Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Finally, I have come back...from whereever it was that I was at.

*Warning: The following blog entry contains youtube.com links. If you or someone that you know hasn't been exposed to youtube, then you need to come out from under the rock that you have been dwelling. For youtube is a great way to waste your time. Thank you for your cooperation.

With the past couple of summers being total wipeouts, this summer has promising potential. I think that last year only two movies were actually any good...Transformers and 300. But didn't Spider-man 3 come out last year and aren't you a Spidey fan? Yes and yes. However, I chose not to put Spidey 3 in the good movie catagory because it blew massive chunks. I love your work Sam Raimi and appreciate what you did in the first two movies....but you tragically missed on this one. At least I got my Bruce Campbell cameo. Anyways, like I was saying, this year seems to be promising.

For starters, coming out this Friday are a couple of movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall. But the one that caught my attention is The Forbidden Kingdom. Yes, I know. It looks like another crazy flying around Chinese film. But I am a sucker for Jackie Chan movies.
Here is a link to the trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e66Og0lOCcE

Then shortly after that, Marvel is going to try to score with another one of it's characters. Personally, I am not a fan of this guy but this does look like a really good movie and from what I have seen and read, it actually sticks to the comic book story line. I guess people finally realized that if you stick to the story line, it makes a better film. That and you will please the fans. Unlike some of the past movies, Spidey 3, X-Men 3, Fantastic Four. (And for the people that produced those movies. Come here. A little closer to the screen. I got a secret to tell you. You guys really dropped the ball on those movies. That is all.) I am of course talking about Iron Man, coming to theaters May 2.

Trailer = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhgzIM-9lfA

When I heard about this movie and saw the trailer. I almost blew a nerd gasket. I loved these movies ever since I watched them when I was just a nerdling. They are definately the best trilogy in my book. Of course, with this addition it no longer makes a trilogy. I am not going to get to excited though. George Lucas has screwed us before....Episode 1. I am of course talking about Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It looks awesome. I am hoping that it will add to the already greatness of Indiana Jones and not bring it down. Of course, if it does, then I will strike it from memory and act like there never was an Indiana 4. And just a side note: I am completely jealous of Shia LaBeouf. That is the guy that played as Sam Witwicky who also has a role in the new Indiana movie. Which means this, he will have (more than likely) reoccuring roles in both the Transformers universe and Indiana Jones universe if they decide to produce any more. Lucky SOB.

Anyway...here is the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPTJ4v6KPrg

Another Marvel movie is making its way to the theaters this summer. The second installment of our giant green friend, The Incredible Hulk. This time around, it doesn't look too bad. They actually put him up against someone to fight....Abomination. And I love the end of the trailer when the two are getting ready to duke it out. I am expecting to see an entire city block to be decimated.

And heeeeeeerrree's the trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia3uPDuojmU

And I have to mention just one more. The first installment was awesome. I didn't think you could get much better than the one with Michael Keaton. But I was wrong. Batman Begins was the best Batman installment that I have seen. And hopefully the sequel will be just as good. I am course talking about The Dark Knight. And from this trailer, it looks like it will be better.

Here's the trailer...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7rw8zvNv3Y&feature=related

Ok

So, that wasn't the trailer...but I had to throw that in there...here's the real one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlLTVZRgCEA&feature=related

There are a couple more coming out that might just be worth seeing. For example, there is Hellboy 2 and Pineapple Express. But I will let you look those up for I am sleepy and must retire. Hope you enjoyed these trailers. See you at the movies.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Natural Bridge in Peril

Ok folks, here I go again on the attack. I have found out that Natural Bridge once again may be blocking off one of it's natural attractions. If any of you have ever visited Natural Bridge, then you know about the small cave that is on the way up to Natural Bridge. I always loved going in there and exploring everytime I am up that way and have a flashlight. It's beautiful and want to share it with the whole world. However, you have these gigantic grinches that violate the natural beauty of the park. They attack the attractions with graffiti either with paint or carving into the rock. I hate the fact that I respect nature and the park and because of these idiots I won't be able to visit the places I love. I live really close to the Natural Bridge State Park and I take advantage of that. It is so beautiful and peaceful. You get to see God's creation. It almost seems that time stops and everything that is bothering you in life is for a moment gone.

