Tuesday, February 26, 2013

On Pay Cuts For Government Employees

Don't ask if you deserve the pay-cut caused by the budget squeeze.

Ask if you deserved to be paid as much as you were getting in the first place.

Unless you run the risk of being "killed in the line of duty", I'm gonna guess not.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mr. T Was Better Than Martin Luther King

As a role model, I think Mr. T did a better job.

Martin Luther King Jr. did speeches, marches & civil disobedience. He was a professional complainer.

Mr. T actually held a job before he landed the role of B.A. Baracus on "The A-Team". And B.A. was the perfect role model for any boy or man. He was very physically fit and a mechanical genius. Any time the team needed some huge contraption improvised in a hurry, B.A. put it together.

B.A. didn't smoke, didn't drink (except milk), didn't swear, didn't start fights (just finished them when necessary) and had a huge soft spot for kids in tough situations.

And B.A. wasn't the team's "black guy". The shows' plots never revolved around his skin color, just the content of his character (which was considerable and admirable).

So, yeah, if I had a son, I'd rather have him grow up to be like Mr. T.

Seriously, take two minutes to read his Wikipedia bio. He's just a flat-out decent human being.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Lesson

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This is a very sad video.

Not because of Raymond. He's freaking awesome.

It's sad because of all the young, healthy people who are standing around watching him instead of joining in.

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who live life, and those who record it on their iPhones while it passes them by.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Time Machine

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Dedicated to old men (and the old at heart) who work on things for no other reason than that they enjoy it tremendously.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Atlas Shrugged Part II


They captured a few of the moments nicely, but the thing is, there's a lot of good dialogue that got snipped due to time constraints. Meanwhile, the director still had lots of time to have the cameras linger over the expensive sets & costumes & 2nd rate CGI.

For the third part, I hope they take a cue from "The Fountainhead" movie, and just make the characters TALK FASTER!

Fredric March spit out his lines like a machine gun. So did everyone else, for that matter (except the laconic Gary Cooper, of course).

Really, guys, if you're working with idea-dense source material, the way to relay it to the audience is with idea-dense dialogue.

Meh... they won't listen to me, and the third movie will be as half-hearted as the other two. But I'll watch it for the sake of closure.

My only hope is that, before I die, someone will get so furious at how poorly this novel was adapted that they'll do a better job at a remake just out of spite.

The Kid Should Be Happy

Dateline: Texas
A history teacher was trying to teach lasso techniques used during cattle drives. He asked for student volunteers, and had them run... then tried to rope them.


The 13-year-old volunteer ended up with bruises.

Pssst... buddy...

Chicks dig scars. You're a made man now.

Or you would've been if you hadn't whined about it.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Changed My Mind

I've always thought Boba Fett was ridiculously over-popular as a Star Wars character, considering the stunted and pointless role he played in the movies.

Basically he was an intergalatic UPS guy with better pants.

However, after seeing this:

I am now Boba Fett's #1 fan.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Focus - Illustrated

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How many coaches would've just jumped out of the way?

How many coaches would've just caught the ball and held it?

And how many players would take a pass from their coach and immediately sink a 3-pointer?

Very few.

Yeah, something went wrong, but everyone just kept on playing their best.

THAT... is focus.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Bacon Fudge?

I have this idea for bacon fudge.

Take a normal fudge recipe, and substitute bacon grease for the butter.

Anyone ever try this?