Saturday, March 31, 2012

Eventful Evenings.

I was one of the very fortunate people of the world to have Ari (one of my co-workers) cooking for me tonight. After work, she and another co-worker of mine came over to my apartment for dinner, excellent conversation, and a film. She made chicken fajitas, and boy were they delicious beyond words. It was a fantastic treat, and my home made angel food cake from scratch (no mix) was a huge success as well. Going back to work for a moment though. It was a very long day. I had one SED after another SED screaming and tantrumming, and trying to kill one another. And then of course when these couple of SED's were playing hockey of all things, one of the kids swung and as he did so another one came up behind him and smashed him in the head. Blood of course was pouring everywhere and I had to run and get something to sop it up with; it was rather gnarly and I tried not to look at it. I got out of work as quickly as I could; I didn't want to get trapped there just in case something happened. As of now I am quite exhausted so my peace about Hugo, the film we watched tonight, will be succinct. Basically it was boring, and I still don't think that it deserved that Academy Award for Cinematography, but each to their own opinions. The only character that I liked was the girl, Isabelle, and I enjoyed the small role that Christopher Lee played; it's always great to see him in films these days with especially how aged he is becoming. I don't know what all of the fuss was about; the film wasn't that great, and it wasn't even that diverting. I only wanted to know the answer to the mystery. Two things that stood out to me philosophically was that Martin Scorsese was showing his stand on film preservation and attempting to connect young children/generations to silent films, that ancient and long forgotten art form...until recently made reprisal by The Artist. Half way done with my work cycle; two days left. All I want to do is sleep right now, so I think that is what I shall do. Have an excellent first day of April everyone.

Safety Not Guaranteed Trailer. This actually looks relatively interesting, if it doesn't have a predictable ending that is.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Slips of the Memory.

Well aside from a few screams, and some objects thrown at my head and stomach it wasn't too bad of a work day. I had a to play teacher for one of the SED's that were suspended from school, and assist him with his....assignments that he had been sent from school. It was a bit tenuous at times, but we were able to finish everything with everyone still intact. Oh yeah, the memory slip. When I handed my rent to my apartment manager, I had accidentally given her the wrong check and the check I meant to send her I mailed to somewhere else. I have never made such a grievous financial error, and it is rather ridiculous. I don't even know how I mixed the two checks up, unless I made two checks identical thinking that I didn't. I suppose I should check my checkbook and find out. Well I hope that everyone enjoys their last weekend of March as April is right around the corner.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Old Memories.

Since my computer where I do all of my gaming on is at the moment inoperable lest I risk blowing it up in a manner of speaking, I wasn't able to relax entirely the way I was planning on. Instead I loaded music onto my new laptop computer, did some cleaning, and began reading a ridiculous book I got from the library: Deceived. Which is of course a Star Wars book which most likely will end up sucking because the guy who wrote it sounds like a bloody amateur so far, but it looks interesting so I will continue to read it. The bright spot to the day was that when I was perusing Netflix for something musically entertaining I came across this old comedy from the 1970's starring Tim Conway called The Billion Dollar Hobo. Perhaps it doesn't sound overly familiar to many of you, but I grew up watching Tim Conway and this particular film as well. It was a film during a type of era where comedy was clever, witty, and most importantly on average rather clean. Seeing the film again after so many years brought back a lot of good memories from when I was young and was a reminder that my childhood wasn't all that bad despite my perceptions of it at times. I also happened across this documentary series about a previous U.S. Navy SEAL who explores and reviews powerful, cutting edge military weapons from across the world. That was really cool. Ever since my shooting adventure in Montana, I love the idea of shooting guns, and I have always liked blowing things up and thus seeing things get blown up. The rest of the day was uneventful. Getting back into the work saddle again after my days off should be fun, but honestly I can't really complain. I keep working there, and simultaneously continue on with my writing and something will happen in regards to my writing becoming profitable....at least that is what I hope and pray for.

People Like Us Trailer. Drama/ Comedy that looks fairly interesting.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Music Lesson.

Well today was filled with a little bit of interesting, muted excitement and boredom. My day began as it usually does, and then later on I went to this jr. high school to see one of the SED's that I work with perform in her music class, and to also chat with her teachers about my book. She actually want's to take the song in the first book and with the assistance of her teachers write music for it. I was there to kind of give moral support and directional advice; it was really an interesting experience to see an abundance of children once again at that age group. What they talk about, how they act, and any other mannerisms that they may possess. Excellent source writing material, especially for that age group. Later on, after I got back to my apartment, I finished watching the last episode of The Borgias season 1 which I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed. Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander was beyond phenomenal and part of the reason that attracted me to watching the show. An actor that I have grown very fond of is Francois Arnaud who plays Cesare Borgia, the Pope's oldest son. He plays a fantastic character, and he's a very talented actor as well. The remainder of the cast was perfect for their characters, but those two are the main attraction for the show. Not only do I love historical dramas, but there is something about medieval and renaissance Popery that is so very fascinating to me; all of the political intrigue that happens with the Catholic church and the European powers as well. I highly recommend the series to anyone, and it so happens that the second season will soon be upon us, but like the first I will be waiting for it to come out on DVD in Netflix. I also got to watch the first episode of Dexter season 6 on the DVD which was very nice. It has been a long time since I finished watching the 5th season of Dexteri....I think it was back in September of last year. It looks good, but I'm assuming it will be a while before that season is released on DVD as well. I don't know why it takes so long for television shows to be released on DVD than films; I think they do it simply to annoy everyone. I had dinner tonight with a great friend, Tim, who also doubles as my tech support for computers or anything of the like. He was able to diagnose my PC and get to work on the solution for the problem, and he also cleared up my Laptop computer of some unnecessary stuff to speed it up a little. He's a lifesaver and an excellent friend; I firmly believe that everyone needs a good tech friend. So the end of the day approaches, and so thus I must prepare myself for some lovely sleep. Take care world.

