wrong at inopportune moments. There is usually a silver lining though, so don’t panic (and carry a towel).

japanese ice ball

I found this video on my iphone. Last year mm and I went to a Japanese whisky bar, and the bartender / owner demonstrated to us how to make a perfectly round ice sphere from a large cube of ice by hand. There are moulds and machines on the market, but this guy did it using 3 different knives. In 3 minutes. I snipped repetitive parts, and also so it fits within the 1:30 limit.


Trust the Japanese to invent something so odd, yet so beautiful. The theory is that the sphere has the smallest surface area of all 3-dimensional objects so a spherical block of ice will melt slower than regularly shaped ice cubes. This is especially important for whisky, you want the whisky to get cool but don’t want it to get watered down so quicky.

biscuit tin dilemma


I have a trivial, eye roll-worthy, first world problem. I have a mixed selection in my biscuit tin (am: cookie jar), currently it’s about 1/3 filled with rich tea, shortbread, raspberry puff and some cute curly butterfly biscuits. The curly butterflies are also quite lardy and the grease has transferred to the side of the tin. There are also crumbs at the bottom.

So the dilemma is, do I finish off everything in the tin and wash it; or accept that a buttery, crumbly biscuit tin is a sign of a well used tin and break open the next packet of biscuits?

amazing bubbleman

I went over to Sis’ for lunch, and my niece asked if I could go to see the amazing bubbleman with her tonight. How could I refuse? So I took Sis’ place so she and R can go have dinner alone.

The Amazing Bubbleman is Louis Pearl, and he’s been playing with bubbles for over 30 years. It’s very much a show for kids, and there was a lot of audience participation. Some of the kids were quite loud and not so well behaved, not unexpected really given how excited they were. My niece put her hand up a few times but wasn’t picked. Pretty amazing skills, I enjoyed the show too. Especially liked the part where the bubble travelled up a piece of string, and when he blew 10 bubbles within each other. Needless to say, we bought the bubble trumpet at a huge “show special” markup. It’s part and parcel of the experience, I think.

if everyone had a crystal ball


Here’s a random, philosophical question. If everyone had a crystal ball, who wins? At the most basic level, say the result of a football match is 2-1. If both teams had crystal balls and knew the result, a) what’s the point of playing the game; and b) what’s the point of the losing team showing up to play the game? And if they don’t show up, there won’t be a result after all.

3s of me

Been a while since memes did the rounds, I got tagged by Car for this one, and as one of the ones who will complete this. Haha, name and shame.

Three Nicknames

  1. watty
  2. bb
  3. [redacted]


Three Jobs I’ve had in my life

  1. squint (chemist squint, not forensic squint)
  2. private tutor
  3. VP HR


Three Places I have lived

  1. chicago
  2. zurich
  3. hong kong


Three Favourite Drinks

  1. coke zero
  2. tea
  3. red wine


Three TV Shows that I Watch

  1. amazing race
  2. survivor
  3. iron chef


Three Places I have been

  1. zorbed down a hill in New Zealand
  2. getting completely soaked underneath Niagara Falls
  3. went skiing in July in Chile


Three Favorite Foods

  1. sashimi
  2. rocket
  3. chocolate quinoa cake


Three Friends I think will respond

  1. no clue, I don’t usually tag people
  2. [see above]
  3. [see above]


Three Things I am looking forward to

  1. seeing mm more often since I’m only 11 hours away instead of 24
  2. 2011 running season
  3. macbook air


Three Things that are ALWAYS by your side

  1. iphone / blackberry
  2. computer of some kind
  3. water



I kind of want to find something to post but I’m fresh out of ideas. Too much tv, running, race planning. I’m not eating right, even though I’m eating more carbs than usual, I should be eating more. Ugh, I can’t take too much bread or pizza or pasta, makes me feel bloated.

Forecast is warm on Sunday, up to 25°C. That’s worth freaking out about. Then again my colleague reminded me that I’d been training all summer in much much hotter conditions, so I should be used to it.

So here’s a completely random picture of hello kitty. This was in NYC.

country stereotypes


via kottke, a map of Europe according to Americans. There are other stereotypes, including Europe according to Britain (most of mainland Europe = Evil Federated Empire of Europe), France, Germany and Italy. Pretty accurate, IMO.

Reminds me of a recent joke that was circulating around fb:

A teacher at an International School gave a class assignment: “Describe your own personal opinion of the food shortage in other countries around the world.”

African student: what is “food”?
European student: what is “shortage”?
Chinese student: what is “personal opinion”?
American student: what is “other countries”?

random, no running


hot and cold
Just last week I turned on the aircon for a bit one day to cool down. And now today I’m contemplating turning the heating on. Only the masochistic (or OCD) streak in me is refusing to do so till October.

I know it’s unfair but I hate the passengers of the 92 bus in the morning. It feels like half the bus gets off and rush into the station and the platform and train gets crowded because of them. I may have to alter my timing so I get there earlier or later.

tv season
New tv season started. I’m watching TAR, survivor, TBL, apprentice, top chef desserts, kitchen nightmares if I catch it, bones and the event.

jaffa cakes
I love jaffa cakes. That’s all.

naming inanimate objects

Yesterday unplggd had a survey of whether people give their gadgets names. Well, okay then.

People seem to have this urge to name stuff. According to a survey by Swinton insurers, eight out of ten UK drivers name their cars. I know mm and I (mainly mm) did when we had 3 cars between us, but I’ve always been puzzled by this. It’s a car. Why does it need a name? It’s not as if it’s gonna start responding to its name, right?

Filed under I-think-people-are-odd-but-it-could-just-be-me.

hunch twitter predictor game


I love hunch. I haven’t used it that much to ask questions, cos I don’t have a lot of decisions such as “what should I do during my commute?” or “which space heater should I buy” to make in my life. I answer all the questions though. So last week they released the hunch twitter predictor game whereby hunch will guess the answer to a series of questions based on who you follow on twitter. It guessed pretty well so far.

star wars weather


This fun star wars weather tool shows the weather around the world in terms of star wars places. So like it’s cold here in Chicago, but it’s much more fun to say it’s like Hoth. The description goes, “cold, ice, freezing desolation. you may have to climb inside a tauntaun for warmth.”

A little view page source tells me there are 9 places:

  • tatooine — hot, dry, occasional sarlacc — utinni!
  • dagobah — hot and wet and not in a good way — Yoda might be hiding somewhere
  • yavin 4 — hot and cloudy — bits of the Death Star might fall on your head
  • endor — temperate, grey and cloudy — stick around and you may get your own animated series
  • bespin — fog, mist, cloud, can’t see a thing — Lando is going to betray you.
  • kamino — wet — there’s also a significant chance of unconvincing CGI aliens
  • naboo — temperate, dry and pleasant — meesa like-a the weather these days
  • hoth — cold, ice, freezing desolation — you may have to climb inside a tauntaun for warmth
  • alderaan — huh? does not exist

So Hoth isn’t good, we should aim at Endor or Naboo.

[via giz]

2009 ridiculousness in auto tune

Who would have thought a year ago that a technology that corrects pitch which allows singers to perform perfectly tuned vocal tracks without the need of singing in tune would be the source of

Here, in no particular order are: balloon boy, Kanye vs Taylor, Obama vs fly, Jon vs Kate, octomom, Sully, amongst others — in autotune. I can’t get that stupid tune out of my head, that’s because it’s pitch perfect. snerk.

37 odd things

I’m sure I’ve done similar memes before, but it’s been a while. And I’ve been tagged by a couple of people. So, here goes.

