Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cookie for the Guy?

Today I rather took it easy and slept in later then I would have preferred, but it was nice. As a matter fact most of the day was relaxing and chilling though the notion of writing more than once crossed my mind, yet that is as far as it got before it vanished. Feeling kind of hungry for something sweet and being low on food supplies, I decided to make some molasses cookies. You see my grandmother (my father's stepmother) made the most delicious, most amazing molasses cookies (along with the best homemade applesauce) and I thought that it was about time to duplicate her success. This time around the cookies came out chewy unlike before when they were quite crunchy, but they lacked the...fluffy tenderness that the cookies my grandmother made. Eventually I hope to duplicate those cookies, but to all of you kids out there be certain that if your grandparents cook anything that you love, be sure that they teach you and eventually give you the recipe. God knows where the recipe went that my grandmother used, which is very sad. Aside from all of that, the cookies were quite delicious and relatively easy to make and cheap to make as well (the ingredients can make many, many batches once you have everything you need). I watched more Rome and will soon be getting into the Antony and Cleopatra story, which will be quite interesting. I have a profound new respect for a character the series brought to light; Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, who was something of Octavian's (Caesar Augustus) right hand man and fine general. I think the series romanticizes him more than he was, but I have a feeling it wasn't too far from the truth. Well that's it for tonight; tomorrow I have training for work instead of going to my actual place of employment so that should be...fun.

For all of you who don't know the countries of the world this is a real hoot, and for those who do...well it is still a hoot.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Today's Lesson.


Oddly enough it was a semi-eventful day without me even leaving my apartment. I won't share the details of the events that unfolded, but I will say that I came away with some important knowledge and experience. When you write something online for possibly every single person in the entire world to read, you had better make certain that it isn't something you'll regret sharing. Also, if you want to speak your mind as stuff comes to you without a filter then a journal or diary would be a better option. Lastly of course (I should know better where this is concerned) be very, very, very carefully sensitive when writing about your place of employment. So as The Animaniacs would say, "Wheel of Morality turn, turn, turn show us the lesson that we should learn. And today's lesson is: be careful what you write.....until you become powerful and famous enough to where you don't have to care about every little complaint about your work. As for the picture attached to the post, I thought that it was quite pertinent to what I experienced and felt today in a metaphoric sense, and I also really thought that it was cool. Aside from all of that, I was able to get a good bit of writing done today and I actually finished another in my series of The Sword and the Shield: Blood Thickest In Black. This story is rather different in it's style and approach. There is a lot of dialog from one person, almost like long monologues, but considering the individual may think he is a demagogue I suppose that it is fitting. Once more, I am attempting to cover multiple angles in who is affected in war. Soon I will begin to tie all of the stories and characters together, that's going to be a lot of fun, and work but it should be worth it in the end. I am very proud of myself today as I cooked salmon fillets and they turned out very well for my first time. Aside from those few bumps in the road it was a rather boring day, hopefully all of you had a better day or just a good day. Only one day left in May! Then summer really begins.

The Animaniacs "The Wheel of Morality."

The new Les Miserables film trailer. It is a musical, so it should be interesting especially with the cast that it has.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Are You Lost?


Happy birthday to my eldest sister Christina, who turned 31 today and seemed to be in the best of spirits when I called and wished her well. May she have many more. We spent over 2 hours chatting on the phone, so a good portion of my afternoon was spent that way. I almost did some writing, but my conversation with my sister went longer than I had expected that it was going to, so I did nothing except relax and some occasional apartment clean up. It essentially constituted a rather boring day. I just finished watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones season 2 where King's Landing is assaulted. I was unfortunately disappointed with the outcome, but the story must be told how it is in the books I guess. I was surprised as the entire episode focused solely on that and didn't go to any other place. Well, tonight I also watched a film by Sofia Coppola called Lost In Translation. It starred Billy Murray and Scarlett Johansson. So it begins with Billy Murray who is shooting some ads in Tokyo, Japan and Scarlett Johansson is there with her newlywed husband who is a photographer shooting a band. Together they meet because they are in the same hotel, and not only do they have the language barrier to contend with in Japan, but also a barrier within their lives that they are each attempting to sort out. The performances by both of them were great, but the story and plot were very boring. There were moments when the dialog was quite witty and even very humorous, but most of the time it was just flat and highly boring. She attempted to film great cinematography in Japan, and at times she accomplished it with good style, but to me most of what was shown was very linear and not dynamic whatsoever. She has a long ways to go before she becomes a good filmmaker, but she is on her way. I won't compare her to her father, but he is better than she is. I wouldn't recommend the film to anyone and I would be stretching if I was to give it anything but a "Poor Ability." I was constantly distracted and was aching for it to be over when there was still a good portion of the film left, I think I might have even checked out and was doing something else while the last bit was ending. On a more serious note, if you heard of the appalling massacre (in addition to what has been already going occurring daily) that Assad's forces carried out in Syria you should be angry and demanding that he be removed from power along with the rest of his henchmen. However, if you are Kofi Annan, the U.N., China, and Russia then you are surprised and issuing a "shocking" utterance of dismay. China and Russia, along with the U.N. are the reasons that Assad remains in power, and if the rest of the world want's to start saving lives and getting people their liberty then they need to push China and Russia aside and inform Kofi Annan and the U.N. to shut their mouths or do something useful, perhaps threatening Syria with a complete trade and financial embargo on a global scale. I feel very personally about this issue which is why I am utilizing such forceful language; perhaps if such language was used more often tyrants would respond differently, especially when that language is backed up by force. So I pray for the people in Syria who are suffering, as should the entire world. Tyrants rule and win when people do nothing, and remember that modern day dictators always begin as meaning politicians.

