Saturday, August 30, 2008

politics, schmolitics...

I don't intend to ever get political on here, but I can't deny that the presidential race just stepped up a notch on the interesting meter with McCain's VP choice. Let's face it, he will be lucky to live through his first term if he gets elected so we may be getting a female pres (thank goodness it won't be Hillary).
Thing is, I still don't care for either choice-- I don't want to vote against someone, I want to vote for someone. I consider myself a libertarian (because freedom is my number one concern) and no one ever seems to get it right... This year will be my first opportunity to vote and so far, I don't think I'll even bother. Can someone give me one good reason why I should feel differently?

Friday, August 29, 2008

What the hell is going on???

Hide-and-seek turns up abandoned baby in bushes

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A 6-year-old girl playing hide-and-seek with her grandmother found a newborn baby girl abandoned in a vacant lot next to her home. Lilliana Williams-Rodriguez told her grandmother Thursday evening that she had found a doll in the bushes.
But Thelma Williams, 55, who has six children, knew right away the baby lying motionless in the weeds near a basketball hoop was no doll. She called 911 and wrapped the baby in clothing until firefighters arrived.
Police estimated the child was born an hour or two before she was discovered. The baby girl was taken to the hospital with a fever but was expected to recover.
The infant, partially wrapped in a black shirt, still had her umbilical cord attached, said police Sgt. Tom Connellan. Police weren't sure if she was born at the scene or brought there and abandoned. They were searching for the infant's mother.
The state's Abandoned Infant Protection law allows parents unable to care for their newborns to leave them, no questions asked, with a responsible person at a hospital, police station or fire station.
"Leaving the baby in the bushes like that — if the baby hadn't been found, it probably wouldn't have survived for long," Connellan said.
Williams said it was lucky her granddaughter asked her to play that evening. "It was a game of hide-and-go-seek that turned into a day of reckoning," she told The Post-Standard of Syracuse.

100th post!

I want to thank all 5 people who have commented on my blog so far... Yep, 5 whole people (and I really only count 4 of you)-- sad...

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Who would actually pay money for this??? Or if this is homemade, why bother if this is the best you can do?

Red Meat

I wanted to let you know about one of my all-time favorite comic strips, 'Red Meat' by Max Cannon
I won't waste time saying much about the comic, letting the examples speak for themselves. These are some random strips I grabbed featuring the three main characters, Ted Johnson, Milkman Dan, and Bug-eyed Earl...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Have a toothache?

Hey, kids! Are your teeth bothering you? Well for just 15 cents you can have instant relief...

movie characters 3...

I thought of another one... R. Lee Ermey reprises his role as the sarge in 'Full Metal Jacket' as a ghost in 'Frighteners'...
I'll also throw in Bela Lugosi portraying vampires in non-Dracula films, because let's face it-- even if they couldn't call the generic vamp movies "Dracula", he was still playing Dracula...
And I found out that Angella Bassett plays Betty Shabazz in both 'Malcom X' and 'Panthers'. And Peter O'Toole played Henry II in 'Becket' and 'The Lion in Winter'.
A lot of people count Robert Patrick's appearance in 'Last Action Hero' to be a reprisal of his role from 'Terminator 2', but I'm a bit iffy on that one. Granted he was wearing a cop uniform and it was intended as a nod to his 'T2' character, but in 'Last Action Hero' it is shown that the star of 'T2' was Sylvester Stallone, not Arnold Swarzeneggar, so.............. it all gets a bit soft...

Rat meat in demand in Cambodia as inflation bites

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The price of rat meat has quadrupled in Cambodia this year as inflation has put other meat beyond the reach of poor people, officials said on Wednesday. With consumer price inflation at 37 percent according to the latest central bank estimate, demand has pushed a kilogram of rat meat up to around 5,000 riel (69 pence) from 1,200 riel last year.
Spicy field rat dishes with garlic thrown in have become particularly popular at a time when beef costs 20,000 riel a kg.
Officials said rats were fleeing to higher ground from flooded areas of the lower Mekong Delta, making it easier for villagers to catch them.
"Many children are happy making some money from selling the animals to the markets, but they keep some for their family," Ly Marong, an agriculture official, said by telephone from the Koh Thom district on the border with Vietnam.
"Not only are our poor eating it, but there is also demand from Vietnamese living on the border with us."
He estimated that Cambodia supplied more than a tonne of live rats a day to Vietnam.
Rats are also eaten widely in Thailand, while a state government in eastern India this month encouraged its people to eat.
(Reporting by Ek Madra; Editing by Alan Raybould and Paul Tait)

What is this world coming to when soon a man won't be able to afford to keep rat on the table?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I need help...

I have always been intelligent, but there are two things in this world that have always made me into a drooling simpleton-- certain mathematics and computers...