If you opened this, FILL IT OUT! Learn 37 things about your friends, and let them learn 37 things about you! Send back to me and to several more friends!

  1. Do you like Blue Cheese dressing?
    yep, though i will only put a tiny bit, i’m not very keen on dressing
  2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes?
    a few, when i was younger. now i won’t smoke one for a million dollars
  3. Do you own a gun?
    yes, i have a marshmallow shooter
  4. What flavor of Kool-Aid was your favorite?
    to my knowledge, i’ve never had kool-aid
  5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
    no, why would i be nervous?
  6. What do you think of hot dogs?
  7. Favorite Christmas movies?
    christmas movies are not a tradition
  8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
  9. Can you do push ups?
    yep, though not as many nor as strong as i’d like
  10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
    the swarovski jigsaw necklace i bought at changi airport, mm has the matching piece
  11. Favorite hobby?
    being a geek
  12. Do you have A.D.D.?
    yep yep
  13. Do you wear glasses/contacts?
    it’s a necessity
  14. Middle name?
  15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
    a) guilty about using the wind, missing the mbp; b) can’t believe i ate a whole mcdonalds angus third pounder with mushroom and cheese with fries and chocolate milkshake; c) good hospital visit today
  16. Name 2 or 3 drinks you regularly drink?
    coke zero, tea, water
  17. Current worry?
    something at work
  18. Current hate right now?
    something at work
  19. Favorite place to be?
  20. How did you bring in the New Year?
    at home
  21. Where would you like to go?
    home. oh, i’m supposed to answer a location? antarctica
  22. Name three people who will complete this.
  23. Do you own slippers?
    yep, flip flop house slippers and a ton of soft toweling ones from hotels
  24. What color shirt are you wearing?
    navy blue
  25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
    never tried, doubt i’d like it
  26. Can you whistle?
  27. Where are you now?
    in the dining room at car’s house
  28. Would you be a pirate?
    no, don’t like masses of water where i can’t see the bottom
  29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
    i don’t
  30. Favorite Girl’s Name?
    jane, anything simple
  31. Favorite boy’s name?
  32. What’s in your pocket right now?
    i’m in shorts, nothing in the pockets
  33. Last thing that made you laugh?
    something i read
  34. What vehicle do you drive?
    no car yet, but if i did it’d probably be a golf
  35. Worst injury you’ve ever had?
    messed up my knee in a skiing accident
  36. Do you love where you live?
    i’m getting settled
  37. How many TVs do you have in your house?
    two, bear in mind there’s only one of me


I’ve been playing with hunch, a new startup from Caterina Fake that

helps you make decisions and gets smarter the more you use it

What is it? It’s a “decision engine” — I ask it a question, it asks me several related questions, then it gives me answers based on my answers. There’s also a big list of 70+ questions that i can answer that educates hunch about me.

So far, hunch has told me I should get the iPhone 3GS and not the Palm Pre (like, duh); that if I were to visit London I should stay at the Blake; and that I should try deep water aerobics as a fitness program. The last one is, well, pretty inaccurate — and I get a chance to disagree. It’s still a work in progress, there are not so many questions, but it’s fun.

flat stanley

neena07bean neena16cta

I did flat stanley for my niece this week. flat stanley is inspired by the children’s book by Jeff Brown. Poor Stanley got squashed and became flat as pancake. Undeterred, Stanley takes advantage of his flat state to go on many adventures around the world and even to space.

Many schools initiate Flat Stanley Projects in which children make their own Flat Stanleys, and take him to activities with them for a few days. They record the activities in a journal. Then the fun part starts:

Flat Stanley and the journal are mailed to other people who are asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and add to his journal, then return them both after a period of time.

So my niece’s flat doll, whom she named Flat Neena, has been making the journeys. She’s been to her grandparents in West Sussex, and our cousin in New York so far. And this week she was with me. I took her to Sears Tower, the Arts Institute, the Bean, downtown, and on a ride on the brown line. She’s now on her way back to my niece. It’s been really fun.

Full set: 17 (15 public) on flickr

21 people — 42 questions

Tagged by Bobbi (a while ago), Car, Rachel.

Go through your wall posts and list the last 21 people to post on your wall. (including Status Comments) Do not list any repeats; simply go to the next name in the list. Then answer the 42 questions pertaining to the 21 names. When you’re finished, tag all 21 people on the list, so the cycle can continue. If you’ve been tagged, copy and paste this information into a new note and follow the directions.

[And why aren’t the questions in better order like #1 and 2 related to person #1? It’s very confusing having to scroll up and down the page.]

  1. Karinna Lattes
  2. Bobbi Marolt
  3. Laura P Pena
  4. Rachel Spangler
  5. Cameron Bennett
  6. Cecile Caro
  7. Lisa Boyer
  8. Nell Stark
  9. Serafina Smith
  10. Corinne Venour
  11. Carleen Spry
  12. JD Glass
  13. Beth Mitchum
  14. Kathy Tekiela
  15. Earlon Sterling
  16. Cathy Rowlands
  17. Kelly Buchanon
  18. Trinity Tam
  19. Anne Laughlin
  20. Nancy Kaufman
  21. Debra Serrins
  1. How did you meet 1? on the kb, then sb, rkt and now rr49. Met in person in Toronto in 2007 then I went to Chile and K graciously took me all over the place
  2. What would you do if you never met 9? I haven’t met her
  3. Would you date 20? I assume this ignores current relationship statuses. I’m not sure, I don’t know Nancy that well
  4. Have you ever seen 11 cry? I’ve seen her happy, mad, frustrated, enthusiastic, impatient, relaxing, asleep and many things…but not cry. I made her cry at least once though
  5. Would 3 and 13 make a good couple? I don’t know them that well
  6. Describe 9. interesting, witty
  7. Do you like 16? absolutely!!! Cathy’s the sweetest and I want to hang out with her more
  8. Do you think 6 is attractive? yes, Ces is one of the bubbliest persons I know even though I haven’t met her in person
  9. When was the last time you talked to 19? that time at the book reading in Chicago when I accosted Anne on a totally unrelated subject
  10. Would 15 make a good parent? yes, I have the impression that Sterling is a patient person
  11. Where does 15 live? lol no clue!
  12. What is the best thing about 21? she’s a great parent and partner, I follow her blogs about her family religiously
  13. What would you like to tell 18 right now? a) can’t wait to read your book cos, dude, vampires!! b) I’m gonna try a photoshop trick to emulate lensbaby effects, to see if it’s worth buying the lens or just sticking with PS
  14. What is the best thing about 10? challenges
  15. Have you ever kissed 17? nope
  16. What’s the best memory you have of 8? omg! kissing! (*grin* I’m actually pretty proud of that pic)
  17. When’s the next time you’re going to see 12? I haven’t met JD in person…I can’t believe I lived in NYC for almost a year and never set foot on SI…must rectify that soon
  18. Is 7 pretty? well, I only have one profile picture as reference but yes, plus…coach
  19. What was your first impression of 4? wonder boi looks very cool tonight. and then when I introduced myself and she gave me a hug, that was so sweet
  20. Is 13 your best friend? no, I don’t know Beth very well
  21. Have you seen 16 in the last month? yes, it’s my pleasure and honour to meet Cathy in Chicago a couple of weekends ago
  22. When was the last time you saw 14? oh man, that would be 2006, that first time I visited Chicago. We’d been out to see the Weepies and Cam invited Kathy for ice cream (i think that’s what transpired)
  23. Have you been to 21’s house? nope, I’ve been to her state though
  24. When is the next time you’ll see 10? I’ve not met Corinne before, I’m not sure where she lives
  25. Are you really close to 1? as close as can be, considering we live on different continents and all. I consider K one of my closest friends and buddies, I hope she feels the same
  26. Would you give 20 a hug? yes
  27. Have you ever been to 17’s house?  nope
  28. Do you know a secret about 11? LOL I need to plead the Fifth on this one on the grounds that Car will grind me to a very fine pulp if I say anything about anything, which doesn’t automatically mean there is something to say
  29. Describe the relationship between 14 and 19? they both live in Chicago, but other than that none that I’m aware
  30. What’s your friendship like with 5? Cam is the best! she writes funny stuff and can also be introspective and serious. I have a great time talking with her and now that I’m buying the 2 adjoining condos above hers…in my dream
  31. Have you ever danced with 18? oh no, I don’t dance. besides, Nell looks very strong. And tall. I don’t think I can outrun her
  32. How do you know 8? I read her books recently, I enjoyed her reading, I met her for the first time a couple of weekends ago. She’s way cool, I hope we can have a chance to interact more in the future
  33. Does 2 have a best friend? she’s too nice to have only one!
  34. Have you ever wanted to punch 4 in the face? no way
  35. Has 5 met your mother? nope, though if Mum comes to visit me this year…
  36. Have you traveled anywhere with 12? no but I think JD will be an awesome travel companion
  37. If you gave 7 $100, what would they spend it on? not sure
  38. What’s your best memory of 2? I’ll reserve that till we get to meet in person
  39. What is the one thing you most want 6 to know? i’d like to give her a hug actually
  40. What was the last thing you did with 20? we exchanged wall posts
  41. When did you meet 3? oh my, can’t remember exactly. Miller’s Pub during one of my innumerable Chicago visits? No, I think we met before that, I have to ask Car
  42. What do you wish for 2? creativity, health, happiness (now I sound like I’m giving good karma)

