Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Now I have a good appreciation of the Sci-Fi movie classics. I love 2001, Marooned, Silent Running and just about any of the classic 60's and 70's Sci-fi movies. I would not have thought in the year 2009 I would find a new classic 70's Sci-Fi movie. That is utill I heard about Moon.
I'm not going to tell you Moon is a great movie because it's not. It is a good movie that is well thought out and shows that good science fiction doesn't have to be a big budget block buster to make a enjoyable movie. You might think i'm a budget snob and that just is true. I'm a plot snob.
Moon has a Plot, a good one. So good infact I don't want to spoil it so I'll just say its an example of what happens when good writeing meets good film making. I spent the first hour trying to fiqure out where it was going then I got it and spent the rest of the movie trying to fiqure out how it was going to end. the final resulution is a bit weak but does not detracket from the rest of the movie.
I have often wondered what life on the moon would be like and found that Moon did a good job of giving at least the slimmest idea what it might be like. Unless I give away plot points I cant give a full review of the movie and i'm sjust not going to do that. If you really want to spoil the movie go read the IMDB articule. Otherwise just rent it on video.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
In the year 1982 my family got Telescripts cable. Ever since they sold to Comcast I have been a customer. That is until next week. I will be moving over to EPB next week and I really didn't want to.
My tale begins in October when comcast decided to drop the plan I had been using for eight years and force me to take a digital plan for $60 more a month. Its all part of the Switch to digital they said, we cant just give you a limited channel selection they said. I said I want a limited channel selection I was happy with my limited channel selection. Now I'm not happy any more.
Eight years ago I had the very basic LifLine Comcast package for $11 a month. It had Channels 2 - 13. Then I decided to add what was called the "b" teir of programs. It added Channels 19-20-21-22-23, 48-49-50-51-52-53-54-55, 69,98, 99, or as they were better know as AMC, Discovery, Animal Planet, HGTV, Style, Comedy central, Turner Classic, Golf, Scifi, Court TV, History, and Outdoor, then Halmark, and cspan 1 &2. I was paying $20 And I was happy.
I didn't have any of the expensive (for comcast) channel like ESPN, CNN, USA, TNT, TNN, Nickelodeon, or any of the HBO, Showtimes or anything like that.
Then they started the whole lets take away your channels thing and give you Digital. They had a HD box SO I ordered that and they "GAVE" me free HD channels (which is the exact same thing on the standard deff channel) then along comes October of this year and poof bill jumps from $47 a month to $71 plus tax and equipment. So my normal $90 a month with Internet went to nearly $200. I call and they had a 19.99 a month deal for Digital starter so I ask for that and they said yes, and Then we asked about The Family tier and they said yes. So we get a plan we like Digital Starter and Family plan together for 19.99 + 28.08 and it gives us the channels we need and want for a price we wanted to pay. Then some days later the bill went up again to $71. And they tell me they can't give me the 19.99 because that ended last month. But they will give us another deal so its a little higher but we can live with it. Until this month when it's back up to $71 again plus they want us to pay a back amount from the last month of $30.
So today I call them and they refused to even try and help us work out a cheaper plan. I think ,and this is just me, they don't want to keep our business. I bet they are trying to weed off the poor, the cheap, and the unwashed.(ok so I didn't take a bath this morning I'll take one tonight) I bet they are looking to get rid of the low profit grandfathered in plans and keep the High profit ones instead.
So next week I will be moving from Comcast to EPB where I don't need hardware on each tv, my old DVR will work and i'll take my HD over the air like I did before with comcast. Still instead of giving my 90 a month to Comcast starting Next week I will give it to EPB instead.
Bye Bye Comcast it was nice but now i'm off to see the Wizard of Fiber optics.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Oh boy I had good time watching this movie. I had to kill a few minutes in the middle doing some typing and had to stop and restart so I can't give a feeling for the whole movie. As a kids movie I think it is a little better then most non Pixar films. I enjoyed the characters and the monsters were characters unlike most of the monsters and charcaters in these kids movies.
Unlike the ones I normally watch Shreck, Ice age, it had a plot. A good plot in fact. I'm not saying it was oscar worthy but I did enjoy it. You might want to plan on spending a rainy afternoon with the kids watching Monsters Vs Aliens.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Today we are goiing to pass a test. Its an easy test to pass. It only requires you to do one thing.
Next time your out shopping at the mall, Walmart, Bilo , where ever you shop, stop, look at the name of the person taking your order, checking you out, waiting on your table and say THANK YOU and their name.