The Borgias Season 2 Trailer

The Borgias Documentary

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy Hunger Games!

"May the odds be ever in your favor." Or something like that. Yes today I braved the movie theatre and saw The Hunger Games despite my reservations about the film. My sister convinced me to see it, and although it was relatively entertaining, I didn't care much for it. I personally think it is a teenybopper film despite the gravity of its subject matter which about ruins it for me; epic teenybopper films like this and Twilight really aren't my forte. To those of you who enjoy this though, good for you. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen was about the only really good thing, aside from the excellent costume and make-up design, that I took away from this film going experience which is why I gave it an "Admirable Ability" rating. There was something I just didn't like about it, and I am still trying to figure out what that was. Despite having good pace, there was something that bored me. Anyways. I had quite the busy day running errands, doing laundry, and all of that ever so charming day-to-day responsibility crap that adults have to do. I just finished reading the local newspaper and The Wall Street Journal. I won't step into politics, but the next couple of weeks should be very interesting, especially what comes out of the U.S. Supreme Court. I suppose for the most part though, my day was quite ordinary despite being quite busy. I've been watching a lot of Frasier lately, and I have to admit that I get a lot of good laughs from that show every time that I watch it, and would like to thank my sister Paula for getting me into it. Well, since the Clone Wars season 4 has come to a magnificent conclusion there will be no more of that until season 5 begins in September later this year. Looks like I am going to have a fairly busy week, so I'm going to watch something on the television and then off to bed.

The Hunger Games Trailer

Interview with Jennifer Lawrence about making The Hunger Games

Monday, March 26, 2012

Charging With Shards!

You'd think that nothing would surprise you, but even when a nine year old child screams that he is going to kill you b^*ch and then charges at you with a jagged shard from a CD that he just broke in his hands, that gives me pause for thought. Now, this did not happen to me tonight but one of my co-workers instead; the SED was very fortunate that I wasn't present when it was happening. The rest of the day was good though with very few problems aside from some miserable tantrumming. I am immeasurably thankful that my days off are here, and will enjoy them while they last. Have fun working all week people, or doing whatever it is that you do.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Oozy Liquids.

Well today was mostly lovely. I slept for a nice long time, and it was some of that really good, deep dreaming sleep. Work went quite well, aside from the fierce winds and lots of rain. One of the clients acquired a nose bleed (which she probably inflicted on herself for the attention) and got blood all over the bathroom, and guess who got to clean it up? Me of course, and blood and I don't get along very well. Not even talking about blood and things related to it, and things like get blood drawn go over well with my stomach. I nearly vomited while cleaning up this SED's blood, and I would have if there had been more. Then later on a co-worker of mine was talking about this one show where people have crazy addictions and what not, and she showed me this one about this girl who drinks finger nail polish! Apparently she is down to five bottles or so a day. I haven't a clue how this woman's body can handle consuming that stuff, but from the way she talked and appeared it was obvious that she was doing something. She also showed me a video of this one woman snorting a massive handful of baby powder. And I thought that the SED's that I worked with were weird with highly odd behaviors. What a dark, and strange world this is. Hope everyone had a great weekend, and now it is back to work for the rest of you. Enjoy.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Half.

All I can write is that my short term memory is crumbling left and right; I think I'm truly getting physically and mentally older more quickly than I should. That may in truth though have something to do with how poorly I take care of my body, which unlike years ago I was able to do and have no repercussions now not so much. Anyways. Work went well, and no shoes were thrown at me so that was lovely. Came home and watched a few episodes of The Borgias, which I have been enjoying a good deal lately. There is something about the popes from that bygone age that captivate me, and Jeremy Irons is of course amazing to see as a Pope. Hope everyone's week is going well; mine is now winding down, and hopefully tomorrow is peaceful for the most part.

Friday, March 23, 2012

In Flux.

Well today went very well, aside for a few shoes getting tossed at me and striking me right in the middle of the chest. Fortunately the force behind them wasn't very strong or the shoes very big, otherwise I would have been writing something a lot different at this moment. Nothing else really adventurous happened today, which considering my job it is a good thing, and even the lazy co-worker wasn't so bad, although she remained very lazy for the most part; can't win them all I suppose. The rest of the evening after work was filled with minor boredom and rest, which was fine by me. I finally saw a film that I have been wanting to see many years now, and although it wasn't anything epic per se, it was quite entertaining. AEon Flux was a relatively diverting film which starred Charlize Theron, which was the main reason why I wanted to see the film. I must admit that she/her character was the best part of the film, and quite intriguing as well. Marton Csokas as Trevor Goodchild was a fantastic idea, as he is usually quite something to watch on screen. The plot and story line were for the most part quite original and well done, although there were also a few glitches here and there that didn't come across very good. Over all I think that I'll give it an "Admirable Ability," it was rather entertaining and enjoyable and I might even watch it again, and I would even recommend it to other people. I just wouldn't watch it very often. Well, that's about it, although right now I am watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and the episode has a very young Ashley Judd; wow she wasn't always good at acting like most of the cast of the science fiction series. Anyways, have a good weekend everyone as I work and try to dodge all potentially incoming objects.

