May 31, 2005

Movie Quote...

"He's a fountain of misplaced rage. Name your cliche; Mother held him too much or not enough, last picked at kickball, late night sneaky uncle, whatever. Now he's so angry that moments of levity actually cause him pain; give him headaches. Happiness, for that gentleman, hurts."

Try not to get any on the seats.

Had a full weekend: helped mom and dad move stuff their new place (here in currently soggy Orlando), knocked some golf balls over at the driving range, went to Typhoon Lagoon, and finally saw Star Wars III.

The best thing about the movie? The Batman Begins trailer in the beginning. The War of the Worlds trailer was damn neat as well. The movie itself? Well Star Wars III isn't horrible by any sense of the word, it's just not all that good. Is this movie better than II & I? Of course! Sadly II & I are heaping piles of crap so this movie had to try really hard to get worse.

What was it all about? It was pretty much all about jerking-off the fanboys. I won't lie, I'm a Star Wars nut, so there were plenty of "hey look at that" nudge nudge wink wink moments for me. But it just felt hollow, you could sit and watch the entire movie, walk out and yell "Well I'm glad all of that is cleared up, but did I really need to know this information?".

I knew the movie officially went bad for me when I was happy that Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) burst into flame, I actually cracked a smile when that happened. Not because officially we finally get to see how this character's mangled mess of a body becomes the Darth Vadar we all know, but because literally I was happy that he was on fire. Yes, it's as sick as that sounds. And no I'm not going to seek counseling for that, because if you haven't seen this movie you have yet to experience the overwhelming need to watch and enjoy that man catching on fire.

So, should you see the movie? Again I won't lie to you, some of the action sequences are excellent (although the supposedly famous fight scene between Anakin and Obi-Wan really wasn't all that neat) and the movie is made to show you all those scenes that some of us has been dying to see all these years. So it can fall into 2 camps: 1) If you've put yourself through the first two movies, you might as well finish it off, trust me it's better than I & II. 2) If you're a fanboy at heart and really need to see everything you've been dreaming about all these years, then get it over with and go see the movie.

May 30, 2005

Movie Quote...

"I shut down the third world, you win they lose. I shut down America, they win you lose. The more things change, the more they stay the same."

May 27, 2005

Movie Quote...

"Second most successful robbery. The Flamingo in '71. This guy actually tasted fresh oxygen before they grabbed him. Of course, he was breathing out of a hose for the next three weeks. God damn hippy."

The Friday Stunt: Foto Friday

That's me, second down on the left.

I am a dork.

May 26, 2005

Movie Quote...

"Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily, they are slanders; sixth and lastly; they have belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves."

Outside in the real world.

On Tuesday I played nine holes of golf with Christine and some nice folks at Hard Rock. Good times were had by all, I played horrendously but we had fun and that's all that matters.

Here's a Penny Arcade comic that pretty much sums it all up.

May 25, 2005

Movie Quote...

"I'm not going to kill you. Your job will be to tell the rest of them that death is coming for them, tonight. And tell them Eric Draven sends his regards."

May 24, 2005

Movie Quote...

"I'd like to welcome you all to an event that's sometimes been called the Automotive counterpart to the Bay of Pigs."

May 23, 2005

500 entries at CBRM!

We'll we've hit that magic 500 entry mark over at Comic Book Review Machine. Traffic is starting to build on the site which is always nice to see. If you haven't figured it out (or visited the site) CBRM is my attempt to build a comprehensive searchable database of comic book reviews from all over the web. Next on my list of functionality additions for the site are user registrations, tagging and possibly search personalization. Let me know if your using the site and how you like it so far!

Movie Quote...

"Do you realize what you've done? You've taken a woman who loves you, one of the great women in the world and thrown her away. I lost her too, but I will get over it because I am shallow and self-centered. But you, you wont, because you are "complex". You will feel terrible anguish for the rest of your life. This is turning out to be a pretty good day. "

May 20, 2005

Movie Quote...

"If someone would try to walk on water and drowned, would you blame the Bible?"

May 19, 2005

Kelsey Grammer to play Beast in X-Men 3

From the article:
Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Entertainment have bolstered the mutant roster for "X-Men 3" with Kelsey Grammer, who is set to play Beast, the oversized blue-furred creature who has not yet appeared in an "X-Men" film.

While Grammer might seem a surprise to play a 355-pound blue-colored brute, producer Avi Arad said, "Kelsey was born to play the role," explaining that Beast is the most intelligent of the mutants, a pacifist Ph.D. and genetic researcher named Hank McCoy.

