Friday, November 30, 2012

Is Something Falling?


Yeah I know my play on words is a little lame, but as a title it works I suppose. Of the limited amount of things I did today, I wrote a review on Thomas Newman's score for Skyfall. Just to let you know right off the bat, I thought it was boring and it received a very low stamp rating from me. David Arnold could at least compose decent James Bond music, because let's face it; music from that series of films isn't really known for excellent film music. Hopefully most can agree with me on that. I would like to say that I finished my short story, but I instead worked on a different project which continues to shape up well, but took a lot longer than I expected. I might be changing my mind in regards to graduate school, in what area of psychology I may be studying, but who knows. I've changed my mind so much for so many different reasons too numerous to count for what  I want to study within the realm of psychology (and yes there is more to this field than just Freud, counseling, and psychiatry). I watched a lot of news items, and I have to admit that the world keeps getting more screwed up with each passing day. The more I know about what's going on in the world, the less rosy life looks. Imagine in today's culture in your country (especially if you're a Western developed nation) if for one day all of the laws were null and void, what that day would look like. I personally would want to be in the middle of an ocean on that day. Human's are the same as they were when Rome was at its height; gladiators and persecutions alike. The only thing that makes us different are stringent laws and regulations. The nations that are unable to strictly enforce their laws have a higher rate of violence. All of this to say that I do not believe humanity is getting better, reaching for the evolutionary epitome of perfection that Gene Roddenberry spoke of in Star Trek. Sheesh! That's depressing to think of all of that. On a lighter note,  Hostess Twinkies may survive and thrive to feed more generations with their....delectable goodness?

Scoring Skyfall

Skyfall Score Selections

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Lawless Method.

It was the day for chores and other superfluous deeds which would only bore everyone. I just finished watching the film Lawless starring Shia LeBeouf, Tomy Hardy, and Guy Pearce. It was....okay. My sister and brother in-law really liked it, but I wasn't a big fan. There were some excellent performances by Tom Hardy who was silent, but deadly and quite humorous at the same time. Guy Pearce played an excellent villain; wow! I mean this guy is ruthless, and he's also kind of weird; but it was a fine performance. Shia LeBeouf played a similar kind of character in Indy 4 and Wall Street Money Never Sleeps, so I wasn't that impressed but it wasn't bad; nothing new in the performance though. There were some excellent secondary characters though in Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Dane DeHaan (played Jessie from the show In Treatment), and Mia Wasikowska (played Sophie from In Treatment). The screenplay was written well enough, but I found it overall to be slow at developing the story, and it was also quite grisly/violent and frequently depressing. Fortunately it had a happy ending otherwise it would have been a complete downer like The Hours. I'm giving it a "Yearning Ability." It reminded me a lot of Public Enemies, so if you like that and stories based off of real events then this film is for you. Oh, and Lawless is about a family of brothers who run moonshine in Virginia back during the era of American prohibition. Gangsters and corruption were the order of the day, so you can imagine the accents and cast of characters it would take to fill the screen. Anyways. Day was relatively unproductive, although I began looking into getting a Masters degree in the field of Business Psychology, but who knows where that will go. I can't seem to make up my mind. Perhaps in the end I may just go with what causes less hassle to make money with. It may seem shallow, but sometimes a headache and stress isn't worth it all, yet sometimes it is. Who knows. Ciao.

Lawless Behind the scenes

Lawless Trailer

Monday, November 26, 2012

Some Congeniality.

So today was relatively busy and filled with some success. Now I didn't finish my most recent short story, but I made some real good progress. I will reveal that it is essentially an epic disaster story, but that's all for now. It's a little.....odd, and certainly for adults, but I keep trying to push my boundaries with story, characters, and settings so I can keep things fresh and new instead of writing the same old thing which if you've been watching films for any length of time can see that it is really easy to do. I also did some work on a top secret project of mine, which is coming along slower than I thought, but it will be really good when I am finished with it. My brother in-law and I watched some more of 24 the show, or rather he was watching it and I was passing through and then I remained...for a few episodes. I have to admit that so far it is compelling, interesting, addictive, and the villains really act like it thank goodness; I was actually amazed how evil and debauched the writers made the villains. It was lovely. It also seems to have a great cast. Later on my sister, brother in-law and I watched Miss Congeniality which was a blast of course. Sandra Bullock can pull off humor like no other, yet she can also do the drama as well. I was reading and watching the news and came across some interesting tidbits and reports. There was a number of reports on psychopathy, Anti-Social Personality Disorder, and how these two disorders manifest themselves in humans. There was a lot to pour over and read, so I won't go into much, but let's just say that psychopathology and neuroscience are highly complex when put together. Lack of empathy, violence, and flat affect are some of the hard hitters that if you possess none of these the odds are you could have the potential to be quite dangerous. I also read that several successful people can possess psychopathic tendencies and go on to become CEO's, special forces soldiers and so on and so forth. I read it on BBC news, so you can go there if you want to read more about it. As for world news, Syrian Rebels seem to be heavily contending against Assad's forces, and did you know that homosexual acts are prohibited and punishable by life in prison in Uganda. Hopefully President Morsi of Egypt learns from George Washington and doesn't let power get to his head. The world is an ugly place, and seems to be getting uglier. Americans are lucky that we live in a bubble away from most of the crap that happens in the world....at least we do for now. Well, enough doom and gloom for now. Have a most excellent night everyone.