things about me that you probably don’t care but still make you read anyway

More facebook meme madness, gakked from my cousin.

Three names I go by:
1. [real name] [you didn’t think I’d tell, did you?]
2. watty
3. CEO (chief excel operator)

Three jobs I have had in my life:
1. chemist
2. acting service centre manager
3. head excel geek (see #3 above)

Three places I have lived:
1. london
2. hong kong
3. zurich

Three TV Shows that I watch:
1. amazing race
2. dollhouse
3. iron chef

Three places I have been:
1. kenya
2. chile
3. new zealand

People that e-mail me regularly:
1. my sis
2. the bank
3. car

Three of my favorite foods:
1. ham
2. sushi, sashimi, any japanese food
3. rocket aka arugula aka rucola

Three songs you love:
1. viva la vida
2. human
3. sometime after midnight

Three books you would read more than once:
1. less than zero
2. the belgariad series
3. honor series

Three movies you love:
1. star wars (episode 4 definitely, ep 5 okay, others are meh)
2. ironman
3. the lake house

Three friends I think will re-post:
1. Car
2. bobbi
3. ces, well she tagged me

Things I am looking forward to: with mm for a few days — that’s a BIG deal
2. finding somewhere to live in chicago
3. orlando

Three drinks:
1. coke zero
2. tea
3. um, coke zero

Three people you miss:
1. mm
2. parents, sis, niece
3. ricky

Three sports teams:
1. west ham
2. england cricket team
3. cubs? white sox? I’m supposed to like them, right? seeing that I’m “local” and all


gakked from stacia’s lj.

Let others know a little more about yourself, re-post this as your name followed by “ology”.


What is your salad dressing of choice?
i don’t like dressing

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
any decent Japanese restaurant

What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of?
sashimi, sushi, chirashi, especially if they’re like this

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
ham and pineapple

What do you like to put on your toast?
i tend to freak out at carbs, but i’ll admit butter or marmalade are good on toast


How many television sets are in your house?

What color cell phone do you have?

[is this it? only 2 questions?]


Are you right-handed or left-handed?
right-handed, soooo wanting to be left-handed

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
gall bladder

What is the last heavy item you lifted?
2x20lb dumbbells bench press

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
part of me yes, so i can plan. the other part is vehemently shaking its head no, it’s too morbid

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
i hate names, can i not have any name?

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
no way


How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
3 or 4 of the wear-only-at-home slipper type

Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
can’t remember any

Last person you talked to?

Last person you hugged?
my colleague, after a day of intense stress




Day of the week?



Missing someone?
yes, a lot

trying to relax

What are you listening to?
nothing, Gram’s tv is on in her bedroom

What are you watching?
nothing. if i were at PT it’d be either food network or travel channel

Worrying about?
those popcorn i ate just now and making me feel full


First place you went to this morning?

What’s the last movie you saw?
omg!! Car made me watch Howard the Duck today

Do you smile often?
not really


  1. Do you always answer your phone?
    at work, yes. at home or my mobile: only if i recognise the number
  2. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
    some stupid automated message from smartone cos i roamed to another network (again)
  3. If you could change your eye color what would it be?
    it’ll look strange any other colour
  4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic?
    what or where is Sonic?
  5. Do you own a digital camera?
    I think the question should be how many digital cameras do i own
  6. Have you ever had a pet fish?
    yep, mm and i used to keep tropical fish
  7. Favorite Christmas song?
    O Holy Night
  8. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?
    new mbp, iphone, new car, a nice meal with mm, a nice meal with family, lots and lots of ebooks
  9. Can you do push ups?
    yeah, not very well
  10. Can you do a chin up?
    never tried, probably not yet at this point but worth aiming for
  11. Does the future make you more nervous or excited
    a little of both
  12. Do you have any saved texts?
    yep, most of the texts i get from mm and family; plus all my mobile bills
  13. Ever been in a car wreck?
  14. Do you have an accent?
    everyone has an accent of some sort! okay, do i sound different from people around me? most definitely
  15. What is the last song to make you cry?
    O Holy Night at the main cathedral at midnight mass last year
  16. Plans tonight?
    it’s almost bedtime lol. tomorrow night? making and eating chocolate soufflé
  17. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
    no, i really have had a very lucky life
  18. Name 3 things you bought in the last week
    something like 15 ebooks, 2 sirloin steak, 6 assorted coloured ramekins
  19. Have you ever been given roses?
    i must have been, have to ask mm if she remembers
  20. Current worry?
    packing my stuff
  21. Current hate right now?
    new facebook homepage
  22. Met someone who changed your life?
  23. How did you bring in the New Year?
    i can’t remember, i think i was home. heh, i had to look it up, looks like i slept in and had a cold
  24. What song represents you?
    i have no idea. is there a song about a weird, anti-social, gadget-happy, foodie photographer?

how well do you know your spouse/significant other

yet another facebook meme that my cousin tagged me. But i’m not posting on that account, and i’m emailing it to mm in private heehee.

You know the drill… copy & paste into a note, change your answers, then tag your friends. Oh, and make sure you send your answers to your spouse/significant other to let him/her check!