Fox has begun negotiations with "Lost's" Maggie Grace to play the role of Kitty Pryde, a beauty who can walk through walls. Studio is also searching for an actor to play Angel, a handsome winged mutant who is ashamed of his feathery appendages.

Read the whole article.

Trailer for "A History of Violence"

Trailer for David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence".

My only gripe is no Quicktime version.

May 18, 2005

Movie Quote...

"I don't know how to put this... but, I'm kinda a big deal... people know me... I'm very important... I have many leather-bound books... and my apartment smells of rich mahogany."

May 17, 2005

Movie Quote...

"You don't think I would've been prepared? Two years I invested in that elevator job, two years I invested in my life. You couldn't understand the commitment I have. You ruined a man's life's work and you think you can walk away? You got blinders on to the world! But I got your attention now didn't I?"

Hey, what about a website?

Being in the IT industry, folks ask me a whole lot of computer questions, the most famous being "How do I get a website?", that question was asked most recently by a friend of Christine's sister. I liked the answer I gave so here it is:

I'm a huge believer in blogging now, it's a great way to interject your opinions, build a base, and throw your stuff at them (comics you write, pictures you take, etc, etc). I've noticed that they (blogs) seem to generate a whole lot more traffic that a normal website if you know what your doing.

That being in mind, let's go down the blogging route. If your friend is relatively computer illiterate, he or she can visit Blogger or LiveJournal and setup an account. A URL is given to the user and they can begin blogging automagically. I believe you can even tweak the blog a bit to colors/themes etc. Does the person have pictures? For God sake have them use Flickr, you can blog the pictures directly from Flickr quite easily (every picture has an option to "Blog This").

Now let's say your friend is computer literate, then there's a whole world of possibility (sticking with the blogging theme), they can use/install Movable Type, which is the software I use to blog on Monkey King's Domain. Or they can use Wordpress, the software I use for the Rose from the Ashes blog. Both of these are tremendously easy to install (trust me if I can figure it out most people can do it too). Or if that person is REALLY REALLY computer literate they can write their own blogging software (sort of), like what I did for Comic Book Review Machine. Now I won't mention the fact that all of the computer literate options will involve getting hosting somewhere, with PHP/CGI/MySQL access because a computer literate person should either A) know this or B) can figure it out when they can't install the software on their toaster.

This should get the person down the right path, but there's still a huge realm of possiblities for what can be done with/to their blog.

May 16, 2005

Movie Quote...

"Did it look at you? Did the fire look at you? It did. Whoa. Wow. Our worlds aren't that far apart after all, are they? So, whoever is doing this knows that animal well, don't they? They know him real well, but they won't let him loose. They won't let him have any fun. Now who doesn't love fire? See... that wasn't such a long trip after all."

On the Beach With Dave Chappelle

From the article:
"The first thing Chappelle wants is to dispel rumors—that he's got a drug problem, that he's checked into a mental institution in Durban—that have been flying around the U.S. for the past week. He says he is staying with a friend, Salim Domar, and not in a mental institution, as has been widely reported in America."

Read the full article.

(Link courtesy of Defamer)

May 13, 2005

Movie Quote...

"You might want to try believing in something bigger than yourself. It might cheer you up."

May 12, 2005

Movie Quote...

"To be an anarchist in Salt Lake City was certainly no easy task, especially in 1985. And having no money, no job, no plans for the future, the true anarchist position was in itself a strenuous job."

May 11, 2005

Movie Quote...

"A man can be an artist... in anything, food, whatever. It depends on how good he is at it. Creasey's art is death. He's about to paint his masterpiece."

Top Ten searches for April 2005

1. comic torrents
2. bunny movies
3. comic torrent
4. comic book torrents
5. touch of death
6. ascii monkey
7. awesome fonts
8. dancing jesus
9. dancing jesus simpsons
10. world lingo

Nothing too shocking about April's search strings, since I've launched those comic book preview torrents I've been getting a bunch of traffic on "comic book torrent" searches. The only really kooky search string I found outside the top-ten list was "katamari damacy sofa", is someone making one of those? If so, sign me up!

May 10, 2005

Movie Quote...

"Don't blame me. I'm an interpreter. I'm not supposed to know a power socket from a computer terminal."

