A greasemonkey is a mechanic who works on your automobile. He gets his hands dirty, and goes under the hood to find out why your car is making that clunking noise. Greasemonkey is an extension for Firefox that does much the same thing, but without the ridiculous fees.
This guide is intended for beginners
In my previous guide I explained how to install a Firefox extension, and hopefully sparked some interest in why you would want to extend your web browser in the first place. I used the Greasemonkey extension as an example for a very good reason. Sometimes you want to extend your web browser in a big way, like putting a new room in your house. That’s where an extension comes in (it’s like hiring a construction company). Other times all you want to do is repaint a room or re-hang a door; something you could do yourself over a weekend. That’s where Greasemonkey comes in. There are many small jobs and minor tweaks to web pages that would be overkill for a full Firefox extension.
Greasemonkey is a unique extension in that it lets you install these things called user scripts. User scripts are much smaller than extensions, and are often targeted to much more specific tasks than extensions. There is a web site called UserScripts.org that is devoted to these small tiny hacks people have created to make the web work more like the way they want it to.
What Can Greasemonkey User Scripts Do?
- Remember information
- Remove parts of web pages
- Change how web pages look
- Automatically download information from other web sites and put it into the current page
- Cross-reference information from other web sites
- Speed up common tasks so that they require less clicks
Useful Greasemonkey User Scripts
- Pagerization: scrolling will automatically load the next page for Google (Search, Image, News, Group, Video), Yahoo, Wikipedia, Hatena, YouTube, del.icio.us, Twitter, digg and Userscripts.org.
- Pre Fill Comments: type ALT-C to fill in the comment form on all WordPress blogs.
- Automatically login to Facebook: tired of having to type your password every time?
- Disable Facebook apps: block apps on other people’s profile pages on Facebook.
- Facebook to Google Calendar: add Facebook events to your Google Calendar
- GMailTo: force mailto: links to open in Gmail.
- Gmail Folders: lets you add hierarchy to your gmail labels.
- Gmail Saved Searches: save frequently used searches.
- Gmail Label Colors: have labels with different colours.
- SSLGoogle: forces Gmail, Google Docs and GCalendar to open via https secure connection.
- Resize all text input boxes on the web.
- Auto Add Google Reader: one click subscription using Google Reader.
- StumbleUpon WYSIWYG editor: gives you a powerful HTML editor for your StumbleUpon blog.
- Cleaner Amazon: gets rid of useless sections on Amazon search results.
- Movie Dude: Adds crosslinks to all movie web sites.
- YouTube Video Download: Download YouTube videos.
- No YouNoobs: Hide the comments on YouTube.
- Digg Mirrors: Adds mirrors to websites on Digg.
- Digg.licio.us: Adds save to delicious links on Digg.
- No Rotten Tomatoes: Removes bad movies from the Rotten Tomatoes box office listing.
Greasemonkey installs like any other Firefox extension. This guide shows you how to install Greasemonkey in a step by step process with screenshots.
How to Find Greasemonkey User Scripts
The best source for finding Greasemonkey scripts is userscripts.org. To find scripts for a specific web site, type its name into the search box and hit enter.
The left hand side of the screen will return a list of scripts. Unfortunately there is no way to sort them.
If you click on the script name it will take you to a page with more information about the scripts. The easiest way to tell if a script is any good is by the number of times it has been installed, and how much effort the author goes into explaining what the script does and how it works.
To install a script click on the “install this script” link in the right hand column.
Hot Tip: I’ve created a script that highlights the most popular user scripts and makes it easier to find the best scripts on userscripts.org.
Installing a Script
All user scripts end with the .user.js extension. If you do not have Greasemonkey installed, or Greasemonkey is disabled, then your web browser will try to download the file instead of installing it.
Click on this link to start installation of my Akismet Auntie Spam script.
A box will pop-up that gives a short description, tells you which web sites the script runs on, and offer to install it. Click on the Install button.
A message will appear temporarily in the lower right hand corner of your web browser telling you that the installation was successful.
Turning Greasemonkey on and off
You can enable and disable Greasemonkey temporarily by clicking on the little monkey icon in the lower right corner of your web browser. This is a great trick for when a script isn’t doing exactly what you want – you can turn off all of your scripts and interact with the web site normally as if you didn’t have Greasemonkey installed.
Advanced Users – Managing Scripts
If you click on Tools >> Greasemonkey >> Manage User Scripts it will open up a windows that lets you:
- Control which web sites the script does or does not run on
- Enable or disable specific scripts
- Uninstall scripts
- Directly edit the script (it will ask you which text editor to use the first time you try it)
Heading to the management panel is a really useful way to further tweak scripts, or just change the web sites they run on.
Advanced Users – Configuring Scripts
I can’t tell you how to configure a specific script, but I can give you a general overview of the various ways it can be done.
Editing the Script
Example: Find images that are too wide
This is the sign of a lazy programmer. It isn’t that hard to edit a script, but it is still a pain in the butt when they tell you to change settings directly in the script. I usually won’t bother installing scripts like this.
- Click on Tools >> Greasemonkey >> Manage User Scripts
- Choose the Script
- Click on Edit
- Make the change
Running User Script Commands
User scripts can only modify the Firefox menu in one place, under Tools >> Greasemonkey >> User Script Commands. It may be grayed out if you don’t have any scripts installed that register commands.