If you want to do something about it then check this link out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEghGCFT0w4

It's a short documentary giving great detail of the situation and let's you know how to help. So, if you love this park, then let's do something about it. Even if you never visited the park, you can still help. This is something that we are not only taking away from us, it's taking it away from future generations to enjoy. It is taking away from our children and their children and any other future children they may have. We can't let this go.

And here is someone that I hold near and dear to my heart. She has put into words beautifully about her feelings on this situation:

"
Having Natural Bridge in my back yard, I visit there quite frequently. I do not want any of the park to be blocked off or gated. We all live in "gated" communities. I do not wish to visit somewhere that I go to get away to feel free to be gated. I have never once written, detroyed, nor picked a flower on this beautiful landscape that God has given to you. One of the last places that we get to see His natural wonders. What He has truly given us. I am one of the luckiest people. I can drive 5 minutes and I can be in a sacred covenent of nature. And if it is said somewhere or written somewhere that I, Cecilia Case, have say so, then I am going to say. I am not being locked out of something I have every right to visit. Due to hearing this documentary, you will hear my name again and I will do everything possible to prevent people who take this beautiful, God sent, natural wonder for granted. To save it for others who come hundreds of miles away from their smog infested cities to see one of God's greatest creatiions. NO YOU CAN'T LOCK US OUT BECAUSE BIBLICALLY GOD HAS SAID KNOCK AND THE DOOR SHALL OPEN. LEAVE THIS DOOR OPEN. Cecilia Case"

I usually don't have guest writters but I will make the expection on this case. Until next time.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

It's time

I know I haven't posted anything in awhile. Sorry. Life has been keeping me busy and away from jotting my thoughts down. But I seen something that has energized me like nothing else before. It caused me to have a purpose for this blog, a new purpose. The title of this blog is attack of a nerd. It's about time that I put that name to use.

I would like to begin by saying I am proud to be an American. I wouldn't want to live any where else. I like it here and I don't see me leaving anytime soon. However, there are things that we can do to improve this great country. There are things that need to be said and things that need to be done. Otherwise, this stuff is going to be continued unchecked. And that is exactly what they want. They want to go on and let you think everything is just fine. So they put up a smoke screen and perform their ways behind closed doors.

What am I talking about? Mainly big business in general with their lobbyist at the White House. But the one I really want to talk about is health care insurance companies. Yes, your precious health care. I am in the same boat with those that pay for insurance. Every month I give money to a company in hopes that when I do get sick, they will be there for me. Which may not be the case. I have come to find out that they don't have to cover you. The insurance company can deny you and you are stuck on your own. But you're thinking, "Hey, I pay them every month for coverage. They can't deny me." Yes they can. They will find that loop hole if they can.

So, what do we do if we don't have insurance? I say go on universal health care. Everyone in America gets free insurance. Why not? We trust the government with other free services--police, teachers, postal service. We are supposed to be the greatest country in the world. But yet, some other contries (Great Britian, Canada, Cuba, Germany, France) provide health care coverage to their citizens. Why can't we have it? Oh, yeah, everytime it gets brought up in Congress, the insurance compaines start greasing the pockets of politicians. That's where your monthly payments go. Your money goes to paying off the multi-million dollar salaries of the insurance companies and greasing pockets. It's no wonder why the insurance companies want to deny people. Their money is being used up.

You might be thinking, "Why do you want free health care all of a sudden? Are you in debt? Can't you afford it?"

I care because it's wrong. The system is corrupt. The insurance companies were formed to help people. But the only thing they have accomplished is that they made a few people filthy rich for being corrupt. There is a former CEO for Humana that testified in Congress that she got paid more for denying people coverage. The more claims she denied, the more money Humana paid her. And, no, I am not in debt to any insurance or health care provider and can afford health care coverage. As a matter of fact, the only major operation that I have had in my life was about 3 years ago. I had to have my sholder relocated. And that took a whole 5 minutes to pop it back in. The process before that was a nightmare but just popping it back in took no time.