For the life of me I can't figure out how to do simple things here like add a counter or a links section... I keep looking at how to do so but as soon as I see html shit, my brain shuts down and I wet myself.

Can someone help me here? And I don't mean by simply telling me how (I have read how to over and over and over and still can't get it), but by taking my hand and walking me through it, or even doing it for me (because I'm cute and I asked so nicely and I'll be your best friend).


movie characters 2...

In a follow-up to my highly successful (thank you to all ONE of you who commented) posting on movie characters popping up in unrelated films, I thought of a couple more...
I am still trying to avoid actual cross-overs (like 'King Kong vs Godzilla', or 'The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones' or the 'Rugrats/Wild Thornberry's' movie, or the 'Iron Man/Hulk' cross-over setting up the impending 'Avengers' movie), but some of those did get me thinking-- there have been two 'Alien vs Predator' cross-over movies, but prior to that, an Alien skull appeared in a trophy case aboard the ship in the second Predator film. Also, there was the cross-over film 'Freddy vs Jason', but before that, in 'Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday' there was not only the pseudo Freddy cameo at the end (with his glove coming out of the ground and pulling Jason's hockey mask into hell) but also the appearance of the Book of the Dead from the 'Evil Dead' trilogy and the crate that held "Fluffy" (the abominable snowman/bigfoot/sasquatch/yeti) from 'Creepshow' inside the Voorhees (Jason's last name) home.
In 'Star Wars: Episode I', there is a scene showing the senate and representatives of all the planets in the council-- in that scene you can see members of E.T.'s race...
I suppose one could throw in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' as it has characters from different cartoons appearing together, most notably Daffy Duck facing off with Donald Duck...
Some companies have later made their films into one universe such as the Toho (Godzilla) monsters, or Universal Monsters, or some of the movies put out by Full Moon ('Puppet Master', 'Doll Man', 'Bad Channels', and 'Demonic Toys' have all had related cross-overs but never were actually intended to be together initially).
Again I ask, does anyone else have any others? I am really interested in this, but my research isn't turning up much-- television is easy to find but movies aren't quite as simple... I may do a piece on a particular TV show with far reaching effects in the world of fiction that I have come across, but that will be another time.

Ordinary movies for the extraordinary mind...

Somewhat inspired by my bloggy buddy Steve's series of posts on movies that have fallen through the cracks , I have decided to start a series of overlooked movies myself-- mine will pertain to movies that are wonderful, but only to the right people...

My first entry is 'Six-String Samurai'. I once described the movie to someone as, "a slightly comedic, post-apocalyptic cold war rock 'n' roll samurai spaghetti western with just a touch of 'Wizard of Oz', a dab of 'Road Warrior', a pinch of 'Devil went down to Georgia', and a heaping helping of 'Lone Wolf and Cub''. My synopsis was "In 1957 the Russians nuked America and the only city left standing was Vegas... 'The King' ruled LOST Vegas for 40 years, and after his death many guitar carrying warriors vied for the throne, including one wearing black horn-rimmed glasses named 'Buddy' who is as gifted with his sword as he is with his guitar. Along the way our hero gains a tag-along orphan boy reminiscent of the wild child from 'Road Warrior' and the two of them make their way to the promised land".
I know what you are thinking now (all three of you reading this)-- you are thinking, "HOLY SHIT!!! I gotta see this!", and you are right... that is the one's of you I know are reading this. Your tastes are eclectic enough that you would probably appreciate such a film. I'm not so sure about the rest of the world though.
The film stars Jeffrey Falcon, a talented martial artist with Brad Pitt looks and a definite screen presence all his own. Unfortunately Mr. Falcon (I love saying "Mr. Falcon"-- that is what Bruce Willis' character says in 'Die Hard' when it's edited for TV... "Yippee Ki Yay, Mr. Falcon" allowing his mouth movement to roughly match up with what he actually said when badly dubbed) has chosen to not make any films in the intervening 10 years, and all his prior film work was in obscure Hong Kong cinema. Equally unfortunate, the film only received limited theatrical release and didn't even come close to making back it's $2,000,000 investment. It has since found a small cult following on video and DVD though.
This movie (as wacky as it may sound) is as varied as it is fun. It certainly pays homage to several genres and hardly has an original moment in it, but it manages to tie together what would be a jumbled mess in most any other film. At two million dollars it was a low-budget (though hardly shoe-string) picture that makes the most of what it has to offer. The directing, editing, cinematography, score, soundtrack, characters, sets, etc. are all masterfully done.
As with most films focusing on the journey of a determined character, you stand behind Buddy hoping he succeeds, but unlike most of those films, Buddy isn't exactly a likable fellow-- but you like him anyway.
I used up all my pretty words when I pasted my previous description of the movie, but I definitely recommend it to some of you. The ones of you who can look past what seems to be silliness and see what lies beneath. A fun little movie that tries to do no more than entertain and succeeds at much more.
Do any of you have movies that you think are wonderful, but you know while watching them that you are probably in the minority? I don't mean bad movies that you enjoy for being bad, but good movies that have a limited appeal...

