July 4, 2016
I still have interest in adding stuff to this blog, no worries if I have any regular readers, but I’ve given up on having a specific theme to every post, which has no doubt been noticed.
Kidding, of course. I just happened to catch sight of a log or something tangled up by the weir in Saskatoon and thought it resembled a sea serpent.
And, via the Daily Mail, reports of a Nessie skeleton.. or is it?
Nessie hunters have been left scratching their heads after a dog walker found what appears to be the remains of the legendary ‘monster’ washed up on a beach.
These grizzly remains were found on the shore of Loch Ness in Scotland, blocked off by police tape.
The scene appears to be a highly elaborate prank by someone who has managed to create a lifelike skeleton frame and organs of the legendary beast, complete with sharp-toothed skull.
Click the link to read more.
June 8, 2016
Via The Wrap:
The people behind the faith-based film “God’s Not Dead” might want to start praying.
Pure Flix Entertainment and its co-founder, David A.R.White, have just been slapped with a lawsuit over the 2014 hit — and the plaintiffs are asking for an ungodly sum.
In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in California on Monday, screenwriters Kelly Monroe Kullberg and Michael Landon Jr. claim that “God’s Not Dead” is a ripoff of their screenplay “Rise.”
There are enough similarities, they claim, to make this a worthwhile case.
According to the suit, “God’s Not Dead” has drawn in more than $140 million worldwide, and Kullberg and Landon are looking for the lion’s share of it, seeking “an amount exceeding $100 million.”
My CFI group has a movie day every month and this was one of the films we heckled. It’s really terrible. It’s ranked 15% on Rotten Tomatoes on the critics’ side, but 77% by audience voters.
The atheist professor apparently hates God because of a family tragedy and the student in the film winds up taking over the philosophy class to prove God exists and goes through the same tired arguments everyone’s used before that don’t prove shit. The end of the film ends at a Hillsong concert (really, could be a movie length plug for Hillsong) where he’s been struck by a car and lays dying and rather than anyone calling an ambulance, people just pray over him. Thanks. That’s helpful. Sure. Saving my soul. I’d rather get medical aid while it’s still worth a try…
The sequel was released April 1st and is probably just as foolish as the first one. (10% and 63%).
June 6, 2016
Weird Tales Magazine offered up the following What If recently:
You wake up and you are yourself, but nine years old.
You know everything you know now.
What do you do?
Question: have I gone back in time to age nine or I just wake up and am nine?
If it’s back in time to nine, I’d smile knowingly then play my Nutty Numbers record and be more careful with it so it doesn’t get all scratched to hell (although, by age 9 it was probably already past saving). I’d also probably tell my cousin to fuck off and give him the finger if he teases me in any way. Dude was a jackass as a kid… I think his older sisters gave him a lot of flak so he felt compelled to lash out at me as pseudo retaliation. But I don’t really know. This is just my grownup self rationalizing his childhood idiocy. I might not even remember right anymore. I’ve had a script in my head for years and I know memory is fallible in all kinds of interesting ways.
If I just woke up tomorrow and was 9, I’d have to get the Man to call into work for me with some oddball excuse and probably just sit and read all day. Or hunt online for the retro cartoons I loved as a kid. There was no internet (it’s ok to not capitalize internet now, by the way) when I was a kid, but my Saturday TV line up included things like the following:
Hilarious House of Frightenstein:
(Watch the whole first episode! Features Vincent Price if you need incentive!)
Spider Man – the 1960s lovely one with the jazzy tracks I’d love to have a copy
Rocket Robin Hood
Hercules (of the same Rocket Robin era – “Herc! Herc!”)
The little Tales of the Wizard of Oz episodes:
and you get the drift.
Either way, it’d be swell to be nine again, so long as I didn’t have to become an adult again the long way and do the whole acne/puberty crap again.
June 6, 2016
The ambitious LEGO display, which recreates St.Mark’s Basilica and Square, includes more than half a million LEGO pieces. The entire creation is rendered in impressive detail from the Corinthian columns to the pristine white building to the guards in front. Simon was faithful down to the scene’s minutiae, including the safety blockades that keep the masses from the holy leader, quite a few tourists with LEGO cameras (we spotted a nun with a selfie stick!), and even The Pope’s skullcap.
The LEGO Vatican was actually a project Simon had dreamed about since he was in middle school and had made a few, half-hearted attempts in the past. For his most recent and successful venture, Simon began gathering blocks about two years ago and then put his plan into action in honor of The Pope’s visit to Philadelphia.
It’s really cool looking and likely safe from destruction by children, unlike what happened at the LEGO Expo in China a few days ago. Unlucky artist Zhao’s $15,000 Zootopia creation lasted only an hour on display before getting pushed over by a youngster.
When you look at the shape of it, with small feet, long narrow body and big head, it’s easy to see how anyone could have tilted it just a little to off balance it and send it crashing to the floor. Zhao was heartbroken to see it broken but declined compensation from the parents when they apologized. At least he has photos of the finished piece to remember it by.
June 5, 2016
The Arrogant Worms and Jesus’ Brother Bob. Look them up if you haven’t heard of them before. Their other songs are pretty good, too.
October 19, 2014
I never knew of this guy, but the Man’s younger sister has Joe Scruggs on VHS and I’ve seen it a few times since we started going to his folks’ for visits. There are also a lot of Barney vids still at the house, too, but the Man and I agree – this is so much better…