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Uncle Grandpa

Posted: September 2, 2013 in Misc
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They sure don’t make cartoons like they used to. I love the cartoons of my youth; He-Man and She-Ra, Transformers and Thundercats, Gummy Bears and Smurfs, and Scooby Doo reruns. These were good shows. Shows I still like to watch. Shows with depth.

I just watched about 3 minutes of a show with my 15 year old son, he laughed continuously and I could feel my brain cells popping one by one like bubble wrap. Uncle Grandpa. It hurt. Not only did it hurt my own brain, it hurt that my son found such humor in this.

Oh well, we all have guilty pleasures. Now we can meet in the middle of a generational gap and watch King of the Hill together.

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On this day in history…

Posted: July 18, 2013 in Misc
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I was born into the great craze of Star Wars. Is it nature or nurture? I’m not sure. But the force is strong in me. I mean, I have a Star Wars wallet…yeah, seriously.

But I do know that today is my 36th birthday and I am actually happy! Year 35 was rough, lots of “stuff”…but I’m working through it and becoming a better person for it. I have been blessed with a wife who truly gets me; quirks and all. I have a son that accepts me, trusts me, and inspires me. I have parents who have shown me what compassion and selfless giving look like. And spreading my planetary rings are my in-laws who invited me into their family with smiles and hugs. And then there are my friends, both local and distant. Without all of these people, I would not have made it to this day.

But today is here and I am excited to see what year 36 brings; the challenges and adventures.

Satellite Phones

Posted: July 15, 2013 in Misc
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I watch these end-of-the-world apocalyptic movies and realize, I need to get myself a sat-phone! I don’t know anyone else that has one, however it seems a necessary item to survive mega piranhas, extreme polar shifts, or meteor storms. They seem pretty handy, but I’m not sure even Hollywood understands how they work. And since they don’t try to explain how they work, I have several questions.

Do they come with a phone book?

What are the temperature ranges one of these can handle?

Do I get free sat-to-sat minutes?

What’s the durability of one of these? Can it be swallowed by a dinosaur or shark and still be used when I cut it out?

Where are the coverage areas and how much does roaming cost me?

If I am unhappy with the customer service can I switch carriers?

I mean, these are valid question, right? I can’t be the only one wondering these things.

Women have made great strides over the decades; demonstrating physical strength and endurance as well as academic aptitude. We have earned the right to fight in combat situations, investigate homicides, and drive big-rigs.

It is empowering to watch fantasy and sci-fi genres embracing these advances. Take Jean Grey from X-Men as an example. A strong and intelligent character, second only to Professor-X himself; telepathy, telekinesis, and an eidetic memory?!? With this combination she is capable of nearly anything.

Let’s not forget the impact Xena Warrior Princess has had on the world. While a huge icon in the Lesbian community, Xena broke down many walls in the world of mythology. For centuries male gods and demi-gods dominated and victimized humans, until Xena exposed their fallibilities.

And then there is Daenerys Targaryen Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea. She is the epitome of strength; she gathers an army of loyal men not by blood and force but with truth and freedom.

As pivotal as each of these magnificent women have been, I feel there is one bad-ass chic that paved the way with blood, sweat and grease for all the others; Ellen Ripley. Without her, a LOT of bad stuff would have happened.

Who is on your list?

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Whether or not you watch Big Brother is not important. The concept is a bunch of folks voluntarily live in a house with strangers and try not to get voted out. The big golden egg of $500,000 often leads folks to misbehave. One such person on the show this season is Aaryn, an immature 20-something female.

While being filmed constantly from hundreds of cameras and microphones Aaryn has repeatedly made derogatory racial, ethnic and sexual orientation remarks about her fellow house mates. Each time, the victim of her barb was not there to defend him/herself but there were several bystanders that just throw eyeballs at each other and pretend nothing just happened.

Now that you are caught up, I ask you…would you stay quiet and not rock the boat because you have your eye on the prize? Or would you call her out on it?

I could not listen to those slurs and chose to ignore them. I tend to be pretty diplomatic so it wouldn’t have to be a big huge deal but I would not let it go. I really think every one else around her is thinking about saying something, they are just too scared of being labeled a trouble maker.

There is no prize that could make me sell my integrity.

Capgras Syndrome and Star Wars

Posted: November 19, 2010 in Misc
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Capgras Syndrome or Capgras Delusion – a disorder in which a person suddenly believes that a loved one has been replaced by an imposter.  Yes, this is a real disorder.  Does it sound familiar to any story lines I’ve posted in any of my blogs?  I just heard it on a season 12 episode of Law and Order SVU (Thank you Dr Wong!) where a mother believed that her daughter had been replaced by an imposter who looked identical to her daughter.  The Star Wars series Fate of the Jedi revolves around Jedi suddenly believing that everyone one around them has been replaced, and learning forgotten Force techniques. 

While real victims of this disorder don’t suddenly learn how to Flow Walk it’s incredibly crazy that something like that can be based on reality. I can’t even imagine what that must be like, believing that a loved one has been replaced; not knowing what happened to that loved one.  Scary!

First time blogger, long time reader.

Posted: April 22, 2010 in Misc

book-loverI have long enjoyed reading books, and discussing books, and writing about the books I have read and discussed.  So I thought…HEY! I’m going to start a blog about the books I read and…hopefully…start some good discussions on these books. 

I promise not to give away the who dunnits, but I will give a summary and my thoughts on the story and the writing.