Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The following is a list of people that I am tired of seeing show up in every single thing ever, and why. Warning: The following is a rant, which exempts me from having any logic whatsoever in my logic.
- Ken Jeong - Every time this guy is in anything, he is over the top, and not in a good way. Have you seen Community? Awful...he drags the show down, yet he is featured in every GD episode. Wasn't that funny in The Hangover either. He distracts from the main story line. The best funny people make those around them funny...He just seems to try and make every line in his performance all about how funny he is.
- Jane Lynch - Almost didn't watch Glee just because she is in it. Can't stand her...yet everyone seems to put her on this pedestal like she is the queen of comedy. Note to directors: Just because they are funny at improv doesn't mean they are funny when there is a script.
- Kristen Wiig - ok, you were pretty funny the first couple of seasons that you were on Saturday Night Live...and then Lorne Michaels tried to cram you down the throats of America, and I am sick to death of seeing you in EVERY EFFING SKETCH!!! Gilly is not funny, nor is the lady who tries to one-up everybody. So tired of your shtick. If I were in the audience for SNL and you tried to puke up another Gilly sketch, I would boo you on live television.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Absolutely brilliant. I don't know how these guys continue to come up with the brilliance (The Lonely Island) that they do, but they rarely miss. So funny....
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
- I am usually glad to see cold weather move in for about 2 days. Then I am sick of it.
- At least I am done with outdoor sports for now. Everything is indoors from here on out.
- I deleted my FriendFeed account. I found it to be essentially worthless to me.
- Bought myself a turntable for my birthday this weekend. I have never owned one, and wanted to see what all of the fuss is about. It is an interesting study in my behavior. I like listening to records, but is it because it is on vinyl only? The three records I bought, I already have on MP3. Why is it that because the song is through a needle does it make me want to listen? Does it really sound better?
- I think there is a difference in sound...the low end seems to be much fuller...but is it enough for me to say, "Yeah! That is what I was looking for!"? I don't think so...
- The records I bought were Boston's self titled, Rush's Moving Pictures and Led Zeppelin II. Two of those were made before I was born, and the other when I was 5. I thought that was pretty cool that those albums have stood the test of time.
- The only thing that my kids thought was cool about it is when we changed the speed of the record and it sounded like the chipmunks. They couldn't have cared less about anything else.
- Got some videos sent to me from the old guitarist in my first "real" band. It was so great seeing those old shows, seeing how inexperienced we were back then...the thing is, that the music was really, really good...
- Watching yourself perform publicly at 19 years old makes you feel old quick.
- Back then, I shaved my head very, very close. That wasn't a good look for me. It wasn't until I grew my hair back out that girls started to pay attention to me.
- I remember back then that my only goal was to play Trees...and when we booked a Tuesday night at Trees, we all jumped around and hugged each other, like we had made it.
- I want to say a special thanks to my family for putting up with all of that...we practiced in my Mom's garage (even though I didn't live there anymore) and were really loud...and they put up with it all, so thanks to ExplosiveMom, ExplosiveSisters and ExplosiveBrother.
- I also want to thank ExplosiveWife for putting up with the band stuff for almost a decade. That must have been rough on her, and I appreciate how much she put up with until I decided I was done.
- I still miss the heck out of it sometimes. Blogging just doesn't have the same rush
Friday, October 16, 2009
coming up with front page stories for their local newspaper. But your
front page picture is the high school band? And your big lead story
is that the window service at the post office is going to change?
Might want to consider going to every other day.
Explosivewife is running a 50 mile race this weekend In Amarillo. We
are currently on our way there. We just stopped at a little gas
station on 287 that proclaimed to have "Lean Restrooms". Obviously the
"C" was missing from the sign, butthat didn't stopy genius son from
asking " what is a lean restroom?". Mind you, he is a 13 year old
straight A student.