The Person on the other end of that counter is working hard durring the holidays and no matter how hard they work it is still a thankless job they are doing for you. So instead of being upset you had to wait in a line, couldn't get the red one, couldn't remember the size of Aunt Adda's oldest son, take a minute to tell the person helping you THANK YOU.
You might be the only person to do it all day, and take it from me it will make their day a little brighter. Its a cheap present for the person helping you make your holiday easier.
And Remember to share A Smile!! :)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I got to see Astroboy for the first time this weekend and found the movie boring, weak, and hard to listen to. Really the voice acting done by Donald Sutherland, and Nicolas Cage really irritated me. The voices didn't fit in the movie. I know the voices when I hear them and it pulled me out of the movie. It reminded me of Transformers the movie with Leonard Nimoy. Also the inflection used by the actors was bad at times. It sounded like they just called it in on some old telephone and never talked to each other. I have heard better voice acting by my 4 year old playing with his trains.
The plot was even weaker then the voice acting not to mention most other kids movies. It centers on the presidents(Donald Suterhland) attempted reelection plan and his attempt
to start a war with the people below Metro City. At this point I am going to point out I like kids movies. Pixar is by far the only studio I will go watch every movie that they make. I'm still a fan of Disney and Lionsgate films movies, so you can see I welcome kids movies.
All that being said I still couldn't sit through Astroboy with out going out to get a break from the bad story. I guess I should say I didn't like the original cartoon either. I found it boring as a kid and more so as an adult. I much preferred Gigantor both of which aired on a local station when I was a kid.
Monday, November 16, 2009
1 Green pepper (Julienne Peppers)
1 sweet onion (diced)
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon origino
1.5 teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 cups portabello mushrooms (diced)
2 tablespoons mashed potato flakes
Take a porkloin and cut into 2 inch thick medalines. Then place on a largest pan you have and sear on high heat. Sear each side for 2 minutes then flip. After the second flip drop heat to medium and add wine, garlic, Pineapple juice, and origino. Cover and let cook for 4 minutes. Flip meat again and turn the eye off and let sit. The meat will contiue to cook and as it cools it will pull the liguid into the meat makeing a juicey tastey meat. After meat cools to touch remove from pan bring pan back to high heat and add the potato flakes to form a light sauce.
In another pan add the onion and green peppers sweet until tender and add the pineapple chunks saute on medium for 2 minutes then add the mushrooms and reduce heat to low and let set for 3- 5 minutes or until the mushrooms have lightly cooked. Pand should be lightly moist at this point.
Serve the meat on the veg with sauce. Add a spinche salad for a great dinner.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
2012 the shake and bake movie of the year. Take one part core, two parts earthquake, a dose of Armagedon and you get 2012. I was watching this one on a laptop so many of the Special effects were lacking the special part you get from a big screen theater's effect. I was taken aback by the story and lack of a plot. The dialogue was weak and the plot had holes bigger then the grand cannon.
It was about as exciting as a large Russian book I was forced to read in high school. 2012 starts slow gives you lots of bad science babble and then about halfway all hell breaks loose and oneman struggles to save his family as California sinks into the sea. Good Riddance.
I got real tired of watching earthquakes chace people, buildings falling over and why cant these damn planes ever climb over the destruction. And shouldn't a geological event of that size have put so much dust and ash into the air that the plane would of stalled out the engine since it couldn't get any clean air.
Then after they land to save the only person the family can find to tell them the location of the "secret" space ship that is going to save the lucky few the guy witht he information decides to stay and die. Thats when the world attacks again. This is when I wish I had anything else to watch and was glad it was a promotional copy and not one I had purchased.
Again the Super plan rescues he people when a real one would have crashed. And then we get the "We need a bigger plan line which did get a chuckle." Can you say Shark!!!!. And then Jesus dies. Which is when I decided to throw-up.
"Our mission is to continue the continuity of our species. " Which is by far the best line in this movie and was followed by the second best when the president said "I'm going to be the last President of the United States" If this had been the quality of the rest of the movie I would of liked the movie better but it kept falling into the same old summer action flick dialogue.
Really I found it refreshing that the world wasn't going to be saved and everyone live happily ever after.
Please don't let me persuade you not to see the film. I leave that up to rotten tomato "Consensus: Roland Emmerich's 2012 provides plenty of visual thrills, but lacks a strong enough script to support its massive scope and inflated length." 38%
better reading a book
Friday, November 13, 2009
one Cup of Heavy Cream
One - two teaspoons of cinnamon
One teaspoon of nutmeg
one tablespoon unsalted butter
one teaspoon Vanilla
one half cup light brown sugar(you can use dark brown for a deeper flavor)
Mix everything but the cream in a large pot and mix until as smooth as you can get it over medium high heat. It should take about 3 minutes to heat and will be very thick. Be carful it will bubble out and if it lands on your hand it will give you bad burn. Once its hot take it off the heat and mix in the cream. If its still very thick add upto a half cup of whole milk.
