Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hollywood Strike

There has been a little talk lately about the contract junk going on in Hollywood. The writers guild (the union of people who write scripts for TV and movies) is in negotiatons with the producers right now on contracts. There are details and crap, but I don't care what they are.

The writers are threatening to go on strike, and the actors may very well do the same when their contract comes up next summer.

So what!

Hollywood recently has also tried to pin the blame for low box office numbers on video games, most notably Halo 3. I myself am a gamer snob (the elitist class of video game players), a PC man if you will. Halo is beneath me.

My wife and I like movies. We go to the movies or rent movies multiple times a week...at least we use to. I'm not sure I can name more that half a dozen good movies this year, and some of those are only good in comparison to the rest of the crap.

In no particular order:
Live free die hard
Transformers (action scenes in general are too frenetic any more, this is more of the same)
Stardust (really good movie)

Oh boy. Did I already run out of good movies? I don't keep track and compile a top 10 for the year, so I may have forgotten some. I would hope there were at least a few more.

Let's look at what's in theaters right now.

Let's go back and add in Ratatouille as one of the good movies this year.

That first list is mostly rated R movies. Not rated R because there was an artistic reason to include more violence or language or nudity. No. There is extra violence language and nudity just for the sake of it, or in the hopes of getting an R rating. How pathetic. These aren't artists. Not at all. Further, my wife is going out of town this weekend. What normally happens on such an occasion is I go watch or rent movies she normally wouldn't go for. I think last time this happened I watched "Aliens vs. Predator" (meh). So, what are my options this time? Maybe "3:10 to Yuma". That's it. That sucks! Hopefully I can get "Shooter" from redbox.

The second list is the cheap theater. I've already seen the 3 good ones on that list. Heck I expeced "Bean's Holiday" to have been better than it was, but we saw that a few days ago...meh.

Strike? How can you "go" on strike when you've been on strike for the last 12 months already?

Are video games stealing some cash from the movie industry? You bet they are, because some of there stuff doesn't suck!

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Al Gore as Harold Hill

In case you haven't heard, Al Gore won the Nobel in the second most effective snowjob in the history of the planet. Top of the list in my book is the doozy being pulled over in North Korea.

In a move similar to what we see in The Music Man (If you are unfamiliar with this musical [and if you are here to support Gore that is highly likely] the basis is this. A shyster travels from town to town selling the townfolk musical instruments [to be shipped later] and music lessons [sans instruments] for their children), Al has crafted a web of deceipt (with much help from media) that has convinced the majority of the world it seems. While that musical ended on an up beat (pun intended), with parents thrilled to hear their children make a horrid screeching noise on their instuments, it's clear to the audience that the kids can't play their instruments worth a damn.

If you, as a believer of the Gore lie, are shaking your head in disgust, you are one of them. Hate to break that to you, and you won't believe me anyway. I'm the people in the audience watching you, the small town nobody, who so desparetely want to believe in something, that you'll bite on whatever is presented to you with the most pomp.

Have you ever seen one of these shows where an interviewer stops "random" peole on the street and asks them stupid-easy (TM) questions that they can't answer? I'm starting to think they aren't choosing the dumbest people they can find. I think they might actually represent the majority of people.

The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt.... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies--all this is indispensably necessary.
--George Orwell, 1984


Friday, October 05, 2007

Stressful Pirates and Fury Balance

Two things real quick.

Pirates of the Burning Sea is having a stress test this weekend. Go to fileplanet to get in to it. I sadly won't be participating, because 1) I had to RMA my new motherboard again (I'll fill you in on the parts for the new rig, once it's stable). 2) I'll be Elk or Coyote hunting this weekend instead of playing games.

Auran is making some big changes to Fury. They are making an effort to make the game fun for the new players. The little bit I have played had my newbie butt fighting against people way way higher in power. Out of about 10 matches I played (both bloodbath and elimination) I was completely useless. My team lost every elimination, and I wasn't even in the top 5 of any of the bloodbath matches. Pitting new players against other new players will make a huge difference.


Monday, October 01, 2007

Happy Birthday O.J.

He doesn't really know this blog exists, or where to find it, but happy birthday brother.

The TSA wants you...


I've known for a while that the TSA is completely out of control, but this is far below even the levels I thought they would stoop. We'll be hearing the TSA completely deny having locked this poor mother in a room where they beat and raped her to death. Denials forthcoming. You heard it here first.

Sweep this under the rug, like all of the other things they've done. If I don't get any notice to rescind this post (right, like anyone reads the stuff here) I'll be so totally surprised. If you don't hear from me again, it means "The Man" came and took me away...save yourselves!