Posts Tagged ‘pickford’

Caillou, Let’s Talk …

June 21, 2013

My little girl LOVES the PBS show, “Caillou.”


I, however, do NOT. I have quite a bone to pick with that fictional, bald 4-year-old. He teaches her terrible things!!


Source: Comic Vine

Let’s start with the most minute detail – he eats sweets. All. The. Time. In like every episode he’s stuffing his mouth with some kind of sweet, sugary substance!


Source: PBS / “Caillou”

When Lily sees Caillou nomming away on cookies … what do you think she, in turn, wants? A FREAKIN’ COOKIE!


OK, so this is cake, but you get my point. Caillou eats that, too. Little deviant.

But that’s the least of my concerns. Caillou also likes to THROW FITS. It’s even in the opening song for cryin’ out loud!

“Growing up is not so tough, except when I’ve had enough.”


Source: “Caillou”

And Caillou’s mom must be one of those new-age only positive reinforcement types of moms because he’ll be screaming and throwing fits and she’s just like, “now, Caillou.” Then the elderly narrator kicks in, “But Caillou didn’t want to share.” And he doesn’t!!! Lily plays “make believe” with her grandma and pretends to be Caillou. She won’t share with grandma, who she is pretending is Rosie! THAT’S THE GAME SHE MADE UP FROM THE SHOW. Ahhhh!


Source: How To Be a Dad

She also learns terribly annoying habits from the little monster. She learned “Are we there yet?” from one episode … and guess what she asked the ENTIRE way to the store? IT WAS NOT CUTE.

So, if you want your child to grow up to be a bratty bald child who doesn’t share and constantly eats oreos … be my guest. Oh, speaking of Oreos …


Source: Oreo

New watermelon flavor? Yes, please. We can ask Caillou how they taste. He’s probably had a box or two by now. Don’t ask his family, though, he wouldn’t share it with them.




iLost my iPhone and iGot it back…

March 24, 2011

Here’s the story, since I’ve had many-a-comment asking me what the heck happened.  I lost my phone Tuesday a little after noon. I figured I had just left it at home. Upon arriving home and looking for it at the last place I swore I had it, I was sent in a searching spree. It wasn’t in the kitchen, wasn’t in my room, wasn’t in living room–wasn’t even in a hot chocolate box (yeah,  I found it there once).

You can get one for yourself, here.

The next day Mom called the AT&T store on her way home from work. She asked the person if there had been any outgoing phone calls since noon the day before. The AT&T rep, apparently a n00b, says yes. We deactivate my phone. Then I chime in, “Well, can he tell us the numbers that were called?”

Here’s my first AT&T Representative. Doesn’t look like he knows what he’s doing, does he?

Couresy: Flickr

I call back and a different rep. answers. He walks me through how to set up an online account to check the outgoing/incoming call activity. After twenty minutes on my almost-dial-up home connection, I have an account. But guess what? It takes 2-5 days for most recent activity to show up. Sigh.

So… I call again. And representin’ women power, this time around I find a woman rep. who actually helps. She says there were no outgoing calls–only incoming. She re-activates my phone. THEN, she says there’s a way to track your iPhone, even if you have nothing installed on your iPhone before you’ve lost it.

That third AT&T Rep had my back!

Courtesy: In Your Shoes

It’s called AT&T Family Map, and it’s actually a sneaky way for parents to stalk their children. First month is free.  I signed up and lo-and-behold! It showed my phone was on a boat dock about fifteen miles from my house! It said the accuracy was within 1.3 miles. HA! So there was an iPhone thief on my hands!

So my mother, brother and I decide to be straight up gangstas. We’re gonna go catch that phone-nabbin’ thief! I mean, just look at us–we’re scary, right?


So we hop in the van and are on our way! Pretty much as soon as we hit gravel we knew we were in for an off-road adventure. Next come the “DO NOT ENTER”, “PRIVATE PROPERTY” signs. Then…we hit the trailer park. A really, really janky, scary-looking trailer park.

