JC, Netflix!

Having reached the “end” of Netflix (a la “watching everything interesting that is currently available to stream”), an app was recently brought to my attention that has unlocked countless more movies and shows: hola!  It was a (very) easily downloadable extension for my Chrome browser, and within minutes we were experiencing an entire new world of movies and shows that are available in other countries.  Read a bit more about it on the Business Insider site by clicking this link…  or run and download it right now, no real instructions necessary.

Hola App

That being said, we recently watched Disney’s John Carter, and found it a good source of entertainment for the over-two-hour mark.  It is an interesting mix of the movies Gladiator, Stargate, Avatar, I daresay Mission to Mars (though neither of us have seen it, just ‘Mars’ being in the name of it), and one more that we can’t quite put a finger on.

Disney's John Carter

The Cold March

Recently (and finally), I watched the award-winning documentary March of the Penguins.
It blew my mind.

Wikipedia - Mr. Popper's PenguinsSince I was young and in grade school, I have had this great appreciation for these mini tux’d up waddlers..  It may have started in 3rd grade when we read this book Mr. Popper’s Penguins and afterwards had a short assignment to write a letter to Mr. Popper(for one reason or another).  To our surprise, we received responses!  Mine included kind words and most exciting, a promise of a pet penguin!  Oh, I was super excited as you can imagine –a penguin!  Of course, had I not been a believer as I was at that impressionable age, I would have realized that the letters of response were most likely written by students in a higher grade than ours, also as an assignment.  Well, I waited eagerly, for a penguin that would never come.  As I “grew up” however, I realized the reality behind it all (after all, a pet penguin, in FL?… lol), but my fascination for these creatures did not dwindle.

Sea

After watching this documentary, my fascination is once again renewed.  Not only is it remarkable that these animals can withstand the outrageously frigid temperatures of the Antarctic, but their entire existence goes toward finding true love (this movie covers only 1 year in their life).  The majority of their lives involve traveling hundreds of miles (20 days straight!) through an environment where no other sustainable life exists, finding a mate, and taking care of one another together, separately.  Finding one another through a sea of thousands of seemingly identical faces, they use sound to locate their spouse (and later their chick).  That’s just the beginning though, and I could carry on but won’t.  What I admire most?  Their tenacity, dedication,  and devotion to their other half through this entire process -it is something truly spectacular: the love of a penguin : )

Unity

Hangin’ round Downton Abbey

Just saw season one of Downton Abbey, a PBS Masterpiece series – and it’s quite intriguing.  It is set during the reign of King George V at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, UK and follows the life of a family who is fighting to keep their legacy alive by means of the estate, along with the servant’s lives who run the place.  It has humor, wit, drama, likable characters….  it’s recommendable, refreshing entertainment that breaks from the current trend of reality-tv, vampires and crime-solving agents.

Graze on this..

Recently watched almost all of Food, Inc., and well….  they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s the one that stood out to me:

The demand for beef has become so high that in order to fill this ever-increasingly tall order, the manufacturing plants (the places where the cows go to get “chopped up” for lack of a better way to express it) find it increasingly difficult to keep diseased meat from spreading; the workers come in contact with so much meat that if one bit is diseased, it easily gets spread.  Their solution?  We’ll just run it through an ammonia-cycle and ta-da!  “Clean meat.”  No joke, this stuff undergoes somewhat of a wash cycle (looks like a laundry machine, kid you not), and then gets pressed into patties such as the one above.. boxed, shipped.. feeling chunks rising).

(With the disclaimer that I’m not 100% sure on what they  feed their cattle, these interesting couple of aerial pics)  As the demand for beef increases and suppliers attempt to fill the orders, more and more cattle are now being fed strictly grain diets – which as we all know is not what their main diet is supposed to consist of (for healthy cattle, anyways)!  On visiting this particular ranch in California, I noticed that their cattle were “grazing” in all-brown surroundings.  A Google map image shows something interesting: the same brown “fields.”  Where is the grass in all this?……….

Here’s the first image I grabbed, just to give an idea:

This second shows the span that this cattle farm covers (zoomed out, circled in yellow).  In case there is any confusion, I labeled the colors…

Again, maybe this particular farm does feed their cattle greens however, their fields look quite a bit different than the green pastures I was used to seeing cattle grazing in in Germany.  It’s just a bit more realistic to me now that I’ve seen this documentary & aerial image.  I liked their steaks.  Worth investigating.

Anyways, there were some other disturbing images, but this to me was the most.  To eat something that has been treated with ammonia, to actually crave it (b/c let’s face it, I would crave a Big Mac or cheeseburger once in a while) makes me now want to upchuck that treated chuck!  Gross.   This is not including any other form of meat, this is simply beef.  The documentary covers much more!

Makes me then also think of all the other things I shouldn’t eat..  that’ll be another day tho..  my burger cravings have since come to a screeching halt – and believe me if I had a child, I would do as my mother did and never allow me to eat there  (Thank you to both of my parents for always, Nutella aside! giving us healthy foods to grow up on).  Thank you, Food, Inc., for explaining to me (and showing me) exactly what “processed” means.

Highly recommend this documentary, if you are interested in quality food and how you can help yourself be just a tad healthier.

Watch the trailer, if you dare (watch the movie if you care):

Skins

Enjoyed this show : )  (maybe because my high school career didn’t include the drugs or promiscuity parts… or any of the other “really” crazy parts lol  it’s more of a vicarious re-living of how many teens spent their time in the modern day, without all the negative side-effects!).  They will not be bringing it back for another season (boOoo), but you can take a look by clicking the images.

Demetri Martin. Person.

LOLOL!

if you enjoy laughing, definitely check this one out

Holly Golightly

I simply love Audrey (doesn’t hurt that she was also a Taurus sign like me lol)

This clip is too cute – and the movie even cuter 🙂  I wasn’t introduced to this movie until only a few years ago – and awWw I’m only sorry it took me so long to see what all the hype was about!  Reminds me of when I had a duckling back in high school..  we took up by the lake one day, I raised him for a bit, and his name was simply “Ducky.”

Breaking Bad: Shirley..

…we’ve all had this feeling before?  If you see the previous interaction between these 2, one will better understand exactly why he felt like this was necessary.. Breaking Bad: a new show I’ve recently gotten into, and this scene just makes me l-o-l!  Try it on for size:

Key to Life

Loved the message of the above picture; it is one that I took of wall-pasted posters for the movie Coraline, before I even realized it was for that 🙂

Peek the trailer for it below:

Flicks: The Red Violin

Il Violin Rosso :: Die Rote Geige :: Le Violon Rouge
The Red Violin

Ever since high school, when one of the contestants for the “Miss DHS” title played the most amazing violin solo I’ve ever heard live, I have loved the violin.  Have yet still to take lessons and learn this magnificent instrument (I am holding myself to it), this movie does it justice.  I love it for the journey it undergoes  through different countries, and the story behind it – for the ladies, it has love.  For the guys… well, Samuel Jackson is in it!  I would recommend it 🙂

Peek it here:

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