Some scripts use hot keys to perform actions. You’ll have to read their documentation on how to use them. When you’re on the web page that the script works with, hitting keys on your keyboard will cause the script to do things.
Changing Settings Interactively
Example: Pre Fill Comments
Smart scripts configure themselves through dialog boxes the first time you run them. This is by far the recommended and most painless way for scripts to configure themselves. Hint.
Q1: Greasemonkey is cool! Is there anything else out there like it?
Q2: I want to create a Greasemonkey script, but I don’t know how to program.
Platypus is WYSIWYG editor for Greasemonkey scripts. It will let you create Greasemonkey scripts by moving around and interacting with parts of a web site.
(WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get)
Q3: What about Internet Explorer?
Everyone likes movies.
The problem is that people don’t like the same movies.
This is especially true for romantic movies. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and people are putting together lists of their favorite romantic movies. Many of them I didn’t agree with, so I decided to make a list of my own and I got my girlfriend to help me.
Together we’ve brought you a list of the best romantic films ever made neatly organized into what we both liked, what I liked, what she liked and the movies everyone else seems to like (based on the number of times they showed up on other people’s lists).
This isn’t the first time I’ve put together a big list of movies like this and it won’t be the last.
There are links to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for each movie to make it easier to cross-reference. Movie review scores are taken directly from Rotten Tomatoes and provided for reference – if you have a beef with the numbers, take that up with the professional film critics of the world.
(photo by Christine)
Our Five Favorite Romantic Films
Out of all the movies we came across when looking at other people’s lists, these were the five we think that will appeal to everyone.
Shrek Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow
Genres: Childrens, Comedies, Animated, Comedy, Fantasy, Monsters, Children, Computer Animation, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Fantasy Worlds, Animated Characters, Essential Cinema
Plot: Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.
Genres: Foreign Films, French, Comedy, Romance, Magic, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Paris, France, Essential Cinema
The Princess Bride (1987) – IMDB: 8.2/10, RT: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 100%
The Princess Bride Director: Rob Reiner, Writer: William Goldman, William Goldman
Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, André the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal
Genres: Comedies, Adventure, Comedy, Classic, Fantasy, Medieval, Spoof, Swashbuckler, Love Story, Rescue, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
When Harry Met Sally (1989) – IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 7.9/10, RT Overall: 94%
When Harry Met Sally… Director: Rob Reiner, Writer: Nora Ephron
Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Lisa Jane Persky
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Groundhog Day (1993) – IMDB: 8.0/10, RT: 8/10, RT Overall: 94%
Groundhog Day Director: Harold Ramis, Writer: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle Murray, Marita Geraghty
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Romance, Time Travel, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
(photo by <kickstart>)
Romantic Movies for Guys and Girls
Men and women can never seem to agree on anything. These are the movies we both like.
Plot: It’s nine years after Jesse and Celine first met; now, they encounter one another on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour.
Before Sunset Director: Richard Linklater, Writer: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Theatrical Release
Plot: A romantic warrior breaks a beautiful member of a rebel army out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.
House of Flying Daggers Director: Yimou Zhang, Writer: Yimou Zhang
Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Lu Feng, Song Dandan
Genres: Foreign Films, Chinese/Mandarin, Assassination, Epic, Period Piece, Samurai, Theatrical Release, Friendships, Dancing
Casablanca (1942) – IMDB: 8.8/10, RT: 9/10, RT Overall: 98%
Plot: Classic film set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
Casablanca Director: Michael Curtiz, Writer: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Dooley Wilson, Conrad Veidt
Genres: Dramas, Drama, Classic, Romance, Suspense, Tear Jerker, World War II, Betrayal, Love Story, Recommended, Character Study, Infidelity, Essential Cinema
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) – IMDB: 7.4/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 81%
Plot: A beleaguered small-business owner gets a harmonium and embarks on a romantic journey with a mysterious woman.
Punch-Drunk Love Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Genres: Dramas, Comedy, Romance, Theatrical Release, Los Angeles, California, Psychology, Essential Cinema
Gone With the Wind (1939) – IMDB: 8.0/10, RT: 8.5/10, RT Overall: 96%
Plot: American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Gone With the Wind Director: Victor Fleming, Writer: Margaret Mitchell, Sidney Howard
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard, Thomas Mitchell
Genres: Dramas, Big Battles, Civil War, Drama, Classic, Family Interaction, Romance, Slavery, Love Story, All-Star, Epic, Recommended, Period Piece, Blockbuster, Gentry, Essential Cinema
Annie Hall (1977) – IMDB: 8.2/10, RT: 8.8/10, RT Overall: 98%
Plot: Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.
Annie Hall Director: Woody Allen, Writer: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Shelley Duvall, Tony Roberts, Paul Simon, Carol Kane
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Romance, Self-Discovery, Mishaps, Thanksgiving, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
The Last of the Mohicans (1992) – IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 97%
Plot: Three trappers protect a British Colonel’s daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.
The Last of the Mohicans Director: Michael Mann, Writer: Michael Mann, Christopher Crowe, Philip Dunne
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig, Wes Studi, Steven Waddington
Genres: Action/Adventure, Adventure, Indians, Romance, Western, Love Story, Recommended, Period Piece, Theatrical Release
Before Sunrise (1995) – IMDB: 7.9/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 100%
Plot: A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Before Sunrise Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Genres: Comedies, Adventure, Friends, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Theatrical Release
Chasing Amy (1997) – IMDB: 7.5/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 93%
Plot: Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything’s going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she’s a lesbian.
