Saturday, December 31, 2005

My Last Day Of 2005


It’s been one of those monotonous days, but I wouldn’t call it uneventful. I kept myself entertained.

First off, I woke this morning with the memory of a dream. That in itself was so exciting… I don’t know if I just don’t dream at all or simply don’t remember, but it’s been ages since I’ve ever recalled a dream. The dream itself was both amusing and weird. In my dream, one of the hooks that hold up my shower curtain kept becoming unfastened, and just as I would fix it, another one would come undone. It was actually quite irritating!

Next, I created a new game… or rather modified an old one. You remember that old child’s board game, Operation? Well, that’s what I played this morning, but with a twist. I removed the light bulb from the lamp, turned the switch on, dropped a nickel inside, and tried to remove it with some tweezers. It’s truly amazing how accurate one can become when a high voltage electrical shock is the consequence of making a mistake!

I drove down to the gym today to find it damn near a ghost town. I would have expected it to be at least somewhat busy as I’m assuming most people will make the new year’s resolution to get in shape or lose weight. I don’t understand that though. Why wait until a future date to make a change in one’s life? Why not make the change immediately when you decide you want to change something? That’s why I don’t do new year’s resolutions. Throughout the year, when I decide to change something, I just change it then. Why push it off? Whatever! Anyway, all the supplements were 30% off today, so I stocked up!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

MySpace

My slogan new for 2006: “A different kind of company… a different kind of Frank!”

So I opened a new MySpace account, thanks to Ron. Now, I’m not really worried about becoming too addicted to it like many others simply because I’m already online all the time (that is when I’m not at work or at the gym.) I'm already quite addicted to the internet in general.

I look at all the people I went to high school with and I honestly don’t recognize nearly a single person. It’s really amazing how much people can change over the course of seven years.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

James Blunt - You're Beautiful

My life is brilliant.
My love is pure.
I saw an angel.
Of that I'm sure.
She smiled at me on the subway.
She was with another man.
But I won't lose no sleep on that,
'Cause I've got a plan.

You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.

Yeah, she caught my eye,
As we walked on by.
She could see from my face that I was,
Fucking high,
And I don't think that I'll see her again,
But we shared a moment that will last till the end.

You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.

You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
There must be an angel with a smile on her face,
When she thought up that I should be with you.
But it's time to face the truth,
I will never be with you.
Because my car was, for lack of better phrasing, severely fucked up, I’ve been driving a Chevy Malibu rental car from Enterprise… hardly a comparable model to my Eclipse, but so be it, that’s life! My car won’t be ready until sometime after January 20th. I really don’t mind this rental car at all. It’s a smooth ride… gets me from point A to point B with no problems (point A being my home, point B being work… an entire 3 mile distance!) I really miss my XM though! The FM radio just sucks! There’s not a decent variety of anything to listen to. Austin, TX being the self proclaimed live music capital of the world, it has a downright awful selection of radio stations.

Anyway, as I’m driving around today in my pimp rental car fumbling through FM stations, becoming agitated that there’s nothing to listen to, this song comes on. I’ve heard it several times before on XM, but I only really listened to the sweet melody… never really paid much attention to the lyrics, until today. I really like this song a lot… it doesn’t remind of any one in particular situation, but rather several over this last year and even years past… both happy and sad memories. It’s a very vivid image of hope and despair.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Chronic Of Narnia

I haven't watched Saturday Night Live in ages, probably because I don't watch TV anymore... anyway, this is a pretty funny rap song they made.



Sunday, December 25, 2005

Memorable Movie Quotes Of 2005

It's just occurred to me that I didn't actually see as many movies as I normally do this year... anyway, here are some quotes from 2005 movies that more or less sum the year up. I'm sure there are more that are just as accurate or even better, but I'm exhausted and am only putting the ones down that come to mind. I also only put one quote per movie even though several of these movies had multiple appropriate quotes.
  • "I can feel your anger... It gives you focus... Makes you more powerful" - Darth Sidious / Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • "I know the rage that drives you. That impossible anger strangling the grief, until the memory of your loved one is just... poison in your veins. And one day, you catch yourself wishing the person you loved had never existed so you'd be spared your pain." - Henri Ducard / Batman Begins
  • "You can know all the math in the verse, but take a boat in the air you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she's hurting before she keens. Makes her home." - Malcolm Reynolds / Serenity
  • "You know what it's like getting up every morning? Feeling hopeless, feeling like the love of your life is waking up with the wrong man. But, at the same time hoping that she still finds happiness, even if it's never going to be with you." - Albert / Hitch
  • "Hell's waking up every goddamn day and not even knowing why you're here" - Marv / Sin City
  • "Now is the time that we must choose between what is right, and what is easy." - Albus Dumbledore / Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • "I've got to be more careful where I park this thing." - Willy Wonka / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • "Have you ever broke something so bad that it can never be fixed?" - Will Stronghold / Sky High
I've had a lot of bad luck with my car this year... broken clutch, rear ended, two tires exploded, car alarm from hell, replaced dead battery. The story of my car troubles came to an end for the year on the morning of Sunday, December 18 sometime between 6:00am and 6:20am when a crazy bitch came crashing into the driver's side of my car (my door to be exact) at 50 miles per hour. No, I wasn't killed or even hurt for that matter, although I probably should have been one or the other (this simply just continues the myth/lore/legend of my immortality.) Anyway, the following movie quote truly brings my year to a close; however, it's not from a 2005 movie.

"Well, they finally did it. They killed my fucking car." - The Dude / The Big Lebowski

Five For Fighting - Superman

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find
The better part of me

I’m more than a bird...I’m more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me

Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home I’ll never see

It may sound absurd...but don’t be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but won’t you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
It’s not easy to be me

Up, up and away...away from me
It’s all right...you can all sleep sound tonight
I’m not crazy...or anything...