Monday, August 25, 2008

'Back to the Future' shoes...

Walk a Mile in McFly's Shoes
by Mike Krumboltz
1989 was a big year. The Berlin Wall fell. The Exxon Valdez spilled its guts. And there were protests in China's Tiananmen Square. But those were just side attractions to the year's most memorable moment—the debut of Nike's "Air McFly" sneakers in "Back to the Future 2."
The film, which largely took place in the year 2015, introduced viewers to many a futuristic wonder, but none were so iconic as the light blue high-tops worn by Michael J. Fox. Ever since the film premiered, folks have been begging Nike to produce the shoes for the masses. Now, Nike has finally obliged... sort of.
The shoes were recently revealed at an event headlined by Kobe Bryant. Ever the showman, the hoopster even arrived in a DeLorean. Fans lined up way in advance, but according to Wired, many went home disappointed. Nike only made 350 pairs of the specially designed kicks, not nearly enough to satisfy the fans.
The shoes were released in a very limited quantity, but for hardcore fans who were shut out, there's always the capitalist slaughterhouse that is eBay. Pairs are currently going for up to $1,000 (power laces not included). As Doc Brown would say, "Great Scott!"

Dress Like Marty McFly
Posted by Jarett Wieselman
A hoverboard, those insta-Pizza Hut pizzas and self-lacing sneakers. Those are the three things I always wanted from "Back to the Future Part II" and now I can actually have one of them. Almost.
Yes, despite a friend from 7th grade's unwavering claims that hoverboards were real, I'm actually talking about the shoes. It seems that Nike has actually created a limited number, 350 to be exact, of Marty McFly's Hyperdunk shoes from the movie.
The high tops have become an instant collector's item and are selling for up to $2K on Ebay, perhaps linked to Kobe Bryant's in-store appearance promoting the line - he supposedly rolled up in a Delorean! Nice.
Not only are the shoes fantastic replicas, that unfortunately don't self-tie, but the packaging features Doc's signature catch-phrase "Great Scott!" and the tongues of the shoes are emblazoned with the trilogy's insignia.
All in all, a pretty necessary part of any true "Back to the Future" fans' collection. Now, let's get back to the hoverboards.

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no comment...

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Marijuana found growing in mall


Drug Enforcement Administration agents discovered more than 200 marijuana plants growing inside the Mall of the Americas in West Miami-Dade County.
On Friday evening, DEA agents announced the ''grow house'' in a 400-square-feet storage area on the second floor of the West Miami-Dade County mall. Agents didn't disclose Friday night who was responsible for the three-to-six-feet tall illegal plants.
The plants could fetch at least $3,500 per pound (each plant is considered a pound when harvested) on Miami streets. If the plants were shipped north to New York, they could fetch $7,000 per plant, said DEA special agent Jeannette Moran.
Agents are especially concerned about the grow house because it diverted electricity from other sources in the mall, which could lead to electrical problems, Moran said.

Brewster Rockit 3

OH, NO!!! Not two of them...

Obama look-alike causes stir at Pepsi Center

by Lisa Bornstein

PEPSI CENTER -- Even if you know he's a fake, it's a little shocking to see Gerardo Puisseaux close-up. The Cuban immigrant to Miami is a dead ringer for Barack Obama, from the broad smile to the close-cropped hair.
He was a construction worker in Miami until about six weeks ago, when he hooked up with online Spanish-language news channel America TeVe (* Since then, he's been going where Obama goes and causing a stir in each location.
"We make something like a reality show," he said Monday evening, his thick accent proving he's not a soundalike. "We walk in the street with the people."
He draws attention everywhere he goes.
"Sometimes I get tired because everybody stopping me, a lot of questions, sometimes political questions," he says. "I am not Obama."
About a year ago, Puisseaux realized the resemblance. And while Cuban-Americans aren't the biggest faction of the Democratic party, Puisseaux responds, "A fan? Obama? I love him."