Now You See Me Trailer (it looks quite good actually).

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Walking In Memory Lane.

How many of you think about Kindergarten, or rather when you were in that grade? Well, it may seem odd but those are some of my fondest young school memories. I went to Hammond Baptist Grade School back in 1991-1992 before moving up to Wisconsin and being home-schooled for a couple of years. I had a fantastic teacher and fun classmates, at least for the most part from what I can remember. They really taught me my excellent reading skills. There were popular people, charming people, "boyfriends" & "girlfriends," and the kid that always seemed to get into trouble. I actually still have my kindergarten graduation on VHS where I was captain of the color guards (not sure if I mentioned that on the blog yet); that was a very cool experience. Lots of good, positive memories. That was when I was first outgoing a lot before becoming shy. Anyways I was perusing on Facebook and found a few of the old classmates, and even my teacher. That was very interesting to see some of them, and to see what they look like. I wonder if any of them remember me? You know how sometimes you write and say things that you regret. Then there are times when people poke their nose into your business and try to tell you that you should regret something that you've written or said. All of that to simply say that life is uniquely complicated, and that there is always an alternate point of view to every single thing and issue. Watched Fantasia and some good ideas for stories crossed my mind. That's one of the reasons I liked Disney films so much, and even animated films and televisions so much; so much creativity goes into creating those shows, that when someone like me watches them I cannot help but use what I see to fuel my imagination. Well this is the last week of November, so enjoy. Soon it will be 2013.

A Night on Bald Mountain 
One of my favorite segments from Walt Disney's Fantasia

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Emperor Is Dead.

What did I do today? It is so easy for time to slip through my fingers these days. Well, I slept in for a bit and then watched a little bit of 24 which my brother in-law was watching (I got immediately hooked), and then I was doing stuff on my computer for a bit before I sat down and watched Part 2 of Napoleon, which was an original mini-series by A&E. The biography that I read on the famous general didn't go over his entire life, so I have no idea if the way the man was depicted in the show was done correctly or not. He was often portrayed as the hero who is always being undermined and forced to go to war, rather than choosing to go to war. I would like to believe that Napoleon Bonaparte was chivalrous and honorable, but I doubt that he entirely was, although I'm a part of him was. How big that was, I am unaware at the moment. It was an excellent show though, and I enjoyed the 2nd part more than the first. The French people have such an interesting history; built on by so much blood by the early Franks (Clovis I), 100 Years War, the French Revolution, The Napoleonic Wars, WWI, and WWII. I suppose many of the European countries are that way with their history such as Britain and Espana. Before I go yacking on endlessly about Dark Age European history, I will stop. My sister and I watched this CNBC special on obesity in the United States, and according to statistics released in 2010, 1 in 3 American children are obese. WOW! That is ridiculous. I won't get into the causal factors of this problem, but I believe there are deeper psychological underpinnings then what is being propagated by the government, drug companies, doctors, researchers, and health advocates. I know a number of people who self-medicate by eating; some are adults, and some are children. Some bodies process food better than others; some people gain weight easier, some people struggle to gain and keep weight (like me). Hopefully people become more responsible concerning this obese epidemic before the U.S. government begins taking matters into their own hands by restricting American's diet themselves and imposing new rules and regulations on what people can and cannot eat. The easiest way for Americans to lose free in this regard would be for the government to begin controlling what children eat, and taking away children from families who the government would state are endangering the welfare of their children's lives by not feeding them properly. According to statistics, by 2018 or so 48% of Americans will either be obese or overweight. I have a feeling what Mayor Bloomberg did in New York city will be just the beginning of government interference in American citizens' private lives and personal choices. Ciao.

The Hobbit Production Video Update

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Undiscovered Future.

