Thursday, October 30, 2008

Urban&Rucker's review of High School Musical 3!

Well just in case you aren't regularly checking UrbanAndRucker.com like you should be, here is our latest review for High School Musical 3: Senior Year!

This review is especially exciting because Sam and I got to see the film together and review it in person together! (We live in different cities and usually log our reports as written entries or by phone so this was an exciting occasion.)

Incredibly exciting for so many reasons. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Why Pepsi Why?

Pepsi recently released pics of their newly redesigned logo design for bottles and cans.And I don't like it.

First of all it's not that different, but it's just different enough to look really weird.

Why mess with what we already know?

Possibly because the only time in recent memory that I can recall actually drinking a Pepsi was 5 years ago when I forced to drink one at Medieval Times because there was no other choice of beverage.

That's probably the case with most Pepsi drinkers. (Taco Bell anyone?)

I think that rather than spending millions of dollars on this new and not-all-that-different logo, Pepsi should have spent the money on getting their spokes-singer Britney back for an all new awesome Super Bowl commercial. What with Britney sort-of making a comeback and Pepsi in desperate need of one as well, everyone would win!

But no one asked me.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Hey Disney: What's going on with this Ryan from High School Musical doll?

My friend Samantha got my friends Logan and Whitney birthday gifts in the form of High School Musical 3 dolls this week. One received Sharpay, the other Troy.But what was more interesting than just Troy's freaky bob haircut was what we found on the back of the box where all the characters' dolls were pictured:Take notice to the doll on the far left. That's supposed to be Ryan. And he/it's wearing a skirt.

Our immediate reaction was to assume that there was maybe some plot line in High School Musical 3 where Ryan discovers his Scottish heritage and decides to wear a kilt to graduation. But there was no such plot line. Ryan never wore a skirt in any form in any part of the movie.
So now it just looks like there were some Private School Barbie uniforms left over that they decided to slap on the Ryan doll instead of, I don't know, making him look like a boy.

There is an Amazon listing for the doll but they are no longer available through actual retailers.

What, umm, what's up with this Disney? What happened here?

Cuz that's just weird.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Grey's Anatomy "There's No I in Team" song - Love Save the Empty

Tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy will include another song from my BFF Erin McCarley called "Love, Save the Empty."

Don't know when the song will happen, but her song "Pitter-Pat" was used during Meredith's voice-over at the end of "Here Comes the Flood" a few weeks ago, so hopefully she'll get the same placement tonight!

Be sure to tune in/TiVo! 9/8c on ABC.
Visit Erin's MySpace page for more music and buy the song on iTunes.

Love Save the Empty lyrics:

Little girls don't know how to be sweet girls.
Mama didn't teach me.
Little boys don't know how to treat little girls.
Daddy didn't show me.

Face down, on top of your bed.
Oh why did I give it up to you?
Is this how I shoot myself up high,
Just high enough to get through?

Again, the false affection.
Again, we break down inside.
Love save the empty.
Love save the empty, and save me.

Sad boy, you stare up at the sky
When no one's looking back at you.
You wear your every last disguise;
You're flying, then you fall through.

Again, the false attention.
Again, you're breaking inside.
Love save the empty.
Love save the empty, save me.
Love save the empty.
Love save the empty.

Stars feel like knives,
They tell us why we're fighting.
Storm, wait outside.
Oh, love, hold us together.

Love, save the empty.
Love, save the empty.
Love, save the empty.
Love, save the empty, and save me.
And save me.

UPDATE: "Love, Save the Empty" was used in the opening monologue.

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Where did Grace go?

Many of you probably woke up today wondering "What ever happened to that lady from Grace Under Fire?" You know, Brett Butler's hit ABC sitcom from the 90s in which she played Grace Kelly, a divorced single mother and recovering alcoholic who worked at an oil refinery.Well, she hasn't be up to much, actually. According to IMDB.com, she's done a few projects here and there since Grace stopped running in 1998 including a guest spot on My Name is Earl in 2005.