  1. She’s sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?
    korean drama
  2. You’re out to eat/what kind of dressing on her salad?
    oil and vinegar, or no dressing
  3. What’s one food she doesn’t like?
    no particular food, but if it’s not fresh or poorly made she can tell
  4. You go out to eat and have a drink. What does she order?
    she’s usually okay with the water or tea that is served, but sometimes she’ll join me for a diet coke or half a glass of beer if I’m having beer; for a more elaborate meal: wine or sake depending on the cuisine
  5. Where did she go to high school?
    I know where, but I’m not posting it in public
  6. What size shoe does she wear?
    4.5-5 (UK)
  7. What is her favorite type of sandwich?
    chicken, ham and egg (oh wait, that’s me)
  8. What would she eat every day if she could?
    chicken, fish
  9. What is her favorite cereal?
    Alpen, museli, not too sweet
  10. What would she never wear?
    a bikini
  11. What is her favorite sports team?
    she doesn’t really watch sports
  12. Who did she vote for?
    not american
  13. Who is her best friend?
    M, Y, from school: CC, M
  14. What is something you do that she wishes you wouldn’t do?
    too uptight, yell at her for no good reason, gets “darkfaced” when she’s late
  15. What is her heritage?
    and another one I’m not posting in public
  16. You bake her a cake for her birthday; what kind of cake?
    cheesecake or chocolate or just plain, she’ll like them all
  17. Did she play sports in high school?
    not a lot
  18. What could she spend hours doing?
    sleeping, watching tv
  19. What is one talent she has?
    she works so hard, and is so smart
  20. What’s her favorite color?
    something bright: red, white

and the winner is…

meme #12. Tagged by Bobbi.

Instructions: A list of every movie to ever be nominated for a BEST PICTURE Academy Award follows. For each year, the film to actually win the Oscar is listed first. Mark every film you have seen, total them up, and divide the total by your age.

( ) Wings
( ) The Racket
( ) Seventh Heaven

( ) The Broadway Melody – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Harry Rapf
( ) Alibi – Feature Productions, United Artists -Roland West
( ) The Hollywood Revue of 1929 – MGM – Harry Rapf
( ) In Old Arizona – Fox – Winfield Sheehan, studio head
( ) The Patriot – Paramount – Ernst Lubitsch

( ) All Quiet on the Western Front – Universal – Carl Laemmle Jr.
( ) The Big House – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Irving Thalberg
( ) Disraeli – Warner Bros. – Jack Warner with Darryl Zanuck
( ) The Divorcee – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Robert Leonard
( ) The Love Parade – Paramount – Ernst Lubitsch

( ) Cimarron – RKO Radio – William LeBaron
( ) East Lynne – Fox – Winfield Sheehan, studio head
( ) The Front Page – Caddo, United Artists – Howard Hughes
( ) Skippy – Paramount – Adolph Zukor
( ) Trader Horn – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Irving G. Thalberg

( ) Grand Hotel – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Irving Thalberg
( ) Arrowsmith – Goldwyn, United Artists – Samuel Goldwyn
( ) Bad Girl – Fox – Winfield Sheehan studio head
( ) The Champ – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – King Vidor
( ) Five Star Final – First National – Hal B. Wallis
( ) One Hour with You – Paramount – Ernst Lubitsch
( ) Shanghai Express – Paramount – Adolph Zukor
( ) The Smiling Lieutenant – Paramount – Ernst Lubitsch

( ) Cavalcade – Fox – Winfield Sheehan studio head
( ) 42nd Street – Warner Bros. – Darryl F. Zanuck
(x) A Farewell to Arms – Paramount – Adolph Zukor
( ) I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang – Warner Bros. – Hal B. Wallis
( ) Lady for a Day – Columbia – Frank Capra
(x) Little Women – RKO Radio – Merian C. Cooper with Kenneth MacGowan
( ) The Private Life of Henry VIII – London Films, United Artists – Alexander Korda
( ) She Done Him Wrong – Paramount – William LeBaron
( ) Smilin’ Through – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Irving Thalberg
( ) State Fair – Fox – Winfield Sheehan studio head

( ) It Happened One Night – Columbia – Harry Cohn
( ) The Barretts of Wimpole Street – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Irving Thalberg
( ) Cleopatra – Paramount – Cecil B. DeMille
( ) Flirtation Walk – First National – Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis with Robert Lord
( ) The Gay Divorcee – RKO Radio – Pandro S. Berman
( ) Here Comes the Navy – Warner Bros. – Lou Edelman
( ) The House of Rothschild – United Artists – Darryl F. Zanuck with William Goetz and Raymond Griffith
( ) Imitation of Life – Universal – John M. Stahl
( ) One Night of Love – Columbia – Harry Cohn with Everett Riskin
(x) The Thin Man – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Hunt Stromberg
( ) Viva Villa! – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – David O. Selznick
( ) The White Parade – Fox – Jesse L. Lasky

( ) Mutiny on the Bounty – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Irving Thalberg with Albert Lewin
( ) Alice Adams – RKO Radio – Pandro S. Berman
( ) Broadway Melody of 1936 – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – John W. Considine Jr.
( ) Captain Blood – Warner Bros. – Hal B. Wallis with Harry Joe Brown and Gordon Hollingshead
( ) David Copperfield – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – David O. Selznick
( ) The Informer – RKO Radio – Cliff Reid
( ) The Lives of a Bengal Lancer – Paramount – Louis D. Lighton
( ) A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Warner Bros. – Henry Blanke
( ) Les Misérables – Twentieth Century Pictures, United Artists – Darryl F. Zanuck
( ) Naughty Marietta – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Hunt Stromberg
( ) Ruggles of Red Gap – Paramount – Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
(x) Top Hat – RKO Radio – Pandro S. Berman

( ) The Great Ziegfeld – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Hunt Stromberg
( ) Anthony Adverse – Warner Bros. – Henry Blanke
( ) Dodsworth – Goldwyn, United Artists – Samuel Goldwyn with Merritt Hulbert
( ) Libeled Lady – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Lawrence Weingarten
( ) Mr. Deeds Goes to Town – Columbia – Frank Capra
( ) Romeo and Juliet – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Irving Thalberg
( ) San Francisco – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – John Emerson and Bernard H. Hyman
( ) The Story of Louis Pasteur – Warner Bros. – Henry Blanke
( ) A Tale of Two Cities – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – David O. Selznick
( ) Three Smart Girls – Universal – Joe Pasternak with Charles R. Rogers

( ) The Life of Emile Zola – Warner Bros. – Henry Blanke
( ) The Awful Truth – Columbia – Leo McCarey with Everett Riskin
( ) Captains Courageous – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Louis Lighton
( ) Dead End – Goldwyn, United Artists – Samuel Goldwyn with Merritt Hulbert
( ) The Good Earth – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Irving Thalberg with Albert Lewin
( ) In Old Chicago – 20th Century-Fox – Darryl F. Zanuck with Kenneth MacGowan
( ) Lost Horizon – Columbia – Frank Capra
( ) One Hundred Men and a Girl – Universal – Charles R. Rogers with Joe Pasternak
( ) Stage Door – RKO Radio – Pandro S. Berman
( ) A Star Is Born – Selznick International, United Artists – David O. Selznick

( ) You Can’t Take It with You – Columbia – Frank Capra
( ) The Adventures of Robin Hood – Warner Bros. – Hal B. Wallis with Henry Blanke
( ) Alexander’s Ragtime Band – 20th Century-Fox – Darryl F. Zanuck with Harry Joe Brown
( ) Boys Town – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – John W. Considine, Jr.
( ) The Citadel – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Victor Saville
( ) Four Daughters – Warner Bros.-First National – Hal B. Wallis with Henry Blanke
( ) Grand Illusion (La Grande illusion) – R. A. O., World Pictures – Frank Rollmer, and Albert Pinkovitch
( ) Jezebel – Warner Bros. – Hal B. Wallis with Henry Blanke
(x) Pygmalion – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Gabriel Pascal
( ) Test Pilot – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Louis Lighton