Chasing Amy Director: Kevin Smith, Writer: Kevin Smith
Starring: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Genres: Comedies, Friends, Comedy, Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Romance, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Theatrical Release
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – IMDB: 8.6/10, RT: 8.5/10, RT Overall: 90%
Plot: An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.
It’s a Wonderful Life Director: Frank Capra, Writer: Jo Swerling, Frank Capra, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Philip Van Doren Stern
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi
Genres: Dramas, Afterlife, Holiday, Drama, Classic, Tear Jerker, Self-Discovery, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Wedding Crashers (2005) – IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 6.8/10, RT Overall: 75%
Plot: John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.
Wedding Crashers Director: David Dobkin, Writer: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher
Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Jane Seymour, Isla Fisher
Genres: Comedies, Comedy
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 97%
Plot: Comedy-drama about a group of British friends… the title says the rest.
Four Weddings and a Funeral Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow, James Fleet, Rowan Atkinson
Genres: Comedies, Friends, Comedy, Death, Romance, Mishaps, Recommended, Marriage, Theatrical Release
Closer Director: Mike Nichols, Writer: Patrick Marber, Patrick Marber
Starring: Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen
Genres: Dramas, Romance, Infidelity, Marriage, Theatrical Release, London, England, Love Affairs, Love
Plot: A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.
Romancing the Stone Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Swashbuckler, Thriller, Jewels, Jungle, Recommended, Theatrical Release
True Romance (1993) – IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 7.3/10, RT Overall: 89%
Plot: Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.
True Romance Director: Tony Scott, Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Drama, Drugs, Organized Crime, Romance, Suspense, Cops, Outlaws, Classic Fight Scenes, Young Love, Recommended, Theatrical Release
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) – IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 7.3/10, RT Overall: 94%
Plot: A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend.
An Officer and a Gentleman Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Louis Gossett, Robert Loggia, Lisa Blount
Genres: Dramas, Action, Adventure, Friends, Drama, Romance, Self-Discovery, Personal Triumph, Recommended, Military, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Plot: A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower.
The Sound of Music Director: Robert Wise, Writer: Ernest Lehman
Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker, Heather Menzies
Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Classic, Family Interaction, Musical, Romance, True Story, Recommended, Clergy, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Plot: A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Director: Blake Edwards, Writer: George Axelrod, Truman Capote
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Martin Balsam, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Chocolat (2000) – IMDB: 7.3/10, RT: 6/10, RT Overall: 62%
Plot: A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.
Chocolat Director: Lasse Hallström, Writer: Robert Nelson Jacobs, Joanne Harris
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Carrie-Anne Moss
Genres: Dramas, Romance, Theatrical Release, France, Small Towns, 1950s
Mr and Mrs Smith (2005) – IMDB: 6.5/10, RT: 6.1/10, RT Overall: 59%
Plot: A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith Director: Doug Liman, Writer: Simon Kinberg
Starring: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kerry Washington, Adam Brody
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action
The Girl Next Door (2004) – IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 57%
Plot: A teenager’s dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love.
The Girl Next Door Director: Luke Greenfield, Writer: Brent Goldberg, Stuart Blumberg, David Wagner
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Christopher George Marquette, Paul Dano
Genres: Comedies, Romance, Teenage, Theatrical Release
Shallow Hal (2001) – IMDB: 6.0/10, RT: 5.5/10, RT Overall: 50%
Plot: A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her “inner beauty”.
Shallow Hal Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Writer: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Sean Moynihan
Starring: Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Alexander, Zen Gesner, Susan Ward, Laura Kightlinger
Genres: Comedies, Slapstick, Theatrical Release
Sliding Doors (1998) – IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 64%
Plot: A London woman’s love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel.
Sliding Doors Director: Peter Howitt, Writer: Peter Howitt
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Genres: Dramas, Romance, Theatrical Release, Drama (General)
The Wedding Singer (1998) – IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 6.2/10, RT Overall: 56%
Plot: Robbie, the singer and Julia, the waitress are both engaged to be married but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.
The Wedding Singer Director: Frank Coraci, Writer: Tim Herlihy
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Alan Covert, Angela Featherstone, Matthew Glave
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Nostalgic, Marriage, Theatrical Release, 1980s
(photo by reinvented)
He Said – Romantic Movies for Guys
These are the movies I liked. Sure, maybe I’m stretching the definition of “romance” a little… but what else do you expect from a guy?
Plot: A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Director: Michel Gondry, Writer: Charlie Kaufman, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Doctors, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, Essential Cinema
Shaun of the Dead (2004) – IMDB: 7.9/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 90%
Plot: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
Shaun of the Dead Director: Edgar Wright, Writer: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost, Penelope Wilton, Dylan Moran
Genres: Comedies, Horror/Suspense, British, Comedy, Horror, Romance, Spoof, Zombies, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), British Comedy
The Man Without a Past (2002) – IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 8/10, RT Overall: 97%The film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track.
