Posts Tagged ‘movie’

Well that was uplifting.

Update #2:  I love veggies.  Steamed but crunchy.

I got exactly what I was looking for tonight.  Steamed and crunchy!

Except it was my thumb.  I was the perfect example for my kids of what not to do.  Much like years ago when my dad was cutting a tough roast and slipped on the platter, driving the knife through his wrist.  One does not pull the blade out unless one is… well, one just doesn’t do it.  He turned pale and sat down hard.

Me, I stared at my hand in shock after pulling the plastic off the microwaved bowl of veggies.  I knew what I’d done and then I felt it, and immediately punched a wall.   No, it did not help.  Water-gel burn cream helps but not for a few hours.

It doesn’t actually look that bad but I’ll bet in a few days that sucker peels like a scalded hog.


Update – I am at work and taking a five minute break:

James Delingpole over at Telegraph.co.uk

Then the scientist issued a cut-out-and-keep guide of Signs That Show Man Made Global Warming Is Definitely Still Happening And That Cancun Won’t Be An Almighty Flop.

1. Warm weather

2. Cold weather

3. In-between weather.

4. Dark skies at night

5. Light skies in the morning

6. An unpleasant moist/damp/wet sensation when it rains

7. Ice appearing when the temperature drops below zero

8. Clouds rolling across sky in all sorts of funny shapes, some days like cotton wool, other days in streaks, and on some days not there at all.

9. Ursine subarboreal toilet activity

10. Strong new evidence of ultramontane sympathies at the Vatican


In case you’re wondering where I’ve been, I’ve been waiting still for nerves in my neck to die.  It’s hard to care about blogging when you don’t feel so hot and graphics are not easy to do on painkillers.  What a waste of three weeks.

Anyway, I just got done with “The Road”.

Sure, it was probably bordering on high art.  It was grey, bleak, post-apocalyptic, didn’t really show that many gleaming examples of humanity.  The photography was breathtakingly lifeless and was done with top-notch professional-quality.  Viggo and the lead kid who plays his son, their acting was impeccable.

But I hated it.

No one forced me to watch it but I still finished it, hoping for a glimmer of hope.  Let’s just say that the worst possible thing didn’t exactly happen but I’ll say this:

They’re all gonna die.  Sooner rather than later, I’m sure.

That’s it.  One hour and 45 minutes of my life that I won’t get back again.

It’s worse than a SyFy movie because at least then you get T&A, however bad the acting.

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Is it Chilly in Here?

Enacting a fight in front of a police office in order to create a “teachable moment”?

If that isn’t one of the more crass things I’ve heard of in a long time I don’t know what is.  It ought to be handled on the same level as filing a fraudulent police report at the least.

I’m sorry but this does fall under “racism” because it presumes a certain behavior based on skin color, which exactly falls under one of the issues that the civil rights movement was supposed to help alleviate.

Steams my clams.  The “test” was a no-win situation for the officer.  He could be accused of using too much force, too little force, or inappropriate response.  Talk about a “loaded” situation.


Last post generated some interesting comments based on a soundtrack to a movie that I found.

The Jackal (with Bruce Willis playing The Jackal).

It prompted the coldest lines I have yet to hear in a movie.

The Jackal: Ooh, that’s bad. The blood’s almost black, that means the bullet’s in your liver. You have about 20 minutes to live. If the pain gets to be too much, you can take your hand away. Then you’ll be dead in 5 minutes.

Valentina Koslova: When Declan kills you, you think of me, OK.

The Jackal: OK. I’ll make a note of that.

[grabs her head]

The Jackal: If you see Declan before you die, you tell him that he can’t protect his women.

Got any colder ones?  Love to hear ’em.

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Peter Graves died today.  All I need say is this:

Captain Oveur: You ever been in a cockpit before?
Joey: No sir, I’ve never been up in a plane before.
Captain Oveur: You ever seen a grown man naked?

If you know who Graves is, I don’t need to tell you where those lines came from.  If you don’t know who Graves is (in which case the above quotes may creep you out), may I suggest you start with “Airplane!”?

Then, move on to “House”, the episode titled “Love Hurts”.   Then go back to “Mission Impossible”.  Then cruise around awhile.  You’ll see him.

He was as recognizable as Leslie Nielsen, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Lee, Max von Sydow.  Granted, those distinguished gents fall all across the spectrum of acting and abilities, but all very recognizable.

You were one of the best, Mr. Graves.  Thanks for all the laughs.


The name of your yacht has bearing on your ability to do your job… how?

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Happy Groundhog Day!


Leave it to someone to try to hijack an idea and control it.  When you start charging a grassroots organization to speak at it (to the tune of $100K – good job there, Palin) and charging $300-$500-something to show up… you have just missed the boat and hijacked an idea. People are TIRED of this kind of crap thinking.

I have to agree with this:

“It seems to me like it’s going to be a bunch of people who want to stand in front of our movement and lead it as parade leaders rather than being somebody who wants to walk with us in the parade,” said Scott Boston, member of Bowling Green Ohio Tea Party Patriots.