(x) Gone with the Wind – Selznick, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – David O. Selznick
( ) Dark Victory – Warner Bros. – David Lewis
( ) Goodbye, Mr. Chips – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Victor Saville
( ) Love Affair – RKO Radio – Leo McCarey
( ) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – Columbia – Frank Capra
(x) Ninotchka – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Sidney Franklin
( ) Of Mice and Men – Roach, United Artists – Lewis Milestone
( ) Stagecoach – United Artists – Walter Wanger
( ) The Wizard of Oz – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Mervyn LeRoy
( ) Wuthering Heights – Goldwyn, United Artists – Samuel Goldwyn

Total so far: 7

( ) Rebecca – Selznick, United Artists – David O. Selznick
( ) All This, and Heaven Too – Warner Bros. – Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, with David Lewis
( ) Foreign Correspondent – Wanger, United Artists – Walter Wanger
( ) The Grapes of Wrath – 20th Century-Fox – Darryl F. Zanuck with Nunnally Johnson
( ) The Great Dictator – Chaplin, United Artists – Charles Chaplin
( ) Kitty Foyle – RKO Radio – David Hempstead
( ) The Letter – Warner Bros. – Hal B. Wallis
( ) The Long Voyage Home – Argosy Wanger, United Artists – John Ford
( ) Our Town – Lesser, United Artists – Sol Lesser
(x) The Philadelphia Story – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Joseph L. Mankiewicz

( ) How Green Was My Valley – 20th Century-Fox – Darryl F. Zanuck
( ) Blossoms in the Dust – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Irving Asher
(x) Citizen Kane – RKO – Orson Welles
( ) Here Comes Mr. Jordan – Columbia – Everett Riskin
( ) Hold Back the Dawn – Paramount – Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
( ) The Little Foxes – Goldwyn, RKO Radio – Samuel Goldwyn
( ) The Maltese Falcon – Warner Bros. – Hal B. Wallis
( ) One Foot In Heaven – Warner Bros. – Hal B. Wallis
( ) Sergeant York – Warner Bros. – Jesse L. Lasky and Hal B. Wallis
(x) Suspicion – RKO Radio – Alfred Hitchcock

( ) Mrs. Miniver – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Sidney Franklin
( ) 49th Parallel – Ortus, Columbia – Michael Powell
( ) King’s Row – Warner Bros. – Hal B. Wallis
( ) The Magnificent Ambersons – Mercury, RKO Radio – Orson Welles
( ) The Pied Piper – 20th Century-Fox – Nunnally Johnson
( ) The Pride of the Yankees – Goldwyn, RKO Radio – Samuel Goldwyn
( ) Random Harvest – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Sidney Franklin
( ) The Talk of the Town – Columbia – George Stevens
( ) Wake Island – Paramount – Joseph Sistrom
( ) Yankee Doodle Dandy – Warner Bros. – Jack Warner, Hal B. Wallis, William Cagney

(x) Casablanca – Warner Bros. – Hal B. Wallis
( ) For Whom the Bell Tolls – Paramount – Sam Wood
( ) Heaven Can Wait – 20th Century-Fox – Ernst Lubitsch
( ) The Human Comedy – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Clarence Brown
( ) In Which We Serve – Two Cities, United Artists – Noel Coward
( ) Madame Curie – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Sidney Franklin
( ) The More the Merrier – Columbia – George Stevens
( ) The Ox-Bow Incident – 20th Century-Fox – Lamar Trotti
( ) The Song of Bernadette – 20th Century-Fox – William Perlberg
( ) Watch on the Rhine – Warner Bros. – Hal B. Wallis

( ) Going My Way – Paramount – Leo McCarey
(x) Double Indemnity – Paramount – Joseph Sistrom
(x) Gaslight – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
( ) Since You Went Away – Selznick, United Artists – David O. Selznick
( ) Wilson – 20th Century-Fox – Darryl F. Zanuck

( ) The Lost Weekend – Paramount – Charles Brackett
( ) Anchors Aweigh – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Joe Pasternak
( ) The Bells of St. Mary’s – RKO Radio – Leo McCarey
( ) Mildred Pierce – Warner Bros. – Jerry Wald
(x) Spellbound – United Artists – David O. Selznick

( ) The Best Years of Our Lives – RKO Radio – Samuel Goldwyn
( ) Henry V – United Artists – Laurence Olivier
( ) It’s a Wonderful Life – RKO Radio – Frank Capra
( ) The Razor’s Edge – 20th Century-Fox – Darryl F. Zanuck
( ) The Yearling – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Sidney Franklin

( ) Gentleman’s Agreement – 20th Century-Fox – Darryl F. Zanuck
( ) The Bishop’s Wife – RKO Radio – Samuel Goldwyn
( ) Crossfire – RKO Radio – Adrian Scott
(x) Great Expectations – Rank-Cineguild, U-I – Ronald Neame
( ) Miracle on 34th Street – 20th Century-Fox – William Perlberg

( ) Hamlet – J. Arthur Rank-Two Cities Films, U-I – Laurence Olivier
( ) Johnny Belinda – Warner Bros. – Jerry Wald
( ) The Red Shoes – Rank-Archers, Eagle-Lion – Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
( ) The Snake Pit – 20th Century-Fox – Anatole Litvak and Robert Bassler
( ) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre – Warner Bros. – Henry Blanke

( ) All the King’s Men – Rossen, Columbia – Robert Rossen
( ) Battleground – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Dore Schary
( ) The Heiress – Paramount – William Wyler
( ) A Letter to Three Wives – 20th Century-Fox – Sol C. Siegel
( ) Twelve O’Clock High – 20th Century-Fox – Darryl F. Zanuck

Total so far: 15

( ) All About Eve – 20th Century-Fox – Darryl F. Zanuck
( ) Born Yesterday – Columbia – S. Sylvan Simon
( ) Father of the Bride – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Pandro S. Berman
( ) King Solomon’s Mines – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Sam Zimbalist
( ) Sunset Boulevard – Paramount – Charles Brackett

( ) An American in Paris – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Arthur Freed
( ) Decision Before Dawn – 20th Century-Fox – Anatole Litvak and Frank McCarthy
( ) A Place in the Sun – Paramount – George Stevens
( ) Quo Vadis – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Sam Zimbalist
( ) A Streetcar Named Desire – Warner Bros. – Charles K. Feldman

( ) The Greatest Show on Earth – Paramount – Cecil B. DeMille
(x) High Noon – United Artists – Stanley Kramer
( ) Ivanhoe – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Pandro S. Berman
( ) Moulin Rouge – United Artists – John Huston
(x) The Quiet Man – Republic – John Ford and Merian C. Cooper

( ) From Here to Eternity – Columbia – Buddy Adler
( ) Julius Caesar – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – John Houseman
( ) The Robe – 20th Century-Fox – Frank Ross
( ) Roman Holiday – Paramount – William Wyler
( ) Shane – Paramount – George Stevens

( ) On the Waterfront – Columbia – Sam Spiegel
( ) The Caine Mutiny – Columbia – Stanley Kramer
( ) The Country Girl – Paramount – William Perlberg
( ) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Jack Cummings
( ) Three Coins in the Fountain – 20th Century-Fox – Sol C. Siegel

( ) Marty – United Artists – Harold Hecht
( ) Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing – 20th Century-Fox – Buddy Adler
( ) Mister Roberts – Warner Bros. – Leland Hayward
( ) Picnic – Columbia – Fred Kohlmar
( ) The Rose Tattoo – Paramount – Hal B. Wallis

(x) Around the World in 80 Days – United Artists – Michael Todd
( ) Friendly Persuasion – Allied Artists – William Wyler
(x) Giant – Warner Bros. – George Stevens and Henry Ginsberg
(x) The King and I – 20th Century-Fox – Charles Brackett
( ) The Ten Commandments – Paramount – Cecil B. DeMille

(x) The Bridge on the River Kwai – Columbia – Sam Spiegel
( ) Peyton Place – 20th Century-Fox – Jerry Wald
( ) Sayonara – Warner Bros. – William Goetz
( ) 12 Angry Men – United Artists – Henry Fonda, and Reginald Rose
( ) Witness for the Prosecution – United Artists – Arthur Hornblow, Jr.