Lost In Translation Trailer

Monday, May 28, 2012

In Memoriam.


I would like to honor all of those brave men and women that have fallen to their deaths in defense of not only the United States of America, but for people around the globe who desire liberty and peace. Giving up one's life is the greatest sacrifice, and without those many deaths the freedom that most of the world enjoys would be non-existent. Secondly, I would like to thank all of the women and men that continue to serve in defense of this freedom and also bravely spread it to those countries which are without, or possess very few freedoms. Thirdly, I would like to thank all of the retired soldiers that served and protected for their appointed term; not only does your nation owe you a debt of eternal gratitude, but also the world. Your hard work, sacrifices of all kinds, and general selflessness will forever etch you in history. Lastly, I would like to give my admiration to those who are not labeled as "soldiers" per se, but fight for their liberties and rights in countries like Syria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Iran, North Korea, China, Cuba, Myanmar, and several others. My prayers go out to you and your families, as does my respect and awe. Is is people like you who will change the world; I encourage you, and many others to keep changing it. So today wasn't too bad at work. We actually had plenty of staff and the SED's were relatively well behaved fortunately for us. I made chocolate cheesecake for my writing group and it went over spectacularly. I have to say something. I don't know how many of you like wearing tennis shoes with nice suits, but I am not one of those people. Let's say that you were asked to wear a pair of pumas to a wedding that you would be in (and you were a guy) and you had purchased a really nice suit, now why would you want to wear tennis shoes with that? It boggles my mind, and even as I think about it I get repulsed. Yes I am referring to a wedding that I will be a part of this year, and although I care for the groom a lot, I have to say that this whole shoe thing is....dumb for lack of a better term. Perhaps, I am making something out of nothing, but personally it just looks tacky, and I think I am going to look like a geek. There ya have it, and now my days off begin and soon May will be over in a matter of days. I hope all of you enjoyed your holiday.

They'll Remember You


Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Last Sunday of May!

Day by day May keeps inching closer to being over with finally. This month is like a dead dog that refuses to die, at least from my life perspective. Christopher Lee turned 90 years old today! He's really getting up there in age, yet he can still act wonderfully. Perhaps he'll live long enough for me to have him cast in a fictional work of mine brought to cinematic life, which would be an incredible dream of mine. Who knows. The reason why I didn't write anything yesterday was because I was busy finishing catching up watching Game of Thrones. I have therefore concluded that the second season is far better than the first, and that the producers of the show realized that everyone likes Tyrion the most and thus he got more screen time, as did Rob Stark who I am liking more as I like John Snow less. Lots of surprises and twists. Work went well both days that I can remember aside from the occasional tantrum. Nothing was thrown at me, and there wasn't any biting or spitting. I do have an interesting story about one SED claiming that this other SED was flashing him her breasts and then stating that if he flashed her his penis then she would give him some chips. Boy is 9, Girl is 11; she denied the allegations, and the boy likes to lie a lot. Paperwork was filed, but I have doubts about the boy's story; he likes the attention, and he doesn't really care for the girl. Fortunately though it didn't happen on my shift. Those of you who aren't working, I will remember you as I slave away trying to keep crazy children from going nuts since their families aren't showing up on this holiday.

Friday, May 25, 2012

As It Is.

Well work went very well today thank the maker, and I am hoping that is the prognosis for tomorrow as well. Upon my finishing up at work I got a hair cut, picked up a few supplies and continued my catching up of Game of Thrones season 2. One thing about this season more than the other is that naked people having sex is much more prominent, and just naked people in general; it's really kind of gross. The people who craft this show (not to mention the author of the books) must have some weird sexual fantasies and this is how they get them out. Anyhow, aside from the sexual grisliness it is a much better season than the one before it, despite the over abundance of plot lines and various characters. That's it for today, for tomorrow more work for me. I trust that everyone will have an excellent Memorial Day weekend, or just a splendid weekend in general.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

"I am The Red Dragon."

"A red breasted robin in a cage puts all Heaven in a rage." Yes I watched Red Dragon and yes I love that film along with Silence of the Lambs and as sad as it was that Hannibal and Hannibal Rising weren't as good, Doctor Hannibal Lecter will always be immeasurably fascinating to me. Of course it made excellent dinner viewing what with cannibalism and a crazy man thinking that he is becoming a dragon while biting people. I did boring stuff like laundry and run errands today, nothing overly exciting. I thought about doing some writing once again but decided to watch Game of Thrones instead. I'm starting to catch up due to a set of fortuitous circumstances. I've watched the first to episodes of season 2 so far, and I noticed something interesting and disturbing; the author is obsessed almost with sexual incestuous relationships, not to mention lurid sex as well. It popped up in the first season twice, and it seems to be kicking off the second season as well as well as the lurid sex. George R.R. Martin would be a very intriguing individual to psychoanalyze. Once again Tyrion is an engaging and the best character so far, although Rob Stark is also to my liking as well. I used to like John Snow, but his self-righteous do-good, honorable perspective is beginning to irritate me and come off as obnoxious. We'll see what the rest of the season has to offer. Since we're kind of on the topic of cinema sex, I was watching a documentary that came with Rome and I watched it last night after the second episode. Apparently, back around 60 B.C.E. and around that era anything was sexually permissible as long as you were the dominant participant (for males), especially if you were of a high ranking family which was where most of the power was before the reign of Emperor Caesar Augustus (Octavian). There was no such thing as monogamy apparently also as well; people thought that sex was just another impulse that one satisfied like eating or sleeping and though nothing of it. Now there were of course social guidelines for such behavior, but I find it fascinating that a good deal of western society used to be like that, and then it became all about monogamous marriage. Doesn't seem to be doing so well right now though, does it? Some food for thought. Anyways the days off have come and gone and so has the week and May still isn't over yet. Good grief. Well, here's hoping that the next few days will go very well.

