Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Sequel

If you are unfamiliar with the title “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” it was actually originally a children’s book, which is where I found out about it first. You would imagine my delight when I found it became a movie. Luckily, the animation did not disappoint.

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According to IMDB, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” follow inventor Flint Lockwood who tries to cure the economic crisis of his town, Chew and Swallows, with his newest piece of technology: FLDSMDFR, a machine that can turn food into water! Unfortunately, the machine goes on a fritz and shoots up into the atmosphere, creating weather that produces giant food.

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Not to spoil the premise of the first movie by trying to explain the sequel, but essentially Flint and friends return to Chew and Swallows to find the town as evolved food species through out! You just have to see the trailer to really get a good glimpse at this fantastic looking sequel. I can’t wait!

http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/exclusive-cloudy-chance-meatballs-2-trailer-food-eat-220320241.html

The Chipotle Burrito Dating Rule

Just my two cents on this issue. I have a Chipotle near me on campus, and I absolutely love it. The chicken burrito is one of my favorites, especially on days where I only get to squeeze in one giant meal.

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(image from Wikipedia Chipotle page)

A Christal Classic Chicken Burrito Order? White tortilla, white rice, black beans, grilled chicken, tomato, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, topped with tons of smoked Tabasco chipotle sauce.

However whenever I go there, I feel like everyone is judging me while I eat! Most normal people forgo the messy burrito and instead squeeze out the contents into a bowl so it can be consumed with a fork. BLASPHEMY I SAY! But let’s look at the pros of each meal to be fair.

Good stuff about the Burrito Bowl: Less messy, easy to clean up, can easily take to go if can’t finish in one sitting, more food given actually, and tortilla still included!

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(image from Chipotle website)

Good stuff about the Original Burrito: Some how it just tastes so much better to me when everything is piled together and squished into a steamy tortilla wrapping!

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(image from Chipotle website)

I always joke with my friends that a guy must be able to handle me eating a burrito if they want to continue dating me. Who the hell looks sexy stuffing their face with burrito goodness oozing out at the seams??? I am not saying I am caveman when I eat, but burritos are difficult meals to conquer gracefully.

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Now, I just used the Chipotle Nutrition Calculator, and it says that my typical  burrito order is 1000+ calories.

http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/nutrition_calculator/nutrition_calculator.aspx

This makes me feel a bit guilty for being a fat kid, but I still stand by my Chipotle Dating Rule. I love Chipotle burritos and any potential love interest of mine has to at least tolerate that.

End rant.

P.S. Happy supposedly end of the world day! 🙂

Halloween Costume: T.A. Kirby-Bauer aka Scientist Kirby

My Halloween Project for this year! I didn’t feel like dressing up or sewing a costume, so I made my Kirby all festive! He’s a scientist like me (in the future lol) 🙂 This idea was inspired and made in honor of my super awesome TA in micro lab, and working with bacteria all summer on my last coop.

Some details:

Here are the things I made.

  1. Lab coat, gloves & goggles: The lab coat is complete with buttons on the shiny side and a collar! I wanted to put pockets in (and those safety slits on the side), but got too lazy. Still PPE length approved though! Sewn from white extra fabric left over from a cosplay. The gloves were cut form cleaning gloves (we had only 1 of a pair left over lol) hot-glued and pinned onto Kirby’s arm/hand. The goggles are actually mine/Naomi’s from lab (tee-hee my micro lab partner!)
  2. Study Cards: All these microorganism identification cards using video game references were my TA’s idea. I wrote them down in class one day in my notebook and it was the main inspiration to complete this project. I love mini things!


  3. Name Tag: Nothing special. Just a piece of tape and paper. However, the name is important! I named Kirby “T.A. Kirby-Bauer.” This is in reference to the Kirby-Bauer method, which uses Muller Hinton II agar to diffuse bacteria lawns into a very thin layer.

