Friday, April 27, 2012

Targus Sport II Laptop Backpack from Walmart revisited

A few days over one year ago I posted about my backpack dilemma and how I finally purchased and switched to a new one. Here's the original post. After one year of use, this is the state of the Targus Sport II Laptop Backpack.

This bag obviously has not held up as well as my Jansport that is over 20 years old! This is just from normal wear and tear. Nothing extreme. Just packing it in the morning, walking to work, taking out my laptop if I brought it, leaving it on the floor while I work, putting the laptop back in it if I brought it, walking back home, and then putting it on my dining chair until the next day unless I get my laptop out and use it for the evening. Now occasionally it may be considered slightly overstuffed but it didn't seem to harm my Jansport. That's the difference between canvas and vinyl/synthetic fabrics people! Again, this was only like $12 and for that it lasted a year. I guess that's a good investment. But now I have to look for another bag even though I'm graduating I still like to carry random shit in my could call it my murse. I'm thinking I'm going to invest in another Jansport under $100 but hopefully at least half that or more!

Sky writing in Dallas

I don't think I've ever seen planes sky write in real life. I've seen it in the movies and cartoons but never in person...until last Sunday afternoon.

This was the scene my kids came yelling for me to come see mid-afternoon. I forget what it fully said but the end of it said, "Visit" It was pretty cool to see in person. Very impressive. It looked like the entire message covered at least a 1/2 mile or so. The wind made it cross the sky while they were "writing" and it was gone almost as quickly as they produced it. The planes flew in parallel and did a great job with the timing of the smoke to spell the words. Pretty cool thing to see with or without but especially with the kids!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Almost there...almost there...

Today was my last official class day of my undergraduate career. Now it's finals weeks. I have one next week then one the following week and then finally graduation day! I CANNOT WAIT! As I think I've posted plenty of times, it's been a long, LONG journey!

I look forward to sleeping in because I will no longer have to go into work early to make up the time I'm in class. I look forward to not having to slightly stress about the assignment/homework that's due.

I wish I would have an entire summer off like most "normal" undergraduates but it's not going to happen for someone at my age! I do have three weeks off planned during the summer but that's based on vacation time earned from my job and not just for being done with schooling.

What does the future old for me next? I'm still going to work. I'm still going to be a husband and father. I just have a degree now. I'd like to change careers but I'm not leaving my current employment until I know what plans my children have for college. I wouldn't mind remaining working at my college job but not in the same position. I would like to move to another position on campus but it'll have to be a good opportunity for me to give up the semi-cush job I currently have. I'm just done with information technology and would like to expand my knowledge and experience as much as possible before I hit mid-century age!

That's all I got to say about that!

Sara Jean Underwood is...pretty hot!

There has been quite a few posts referencing Sara Jean Underwood. Most of the time it's about her in the most scantily glad outfit she could find. Not a problem in my book but there are some haters out there...even some of them are male. WTF kind of males, I don't know but they are there. My thought is to just enjoy the hotness while it lasts. Reminds me a lot of when Megan Fox hit the "everything hotness" links on the Internet. Also, I'm sure the Attack of the Show program is loving her bringing viewers in even if it's just for her.

So, here's a link to today's images courtesy of Egotastic. These are for Men's Fitness Magazine. Funny thing is I don't consider her "fit" in the sense of what most people consider fit: tone, muscular, aerobic, etc., not is she a man so WTF is she doing in Men's Fitness? Again, I'll enjoy the photos but anything else is just on the side of ridiculous.

I predict within the near future she will pose fully nude for free or for Playboy. I don't really care which. In fact, I'd be happy if someone hacked her phone because I know she has some self-shot nudes on it!

UPDATE: Well, shit! A quick search on Egotastic and I found these and these.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spartacus: Vengeance (a Starz original series)

Spartacus: Vengeance. I just finished watching the final episode of this series and I feel empty. I feel like I want to continue the series now and not wait until whatever comes next!

Overall I think this chapter of the series was pretty good. I'm addicted to the complete series so far but sometimes I wish they were consistent with the "reality" of war. There were times where I was like "WTF?" and others when I was like "What BS!" A few things in particular irritated me.

First, I have no idea how Ashur is still alive after the first "Blood and Sand" since "Gods of the Arena" was technically a prequel. He was a sneaky, wounded weakling of the House of Batiatus' ludus in "Sand" and didn't do much fighting in or out of the colosseum during "Arena" as a gladiator or anything else. Then in "Vengeance," he become this force to be reckoned with in the art of fighting. How many times he had "almost died" moments and others when he was kicking ass and taking names of not only Roman soldiers but some of Spartacus' army. To that I say, "Bull-fucking-shit!" He's a mouse...keep him as such. [Spoiler alert!]: I'm glad Ashur finally got his head removed, literally, but it was too damn late to finally happen in episode 10.