We are only momentarily deterred, however, for THERE! Lo and behold, just like on the map, is the DOCK! The dock with the alleged thief! We park the van, walk down to the dock (very bravely, I might add) and have Mom call the phone. We’re looking all over this dock, in the boats, anywhere! No such luck. Don’t hear a thing.

We then have Jacob look up the phone’s location again on his iPhone. It gave us a specific address this time. So back in the van–it’s trailer number 30. We drive up the rows of trailers… 14, 15, 31, 16… wait. Yeah, there was a misnumbered one. We joked that he moved because he figured out number 30 was a thief, too.

Courtesy: MCFTV

We finally find 30 after turning around and heading back. Mom is too much of a pansy to knock herself, so me with my pro-knocking-on-people’s-doors-to-get-interviews self does it. Well, I try to, before my mother interjects with, “Wait, Christine! Don’t get out yet! Let me turn the van around in-case we have to make a run for it!”

I finally get out of the van, I’m trying to act tough, even though I know Jacob is laughing at me. I knock on the door, put my hands on my hips, and wait for a response. No one answers. I look through the window. I knock again. By this time, three people have come out to survey what’s going on. I signal for Mom to call the phone, she does so. I don’t hear it.

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When I get back in the car, she’s going, “Hello?”

Apparently, someone answered.

“Yes, I believe you have my daughter’s phone. We GPS’d it and we’re outside now.”

We were at the wrong house.

We were on the wrong street.

We were even in the wrong neighborhood.

My phone was located half mile from my house.

We canceled AT&T’s Family Map before we even got home.

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So what exactly DID happen to my phone? Well, here’s where it gets rather amusing. I apparently left it on top of my car and drove down the road. You see, Dad asked me to empty the cooler, so I set my phone on top of my car while I did that. I also poured the water on my foot, this for which he made fun of me. I then, consequently, forgot about my phone and drove down the road.

The lady just happened to be checking her mail when Mom called. She saw something light up in the grass by her mailbox. She answered. Thank God!

My case was gone, it must have shattered when my phone hit the ground, but it saved my phone itself, so I almost feel like building it a little orange iPhone case shrine.

I hope the iGods treat my case well.

Courtesy: Flickr

So, it wasn’t a thief.

It was just me being dumb…and AT&T’s Family Map utterly failing.

Courtesy: PC World

At least Mary Pickford didn’t have to worry about setting her phone on a car and driving away…they all had cords!

Courtesy: Flickr

Hey, Baby. What’s Your (New) Sign?

January 14, 2011

The internet has been in a tizzy – some are having panic attacks, while others couldn’t care less. The news? The Zodiac has -gasp- CHANGED! Oh no! The world is crumbling, I can’t see straight and I’m dizzy!

Before you make a pact with your fellow ex-Pisces to just end it all now, let me explain. You are still a Pisces, Aries, Gemini –whatever.

However, before I reveal to you why, let’s meet this cantankerous “new” (not really) constellation: Ophiuchus.

Image  Courtesy: East Bay Astro

Here’s his story – and like all the other zodiacs, he has more than one. I’m just going to stick with this one. The moral of the story is the same as any — don’t piss off a God. If you do, bad things happen. Ask Cassiopeia.

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Once upon a time, there lived a God named Apollo — who knocked up a human. Surprise. She became pregnant… surprise. She began dating someone else and, surprise, Apollo wasn’t too keen on the idea. So, naturally, she was set on fire and the baby was cut out of her.

What? That’s a perfectly natural response.

Anyway, Apollo, out of the goodness of his heart, decided to save his baby. You’ll never guess who it was!


Since he was a demi-God, he possessed powers. He is often associated with snakes because he could ‘shed old skin’ and become new again. More or less – he could grant mere mortals the gift of eternal life. The Gods weren’t happy and Zeus thunderbolted the crap out of him.

Courtesy: Mlahanas

But wait! There’s more!

Apollo raised his son from the dead and he eventually became the God of healing and medicine.

For the other stories associated with Ophiuchus — Time’s article is worth a read.

So now that you know who this Ophiuchus guy is, let’s get to the juicy stuff, shall we?

Why doesn’t my astrology sign change?!

Your sign doesn’t change because we Westerners don’t follow the typical Zodiac chart. This shouldn’t be a surprise, we don’t follow the typical anything…metric system, anyone?

We base ours around the seasons and not the alignment of the stars. If we did, we probably would have gotten the memo that the stars alignment changed, oh, around 3,000 years ago.

If we were 3,000 years old, we’d look pretty nasty…

Courtesy: Ikbis

Here’s the scoop, and CNN phrased it best (I added the emphasis):

“But before astrology fans scrape the ink from their arms because they think they’re now a Virgo instead of a Libra, they should consider this: If they adhered to the tropical zodiac – which, if they’re a Westerner, they probably did – absolutely nothing has changed for them.

That’s worth rephrasing: If you considered yourself a Cancer under the tropical zodiac last week, you’re still a Cancer under the same zodiac this week.

That’s because the tropical zodiac – which is fixed to seasons, and which Western astrology adheres to – differs from the sidereal zodiac – which is fixed to constellations and is followed more in the East, and is the type of zodiac to which the Star Tribune article ultimately refers.

Two zodiacs. That’s nothing new.”


We can all stop freaking out now. At least I don’t have to figure out what to do with the Pisces symbol tattooed on the inside of my lip. Phew.




Courtesy: We Are Stars



What Lovely Weather…

June 8, 2010

Today I am working my web shift for my Capstone. The weather is … well, look for yourself.

I took this right outside KOMU. I’ve actually learned something about people and the weather today, though. Our website views were around 200…a streak of lightning followed by its booming thunder streaked across the sky. The number on our site rose to over 1,000. Whoa. People. Care. About. The. Weather.

Thanks to for this one.

In other news, I went to Chicago this weekend – woo-hoo! It was my good friend Emily’s 21, so Andrew and I drove the 9-hour trek to make sure she had fun! Here’s a picture of the windy city itself, taken at Navy Pier.

The Windy CityInterestingly enough, my Irish-bred and Chicago-raised friend told me it isn’t called “The Windy City” because of actual wind, but because of all the hot air the politicians blow out over the city.

An article from the Huffington Post agrees, but also says the claim is controversial. Read it, here.

So, of course, I found the USA Today article mentioned in the Huffington Post… it claims the reason it’s called The Windy City is unknown. It says the windiest city in the nation is actually in Kansas.

Speaking of older movies, let’s go back even further and talk about my obsession with Mary Pickford… I usually put a picture of her after every post, but I don’t think I’ve ever explained why.

Let’s do that, shall we?

I won’t start with the boring facts, let’s get right into the nitty-gritty of why she’s important to the film industry even today. You know those little things called ‘camera angles’? Well, she helped bring them to modern cinema.

Audiences of the silent films thought they weren’t getting their entire money’s worth if they didn’t see the actor from head to toe. Pickford helped changed that and often incorporated different angles in her films.

She also created United Artists with Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin. She was the highest paid actress of her time and also won an Academy Award the first year it was given for a talking film.

She was the first superstar, the first to feel the fall from movie fame and the woman who, as titled in a 1997 biography, made Hollywood.

To check out the book, click here. Pickford also wrote an auto-bio called Sunshine and Shadow, which I’ve had the delight to read. Click here for that one.

For more info on Pickford, check it out, here.

See you next week!




June 1, 2010

The title, #jenclass, is a Twitter hash tag I use when referencing my still new Capstone class. If you were on Twitter, it would go something like this:

Webbing away for #jenclass!

Twitter records all the “#jenclass'” hashes and you can see who else has referenced it by using this tool.

But, enough with the nerdy stuff. Let’s talk movies. More specifically, let’s talk Harry Potter. Oh, wait… that brings me back into nerd realm, doesn’t it?

Oh, well!

So, Daniel Radcliffe’s (Harry Potter) movie BFF, Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) is apparently embarrassed by his younger self in the Potter movies. He didn’t say it was his acting…but his…


I could see that. As adorable as I, personally, thought the squeaking was, I can see how he can look back now and be a little embarrassed by it. I thought it made the movie, but to each their own.

P.S. Info obtained from, here.

I think that’s all I have for you today.