"To be or not to be, that is the question which faces our people. We need breathing room." -General Chang
"Earth, Hitler, 1938." -Captain James T. Kirk

So I feasted on Thanksgiving pie today and it remained fantastic! I think I really ate too much, and my stomach seemed to remind me of that throughout the day, but really much more at night of course; lucky me. I didn't get any serious writing done, but I did manage to write a review of the score for Game of Thrones Season 2 by Ramin Djawadi who I also made a webpage for. Not a bad score, but not really that great either. He is a promising film composer, and I am certain that as time goes by he become even better. That sucked up a lot of my time, and I also had to watch my nephew for a bit and that sucked up the rest of the time, and then I think I took about 3 naps today, and then I watched The Undiscovered Country with my sister and brother in-law. Afterwards we talked Star Trek and did Star Wars trivia; I was very good. But as a Star Wars aficionado that is to be expected. That was my day without leaving much out. I have to watch my nephew again tomorrow, so who knows how much I will get done. Auf Wiedersehen.



Game of Thrones Season 3 Teaser

House of Cards Trailer (an original Netflix series coming in 2013; it looks really good).

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Wow! I ate so much food today it is ridiculous. My three pies turned out fantastic, as did the turkey; my brining method won everyone over in the family, of which no fireworks went off. At times things seemed like an episode of Modern Family, but for the most part it was a rather lovely day. I did spend most of the time cleaning, cooking and eating. In the lapses of time though I managed to finish watching season 3 of Modern Family at last after taking a hiatus from it. The show is relatively amusing, aside from the constant whining and drama of the characters Cam and Mitchell. Well another holiday has come and gone. I'm not going to say too much, but I do have to say how thankful I am for the guiding and all knowing hand of God. To me it may seem like a gigantic step backwards returning to Illinois, but I believe that in His providence my life will work out to be much better. Hope everyone had an equally lovely day and that the turkey wasn't too dry, or the family too obnoxious, frustrating, or infuriating, or that you weren't getting shot at or having your home blown apart. If you had family, something to eat, and experienced peace while all of that was happening then you have much to be thankful for. We the more fortunate should keep that in mind as we complain about our favorite celebrities doing something stupid and other superfluous things. And I'm done. Have a great night!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

3 Pies and a Turkey.


So today began really bright and early with brining the turkey, which now will be so succulent and delicious tomorrow when I roast it in the oven. What is brining you say? Well basically osmostic pressure pushes the flavors and juices into the turkey as it brines (a brine is basically a salt water based solution that you soak a turkey or meat in for a lengthy period of time depending on the poundage of the meat). You then roast it (without stuffing which is very evil and basting is even more evil; will dry turkey and is a mild health hazard) and once it has reached the appropriate temperature you take it out, let it rest for about 15 fifteen minutes or so loosely covered, carve and serve up! So yummy and delicious. After having breakfast with my sister and nephew at this exquisite restaurant and running a few errands, I returned to the house and began working on the pies I would be making: apple, cherry, and pumpkin. First I had to peel the apples, then slice them, and then set them on the counter in all of their spices to let the juices come out of them before I put them in a pie shell. Next, I made the pie dough and let it chill. Switching gears, I then made the pumpkin pie filling using the pumpkin that I actually obtained from a real pumpkin that I carved. Then I rolled out the pie dough and one by one assembled the three pies until I made the grand finish with cherry!!! Wow, it took a long time so as you can imagine there wasn't much time for writing, but my thoughts were ever on that topic. So yes this entire blog was about about cooking and Thanksgiving. If I had to choose one thing that I am immensely thankful for in the last six months it would have to be.......my sister Paula. If it wasn't for her and her husband Gabe, I would be absolutely miserable, not to mention potentially homeless or stuck in a miserable existence. So thank you both, and may our love, care and generosity for each other never know no end. It is said that holidays are about family, and I guess that is true. However, like any good tradition usually it is to remind someone or a group of people about something important to remember and to take into account. Americans have so much to be thankful for. Consider the Middle East where people are dying and getting their homes destroyed, or in the D.R. Congo where a rebel group is taking over the country. Whether you're rich or poor, alone or have too much family hovering around you, there is very little the average American can complain about. So let's be thankful, stop whining, and be content with what we have. As for the rest of the world, God be with you and I hope that you receive grace. God bless us all. Happy Thanksgiving!

Alton Brown brines a turkey

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Some Fictional Science.

So the world of news continues to remain bleak as the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis continues to escalate, and as the Free Syrian Army continues to push through Assad's forces in the civil war over there. The U.S. stock market remains bleak and the economic forecast seems to be all doom and gloom, so I don't understand how things will be getting any better because of November 6th, but we shall see. In other news, San Francisco banned public nudity. Apparently people over there need to be reminded that nudity is something that should be a private matter, not something you should be parading about. I sat down to write my science fiction short story and did quite well, although I didn't get as much of it done as I should have, but it's looking really good so far. I'm attempting to try something new in how I am writing this story, so hopefully it will work just fine. Spent some time with my nephew watching The Frog Prince which was an old childhood favorite of mine; it's always fun to see a film through the eyes of a child, especially one you actually grew up watching. Well there it is; nothing extraordinary happened and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so I hope that everyone has an excellent holiday.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Surviving Target.

