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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
5:50 pm
And it's been over a week...
Maybe it's time to let the blog die. At this point, I feel like it's one of those pets you keep on life support long after you should.

I actually did some writing today during lunch. I'm working on a new story I hope to get going this summer.

This story is in its earliest stages. I mean, it's just an idea. Just a tiny little notion. A cool "what if?"

I think I could have a lot of fun with it.

I know how I want the story to unfold, and I know what I'd like to see happen in the end. Now I'm figuring out the details on how this happens.

This is always the best part of writing - the creation portion.

Kinda like babies, you know? The best part is making 'em. ;)

Joke! And funny links!

A Teaser For PEANUTS’ Return To The Big Screen!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66575

Superman takes us on a soaring GoPro journey in terrific fan film - not great, but fun:
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2014/03/superman-takes-us-on-a-soaring-gopro-journey-in-terrific-fan-film/
Friday, March 7th, 2014
5:33 pm
Entry for this week!
Here it is - under the wire!

Okay, at this point, it probably seems like I'm posting just to say I posted. Maybe that's true.

Maybe.

I am getting closer to being back on a writing schedule. I'm finally feeling caught up on my work projects, more or less.

Well, I'm caught up on the ones where I mostly know what I'm doing. I have two projects, however, that make no sense and I have no idea what I'm doing.

I'm just kind of waiting to see how these projects shake out.

...that's a casual way of saying that I'm ignoring them until someone starts yelling.

I honestly don't know what to do with these projects. They're both impossible to accomplish. To put it in Star Trek terms, they're the Kobayashi Maru of projects.

Blech.

The marijuana biz slowly moves forward. I'm getting excited about the possibilities. I know it's going to be a lot of work, but it's REAL work - not what I do here.

I'll be building stuff, selling stuff, interacting with customers, and best of all, NOT sitting on the computer all day.

Humans are not made to sit at computers all day.

Well, some are, but who wants to hang out with those guys?

If I don't get the license, I'm going to have to do something drastic. Not bad drastic, but I'm going to have to shake something loose in my life. It can't stay the way it is. Ptooey.

That said, life has been pretty decent as of late. Work still sucks, and I'm overwhelmingly busy, but I'm pretty chipper. Weird, huh?

I wish all of you some chipper-ness too! Have a great weekend!

Funny links!

4-Minute Trailer For Batman: Arkham Knight - the graphics on this are amazeballs!
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/03/04/4-minute-trailer-for-batman-arkham-knight/

Christopher Lloyd And Others Test Out “Real” Hoverboards In Viral Video:
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/03/04/christopher-lloyd-and-others-test-out-real-hoverboards-in-viral-video/

The "how-to-bun" video for dads - I needed this:
http://i.imgur.com/tvcIbY1.gif

Exploding Actors:
http://explodingactresses.tumblr.com/

Fake Chef Fools Midwest Morning Shows, Makes Reporters Eat Gross Food:
http://deadspin.com/fake-chef-fools-midwest-morning-shows-makes-reporters-1535161998

PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66406

Will the sun come out tomorrow!?! The first trailer for the remake of ANNIE is here!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66416

The red-band trailer for STAGE FRIGHT asks, "Is it wrong to sing and dance when someone just died?"
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66414
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
12:35 pm
See? I jinxed myself...
I said one blog a week, but that didn't happen.

To be fair, I was on vacation for the past week and a half. I went to California and had an awesometastic time! My kids performed Greek Dance, won some medals, I saw some friends, played with Legos, and drank lots of liquor.

Hm. Legos and liquor - that should be an Olympic event!

I'm off to a meeting, but here's some funny links! A few of these are kinda old, but maybe you missed 'em...

Dark Knight returns in animated Batman vs. Terminator fan short:
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2014/02/dark-knight-returns-in-animated-batman-vs-terminator-fan-short/

Marijuana Condoms Are Real and Awesome:
http://www.hightimes.com/read/marijuana-condoms-are-real-and-awesome

Tony Jaa's PROTECTOR 2 trailer will make you manifest sympathetic bruises!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66297

Holy Shit, This GODZILLA Trailer!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66315

Ah, my former days as a Mexican police officer:
http://imgur.com/sQ1zlkT

Liam Neeson Threatens A Fan, Promises To See Him In Hell:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/liam-neeson-threatens-a-fan_n_4854757.html

THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TRAILER IS HERE! What a buncha a-holes:
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66234

The New Trailer For Mike Judge’s First HBO Series SILICON VALLEY!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66287

Get A Load Of The Poster And Trailer For THE FINAL MEMBER!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66256

Rest In Peace Harold Ramis:
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66292
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
4:51 pm
Happy Valentine's Day!
I don't have time to say much, but I didn't want you to think I gave up already.

One blog a week! Yeah, I can keep that up. ;)

Funny links!

