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Friday, March 12, 2010

Fun free apps for writers and anyone who wants to organize their life

I stumbled upon this article yesterday from OnlineUniversities that shares a fantastic list of 100 free online apps for writers. As I flipped through, I found tons of great sites I'd never heard of that I think could help anyone.

Here are some of my favorites but the entire list can be found here.

Wridea (
I'm someone who's constantly having ideas for stories, movies, projects, etc. Usually I throw these ideas into my Gmail drafts where they live for all-time. Wridea has a great little free program on the web where I could be storing my Gmail draft-bound thoughts. Definitely a wonderful tool for anybody in the business of collecting inspiration.

HTML Book Maker (here)
This freeware will allow you to make your own e-book to share with friends and family. Could be potentially awesome for turning your own blog into something marketable and book-like. 

Emurse (
Emurse is an intuitive online resume creator. You can create a clean, streamlined resume then share it online with anyone- assured it will display properly on their computed since it's hosted online.

Elance (
Interested in freelancing? This site will allow you to view jobs and bid on doing them. Lots of opportunities appear - everything from resume critiques to book writing. 

And one not on the list but I love it - 

Todoist (

I started using Todoist in college to organize an event I was planning. I love it's simplicity and recently installed the sidebar for Firefox so I can always keep my to-do list in easy reach. In sight, on mind. 

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Hi all,

Apologies for no regular updates this week. I'll be hoping to post something today and/or tomorrow but I've been majorly busy this past week job searching and going on interviews.

Thanks so much for your understanding and support. Here's to the crazy DIY's, lovely recipes, and more I've got cooking and hope to share with you all soon!


Monday, March 8, 2010

All about Oscar

As most of you know by now, my foremost passion and profession (usually) is in the film industry. Last night, for the first time in many years, I actually sat down and watched an entire Oscars telecast AND was completely delighted with it overall. I wasn't even upset by who won which award. 

Fresh off the heels of last night's red carpet (upon which I someday hope to be), here's my rundown of the BEST and the WORST of Oscar Night 2010.


Anna Kendrick, Nominated Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick 

Sandra Bullock, Winner (!) The Blind Side
She looked like a lovely Oscar! Oh, heart Sandra Bullock.
Sandra Bullock 


Sarah Jessica Parker, Presenter
Don't get me wrong- I'm a big SJP fan but this dress just looked like a big bag on her (to me). Nice to see her on the red carpet with her hubby Ferris/Matthew Broderick.
Sarah Jessica Parker 

Jennifer Lopez, Presenter (I was wondering what she was doing there...)
Was it me - or did this dress look like it was made of bubble wrap or something? Not my favorite.
Jennifer Lopez 


Zoe Saldana, Presenter/Na'vi Representative
So I fell in love with the top of her dress... and really couldn't stand the bottom. Best = the top, Worst = whatever is going on in this skirt. Oh and her hair and make-up were equisite.
Zoe Saldana  


I've loved Steve Martin pretty much since the beginning of time and Alec Baldwin's resurgence has endeared me to him. I really enjoyed them as hopes but wasn't quite sold on Neil Patrick Harris starting the show. I love NPH too, but Steve and Alec are my old school stars for the night.


Okay, maybe it's because I'm Jewish but I seriously lost it when Steve Martin told Christoph Waltz (the Jew Hunter in Inglorious Basterds) that he had found the motherload of Jewish people in the Kodak Theater. In stiches. Heart Steve Martin.

Whatever Sean Penn alluded to in his presentation of Best Actress that made absolutely no sense.


Without a doubt, Sandra Bullock topped my entire night. My favorite movie of all-time is While You Were Sleeping so it was definitely a Julia Roberts-finally-won moment for me. Everything from her going to thank Merryl Streep then turning away, to her heart-felt self-deprecating speech that ended with her calling Merryl her lover... it was amazing. Kudos to her. You can enjoy part of the speech here - Highlight's from Sandra's speech.


Sandy Powell, AKA the woman with the weird hat who won for best costuming. Literally the first words out of her mouth were, "Wow, I already have two of these..." She then proceeds to half-heartedly thank other costumer designers who don't win Oscars like she has. Maybe it was an attempt at dry humor but man, I wanted to rip the Oscar out of her hand.


Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director and The Hurt Locker winning Best Picture. No better way to stick it to your ex-husband by beating him twice and having two gold men to show for it. I'm sorry, Avatar's prize is it's the highest grossing film of all time. Jim Cameron can have that victory but I'm so glad I didn't have to hear him give a speech last night.

Double awesome points for the first woman director to win an Oscar and Kathryn receiving it from fellow film director Barbara Streisand.  


It's a tie! Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner speaking/doing anything at the Oscars - The Horror Movie Montage - The dance to original score segment! Really? Dancing to the score from The Hurt Locker? And not performing the original songs in favor of it? Craziness, sheer craziness.

Was it the best Oscar's ever? No, not really. Was it satisfying, were there beautiful dresses, were there ample close-ups of Clooney? Yes, yes, and yes. And for that, and Sandra Bullock getting a standing ovation and appreciation for what she's contributed to movies thus far, I say thank you to the Academy for Oscars 2010.

What did you think, my fellow film fans?

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