The Man Without a Past Director: Aki Kaurismäki, Writer: Aki Kaurismäki
Starring: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Juhani Niemela, Kaija Pakarinen
Genres: Comedies, Foreign Films, Finnish, Comedy, Rock And Roll, Romance, Theatrical Release
Out of Sight (1998) – IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 7.9/10, RT Overall: 92%
Plot: A career bank robber breaks out of jail and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a US Marshall he has kidnapped.
Out of Sight Director: Steven Soderbergh, Writer: Elmore Leonard
Starring: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Steve Zahn, Dennis Farina
Genres: Action/Adventure, Romance, Theatrical Release, Crime, Heists, Essential Cinema
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) – IMDB: 6.9/10, RT: 7.1/10, RT Overall: 83%
Plot: Jessica Stein is a single, straight, sucessful, journalist, part of a bonded Jewish family living in New York City, who finds herself not as straight as she thought when Jessica meets and begins an intense friendship with career woman Helen Cooper which ultimately leads to romance.
Kissing Jessica Stein Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Writer: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen
Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Scott Cohen, Tovah Feldshuh, Jackie Hoffman, Michael Mastro
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Theatrical Release, Lesbians
From Here to Eternity (1953) – IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 87%
Plot: In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit’s team, while his captain’s wife and second in command are falling in love.
From Here to Eternity Director: Fred Zinnemann, Writer: Daniel Taradash, James Jones
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine
Genres: Dramas, Action, Drama, Classic, War, World War II, Love Story, Recommended, Infidelity, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema, Based On A Novel
Starman (1984) – IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 7.4/10, RT Overall: 94%
Plot: An alien takes the form of a young widow’s husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
Starman Director: John Carpenter, Bruce A. Evans, Writer: Raynold Gideon
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen, Tony Edwards
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Friends, Aliens, Romance, Science-Fiction, On-The-Run, Theatrical Release
Children of a Lesser God (1986) – IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.1/10, RT Overall: 83%
Plot: James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her feelings change over time?
Children of a Lesser God Director: Randa Haines, Writer: Hesper Anderson, Lloyd Fonvielle, Mark Medoff
Starring: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco, Alison Gompf
Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Tear Jerker, Character Study, Physically Impaired, Theatrical Release
Ladyhawke (1985) – IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 5.6/10, RT Overall: 68%
Plot: Philip Gaston, called The Mouse, escapes from the prison of the medieval city of Aquila. Chased by the guards of the evil Bishop of the city, Philip meets a mysterious knight with a beautiful hawk and begins to follow him. Philip soon discovers that the knight has been cursed by the Bishop, so that when the night falls…
Ladyhawke Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Leo McKern
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Medieval, Romance, Witches And Wizards, Love Story, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Magic, Theatrical Release, Romances
Proof of Life (2000) – IMDB: 6.1/10, RT: 5.4/10, RT Overall: 39%
Plot: Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.
Proof of Life Director: Taylor Hackford, Writer: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, Pamela Reed, David Caruso
Genres: Action/Adventure, Disaster, Drama, Politics, Theatrical Release, News, Affairs, Hostages
(photos by mag3737)
She Said – Romantic Movies for Girls
These are the movies my girlfriend really likes but I’m so-so about.
Plot: A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
Singin’ in the Rain Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, Writer: Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Starring: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse, Rita Moreno
Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Comedy, Classic, Musical, Romance, Recommended, Showbiz, Theatrical Release, Silent Films, Essential Cinema
Plot: A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
Roman Holiday Director: William Wyler, Writer: Dalton Trumbo, Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton
Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Tullio Carminati, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Vintage, On-The-Road, Recommended, Reporters, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Say Anything (1989) – IMDB: 7.5/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 100%
Plot: A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.
Say Anything Director: Cameron Crowe, Writer: Cameron Crowe
Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Pamela Segall, Jeremy Piven
Genres: Dramas, Campus Life, Comedy, Coming Of Age, Drama, Romance, Teenage, Love Story, Young Love, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Moulin Rouge (2001) – IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 7/10, RT Overall: 78%
Plot: A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.
Moulin Rouge Director: Baz Luhrmann, Writer: Craig Pearce, Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Natalie Mendoza
Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Dance, Romance, Illness, Theatrical Release, Paris, France, Artists, Poets, Love, Essential Cinema
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 97%
Plot: Comedy-drama about a group of British friends… the title says the rest.
Four Weddings and a Funeral Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow, James Fleet, Rowan Atkinson
Genres: Comedies, Friends, Comedy, Death, Romance, Mishaps, Recommended, Marriage, Theatrical Release
Plot: A widowed Brooklyn book-keeper is torn between her fiancé and his brother.
Moonstruck Director: Norman Jewison, Writer: John Patrick Shanley
Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello, Julie Bovasso
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Family Interaction, Romance, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – IMDB: 6.6/10, RT: 6.9/10, RT Overall: 80%
Plot: A recently-widowed man’s son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner.
Sleepless in Seattle Director: Nora Ephron, Writer: Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, Jeff Arch
Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rosie O’Donnell, Bill Pullman, David Hyde Pierce
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, New York City, Essential Cinema
Sabrina (1954) – IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 94%
Plot: A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family’s chauffeur. But it’s his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.
