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I'm trying to download a Flash video from a website. I looked through my cache and it didn't show up. I tried using the Sothink Flash Downloader and it didn't work. Any advice? I looked around the internet, to no avail...

I'm using a Mac and Firefox.
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Born stubborn, me
Will always be
Before you count 1-2-3
I will have grown my own private branch
Of this tree

Domestically
I can obey all of your rules
And still be : be

I never thought I would compromise
I never thought I would compromise
I never thought I would compromise

let's unite tonight
we shouldn't fight
embrace you tight
let's unite tonight

I thrive best
Hermit style
With a beard and a pipe
And a parrot on each side
But now I can't do this without you

I never thought I would compromise
I never thought I would compromise
I never thought I would compromise
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I suspect this will be a controversial entry...

1. banana
2. raspberry
3. strawberry
4. clementine
5. orange
6. yellow apple
7. red apple
8. blueberry
9. peach
10. watermelon

sign I saw

Apr. 22nd, 2010 09:54 pm
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This sign at Harvey's is supposed to impress me.



So let's see... they're gonna say hi, make my food, put stuff on it, and say thank you? WOW I CAN'T GET THAT AT ANY OTHER RESTAURANT!!!
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The next time a pseudo-clever person mentions Winston Churchill when they see me with my bulldog, they will get punched in the throat.

: )
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'Salem's Lot (2004)




A man returns to the town where he grew up and begins to suspect it is getting overtaken by vampires.

Words like "ambitious", "classy", and "intelligent" don't come up often when discussing Stephen King adaptations, but they apply to this well-written mini-series. Unfortunately, the word "lifeless" (pun not intended) also applies. The screenwriter and actors gave it their all, so I blame the director for failing to create much in the way of mood or suspense. The framing story doesn't make much sense.
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The complete contents of an e-mail I got from a total stranger:

salut,
je voudrais nous devrons des amis. J'espère restant toujours en contact.
(sorry I don't speek english very well)

Indeed.

Knocked Up

Apr. 5th, 2010 05:30 pm
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Knocked Up (2007)




A woman has a drunken one-night-stand and ends up pregnant. She and the father then attempt to cope with the situation and determine if they have any feelings for each other.

Judd Apatow's last film (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) belabored its central relationship. Knocked Up errs in the opposite direction. In the midst of some appealing true-to-life moments, surprisingly little effort is invested in making the relationships believable. We never see Alison and Ben falling in love, or Debbie and Pete fix their marriage, and yet we're supposed to believe these things occurred.

The movie works better as a comedy. In particular, Jason Segel and Kristen Wiig provide brief, welcome shots of skewed hilarity.

age

Mar. 31st, 2010 10:14 am
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I realized recently that life moves quicker the older you get, and that this becomes especially evident after 35.

Then I realized that the truth is, we're the ones who slow down. Life doesn't follow suit just because you want it to.

sign I saw

Mar. 17th, 2010 09:51 pm
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This type of ad annoys me. They pretend they're giving you reason number 27 or whatever, when in reality they assigned random numbers to the three reasons they actually came up with.

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Two newspaper editors like playground sneaks
Running a book on which of them is going to last the week
One of them calls to me
And he says, "I know you"
"You gave me this tattoo back in '82"
"You were a spoilt child then with a record to plug"
"And I was a shaven headed seaside thug"
"Things haven't really changed that much"
"One of us is still getting paid too much"

-Elvis Costello

sign I saw

Mar. 7th, 2010 05:51 pm
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Wow, these ads are really "hip" and in step with the times! Women arranging cut flowers and going to shoe sales while men fix up their cars and play golf = so right on!
</sarcasm>

sign I saw

Mar. 2nd, 2010 09:41 pm
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I don't think that sign evokes what they want it to evoke...

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Shutter Island (2010)




Two US Marshalls come to a facility for the criminally insane to investigate a disappearance, and make unexpected discoveries.

I'm in the minority, but my favourite Martin Scorcese movie of the last twenty years is Cape Fear. That's the movie I was reminded of when I saw the previews for this, so I was hoping for a stylish gothic thriller. And that's exactly what I got - an atmospheric, visually stunning movie. Leonardo DiCaprio gives a deeply felt performance.

I wish the film hadn't been pushed back from its original October 2009 release date. Seeing previews for it for six months diluted the power of certain moments. I also had the misfortune of having an important plot point revealed to me in advance. Whether or not you're aware of it in advance, this plot point strains credibility. Regardless, I think I'll get more out of this movie when I see it a second time.
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The Mangler (1995)



Some horrible special effects are deployed at the climax.


Possessed laundry pressing machine. Do you need to know anything else? Still, this manages to be very slightly less silly than the Stephen King short story it's based on. Not scary for a moment, of course, but Robert Englund turns in a tasty over-the-top horror performance. Aside from him, however, bad acting rules. The tone-deaf dialogue doesn't help either.

Loblaws

Feb. 21st, 2010 08:31 pm
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First, there was the Maple Leaf Gardens, where national league hockey games were played. Sometime after the NHL changed venues, a sign went up announcing that a Loblaws grocery store would open there. There was much rejoicing (except by the idiots who saw the butt-ugly, now useless Maple Leaf Gardens as a historical building). Loblaws is my favourite grocery store, and this one would be VERY close to my apartment. But then the sign came down and a sign about the historical building came up, and much unrejoicing happened. But now, some unexpected good news: it's back!

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I have officially lost all hope for humanity.

Esquire

Feb. 16th, 2010 03:42 pm
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I happened on some Esquire articles today. Is that thing written by neanderthals?

"You are a man. Show her you are in charge."

This is better than Maxim how exactly?
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I have the best kind of co-worker: the guilty dieter. I don't know who she (it's almost always a she) is, but she regularly purchases yummy treats, then feels guilty and brings them to work, leaving them in the kitchen for everyone else to eat. Yesterday I scored some mini cupcakes.
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