|Four white kids killing a black(ish) guy? He probably had it coming.|
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
This wasn't really asked to me by someone else, but it's something I had to ask myself over the past few weeks.
I'll admit, starting a new job got the better of me for a while, and I found myself stuck between trying to make sure my schedule stayed consistent, attempting to get things done around the home, and still doing this blog. This caused a few projects I'm working on to stall, leading me to not have posts ready when I originally intended them.
This is why you were getting two posts on one day for a while. However, even that became rather overwhelming after a while, and I found myself needing to skip days just to get other (sadly) more important jobs done.
However, I'm swearing to redouble my efforts to keep this going strong from now on. I don't get a paycheck from it, and I'm not even really sure how many people look at it any given time (though based on the views per day, I'm steadily going up every week), but this has never been about that.
The purpose of this blog is to keep me writing and keep me mentally engaged. When work threatens to become my entire life, when I start to feel overwhelmed by everything going on, or when I just need something to focus on so I can reorganize myself and get caught up, this blog is that outlet for me. I get to practice my writing skills while finally having an excuse to see those television programs/movies/books/etc I've been meaning to for so long.
Now, granted, I could allow ad banners here in an attempt to make a bit of money off of this, but I'm putting that off until I know for sure this thing has actually become something bigger, which, I'll admit, it might never be. But in the meantime, it serves its purpose.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
So, I hereby present ten more video game covers that either boggled my mind growing up or make me look back now and wonder how this ever became a billion dollar industry.
Monday, May 26, 2014
So, to celebrate, we're looking international to see the top eleven products from other countries that are either rip-offs, broken, or just wrong on so many levels that they come back to hilarious from the other direction.
Major thanks to the website knockingoff.com for either supplying the images or inspiring me to find them elsewhere.
#11) Break So Bad
Suddenly this puts the show's alternate ending into a lot more context.
#10) Homer Pikachu & Spongebob Pikachu
I listed both of these because I simply couldn't choose which one was more disturbing. I'm leaning towards the Homerchu, though, if only because I'm trying to figure out how its digestive system works.
#9) Spider-Man Packing Heat
Okay, first off, is he wearing blue jeans? Second, does that bit of red text really suggest "enjoying the pleasure together?" Third...am I forgetting when Spider-Man low-crawled through bushes with a machine gun? Was this part of that stupid "Secret War" story?
#8) Game of Thrones Season 2 - Starring Thor
Well, if anything was going to get me to start watching the series, this would probably be it.
"Ymir is coming."
#7) Spider-Man is secretly the Terminator
Now THIS story I remember!
#6) The only two backpacks I ever want to own.
I'm really not sure what's the most impressive item here. The HOUsE MD Quake III Arena Pikachu Trent Flint From Prodigy Apple Logo backpack or the Harry Potter Obama The Hedgehog Ten With A Urine Stain And Two Flowers backpack. On the one hand, that's a pretty neat "10" medal "not Sonic" is wearing there, but on the other hand, I'd pay cash money to see Prodigy fight a Pikachu to the death for Apple products in a Quake III arena battle.
#5) The Best Fireworks Ever
With all the success of Godzilla, Pacific Rim, and Cloverfield, maybe we'll finally get that movie based on a giant Chewbacca terrorizing Seattle.
#4) Power Hulk(?) Figure
I'm sorry, but if I saw a comic book about the Superior Powered Thunderbolt Overlord Top King (or a movie under the same name) I would buy a copy for everybody I knew.
#3) He-Man Alcohol
There's tipsy. Then there's drunk. Then there's wasted. Then there's He-Man wasted, which lets you think naming a character "Fisto" is a good idea.
If anybody ever gets me a bottle of any of that, I will record myself drinking it and post the video online.
#2) Die Hard. A movie about footwear.
Based on the text, you'd think that the first movie was a more action packed version of The Devil Wears Prada.
...I never saw that movie, for the record, but I'm guessing Prada is shoes.
