Friday, August 28, 2009

Remaking Downtown

George Jackson and his crew are busy remaking downtown Detroit. The impressive news is that their efforts have caught the attention of several national media outlets and commentators.

Here is Ziggy's take on Mr. Jackson's job performance over the past 7 years.

We are so lucky to have them on the job.

Roswell Chronicles

My first draft of The Roswell Chronicles is done. This, of course, is my sci-fi project about a woman who is sworn to protect a family secret against both a greedy corporation and some seriously pissed off aliens.

I will let the first draft digest for a few days. Now comes the really fun part of the process - my second and third drafts.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Heidi Pratt at Miss Universe

The fact that Donald Trump owns the Miss Universe pageant has never been more obvious than it was this past week. No one else - for better or worse - would have scheduled Heidi Pratt to do such a provocative pseudo-strip tease during the middle of this pageant.

This is definitely one way to boost the show's ratings.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Quoting My Characters

I'm almost done with my latest screenplay. It's a science fiction piece entitled, The Roswell Chronicles.

One of the unique things about creating these characters is that they almost take on a life of their own in my imagination. Sometimes they even say some of the most interesting things.

Here's an example from Act III, its an exchange between two cousins - Jacob and Mark Haut.
Hey, where’s Samantha?

She’s sitting on the roof.

Um, why?

Don’t ask me. I live my life by two simple rules: never challenge an Irishman to a drinking contest and never try to understand what a woman is thinking.
I feel like, if someone had mentioned this to me a few years ago, my life would've been a lot simpler.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cool Photo

I found this photo on-line. It's a pair of F/A-18 Super Hornets in flight over Afghanistan last December.

Those aircraft look so darn cool. The burst of sunlight makes it even more impressive, in my opinion.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Health Care Reform

Various members of Congress have had one town hall meeting after another regarding the proposals to reform health care in America. All of them have attracted outspoken opponents and a lot of screaming.

Personally, I believe that this video should be played before every one of these town halls.

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I surprised that The Daily Show came up with this one first and the White House or any of the Democrats.

Monday, August 10, 2009

In Bed With Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller recently revealed that she spent this past St. Valentine's Day in bed with her G.I. Joe co-star Rachel Nichols.

Maybe I'm a total pervert but, for some reason, the idea of Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols together in bed is profoundly appealing to me. (Okay - I think one can scratch the word "maybe" from that last sentence.)

And on Valentine's Day? For some reason, that date adds a whole new dimension to my admittedly depraved fantasies.

Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols in bed together.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough, I also found a few photos of them holding hands as they walked through the streets of Prague earlier this year.

Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols in Prague
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that - no matter what happened between Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols while they were in bed - it probably isn't as warped and twisted as the images that keep running around in my head.

Yes, I am a pervert. I have come to accept this fact.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go find a bucket for my drool. I have 10 more minutes left before I have to get back to work. I fully intend to spend this limited time pondering the various things that Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols could have done together in bed.

Because I'm a pervert and this is what I do.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Number 1, Baby

I just discovered that if one searches for Jeri Ryan on Google Blog Search, my post from last Thursday (More 7 of 9 over on my blog for the Warrendale neighborhood) comes in as the number one item out of the 45,782 blog posts that it finds.

Number 1 out of 45,782.

I'm pretty sure even Jeri Ryan herself would find that to be at least mildly cool.

Yo Joe!

I love G.I. Joe.

As a kid growing up in the 1970s, I had one of the original G.I. Joe action figures.

In the 7th grade, I was excited to find the G.I Joe comic book series. I continued to collect them throughout high school and liked the television series a lot. (The comic books were still better, in my opinion, because their plots always seemed a bit more complex.)

When I found out that they were bringing G.I. Joe to the big screen, I knew that I had to go see it. This weekend, I did just that. Overall, I liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra a lot.

The writers made a few changes in the G.I. Joe storyline. Most of the changes, I totally understood and had no problem accepting.

For example, in the comic books, several of the original characters were described as being Vietnam veterans. That worked 27 years ago when the comic books first came out. However, it would make these characters too old to be front line troops in a contemporary story.

Also, in the comic books, the Baroness was described as an actual European baroness who got involved with radical causes while in college. Since college campuses of the late 1960s and 70s were filled with radical causes, that concept worked at that time. I'm not sure they could have made it work in a contemporary story, since it would have made her much older than any of the other characters. As a result, I was fine with changing her character.

However, the idea of making Rip Cord a soldier/ pilot instead of an airborne infantryman felt artificial to me. It was as if the writers decided that they needed someone to fly a plane at the end so they pulled the Rip Cord character out of a hat and made him a pilot.

The ironic part is that the G.I. Joe comic book series featured several pilots (Ace, Dog Fight, Lift-Ticket, Major Altitude, Payload, Skystriker, Slip Stream, Updraft, Wild Bill and Windmill). Heck, that series even included an astronaut named Countdown. It would seem to me that they could have brought any of those characters back to serve as a pilot rather than changing Rip Cord's identity.

My biggest complaint about the movie, however, had to do with the acting. When the various actors were playing off of each other - or otherwise dealing with something that was really on the set - each member of the cast did great.

However, in any of the scenes that were dominated by CGI and were obviously done in front of green screen, their performances just didn't feel as convincing. The cast said their lines and performed the action, but their emotional reactions didn't seem right for what was happening around them in this story.

The actors simply slipped out of character at those moments. More importantly, the director wasn't able to help pull them back in.

This, I'm afraid, is the downside of a movie that uses computer graphics heavily. If the actors don't understand exactly what is happening in the scene - because so much of it is happening in post-production - then they're not able to bring their characters to life as effectively.

Regardless, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was a good movie. I'm glad that I went to see it this weekend. I recommend that everyone else does, too.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

RIP: John Hughes

Writer/director John Hughes died today in New York at the age of 59. He was born in Lansing, Michigan and had 39 writing credits to his name as well as several directing and producing credits.

John Hughes was behind some of my favorite movies from the 1980s.
John Hughes reportedly suffered a heart attack while taking a morning walk in Manhattan. He will be deeply missed by film lovers everywhere.

Telephone Box Wine Cabinet

I was searching the internet for something completely different when I stumbled upon this.

It's a 24 bottle wine cabinet that is designed to look like an English telephone box. It even features a pull out drawer, storage for glasses and a back mirror.

This was posted on two years ago, but it appears that it's no longer made. I suppose I'll just have to brush up on woodworking skills - which I should do anyway since I'm the son of a carpenter - and build my own version of this.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I Love This Video

I found this video from Bluefish TV on-line and I love it. I recommend that everyone take a moment to watch it.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Buffy and the Bump

It has taken a few months, but the internet has finally yielded a photo of Sarah Michelle Gellar, complete with her growing baby bump.

I have to say it: Sarah Michelle Gellar looks really good pregnant.

Oh, and I love the hat. It completes her outfit.