Sabrina Director: Billy Wilder, Writer: Billy Wilder, Samuel Taylor, Ernest Lehman
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Martha Hyer, John Williams, Walter Hampden
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Family Interaction, Romance, Love Triangle, Recommended, Essential Cinema
Love Actually (2003) – IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 6.5/10, RT Overall: 66%
Plot: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Love Actually Director: Richard Curtis, Writer: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Christmas, Theatrical Release, Sex
Dracula (1992) – IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 85%
Plot: The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s fiance and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula Director: Francis Ford Coppola, Writer: James V. Hart, Bram Stoker
Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes, Sadie Frost
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Horror, Suspense, Vampires, Love Story, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Dances With Wolves (1990) – IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 6.9/10, RT Overall: 79%
Plot: Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Dances with Wolves Director: Kevin Costner, Writer: Michael Blake
Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Robert Pastorelli
Genres: Westerns, Adventure, Drama, Indians, Western, Wilderness, Epic, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Pretty in Pink (1986) – IMDB: 6.2/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 82%
Plot: A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, a geeky new-waver who worships her, a rich High School Hunk who has her eye, and John Hughes.
Pretty in Pink Director: John Hughes, Writer: John Hughes
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, James Spader, Annie Potts
Genres: Dramas, Coming Of Age, Drama, Romance, Teenage, Personal Triumph, Young Love, Recommended, Theatrical Release, 1980s
What Women Want (2000) – IMDB: 6.3/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 54%
Plot: After an accident, a chauvenistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.
What Women Want Director: Nancy Meyers, Writer: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa
Starring: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Ashley Johnson, Mark Feuerstein
Genres: Comedies, Romance, Theatrical Release, Relationships, Sex
Pretty Woman (1990) – IMDB: 6.6/10, RT: 5.8/10, RT Overall: 63%
Plot: A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love.
Pretty Woman Director: Garry Marshall, Writer: J.F. Lawton
Starring: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo, Jason Alexander, Ralph Bellamy, Laura San Giacomo
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Prostitution, Romance, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, Friendships, Romances, Prostitutes/Whores, Essential Cinema, Sexy Women
Playing by Heart (1998) – IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 6.2/10, RT Overall: 61%
Plot: Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A.
Playing By Heart Director: Willard Carroll, Writer: Willard Carroll
Starring: Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Edwards, Jay Mohr
Genres: Dramas, Romance, Drama (General), Romances, Love
One Fine Day (1996) – IMDB: 6.1/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 46%
Plot: Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left unexpectedly with Maggie and forgets that Melanie was to take her to school. As a result, both children miss their school field trip and are stuck with the parents.
One Fine Day Director: Michael Hoffman, Writer: Terry Seltzer, Ellen Simon
Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman, Alex D. Linz, Charles Durning
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Mishaps, Parenthood, Big City, Theatrical Release
(photo by LunaDiRimmel)
They Said – Movies That Showed Up Again and Again
We don’t whole-heartedly recommend these films because they were either very average or we haven’t yet seen them. But plenty of other people do, so take that for what it’s worth.
Shakespeare in Love Director: John Madden, Writer: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Colin Firth
Genres: Comedies, Drama, Romance, Theatrical Release, Shakespeare, Essential Cinema
Sense and Sensibility (1995) – IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 8/10, RT Overall: 100%
Plot: Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.
Sense and Sensibility Director: Ang Lee, Writer: Emma Thompson, Jane Austen
Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter
Genres: Dramas, Drama, Family Interaction, Romance, Betrayal, Recommended, Period Piece, Theatrical Release, Based On A Novel
West Side Story (1961) – IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 95%
Plot: Musical about two youngsters from rival NYC gangs who fall in love.
West Side Story Director: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, Writer: Ernest Lehman
Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, George Chakiris, Simon Oakland
Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Classic, Gangs, Musical, Stage Play, Love Story, Tragedy, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Plot: At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
The English Patient Director: Anthony Minghella, Writer: Anthony Minghella, Michael Ondaatje
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth
Genres: Dramas, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Suspense, War, World War II, Betrayal, Love Story, Epic, Tragedy, Recommended, Doomed Lovers, Infidelity, Desert, Nazis, Africa, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Drama (General), Essential Cinema
Ever After (1998) – IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 92%
Plot: The “real” story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story Director: Andy Tennant, Writer: Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant, Rick Parks
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Jeanne Moreau
Genres: Dramas, Romance, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy
The Age of Innocence (1993) – IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 83%
Plot: Society scion Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland, but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May’s unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska. At first, Newland becomes a defender of the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York, but he finds in her a companion spirit and they fall in love.
The Age of Innocence Director: Martin Scorsese, Writer: Edith Wharton, Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Miriam Margolyes, Richard E. Grant, Geraldine Chaplin
Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Love Triangle, Recommended, Character Study, Infidelity, Period Piece, Gentry, Theatrical Release
Jerry Maguire (1996) – IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 85%
Plot: When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him.
Jerry Maguire Director: Cameron Crowe, Writer: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger, Cuba Gooding, Jonathan Lipnicki, Bonnie Hunt, Kelly Preston
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Self-Discovery, Sports, Recommended, Theatrical Release
Notting Hill (1999) – IMDB: 6.9/10, RT: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 85%
Plot: The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when the most famous star in the world walks in his shop and buys a book…
Notting Hill Director: Roger Michell, Writer: Richard Curtis
Starring: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, Rhys Ifans, Tim McInnerny
Genres: Comedies, British, Comedy, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Romantic Comedy, Movie Stars
Titanic (1997) – IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 82%
Plot: Fictional romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the ill-fated voyage of the ‘unsinkable’ ship.
