Monday, August 27, 2012

I Will Be King of the Monsters

I will escape and run away, and I will find where the wild things are, and I will be their new king. Till I get bored and lonely and want to go home.

I will witness miracles and awesome forces of nature destroy the world and rebuild it and destroy it again. And I will be a force of nature. Burn the world.

Music Ought to Make You...

Melissa Nicole covers Glad You Came by The Wanted

Lately I have been thinking about some things.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Everything is Music

Today has been a really relaxing and beautiful day so far. I've enjoyed doing quite a bit of reading this morning. I'm almost done with the third Sword of Truth book, and I've also gotten pretty far through A Clash of Kings. I'm a little over halfway through the story, and so far I am loving it. Also, last night I went and read through the last 4 issues of The Walking Dead that I was behind on.

I've kindof slowed down on reading The Sandman, the second graphic novel just isn't as involving to me as the first was, it hasn't managed to make me feel invested in the characters. That may be my problem and not the book's though.

This weekend I ate at the Brick House with my parents, I like it, but last week I got to try out a new bar called The Hay Merchant. I liked it immensely and I'd like to introduce my parents to it, I think they would enjoy it a lot. The beer and food were excellent and they had reasonable prices, too.

This week I feel like doing some cooking, though I don't know what to cook, yet. If anyone has any suggestions, I am open to them, just post them in my comments below. I am planning on stopping by the grocery store on the way home. While I'm there, maybe something will pop out at me that I will be impressed with.

Anyway, I have some cool new projects that I've started on, looking forward to actually showing them off  when they reach a state of more maturity.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Love and Darkness and My Sidearm

I like singers with scratchy voices and sad songs. I also like singers with all kinds of voices and amazingly beautiful songs.

Some days I just feel a little depressed, and it's like nothing in the world can make me feel better. I know that life is good, but it just all feels bad. Everything is bleakest when I feel like I am in the dark, and I don't know where I'm going or if I am doing the right thing. Sometimes I'm worried that there isn't a right decision and that I am left with the difficult choice of two bad decisions. During those times, I find that I am lucky enough to stumble on a ray of light that shines brighter than it would at any other time. It is almost universally love.

Love and darkness seem to go hand in hand together in a beautiful way, both at my side in the world.

And I always carry my sidearm. My sidearm is a puppy. A beautiful little puppy who hails from a field of wildflowers and represents your mortality.

She represents your mortality like a motherfucker.

No moon in the still heaven,
In the black water none

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Like the Dark Ages

So, I quit Comcast about a month ago and started using the basic service from Clear internet. A month of this slow internet is torture. I wake up in sweats only to realize that the nightmare is for real. I run over to check my email and it takes 10 seconds to load. There is no escaping it. So, back to Comcast today. I should be up and running with the dark side of the force by tonight. I hope.

Last night I ate at The Hay Merchant, an awesome bar at 1100 Westheimer. Had some trouble finding it, as it is inadequately labeled from the outside. The beer was divine, the food was excellent, and I had a really really good time. Scott had their gumbo, and I had their crispy lamb croquettes, and was very impressed.

Looking forward to having quality internet again... and returning to the world from the dark ages.

Monday, August 06, 2012

I'm Not Going to Talk About the Olympics

Would 10 year old me have been surprised if I had told them that I would like the remake of Total Recall better than I liked the third Christopher Knowland's Dark Knight Rises? Probably not. That little boy would not have even known what you were talking about, because he was not allowed to watch those kinds of movies. I will say that despite my perspective as a child, I am today surprised to find that I feel that way.

More importantly, I'm a little surprised to find that I like the new Total Recall remake at all. You will notice, and this is important, that the last logo that flashes before the title screen is, "Original Film". I got a laugh out of that. The recipe was pretty simple, rework over a solid sci-fi action story, cast it with better actors, and revamp it with modern special effects. The only downside to that formula is applying it to a movie that didn't really need to be re-worked. The original Total Recall still holds up very well. Great writing, and really fun directing produced what is pretty much a classic. It's also from a time period where a large part of translating science fiction into movies was the "fortune telling" aspect of it. You'll find some of that in the new movie, though, which was a nice throwback.

There were some great foreground gags and misdirections. They were pretty obvious and it would spoil it to mention them, but the remake actually makes use of its being based on a previous movie to misdirect the viewer a few times in fun ways. It was clever how once or twice the important action was moved to the background and it kind of left me with a cool feeling even though I knew what was happening.

The action is pretty blah, and the characters are purely unoriginal, but that's sort of the point of the whole story. The over the top action styling works in favor of the gimmick of the plot. It's a great effect, and because of the slightly different slant the movie takes from the path of the original, it works great.

Definitely a good movie to watch for fans of the original, and fans of good thought provoking sci fi in general.
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