  4. Bow tie: A suggestion from Megan! I used my remaining fabric from the dress I had sewn for the Academy of Natural Sciences Gala a year ago. It reminds me of one of my med school friends who always wears bow ties to formal events, like Bill Nye the Science Guy.
  5. Petri Dish: The actually petri dish is actually real haha. Although I got it from my lab now, I worked with this sized dish primarily when testing water at PWD at my first coop. As you would guess (from name tag explanation in Step 4), this is a petri dish is filled with Muller Hinton II agar on it (rendered by a circle index card glued to the bottom of the dish and colored yellow/beige). A hole punched index card piece was glued to the center and represents an antibiotic dish of tetracyclin (which FYI affects both Gram negative (G -) and Gram positive (G +) bacteria) that we used in a lab session. The “lawn” of bacteria is red because I wanted it to be Serratia marcescens (G -). It is susceptible to the antibiotics, so a zone of inhibition is observed by the uncolored gap around the disc.


    I even labeled on agar side! Though I messed up the order. Name of microorganism, test date, initials, agar type, incubation time.

  6. Cell Spreader: I was originally not going to make this, but I saw some toothpicks, colored it with a marker, and forged it with some hot glue. Also, with all the damn hell the cell spreaders gave me on my last coop, why not. Look at the petri dish pics for the blue thing. One of my favorite pieces.

All together now!

I know, I’m still recovering from the nerdy overload, too. This is what I did instead of continuing my Neuro readings. However, I had to get all this creative energy out somehow 😦 I’m really happy with the outcome.

HAPPY (belated) HALLOWEEN!!!

Monster Makeup, Whale Revenge, Demonic Vanity, & Mermaid Tragedies

Whenever my sister and I reunite briefly, we always seem to have this inkling to stay awake late up into the night in desperate hopes to find a good movie to watch together. What usually ends up happening is that we skim through a couple bad movies, I make sarcastic commentary, and my sister cackles with me all night long while everyone else in the house is sound asleep. It’s like we become the coach potatoes we secretely always wanted to be if we didn’t have such busy lives.

This time, we tried to catch up on my new reality TV addiction. For the longest time, “Project Runway” was my favorite show to watch. I loved seeing amateur fashion designers create beautiful pieces of clothing under very unique and quirky challenges, while still dealing with high amounts of stress and a ridiculous time constraint. Unfortunately, the past couple of seasons of “Project Runway” have been rather disappointing for me.

This season’s “All Star” edition was hands down probably the worst I have seen thus far, to the point I stopped watching it completely (not even taking a peak at the winning designer’s final runway show pieces!). Fortunately, I was able to at least grab some great recaps (and funny commentary) from the blog “La Vida Laura” on WordPress (http://lauragrai.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/project-runway-all-stars-episode-1/)

Seeking to fulfill my creative-theme-reality-tv cravings, my roomie Megs had turned my attention to this new show called “Face-off.” The show is about aspiring special affects artists competing for money, makeup, and prizes! You can read more about it here: http://www.syfy.com/faceoff/about

The show is hosted by McKenzie Westmore, an actress whose father is known for his make-up and effects work in “Star Trek.” Judged by celebrity make-up artists, it is a really entertaining show to watch the artists transform their models from human to crazy characters, monsters, and creatures (really anything you can think of). This feat not only encompasses the makeup design, but also any mask prosthetics, props, and costumes to complete the character looks. Like “Project Runway,” the artists’ works are judged on their craftsmanship, originality, innovation, and if they had completed what the challenge asked for.

Here are two of my favorite looks from the Tim Burton inspired challenged which asked the designers to create characters based on ordinary jobs. The first character is a cello player who loves playing music so much that she appears to be turning into a cello and has a romantic relationship with her actual instrument. The second character is a kooky bellhop who has transformed into a chest of drawers and keeps women customers’ lingerie.