While waiting for the mens lean restroom, the gentleman that was
occupying it was taking quite some time, so we jumped to the womens
restroom (the place was empty). Upon returning to the car, my lovely
wife asks what took so long. I replied that the guy in the restroom
was giving birth to a baby so we used the other restroom. I jokingly
mentioned that he kept asking fir hot water and towels.
My wife believed me. "really?" she asked.
This is my wife and son. They tend to lack the common sense gene that
most people seem to have. Or don't, I have noticed quite a bit lately.
Sorry if there are typos. I am typing this on my phone as we drive.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Hi Blog! How are you?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
- I need to create a twitter account where no one knows it is me. There are a lot of things that I think people would be interested to read, but in no way do I want those thoughts associated with me.
- I went to see Metallica last night. I can't tell you how happy I was to get to see them again, especially after the new album and with the new bass player.
- I also heard that one of their engineers developed this new cool way to distribute low end at a concert that is supposed to be revolutionary. I will definitely say the sound was good. There is an entire register in my hearing that isn't there this morning.
- Here is a link (warning, really technical stuff here that will bore most people).
- The show was, for lack of a better word, incredible. I can't believe that these guys can put this kind of show at their age, for having done it so long.
- Interesting story from the night: A really drunk guy behind us started putting ketchup and mustard on my buddy's hat, and my other buddy stood up for him. Turns out that they were in the wrong seat, and the AAC upgraded our seats for the trouble. So, I went from sitting in the corner up high to the 15th row, dead center. That was awesome. Thanks, drunk asshole!
- My new Sony Reader is so awesome.
- I am currently reading the Dexter series that inspired the Showtime show. I am glad it just inspired them, because I don't think the books are very good, especially compared to the show.
- I have professed my love for Michael C. Hall before on this here blog, but reading the books to Dexter makes me even more impressed at how he is able to convey emotion in the most subtle way.
- ExplosiveSon is 3-0 on his football team, and he hasn't even touched the ball yet this season. But, I love his attitude, as long as they win, he doesn't care if he does a thing.
- Baseball is really his sport, anyway. He made me proud this weekend by doing very well in his tournament. I was happy to hear him say that he was sad that they didn't get to play more games, and how he wished he was playing baseball right now.
- It has reached the age group where he has to start showing that he can hang with the big boys, and he is starting to show it. I am very happy with that development. Next year, he is eligible to play on the JV team at the high school he will be attending.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Ok, so I just got finished watching the pilot to the show Community, starring Joel McHale and the legendary Chevy Chase. It was actually pretty funny, and I am looking forward to watching the next one.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
People of Wal-Mart is a really neat blog. What I don't understand is how they continue to come up with these pictures of cars with toys all over them. I have never seen one of these in my life! Is it because I live in Texas and toys would melt in the sun? Or is this a localized phenomenon?
Monday, September 14, 2009
- Good lord, if it doesn't stop raining soon, I think that mass suicides might start happening.
- My dog is going insane being cooped up in the house.
- Went bowling this weekend at the Brunswick lanes in North Richland Hills. When we got there, there were no less than 13 lanes that weren't being used, but we weren't allowed to use those, since they were being "readied" for birthday parties that didn't start for an hour and a half. Nice job on creating false demand for your crappy bowling lanes.
- Ok, I will admit, the Federer between the legs shot was cool...but go to any tennis tournament, no matter what level, and you will see that shot at least once. It was great and all because it was on the big stage, but most people who play tennis regularly can pull that off. I'm just sayin...
- I purchased a Sony E-Reader off of Craigslist last week, and it might be the greatest thing I have ever owned. The best part is that I can "check out" digital books from the Frisco library for 14 days. So far, I haven't spent a dime on books and I have PLENTY to read. It is awesome.
- I just finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Great, great read about medieval times, cathedrals, monks and Earls.
- I am currently reading the "Dexter" series, which is what the show is based upon. Good stuff.
- Man, is it great to have football back. Seriously, it might be the happiest day on my calendar to see the first Cowboys' game. (Especially if they win)
- I feel bad for the Rangers. They have done so well this season, and it looks like they are going to fall just short of the playoffs. It kills me.
