It puts the lotion on its skin, err, calendar

It puts the lotion on its calendar?

At the left is a screenshot of Jorte Calendar’s settings menu. Click the thumbnail to enlarge it.

First, let me say that I love Jorte Calendar. It’s one of the first things I’m sure to install when I get a new Android device. It’s currently on my HTC Amaze 4G, ASUS Transformer and was on my Kindle Firebefore I factory reset it and gave it to my mom.

This is what Jorte looks like on my HTC Amaze 4G's homescreen.

What’s the best thing about Jorte? The full-month calendar widget rocks! It has add-ons that give you extra fonts and colorful icons for events, but I prefer the clean look of it without them:

However, When I saw this, all I could think of was the unforgettable The Silence of the Lambs and creepy Jamie Gumb, the cross-dressing serial killer masterfully played by Ted Levine, holding his poodle and peering into the pit at his captive.

Who can forget his detached voice intoning, “It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again”?

Not for the faint of heart, that movie, but so good!


While we’re watching, have a laugh at these two TV clips referencing that famous scene. First, Craig Ferguson’s monologue:

And here’s a clip from Live! With Kelly, featuring Science Bob and Neil Patrick Harris:

I just heard a voice say, “It starts its work. It starts its work!”

Gotta go!

World’s Best Boss cake for Steve Carrell

Howie and I are huge fans of NBC’s The Office. Steve Carrell is a big part of that, so I’m really bummed to see him leave the show. Fortunately, the rest of the cast is terrific, so I hope it can keep the momentum. I really don’t want to see The Office jump the shark.

Rainn Wilson (a.k.a. the introspective and devious Dwight Schrute) posted this photo on Twitter. It’s the goodbye cake for Steve’s last day.

 Giant coffee cup cake, World's Best Boss

A sad day for NBC's The Office. Farewell, Steve!

Sigh. I wonder what will happen with Michael and Holly. They’re perfect for each other.

They remind Howie and me of our relationship!

Burpee’s Spring 2010 TV commercial

Howie and I saw Burpee’s new TV commercial today. It’s a terrific ad! I haven’t gotten around to downloading it and embedding it here, and I can’t find it elsewhere, so just check it out at the link I gave.

It depicts a woman wearing a flowing blue dress, strolling through her garden. She kneels down and admires the ripe, red tomatoes. Last, she reaches down and pulls out….a smartphone. Yep. She snaps a photo of the tomato and seems to upload it somewhere. She’s grinning like a fool the whole time, by the way.

Howie and I laughed when we saw that, because that’s pretty much me. I carry my G1 phone with me everywhere. I’m also an avid photographer and love to share with others. So, I often take photos of flowers, veggies, toads, and anything else I find pretty or interesting and upload it from my phone.

Need to ID a plant? Snap! Upload it.

See a cute little toad? Snap! Upload it.

I need to take more breaks when I garden than I used to, so I upload pictures when I sit down and take a break.

I wrote to Burpee today:

My husband and I saw the spring commercial on HGTV this morning. What a clever and funny ad!

We got a good laugh out of that, because that’s exactly how I am. I’m frequently out in my garden, admiring the flowers, veggies, even the little toads, then pulling out my cellphone to take photos and upload them to Facebook, my blog, and e-mail.

The only difference is, when I go out in my garden, I can assure you I am *never* bright and shiny, put together in a lovely outfit complete with hat and basket! My neighbors and any passers-by can attest to this. Please don’t ask them about it, though.

Thing is, by the time tomatoes ripen in my area of Ohio, it is HOT. If I’m dressed up like that, I’m sure not going to ruin my hair and makeup by going out in my garden and kneeling down to get pictures of my tomatoes…Even for a quick snap.

Okay, I lied. Maybe I would, but just one! My husband will be in the background telling me we’re running late and to get in the car.

Anyway, good show on the commercial. You and your ad agency came up with something delightful for us tech-loving gardeners.

We need an Android app, guys. Hint, hint. 😉

When I wrote it, I’d only watched the ad once and would have sworn the woman in the commercial was wearing a straw hat. Nope! It’s funny how your mind’s eye can trick you!

I now return you to your scheduled programming.

Behind the scenes on How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I am a big fan of Chuck Jones’ work and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favorite TV fare at Christmastime. Here’s a special that aired on TNT in 1994, telling how this classic cartoon came together. Phil Hartman hosted it and various talents and directors are featured in it.

I made a playlist on YouTube so parts 1 & 2 can be played in succession. Also on that playlist is a special reading of Seuss’ original story, read by Walter Matthau. It is a treat!

Included on the special: Phil Hartman, Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, June Foray (voice of Cindy Lou Who), Audrey Geisel, Albert Hague (composer & lyricist), Chuck Jones, Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft (singer of You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch). It’s neat seeing behind the scenes stuff like this!

You’ll also want to check out the Chuck Jones site, Chuck Redux, where his grandson posts all kinds of things from his grandfather, including pencil sketches, photos, and letters from Chuck to his daughter. It’s a fascinating website.

WWII in HD and pictures of the American homefront

Howie and I recently watched the excellent documentary series WWII in HD on the History Channel. Aside from a few war movies, novels, and what little we covered in high school, I was quite ignorant of many battles and events of the war.

The majority of the footage the filmmakers used was original full color film. They told the story through the eyes of a dozen people who were there, so the viewer saw the unfolding events from the individuals’ points of view.

In addition to soldiers, they featured a journalist and an Army nurse. Using narratives from the peoples’ journals, letters, and other writing, the stories unfold. Some surviving participants were filmed as they recollected their experiences; the old footage was narrated by actors playing the young versions of the people. As a result, it was very easy to be drawn into the stories.

There is graphic footage of wounded and dead soldiers and civilians, so exercise caution if you’re squeamish. As sobering as it is to view such footage, it is an unvarnished, un-Hollywood opportunity to learn about World War II. It also made me incredibly thankful that we have not had war on home soil since. I can’t imagine living through that and my heart goes out to people who live in countries where war and terrorism is an everyday occurrence.

I ran across the following photo gallery from Life Magazine’s  website, their sole means of publishing since they ceased print publication. These photos of the American homefront during the war are fascinating to me.

You can view the gallery at Life’s website, too, along with hundreds of other photos from the era. I would like to hear from others who watched the WWII in HD documentary, especially those who lived through those war years. What was your everyday life like? What got you through?

Breakin’ with Mr. Rogers

Growing up in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I never realized how Mr. Rogers kept his show relevant to the times. I was just learning about the world and had no frame of reference. Through the wonders of YouTube, I now can look back on his show through the decades and see how he kept up with the times.

Due to a mentally ill, violent and abusive alcoholic father, my home life was terrible when I was little. Mr. Rogers was an oasis for me. He didn’t just entertain me, but showed me that my feelings were legitimate, that I was special. He helped me learn coping skills, a lot of the time through make believe and play.

It’s sad that so many kids growing up in more recent years haven’t had anything much except disjointed multimedia shows. When kids are fed a steady diet of flashy, rapidly-changing images, they end up requiring that constant visual entertainment to be satisfied. Children’s TV lost its soul when Mr. Rogers died.