Here's A Trailer For The Paul Walker Starring DISTRICT B13 Remake, BRICK MANSIONS!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66164

Wheeee!
http://i.imgur.com/377hAjj.gif

The visual guide to Marvel Comics characters and who has their movie rights:
https://twitter.com/Philjimeneznyc/status/433204361099890689/photo/1/large?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=Philjimeneznyc&utm_content=433204361099890689

Artist reimagines ‘Star Wars’ as 1980s high school comedy:
https://www.behance.net/gallery/STAR-WARS-80s-High-School/9671051

Adorable Baby Loses His Mind Watching Superman Fly...FAITH IN HUMANITY = RESTORED:
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2014/02/a-babys-reaction-to-man-of-steel/

People Are Waiting For Hours To Visit A “Dumb Starbucks” Coffee Shop In California:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelzarrell/a-dumb-starbucks-coffee-shop-is-the-newest-craze-in-californ?bffb

Red-band trailer for David Ayer's Arnold Schwarzenegger flick SABOTAGE!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66108
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
5:04 pm
Whew! Diet OVER...
...well, sorta.

So my sister is a vendor for this company that sells healthy supplements, like shakes, pills, etc. The sellers hold these contests called "30 Days to Fit" where you only eat their shakes and supplements (plus one healthy meal) for 30 days. The winner of the contest (the person who loses the largest percentage of their weight) wins prize money that is gathered from everyone who enters (it's not a separate fee - I think they take a small percentage off of what we buy).

Anyhow, the prize for this last contest was $1000.

Seriously.

I needed to lose some weight and figured this would get me on the road. It's not the kind of diet I enjoy though - you give up all gluten, processed sugars, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine.

Once again - seriously.

You drink 2 of these shakes a day, specific veggies and fruits, and then a healthy meal for 30 days. I somehow managed to do all this.

Okay, I had a little caffeine during the 30 days, but not much. Maybe 7 cups total?

I was just surprised I could stay away from the alcohol for so long. And there were days I REALLY needed some alcohol.

Now, I knew there were a few other competitive guys, but I thought I could win this. As it got towards the end of the 30 days, one of my biggest competitors had lost at least 25 pounds. I knew I lost more, but he started out lighter than me. So for the last week? I went hardcore.

The last 2 days of the diet, I barely ate anything. I was lightheaded and miserable.

My loss for the month? 34 pounds.

Ain't no one beating that. And if they do, I wouldn't begrudge them my money, because they earned it!

Now? I'm trying to eat healthy still, but I'm eating food. And, yes, I'm eating wheat and dairy, I'm having caffeine, and tonight? Maybe I'll get a drink. I've earned it. :)

Funny links!

Trailer for HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, Starring Simon Pegg!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66092

From the makers of Shake Weight™ comes...
http://i.imgur.com/GVnHXEw.gif

New Trailer for DIVERGENT, Starring Shailene Woodley!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66065

Book Trailer - "One More Thing" by B.J. Novak:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FxhTn9cEhI

Oblivious:
http://imgur.com/mhFO4hK

Percy Harvin kickoff return for a TD (Super Mario Bros Remix):
http://vimeo.com/85773419

Details surrounding iOS 8 and the iWatch have been revealed:
http://bgr.com/2014/02/03/ios-8-iwatch-health-features/

New Full-Length CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Super Bowl Trailer!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66033

Cool carvings:
http://comicsalliance.com/randall-rosenthal-art/

ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE WRONG WITH YOUR SCREENPLAY IN ONE HANDY INFOGRAPHIC
http://www.fastcocreate.com/3022129/all-the-things-that-are-wrong-with-your-screenplay-in-one-handy-infographic?partner=newsletter#1

Hunh? The MAN OF STEEL Sequel Finds Its Lex Luthor And Alfred!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66013

Man Creates Functional Returning Batarang Boomerang:
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2014/01/30/man-creates-functional-returning-batarang-boomerang-video/

It’s Not You, It’s Me –The Comic-Con Break Up...totally understandable:
http://www.epicgeekdom.com/2014/01/29/its-not-you-its-me-the-comic-con-break-up/

The teaser for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Super Bowl spot is basically its own TV spot!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/66007
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
5:28 pm
See? I'm coming back...
...I'm just doing it slowly.

I don't want to pull anything.

Can I tell you something? I miss writing.

I'm busy with all the stuff I previous posted (minus the kiddie story), so I don't have much time to just let my mind flow out in words...like this!

It's funny, because writing stories can be such a struggle. I mean, I can usually figure out how to open a story, a few of the midpoint plot elements, and I can typically nail the ending, but making it all meld together? It's hard.

That's why I've been wondering lately what kind of writer I am.

I know I CAN write. And by that, I mean I feel I'm a somewhat interesting writer. (That doesn't sound too egotistical, does it?)

I think/hope/pray that what I write holds people's attentions. I don't just drone on and on and on...

Okay, maybe I talk about how busy I am a lot. But I think I know how to tell a story. When I talk to people, they usually don't get that foggy look in their eyes like, "Will this guy just get to his point?"

I know those people, and I don't think I'm one of them.

Of course, those people usually don't think they're one of those either.

Anyhow, I think I just need to find the right medium. Maybe I'm an essayist? That's a thing, right?