Marc at The Land in Epcot

Marc at The Land in Epcot
Originally uploaded by bkirsten.
I don't know why, but I love this picture, I was shocked at how good it came out. It happened by accident, I had only 1 picture left, I was in a place that I could easily change my film so I just snapped a picture of my baby brother. I wish I could tell you what speed and aperture, my guess is that I just set it to the middle-most settings and pressed the button.

Taken in the new and improved "The Land" pavilion in Epcot.

May 09, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire teaser trailer

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire teaser trailer

(Link courtesy of Aint it Cool News)

Movie Quote...

"Attention. Here's an update on tonight's dinner. It was veal. I repeat, veal. The winner of tonight's mystery meat contest is Jeffrey Corbin who guessed 'some kind of beef.'"

Fun with technology: Unfortunate Page Naming

Vist this link.

Check out the page name after /od_nm/.


Thieves build complete ATM

From the article:
"Audacious thieves in Romania have constructed a complete automated teller machine (ATM), minus the cash box, to steal the details of account holders, banking officials said."

"Fake ATMs have appeared at apartment buildings or in areas of the capital where there are no banks, local papers reported."

Read the full article.

May 08, 2005

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day!

I love you mom!

May 06, 2005

Movie Quote...

"This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. What a hype. Well, it used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to *eat* it. You're hypocrites, all of you! You have a problem with what I'm saying, Larry?"

Democrats purged out of a church in North Carolina

From the article:
"Yesterday, on the National Day of Prayer, we learned that the East Waynesville Baptist Church in North Carolina essentially kicked out its Democratic members. Nine members were "excommunicated" and 40 other members of the 405 member church resigned in protest."

Read the full article/discussion

I'm hosting a bittorrent of the news report talking about the "purging", keep it open if you can.

(Link courtesy of Atrios)

May 05, 2005

Movie Quote...

"I'm done doing what I swore an oath to God 28 years ago to never do again. I've created, "something that kills people." And in that purpose I was a success. I've done this, because philosophically I'm sympathetic to your aim. I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut."

May 04, 2005

400 entries!

According to my Movable Type admin tool, that last entry was entry 400 for me. 400 entries ranging from simple comments, the occasional rambling essay, reblogs, whoring, to (most recently) movie quotes.

So in honor of this momentous occasion, all of you...

Shake your ass! Whoo!

Movie Quote...

"A Mo-Jo, it's a very high-tech machine that transmits pages over the telephone! It only takes eighteen minutes a page!"

NIN - "The Hand that Feeds" remixes

Fan remixes of NIN's "The Hand that Feeds".

But here's the kicker....The Ghostbusters theme + NIN = Friggen Joy! (that's my second post with friggen in it...must be my word of the day).

Nathan Chase's "The Ghost that Feeds"

(Links courtesy of Waxy)

World's largest mall

I don't know if this is really sad or not, but the screaming American consumer in me is ready to travel halfway around the world to see the biggest friggen mall in the World.

From the article:
"It takes about two days to explore Beijing's new Golden Resources Shopping Mall - the world's largest. Minnesota's "Mall of America" is 4 million square feet. Golden Resources, built in an impressive 20 months and opened Oct. 24, is 6 million square feet."

"Malls, those US-derived temples of consumerism, were once nonexistent in communist China. But they mushroom so fast today that even Premier Wen Jiabao warned this summer of a shopping mall craze."

"The observable problem with new shopping malls in China, however, is that they have few shoppers. While Golden officials first estimated 50,000 people a day, only a tiny fraction of that figure can be seen."

Read the full article.

(Link courtesy of Christine)

May 03, 2005

Movie Quote...

"The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do. For instance, you can accept that your father was a pirate and a good man or you can't. But pirate is in your blood, boy, so you'll have to square with that some day. And me, for example, I can let you drown, but I can't bring this ship into Tortuga all by me onesies, savvy? So, can you sail under the command of a pirate, or can you not?"

Holy Crap!

I am so excited...and I just can't hide it, I got a link accepted by BoingBoing!

Yes I know, I'm a dork.

Link to the BoingBoing entry.

Linkin Park looking to leave label

"The band has issued a statement saying the new owners will reap big awards from an initial public offering but no money will be given to the artists."

"Linkin Park owes Warner Music four more albums, but the band says they're looking into releasing music over the Internet and it does not plan to deliver a new album to Warner."

Read full article

(Link courtesy of Christine)

May 02, 2005

Movie Quote...

"You wanna waste my time? Okay. I call my lawyer. He's the best lawyer in Miami. He's such a good lawyer, that by tomorrow morning, you gonna be working in Alaska. So dress warm."