Documentary on Danny Elfman Scoring Red Dragon

Rome Documentary on "The Women of Rome"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Your Average Boring Day.

I wouldn't go so far to say that I was perpetually lazy all day, but I suppose that would fit the description of most of my activity for today. In the evening I went to have dinner with some co-workers, and Jill made the best meatballs, salmon, and pork, with some fantastic salad and bread sticks. The only thing that I didn't care for was the wine, but I don't really drink wine or alcohol at all as I prefer sparkling grape juice. Then I got back and began watching the 2nd season of Rome. It seems as if Caesar's death had a huge effect on people and therefore all of the wretched, villainous scum responsible for killing him are getting their reward. I think that I wanted to get some writing done, but then I didn't and then it was time for the day to move on. There is tomorrow, so long as I don't allow myself to get distracted. I need to work on pacing my pleasure with my writing. I wish I could bore you with more details of my day, but as the words implied it would bore you, and unless you want to fall asleep while you read it not very practical. So instead of yacking on about something, I will say goodnight and good luck. Oh some irritating movie news is that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is getting postponed until March of next year because they are reformatting all of it in 3-D. I think it's a really stupid decision but whatever it's their money to be stupid with.


The Great Gatsby Trailer. It looks interesting to say the least, and it is very obvious that Baz Luhrmann directed it. We shall see.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ah, That Sinking Feeling.

It sucks sometimes not having more than 24 hrs in one day. You do what you can I suppose one day and the rest in the other days. So I connived myself to get up this morning and go see an early showing of Battleship which was surprisingly entertaining despite the horrid dialog most of the time, but the action sequences were astounding and the story wasn't too bad, but very un-original and trite; yuck!  But if you want a good time and don't care about technical details like dialog and well polished writing and acting, then you will love this film. I gave it an "Admirable Ability" as it could have been far better obviously, yet it could have also been quite worse than it actually was. The rest of the day was filled with relaxing and apartment work which never seems to go away, and I made some banana bread for a dinner party tomorrow evening. Oh, and I emailed my print manager the okay for the hardcover so hopefully the next set of emails I get will begin my journey with working with a cover designer and getting this edition completed so I can move onto book 2. I don't know why publishers move at the speed of ridiculously slow. I can't really say that much else happened and I didn't get an opportunity to write today or do one other major thing that I was hoping to do but because of my dumb memory I lacked the necessary....stuff to carry out the task. I really need that 2 week vacation to the Bahamas.

Battleship Featurette

Skyfall Trailer for the New "James Bond" Film. Looks great!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Getting Warmer.

Not only does May seem like it is lasting quite a long, boorish time, but the heat seems to be going up a whole lot. I used to get back from work at night and my apartment would be comfortable; now I step in and it's like stepping into a heater of sorts. I suppose summer is getting close, but hopefully it won't be too scorching this soon. A couple days ago, or rather yesterday I believe sometime, Chen Guangcheng safely landed in New York City I believe with his immediate family for studying purposes from what I understand. Fortunately the U.S. State Department didn't botch the overall matter thankfully, and now this Chinese dissident can do what he does, hopefully without any fear of what could happen to his extended family back in China, or unless China has agents in the U.S. to silence him if he starts talking about what life is really like in China. Best of luck to him and his family. Work went relatively well today with only one major problem and minor irritants throughout. And that's that. I am so ready for my days off.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

An Eclipse.

I'm not entirely certain how eclipses work, or even that much about astronomy but I think these types of phenomena happen infrequently. So at work today the SED's and some of us staff watched the eclipse happen, which turned out to be a relatively boring event. It got darker, cooler, and the shadows got longer but other than that nothing else seemed to happen. I remember it was like it was cloudy, yet there weren't any clouds in the sky. it felt kind of creepy, like I was waiting for Armageddon to happen. Other than that it was a pretty chill day at work. This one SED and I made a cheesecake for a co-worker of mine and it turned out wonderful; it's amazing how effective a properly calibrated oven can be. One thing I forgot to mention yesterday was that I watched the season finale for the first season of Rome. It was kind of disturbing seeing Caesar get stabbed to death by a mob of stupid senators, but it had a good ending. I am looking forward to the second season and seeing where everything leads, hopefully several people that I didn't like die, and of course there is Antony and Cleopatra. Here is hoping that all of you had a great weekend, and is it me or does May seem like it's really long?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How Much Can You Take?

That was one of the questions I was asking myself about my job today. With all of the crap that I have to deal with how much do I have left in me to effectively deal with these kids. I think I'm running close to empty. Something needs to rejuvenate me soon, otherwise I'm going to flicker and wain like a candle light. My goodness I can sound pathetically dramatic a lot. I guess if I have to live with this job for a while it is what it is, but I won't be able to say that I will enjoy it at all. For all of you that understand how much it sucks going to a job that is not only stressful, but one that you do not really like. Overall today was okay, aside from two SED's screaming in my ear, which thankfully didn't throw me off that much. I guess a part of me is just plain exhausted from it all physically and mentally. Well speaking of being exhausted that is how I am feeling right now, so I'm going to get some sleep and hopefully this coming week I will be able to pick up again with the writing.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ah, Neighbors.

