Trent Reznor feat. Karen O – Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover)

The movie (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) was hard to watch (the rape scene mostly) but the soundtrack? The soundtrack was AMAZING!

Tune In or Turn Off (Kids and Media)

By John Eggerton — Broadcasting & Cable, 10/25/2011 12:10:00 AM


Some 39% of 2-4-year-olds use a smart phone or tablet, and more than half (52%) of kids ages 5-8 do so.

According to a just-released national study from Common Sense Media: “parents, pediatricians, and child development experts are concerned about screen media use among children under two, this report indicates that a substantial number of infants and toddlers are watching TV and DVDs on a regular basis,” the study concluded.

It is the first of a series of reports from Common Sense as part of its new Program for the Study of Children and the Media, which is headed by Vicky Rideout, former VP of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “These results make it clear that media plays a large and growing role in children’s lives, even the youngest of children,” said Rideout, president of VJR Consulting. And almost a quarter of kids 5-8 are multitasking at least some of the time.

The goal of the program is to provide free, objective, and reliable data about young people’s media use to those concerned about promoting healthy child development, including policymakers, educators, public health experts, child advocates, and parents.

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American Horror Story


Oh. My. God. I think I have a new favorite show!!!

Did any of my friends watch this? What did you think of it? Any ideas as to how this is going to play out? I was rooting around Tumblr for some perspectives and I found one that was interesting. Gonna put it behind a cut so I don’t spoil the show for anyone though.

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I’ll Miss You Harry!

Well – that’s it folks! There are no more Harry Potter movies after this last one. The “good” people won. The story is over.

It’s over …

I feel like I did after Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended. Wistful perhaps? A little sad for “the end” but happy how it ended. A big part of mine (and a lot of other people’s) life has been this amazing story. A boy wizard and his best friends saving the wizarding (and muggle) world from a nasty snake-face named Voldemort. It was way more than “a story about a wizard who uses magic” as a lot of those Christian-types who wanted to ban the books thought. It was about friendship, loyalty, standing up for yourself and what you believe in,  learning about others, doing your best … good versus bad.

The Harry Potter series is something that I will share with my children. I hope you share them with your children also!

I’m not going to “review” the movie here – I will just say it was an amazing, fantastic, BRILLIANT ending to an awesome series of movies. This one was HANDS DOWN the best. Well – I could “this one” as “part one + part two” because they BOTH were amazing. But this one? This last one? Was pretty awesome on it’s own. Snape and Lily? Baby Harry? Kings Cross/Heaven? The ‘Epilogue’?

I felt like I was on the top of a roller coaster waiting for the first drop during the ENTIRE movie. It was that good.

Oh – check out my new desktop (click for larger):


I can’t take credit for the screen-caps – I found them via my friend’s Tumblr blog. But it makes my heart flutter. I love you Harry Potter! Oh and Hermione and Ron too!

REBIRTH – A Portrait of Human Resiliency

REBIRTH is the result of a decade-long filmmaking sojourn documenting the the transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 – and simultaneously tracks via unprecedended, multi-camera, time-lapse photography the minute-by-minute evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose over lower Manhattan.

Their stories – raw, shifting and unforgettably real – are each unique and they become an interwoven portrait of human resiliency in action; and a vital reflection on the national yearning to remember, honor and restore our dreams.

For more information about the movie visit or their Facebook.

Euro Music Freaks LOVE Spotify

Spotify is the largest and fastest growing music service of its kind, has only been available in Europe – but NOW it’s finally available in the US. Spotify is an awesome way to manage your music, discover new music and share songs and playlists with your friends.

Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2008 out of a desire to develop a better, more convenient and legal alternative to music piracy. Spotify is now the second single largest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe (IFPI, April 2011), making sure that artists get a fair deal.

There are three types of Spotify memberships: Free (yes FREE!), Unlimited and Premium. The free account allows you to enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to over 15 million songs on your computer. You can also manage your own music files through Spotify, and sync with your cellphone or iPod. But – the free account features occasional advertising.

The Unlimited account is $4.99 per month and offers the same awesomeness as the free account but with no commercials! Then – the Premium account – which is $9.99 per month — gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online or offline, on your computer, your cellphone as well as other devices. Premium also gives you enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers.

Playlist Ideas:

I received a Beta invite because I’m a member of a website called Klout – if you want to try out Spotify why not sign up for Klout (for free) and see if you get an invite to Spotify too!