There is alot more that I could say but for right now I am going to leave it there. I just want you to get to thinking. I want you to ask questions. I want you to find out what is going on around you. Yes, this country is great but we can make it better. How? By standing up for what is right. Our founding fathers did and look what happened. The citizens of this country stood up for what is right during the industrial revolution. They got tired of big business pushing them around and mistreating them. And they bettered their way of life. We need to do that today. We need to stand up to our government and to big business and tell them "We're not going to take it anymore." We need to put them back into check. Or, we can say nothing and do nothing. We can let our kids deal with the problems of today and it will be too late. There might be no stopping anything if we don't act now. And please, leave comments on how you feel or tell me I am wrong. We can discuss whatever. I just want you to think and maybe get involved in some way. Until next time.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lay off

I know it has been awhile since I have posted anything but I must get out the soap box and rant some. This one deals with America's recent anger and aggression toward a country. And no, I am not talking about Irag or Afghanistan. I am talking about America's growing hatred with China. I was not going to talk about it but I watched a news program last night basing China and I am getting fed up with it.

This is what I getting fed up with. The problem is that as American's, we find one thing wrong with something and then from there on out we strive to find more things wrong. We blame people for something that they haven't done or make a minor problem into something huge. I will admit that it was wrong for China to be making toys with lead paint or reusing chopsticks and selling it to us. This caused a recall of some toys to be yanked off the shelves. Now, recently, some more toys were pulled from the shelves and we blamed China. But here is the kicker. I will admit that they did produce said toys but they produced them at the specs provided. For example, they came out with a Barbie that had a dog that pooped. (And I will say this right now. Whoever thought of that idea needs to be drug out into the street and hit over the head with a baseball bat. And while we are at it, the guy that okayed for the toy to be produced should also share the same fate.) I watched a commercial for this and knew that it was a bad idea. If I was a parent, I would be furious. Why? Because the poop and and the pooper scooper could easily be swallowed by a small child and choke on it. This was the reason why that toy was recalled along with some others. But who gets the blame? China. The blame should really rely on the people at Mattell and other companies. Why? Because they should have a quality control department that looks into crap like this. They should catch crap like this before it hits shelves. And if I had a company that was paying someone else to build something for me, I would be checking into it and making sure they are doing right.

Let's take today's automobiles. The cars that are made might have all the parts needed at the main factory but not all the parts are made at the main factory. The steering wheel is made from somewhere else, the knobs for the airconditioning is made somewhere else, the turn signal is made somewhere else, and I think you get the point. Now, the main office, I am pretty confident, checks on these factories that makes these parts to ensure quality. Even at the place where these parts are made they try to ensure quality. So, if a part comes up bad and is used, the place that produces it is at fault and the main facility is at fault. It's just not one place that gets all the blame. But, they watch and oversee production to make sure they don't have call backs and repo said cars. That costs money and public trust is lost. But there is the key. As long as we blame China for everything, America loses trust in China (which I guess is no big deal) and the companies slide by without a scratch. And this is what really ticks me off.

Also, in the very same news program, they were saying that China is attacking us through our computers. That they were hacking into the Pentagon and trying to take over. Maybe they are and maybe they aren't. It is just suspicious that they are blaming China at this time. One, we have been on this blame China kick. And two, the source of information that China is attacking us came from the Bush administration. Aren't they the ones that told us that WMD's existed in Iraq? And correct me if I am wrong, they told us they knew exactly where they were at? Furthermore, didn't they say that Iraq was directly connected to the 9/11 attacks?

I am not saying that China is in the right or wrong. What I am saying here is that there are others responsible for the blame. It's not all in one place. What we need to be doing is saying, "Alright, there was a mistake made and now we need to fix this." And actually try to find a way to fix the problem. This keeps friendly relations with everyone and the blame game is taken out of the equation. The company doesn't need to publicly say who is to blame. It should be dealt with internal and fix the problem at hand. Blaming others just causes more problems. Whether you like it or not, we need the trade business with China.