There is nothing like an old woman screaming at children at 10pm at night to calm the mood while reading the newspaper and watching the news. There I was watching Star Trek and then all of a sudden a big "wham" came from behind me. The goons that live on the other side of me, God knows what they were doing, or why children are up so late at night. That woman (the mother has no control over her children, or very little). One day one of the children said they were going to slap someone in the face if that individual didn't shut up. Isn't it great what the future generations are learning about resolving conflict. I keep going back and forth about moving, and just when I think I won't move my neighbors are at it again sounding like a herd of dumb hyenas. Well, work went very well today. I kept very busy putting stuff together and cleaning up since there was an audit at our facility. The SED's behaved relatively well surprisingly, and hopefully that trend will continue throughout the weekend. After that I did nothing much besides relax. My Blu-ray player still doesn't allow me to stream Netflix through it, and Samsung states that I have to contact them directly in order to figure something out. Most likely will have to send it to them to fix; isn't that just prime I buy something and it being just over a year old won't function like it is supposed to because of some software glitch. Very, very, very bad technical design. I warrant caution when purchasing Samsung Blu-ray players, although I haven't had any difficulties yet with my television or sound system, but I will keep all of you posted just in case. If that happens then I will recommend a complete boycott of anything and everything the company makes. Isn't my life just filled with the most ridiculous problems. (That was sarcasm). I do constantly thank God for everything I have and how much wealth I have in comparison to most of the other people in the world. Thought all of you might like to see the poster for the new James Bond film "Skyfall" and the trailer below is for an interesting film that I thought all of you might find intriguing.

The Good Doctor Trailer

Thursday, May 17, 2012

"I'm a Good Girl I am...."

I think for the first time in my entire life, I sat down and watched all of My Fair Lady which of course starred Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. I looked it up and was surprised a little bit to see how many Oscars it had won back when it debuted well over half a century ago. Of course it is based I believe off of Oscar Wilde's work "Pygmalion" and it certainly has his touch all over it especially in his presentation of the men and British society as a whole. Even though "The Picture of Dorian Gray" was a difficult read, it was quite interesting and delightful at the same time. Enough of that though for now. I had a lovely morning breakfast with a good associate and former college professor Dr. Charles Long (if you have need of any therapy and you're in San Diego, look him up in the phone book. He's good at his job, and I state that from other friends I have recommended to him and as a former teacher and good friend). It was a fantastic way to get the day started, and I almost went hiking but I chose the lazy path and did nothing for nigh the entire afternoon. Towards the end of the evening I decided on a whim to watch My Fair Lady as I ate dinner, during which a brilliant idea for a story came to me and I of course not wanting it to flee my conscious memory I began writing it down. Now I wasn't able to write out the entire story, but there is enough there if I desire to go back and resume the story. My mother inquired while she was visiting me weeks ago why I write so many things at the same time, she thinking that having my attention divided between so many things was counter-productive. I can't really remember how I responded to her query, but for me writing in general is a wonderful release particularly in the creating stages before I actually begin penning words and dialog. I also like to do multiple stories at a time so I don't get burnt out on any one story, and thus my creativity flows constantly rather than in long or short spurts. There are times I have to focus my attention on something more so than other things, but there are always multiple things stewing in my head. Despite having a job and essentially all of my needs provided for, I sigh upon the thought of returning to work tomorrow. Well, I guess someone has to do it. Some songs below from the film that I rather enjoy from the beauty of the English language to the prudery of British elite social society from the Victorian era.

My Fair Lady "Why Can't the English Learn To Speak?"

My Fair Lady "Ascott Opening Day."

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

10 Years Ago.............

"A Long Time Ago....." A little over 10 years ago, Attack of The Clones the 2nd Episode chronologically of the Star Wars saga was released. I remember when I first saw the teaser trailer on MTV's TRL music video show when Carson Daly was still the primary host; oh those were the days. Unfortunately I was unable to complete the celebration by watching the film because I had a friend over and he wanted to watch Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr., which is wonderful regardless. Note on that; A Game of Shadows will be released on DVD/Blu-ray next month finally, even though it was released in the theatre back in December. Tried as I might to get my Blu-ray player functioning at optimal performance once again all of my efforts proved futile to my confounded irritation. Hopefully Samsung tech support will come up with a better solution this time around, otherwise I might just take a hammer to the player. Before my friend came over I watched an episode of Rome where two of the main characters had sexual intercourse with each other; the kicker was that they were brother and sister. People back then were so strange and debauched, and to some extent I am certain that they would say similar things about our culture, but I hope that people don't become that flagrant with sexuality despite the few nutcases out there, which are scarily beginning to increase in number. I was actually able to sit down and get some writing done before I moved onto other activities for the night, and although it wasn't much I got the head start that I believe I should be able to carry me through easily the entire thing when I sit down to write again. Moving on. I hope that all of you are having a good week and enjoying whatever it is that you are partaking in either play or work.

Attack of the Clones Teaser Trailer

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"I Shall Become A Count."