I say we keep it low-level and keep going the way we have.  You don’t need a bunch of controllers if the idea has merit.  It’ll fly without a bunch of people pulling a “for profit” move.


I happen to like the little rodents.

I admit that I do harbor in my heart a dark curiosity, wondering what the little buggers taste like.  Especially the one in our back yard that gorged itself silly on berries (mulberries, to be exact).  He heard a noise one day and could barely speed-waddle over to the fence and almost couldn’t fit his girth under it.  I’d never seen a morbidly obese groundhog run before that.

Tomorrow night I will be watching “Groundhog Day” for my 53rd time.  Love that movie.  It’s like the Twilight Zone forced him to go through cognitive therapy the hard way, only without realizing it.  (yes, that’s a contradiction)


I hinted to Enas in the comments (in the last day or so) that I had a logo that the Lemur avatar came out of.  Here is the larger logo that has my friend’s shark added.  For the record we were both lifeguards so that explains the suits.  Neither of us are Swiss.  This was a very fun logo to do.

A variant on that shark – she knows lots about those splitty-fusey thingies so it made sense to make a rad shark:


I find the expression “backdoor taxes” to be particularly apt.


Came from The Patriot Post…

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Duré Wept

A faithful minion over at O’Boy and Asshattery – The Snark Years (dat’s Steamboat McGoo to those who know him)… the faithful minion, cbullitt, has passed on information that is disturbing and grievous.

The Hyperion Cantos – a four book set that so richly describes a world that it is hard to encompass it all without several readings – is to be made into a movie.  Now, while I have always dreamed of seeing the story come to life on film, I have small hope of it being done with due justice.


Dan Simmon’s official website has a note about it, here.  You would think that with the author’s blessings, it would be something I should stop worrying about.  But… authors have let movies be made before with bad results.  Hopefully if Mr. Simmons ever reads these words he will understand that it is out of deep respect for his writing that I’d even say all this.  It’s too wonderful of a story to let it be done wrong.  Writing the screenplay and directing the movie not be attempted by anyone less than an IQ of 145.

I get worried by statements like this:

King acquired the rights to the series several years ago, but its structure, inspired by Boccaccio’s “Decameron” and Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” and its multiple timelines made the task of adapting it into a feature unwieldy and challenging.

Brought in by GK Films’ Grey Rembert and Gail Lyon, Sands won over the execs by taking a selective approach to the two novels’ multiple points of view in a way that managed to coherently and unconfusingly tell the story.

The key words being “selective approach”.  Those words strike fear into my heart.

If you’re expecting a book review with a synopsis, you won’t get one.  There’s too many things to choose from and it would be a long review.  A long review would not be fair to you if you will be a potential reader because it will let you peek ahead when the story must be told as it is told by Father Hoyt, Kassad, Martin Silenus, Sol Weintraub, Brawne Lamia, and the Consul.

Suffice it to say that “epic”, “sci-fi”, “saga”, and “amazing” all fit quite well together here.  The characters are believable, they aren’t forced, they are good, they are evil, they are brave, and they are cowards.  The worlds are hellish, deadly beauty, fire, ice, mysterious, empty, and vast – and there are a lot of them.

And in case you are wondering as to the title of this post, Father Paul Duré is a main figure in all the books, and he self-crucified himself only to die and live again and again in a vast forest of raging Tesla trees.  And that was only part of the beginning.


United Airways had their little problem a few weeks ago, remember?  Just one week prior to that I flew to VA on business and had an experience.  No crash but I wasn’t tickled pink.  After the whirlwind day trip on their airlines I came up with the following summary, which I also sent in roughly the same wording to the secretary and the bosses:

(1) US Airways sucks.
(2) US Airways really sucks.
(3) US Airways really really sucks.
(4) Landing in Philly in high wind and turbulence sucks, too.
(5) Coastal VA is flat-out beautiful, even in wintertime, and if the company wants me to start a branch there, I’m up for it..
(6) On the way back (now NW Airlines) the Seat 21-C that our secretary put me on is not actually a seat in Row 21 on a plane per se, but is actually the left-side bathroom at the rear of the DC-9 model aircraft (thankyouverymuch).  I had to keep getting up every three minutes to let other passengers use my “seat”.  I suppose this is the result of some perceived slight on her part and I’m paying the price but it must be said that the ticket price is a tad high considering how little cushioning there is on the seats in the lavatories.

I didn’t walk away very happy with US Airways.  The planes were not in good condition, the seating was terrible, and I had to pay to get any kind of beverage at all.  At least on NW Airlines when I asked her if they were charging for a drink, the stewardess said “Yes, the price of a soda is a smile.”  She got her smile.

That said, the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 still has my utmost respect.  One hell of a job there.

Note:  21-C actually is a seat on a DC-9.  It is however, so close to the lavatory that you can hear toilet paper hitting the floor when someone drops a square.

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