Archive for April, 2011

Migraines?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

In 1996 or so, a doctor diagnosed me with atypical migraines. ¬†Why atypical? ¬†They only occurred on the right side and there were no triggers (like red wine or chocolate). ¬†My awesome acupuncturist once tried to treat them; his normal treatment didn’t help. ¬†What did help, however, was sticking a needle straight into my temple, about an inch away from where it feels like the pain is most intense. ¬†Within seconds, the pounding, throbbing, searing pain stops immediately. ¬†It’s the craziest thing ever. ¬†He thinks it’s some kind of tension issue… ¬†I don’t know.

Anyway. ¬†Because my acupuncturist has been so awesome & helped me with my not-migraines (as well as neck and back pain in the past), I’m going to give you his info. ¬†Just call him, regardless of your ailment–he seems to have a solution for almost anything. ¬†Martin Haines,¬†626-796-9987. ¬†He’s located in Pasadena.

Movie Review: Hanna

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

It’s been movie-dud month for me. ¬†I Just got back from watching Hanna, staring some really pale blond chick and the guy from Terminator who I call Scott Baio. ¬†(Ok, it’s¬†Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana, but I’m sure you can understand my confusion.) ¬†Spoiler alert!!!

The movie sucked. ¬†It wasn’t as bad as Sucker Punch, but damn it, it wasn’t THAT far off. ¬†The plot of the movie was this: Bana plays a guy (Erik, yes, same name, lamo) who’s taking care of Hanna, played by Ronan. ¬†He’s also training her to kill people. ¬†Hanna gets all pissy that she’s in the woods–oh yeah, Erik is hiding from…something. ¬†The CIA or something, we don’t really ever find out, or if we did, I wasn’t paying attention. ¬†So back to Hanna–she decides she’s ready to leave their little cabin. ¬†So Erik lets her activate some kind of homing device. ¬†He runs away, and the CIA/whatever swoops in and takes Hanna into custody. ¬†Hanna then wreaks havoc in the holding facility, escapes, and makes it her mission to…well…I *think* it was to kill Marissa, played by Cate Blanchett, but honestly, I don’t know if that was really spelled out.

I suppose there was a plot, but there was no POINT. ¬†I’d write more, but honestly, I don’t even want to intentionally remember more about the movie.

The Sleep Experiment

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

You may have noticed; I like to perform experiments where I am the subject. ¬†(There’s a good chance that I learned this from Mythbusters; who knows.) ¬†The latest experiment is what I’m calling the “Sleep Experiment”, or more fully, the “Place My iPhone On Airplane Mode While I Sleep Experiment”.

By this point, I’m certain that you’re asking, “Why is he doing this? ¬†Has Adam discovered that he is sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, and it’s affecting him while he sleeps?” ¬†No. ¬†Something I’ve known for a while is that I’m a very light sleeper; especially sensitive to sounds. ¬†For instance, emails, texts, phone calls, pins dropping, calls dropping, and pins phoning. ¬†Putting my phone on “silent” still allows it to vibrate, which still makes noise.

My null hypothesis: the buzzing/chiming of my iPhone (and iPad) have been waking me up throughout the night undetectably (I wake up but don’t remember waking up), causing me to be √ľber tired in the morning.

Experiment: put the phone on Airplane mode and turn off the iPad while sleeping.

Result: So far, I’ve been waking up a lot more refreshed & ready to attack the day (I’ve been doing this since Monday). ¬†In fact, I woke up on my own at 6:30am today–kinda weird, but refreshing. ¬†So six mornings down. ¬†If things change, I’ll keep you posted.

Movie Review: “Sucker Punch”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Tonight, I saw “Sucker Punch“, a thriller movie starting a bunch of hot chicks. ¬†I don’t remember their names, but quite frankly, I don’t think I need to; after a movie like that, they probably won’t be in anything any time soon.

The movie opens on the death of a woman, Baby Doll’s (Emily Browning) mother. ¬†She has left her inheritance to her two daughters, leaving her husband (Baby Doll’s step father) out of the will. ¬†Aggravated, he attempts to kill/rape/who knows what to Baby Doll. ¬†When he fails, he turns to her younger sister, killing her instead. ¬†Baby Doll is blamed, and is sent to a mental institution.

At this point in the movie, I must have had a seizure, stroke, or suffered some kind of amnesia, as the mental institution is transformed into a brothel, and Baby Doll is now a dancer with a bunch of her co-whores. ¬†But when she dances, we’re treated to an awesome tour d’ force of her beating up a bunch of mythical creatures (co-whores included).

So as I understand it, Baby Doll has, as a coping mechanism, transformed the mental institution in her imagination. ¬†I still don’t know the plot. ¬†Enjoy the movie.

Oh–by the way–it sucked.

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