So after my rather curt and abrupt post last night I am feeling much, much better, although the stress still remains on me. I hate it when something that is supposed to work doesn't work for any reason whatsoever, and that despite all kinds of hard work and effort that you try to ascertain as to the whys and wherefores of why it is not working nothing proves efficacious. So last night along with the stress from my work weekend compounding the matter, I just was about ready to pull my hair out. Some advice to all of you consumers out there; never, ever, ever purchase any Samsung Blu-ray player. They are slow, and have a poor connection to the internet, and never purchase anything electronic through Amazon.com; I have had problems with everything electronic based that I have gotten from off that website. Safe yourself from accumulating some potential gray hairs and loss of years for life and go to a store, or make certain that wherever you purchase said electronic device doesn't give you a lemon. So a bright spot to all of that; I have finally signed off on the text block for the second edition of my first book The Curse of a Warrior. The next phase will be to work with a cover artist to come up with the design for the cover, which I have found was always fun. Today was pure relaxation and laziness with a little bit of apartment work thrown in, which I thought was okay after the long weekend that I had. With the state of the job market in the United States, and especially in California I shouldn't really complain since I have a job and all of my needs provided for and I am in relatively good health (aside from the stress). However, having severely emotionally disturbed children yell and scream at you and occasionally hit and throw things at you and are essentially unpleasant the entire time while you are seemingly the only person dealing with all of the crises whenever they happen with very little support, it can be extraordinarily draining and as I mentioned previously I am getting quite burnt out. Therefore writing takes a back seat when I'm stressed because I can't focus, and so my job affects more then my mood. I think it might be time for me to seriously consider a different job and a different field; mental health (especially in California) is becoming a draining pain in the neck after doing it for almost over four years. I don't know how other people do it. I am going to enjoy these days off and rejuvenate, but hopefully I can also get some writing done as well; it won't be my priority though likely. Watched The Count of Monte Cristo for dinner and it was nice to see it again, but I found myself frequently bored with it like I never had before. I like a lot of things about it, particularly the performances of Guy Pearce, Jim Caviezel, Richard Harris (which this was sadly his last major motion picture that he was in before he died of cancer) and James Frain; it was weird to see Henry Cavill as a young man. Anyways, I hope all of you are having a less stressful week and time at work than myself.

The Count of Monte Cristo Trailer

Monday, May 14, 2012

Done.

I am so mentally exhausted right now due to this past work weekend, and right now I am having some stupid technical difficulties with my Blu-ray player, so before I break something I am going to say goodnight and I hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day!

To all of you hard, and good working mothers I salute you on this day as I know all too well what you go through on a daily basis. Although I didn't verbally speak with my mother, I did text her while I was at work, and of course I sent her some fancy chocolate, and two of my sisters also sent her flowers and a Kindle gift card so I think between all of us we did pretty good. Despite having only one other person working with me, things went fairly smooth. It certainly started off with a bang. I was outside at the facility walking with the SED's when I spotted a huge black and brown snake which I immediately thought was a rattle snake, but it turned out to be a King Snake. It still scared me half to death though; that bloody thing was huge, and thick. Three of the SED's had blow out tantrums, but all of them recovered quickly and did well for the rest of the night with the exception of one of them who is just a stubbornly difficult SED constantly. I wanted to pull my hair out, and I don't know how many times I had to restrain myself from shouting or raising my voice. This job truly is turning me into Mr. Scrooge (that wonderful character I played in high school; lot't of fun besides a failed back flip attempt. My head still gets sore thinking about it.). Well thank goodness I have my days off fast approaching; good luck to all you who are just starting your work week; I do not envy you.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Guess What's Bleeding?

It was a very long day at work since I essentially worked both the am and pm shifts. For the most part I had competent help, but I still felt like I was a one man army which is beginning to drain me so much that I am beginning to be cranky a lot and not very patient with the SED's or other people in general. So here I am doing my thing when one of the supervisors comes in and states that one of the staff working with me needs to leave immediately to take some one to the ER. Eventually I ask and of course he tells me that I don't want to know the explanation, which got me curious since this particular SED is very....sexual in a very weird and gross way. Anyways. Apparently he was using the bathroom when all of a sudden he came out shouting that his "dick was bleeding" and blood was all over his pants, and there was a sizable pool in the bathroom from what I understand. I haven't a clue how he could have cut himself there of all place that severely, but like I said this kid has a lot of weird sexual urges; he was trying once to have anal sex with another peer, but I don't think they were successful. So there's my awful/horror story from work for the week stay tuned for more weird and highly disgusting stories. After work came back home and watched Rome and now I am going to go to sleep before I pass out. I hope all of you have a fantastic Mother's Day weekend. And Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers out there.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Are You Expendable?

Fortunately nothing got thrown at me while I was at work, although I didn't really have much of a window to do so. I was elected by our supervisor for the shift, or rather the gentleman who acts like the supervisor since the real one is either off doing....well stuff or playing games on Facebook. Anyways. I was chosen because of my background in general construction to paint one of the rooms that is being renovated at our facility. At first I thought that it was going to be a quick paint job since I was essentially just touching up, but I ended up giving everything a second coat and painting some stuff that hadn't been touched at all during the first round of painting which was shoddily done. That took me about.....four and a half hours or so of continuous painting, so I should sleep well tonight hopefully. I got stuck again with the incompetent co-worker that would rather sleep, play on her phone, and read a book than work. Despite forgetting that I left my phone at work, if I wasn't hurrying up to get everything finished before I had to leave I might not have forgotten it, but of course I had to finish up everything and in my haste of course I left my cellphone at work. I didn't realize it until I was halfway home; far too late to go back, and so I have lived through the evening without it. Since I don't have the internet, don't talk that often, and occasionally text I haven't really missed it. I am one of those fortunate few that is not a captive to their phone; I don't really want to become dependent on something that small and mechanical. I emailed my print manager from my publisher and hopefully after this email we will be moving on to completing the cover art, if he doesn't forget anything else. Such an inadequate incompetent; I don't know why I seem to attract people like that no matter where I am. I watched The Expendables tonight after wanting to do so for quite some time. I liked it. It is perhaps the only pure action film that I would like, and enjoy to watch again. Now it wasn't stunning or amazing, but it was highly entertaining, witty, and very nostalgic to see all of those old action stars blowing up stuff and kicking people around. I liked the relationship that Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham had, and both of them were also my favorites in this film along with Mickey Rourke. I could care less about the story, as it was bloody obvious why anyone would want to see this film. The action was astounding, although a little too surreal at times, but the car chases were actually quite dynamically performed; usually car chases with guns are overly predictable and thus boring. I'm giving the film a "Strong Ability" despite the lack of a good story line, but I liked the fact that there wasn't any romance going on. This film actually focused on one of Freud's internal drives: violence instead of sex. Well, I have a long day of work tomorrow so I am going to get some sleep and call it a night.