She also hosted some reality TV show produced by Dr. Phil in 2006 called Moochers , where "people try to get relatives and friends who've overstayed their welcome to move out and live on their own." According to one of Brett's blog entries written in 2006, the show was supposed to have debuted Jan. 2007 on CBS with at least 6 episodes. Except, I never saw any or even heard of it. At all.

So, to answer the question "Where is Brett Butler?" I don't know, besides reruns of Grace Under Fire on Oxygen..If anyone has seen her, please let us know.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Friend Candice is a Dirty Dancer

Click here to watch a clip from the CBS morning show in Chicago featuring performers from the new Dirty Dancing musical, including my friend Candice! She's the one bumping and grinding and flying through the air with the guy in the blue shirt. She has GOT to be insanely dizzy after all that.
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Is the Kindle gonna take over the WORLD?

I've had my eye on the Amazon Kindle for quite some time now. I just can't justify spending nearly $400 on it when that itself would buy a ton of books and I'm not exactly the fastest reader.

Nevertheless it is a REALLY snazzy-looking device and I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one if the opportunity arose. In fact, I believe that a friend of mine may be considering getting one but as far as I know he's still on the fence.

Anyway, here's what someone at Entertainment Weekly had to say about the Amazon Kindle and the future of books.

What will we do with all the libraries???

Living history museums, I say.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Zac Efron's ridiculous career: Pirates 4 are you kidding me?

It's no secret that I'm pretty jealous of the career that Zac Efron has had so far but this takes the cake: National Enquirer is saying that he's set to star alongside Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and then take over the franchise from him.

WHAT?! How did that happen? From Troy Bolton to Jack Sparrow 2.0?

Of course, the National Enquirer is not always a reliable source, but many times things they have reported have turned out to be extremely true.

Anyway, I'm happy for him. It's whatever. Have fun with your $10 million paycheck and your cool High School Musical and Pirates movies. I've always got RuckitUp.com and that's good enough for me!

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New Apple Mac / PC Ad - Microsoft's Vista/Advertising Budget

I love Macs. They're just so freaking cool. PCs are not.
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Sarah Palin on SNL - Video

Tina Fey and Sarah Palin finally cross paths...
The Sarah Palin rap= SO FREAKING HILARIOUS. Shooting the moose. That's all I have to say. I love Amy Poehler.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Mostly Disney Hot Links for the Weekend

Finally, in honor of all those "injured" by dizziness on the Disney teacups: a video of me and my friend Chris riding them and making ourselves sick:

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Christmas: 50-90 Percent Off!

First of all I didn't realize Christmas was for sale. Is the economy THAT bad? In any case, at 50%-90% off I'm all about it-- who wants to go in on buying Christmas with me?

I mean of all the holidays to own, CHRISTMAS would be the best, obviously.

But seriously though I'm always confused by these stores. 1) because I took this picture in September, meaning this place was open 3 months before Christmas, and 2) it just doesn't seem feasible that you could actually get good quality gifts from a place like this. But I may be wrong.

Could you imagine getting a gift for Christmas with a gift receipt that said it was from "CHRISTMAS, GAMES & TOYS 50%-90% off"???

That'll make you feel loved.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Clues that I have 3 midterms this week:

So this is a big week for me, academically speaking. Tuesday I have a major midterm story due for my journalism class, and Thursday I have midterm exams in 3/5 of my classes. But if you've been to my apartment lately you probably could have already guessed that.

Here is some evidence pointing to my busyness:

Disheveled living room space- Double Stuf Oreos, hot sauce and Chipotle napkins on the coffee table:Clothes EVERYWHERE. The floor is my unofficial dresser:Heavily chewed-on thumbs (I do this when I'm nervous):Sink full of dishes. But really, who DOESN'T have one of these?:SO needless to say, I have a lot of work to do besides just homework. But we'll see what I actually get to...

