5 Fad Diets

Written by Suzanne on July 11, 2008 – 3:00 am -

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Americans love diets, and they also love when celebrities endorse them. Famous people seem to drop pounds in miraculous time. With the latest reality shows like Celebrity Fit Club, we can watch stars go from flab to fit and feel good that they’re just regular people working hard to fight the battle of the buldge like the rest of us.  Here are 5 fad diets, or 5 healthy lifestyles, depending on who you talk to.

1. Nutrisystem

The ad campaign for this diet usually employs at least one celeb spokesperson for the year. Recently, the lucky dieters in the spotlight were the weather/sports girl, Jillian Barberie, and Marie Osmond, the recent Dancing with the Stars contestant.

With Nutrisystems food sent right to her door, the Osmond’s famous singing sister almost got back to her “Paper Roses” teenage weight.

2. The Atkins Diet

This low-carb lifestyle plan was all the rage a few years ago, creating a lot of controversy with celebs such as Geri Halliwell, Catherine Zeta- Jones, Renee Zellweger and Minnie Driver rumoured to be saying goodbye to bad carbs and hello to bacon.

Sceptics began voicing their opinions about the dangers of Atkins. At www.atkinsexposed.com they say Atkins book sales rival that of Harry Potter. Heaven forbid!

In the book, Carbophobia, Dr. Gregors reveals facts about the Atkins diet. I never understood what all the fuss was about because eating more protein and fresh vegetables like spinach seems much healthier than eating microwaved low-cal dinners. What do I know? I had a frosted pop tart and a banana for lunch.

3. The Fat Smash Diet

The Fat Smash Diet, written by Dr. Ian Smith, was the nutrition program for VH1′s Celebrity Fit Club. While looking for a video clip from Celebrity Fit Club’s past, I found this one of the infamous internet crooner Tay Zonday. I found this clip more entertaining then the interviews of club alumni Dustin Diamond, aka Screech. Not to mention the Cherry Chocolate beverage advertised in this ad is diet, not sure if Dr. Smith would recommend it but Tay seems to like it.

4. The Biggest Loser Club

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This is a diet program based on the TV show of the same name. I’m always amazed at how much weight people can lose on these extreme programs. I’m having a hard time dealing with an extra 15 pounds but losing 100 pounds or more seems impossible. I guess anything’s possible when there’s a TV film crew, a trio of professional trainers, and sponsors like Extra chewing gum to keep cravings at bay.

5. Jenny Craig

The controversy surrounding this diet isn’t about the plan itself but the yo-yo weight fluctuations of Kirstie Alley their former spokesperson. She’s been on Oprah in her swimsuit celebrating her Jenny Craig success, only to be put on the cover of every gossip mag in unflattering pics showing off her weight gain from falling off the celeb diet wagon.

No worries for Jenny Craig because they have Valerie Bertinelli and Queen Latifah 
to help promote their weight loss plan.

This won’t be the first makeover for Latifah. She went from hip hop fly girl to dressed up lounge singer.

With so many diets to choose from I haven’t a clue which one is best for me. Maybe just get rid of the pop tarts and up my work out schedule. I need to re-read my own post about getting high with The Chemical Brothers. What are your thoughts on these healthy lifestyle/fad diets? Any loyal dieters out there that want to give some advice? Leave a comment and let me know which one you prefer.

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Chanel, the Movie

Written by Suzanne on July 9, 2008 – 3:00 am -

You know Chanel, as in Coco Chanel or Chanel No. 5? Okay so there isn’t a movie but there is a 3-minute film, or advertisement if you want to be realistic about it. This film, I mean ad, portrays an overburdened actress running from the paparazzi in heels and a dress that would trip up even the most talented Dancing with the Stars contestant. A love story between one hot Brazillian actor on a skyscraper, and an over 40 wrinkle-free Australian actress destined to her fate of celebrity fame and fortune.

Nicole Kidman had a baby this week, so I decided to look up scenes from the movie The Others. I think she was great in that film which is the second on my nightmare movie list just after Linda Blair’s infamous, The Exorcist. The first clip to pop up was this Chanel “film” being deemed as beautiful so I thought I’d take a look. I never saw this one on the small screen because I tape most shows and fast forward through commercials. This is one of those ads that can be seen as an elaborately executed spoof or an amazing over the top production. Remember this is a commercial for Chanel, Chanel No. 5. Here it is in all it’s splendor. Really it is remarkable, remarkably bizarre…oh and deemed beautiful by more than one Youtube subscriber.

I can’t feel empathy for someone all decked out in their limo or walking the red carpet to an exclusive event no matter how tormented Kidman tries to play it. I do feel sorry for the handsome 300 movie actor, Rodrigo Santoro. He looks so alone up on that rooftop.

I prefer the 1992 ad for Coco Chanel, starring Vanessa Paradis. Yes I know, another Johnny Depp connection. I wasn’t joking about my JDOCD (Johnny Depp Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). This perfume commercial was created years before he met “his girl”, in fact he graced the screen as Edward Scissorhands in 1990.