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
Men weren’t meant to ride
With clouds between their knees

I’m only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me
Inside of me
Inside me
Yeah, inside me
Inside of me

I’m only a man
In a funny red sheet
I’m only a man
Looking for a dream

I’m only a man
In a funny red sheet
And it’s not easy, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm...

It's not easy to be me
What attracts me most to any given comic book is simply how I can relate to one or more of the characters. X-Men was always a great comic simply because there were so many characters to choose from… I could really relate to almost each of them, but probably Wolverine the most. My inner demons could always relate easily to the Hulk. I could understand Peter Parker’s geekiness and teenage dilemmas. I know what it’s like to want to hide one’s ugliness and self-image like Dr. Doom. I understand how anger, hate, and revenge can take control of your life just a Batman. Etc...

Most of all I can relate to favorite comic character Superman… which is probably why he’s my favorite. No, I certainly can’t relate to the super-powers he has, but I definitely do understand the burdens that he must endure… the loneliness… being way different from everyone else… always being expected to be a source of strength for others… feeling that there’s really no one to run to when he’s in pain or is the one who needs to be saved… having one key weakness similar to kryptonite that can destroy him.

Anyway, I always thought that this song was great because I think it accurately tells the pain that Superman feels… the pain I feel.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Josh's X-Mas Surprise

I thought it would be interesting to post about the Christmas gifts I got for Josh because they're not your typical holiday gifts. I went ahead and gave them to him tonight.

Josh's first gift was a battery powered dildo with multi-speed control. That thing really vibrates quite hard! The funniest part about this present is the fact that Josh isn't gay, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he'll give that dildo a test drive! At the very least, I know he'll place it on his coffee table at his apartment simply to make his roommates feel uneasy. I'm also sure he'll take the opportunity to dick-slap some people with it!

Gift number two is a cock pump. No guessing is required on this one... he'll definitely try this one out! This too will most likely end up a center-piece on his living room coffee table, but not before getting some serious use! LOL!

New Shades

My poor old Ray-Bans were starting to give up on me. One of the lenses constantly pops out and the nose pieces are wearing off. Yesterday while at the mall, I stopped by the Sunglass Hut. I got a sweet pair of some MauiJim sunglasses... by far the best I've ever had. Absolutely wonderful!!! They are so incredibly light and extremely comfortable! Here I am earlier today sporting the new sunglasses!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Superman Returns In Print

Hell, now I have to find some time so that I can go out and get all these magazines!







Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Fushigi Yuugi - Itooshii Hito No Tame Ni



Densetsu ga ugokidashite The legend is beginning
to unfold.
Hontou no watashi ga The real me unfurls.
hirogaru
Tooku hibiku wo ai ni Distant echoes of
"I Love You"
Anata ni michibikarete Lead me to you.
Mezamete-yuku tamashii Awakening spirits
Hikaridasu mou hitotsu Begin to shine to
no sekai another world.

Itooshii hito no tame ni For the sake of my beloved,
Ima nani ga dekiru ka na? Now what can I do?
Kanawanai yume wa nai yo! There aren't any dreams
that won't come true!
Massugu ni shinjite'ru I truly believe.

Ten to chi no aida ni aru I'm absorbed in the
breath-taking adventure
Mekuru meku bouken That lies between Heaven
ni muchuu and Earth.
Egao misete ni hao ma Smile and say "Hello"
Anata ni mimamorarete Watched over and protected
by you
Ai wa hikaru seiza Love is the shining
constellations.
Omoidasu mou hitotsu I remember another miracle.
no kiseki

Isshou ichido no deai A once in a lifetime
encounter.
Tamashii ni kizan de ne Please engrave it on
your soul.
Donna toki datte ai wa Because I think that
love will
Sukui da to omou kara Always be our salvation.

Itooshii hito no tame ni For the sake of my beloved,
Ima nani ga dekiru ka na? Now what can I do?
Kanawanai yume wa nai yo! There aren't any dreams
that won't come true!
Massugu ni shinjite'ru I truly believe.
First off, I want to be perfectly clear that I do not understand the Japanese language one bit. So I did not translate this one on my own… hence, if there are any errors, I wouldn’t have a clue. This translation was not easy to come by as I’m guessing that it’s not a big thing for people to post a lot of info on anime songs.

Anyway, I haven’t listened to this song in ages. This song was the love theme to a fantastic anime, Fushigi Yuugi. (Side note: Fushigi Yuugi is the absolute best anime I’ve ever seen in my life… I remember watching for the first time several years ago and just getting completely absorbed by the story. I think I watched both seasons of it for two and half days straight through… very long anime!) While I never knew the exact translation word for word of the song, I clearly understood the meaning.

For me, the song is both very assuring and very sad. While the lyrics themselves appear to be very uplifting, the melody is quite somber and even sorrowful… in fact, I think it’s played more during tragic parts of the anime than anywhere else. Anyway it reminds me a bit of my life… I feel that there’s a lot I should be happy about, but there’s always an underlying sadness that I typically keep hidden away.

Anyway, great song and wonderful anime. I highly recommend Fushigi Yuugi to anyone, even if you're not into watching animes. It's just not your typical anime... just an absolutely awesome story!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Tis The Season For Goofing Off

For those of you fortunate enough to have never worked a retail job during the holidays, I just want to make this perfectly clear… it really sucks!!! Not only do the issues increase exponentially, but the customers are obscenely ruder (so much for the Christmas spirit) and all of the store associates are sick with the flu / cold. So many things trying to make life absolutely miserable! This being said, we still try to have fun nonetheless!