- On the latest iPhone/iTunes update, you can upload Genius mixes to your phone, which is great. There is also an option that you can check that fills up the remaining space on your phone with music. Great idea, right? Not so much. Unfortunately, it fills up every inch of space, so you can't download any new apps, nothing. I think they need to add a setting so that it always leaves 50 mb or so, so this won't happen.
- I love technology (just like Kip Dynamite), but every once in a while, I am reminded how behind technology a lot of people are. I just had to teach someone how to use their new work-issued iPhone, and she looked at the thing like it had 3 heads and came from Jupiter.
- Speaking of Jupiter, I love me some Martellus Bennett, but he will only be popular if he can perform on a week to week basis. If he starts to screw up, people will be all over him for being unprofessional. Just be careful, MartyB!
Monday, August 31, 2009
I was fortunate enough to secure two tickets to the new Cowboys Stadium for Saturday's pre-season game against the SF 49ers. It was an unbelievable experience, and I am glad I got to go. Here are some quick hit, scattershooting thoughts, a la Barry Green:
- ExplosiveMom did us a HUGE favor and dropped us off and picked us up from the game. She dropped us off just East of Rangers Ballpark, and we walked from there. It was a trek, but not terrible. Luckily, we caught a break and it wasn't that hot.
- The stadium is so big, you think you are close to it. News flash: you are not close to it. Ever. You just keep thinking you are close, and you never quite seem to get there.
- If you plan on going, pay attention to your "Entry Gate". You can't just go into any door you want to, you have to go to the one they tell you. Unfortunately, Entry Gate "G" was on the farthest possible side from where we were dropped off. Fail.
- The video board is indescribable. Seriously, the English language does not have the correct words to describe this thing. It literally took my breath away.
- The floors of the stadium use that kind of coating that makes it look highly polished. It was a nice touch that really gives the stadium that extra bit of shine that make it stand out.
- Barry mentioned the "dance team" that performed just before each half. He was correct that it was like a stripper revue. I am pretty sure that their shorts were designed to encourage camel toe.
- I never would have known this if it wasn't for the video board. Again, this thing is impressive.
- There are still a LOT of problems with the game presentation, specifically that they still lack a constant scoreboard that is easy to see. I didn't find it until the third quarter. I was constantly wondering down and distance and how much was left on the game clock. That should permanently be on the video board.
- Speaking of game presentation, Jody Dean is TERRIBLE as the VOCS (Voice of Cowboys Stadium). This will warrant its own post later.
- Let me put the board into perspective. When they showed a cheerleader on the board, you could tell if she had removed her bellybutton ring. It is that big and that clear. I now know which cheerleaders have moles on which parts of their bodies.
- One of the coolest parts of the video board, obviously, is the replays. What makes it extra special is that you can see things like where Romo's eyes were looking, or you can see Wade Phillips say "dammit" after a holding penalty that costs his team a field goal.
- Lots and lots of crowd shots on the board, but they need to put a little more variety in the sections. I swear, there was one guy who probably had about ten minutes of face time on the board, because they would cut to the same section over and over.
- I am pretty sure there was one section where they wouldn't let you in unless your arm flab jiggled when you waved. They showed that one on the board a few times as well.
- Concession stand situation: Food was ok, but we didn't buy much. During halftime, we waited in line for about 20 minutes for nachos and a Dr. Pepper, while looking over at the "barbecue" concession stand with zero line. Might want to balance those out a bit in the future.
- Another weird thing that I can't decide if I like or not: While we were in line, not 20 feet from the entrance to the seats, we couldn't hear a thing from the game. No cheers, no PA announcements, nothing. Usually, when you are at a game and waiting in line, you can get a decent idea of what is going on by listening to the crowd, but you couldn't hear it at all!
