I’m flicking back and forth between “The Mentalist” and “The Big Bang Theory” . I’m out of cigars, so I’m smoking a Black and Mild. As I stare at the cursor flashing at me, daring me to write something original, I catch a whiff of the little cigar. It’s sweet, pipe tobacco actually. Immediately, I think of my friend Steve. We spent hours in his basement office sharing stories, talking of books and movies and women. Steve always smoked Black and Milds. Fylo, his cat would jump from Steve’s desk to mine looking for attention. It seems so long ago, those care free days hanging with Steve and Fylo. Fylo passed unexpectedly in 2008 and Steve met a great lady and moved to South Carolina. I haven’t seen him in years, though I think about him often. After Fylo passed I made this video slideshow for Steve.

If you’re still reading the Blog, I miss you bro.

Make sure your sound is on.


You’d Notice

February 19, 2011

Can most of us agree that Angelina Jolie is attractive? At the very least exotic? Could you say she’d stand out in a crowd? Even if you had never seen her in a movie I think you’d notice her walking down the Street. Can we agree on that? Who cares you say?

Well, I just watched her new movie “Salt”. In it she plays a C.I.A. agent/possible Russian agent. Several times during the movie she’s running and trying to hide from the people chasing her. In one scene she puts on a hat and calmly walks down the street with the crowd and no one even looks at her! Now, I love action, thrillers, Sci-fi, and I have no trouble suspending my disbelief…to a point.  But come on! Even if she were not famous she would get noticed, because a beautiful person would get noticed the same way a very tall person or a very small person would get noticed.

I’m no spy (too tall) but I think spies are supposed to blend in, not stand out. Why on earth would you cast someone so far above plain and then ask us to believe she’s not just a good spy but one of the C.I.A.’s best? Any number of attractive, but less exotic actresses could have easily elevated this movie to a higher level. I’m not saying it was a bad movie, it was good completely unrealistic entertainment, I’m just saying you’d notice.

Yeah, I wouldn’t look twice at her on a city bus.

Pic from http://good-wallpapers.com/movies/6498

Netflix Rocks!

January 9, 2011

Most people know by now you can subscribe to Netflix through most modern gaming systems. I don’t have a modern gaming system so it was a little while before I discovered Netflix. I had to replace my DVD player and the sales person talked me into buying a blue-ray player. It turns out, it connects to the internet. At the time I couldn’t justify paying for the wireless version so mine is a wired version.

Anyway, I hooked this thing up and Damn! For $9.99 a month I can watch almost anything instantly! Anything  not available instantly, I can have in my mailbox in 2 days! I’ve watched some of the coolest stuff like, All of the episodes of Bones, Battlestar Galactica,  Heroes, Fringe, NCIS, Mythbusters, most of the Law and Order shows, and old movies I haven’t seen in a long time, and movies I had never gotten around to see.

Current movies? Yep. 2012, the Surrogates,  Iron Man, Avatar, and many more. Not crap, though if you want crappy movies I’m sure they have those too. Bottom line? Get Netflix. You’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.