So I had some mild success with writing today, although it is a top secret project and I can't share that much of it unfortunately. Hopefully though when I am completed with it, I will be able to really get somewhere. Dreams are good for the soul. So with it being so close to Thanksgiving, my sister and I began acquiring our supplies for the Thanksgiving meal. First we began our adventure at the superstore Target, which was going well until we were getting ready to leave. A woman driving a car and not paying attention to apparently anything almost ran my sister and nephew over. I am also not using a figure of speech, my sister had to hit the trunk of the vehicle and scream repetively at the driver until she stopped. The rear of the car actually bumped up against my sister's leg, so it was a pretty close call. Anyways, after that we went to one of the local super grocery stores called Woodmans which was filled with a ton of crazy shoppers, but this time though there weren't any near fatal accidents and we safely vacated the premises. Later on when we were relaxing Brave was playing on the television, which was the first time that I had ever seen it. It looked very promising, although we were unable to finish it, and then my sister put on Lockout starring Guy Pierce while I looked at pictures from growing up when I was a young boy. That was a crazy trip down memory lane. So there it is. Good night and good luck.

Brave Trailer


Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Bit of Sorcery.

Not much going on today. Season 4 of the BBC show Merlin appeared on Netflix a couple days ago so I've been all over that as of late. The story is progressing very well, the characters are as delightful as ever; some have grown, some have remained the same, and there are some very good new characters. This show though remains amazing to watch, and something I highly recommend to views of good television and fantasy. Sure there are some cheesy things, but overall I can't really complain. After all, who better to make a tale of Arthur than the British where the legend first originated from in its most bare essence. I wasn't able to get around to writing my science fiction short story since I had to watch my nephew, but I figured that was going to happen so I did a few other things. That's about the short and small of it, although I am sure that there was something that I wanted to blog about but suddenly cannot remember. Oh well. Hope that everyone's week goes well. Everyone should keep the people of Syria, Israel and Palestine in their prayers so that peace may be brought to the region. Good night.

Friday, November 16, 2012

When the Sky Falls.

Well today was kind of a nothing day. I did manage to write my film review for Skyfall, but aside from that I didn't get any writing done. I'm going to start writing a science fiction short story tomorrow hopefully if I can find the time, and I also have a few other writing projects I need to begin working on. There is much to do, and I need to get off my lazy backside and begin working on them. So the only really interesting stuff was in the news, but beware it is rather depressing. Civil war in Syria, where the rebels believe the West has abandoned them (actually stated from an opposition general in the Free Syrian Army). The rebels appear entrenched to a degree from what I can tell, but Assad is continuing to kill civilians as the rebels plea for help to protect themselves and their people. Oh, and Iran could be two months (give or take) from what I saw on a BBC news report from obtaining a nuclear weapon or capability. That should be an interesting showdown with the U.S. and Israel. For a pop culture anecdote, the baking company Hostess declared bankruptcy and began selling off all of its assets because of strikes from the workers, who were....whining about getting paid less and other suchs benefits. Except now, they aren't going to get paid anything; kind of ironic don't you think, and Twinkies will not be made again, unless the trade secrets are sold to another company. The U.S. military is going through an ethics firestorm; so now, which general will fall next? I wonder what China, North Korea, and Iran think of what's going on with retired General Petraeus and General Allen? To have one's most powerful political adversaries laugh at you from the shadows while all of the onlookers gaze on with uncertainty or fear. Oh yeah, the U.S. is definitely getting better. Hopefully everyone noted the intense sarcasm right there. Do I think and believe that my own country is on the decline morally, fiscally, and internationally. Yes without a doubt, and I don't know what can be done about it. Perhaps you could compare it to Rome's decline. A severe shake up in Federal government could be the only way to get that mess fixed up, and a civil war could weed out all of the....maladaptive ideals that pose a threat to the wellness of the local community, and the right for people to govern themselves on that level without interference from the federal government. There's my soap box for today. Hopefully American people think with their minds and use wisdom, instead of thinking with stupidity and using their emotions to govern the future of this great American nation. Have a good night/day.

Skyfall Music Video


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Revolutions and Princes.

