Saw a whole bunch of deer on my way home from work. Crazy! #statenisland
24/28: February Photo-A-Day Challenge
Steve E. Blatz Architect LoftThanks to Open House New York, my boyfriend and his parents, I was able to visit and learn about a lot of incredible spaces and buildings in New York. This was one of my favorites.
I’d love this apartment!
Isn’t he just adorable?
Allison is really enjoying the #PuppyBowl. #dogsofinstagram #dogsofig #cockerspaniel #cocker
Well, if this isn’t the most adorable wedding proposal ever…
The Outs at PaleyFest: Made In NY
Back in October my boyfriend dragged a very sick Brandon to The Paley Center for an event we were both very excited for: An interview of the cast and crew of The Outs. Above is a clip from the event where you can catch a glimpse (twice!) of me and my boyfriend’s arm (we’re way too excited about this).
Since we are such huge fans of the web series (we did create a tour of the shooting locations used), sitting so close to the people responsible for our new favorite show was an amazing experience. Having a background in film, I was very pleased to learn more about the co-writers Adam Goldman and Sasha Winters and just how their Kickstarter project turned into a household name (at least in the GLBT community).
What really resonated with me that night was Tommy Heleringer’s comments on his journey as an actor. Apparently he had decided to quit acting before getting a role on The Outs, and having seemingly failed at his dream he was in a bad place. I know how it feels to feel lost on your career path, but also how things can change quickly and unexpectedly. Since Tommy’s character, Paul “Scruffy,” is one of my favorite characters from the series, my heart went out to him and was glad for his success from the show.
L-R: Doug Anderson, Jay Gillespie, Tommy Heleringer, Hunter Canning, Sasha Winters, Adam Goldman, and John Cameron Mitchell
While the spotlight was obviously on the cast and crew, it was really interesting to hear from John Cameron Mitchell, who moderated the evening. He is the director of Shortbus and the writer of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (which my boyfriend and I are planning to see later this year).
After the interview the third episode of the team’s new series, Whatever This Is, was screened. The event was very enjoyable, and I look forward to attending future NYC events by The Paley Center.
And while my boyfriend and I stayed afterwards for a good 15 minutes to try and work up the courage to talk to any of the members of the cast and crew, we decided we would be cowardly lions instead. Oh well, there’s always next time!
The Gay Best Friend
Somewhere around two months ago, I drove my boyfriend and I to Long Island for a double feature screening at the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. I was super excited because one of the feature films was Geography Club, and I had written a review of the book it was based off of. The film, like the book, was no great shakes but made for nice, light, entertainment. However, the other feature film (G.B.F.) and the additional short film (Boygame) were very well-executed and very enjoyable.
For the purposes of this post, I’ll be talking about G.B.F., since out of the three films it was the most entertaining and I’m happy to share that it is now available in the U.S. on Video on Demand and it appears to be rolling out in select theaters (none in New York, currently, according to the official Facebook page).
I had actually heard some buzz about G.B.F. before finding out it would be screened at the LIGLFF, but had never seen a trailer or read a description until I was purchasing tickets. The trailer, which you can view here is what sealed the deal for me.
I mean, look at that cast! Michael J. Willet (United States of Tara), Paul Iacono (The Hard Times of RJ Berger), Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives), Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), and many others appear in the film. Quite a few reviews from critics are comparing G.B.F. to Mean Girls but I don’t think that’s fair. While there are some small similarities (as there would be in almost any high school comedy), I believe that making comparisons like that will keep people from seeing this film.
Michael J. Willet and Paul Iacono were fantastic. I was very excited to see more of Michael after his small part on United States of Tara. While most will also give (well-deserved) praise to Sasha Pieterse and Andrea Bowen, I have to say that Xosha Roquemore (Precious) as Caprice was hysterically and made it easy to fall in love with her character.
Plus reading this interview that screenwriter George Northy did for Brightest Young Things makes me that much more interested in and hopeful for his future in screenwriting. His experience with this film and how it ultimately turned out actually gives me that extra push to start writing again. You never know what a story can turn into or where it can go.
If you have the ability to watch G.B.F. either in theaters or on Video on Demand, I definitely recommend it.
I recently became aware that the last time I listed my favorite iOS apps was back in 2012, so I’ve decided a new list was very overdue. Some apps have made it back onto the list, while others have been knocked off to make room for new ones.
