Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bustin' makes me feel good

Happy Halloween!!

Just got back from trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. Very worn out. Now the girls are going through their candy.

We have to go back!

Way back at the beginning of June, I mentioned that I would get around to rewatching and reviewing (in Haiku form) all the previous episodes of Lost.
Cut to 5 months later, and I've done none! Woo!

And Season 6 begins in January.

Which means I've got roughly three months to get a lot of viewing and typing done. Which also means next few word clouds are going to feature a lot of "Jack" "Kate" and probably "Locke". Ah, Lost.

I just hope that I can find the time to get around to doing it all. Fortunately, the universe is giving me an extra hour this weekend, so it seems someone wants it to happen. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to make a stop at

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Siren song

Dear musicians,

I'd say that 88% of my music listening life is done inside a moving vehicle. So, putting sirens, or music that sounds like emergency sirens, in your songs? Not really that cool.

Please stop.



Thursday, October 22, 2009





Monday, October 19, 2009

7 years later

Today is my blogoversary!

Hard to believe it's been seven years since I joined blogger and started this web log.

I'm curious as to how small my reading audience has dwindled to, so, I'm doing a stalker roll call. If you are reading this blog, please leave a comment, even if it's simply the word verification.

I'm guessing the total number of comments will be... 11. (Unless a conversation starts in there, in which case it will be 14.)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

We could be heroes. Just for one day.

("Heroes" by David Bowie)

I had this story idea recently, where there is a virus (or maybe it's not a virus, but something controlled by, say, aliens? I don't know. a lot of the details haven't been worked out)
Anyway. This virus causes people to get superpowers. Particularly, the ones that Superman has (flight, super-speed, invulnerability, x-ray vision)...but only for 24 hours. After that amount of time has passed, the abilities would vanish, and move on to another person. So, if an infected individual was flying 30,000 feet in the air when their time was up...they'd have a really bad day.

Imagine the chaos that would cause, though. If just ONE random person in the world had super powers...for only a day.

And the next person to obtain the powers is completely random. One day it could be a 65 year old grandmother in Miami, Florida, and once she lost her powers, it would be a 4 year old boy in Ibra, Oman.

The problem with the story is ...I don't have a story. I have the idea, which is kinda cool, and might make for an interesting comic book or movie (or even a story to read) but there's no ..plot. It's just an idea at this point. I mean, I guess the story could be about how people react to such an occurrence and/or how people who are infected react or use their abilities (or even how people who WERE infected deal with the aftermath of NOT having the power anymore), but where is it going beyond that?

And besides, doing all that writing sounds like work. And I'm lazy.

So, instead, I started thinking, "what would I do if I had Superman's powers for a day?"

And here's what I came up with:

I would definitely sleep in, because, dude, why wake up early if I can get to work in like 2 seconds?

Actually, why go to work at all? I think I'd call in sick that day.

And then I'd fly they family (one at a time? Or maybe I'd just carry the entire family in the van) over to Disneyland.

Oh, and then I'd be sure to remove all nuclear weaponry from the planet (yes, I know it wouldn't stop the problem, because people can create more, but it would make the world [temporarily] safer, at least)

I'd probably fly to Australia, just to see it.

I'd redistribute food. There's hundreds of thousands of tons of food that goes wasted here everyday. I'd take some of that over to, say, India, and allow them to dine.

I'd stop crimes, of course. That would be fun. I don't know that I'd stop any robberies, but murders? It would be sweet to jump in front of a bullet or two. Just to see reactions.

I'd deliver the mail. And tell all the postal workers to take the day off.

Oh, and hey, I could play Santa, couldn't I? Ha.

I'd blog about it all, of course.

And then, at the end of the day, I'd have to make sure I flew around the world backwards fast enough to turn time back, so that I wouldn't lose my ability. ;)

So. What would you do with superpowers for a day?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Haiku Review: Batman Begins

Gotham is scared. Crime
is everywhere. A hero
is what this town needs.

Bruce becomes Batman.
Something for the criminals
of Gotham to fear.

This Batman kicks ass,
because he trained with ninjas.
An epic reboot.

Haiku Review: National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Historical and
geographical facts have
no place in this film.

But it's a lot of
fun, if you can overlook
those mind-numbing goofs.

Haiku Review: A Time to Kill

When it comes to Law,
Justice, Revenge and Murder,
nothing's Black and White

Haiku Review: Coraline

Other Mother sees
everything, even with her
button eyes. Creepy!

Haiku Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Snape kills Dumbledore!
We see (some) Voldemort's past.
Love is in the air.

Works well in print, but
when translated to the screen,
the magic is lost.

Haiku Review: Charlie Bartlett

Being popular
is the most important thing
while in high school

Haiku Review: Knowing

I went in knowing
that this movie would be bad.
I hate being right.

And, "You want some of this?!?" Oh,
Nic Cage. Never change.

Haiku Review: Crime Spree

Group of French thieves steal
from the American mob.
Wackiness ensues.

Add in one corrupt
FBI agent and some
street gangs, you get laughs.

Well, not laugh out loud
funny, but it's amusing,
and it held my interest.

Haiku Review: Death at a Funeral

Maybe 10 minutes
from this whole film was funny.
Not great comedy.

Haiku Review: Hamlet 2

"Rock me, rock me, rock
me, sexy Jesus." "Oh my
GOD, writing is hard!!"

Haiku Review: Terminator Salvation

A Terminator
film without time travel or
(real life) Arnie? Huh.

So many plot holes!!
But fancy explosions help
keep you distracted.

There was plenty in
this one to bitch about, but
still better than 3.

Was it as good as
1 or 2? No. Of course not.
It was ...adequate.

I'm easy to please.
Just give me killer robots
who appear human.

Haiku Review: Oliver!

Ahh, Oliver!, that
heartwarming musical that's
all about, um, orphans.

Songs, glorious songs!
Please, sirs, can we have some more?
They were all lovely.

Haiku Review: The Orphanage

Atmospheric ghost
story that is both sad and
beautiful. Well done.

Haiku Review: Grease 2

Michelle Pfeiffer wants
a coo-ooh-ooh-ool rider.
Who's that guy? Michael!

Plenty of great and
cheesy songs, elaborate
dance numbers abound.

It does get tired
by the end, but the first two-
thirds are pretty fun.

Haiku Review: Cry-Baby

I guess I don't "get"
John Waters films, because this
film bored me to tears.

Johnny Depp is good
and there are some moments that
shine, but mostly - meh.

It felt like it was,
I don't know, trying too hard
to be funny, cool.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Temperature in Hell - 33 degrees

Not quite frozen over. But close.

Yep. I've gone and joined Facebook.

Blame Steph. I simply wanted to play Bejeweled Blitz, but she wouldn't let me use her account.

So, yeah. I've joined the hordes of facebookers. But, on the bright side, still not on twitter, and I've still never watched American Idol. So I'm not a complete sell out.