- You have to make yourself watch the game action on the field. Gordo on the Ticket described it best this morning: It has a tractor beam. It keeps pulling you in, over and over again (the video board).
- You can never say again that you don't go to the game because you get a better view on television. Nope. Don't want to ever hear it again.
- However, it is perfectly acceptable to say you can't go because you can't afford it.
- Leg room was more than acceptable. I never felt uncomfortable, with my section totally full.
- One thing that is weird: Not being able to see the other side of the stadium, because of the screen. It is almost like you have that half of the stadium to yourself. It is hard to explain how it feels, but it almost feels like there is a divide and they are at a different game.
- Not one punt came close to the board in this game. I am sticking to my guns: The only way these guys are going to hit the board is if they are trying to do it, and if they are trying to do it, it is a terrible punt that they would get yelled at by their coach if they did in a game.
- They are still working out the volume levels. Music was kind of loud (but not as loud as I heard the first game was), but not overbearing. The commercials sounded pretty good, but the levels still need some work.
- There were a lot of the same complaints about the American Airlines Center when it opened, and they have worked all of those out.
- Did I mention that Jody Dean was awful?
- On our way out of the stadium (with about 4 mins left in the 4th), we were walking by one of the really, really close parking lots. There was a guy there waving us towards the sidewalks. As we were about to walk across the driveway, he stops us with his light to allow the car to go through, which I thought was really odd. Most of the time, the cars stop for the pedestrians, but not this time. I said to him, "You are making US stop? Geez!" and he said, "Hey, I don't make the rules.". So the rules are, let the car plow through pedestrians? I can understand if there was a huge stream of people, but it was me, ExplosiveWife and another couple following behind us. The car would have had to wait for 5 seconds, tops.
- The escalators up to the top sections give you serious vertigo. They are REALLY high up, and you can look over the edge into the abyss. Holding the handrails is highly recommended.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
God, if this isn't the truth. I must admit, I was guilty of this with my children, but why do all parents think that their child is the most brilliant thing of all time? I ran around telling everyone who would listen that my child's head size was in the 95th percentile. That means her head is big, so her brain is big, so she is smart! I heard a new parent the other day telling everyone that their son was in the 98th percentile in foot size! So effing what!
The new parent always amazes me, and they ALL do this. My nephew, who is the cutest kid on the planet, is suffering through a mild case of this right now with his parents, but his parents are nowhere near as bad as most parents. Just because your kid eats veggies two weeks ahead of schedule does not mean he is going to finally crack the genetic code when he gets older. Let your kid live! Just enjoy that they are there, and savor every moment.
And yes, I am a hypocrite, because I did this too. I will say, though, that it is allowed within the family. Outside of the family, I can guarantee you that no one gives a crap. :)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The Found Photos project consists of a collection of private photos which file-sharing users have unknowingly made public when installing P2P software.
The result is a pastiche of modern life upon which you can’t feel at least slighty guilty for intruding:
The Found Photos project started in 2004, while searching for mp3’s using a filesharing program.
After downloading a folder of mp3’s, I came across a folder named ‘pictures’ inside of the album folder, and found a handful of digital camera photos. This made me wonder what else was out there, what people are publicly sharing - after a few quick keyword searches I came across thousands of them publicly shared.
From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by Nick9000.
Monday, August 10, 2009
A couple weeks ago, a good friend asked if we wanted to accompany them to Superpages.com center (formerly Smirnoff, formerly Starplex) for Cruefest 2, featuring Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman, Godsmack and Motley Crue. I immediately agreed, as Godsmack has always been on my list as a must-see band.
- Some other observations:
- Vince Neil needs to hang it up. He only sang about half the words that I could tell. His voice sounded OK, but he looked like he was having trouble making it from one side of the stage to the other
- Sully is one of the best in the business.
- Don't bring your 10 year old kids to a rock concert and complain when people are dancing to the music.
- Don't bring your 10 year old to a rock concert, just to see them fall asleep on a blanket.
- Ladies: Wearing the straw cowboy hat with the brim folded down does not make you hot.
