Endless distraction

Why aren’t I writing? I can’t possibly tell you. It might have something to do with the endless array of useless top whatever lists I read regarding celebrities and “facts you never want to know but can’t stop reading”. There’s so much out there that I really do want to read. There’s only one problem – it leaves little time to do the meaningful hings in life.

I can’t, of course, forget about the other distractions. Candy Crush, Big Farm and Pepper Saga to name of few of the useless games I can’t stop playing. Addiction is a cruel master that slowly withers the soul regardless of the form it takes. I need to be stronger. Maybe I’ll have another piece of chocolate and think about it…

12 Signs You’re Addicted To Reading

I think that’s me…..

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Before I start today’s post, I’ve got to give credit to Thought Catalog—who inspired me with a post on this topic a couple of weeks ago.

So I’m totally stealing the idea, without stealing any of their specific points, and hopefully we can have fun with this.

The premise is simple: How do you know if you’re addicted to reading?

Here are the signs:

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What’s up with the Girls?


I was thinking about the show “Girls” the other day and started to feel really uncomfortable. I don’t what it is about the main character that makes me uneasy. It’s like when someone admits they are a sociopath. In every aspect of her character, Hannah (played by Lena Dunham) we see how truly revolting she has the ability to be. There’s no care in Hannah apart from what directly effects herself.

There’s a lot of mixed reviews regarding Girls. James Franco gives an interesting pros and cons consideration of the show (James Franco: A Dude’s Take on Girls). However, I prefer Joan Rivers’ take (as cutting as it is) as it is not politically correct. Joan slams Lena for being “Outrageously boastful … claiming that she alone has been a pioneer for women in Hollywood”.

I can’t help but wonder how she has been a pioneer for women in any respect. Is it that she portrays characters who are psychologically unbalanced as ones who get what they want? Doesn’t this remind anyone how women were seen and represented 60 years ago. I think this is what unsettles me about Dunham’s creations. I fear that young girls who have the ability to capture attention will set women back if they don’t send the right message. Also, Sex and the City managed to go for six seasons with limited nudity, why do we need to see Dunham naked all the time. No one I know spends that much time with their clothes off.

The Tolkien-Lewis Friendship Hits The Big Screen

What a great idea!

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It’s a dream come true for a love of LOTR and Narnia fans—that is, if the movie turns out to be good.

That movie is an upcoming drama called Tolkien & Lewis. The film will cost around $18 million to make and will be a “drama fantasy set in war torn Britain in 1941 revealing the faith, friendship and rivalry between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.”

The film will be directed by Simon West, who also directed The Expendables 2 and Con Air. Um, what? How many explosions will be in this film? Let’s just hope he doesn’t cast Nicolas Cage.

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When I Get That Feeling, I Want Textual Healing

It’s nice to hear a voice, but if you can’t catch them… any port in a storm and so forth

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When I’m elected President, or Sexiest Man Alive, whichever comes first, I’m going to pass a law. A law about texting. Not a safety law, a common sense law. The fact that right now you are reading something longer than a text tells me that you’ll probably be on board with my idea.


“Pick up milk on the way home” is something we might text someone to save time. We are right to try to save time. You only get so much of it in life. We all use our phones to text right? There is no other texting device that I know of.  You text because you want to say one brief thing and you don’t want a whole conversation, right? Have you ever felt foolish because it took you longer to text than it would have if you just made a quick phone call?  I recently discovered this app…

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Top Ten Tuesday! The Top Ten Perks of Being a Zombie

Hilarious. Don’t forget to check out the cartoons.

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Since we all will eventually be zombies I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that it’s not all bad. In fact there are quite a few perks to being undead.

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10. Zombies never pay insurance premiums: No health, no dental, no auto or home. Who isn’t frustrated by all the money you spend on insurance that you never get back? Zombies, that’s who!

9. Cardio! With all that constant, aimless wandering around zombies are in great shape.

8. Your wardrobe never goes out of style! Just wear the same outfit forever, kind of like our parents.

7. No tan lines! That’s hot, right?

6. Dating is easy: Zombie chicks don’t care if you have six pack abs. In fact, they don’t care if you have abs at all!

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5. Zombies don’t worry about pageviews: I’ve never once seen a zombie blogger check…

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These are the times…

The English Professor at Large

Driving down Cahuenga Blvd. the other day,I passed the block where I used to work in the 1950’s as a publicist at Motion Picture Center, home of the “I Love Lucy” show. Now, memories start.
It is January, 1956, as I pull into the small parking lot, driving up to the fiesty,elderly man who ferociously guards his territory of parking spots. “Good Morning,” I call out. He grunts in reply and points to my parking space in case I have forgotten. Not the friendliest way to start the day, but inside the studio it is a different atmosphere.
Motion Picture Center is small by studio standards, containing nine sound stages, several offices, and a commissary.
I start my day reporting to my boss,Kenny Morgan, in our small office. There are just the two of us doing publicity for Desilu on the lot every day. On my way in, Desi stops…

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Psychic or Psycho?

Always enjoy this blog. I thought I’d share the love…

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I’m sure that when it comes to the title question, you’ve already decided about me. Last weekend I had my first ever experience with a psychic medium. If she was any good she’d be called a psychic large. Am I right? A winery near me has a psychic medium doing tarot card readings every Sunday afternoon this summer. For $25 you get a glass of wine and your reading. Below are my cards. Truth be told, if she really is psychic she’d know that the flower print table cloth is a terrible idea for people who want to take pictures of their cards.

I’ll tell you my mind set approaching this. I believe that psychic phenomena does exist, however, I am skeptical of those who claim to have psychic abilities. I take a “prove it to me” approach towards those individuals. I occasionally watch “reality” shows featuring psychics and much…

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