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Last night I was doing some studying while my friend living in Canada asks me, since he considers me a rap enthusiast, to check out this freestyle.

I’m not a big fan of Wiz Khalifa, although the tune of “Black and Yellow” is tempting, but when I heard this freestyle, it seemed pretty cool. Maybe because it’s the same music.

So, this is D-WHY, he has his own Facebook page, a Twitter handle, and his YouTube page. It’s must see/listen. He looks Middle Eastern, but I have no idea about his origins or any bio or anything since his official page doesn’t say anything (or I couldn’t see it).

Anyway, here it is:

NKOTBSB Official Poster

You know it’s a great, great time for boybands when two of the biggest acts of that genre get together and spontaneously decide to go on tour together. Yes, the internet has been buzzing with news of an upcoming tour that will bring together the first group to follow the “boyband” format, New Kids on the Block, and the highest selling group, Backstreet Boys. Some naysayers think its because both groups no longer have a steady source of income, but that’s far from the truth. Sure, they’ve gotten older, their dance moves are a bit rusty, the songs evoke good memories of simpler times but nothing more, but when this tour was announced, echoes of screaming girls (well women actually) could be heard all over the world. Just goes to show that they’ve still got it, one way or another.

I am a sucker for the Backstreet Boys and completely bummed out that I will not be able to attend any of their concerts.

Here’s what we basicallyknow about NKOTBSB:  (more…)

Cover of

Cover of Handle with Care: A Novel

The critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author, (and also my favorite author) Jodi Picolut, the mastermind behind books including “My Sister’s Keeper,” returns onto the literary scene with the captivating and incredibly touching “Handle With Care.”

The book tells the tale of Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe, who are blessed with two daughters the pre-adolescent Amelia, and five-year old Willow.  Now, while this may depict a typical family, the O’ Keefes are far from normalcy, as Willow suffers from a rare bone diseases known as Osteogensis Imperfecta (OI). This means that because Willow’s bones are so susceptible, a simple move can lead to a painful and, sometimes, nearly impossible fracture all over her body. It is because of Willow’s condition that the O’Keefes find themselves facing financial problems and the fake-sympathy of people, all while trying to provide their daughter with the best life possible given her special needs.

A trip to Disneyland and the subsequent events, however, are what set the story into action. After Willow sustains a break at the amusement park, her parents are accused of child abuse-as OI is a very rare and unknown condition-and are taken down to the precinct to undergo investigation, Sean, a cop himself, finds this incident humiliating and decides to sue Disneyland once he returns home to New Hampshire. (more…)

Chad Dylan Cooper and Sonny Munroe

Chad Dylan Cooper, the leading star of tween drama MacKenzie Falls, has just asked out Sonny Munroe, star of hit sketch comedy show So Random out on a date. The audience cheers, as this step was long overdue, then hang on the edge of their seats to see if the date will go off without a hitch or will be ruined by Sonny’s cast mates.

If you have no idea who or what I’m talking about, don’t panic. It means one of two things: Either you’re a full-blown adult or you don’t have any younger siblings, cousins, or relatives that keep you glued to Disney Channel whether you like it or not. But trust me, you’re not missing out on much. Oh and for your information, the introduction is a scene from the second season of Disney’s Sonny With A Chance , starring someone you may have accidentally heard of, Demi Lovato. (more…)

The title card for the musical comedy series G...

Title Card

A few nights ago, I finally got around to finishing the first season of the  sensational hit TV show Glee, and to be honest, I was sort of sad that there would be no new episodes until the second season premiere in September.

For those of you who haven’t been up-to-date with the latest in the television world, Glee only debuted on Fox a year ago. It’s a show about some 12 high school misfits who share a passion for show choir, lead by their equally misfit Spanish-turned-choir teacher Mr. William Schuester (Matthew Morrison). He also has to face much scrutiny from the cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) while he works out his own personal issues.

Gleeks, a combination of Glee and geeks, is the name of the show’s large fanbase, who are the major party responsible for transforming the show into a phenomenon. Their impact has been huge, but I am not surprised.

