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Kill Jill’s Resolutions For 2010 (Part II)

Posted in Apartment X, City X, In The News, Internship, Kill Jill, Personal with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2010 by Jill

I was working on my final project for the semester last night (a wretched Flash website which is likely going to go down in history as one of the worst things I’ve ever made, but anyway) and I developed a huge headache. So I took some pills, put a cold cloth on my head and went to bed around 10pm.

For me, going to bed early = waking up early. In this case, 5am. And I could not get back to sleep. Too much stuff going on in my head. I was thinking about how fast this semester went by, how my Flash project is kind of a disaster, how I have two shifts left of my part-time job (hell yeah!) and how I have to pack my stuff up and move, like, three days after Christmas.

Oh yeah. Another update for y’all. Our landlords sold our house six months into our one-year lease. Merry Christmas to us! So, we all had to find new places to live. My friend Jenn, who I met in my first year of college, is going to be living way uptown while I’ll still be downtown. Makes me quite sad, I gotta say. But I’ve found a place literally five houses down from mine- a 6-month subletting dealio– with a nice gal who works a lot. After that, I hope to get a place with my pal Charlsie (best friend from high school who is now a university student in City X).

Anyhoo. Not the point of this post, at all. Getting up before 7:30 makes me ramble, apparently.

I was browsing my old blog posts on here and I came across this one: Kill Jill’s Resolutions For 2010. I wrote a list of goals, included here:

  1. No chips. I actually gave up eating chips this summer. I’d just like to continue this goal.
  2. Continue not smoking. I don’t smoke. Never have. I’d like to continue not smoking in 2010.
  3. Impress people. I want to do well in my second newsroom internship, which starts on Monday. (Yikes.)
  4. Avoid a full hard-drive. I have to stop downloading legally acquiring new TV shows and movies before watching the old ones I haven’t gotten around to watching yet.
  5. Avoid relying on credit card too much. This speaks for itself.

How did I do? Let’s see.

  1. I rarely eat chips. (I prefer popcorn anyway.)
  2. I still don’t smoke. (Holla!)
  3. I did do well on my second Journalism internship. I got one helluva recommendation letter from the editor, too. Hells yeah.
  4. As for #4, it’s still an issue I’m dealing with. But to help battle it, I just bought another computer! Hey-o!
  5. I still use my credit card, but I always pay it off within the month.

So, all in all, not a bad year, goal-wise. But what about the news?

  1. Canada won two gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. And Sidney Crosby got even hotter.
  2. Tiger Woods and his golf club got into a bit of trouble. (Amirite?!)
  3. Huge volcano thingy in Iceland went off. The sky was black with ash for days. More concern about stranded tourists in Europe than the ecosystem of Iceland.
  4. Paparazzi suddenly become interested in Sandra Bullock.
  5. The Social Network came out. That movie is awesome.
  6. WikiLeaks got their hands on a young girl’s secret diary and posted lots of nasty comments made by the other girls at school. Or something.

I’ll likely make up a list of goals for 2011 soon and post them. Yeah, I can do that.

So. What do you think was the top event of 2010?

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Lent (And What It Means To Me)

Posted in Blog News, In The News, Kill Jill, Personal, Roomie on February 26, 2009 by Jill

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It’s days like these that I’m thankful to be agnostic. (Not sure what that means? That’s why God invented Wikipedia, my friend.) (Screw it. Just click here.) I wasn’t always a heathen though. I went to Sunday school when I was a little kid (mostly because my mom was a Sunday school teacher) and I was once a Christian. But as I matured, I developed an uncertainty about organized religion. So, I settled on agnosticm, rather than full-on atheism.

That’s not to say that I’m anti-religion. On the contrary, I find religious customs interesting. I find the differences between different areas of Christianity especially interesting. I totally respect religious people and their dedication to something they have a true and honest spiritual connection with.

My Catholic friends tell me Lent began today. Three of my closest friends (including Roomie and Jaclyn) had ashes on their forehead today. Roomie and our friend Caitlin are fasting today, too. Roomie has decided to give up texting for Lent while Jaclyn is giving up fast food. Even though I’m not Catholic or religious, I’ve decided to take part in Lent as well and avoid any and all tobacco products. (I’ve never smoked a day in my life, so it shouldn’t be a difficult thing to stay away from.)

Speaking of texting, I’m getting a cell phone tomorrow- and a Nintendo DS! Go me! 😀 (My bank account isn’t going to thank me after this week.)

