Archive for June, 2009

A Critical Critic Critique

June 30, 2009

Howdy gang,

Saturday morning I went to see Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen.  I was anxious to see if it was worthy of the verbal crucifixion it’s been receiving from the critics.

I’m glad to say it’s exactly what it was billed as:  Giant robots and explosions occasionally interrupted by close ups of Megan Fox.  I didn’t go in expecting Dead Poets Society, so I was thoroughly entertained.  Unlike most critics, I have a very hard time taking a movie based on a 1980’s toy line seriously.  When these pompous movie critics talk about how shallow of a movie Transformers is, it makes me wonder if they also sit on their couches with their kids griping about the slow moving plots on Dora the Explorer.

In five days this movie made 201 meellion dollars*.  Do you think this was because people wanted to see a powerful life changing movie full of heart and soul or do you think it was because they just wanted to see Optimus Prime beating the censored out of Megatron?  Exactly.  And what do you know, people got what they wanted.  I call that a success for a summer action flick.

Y’all be good,

J

Also, special thanks to Jon over at Xonikz for the shiny new header.  If you aren’t friends with any mad scientists creative geniuses yet, I highly recommend it.

Happy Tuesday!

* Sorry, I couldn’t think of  a better Dr. Evil joke.

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Tri Queens, It’s Great!

June 17, 2009

Reason I love NYC # 1,137

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Where’s Mr. Bean when you need him??

– J

Duty Vs. Expectation

June 9, 2009

“Do not confuse “duty” with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect. But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible. It is easier to deal with a footpad than it is with the leech who wants “just a few minutes of your time, please–this won’t take long.” Time is your total capital, and the minutes of your life are painfully few. If you allow yourself to fall into the vice of agreeing to such requests, they quickly snowball to the point where these parasites will use up 100 percent of your time–and squawk for more! So learn to say No–and to be rude about it when necessary. Otherwise you will not have time to carry out your duty, or to do your own work, and certainly no time for love and happiness. The termites will nibble away your life and leave none of it for you. (This rule does not mean that you must not do a favor for a friend, or even a stranger. But let the choice be yours. Don’t do it because it is “expected” of you.)”

Robert Heinlein – Time Enough for Love

My dad sent me this quote in an email years ago.  It’s been on my mind a lot lately, so I decided to share. 

Your thoughts?

– J

Catching Up

June 4, 2009

The internet cries out into the night, “J!!!  Where are you??”  In the darkness nothing is heard but the faint sound of a cricket…

Well, here’s a recap since my last real post on May 6th…

May 7 – Hid under my desk from swine flu, because of a theory that it was the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.  Quickly discovered that stockpiling weapons and food in NYC is difficult.

May 9 – Ran away from New York to let the zombies have it.  Went to Texas for a week where I won the Best Son Ever award by surprising my mom for Mother’s Day.

May 11 – Went fishing with my brother and a friend who came in from the Dallas area.  Caught something that could be classified as a fish, but only because it had gills and fins.  Of all the bass in that pond, I caught the one that probably gets picked last for fishy dodgeball.

May 16 – Returned to NYC to survey the damage.  No zombies.  Yet…

May 22 – Saw the new Star Trek movie.  Mistook a fanboy for a zombie.

May 23 – Saw Terminator Salvation and Angels and Demons.  Underwhelmed.

May 25 – Memorial Day.  Met friends for a picnic in Prospect Park.  Experienced direct sunlight on my legs for the first time in 2009.  Apologized to many people.

May 28 – Met visiting Aunt and cousin for breakfast before work. 

May 30 – Took Aunt, cousin and their relatives on a walking tour of Grand Central and Rockefeller Center.  Birthday party in Harlem that evening. 

June 4 – Posted 2 ridiculous blog entries, just to get past a month of writer’s block.  Began drafting actual content for later posts.

– J

A Novel Idea

June 4, 2009

When/if I’m ever married, I’m going to write a book about bachelorhood and my love life.  I think I’ll call it “Someone Peed in My Dating Pool”.

Think it’ll sell?