- Beer is expensive. Thank you to those who subsidized my buzz for the evening. You know who you are.
- The $16 margaritas contain about 25 cents worth of alcohol in them. You just paid $15.75 for kool-aid.
- I will give the props to the venue for having free parking. God bless you for that.
- You need porta-potties in the parking lot.
- Getting in and out of the venue, both parking and otherwise, was very painless. I was surprised.
- Mick Mars did NOT look well.
- Not a lot of teens there. Guess that really isn't their scene.
- Why do people insist on wearing black concert t-shirts to an outdoor concert in Texas in August?
- Godsmack's drummer might be the most entertaining drummer of all-time to watch. I wish I had brought binoculars.
Monday, July 27, 2009
- People like me, who are into the social networking thing, are going to say things like "Why can't we just have a conversation over Facebook like in the good ol' days?"
- I will use Twitter?
- MySpace will still exist?
- The Ticket will still be around, bragging that this is their 55th year of Training Camp coverage?
- There will be an iPhone? Will it be the Iphone 8GSwSHMS (8gSpeed with Super Hyper Mega Speed)
- You will hear Metallica played on KLUV (Oldies)?
- Barry Bonds will still be the record holder for career homeruns?
- Google will still reign supreme?
For those of you that don't know that much about me, I grew up in Burleson, TX (No, I didn't know Kelly Clarkson, but ExplosiveSisters were in choir with her). Whereas Burleson may not have the greatest reputation of all time (it is somewhat known as a hick town), I really enjoyed growing up there, but it was clear that I had outgrown the town shortly after high school. I still really enjoy going back, which is pretty frequently as ExplosiveFatherInLaw still lives there. Which leads me to my post...
Friday, July 24, 2009
Euless man arrested in possible road rage incident on Texas 114 | Crime and Safety | Star-Telegram.com
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
So, for ExplosiveWife's birthday, ExplosiveDad gave her $50 worth of gift certificates to Incredible Pizza. We had never been before, but I knew they had pizza, video games, mini-golf, go-karts, and bowling. We decided to finally take the kids there this week, but our expectations were pretty low.
- At least three times while we were in the arcade, an employee came up to us and asked us if we needed any help. Either we were having trouble scanning our card, or we looked lost, or even one employee who told us that there were 2 credits on a machine that "needed to be used", we found everyone there to be extremely helpful, and it looked like they enjoyed their jobs.
- The place was really clean. I was surprised, to say the least.
- The desserts were really good, if not a bit generic.
- You might read into what I am saying here a bit too much, but there was an element of "upscaleness" to the place. For example, if you have ever been in a Putt-Putt arcade, you know what I am talking about. A million kids running around, unsupervised, making things really crazy. The fact that you have to put down a decent amount of money just to get into the place kept that element to a minimum. That was nice.
- Not once did we encounter a machine that didn't have tickets in it. We didn't have to spend any time waiting for a machine to be serviced.
- The unlimited cards are good for Mini-golf, go-karts, bowling, everything. So, you can use your card until there are two minutes left and go play mini-golf. Sure, it wasn't the best mini-golf, but the kids enjoyed it.
- The best part of the night came when the kids played mini-golf and my wife and I got to go sit down by ourselves and enjoy dessert for 20 minutes. That was really nice, to have kind of a mini-date with the kids safely busy.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Ok, Dexter is a great, great show. ExplosiveWife and I are just getting into the third season, and we loved the first two.
Monday, July 13, 2009
About a month and a half ago, my boss was fired here at work. It was completely unexpected, no warning whatsoever. Since he and I worked very closely, I decided to go for his position. So, I put my nose to the grindstone and really focused on work.
Monday, June 15, 2009
- Does anyone else have those friends on Facebook that carry on personal conversations on their wall, and some of them get a little too personal? I have one of those...
- I saw two movies this weekend...one was intensely boring, and the other was much funnier than I thought it would be. The titles were Defiance and Bedtime Stories. You decide which was which.