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Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rayees

Written by Suzanne on July 6, 2008 – 10:38 am -

One thing I love about Myspace is the ability to find music that I might not come across anywhere else. I can spend hours going from one profile to the next, finding new music from around the world, including pictures, videos, and information about the musicians.

During my Myspace musical travels, I found The Rayees. I’ve been dancing in my living room, and singing along with their music so much lately, I just had to find out more about them. Here’s my interview with Blue and Merrick, also known as The Rayees.

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HIH: According to Myspace you’re in Paris, London, New York, France. Besides inquiring about underpants the first question that pops into my mind is… Where are you from originally?

TR: We’re both French frogs from freaky frenchy France but we travel a lot cos we like to jump around like the French frogs we are. By the way we’ll soon be back in London.

HIH: Give us some back history about your dynamic duo in music. How did you go from Merrick and Blue to The Rayees?

TR: We’ve always been singing, alone or together. We sang our little heart out through life, we sang at home, in our rooms, in parks, on benches, and at school too. Especially in our high school bathroom cos the accoustic was just amazing. One day we wanted to go see Bridget Jones the movie, and we were broke. So we sat down in a subway station in Paris and started singing acapella. In no time we had enough money to go see the movie. It was supposed to be a one time thing, but we decided to do it again. That’s when we really learnt how to harmonize, and mix, twist and play with each others voice. Then one day, years later, we ordered pizzas, and because eating pizzas make us happy and optimistic, we took our black guitar and started to write our first song. It’s called A Stranger. It was a year and a half ago. We wrote something like a billion songs since then.

HIH: Do you two collaborate on everything? Who writes your songs?

TR: We both write the songs, sing the songs, and make out with the fans. It’s pretty much the Rayees philosophy, doing it all together, the pictures, the videos, the singing, the recording, and yeah, the making out part too.

HIH: You have so many cool videos on the internet, reminiscent of a young MTV when they actually played videos. Yours are authentic and creative, with unique graphics, and visuals that express not only your music but the style of The Rayees. Tell us more about the making of your videos.

TR: Well, it won’t surprise you, but we make all our videos ourselves with our cheap camera and our cheap clothing and cheap acting. And we love it that way. We usually write the scenario on a single sheet of paper and then we start doing our thing, dancing, acting, farting on each other’s face. We have friends – family – and two dogs helping us in the making. It’s a lot of fun really.

HIH: Both of your voices are very powerful yet they compliment one another. Is this how your personalities work together most of the time?

TR: We’re pretty much the same, but different. We grew up together, and we spend most of our time together, we laugh at the same jokes, speak at the same time, so we’re pretty much like twins. Except we don’t look the same. But we do wear the same clothes sometimes.

HIH: The Rayees sound has a great sense of retro, vintage and modern all whirled up together. What are some of your artistic influences, musical or otherwise?

TR: We’re always trying to cultivate our retro sound and looks, we’re both big fans of Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, and we love to drown ourselves in the Beatles colored and psychedelik world, so yeah, of course, when it comes to make videos, we’ll try to make it look like a part of Ken Kesey’s acid test, and when we sing a song, we try to pretend we’re singing it with flowers in our hair in San Francisco golden gate park. rayees1.jpg

HIH: It seems that both of you are not the least bit afraid to reveal yourselves in videos and pictures, lots of star pasties and bodies in interesting poses. Do you feel this free spirited while playing live?

TR: It’s actually a lot worse. When we are filmed on stage, the filming staff will probably have to use a lot of blurring effects and “beep” sounds. It’s awful, it seems like we just can’t keep our clothes on. But honestly, we don’t have any shame about that. It’s just the way we like it. Barefeet, barechests, and slutty.

HIH: I dig The Rayees fan art on your Myspace blog. Did you hold a contest of some sort or do fans just make artwork and send it in?

TR: God no. All those contests on myspace kinda freak us out. There’s a new one every day, there’s always some price of some sort to win, but if you look closer, it’s just some band trying to promote themselves. Alanis Morrissette is having her own contest on myspace right now “you sing, she decides”. So no, no contest for us, at least not until we get as big as Alanis and make as much money as she does.

HIH: I’m constantly going to The Rayees Myspace profile so I can listen to your playlist. Where can I purchase or download your music?

TR: Well, you can’t right now. Unless if you want to sneak in our recording studio and steal all the files and upload them on the internet, which would be kinda mean. We’re in talks with different labels and so we won’t release the music ourselves (on Itunes for instance) til we see where those negociations go. But the road to our first album is long and hard.

HIH: The Rayees did Spain recently, where else have you performed and where will you be in the future?

TR: Well, we used to perform much more than we do now, since we started to sing at a subway station we didn’t really care how big or crowded – or clean – was the place. But lately we’ve mostly spent our time recording in studio, and we’re also, thanks to the help of a French music label, getting our own professional band. We’ll start rehearsing with them soon and our next concerts will be much better, but don’t worry, we’ll still strip down our clothes. Love and licks baby.

You can listen to The Rayees, and watch more of their creative videos on Myspace, Facebook, and Youtube.

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Who Has the Biggest Wienie?

