Saturday, December 26, 2009


I saw this on BillinExile who got it from  Too Funny!

Its a good thing that Star Wars was a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. It explains why they are not taking advantage of earth’s technological advances.
Like for instance, if Star Wars had Facebook, statuses might have looked like this:

“When I was a kid I used to have an imaginary friend, but now that I’m on Facebook, I have over 700!” — Michael Parisi

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


You know the story, most expensive movie every made, 10 years in the making and takes film making to a new level. Well, that's the story of making the film, the story the film is about is not new or original but does make for a solid, enjoyable movie experience.

One-hundred and fifty years into the future man has found an extremely valuable mineral on Pandora but their ability to mine the mineral is hindered by the indigenous population. There's the evil, greedy corporation, the heartless Blackwater type security force and the altruistic scientists. For some reason, they have the technology to make Avatars, a combination of human and Na'vi DNA that allows them to breath on the planet and interact with the Na'vi.

There is learning, love, betrayal, conquest, death, heroism, love, resurrection, tears and triumph.

5 FOR:

  1. The film is spectacular, beautiful and full of interesting creatures and lighting. A must see in the theater. I was pleasantly surprised to be moved to the point of tears.
  2. Sigourney Weaver shines. Intense, funny, smart, compassionate, feisty and pretty hot as a Na'vi. She steals the movie from the rest of the cast. I loved Michelle Rodriguez, she kicks ass and has some of the best one liners in the movie.  Giovanni Ribisi (Friends), Zoe Saldana (Uhura in Star Trek) and Dileep Rao (Drag Me To Hell) all contribute nice performances.
  3. At 2 hours and 45 minutes, plus 15 minutes of previews, this is a long movie but the story and action moves quickly and as long as you don't have to pee, you are unaware of the time.
  4. An entertaining movie for people of all ages, tastes and species. You'll make many plot comparisons to other movies, wars and politics but it flows and there were no big plot holes. The movie does have great attention to detail and near flawless continuity. I love continuity.
  5. I love how the Na'vi are connected and a part of all life on the planet. I did see "it" coming. I won't say what "it" is as it could be spoilery.
  1. 3D. I'm not a fan of 3D, I find that it distracts from the film more than it contributes. 3D hurts my eyes, makes reading subtitles difficult, the glasses are uncomfortable and for all the expense and advances in 3D technology developed for this movie, there was no WOW factor. Plus, they charge $5 more for 3D and it is not worth it. (I choose to see 3D to witness the advancements.)
  2. This is not a big negative but is worth noting. The story is not original and you'll have thoughts of American Indians, Aliens (Leave her along YOU BITCH!), Ewoks on planet Endor, and Dinotopia.
  3. Sam Worthington as a human was very flat and actually not that attractive. As a Na'vi, he was multi-dimensional, expressive and sexy.
  4. Man has made amazing technological advancements including, long distance space travel, Avatars and cryogenics but still uses bullets and helicopters. WTF?
  5. The ending was satisfying but too abrupt for a 2 hour and 45 minute movie. Would one more minute be too much to ask for? 

Mine too!

Last Kiss by John Lustig

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


The past few days have been amazing and exhausting!

I went out at 9pm Sat night to walk the doggies but there was too much snow -- about 7 inches, there was barely an inch three hours earlier. My doggies don't stand much higher than that so I had to shovel a "Pee and Poop Path" for them in the backyard and then attempted to shovel the driveway and walk but the snow was coming down too fast and the wind was blowing too hard and I conceded after 20 minutes.

(The Tramp and Miss Truvy)

(the pee and poop path)

(Daddy we're finished! Daddy??)

(7.5 inches with way too much girth!)

(Stop with the pics daddy and let's go back inside!)

At 11 pm the doggies decided they wanted out again and we all were dismayed to see no remnant of the Pee and Poop Path. So I bundled up again and dug a smaller path. They took two steps out and decided they could hold it and ran back into the house. It was time for us to snuggle under my big down comforter, finish watching Dr Who and get some sleep because Sunday was going to be a busy day.

(taken at the end of the big dig)

I woke up to a sunny day and 17 inches of snow and snow drifts of 3-5 FEET on the side of the cars for the length of the driveway!! All the doors were blocked by so much snow that I couldn't push them open and had to take out the window in the storm door to dig out. The doggies were getting antsy. It took the better part of the day to dig out. Fortunately, my neighbor finally came over with his snowblower to help finish the job. After a huge bowl of spaghetti and meatballs (my moms blizzard special, she makes it whenever a storm is forcast) it was time to prep the house for my cousin's wedding - cooking, cleaning, decorating and moving furniture.

At 10 pm I learned that I'd have to drive over an hour to pickup the minister because she was too nervous to drive herself on the roads (the roads were fine) but she was very nice and we were able to talk about the wedding, her internet dating, movies and our doggies.

(Mr. and Mrs. Matt and Amanda Soulant)

After driving for two hours, I arrived back at the house and the Wedding commenced. It was a beautiful ceremony attended by over 40 family and friends. After some food and a champaign toast, it was time to drive the minister home. By the time I got back (I encountered two accidents involving flipped SUVs) everyone had left and I started to clean up (my mom was exhausted and sad to say, getting too old to host such big occasions). I had a relaxing evening, a good night's sleep and awoke to a huge problem.

I spent the morning on the phone with the bank because I had thousands of dollars of pending charges I didn't make in my checking account. BOA was pretty good and said I did't have to worry or contact the companies (all internet purchases) but I called the companies that I could - they weren't very helpful saying that my bank would handle it. I'll not see most of my money again for several weeks.

After a 5 margarita lunch, I wanted to download the wedding photos so I could use one for this post but ended up (I'm not very skilled at manipulating digital photos into albums and slideshows so this took a while) creating a slideshow with the wedding music and burning it to a CD. I only had the 104 not so good photos my dad took but the final show was quite nice.

Now you're all caught up so now I can catch up on all my blogs!
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