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{infatuation friday} Halloween 2012

10.26.2012

  1. Franken-weenie(Movie) I kind of really want to see this movie. I really liked the original, and I love the twisted child-like feel of the newer version (sort of like Coraline–though that movie actually freaked me out a little). I’ll wait until it finally makes its way to Netflix before I watch it though. (Watch the trailer here.)
  2. The Mirror. ($0.99) This app seems interesting enough, but I doubt I’d actually pay for it. You use your forward-facing camera to look in the mirror, which transforms your face into something scary/creepy. The app description says this about sharing the app with friends: “Make sure you volume is turned up and watch THEM scream!” So I guess there are spooky sounds to accompany the distorted reflections. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
  3. Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween(Book) I like history. Like, a lot. So I might have squealed a little when I found this book on Goodreads. It looks at the history of Halloween (which is super-fascinating to me anyway) and mixes it with personal anecdotes as well as a social analysis. I’d love to have the chance to read it.
  4. Pumpkin Masters Official Carving App(Free) This adorable app can be fun for both kids and adults. You choose your pumpkin from seven shapes and pick a carving pattern. After watching a few-second-long cartoon clip of a the pumpkin’s lid being cut and its filling removed, you get to “carve” the pumpkin by swiping your finger over the design. Once the design is complete, you choose from four types of lighting. When you’re finished you have the option to save, start over or share the app on Facebook. I must say, this is a pretty spectacular (spooktacular?) free app. Available only for the iPad.
  5. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror. ($9.99 per collection) This was the Starbucks Pick of the Week last week, so I downloaded it for free. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I’m pretty excited. Now, the free app was only the first episode (which I still like). You can purchase individual episodes in iTunes for $1.99 each (linked above).
  6. Halloween Sounds Pro. (Free) For a free app, it’s not too bad, though I’m not a huge fan. I think, if used very creatively, it could be good for a Halloween party or a haunted house. Or kids might enjoy the spooky sounds (and aggravating their parents). Beyond that, I don’t see much use for it. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
  7. Disney Scary Storybook Collection(Book) I found this in Target last night and thumbed through it for a few minutes. It’s super cute. It seems to be the original Disney stories recreated for Halloween. There are 15 tales in this hardcover book. Target’s in-store price was $15.99 (though the online price appears to be $2 cheaper). Of course, it’s available online and in stores elsewhere as well.
  8. Costume-Decider(Free) This app allows you to spin two wheels to decide what costume to wear. The costumes are often goofy selections such as “disco devil” or “werewolf nurse.” There are also sound clips to match each costume idea. Honestly, this might help me overcome my annual horrible costume curse. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (linked above).
  9. Paranorman(Movie) This movie looks absolutely, adorably creepy. The main character is a kid who can talk to ghosts. I don’t know much else, but I’m okay with that. I still want to see it. (Watch the trailer here.)
  10. 200+ Scary Stories, Sounds, and Pranks($0.99) I haven’t downloaded this, but it looks like it’s worth the money. This app feature more than 200 horror and ghost stories in an in-app e-book format, more than 40 haunting sounds and several pranks and games. The app gives you the option to set haunting sounds to play at random moments, which the app’s description says will “give your friends a good scare” and is “perfect for scaring yourself while you read.” Available for iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad version–100 Horror Stories, Sounds, and Scares for iPad–also available in the iTunes store.