Second, the consistency of how quickly someone is killed by a sword one time versus someone else another is lacking. I mean how many times have we seen Spartacus, Crixus or one of the other "free" slaves slice a Roman soldier through their armor through their gut and they are near dead or dead afterwards. But then certain characters last a little longer when the same style of slicing and dicing is used on them. For instance, Crixus was captured and was to fight for his life (and ultimate death) in the arena. He is sliced and looks like stabbed a few times where you think he is a goner but then Spartacus and his crew show up to rescue him. Crixus fights his way out of the arena on his own two feet...miraculously recovered/cured. There's another scene in episode 8 or 9 where there's this Egyptian hired hand working with the Romans who survives such a strike...twice. First, Oenomaus/Doctore is fighting the Egyptian and he slices and dices this guy pretty well. As he should, because he's a former gladiator and trainer of winning gladiators such as Gannicus, Crixus and Spartacus. All of a sudden the Egyptian fights back and stabs Oenomaus in the hand then follows through to push the knife to his eye. Oenomaus doesn't die but he is now wounded. A few weeks pass and we're in episode 10. The final all-out-attack on the Roman camp by Spartacus' army. Oenomaus and the Egyptian meet again. Oenomaus once again does well against the Egyptian. Some scenes later and the Egyptian impales Oenomaus in the gut with a sword. Gannicus rages. Gannicus slices the Egyptian in the abdomen, he's not wearing armor, and the Egyptian is still able to fight back strong enough. Again, this is not consistent with when they slice and dice the Roman soldiers through their armor and they are totally/mostly incapacitated. I'm just asking for some consistency.

Thirdly, more spoiler alerts: Mira is killed near the beginning of episode 10. She's impaled by a battle axe thrown by one of the Roman soldiers during a failed attempt by some not-so-smart members of Spartacus' merry men...and women. Before her death, she's learned to use a bow fairly well. The consistency falters when she can hit some guys in whatever place she choses in other scenes with no problem but then others she mishits in an arm or overshoots or some shit like that. She supposedly has fairly good eyesight because she's warned many of the army of people about to attack but somehow she missed the big, fucking battle axe that is thrown at Spartacus. Spartacus dodges out of the way just in time to see it impale Mira in the upper left chest to shoulder area. That's gotta suck!

Anyway, I obviously overlooked things like these because I watched the entire series and the other two. It's just, damn, I wish sometimes the content editors would do their freaking job!

For some reason, I feel like Liam McIntyre/Spartacus is not masculine/manly/battle-torn enough to come across as a true gladiator compared to Andy Whitfield/Spartacus. Maybe it's because Andy was first but who knows.

Anyhow, I recommend the series purely for the graphic nature of the storytelling.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010). I'd have to say that this is one of the least advertised but funniest movies I've seen. I don't recall ever seeing any mainstream or "underground" promotional trailers for this movie. I do recall seeing the trailer for it in the previews on some other low-budget 'horror' movies but that's about it.

I went into this movie knowing it wasn't hugely known. I also didn't expect a whole lot. I'd have to say that I would recommend this movie to just about anyone. It's along the same lines of humor as like an Austin Powers movie...cheeky, funny, entertaining and worth watching. Some of the scenes were pretty hilarious.

Final verdict: I would definitely watch this if you have the opportunity. It is like Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector combined with Friday the 13th combined with something like Caddyshack. It is campy and funny and was just an overall joy to watch.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dishonored - Video Game Trailer

This looks pretty damn sweet. Just like the comments say, it's a mix of many games. Hopefully, it turns out as good as the animated trailer.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Boys and Girls (2000)

Boys and Girls (2000). More random Netflix movie surfing. This looked like it should be funny. It wasn't too bad. It wasn't too good. It was somewhere in the middle but closer to bad than good.

It's a story line that's been said and done many times with many different casts. Jason Biggs is still playing the same old goofy, nerdy guy trying to find his confidence. It's comedic but you can see it in almost all of his movies. Freddie Prinze Jr still looks like Fred to me even though this was before Scooby-Doo. Claire Forlani is just hot in a weird kind of way for me.

The acting wasn't the best although I'd have to say that Biggs and Amanda Detmer probably played their parts the best...again, Biggs' role wasn't a huge stretch for him.

What I liked most about this movie was the credits. It seems to be big practice in movies these days to put stuff in the credits. Sometimes, it's better than the entire movie so I would think directors should probably do a double take before doing it. This is the case with this movie. The roughly two-minute clip in the credits is better and funnier than the entire movie. I could explain it but it's worth every second to watch it.

Final verdict: Watch the movie if there is nothing else to do and you just want to do something. If you want a good quick laugh, watch the credits clip. Capture it somehow and watch over and over when the need arises.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The crappy movies on Netflix

So, I think I've mentioned this before but I watch crappy, shitty movies so the overall population doesn't have to. I try to forewarn you before you waste any second of your time. So please, allow me to continue to waste mine because I've got nothing else to do. That's not true. I actually want to get the most out of my Netflix membership so I am trying to watch movies that seem interesting or appealing on the surface but typically are not so when I start to watch them. It's just weird how Netflix has a movie library of, I don't know, a million movies and about 1% or even less are actually worth watching (excluding most TV shows in their library). How did something with such a piss poor selection become so dominant in the online streaming realm?

