Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Book Review Studio Kill

The Studio KillThe Studio Kill by Charles Fleming
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest opinion.

My first thought was I love this book, I love the era and everything about it. I loved the mystery and the romance, this book was awesome, I read this book really fast compared to others. Very easy to read and understand.

Here is what is says about it on Amazon:
Book Description
Publication Date: May 4, 2014
Want to take a trip back to the 1940s, when Tinseltown was glamorous, decadent, sexy, and violent? Then don't miss THE STUDIO KILL, Charles Fleming's great new noir novel about John McClellan, head of security for Continental Pictures. An ex-cop for the LAPD, he spends his days and nights hushing up the sexual peccadilloes of actors and studio honchos, not to mention their rampant use of drugs and booze. Now our hero has his hands full with a Red-baiting Congressman who want to bring the studio down, the murder of a famous director's wife, a columnist who will do anything for his next big story, and a sexy girl screenwriter who might be the love of his life—or the death of him. THE STUDIO KILL is beautifully written, with all the period details dead-on, dialogue so breezy it'll make your hair stand on end, and a twisty, dangerous plot that will keep you guessing, Nobody does Hollywood hardboiled like Charles Fleming.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Number sign, Pound sign, Hashtag


Ok so it seems there is this thing called #hashtags. I didn't know what this was at first, I mean as far as I knew this little sign # meant numbers or pound on the telephone key pad, how did it turn into a hashtag?

hashtag is a word or an unspaced phrase prefixed with the number sign ("#"). It is a form of metadata tag. Beginning July 2, 2009, Twitter began to hyperlink all hashtags in tweets to Twitter search results for the hashtagged word (and for the standard spelling of commonly misspelled words). In 2010, Twitter introduced "Trending Topics" on the Twitter front page, displaying hashtags that are rapidly becoming popular. Source Wikipedia.


This is from the Urban Dictionary:


If you have been on Twitter, you may have seen a "hashtag." To put it simply, a hash tag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic and to begin a conversation. For example, if you search on #LOST (or #Lost or #lost, because it's not case-sensitive), you'll get a list of tweets related to the TV show. What you won't get are tweets that say "I lost my wallet yesterday" because "lost" isn't preceded by the hash tag.

Hashtags believed to have originated on Twitter but, interestingly enough, it is not a Twitter function. Some believe it began when the broken plane luckily landed in the Hudson River in early 2009, some Twitter user wrote a post and added #flight1549 to it. I have no idea who this person was, but somebody else would have read it and when he posted something about the incident, added #flight1549 to HIS tweet. For something like this, where tweets would have been flying fast and furiously, it wouldn't have taken long for this hash tag to go viral and suddenly thousands of people posting about it would have added it to their tweets as well. Then, if you wanted info on the situation, you could do a search on "#flight1549" and see everything that people had written about it.

Take this hashtag for example: #worstjobeverhad. This Hash tag would compel many others to share the worst jobs they've ever had, thus contributing to a fun conversation. It can be used for specific searches or individual twitters that begin them for their followers.



Well I started using #hashtags a few months ago, because I love social media and love learning new things. I also use these #hashtags for TV shows I like, I notice most of the TV shows I watch have #hashtags on the program so that we can Tweet about it.


From Wikipedia:

The first official integration between Twitter hashtags and television programs was during Comedy Central's March 15, 2011 roast of Donald Trump. Using the hashtag #TrumpRoast at the bottom of the screen, Twitter called it "the single deepest integration of a Twitter hashtag on air-ever." The promotion worked, as it generated the channel's most-watched Tuesday in history; the hashtag #trumproast was used over 27,000 times on Twitter during the show's initial broadcast.[2]


There is of course a lot more info on the web about #hashtags, but I just was kind of interested in reading how it came about. So I am sure I will be learning more about using #hashtags and I use them more often.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Book Review: Tim Conway, What's so funny? My Hilarious Life

What's So Funny?: My Hilarious LifeWhat's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life by Tim Conway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book from Net Galley for my an honest review.