I have personally only seen the last 5 episodes of “Face-off” season 2, available on Hulu for free after 30 days of initial airing on the SyFy channel. My sister is also a huge fan of the show, and after Megan found us a link to watch the finale, we went on a crazy search for season 1 episodes. Supposedly the designs and challengers were more impressive in the first season, so we were eager to watch them together. However, after an hour of searching, we tried to see if the show was available on Netflix. The search result yielded instead this:

“Orca” is essentially a “Jaws” horror film rip off. It is about a killer whale that seeks revenge from a man who accidentally killed his killer whale wife and unborn whale baby. It’s what the Academy of Natural Science would consider for showing at their “Big Bad Movie Nights.” Never mind that my sister and I could barely sit through 10 minutes of this movie, but just reading the Wiki summary just exemplifies how absurd the plot story is. Not to mention it is rather graphic on the animal cruelty side. It prompted this long-winded Facebook status:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orca_%28film%29

This just really adds fuel to those inside jokes involving whale noises that my friends have.  Here are the joyous responses they had for me.

Now my sister has this saying “We must continue…we are pot committed!” This refers to playing Poker when you contribute money to the “pot” and must continuing playing until you either win or lose. Whenever we watch a bad movie, we end up watching the entire thing. Because of the time we had invested in it already, my sister dubs us “pot committed” and we finish the movie until the (usually) bitter end.

An urban dictionary link for reference to “pot committed”: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pot%20committed

And as if all of this wasn’t enough, our Netflix adventure does not end there! My sister and I spot “Dorian Gray.” We both knew it was a novel, but had never read it. Since it was written by Oscar Wilde (his only full length novel), we figure it must be very good and had a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” type of vibe to the plot. It is about a young man who becomes obsessed with his own beauty after having his portrait. He sells his soul to the devil in order to keep his vanity, and instead of him becoming old or injured, his portrait painting becomes warped instead. He slowly goes insane and commits debaucheries and crimes, increasing in severity as the movie progresses.

It is very reminiscent of our other sibling movie night feature “The Countess”. While an interesting concept and featuring the actor who played Prince Caspian from the new “Chronicles of Narnia” movies, it contained way more overtly sexual scenes and homoerotic undertones than my sister and I could handle. This is what happens when you ignorantly don’t read classics. You don’t know what stories should never be turned into movies.

Then for whatever reason, this reminded me of a movie clip I saw on film preview show. I guess it was reminiscent of the disfigured devil thing going on. While coping with the loss of his wife, a man explores sewers that were once where a river used to flow. There he finds a mermaid, takes her home, and paints her. As the painting progresses, the mermaid succumbs to decay and disfigurement because of the diseases she developed while living in the sewers. Although sick and progressively developing worse boils, sores, and infection, the mermaid insists the artist continue his painting, requesting he use her blood and puss in his work.

*SPOILERS* The twist ending (assuming you will not watch this flick/cannot find it/want to stay happy)  is when the artist chops up the body of the dead mermaid, he finds a fetus inside her. Viewers of this film speculate that the artist actually went insane after finding out his wife, who was pregnant, was terminally ill. *SPOILERS END*

After doing a Google and Wiki search, we found the movie was called “Mermaid in a Manhole.” It was a part of a very controversial set of films entitled the “Guinea Pig” series in Japan. All these films are extremely gorey for no good reason and absolutely revolting. I haven’t seen any of them myself, and really don’t plan to. Here is the Wikipage on it, which contains summaries of all the films and their respective IMDB links.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea_Pig_%28film_series%29

Below is the first part of the short film “Mermaid in a Manhole” before it gets all gross.

This prompted my sister to tell me about a Japanese graphic novel called “School Mermaid.” It is about girl students who hunt for mermaids at night at their school. According to a myth, if you catch a mermaid your crush will fall in love with you, but you must consume the mermaid’s flesh. The catch is that if the girl is unsuccessful, she will become a mermaid herself. It’s a very short read, about 3 chapters long and below is a link to the complete series.

http://mangafox.me/manga/school_ningyo/c001/1.html

I love how random my sister and I are 🙂