February 25th, 2015

Book Review: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel


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Iranian American Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone. A fact that she’s thankful for because if word got out that Leila liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when the new girl Saskia shows up, Leila’s world is turned upside down.

I haven’t read much in the way of LGBT YA Lit so I can’t really compare this to anything else. Overall, I enjoyed it but if I can sum it up in one word, that would be: try-hard. It trys so hard to be a quirky fun YA novel. I just can’t get aboard. I liked the characters well enough, but this book is just a retread of common YA tropes. I recommend it only if you’re looking for a fluffy read between two more intense books.

2 stars

 

 

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  1. Christine says:

    I always appreciate an honest review! Thanks!

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February 23rd, 2015

Childhood Computer Games (of the 90s)


Over the weekend I learned the most wonderful news – the Zoombinis are returning!!!

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For those of you who weren’t fortunate enough to play this game as a 90s kid, Logical Journey of the Zoombinis is an educational game that was actually pretty fun. The Zoombinis are a race of little blue guys that the player can design from different combinations. The premise of the game is that the Zoombinis are leaving their old home to move to a new place and the pit stops they run into on the way. It was the right balance of fun puzzles while teaching you math skills.

It sadly fell out of favor because there’s no accounting for taste. But thanks to Kickstarter, the original game is making a come back. Sidenote: I love Kickstarter and all the random 90s projects it’s bringing back. Anyway, visit it’s Kickstarter page and contribute!

What other games do I wish to make a comeback?

1) Rollercoaster Tycoon – What’s better than building your own amusement park?

2) Zoo Tycoon – Building your own  zoo, that’s what.

3) Barbie’s Dream Horse – Don’t laugh! But for my horse lover child self, this was the best game ever. Plus, it enabled you to download a desktop horse to take care.

4) Rockett’s Adventures series – A choose your own adventure type game staring a girl named Rockett.

5) Monty Python and the Holy Grail – What? It was funny.

What’s your favorite computer game?

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  1. Odell Down Under was pretty great. :D

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February 22nd, 2015

Caturday 2.21.15


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Today’s a sad Caturday. Since I’m traveling to Atlanta for work next week, I had to drop the cats off at my dad’s last night. Now I’m all snowed in with no one around.

I had a scare last night as I was transporting the cats. Binx’s carrier basically fell apart on me and his door came unsecured, allowing him to almost jump out at outside my dad’s house. Thankfully my reflects kicked in and I was able to shove him back into the carrier.

No other news, the Oscars are tomorrow! They’re my favorite awards show and I enjoy sharing my predictions each year. Here’s what I think is going to win this year:

Best Picture: Boyhood.

Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman.

Best Actor: A close race (and probably the only race in the acting categories) between Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton but I’m giving the edge to Keaton for Birdman.

Best Actress: Like anyone’s going to beat Julianne Moore for Still Alice.

Best Supporting Actor: J. K. Simmons for Whiplash.

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.

Best Original Screenplay: Birdman.

Best Adapted Screenplay: I think this is where the Imitation Game may sneak out a win.

Best Animated Film: Big Hero 6

Best Original Song: Glory from Selma by Common and John Legend. Though I do love Everything is Awesome.

Who do you think will win?

 

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February 17th, 2015

Between the Lines: The Rosie Project


Sheldon falls in love.

The Rosie Project (10/1/13) by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman is a professor of genetics, has issues with social rituals and can count his number of friends on one hand. He’s decided it time to find a wife, due to the logic that there’s someone for everyone. Thus, he sets out on the Wife Project, an applications process to weed out the later-arrivers, the smokers and other imperfections. Rosie Jarman is both a smoker and a late-arriver, among other “imperfect” traits. Of course, Don eliminates her from the Wife Project but elects to help her with a genetics project to find her biological dad, dubbed the Father Project.

I read some where that this started as a romcom script that turned into a book and I believe it. Its very romcom and easily adaptable for a movie format. There’s wacky adventures, misunderstandings and it comes together in an all to perfect bow. It doesn’t make you think about Asperger’s like the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time does and it doesn’t really bring a new perspective, but it doesn’t insult Asperger’s either. A romcom featuring Asperger’s has surely been done before but I haven’t seen it this charming of a level before.

So what were my problems? It’s way to long and grows a little tedious in the Father Project area. None of the potential dads are given much attention, leading the reader to reasonably believe that none of them are the dad. And while I don’t have a problem with the book’s movie like reading, at almost 300 pages that’s a long movie. While the first 150 pages ran at a reasonable read, the last 150 kind of dragged. I just wasn’t that invested in the Father Project, especially when I figured out who the dad was early on. And I just couldn’t get invested in Don and Rosie as a couple. Sure, I wanted them to both find love but I really enjoyed them as friends. Still, despite its flaws, I enjoyed it and recommend it. I’ll be picking up the sequel.

4 stars!

Now for some discussion questions from Love the Here and Now and Chits and Giggles.

  1. Were you surprised at the ultimate revelation of Rosie’s biological father? Did you suspect someone else?

No. I actually thought this was a fairly predictable part of the story. I was actually disappointed that for the all the development of the Father Project and how it was such a major plot point, we didn’t really get to know the potential dads.

2. Do Don’s Asperger’s conditions help him or hinder him? Does Don’s having autism offer any advantages in his life?

Such a controversial question. I will say that Don is lucky to be on the higher end of the autistic spectrum. I like that for the most part, Don just shrugs his shoulders and goes about his everyday life. I find Don’s acceptance of himself refreshing. This is his normal. And like everyone in life, his “personality” hinders and helps him.

3. Do you feel happy for Don when he gets rid of some of his unique mannerisms in order to win Rosie or do you feel that he lost a part of himself?

I feel that Don didn’t give up too many mannerisms actually. He mostly gave up his strict routine, which is for the better. However, I found this part a little problematic and I wonder subconsciously the message is that Asperger’s can be cured through love. I don’t think the author was going there but that’s kind of how to came across.

4. Does Gene get his comeuppance? What do you think of his marriage situation?

Naw. Gene comes out smelling like roses. He took advantage of his friend’s project and when his wife changed her mind about an open marriage, he ignored it. I don’t think he learned anything at all. As for what I think about, to each to his own. If its between two adults, why not? Doesn’t bother me.

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  1. aduross5 says:

    I also felt that Don was ok with himself and how he came across. Too would have liked more on the dads. There seems to be confusion as to who it really was. I thought Phil.

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February 16th, 2015

Dear Mr. President,


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Happy President’s Day! Are you celebrating it since it’s your day? Hopefully partying with Clinton or painting with Bush Jr. Or do you consider it to not be your day yet, since you’re still activate president and its really for past presidents, like Washington and Lincoln and Van Buren? (Who, side n0te, is my favorite of the lesser known presidents and supposedly the only president not related to King John? And the only one who spoke English as a second language? Fascinating.)

I digress. I wanted to share that despite some broken promises (really, you couldn’t adopt a shelter dog?), I’ve been satisfied with your two administrations. Sure, you could’ve been stronger on gay rights from the get-go or fought for a better healthcare plan than we got. But honestly, its not like I could of done better so I’ll try not to critique your polices too much. After all, its not like we’re Greece. (Pretty country though. Hope to visit one day when its not crumbling.)

Any who, I just wanted to say that overall, I think you’re pretty awesome. Sure, there’s been no saxophone playing during this admiration. But when I think of the could of been administrations of the guys you were up again – well, it could of been worse.

Happy President’s Day Mr. Obama.

PS Please bring back Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.

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