So today was semi-productive. I watched what was essentially part one of a film, which was actually an epic mini-series, called Napoleon produced by A&E. I saw most of it many, many years ago but never the whole entire thing. It is a mini-series based on a part of Napoleon Bonaparte's life. From a commoner on the island on Corsica, to becoming the most powerful man in Europe, he went from literally nothing to everything. However, he worked very hard to get where he was, and he made a lot of sacrifices and made a lot of mistakes to ultimately acquire his mantle of power. Christian Clavier plays Napoleon, and he is just fantastic as the general to be emperor. Isabella Rossellini is the empress Josephine, and wow she is awesome. She is so talented and beautiful; it really sucks that she isn't in more films unfortunately. Gerard Depardieu played the police chief for France, and although his character hasn't done too much, an actor of his caliber is always great to have around on a film. John Malkovich as Charles Talleyrand was exquisitely delicious, and definitely worth watching; his character is very similar to Machiavelli. After reading a biography of Napoleon it was interesting to see what they got right and what they didn't. Several things were done correctly, but there were also some that were not. All in all so far the first part was pretty entertaining and good for the level of production it experienced. I went through some of the edits that my editor for book 2 of my trilogy had made and so far so good, so we're going to keep forward with all of that and see how long it takes to get to a finished manuscript. I also did a little reading of "The Prince" and "The Art of War" and then the evening winded down and that's about it. We'll see about tomorrow.

Scene from Napoleon

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Hysterics.

So I slept in very late today which was fantastic, and then I said goodbye to my mother and sister who left my sister and brother in law's house after a very, very long stay. My mother was talking about Thanksgiving at my sister's and trying assert how everything was going to be done, cooked, and organized. As my two sisters and brother in-law looked on at this exchange between my mother and I, I began thinking in my head how ridiculous the whole thing was, and then I began thinking about the wizards' duel in The Sword in the Stone between Merlin and Madam Mim. Suddenly I began laughing hysterically and couldn't stop myself from laughing, so I had to excuse myself from the room and retreat to the basement. I didn't per se have a complete break down, but wow....my mother was driving me off the wall and all I could do was smile and laugh like a mad man. It's so funny to reflect on because now it seems like it is right off a sitcom like Frasier. Anyways I recovered and had a lovely rest of the night. I put myself back together, and checked my email to discover that I had what you could consider fan mail. So after reading and returning the email I moved on to something else. It's always good to hear that people enjoy your work. My nephew wanted to watch Arthur Christmas and so all of us together watched and ate home made chicken fajitas that my brother in-law made (they were quite delicious). So the film was entertaining often, the animation was great, it had a phenomenal cast, and there were a lot of good original ideas for the story. All of that superficial Christmas happiness drove me nuts though; my cynical nature can't seem to stand it. Wow! I really am turning into Scrooge (I played him in a high school play and got rave reviews; it was a lot of fun). I guess I'll give it an "Admirable Ability." I suppose though I'm not much of a Christmas movie person as almost all of them seem to be the same; plot, theme, story, and characters. So before I rattle on endlessly I will stop. On an interesting note 7 states have completed a petition to secede from the Unites States Nation: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. I'm not entirely certain what's going to happen with all of this, but it seems as if the movement is only gaining traction since President Obama was reelected. Perhaps it is time for a change in government on a revolutionary scale after all. If you think about it, to have something of another civil war after the previous one well over hundred years ago isn't too remarkable. Think of all government changes in all western European countries. To think that the U.S. hasn't experienced something like that since the 1860's is quite amazing. We are living in an exciting time that's for certain, and it seems to me that lines will be drawn soon and sides chosen. I guess we should all choose wisely.

Arthur Christmas scene

Oz the Great and Powerful Latest Trailer

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Brakes, Plugs, & Wipers.

So I slept very well last night which was great for my lingering cold, despite the fact that I was quite cold while I was sleeping; it brought back some very fond memories of when I used to sleep in Wisconsin. Ah, those were the days. So mi padre and I got up this morning and got to work on my car right away. First we changed the break pads, which I did most of the work and it was actually relatively easy thank goodness. He changed my spark plugs since they were a little more challenging, and then he showed me how to change the windshield wipers which was a simple piece of cake. We spent something like 2 hours & 30 minutes working on my car which wasn't bad at all. My sister showed up at my father's place at one point, and then the three of us hung out for the rest of the day. I actually thought that I would be spending another night there, but plans changed and you have to roll with the ugly punches or risk getting sucker punched; that isn't fun. Watched Robin Hood this evening with my father and sister and they both really seemed to like it, not to mention I got to yack occasionally about one of my most favorite historical periods; always enjoy doing that. Well things will be getting back to normal now, or rather the new normal since all of the wedding stuff is over at last. Job hunting, job hunting oh how fun it is. Goodnight everyone.

Robin Hood trailer


Monday, November 12, 2012

Silence! I Kill You!