I have to say that I loved the Carol Burnett show. I loved all the characters on this show. When I saw that this book was going to be
published I knew I had to read it.
I thought this book was awesome, When Tim talked about when he was growing up, I could feel that my Grandparents were just like his parents and the fun things he did when he was younger I could picture my own Father doing them as well. I really loved the way he wrote this book, just felt right there through the whole thing.
I could just keep on reading this book, loved the stories and such a positive person he was.
This is defiantly a worthwhile book to read. If there is a second book I will read it as well.

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What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Book Review: Illegal:Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant

Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented ImmigrantIllegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant by José Ángel N.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Well this book was very interesting, it is about an illegal immigrant who came into this country and his struggles to want to be here. I really liked reading his side of it and how he struggled with wanting to fit in more then the others who came here illegally.
I am impressed by how much he wanted to learn in his new country, something I do see a lot of where I live.
I think the book is worth reading, it is interesting to see it from his eyes. I guess if you want something bad enough you would do just about anything. I hope this book helps others like him to become who they need to be.

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
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Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant (Latinos in Chicago and Midwest)

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Awesome Cook book-Not Just Tacos.

Not Just Tacos - A Journey Into the World of Authentic Latin American CuisineNot Just Tacos - A Journey Into the World of Authentic Latin American Cuisine by Shirley Solis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book, I don't cook a lot but I found some awesome recipes in this book that I am going to try. I also loved the info she gave about different countries and their foods. I cant wait to try some of the recipes in this book, they are very clearly written and seem easy enough for me.

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I do recommend this book if you are interested in cooking Latin style Cuisine, this book also comes with some interesting facts about the countries of the food for the recipes.

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

New Book Review: Fifty Years in Polygamy: Big Secrets and Little White Lies

Well I received this book from NetGalley for a honest review. 

Well all I can say is that this book is an eye opener. I am not surprised that this sort of stuff happens as my Mom had once told me about it, very vaguely though, I think from coming home driving through Colorado city. I feel Kristyn did a great job on writing a story about her life, in her opinion, it is her story, and it is very interesting how she over came all the obstacles that she had to endure during her first 50 years.  I love reading books about peoples lives, it is always very interesting to me. I feel bad for the wives who had to struggle like single parents to raise their families while there "husbands" were off trying to another wife or working to support their family. and for their children, so many children and so much abusive. Not everyone lives like the Sister Wives do or the My Five Wives shows., of course we don't really know how they feel emotional about their situation, it is all they know. 
If you at all interested in reading how this sheltered lifestyle can be detrimental to women and to men as well, this book is really good to read. 

Here is what is says on GoodReads about this book:
There is much ado about polygamy these days. Media coverage, HBO's Big Love, TLC's Sister Wives, the acts committed by cult leader Warren Jeffs and his followers--all of these keep a slew of polygamy-related issues at the forefront of society. But none can depict the ongoing, daily atrocities and heartaches that are hidden behind the scenes, behind closed doors, within the hearts and souls of thousands of smiling faces.

Kristyn Decker's memoir recounts the harsh realities of being born and raised in the second largest polygamist sect in America--the Apostolic United Brethren, or the AUB (Allred Group). For five decades, Kristyn, then Sophie, was caught up in a cult of plural marriage ... and lived it until she thought it would kill her. When she finally had the courage to leave, she knew she had to share her story.

Fifty Years in Polygamy: Big Secrets and Little White Lies describes a life of religious submission, lies, secrets, poverty, abuse, jealousy, depression, and loneliness. The gripping, detailed events in this book will shock you but will also inspire compassion, understanding, and perhaps even the courage to change your own life.

"Fifty Years in Polygamy is a compelling read, full of raw emotion that reveals the abuses hidden under the cloak of religion. Kristyn Decker's book depicts the cries of thousands of women across the world--another voice who through fear remained silent for too many years."

--Irene Spencer, author of New York Times bestseller

Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamous Wife(less)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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