2 tablespoons of Brown sugar
2 tablespoons of Vanilla flavoring
2 teaspoons of unsalted butter
Drain Carrots saute in pan over medium heat. When the water has cooked out from the carrots its time to add the butter and sugar. Just before you take the carrots off add the vanilla and mix well.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Do you remember the original V. I do. I remember the V tv show and the miniseries, and the book and I think there were comics. I even remember the really bad day they aged a little girl into adulthood so they could get rid of the problem of an aging child on a shows shooting schedule. I remember how great the first miniseries was and how bad the second on was. Then the series was lame even for a teenager.
I had a chance to see the preview and while it was not the finished version I felt it lived up to the first miniseries. There are problems like the TV News Man was so very badly written. The rest of the show was very lostish and I would rather it was more Airwolf, or A-team, or some other action show. I also wish it was being done on HBO or Showtime so it could be R rated. There are lots of things I wish this one had done, but I don't care what it does as long as it's not Knight Rider-ed, or Bionic Women-ed.
I don't think it will I think it might go the distance if they pair it with Lost or Flash Foward. Heres hopeing.
Friday, October 23, 2009
BTW Please Don't send them your old pigs
Monday, September 28, 2009
Charles Forbin is the designer of a secret government computer. Colossus is a gigantic supercomputer that controls all of the United States nuclear missile systems. Colossus like todays internet is designed to be impervious to attack. Like the WOPR from Wargames it is encased within a mountain (Norad) and powered by its own nuclear power plant.
Colossus' first announcement is that the Russians have their own super computer called "Guardian", that controls Soviet nuclear weapons.
The computers order that Forbin provide a link between the two computers. When the link is established the two computers begin developing a common language allowing them to communicate. When national leaders get upset by the joint communication between the computers and disconnect them Colossus gives a warning the if the connection is not reestablished they will take action on their creators. Colossus Fires a Missile at a Russian oil field forcing the reconnection of the two computers who rename themselves Unity.
Unity then begins to cosolidate its world power and create a world of peace and love.The humans try fighting back and fail. In the end Unity promises that people will grow to love its new computerized leader and forbin replys "Never!".
I first saw this film in 1984 or 85 in a little room on the back of my parent house on my VCR and a black and white tv. When the movie went off I went and disconnected my commador Vic 20 and slid it under my bed. It stayed there until I wanted to play space invaders again. This time I am watching it on my laptop setting next to my 5 desktops and I again have the feeling I should take my computers lose and hide them under my bed. I won't of course or Id never get this post written.
Colossus is one of those movies you watch and a week lader your passing by a computer with a camera and you wonder if its realy watching you, if it has a neipherous plan, and if you might not be better moving in with the Amish.
The acting is slightly wooden and you can sometimes tell the writter, actors, and directors don't have a clue about the technology they are "using" in the movie. This movie is really the Grandfather of WOPR from WarGames, and many of the same themes are in both movies. While both movies are a cautionary tale about the use of Artificial intelligence in the military, the main difference is that WarGames ends with the humans averting war and recovering control to the computer. In Colossus Unity ends with all the pieces on his board and doesn't want to play a nice game of chess.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
This is week I'm looking at DP7 as part of Marvel's New Universe from 1986 I remember this book very well. It was Marvels attempt at Xmen in its Other univers.
The Idea for New Universe was "What would happen if normal people became superhuman overnight?" It all started White Event a strange white Light kind of astronomical event that on July 22, 1986. in the seconds that it lasted it bathed the earth in a bright white light and mutated 1/500,000 of the earths populace. Millions of people started developing powers.
I have read the first year of the book at this point and I must say I was really happy with the series. I found the characters a bit 80's ish but then it was a 80's book. I also couldn't help the feeling it was anti xmen title. Instead of the Professor bringing everyone together to protect the people here the doctor brings them together or recruit them for evil, and he won't take no for an answer. The time in the books are supposed to be running in real time with each book lasting for a month, but I felt the time was a little compressed for all the action in the book to have happened in a year. There really wasn't enough action to fill a year. Most of the action seems to have taken place in maybe a couple of months but even that time would be streaching it a bit.
The art is very classic. It is a looks like a 80's book. Some of the panels are very bland and boring but don't distract from the story or try to overshadow the story like many of today's artists do.