Brian Tyler scoring The Expendables

Expendables 2 Trailer

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Bit of A Hike.

Once more where did the day go? I went hiking with a co-worker and had a lovely time after I got up in the morning, and then I did some stuff around the apartment before leaving for a client's birthday party at work, for whom I mad the key lime cheescake for (which was a great success). Came back home once more, made myself some dinner and watched a few episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation before cleaning the kitchen and reading the newspaper. All in all this week has been busy, but very uneventful. It almost seems normal to be this busy with such mundane things. Since I didn't have much of a block of time to write on any days this week that I had off I wasn't able to get any writing done sadly. Life would be so much more simpler if I was a full time writer. One day soon enough. Heard back from the publisher promptly and once I've checked over the fifth revision of the textblock for the second edition of The Curse of a Warrior will move onto whatever comes next. The dude sent me a long summation of the next processes, but I was a little too tired to read all of it, or not really awake since that was this morning. To work again tomorrow, and let's hope that this week has far less stress than last week.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Awakening in Rome.

What was significant about today? Nothing really as it was just another day. I found myself constantly busy and occupied with all manner of things, but none of them involved writing of any sort oddly enough. I had a lengthy conversation with one of my sisters that I wasn't expecting, which was odd considering how little we chat, and have spoken over the years. It was a pleasant conversation surprisingly enough that lasted a little over an hour. I also got a much later start to the day then I was anticipating; I just didn't want to get out of bed. On a small trip to Target today I got Underworld: Awakening on Blu-ray and watched it during dinner. It was as I remembered. The image was quite clear and crisp, the action well done, the story interesting, and the characters mildly compelling. I was irritated though about the length of the film; it was less than an hour and a half in running time. They could have developed everything so much more if they had simply added another 30 minutes to the film of character and plot development and showed more of the world and environment that they had created. Oh well, perhaps they will improve on the fifth film whenever they come out with it. I made a key lime cheesecake tonight and it turned out alright. The last one I made was underdone, and this one was a little overdone; I can't win! I hate my oven. I watched some more of the HBO series Rome, and it is actually beginning to pick up some traction as season 1 continues. The characters are growing on me, and favorites are beginning to appear; the young boy who plays Octavian (who later becomes the first true Roman Emperor). Clever and witty, he shows intelligence and cunning does it all so effortlessly. It should be interesting to see where the rest of the season goes and how it leads into season 2. Well my mind is beginning to go blank so I'm going to sign off before I write something ridiculous, or more so than I already possibly have.

Rome Opening Credits


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

And it Came Back With a Vengeance!

Yes folks, film goers, films fans, action buffs, geeks and freaks of all kinds summer blockbuster 2012 has begun at last! And what a way to kick it off beginning with The Avengers we have huge success already and it has only been a mere matter of days and it is raking in an extraordinary amount of cash so far. It is most likely going to be the only real moneymaker for this month's batch of perspective blockbuster contenders which includes: Dark Shadows (released this Friday 11th), Battleship (May 18th), and Men In Black 3 (May 25th). I enjoyed the film a lot, it was well done, and I gave it the highest rating I have. In my humblest opinion, it is the best comic book film ever, with the exception of Christopher Nolan's work with Batman which doesn't compare to this film, not to mention one is Marvel the other is DC. I highly recommend this film to everyone to watch, and I also suggest remaining in the theatre until ALL of the credits are over. The humor was great and witty, there was drama, and the action was so awesome while being dynamic with well done digital effects from ILM which of course is a given. So go see it, and if you don't see it in 3-D you won't miss out on the experience, at least I think. I saw it that way, but nothing really popped out. You see everyone apparently has their own philosophy when it comes for 3-D. George Lucas likes it to add depth to the background and foregrounds of the screen. Christopher Nolan doesn't like 3-D. And I'm not certain about other directors, but so far Tim Burton and James Cameron have used it the most effectively and the way I prefer it to be done. I believe that 3-D should immerse the viewer completely all of the time during the film; I cannot stress a fully, 100% immersive experience for this medium to be successful. I just wish more filmmakers would use it that way instead of as a gimmick, or to do gimmicky things with it in a film. So I did that today, and just right now finished emailing my print manager another round of edits that he needs to adjust to my book format before it moves onto the next phase. I swear these publisher people run on a very odd schedule; slower than dead people. The rest of my day was filled with uneventful happenings. I enjoyed my first day off though, and would like a whole week of this before going back to work again, but alas that will not happen. Have a lovely day tomorrow everyone.

Clone Wars Season 5 Teaser

Marvel Summation of leading up to The Avengers

Monday, May 7, 2012

Attacked by a Bush.

Usually at work I am assaulted by crazy kids and what not, but every now and then that elusive tree or shrub jumps out and gets me. After I was done with my writing group, I was returning to get something from the room I had it in and on my way out I hurried past this one bush which then proceeded to grab hold of my pants and as I went forward it pulled me back thus ripping my pants down, down the leg and tripping me as well. To say that you could see my boxers is apt enough description of the damage. I had to use a lot of tape of staples to get it to stay for the rest of the night, although I had to redo the tape because I had wrapped it around my leg too tightly and was cutting off the circulation to my blood. That was my adventure for the day, which was calm mostly aside from the occasional moment of anger from different SED's. So with that said I am going to enjoy my days off and get some sleep.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Screaming Surprises & 600th Post!