Titanic Director: James Cameron, Writer: James Cameron
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill
Genres: Dramas, Disaster, Drama, Classic, High Seas, Romance, True Story, Love Story, Love Triangle, Tragedy, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Bridges of Madison County (1995) – IMDB: 6.9/10, RT: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 86%
Plot: Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.
The Bridges of Madison County Director: Clint Eastwood, Writer: Richard La Gravenese, Robert James Waller
Starring: Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood
Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Tear Jerker, Love Story, Infidelity, Bucolic, Theatrical Release
While You Were Sleeping (1995) – IMDB: 6.4/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 81%
Plot: Ticket collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can’t fool his brother
While You Were Sleeping Director: Jon Turteltaub
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Glynis Johns
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Family Interaction, Romance, Love Story, Self-Discovery, Mishaps, Christmas, Theatrical Release
You’ve Got Mail (1998) – IMDB: 6.1/10, RT: 6.3/10, RT Overall: 68%
Plot: Two business rivals hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.
You’ve Got Mail Director: Nora Ephron, Writer: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Miklos Laszlo, Samson Raphaelson
Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Jean Stapleton, Dave Chappelle
Genres: Comedies, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Romantic Comedy, Romances
Plot: After being killed during a botched mugging, a man’s love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.
Ghost Director: Jerry Zucker, Writer: Peter Barsocchini, Bruce Joel Rubin
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles, Vincent Schiavelli
Genres: Dramas, Afterlife, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Ghosts, Romance, Scams And Cons, Tear Jerker, Betrayal, Love Story, Murder, Hell, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) – IMDB: 6.3/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 76%
Plot: When a woman’s long-time friend says he’s engaged, she realizes she loves him herself… and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.
My Best Friend’s Wedding Director: P.J. Hogan, Writer: Ronald Bass
Starring: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco, M. Emmet Walsh
Genres: Comedies, Black Comedy, Comedy, Romance, Love Triangle, Marriage, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release
Out of Africa (1985) – IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.6/10, RT Overall: 76%
Plot: In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-sprited big-game hunter.
Out of Africa Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Genres: Action/Adventure, Adventure, Drama, Romance, True Story, Wilderness, Love Story, Recommended, Character Study, Period Piece, Africa, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Benny & Joon (1993) – IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 6/10, RT Overall: 80%
Plot: A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.
Benny & Joon Director: Jeremiah Chechik
Starring: Johnny Depp, Dan Hedaya, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Oliver Platt, Julianne Moore
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Triangle, Mishaps, Character Study, Theatrical Release
Romeo + Juliet (1996) – IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 74%
Plot: Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet Director: Baz Luhrmann, Writer: William Shakespeare
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Miriam Margolyes, Harold Perrineau, John Leguizamo, Brian Dennehy
Genres: Dramas, Drama, Family Interaction, Romance, Teenage, Tragedy, Young Love, Doomed Lovers, Theatrical Release, Shakespeare
Plot: A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building – but will it happen?
An Affair to Remember Director: Leo McCarey, Writer: Delmer Daves, Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram
Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Cathleen Nesbitt, Neva Patterson, Richard Denning, Fortunio Bonanova
Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Tear Jerker, Love Story, Tragedy, Recommended, Theatrical Release, New York City, Essential Cinema
French Kiss (1995) – IMDB: 6.2/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 50%
Plot: A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling.
French Kiss Director: Lawrence Kasdan, Writer: Adam Brooks
Starring: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Jean Reno, François Cluzet, Susan Anbeh
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Triangle, Mishaps, Theatrical Release
Sweet Home Alabama (2002) – IMDB: 5.7/10, RT: 5.2/10, RT Overall: 38%
Plot: A young woman with a white trash background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite.
Sweet Home Alabama Director: Andy Tennant, Writer: C. Jay Cox
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Joshua Lucas, Candice Bergen, Patrick Dempsey, Rhona Mitra, Ethan Embry
Genres: Comedies, Romance, Divorce, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, New York City, Small Town Life
That was a long list, and if you have any movies you think should have been on it than please leave a message in the comments. The movies are heavily skewed to the 1990s or older due to our age. There were a lot of great older movies that didn’t make the list because neither of us had ever seen them.
Given that 77% of my readers are guys, I thought I’d give them the subtle heads-up that Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away. My new tagline is: remembering the holidays so you don’t have to.
Like most people, I don’t care about Saint Valentine [wiki]. I have fallen prey to the Greeting Card Association who have created a Hallmark Holiday and hype V-Day to the point where it is the second largest card carrying holiday after Christmas [wiki]. I think it’s stupid to follow the dictation of corporate entities for when I should buy things for the people I love. Can romance be forced on a certain day of the year? I don’t think so.
It’s a feeling not a price tag.
(photo by Naomi)
But I’m not so stupid to think I can skip the holiday without consequences. No matter how much she might say Valentine’s Day is a stupid holiday that shouldn’t be celebrated, not doing something at all is much worse than doing something. And what’s so wrong with jumping at the chance to have an excuse to tell the person you love how you feel?
Here are some suggests for activities and/or gifts. Post a comment if you have better suggestions. Remember that a homemade gift is always better than store bought except for things like jewelry and lingerie. It’s the thought that counts, but no one wants to wear homemade lingerie unless they have a serious duct tape fetish.