I found the books a bit slow to read in compairison to tittle like Runaways and Xmen but very good and well worth my time in reading them. If you can find them be sure and pick up this missed 80's Marvel marvel.
Number of Books:32
Charlotte "Charly" Beck
Dennis "Scuzz" Cuzinski
Sunday, September 6, 2009
EPB's cheapest price is for 15 megs which Comcast says they will be providing in the near future. Comcasts website is already saying you can get 15/3 but my test make it more like 4/.128 in the Brainerd area.
EPB charges $57.99 for it's cheapest. While Comcast's cheapest is only 24.95 for a snail like 1meg down andto 384 Kbps for up stream. EPB's is 15 megs bi directional. Comcast's 15m/3m plan costs $42.95 or $15 dollars less then Epb's 15 meg line.
Comcasts 20meg down/4meg up goes for 52.95. Epb's goes for 69.99 for a bidirectional 20 meg line. If your playing along at home you see a 17 dollar difference again in Comcast's favor.
Now in round three EPB offers 50 megs for a ridicules $174.99. Comcast just looks on and weeps.
Now for some comparisons AT&T, you know those guys trying to squeeze every penny out of those old copper lines, is offering internet at $7.158 a meg for 6 megs or DSL Xtreme 6.0 for $42.95 a month.
At that price mark comcast and EPB should be selling it's 15 meg per lines for $107.38. But as I said earlier i'm only getting about 4 megs a second so it should really cost me $28.63.
The real question is does EPB mean to really bring some price compatition to the market place, or are they just trying to get a little of Comcasts pie. When I lobbied for EPB to be allowed in our market I thought it would bring some real compatition to the area. Looking at what we are seeing its seem we are really just getting higher prices and no real compatition.
If EBP wanted to compete it would offer some 6, 8 or 10 meg lines for 29, 35, and 45 dollar price points. This would put it in real compatition with Comcast, At&t and give people a real choice in the market place. I can't afford to spend 100 dollars for Internet and Cable TV and not many other people can either.
Price per meg
Comcast (15 meg) $2.86
AT&T (6 meg) $7.15
EPB (15 meg) $4
Comcast (50 meg) $2
EPB (50 meg) 3.48
|Number of Channels|
|Epb Basic||Comcast Digital Starter||Comcast Digital Classic||EBP Fi TV Essential|
|54.99||54.95||$ of service||71.9||65.99|
|0.72||0.70||$ per channel||0.53||0.48|
|A&E||A & E||3ABN||3ABN Latino|
|ABC Family||ABC Family||A & E||A&E|
|AMC||AMC||ABC Family||ABC Family|
|Animal Planet||Animal Planet||AMC||AMC|
|BET||BET||Animal Planet||Animal Planet|
|Bloomberg TV||BBC America||BBC America|
|Bravo||Bravo||BBC World News|
|C-SPAN 2||C-SPAN 2||The Biography Channel||Bio.|
|C-SPAN 3||Bloomberg TV||Bloomberg|
|Cartoon Network||Cartoon Network||Boomerang|
|CNN||CNN||C-SPAN 2||C-SPAN 2|
|CNN Headline News||CNN Headline News||C-SPAN 3||C-SPAN 3|
|Comcast Sports Southeast||Comcast Sports Southeast||Cartoon Network||Cartoon Network|
|Comedy Central||Comedy Central||Catholic TV|
|Discovery Channel||Discovery Channel||CMT||CMT|
|Discovery Health||CMT Pure Country||CMT Pure Country|
|Disney Channel||Disney Channel||CNBC||CNBC|
|Disney XD||CNBC World|
|EPG Education/Government||Education & Government||CNN Headline News||CNN Headline News|
|ESPN||ESPN||Comcast Sports Southeast||Comcast Sports Southeast|
|ESPN Classic||ESPN 2||Comedy Central||Comedy Central|
|ESPN University||Crime & Investigation|
|ESPN2||Current TV||Current TV|
|Food Network||Food Network||Discovery Channel||Discovery Channel|
|Fox News||Fox News||Discovery Health||Discovery Health|
|FSN South||FS South||Discovery Kids||Discovery Kids|