I have reached the 600 post! Wow. Time flies and I continue to write despite all of the challenges that come my way, and the blog is doing fantastic and reaching a great international audience. Thank you all who read and partake in the worlds which I create and retell for your amusement, thought provocation, or whatever else. On with the day. Despite being sick still I worked today despite not feeling very well, but what can you do. It started out fairly well and overall, aside from the heavy congestion that I am dealing with and had throughout the day, ended well except for one moment. But I'll get to that. There was this group of people that came to do stuff with the SED's that periodically comes throughout the year, and one of my former college professors and her daughter were there. It was great to see the professor that taught me a good deal about research in relation to public speaking along with many other things as well. It's good to know quite a few people in a given area of different views, careers, and walks of life. The incident that poured on my parade was quite extreme. This one SED was being a little loud, and so this little girl that has a room next to his politely and kindly asked him if he could be quiet. He refused and said he shouldn't have to do anything that a little girl tells him to do, and based off of that he began tantrumming, yelling, screaming, throwing stuff around and at me. However, when I went to take some sort of weapon away from him and then turned my back to leave the room he screamed right directly into my ear and I reacted in a somewhat equal manner. To say the least, he didn't like that, and began attacking me with punches and kicks galore; he even took his belt off and tried to use it like Indiana Jones, but I quickly tossed that aside. He tried to smother himself with his mattress, said he hated the whole world, hated and despised girls and women vehemently and that he would hurt and kill all of them, and that he would rather be dead and or in prison then right there with me. That was a very tense hour I was with him. Eventually though he calmed down and had a very good rest of the evening. To say that I am mentally and physically exhausted would be an underestimation. Good night, and be very thankful if you don't have to deal with crazy people for a living or for your life.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Crossing The Rubicon.

Thank the maker I am feeling much better, although I sounded dreadful. I suppose after 50 million cups of tea and water along with rest and trying to remain stress less does help perhaps. Work was essentially a wonderful breeze today thankfully. I had good help, and aside from one of the SED's having a minor meltdown, from which he eventually recovered from, all of them were pretty chill. The incompetent co-worker that I was usually working with has been put elsewhere which has been nothing but sweet music to my ears. My job is much easier when I work with people who actually work and know what they are doing; imagine that. As for crossing the famed Italian river, I began watching the HBO series Rome. It seems interesting so far with some good characters and I'm curious to see where they will take the story and characters, but not a bad beginning so far. Half-way through the work week. Hope all of you continue, or attempt to have a good weekend.

Friday, May 4, 2012

May The Force Be With Us All.


Happy International Star Wars day! It would have even been a more fantastic day if I hadn't have worked, and if I wasn't sick and coming down with something dreadful. I have been stuffing myself with water and tea all day long and feeling like I've had a fever, sleepy constantly, fatigued, and just plain blah. By contrast to some of the other things I have been writing about on this blog my woes are trivial, but they are....woeish nonetheless. Work went well despite an SED shouting at me for 40 minutes that he wanted something he knew he couldn't have, but yet he kept it up. I had to restrain myself from going to the darkside of the Force; many are lucky Star Wars is simply a fictional work that many wish was real, rather than they other way around. So aside from the many cups of water and tea that I drank, I also celebrated this....festive occasion by watching Revenge of the Sith. Friends try to kill each other, and a dictatorship rises out of a republic; sounds rather fitting for world events as of late I think, and of course it was the last of the films so I think it was a good fit for today. It sounded fantastic on my new sound system, fabulous on my blu-ray player (and no I do not have the films on that format; I'm waiting for them to come out in 3-D and then I will get them), and on my lovely big wide screen television it was quite a lengthy, wonderful escape from reality. See what you can earn by putting up with severely emotionally disturbed children for over three years. Hopefully I can squash this bug that I have acquired, and try to avoid getting sick which has been happening much more frequently since I traveled to Montana last year; very weird, could be a horror film in that, or perhaps even a conspiracy story. The Avengers was released into theatres today, and sadly I will not be able to see it until Tuesday, but I will be looking forward that much more to it. I am hoping all of the hype and wait will be justified by the film's ability to entertain, and I hear there are a couple of surprises at the end of the credits. That's the day. Now I am going to take a lot of legal drugs and go and get some sleep. All of you have a fantastic weekend, and remember to keep in mind one of the lessons of Revenge of the Sith: "So this is how liberty dies; with thunderous applause."

A Hero Falls Music Video

Some Star Wars humor for your celebratory day.

Robot Chicken: Weapons Malfunction

Robot Chicken: Panda's Bad Day

Thursday, May 3, 2012

War Stories Anyone?