Here are the holiday standing orders for the CSA’s (customer service associates) that are posted at the customer service counter:



I catch Carla in my office (aka Frank’s Fortress of Solitude, aka The Citadel, aka The Crows Nest, aka The Imperial Tower). I love my office because it’s perched over the customer service counter and gives me a great view of the sales floor… so I can essentially space out up there for hours, yet still maintain the appearance that I’m keeping track of everything going on. Anyway, back to Carla… she was checking her gmail or hotmail account on my laptop and was bitching about all of the spam she was receiving (primarily porn spam!) As she thought I was only taking a picture (always a big mistake), she divulged that she actually enjoyed watching porn (and I got it caught on video!)


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A customer brought in a broken printer for us to diagnose. After careful examination by Josh’s keen eye, he informed the customer that the printer was broken. They bought a new one and left the broken one with us. Josh decided to take this broken printer into the warehouse, take it up on the stockpicker, and drop it! (I didn’t take this video, Nasty Nate did… so I don’t know why he felt the need to shoot it sideways!)


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Later on back in the roadshop, Dirty Jose and Hunter decided they would place small objects on blaring subwoofers and watch these little trinkets dance!


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Sean decided to jump out of a big box and scare Beverlee... unfotunately, the box was taped up so securely after Sean squeezed into it that his plan didn't seem to work out as he had anticipated... hell, he just needed out to get some air!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Reviewing The Year

I know the year isn’t quite over yet, but I can’t help but to sit back and reflect on it for a bit. This last year was not great by any means of the imagination, but it wasn’t the worst one either; however, overall I have to say it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. There was definitely much more sorrow and pain than happiness and joy. I can’t decide on a worst moment simply because there are entirely too many candidates to select from, but I can clearly say I know what the best moment was… it was when my mom offered to give my ferrets a home so I wouldn’t have to lose them.

I don’t really believe in “right” or “wrong” choices… to me there are numerous levels of “good” and “poor” choices. A “good” choice is logical one where all of the consequences, positive and negative, are considered and accepted regardless of the outcome. A “poor” choice would be one that is illogical or where one is not willing to accept the consequences of the decision. Well, that’s my philosophy on the matter anyway.

I don’t feel I made many “poor” choices this year. In fact, I’m proud of the fact that I probably made more “good” choices this year than ever before. It just so happens that many of those “good” choices had very bad outcomes that have taken their toll on me throughout the year. I don’t believe that a bad outcome or having to accept the negative consequences of a decision makes it a “poor” one… I just didn’t expect to have to pay the price of the negative consequences so many times over and over again. In retrospect, I don’t think I would have changed a single decision that I consider to be a “good” choice simply because it had a horrible outcome. So it is nice not to regret anything over this last year.

The only resolution I really have for next year is that I would like to have a clear path for my life. Whether the path is difficult or easy to walk is beside the point… I just want one that I can see. And I hope next year is happier than this one.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Leo Sayer - When I Need You

When I need you
I just close my eyes and I’m with you
And all that I so want to give you
It’s only a heartbeat away

When I need love
I hold out my hands and I touch love
I never knew there was so much love
Keeping me warm night and day

Miles and miles of empty space in between us
The telephone can’t take the place of your smile
But you know I won’t be travelin’ forever
It’s cold out, but hold out, and do I like I do

When I need you
I just close my eyes and I’m with you
And all that I so wanna give you babe
It’s only a heartbeat away

It’s not easy when the road is your driver
Honey that’s a heavy load that we bear
But you know I won’t be traveling a lifetime
It’s cold out but hold out and do like I do
Oh, I need you

When I need love
I hold out my hands and I touch love
I never knew there was so much love
Keeping me warm night and day

When I need you
I just close my eyes
And you’re right here by my side
Keeping me warm night and day

I just hold out my hands
I just hold out my hand
And I’m with you darlin’
Yes, I’m with you darlin’
All I wanna give you
It’s only a heartbeat away
Oh I need you darling

So I’ve been asked on numerous occasions “why” I place certain lyrics on the blog… what’s running through my mind as I post them? So going forward, I’ll add some commentary to the end to each song’s lyrics that are posted, unless I either just feel like discussing the situation or I feel that the lyrics are self-evident enough.

I finally got to see The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse. Great movie! I’ve been a huge fan of this story for God only knows how long. I originally saw this story (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe) in a cartoon format over 15 years ago… then in middle school, I read the entire C.S. Lewis saga, The Chronicles of Narnia.

I love the entire story. It’s set in the imaginary world of Narnia, where animals behave a lot like humans, time is irrelevant, good and evil are so clearly defined, etc… Like most fiction I love to read, it’s in a wonderful world where anything is possible… it’s my only true, yet temporary, escape from this world. It’s fascinating that a make believe world can be so comforting.

Anyway, it just so happens I stumbled across this song on my way home from the movie tonight while flipping through channels on XM. Much like The Chronicles of Narnia, this song describes a wonderful fictitious world that I’ve never really known, but it’s nice to get lost in the lyrics… to escape reality for just a brief moment.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Star Wars Gangster Rap

Here's a pretty funny Star Wars flash... oldie but a goodie!


Click here to play flash movie!



Friday, December 09, 2005

What If...?

A few days ago I was rummaging through my closet trying to find anything that may need to be dry cleaned. During my search, I ran across something I haven’t seen in years… that in itself is absolutely amazing because I just recently moved a few months ago, so I should have seen it at some point during the process packing or unpacking… but I didn’t. It appears to have been hidden between some old dress shirts that I haven’t worn in years. In retrospect, I probably should have taken it to get dry cleaned when I found it because if I remember correctly, the last time I had it on I think I may have accidentally got some traces of hydronium (the cation that naturally occurs in water) on it… actually it was probably a weak acid monohydrate produced from ionization by the hydronium. I think if it were pure hydronium, it would have eaten away at it over the years.