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The liberals have struck again-- and this time it's a strike out... the same people who have tried to do away with the honor roll and grades so kids who don't do as well in school won't have self-esteem issues are now attacking a 9 year old boy for being too good at baseball...
9-year-old boy told he’s too good to pitch
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press Writer
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)—Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player— too good, it turns out.
The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said.
Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Jericho’s team, redistributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it. They say Jericho’s coach, Wilfred Vidro, has resigned.
But Vidro says he didn’t quit and the team refuses to disband. Players and parents held a protest at the league’s field on Saturday urging the league to let Jericho pitch. “He’s never hurt any one,” Vidro said. “He’s on target all the time. How can you punish a kid for being too good?”
The controversy bothers Jericho, who says he misses pitching.
“I feel sad,” he said. “I feel like it’s all my fault nobody could play.”
Jericho’s coach and parents say the boy is being unfairly targeted because he turned down an invitation to join the defending league champion, which is sponsored by an employer of one of the league’s administrators.
Jericho instead joined a team sponsored by Will Power Fitness. The team was 8-0 and on its way to the playoffs when Jericho was banned from pitching.
“I think it’s discouraging when you’re telling a 9-year-old you’re too good at something,” said his mother, Nicole Scott. “The whole objective in life is to find something you’re good at and stick with it. I’d rather he spend all his time on the baseball field than idolizing someone standing on the street corner.”
League attorney Peter Noble says the only factor in banning Jericho from the mound is his pitches are just too fast.
“He is a very skilled player, a very hard thrower,” Noble said. “There are a lot of beginners. This is not a high-powered league. This is a developmental league whose main purpose is to promote the sport.”
Noble acknowledged that Jericho had not beaned any batters in the co-ed league of 8- to 10-year-olds, but say parents expressed safety concerns.
“Facing that kind of speed” is frighteneing for beginning players, Noble said.
League officials say they first told Vidro that the boy could not pitch after a game on Aug. 13. Jericho played second base the next game on Aug. 16. But when he took the mound Wednesday, the other team walked off and a forfeit was called.
League officials say Jericho’s mother became irate, threatening them and vowing to get the league shut down.
“I have never seen behavior of a parent like the behavior Jericho’s mother exhibited Wednesday night,” Noble said.
Scott denies threatening any one, but said she did call the police.
League officials suggested that Jericho play other positions, or pitch against older players or in a different league.
Local attorney John Williams was planning to meet with Jericho’s parents Monday to discuss legal options.
“You don’t have to be learned in the law to know in your heart that it’s wrong,” he said. “Now you have to be punished because you excel at something?”

happy holiday...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Think I'm bluffing?


Is this not the coolest thing ever??? Although Bunsen seems a bit too green-- and we all know it's not easy being................ nah, I'll let that slide
I do love that there are no eyeholes in his mask since he never had eyes, even if he does wears glasses... and Beaker just ROCKS!!!

art by Rob Hough

Cool manicure...

Found this on Flickr... pretty neat
From left to right: Red Tornado, Spider-man, Human Torch, Deadpool,
can't place the next one, Flash, Vision, Daredevil,
Captain Britain, Red Skull

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Is it just me, or is there something wrong with this? I mean, shouldn't she at least be wearing a sea shell bikini top (even if the boobs are fake)? She's just a kid...

Macgyver multi-tool...

OOOOOOOOOH, I want one!
There's no limit to what you can do with one of these things-- hell, a couple of years ago a dude traded a red one for a house...
Text: "A paperclip can be a wonderous thing. More times than I can remember one of these has gotten me out of a tight spot..."

A dream come true...

she looks a lot like Jessica Biel to me...

art by Greg Horn-- DEFINITELY click to enlarge (that is if you are interested in good art, hot chicks, and cool shit)

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Found this on a bootleg site (I'm not a promoter of piracy normally, but sometimes that is the only way you can get certain things) and am considering ordering it-- might be so bad it's good (I have a fondness for really bad cinema) , even though it isn't in english, and I don't think it has subtitles... The 'What If...?' style cover is of their (the website's) own design.
They also have a Turkish version of 'Star Wars' I am thinking about getting... It sounds god-awful-- apparently they use footage from 'Star Wars' and film their actors in front of it.

Abandoned baby found safe with dog

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - A newborn baby abandoned outdoors in winter by her 14-year-old mother was found safe in a dog pen with a mother dog and her brood of puppies near the city of La Plata, Argentine media reported on Friday. Farmer Fabio Anze found the naked baby girl on Thursday, being kept warm among his dog China's puppies, La Nacion newspaper said. Anze called the police and the baby was taken to a hospital.
Egidio Melia, director of the Melchor Romero hospital, told television and newspaper reporters that the baby was just a few hours old when she was found, and was in good health although she had some bruises.
Nighttime temperatures are chilly but not freezing in the Southern Hemisphere winter in the rural area around La Plata, 40 miles (60 km) south of Buenos Aires.
Police said they had located the 14-year-old girl who gave birth to the baby outdoors during the night.
It was not clear whether the mother left her baby in the dog's pen or whether the dog found the baby outdoors and carried it in to join her puppies.
(Editing by Bill Trott)


An infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of typewriters could not produce the words to describe this...
enlarge if you dare

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Cat Litter Cake

I have been tempted to try this, but I'm not much for baking-- and I hate Tootsie Rolls...

the last (probably) of the Lysol douche ads...

Carrot Top before & after...

And yes, I like Carrot Top and Pauly Shore so bite me...