1o. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse - iPad/iPhone - $9.99
When I was younger, I used to love to play Disney’s World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck on Sega Genesis with my dad. So I was excited to find out that the games’ predecessor, Castle of Illusion was remade into an iOS app. Unfortunately, the app isn’t compatible with my iPad 2 (though it will work on newer models) but I can play it on my iPhone 5. I haven’t had too much time to really sit down and fully enjoy the game, but I’ve loved the levels I’ve played so far. Check to see if your device is compatible before purchasing.
o9. Delivery Status - iPad/iPhone - $4.99
This app has had a few changes since I included it on the last list, but it is still well worth the download. It started out as a Mac OSX Dashboard widget, and was one of the first widgets downloaded to my old Macbook. If you’re in need of a reliable delivery tracker for your packages, I definitely recommend this app.
o8. Cartwheel by Target - iPad/iPhone - free
Okay, okay. Let me start off by saying that I do work part-time at Target. However, if I didn’t, I probably would have no idea this app existed unless I was told by a team member or saw a sign in the store. Many people are unfortunately unaware about this app. Here’s how it works: Sign up with an e-mail or your Facebook account, browse for products or scan barcodes, and if a product you plan on purchasing has a Cartwheel coupon, show your Cartwheel barcode to your cashier. It’s really simple and can definitely help you save a few bucks. Plus, because you can scan barcodes, it is super easy to scan all your products with the app before getting on line to see if you can get a percentage off your total.
o7. Shazam - iPhone - free
Shazam is definitely a huge favorite of mine because you can launch it when you’re watching TV, listening to the radio, at a party, or virtually anywhere your device’s microphone can pick up recorded music. Now if you’re unable to figure out who is singing or what the song is to download for later, this app finds out for you. So simple.
o6. Flow Free - iPad/iPhone - free
My boyfriend’s roommate was playing this on her Kindle one night and I ended up downloading it on my iPad and can’t stop playing. I tend to get fed up with games after awhile, but I’m absolutely addicted to this game. It’s puzzle based, and if you enjoyed those maze games growing up this might be a good app for you. You have to connect two dots of the same color, without breaking any other connections. There are different packs of varying difficulties, so it’s hard to get tired of this app.
o5. Seamless - iPad/iPhone - free
I probably use this app more than I should. There aren’t many places to order from using the app where I live, but when the weather outside is frightful, it’s really helpful to order with a credit card when visiting my boyfriend in Brooklyn. One reason why I prefer this app over other similar ones is because they tend to email you coupon codes a lot more often than their competition.
o4. Foursquare - iPhone - free
I’m a big fan of Foursquare - to the point where if I lose a mayorship it can and has ruined my day. Sure, I haven’t been to the bank in a month or so but I am the mayor, how dare you try to take that from me? I know - I’m getting carried away. But it’s nice because you’ll get badges (for bragging rights) and sometimes you’ll get special promotions such as a coupon to use towards your next purchase or special treatment once you’re the mayor.
o3. Snapchat - iPhone - free
If you hadn’t heard about Snapchat before, you probably have now because of their recent security breach. It’s not a big deal for me, because all it seems to have done is match your username with your phone number. If you can look past that (and you should, since they will undoubtedly be getting better security) it might be worth it. They’ve added new filters and it’s a great way to have some fun with friends. Take a photo or video and send it to your friends list and in a certain period of time it will disappear.
o2. Instagram - iPad/iPhone - free
They’re trying to copy Snapchat with the addition of sharing photos/videos privately which is disappointing because the main draw for me is sharing publicly. Even if you keep your account private, it’s still the sharing that makes this app so enjoyable. Share photos and connect it with your Foursquare account to give a fresh photographic take of your favorite coffee shop, or show a short video of that great concert from last night. Some people are more creative than others, but no matter who you follow it’s still interesting to see what people post (unless, of course, it’s just their lunch).
o1. Battle Camp - iPad/iPhone - free
I’m not a big gamer by any means, but my boyfriend kept playing this and it seemed like a blend of Pokemon and Candy Crush Saga. Obviously, my interest was piqued. However, he says it’s a mixture of World of Warcraft and Pokemon - but that was lost on me. I think it’s a fun game because you have to move gems around a board to combine 3 or more of the same elemental type. Then matching element will then be used as a weapon against a monster in the battle. There are quests (which are easier than most games, which is perfect for me). However, you have energy or lives that must be refilled (and gifted to and from friends) so you can’t play for too long. For me, it’s great to fill up time where you aren’t very busy and just need a short break.