We don't need to piss them off more than we already have. We need to start building a good friendship with them instead of a building hatred. And we need to look at what the Chinese have done. For example, when the huns were trying to attack them. The Chinese built a wall to keep them out, but not just any wall. They built a wall that can be seen from space. Like I said, I am not saying what China does is right. We just need to lay off and quit blaming them for every little thing. But, knowing America and our media, they will blame China for more things to come. I would bet money that they will blame China for an earthquake that hits California. It wouldn't surprise me.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Kentucky pride

If you haven't heard about it, then here is a scoop. Recently our good old Kentucky home has come under attack. Now, some would say it's just words and I need not to worry about it. After reading the article, your opinion will change. Or it would have if the article was still up. I was going to submit the link on here but Fox News has taken the article down. The article was supposed to be about the Bengals and a day at their training camp. Which the training camp is located in Georgetown, KY. Mr. Jay Glazer who was there to write the SPORTS article wrote very little on the training camp. This supposed senior analyst decided to write an article on how horrible his stay in Kentucky was. He trashed our great state by commenting on "hear say" and imagining things in his head. There seemed to be very little actual journalism and investigation in his article. I was suprised that Fox let it be posted and a little bit more surprised that they eventually took it down. However, some of the article is still on the web.

http://corygraham.wordpress.com/2007/08/24/an-open-letter-to-jay-glazer/

Go to this site. A fine retort has been made and tid bits were taken from the article. The parts of the article will give you an idea of Mr. Glazer's idiotic comments. Please, if you are a proud Kentuckian, then you need to check out this link and let Fox know how you feel. Like I said, it's a fine retort. And being a Kentuckian, I am tired of people thinking we are all inbred hicks. It's not like a Kentuckian did anything right....George Clooney *cough* John Micheal Montgomery *cough* Johnny Depp *cough*. Yeah, nothing has ever come out of Kentucky. (Please note the heavy sarcasm.) Ok, I will shut up now and let your eyes feast upon the article in the link. Trust me, it's a good read and hopefully something will be done about this Jay Glazer. But it will take all of us to do something about it. I am tired of taking assaults when we have done nothing to deserve them. Check it out, leave a comment. It's a start.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Wow, I am back..but for how long?

Yeah, I know. My last blog entry was in March...sorry. I have had a few things that happened in my life that took up most of it. I didn't really have time to do anything. That and there were some things that happened that I couldn't control and really put a damper on my life. Some of my closest friends know and that is the way it is going to stay. But now things have changed and hopefully for the better. But there are a couple of things that I do want to talk about...and hopefully someone from Marvel is reading this.

I have avoided this subject for some time now. I didn't really want to talk about it. But I must. If you have read or paid any attention to my blog, you know that I am a huge Spider-Man fan. And it hurts me to do this. Spider-Man 3, a movie I have long anticipated, was...a...complete...and...total...flop. There, I said it. Yes, after all this time of me promoting the film and couldn't wait until the arrival, I am giving the film a big raspberry. It was absolutly horrible. They completely dropped the ball on this one. If you haven't seen the film, then I may be giving some end material here. But you are better off not watching the film. If you want to waste some time, then just wait until it comes out on DVD and waste your time then.

Let me start with the Venom suit. As any true fan knows, the Venom suit came from the secret wars. I know they couldn't do that in this movie. So, the suit comes to Earth in meteor form and latches on the back of Parker's motor scooter. No big deal there. I can accept that. What I can't accept is how they portrayed the suit. They just acted like the suit bonded with Spidey's red and blue costume. No huge white spider on the front and back. It was just Spidey's normal suit in black. That is unacceptable. I want the Venom suit that McFarlane done. But it's not done there. Again, as any fan knows, the suit transformed into "clothes" when not in use. Example, Spidey is walking down the street in normal apparal. Trouble strikes and he leaps into action. With only a thought, the suit changes from the pair of pants and shirt into the black costume. In the movie, he wore the suit underneath his clothing as he would his original costume. And it seemed they toned down Venom's powers when the suit bonded with Brock. Or they just failed to show it. This may not be a important concept for some but for a Venom fan like me...it matters alot.

Furthermore, they didn't really show Venom until towards the end and the fight between Spidey and Venom was anti-climatic. I was expecting a knock out dragout fight but didn't really get it. They also ignored some of the suit's powers when it bonded with Brock. The producers and film directors may say that they just didn't have enough time to do all that. Hell, there were alot of parts that could have been taken out and still got the point of the movie across. And don't get me started when they tried to show that the suit was taking over Parker...making him evil. They made Parker into a bigger dork rather than showing the suit was turning him evil. Well, I guess I should expect that since Spidey doesn't say any smartellic remarks while fighting. And as any Spider-Man fan knows, he pops off several wise cracks in his fights. But, they failed in all three movies to do so. That one line that he says to Bonesaw in the first one is the only smartass comment he said in all three movies.

