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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Happy Feet

I just got the "Happy Feet" DVD from Netflix. I loved the movie.

One thing I liked, was the speech by Noah the Elder, during the huddle scene, where the male penguins were walking their eggs around in the cold during the long night.

I couldn't remember the whole speech, but now that I have the DVD, here's the speech:
When all others leave..
We remain!!
When the sun vanishes..
We remain!!

Heed the wisdoms, brothers!

Make a huddle!
Warm thy egg!!
Make a huddle!
Share the cold!!

Each must take his turn against the icy blast,
If we are to survive the endless night!

Raise your voices, brothers..
Give praise to the Great 'Guin..
who puts songs in our hearts..
and fists in our bellies!
It's almost like a Maori warrior's haka.

Friday, March 23, 2007



We see what we want to see. Sometimes we want to see what we'd prefer not to see. Sometimes what we see, is something we need to see.

But it is true?

Perception creates reality. If you repeat something often enough, people will come to believe it.

Have you ever been somewhere and the people you're with start a rumor about a particular person? Whatever the rumor is, suddenly becomes the truth. It doesn't matter if it started as a lie, everyone will treat that person according to that rumor. If the woman has been labeled as a "bitch", people will generally treat her as a bitch. And then, in turn, she will begin acting like a bitch.

Every morning, tell yourself that you're fat, and in time, you'll feel fat, then create situations where you gain weight. If you tell yourself that you're hurt, you will develop pain, or find some way to be hurt.

Now, how can we use this to our benefit?

Tell yourself that you're happy, that you're good, that you can achieve, that you can be a better person... and they will come true. As you prepare for an exam, tell yourself that you will pass, and really believe it. You should find that you retained more of that information. You should feel better about that exam. You should feel more confident about how you'll do. You will do better on that test.

Many times, we are where we are, because we put ourselves there. We don't realize that there are forces that we can control. We believe we are in the grip of fate, and cannot change what is happening to us. But we can.

There's a saying, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." We create the trappings that hold us down. Sometimes, we come to love and depend on those trappings. But we must learn that we can progress, and go beyond them.

Saturday, March 10, 2007


Watchmen is one of the greatest comic books ever.

When it was published, it changed the entire comic book industry. Like "V for Vendetta", (which was also adapted into a film) it's set in 1985, but a world with an "alternate history".

In the last few years, there have been so many failed starts, abandoned attempts and rejected scripts that I thought this film would never happen. But this summer, Zack Snyder, who directed "300", will begin production on a film set to be released in 2008. WOO-HOO!

I am SO keeping my finger crossed.

A single frame of a Rorschach test-shot was included in the R-rated "300" trailer.

Funny how one single image can pump you up.

If that whet your appetite, check out these three fan-made films:
  • Watchmen
    Based on a short scene between two characters. I think this one gives the best feel of the story.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Shortest. Blizzard. Ever.

Just two days ago, it was about 50 degrees. People were out just wearing t-shirts. Then yesterday...

BAM! A flash-blizzard! It was crazy. Within a few minutes, it was coming down so hard, you couldn't see further than a couple of blocks. Then about ten minutes later...

It stopped.

The sun was shining... the sky was clear... I think I even heard birds chirping.

All that was left, was a light dusting of snow and a nice experience of snow.

Monday, March 05, 2007

The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard is one of those shows that you grew up watching and although you don't know why, you will always love to watch.

Now I saw the TV series, the movie, and the new made-for-tv movie. It's just an awesome story, and it's based on the movie "Moonrunners"

Basically, two country cousins (Bo and Luke), go to live on their uncle's (Jesse) farm, along with another (hot) female cousin (Daisy). While they may bend the law, they know right from wrong. That "wrong" being a morally-corrupt city official (Boss Hogg) and his "arm of the law" toadie (Roscoe) and the dim-witted deputy (Enos). Now throw in one badd ass, orange, ravine-jumping car, and you have one hell of a show.

The General Lee is one bad-ass car. It's right up there with KITT, the A-Team van and the Batmobile. And you know it's badass because only a true badass car would be so accepted while brandishing the rebel flag and not be considered racist in any way.

NOTE: While Denver Pyle played Uncle Jesse on the TV series, Willie Nelson plays the part in the movie as well as the made-for-tv movie. So in the Dukes of Hazzard timeline, Willie Nelson plays the first and last "Uncle Jesse".

NOTE 2: in the TV series, Boss Hogg is a short, fat man played by Sorrell Booke, and Burt Reynolds in the movie and by Chris McDonald in the made-for-tv movie. So he went from tall and chubby, to short and fat, to tall and slender.

NOTE 3: No matter when, where or how... Daisy Duke is ALWAYS hot!