The Lost Symbol

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I had been waiting for Dan Brown’s highly anticipated book “The Lost Symbol” to come out in paperback for around a year and a half after its original release in hardcover.  The sight of the book tormented me every time I stepped into a bookstore, unable to find what I wanted. Yet a week ago, I finally got my hands on that edition and begin to read what turned out to be 600 pages worth of utter disappointment.

This time, we see Robert Langdon, renowned Harvard symbologist (which by the way does not exist in real life),  Brown’s main protagonist, in Washington D.C, trying to unlock the secrets of Freemasonry amidst the city’s architecture, art, and monuments to save his friend’s life, aided by an attractive, yet intelligent female, all while running away from the officials and the madman  who brought him there in the first place.

I won’t go into the whole plot-line, because you can easily find that online at Wikipedia or any other website, and they’re more informed than I am on that subject matter. (I still have to reread the book to get its full scope). Therefore, this post is about first and general impressions. (more…)

Long title for a blog post, isn’t it? Well actually, it’s the tagline for The Social Network, a movie about our more than just favorite website, Facebook. It was about to happen sometime. What you probably don’t know is that it’s coming to a theater near you in around October.
The movie’s premise is basically the founding of the website way back in 2004, though it seems as though the site has been around forever.

Teaser Poster: Looks Creepy

As written by Columbia pictures, the plot synopsis is this:

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

The cast is a mix of familiar faces and newcomers, including pop sensation Justin Timberlake in the role of Sean Parker, the president of Facebook Inc. Mark Zuckerberg, perhaps the most popular co-founder and current CEO of the company, is played by Jesse Eisenberg, who was most recently seen in Zombieland. Disney Channel sweetheart Brenda Song (who acts in The Suite Life series) also has a role. The movie is directed by David Fincher, of fame. The screenplay is based on Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal.

Zuckerburg and Facebook

Though it’s not one of the highly anticipated movies of the year, it’s still generated a fan base. One person who is not part of it, however, is Zuckerberg himself, who has statedthe book and its movie adapation “should have never happened.” That’s a bold statement there, Mark. Just think of how much more money you would’ve made if you had been directly affiliated with it.
Another co-founder Dustin Moscovitz stated his disapproval, though not going as far as Zuckerberg. In his opinion, and based on the trailers, the movie seems to blow the whole process out of proportion, making it more exciting than the actual reality.
I’m not exactly sure how well the movie is going to do at the box office, especially that there has been a lot of recent uproar over Facebook’s privacy settings and information sharing, so let’s just say, we will have to wait and see what the final outcome is after the movie has had its run. Look out for The Social Network in theaters near you this October. Meanwhile, here’s the trailer.

David Beckham is known for many things: his football skills, his luscious hair, his numerous brand endorsements, and former pop-star wife (who could use a few kilos). He can now add LEGO supporter to that list. Yes, you read right. LEGO, those little building blocks that we used to play with as kids and which to some people are an obsession. Well, I wouldn’t blame them, LEGOs are a great, cheap way to unleash your creativity and be entertained for hours on end.

LEGOs Number 1 Fan

Well, now one of the biggest footballers in the world has admitted that if he had not gone into his current career path, he would’ve been *gasp* a professional LEGO builder. Really? Now that’s one full-time job I’d gladly apply for if job hunting in my field doesn’t bode well, no matter what the pay is.
Of course in our world, if a celebrity, no matter what the field is, endorses something or states his/her passion for it, it becomes an instant bestseller over night. Such is the case for one of the most expensive and extensive box sets that LEGO has ever produced, the Taj Mahal. Yes, that huge tomb in India can be recreated in LEGO 😀
Turns out, Becks started building one but gave up on it when he got injured while at Milan. Now, and after his proclamation, sales for this particular set have gone up, get this, 633 PERCENT in one single day. Wow. I wish all those who bought the sets much luck and patience as they attempt to get through all the pieces and instructions.
But I’m not really surprised. Becks could get behind a piece of celery and make it seem like the most exciting thing ever.