Oh, “it” was a white lab coat. My mom got it for me early on in college, back at a time when I had plans on studying to becoming a doctor. I’m not really sure what specifically derailed me from that path. Perhaps it was a mixture of loneliness, depression, alcohol, etc… Whatever the reason, I’m clearly not a doctor at moment. I do wonder “what if” sometimes, more so recently over the last several weeks. The fact of the matter is that I don’t have to wonder “what if”; I’m still young enough to return to that path that I abandoned years ago.

I’m very conflicted on what to do though. When I put the white lab coat on and look in the mirror, I see the person that I should be. What’s holding me back from becoming that person? I definitely have the mind for it… I don’t really have a personal life, so I won’t really be sacrificing that… I do have a powerful drive (sometimes beyond even my control) to be the best… so why don’t I just do it? Maybe it’s because I feel that there are times in life you mess something up so much that it can never be fixed… maybe I’m beyond repairing what I’ve already damaged in my life.

Michael Smith - Place In This World

The wind is moving
But I am standing still
A life of pages
Waiting to be filled
A heart that’s hopeful
A head that’s full of dreams
But this becoming
Is harder than it seems
Feels like i’m

[Chorus:]
Looking for a reason
Roaming through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Not a lot to lean on
I need your light to help me find
My place in this world
My place in this world

If there are millions
Down on their knees
Among the many
Can you still hear me
Hear me asking
Where do I belong
Is there a vision
That I can call my own
Show me i’m

[Chorus x2]

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Today's Moment Of Zen

Today was a pretty miserable day at work, for entirely too many reasons; however, my team is already winning our little store-to-store contest by a ridiculous margin (over 2 to 1 victory so far… probably 3 to 1 after today)… so that’s a plus!

Despite the rest of the shitty-ass day (mental note to self: I desperately need to get a refund from God for my wasted time today)… I give you today’s Moment of Zen…

Jeremy took Josh and me to see the new house he was purchasing today. We waited in the model home for the real estate agent to return with the keys to Jeremy’s new house. As we waited in the model home, Josh noticed some holiday stuffed animals in the corner under a Christmas tree.

Here’s Josh getting comfortable with one of the stuffed animals (I think it’s a big mouse.)

One thing lead to another, and Josh was caught in a compromising position with the stuffed mouse. It appears that he’s doing his American Psycho sex scene impersonation.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

My Big Fluffy Hat

It was a bit chilly out today, so I’m sporting my special hat this morning... well, it really belongs to Josh, but it's currently under my stewardship! Not that I'm communist by any means of the imagination, but I just love this hat. I typically refer to it as my "Uncle Buck Hat."

"Do you think it's the hat? No? A lot of people hate this hat. It angers a lot of people, just the sight of it. Ah, I'll tell you a story about that on the way to school." - Uncle Buck (John Candy)



Friday, December 02, 2005

The Thrill Of The Fight

Back when I was a sales manager, there were many avenues to becoming the best in the district/region… exceeding sales budgets being one the key goals. So everyday, I was trying to prove I was the best. There was always some means of measuring success from one sales manager to another… and for the most part, I always was the best. I had to be the best… something inside of me that I can’t even control drives me to win (sometimes even at all costs)… I’ll get to that more in just a bit.

My current job has no means of competition. I mean, all I really do is oversee and protect the store’s total net operating profit, which includes payroll, inventory, store maintenance, etc… in addition to being second in command. So there really are no means of being the best in the management position I’m currently in.

So for the most part, my time in this position has been rather boring. If I’m not trying to be the best, I become completely apathetic. For the last couple months, I’ve felt pretty devoid of emotion anyway, so the growing apathy at work just makes things worse for me personally.

Anyway, another store in the district (my old store) and my staff are having a competition this month. It’s basically my operations staff performance on selling extended warranty versus theirs.

Most people who know me have really never seen a truly dark side of me… one of the darkest being my cut-throat, vicious, and absolutely cold-hearted competitive streak. Probably only my immediately family and maybe a few friends have ever seen my true untamed and savage nature while in competition.

First off, winning is never enough. I only accept total domination… complete victory. The goal is never simply to just beat the opponent(s)… it’s to completely obliterate them. Like I said, this isn’t really a side the most people have seen of me… people definitely get glimpses of it when they play even the smallest of games.

Take the game of RISK for example. It’s a simple board game of world domination. Each player starts off with the same number of armies and countries. The object is to invade other players’ countries and take them over. Whoever takes all the countries wins. Simple enough, right? Nope… not for me. I usually sit back and amass my armies to absolutely ridiculous sizes… sometimes overpowering all the other players 50 to 1. It’s not just a matter of taking their countries… it’s the psychological breakdown of their confidence. I want them to see that it’s not only improbable for them to beat me, but impossible. We never even finish the game because everyone quits when they feel there is no possible chance of beating me. I must attain complete dominance.

Hell, even when I taught fencing at the University of Texas… anytime we had a tournament, I was just plain vicious. The object is to achieve a touché (essentially a hit) on the opponent. Best two of three wins the match… since that ends pretty quickly, we usually played best three out of five. Easy enough… just get three touchés and you win the match. Not in my strategy. I would never allow an opponent one hit. I would just parry for about three minutes straight (an eternity in fencing). This not only defeats the opponent’s confidence, but it takes a toll on them physically… after doing 30+ lunge attacks in a single match, one’s legs begin to become very fatigued and sore. After I felt that I had them mentally and physically defeated, I would go ahead and attack… one after another until I had my three touchés, never evening allowing them to catch their breath or rest for a single second. Again… proving I’m the best and establishing complete dominance.