So right now I am freezing out here in Wisconsin visiting my father. Wind and snow, wow! I had forgotten how cold a north wind was capable of being, especially when you add in snow and no sunshine whatsoever. Yesterday is a little bit of a blur, but the last of the wedding stuff was wrapped up yesterday as the family and bridal party had a brunch which turned out to be quite fabulous. After that I...well....did stuff and then my father and I drove back to his home in the middle of God forsaken Wisconsin in the pouring rain with the windshield wipers on my care that aren't worth crap; that was fun, and it was in the dark. Today we acquired some parts to fix my car, or rather to perform some usual vehicle maintenance like brake pads, windshield wipers, and spark plugs which we shall be putting together tomorrow. We had to clean out his rather cluttered and messy garage to make room for my car so I got the delightful task of burning all of the trash, and I am not being sarcastic. Yep, here in Wisconsin we burn our own trash when we live out in the country. I used to do it all of the time years ago; I am actually a professional pyromaniac....at least that is what my sisters and mother called me. Not certain if they meant it in a complimentary way or not, but I do like watching things burn and burning things. Who knows why. Weird yes, but oh so much fun. I was hoping to go shooting today, but that will have to take place tomorrow after my car has been worked on. My father and I watched The Amazing Spider-Man after having seen it many months ago in the theatre, and I have to admit that I still enjoyed as much as the first time I saw and am looking forward to seeing them continue the series with Andrew Garfield. Apparently the rumor mill suggests that Electro will be the next villain played by Jamie Fox I believe. That could be really good, or really bad. We shall see. I have really got to stop blogging so late at night; it's getting rather ridiculous and this cold isn't going away, so it would seem that sleep is in order so goodnight and good luck. Oh and as to the title, my father wanted me to watch a few comedy segments of Jeff Dunham (I think his name was) and one of them was this skeleton called Achmed who was supposed a dead terrorist. This man's comedy routine seems to revolve around ventriloquy, and I have to admit that although I was very skeptical at first, I was rolling in laughter in the end. Even though it could easily be construed as being ethnocentric or racist, the routine was quite hilarious. Anyways; there you have. Ciao!

Amazing Spider-Man Documentary

Jeff Dunham & Achmed the Terrorist.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wedding Time!!!!!!!!

Wow what a long day. Between rehearsing, decorating, moving, and taking photographs I am completely bushed. Once the ceremony kicked in I had a lot of fun, and then during the reception I also had a lot of fun as well. I danced a lot; I danced with two of my sisters, my mother and grandmother, and then was out there on the dance floor acting crazy and dancing like I've never done before. My sisters and I danced to this Irish song from Titanic I believe and it was awesome! Then my mother and I danced to a second Irish song. It was great, and perhaps the best time I've ever had at a wedding reception. My sister looked beyond beautiful, as did all of the bridesmaids, and I have to say that the groomsmen didn't look half that bad either (I was one of the groomsmen). So finally here I am typing up my blog a little after 1am after.....well dealing with a slight, humiliating crisis, but life is life and you have to roll with the punches. It was a great day all in all despite being really, really long. Got some really good advice and wisdom from a woman I met who has her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; the world of mental health is an invariable mammoth of loops, red tape, and craziness. In this case, it is literal. A lot of great and fantastic people made my sister's wedding possible, and I would like to thank all of them. The bridal party was especially made up of truly great and dedicated men, and beautiful and hard working women. Congratulations to my sister and her husband! I teared up during the ceremony several times. Both of them are going to be so happy together and are really good for each other as well. Good luck to them both, and May the Force be with them, always. Now time for some sleep. The next few days should be interesting.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Skyfall.

I only have a few minutes before I must go to sleep. My sister's wedding is in about seventeen hours from now and there is a lot of work that must be done between now and then. Most of what I did today was bake about 80 molasses cookies, clean and help out with the wedding stuff as much as possible. It may not sound like much, but trust me I was on my feet constantly going for several hours. And unfortunately I and the others in the bridal party will not be getting a lot of sleep because we have to get an early start. We had the rehearsal dinner which was lovely, and then afterwards the bridal party went to go see Skyfall the new James Bond film. Unfortunately I will not be find the time to review for a few days because of how busy I will be, but I will say that it was interesting, entertaining, and relatively well made although I would have gone in several different directions. If you like James Bond then you'll like this, if you like action then you'll like this, if you like neither well...you may not find it as diverting. So I'm exhausted as I am writing this at almost 2am, so I'm going to go to bed and attempt to get some sleep before the sun peeks up.



Interviews with the Skyfall cast

Skyfall Trailer

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Munchkins.