Anyone who wants to clean my apartment: I'll let you do it for FREE!

Don't pass an offer like that up!

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Song at end of Grey's Anatomy "Here Comes the Flood"

So I'm sure you've all been looking for the awesome song that was played at the end of last week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Here Comes the Flood," during Meredith's ending voice-over.

Well look no further! The song is called "Pitter-Pat" and it's by my dear friend, the awesome Erin McCarley.OK- maybe we aren't dear friends, but she did graduate from the same high school as me AND we were both in the same music group in HS (at different times), which in a roundabout way technically makes us best friends.

Anyway, her song "Pitter-Pat" was the one featured at the end of Grey's Anatomy this week and you can download it on iTunes RIGHT HERE!

I also recommend checking out her MySpace to hear her other songs like "Pony" and "Love Save the Empty."You may recognize her music from other shows like One Tree Hill and Privileged as well.

Her album, "Love, Save the Empty" drops Jan. 6, 2009 (according to Amazon.com, though I had thought it was coming out earlier so I'm gonna check on that).

BUT she's on TOUR now so check out her MySpace for all the deets and go see her!

Pitter-Pat Lyrics:

Tugged the moon into the ground
Turned this bedroom upside down tonight
Took my faith and i breathed it out
Then walked right through a cloud of flashing lights, bright lies.

Pain takes my heart's place
The love we made, we cant erase it, don't wanna face it

Pitter pat, the angel on my shoulder
Is haunting me tonight
Tick tock, the clock is getting louder
Ready for me to decide

I've lost my sense of right and wrong
Well-justified my soul to carry on
It feels so damn good to write off the rules
But when a new day breaks, I'm left a fool I'm such a fool

Pain takes my heart's place
But your sweet sweet love,
oh I can taste it but still can't face it

Pitter pat, the angel on my shoulder
Is haunting me tonight
Tick tock the clock is getting louder
Waiting for me to decide

The sun is coming down on me
Could fate be so unkind?

Pain takes my heart's place
The love we made remains

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

HOLY OPRAH! 30 Rock Season 3 Preview!

The new season of "30 Rock" is chock full of guest stars including Jennifer Aniston, Megan Mullaly, and Oprah. Check out the preview:New episodes begin Oct. 30 at 9:30/8:30C on NBC.
Season premiere on Hulu.com Oct. 23!

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Hot Links for a Cool Weekend

Thanks to all who read the blog and keep coming back!
Please leave your comments and visit me on Twitter...

Happy weekend everybody!

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sarah Palin and Perez Hilton made me famous!

When I rolled (literally) out of my bed at 6:30 this morning, I didn't know that the day I was beginning would result with me getting a video posted on PerezHilton.com

I had MSNBC turned on the TV and they showed a quick clip of Sarah Palin pwning a protester in the crowd at one of McCain's rallies. I immediately searched for the clip on YouTube but could not find it in its entirety so I decided to make one myself.
I posted it this morning and it got a couple hundred hits during the day until: PEREZ HILTON posted it on his blog. I had sent Perez a quick e-mail with the link to the video not knowing if he actually reads his e-mail or would post the video and low and behold he did both!

I knew something was up when I had 40 e-mails in my inbox notifying me of comments on my YouTube channel...

Anyway, it may be the only thing I ever get on Perez and I wasn't even technically in it.

Still, pretty freaking awesome.

Thanks Perez!

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Craiglist was really named after "Craig"

As I twittered yesterday, I went to see Craig Newmark, the founder of craigslist.org speak. At first I was the only one sitting on the front row (the row designated for students), which made me feel quite awkward. I'm not a front row person (except at concerts). Thankfully more people joined me just a few moments before his speech.

The lecture was part of a series sponsored by a philanthropy organization so he tried to relate most of the things he said to some sort of service-- I was more interested in just how craigslist got started in the first place.