So I ask myself… does this brutal competitive streak really bring the best or the worst out in me? I obviously perform my best at these times, but am I a horrible person for my cut-throat manner of winning? Something in me just changes during times of competitions... the thrill of the fight... something unrestrained and primordial... is this just a part of me that I keep supressed... is this my true nature? I don't know. What I do know is that even being consciously aware that my competitive nature makes me down right malicious at times, I still know that I will win this competition… I also know that my margin of victory will be extremely enormous... leaving my opponents overwhelmingly obliterated.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Smallville Rocks!

Alright, I finished all my Smallville DVD’s (seasons 1-4) last week after my stopover at the ER, but I haven’t had anytime to really talk about it because work has completely consumed my life through the duration of the holiday season. Seeing how I finally have some free time now, there are some things I gotta get out about this series, the good and the bad.

I’ll start with what I didn’t like because I have less criticism for the series and more acclaim for it.

Areas of opportunity:
  • What bothered me the most is vilification of Jor-El. Even now, this just disgusts me to the core. Jor-El is supposed to be a highly benevolent person, yet the series makes him out as a villain with ulterior motives for sending Kal-El (aka Clark Kent / Superman) to earth. WTF!!! He sent his only son to earth because his planet was going to explode! This just pisses me off! Many of the wonderful characteristics and honorable personality traits that Superman develops is from Jor-El.
  • I was also troubled by the effects of different colored Kryptonite rocks. Obviously green Kryptonite is deadly to Clark… and red Kryptonite fucks his mind up. I feel this is well known fact to anyone who is familiar with Superman lore… however, the series decided to add black Kryptonite and apparently splits people. Why did they invent a new kind of Kryptonite? There are already other established Kryptonite colors they could have picked from… there’s blue Kryptonite that strengthens Superman (and is deadly to Bizarro), there’s gold Kryptonite that has the potential of vanquishing all of Superman’s powers permanently if he were to be exposed to it, etc…
  • I didn’t like the introduction of characters that Clark isn’t supposed to meet until he’s older. Lex Luthor is the only acceptable character for this show because much of the series’ plot revolves around the notion that Clark and Lex could have been friends before they became arch-enemies. Other characters like Lois Lane and Perry White should not have made appearances in this show! He’s supposed to meet these people after he’s made the clear choice to split his persona into that of Clark Kent and Superman… in the show, his character is the combination of what will be known as the typical Superman character and the Clark Kent character. Most of his future disguise (regardless of what Jennifer seems to think is only the eye glasses) is the character of Clark Kent that he becomes. This is the character that Perry White and Lois Lane know… not the Clark Kent of this show whose personality is a mixture of Superman and Clark Kent.
  • Finally, too many people know Clark’s secret in this series. At the rate of people learning his secret, the entire town of Smallville should know his secret by the time the series comes to an end.
What makes the show great:
  • I love the fact that the series sometimes uses the John Williams Krypton theme music. As much as I am a Star Wars whore, my favorite John Williams music is his Krypton theme. I think the Ron should be in total agreement with me on this point! Here's a clip of the Krypton music for those who are unfamiliar with what I'm talking about:

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  • Up until Bryan Singer created the X-Men movies, comic book movies really sucked for the most, except for Superman (the first movie that is)! Btw: Bryan Singer is also the director of the new Superman movie, so I’m 100% confident that it will be truly awesome. Anyway… my point about the original movie is that it was great… and I loved the fact that the Smallville series incorporated actors from the original movie into the story line. Christopher Reeve, who played Superman, was given the role of Dr. Swan in the series before he tragically died in October of 2004. Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane, was given the role of Bridgette Crosby in the series. Terrance Stamp, who played General Zod, provides the voice of Jor-El in the Smallville series. Annette O’Toole, who played Lana Lang in Superman III, has the role of Martha Kent in the series.
  • I also enjoy the interpretation on how Lex Luthor becomes evil. I like to think that every starts out good… it’s just some become evil through the journey of life. So it’s interesting watch Lex struggle with his own being… trying to do what’s right, but ultimately just making the wrong decisions that puts him on the path to becoming the greatest criminal mind the world has ever known. In the end, you have to give him some respect… a normal human being constantly fighting the world’s greatest superhero. You’d expect some villain with super human powers to be Superman’s arch nemesis, but it’s simply a normal human being who happens to be criminal mastermind.
  • The series also stays true to Clark and Lana’s relationship. They can’t really ever be together because ultimately Lois Lane is the love of Clark’s life. What’s funny though is that the same reasons that Clark and Lana don’t work out are very similar to why Clark and Lois don’t really work out. I call it a typical hero problem. Lois is in love with Superman, but not with Clark. She loves the superhero, not the mild mannered reporter. This seems to be a common problem amongst superheroes. The lyrics of Chad Kroeger’s Hero speak directly to this problem.
  • Lastly, I think it was a wise choice to focus on the character of young Clark Kent and avoid bringing in the Superman costume. Superman is someone he becomes at a later age once he’s fully secure with who he is. It would be grossly premature to bring the notion of the Superman costume into the Smallville series.
So there’s my two cents on how the Smallville series is doing. Overall, I think it’s awesome! It kills me that I have to wait several more months for season 5 to be released on DVD!
NOTE: I really enjoyed the new Superman Returns teaser trailer! The trailer uses the Krypton theme, which make me giddy like a little school girl! And I absolutely love the fact the Bryan Singer is still using Marlon Brando as Jor-El in his new movie. I really have a great appreciation for the manner in which Brando played Jor-El in the first Superman movie!

What I find ironic is that Jor-El essentially speaks to Superman from beyond the grave… in a very similar manner that Brando is still playing the part of Jor-El!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

It amazes me how much effort we place on stupid shit at work that really has no positive effect on the business. I took this video off of our security cameras, and one of my PC Techs, Joseph, editted it and added a soundtrack to it.

