Big Screen, Bad Grammar

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They say that movies are made in the editing room. Unfortunately it seems movie posters are not given equal attention — at least from an editorial standpoint. The Huffington Post recently published a list of movie titles that feature some pretty egregious grammatical errors — and we’re not just talking in their subheads or plot summaries — we’re talking in the title itself!

Here are a few of our favorites.

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What’s Your Niche? Sports

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I’ve written about niche journalism before; essentially remarking on the relative newness of the concept and the importance for writers to carve out a unique space in which to become expert. After searching around the interwebs a bit, I realized that what is happening today with niche journalism is more of a revival than a revolution — especially in the realm of sports writing. Continue reading

The World Cup: A Global Marketplace

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Unless you’ve been in a coma for the past two weeks you’re probably well aware that the globe’s biggest soccer tournament, or football depending on where you’re from or what team you’re rooting for, is under way. The FIFA World Cup, this year hosted by Brazil with games being played in 12 different cities, has the world talking — and not just about penalty kicks. Money as it turns out is one of the biggest players in this year’s games.

There been serious criticism of Brazil’s preparation and spending for this year’s event, which is the most expensive in history. According to NBC news, the country has spent an estimated 11.5 billion dollars gearing up for the tournament. But, as global games go, its not just Brazil’s moolah the world is watching. CNBC.com broke down the overall economic impact of the World Cub in this handy inforgraphic below. Check out more like it here.

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Credit: CNBC

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Happy Birthday Garfield!

g36The Odie punting, lasagna lovin’, Monday hatin’, lavishly rotund feline is celebrating his 36th birthday! That’s right, on June 19th, 1978 Jim Davis’ wildly popular comic strip, Garfield, hit publication for the first time. In order to celebrate one of my the World’s favorite cartoon strips, I decided to put together a set of facts you might not have known about…until now.

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Why You Need to Take a Vacation

In honor of the upcoming World Cup Games, Rio de Janiero is on our vacation wish list this summer. Image credit: www.fancyholidays.com

With the upcoming World Cup on the brain, Rio de Janeiro is on our vacation wish list this summer. Image credit: http://www.fancyholidays.com

Even though the three-month summer break is a thing of the past (for most of us anyway), you shouldn’t ignore the urge to drop everything and hop a flight to Brazil. Especially if you’re a soccer fan.

In fact, if you’ve been just lusting at pictures of sandy beaches and chic metropolis destinations on your desk instead of buying a ticket, you may be be stifling your productivity (and creative thinking for that matter) at work. Enter the numbers to back up this theory: An Intuit study showed that the majority — 82 percent to be exact — of small business owners who took a vacation saw a spike in their performance when they returned to work, so we learned in this Fast Company article.

Taking a vacation –we’re talking longer than a three-day weekend– can help you get a fresh perspective, recharge your batteries, stimulate your brain, go outside your comfort zone, and any other euphemism you can think of to describe self improvement. Check out the article to learn about the full benefits of checking out for a few days.

So don’t delay in planning that next break, whether it’s a whirlwind European tour, relaxation on pristine beaches in Southeast Asia or just a good ol’ U.S. road trip. And, since we did a bit of travel lusting after learning about how vital our vacation time really is, here are a few resources we found to help inspire our next trip. Bon Voyage!

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Image credit: http://www.tlnt.com

If you can’t decide where to go….

Take a quiz!

Flip through a slideshow of the 27 best places to visit in 2014.

Listen to other Trip Advisor travelers, who rated the top 25 destinations in the world.

If you can’t decide what to pack….

First, figure out what not to pack.

Listen to the experts. World traveler and guidebook author Rick Steves who shared his personal packing list (And an adapted version for the ladies).

If you can’t decide what to read when you get there….

Here’s a list of 143 books to start with.

Or follow this flow chart that will route you to some classics:
The Summer Reading FlowchartHave a great trip planned? A destination you’ve always wanted to see? A great summer read? An entertaining travel tale? Do tell!

 

13 Ways to Enjoy Cinco de Mayo

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Truth be told, we were in the mood for a margarita anyways. It is Monday after all. But the fact that today is an official celebration, well, makes it all the more important to incorporate some tequila into our day.

Enter this snazzy eHow list of 13 Fiesta-Ready Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo, in the event you’re feeling fickle about your margarita choice. Shout out to eHow contributor Garineh Magarian for compiling these fine recipes all in one place, and photog Martin Baek for showing us just how beautiful a well-made marg can be. We think the strawberry-infused thyme, cucumber jalapeno and gingerrita sounds so refreshing (especially in the sweltering Southern California heat we’ve been enduring).

But tell us, which margarita variety would you consider adding to your Cinco de Mayo menu? Or do you have a concoction of your own that should have made this list?

Want more ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Check out our Pinterest board with plenty of recipes for food and drinks!

Read It vs. Watch It

People may not read much these days, but they certainly watch movies based on books. It’s not just huge series franchises like “Harry Potter” or “The Hunger Games” either — some of the flicks making their big screen debut in the coming months are based on classics and lesser known lit. Here are a few of the books-turned-films we’re excited about.

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  • What: The Fault of Our Stars
  • Author: John Green
  • Movie Release Date: June 6

Plot Summary: A coming of age romance about a girl with cancer who falls for a fellow cancer patient. Check out the trailer here.

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  • What: The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Author: Richard C. Morais
  • Movie Release Date: August 8

Plot Summary: An Indian family moves to France and opens a restaurant only to find out that right across the street is a Michelin-starred French resto — family drama and lots of yummy food ensues.

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  • What: The Giver
  • Author: Lois Lowry
  • Movie Release Date: August 15

Plot Summary: A young boy is given the duty of being the “receiver of memory,” a job that entails keeping all of society’s memories. As he learns of his new task from his predecessor however, he begins to question the role and many other things.

A Case of the Mondays: Veterans Day

Veterans-day-e1289486232769Today is Veteran’s Day and unlike most Monday’s when complaining about spilt coffee and traffic seems compulsory, today we’ll refrain from such cursory complaints in favor of appreciating the things that really matter. With that, we’re offering our sincerest thanks to all of those who serve, who have served and all of the families, friends and loved ones who support our armed forces.

DMS honors you today!

A Case of the Mondays: A Rare Breed

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Credit: kellieselmore.com

Writers are notoriously quirky. Think about any one of your favorite authors and it’s quite unlikely a picture of normalcy comes to mind. Some of the greatest scribes around in fact are renowned for being anything but even-keeled.

Here are some notable quirks from a lengthier list:

Truman Capote apparently wrote while reclining on his sofa alternating between sherry and tea beverages.

Vladimir Nabokov used index cards to write his masterpieces.

Victor Hugo met deadlines by having all of his clothing removed from his closet so he couldn’t leave the house — unless he wanted to go streaking that is.

So, on this Monday of Mondays we’re celebrating the often, off-the-wall antics that give writers their wacky rep with Buzzfeed’s 18 Weird Things that Authors Do.

A Case of the Mondays: Parody for Your Pleasure

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There are a handful of directors whose films have a definitive style, but few possess the quintessential quirkiness that each and every Wes Anderson film does. From the cinematography and costume design to the usual cast of characters and quite unusual soundtracks, Wes Anderson’s flicks have a certain something. And it’s that “certain something” that prompted the SNL cast to produce a parody (Wes Anderson approved, mind you.) for the film, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders. Whether you love Wes Anderson films, or love to hate them, this satirical spoof is bound to get your goat.

Check it out: