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The Disneyfication Project is an idea I put on hold for a few weeks while all of this SOPA/PIPA stuff went on because if these two pieces of legislation passed, well, the point in doing this would have been moot. That and I got sick then pretty busy. You know how that goes.

Then we got good news today, and I decided to say, forget about the worry. I've been wanting to get this off the ground for a while.

The Disneyfication Project aims at cataloging the changes that Disney makes to a work when they adapt it for a feature. Some people see this as a bad thing, and others don't really care. The reason this is done is that Walt Disney's vision was to make quality family entertainment, which meant some things would have to change from books. Not everything would translate well to film, and not everything would be family friendly. In any case, sometimes the differences are miniscule, and sometimes the differences are gigantic.

I have decided to take on the task of going through the Disney films and shorts and writing about the changes made. I also would like to direct people to the original source material. I think it would be interesting to see these kinds of things laid out.

So I've started. I'm trying to think of a good website design while I've already dug into some works. I'm looking forward to doing more work on it and getting some things done!
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Normally movies based around a character who is, well, an idiot, so to speak, are annoying and play up the main character as having zero idea as to what is going on around him. While Paul Rudd's character Ned Rochlin isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, he isn't a complete moron either. His character just wants to see the good in everyone, really, and that affects the way he perceives situations and people. For example, the movie is set into motion when he is arrested because he sells a police officer drugs since the officer claims he has had a tough week, and the job is getting to him.

When Ned is released early because of his good behavior, he heads back home where he is passed around by his sisters who want to help him but are hesitant to let him stay with them because he's that family member. As Ned travels between each of their homes, he uncovers secrets that each of them have and exposes them. Each family member must face their own problems and help Ned overcome his.

I do appreciate that Ned's character isn't completely stupid. You can see why he's so naive, and I think that's a major difference between a character like Paul Rudd's Ned and one like David Spade's Joe Dirt. Overall, I found the movie very enjoyable. If you like a good comedy, I suggest giving it a try.
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I finished Bon Jovi's When We Were Beautiful the other day. Actually, it only took about a day to read the whole thing. I just read a couple of pages then set it down on Monday. I might be a bit biased in how much I liked it because I am a big Bon Jovi fan, but I also think that's who would appreciate this book the most. That might seem silly to say, but I think there are some books you can read just for information because you want to know something about a band and then some books you read because you like the band.

When We Were Beautiful gives some insight into the band members' thoughts at different points in its history. The book is mostly comprised of photographs taken at different shows and places the band has visited. Aside from the introduction, all of the written content is by Jon, Richie, David, and Tico. I like this because while they talk about how grateful they are and how amazing it all is, they also hit on the realities. The hiatus, how the band got back together, things like that. There isn't an author taking only what he or she deems the "good parts" and inflating them. And I like that.

The reason I say this is more for the Bon Jovi fan (or someone who just likes to stare at Jon) is the fact that it's mostly pictures. If you're looking for an extensive autobiography, you're not getting it here. It mostly expands on things fans of the band would likely already know. However, if you are a fan, I think you'll like to read this little piece of the boys.
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2011 brought us songs of pain, empowerment, hope, love, and that one about not doing anything at all.  This is a very pop heavy list, as you can see.  I actually liked a lot of pop this year.  Keep in mind this list is incredibly biased, filled with hits, favorites, guilty pleasures, and songs I felt deserved some love and recognition.  However, I did have a couple of rules when making this list: 1) It had to be a single (Which leaves a lot of good songs out, but if I started covering songs that were on the albums only, I would have a massive list…that or the half the list would be made up of Soul Punk—I just really like this record).  2) The single had to be released in 2011.

I checked around for songs that I liked (because it’s just a silly list I came up with after all) and the songs that the music community believed were some of the best of 2011.  In total, I came up with 35 songs.  There really is no true method here.  I just like all of the songs here.  Many are mainstream, and some are gems that some people may not be familiar with.  This is not a list of the best songs of the year, just songs we found ourselves playing nonstop.  The real challenge turned out to be trying to order the songs.  Yes, I included a joke song this year.  No, it isn’t as bad as “Pants on the Ground” last year.

Instead of building the 2011 mixtape using Playlist.com this year, I’ve chosen to use Spotify since this is more stable (Playlist.com tracks have a habit of disappearing on you).  For those of you who don’t have Spotify or don’t want it, good news!  I’ve also created a visual playlist on Youtube, so you have two options.  As usual, please don’t tell me I’ve left something out.  I can’t please everyone, but you’re more than welcome to comment with which songs you loved this year.

If a song doesn’t work on either Spotify or Youtube, please let me know.

Click here for the Spotify playlist

Click here for the Youtube music video playlist

The song list:
“Tonight Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae
“Faster” by Matt Nathanson
“Never Gonna Leave This Bed” by Maroon 5
“Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé
“Rope” by the Foo Fighters
“E.T.” by Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
“I Might” by Wilco (Youtube is audio only)
“Lighters” by Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
“Science & Faith” by the Script (Youtube is audio only)
“You Make Me Feel…” by Cobra Starship feat. Sabi
“Someone Like You” by Adele (Youtube only—21 and its tracks are not available on Spotify)
“Mr. Know It All” by Kelly Clarkson
“Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” by Coldplay
“Otis” by Jay-Z and Kanye West
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People
“Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
“Price Tag” by Jesse J feat. B.o.B.
“Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum
“Countdown” by Beyoncé
“Brighter Than the Sun” by Colbie Caillat
“It Girl” by Jason Derulo
“Ni**as in Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West (Youtube is audio only)
“Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
“Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
“Ass Back Home” by Gym Class Heroes feat. Neon Hitch
“The Last Goodbye” by David Cook
“The Afterlife” by Paul Simon
“Lights” by Ellie Goulding
“The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga
“Bad as Me” by Tom Waits (Youtube is audio only)
“Not Over You” by Gavin DeGraw
“This City” by Patrick Stump feat. Lupe Fiasco
“The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars
“Uncharted” by Sara Bareilles
“Jack Sparrow” by the Lonely Island feat. Michael Bolton (Sorry, guys, I couldn’t help myself.)

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OK, so I didn't move here because of the LJ comments. I actually liked the changes they made (but am apparently in the minority). I'd been waiting for Dreamwidth to open up without invites for a while, and since they did this week, I decided to finally create an account. I don't know if the fact that usually invites are required make it seem all shiny, and I'll just abandon this is a few days. I do want to use it.

At first I thought I'd just mirror my LJ, but I decided to do something different. The only thing I'll mirror is my 2012 scrapbook and probably my 101 in 1001 list. My LiveJournal is pretty locked up. I have a few public posts over there, but not a lot. Therefore, that will stay my private area. However, I'd like to keep this space completely open. I'll use it for reviews and projects I'm working on, anything my heart desires. There will be some personal things, but since it's open, I'll be selective about it.

I'll likely mirror my graphics journal here as well since icons can be used anywhere.

A Happy Holidays to whoever comes across this post!

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