#1) Titanic-Bot (TRANSFORMABLE)
Oh, if James Cameron only knew.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
So, now in hindsight, I present the Top Eleven Songs I Forgot To Put On My Top Twenty List even though I know that math doesn't work.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Of course, the fact that they omitted that quote from the first movie should have been a warning sign, but I went in to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at least hoping for a sensible story and a few cute moments of character development. Did I get them?
Well, yes and no.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
And what's not to enjoy? When we last left off, Stellar Star and a robot named L managed to escape from a giant stop motion Amazon robot by falling down a lot and getting rescued by a ship with giant lasers. Obviously, whatever mission they're on, the right crew was picked out for it.
So the journey to recover the rest of whatever survivors were left from that ship from the beginning that we know nothing about continues, and we haven't even had a glimpse yet of David Hasselhoff! Hurry up, movie!
Monday, May 12, 2014
I, for one, had a deep fixation with Star Wars back in the 80's and 90's. I had action figures. I had posters. I had video games. In fact, I still have, buried in a box somewhere, an R2-D2 phone that chirps and bloops when someone calls.
However, I was fortunate to have a lot of my die-hard fixation on the series squashed when the prequels arrived. I still enjoy Star Wars, but it's more of a casual interest instead of being able to rattle off every single planet and alien species. I don't think I could quote the movies all the way through any more.
So, when I realized there's a film out there called Scontri Stellari Oltre La Terza Dimensione, my reaction was to say "huh?" Then I learned that, translated from Italian, it's Stellar Clashes Beyond The Third Dimension. So then my reaction was "oh, huh." Then I heard it was branded for the United States as Starcrash. My reaction was "interesting...but I'm not sold yet."
Then I was told it has David Hasselhoff in it.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
This isn't going to be a very long answer, but I've had this question sitting on the back burner, and while I still get acclimated to my new job, one that doesn't involve a lot of work seems appropriate.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Of course, to be able to say so, we have to know what the word means. So, let's dig into a few resources:
Let's go first to Merriam-Webster:
a person who is easily shocked or offended by things that do not shock or offend other people
I don't really get "shocked" or "offended" by things, necessarily. Sure, there are some things that bother me, particular words in the English language, certain types of behavior, but I don't think I'm "easily" shocked or offended at all.
Let's go to Wikipedia:
A prude (Old French prude meaning honourable woman) is a person who is described as (or would describe themselves as) being concerned with decorum or propriety, significantly in excess of normal prevailing standards. They may be perceived as being more uncomfortable than most with sexuality or nudity.
...okay, I fit a bit more into that definition, I'll admit. I do care about decorum and propriety. I think there are certain rules of conduct for how people behave around other people. I'm not 100% comfortable in large, loud settings with excessive drinking. I don't get caught up with groups at sporting events and scream my head off or boo an umpire or referee.
I'm not sure what "normal prevailing standards" are, though, since sometimes I seem to find myself around people who don't seem to care what they say or who's around to say it. Is that the "normal prevailing standard?" I hope not.
As for the last bit...well, we'll get into that in another article. For now, let's just focus on decorum.
I do want to point this out, though:
In historical contrast, the word prude was originally a noble compliment. Traditionally, it was usually associated with wisdom, integrity, usefulness, and profit.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
|Pictured: Karl Deuben, from Small Axe Truck, Jason Williams, from The Well at Jordan's Farm, |
Shannon Bard, from Zapoteca, and Chris Gould, from Central Provisions.
While a bit loud on the inside due to so many people talking and visiting (it was a giant social event and fundraiser, of course), I was able to make the rounds and try food and talk to a few people from different restaurants. I got to watch the chefs compete, though I really appreciate now the advantage of a camera doing all the hard work getting in with the chef and being able to see things up close.
|Just an example of one of the delicious bites I had. Well, not that one in particular, but another one just like it.|
Friday, May 2, 2014
However, when you incorporate the DC Universe into it, things get a bit crazy.