Going Out for Dinner
If you are planning on going out for dinner then NOW is the time to make reservations. It may already be too late.
Most restaurants prepare a fixed menu for Valentine’s Day, so don’t forget to check if that’s an issue for you. HACK: it’s always nicer to go out for dinner 1-2 days before Valentine’s Day instead to avoid the crowds, avoid the fixed menu and have better service.
(photo by zemlinki!)
Sometimes it’s best to play it safe.
- Greeting Card
- Flowers (Roses are traditional)
- Nice clothes
- Plush Toys
- Going out for Dinner
- Spa Treatment
- Sex Toys
- Scented Candles
- Hotel room / Bed and breakfast
(photo by wasaby)
Things to Do
- Make dinner for her (practice the recipe first!)
- Hide gifts around the house with clues to find them
- Sneak “I love you” notes into their lunch before they take it to work
- Proclaim your love on the radio or in the newspaper
- Rent a hot tub
- Have an indoor picnic
- Buy yourself a gym membership to get ready for next year
- Offer to give up blogging :)
- … or rent a romantic movie…
Like one of the 76 romantic movies my girlfriend and I picked out.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Things to Give
- Something very specific to how you met each other and fell in love
- IE: first movie you saw, CD for concert you went to, etc
- Take sexy photographs of yourself
- Print them out at one of those grocery store print centers and then destroy the originals
- May require shaving your back if you’re a guy
- Instructable’s Valentine’s Day gift instructions
- Craft Magazine’s DIY valentine’s
- All Valentine gift how-to’s at Craft Magazine
- Something handmade from etsy.com
- Keepsake box with mementos from your first dates
- Make a card instead of buying one (card instructions here)
- Papercraft pop-up card
- More Valentine’s Day papercraft projects
- Write a love poem
- Make a scrapbook
- Print out romantic images from Flickr
- Origami flowers
- Girl Loves Robot’s mini VDay cards
- Custom “gift certificate” for household chores, sexual favours, etc.
- Sensual massage kit (oil, candles, blindfold, music)
- Take Valentine’s Day cards for kids and write X-rated limericks in them
- Collect your letters/email correspondence and have it bound as a book
- Create a photo album of pictures of the two of you
- Create a poster out of a picture of the two of you
- Commission a portrait painting (probably too late now)
- Homemade baked goods
- Printable awards of Best Kisser, Best Wife, Most Romantic, Best Lover, Most Understanding, etc
- Take a comic strip and replace the words with your own message.
- Mixtape of significant songs
- Custom t-shirt that says “Property of [yourname]“
- Create a jar full of little hearts with endearing messages on them
- Homemade gift basket (Bath items, scented candles)
Anti-Valentine’s (or Vinegar Valentine’s)
Sometimes Valentine’s Day is more fun to mock that to participate in, particularly if you’re single or getting out of a bad relationship.
Gifts That Will Get You in Trouble
- VD, as in Venereal Disease
- Meish.org’s Anti-valentine cards – THESE ARE EXCELLENT
- Sex-Ploytation: How Women Use their Bodies to Extort Money from Men by Matthew Fitzgerald
- A gift you’d like (new laptop, bowling ball, video game console)
- A collection of newsclippings and reports about blood chocolate and blood diamonds and how these two goods are produced by slavery, exploitation and death
Survival Guides for People Who Hate Valentine’s Day
Also, file this under things not to do: write a blog post about Valentine’s Day ideas and then don’t do any of them.
- 76 Romantic Movies for Guys and Girls
- Geek Valentine’s Day Links (Cards)
- Ode On a Silicon Yearn
- Perl Love Poems
- Tips for Shopping Online in Canada (and some of my favorite online stores)
- Gift Guide for Geeks
- WordPress.com Contest about Valentine’s Day
Idea Sources I Used
- LifeHacker’s list of VDay suggestions for 2006
- Unique Holiday Gift Ideas
- Valentine Gift Ideas at the Romantic
- Lovingyou.com’s Printable Gifts
- Anti Valentine
- Anti Vday
Most Popular Posts
The end of the year is always a time for reflection; here’s a list of what people found most popular in 2006 (based on my wordpress.com stats). Listed in order of popularity.
I am not a blogging expert (although I play one on the Internet), but I do try to learn as much about blogging as I can. I’ve been blogging for eight months and I have grown to around 3,000-6,000 hits a day and I rank as one of the top 6,000 blogs according to Technorati. I’ve had some blog success, but I am not a successful blogger.
What should I have done differently? This is a list of the mistakes I’ve made along the way.
Being naked sucks.
Not for you, but the people around you. You might be living the geek dream, but a chubby belly, pale skin, and the muscle tone of a newborn calve isn’t doing anything for the people who have to look at you.
That’s why t-shirts are good.
(bad example, she probably looks good without a t-shirt)
Nerds like shirts-with-funny-things-on-them like a fat kid likes cake. I don’t know why; I’m not a psychologist (although I play one on the Internet). But you can use that to your advantage. It’s might be too late to order t-shirts online in time for Christmas, but I thought I’d continue my Gift Guide for Geeks by taking a look at some of the best shirt choices on several popular websites.