This blog could go on forever but that is enough ranting over this movie. I could go on and on about how this movie sucked. I am very disappointed in it. The only great thing about this movie is the very small fight scene between Spidey and Venom and Bruce Campbell's part. I won't mention that here for those that haven't seen it. That is the only part that I don't want to ruin, Campbell's part. I would go on about the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer but that was such a horrible piece of crap that you wouldn't be able to write about it. It contains so many flaws and goes completely against the comic books. You really need to stay away from this one. Just to give you an idea of how bad this one was, the Fantastic Four film made way back in the 90's (if you remember that one) was better than the new one. Yeah, it was that bad.

Hopefully, there are better movies coming out this summer. I am very displeased with the ones that have come out. To those at Marvel, quit selling the comic book characters and not caring what happens to them. The Hulk-sucked, Dare Devil-was mediocre, Ghost Rider-give me a break, Fantastic Four-I want my money and time back and want to kick the people responsible for producing the movies square in the balls. You might want to see what the fans want and run it by them first. Like, I would say it is a safe bet that fans are really mad that Galactus was turned into a cosmic cloud. You, the people at Marvel, need to read the scripts and take control of this foolishness. Otherwise, you are going to have a Ben Rielly episode again...and you people know that almost destroyed your flagship. Just a fair warning. Well, here's to hoping for some good summer movies. I shudder to think of what Transformers is going to be if the trend holds steady.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Where have all the cartoons gone?

Recently I awoke early on Saturday morning with really nothing to do. I had my chores done and didn't have anything that needed my immediate attention. So, I decided to sit on the couch and turn on the television. I was thinking to myself that I would watch some good old Saturday morning cartoons. I hadn't done that in a long time. I remember the good old days when (yes even before satellite) I turned on the TV around 8 am, tuned in to one of the local channels and had four hours of entertainment. There was Bugs Bunny, Reboot, Transformers, G. I. Joe, etc. Then at 12, the cartoons ended and American Bandstand came on. But, I was in for a shocking surprise when I turned on the television that day.

To my horror, only one local channel had a cartoon lineup. This couldn't be!! Where did all the cartoons go. And what is even worse, the cartoons were replaced with infomercials and news programs. What in the crap?! Listen people, I watch the news at night and work my brain all week long. I want some mind numbing entertainment at least on the weekends. AHHHHHH!!!

Then when I didn't think it could get any worse, I flipped to the channel that had a cartoon lineup and it wasn't like the ones when I was a kid. They all had a educational point or a moral point to each episode. I don't want that. I want to see Wile E. Coyote fall off a cliff. I want to see robots in disguise blast each other. I want to see Bob and Glitch fight Hexidecimal or some other virus. I don't want to learn about anything. I get educated during the week. And for moral values, those are supposed to come from parents. At least that is where I got mine from.

The only saving grace that I seen on this dreadful day was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yes. Finally, a cartoon that didn't want to teach me anything. I was actually surprised to see them still around. It did what a cartoon is supposed to do, be entertaining. I feel sorry for kids today. And don't give me that bull about cartoons rotting kids minds. Correct me if I am wrong here...but cartoons were around before today's age. In fact, they were around when the people making the laws, regulations, and restrictions today were little kids. So, if the cartoons didn't destroy them, then why in the world are they being taken off the air?

I have a couple of theories. The ones that make up these regulations are the ones that were denied as a child of such pleasures and now want to make sure no one gets to enjoy what they could never have. Another theory is that we listen to all the ones that complain about the littlest things and make the government do what they are supposed to do. If you don't want your kid watching a program, then TURN IT OFF!! Simply change the channel and tell them they are not allowed to watch it. It's called parenting. The government shouldn't have to do the parenting.

I know that there are a couple of people that noticed this problem. But there is nothing that can really be done about it. Tis a sad sad world when you can't even watch a good old fashioned Bugs Bunny cartoon or watch the Autobots defend the earth from the evil forces of the Deceptacons.