But, wait! There’s more! I’ve also launched my new, professional website! Check it out, here! I’m still working on the vid resume/resume.

Since I’m not distracted, I was browsing the web and found a new cure for cancer that could be available in vaccine form soon! I’ve never tried to embed video in WordPress before, so let’s see how this works out! So far, it has worked on 100% of mice.

Have a great work week!


Adventures in the Snow…

December 9, 2009

I was singing “let it snow, let it snow, let is snooow!”

Until I was in it. Yes, submerged in the snow in Moberly, Missouri for a live shot. Just how cold was it, you might ask? Well… cold enough to freeze the live truck. So cold, in fact, the live truck is still sitting in Moberly because we could not get the mast down. Here’s how it went down:

1. Missed call around 12:30 a.m.

2. Answered call at 2:38 a.m.

3. Was informed I was going to do a live shot in Moberly.

4. Got up, got dressed, got ready…

5. Drove to Moberly.

6. Proceeded to freeze.

7. Set up live shot equipment with the truck operator, Josh.

8. Couldn’t feel my fingers.

9. Did a live shot around 5 a.m.

10. Lips went numb so I couldn’t say my last name correctly on the air.

11. Lost feeling in my toes.

12. Got reprimanded by salt truck men because we parked in an inconvenient spot for them.

13. Cleaned up all live truck equipment.

14. Re-set up live truck equipment. We realized the live truck mast wouldn’t go back down so we couldn’t move like the MoDOT men asked.

15. Lost the feeling in my face.

16. Tried unsuccessfully two more times to do a live shot, but the frigid temperatures prevented us from having a good audio connection with the station.

17. Died.

18. Was revived.

19. Received class credit.


To watch the chaos, click here. I am the second half – the one about to be blown away.

Have a frosty day – drive carefully!


November 21, 2009

As promised, here is a list of all the current cats we have:

1. Babybun

2. Kat

3. Onyx

4. Clairvoyant

5. Dusty

6. Slinky

7. M-U

8. Tasuki (Taz)

9. Patches

10. Citrus

11. A.C.E. (Attack Cat Extraordinaire)

12. Lisa

13. Twilight (named before the books, thank you)

14. Eclipse

15. Socks

16. Naughty

17. Nice

18. Lump of Coal

19. Sneakers

20. Amelia Pickford

21. Bagheera

22. Tiger

Our 18-year old baby Sylvia passed away the summer of ’09. 😥 At least she was happy and curled up in a blanket by out sunny window when she passed on. She is now in kitty heaven!


And what good would a blog be without pictures? Yes, you may officially call me a crazy old cat lady now…

1. Babybun

Babybun is my baby! I have had him since I was 7. My Gma even wrote him an ode…I may put that at the end of the post. We got Bunny from my stepbrother. He was keeping some cats at his apartment illegally and when they found out, they were evicted (the cats at least), so we took him!

He's my #1.
He’s my #1.

2. Kat

How we got Kat and Onyx is an interesting story. The day their mother had them, she was hit by a car. We literally raised them from birth! Kat was the runt and Mom wasn’t sure he would make it through the night, but he did and now he is one of our biggest kitties!

Named after my friend, Katherine.
Named after my friend, Katherine.

3. Onyx

Kat’s sister. This picture is when she was just a baby! It is also my favorite stone and a character in a book I have been working on since 8th grade. 🙂

She thought this was the coolest toy!
She thought this was the coolest toy!

4. Clairvoyant

Claire is my cat from college. One night it was storming and my roommate, Jenn, and I heard a meowing in the night. We opened up our sliding glass door and in ran Claire. He just made himself at home and has been part of the family ever since!

He loves boxes!
He loves boxes!

5. Dusty

Dusty is also 18, she is my Grandma’s cat who lives with us! She’s very picky about what she eats and throws a fit if Kat or Onyx get in the room. She protests by going under the bed and pooping. Lovely…

My Grandma's kitty.
My Grandma’s kitty.

6. Slinky

We got Slinky from one of my best friends, Sadie. She didn’t look like she was going to make it, but she is a healthy, beautiful kitten now!