Aeon Flux Trailer

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"I See You."

Almost after 3 years I have finally watched the film Avatar again after seeing it so long ago back when it first came out. I was actually still working at Seattle's Best Coffee as a barrista, boy I am so very thankful that job ended and at least I have the one I have now. Which by the way, I received a lovely raise according to my boss last Monday. And that issue at work that I thought that I might have most likely will be nothing, so hopefully when I return to work tomorrow everything will be mostly as I left it. Back to the film. Visually it is as brilliant as I remember it, but the story and plot annoyed me this time around. I get the whole we are one with nature thing, but James Cameron painted such a dark picture of humanity and for some odd reason linked technological advances and machinery with evil. People/individuals are what can make anything evil, can being the keyword there. I know Mr. Cameron wants to save the oceans along with most of the Hollywood elite, but how about we save the people on this planet, and then perhaps with right thinking we will begin to have right actions as well which might keep the environment on this planet in good shape. That is my soap box speech for tonight. It was still entertaining, but the absence of 3-D and a big screen really was a minus. So why may you ask did I wait so long to watch it again, especially after I owned it for so long? Well I finally got a nice sound system for my television today, which along with the television and Bluray player I have made for the best viewing experience that I could have gotten outside a theatre. I also finally obtained a new laptop computer as well, which is what I am typing this on at the moment. I figured that it was about time to update since I am going to wait on the tablets to come down in price and get better technologically. And after all I can't play any of my games or CD's on a tablet, so it wasn't quite for me yet. So with hooking up the new sound system and toying with the new laptop I kept myself busy. Didn't get any writing done unfortunately, but that may change with the acquisition of this new....toy of mine. The Samsung sound system that I got (a soundbar) is really great and pumps out a lot of sound and has a few really cool features; it is nice once again to immerse myself into a film more fully after having an absence for a while. For me, not having surround sound while watching a film takes away negatively from the experience. Anyways. Tomorrow I return to work fully energized and read to take on the crazy SED's! I write that now, but probably won't be thinking it tomorrow.

Avatar Documentary

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Temet Nosce.

"Know thyself." Yes I finished off The Matrix Trilogy with Revolutions. All three films are heavily steeped in philosophy, which you can overlook if you simply want to watch the film for pure enjoyment, but I like to see what lies beyond the obvious. I have read a little bit about Joseph Campbell and his work, and if you really want to understand The Matrix and even Star Wars then reading his book series "The Masks of God" which I believe there are about 4 books in the series. They are very comprehensive, very long, and could be construed as exhaustively boring. However, they are a sure way to learn if you are open to the challenge and wish to broaden your mind more. So anyways my day was filled with nothing but boring adventures, although I was able to get a tiny little bit of writing done and some updating work on my website. You know that I am so forgetful that I forgot that my website's 3 year anniversary was last month on the 17th. I guess I'm not that surprised that I forgot; oftentimes I can have a one track mind, which is good for that one thing, but many times everything else falls by the proverbial wayside. I cannot believe that it has been 3 years since I launched my website, and well over a year since I launched my blog. Although my blog is doing far better than my website in numbers, the amount of material on my website has become so voluminous that it is getting increasingly difficult to keep track of it and all the links when I go through and update everything. More countries across the globe have accessed my website, but there have been more hits on my blog. I guess you can't have everything, but give me some time. I think I will celebrate this weekend; I shall have to try to find some people to celebrate with. Well tomorrow might be a little bit more interesting, so on that note I will leave you all. Oh by the way, you should watch the videos below as they are quite thought provoking and cool.

The Matrix Philosophy Documentary.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Trailer. It looks quite interesting, and since I thoroughly enjoyed the remake of the original series that was on the SyFy channel some years ago, I think I might enjoy this one as well.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Yes. We Will Start With Revenge."