- Installed a new back door this weekend. Couldn't have done it without my super-handyman brother-in-law. Thanks, bro.
- To return the favor, I used my BRAND NEW pressure washer on his house. Those things are so freaking awesome...they will clean just about anything, and it is kind of fun to do at the same time.
- I did get a blister from moving the wand side to side.
- That's what she said?
- ExplosiveKids have already told me that they are bored. Summer is only 2 weeks old. They are in for a hell of a time.
- I need a vacation like nobody's business.
- Remember those commercials that sang that song? I think it was American Airlines, but I am not sure...
- I am going to miss playing in a band...but I am not going to miss it. That probably makes sense in a weird way.
- I highly recommend everyone encourage thier kids to learn an instrument and try to get into a band. Even if they never go any farther than a garage, it brings so many different skills to the table.
- Are Russell Brand and Ricky Gervais really that funny, or is just the way they talk? Of course I think they are funny, but that accent makes them 10x more hilarious. It has been proven in laboratories.
- Received an ad in the mail for a lawyer who will protest your property tax for you. My wife was about to call them when a story on the news came on about that very firm and how they have had tons of BBB complaints. Whew...dodged a bullet on that one!
- Maybe I should change the title of my posts to Weekly Grind.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
- Boy, it has been a while. When you are shooting for a promotion at work, it is tough to find time to blog.
- Saw that a professional news organization spelled the word "lightning" as "lightening". Several of my fellow bloggers have the same problem. There is no "e" in the word that describes electricity that bolts out of clouds.
- I am an avid user of Google Docs. It just makes life way too easy. But, there are people at work who are such caveman technophobes that I don't even want to show it to them, because I would spend more time explaining and listening to them bitch about how it isn't Excel and they should just email them an attachment. That is the whole problem I am aiming to avoid!
- Do yourself a favor and decide right now not to be one of those people who avoids new things. Sit down and figure it out. Learn a new skill every week.
- You would be shocked to know how many people don't know about "Alt-Tab". Maybe you wouldn't, but I am.
- Racism disclaimer: I am anything but racist...but why don't black people know about Tommy Boy? Try it out sometime...95% of black people will look at you like you have 4 eyes if you ask them about the movie Tommy Boy. Seriously...test it out.
- I had someone yesterday tell me that The Waterboy was the stupidest movie they had ever seen. That cut me deep. I love that movie. :)
- I went all suburbia last weekend and installed landscape lighting at my house. It cost me about $150 and it looks FANTASTIC. I have gone outside my house every night before I go to bed just to look at how cool it is.
- ExplosiveSon's baseball team is disbanding. I can't say that I am entirely disappointed, but I will miss some of the Dads on the team that I have been friends with for a few years now.
- Isn't it weird how relationships work sometimes? You will see someone 1-2 times a week non-stop for three years, and something like this happens, and you will most likely NEVER see them again.
- That happens a lot at work. You see someone every day for years, and they move on, and you never talk to them again. Just...poof. Gone.
- I am the 4th result for Denarius McGhee in Google...he was the QB at Trinity high school last year. He signed with Montana State...that has got to be a change in scenery for a young man just out of high school, going from the metroplex to Montana. I wish him all the best, and I am going to keep track of him over the years. Let's see how well he does.
- We went to see TCU play Utah in baseball, and ExplosiveSon's new hero is Matt Vern, the TCU 1b. He has a pretty good shot at being drafted, and it will be fun to keep track of him as he develops.
- I played high school baseball with a guy who has been on the cusp of making the majors for several years now. He even was a September call up for the last two years, but he just can't seem to put a good run together to stay in the majors. His name is Bryan Myrow. Good guy...I wish he would come through Texas. I would go say hi.
- I miss blogging...I love just getting all my thoughts out stream of conciousness style. Not sure how much you like it, but hey, that is why I do it.