One of our newest babies.
One of our newest babies.

Here is one of my besties, Sadie, who gave Slinky to me!

We've been best friends since we were 5!
We’ve been best friends since we were 5!

7. M-U

We got M-U from one of my little brother’s friends, Dustin. He was moving away with his mom and no longer allowed to keep her. So, of course, we took her in. She and Slinky are best friends.

It stands for Mizzou!

Here is a picture of Jacob, my little brother.

Always the charming one…

8. Tasuki (Taz)

I named Taz back when I was into this anime/manga series, Fushigi Yuugi. He was one of the main characters on the show.

Here is a picture of Tasuki the character and Tasuki the cat…

Tasuki the Fushigi Yuugi charcter and Tasuki our kitty!
Tasuki the Fushigi Yuugi charcter and Tasuki our kitty!

9. Patches

Patches is the brother of another one of kitties we lost to a car accident. His name was Boots. Patches had kittens with Eclipse (Twilight, Sneakers and Socks). Socks was named after Patches brother, Boots, as they look identical!

We rescued Patches and his siblings from a flea-infested house.
We rescued Patches and his siblings from a flea-infested house.

10. Citrus

Citrus is Patches’ arch nemesis for whatever reason. We found him by a dumpster at Rick’s C-Store here at the Lake. Another little kid was trying to coo him into the car, but he ran. When I tried, he came right to me and curled up in my lap!

Mom calls him our little "Junk Yard" kitty
Mom calls him our little “Junk Yard” kitty

11. A.C.E. (Attack Cat Extraordinaire)

ACE is my Mom’s baby, she likes to “hold him like a baby”, where she curls him on his back and cradles him like a small child. The crazy thing? He loves it!

Mom holding Ace like "a baby".
Mom holding Ace like “a baby”.

12. Lisa

Lisa came from my old friend Shelby. She plead her case to my mother…they were moving and her Mom was either going to just leave them there or take them to the pound. We couldn’t let that happen…so lovely Lisa became our own!

Lisa was hit by a car and survived!
Lisa was hit by a car and survived!

13. Twilight (named before the books, thank you)

Twilight is a sweet, slinky (and fast!) kitty. He is one of Eclipse’s sons.

14. Eclipse

Eclipse is the big mama of Socks, Sneakers, Twilight, Lump of Coal, Naughty and Nice. Then we got her spaid.

Jacob affectionately named her “Queen Latifah”.

15. Socks

Socks came to us from Eclipse and Patches. He was named after Patches brother, Boots, who looks just like him! Boots is on the left, Socks is on the right. Our little Bootsie passed away when he was hit by a car. They didn’t even stop. 😥

Boots, "Socks' Uncle", is on the left.  Socks in on the right.
Boots, “Socks’ Uncle”, is on the left. Socks in on the right.

16. Naughty

Naughty is one of Eclipse’s sons, he and the next two are more ‘garage’ cats and they are hard to snap pictures of! He is tiger striped like Patches.

17. Nice

Nice is one of Eclipse’s daughters. She is also tiger striped.

18. Lump of Coal

Coal is black and white, he got his coat from his mama, Eclipse.

19. Sneakers

Sneakers is Socks’ brother. He looks more like his papa, Patches.

Socks' brother and Patches son.
Socks’ brother and Patches son.

20. Amelia Pickford
Amelia is the second cat that goes to college with me. She was born on April 20, 2009. She is one of the cutest kittens I have ever seen and poses in the most un-cat like poses I’ve ever seen! She also likes to climb into anything she can fit!

21. Bagheera

Named after the black panther from Disney’s The Jungle Book (

We recently got “Bags” from my friends Brady and Kaitlin.

22. Tiger

Tiger is another one of Eclipse’s. We haven’t been able to catch him yet, but he has the prettiest coat I have ever seen!


Well, this post was a few months in the making! Sorry gang, hope you weren’t hanging by a thread or anything. 🙂

Until next time,


The Surgery of Knee.