The video is a bit choppy and blurry, but I'll give you the rundown on what happened. Saturday morning Sean walked into our warehouse while some of the warehouse associates were playing basketball. (This would be the same Sean who dealt with the bitchy customers fighting from the Black Friday post, and the same person performing the Beavis and Butthead Dance.) Anyway, someone threw the ball really hard and missed quite badly. The ball hits the corner of door that Sean was entering and then hits him firmly in a sensitive spot of the male anatomy.


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The camera records at 10 frames a second as opposed to normal video which is about 30 frames per second... hence the choppy look. The ball is moving so fast that it's really difficult to even see it.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Black Friday

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is historically the busiest retail shopping days of the year. Many consider it the "official" beginning to the holiday season. Most retailers will open very early… we opened at 5:00am.

Yesterday was my fifth Black Friday with the company, second with the store I’m currently at. It’s always extremely busy each year on this day… however yesterday; we had more people than ever! This is the first year we weren’t able to fit everyone waiting outside to get in into the store at the same time. We had to let people into the store in shifts. There was a line just to get into the store for over three hours!

To prepare for the considerably substantial number of people shopping with us, especially early in the morning, we made maps of the store, vouchers for really hot ad items that we had a limited quantity of, etc…

Here’s how crazy some of the people were this year waiting to get in… I had Sean, one of my merchandise managers, go outside to hand out maps of the store. The first thing he hears as he gets out the door is two female customers arguing… more accurately, he heard, “Fuck you, you skanky ho! I’ll kick you’re fucking ass!”

Joe, one of the sales managers, had to deal with two other customers fighting in line to get. One customer who did not get voucher for a $200 laptop told another customer who did get a voucher that she and her boyfriend would kill her if she bought the laptop. Luckily the police showed up almost immediately. Unfortunately, the small city of Sunset Valley only had one police officer on duty, so he had to call the county Sheriff’s office to come out too. So for the first several hours of the morning, we had police on crowd control.

Overall, besides the insane amount of people running around the store all day long, the day ran quite smoothly. Even so… my version of hell would be a continuous Black Friday for eternity!

Monday, November 21, 2005

XBox360-Mania

For those who don't know, the XBox360 is due to be released on Tuesday, November 22... and there is a lot of hype building on it. I've work at an electronics retailer for about five years, and I've never seen so much brouhaha over anything we sell like this! We had people camping outside our store! WTF!!! This isn't the release of a Star Wars movie... it's a game system for the love of god!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

More Than Meets The Eye

I saw this on a car at the Tinseltown 20 parking lot yesterday before Harry Potter... I gotta find one of these for my car, except I'm gonna get a Decepticon one! I already found some at stickergirl.com.

BTW: I really didn't like this Harry Potter movie very much... I can't quite put my finger on it... something about the movie just rubbed me the wrong way. I'm gonna need to see it again (when I'm not drugged up), and perhaps I'll like it more.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The MIsery Of Migraines

I hate migraines… they always derail my focus and shake my confidence! Out of nowhere, they just attack. While I can typically handle the immense amount of pain and get rid of them in just a matter of hours, the thing that bothers me most about my migraines is the fact they usually leave my mind in a mental mess for about a day.

I always feel that the unknown is exciting and thrilling, but at times also scary. This is normal though… nothing unusual. It’s just most of the time when things feel daunting or even overwhelming, I just don’t know where or who to turn to for comfort.

Where do I go if I get in over my head? Who will save me when I need to be rescued? What do I do when completely consumed by fear? I don’t know… there may not be any answers.

Sorting Hat

How boring and predictable, I'm a Gryffindor! I was so sure I'd get Slytherin. Unlike Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, I don't think I'll be attending any midnight showings of Harry Potter.


"You belong in Gryffindor,
where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
set Gryffindors apart."

Friday, November 11, 2005

My Smallville Marathon

So as it turns out, I had the last three days off. So what do I do? I waste it, naturally! Hehe!

I’ve watched no less than 50 hours of Smallville over the last 3 days, and I’m only half way through my DVD sets! What’s truly sad is that I’m actually trying to schedule my entire next week around trying to finish the DVD’s. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it though… just not enough time!

I don’t want to sound like a total bum… I did do other things too… I ate and slept. I also had lunch two days with Josh and Joe while I was doing some research at work for a few hours. But for the most part, it was all about the Smallville marathon! I’ll need to write a thorough review of the series once I complete it… it’s incredible!

How Much Is My Blog Worth?

WTF!!! This is bullshit! How could this happen? It should be over $10,000! LOL!


My blog is worth $9,032.64.
How much is your blog worth?

Some New Superman Returns Pics

Here are some great new Superman Returns pics courtesy of my aunt Mary!



Oooh! Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire opens next week!!! And with it, a new sneak peek at Superman Returns!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Rate Your Life

Here's another personality test I ran across on The Barlow's site. I feel a bit conflicted about the results though. Well, good or bad, it's fairly accurate. I guess it just shows that there are some areas of opportunity. Heh!
This Is My Life, Rated
Life:
6.2
Mind:
6.7
Body:
9
Spirit:
7.5
Friends/Family:
3.2
Love:
0
Finance:
8.4
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Tired, But Still Kicking!

Wow… the last two days at work have worn me out. I’ve just felt completely depleted. My day on Monday consisted of organizing the warehouse after a massive shipment and preparing for the seasonal new hires. Yesterday was just long because I had to close after Josh, Ross, and I had to attend a district hr meeting in the morning. The only thing I really took away from that meeting was that sex with your subordinates is bad.