So I exchange one trouble for another trouble, but such is life. I finally got my previous financial problems associated with my previous roommate resolved at last today thank goodness, but then I might have a potential problem brewing at work. If the Force is with it will only have remained a potential difficulty and nothing more, but if not life could prove to be irritatingly burdensome. Security is mortal's chiefest enemy, especially in the work place; Shakespeare knew what he was talking about. Since my financial house is back in order I went grocery shopping at last today after running quite low on supplies, and made myself a very scrumptious dinner. I watched Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as it came out on DVD and Bluray today. It was still as suspenseful and compelling as when I first saw it in the theatre. Gary Oldman truly delivered a fantastic performance, and it would have been nice had he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, but I suppose I'll have to be content with the knowledge of how good of a performance he gave. So today it will be the last Clone Wars Tuesday for a long time since the season 4 finale has come and gone; Revenge. Yes Darth Maul returns back to what he was (with some changes) in The Phantom Menace with some help from Mother Talzin. That has got to be one of the coolest villains/slash not villains in the history of such individuals; I would love to know more about her and the Nightsisters. Savage Oppress was much better in this episode and the previous one than in the last season, and he makes a good balance to Darth Maul who sounds and comes across as much more sophisticated, better trained, and cool headed. Sam Witwer was phenomenal as the fallen Sith Lord's voice and ever since his performance as The Brother in last season I was anxious to see him reprise his voice again in the series. The plot of the episode is very simple; Darth Maul wants to kill Obi-Wan Kenobi for trying to kill him and taking subsequent years away from him. Obi-Wan fights Darth Maul and Savage, but he gets some unlikely help from an old enemy which I thought was an odd but interesting turn of events. It was a good season finale and perhaps the best yet of the four seasons, and it even had the best season opening as well. I think overall season four was the finest yet with many marked improvements in story telling, visual depth, and character development. Well there was my day; kind of boring with no writing accomplished. Got plenty of sleep and a fully stomach; sometimes you can't ask for anything else but that.

Clone Wars clip from the Season 4 Finale "Revenge"

Latest Snow White and the Huntsman Trailer. It actually looks quite good, and perhaps even a little bit impressive despite who plays the role of Snow White.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Koalas & SED's: What They Do Not Have In Common.

First of all it was a rather okay day at work; there weren't any restraints, escorts, biting, scratching, kicking, punching, spitting, or lightsaber maneuvers with fluorescent light bulbs (thank goodness). There was some occasional tantrumming and screaming, along with the odd SED punching the wall because she has nothing floating around inside of her brain that allows her to process and think. Oh and she beats herself up just to get some attention from us the staff (she is an attention whore, pardon the language. It's pretty ridiculous.) Anyways. You're probably wondering about the title. Well one of my co-workers was looking up random things on her phone and found out that male koalas have a bifurcated penis with two tips and everything, and female koalas have two vaginas, with two.....wombs essentially although the other word escapes me. Kind of weird though huh? Well, if anyone refers to you as their little koala, now you might have a different picture in your mind. That's just one of those fascinating little tidbits of information that I know you probably never wanted to know, but after hanging around crazy kids for four days it made me laugh, and I know for certain that I'll never forget it. Have a great work week everyone.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Anyone For Chaos?

Well the say seemed like it was going alright. I had a lovely almost 2 hour phone conversation with me mum where we almost solved all of the world's problems, but we weren't able to figure out how to lower oil prices. Work was going well for such a long time, minus a few bumps and bruises, but then at 7pm nearly three of the SED girls suddenly all go off and become assaultive, acting crazy, destruction of property; all of those "lovely" things that crazy kids do. I was clueless about this happening for a while since they were outside and I was inside with the SED's who were doing fantastically. After that the rest of the evening went well. Oh you want to hear something so gross that you might vomit while you read it? Well, a couple of days ago (Friday night I think) this one SED girl was bashing her head against the wall or something (she really has nothing going on inside of that head of hers; truly) and then she began to profusely bleed. As everyone was working to help her stop the bleeding, the SED took it upon herself to rip part of her menstrual pad and stuff it inside of her nose to stop the bleeding. Apparently it worked, as the bleeding stopped shortly after that. Be very thankful your children aren't like this, and that you don't have to work amongst this clientele. Thank God I only have one more day until my "Friday!"

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I do not really know too much behind the celebration of this day; St. Patrick's Day, but I know it has something to do with Ireland, and Irish mythology, but that's about it. Now my day was not full of luck, but it wasn't that bad either. Many of the SED's almost had blow outs, but I dodged so many bullets I was even amazed with how well things went, when they could have gone south so very fast. Okay so my day was therefore okay with nothing really extraordinary happening. It rained and rained pretty much all day, which is the kind of weather I love, but it was difficult for the SED's since they couldn't get outside and run off all of that internalized anger and energy. Also, it adversely affected drivers and their ability to pilot their vehicles while it was raining. The way in which people were driving, particularly how slow they were going you'd think that it was sleeting, or that ice and snow were on the roads. I got home though, relaxed, and will hopefully have a splendid night of sleeping. Take care everyone, and have a good weekend. Hope all of ya have all of the luck in the world shine down upon you.

New Trailer for Prometheus. Looks similar to Aliens but still looks really good and interesting, hope it really is that way.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Work Goes On.

So the lazy co-worker of mine was actually able to keep up be useful today thankfully; I was lucky this time to not have to do all of the work, or even most. The SED's even had a relatively good day, with only a few bumps throughout the day. Got home and began relaxing. Watched a rather boorish film Practical Magic, and despite the good cast and the fact that there was magic in the film, it wasn't that good. Spoke with my best mate from Montana, who appears to be moving up in his career as a policeman; he's hoping to attain a high position within the county and I know he's going to get it because he is one hell of an officer. Well, the day was ordinary in many regards, but honestly I cannot complain. Wishes that everyone has a good weekend off, or even if you are working have a good weekend. Try not to let the world's troubles drag you under.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Only One He Ever Feared.