Or maybe I'm a novelist? Could I just keep writing like I am now and fill a few hundred pages? Probably. Would my ramblings have a point? I'd hope so.

Or maybe I'm just a blogger with delusions of grandeur.

Yeah, I could be that.

One thing I was wondering recently - does anyone else have a narrator in their head? I mean, my brain is constantly talking to me and playing out scenarios about my life. My mind doesn't shut up. That's actually all I'm typing here - that voice that just blabbers about EVERYTHING.

That's normal right?

Well, if I'm a sociopath, please don't tell me. It'll be more fun to find out on my own. ;)

Anyhoo, I'm heading out for the day. I did bring me some funny links though!

"MEDIEVAL LAND FUN-TIME WORLD" EXTENDED TRAILER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Krz-dyD-UQ&list=UU67f2Qf7FYhtoUIF4Sf29cA#t=338

Deadly Red Band Trailer For Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West:
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/01/30/deadly-red-band-trailer-for-seth-macfarlanes-a-million-ways-to-die-in-the-west/

Laurence Fishburne Returns as Morpheus in Kia’s Super Bowl Commercial:
http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2014/01/29/laurence-fishburne-returns-as-morpheus-in-kias-super-bowl-commercial/

A Nifty BTS Reel From The Upcoming MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE Show!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/65939

The Muppets And Terry Crews’ Full Superbowl Car Ad – No Room For Boring:
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/01/28/the-muppets-and-terry-crews-full-superbowl-car-ad-no-room-for-boring/

Bill Hader's Killer "Star Wars" Impressions:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfiP915CfiM

How much do you know about marijuana? Take the test!
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/2011/0104/How-much-do-you-know-about-marijuana-Take-the-quiz/Indigenous-marijuana

A New Trailer For A LONG WAY DOWN!! This looks fun!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/65922

My Half Assed Cosplay Ideas - Heh...
http://halfassedcosplayideas.tumblr.com/
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
11:44 am
Definitely not dead...
Hi world!

I'm still here. I know I disappeared. I was super-busy with a bunch of stuff, and just...well, somehow the desire to blog disappeared. It's slowly coming back. For those of you who are still here - stick around.

What have I been up to?

Well, in December I was occupied with several things: standard work, Christmas shopping, writing, and trying to start my own business.

Maybe I should back up.

Standard work - nothing new there. I just had a few projects I was trying to get off the ground and a few others I was trying to close. Same suckage, but decorated with tinsel.

Christmas shopping - it's something I've taken on myself. Over the years, I became the one that was in charge of doing the shopping for the kids. And I mean ALL the kids. My own two sweeties, plus four nephews, three nieces, and assorted kids of family friends. I understand kiddos (and toys), so it makes sense I take it over. That said, it's a lot of work. And, let's face it, when you get to my age, the only Christmas shopping you really do is for the kids. For the adults, they either get a gift card or some trinket for the home (if you get them anything at all). Anyhow, it fills up my time in December.

Writing - I really wanted to have a fairly sold draft of my children's story done. And I completed it...sort of. I finished a solid draft, but I wasn't sure if my images were practical given the amount of words per page, so I laid it out and actually drew pictures for every page. My art ain't pretty, but I'm proud of the accomplishment and I actually had fun doing the drawings. I noticed my art got better as the book went on too. I'm not using my art, but it works for a mock-up.

I read my story to a couple of kids and quickly came to a realization - it's too long. I mean, it's only 36 pages and each page is filled with a large picture, but there's still too much text. I need to lop off 4 pages and thin out the dialogue. Not an impossible task, but I've had to put it aside for the business stuff I'm doing.

"Business?" you might be saying. There's a whole story to it (and I'll go into it in another post), but - long story short - I've applied for a marijuana retail license. I live in one of the greatest states in the country - Washington. We have mild weather, a decent healthcare website, plenty of caffeine and technology, gay marriage, and now...legalized marijuana.

I've never been a marijuana smoker myself, but I appreciate the qualities of the substance and what it does (if used responsibly). And I love retail. I love, love, love it. If the pay was better, I'd be happy to toil my hours away working in a mall (as I did in high school and college).

A situation presented itself that made it (somewhat) practical to apply for a license, so that's what I did. I went to a seminar and did a ton of reading about marijuana and the law. I set up an s-corp with some partners, and we applied. I'm still doing a bunch of work for this, as there will be an interview to determine if we get the license. If we do, man, my life is going to be busy...but I'll be happy about it (at least, I believe so). And if we don't? Honestly, I'll trust that it wasn't meant to be and throw myself into another project.

Suffice it to say, 2014 is going to be an adventure. Check this blog from time to time if you want to hear how the adventure is going. ;)

No funny links for now, but they'll probably be back too. Have a great 2014 everyone!
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
3:25 pm
Taking the good with the bad...
Grrr.

And ahhhh.

First, ahhh. My issues with the church project appear to be diminishing. I got a nice call from the vendor that's been causing me issues. Things might turn out okay. God, I hope so.