At one point during the day I found myself finished with everything that I wanted to do, and dare I say that I might have been somewhat bored, or rather wanting something to do that I hadn't done yet that day. Needless to say the television show Frasier filled the gap for a while, but before that I had been finishing up that Modern War Story The Sword and The Shield: Freedom's Spark. Now, about this story. I based on my thoughts, interpretations, guesswork, and ideas about how the violence is occurring in Syria between those loyal to Assad and the rebels against him and his tyrannical regime. I think I captured the brutality of the conflict well enough, and the fighting as well. I tried to come at the reasoning for why the Syrian rebels and people believe they aren't getting any help western powers or really from their own neighbors from perhaps their own perspectives. I don't know how close I was in accuracy, but this bloody conflict is real although it is thousands of miles away taking place. People are getting slaughtered everyday, and someone isn't saying good morning to their beautiful daughter, or their energetic and brash son before he goes to school. How many husbands and wives have buried their spouses, and how many families have been annihilated. I am getting on my soap box and saying that something should be done about this mess; Assad needs to be booted off his throne and punished for the crimes he has committed. My writing of this story is the only way I know how to help besides praying; I believe I should make people aware of what is happening over and perhaps if enough people become aware then something might happen. If cowards and people pleasers have their way, then nothing will happen. I feel very strongly about this matter, and firmly believe that freedom should be something all people should be able to pursue and hopefully embrace. My celebration of the 5th of November is at the core of this very issue now happening in Syria. If your government was doing the things that Assad was doing, wouldn't you want to get rid of it and put a better one in place, and wouldn't you want some help doing that if you were outnumbered? There it is people; I hope you think about the matter at least and just not pass it by. Dictators and power control freaks love naive, uneducated, and uninformed people; they're so easy to manipulate. Don't let that happen to you. And yes, that can even happen in grand old free country of the United States of America. The rest of my days was boring, although I did have a fantastic conversation with my sister Paula. We chatted about Game of Thrones and I told her my theory of how it's all going to end; I won't share it here so I don't spoil it, and but I think my prediction will be fairly accurate overall if not in detail. Tomorrow work resumes, and it is also a very special day. International Star Wars Day! Be certain to celebrate by watching something with Star Wars in. lately I've been watching a lot of Star Wars Robt Chicken on Youtube, and the one I've posted below really makes me laugh.

Robot Chicken: Tested On Dagobah

Robot Chicken: Yo Mamma Fight

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Need Some Help?

It was mostly a relaxing and pleasant day. Only at the end as I heard the neighbor children screaming and romping around like wild elephants did my head begin to ache. So, some interesting news that I discovered a few hours ago. That Chinese dissident that I was harping on about now for a few days has been discovered and yes he was at the U.S. embassy but had to leave to go to the hospital for medical help. There are two stories so far that are very different from each other; Chen Guangcheng's story and the U.S. State Department's story (and of course these people are so renown for their honesty). I'm going to post the video that I watched below, but something is definitely up and I highly doubt Mr. Guangcheng will ever be free again or his family for that matter if any of them survive over the next year. This could be a very, very sad moment for the U.S. State Department which I believe reflects President Obama's leadership, and the leadership of his cabinet. I will let the American people judge for themselves what it may reflect though, despite my not so veiled sarcasm and barbs. Now. I was able to get a good bit of writing done with another Modern War Story despite not being able to finish it tonight. When I am done though, I think it will be a rather good one and it of course puts into...creative words a soap box that I have been on for a while lately. I made myself some dinner and sat down to watch The Help, which was an incredible film. As I was watching it a number of things popped into my head like, "wow, I can't believe women used to act like that," or "dear God, how could women dress like that," I mean for pete's sake they looked like fluffy Easter eggs. I also wanted to vomit a number of times when they were talking amongst each other; how despicable and lowly, and of course some things haven't changed at all, only the direction at which they are pointed now. I could go on and on about this film all of the underlying themes it possesses, but first and foremost it was a great film and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. See it if you haven't, and see it again if you have. I got so many smile and laughs it just made my night, and of course there were the occasional tear or two. A gripping, emotional, and humorous story that could touch any thawed and caring heart; for those of you who are either too perfect or too racist to enjoy it, well bummer for you. There it is. Now time for some tea I think and to finish the Wall Street Journal. Interesting anecdote; half of Britain's parliament deemed Rupert Murdoch unfit as a CEO of News Corp. (which owns The Wall Street Journal and 20th Century Fox). The British certainly are very....straightforward.

The Help Trailer

(couldn't find the video, but there is the link; hopefully it will work.)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Try Not to Panic.

So today. Well, I guess I was busy although it went by fairly quickly and there wasn't much that I did which was interesting. I went grocery shopping and the came back and did some relaxing, which of course took up half of the afternoon. I then actually reviewed the manuscript for the 2nd edition of The Curse of A Warrior that my print manager from the publisher finally sent me. I had to make certain that the layout for the book didn't have any problems and was what I wanted which it for the most part did thankfully. Hopefully the changes I requested won't take too long to make I'd really like to get this edition out of the way so I can move on to the second book. I wrote a few old friends and then for dinner I sat down to watch a film called Politics of Love but I could after 2 minutes that it was going to really, really suck so I got rid of it and instead put on Panic which was much better thankfully (due to the cast mostly). William H. Macy played the main character, then there was John Ritter who played a psychiatrist, static as a character but it was nice to see him on the screen again. Donald Sutherland who I always love seeing on the screen, and Neve Campbell who has always struck me as a good actress but very odd. William H. Macy plays a man who is trying to get out of the family business of being a hired killer that his father played by Donald Sutherland began. While at the psychologist, John Ritter, he meets Neve Campbell who breathes life into his mundane order of how he does things. It was a fairly light drama and despite a few good moments, and some really good moments interacting with his son, the film was quite flat; not bad, but not really that good either. I can't really say anything good about it aside from Donald Sutherland and the scenes where William H. Macy interacted with his on-screen son. I'm giving it a "Yearning Ability" and I wouldn't per se recommend anyone to see this film, but it definitely is an interesting story about a man trying to escape his father's grip and keep his son from experiencing the same thing that he did. No news on the Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and the President along with his cabinet continues to be mum on the issue along with their Chinese counterparts. Should be interesting to see how all of this pans out, along with the U.N.'s useless scoldings of Assad and his butchering army. Hopefully some good can appear somewhere in the world as all of this diabolical evil seems to be pouring out from everywhere; good Lord knows that the world needs another big jolt of hope.

Panic Trailer

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer 3. Looks very promising, although strange in a way as well. Should be interesting to see how it all ends in a couple of months.