Well today was much better than yesterday in more than one way, but there were also the low points but they were few thankfully. Stop the presses though because this just is....................YES I have finally completed my Witch story, which is called Ravens in White. It is about 3 witches that live in Washington D.C. and live very successful and powerful lives in their own coven. Each of them have something in common though; they were brutally raped when they were young. This story really isn't about magic as much as it is about one of the women in particular, and her quest to find peace and rest. For me the magic is mere background to the real action and relationships taking place in the high society where the rich and powerful hobnob with each other, and yes I even mean the President of the United States. Now I won't spoil any of the story, but I will say that infiltrating the White House can mean many things. I actually used Bing! to locate floor plans of the White House and its different wings (it's amazing what you can find online). You all should give it a look sometime. That took me about three and a half hours to finish that, but it might have been more; time was just flying by once I was in the groove. Oh I would like to thank my sister Paula for the inspiration for this story. If wasn't her basic idea for "Witches infiltrating the White House" this story would have never been born. For dinner I treated myself and ordered Pizza Hut; pepperoni with black olives and stuffed crust is amazing, although I would be more pleased if I didn't have to worry about being lactose intolerant. Taking pills for that stuff is okay, but I really wish it was just like the old days when I didn't have to worry about that kind of thing. Oh well, there are far worse things I could be experiencing, so I will count my blessings. For my viewing pleasure I watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and I really enjoyed it, minus the ending and a few other things here and there. I really wish that they would have had a better wand duel between the Dark Lord and Dumbledore, as well as Sirius and Bellatrix. It is an entertaining film though, and that is what I paid for it to be; leave the deep stuff for the Oscars. Can't believe my work days are upon me once more after three days. I remember when I used to have four days off; wow I can't even imagine how I was able to work a little over 43 hours in 3 days. That's probably why that 4th day came in so handy. Well I hope that all of you begin to have a marvelous weekend. Hopefully I will despite working with a bunch of crazy children, and frequently lazy adults. Ciao!


Dark Shadows Trailer. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's new film. Looks very....very...well...interesting I suppose. Not really quite what you think when you begin watching the trailer.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Wand Battling Documentary.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Reloaded.

It was just one of those days today. More bad news on top of more bad news; I am getting so sick of bad news. Bad news in my personal life. Bad news on the political front. Bad news on the economy. Bad news happening in Syria. Bad news is so prevalent right now in the world, that I think we are all ready for some gooey, happy rays of sunshine. Despite all of the bad news, I was able to get some writing done, although it wasn't much because my mind was so distracted I really couldn't focus. Writing can be difficult enough, but when crap is happening all around you it makes it doubly difficult to write. So what else did I do but escape into the world of computer games, television, and candy. Not the most useful sort of behaviors, but when one is coping with life it is best to find coping strategies that aren't.....immediately damaging I suppose. Eating candy every day for the rest of my life wouldn't be a good idea, nor would playing computer games; I really should actually use those things infrequently and I try along with television, but for times like these it cannot be helped. I watched The Matrix: Reloaded since I saw the original either last week or the week before and it was nice to see after so long, despite my irritating Bluray player having some glitches throughout the viewing experience. I really enjoyed that film, with the exception of a number of scenes. Two of my favorite are the scene with the Merovingian - "...Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those without..." ".....Action, reaction; causality the only real truth." And then of course the scene with The Architect "...Concordantly, ere go, inexorably...." I suppose some time I'm going to have to watch the 3rd film. A lot of people didn't like the last two films, but I do; all of the philosophical ideas and notions filled in both films are beyond interesting and incredible to ponder. It isn't for everyone though. My Witch story continues to progress, and perhaps if I am able to focus tomorrow I might be able to complete it but I ain't keeping my fingers crossed or anything else for that matter. Concerning the second edition of my first book and the progress that it is making, all I can say is that my publisher is acting very slowly and that I'm about ti lite a fire under their slow acting backsides. It is being set into a text block, and I am soon to be assigned a cover artist for the new cover art which should be quite exciting......whenever I get to that part. Here is hoping for a better tomorrow, and for that soppy, happy laden phrase "I really do want world peace" (that's from Miss Congeniality by the way; very funny movie).

Latest Battleship Trailer. Looks good, almost like Transformers. A Pity though it's about an alien invasion. Can't make anything original.

Behind the Scenes of Making The Matrix: Reloaded the "Architect Scene."

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Revenge.


Ah how depressing; my first day off has come and gone already. I didn't get much done in the way of writing today, but I did a lot of apartment work like laundry, cleaning, and my lest favorite thing to do washing dishes, which always seems to take forever to do. I also had a lengthy phone conversation with my sister Paula, and then a friend later on. So I was definitely busy, minus the few hours that I was relaxing. Today it happens to be Clone Wars Tuesdays and for those that have been eagerly awaiting (which is mostly Star Wars fans) Darth Maul returns, although not really quite the way and form that I was originally thinking. Savage Oppress is following the amulet that Mother Talzin gave him, which takes him to a world essentially made up fire and burning metal; kind of like a living hell. There we find Darth Maul, but not quite the same state in which we saw him in The Phantom Menace. Well....I must admit that this episode wasn't what I quite thought that it was going to be, but that doesn't mean that it was all bad. It was kind of a let down and actually rather dull. I'm not quite certain why they had a slithering snake that talked and bugged Savage during his quest, and although it works this episode could have been written so much better, I mean far better. I will keep in perspective that this is a children's television show primarily, but still it could have been written better. The setting was great, Savage was awesome, but everything else that happened on the planet Darth Maul was discovered at left much to be desired. I liked the cameos by Dooku, Mother Talzin, Ventress, Anakin, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, and Yoda but let's all face it Darth Maul is what we really want to see, not some snake saying irritating things as it slithers through a junky planet. Well, as you can see my day was an average, boring one; hopefully all of you had something far interesting and exciting happen to you, or does that only happen in the films?