If you’re a t-shirt addict, you might want to check out some of these fine blogs that are devoted to t-shirts: addic[tee]d, Preshrunk, iloveyourshirt, and tcritic. I’m only doing this for one post; they do this all the time.
On to the t-shirts!
Write what you know. In this case, what I know about is being a geek. Over the next few days I’ll be suggesting things that I liked. The list is sci-fi/fantasy/comic book heavy. Surprisingly low on the “computer related movies” tip, but we blame that on the fact that most computer-related movies suck ass.81 flicks in total, but I’m sure I’ve missed some. Leave a comment and tell us your favs. I didn’t include any movies I hadn’t seen, so that may be why your “this list sucks because it’s missing XXXXXX” was missing. Also, it is skewed to the mid/late-20s demographic.
Is this the definitive list that should be written in stone for the children of the future? No. It’s a geek listing some of his favorite flicks on a personal blog.
Links to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for each movie to make the list easier to cross-reference. Trailers are hosted on IMDB (but we have not double-checked that all of the links lead to a trailer). Movie review scores are taken directly from Rotten Tomatoes and provided for reference — if you have a beef with the numbers, take that up with the professional film critics of the world. It’s not my fault.
My girlfriend and I have done another list like this for romantic films. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.
(photo by ehoyer)
Firefox memory leak? It doesn’t have one. Unfortunately, because of the way it’s configured to run out of the box it *looks* like it has one.
Follow these simple steps to get your Firefox memory usage under control.
These configuration changes are a trade-off between internet browsing speed and memory usage. They are most useful if you are multitasking and need Firefox to be less of a memory hog while using other applications.
The title of this article is, of course, a reference to the Internet censorship that is rampant in China.
Mark Goldberg pointed me to the press release of “Project Cleanfeed Canada”. Canadian carriers Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, MTS Allstream, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw, TELUS, and Videotron have all opted in to a blacklist provided by Cybertip.ca, the Canadian tip-line against child exploitation. Mark is an advocate of putting censorship in place against websites that would be deemed illegal by Canadian Law (such as those promoting hate speech or sexually exploiting children).
I first came across Mark’s website when he was filing an application requesting the CRTC to authorize Canadian carriers to block internet content. I morally support blocking hate speech and child porn (who wouldn’t?), but the idea of having a national blacklist sends shivers down my spine. I would always prefer that illegal websites be shutdown rather than putting into power national filters that have the potential to be abused. I’m a pessimist, I believe that any form of censorship will eventually be abused despite its good intentions.
Nart Villeneuve has an excellent article that sums up my fear of government sponsored filters:
My friend Mike asked me if there was a quick way to get around the firewall that keeps him from being able to access his Gmail at work. I was surprised at how easy it is.
I don’t understand why Gmail gets blocked at work. I think it is much better that people are having their personal conversations using email@example.com instead of representing the company with every list of jokes, funny images, or comical videos they forward.
But enough of my diatribe against poor policies in the workplace. You can access Gmail using a different URL! They usually only block some of the web addresses.
I have one Gmail account I use to check the mail from 10-12 different accounts I’ve created. I create different Gmail accounts for different online activities:
- For friends
- For resume/job hunting
- For professional use
- For this blog
- For video games and video game modding
I set all of the accounts to forward to one Gmail inbox. When someone sends an email to any of these accounts, Gmail will automatically respond as that account even though I’m logged into a different Gmail account.
This is how I do it.
The Ctrl-Alt-Direction key sequence is supposed to be used for changing your workspace. On my computer at work it changes the screen orientation.
Ctrl-Alt-Up – right side up
Ctrl-Alt-Right - 90 degrees
Ctrl-Alt-Down – 180 degrees
Ctrl-Alt-Left – 270 degrees
(If that doesn’t work, try Ctrl-Shift-R)
This is a feature in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Which makes sense. But it looks like
ATI Intel copied the keystroke for the same “feature” in their video card drivers. I can’t think of a good reason why I would need an always-on keystroke for this on a desktop PC.
When creating a keystroke-mapped feature that only 1% of your customers will want to use and the other 99% are going to be confused by, put in a menu option to disable it and have it disabled by default.
To fix the issue press Ctrl-Alt-Up. To permanently fix the problem go to:
Start >> Control Panel >> Display >> Settings >> Advanced
Where it is after that it dependent upon your video card.
 Fictitious numbers to illustrate the point.
More Stupid Windows Features
- Configuring Windows Automatic Update to use manual installations and stop rebooting the friggin’ computer
- Bill and Steve’s Bogus Advantage – Turning off Microsoft Genuine Advantage legally
- The Exorcist Redmond – Monitor Display Turns Sideways or Upside Down
- FilterKeys Must Die – Disabling this annoying application
There is a new entry into the open source software code repository space: Google Code – Project Hosting. This will hopefully be a long awaited kick in the pants for Sourceforge.net which hosts many, many projects but it can be difficult to find the cream of the crop, compare similar solutions and weed dead projects from the results.
Update: I assume that the reader is already familiar with Sourceforge and I focus on what Google is bringing to the table.
Update: I wrote a guide on getting started with Subversion and Google Code hosting
Google Project Hosting Features:
The interface is clean, compact and concise. It is missing the abundant clutter that permeates Sourceforge and most programming tools. Avoiding “too many options” is something Google understands well.
After the break, all the features of Google Code Project Hosting as of launch 2006/07/28.