Showing posts from July, 2015

Technological advances ruin old movies

Watching old movies is difficult today because the basic plots get ruined when you think about what would happen today. You have to put yourself into the time period of the movie. Case in point, I was just watching Sherlock Holmes in Washington starring Basil Rathbone from 1942. A secret document is being transported, by surreptitious hand no less, across the Atlantic. Spies are trying to intercept it and Holmes joins in the chase. Even Holmes discusses how microfilm is changing the world. He remarks that a carrier pigeon can carry microfilm to the equivalent of 18,000 letters.  I can't help but think that nowadays this would just go by encrypted email or something.  I'm also reminded of the 1985 Schwarzenegger movie called Commando in which most of theories revolves around Arnold beating the clock on an 11-hour plane ride before the bad guy on the plane can make a phone call. A phone call. Of course, with modern phones he could literally been connected the entire time (except

I pop-quizzed Madi Butcher and asked her what Batman's real name was. She said, "Mark Twain." Then she said they were brothers with different mothers...and different fathers. #parentepicfail

July 27, 2015 at 06:47PM via Facebook

You get out of school what you put into it.

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Saturday night vinyl:

July 25, 2015 at 04:51PM via Facebook

--Matt, can you tell us what Lewis & Clark did?? --No, but I can recite the secret superhero origin of Captain Napalm and his Thermonuclear League of Liberty. --See me after class, Matt. --I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.

July 25, 2015 at 10:53AM via Facebook

Three summer courses--three A's. Yep!

July 24, 2015 at 05:45PM via Facebook

Friday vinyl: Pink Floyd's The Wall from 1979

July 24, 2015 at 01:49PM via Facebook

Uh oh, I heard a back-to-school ad on the radio...

July 23, 2015 at 02:29PM via Facebook

I'm watching Hulu. They just asked me which ad experience I prefer: Yoplait strawberry or Yoplait blueberry. What the hell?

July 21, 2015 at 07:57PM via Facebook

Harper Lee's great new book has me wishing I could write a thesis again! #GoSetAWatchman

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A Further Understanding of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee #GoSetAWatchman

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is the remarkable sequel to one of the best-loved books of all time. It is no small boast--this book is considered mandatory reading in many school districts across the nation, if not the world. It is thought to be one of the greatest novels ever written; it is always one of the top ten books of all time. Imagine trying to live up to that when it was the only book you ever published? But Harper Lee does it. No, it is not as good as the original To Kill a Mockingbird . In some respects, it simply evokes the straightforward definition of a sequel, a direct next episode for the plot and characters of the first book. It doesn't go much further than that. Yet in many ways, it seems a greater book--a tighter plot and narrative structure that appears to not waste much time. That was always one of the hardest parts about teaching TKAM . The beginning was kind of long and arduous to where kids wondered when they were going to get to something good. Yes,

Stupid scrolldown for year of birth in surveys!

Are there a lot of babies just born in 2015 that are filling out the Folger's sweepstakes form? I fill out quite a few little surveys, or whatever I am signing up for, and they always make you choose year of birth. That's fine, but why does it have to have the scrolldown? I am not the fastest typist in the world, but once you get in a habit of filling out these forms, especially once you've learned that the TAB key will easily navigate the next field in the survey, they go pretty quickly. Actually, I only get stuck when I have to fill out state of year of birth. State became easy, once I realized that you tab into the field and press "I" and "I" again to get Illinois. Then you tab to next field. But then I always get stuck in the year of birth. Some forms don't have all the years, so you don't know if it starts with "1" or not, but that doesn't help like in the state field because there are so many. So I have to grab the m

Just finished. Wow. So unexpected and thought-provoking that I still don't know what to think. What does the world think of Atticus now? Wow.

July 18, 2015 at 12:38PM via Facebook

Will Pacific Rim be only one movie?

Finally got around to watching Pacific Rim. Really enjoyed it overall. Hey, kaiju Godzilla-like monsters and Robotech-Voltron-Battletech giant robots fighting...what could be better? Was this part three and I don't know about the previous movies? The extremely lengthy introduction, clocked at over 17 minutes before they ever put the words Pacific Rim on the screen, held an entire movie's worth of story. Honestly, that introduction seemed more emotional and dramatic. That was a clear story of the rise of the robot. That seemed like it could have been developed into something greater. A second movie could have concentrated more on the Hannibal Chow and drifting with the alien kaiju. They could have gotten their asses kicked a la Empire Strikes Back. A real downer that could only lead to the triumphant final act of this movie that I am watching now. Did they try for a big trilogy and didn't get it? Therefore, they had to squeeze it all into one? Is this a case of movie

The Girl in the Road is dizzy

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrnes is a dizzying futuristic trip. In this future is a tale of a girl fleeing from the violence of the patriarchal culture she comes from. There's a bridge now that travels from Ethiopia to India.  The hard part is that it is told from alternating first-person points of view between the girls.  It seems like, and all the stuff I've read about it, is that it will be some kind of sci-fi action thriller, but that is not the case. While it was interesting with its themes and symbolism, it was downright slow in places. I don't like a preachy book and I felt like I was being preached to. And the one controversial scene in the book feels like it was thrown in to give people something to talk about just to move the book in the stores. I felt bored and trudged through it. I did not find it poetic but rather pretentious.  I received this book from  Blogging for Books  for this review.

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power, Green Lantern's light!

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July 08, 2015 at 09:11AM via Facebook

"Back in the High Life" on vinyl! Great find today!

July 07, 2015 at 01:22PM via Facebook

"Swat the Enemy"--this game has rules!

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I really want a pair of these Spektoscopes.

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