September 10th, 2012 · Books, Movies
Clearly, YA books being made into movies is big business. Hello, Twilight series? The Hunger Games? Books made into movies can be great because you can see a visual of your favorite book. The list of upcoming YA-books-to-movies is long and getting longer. Here’s a list of just some of the soon-to-be blockbusters with a link for you to reserve the book in case you haven’t read it already!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (limited release beginning September 21)
Synopsis from imdb.com: Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (New York Film Festival September 28, full release November 21)
Synopsis from imdb.com: Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (December 14)
Synopsis from imdb.com: Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities…
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia book / movie
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card book / movie
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan book / movie
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare book / movie
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher book / movie
Delirium by Lauren Oliver book / movie
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff book / movie
The Maze Runner by James Dashner book / movie
This is just a sample of movie projects that are based on YA books! Which of your favorite books would you like to see made into a movie?
These optical illusions will prove you wrong. What are optical illusions anyways? Here is a neat synopsis provided by the National Institute of Health explaining why we see things that figuratively “aren’t there”. But Eyetricks has a gallery of hundreds of illusions. A warning, don’t view then try to drive a car afterwards, our eyes are still spinning.
Now THAT got your attention, didn’t it…because who doesn’t love puzzles! Jigidi (we have no idea what that stands for) is a website with hundreds of puzzles for you to solve, but instead of pouring out the pieces on your living room floor you use your computer screen. You can even upload your own images and turn your friends or hobbies into a puzzle. Case in point – there is a Philly cheese steak puzzle posted. Another good thing? You now can’t lose that corner piece that would solve the whole puzzle.
Duh? But there are a host of other things you can do besides trying to search for Chuck Norris. Instead of listing out all the great things it can do, this instagram from how-to-geek has nicely summed it up for you, in picture form. Google itself has listed its own features, but that isn’t as pretty as the instagram. Just sayin’.
August 5th, 2012 · Writing
No, that wasn’t an insult. An idiom is a common word or phrase with a culturally understood meaning that differs from what its traditional meaning is. So you may be completely confused if you don’t know the correct meaning of certain idioms. Idioms aren’t a new thing, in a list provided by Buzzle the idiom “absence makes the heart grow fonder” was first noted in 1602. And another list can be found here in Wikipedia. So after reading these you will now know when someone wants to “trip the light fantastic” with you, they don’t mean traveling to the sun.
July 22nd, 2012 · Travel
You wouldn’t want to offend your hosts if you go outside of the US, and at the website Don’t Gross Out the World you will know enough not to. An interactive fun quiz guides you through table manners of the world, hint: watch out for the “left handed fork” question. A slideshow from the site The Daily Meal will also give you tips about what is proper in which country. For example, you must eat with your right hand in Afghanistan as the left is thought to be related to…well, you need to see the slideshow to finish that sentence.
July 15th, 2012 · Music
Need a playlist that echoes your mood, and you don’t have time to make one? Stereomood has a list of moods to choose from with an accompanying playlist, like “busy as a bee” and “heartbroken”…you may want to stay away from that one. And if you want non-mood music Everyone’s Mixtape has “Summer BBQ” and “driving” to choose from. So unplug your iPod and pick a mood – “nocturne” perhaps?
July 8th, 2012 · Art, Crafts
Who doesn’t love origami? And it is more than the swans you remember. The site origami-make provides you with instructions to make trees, clothes, bears, airplanes…there isn’t enough paper to make them all. There are other sites of course that go to a whole new level of loving origami, including origami conventions. Wonder how many swans would be there?
Don’t blame us but here are a few time-killing sites that you may have not seen yet. Screamin’ Beans is exactly what is says. You, the user, make beans scream. It is easier for you to just go there instead of reading an explanation. Ever forget the something you used as a bookmark? So has it seems hundreds of other people, some of the things left behind are documented on Forgotten Bookmarks . And there is a top 15 Best Places to Waste Time on the Internet from PC magazine if you still have not gotten sucked into the others…
Well for some it may be a peanut butter cookie, but for the allergic…not so much. So what does make us happy? A recent book Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification attempts to define the characteristics, behaviors and conditions that lead to happiness. In case you don’t have time to peruse the 800-page book published by the the World Database of Happiness in Rotterdam (no, we are not making that up) the website mint consolidates the main ideas into a “top 10″ list of personal qualities that the authors feel leads to happiness. Are yours on there?