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|Wednesday, December 21st, 2022|
EDIT: I do not automatically friend back anyone just because they friended me – especially if I have no idea who they are and how they found me. If you're planning on hanging around in here, you might as well introduce yourself. If you add me and never say a word, I might not even notice you.
|Saturday, November 8th, 2014|
|Big Hero 6
People still go to Marvel-based movies and leave during the credits?
|Sunday, November 2nd, 2014|
|Thursday, October 30th, 2014|
Mr. Nibbles the cat did not appreciate being dressed up as a giraffe. We didn’t expect him to, to be honest. Anyway, the costume was too small for him; the velcro bands were long enough to wrap around him and hold the costume on, but there was no way his forelegs were fitting through the provided holes. (The costume was designed for annoying little yappy dogs.) Anyway, we took a few pictures while he expressed his displeasure, and then the costume was given to Storvik’s sehlat (a Vulcan teddy bear). The pointed ears actually lined up with the foreleg holes. In the background you can see Cthulhu also sporting a partial giraffe disguise; my stuffed creatures are infiltrating Richard’s large (over forty) collection of stuffed giraffes for various nefarious purposes.
I love the teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I think the usage of “I’ve Got No Strings” really works. For you young ’uns, that song is originally from Pinocchio; so its appearance in a Marvel trailer can also be interpreted as Disney marking its territory…
However, the way they made it sound ominous and creepy in the Ultron trailer also reminds me of how they used “Stay Awake” in this fake recut trailer for Mary Poppins. Take a happy, cheerful Disney song, make it slower and deeper with a touch of reverb, and you end up with something frightening…
|Wednesday, October 8th, 2014|
For those of you who have Netflix (and use it on your computer or through a browser interface), there’s a link – http://spoilers.netflix.com/spoil-yourself/
– which shows you the spoilers from the end of a random movie or television series. Keep clicking, and it keeps giving you another. Of course, if you don’t have Netflix, you can still watch this:
|Saturday, September 20th, 2014|
Drinking Dice - Make any Game a Drinking Game.
(I really want to see this one succeed.)
|Friday, September 19th, 2014|
|Tuesday, September 16th, 2014|
This is the music Apple founder Steve Wozniak brought to the people.
|Thursday, September 11th, 2014|
If the new U2 album is free, does that mean it's pro Bono?
|Sunday, September 7th, 2014|
|God, I’m Bored
A perusal of IMDb’s Most Popular Feature Films Released 1960 to 1969
and 100 Greatest Films of 1960s
shows that many of the top movies from that decade were adaptations (or re-adaptations) of books and/or Broadway musicals. There were also sequels, like the James Bond films Goldfinger
and You Only Live Twice
(the first Bond film was Dr. No
) or The Pink Panther
(the first Inspector Clouseau film was A Shot in the Dark
). Elizabeth Taylor starred in Cleopatra
in 1963; according to Wikipedia that was the fifth
version of Cleopatra
filmed (the first was in 1899!) They were also making movies based on the Bible for decades before the 1960s, so you could call movies like King of Kings
(1963) either remakes or reboots. The same goes for Shakespeare adaptations; Romeo and Juliet
(1968) was at least the third movie made with that title (the first was in 1936). And that’s just me scanning the lists and looking for titles that I recognize. There are probably plenty of others that are remakes, adaptations, or sequels but I just haven’t heard of them.
|Thursday, August 28th, 2014|
|Sunday, August 17th, 2014|
|Saturday, August 16th, 2014|
When I was in high school, a set of Chinese twins entered my grade in the middle of the year. They were a boy and a girl, named Ving and Ling Shangguan.
Both of them were in my trigonometry class. Ving sat right next to me, and turned out to be pretty cool. He told me that I could cheat off of his test if I would do one thing for him. Since I was failing trig and would sell my soul for the answers, I said, "Sure, anything."
He asked me how to legally change his name. He was sick of the name "Ving"; and when I asked him what he wanted his new name to be, he said "Lee. Like in Bruce Lee." Can't say I blamed him.
Ling overheard us. She said that his name had been passed down for generations and that their parents would disown him if he changed it. He didn't care. I offered to drive Ving to the town hall after school. Ling insisted on tagging along, so I brought them both.
As soon as we got there, Ving went straight to the desk, demanded a form, and pulled out his birth certificate. He started scribbling information into the paperwork; but about halfway through he stopped, looking conflicted. Tears started welling in his eyes. Apparently, that ancestral stuff runs deep.
He told the receptionist that he'd changed his mind, and just couldn't do it. She told him that he would have to pay a fee to cancel his request. Ling was so glad that he changed his mind that she grabbed some cash out of her purse. She was just about to hand it to the receptionist when a man burst into the town hall.
He was a short, elderly Asian man; wearing neon shorts, an American flag t-shirt, and Ray-bans. Apparently, someone had gone native. "Dad?" Ving said, staring at the man, tears running down his cheeks.
The father ran up and embraced his son and daughter, a huge smile on his face. "Don't stop, be Lee, Ving. Hold on to that fee, Ling."
|Tuesday, August 5th, 2014|
|Sunday, August 3rd, 2014|
|Wednesday, July 30th, 2014|
|Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014|
|Friday, July 11th, 2014|