Second, grrr. My manager is causing me grief. Let me explain - before our work was reorganized, me and my current manager were on the same "level" in the org chart. Now he's my manager and he thinks he knows more than me.

(Hint: he doesn't.)

To top it all off, I just don't want to be here much. A lot of it has to do with our workspace. I'm not exactly a believer in feng-shui, but I'm in a temporary office space. I've been here for two years, and I'll be here another two years before we move into a real office.

It also has to do with the kind of work I do. It's boring and involves a lot of paperwork.

My kids this week said they really want to come and see me work. They think I do something AWESOME. I went to a computer in the house and started typing and surfing the web.

"Wanna see what I do at work? Here you go..."

Blech.

After work I have to go do some plumbing at the property I manage. It's not pretty, and I'll probably get pretty filthy, but it's satisfying labor.

Plus I get to use the BIG wrench! The big wrench fixes everything!

Maybe I should whack my manager with it?

Funny links!

Trailer for Bettie Page Documentary, BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64963

The newest (and probably last) trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64966

Burano, Italy Is The Cheeriest Little Island, And It Will Lift Your Soul On Travel Tuesday:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/burano-italy_n_4212666.html

Catch a glimpse of OLDBOY's hallway fight in this red-band spot!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64980

A Chinese Movie Theater Mistakenly Displayed A Fan-Made ‘Thor 2′ Poster - hilarious!!!
http://www.uproxx.com/webculture/2013/11/chinese-movie-theater-accidentally-displayed-fan-made-thor-2-poster-thats-basically-slash-fiction/

Parkour Fail Compilation - I always wondered what happens when they miss:
http://vitaminl.tv/video/611?ref=fbs
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
4:35 pm
Not too shabby...
This week has turned kinda fun. My children survived (and excelled) at their homework and projects, I took care of some projects that were hanging over my head, and my little writing project is almost ready for the next stage.

Weird how things can change.

Tonight - candy, beer, and bellyaches!

Hope you all have fun!

Funny links!

New Trailer Has Arrived for THE LEGO MOVIE!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64908

A Trailer For Jackie Chan's Lean And Mean Looking POLICE STORY 2013!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64884

Newest WOLF OF WALL STREET trailer has a knuckle-biting Leo and a big-teethed Jonah Hill!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64876

This X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Trailer Goes For The Gut!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64865

Long exposure of a Roomba outfitted with LEDs - a fun experiment:
http://imgur.com/Gzsq5HS

Interesting...Orson Wells' famous radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds (which aired 75 years ago today) actually caused almost none of the public panic for which it became famous; newspapers' over-reporting of the incident was actually an attempt to discredit radio as a news source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_%28radio_drama%29#Extent

New Horror Trailer - SNL Highlight:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEzGDzZ1dY
Monday, October 28th, 2013
4:39 pm
Another two weeks...
Dangit! I never meant this blog to go biweekly!

I've had heavy stuff on my mind, but it hasn't killed me...yet.

Work is still nutty-busy. I care about the projects I'm working on because my name is attached to them. But when so many hands slow things down and want to muck things up - well, you just want to let them fail, you know?

The work at my church is progressing, but that's also kinda "eh." I'm getting a lot of kudos for that job, but part of me just wants to get off the roller coaster.

The thing that's stressing me out mostly now is my kids.

They're doing great - mostly. Let me see if I can explain...

First, there were parent-teacher conferences.

I went to my son's conference. The teacher said he's a great kid, but works on the slow side (he takes after me). However, the work he does is great. He's in the "advanced" program, so it makes sense that he's challenged. He's a sixth grader doing eighth grade math and reading.

Then I go to my daughter's conference. That teacher says she's a great kid too. Her work is good, but she's behind. This is confusing to me because the teacher of her class last year (at a different school) had her at the top of the class. Now? She's a fourth grader reading and doing math at a third grade level.

What happened?!?

The teacher is confident she can catch up, but I'm feeling like I failed her. I take it personally when my kids struggle. What did I do wrong? What am I not doing?

And my wife and I are working with our kids on their homework all the time (NOTE: we're not doing it for them, just sitting on them to do it and assisting where needed). Sometimes, it feels like this is all we do.

How does it work? Do other parents do this? Do other parents not care?

At the very least, I think I'm giving them a good foundation of what's expected and required. I asked my daughter if any of her classmates show up without finishing their homework. She gave me a disgusted look and said, "There's a few of them. I can't believe they don't do their work!"

That's good she can't believe it. I'm doing that part of my job right.

Actually, more than that. My kids are great, but parenting can just be kind of exhausting sometimes.

That said, it's still the best job I've got.

Funny links!