Apparently it was just an email list that he sent event notifications to- turned website version of the list- turned multi-city online classifieds phenomenon.

I very much enjoyed the talk- if only for his geeky attempts at jokes. But at least he owned up to them. He kinda reminded me of Woz, but not QUITE as nerdy.

PS: Craig is the one on the left in the picture. The guy on the right with his arms folded did not stand there the entire time, though I wish he had; that would have been hilarious.

PSS: Have you ever stopped and taken a good look at the name "CRAIG"? It's kinda a really bizarre word. Why isn't it C-R-E-G? Or C-R-A-G-U-E.

Just thinking out loud there...

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GET WENDY'S FLAVOR DIPPED CHICKEN SANDWICH (if you can)

Last night I had the great fortune of having Wendy's's new menu item: the buffalo flavor-dipped chicken sandwich and yall, it was AMAZING.

Now, I love things drenched in buffalo sauce, so if you don't you might want to stay clear.. unless you prefer barbecue sauce, which they also offer a sandwich dipped in.

Just to be clear though: the whole sandwich isn't dipped in sauce, just the chicken.

But this must still be being test marketed because I couldn't find it anywhere on their website. The only place talking about it online was this review from Radar magazine from 2007.

Also sorry I don't have any pictures. Normally I would have taken one while I was eating, but since my hands were covered in BUFFALO SAUCE, I decided not to.

Just trust that it's REALLY good and try it at your local Wendy's today! If they have it... If they don't, get political, start a petition and FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Febreze Air Effects: it doesn't JUST freshen air

So we've all had the problem right? Where you go into your bathroom and a colony of tiny ants has mysteriously appeared, marching up and down the tiles in your shower?

Well if you haven't, lucky you. But that's what I came home to when I got back to my apartment in Austin this week.
The problem was that I didn't have any RAID spray or those cool little "ant hotel" traps on hand to get rid of them, so I had to be crafty.

After looking around my bathroom I had several choices:

1) Dump a waterfall of Listerine on the ants-- this could work but would leave an awful lot of sticky, green residue around that I wouldn't want to have to clean up.
2) Smother the ants in face moisturizer-- most likely wouldn't work, and again I'd have to clean up a mess.
3) Spray them with the nearby can of "meadows and rain"-scented Febreze Air Effects.
I went with solution number 3. And by golly, it WORKED.You probably can't tell a difference in this picture from the one above, but just know that all the ants are dead in this one.

SO: lesson learned: you don't need any fancy ant-killing sprays to get rid of a pest problem, just spray them with whatever you've got and it'll probably do the trick.

DISCLAIMER: if you do choose to use Febreze or any other air freshener to take care of a large colony of insects, be aware that your apartment/house will reek of "meadows and rain" for the following two days. Extreme situations may call for the use of gas masks.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

3D Holographic TVs in 5-10 Years?!

That's what the folks over at CNN.com/technology are saying in THIS ARTICLE.

"They could be constructed as a screen on the wall (like flat panel displays) that shows 3-D images, with all the image writing lasers behind the wall; or it could be like a horizontal panel on a table with holographic writing apparatus underneath.

So, if this project is realized, you really could have a football match on your coffee table, or horror-movie villains jumping out of your wall."

Monsters jumping out of my wall? SIGN ME UP!

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Happy Birthday Rachel McAdams

I'd just like to take this opportunity to say Happy Birthday to my great friend Rachel McAdams who turns 32 today! 32? Are you kidding me?

Rachel's kinda been laying low in the movie scene lately but she's got several projects on the way including The Time Traveler's Wife with Eric Bana, State of Play with Helen Mirren and Russell Crowe, and Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Rachel seems to be really choosy with the projects she picks, which I think is completely a good thing. Otherwise, she could have ended up going down the path of her Mean Girls co-star, L.L...
Happy Birthday Rach, see you soon!

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