One of the biggest Pepsi ads ever made

This is definitely one the biggest rise in sales that I have come across though there have been many of the case, like when supermodel Kate Moss designed a line for the famous English brand Topshop or when Micheal Jackson, Britney Spears, Beyonce, and others got behind Pepsi.
So, the morale of the whole story is that if you have a product you desperately want to sell, just get the nearest, biggest celebrity and just sit back and watch the product fly off the shelves.
Note: The above-mentioned step is not fail-proof. Example: Madonna and Pepsi (Google it, it’s highly interesting)

(For our dear friend Moudz, who was a major force in helping us start. Here you go buddy 🙂 )

From Moudz:

I am very excited to announce that Mind Soup was nominated for Bloggers Choice Awards ’10.

Mind Soup has been nominated for three categories: Best Blog Of All Time, Best Blog About Stuff, and Best Pop Culture Blog.

For the first category, we need around 450 votes to be in the lead, while we need 300 for the second and 100 for the third.

We would really appreciate your votes, so help us out if you can 🙂

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I’ve been trying to write this post since TnT started out but it has been incredibly difficult.

Third time's a charm

After all, how do you sum up your entire childhood and the closure to it in 500 words?
You see, even though I’ve seen Toy Story 3 around three weeks ago, the movie has had an impact on me and others of my generation like no other. I even walked out of the theater with tears in my eyes, forgetting my actual age for a moment, and allowing myself to be swept back to the time when I actually thought my toys (especially my beloved Minnie) would come to life when I left the house.
The movie in its actuality follows a fairly simple and routine-like plot-line for the trilogy and that is the toys venturing out on an adventure, only to go a bit too far, and have to find their way back home.
But this time around, the movie reflects the inevitable: growing-up, something the older fans (like me) can obviously relate to. Andy is now the one to step out of home bounds as he is going to college, like many of us. The toys are not. And in the midst of the confusion, they end up being donated to the local Day Care Center. That’s where all of the action, the comedy, the heartfelt moments come into play taking you on an hour and a half long ride that you just don’t want to come to an end.
But I’m not here to tell you the story. A lot of websites will do that for you, and even better, I recommend skipping the latest Twilight “movie” to see Toy Story 3 because nothing can compare to you seeing it.
I’m here to write just about how much we underestimate movies like this one. We are always looking for the bigger, the most expensive, and the most high-tech but they more often than one seem to disappoint us in terms of content (Ahem Avatar). But pieces like Toy Story 3 don’t come around everyday. In fact, not since the first and second movies had there been anything like it, and many thought it could not duplicate the success of its predecessors. But it has, and it has charmed everyone.
Especially the ones who watched with wide eyes as Buzz came into Andy’s room for the first time, believing he was an actual space ranger. Or memorized To infinity and beyond, a line that has become more than just a cartoonish catchphrase. Or when Woody and Buzz finally agreed to be friend, promoting You’ve Got A Friend In Me to blast out of the speakers. Or when Woody met Jessy, his female counterpart that you just couldn’t but love.

You've Got A Friend In Me

But that was almost ten years ago. And we’ve all grown up since then. We’ve moved on to more responsibilities, abandoning the days of childhood play and make-believe. The days of watching Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were placed behind us, unless there was nothing else on tv and Disney Channel happened to be airing it once again.
And then the news came out that a third movie would finally come out and we all rushed to the cinemas, clutching our stuffed Woodys and Buzzs, and our hearts and fondest memories, jumping over the long line of children who had not been as fortunate as us to grow up with the series.
We were allowed to go back to those glorious days, even if it were for two hours, but it was something substantial. Otherwise, the last 15 minutes of the movie would not have had us all on the verge of, or in, tears, thinking about the old days and how far we’ve come along.
Sadly, this is the final one and all we have now are just fond recollections of the three films and every emotion we have felt throughout this almost 15 year long journey. And of course, we’ll always remember that our dreams extend to infinity and beyond
PS: In case you’ve missed it, I’ve posted the delightful trailer to the film right here for your viewing enjoyment 🙂