The holiday season at work is now here, which is always a mixed blessing. On one hand, it’s completely consuming… but on the other hand, I have no time to think about how lonely I feel because I’m always at work nonstop. So, I’ll take the good part! Hehe!

I slept really well; in fact probably too well. I slept about 10 hours, so naturally I get a migraine for oversleeping! God forbid I try to catch up on some sleep! I had an appointment with Justin today at the gym… I swear he’s trying to kill me! With all of the balancing with heavy weights, all I really need is a group of people beating me with canes at the same time, and then I can become a member of the League of Shadows (er, from Batman Begins!)

Speaking of comics, I just got an email yesterday from Sony Pictures… it appears that Thomas Haden will be the next Spiderman villain. He’ll be playing Flint Marko, aka Sandman. I’m only now becoming pissed off about this choice of villain! There are so many other Spiderman villains that would be so much better… Venom, Green Goblin 2, Hobgoblin, Carnage (my personal favorite), etc… Whatever, I just hope it’s good.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Another Dubya Flash

Here's another Dubya flash movie, this time with Gary Busey!


Click here to play flash movie!



Friday, November 04, 2005

Yoda Rap

Yeah... this has been on the net for a few days now. It's pretty short and quite funny. Supposedly it's an easter egg on the new Revenge of the Sith DVD, but hell if I know where it is on the disc!


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Create Your Own Avatar

The Barlow came across this cute site that allows you to create your own avatars. Here's one of me... I still don't know what to think about it. It's missing a lightsaber!


Click here to create your own avatar!


Thursday, November 03, 2005

When Bored...

I saw this personality test on Laura's blog this evening... since I was bored out of my mind, I went ahead and took one of the longer questionaires. I was surprised to see that the results are almost identical to other personality tests I've taken in the past. I think the last time I took one, I was an ENTP, this time around I was ENTJ. This last test showed the P (Perceiving) to be 49.89% and the J (Judging) to be 50.11%... so really I guess it could go either way. LOL!

Extroverted (E) 72.86% Introverted (I) 27.14%
Intuitive (N) 55.38% Sensing (S) 44.62%
Thinking (T) 52.38% Feeling (F) 47.62%
Judging (J) 50.11% Perceiving (P) 49.89%

ENTJ - "Field Marshall". The basic driving force and need is to lead. Tend to seek a position of responsibility and enjoys being an executive. 1.8% of total population.
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Enneagram Test Results
Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||||||||| 70%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Type 3 Image Awareness |||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Type 4 Sensitivity |||||||||||||||||| 73%
Type 5 Detachment |||||||||||||| 56%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||||||||| 70%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||||||||||| 80%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||||||||| 66%
Your main type is 2
Your variant is sexual
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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Great DIrector's Cut!

I’ve never really been big in purchasing the “Director’s Cut” of movies when I already own a copy of the original movie. Typically, there are only a few deleted scenes added to the special “Director’s Cut.” Huge rip off!!! This time around though, I heard the Director’s Cut of Daredevil was different… not only were some deleted scenes placed back into the movie, but some scenes from the theatrical version were taken out… the story actually changed a bit! So, I bought it yesterday (along with Revenge of the Sith of course) and I just finished watching it.

(Side note for those of you who know me quite well… I have not yet watched my new and legal copy of Revenge of the Sith. Why? Simple… I was stuck at work all day yesterday and watched it over and over again for 18 hours… my brain can’t take anymore Star Wars right now!)

Anyway… now from the start, I’ve always thought that Daredevil got an unfair rap… Yes, the comic books for Daredevil always sucked… and yes, the film had its problems and it was far from perfect… but the fact that many critics placed the film on their "Worst Of" lists for 2003 is simply ludicrous. This was clearly a case of critics jumping onto the hate bandwagon for a large scale film (Ron does this all the time now! Heh!) And, unfortunately for Ben Affleck, he is constantly the target of critic hatefests… sorry dude, Gigli didn’t help matters! LOL!

The Director’s Cut of Daredevil is a huge improvement over the original. It fleshes out many aspects that were glossed over in the 90 minute theatrical release. From what I can remember of the comics, this version is also far more loyal to the feel of the comic book Daredevil world… but again, I was never a really big Daredevil fan (long story)… but I did always relate to the tortured soul of Matt Murdock.

The best part is that the film is now darker overall, more violent and just plain grittier. The fights, particularly those near the end with Bullseye and Kingpen, are more extensive. They are bloodier and more intense and they work better in the context of this new cut. I noticed that this version is now rated R!

The most significant aspect of this new cut might be that the story of Elektra now takes a distant backseat to Daredevil. This may actually explain the choice to go with the more streamlined original theatrical cut, in which Elektra is almost as big a character as Daredevil himself… which I found absolutely ridiculous!

Now, with a longer and more extensive backstory, Elektra is only a marginal character and her part on the whole is reduced. Parts of the love story from the theatrical cut have also been taken out, which shifts the focus from a romantic action story to a dark origin film.

This version makes Daredevil's story and his struggles a whole lot more engaging. I now would be very interested to see a second Daredevil film!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

My Halloween Night At Work

Despite being at work on Halloween night, my associates and I tried to make the best of it… easy to do because the store was freaking dead after 6:00pm, so we really could do whatever the hell we wanted to! Only catch… we really couldn’t get wasted on alcohol because we were still technically at work. So instead, I sent out for Starbucks, and we got plastered on caffeine!

First effects of the caffeine manifested in the form of Sean doing the Beavis and Butthead dance… unfortunately, when he noticed I was filming it, his inhibitions returned and he promptly stopped.

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Being Halloween and all I decided to dress up, but I had no costume. I pieced together a clever costume with crap we had lying around the back offices and became Frank the Destroyer! Take special note of the psychotic look on my face!


Somewhere in all of the hoopla, we discovered that the store started selling Wonka Bars! WTF!!!


