Photo Mosaic Saturday, Feb 28 2009 

This is fun — it was first posted by my friend Shannon.  A gorgeous Flickr Mosaic!

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1. black flowers blossom, 2. sexy stark, 3. Final resting place, 4. I can see you!, 5. HQ Wolverine Promo #1, 6. Yudum yudum, 7. Sea lace, 8. Untitled, 9. Rocky springboards jumps, 10. kara and her bridesmaids, 11. Super Exciting Relax!, 12. cat got your chin?

You start with a survey:

  1. What is your first name? Kate
  2. What is your favorite food? Avocado
  3. What school did you go to? Reading Memorial High School
  4. What is your favorite color? Purple
  5. Who is your celebrity crush? Hugh Jackman
  6. Favorite drink? Passion tea
  7. Dream vacation? Around the world
  8. Favorite dessert? Tiramisu
  9. What you want to be when you grow up? Well-traveled
  10. What do you love most in life? Laughing
  11. One word to describe you: Cruisazy
  12. Your nickname? Katerbug

So pretty!

Here’s how to do it:

Here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Go to flickr.com
Step 2: In another window open http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php
Step 3: Choose 4 columns, 3 rows
Step 4: Answer the following questions in the search bar of flicker.Pick your favorite one on the first page and paste it into your mosaic

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Best Dressed at the Academy Awards Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

Here are my picks for the 10 best dressed women at the 2009 Oscars:

Taraji Henson.  This dress is insanely flattering.

Marisa Tomei.  I can only imagine what the pleats looked like after sitting on them all night!

Kate Winslet.  She’s always been one of my favorite actresses — I’m so glad she won.

Anne Hathaway.  Love the pailettes.

Alicia Keys.  If you know me, you know that I adore this color.  Now, is it more lavender or violet?

Viola Davis.  She cleans up NICELY.  She’s unrecognizable from her role in Doubt.

James Franco’s date, Ahna O’Reilly.  I really like this gown.

Halle Berry ALWAYS gets it right.

Christina Applegate.  She looks like a goddess.

And my favorite gown of the night — Freida Pinto.  Such a great color, and so contextually appropriate.

And now for the worst:

Amanda Seyfried.  Love her, but this dress does nothing for her — that neckline, that bow, those shoes…

Vanessa Hudgens.  It’s way too old for her, and from a distance, it looks like it came off the clearance rack at Windsor Fashions.

Amy Adams.  The dress fits beautifully, but it blends into the carpet and clashes with her hair.  I do love that avant-garde necklace, though.  And if the dress were another color, it would have been perfect.

Mary Hart.  A world of no.

And now, the worst gown of the night!  Jessica, what were you thinking?  It fits horribly, it’s a bad cut for your body, and the bow is abominable.  Her hair is awful, too, and that lipstick!  Ugh!

Now, how did she end up wearing the giant napkin when she could have worn this?!  Jessica Biel wore this to the Vanity Fair after-party, and it’s what she should have worn to the ceremony.  Her hair still looks bad, though.

(I would also like to add that I will NOT put Tilda Swinton’s outfit on here because TILDA IS A GODDESS AND SHE CAN DO NO WRONG.)

Now, for the two gowns about which I was on the fence:

Evan Rachel Wood.  I couldn’t decide how I felt about this — I wondered whether it made her look too washed out.  But, you know what?  This gown is GORGEOUS.  Absolutely GORGEOUS.  And she looks great in it, even if it borderline melts into her skin.

Beyonce.  When I first saw it, I LOVED IT.  But the more that I think about it, I don’t think it was a good Academy Awards gown — this would have been PERFECT for the Grammys.  It’s a bit too much for the Oscars.  But I still love it, and it shows off her curves beautifully.

What do you think?

Oscar Predictions 2009 Sunday, Feb 22 2009 

For some reason, I didn’t get into the Oscars this year.  That’s a first.  I don’t know what it was.  Just not feeling it this year.

I did see Slumdog Millionaire, but I didn’t think it was the be-all and end-all of movies.  It was very good, and probably the best picture of the year, but it didn’t hit me hard and stay with me.  That’s what Babel and Lost in Translation did to me — and, to a lesser degree, Michael Clayton, and Good Night and Good Luck, and Crash, and Million Dollar Baby, and Little Miss Sunshine, and Sideways.

But I never let a year go by without predicting the Oscars.

I want one thing to happen this year — I want Mickey Rourke to win for The Wrestler.  I am still bitter about Sean Penn robbing Bill Murray of his deserved Oscar for Lost in Translation, and I don’t want it to happen again.  And Mickey is unbelievable in that movie.

But mostly because he could give a hilarious speech like this:

THAT would be must-see TV.

Here are my predictions:

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk (It kills me to do this, but I would LOVE to be proven wrong.  Mickey Rourke deserves it.)

Best Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, Doubt

Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Screenplay: Milk

Best Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Song: “Jai Ho,” Slumdog Millionaire

Best Editing: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Cinematography: The Dark Knight

Best Art Direction: The Dark Knight

Best Costumes: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (I strongly prefer Australia.)

Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (I am now tempted to write THAT BENJAMIN BUTTONS SHIT, Kanye West/Michael K-style)

Best Visual Effects: THAT BENJAMIN BUTTONS SHIT

Best Sound Editing: The Dark Knight

Best Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight

Best Documentary: Man on Wire

Best Foreign Film: Waltz with Bashir, Israel

Best Animated Film: Wall-E

And I’d like to give some love to my favorite movies of the year: Tropic Thunder, Gran Torino and WMamma Mia and Pineapple Express were great guilty pleasures as well.

But as far as the Oscars go, what I am looking forward to most is seeing the criminally sexy Hugh Jackman.  I think he’s going to be a fabulous host and he better have his shirt off for a good portion of the evening.

Hillary Clinton Chic Tuesday, Feb 3 2009 

The trend: teal ruffled jacket/cardigan.

Who wore it better?

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Hillary, who’s ready to serve as the nation’s top diplomat?

Or Kate, who’s ready to pose inappropriately with wax figures?

You decide!

(Hillary Clinton image courtesy of Vanity Fair.)

Fun with Obamicons Sunday, Feb 1 2009 

I’m probably a bit late on this, but it’s still fun.  Out of curiosity, I searched to see if there was a way to turn your picture into the style of the Shepard Fairey portrait of Barack Obama.  You know, this:

Well, I found a great site: Obamicon.me.  You can put in any picture and play around with the color distribution of the four colors, eventually making a perfect portrait.

I made some nice ones.  This was my favorite:

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I made a few other portraits…

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And then I had fun with a few of my favorite pictures:

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Celebrating the Fourth of July…

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This is what gives me hope.

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And one of the greatest photos of 2008: getting surprised by Maxi in Buenos Aires.  The title says it all.

But best of all are the photos from my Vegas trips:

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The morning after.

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George Clooney cops a feel.

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Believe it or not, we hadn’t even left the hotel yet when this was taken.

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Best fast food ever.

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What we do best.

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Best picture of all: 6:30 AM, just having left Drai’s, Lisa lies down in the alley next to the IP, begging to go in.  One of the greatest nights of our lives.