Monday, July 30, 2012

Oh, Deer

Path to the forbidden zone.
I was in fully suited spiffiness to attend a meeting with Japanese regulatory representatives when the call came in. My wife informed me her suspicion that the doe we’d seen sporadically in the back yard did have babies with it, most likely born there.

While lovely looking animals, the presence of near epidemic levels of Lyme bearing ticks this year meant they needed to go. Nature’s nice, but you don’t see us driving out to the middle of their forest to give birth, do you?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rise, Dark Knight, Rise!

My hat is back, and what’s left of the shirt and Converse sneakers I’ve worn to every Batman preview for over two decades was busted out yet again.
This made my (and my sister’s) outfit older than a large percentage of people at the midnight show. (Yes, mom was there too, we're a strange but fun family.)

Here’s the review (Spoilers for the first two Nolan films, generic comments on the new one.)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Rocky Mountain Bye

Yeah, yeah.
There’s supposed to be a Dark Knight Rises review here today.

But I'm too distracted to write one yet.

What happened?

Well, I’ll tell you.

(Cue Tony Bennetish tinkly piano music)

Monday, July 16, 2012

You Never Forget Your First Time

The first time has a magic to each moment that stays with you for your entire life:

The nervous anticipation while waiting for the start.

The over whelming curiosity of whether it will live up to the hype.

The interpersonal connection through shared excitement.

The rising emotions that become more animalistic as time passes.

The total focus on the here and now.

The wild yells and enthusiastic out bursts.

The exhausted post climax satisfaction, leaving behind a goofy grin and a lack of caring about the sticky spot you may be occupying.

And of course:
Standing on the theater seats with a group of seventeen year old buddies to cheer for moments of insane awesomeness and carnage.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Geek Lightning

Times have drastically changed since the ‘50s, now it is no longer the hottest car that is the symbol of male pride and power.   It is in that spirit that I submit this song to commemorate the new ultimate guy toy.

(Parody of Greased Lighting by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey)

Why this box is electronic
It's ergonomic
It's po-sitronic
Why it's geek lightning (Geek lightning)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sometimes, it’s Better to be Lazy

We were having such a nice weekend. 

We had dinner and watched a movie together on Friday night, spent Saturday morning at an elementary school Fun Fair, followed by lunch out, and were home for a brief stop. 

My wife and daughter were attending a bridal shower the next day.  I was going to do some yard work when they prepared, and then help my brother in law with his swing set assembly after they left with my sister and mother.  We planned to continue our time together with another Harry Potter film after church that evening.  My daughter was reading, and my wife was resting. If I had joined either of them, I would have descended into a twenty minute nap and been refreshed for the night.  Instead I descended into a personal version of homeowner hell.

I wandered into the playroom to feed the fish.  My daughter has two mid-sized fancy goldfish in a ten gallon tank.  Nibbles Nakedfish received his first name a year before he was a present from her cousins, back when she first decided she wanted a fish.  He received his last name from my niece based on his loss of color on the drive over when the presentation of him and his bowl kicked us in the butt to get our daughter an aquarium set up.  Once we upgraded to a full tank system, my sister’s family bought her the second fish.  Scribbles received his name upon arrival in the new tank…because it rhymed with Nibbles.
Spoilers: Everyone's OK

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Up the Lake: Flashlights

The Power of Darkness
If You Could See What I Can’t

In the odd and always entertaining world of “Up the Lake”, flashlights were a highly functional and valued commodity. 

This is because it got dark at night. 
Sometimes, that's all you get.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bad Geek Confessions: Spider-Man

Spider-Man:  At times, a case could be made that he was the most popular of all superheros.

An even stronger argument could be made that he never falls out of the top three spots of superhero popularity. 

Now he has a brand new gazillion dollar movie reintroducing him.

While I’m sure I will find it enjoyable, unlike my usual rabid devotion to babble on about these sorts of films, I need to exempt myself from reviewing this movie.

The reason is - I really don’t give a rat’s patootie about Spider-Man.