The Hobbit Production Video #6

The Clone Wars "Revenge"

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dreams & Reality

Last night I had this incredibly vivid dream that felt more like a super hero, adrenaline paced action film than a mere dream. I won't go into all of the details (which would essentially be a short story) but it was so awesome that I might just make a short story out of it or perhaps something even bigger. I had another set of vivid dreams, but I can't remember much from those. For me, my dreams always seem to be very, very intense; I guess that is where my imagination is unleashed without needed to be in check. Work today went well. Nothing really eventful happened thankfully aside from a few SED's acting like wretches, so it was a good day, but I am very relieved that my days off are here as I am rally needing them at the moment. It was a long weekend, and I would honestly like nothing more to do than to relax, but no rest for the wicked.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Changing of the Time.

Well like every year I forgot about the time change, despite remembering before I went to bed. It remains a mystery to me, but I was able to sleep in I suppose being the silver lining to that cloud. My job once again clarified to me today that I need to find other employment. Aside from taking care of severely emotionally disturbed children, I also have to keep the cottage clean, and now I have to help keep the company vehicles clean, which I never use by the way. I feel less of a professional doing these ridiculous, menial tasks which have nothing to do with my primary job description. I try not to complain about my job, which pays me money, but there are moments when you think you think, really? Aside from a few SED's acting a little crazy, rude, defiant, and obnoxious nothing happened thank goodness. These days off coming hopefully will be full of fun relaxing times, although I have a feeling most of it may seem like yanking teeth out. Hope that everyone had an excellent weekend.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Springing Forward.

Yes it is that infamous time of year when all of us set a our clocks and watches (if the average individual still retains any of these medieval devices like me) one hour ahead so that we...don't lose sunlight or something like that. I'm saddened by the loss of sleep that I will have to deal with, but I suppose in order to keep the cosmological calendar from getting too far behind it is the thing to do. My congested nose still remains irritatingly enough, but other than that I am recovered. Colds and what not seem to last longer when a person is older, and they seem to be far worse then when I was a child. Work sucked today. I had this one SED acting like a crazed, murderous punk; fortunately for me I'm a whole lot more intimidating than he is, so he didn't try anything lucky me. However, when I wasn't there he took a chunk of hair out my co-workers head the little.......well, fill in your favorite obscenities or other words that express great displeasure and anger. The useless co-worker was a little better, but honestly I am not in the mood to train a lazy rookie; I got landed that job, and a position that I didn't want and am not getting anymore paid for performing. It sucks, but at least I still make money, live on my own by myself, and can reasonably live as I choose. Everyone out there; we still need to pray and hope for the best in Syria. Those people need so much, and all of the world's politicians on average are too scared of dealing with the situation, not to mention there isn't any oil (or much) there unlike Libya. What a shame; that saving lives has come down to cost-benefit analysis. I wonder if that's what the boy was thinking when a sniper killed his father this past week. It sucks not seemingly be able to do anything to help besides pray, but that seems to be all that I can do besides making people aware of the situation. Try to have a good weekend everyone, and remember to stay informed in what is not only happening in your country, but in the world as well. Dictators and tyrants love ignorant and willing people.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Work as Usual.

Okay so work went well, only a few SED's screamed like banshees and tantrummed like they were gigantic schizophrenic rats, so it was fine. Even the lazy co-worker seemed to improve, although much has left to be desired and honestly I just don't like her. Bad first impression; not good. After work, no news in the mail that I was hoping to get; patience seems like it will have to be the effort that wins that day. Relaxed and am hoping that the weekend goes by quickly, but I suppose that many of you would like it to last for as long as possible. My eyes are shutting down on me because I slept horribly last night, so I'm going to turn in before I pass out on my keyboard. Good night everyone, and good luck.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Valor and Heroes.


I have been putting off seeing this film for a while, but after seeing I haven't a clue why I was doing that. Act of Valor was a satisfying viewing experience, truly and I mean that in the most literal way. Even while writing my review I found it difficult how to describe why I enjoyed it so much, and why it deserved the lofty praise I bestowed upon it. I gave it my highest rating, "Super Ability" because it truly was super. The visuals were stunning, the cinematography was breathtakingly genius, and I loved the camera angles. The camaraderie though, as real as it truly is, that was huge, and how these men, these active-duty SEAL's give their lives over to potential death each and every day for Americans so that I can sit here in my apartment in San Diego and type out my thoughts for the world to see and read without fear of reciprocity either from the government or some terrorist, that is immeasurably beyond my comprehension, and the military has my immeasurable thanks. I forget where the day went, but I wasn't able to get any of the writing done for the Witch story like I had wanted to, but the progress that is there is good. My good friend Victoria had a birthday yesterday, so I would just like to wish her all of the love, luck, and joy in the world! Work continues again tomorrow, although it seems to be getting better aside from the lazy staff that I seem to always be stuck with. I can work with her, but it is a difficult task and one that I do not find very enjoyable. Hopefully, God willing, that will be the extent of my problems this weekend. So there ya have it: here is a poem from the film Act of Valor; I found it brilliant and inspiring I hope all of you do as well.

