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February 24, 2013

Longer Life… Better Life – Potato Ball? Are You Kidding Me

by darkjade68

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About a year ago or so, I got some blood work done, and found out my Blood Sugar bordered on Diabetic. Not a Huge Surprise, though a kind of a bummer of a one… But being I have Diabetics on both my Mom, and Dad’s side of the Family, I wasn’t completely Surprised. Though Diabetes doesn’t have to run in your Family to get it… At least Type 2, don’t know quite as much about Type 1. Actually I don’t know all that much about either, Lol

Lowering My Blood Sugar

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So the first thing I did was Remove Regular Soda, and Juice from my Diet.

Both are High on Sugars.

Yes, you get Vitamin C From some Juices, and in the case of Orange Juice, a Whole Hell of a lot of Potassium (Something I noticed along the way).

But, I needed to Lower My Blood Sugar, so by by Soda and Juice.

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February 24, 2013

The Best Films Make Great Stories

by Shannon Fox

Tonight is one of my favorite nights of the year: The Oscars. And this year has boasted a particularly strong crowd of Best Picture nominees. And I actually saw a good amount of them. Usually, I might see one or two of these films. But this year, I’ve seen an impressive five!

Being the story-obsessed person that I am, I can’t get behind a film if it doesn’t have a great story and great characters at its core. Here’s my run-down of the five films I saw and why they’re more than just great films: they’re great stories, too.

Argo:

I wrote a post on my personal blog after Argo came out. But, suffice it to say, Argo combines taught, nail-biting suspense, superior camera-work, great dialogue, good characters, and fabulous actors. I’m pulling for Argo the most tonight.

Django Unchained:

Ah, Quentin Tarantino. While my heart still belongs to Inglorious Bastards, Django is a close second. The story is long and sprawling, a western as epic as any other, a legend as worthy of telling as that of Brunhilde and Siegfried. Yes it’s violent and gory. But it’s also funny and heart-stoppingly spot-on. The dialogue delivery is perfect…particularly where Christophe Waltz is concerned. That man is seriously one of the best actors working today.

Les Miserables:

From book to musical to film adaptation…I can’t say what other work has has such a history as this. My first introduction to Les Mis was through the musical. I tried to read the novel, but only got about halfway through it. I was curious to see how it would translate to the screen. Well, I think. It’s a musical and you have to know that going in. It’s mostly going to sound like being at the opera. But it’s also visually stunning and compelling. Though, I do think Hugo’s story is so sprawling that when it got condensed into musical form, which became the true source for the film, the narrative continuity kind of fell apart. It spans a very long period of time and is populated mostly with minor characters. Yes, it’s a redemptive story and the story of the conflict between Jean Valjean and Javert. But it’s also a very large part of the history of France and the class relations. In short, it’s a lot for any musical or film to take on.

Life of Pi:

The cinematography of this film was outstanding. It so perfectly correlated with the surreal, kind of bizarre, almost dream-like quality of the story. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read the book so I don’t remember it all that well, but the film narrative was well-pace, well-timed. I got to watch this film in 3-d, but the whole film experience was very visceral, very real.

Silver Linings Playbook:

I love Jennifer Lawrence. She’s fabulous. And she’s even more fabulous as Tiffany. Not only is this film funny, it’s smart and it’s tragic. You go from feeling wildly triumphant to uncomfortable to fearful to cracking up. Not a lot of films can handle that many changes of emotional tone with such skill. I found out later that this was based on a novel, so I have no comparison in that regard. But, this film was pretty damn perfect.

There you have it folks. Who has your vote tonight?