Intimate Photographs, And The Results Are Surprising:
http://elitedaily.com/news/world/photographer-puts-two-strangers-together-for-intimate-photographs-and-the-results-are-surprising/

Hey, check out the new Anchorman 2 trailer(s)!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64760

Baby LED light suit halloween costume:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkBDRUO8hAo

Chinese Scientists Invent Lightbulbs That Emit Wi-Fi:
http://gizmodo.com/chinese-scientists-invent-lightbulbs-that-emit-wi-fi-1447764194

How To Opt Out of Google's Shared Endorsements:
http://gizmodo.com/how-to-opt-out-of-googles-shared-endorsements-1447646627

Make the Smart Decision! Trailer for HELL NO: THE SENSIBLE HORROR FILM!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64655

Watch Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Zac Efron bro out like champs in this red-band trailer for THAT AWKWARD MOMENT!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64648

Some unnecessary censorship:
http://i.imgur.com/QKA1B1r.gif

You ever wanted to see Donnie Yen and Bruce Lee going at it? Check out A WARRIOR'S DREAM short film!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64718

And Now I Sit Upon the Plastic Throne:
http://cheezburger.com/7862006784

Best Movie Promo EVER:
http://www.toilette-humor.com/halloween/telekenetic.shtml

Jimmy Kimmel quizzes 4-year-old Marvel trivia maven:
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/10/jimmy-kimmel-quizzes-4-year-old-marvel-trivia-maven/
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
5:56 pm
Two weeks?!?
I've been away from this for two weeks? Dangit!

Things have just gotten a bit crazy. My work at church went nutty - not in a bad way, but it just took over my life for a little bit. I was helping upgrade the internet/phone infrastructure there.

Yeah, I'm a sucker.

I'm still busy with this, but I'm almost out of the woods.

Work has been pretty busy too. I have lots of paperwork at this new job. Waaay too much paperwork. Blech.

Still, I'm coping.

My kids are keeping me nutty-busy too. Between school and all their activities, I'm dizzy.

As parents, we're supposed to care if our kids get their homework done, right?

It's not that my kids don't care if they do their homework - they do! They're just slow. And considering their slowness is due to my genes, well, I guess I have this coming to me.

Still, I don't remember my parents sitting on top of me to do my homework. If I didn't do it, I got a whack in the arse. So I did it.

Much simpler times back then.

...and I can totally understand why a solution like that would be tempting. (I'm a bad man.)

I'm heading off to a church meeting in a few minutes. No rest for the wicked. I'll try to come around more though. I miss this.

I miss you. ;)

Funny links!

Zack Snyder & Bruce Timm Animate 75 Years of Superman History in Two Minutes:
http://comicsalliance.com/superman-75-history-animation-zack-snyder-bruce-timm-warner-bros/

Anthony Hopkins' Awesome Letter To 'Breaking Bad':
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/14/anthony-hopkins-breaking-bad-letter_n_4098441.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

What Does a Quadrillion Sour Patch Kids Look Like?
http://gizmodo.com/what-does-a-quadrillion-sour-patch-kids-look-like-1442918842

Said by a second grader:
http://www.livememe.com/hozv9oh

Hollywood executive offered to pay $75 million for three extra 'Breaking Bad' episodes:
http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/mipcom-katzenberg-offered-to-pay-75-million-for-three-extra-breaking-bad-episodes-1200708639/

Found this in my girlfriend's closet. I think she might be a keeper - wait for it...
http://imgur.com/CFSREzG
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
5:23 pm
A Bad Guy No One Would Believe...
When I'm writing a story or script, one of the most difficult things to do is write the bad guy. It's a tremendous challenge to write a villain that doesn't come across as one-dimensional. You have to continually ask yourself:

"Why is the villain doing this?"

"What is his motivation?"

"Is it believable?"

"Is the villain sympathetic...even a little?"

That last one is important. The best villains, in my mind, are horrible people, but you understand why they are doing what they do. You may even feel bad for them and could see yourself doing the same thing in their position.

It's a tough thing to write. But...

If I wrote about a villain that kept low income families from being able to work - that kept sick people, including children, from getting the help they needed - and their motivations was that they wanted to keep low income families from being able get medical treatment inexpensively...?

Heck, even as I type the sentence, I can't formulate the words in a way that make sense. It's just not believable.

I know there are other issues at play and it's not something can be stated simply in a single sentence, but at the same time, it kind of is.

Government incompetence like the Republicans are showing makes me go nuts. I get sucked into the drama but it pisses me off because, ultimately, there's not a damn thing I can do.

I know, I know, I get my say at election time.

Well, I did have my say, and here we are - still at a shutdown.

People are idiots. And the Republicans? They are unbelievable villains.

Funny links!

Oh Bill...
http://imgur.com/HKUwkFo

The Trailer For Jackie Chan's CZ12 Is One Of The Most Unhinged Things Of Badass Beauty You'll See All Year!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64442

An Open Letter To Young Comic Book Freelancers:
http://thrillbent.com/blog/an-open-letter-to-young-freelancers/

Meet Walter Blanco – First Image And Trailer From Spanish-Language Remake Of Breaking Bad:
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/10/02/first-look-at-walter-blanco-and-trailer-from-the-spanish-language-remake-of-breaking-bad-metastasis/

Top 10 tips for writing a Hollywood blockbuster:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24348113

Zach Galifianakis Calls Out Justin Bieber For Everything On 'Between Two Ferns':
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/26/zach-galifianakis-justin-bieber-on-between-two-ferns_n_3995687.html

WARNING: This Gameplay Material From The Abortive SNAKE PLISSKEN'S ESCAPE Could Give You A Whopping Case Of Geekly Blue Balls!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64372

First Full Trailer for Disney's FROZEN Has Arrived!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64351

Steve Carell Is Nearly Unrecognizable In The First Foxcatcher Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipcGM0IlPsQ

The Six Best YouTube URL Tricks:
http://lifehacker.com/the-six-best-youtube-url-tricks-1422544868

Christina Bianco Diva Impressions 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' - AWESOME!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3DlDPeurRw
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
6:18 pm
What I wanna be...
A conversation I had with my 9 year old daughter...

