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You will never look this boss

I really enjoy Mad Men. Everyone knows the premise: employees of a New York advertising agency do stuff in the 60’s. But what is it really about? What are these people trying to accomplish here? What’s the end goal? Who are the good guys and bad guys? Why am I giddy when I get to watch this show, even though I have no idea what it’s about?? Why am I asking all these questions??!?!?!?!!

I think the reason why I keep watching is because it makes me feel uncomfortable.* Not like being-touched-by-a-creeper uncomfortable. Like unsettled uncomfortable.  Our innate desire for closure and relatability is exploited. We want to rationalize and connect everything that happens on this show, but some things are seemingly baseless. Not everything ties together nicely, and it leaves me wondering “Ok? Well…? Soooo…….then what??”.

But such is life. Some things are inexplicable, people are irrational, and that’s okay. Love this show.

*Disclosure: the other reason why I keep watching is for the pretty sets and wardrobe :D

Serena vs. Robin

I don’t usually do posts like this, but as you might be able to tell, I kind of have no life these days and hence am running low on blog ideas. So the other day I was watching Gossip Girl (“How to Succeed in Bassness”) and drooling over Serena van der Woodsen’s (played by Blake Lively) a-ma-zing top:

"Damn straight this shirt is awesome"

"You did NOT just diss the shirt... Dress... Thing."

It’s a Nanette Lepore Darjeeling Dress in Ebony. I think the design is really fun and suits her physique and personality quite well. (Then again, it’s Blake Lively. She can wear a tye-dyed tablecloth and still look hot. As long as you don’t focus on her face.)

So then the other other day I was watching How I Met Your Mother (“Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap”), and what do you know, Robin Scherbatsky (played by Cobie Smulders) is working the Plum version:


Barney has a great expression here


Screw Call of Duty, I want *that* game for Christmas

I don’t usually notice the fashion behind TV shows, but the bead pattern on the front is so gorgeously distinct. This of course prompted me to squee like a fangirl then sigh wistfully over how well both of these leading ladies strutted their stuff. I must be starting to take a fancy towards all things shiny, bejeweled, sparkly, glittery, sequined, and embellished.

I am a bit divided on this. I like the rich plum colour a lot more, but I wish Robin wore her hair up (just this once, come on!) to show off the flattering neckline cut. Serena did, but that frizz in her lazy ponytail kinda makes it seem like she’s fresh off a toasting session on the electric chair. Penny Poll for your thoughts?

Who better razzles your dazzle?

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Emmys 2009 and other bits

On Sunday night I was studying. Okay that’s a lie; I was actually live-streaming the Emmys with the untouched Economics volume propped up in front of me. Neil Patrick Harris is awesome. I don’t usually watch awards shows, but unexpected things happen sometimes *coughKANYEcough*. The awards themselves and finding out the winners don’t really interest me, but I was really impressed with the red carpet fashions. Olivia Wilde was the winner for me – Marchesa does painfully beautiful chiffon. Also I wish I had more free time ’cause now I want to watch 30 Rock and Mad Men.

I will need to chain myself to my books when I’m not at work, so there’s nothing really to look forward to until after my exam. My only forms of entertainment will be the odd TV show (HIMYM and TBBT premiered last night!), and I will live vicariously through my newsfeeds. Tokyo Game Show 2009 begins on Thursday, so here’s hoping for some interesting gaming news. I was scoping out their site and came across this floorplan. If you look on the bottom right where the international pavilions are, you can see that the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade will be represented there. If they mentioned I might get to go to TGS, who knows, I may just have accepted their job offer :P The gaming world is abuzz with yesterday’s big release of Halo 3: ODST (apparently there was even some kind of event going down at the Fermenting Cellar), but there are quite a few good DS games I need to play:

  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. I loved Curious Village, and this one’s turning out to be pretty good too. Except I don’t really care for the mini-games (the camera/tea/cat stuff is so annoying). I think I’m close to the middle of the game, but I refuse to pick it up again before CFA exam cause it’s super addictive :(
  • Scribblenauts. I’ve read so many great reviews, and the gameplay intrigues me so I’ll have to check it out.
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. It comes out on the 29th. I shouldn’t even have to justify why this is on my list.

Aaaaaand I just wanted to highlight a few finance-related articles that caught my interest:

How I Met Your Mother

God I love this show. I spent the first couple weeks of this term glued to How I Met Your Mother. I don’t know why I never watched it earlier. The characters are so endearing because they go through so much and are naturally flawed. The whole “flashback” scheme just works somehow. The jokes never get old (yes, even the constant Canada-dissing). And Barney Stinson is officially the best sitcom character…like…ever. Actually, I think the show would kind of suck without Barney. Neil Patrick Harris is genius. After watching this show, all other sitcoms just seem kind of blah. If you’ve never seen HIMYM, go watch it nowwwwww!