*Here's an interesting question: What happens if a mosquito bites a zombie, and then bites another non-zombie right afterwards? To me, the question sounded rather odd, but it rather quickly changed into one of those facepalm 'why didn't I think of that??' moments. Regardless, that's the basic premise of a movie called, appropriately enough, "A Little Bit Zombie". After watching enough episodes of "Todd and the Book of Pure Evil", I don't know why I would be surprised that the Canadians are capable of such entertaining horcomgore. Anyway, besides the interesting premise, the movie is notable for liberal and near excessive use of drool, some of the worst brain puns ever, a complete and total anatomic disregard for the actual scale of various brains, one of the best puking scenes since Monty Python, and the greatest product placement for something you thought couldn't be real but is: Tactical Bacon (available online!!). So, if you're in the mood for a bit of over the top horcomgore, check out both "A Little Bit Zombie" and "Todd and the Book of Pure Evil". Both are available as Netflix instant view selections.
*Not having to use any sort of snow removal
equipment until December 29th makes for a pretty good start to winter in
Illinois, in my book. On the other hand, not realizing just how badly
iced over your car is when you're already running late for work is not
so good in my book.
*How was I supposed to know the name of the dragon was Steve when I haven't seen the commercial??
movie we had first thought was going to be a copy of "I Sell the Dead"
proved to have a little more going for it than we first thought. While
both movies deal with the same topic, and are set in the same time
period, one has zombies, and the other is based on a true story. "Burke
& Hare" tells an abbreviated version of how two 19th century Irish
laborers in Scotland turn to lives of crime when they find out just how
much local medical colleges are willing to pay for fresh cadavers to
dissect. Simon Pegg stars in the just gruesome enough telling of this
true story, and Tim Curry also puts in a good performance as one of the
doctors competing for the supply of cadavers. It might be worth you
while to watch "Burke & Hare" and then "I Sell the Dead" just to get
differing perspectives on this rather....interesting....period of
medical history. Plus, there are numerous non-fiction books on the
exploits of these two 'businessmen'.
*I need to get on
the horn in the next couple of days and get some overdue phone calls
made. Plus, I should give the Texans a holler and see what they're up to
on New Year's Day.
*For me, Will Ferrell movies are
pretty much the same (with "Stranger Than Fiction" being a notable
standout). Not that I don't enjoy them, but the caricature of a
stereotype that tends to define his characters is fairly constant. "The
Campaign" with Zach Galafianakis is no exception. It's not satire, it's
not a thoughtful send-up, it's a comedy that uses politics as a setting.
It's not bad. I got some good laughs, and that's about all I expected
out of it.
*OK, so I went to Menard's and bought a
replacement fixture for the closet when all I actually needed to do was
screw in the light bulb all the way. And I bought a cord for a light
socket that could not be disassembled to have a cord added to it. And I
didn't realize that the other closet light was a two prong CFL instead
of a standard bulb. Geez. What am I supposed to do, check all that stuff
BEFORE I go to the store??
*Seems like there's a whole lot more truncated MP3 files in my music library than I had previously thought. Kinda annoying.
is the time of year when everyone on the planet is doing their "best of
2012" lists. I just happened to grab the entertainment section of the
local paper, and there were three columnists, each giving their own list
of the top ten albums of the year. Now, I freely admit to not having
any knowledge of, nor interest in, pop music, but I was a bit surprised
when I glanced over this article and realized that I only had heard of
two of the artists listed. Given, there was some degree of overlap in
the choices made, so you could easily say that there were 25 different
artists represented on the list. But still, 2 out of 25 isn't a very
good ratio, as far as common knowledge goes. That line of thought lead
me to another. If I were to pick up a current album by Weird Al, without
any previous knowledge of his career, I would have to conclude that he
was just a writer of comedy songs, since I would have no insight as to
what current music he was parodying. I'm not sure if that would make me
like him more, or less.
*Alcohol was a wonderful
discovery for me. I'd have a couple of drinks, and I could step out of
my shell and be the life of the party. Until I almost invariably wound
up passed out on the floor. Which was not really the freedom I thought
it was. There was never any real reason that I couldn't have been the
life of the party without booze. It was a lot of conditioning that lead
me to believe, and fear, that. It was just easier to use the booze route
than to go through all the stress and work of tearing apart all those
negative things I had let myself believe, and fear. A lot of those
things are still present, and in need of demolition. But the task is
monumental, success isn't guaranteed, and the thought of being free of
those restrictive, yet familiar, things is scary. Why not just continue
crafting this tiny bubble of perfected control? Well, to start with,
it's tiny. There isn't really room for other people in that bubble.
"King Nothing" by Metallica springs to mind when I think about that. So,
I don't want to be limited that way, but at the same time, I'm afraid
of what might happen if I'm not in control. But, of course, the whole
idea that I am in control is ridiculous when you put it into any sort of
realistic perspective. So what do I do? Guess that's the part I'm still
trying to figure out.