( ) Gigi – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Arthur Freed
( ) Auntie Mame – Warner Bros. – Jack L. Warner
( ) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Lawrence Weingarten
( ) The Defiant Ones – Kramer, United Artists – Stanley Kramer
( ) Separate Tables – United Artists – Harold Hecht

(x) Ben-Hur – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Sam Zimbalist (posthumous award)
( ) Anatomy of a Murder – Columbia – Otto Preminger
( ) The Diary of Anne Frank – 20th Century-Fox – George Stevens
( ) The Nun’s Story – Warner Bros. – Henry Blanke
( ) Room at the Top – Continental – John Woolf and James Woolf

Total so far: 22

( ) The Apartment – United Artists – Billy Wilder
( ) The Alamo – United Artists – John Wayne
( ) Elmer Gantry – United Artists – Bernard Smith
( ) Sons and Lovers – 20th Century-Fox – Jerry Wald
( ) The Sundowners – Warner Bros. – Fred Zinnemann

(x) West Side Story – United Artists – Robert Wise
( ) Fanny – Warner Bros. – Joshua Logan
(x) The Guns of Navarone – Columbia – Carl Foreman
(x) The Hustler – 20th Century-Fox – Robert Rossen
( ) Judgment at Nuremberg – United Artists – Stanley Kramer

( ) Lawrence of Arabia – Columbia – Sam Spiegel
( ) The Longest Day – 20th Century-Fox – Darryl F. Zanuck
( ) The Music Man – Warner Bros. – Morton DaCosta
( ) Mutiny on the Bounty – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Aaron Rosenberg
(x) To Kill a Mockingbird – U-I – Alan J. Pakula

( ) Tom Jones – United Artists – Tony Richardson
( ) America, America – Warner Bros. – Elia Kazan
( ) Cleopatra – 20th Century-Fox – Walter Wanger
( ) How the West Was Won – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Cinerama – Bernard Smith
( ) Lilies of the Field – United Artists – Ralph Nelson

(x) My Fair Lady – Warner Bros. – Jack L. Warner
( ) Becket – Paramount – Hal B. Wallis
( ) Dr. Strangelove – Columbia – Stanley Kubrick
(x) Mary Poppins – Disney, Buena Vista – Walt Disney, Bill Walsh
( ) Zorba the Greek – 20th Century-Fox – Michael Cacoyannis

(x) The Sound of Music – 20th Century-Fox – Robert Wise
( ) Darling – Embassy – Joseph Janni
(x) Doctor Zhivago – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Carlo Ponti
( ) Ship of Fools – Columbia – Stanley Kramer
( ) A Thousand Clowns – United Artists – Fred Coe

( ) A Man for All Seasons – Columbia – Fred Zinnemann
( ) Alfie – Paramount – Lewis Gilbert
( ) The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming – United Artists – Norman Jewison
( ) The Sand Pebbles – 20th Century-Fox – Robert Wise
( ) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Warner Bros. – Ernest Lehman

( ) In the Heat of the Night – United Artists – Walter Mirisch
(x) Bonnie and Clyde – Warner Bros.-Seven Arts – Warren Beatty
(x) Doctor Dolittle – 20th Century-Fox – Arthur P. Jacobs
(x) The Graduate – Embassy – Lawrence Turman
( ) Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Columbia – Stanley Kramer

( ) Oliver! – Columbia – John Woolf
(x) Funny Girl – Columbia – Ray Stark
( ) The Lion in Winter – Avco Embassy – Martin Poll
( ) Rachel, Rachel – Warner Bros. – Paul Newman
( ) Romeo and Juliet – Paramount – Anthony Havelock-Allan, John Brabourne

( ) Midnight Cowboy – United Artists – Jerome Hellman
( ) Anne of the Thousand Days – Universal – Hal B. Wallis
(x) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 20th Century-Fox – John Foreman
( ) Hello, Dolly! – 20th Century-Fox – Ernest Lehman
( ) Z – Cinema V – Jacques Perrin, Ahmed Rachedi

Total so far: 35

( ) Patton – 20th Century-Fox – Frank McCarthy
(x) Airport – Universal – Ross Hunter
( ) Five Easy Pieces – Columbia – Bob Rafelson, Richard Wechsler
(x) Love Story – Paramount – Howard G. Minsky
( ) MASH – 20th Century-Fox – Ingo Preminger

(x) The French Connection – 20th Century-Fox – Philip D’Antoni
(x) A Clockwork Orange – Warner Bros. – Stanley Kubrick
(x) Fiddler on the Roof – United Artists – Norman Jewison
( ) The Last Picture Show – Columbia – Stephen J. Friedman
( ) Nicholas and Alexandra – Columbia – Sam Spiegel

( ) The Godfather – Paramount – Albert S. Ruddy
( ) Cabaret – Allied Artists – Cy Feuer
( ) Deliverance – Warner Bros. – John Boorman
( ) Sounder – 20th Century-Fox – Robert B. Radnitz
( ) The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) – Warner Bros. (Swedish) – Bengt Forslund

(x) The Sting – Universal – Tony Bill, Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips
(x) American Graffiti – Universal – Francis Ford Coppola and Gary Kurtz
( ) The Exorcist – Warner Bros. – William Peter Blatty
( ) A Touch of Class – Avco Embassy – Melvin Frank
( ) Cries and Whispers – New World Pictures (Swedish) – Ingmar Bergman

( ) The Godfather Part II – Paramount – Francis Ford Coppola, Gray Frederickson, Fred Roos
( ) Chinatown – Paramount – Robert Evans
(x) The Conversation – Paramount – Francis Ford Coppola
( ) Lenny – United Artists – Marvin Worth
(x) The Towering Inferno – 20th Century-Fox/Warner Bros. – Irwin Allen

(x) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – United Artists – Saul Zaentz, Michael Douglas
( ) Barry Lyndon – Warner Bros. – Stanley Kubrick
( ) Dog Day Afternoon – Warner Bros. – Martin Bregman, Martin Elfand
(x) Jaws – Universal – Richard D. Zanuck
( ) Nashville – Paramount – Robert Altman

( ) Rocky – United Artists – Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
(x) All the President’s Men – Warner Bros. – Walter Coblenz
( ) Bound for Glory – United Artists – Robert F. Blumofe, Harold Leventhal
( ) Network – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists – Howard Gottfried
( ) Taxi Driver – Columbia – Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips

(x) Annie Hall – United Artists – Charles H. Joffe
(x) The Goodbye Girl – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Warner Bros. – Ray Stark
( ) Julia – 20th Century-Fox – Richard Roth
(x) Star Wars – 20th Century-Fox – Gary Kurtz
( ) The Turning Point – 20th Century-Fox – Herbert Ross and Arthur Laurents