So right now I am playing a card game called "Munchkin" with the groom and some of the groomsmen while watching Quantum of Solace, and it's going fairly well so far. The day has been ridiculously busy. I woke up with a sore like throat, but it got better. Then after I got ready for the day, my future brother in-law and I went to get some of his belongings from his parent's house. One of the things that we took was this large, solid wooden dresser which was very, very heavy. One thing for certain is that we both acquired our exercise today, and then the rest of the day I relaxed and tried to feel better. Suddenly my mind is going blank, so give me a moment to recall a few things......So yeah most of the day was hanging out, although in the evening when I was reading BBC news online, I ran across this one article about an Iranian man that was blogging, who was then arrested and then somehow died. What a wonderful country right? I would say that former President G.W. Bush was correct when he said that the Iranian government was part of the axis of evil. Also some of what is going on in Argentina with how the current President is attempting to re-write the constitution so the office can have unlimited terms or something like that. Freedom crushers continue to pursue their goal of restricting their citizen's rights and everyone in the world needs to be aware of it happening, because yes it is even creeping into "developed" Western countries. So only two more days until my sister's wedding and everything seems to be going well and all of the individuals that I have met for the wedding party are all rather pleasant; hopefully that is how it remains and continues. On that note I am going to go to bed since the guys and I just finished our "Munchkin" game which turned out to be a lot of fun once I figured out how it worked. I apologize if this post appears disjointed or incorrect on the facts, but it has been a long day, it's really late, and I'm really tired. Goodnight and good luck.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Unleashed.

Yuck. I feel sick right now as mucus slowly seeps down my throat, and I am tired and sleepy at the same time. I swear if I get miserably sick right before my sister's wedding this Saturday I am going to become an atheist. Seriously, all of this bad timing, bad luck, and wrong circumstances that just keep getting wrong is quite vexing. The day didn't start out that way though. First, I checked up on the election results just in case anything changed, which it hadn't. Then I started to help my sister with many of the chores and other various things that she needed to get on leading up to her wedding. Honestly, I'm kind of blanking out on some of the day. At one point I took a large whole pumpkin, cut it, removed the guts and baked it for a few hours. Then I took the softened flesh and after I whirled it around in the food processor for a few seconds added it to some other ingredients and made some pumpkin bread. I haven't tasted it yet, it looks like it will be very delicious. My future brother in-law brought over his Playstation 3 console along with his games, one of which was The Force Unleashed and since it had been many years since I last attempted to play the game, so I thought that I would be a little nostalgic in my down time. I played for a bit and much of it came back to me; definitely is a great way for me to cope thought, but who knows how much time I will have to play it, not that it really matters anyways I suppose. Right now my sister's house is a buzz as everyone prepares for the wedding, and the household will grow three-fold tomorrow so we shall how that goes. Hopefully I will feel immediately better tomorrow, if not.....then life is going to really suck for another spell. Good night, and good mental health as a famous Seattle psychiatrist would say.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Decisions to Make.


So at the moment it appears that President Obama will likely retain his position as President of the United States of America for another 4 years unless a miracle happens. Congratulations to him and his staff; I really hope the American people made the decision to elect him based on facts, and not with their emotions or biases. The next four years will either get better or worse, but this time President Obama, his administration, and the Democratic party can blame nobody but themselves if the economy doesn't get better. It would be a rather cruel irony if the economy actually did get worse over the past four years, but I really hope that it doesn't. Well Mr. Romney is currently giving his concession speech, so I guess that President Obama does indeed get another 4 years in the White House. Meanwhile back on the farm. Most of the day I was cleaning my sister's house in preparation for the guests that would be arriving for her wedding, which will be this Saturday. The other half of the day I was writing the ridiculously long conclusion of my modern warfare series The Sword and the Shield: The First Strike. I think it might be the longest episode that I wrote within the series, and it definitely has the most characters and segments as well. Hopefully it doesn't come across too confusing, and if it seems rushed, well perhaps I was hurrying to get it completed before 10pm, which I did around that time I believe. I will preface this last story of the series as a complete work of fiction, as are all of the episodes that I wrote. It began as something much different than it ended up being, but overall I am very satisfied with how the entire story turned out. The rest of the night I watched the election; it was rather exciting, almost like a game and then it was over just like a game. Well it's been a very long day, so I will leave it at that. Good luck once again to President Obama and his team, and God speed to Mitt Romney and his family and what they have planned for the future.


Monday, November 5, 2012

"There's Something Terribly Wrong with this Country..."


And yes that is a quote from V for Vendetta and not precisely an exact description of the state of the United States of America, but it's getting there.

"Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gun powder treason and plot. I know of no reason, why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot."
                                                                           -V

