Archive for August, 2012


10 Great Celebrity Music Video Cameos

Comedy, Drama, Glamour!  These Actors Bring a Little Extra

 It’s all Chevy Chase’s fault. In 1986, Paul Simon decided he didn’t like the music video prepared for his hit single “You Can Call Me Al,” and recruited one of his close friends to create a better one. The result is a hilarious video of Chase and Simon, with Chase towering a good 12 inches over the smaller Simon and lip-synching the lyrics.

 1. “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon

(featuring Chevy Chase)

Watch it on YouTube here .

2. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

(featuring Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams)

Watch it on YouTube here — it’s been watched nearly 13 million times.

3. “Celebrity” by Brad Paisley

(featuring Jason Alexander and William Shatner)

Watch it on YouTube here.

4. “Freedom! ‘90” by George Michael

(featuring Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford among other models)

Watch it on YouTube here — it’s been watched almost 10 million times.

5. “Remember the Time” by Michael Jackson

(featuring Magic Johnson, Iman and Eddie Murphy)

Watch it on YouTube here — it’s been viewed a whopping 36 million times.

6. “Not About Love” by Fiona Apple

(featuring Zach Galifianakis)

Watch it on YouTube here.

7. “Walkaway Joe” by Trisha Yearwood

(featuring a – very young! – Matthew McConaughey)

Watch it on YouTube here .

8. “Thing Called Love” by Bonnie Raitt

(featuring Dennis Quaid)

Watch it on YouTube here.

9. “Colder Weather” by Zac Brown Band

(featuring Liam Hemsworth)

Watch it on YouTube here.

 10. “Single Ladies” by Beyonce

(featuring Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and Paul Rudd)

Although not the official video for this song — this was actually a skit on “Saturday Night Live” — it belongs on the list for its sheer entertainment value.

Watch it on here.


21 Ways To Make Life Easier

From Kitchen To Car To Bedroom To Office, Make Your Life A Little Simpler

We could all use a little help now and then to smooth our way — check out these tips from around the web on small ways you can make things a bit easier.

  1. Drop something tiny? Put some pantyhose over the end of your vacuum cleaner.
  2. Need to slice that cake layer into two layers? Stick toothpicks all the way around marking the middle and then line up plain dental floss on top of the toothpicks, cross the ends and pull. (see Wikihow)
  3. Try “filing” your clothes in drawers on their edges instead of stacking them, so you can see everything easily. (see Apartment Therapy)
  4. Make an impromptu sound system in your kitchen by putting your iPod or music player in a bowl. (see Real Simple)
  5. Keep emergency cash hidden by rolling it and stuffing it into an empty Chapstick tube.
  6. Keep track of which cord is which with a sharpie and old bread tags. (see
  7. Remember to send cards on time. Use a monthly expanding folder to store cards for special occasions. Keep a list of names and dates in each month — buy cards when you see one you like, file them, and then send them.
  8. Buy vinegar by the jug. Find a thousand and one different uses for vinegar on — from keeping your steam iron clean to keeping your dog from scratching its ears.
  9. Save your thumb and finger. Use a clothespin to hold a nail steady when hammering.
  10. Make your pen magic and hard to lose. Drop a few magnets in the end of your pen and then stick it to the fridge or filing cabinet when you’re done with it. (see Biancolo)clever magnet pen.jpg
  11. Clean those nooks and crannies. Use an old electric toothbrush head dipped in silver polish to clean the decorative and hard to reach areas on your silver.
  12. Got your phone wet? Try putting your phone (turn it off and take out the SIM card if there is one) in a bowl of rice for 24 to 48 hours. You’d be surprised how often this works.
  13. Color code your keys. Grab some cheap and funky nail polish from the drugstore and paint the heads of your keys different colors. (see Reddit)
  14. Keep your car neat. Use a plastic reusable cereal container for garbage in your car.
  15. Who brings sand to the beach? No one. But you might want to bring baby powder on your next trip — sprinkle on sandy legs and feet and sand comes right off. (see I Heart Naptime)
  16. No one wants smelly drawers. Tuck scented candles (or bars of soap) in your drawers to keep them smelling nice.
  17. Don’t miss a bargain. If you’re shopping online, take a moment to quickly Google the item along with the words “discount,” “promotion,” or “sale” — you never know what special offers are floating on the net.
  18. Control the bags. Stuff flimsy plastic shopping bags into an empty wet-wipes container. (see Savvy Housekeeping)
  19. One product, many uses. Use dryer sheets to dust surfaces, not only does the coating pick up dust, the anti-static property helps repel new dust. You can also use dryer sheets to eliminate static on your clothes by wiping it lightly down your skirt or pants and to clean your iron. (see Real Simple)
  20. Keep your berries fresher longer. Dump berries into a bowl filled with one part white vinegar and ten parts water. Swirl thoroughly, drain (rinsing is optional), and store in your refrigerator — raspberries will last a week or more. (see Food Lush)
  21. Bye-bye blisters. Before going for a hike or run, slick some antiperspirant on your feet, especially those areas prone to blistering. The antiperspirant minimizes moisture and chafing.