(x) The Deer Hunter – Universal – Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, John Peverall
( ) Coming Home – United Artists – Jerome Hellman
( ) Heaven Can Wait – Paramount – Warren Beatty
( ) Midnight Express – Columbia – Alan Marshall and David Puttnam
( ) An Unmarried Woman – 20th Century-Fox – Paul Mazursky and Tony Ray

(x) Kramer vs. Kramer – Columbia – Stanley R. Jaffe
(x) Apocalypse Now – United Artists – Francis Ford Coppola with Fred Roos, Gray Frederickson and Tom Sternberg
( ) All That Jazz – 20th Century-Fox – Robert Alan Aurthur (posthumous nomination)
( ) Breaking Away – 20th Century-Fox – Peter Yates
( ) Norma Rae – 20th Century-Fox – Tamara Asseyev and Alex Rose

Total so far: 53

(x) Ordinary People – Paramount – Ronald L. Schwary
( ) Coal Miner’s Daughter – Universal – Bernard Schwartz
(x) The Elephant Man – Paramount – David Lynch
( ) Raging Bull – United Artists – Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff
(x) Tess – Columbia – Claude Berri and Timothy Burrill

(x) Chariots of Fire – The Ladd Company/Warner Bros. – David Puttnam
(x) Reds – Paramount – Warren Beatty
( ) Atlantic City – Paramount – Denis Heroux
(x) On Golden Pond – ITC Films – Bruce Gilbert
(x) Raiders of the Lost Ark – Paramount – Frank Marshall

(x) Gandhi – Columbia – Richard Attenborough
(x) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Universal – Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
( ) Missing – Universal – Edward Lewis and Mildred Lewis
(x) Tootsie – Columbia – Sydney Pollack and Dick Richards
(x) The Verdict – 20th Century Fox – Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown

(x) Terms of Endearment – Paramount – James L. Brooks
(x) The Big Chill – Columbia – Michael Shamberg
( ) The Dresser – Columbia – Peter Yates
(x) The Right Stuff – The Ladd Company/Warner Bros. – Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff
( ) Tender Mercies – Universal/AFD – Philip S. Hobel

(x) Amadeus – Orion – Saul Zaentz
(x) The Killing Fields – Warner Bros. – David Puttnam
(x) A Passage to India – Columbia – John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin
( ) Places in the Heart – Tri-Star – Arlene Donovan
( ) A Soldier’s Story – Columbia – Norman Jewison, Ronald L. Schwary and Patrick Palmer

(x) Out of Africa – Universal – Sydney Pollack
( ) Color Purple – Warner Bros. – Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Quincy Jones
(x) Kiss of the Spider Woman – Island Alive – David Weisman
(x) Prizzi’s Honor – ABC Motion Pictures, 20th Century Fox – John Foreman
(x) Witness – Paramount – Edward S. Feldman

(x) Platoon – Orion – Arnold Kopelson
(x) Children of a Lesser God – Paramount – Burt Sugarman, Patrick J. Palmer
(x) Hannah and Her Sisters – Orion – Robert Greenhut
( ) The Mission – Warner Bros. – Fernando Ghia, David Puttnam
(x) A Room with a View – Cinecom – Ismail Merchant

(x) The Last Emperor- Columbia – Jeremy Thomas
(x) Broadcast News – 20th Century-Fox – James L. Brooks
(x) Fatal Attraction – Paramount – Stanley R. Jaffe, Sherry Lansing
( ) Hope and Glory – Columbia – John Boorman
(x) Moonstruck – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Patrick J. Palmer, Norman Jewison

(x) Rain Man – United Artists – Mark Johnson
(x) The Accidental Tourist – Warner Bros. – Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun, Michael Grillo
(x) Dangerous Liaisons – Warner Bros. – Norma Heyman, Hank Moonjean
( ) Mississippi Burning – Orion – Frederick Zollo, Robert F. Colesberry
(x) Working Girl – 20th Century Fox – Douglas Wick

(x) Driving Miss Daisy – Warner Bros. – Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck
(x) Born on the Fourth of July – Universal – A. Kitman Ho, Oliver Stone
(x) Dead Poets Society – Touchstone Pictures – Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas
(x) Field of Dreams – Universal – Lawrence Gordon, Charles Gordon
( ) My Left Foot – Miramax – Noel Pearson

Total so far: 90

( ) Dances with Wolves – Orion – Jim Wilson, Kevin Costner
(x) Awakenings – Columbia – Walter F. Parkes, Lawrence Lasker
(x) Ghost – Paramount – Lisa Weinstein
( ) The Godfather Part III – Paramount – Francis Ford Coppola
(x) Goodfellas – Warner Bros. – Irwin Winkler

(x) The Silence of the Lambs – Orion – Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, Ron Bozman
(x) Beauty and the Beast – Walt Disney Pictures – Don Hahn
(x) Bugsy – TriStar – Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson, Warren Beatty
( ) JFK – Warner Bros. – A. Kitman Ho, Oliver Stone
( ) The Prince of Tides – Columbia – Barbra Streisand, Andrew S. Karsch

( ) Unforgiven – Warner Bros. – Clint Eastwood
( ) The Crying Game – Miramax – Stephen Woolley
(x) A Few Good Men – Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia – Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman
(x) Howards End – Sony Pictures Classics – Ismail Merchant
(x) Scent of a Woman – Universal – Martin Brest

( ) Schindler’s List – Universal – Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen, Branko Lustig
(x) The Fugitive – Warner Bros. – Arnold Kopelson
(x) In the Name of the Father – Universal – Jim Sheridan
(x) The Piano – Miramax – Jane Campion
(x) The Remains of the Day – Columbia – Mike Nichols, John Calley, Ismail Merchant

(x) Forrest Gump – Paramount – Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch, Steve Starkey
(x) Four Weddings and a Funeral – Working Title Films – Duncan Kenworthy
(x) Pulp Fiction – Miramax – Lawrence Bender
( ) Quiz Show – Hollywood Pictures – Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin, Michael Nozick, Robert Redford
(x) The Shawshank Redemption – Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia – Niki Marvin

( ) Braveheart – Paramount – Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd, Jr., Bruce Davey
(x) Apollo 13 – Imagine Entertainment, Universal – Brian Grazer
( ) Babe – Universal – Bill Miller, George Miller, Doug Mitchell
( ) Il Postino (The Postman) – Miramax – Mario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Gaetano Daniele
(x) Sense and Sensibility – Columbia – Lindsay Doran

(x) The English Patient – Miramax – Saul Zaentz
(x) Fargo – Gramercy Pictures – Ethan Coen
(x) Jerry Maguire – TriStar- James L. Brooks, Laurence Mark, Richard Sakai, Cameron Crowe
( ) Secrets & Lies – October Films – Simon Channing-Williams
(x) Shine – Fine Line Features – Jane Scott

(x) Titanic – Paramount, 20th Century Fox – James Cameron, Jon Landau
(x) As Good as It Gets – TriStar – James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson, Kristi Zea
(x) The Full Monty – Fox Searchlight – Umberto Pasolini
(x) Good Will Hunting – Miramax – Lawrence Bender
(x) L.A. Confidential – Warner Bros. – Curtis Hanson, Arnon Milchan, Michael G. Nathanson

(x) Shakespeare in Love – Miramax – David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, Marc Norman
(x) Elizabeth – PolyGram – Shekhar Kapur, Alison Owen, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan
(x) Life Is Beautiful (La vita bella) – Miramax – Elda Ferri, Gianluigi Braschi
(x) Saving Private Ryan – DreamWorks – Steven Spielberg, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn
(x) The Thin Red Line – 20th Century Fox – Robert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau, Grant Hill