DAUGHTER: Daddy, how come you and mommy only had two kids?

ME: Well, if you want to know, when mommy and I got married, we wanted FOUR kids.

DAUGHTER: Really?

ME: Yup. But do you remember how mommy and daddy used to live in Los Angeles? Well, daddy didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. And since I didn't know, we had to wait a little while to have you and your brother.

DAUGHTER: Oh. It would've been fun to have twins after me!

ME: Yeah, your mom would have LOVED that [sarcasm intended]. Anyhow, it just took us awhile to get where we needed to be to have you guys. It's daddy's fault - he didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. Heck, I'm still not sure I know.

DAUGHTER: I do! You should work at the University of Washington and be a dad and take care of your kids!

ME: You know? That does sound like the perfect thing to do.

****

Kids are kinda brilliant. Funny links!

Some cool horror trailers:
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64235

What's wrong with DC Comics at present:
http://comicsalliance.com/dc-comics-new-52-batwoman-harley-quinn-dan-didio-editorial/

I'm sure I won't be able to afford it, but these are AWESOME!
http://comicsalliance.com/batman-66-batman-robin-hot-toys-action-figures/

I'm not Catholic, but I'm kinda digging this new pope:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/pope-francis-gay_n_3954776.html

7 Features Of iOS 7 That Will Improve Your Life - finally I can block calls!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/ios-7-features_n_3953256.html

What is the Most Screwed Up Thing About Your State - uh oh...
http://www.policymic.com/articles/64665/what-is-the-most-screwed-up-thing-about-your-state-check-this-chart

Paycheck Player - the screenwriter's dilemma:
http://www.dougrichardson.com/blog/paycheck-player/

Streaking Though A Haunted House – The Naked And Scared Challenge:
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/09/24/streaking-though-a-haunted-house-the-naked-and-scared-challenge/
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
4:50 pm
If you can't laugh at this...
...don't get married. Here is a conversation my wife and I had last week. We have had many like it. I could pull my hair out, but I choose to laugh (because I like my hair).

BACKGROUND: My wife goes in cycles with health kicks. About once a month (if I'm lucky, we'll make it two months), she gets inspired to make us healthy and spends ridiculous amounts of money at Trader Joe's or buys from the Organic/Natural section of our grocery store. Inevitably, she will buy something that's not so tasty...

WIFEY: Ugh. There is something wrong with these muffins.

ME: What?

WIFEY: They taste like dirt. Here you try...

[SIDE NOTE: If you get married to a woman, you will be the one to taste if deli meat goes bad, if fruit is rotten, and if milk smells spoiled. It's your job. That, and killing unidentifiable insects.]

ME: Give it here.

[It's a bran blueberry muffin, for the record.]

ME: Pretty good.

WIFEY: They're really not.

ME: Then why did you want me to taste one?

WIFEY: I thought it was just me.

ME: Well, it is and it isn't. It tastes like a bran muffin, which isn't the tastiest muffin to begin with...

WIFEY: Bran tastes good.

ME: I don't think you know what bran really tastes like.

WIFEY: I've eaten All Bran...

ME: With fruit and five teaspoons of sugar on top. It's like saying you enjoy the taste of coffee but only drinking mochas.

WIFEY: I KNOW what bran tastes like. Anyhow, you're taking these muffins to work. The kids and I won't eat them.

ME: Do I want to know how much we paid for these muffins?

WIFEY: Just take them to work.

ME: Yes, dear.

----

And, on a related topic, congrats on the engagement, Y!

Funny links!

Newest red-band trailer for MACHETE KILLS has been released! Guns, boobs, decapitations and Mel Gibson!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64213

THE WOMEN OF LA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBiR2rKU69U

Hello Kitty Beer! Me Want!
http://comicsalliance.com/hello-kitty-beer/

Toy Story Of Terror Gets A Tremendous “Proper” trailer:
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/09/18/toy-story-of-terror-gets-a-tremendous-proper-trailer/

‘Friendship All-Stars’ imagines a Batman sleepover:
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/09/friendship-all-stars-imagines-a-batman-sleepover/
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
12:22 pm
One thing I love about working at the university...
...is the stories! Random stuff happens, and it's kinda fun.

Today, while walking to work at nine in the morning, I saw this girl staring at me on the sidewalk. She looked young twenties, was decently dressed, and she was kinda cute (but not in that "omigod sooo hot" kind of way).