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10.12.2012

  1. V.P. Debate. I didn’t get a chance to watch the Vice Presidential debate last night, but I’ve seen a lot of buzz about it this morning. While I try to piece together the important parts of the debate, I’m keeping myself entertained with the memes and gifs that resulted. My favorite, so far, is this gif.
  2. DropBox. This is an app that allows you to exchange your photos, documents and videos between computers, phones and tablets. You upload the files to your DropBox account and can then access them from any device that has DropBox installed. At first glance, this app seems a lot like Evernote (an app a reader recommended a few months back). I only downloaded it this morning, so I still don’t really know what to expect from it. (Thanks, Sissy, for telling me about this!)
  3. Geek a Week. This site, run by artist Len Peralta, features weekly geek-star trading cards. Each card has a caricature of a famous geek dressed as an alter-ego, followed by a a creative description and fun facts about the person. Among my favorites are The Big Bang TheoryTimmy the MonkeyAdam Savage and Rifftrax.
  4. That’s What That Means. If you’ve never seen this, go look at it now. You’ll laugh at the definitions for words and phrases you’ve been using for years.
  5. Furious Pete. He calls himself an epic eater. There’s no doubt that’s true. This guy has eaten 12 pounds of food in less than an hour, 15 scoops of ice cream in 3 minutes and a 16-inch pizza in 2 minutes. He’s consumed 10,000-plus calories of french toast, 11,680 calories of “epic cake” and 7,350 calories of hot chocolate. Adam Richman has nothing on Furious Pete. You can find his epic eating, goofy and workout videos on his YouTube channel. (And be sure to check read how he got started; his story is incredible.)
  6. ON Human Coupon. This week, Old Navy celebrated 5 million Facebook fans by creating a human coupon. A large group of people stood together for a photograph that created a scan-able code for 30 percent off. Read the whole story here.
  7. Winter. I know it’s still fall (and just barely, at that), but I’m already preparing for winter. As you know, I have a bit of a love affair with Christmas. So I’ve already started getting pumped for the most wonderful time of the year. If you, too, enjoy prepping your winter kitchen supplies early, check out my “Winter Recipes” board.
  8. American Horror Story. I was kind of really obsessed with this show last year, and now it’s back for another season. It’s a miniseries, so if you missed last season, you won’t be confused by this season. While season one was set in a haunted house, season two will take place in an asylum (creepy, right?). Season two premiers on FX Wednesday (October 17) at 10 p.m. EST.
  9. How to Be a Woman. I mentioned this last week, then ended up buying it Friday night. I’m really enjoying this book. I think it’s the fix I needed for my recent apathy for reading. Moran makes me want to stand in front of my mirror (or, better yet, in a chair) and declare, “I AM A FEMINIST.”
  10. Strange & Creepy. I laughed–maybe even cackled–at this slideshow of 10 of the Strangest and Creepiest Album Covers. Enjoy!

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{infatuation friday}

A few more things I like:

  1. Twenty-something things. Since her 30th birthday is soon (I think?), Mrs. How Sweet keeps posting links to her Tuesday Things from Thought Catalog about being in your twenties.  Like 15 Ways 20-Somethings Ruin Their Twenties, Friendship in Your 20s and 19 Pieces of Advice You’ll Need To Make It Through Your Twenties. Gah… I needed this.
  2. French Bread Pizza. This was our dinner last night. My best friend shared her family’s super-simple recipe with me so I could make it. And then Josh cooked it. It was yum!
  3. Temporary homes. I read this post earlier in the week and even shared it with my friends on Facebook. I cannot explain to you how I felt as I read it. I reminded me of my past apartments. It reminded me of the houses Josh has rented. It reminded me how beautiful words can be. It made me want to smile and cry at the same time. It made me want to reread it with my best friend while we both say things like This! and Oh my god… and I know, right. But, most of all, it made me appreciate (in a weird way, more than ever before) the past four years of my life. Huh… I probably should’ve ended on that.
  4. Illustrated Tweet of the Day. This is probably my favorite part of HelloGiggles, besides the Nails of the Day (which shouldn’t matter to me, seeing as how I bite my nails too much to worry with polish). Anyway, I stumbled on this lovely Tweet of the Day and thought That is so my life. My family can attest to my procrastination. So can my best friend. And my boyfriend. Probably anyone who’s worked on a group project with me… maybe this has gotten out of control.
  5. Breaking Bad. Josh and I started watching this from the first season this week. I can’t explain why I like it, but I do. Agh… it’s just awesome.
  6. Bubble Mania. I haven’t had the chance to try this yet, but my dad says he loves him some Bubble Mania. It’s free in iTunes.
  7. Propel Zero. We bought some of the strawberry-kiwi powder last week, and I take it to work every day. I’m not a huge fan of water (it’s so tasteless… ick!) so this sort of tricks me into drinking more water and hopefully preventing myself from dehydrating. And I really like that it doesn’t turn my water pink or green or anything.
  8. Pumpkin Muffins. Another delicious treat via the bestie. She made a batch and brought half to me. She said she changed the recipe just a little–something about adding a bit of spice, I think. And I’m 99 percent sure she added cinnamon to the powdered sugar. Mmmm…
  9. No Doubt. My sister informed me this week that “NO DOUBT is backkk!!!” Apparently she’s a little excited. Anyway she sent me this brief Rolling Stone piece about the release of their new album, which happens next month.
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Yes, that is a movie I linked to. I’m not entirely sure when it will be released (the most specific date I’ve found was sometime in September, though I’m not sure if it’s true). Usually I get upset about books turned into movies. However, in this case I’m comforted by the fact that Stephen Chbosky is the screenplay writer and director of the movie. And just look at that cast list. I know it won’t be all I imagined from the book (that’s just impossible), but I do have high hopes for it. For those of you who haven’t read the book, do.

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