5 Amazing Moments From the London Olympics

Slideshows and Photos Across the Internet Are Commemorating the Event

Nielsen Ratings reported that nearly 220 million Americans tuned in to the Olympics — making it the most watched event in US TV history.

The photo that gold medal winner Jordan Burroughs tweeted on Saturday is being talked about as the image that is worth more than a thousand words — a picture of him and Sadegh Goudarzi, the Iranian wrestler Burroughs beat to take the gold, hugging each other.

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Then there’s Michael Phelps, who has won a mind-boggling and record-setting 22 medals — 18 of which are gold. In fact, if he were a country, he would land in the top 60 countries with the most medals, while on the list of most gold medals he would be at #36!


Photo from “With One Last Gold, Phelps Caps Career That Inspired a Generation” The New York Times

London prides itself on its pomp and circumstance — and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics were no exception, as can be seen by the extraordinary fireworks display during the finale.

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Photo from “Top Photos” on

It’s been called “Morgan’s Miracle” — after the US womens soccer player Abby Wambach took the game against Canada into overtime, Alex Morgan scored the winning goal with just 30 seconds to spare. Three days later, the team defeated Japan and took the gold.

Photo from “Fresh Faces: U.S. Soccer Star Alex Morgan” on

And of course, this year’s Olympics was also about watching the watchers — the newly minted Duke and Duchess of Cambridge most particularly.

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Photo from “Where Are The Royals Today?” On

For more fantastic images and stories, check out these sites:


5 Books Everyone Is Reading This Summer

1. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Possibly the hottest book of the summer, “Gone Girl” tells the tale of a missing wife in a disintegrating marriage. The Wall Street Journal called the book “compulsively readable” and Reese Witherspoon has already snapped up the rights to produce and star in the film version.

2. “Most Talkative: Stories from the front lines of pop culture” by Andy Cohen

Even for those who aren’t “Real Housewives” fans, this book from the franchise’s creator (and Bravo’s executive vice-president of development and talent) Andy Cohen is sure to offer a few chuckles. A meandering through the path Cohen has been on since his early days watching “Charlie’s Angels” and “All My Children,” “Most Talkative” is chock full of celebrity anecdotes, pop culture mishaps and even an underlying thread of what it takes to make it in showbiz.

3. “11/22/63: A Novel” by Stephen King

If you’re looking forward to the movie “Looper,” this book should be right up your alley. “One of the best time-travel stories since H. G. Wells” (The New York Times), Stephen King’s “11/22/63: A Novel” should also keep you busy for a while — it’s nearly 900 pages long.

4. “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos

Set in the 1960s, “Dead End in Norvelt,” a young adult novel, won this year’s Newbery Medal for children’s literature. The American Library Assn., which awards the prize, called the book “an achingly funny romp through a dingy New Deal town.”

5. “The Uninvited Guests” by Sadie Jones

What happens when an upper class British family gathered for a birthday celebration must open its doors to the straggling third-class survivors of a nearby train wreck? When the story is set in 1912 and is told by the masterful Sadie Jones, the answer is “hang on to your hat” because who knows what’s going to happen next? “The Uninvited Guests” is the story of “an elegant dinner party that turns into a phantasmagorical mashup evoking Noel Coward, Agatha Christie, The Twilight Zone, Downton Abbey and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.” (NPR)


No Gold Medals For Social Skills

The Olympic spirit may be easier to uphold on the track than online. This week the second athlete was thrown out of the Olympics and sent home after posting disparaging remarks about other competitors to their Twitter account.

Last Wednesday, Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was kicked off the team for tweeting negatively about African immigrants in Greece. Shortly after the announcement, the athlete posted an apology to her Facebook page, saying, “I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.” (via The New York Times)

Barely a week later, Michel Morganella, a Swiss soccer player was tossed off his team after tweeting insults about South Koreans the Swiss soccer team lost to South Korea 2-1 on Sunday. Morganella apologized shortly afterwards, as did the head of the Swiss Olympic delegation, who said the remarks “contradict the Olympic charter.”

The immediacy and accessibility of social media can be an instant emotional outlet for joy “We won!”, sadness “I can’t believe MJ is gone”, love “I love Mrs. A” and more — but it’s very immediacy and instant publication can transform one hot-headed, human reaction into an international insult. We have all had those moments of cursing and spewing and venting our frustration when things don’t go our way — until recently, those moments happened in our heads or under our breath. Social media is a powerful knife that can cut both ways — everyone, but especially public figures, might be well advised to count to 10, or maybe 100, before clicking “post.”