Casey made a mess on Felicity Huffman from Desperate House wives… you don’t ask, and I won’t tell... partly because I myself don't know the entire story!!! :-P


Damnit… I think I got some of that sticky white shit on my lovely black shirt… I hope this isn’t stained!!!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Dubya On The Christopher Walken Show

This is a silly little flash I ran into earlier today.


Click here to play flash movie!


Happy Halloween, Arrg!

Since I will be working tonight and unable to attend any kind of Halloween festivities, I hope everyone else has a wonderful night! :-D

I leave you with a whimsical quote from Josh's favorite character of all time, Jack Sparrow.


"Me? I'm dishonest. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid!"

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Tragedy Of Anakin Skywalker

So, Revenge of the Sith will be released this Tuesday. This really should have been the best movie for the Star Wars saga, as it was the climactic point at which the hero falls to darkness (where Anakin becomes the monster, Darth Vader)… but it wasn’t… because George Lucas was too caught up in special effects that he completely forgot about the importance of the story!!! I digress…

Anyway, the entire Star Wars saga, can be viewed not just as a mythic story of heroes and villains, but more so as a tragedy… the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker. There is a general pattern that tragic heroes typically follow, or at least in the stories I’m familiar with (i.e. Shakespeare, Roman & Greek Mythology, comic books, etc…)
  • The hero usually has some sort of high social status (like a king, prince, knight, etc…) The important thing with this attribute is that you can clearly see that this person has the makings of greatness, potentially. The Force, according to Qui-Gon and the Jedi council, is extraordinarily strong with young Anakin. Though Yoda has his doubts, Anakin is granted permission to be trained as a Jedi.
  • The hero will have a flaw (the tragic flaw.) In Anakin’s case, his lust for power and control… even control over life and death!
  • Something happens in the story that creates a sense of urgency! Anakin’s mother is captured by Tusken Raiders. He haphazardly ignores Obi-Wan’s orders to stay put and journey’s to find his mother.
  • Then there’s some sort of accident. Things happen a split-second too late… the hero operates on what he believes to be the case rather than what he actually knows to be the case. Upon rescuing her at Tusken Raider encampment, Anakin’s mother dies… so Anakin decides to slaughter all the Tusken Raiders (even the women and children!!!)
  • Conflicts arise which cause the death or alienation of all of the hero’s former friends, allies, and/or mentors, eventually removing all forms of support for the hero. He must now face things all alone. Well, Anakin demolishes the Jedi Temple, including all of the occupants (mostly children.) Oh yeah… he chops off Mace Windu’s hand too, essentially declaring his support to Darth Sidious! (on a side note... what the hell is up with George Lucas's fascination with all of the chopping off of limbs.? Darth Maul is chopped in half, Jango Fett's head is chopped off, Anakin's arms is chopped off, both of Count Dooku's hands are chopped off, Mace Windu's hand is chopped off, Luke's hand is chopped off, and Darth Vader's hand is chopped off... it's like a Monty Python flick!)
  • Now that the hero is isolated there are new problems… sleeplessness, rage, confusion, hallucination, and violence! Through episodes 4 – 6, Darth Vader is isolated from everyone… everybody is scared shitless of this guy because he is pure evil, killing those who fail or even disappoint him!
  • At some point, the opposing forces must mobilize against the hero in order to bring the tragedy to its conclusion. This is easy… the Rebel Alliance proves this point! They want Vader and the Emperor out of power!
  • At some point, the hero must realize the mistake he has made that is bringing about his demise. He must know that he, and he alone, is to blame for his downfall. Unfortunately (or more appropriately, tragically,) this recognition always comes to late to save the life of the hero. Though ordered to do so by the Emperor, Darth Vader does not kill Luke. He realizes in the final battle that he does have feelings for his son… he’s not completely a monster.
  • While the hero's life is forfeit, he does receive some chance to redeem himself, at least a little… a display of courage, nobility of the heart, self-sacrifice, something to show us that while he was someone who needed to be defeated, brought down, or even a monster, he had good in him. Darth Vader saves the life of his son by killing the Emperor (which in turn hastens his own death as the Emperor’s Sith lightening is short circuiting all of Darth Vader’s circuitry.)
  • We must recognize what a tragic waste the death of the hero is, what kind of person he could have been had it not been for his mistakes and downfall (back to the beginning… recognition of the hero’s potential for greatness!) In Darth Vader’s last few moments alive with his son, we see and feel that Anakin was worth saving.
  • The tragic hero must die! So yeah, Anakin dies on Death Star II. Very tragic!

Friday, October 28, 2005

More Fantastic Pics

Elemmaciltur sent me some more incredibly hot pics of Chris Evans... which remeinds me, The Fantastic Four will be released on DVD on December 6! Though it wasn't the best comic book movie I've seen this year, it had this hottie in it, which actually does make up for a hell of a lot!




If you missed the last hot Chris Evans pictures sent by Elemmaciltur the great, take a gander at Fantastic Pics.

Bad Remote Start!

Today I saw first hand why remote start is not supposed to be installed on manual transmission cars…

I always keep my car parked in neutral with the parking brake on. I never feel comfortable leaving it in gear while parked, as I’m told that the weight of the car will wear the gears down.

Apparently as I parked the car last night, the car died just as I parked… for some reason, I just left it as it was, with the car in first gear. So as I go to remote start it today, the car tries to drive away! WTF!

I had an even mixture of horror and amusement. Obviously I was worried that the car would take off on its own and possibly damage something or hurt someone. But at the same time, it reminded me of KITT (the car from Knight Rider!) My favorite episode was when KITT faced off against another car that had all the same abilities, simply called CAR (CAR had the voice of Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots in Transformers.)