Written by Suzanne on July 4, 2008 – 3:00 am -

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I just couldn’t resist the title, but the list this week is all about:
America’s Fourth of July Favorites

And here they are:

1. Hot dogs on the grill.

America loves hot dogs and of course they would because they’re the perfect mass market product and they smell so darn tasty when they’re grillin!
I went on a search for America’s Biggest Weinie, you know something like the largest hot dog ever created, but all I could find was the Wienermobile. This is probably one of the best advertising schemes by Oscar Meyer, excluding their other healthful product BOLOGNA.

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My bolgona has a first name it’s O S C A R, my bologna has

a second name its M E Y E R.

2. Going to the local 4th of July parade.

Nothing is more American than waving your mini flag while the police department, Girl Scout troop, and fire trucks proudly march the biggest street in town.

Check out one American that decided to be part of the parade right after leaving the local bar. Thanks to mrwizard33 for sharing this clip on Youtube, here’s the info he provides:

Indian Jeff riding his 1912 HD single in the Burien, WA 1991 Fourth of July parade. He was “busted” for “parading without a permit” near the end of the parade route. For many years he would ride the single through a local tavern and come out the front door to join the other “old junk” in the parade. Permit? I don’t need no freakin permit!

 3. Lighting fireworks, firecrackers, and other fire hazard materials.

This is illegal in many of the 50 states, but in some you can throw down as many firecrackers, and fireworks that you can load in the back of your Ford pickup.

I couldn’t find any safety videos on how to light fireworks, probably because it’s not safe. I did find an old clip about summer forest safety from Smokey the Bear, with guest star Vaughn Monroe, one of my favorite singers and bandleaders from the big band era. This clip puts the camp in campy.


 

4. Dressing up in stars and stripes.

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Not only do grown up patriots like to show off their red, white, and blue attire with pride but they love to dress up their kids and pets too. It’s almost like wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t want to be caught out in public without wearing your dress blues, and reds. So grab a sparkler, and put on your red, white and blue Wal-Mart tank top! It probably wasn’t made in the US but they did roll back the price.

5. Watching fireworks.

Of course this would be the grand finale of The 5! After all those tri-colored Jell-O shooters, weinies on the grill, and sitting under the hot sun on the sidewalk block or crowded beach, it’s time to ooh and ahh at the marvels of an ancient American tradition. Wait a minute! China was doing this thousands of years before us. Oh well, that’s what America is folks, a melting pot of ideas, traditions, and people all stirred up together into one fine pot of yummy American stew. meltingpot.jpg

Happy Fourth of July!

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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson

Written by Suzanne on July 2, 2008 – 9:52 am -

No, this isn’t another post about The Muppets, this is about a new movie coming to select theaters on July 4th. Director and Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, explores the life of the writer that fathered Gonzo Journalism.

Here’s a bit of schooling for those of you who haven’t a clue what language I’m speaking. Unless you were an English major, a literary junkie, a Rolling Stone subscriber, or a heavy duty Depp fan you might not know what the heck I’m talking about. No worries, here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:

“Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author, most famous for his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He is credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become the central figures of their stories.”

Many of you might have seen the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or you might remember hearing about Johnny Depp’s portrayal of this famous author that also became his good friend. So good in fact, that Depp financed the ultimate funeral Thompson requested years before his death.

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“On 20 August 2005, in a private ceremony, Thompson’s ashes were fired from a cannon atop a 153-foot (47 m) tower of his own design (in the shape of a double-thumbed fist clutching a peyote button) to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man”, known to be the song most respected by the late writer. Red, white, blue, and green fireworks were launched along with his ashes.”—Wikipedia

You might be unaware of Thompson’s work or you might have his books on your nightstand and wear a Gonzo pin proudly; either way it looks like we’ll all learn something while watching this documentary full of Hunter flashbacks, photos, and milestones from the life and times of this literary genius.

Just like Hunter’s slogan that has become a mantra to millions, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” 

Find the theater near you by clicking here. And yes, Johnny Depp is in this film too. Check out the trailer for yourself folks:

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”—Hunter S. Thompson

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Bluetooth Revolution

Written by Suzanne on July 1, 2008 – 3:00 am -

July1st, 2008, is a life altering day for California drivers that love to chat on their cell phones. If you’re 18 or over you can use a hands free device but you can’t put your iphone to your ear while you’re behind the wheel. If you’re under 18 you need to pull over and run into Starbucks or a 7 Eleven to chat on your cell because you can’t even use your Bluetooth on the road.

Thanks to rhettandlink.com for this foretelling cyborg song about the future of Bluetooth technology.

Click here to view an informative video from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s not as entertaining as the cyborg song, well I guess that all depends on your own personal sense of humor.

I can only imagine the amount of violations that officers will be handing out in Hollywood, but I can’t imagine Paris, Britney or any of the paparazzi’s most wanted without cell phones plastered to their ears. In the next few years “hands free device” fashion could be the next big thing.

I hope this doesn’t put a damper on Qualcomm’s new product, HandSolo, revealed April 1st, of this year:

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