Thursday, December 28, 2006

Best of 2006

Yeah, why not? Everyone else is doing it. But note: This is actually my FAVORITES of 2006, so not necessarily the best(in terms of quality).

Best Movie I Saw In The Theater: The Descent. I don't jump at many movies, and I jumped a couple of times during this one.

Best Movie I Saw On Video: I just looked at my Netflix list of rentals from the past year, and out of the 4-star entries, I think I'd have to go with Magic. Unbelievable performance by Anthony Hopkins.

Best TV Show I Caught Up On Via DVD: The Shield. Phenomenal show. Honorable mention to The Brotherhood, whose cliffhanger episode totally caught me off guard.

Best Album: Scissor Sisters "Ta Da" by a landslide. I believe I've listened to this album somewhere in the 200 times range. Catchy, funny and dark...when I some day do my horror-version of Brigadoon(I'll call it Brigadoom) I want these guys to help come up with some of the songs(along with Rob Zombie and Nine Inch Nails). Honorable Mention to KMFDM for Hau Ruck, a complete return to the good old days of industrial nihilism.

Best Song: Scissor Sisters "I Don't Feel Like Dancing". It might as well be called "I'll bet you a million dollars you can't listen to this and sit still." If you don't like this song, you're deaf.

Best Book: This is a tough one...I've read so many it's hard to pinpoint, but it's probably either "The Hard Way" by Lee Child or "The Forgotten Man" by Robert Crais. It's like Christmas for me any time a Lee Child book comes out, and Robert Crais is a close second. (btw: If you're a Crais fan you may be interested to find out his next book will feature a solo Joe Pike adventure)

Best Television Show: Heroes. Tough call though. I'd say this is the show I made a point to watch right after TIVO taped it. Very honorable mentions to Battlestar Galactica, House, and Lost.

Best Rip-Off Of One Of My Movies: Dexter. Yeah, I said it. I dare you to watch HH and then watch the first episode of Dexter, and try to tell me someone on that show didn't see my movie. I'm part flattered, and part offended. It's nice to see what I could have done if I had a million dollars instead of the $24,000 that I did.

Well, that's all I can think of for now.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Believe It Or Not...

The best thing I got for Christmas this year was not Best Buy gift cards, though I do LOVE those.

What I got was a limited edition Greatest American Hero entire series box set. I knew it came with some stuff, but Anchor Bay really outdid themselves with this.

It comes in a nice tin box with the GAH symbol on it. Inside it an iron-on emblem. Then there's a full-size GAH cape(yes, FULL SIZE, not some dorky mini-replica). Then of course there are the dvds--13 of them. And the piece-de-resistance is the instruction manual.

Yeah, remember? In the show, Ralph Hinkley is given this great magical suit by aliens that want him to do good, but he loses the instruction manual. That's why he flies like a retard.

Well, you get the instruction manual--and it lights up with the flick of a switch, giving it this very alien-like quality. You open it(it only opens to the first page) but there are weird alien symbols that suddenly morph into English as you tilt the book(it's VERY nice lenticular work).

I was very much geeking out on it.

I showed it all to my wife who gave me a look that said: "Are you fucking kidding me?" Then she told me I'm a geek.

I think she's just jealous that my mom gave it to me and she didn't. Thanks mom! Love it!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas

I'm being extra lazy this year. I've really done hardly any shopping. I think everybody's going without gifts this year. I just can't muster the enthusiasm to go fight crowds over presents.

To be fair though, I've pretty much told everybody to not get me anything this year. It's cool with me.

But I typically get my wife something very nice, but this year I just didn't have any ideas. I think I'll give her a late Christmas gift--we're still trying to find the time to take a nice vacation--maybe the Bahamas, where we went on our honeymoon.

Anyway, here's something that made me laugh today.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Auto Profiling

I'm gonna curse, I can tell you that. If that offends you, stop reading now.

But this is fucking insane...auto insurance. I've been with the same company since I first started driving, almost twenty years ago. Know how many times they have had to pay a claim for me? ZERO.

That's right, not a single accident reported in almost twenty years. (I didn't report running over the Mexican, and there was a drunken encounter with a tree that I paid myself to fix, but otherwise--the only accidents I ever had were two people who hit me--their fault)

So you gotta be saying to yourself...damn. Safe driver. Spotless record.

But every month my fucking insurance bill goes up a little more. Know why? Because the type of vehicle I drive apparently gets in accidents a lot.

Read that carefully. Read it again.

They are imposing a penalty on ME for how others drive the type of car I'm driving. Nevermind the fact that my record is spotless. Apparently, it doesn't matter whether it's me or a chimpanzee driving the car--the car has a higher chance of being in an accident.

How ludicrous is that? Do they even take into account what percentage of the total vehicles out there that my vehicle is? Because it makes sense that the more common the car, the higher percentage of accidents there will be.

But to simply penalize me because bad drivers seem to drive my TYPE of car...come the fuck on.

Needless to say, I'm now thinking of dropping my insurance company. I'm sure all the companies do it, but it's the principle involved. I've been with these fuckers twenty years and THIS is how they treat me?

Friday, December 15, 2006

Not much time...

Feeling way under the weather. Have a phlegm-cough problem.

Figured I'd tell you about my new pet peeve. I have a message board for my company, but it's not very active.