|FX||FX||Disney Channel||Disney Channel|
|G4||Disney XD||Disney XD|
|Game Show Network||DIY||diy network|
|Hallmark||Hallmark Channel||E! Entertainment||E!|
|Hallmark Movie Channel||Education & Government||EPG Education/Government|
|History||History Channel||Encore Action East|
|HGTV||Home & Garden TV||Encore Drama|
|Home Shopping Network||Home Shopping Network||Encore East|
|Inspirational Network||Encore Love East|
|ION Television||ION||Encore Mystery East|
|Local/Leased Access||Leased Access||Encore WAM|
|Lifetime||Lifetime||Encore Westerns East|
|Lifetime Movie Network||Lifetime Movie Network||ESPN||ESPN|
|MSNBC||MSNBC||ESPN 2||ESPN 2|
|WDSI (MyTV) Chatt||MY NET||ESPN Deportes|
|Nickelodeon||Nickelodeon||ETBN Enlace USA|
|PBS Kids Sprout||EWTN||Fine Living Network|
|Oxygen||Exercise TV||Fit TV|
|Retro TV||Flix East||Flix|
|Science Channel||Food Network||Food Network|
|ShopNBC||Fox Business Channel||Fox Business Network|
|Soapnet||Fox News||Fox News|
|Speed Channel||Speed Channel||Fox Reality||Fox Reality|
|Spike TV||Spike TV||Fox Soccer Channel|
|SportSouth||Sport South||FS South||FSN South|
|Teleguide TV||TV Guide Channel||Game Show Network||GSN|
|The Golf Channel||The Golf Channel||Gospel Broadcasting Network|
|The Inspiration Network||Gospel Music Channel||Gospel Music Channel|
|The Learning Channel||The Learning Channel||Great American Country||Great American Country|
|THIS TV||Hallmark Channel||Hallmark|
|Hallmark Movie Channel||Hallmark Movie Channel|
|Travel Channel||Travel Channel||History Channel||History|
|truTV||truTV||History Channel International||History International|
|Turner Classic Movies||Turner Classic Movies||Home & Garden TV||HGTV|
|Turner Network TV||Turner Network TV||Home Shopping Network||HSN|
|TV Land||TV Land||Indieplex|
|TV One||Inspirational Network||The Inspiration Network|
|USA Network||USA||Investigation Discovery||Investigation Discovery|
|WDEF (CBS) Chatt 12||WDEF (CBS) Chatt 12||JCTV|
|WDSI (FOX) Chatt 61||WDSI (FOX) Chatt 61||Jewelry TV||Jewelry TV|
|Weather Channel||Weather Channel||Leased Access||Local/Leased Access|
|WELF (TBN) Dalton||WELF (Ind) Dalton||Lifetime Movie Network||Lifetime Movie Network|
|WFLI (CW) Cleveland 53||WFLI (CW) Cleveland||Lifetime Real Women|
|WGN America||WGN Chicago||LOGO||LOGO|
|WNGH (PBS) Chatsworth 18||WNGH- PBS Kids||Military Channel||Military Channel|
|WNGH-PBS Knowledge||Military History Channel|
|WRCB (NBC) Chatt 3||WRCB (NBC) Chattanooga||MOVIEplex|
|WTCI (PBS) 45||WTCI (PBS) Chattanooga||MSNBC||MSNBC|
|WTVC (ABC) Chatt 9||WTVC (ABC) Chattanooga||MTV 2||MTV Hits|
|MTV Hits||MTV Jams|
|MTV Jams||MTV Tr3s|
|MY NET||WDSI (MyTV) Chatt|
|National Geographic||National Geographic|
|Nick Too||Nick 2|
|Nicktoons Network!||Nick Toons|
|PBS Kids Sprout||PBS Kids Sprout|
|Planet Green||Planet Green|
|Smile of a Child|
|Speed Channel||Speed Channel|
|Spike TV||Spike TV|
|TV Guide Channel||Teleguide TV|
|The Golf Channel||The Golf Channel|
|The Learning Channel||The Learning Channel|
|The Science Channel||The Science Channel|
|The Weather Channel||The Weather Channel|
|THIS TV||This TV|
|Travel Channel||Travel Channel|
|Trinity Broadcasting Network|
|Turner Classic Movies||Turner Classic Movies|
|TV Land||TV Land|
|TV One||TV One|
|VH1 Classic||VH1 Classic|
|VH1 Soul||VH1 Soul|
|WDEF (CBS) Chattanooga||WDEF (CBS) Chatt 12|
|WDSI (FOX) Chattanooga||WDSI (FOX) Chatt 61|
|WELF (Ind) Dalton||WELF (TBN) Dalton|
|WFLI (CW) Cleveland||WFLI (CW) Cleveland 53|
|WGN Chicago||WGN America|
|WNGH- PBS Kids||WNGH (PBS) Chatsworth 18|
|WRCB (NBC) Chattanooga||WRCB (NBC) Chatt 3|
|WTCI (PBS) Chattanooga||WTCI (PBS) 45|
|WTVC (ABC) Chattanooga||WTVC (ABC) Chatt 9|