June 4, 2009

Hey gang!
Long time no update…sorry about that! I had knee surgery May 28. Want to see some pictures? Sure you do! I wil give you all a warning, what you are about to see may make some queasy. There are also some pics of some kitties benefitting (I looked this up and it turns out this word, benefiting, can be spelled with one ‘t’ or two! Interesting!) from me being stuck in bed. Here we go!

I have decided to make a “True Friends” list. The list is comprised of people who visited me during my bed rest. You will be surprised of what a person stuck in a bed for most of the 24 hours does to keep herself entertained. I have started making crafts…this should scare you. I have also figured out a way to turn on light switches with my crutches and read two books from the Twilight series in two days.

Twilight and New Moon, the first two books of the Twilight series.

They are about 700 pages each. I have also bonded with the cats. All 20 of them. Yes, you read that right.

Our little kitty, Onyx.

🙂 Next post I will make a list of all of our cats and try to get pictures of them all. This will be a big project, but…what else do I have to do but watch movies and weave my crafts?

Until next time,

One day I can stand again, too!

Ai Shiteru…

April 30, 2009
My picture for one of my KOMU stories

My picture for one of my KOMU stories

Did you like my little confession to the profession of journalism up there?  My worries from last week are gone!  This is exciting because I feel like I am back on track to becoming the journalist I would like myself to be.  Last week I was slightly distraught because I had trouble with my first assignment at KOMU.  Since then I have done three more and am able to use the software with much more ease.  Another exciting thing?  News at the state Capitol last night!

I usually work in Jefferson City Mondays and Tuesdays, but I swapped this week so I could do a package for KOMU.  I went in to the Capitol on Wednesday this week and guess what happened?  I finished with my radio stories for the day (they were on a bill about motorcycles high and low beams, read them here) when the Governor announced he was holding a 6 p.m. meeting about the swine flu.  My editor, Phill Brooks, immediately climbed into his excited shoes and began ranting about how the first case of swine flu must be in Missouri.  Some of my co-workers were  a bit skeptical, but it turns out Phill was right!  Instead of going home, I began to Twitter, Facebook and blog about the night’s events for the next two hours!  Two of our reporter’s went to the Gov’s meeting and were updating us as the words were spilling from Nixon’s mouth.  What an exciting use of technology to get the word out to people right as it was happening!

At KOMU this and part of last week, I’ve done two more stories.  One was on a presentation about the forgotten Ioway tribe which once reigned Missouri and the other was on a growing and disturbing new 21st century addiction:  internet addiction.  Read and watch my story about the Ioway here and read/watch my story about internet addiction, here.

I am still sick, but it is now confined to just my nasty cough. I finished my strep medicine yesterday morning, but I think it may be something else since I am not 100% yet. I missed my Broadcast 2 class this morning (sorry Greeley!) to rest and hopefully feel good enough to go to class by 1 today. Speaking of, I better get on the move since it is about 12:12 now.

Until next week,
Christine Slusser

It’s A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood…

April 23, 2009

It really feels like spring today!  Other than my sniffles, I am enjoying the weather!  I have my second VO Patrol shift tonight from 6-11 at the station.  To be honest, my first experience scared me.  I did not like it and this is a major concern since this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.  I just did not know how to use the software.  I turned in my final story at 9:56 (it was due at 10) and the stress actually gave me a headache.  I hope my second one goes better and that I can use the software with at least a tiny bit more ease. Click here to read the online version of my first story. If you look to the right of it, you can also watch the video that was aired on the 10 p.m. news.

Unfortunately for me, allergy season is here.  What is even more unfortunate is the fact that I have strep throat on top of that and the flu.  Ouch.


In other news, I am a youth group/Sunday school teacher for Wilkes Boulevard UMC. They were featured in the Columbia Missourian for their trip out to Heifer Ranch. Read it, here.
Here is the picture featured in the article:
Courtesy of the Columbia Missourian

Other major news? Most of the computers in the broadcast lab are not working. I just have a feeling that today will not be my cup of tea. My electricity got shut off (ouch), I have tried about 20 computers and none of them are working, and the one I find that does work does not have a working printer. Grr. I suppose it could be worse…


I could look like this…

Have a great day for me,

I feel like my head is a little detached from my body today, too.  Courtesy