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Sandra Bullock has lost her mind…

Posted by Mr. Longmire on May 4, 2010 in A Total Waste of Time, Entertainment, In the News

I saw this magazine as I was going through the Wal-Mart checkout this evening…

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Mystery solved.

Posted by Mr. Longmire on Feb 5, 2010 in A Total Waste of Time, Entertainment

Ever wonder what the clown is doing in the Jack-in-the-Box before he springs out?

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(Courtesy of doodie.com… and this is one of the cleanest animations found on the site)

 
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Just in time for Christmas…

Posted by Mr. Longmire on Dec 2, 2009 in Entertainment, Excellent Ideas, Holidays and Events, In the News

This new Xbox 360 game is sure to be the must-have gift of the season!

New from EA Sports... Tiger Woods Driveway Challenge!

New from EA Sports... Tiger Woods Driveway Challenge!

 
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Zombieland

Posted by Mr. Longmire on Oct 26, 2009 in Entertainment, Movies

I saw Zombieland at the movies this evening. It’s been out almost a month, and this was Monday, so as it turned out I was the only one in the theater. And, I had to silence my cell phone so I wouldn’t disturb myself.

Anyhoo, like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland is a fun zombie movie and I really liked it, especially its likable characters… namely, Woody Harrelson’s character. I also liked the use of super slow motion and credit graphics at the start.

Movies that deal with surviving the end of human civilization, like The Omega Man, 28 Weeks Later, etc., have always appealed to me. I think I like this theme probably because of the population drop, the total freedom and lack of rules, and access to places and possessions usually unattainable in normal life. But, the downside is the eventual scarcity of food and power… and, of course, the constant threat of zombies. It’s a nice fantasy, though.

 
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Fun with video editing

Posted by Mr. Longmire on Jul 17, 2009 in Entertainment, Movies

Recently I had a little fun with replacing some music in a clip from “To Sir With Love.” This is a great scene to use for doing just that. Enjoy…

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AdventureCon 2009

Posted by Mr. Longmire on Jun 23, 2009 in Entertainment, Out and about

A couple of weekends ago, Knoxville hosted yet another AdventureCon: a sci-fi, horror, comics… whatever… convention. I took a few photos and video on my little digital camera and got around to editing and posting on YouTube last night. Enjoy…

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Homage to Chuck

Posted by Mr. Longmire on Mar 30, 2009 in Entertainment

Enjoy this fairly recent comic that pays homage to my favorite actor, Charlton Heston, and his trio of classic sci-fi films… The Chuck Triad; Planet of the Apes, The Omega Man, and Soylent Green ( We’re not counting his appearance in Beneath the Planet of the Apes.)
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WALL-E, TV converter boxes, Comcast, etc.

Posted by Mr. Longmire on Jan 13, 2009 in Entertainment, Movies

I received a $5.00 coupon from my Best Buy Reward Zone account, so I went there last night and bought a copy of WALL-E. And since I had a $40 coupon good toward a television digital converter box, I bought one of those, too. Even though I subscribe to cable TV, I might possibly need a converter. You never know.

I shuttle back and forth living at my house and at my girlfriend’s house. When I am at my house, I seldom watch television programs. I opt to choose what I put on my TV screen with movies and TV series on DVD, videogames, and NetFlix movie choices streamed through my Xbox 360. So, I went to Comcast to get rid of my cable television channels to save some money each month.

I thought it was a nice plan… a simple plan.

BOY, WAS I WRONG.

I learned that, yes, I could eliminate my channels altogether but it would make my internet bill go up $15 more each month… to block the video channels from coming in, or some nonsense like that. So, I asked them how much it would cost to keep the internet but get the cheapest , bottom of the barrel, bargain basement deal on the TV channels, and they said the very basic TV package was… guess what? $15.00 a month. Clever… they’re determined to get that damn $15.00 no matter what. So, that is where it stands, I have internet and about 12 or 13 TV channels.

Okay… whew… let me calm down a bit. All right, I feel better now. Getting back to WALL-E… I bought a DVD of the movie last night and watched it. Well, after downing a bowl of delicious Tai food as I watched, I fell asleep ¾ into the movie, but what I did see was a fascinating and beautiful little film. It had two of my favorite subjects in it. Space travel and robots. The robots don’t hardly talk save but a few scattered words here and there, so they rely on body movement to express themselves and act out emotions. I couldn’t help but notice that the body language of the characters was reminiscent of the style of the old silent film comedians such as my favorites Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. They also had to rely on communicating through motion and gestures since there was no sound in motion pictures during their heyday. The character of WALL-E also reminded me somewhat of the pre-Star Wars drones from the film Silent Running.

In summary, WALL-E is a fun film that also sends a serious message concerning we humans ruining our home planet’s environment, super commercialism of everything, and our becoming fat, lazy beings who rely totally on technology. In other words, it’s a documentary of things to come.

 
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Golden Globes Awards

Posted by Mr. Longmire on Jan 12, 2009 in Entertainment

I watched most of the Golden Globe Awards last night. Previously, I had vaguely heard of the film Slumdog Millionaire, but after it swept through several categories last night, it is on my list of movies to see. I’m also interested in seeing Gran Torino, In Bruges, the John Adams HBO mini-series, and The Wrestler. I have also yet to see Wall-E, which won for best animated film.

Speaking of The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke won best actor in a drama for the title role of that film and his appearance and acceptance speech were quite something. After stumbling to the stage and making a few off-color remarks, he made a comment to the director of the film or whoever it was at his table and in return the guy shot him the middle finger… all on national television.

There were other moments during the Golden Globes Awards broadcast that were less than classy. They had to bleep a guy accepting an award who dropped the f-bomb. Where exactly did he think he was?

Whatever happened to the so-called glamour of Hollywood? I’m not a prude, but when it comes to award shows like the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys, etc., it would be nice to see adults acting as such with some grace and finesse… watch the language, and for god’s sakes, unless it’s grown out for a current role, shave your face and comb your hair for one night in your life. That goes for the men, too. I can tolerate the vulgarity and crudeness of everyday life, and sometimes I’m guilty of being a purveyor of crudeness (it is funny at certain times), but Hollywood needs to be classy as it used to be, even if it’s a short-lived illusion for an awards show.

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