She approached me with a somewhat shy smile and said, "I'm sorry to ask you this, but do you know how to open a beer??

Okay, I wasn't expecting that. She held out a bottle of Guiness that was partially covered in a bag. I was still 2 blocks away from the Greek system, so there wasn't any indication why she might need this opened. I looked around...

"I'm over 21. I can even show you my ID!" she said nervously.

"Uh, that's okay. No need. I think I can probably help."

Yes, I'm stupid. Further proof that a cute girl can get guys to do just about anything. Still, the back of my head was screaming, "It's a trap, you Admiral Ackbar Asshole!"

She handed me the beer still partially in the sack along with her keys. I'm not sure why she handed me her keys - there wasn't a bottle opener on it. Maybe she thought I knew a trick.

"Rough day already?" I asked.

"No, I'm going over to my friend's and I don't want to show up there not knowing how to open it," she answered.

Well, that didn't make sense at all. Once again, kinda cute - ignore illogical statement. DONE.

I pulled out my keychain, which DID happen to have a bottle opener on it, I popped the top off and handed it back to her.

"Thanks! Thanks so much!" she said with a smile.

"No problem." I keep waiting for police to jump out of bushes, but it doesn't happen. I continue on my way to work...

Story over.

Sometimes, people who don't write wonder where story ideas come from. Honestly, just wait long enough in life, shit will happen, and you'll have a story. I could write a hell of a movie from this...

...or a better-than-average porno.

Yes, I'm shallow (and I'm happy my wife doesn't bother reading my blog). Excuse my simplemindedness!

Funny links!

Wanna be Rorschach for Halloween?
http://www.rorschachmasks.com/index.html

‘Zero Charisma’ Trailer:
http://www.deadline.com/2013/09/video-hot-trailer-zero-charisma-nerdist/

Blood, Bullets, And Hammers Grace This Redband Trailer For Luc Besson’s THE FAMILY (aka MALAVITA)!! De Niro!! Tommy Lee Jones!! Violence And Dead People!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64091

We have another mysterious teaser for the J.J Abrams-conceived novel, S.!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64076

Jimmy Kimmel Reveals "Worst Twerk Fail EVER - Girl Catches Fire:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSJMoH7tnvw

Do you know Godwin's law?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law
Friday, September 13th, 2013
3:57 pm
Well, I got two posts in this week...
Sorry. The last two days my head has been muffed up.

Don't know what that means? Run a 100 yard sprint, bend at the waist, put your head on the top of an upright baseball bat, circle the bat 10 times, and run 100 yards back to wear you started.

Muffed.

At least today was productive. Let's see how I fare on the weekend. Peace!

Funny links!

Blood, Bullets, And Hammers Grace This Redband Trailer For Luc Besson’s THE FAMILY (aka MALAVITA)!! De Niro!! Tommy Lee Jones!! Violence And Dead People!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64091

We have another mysterious teaser for the J.J Abrams-conceived novel, S.!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64076

Jimmy Kimmel Reveals "Worst Twerk Fail EVER - Girl Catches Fire:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSJMoH7tnvw

Do you know Godwin's law?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

A long and awesome article about The Shield:
http://www.mandatory.com/2013/09/10/good-cop-bad-cop-an-oral-history-of-the-shield/

J.K. Rowling To Script The First Installment Of A New POTTERverse Film Series Based On FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64133

Watch Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone enact your "Rocky Vs. LaMotta" fantasies in this trailer for GRUDGE MATCH!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64142

‘This Guy’s Taking Over THE TONIGHT SHOW??’ - Fallon’s BREAKING BAD!!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64140

Effing trees (look closely):
http://imgur.com/pESkKxZ
Monday, September 9th, 2013
4:58 pm
I need a tiny secretary...
...one that will sit on my shoulder. I could talk to her and she'd write down what I said. I know I had tons of things I wanted to share with you, but they all seem to have dissipated at the moment.

Life's memories seem to be going that way at present.

Do you ever think about your memory? What do you remember about grade school? Middle school? Those years after college?

The only things that stick in the memory are good times, bad times, moments of insight, and faces.

I don't remember much about the first grade. I think I remember what my first grade teacher looked like, and I remember the school (because I don't live that far from it at present). I remember many of the classmates (because they were in other classes of mine). But the specifics? Gone.

I remember wise things my father said. Or things teachers or friends said that made impressions on me. Those helped shape me.

The bad times? I wish I could forget those, but it's probably good I don't. I wouldn't want to make those mistakes again.

But the good times...they were, well, good. Some were fantabulous, and some were just pleasant. But they have a special place in my head that corresponds to my heart.

I think, at the end of life, that's what we're looking at - our good memories and our bad ones. And if we've lived life right, the former outweighs the latter.

...did my little secretary just write all that? Cool.

Funny links!