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In other news, Arrested Development fans are giddy these days as awkwardly adorable Michael Cera has signed on to do the upcoming AR movie, based on the cult sitcom. The show ran for three seasons and won truckloads of awards and featured some of the greatest comedians of our time- but nobody watched it. (I admit, I didn’t watch the show until it was over. And now I own season 1 on DVD and make references to it regularly.) The film is currently expected to be released sometime in 2010.

Thirteen-Year-Old Baby Daddy?!

Posted in In The News, Links, Web on February 13, 2009 by Jill

Holy poo on toast, Batman. There’s a 13-year-old kid in Britain that recently became a father. AT THIRTEEN.

His girlfriend (age 15, not so unusual) gave birth to a little girl. And little Alfie Patten (who is just four feet tall) is thirteen. THIRTEEN. That means they had sex when he was FREAKING TWELVE.

Holy crap. When I was 12, I was playing with my stuffed Wishbone toy and reading The Baby-Sitters Club. Holy molars.

Click here for more information, man!

And thus, it begins…

Posted in In The News on January 20, 2009 by Jill

The expectations for Obama are incredibly high. (No duh. The guy can’t do any worse than the last guy…) One might say that the dude is likely feelin’ the presha right now.

However, the economy is in pieces. The country is still involved in 2 lengthy and expensive military engagements in the Middle East. And celebrity blogs here and there say Angelina Jolie is pregged up with #705.

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All I can say to President Obama is this: Good luck and God speed. You’re a braver man than I.

(Also. More of a man than I… since I’m a chick and all.)

Not to change the subject, but make sure you enter my free giveaway! Win a fancy new watch!

Kill Jill’s Awesome Thing Of The Week: “Prop 8 – The Musical”

Posted in Awesome Things, Humor, In The News, Links, Videos, Web on December 26, 2008 by Jill

Proposition 8, the California ballot proposition that changed the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman and eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry, has caused a lot of controversy. I’m very pro-gay marriage, so this little video made me very happy.

To protest the passage of Proposition 8, musical theatre composer Marc Shaiman wrote a satiric mini-musical called “Prop 8 — The Musical“. The 3-minute video was distributed on the internet at FunnyOrDie.com beginning on December 3, 2008. It was written and produced in just a few days. The cast includes Jack Black (who plays Jesus), Nicole Parker, Neil Patrick Harris(!), John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Margaret Cho, Rashida Jones, Sarah Chalke and other celebrities. Among other comic assertions in the video is a song alleging that gay marriages would save the economy. It received 1.2 million internet hits in its first day.

Shameless plugs & other wonderful things!

Posted in Blog News, Classes, In The News, Kill Jill, Links, Personal, Tra La La, Web on November 5, 2008 by Jill

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So, there’s nothing like a shameless plug to break up the week, huh? Well, you’re about to see/read/be a part of one. I’ve recently started a cultural-type blog with 2 of my good friends from my Journalism class, Jenn and Jaclyn. Jenn does celebrity gossip and The Hills-type news, Jaclyn talks about indie music and her most recent rock shows she’s attended and I stick to movie reviews. Plus, if anything strikes our fancy, we’ll just write about that too. Anyway, please check out THE J LIST… if you’d like to have your mind blown, that is.

Oh. And that other thing I was gonna talk about… something that happened late last night… What was that? Oh, right. I forgot. But it’s come back to me now.

Ah, yes. The complete annihilation of John McCain and Sarah Paaaaaaylin. Hurrah! I hope Obama’s charm will help him through these next 4 years… because his predecessor has none. Congratulations Obama!!

Arr! Zefron be not a pirate!!

Posted in In The News, Movies on October 22, 2008 by Jill

Oh, no. God, why must you smite me so?

Reports say that Zac Efron is set to star in the 4th installment of the bajillion dollar franchise Pirates of the Caribbean. The next Pirates film is set for a 2010 release.

This is almost as bad as when I heard they were remaking The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’m not even sure Johnny Depp’s reprisal of Captain Jack Sparrow can save this film.

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. Of this disaster of a movie.

I was a little iffy when I heard that they were making another Pirates movie and then Johnny Depp was paid a lot of money to do it. I dunno. I love The Depp, but doesn’t he realize that even this franchise is milked dry? But to put Zac Efron in this film? Oh, wow. Suddenly, pirates are uncool.

Congratulations ninjas. You win.