But about three months ago a weird things started: I started getting a lot of new users each week. I average about eight new people a week now.

Only problem is that they're not real people. When I check their profile they've got "their" web site invariably listed as some site where they're either selling prescription drugs or porn.

And I don't understand why they bother...you can't use a 'bot to sign up on my web site--it has a visual security verification. So a real person has to come to my message board to sign up as a fake person...and they're doing it in droves.

So now I have to spend a couple of minutes every week deleting these new users. It's pretty annoying, I gotta tell you.

Monday, December 11, 2006

We now control you...

We eat at Chik-Fil-A once a week or so. My kid loves to go to the play area and climb the steps and slide through the tube.

It's designed like a little forest. They've got the sound of crickets and birds coming through speakers. But there's also this calm, almost robotic voice that puts out these hypnotic mantras at regular intervals:

"Tell the truth; it's easier to remember."

"God is your friend."

"Play happy, stay happy."

and a bunch of other ones. I feel like I'm being hypnotized in that room. It's a little creepy.

If they didn't have great waffle fries and chicken, I'd probably avoid the place like the plague. Of course, how do I know I haven't been hypnotized to like their fries and chicken?

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Quick Firefly Hit

Yeah, I been a crazy fan of this show since I first saw its only season. Loved the movie too. Was pissed none of its many fans went to the movie, thus sealing its doom.

But it appears there small life--it's just been announced that Joss Whedon is going to do a video game featuring an all new story. If it's done the same way as the Buffy videogames, it should be great--they got most of the actual actors back to do the voices, and it was almost like you were controlling an episode of the show.

Hey, I'll take whatever I can get...

Friday, December 08, 2006

Fat Bastard

I tried to put on my long pants last week. Yeah, I haven't changed from shorts yet. So when I tried to put the pants on, they were VERY tight. Tighter than normal. I figured my wife had shrunk them.

So I tried another pair. Same problem. WTF?

I decided to go weigh myself. I didn't think I was any heavier than normal. My previous high had been 220(back in college) but most of the time I hover between 210 and 218.

The scale said 231. I thought it was broken. I stepped on it again. 231. Two fucking hundred thirty one pounds. Holy shit.

I am now officially on a diet. The sitting in an editing chair for 5 months has clearly pushed me over the brink.

I'm going to be eating frequently now, but little meals(instead of my one meal a day) to try to up my metabolism. No more soda, period. I'm cutting my Slurpee intake down to a max of 3 per week. That will be the toughest one to stick to.

Here goes nothing. This is NOT the best time of the year to try and lose weight...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ah, blogging

I dunno...I write a lot as it is. Blogging's become kind of a chore. I'm half thinking about just stopping it. So if you one day swing by here and it's not here...catch me over at the KKF message boards. I post there on occasion.

Anyway, some myspace questionaire:

FInish The Sentences...
1. I've come to realize that my family...
- doesn't even understand me.

2. I am listening to...
- 80's music, and new score to FOC2!

3. I talk...uh...is this a question?

4. I love...
- Slurpees. I'm officially an addict.

5. My best friend...
-I don't really have one anymore. I've got a bad track record with them.

6. My first kiss was...
- drunken in a cold dark bedroom when we both had big winter jackets on.

7. I lost my virginity...
- drunk, in my parents pool.

8. I hate it when people...
- have no self-awareness.

9. Love is...
- a many-splendored thing. What the hell does that mean anyway?

10. Marriage is...
- not as bad as I'd imagined.

11. Somewhere, someone is thinking...
- I'm a much bigger deal than I am.

12. I'll always...
- hate.

13. I have a secret crush on...
- Elisha Cuthbert

14. The last time I cried was because...
- a movie actually got to me. Weird.

15. My cell phone...
- is new, and even takes pictures. Whoopee.

16. When I wake up in the morning...
- I don't wake up in the morning. When I wake up, it's afternoon.

17. Before I go to sleep at night...
- I don't go to sleep at night. I go to sleep in the morning.

18. Right now I am thinking about...
- Finishing a movie, and all the work it entails.

19. Babies are...
- squishy when you drop them off a building. What? It's a stupid question.

20. I get on myspace....
- at home, and to meet cool new people. Also, the myspace-ad chicks are HOT.

21. Today I...
- read some comics, worked at my store, got the new FOC2 posters.

22. Tonight I will...
- work on some Making Of.

23. Tomorrow I will...
- yeah, same.

24. I really want...
- to lose some weight--you'll hear more about this soon.

25. The person who most likely to repost this is...
- Stewie or Freak.

Monday, December 04, 2006

My new rule

I'm not gonna finish any of the stories I start. Because really, who cares?

Email today made me laugh:

Dear, Fear Clown i want tell you something i done watch you in movie and you can't scare me ha ha and know why that i am not scare because i alway watch scare movie so i am not not scare of you and i am 11 year old to not scare of you Fear loser clown OPP BYE LOSER

Friday, December 01, 2006

73 Degrees

It's officially December 1st as I type this. It's almost 3am here.

And I swear to God I'm getting ready to turn on my A/C. My thermostat says it's 73 degrees in my house.

I've had the windows open since around 6pm, but it's not cooling off the house. Outside it was almost 70 degrees today.

I'm loving the global warming, but I'd like the inside of my house to be a little cooler.