"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one
About your religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long
And it's purpose in the service of your people.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with
Fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more
Time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song,
And die like a hero going home."
                                  -Tecumseh


Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid in The Lone Ranger
set to be released in 2013.

Making of Act of Valor

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Lyrical Legend.


While I was reading the Wall Street Journal this afternoon I learned a very sad fact. Robert Sherman died on Monday. The man helped usher in some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century from Mary Poppins, Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang to The Jungle Book, to The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Him and his brother Richard, composed several other songs and musical works as well, like that fantastic tune all of you know all too well It's a Small World (at first you love it, and then after the 10th time you want to yank your hair out, but they did a good job coming up with it.) The world of music lost a great voice and genius, but his works continue to succeed him and bring joy to countless people such as the new Broadway production of Mary Poppins. You will be missed Robert. I was able to get quite a bit of writing done despite not being quite finished yet unfortunately, but the plot has finally been opened up and now it is full steam ahead in regards to the Witch story. I think it is a rather clever story and something new I hope, if not then my imagination is going to have to get more creative and inventive. Tonight I thought that I would watch something new so I chose All Good Things from my Netflix queue. I thought since it had Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella that it would be a slam dunk film. It was interesting, but highly confusing frequently, and rather depressing. It's based off of real events that happened between 1971-2000 or so; I have to admit that it does keep you guessing and that Ryan and Kirsten give excellent performances. That guy can pull off remarkable villainous type characters despite being able to play such a sincere hero type as well. All in all not a bad film which gets it an "Admirable Ability." Don't know if I'd ever watch it on my own again, but I could recommend it to someone else that hasn't seen it; it's kind of like one of those films that are really good but miserably depressing that makes you hardly ever want to see it so you don't end up getting depressed. So that was my day aside from the bit of relaxing and playing that I did. One thing I read yesterday evening in the Wall Street Journal was this one article that mentioned playing videogames/computer games could enhance certain parts of the brain to be more effective than those who do not (this information came from a journal research study). Now, I won't swear by such things until I look and see how the research study was conducted, how they collected the data, and what kind of samples they pulled from. It was an interesting thought though to think that I don't entirely waste my time whenever I play computer games, and yes this even pertains to Facebook and cellphone games. The researchers actually found that the greatest benefits to the brain came from the more violent videogames ironically enough, although the negative side effects were that those people tended to be more...disconnected emotionally. Pick your poison I suppose.....that would make a great story! I digress, sorry. I hope that everyone's evening has been relatively good; nothing bad has happened to me so far which is refreshing, but I have been waiting for something in the mail that is taking its sweet jolly time getting here. TTFN, tah-tah for now!

Chim Chim Cher-ee

Robert Sherman's Legacy

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis.


"Did you ever hear of the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?" Probably not, its not much of a story that Jedi would tell. However, James Luceno does an excellent telling of the tale of this great Dark Lord of the Sith, and links while also weaving the books Cloak of Deception, Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Labyrinth of Evil, the Darth Bane Trilogy and the films The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones all together to create a rather compelling and intriguing story line in this book. Now, obviously this isn't going to win a Pulitzer prize or win critic's praise, but it is doggone good entertainment, and for us Star Wars fan very insightful, especially for those who prefer the Sith and the darker elements of the Force. Darth Plagueis as a character was awesome to say the least, until the end of the book was reached; he then was weak and useless pretty much, but that was how it was supposed to be so that Darth Sidious his apprentice could rise to power and become the emperor of the galaxy. The beginning was a little boring and took a while to get going, but after it did it was endlessly compelling and interesting, especially when a very young Palpatine (17 years old) was introduced and then trained by the Sith lord. Seeing Sidious grow and learn the ways of the Sith was cool; I mean after all, you have this big bad dude which is the epitome of evil within the Star Wars realm, and then you get to see essentially where it all comes from. According to the book (but probably not George Lucas' mind) Plagueis was alive and still the Sith lord up until the end of the events on The Phantom Menace; according to the book, Plagueis died about the same time as Darth Maul, which was Sidious' secret apprentice, but for his master Sidious called and referred to him as his assassin. Someone to do all of the dirty work basically and take all of the risks. It was a good Star Wars book and one that I would suggest to fans; I guess that other people could read it, but probably wouldn't get much out of it. I did get quite a bit of writing done today, and my witch story continues to grow. I don't know when I will be finished with it, but it is my hope that it will be done soon, that is if I can keep the pedal to the metal with my productivity. Finished watching Commander in Chief and I loved it. All 18 episodes of its first and only season were amazing, compelling, and kept me on edge. Geena Davis as the President and Donald Sutherland as Speaker of the House were perfect. It is a bloody, wretched, and irritating shame that it didn't get the green light for a second season; those people must have been nuts at the time. I guarantee that if the shows was airing now, it would be a huge success. An Independent running the White House that's a woman; heck ya that would do well no, especially with how fed up people are getting with the donkeys (Democrats) and elephants (Republicans). Clone Wars Tuesdays continues with Assajj Ventress as she flees Dathomir in search for other fulfilling work, which she finds in the company of some familiar bounty hunters; Bossk, Dengar, and Boba Fett. I like what they did with the bounty hunters in this episode, especially Dengar; his voice and attitude are perfect. Boba Fett continues to grow and get better at his work just like his father Jango, which was a pleasant surprise. It was a good episode, and it was nice not to see the same familiar faces for once. One can grow tired of all the Jedi, and how much they frequently win. The next episode Brothers promises to be something quite...quite, cool for lack of anything else. So far it was a good day, and I'm hoping the rest of the week turns out that way.