So I hope that everyone regardless of who or where they are in the world celebrated today. What was there to celebrate you may be asking, well freedom, and especially freedom from oppressive governments. It is also very ironic that this holiday occurs one day before the United States elects the next president, and you can take that anyway that you like, but I mean nothing by it; pure irony is all that it is. One thing is for certain though the freedom in the world is slowly slipping away in favor of authority being vested in a more centralized power...like the U.S. Federal Government, The European Union, or The United Nations for example. In my personal political opinion, for a democratic society to be continually successful power must be kept locally within the hands of the people that live in that locality. The more centralized power becomes in a government of any kind, the more freedoms that government will take from its people and add to itself. I don't know about the rest of all of you, but I would rather have less big government and more small government. So I tip my hat to the people of Syria who are continuing to struggle to get rid of the tyrant that is ruling their country. People like the Syrian rebels are in part what holidays like this are all about (and by the way, revolutions for the most part are quite bloody and grisly). God bless and good luck to them. I would also like to say that the people of the countries of North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Myanmar, and any others that I cannot seem to remember at the moment. All of you will get your moment one day to change the malaise, terror, and "freedomlessness" that plagues your country, if I may be so bold to say. And I will say this once again, if the people of the United States don't learn to wise up and know what the politicians are up to who run this country, then we'll end up like something similar to....well I really, really hate to say this but I can think of no other better comparison...Nazi Germany. I am not referring to the horrific crimes the regime committed, but rather how it came to power. That rise seems more familiar and likely considering the economic woes the world and more particularly the U.S. is facing. Now I will leave it at that, and all I ask is that everyone think to about what I wrote. So aside from watching V For Vendetta I wrote quite a bit of my epic conclusion for my "Sword and the Shield" series of modern warfare. It is coming along and together very well. All of the story lines are weaving together quite well and by the time it is finished it will be great. So there it is. The next time I blog, the U.S. will hopefully have chosen a new president without any drama.

V's Revolutionary Speech

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Training A Dragon.

So hopefully most of you (where it was necessary) remembered to flip the clocks back one hour, because I pretty much forgot. Fortunately though I didn't need to be anywhere in the morning so it was okay. So yesterday I watched "Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall" back from 2011; it was a live performance of the famed musical. Wow! It was fantastic, although I would have done a few things differently myself. I love that musical, particularly live....or rather I would love to see in person. Someday when I get my life back together. But going back to today, not much happened. I hung out with my nephew and other family members and did some baking. I know, I live the exciting life. How I long for San Diego. Do to popular vote, we watched How to Train Your Dragon which I had never seen before. At my previous place of employment it was very well liked amongst the children, but I never saw it. I liked it. Jay Baruchel was a lot of fun and I liked Toothless the dragon as well. It had a good story, excellent music by John Powell. I think I'll give it a "Strong Ability," and do recommend it to people to watch regardless of it being animated or a child's film. Sometimes those are the best kind, but not always. In about 2 1/2 hours it will be November 5th or Guy Fawkes Day. Just don't blow up any buildings with people in them, or do anything illegal that has the potential to harm or kill any people or life of any kind (I'm writing this just in case), but please do celebrate what the 5th means. People have the right to overthrow a government when that government no longer serves the best interests of the population it governs. So remember a man, but rather more remember what he stood for, and that sometimes people need more than buildings.

How To Train Your Dragon Trailer

Phantom of the Opera Trailer

Phantom of the Opera "Masquerade"

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Belated Halloween!


Despite being a day late, I hope that everyone's Halloween was a pleasant one. I went trick or treating with my sister and nephew who was dressed as The Riddler from Batman. I thought it was rather amusing how many people mistook him for The Joker or didn't even have a clue who he was. I have to admit that after that sun went down it got really cold. It's amazing how quickly one can forget how cold it gets out here at this time of year, and this is just the beginning. I've been thinking a lot about Disney's acquisition of Star Wars and company, and how weird is it to hear fireworks and see castles now instead of the 20th Century Fox fanfare and logo. Or how Darth Vader's new boss is Mickey Mouse. Who would have thought, but they definitely have the financial backing to create the live action series, and I wonder if The Clone Wars will now transition from the Cartoon Network to the Disney Channel? I really haven't been thinking about it all that much, but every now and then it hits me. A good portion of the day was dedicated to writing another modern war story, which I can happily say is the second to last one I will be writing. The Sword and the Shield: The Gathering Circle marks the turning point. I have one ultra long episode to write before I have completed this particular block of stories. Technically I could write several episodes based off of this next bit, but instead I am going to put it all together in one episode, it's just going to be really long depending on how I go about writing it. Now, I should the last episode finished and posted by late November 6th if all goes according to plan, and then we'll see how accurate I am with at least one of my predictions. Oh by the way four days until November the 5th, and five days until election day here in the United States of America. That should be a very exciting day! I'm very eager to see how the political landscape changes. I was watching BBC news this evening and it seems that the Syrian rebels are fighting with every ounce of their fiber as the Assad regime tries to kill them senselessly. In the middle of this intense bloodbath is the civilian population, which is taking a massive beating. I watched a news report which showed a good many of disturbing images. I posted it below, just be warned that there is blood, and you see a lot of children in agony, and some even die. Reality for these people really sucks, please that in mind when you consider how much your life really sucks. These people need our help, our prayers, and our care. Sacrifice is the mark of a great nation, not selfishness.

Ian Pannell of BBC reports on crowded Syrian medical facilities

Robert Iger and George Lucas discuss Walt Disney's acquisition of all
of Lucasfilms Ltd. enterprises and creative material.