(x) American Beauty – DreamWorks SKG – Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks
( ) The Cider House Rules – Miramax – Richard N. Gladstein
( ) The Green Mile – Castle Rock Entertainment, Warner Bros. – Frank Darabont, David Valdes
(x) The Insider – Touchstone Pictures – Pieter Jan Brugge, Michael Mann
(x) The Sixth Sense – Hollywood Pictures – Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel

Total so far: 126

(x) Gladiator – DreamWorks & Universal – Douglas Wick, David Franzoni, Branko Lustig
(x) Chocolat – Miramax – David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran
(x) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Sony Pictures Classics – William Kong, Li-Kong Hsu, Ang Lee
(x) Erin Brockovich – Universal & Columbia – Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
(x) Traffic – USA Films – Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Laura Bickford

(x) A Beautiful Mind – Universal & DreamWorks – Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
(x) Gosford Park – USA Films – Robert Altman, Bob Balaban, David Levy
( ) In the Bedroom – Miramax – Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field
(x) The Fellowship of the Ring – New Line & Warner Bros. – Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Barrie M. Osborne
(x) Moulin Rouge! – 20th Century Fox – Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann, Fred Baron

( ) Chicago – Miramax – Martin Richards
( ) Gangs of New York – Miramax – Alberto Grimaldi, Harvey Weinstein
(x) The Hours – Paramount & Miramax – Scott Rudin, Robert Fox
(x) The Two Towers – New Line & Warner Bros. – Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
(x) The Pianist – Focus Features – Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde

(x) The Return of the King – New Line Cinema – Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
( ) Lost in Translation – Focus Features – Ross Katz, Sofia Coppola
( ) Master and Commander – 20th Century Fox – Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Peter Weir, Duncan Henderson
( ) Mystic River – Warner Bros. – Robert Lorenz, Judie G. Hoyt, Clint Eastwood
( ) Seabiscuit – Universal, DreamWorks – Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Gary Ross

(x) Million Dollar Baby – Warner Bros. – Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Tom Rosenburg
( ) The Aviator – Miramax & Warner Bros. – Michael Mann, Graham King
( ) Finding Neverland – Miramax – Richard N. Gladstein, Nellie Bellflower
( ) Ray – Universal – Taylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin, Howard Baldwin
(x) Sideways – Fox Searchlight – Michael London

(x) Crash – Lions Gate – Paul Haggis, Cathy Schulman
( ) Brokeback Mountain – Focus Features – Diana Ossana, James Schamus
( ) Capote – United Artists – Caroline Baron, William Vince, Michael Ohoven
( ) Good Night, and Good Luck – Warner Bros. – Grant Heslov
( ) Munich – DreamWorks & Universal – Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel

( ) The Departed – Warner Bros. – Graham King
( ) Babel – Paramount Vantage – Alejandro Gonzarritu, Steve Golin, Jon Kilik
( ) Letters from Iwo Jima – Warner Bros. – Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Robert Lorenz
( ) Little Miss Sunshine – Fox Searchlight – David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub
(x) The Queen – Miramax – Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward

( ) No Country for Old Men – Miramax & Paramount Vantage – Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
(x) Atonement – Focus Features – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster
(x) Juno – Fox Searchlight – Lianne Halfon, Mason Novick, Russell Smith
(x) Michael Clayton – Warner Bros. – Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent, Sydney Pollack
( ) There Will Be Blood – Paramount – Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar

( ) Slumdog Millionaire – Film4 – Christian Colson
( ) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Paramount – Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Cean Chaffin
( ) Frost/Nixon – Universal – Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Eric Fellner
() Milk – Focus Features – Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen
( ) The Reader – Weinstein – Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris

Total: 146 Score: 3.39

8+: re you kidding?! Bet you owned a betamax, a video disk player and you know what a CD-i Video is
6-7: Amazing
3-5: Pretty Good
1-2: Fair
<1: Really? Less than one nominated movie per year?

movies i’ve seen — 75

meme #11. Tagged by Car who, together with airlines, provides me with film entertainment.

SUPPOSEDLY if you’ve seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own Facebook account, paste this as a note. Then, put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

( ) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
Total: 6

( ) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Total so far: 9

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
(x) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp

Total so far: 13

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
( ) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch

Total so far: 18

(x) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre

( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
( ) Robots

Total so far: 21

( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
( ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong

Total so far: 23

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-mas
( ) Flubber

Total so far: 24

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
(x) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards

Total so far: 26

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
( ) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask

Total so far: 28

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean’s Eleven
(x) Ocean’s Twelve
( ) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog (the original)
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George

Total so far: 30

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
( ) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2

Total so far: 34

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(x) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
( ) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3

Total so far: 44

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2

Total so far: 54

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street [the original]
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin

Total so far: 54

(x) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Total so far: 60

( ) Basketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
(x) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three

Total so Far: 61

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch

(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
( ) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard

Total so far: 63

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(x) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
( ) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld

Total so far: 65

( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness

Total so far: 65

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor

Total so far: 71

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Grand Total: 75

yes no answers

meme #10. tagged by Karinna. The rules:

  • You can only answer Yes or No.
  • You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks!
  1. Kissed any of your facebook friends? yes
  2. Been arrested? no
  3. Kissed someone you didn’t like? no
  4. Currently have a crush on one or more of your facebook friends? no
  5. Slept in until 5 PM?  yes
  6. Stayed awake for 24 hours straight?  yes
  7. Fallen asleep at work/school? yes
  8. Held a snake? yes
  9. Held a spider? no
  10. Killed a fly? yes
  11. Ran a red light? yes
  12. Been suspended from school? no
  13. Totaled your car/motorbike in an accident? no
  14. Been fired from a job? no
  15. Walked off the job without giving notice? no
  16. Sang karaoke? yes
  17. Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? yes
  18. Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? yes
  19. Caught a snowflake on your tongue? yes
  20. Streaked (for you young-uns – that’s run naked in a public place)? no
  21. Sang in the shower? no
  22. Sat on a rooftop? yes
  23. Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? no
  24. Gone skinny dipping? no
  25. Broken a bone? no
  26. Shaved your head?  no
  27. Blacked out from drinking? yes
  28. Urinated in a public place (not a restroom) on purpose? no
  29. Played a prank on someone? yes
  30. Felt like killing someone? no
  31. Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? yes
  32. Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? no
  33. Been in a band? no
  34. Shot a gun? yes
  35. Donated Blood? yes
  36. Been in a fist fight? no
  37. Eaten crocodile/alligator meat? yes
  38. Eaten cheesecake? yes
  39. Parachcuted out of a perfectly good plane? no
  40. Gone SCUBA diving? no
  41. Bungee jumping? no
  42. Ever street raced? no
  43. Still in love with someone you shouldn’t be? yes
  44. Think about the future? yes
  45. Think about the past? yes
  46. Believe in love? yes
  47. Asked a Magic 8 Ball for an answer? no

if you were a band, this would be your first album cover

Here’s another set of facebook memes. #9. tagged by Sera.

If you were in a band, this would be your first album cover. Directions:

  1. Go to a wikipedia random page — the title is the name of your band
  2. Go to random quotes — the first 5 words from the last quote is the title of your first album
  3. Go to flickr’s last 7 days interesting page — select a photo for your album cover
  4. Using photoshop or a similar program, put it all together
  5. Post and tag friends you want to join in.

That was FUN!!!! I got an award winning cinematographer as band name, the last words of captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912) as album name, and picked a picture of an abandoned room as cover. Which I played around in photoshop, of course.

random album