The Clone Wars "Brothers" Episode Preview

Sam Witwer on Voicing Darth Maul

Monday, March 5, 2012

No Bad News.

Got the mail when I got back from work just a little bit ago and fortunately there was nothing bad in it unlike a week ago, so I will be able to go on with the rest of the week hopefully without any major problems impeding my productivity. I coasted through work today; all of the SED's that I directly worked with were fine with only minor problems. Although now that I think of it, one of them did go off on a crazy routine at school which involved biting, kicking, spitting, attempting to assault people, and acting like a bloody fool. God bless me I was not there to see it. Not much else happened today, but I certainly am looking forward to these next few days off. As all of you work this week, I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hum-Drum

Usually I like to blog about life and the events that happen in it, therefore it makes my entries a bit more interesting to read. However, today was quite business as usual as that there wasn't anything really exciting that happened aside from something that suddenly left me and now I can't remember. Oh well. Work was work, and I was actually very snippy at the SED's today for some odd reason, but they survived it and I survived them once again. No major behaviors, but the useless staff/co-worker was there; had a chat with my supervisor about her yesterday which went well, but I doubt he's going to be able to do anything about it. His approach is much softer than how I tend to approach things, but I followed the chain of command instead of going with my gut instinct and going straight to the top. Anyways, after tomorrow hopefully I will have a better week off than last week; I think I have finally attained my full recuperation from last week's incident, hopefully the entire matter will fully resolved this week.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Day Passes.

Well nothing really exciting happened today. Work went very well with virtually no problems whatsoever, despite having to work with a co-worker that is more useless than....oh I don't know insert your favorite euphemism or colloquial quote. Upon returning home, relaxed and did nothing. Kind of looking forward to doing that tomorrow. In other words upon reflecting on this blog entry........it was a very, very slow news day. Everyone I hope will continue to enjoy their weekends, and I would also like to send out my prayers and positive energy to those who have been caught up in the dreadful storms in the Midwestern United States.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Tending the Sick.

Today work kept me on my toes most of the day. Despite having a co-worker with me, I might as well have been working by myself, which for the most part I was. I don't know why some people want a job if they don't want to work. Anyways, one of the SED's was on bed rest because he was sick, and so therefore along with doing all of the paperwork, cleaning, and other such things I was also entertaining this child, and also doing a bit of school with him as well since he was unable to attend. The poor wretch is going to be 10 years old and he can't read, his processing skills are worse than those of a dead man's, and he really can't retain anything really at all. All he wants to do is play, play, play and no work absolutely at all, which I get is most kids of all kinds, but these kind throw vicious tantrums. Just the other day he stabbed a peer of his with a pencil on the tongue or gum making a big hole, all because this peer was "instigating" him. Sometimes I hate my job, which would actually be more than sometimes. The rest of the evening went well. Got home, at some dinner, and relaxed to a few shows. I get to do all of that all over again tomorrow, except for tending the sick hopefully, although I probably will get stuck with the less than satisfactory co-worker that I had today. Oh well, at least I get paid and have a job with health insurance. Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Why Didn't I Take the Blue Pill?


Well today I pretty much fell back to my usual routine, and despite being unproductive in the area of writing, I was able to get several other things done. I made a couple loaves of cranberry bread for a co-worker of mine as her stepfather recently died (my heart still goes out to her and her family), and I did some work around the apartment. The good news is I got my Job happy ending today. I received a call from my old apartment complex that the collection agency that demanded that I pay $7,000 was incorrect due to an error on their part, and that everything was going to go away. I was awash with relief, but I did ask twice if there was any chance that anything connected with my old roommate would come back to haunt me again and both times they assured me that there was nothing. With that I breathed a sigh of relief and praised God! Wow, its amazing that it's essentially all over. A few more days and I'll have everything in writing, and concretely cleared away (I still have some reservations about the whole mess being the glass half empty type of person that I am). So that put me in a chipper mood for the rest of the evening, and during dinner I decided to watch a good old classic The Matrix. It astounds me still that after so many years I find that film quite magnetizing, energizing, fascinating, and highly entertaining; that is a good sign of an immortal film which can stand the test of time. One of my favorite scenes is when Morpheus and Neo first meet and they chat; that was incredibly well written dialogue, I hope I can write like that one day. The week went by too fast, and was quite painful but a lot of lessons were learned and I acquired incalculable experience which I believe will aid me in my future journeys. Hope that all of you have an excellent weekend, and that nothing dreadful happens to you like it did me.

Despicable Me 2 Trailer (highly amusing).

Frankenweenie Trailer Tim Burton's new film (looks like it could be fun).