- ExplosiveSon has already put in his pre-order for "Call of Duty 6", but it doesn't have the "Call of Duty" tag on it anymore. It is now just called "Modern Warfare 2". He dropped the $80 for the collector's edition, but he doesn't even know what makes it a "collector's" edition. I think he is going to be disappointed, but I have been wrong before.
- Oh yeah...it doesn't come out until 11/10. He has some serious patience.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
The reason that you don't stand up in the middle of a ceremony to walk out is not only because it is rude. You might be ruining someone else's experience as well. Such as this woman, who decided to stand up at exactly the same moment as my son shaking hands with his principal to receive his induction into the National Junior Honor Society. Thank you for ruining this moment in my son's life because you couldn't stay seated for another three minutes, when the ceremony would have been over. I hope you made it to your car in time to avoid traffic.
- I saw a couple of movies over the weekend. Neither were very good, in my opinion.
- First, I saw Fireproof, starring Kirk Cameron as a firefighter going through a rough patch in his marriage. This movie, for lack of a better phrase, was so unbelievably average, it made me sick. It felt like I was watching a poorly-scripted play at church. Overt Christian overtones, stupid attempts at comedy, and more preaching than you get in an average year at church. Now, before anybody gets their panties in a bunch, I thought the message of the movie was good. As is usually the case with "regligious" films, it spent way too much time pandering to the audience and not enough time developing the story. It felt like I was watching a cross between an afterschool special and a Lifetime movie.
- The sad part was that I had several people recommend this movie as a life changing type of film. As a film per se, it was terrible. Absolutely awful. The acting was pretty crappy, and I HATE to be pandered to, and this was one of the most pandering movies I have ever seen. Seriously, it was like reading a childrens' book.
- I liked the firefighting scenes the best, especially the train sequence. That was kind of cool.
- The second movie I saw was Seven Pounds with Will Smith. Very, very confusing movie, but it all makes sense in the end. I thought that they kept us in the dark for too long, then accelerated the story too fast to catch back up at the end. Not a bad movie, good premise, but I just found it too hard to be emotionally involved because they just wouldn't give any of the story up!
- Baseball aside: We finally won our first game of the season on Friday night. We scored the winning run on a safety squeeze, called by yours truly. The funny part was that the kid that was batting had two strikes when I called it, but he had no idea he would have been out if he fouled it off, but I was counting on that when I called it. It worked to perfection, and I was as pleased as punch!
Friday, May 1, 2009
- I really, really like the show Fringe. Great story lines, has a very witty edge to it, and the guy who plays the eccentric scientist is great. But there are a couple frustrating aspects to it.
- One, they always (ALWAYS) get it right the first time. It is kind of like in Star Trek, how every week there was a 1 in a million chance that this could work, and it always did. In Fringe, the theories that are floated out there about what is going on are always dead on, even though they preface the theory with "this may sound odd, but...". I would like to see them get it wrong once or twice to make it a bit more on pace with reality.
- I realize how silly that sounded, especially if you watch the show. Reality is not this show's strong suit.
- The second thing that really bugs me about the show is that the people involved in the show still find things hard to believe. In this season, we have seen: A 12 foot long lizard/snake/scorpion hybrid, hands reaching out of computer screens, a giant porcupine monster, women who can become pregnant and deliver a baby within an hour, and people whose heads spontaneously explode. But every time that Agent Dunham goes to her boss in the FBI (who is head of a special task force related to paranormal/weird happenings) says something like, "You realize how crazy this sounds, right?". WHY??? DOES HE NOT KNOW ABOUT ALL OF THE OTHER WEIRD SHIT THAT HAS HAPPENED, OVER AND OVER AGAIN?
- Sorry for yelling, but you think that the writers of this show would have caught that by now. Everywhere she goes, weird crap happens over and over, yet they still act like they haven't ever seen anything weird before.
- I have a bet with a friend that I have to buy him lunch if the Rangers finish over .500 this year. It is one bet I would be glad to lose.