Anyway, allow me to briefly respond to a half a day of my life wasted on the following movies:

Mark of the Devil (1970). This was truly one of the worst movies I've seen...And I've seen a lot! I know it was made in 1970 but it was just overly dramatic. The acting was not good and the "terrified" acting was over the top. I must admit that I was first drawn to the movie by the hopes of lots of naked "witches" but I was sorely disappointed. I looked forward to the gore and was sorely disappointed. I then tried to rely on the story line for any substance and it was just too open and predictable...especially the ending. The description on Netflix says that barf bags were handed to the audience upon first showings because it was so "gross and graphic." Personally, I did not find a bit of it graphic or gross. Maybe it was horrific in nature based on historical fact but nothing that would make me turn my head or even come close to barfing in a bag. As I said, "OVERLY DRAMATIC!" Apparently, this movie was all that bad back in the 70s because a sequel was made. You can view the trailer here. It doesn't look like Part II was much different than Part I but it was sold as "including and all-star cast." All-star in Europe only maybe. Funny thing about Part II is the trailer shows a character played by Reggie Nalder who was 'Albino the Accuser' in Part I that was choked to death by the local Lord of the land. Guess no one else was available.

Final verdict: Just keep on browsing by this one!

Ghosts of Goldfield (2007). I was looking for a good or even decent horror movie and this was most definitely not it. The cover was encouraging and having Kellan Lutz in the cast made me think this was at least going to be watchable. Boy, oh boy, how wrong I was. The filming quality was so 80s more than 2007. After watching a little, I thought there might be some good "comfort-me-I'm-scared-sex" scenes but it was not happening. The ghost in the story had a seemingly nice body with ample bossoms but the most you get of them were a quick side boob shot. Roddy Piper had a cameo/part and his acting was super stiff and lame. I'm wondering if this was one of his first gigs or maybe he was just bitter that he had to do something so horrible because maybe he's run out of money. Not that he's a great actor, but even former pro wrestlers turned to acting should have standards. He'd probably have done better cameoing in an actual porn flick. This movie may have had some potential with a better script and more budget money but as it is, I cannot believe it was ever produced. I can't see that they made back any money from production unless Netflix paid them enough to break even.

Final verdict: Another one tha you can just walk on by!

Sacred Flesh (2000). I watched this movie strictly for the hopes of tits & ass. I was not disappointed. I don't recall much of the storyline and the acting was average at best but the T&A was a bonus. This was very close to soft-core porn...the likes of which you'd see on the Playboy channel back in the mid-90s where they'd take a real porn and cut the actual scenes of penetration or fellatio out. It's kind of weird and exciting to see 'nuns' masterbating or enjoying the flesh of one another.

Final verdict: Fast forward to the nakedness and watch only the nakedness. This hour and a half movie will be reduced to 20-30 minutes and you'll not have missed any of the storyline because that's not why you watched it in the first place!

Vampires (2010). This movie was very, very difficult to watch. Not because of the horror but because it was just plain unexciting and uneventful. It was humorous at very rare times but overall I felt like I had done something very wrong and this was my horrendous punishment. The concept could have been done much better. The movie is French and it includes English subtitles. The subtitles didn't take anything away from the movie because there wasn't anything to miss in the movie. I actually watched this over a period of 4-5 days. That's how slow it was. I would have just quit watching but I have this need to finish my movies (except for a few rarities) no matter how bad they are. It's like I feel unaccomplished in my task if I don't complete the movie.

Final verdict: The movie cover is the best thing about this movie. No need to waste any of your precious life seconds on this garbage because I already did!

Exterminating Angels (2006). Based on the description of "exploring female sexuality...fantasy and reality begin to blur", I decided to check this movie out because in my eyes it promised female nudity. It started out a little slowly but it didn't disappoint. The over all movie was not that interesting and it was French with English subtitles which made it difficult to watch. Again, it made up for it with the hot, gratuitously naked main female cast.

Final verdict: Just like Sacred Flesh, fast forward to the nakedness and enjoy them then move on.

Hollywood Sex Wars (2011). This movie was a campy comedy with the occasional funny scenes. Again, I decided to watch this movie with the hopes of gratuitous nakedness. It was sporadic at best but good to see with humor included. The movie was overall watchable because of its campy comedy vibe but make sure you go into it knowing it's not going to wow you.

Final verdict: Go into it knowing that it's not a tip-top movie but it does have it's moments of comedic value. You can pass on it but I don't think it's a complete waste of time if you do happen to watch it.

Sunday, April 01, 2012