Here's How 'World War Z' Originally Ended Before the Reshoots:
http://www.movies.com/movie-news/world-war-z-original-ending/12638?wssac=164&wssaffid=news&wss=mdcmkttwitter

A fun engagement photo shoot:
http://www.viralnova.com/zombie-engagement-shoot/

A Kurt Russell/Terence Stamp Heist Movie! There Really Are Movie Gods! THE ART OF THE STEAL Trailer!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64062

Which Colleges Have the Most BitTorrent Traffic?
http://gizmodo.com/which-colleges-have-the-most-bittorrent-traffic-1277615326

Five Google Services You're Not Using to Their Full Potential:
http://lifehacker.com/five-google-services-youre-not-using-to-their-full-pot-1276094673

I miss Joey Tribbiani:
http://imgur.com/a/7xV0V

Dragon*Con 2013, JLA vs Avengers Shoot - this is nerdtastic!!!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/patloika/sets/72157635377421360/

Alex Trebek is INSANE:
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/showbiz/2013/09/06/conan-alex-trebek-jeopardy.team-coco.html
Friday, September 6th, 2013
4:21 pm
It's been over a week?
Well, to be fair, I was sick on Friday and Monday was a holiday. Still...

My writing is suffering.

My personal writing - the kids book? It's progressing but taking longer than it should.

I need to be doing more writing. I should even be doing it here at work. But I think I'm getting caught up...with everything!

Church work, organizing kids with school/soccer/boy scouts/girl scouts, home stuff...

I dunno. I hope I get back on track soon.

In other news, life is pretty good. I just read an article by an author that said when his life is great, he has difficulty writing.

That's a terrifying thought.

If any of you are reading this - I love you!

Funny links!

Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd team up to flip some Christmas trees in this trailer for ALL IS BRIGHT!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64033

Trailer for Everest Doc THE SUMMIT is Breathtaking and Terrifying!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64001

Trailer for Jean-Pierre Jenet's THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS SPIVET!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/63993

Gravity - Official Main Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiTiKOy59o4

Cow Wash:
http://i.imgur.com/18PntH1.jpg

Oyster Launches Netflix For Books:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2013/09/05/oyster-launches-netflix-for-books/
Thursday, August 29th, 2013
4:35 pm
I've gotta find a better system for blogging...
This blog has kind of changed from a blog to a lame twitter feed.

I'll work on it.

Funny links!

Richard Linklater's Epic Project, BOYHOOD To Be Released Next Year!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/63887

10 amazing bets you will always win:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VG2bOaHMog
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
11:40 am
Still posting...
Sorry - the end of the week got kinda crazy and then I was out of town last week. Me and the family went on an in-law family vacation.

It was fun...mostly. I got sick on the day we arrived and then stayed sick almost the entire time. There was one day where I felt perky enough to do something, but mostly, I stayed in my room. I honestly had been looking forward to lots of physical activity with the kids (tennis, swimming, etc.) so it was a bit of a bummer, but it could've been worse.

And speaking of worse, I think I'm finally hitting that age - it's that age I've been dreading.

When I was younger, I remember periods of times when I'd attend lots of funerals. It seemed to go in spurts, but when my parents where in their forties, we went to a number of funerals for people in the generation above my parents (i.e. my grandparents' generation).

In the past two weeks, two of my friends have had their parents pass away, and another one just recently had a heart attack. Granted, it's a coincidence it all happened at once like this, but it does seem to be that time when my aunts, uncles, friends of my parents, and eventually my parents will start to pass away.

I don't want to sound overly dramatic. I mean, I expect this all to take place over the next decade, but still, I don't want this time period to come for two reasons.

The first reason is obvious - it's sad. All these people that I looked up to - I don't want them to go. It's going to be sad and sucky.

The second reason, well, it kinda sounds selfish, but I don't want them to go because that means I'M supposed to be the adult/mature generation. I don't want to be the one responsible!

In life, it seems like I've been slowly ramping up to this for awhile. I'm helping out the older folks, I'm in charge of things in my community, I occasionally read legal documents for signing...but, ugh, I don't want this.

God bless my folks (and yours too) that they live many more years!

Funny links!

Ah, now it makes total sense:
http://cheezburger.com/7763547904

The best dinosaur prank EVER!!!
http://entertainment.ie/wtf/Watch-Japanese-dinosaur-prank-may-be-the-best-prank-weve-ever-seen/208163.htm

Why Ben Affleck Said 'Yes' to Batman:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/why-ben-affleck-said-yes-613658

18 Everyday Products You’ve Been Using Wrong:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/gabbynoone/18-everyday-products-youve-been-using-wrong

When Batman Killed The Joker At The End Of The Killing Joke - huh:
http://comicsbeat.com/the-killing-joke-ending-revealed/

Ten years ago, Halle Berry was Best Actress. Today, she's in unreleased shark movies. This piece charts her decline:
http://herald-review.com/blogs/decaturade/slumming-it-with-halle-berry/article_3636b760-05f5-11e3-bf31-001a4bcf887a.html

Not excited for KICK-ASS 2 and can't wait for ANT-MAN? Well, thank Denmark for ANTBOY!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/63705

9 Reasons To Love Ben & Jerry's That Have Nothing To Do With Ice Cream:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/15/ben-and-jerrys-love_n_3726083.html
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